RCMP Officers Monitor Peaceful Occupy Activity on Parliament Hill, Sept 2012
by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013:
Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter rights were infringed when Toronto police mass-arrested 263 protesters during the 2010 protests.
One particular officer prompted the judge’s scathing words. According to the Toronto Star, while arresting Botten, he shone his weapon’s laser beam at her and chanted: “Eenie, meenie, minie, mo, arrest a protester by the toe.”
In Stephen Harper’s Canada, we’re all potential terror threats. Until proven otherwise. So suggests a recent study by Queens University’s Jeffrey Monaghan and Kevin Walby, published in the journal Policing and Society. Welcome to Multi Issue Extremism (MIE), Canada’s new classification of so-called domestic terror threats.
We saw it coming.
So far, the Conservative government’s fear-mongering has targeted anti-capitalism movements, environmentalists, Aboriginal groups, activists, foreign special interest groups, so-called “issue-based terrorists” and other imaginary “enemies of the state”. Now add registered Canadian charities to the hit list.
Charities registered in Canada are allowed to spend 10 per cent of their budgets and volunteer resources on political advocacy. Excluded: funding political parties and candidates.
The 2012 federal budget, announced by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty (pictured) earlier today, introduces new measures that target how charities engage politically. It imposes restrictions on how political activities by charities are funded by charitable foundations. It imposes new reporting rules for charities which fund these activities through foreign donations.