March 4, 2024

Question: Is the #SPVM a common nuisance to independent media?

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So what can be done about this common nuisance? I would personally suggest that when a cop says “move or get a ticket and or get arrested” to someone “filming” them and if the person filming or taking pictures or even simply observing is not interfering with their work, the reply to said cop should be “do you want to do 2 years in jail?”

SPVM oppression
Photo: Peter-Thomas Kennedy

Is the #SPVM a common nuisance to independent media? By simply looking at the above picture of a SPVM officer pepper spraying someone for simply holding a camera the answer would obviously have to be answered with a yes.

So what can be done about this common nuisance? I would personally suggest that when a cop says “move or get a ticket and or get arrested” to someone “filming” them and if the person filming or taking pictures or even simply observing is not interfering with their work, the reply to said cop should be “do you want to do 2 years in jail?“, “Every one who commits a common nuisance and thereby” […] “2(b) obstructs the public in the exercise or enjoyment of any right that is common to all the subjects of Her Majesty in Canada.” […] “is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years.

So basically, if the SPVM obstructs ones “freedom of the press” they are guilty of article 180 s(2)(b) of the Canadian Criminal Code. Especially if they cause “injury or discomfort“, section 1(b)causes physical injury to any person and or 2(a)endangers the lives, safety, health, property or comfort of the public.” -> [EN] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/c-46/page-90.html#s-180. [FR] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/fra/lois/c-46/page-90.html#s-180.

Freedom of the press is a right common to all Canadians as set forth in the Constitution Act of 1982, Fundamental freedoms found in section 2(b) “2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:” […] “(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;” -> [EN] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/const/page-15.html#s-2. [FR] http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/fra/const/page-15.html#s-2.

by Jon Kudelka
The sketch shown above is by Jon Kudelka, initially based on events
in Fallujah in 2004, which continues to have relevance to this day.

10 thoughts on “Question: Is the #SPVM a common nuisance to independent media?

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    1. Yes but police officers are getting more rights than ever to uphold whatever fonny laws applied by the goverment to stop us from saying what we need to say. And the media’s are there to document and tell the problem and brutality. Police don’t care even when its TVA or RDI

    2. The criminal code does not give police more rights, the provincial Police Act does, and at times municipal by-laws, and well those are not a laws that can trump the Federal laws such Constitution or Criminal Code. The Supreme court is clear on that, the Charter named the Constitution Act of 1982 is the supreme law of the land. Lower laws can also be invalidated by said Charter, therefore null and void. Hence why they are called by-laws or in French, un reglement, that’s not a law, it’s a “tax”…

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