Somany of the pipe line protesters at Burnaby Mountain simply don’t seem to understand the implications of court ordered injunctions. There should have been some sort of “Black Hole” for the protesters as there was in the Clayoquot Sound during the logging blockades. The Black Hole was a camping spot for the protesters willing to be arrested. Before arrest, we were told everything we needed to know about injunctions, specifically, about how injunctions are a judicial procedure rather than a law. This means that an injunction is an order handed down by a single judge.
Kennedy Stewart who was arrested alongside Elizabeth May on March 23, is of course, correct when he stated that contempt of court is “uncoded”. That means contempt of court isn’t in the Canadian criminal code. But what does that mean, it isn’t in the criminal code? What does it matter? It matters a heck of a lot.
The Canadian criminal code encompasses the entire body of law that has been developed for hundreds of years, slowly changing as it borrows from the legal statutes of other countries. I have great respect for the Canadian criminal code. It protects all citizens from arbitrary punishments by a single judge. But I have no respect for the judiciary of British Columbia who refuse to afford the protection of the criminal code for a special group of people…those who practice civil disobedience.
Instead of protecting the constitution and the rule of law, our BC judges give out injunctions to corporations that strip environmental protesters of this right of equal protection under the law. Under arrest by injunction the protester cannot put forth the argument of necessity before the judge because the only argument that judge will hear is one of: “Were you at the protest site? Did you refuse to move when ordered to do so by the police? Yes? Guilty of contempt of court, and if you object we may elevate that to Criminal Contempt”.
But how else could law enforcement bodies punish peaceful protesters who disrupt other claimants by their activities? By applying the criminal code, the way every other challenge to the law in Canada is addressed. For instance, what did the protesters actually do in Burnaby? They got too close to a corporation defined red line. Fine. That’s what the criminal code is for. If protesters were charged like all other citizens, they would probably be charged with mischief. Got in the way of a logging truck? Okay, arrest him or her for being a nuisance, for blocking a road; there are detailed punishments for these actions in the criminal code. And in this scenario the judge must hear arguments of necessity with some seriousness.
But, no. In the case of civil disobedience BC judges choose to bypass the constitutional guarantee of equal protection under the law. They choose instead to use a special judicial expediency to favor one group of people (corporations) over real citizens who are concerned about our environment. They do this when they grant the applying corporation an injunction in the first place. The judges should be ashamed. BC is becoming known as the province that rules by injunctions. It’s a lazy way to apply the law and justice is never served when our judges appear to be so biased.
the phrase that is used by Israel to describe their periodic forays into Gaza
to terrify the Palestinian who live there. The Israelis call their recent
shootings of unarmed prisoners in the large outdoor prison of deprivation they
have created for the Palestinians: “Mowing the Grass”. The Israelis feel quite
free to use live ammunition on unarmed Palestinian protesters who want their
land and homes returned.
However, the Israelis know they are “the
chosen” both politically and by religious decree and that they don’t have to
return anything. They will gladly starve out and/or kill every last Palestinian
protester, including children in Gaza, before they will willingly give back the
right of the Palestinians to return to their land, or interfere with their
continuing stealing of even more Palestinian land. And the Israelis also
know they can use live ammunition on unarmed protesters without worry of global
condemnation. They have Donald Trump solidly behind them on the one hand, armed
with the most extensive, viscous military in the entire world, and the deep
pockets of the Jewish Lobby to protect them from any censure by the American
Congress on the other.After all, the
Jewish Lobby has bought and paid for the vast majority of the US federal
politicians, both Democrats and Republicans.
The US in
turn, twists the arms of the UN, so the outright murder of unarmed Palestinians
is ignored by the European politicians and the Western press, or else when
mentioned, the protesters are defined as “terrorists”. Citizens of the
western world should take note.What is
done in Gaza could come home. When unarmed protesters of any kind are shot and
killed in the so called civilized world with scant or no notice from other
supposed civilized nations,then
thesestates themselves by their lack of
care, signify their own murderous impulses toward their own political
protesters who are perceived as trying to disturb the accepted order of
things.From this heavy blanket of
silence from the governments of the world, including Canada, of the deliberate
killing of unarmed protesting Palestinians, then we can deduce that no visibly
protesting citizen anywhere in our western world is safe from our own
The hatred being vented toward Russia by the Western world may be some
kind of a temporary aberration, but I don’t think so. This non-stop assault on Russia is a horrendously
dangerous thing.The accusations of
wrong-doing by Russia without including Western countries own role in all of it
is never-ending.As far as Russia trying
to kill a double agent on British soil after Russia had already released him
years before after he served time for treason, I don’t believe it.On the eve of the World cup games? Why would
they do that?
I could be wrong but it certainly sounds
as though some sort of a pre-emptive strike on Russia by US-led NATO is being
seriously discussed by the US generals. However, the problem for this scenario is
that Russia (as I understand it) now has a nuclear capability superior to the
US. NATO (of which Canada is a part)
can’t really try to destroy Russia without grave risk of destroying our own
countries and populations.
I also think this flood of
accusations coming from the West against Russia is aimed equally, or even
primarily, at China.Why? The US dollar
has been the predominant settlement currency for oil future contracts. China is the world’s biggest oil consumer and
has just launched their own yuan-back crude oil futures in Shanghai. This means
they don’t have to use US dollars anymore in their oil transactions.They will use their own currency, backed by
gold, instead of US dollars, backed by much of nothing.Which, of course, weakens the US dollar
further and makes the US furious.
The US war hawks will rattle swords
and cheer on Theresa May but unless the new warriors in Trump’s cabinet are
willing to try to wreck the entire world along with their own lives, there
isn’t a dammed thing they can do about it. Except, of course, sling accusations
non-stop both at Russia and China while titillating the public with the frolics
of Donald Trump and Stormy, the porn star.
Earlier this week warmongers were hosted by our Prime Minster in Vancouver, although this meeting has received little media mention. As CBC has refused to tell you about it (so far) I will. The meeting involved ministers from most of the allied countries that were involved in the Korean War (1950-1953). I call this meeting warmongering because they, with our Prime Minister, are trying to figure out how to push North Korea far enough with sanctions and threats of invasion (first strikes) that it will a trigger that small beleaguered nation to do something really stupid. I mean something that in their fear of being blown up, something that can be perceived as being so terrible, that it will give the U.S. and its UN cohorts the excuse to go ahead and do what they threaten…blow North Korea off the map.
North and South Korea are discussing ways they can work together, including walking together as united Koreans in the coming Olympic Games. I hope this is a precedent. I hope somebody in the U.S. will realize that other UN countries, less corrupt than the U.S., are also taking note. People all over the world are beginning to object to murderous wars for profit and influence and demand a stop to it.
But war after all, that is what the U.S. does best. Blowing up recalcitrant countries is America’s biggest industry. With an economy based on the capacity to produce war machines non-stop, then doggone it, the indispensable nation must have wars. And other large UN economies, also partly based on their own production of war machines, applauds from the side lines. But how can another war happen in North Korea, the war that killed four million Korean citizens, fifty thousand US soldiers, and cost 30 billion dollars? Another Korean Was is the best hope the war-mongers have for another active engagement that will take lots of killing machines. And how can this happen if North and South Korea are having their own meetings?
I congratulate both North and South Korea. The North for sticking up for itself, and the South for realizing that the U.S. is more likely to get their citizens killed and their country destroyed than to protect them. And the war-mongers meeting in Vancouver won’t convince us that U.S. is a good friend to Canada. Canadians are paying, but we’re betting on the wrong horse.