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RBC and GM Attacked in Vancouver – 420

[Published by annonomous, April 24, 2009, at ottawa.indymedia.ca]

Attacks on Olympic Sponsors

RBC and GM Attacked in Vancouver – 420

April 20 (420), 2009 – Thousands of people lit and smoked the torches of their choice in the vicinity of the 2010 Countdown Clock and all around Vancouver. Later that night we smashed the windows at two official sponsors of the 2010 games. We targeted the Royal Bank of Canada location on 1st and Commercial and the General Motors location just west of the 1st St. bridge as one more very small contrubution to the ongoing resistance against the Olympics and the nightmares the rich have in store for us.

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They won’t say sorry

South Asian Post [British Columbia]
Wed, April 22 2009

During the long hours he drives a Chilliwack cab to support his three young children, Jagjeet Sidhu has a lot of time to reflect upon the life that would have been had his young wife not died needlessly in a freeway crash two years ago.

Today, all the struggling father wants is safer transport for farm workers like his wife, and an apology from the couple he believes was complicit in her death.

Read the rest of the article here…

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Gateway Day of Action: Minister Falcon’s Office Declared “Crime Scene”

Saturday April 11 SURREY — Activists South of the Fraser marked the riding office of provincial Highways Minister Kevin Falcon a “Global Warming Crime Scene” this morning, and piled sand used by Ministry contractors for highway construction in front of the door.

Gateway blockade

In March 2009, concerned citizens blockaded the demolition of a house in Surrey, BC, Canada that stood in the way of freeway construction.



Farmers protest overpasses in Langley

On March 20, 2009 farmers and concerned citizens in Langley, BC, Canada protested a heavy rail overpass plan that would destroy many acres of local farmland. It was the third such protest in as many weeks.

More info:

http://gatewaysucks.org/

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Surrey RCMP officer injured in Canucks street celebration

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
CBC News [British Columbia]

An RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] officer was injured as an estimated 1,500 Vancouver Canucks fans gathered on the streets of Surrey, B.C., to celebrate the team’s victory over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night in Missouri.

Sgt. Roger Morrow said most of the crowd that gathered around 72nd Avenue and Scott Road on the Surrey-Delta border southeast of Vancouver was peaceful, but not everyone.

“It appears that one of the people, an intoxicated man, in the crowd was trying to incite the crowd. Ultimately he ended up pushing one of our police officers. He was arrested for that assault. In the process of that he fell on top of one of our members as well as a number of other people resulting in a leg fracture,” said Morrow.

Morrow could not confirm reports that some people were jumping on cars and breaking windows.

Meanwhile in Vancouver, police said fans were boisterous and noisy following the overtime victory, but there were no major problems.

The Canucks defeated the Blues 3-2 in overtime to win their first round in the Stanley Cup playoffs in four straight games. It is not yet clear who the Canucks will face in the second round of the playoffs.

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Gunman attacks B.C. RCMP detachment

Friday, April 17, 2009
CBC News [British Columbia]

An armed man was arrested and charged after breaking into the RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] detachment in Princeton, B.C., allegedly intending to shoot any officers inside, police said Friday.

Benjamin Coan, 18, has been charged with two counts of uttering threats of death to members of the RCMP and the public; breaking and entering; and theft of RCMP property, Sgt. Mike Savage said in a release.

The arrest of the Princeton man was made after a standoff with an RCMP emergency response team, Const. Steve Holmes said earlier Friday.

The man had shattered some windows to enter the detachment overnight Thursday, Holmes said. No one was in the building at the time.

“The man was armed with a 9-mm semi-automatic pistol as he broke into the detachment with the purpose of damaging the building and shooting any police officers he believed were inside,” Holmes said in a release Friday afternoon.

An emergency response team was called out and secured an area around the building.

“The man injured himself while damaging parked police cruisers and the detachment windows,” Holmes said.

He then walked from the detachment toward a nearby 24-hour service station, prompting police to evacuate the workers and customers inside, Savage said.

Police made contact with the man by cellphone during the standoff and “he eventually surrendered to police,” Holmes said.

Police did not say whether any shots were fired, but no officers or members of the public were injured. Holmes said the man was known to police, but he didn’t explain further.

Princeton is 280 kilometres east of Vancouver.

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Vet Cab talks break down

Dave Battagello and Donald McArthur, The Windsor Star [Ontario]
Published: Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tempers are allegedly flaring on Windsor’s streets as the nine-day strike by 300 Veteran Cab drivers drags on with no talks scheduled through the Easter weekend.

Colin Cutler, who has been picking up passengers at the train station in his blue Windstar van since the strike began, filed a police report Friday, alleging a group of angry drivers vandalized his vehicle Thursday night.

Cutler claims he was sitting in his van in the parking lot of the Tim Horton’s near the station about 11:30 p.m. when several people kicked and spat on his van, bending the antenna and breaking the rear windshield wiper.

On Wednesday, Cutler alleges, a group prevented him for several minutes from leaving the depot parking lot with a train passenger bound for the downtown Hilton.

Cutler said he has been offering stranded passengers free rides as a “Good Samaritan,” but conceded he has pocketed some tip money.

“There’s lots of people looking for rides,” he said.

Gerry Farnham, president of CAW Local 195, which represents the drivers, said he had no knowledge of the alleged incidents involving Cutler or any incidents of violence involving his members.

He expressed concerns, though, about taxi drivers licensed in other municipalities who are picking up fares in Windsor — a contravention of a city bylaw stipulating they can only drop off fares in the city.

“That’s creating some problems on the line and rightfully so. The enforcement officers should be fining any taxi cab driver from outside the city picking up here in the city,” said Farnham.

“Just because we’re on strike doesn’t give cabs from other municipalities the right to come in and pick up fares.”

Talks with the company appeared to be headed in “the right direction” on Wednesday, said Farnham, but they were derailed when several multi-license plate owners for the company showed up and met in private with company executives, who emerged with an unacceptable contract offer.

“They did drop on some things, but it was not something our members would agree to,” Farnham said. “We knew that and let the employer know that we would not feel comfortable bringing it to our members.

“I was disappointed and frustrated. Things were going in one direction and a couple people show up and it went a different way in my opinion. That’s how it went into the ditch.”

Farnham described the rental rates for cabs paid by a majority of drivers as too high.

“The ridership has gone down about 25 per cent,” Farnham said.

“We need rates that reflect we are in a recession, that ridership is down and our members can earn an income to raise a family.”

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Fredy Villanueva, 18, killed August 8, 2008, by the Montreal Police

Fredy Villanueva, 18, killed August 9, 2008, by the Montreal Police

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Graffiti Recall Police-Killings

Wed, April 15, 2009
Kathy Coulombe, CJAD News Talk Radio [Montreal]

Montreal cops are investigating after anti-police graffiti started cropping-up about 3 days ago, accusing them of killing wantonly. Those behind the graffiti have also launched a website (www.flics-assassins.net) listing the names of people killed by police in the past 20 years, their ages and the date of death (43 starting with 19-year-old antony griffin in 1987 to 18-year-old fredy villanueva last summer). The graffiti shows the Montreal PD logo with a pistol painted over it.

The website claims to be the work of an anonymous group of Montrealers which says it’s “outraged by police brutality and impunity.”

The group says it’s not affiliated with any particular organization, just “a modest part of ongoing efforts to counter the police offensive against our comunities, in support of grassroots initiatives.”

Montreal Police Inspector Paul Chablo tells CJAD News the graffiti can’t be categorized as a hate-crime because it doesn’t refer to race, colour, creed or sexual-orientation, but he says it’s definately vandalism and those responsible will be prosecuted as such.

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