ICYMI: News From Progress Alberta
What are your rights when police stop you for identification on the street?
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that everyone has a right against arbitrary detainment—but exercising that right when you are actually interacting with an officer can be challenging.
By Catherine Ford
It’s called “carding” by the public, “check-up slips” by the Calgary Police and “street intelligence reports” by the Lethbridge Police. And while those names might sound innocuous the practice is anything but.
Edmonton's city council meets on July 5 to debate their proposed transit strategy -- which includes possibly cutting service in low-ridership areas and replacing it with privatize transportation companies like Uber. Now's the time to reach out to your councillor and tell them to keep public transit public.
It’s important to show your work. As the issue of ending the systemically discriminatory practice of carding continues to bubble up it’s worth examining how we got here.
By Bashir Mohamed
In 1991 war overtook Somalia and my parents left its capital city, Mogadishu, and fled to Kenya. In 1994 I was born, and in 1997 my family arrived in Edmonton as refugees. I have been here for twenty years, and I’ve come to know this city well -- including its history.
Carding—the police practice of arbitrarily stopping people in public for identification and questioning—has come under fire as discriminatory and a violation of civil rights. And while many jurisdictions are working to reduce or eliminate this practice, it is still commonplace here in Alberta.
As part of our investigation into the problem of carding in the province, Progress Alberta spoke with lawyer Miranda Hlady about the situation in Lethbridge.
Edmonton’s public transit system is about to drastically change.
Freedom of information request shows massive disparity in carding incidents for black, Indigenous people in Lethbridge
Indigenous people are five times more likely than white people to be stopped in the street by police in Lethbridge, questioned, and have their information recorded according to Lethbridge Regional Police Service data obtained by Progress Alberta. Black people are eight times more likely to have this happen to them than white people.
The process is called carding and it systematically violates people’s Charter rights, human rights, and privacy rights. And that’s not just us saying that, it’s the Law Union of Ontario. It's not only probably illegal but it's also just straight up racist.
Doug Schweitzer was Jason Kenney’s scrutineer for the official count of ballots that determined the leadership of the PC party. This is a key position—a position only given to someone with the deep, implicit trust of the candidate in order to observe the casting and counting of ballots.
Doug Schweitzer is also running to be the leader of the United Conservative Party against Jason Kenney.
Glenmore Christian Academy in Calgary doesn’t offer gymnastics—but it should. The school has mastered the art of flipping from a privately run institution to enjoying the financial perks of being fully publicly funded and has now flipped back to being a private school.