‘This ain’t Canada right now’: G20 police violated Charter rights, court rules


Editor:
Finally a little truth coming out about the G20 in Toronto in 2010. Actually the police were correct, to a point.Sgt. Mark Charlebois said “This ain’t Canada right now” What he should have said is Canada no longer exists. The G20 is where Prime Minister Harper declared “Its a loss of national sovereignty.” video here
About a year and a half after the G20 CBC called me asking for rights to a video then found on my You Tube. They said they were doing a serious piece on the G20. I offered the video of Harper and his declaration. CBC responded “oh that, that was unfortunate but we’re not interested.” The clip they wanted showed people sitting on the road singing O’ Canada. When the song ended the singers were overrun by riot police. I told CBC, run the Harper clip and you can use the clip of the singers. They contacted me again asking for the rights to the clip of the singers. I told CBC, no Harper no singers.Something is very wrong on these lands we call Canada.

Story from Toronto star

‘This ain’t Canada right now’: G20 police violated Charter rights, court rules

By targeting protesters for searches and not letting them proceed, York Police violated Charter rights in June 2010, the appeals court decides.

The altercation between protester Paul Figueiras and a group of York Region police on June 27, 2010, gained notoriety thanks to a video posted to YouTube in which Sgt. Mark Charlebois says: “This ain’t Canada right now … There is no civil rights here in this area.”

In his suit, Figueiras asked for no money, just a declaration that his rights had been breached.

Last year, a Superior Court judge denied his claim, but that ruling was overturned by a three judge Appeal Court panel in a decision released Monday.

“The actions taken by Sgt. Charlebois and his team were not reasonably necessary and had little, if any, impact in reducing threats to public safety, imminent or otherwise,” wrote Justice Paul Rouleau, on behalf of justices Katherine van Rensburg and Gladys Pardu. “The respondents violated Mr. Figueiras’s common law right to travel unimpeded on a public highway, and … they also violated his Charter right to freedom of expression.”

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