[Canadian] police can’t stop you from filming them, nor seize your phone

“… [Canadian] police can’t stop you from filming them, nor seize your phone, lawyer says – Public ‘absolutely allowed’ to film arrests, so long as they don’t obstruct police – By John Rieti, CBC News Posted: Jan 25, 2017– The man who captured video of Toronto police officers using a stun gun on a pinned suspect “absolutely” had the right to record that footage, a criminal lawyer says.
Police are reviewing officers’ use of force and conduct in connection with the Tuesday morning altercation in downtown Toronto, which Waseem Khan shot on his mobile phone and shared with the media.
Khan has since criticized police officers for threatening to seize his phone and warning him to stay back, telling him the suspect — who had been Tasered twice and was being held on the ground by multiple officers — was going to spit in his face and give him AIDS.
Criminal lawyer Daniel Brown said he believes officers were trying to intimidate Khan, who had a legal right to record what was happening.
Brown said the officers’ actions toward Khan are “just plain wrong.”
“You are absolutely allowed to film police interactions with the public. It is part of our civic duties and responsibilities,” he told CBC Toronto, adding that more people should know their rights.
Brown also said the officers couldn’t have seized Khan’s phone, even if it contained important evidence. As with a store’s surveillance camera, he said, police can’t just take the device — they have to seek permission to collect the evidence. …”
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/recording-police-interactions-1.3952016

#SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox

SamKnows #Yellowknife Broadband Measurement Project #NWT #CRTC #Whitebox
https://youtu.be/st8OX9ihAUM


“… Dear GEORGE
Thank you for participating in the Canadian Broadband Measurement Project.
Unfortunately, your unit has not reported any data since 10-Dec-16, and we are wondering if the unit is still connected.
To resolve the problem: Ensure your Whitebox is connected to your modem/router. Reboot the Whitebox by either switching the power off and on or briefly unplugging the device.
Please send us an email to […] and we will confirm if the problem is fixed.
We really do need your consistent support for the long term, so please switch your test box back on today. As part of the SamKnows panel, we give you access to your own data via an online reporting system, and also a monthly email report card to allow you to compare performance and communicate with your ISP.
Thank you for your support.
Kind regards,
SamKnows …”
“… Join our Canadian campaign… Sign up with us today to accurately measure your broadband performance
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and SamKnows have established the ‘Measuring Broadband Canada’ program in order to provide Canadian citizens with reliable and accurate data concerning broadband provision across the country.
Anyone who would like to be part of this project just needs to sign up. It might be worth reading the requirements before doing so just to make sure you’re eligible to join!
On signing up, volunteers will receive a purpose-built broadband measurement unit, also known as a SamKnows Whitebox. The Whitebox is easy to install; once it has been plugged into the existing modem / router then it is good to go. Volunteers will also be able to see their own data from their broadband connection using a purpose-built SamKnows dashboard.
Please note, not everyone who registers will necessarily receive a SamKnows Whitebox. We do want to thank everyone for signing up and for working together to make Canadian broadband better!…”
https://www.measuringbroadbandcanada.com/

“…What is the Broadband Measurement Project?
In 2015, the CRTC launched a project to objectively measure broadband Internet performance, including actual connection speeds, in Canadian homes. It collaborated in this innovative project, a first for Canada, with major Canadian Internet service providers (ISPs) and SamKnows, a UK-based company that has built a global Internet measurement platform that spans five continents.
The data, collected from approximately 5,000 Canadian volunteers, from across the country, will inform the CRTC’s future broadband policy-making.
The data will also provide Canadians with a greater understanding of whether Internet services from participating ISPs are delivered at the advertised speeds and allow ISPs to improve their networks to better serve existing customers, and promote products to potential new customers.
The key output of the project is the annual report, developed and reviewed by all participants.
How is data collected for the Broadband Measurement Project?
A device known as a Whitebox is connected to a volunteer’s home modem or router and monitors the broadband performance when no one is using the Internet connection. This performance data is made available to the volunteer via a Web portal and is also available to the CRTC and the ISP providing the service. …”
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/internet/proj.htm

Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People

@melindatrochu Read Un/Covering the North: News, Media & Aboriginal People http://ow.ly/IB9D307e8R4 #ValerieAlia #FB http://ow.ly/ENyP307e8SA

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Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

A very sad moment

Demolition video of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

Demolition video still of Yellowknife’s Robertson Head Frame Oct 29th, 2016

“… Hundreds watch Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe fall to the ground – Many show up for blast at 5 p.m. MT Saturday, hundreds more watch from Australia, N.S., Alaska
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/hundreds-watch-robertson-headframe-blast-1.3828368
N.W.T. gov’t won’t save Yellowknife’s Robertson headframe
Agreement could not be reached with mine owner, says GNWT
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nwt-gov-t-won-t-save-con-mine-robertson-headframe-1.3701613
“…The Con Mine (1938-2003) was the first gold mine developed in the Northwest Territories, just south of Yellowknife.[1] The property was staked by Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada (Cominco) in September 1935 in response to the discovery of visible gold nearby; the name “Con” is an abbreviation of “Consolidated”. The advent of winter prevented any prospecting from being conducted, but work in the summer of 1936 led to the discovery of numerous gold veins. The Con Mine entered production in 1938 and ceased operations in 2003. It has produced over 5,000,000 ozt (160,000 kg) of gold from 12,195,585 tons of ore processed.[2] The mine was over 6,000 ft (1,800 m) deep.[3]…”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con_Mine

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Are you a journalist? Download this free guide for verifying photos and videos

“…Did a migrant document his journey to Europe on Instagram? Did a young Syrian boy save a friend from danger under a hail of bullets? Did a pair of magicians pull off the ultimate photobomb by performing a trick in the background of a news report outside the Houses of Parliament?
The answer to all of these questions is — as great as the stories are — an unequivocal no. Did large, revered news organisations fall for the hoaxes? Unfortunately, yes. http://bit.ly/2aMUgD5 …”
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Public Photography is No Crime – PEN Canada concerned by arrest of Toronto Star photographer

EXCERPT “… We are especially concerned about the way recent trends in enforcement of non-existent prohibitions on photography and filming are affecting members of the press.
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of all laws as they pertain to photography and filming. The issue is complicated and depends to some extent on laws that vary from province to province and municipality to municipality.
Subject to certain very limited constraints, it is not a crime in Canada for anyone to do any of the following things, and it is a violation of their Charter rights to prevent anyone from doing so:
– photographing or filming in any public place, or in any private place to which the public is admitted, and publishing those pictures and films,
– taking pictures of or filming in any government site other than “restricted access areas”*
– photographing or filming police officers in public, as long as the photographer/filmmaker does not obstruct or interfere with the execution of police duties. While everyone has a reasonable expectation of privacy in certain circumstances, police officers have no reasonable expectation of privacy as they go about their duties.
A police officer does not have the right to confiscate cameras or recording equipment (including phones), unless the person in possession of such equipment is under arrest and such equipment is necessarily relevant to the alleged offence. A police officer cannot force anyone to show, unlock or decrypt cameras or recording equipment, or to delete images, even when that person is under arrest, unless the police officer has a warrant or a court order permitting him to do so.
At no time, and under no circumstances, is anyone in Canada subject to arrest for the simple act of taking a photograph or filming, although he or she can be arrested if he or she is breaking another law in the process, such as, for example, trespassing or breaking or entering.
Other laws and legislation, including the Criminal Code, the Copyright Act, the Security of Information Act, the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), must be obeyed while taking or publishing pictures….”
https://pencanada.ca/blog/public-photography-is-not-a-crime/

What’s up with NWT Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart’s Facebook page eh?

Why is it that the Facebook page for Kam Lake #NWT #MLA Kieron #Testart seems to have no “message”, “follow” or “like” options on it? I’ve never seen what appears to be a “one way” page for a politician like that..
Or is it just me that is blocked from following, messaging or liking him?
Check it out and let me know, please.. especially if, like me, you’ve not yet done it and are interested in the attitudes, actions and behaviour of our MLAs.
https://www.facebook.com/kierontestart/timeline
Add to that.. the last entry on his website http://www.kierontestart.ca/ was posted by Kieron Testart on November 25, 2015 6:48 PM
What kind of “mock” communication with the public is this?
Aft all, communication is a two way process.. a one way process is dictation, not communication.

His “Official” MLA page http://www.assembly.gov.nt.ca/meet-members/mla/kieron-testart

Facebook page for Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart

Facebook page for Kam Lake MLA Kieron Testart

Julian Schuman Memorial Service @ China Daily Beijing, P.R.C. May 05, 1995

 

“… Julian Schuman Published 4:00 am, Wednesday, May 10 , 1995
Funeral services were held in Beijing for Julian Schuman, the last American correspondent to leave Shanghai after the takeover of the city by Mao Zedong. He died April 1 at Capital Hospital after several years in a coma resulting from a massive stroke and was interred at the Cemetery for Revolutionary Martyrs. He was 74.
Mr. Schuman was born in Boston and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He studied the Chinese language at Harvard as a GI during World War II, and later, on the GI Bill, at Yale. He sailed to China in 1947 and worked for a Chinese daily newspaper, doing radio broadcasts as well for ABC out of Shanghai.
He worked for the China Weekly Review in Shanghai with publishers Bill and Sylvia Powell, returning to the United States after its closure at the height of the McCarthy era. In 1956, he and the Powells were indicted for sedition; the charge was dropped in 1961.
In 1963, Mr. Schuman returned to China. He worked for the government-run Foreign Language Press for 14 years. From 1980 until the fall of 1993, he worked for the English-language China Daily.
He is survived by three stepchildren, Jonathan Zaktin, of Beijing, and Jeremy and Tanya Zaktin, of San Francisco and Marin County, respectively…..”
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Julian-Schuman-3033549.php

———— Books ————

China An Uncensored Look
Schuman, Julian
Published by Second Chance Press, 1979
Assignment China
SCHUMAN, Julian.
Published by -, New York, 1956
China: An uncensored Look (English Edition)
Schuman, Julian
Published by Second Chance Press (1979)
ISBN 10: 0933256043 ISBN 13: 9780933256040
La medicina en China
James Y.P. Chen. Victor Sidel. Ruth Sidel. Susan B. Rifkin. Julian Schuman
Is there a U.S. – China Market?
Schuman, Julian
Published by Julian Schuman, New York (1955)
ASSIGNMENT CHINA: An American Journalist’s Report of Four Years in Red China.
SCHUMAN, Julian.
Published by Anti-Chiang Kai-shek American Reports from Shanghai New York 1956, (1956)
http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=julian+Schuman&sts=t

John W. Powell dies at 89; journalist was tried on sedition charges in 1950s
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-powell23-2008dec23-story.html

John Powell – tried for sedition in ’50s – dies
Writer alleged U.S. used germ warfare in Korean War
“…In the mid-1950s, as part of the widespread red hysteria fed by Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a Republican from Wisconsin, Mr. Powell was publicly accused of “unspeakable betrayal of America’s cause in the Far East.” On April 25, 1956, he and his wife, Sylvia, and a Review editor named Julian Schuman were indicted by a federal grand jury in San Francisco on charges of sedition, allegations that could have put him in prison for 220 years….”
http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/John-Powell-tried-for-sedition-in-50s-dies-3257475.php

China Daily’s offices

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Public Photography is No Crime | PEN Canada

Public Photography is No Crime | PEN Canada.
“…In particular, we wish to state that it is not a criminal offence for individuals to photograph or film police officers as they go about their duties, and that police officers are not allowed to confiscate a person’s camera or recording equipment (including phones), force them to delete images, or otherwise prevent them from taking photographs or filming in public places. We also wish to clarify the law when it comes to taking pictures or filming on private property that is open to the public. People are welcome to take pictures or film in malls, transportation centres, and the like, unless posted signs specifically prohibit it, or until they are requested to desist by a representative of the owners of the property.  In such an instance, though the owners or their representatives (such as a security guard) are within their right to request a halt to any further photographic activities, they have no legal right to force the deletion or destruction of photos that have already been taken.  The publication of these photos is a separate issue and may be affected by other applicable laws.
We are especially concerned about the way recent trends in enforcement of non-existent prohibitions on photography and filming are affecting members of the press.
At no time, and under no circumstances, is anyone in Canada subject to arrest for the simple act of taking a photograph or filming
This document is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of all laws as they pertain to photography and filming. The issue is complicated and depends to some extent on laws that vary from province to province and municipality to municipality….”
http://pencanada.ca/blog/public-photography-is-not-a-crime/PHOTOGRAPHY IS NO CRIME

The Great War on Photographers: A Dispatch From The Trenches

The Great War on Photographers: A Dispatch From The Trenches.

Image credits: All photographs © Karl Baden/Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA

Karl Baden should have known better.

I mean, what was he thinking, casually snapping a few pictures as dramatic sunlight broke through the clouds after one of last week’s late spring rainstorms? From the front seat of his car in a suburban Boston Trader Joe’s parking lot, of all places? What is he, nuts?

Image credits: All photographs © Karl Baden/Miller Yezerski Gallery, Boston MA

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