ICYMI: News From Progress Alberta

ICYMI: Notes from Desmond Cole's tour

If you missed Desmond Cole's Stop Carding tour in Alberta, we've got a summary here -- including a full transcript of his powerful presentation in Lethbridge.

Kerry Diotte Goes Full Trump

Political discourse is getting worse in Alberta and a certain Edmonton Member of Parliament is right in the thick of it.

After Press Progress broke the story that interim United Conservative Party leader Nathan Cooper was a spokesman for Canada Family Action, a radical conservative group opposed to LGBTQ rights, Edmonton-Griesbach MP Kerry Diotte went online to theaten us and call us a "Fake News outfit." 

What are my rights if the police card me?

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.

Carding must end for us to have a just and equal society

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 city council to discuss privatized transit on July 5

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.

Here's the proof: Data and analysis on Edmonton's carding problem

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.

Reconciling Alberta's racist past means we must end carding

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.

Q&A With Defense Lawyer Miranda Hlady

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 new transit strategy has one big problem: Privatization

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.