Archive for June, 2010

Video: Constitutional and Human Rights being Violated because of the G20

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Just watched this video involving illegal detention, illegal search, and illegal seizure (they took his goggles!)

Even according to Ont. Reg. 233/10, Allen Gardens is NOT declared a “public work” and this guy does have a right to enter the park. Good for this guy for standing up against this (and note that his is not being violent and poses no threat to the police). The cops are either not clear on which places are “public works” according to Ont. Reg. 233/10 or they are outright lying. This is an illegal detention, illegal search, and illegal seizure contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. I hope this guy looks into a Charter challenge.

~~~C

G20 Updates from Twitter – Constitutional and Human Rights Being Violated

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

This is indeed what I’ve been concerned with, escalating tension leading to police violence, all due to the passing of Ont. Reg. 233/10, which gives the police more power and authority as per the PWPA. I am strongly against the use of the PWPA as a way to invoke emergency powers for the police. I find it unconstitutional and it has only angered protesters more and also angered others who weren’t even protesting initially. Everyone has a right to organize, rally, demonstrate, and voice their dissenting opinions.

Following are my latest tweets/retweets today regarding the G20 (as is standard with Twitter, the latest tweets are first and the earliest one last – ignore the timestamps as I’ve been updating and writing this blog at the same time):

Okay, I need to take a break and get some food. Will be back later to check on the status of the G20 protests…. http://plurk.com/p/60ltnm
less than 10 seconds ago via API
RT @Spacing: Protesters trampled by horses described as “bloodied and broken,” then dragged behind police lines, not to be seen after. #G20
6 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Reports of mounted police charging peaceful protesters at Queen’s Park appear to be true. Sadly. #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: Multiple (unconfirmed) reports of mounted police charging peaceful protesters at Queen’s Park where people are boxed in by buses. #G20
7 minutes ago via web
RT @spirodon: Toronto: At least 4 community organizers currently being held as political prisoners @g20mobilize http://bit.ly/a3suo8 #g20report
8 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Police on horses recently “charged the crowd” at Queen’s Park, reports @hyfen. “Lots of wild running.” #G20
9 minutes ago via web
Cops on horseback rushed the protesters – seems like they’re trying to shut down the protests now. http://plurk.com/p/60lp5j
21 minutes ago via API
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: Cops on horses rush through lines of protestors @ University #g20report #g20
22 minutes ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: AMC journo from Queen’s Park: Line of riot police attacking people, shooting with tear gas pellets, arresting folks #g20report #policestate
27 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @buhfy Seems they were shooting rubber bullets too, ppl saying. More cops marching in. Not once have cops communicated to crowd. #G20
28 minutes ago via web
RT @lisanjutras: Just talked to protestor. The cops have small pellets of powder they shoot at peoples legs, feet. He saw 8 ppl arrested
28 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Smoke at Queen’s Park http://bit.ly/dfSmM4 Not clear yet if it’s tear gas, flares, etc. Protesters are throwing rocks. #g20
29 minutes ago via web
Police – please show restraint on Taser use as per new directives this year. Do not aim at anyone’s chest. htt… http://plurk.com/p/60lnb5
RT @nowtoronto: More cops arriving at University and College armed with tasers. #g20
2 minutes ago via web
RT @elamin88: Protesters are singing “What the world needs now is love, sweet love.”#G20Report
2 minutes ago via web
RT @spirodon: main report on @cbcnews on G20 protests includes not a single quote from an activist voice; balance? http://bit.ly/9BGtOu #g20report
2 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Cops on horses blocking view from sth of University. Skirmishes. Placards on the ground. Protesters on QP lawn pinned.#g20
3 minutes ago via web
RT @krystalline_k: Pepper spray or tear gas; I can’t tell from here because I can just hear screaming and see puffs of smoke. I’m gettin reports of both.
3 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Kathryn Carlson: Intense standoff in Queen’s Park. Pepper spray deployed, crowds running, arrests. It’s very, very tense and unpredictabe
5 minutes ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Six men and one woman lie on Bay at King St. They are staying the night, they say.
5 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: More tear gas shot on University Ave & College #g20report #g20
5 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Matt Braga is at University and College: Police just made a rush forward, they’re pushing us. They’re firing pepper balls.
5 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: More from David Miller: http://bit.ly/bk1idU #G20 “They call themselves anarchists…I think criminals would be a better term”
6 minutes ago via web
shares http://thestar.blogs.com/g20/ (Alison Blais… says she was pepper sprayed in the nose and mouth.) Conf… http://plurk.com/p/60lk6b
7 minutes ago via API
Police already have the authority to arrest anyone who assaults them, they don’t need the extra powers from th… http://plurk.com/p/60lhiy
22 minutes ago via API
RT @torontoist: RT @postedtoronto: Mayor Miller: “A small group of people, “criminals”, came clearly with the intent of perpetrating crime” #G20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @snotforprofit: #G20 crowd demographics: Mixed gender, genx/ y with video cameras, boomers w/ SLR lenses, ethnicity varied – few teen, lots of 30sumthins
24 minutes ago via web
RT @anndouglas: CBC TV reporting less than 100 violent protesters out of total crowd of 10,000 protesters. #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @postedtoronto: Mayor Miller: “From what I have seen, police are acting appropriately. Their response to violence will be ‘strong'”
25 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Matt Braga is at University and College: They’ve got the sound cannon out. They’re saying things, but I’m not close enough to hear.
26 minutes ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Just saw someone smash the glass doors of Canada Permanent Building at Adelaide and Bay.
26 minutes ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: 30 mins ago police used rubber bullets or bean bags on #G20 crowd. @CBCNews picking up story now #G20Report
26 minutes ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: Cops fired on crowd: rubber bullets or bean bags at University/College #g20report #g20 #policestate
26 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Choppers heading towards Covention Centre. Or King and Bay melee?#g20
26 minutes ago via web
RT @PialiRoy: For folks far away, #G20 protests here in Toronto have become chaotic at times in downtown core beyond fence. Entire city is NOT under siege
26 minutes ago via web
RT @kellyowarrior: At the fence – just walked around the block at King & Yonge – riot Cops holding back march still at King & Bay #g20 http://yfrog.com/mrog6j
27 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: approx 500 riot cops in Queen’s Park, even more on bikes & horses; protesters getting pushed back. College completely blocked. #g20report
27 minutes ago via web
RT @impolitical: Star blog 5:06 pm: tear gas canisters have been thrown but landed too far away fr protesters 2 have impact (College St) http://ow.ly/23Ghu
27 minutes ago via web
RT @buhfy: One guy smashed on head with baton. Smelling tear gas now; ppl crying.
27 minutes ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Toronto Police – ISU now retracting statement they used tear gas. #g20
28 minutes ago via web
RT @680News: Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows confirmed to 680News police have not used firearms, pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets in G20 protest.
29 minutes ago via web
shares http://tinyurl.com/38lzsdh (Torontoist – G20 Live) Along with rabbleca on Twitter, you can follow Toron… http://plurk.com/p/60la2v
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @tara_cssdp: Cops rushing group at college and university #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: RT @TorontoStar: 3 hospitals in lock down – Mt. Sinai, Toronto General and Princess Margaret #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Riot police squeezing protestors out of Queens Park. Very strategic. Protestors telling each other to slowly back out. Some get arrested #G8
about 1 hour ago via web
The deaf man that was arrested yesterday has been released finally. #G20 http://plurk.com/p/60l8zp
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @HiMYSYeD: TPS in riot gear have safely retaken University & college intersection. #g20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/208atr
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @RaveenaAulakh #G20 Everyone is waiting for teargas at King and Bay. Very angry protesters, cops angrier.
about 1 hour ago via web
“Hey ho! Harper’s got to go!!!” (angry) Please replurk and retweet. Canadian citizens need your support! http://plurk.com/p/60l8be
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @tamera: Harper knew this would happen to our beautiful city. Inexcusable to have held the #G20 here. Shame.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @balkissoon: Yonge St. is an absolute sea of people. Big group stops to chk World Cup through window. Cheers for Ghana. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @RaveenaAulakh: #G20 Wildest and angriest crowd of the day yet. Screaming, bellowing and pushing COPS back at King and Bay.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g20updates: Toronto Police’s Wendy Drummond confirms to CP24 that tear gas has been used for the first time in Toronto #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: A sit-in on the streetcar tracks at King and Yonge. ”If we get violent, they’ll get violent” #g20 http://twitpic.com/2085xn
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @KateMilberry: RT @MDCLegalUpdates: Deaf man arrested yesterday finally released after being denied access to counsel & ALS interpreter #g20report #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @CP24: Police confirm tear gas has been used at College St. and University Ave.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: Police fire rubber bullets at media. Miss violent protesters at University and College. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @JayManCanada: CBC reporter: two seriously injured in protests. One man’s skull was visible through gash in his head, rushed to hospital. #g20report
about 1 hour ago via web
If they can sneak in a temp regulation this fast that gives police such widespread authority and power, how fa… http://plurk.com/p/60l7ft
about 1 hour ago via API
Does Toronto need a Neda before people will stand up against what may well be the beginnings of a police state… http://plurk.com/p/60l73z
about 1 hour ago via API
I’m hearing EMS (Emergency Medical Services) vehicles now. The sound is moving south… I am really hoping no … http://plurk.com/p/60l6r4
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @davescrivener: Marchers heading down Bay into the heart of the financial district. #G20 still in the 1000s
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @craigkielburger: Tear gas being deployed at College and University. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @HarshaWalia: Thousands still on the street in toronto: labor, anti war, students, anarchists, community organizers. G20 shutdown! #g20report
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: No sign yet of supposed military. Maybe a false alarm? #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @g8g20agenda: Eaton Centre now being evacuated. #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @TorontoStar: Eaton Centre locked down. Protesters now outside police headquarters. #g20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @G8G20ISUca: ***There is no fench breach at Bay and King as there is no security fence there. #g8g20isu
about 1 hour ago via web
I’m using Plurk and Twitter, for the Plurkers on here, you can follow me on Twitter. Same name as on here. http://plurk.com/p/60l5mv
about 1 hour ago via API
Hear those helicopters? It’s the sound of liberty dying. Today is a very bad day in the history of Toronto. :-… http://plurk.com/p/60l4np
about 1 hour ago via API
RT @theonetruegigi: Why do they hold #g20 in urban areas? Whoever keeps planning this shit deserves to be taken out back and beaten. Repeatedly.
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @theonetruegigi: Stephen Harper is a supremely irresponsible, unthinking yet calculating asshole for dropping this #G20 turd on #Toronto.
about 1 hour ago via web
I’ve been hearing helicopters all week. Another one flew by a few minutes ago heading south. http://plurk.com/p/60l1jn
RT @g8g20agenda: Apparently the military is arriving in Toronto. #G20
9 minutes ago via web
RT @a_picazo: BlackBloc’s violence was permitted, willingly by the police standing idly by as peaceful protests were stormed by BlackBloc. #G20 #cdnpoli
9 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Tensions are mounting at Queen and John. Some spitting, throwing of food. #G20
10 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Queen and Richmond stalemate. There’s smoke. P http://tweetphoto.com/29306485
10 minutes ago via web
RT @FancieTweets: Police pushback at #battleofspadina. We’re not budging. #g20report #cbcg20 http://twitpic.com/2077ec
11 minutes ago via web
RT @PreemptDissent: Here comes the water cannon: RT @TorontoStar http://twitpic.com/206x9j #g20 #g20report
11 minutes ago via web
RT @kady: Okay, seems to have calmed down a bit. It’s sort of a riot cop/media/anarchist sandwich, actually. #cbcg20
11 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: GO Transit not running between Danforth and Mimico stations due to #G20
11 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: RT @mmcohen police have drawn line just south of queen. tear gas, mounted units , and psu http://twitpic.com/2075e9 #G20
12 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: reinforcments being brought in at Spadina, John, Peter south of queen #g20report
12 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: Medical emergency at Queen and John. Protesters bleeding profusely. Unclear why. #g20
12 minutes ago via web
RT @IndiraBalki: Amazing 2 see the crwd strng despite all the full deplymt of the #policestate & its arsnal #g20 strand’d in the burbs
13 minutes ago via web
RT @erynwheatley: report of serious incidents of police beating crowd 3 to 5 people with head injuries Queen and John #g20report #resistG20
13 minutes ago via web
RT @kellyowarrior: People’s First march has breakaway at Spadina &Queen – south to the fence #g20 http://yfrog.com/0cyqtoj
13 minutes ago via web
RT @andreamoffat: RT @lacymacauley: This crowd is huge! Probably closer to 20,000. Another group pic! #Toronto #G20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/2072np
14 minutes ago via web
RT @stephen_taylor: Members of Black Bloc get pepper sprayed at Queen/John according to report #G20
15 minutes ago via web
@rabbleca Protesters, please don’t break down the bookstore – books are part of freedom of expression!!!!
15 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: CP24 reports at Spadina and Richmond, protesters are throwing sticks #G20
17 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: RT @ArielTroster: Cops at Queen and John, guarding Chapters in full riot gear #G20report http://twitpic.com/20742s
17 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: EMS called to treat 3 protesters bleeding from the head at Queen and John – can’t get there due 2 protesters clogging streets
18 minutes ago via web
RT @adammacisaac: #PoliceState for “own security” RT @milleramy Queen & John members of black bloc peppersprayed & one bleeding from head. #g20report #Cdnpoli
19 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: reports protesters broke away to head down John St. to fence beaten with shields and batons; have rejoined protest on Queen. #g20report
19 minutes ago via web
RT @nationalpost: Two protest organizers arrested while leaving Allan Gardens tent city http://natpo.st/9srsDn
19 minutes ago via web
RT @journodave: Looks like Toronto is about to get tear gassed. Riot cops masking up now. #G20
20 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: People pushed back to queen street but they are not afraid. Everyone is united. #g20 #g20report
21 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: People marched through the first line of cops, met by riot police and police beat people with batons. #g20 #g20report
21 minutes ago via web
@NoLore Hope you’re okay. Get to safety if you need to!
22 minutes ago via web in reply to NoLore
RT @NoLore: Just got beat down by a cop while I was huddled in at speakers corner. Thanks to the folks who dragged me out. I’m fully shaken #g20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Some riot police at Queen and John are starting to put their gas masks on, CP24 reports. #G20
23 minutes ago via web
RT @abtthecause: RT @NoLore We broke through. Just saw a broken nose. Riot cops are slamming their shields
23 minutes ago via web
RT @liamdevlincasey: Women chanting “Healthcare, childcare, anything but warfare.” #g20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: Police just donned gas masks & what looks like tear gas guns to confront the protesters that are trying to charge down John Street. /SM #G20
24 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: people are trying to break through at john street. #g20report
24 minutes ago via web
RT @michalhay: Riot police shoving everyone at queen and John #G20 #g20report
24 minutes ago via web
RT @erynwheatley: RT @AntoniaZ: No TTC. No civil liberties. No freedom from illegal searches. It’s almost like Toronto is under arrest 2day. #G20 #policestate
25 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: Additional lines of cops forming along south side of Spadina as crowd gathers at Queen & Spadina #g20report #g20
25 minutes ago via web
RT @g20mobilize: East on queen street, rubber bullet cops only at us embassy #g20report
25 minutes ago via web
RT @michalhay: What is this cop armed with? #G20 #g20report #cbcg20 http://tweetphoto.com/29298891
26 minutes ago via web
RT @FancieTweets: Some RCMP are packing MP5 machine guns at the #g20 demo. This not democracy #g20report http://twitpic.com/206umm
26 minutes ago via web
RT @lacymacauley: Dose of Celtic liberation! Bagpiper says he’s piping to inspire ppl to take to streets! #Toronto #G20 #G20report http://twitpic.com/206u9z
27 minutes ago via web
RT @nowtoronto: CEP rep tells me protest is going to try and get to fence to challenge new arrest regs. #g20
27 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: RT @g20mobilize: Cops with rubber bullet guns everywhere. Almost at queen st #g20report
27 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: Lots of people photographing the cops. “How do you sleep at night?” People yell. #g20 #g20report
28 minutes ago via web
RT @timmcsorley: reports that two lines of police – full-geared riot cops, and helmeted bike cops – blocking every road leading to the fence. #g20report
29 minutes ago via web
RT @NoLore: Insane bottleneck forced on crowd to keep ppl well away from the US consulate. #g20 #g20report http://twitpic.com/206u6d
29 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Nick Aveling on Queen St.: Police block every route southbound, while Black Block members rush to the front of the group at Queen and Soho
30 minutes ago via web
RT @SimaSaharZerehi: As cops with tear gas gun step in protestors chant “we’re not violent how about you?” #g20report #g20 http://twitpic.com/206t3w
30 minutes ago via web
RT @RBird1010: Officers in riot gear block Spadina, south of Queen http://twitpic.com/206t1z
31 minutes ago via web
RT @AntoniaZ: #G20 @g20mobilize release says 20 cops busted into a TO home, dragging & kicking people from beds at 4:45 a.m. No warrants. #OntarioValues
32 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: Riot police with shields lined up on Richmond across University. Police on bikes hold up protest on Queen and University to create a buffer
33 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Lots of new photos and video up at http://rabble.ca/issues/g8-g20 #g20report #g8g20 #cbcg20 #g8 #g20
33 minutes ago via web
“Hey ho! G20’s gotta go!!! X-( (angry) http://plurk.com/p/60ks1p
36 minutes ago via API
G20 and Gay Pride today. Gay Pride is eerily quiet. Guess people are at home or at the protests. I knew I’d be… http://plurk.com/p/60krue
37 minutes ago via API
RT @rabbleca: Second wave diverting as well. Riot cops are set up south of Queen @yeeguan #g20 http://tweetphoto.com/29294983
40 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: First wave of protesters diverted west on Queen from uni. http://tweetphoto.com/29294356
41 minutes ago via web
RT @CP24: #TTC subway south of Bloor on University and Yonge lines shutting down. No shuttle bus service. #ttcu
42 minutes ago via web
RT @Ella_Henry: Police shut down emergency room entrance #g20 http://twitpic.com/206kvn
43 minutes ago via web
RT @rabbleca: About 30 cops are guarding the US embassy. http://tweetphoto.com/29292630
43 minutes ago via web
RT @torontoist: What’s going on right now, at Queen’s Park, at the fence, at Eastern Avenue: http://bit.ly/dhC8RK #G20
44 minutes ago via web
RT @g20updates: CP24 reports that two protesters have been arrested, armed with what police say are incendiary devices #G20
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @rabbleca: Photo blog: Toronto communities oppose G20 http://bit.ly/9Y7uvO
about 1 hour ago via web
RT @theonetruegigi: Ode to the #G20 with photos (his formatting is wonky – don’t look at me!) http://cot.ag/9l7xrN #toronto

Other updates can be found on Torontoist.com G20 Live.

I am greatly concerned about the arrests made this morning when police entered someone’s home without a warrant – see “G20 house raids, arrests” and “G20: Protesters allege police illegally arrested organizers” This is exactly what I feared would happen due to Ont. Reg. 233/10. I have already looked and examined Ont. Reg. 233/10 and the PWPA as mentioned in my previous blog, and I do not see anywhere in the PWPA that the police are allowed to enter anyone’s home without a warrant. Any arrests following the entrance of someone’s home without a proper warrant would therefore be considered illegal. I think the people arrested this morning due to this illegal entrance by the police should look into a Charter challenge like Vasey has done.

“I requested a warrant at least five times from the cop who refused to show me his badge number, to which he said they have every legal right to do what they’re doing and they didn’t have to show us anything,” Tammy Kovich, an activist who was in the raided home, wrote in a press release.

They also allege that police did not allow them to get legal advice. “I went out the front door to get a signal so that I could call for legal advice, and a cop grabbed me and pushed me back towards the house. A minute later, I was on the phone with the G20 legal people, and he grabbed my phone away from me and smashed it onto the front porch,” Renee Henderson, said in a press release.

In a further update “TCMN: At least 4 community organizers currently being held as political prisoners as G20 related police repression continues to increase.”

Okay, breaktime. Need food. Back later.

~~~Cass
Your local blogger
“Hey ho! G20’s got to go!!!” “Hey ho! Harper’s got to go!!!”

Update: Constitutional and Human Rights at the G20

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

I was getting tired as I was writing my blog earlier. Let’s not forget the “fundamental freedoms” given the CCRF:

“2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.”

The UDHR provides in Article 19, “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.” Most importantly, Article 20(1) of the UDHR provides that “Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.” Peaceful protesters have every right to march and demonstrate against the G20 Summit and to express their opinions. Additionally, journalists have every right to be in the area in order to provide news coverage to the public.

In another Toronto Star article, we are told that Vasey is filing a Charter challenge to the PWPA and its accompanying regulation, Ont. Reg. 233/10. I say, good for him! Another issue with the PWPA is the assumption of guilt of anyone near the G20 area. When did “innocent until proven guilty” go away? Article 11 of the UDHR and Section 11 of the CCRF provides for this.

Also, disturbingly, police have arrested a deaf person. Torontoist is posting updates on their “G20 Live” page.

“8:09 PM: Kelli Korducki and Christopher Drost, both in Allan Gardens, are reporting that a large majority of the protesters there are now decamping and marching towards the special G20 detention facility located in the former Toronto Film Studios on Eastern Avenue. Reports indicate that earlier today a deaf man attempted to cross a line of police officers on bicycles, and when he was unable to communicate his intentions effectively to those officers he was knocked to the ground and taken into custody. Protesters are heading down to the detention centre with an interpreter, to try to secure his release.”

“9:13 PM: Christopher Bird and Christopher Drost are now on scene at the Eastern Avenue detention centre where a deaf man who tried to cross a line of police officers is being held. There are approximately thirty protesters present, and the police-to-protester ratio looks to be at least 3:1. The protesters are so far entirely peaceful, and say that they will not leave until they get a lawyer and a certified ASL interpreter on the scene. Saron Gebresellasi, a friend and neighbour of the detained man, has been speaking with the media on behalf of the protesters.”

“11:14 PM: Someone with a megaphone at Allan Gardens has just announced that the deaf person being held at the Eastern Avenue detention facility has been offered an ASL interpreter, but that this interpreter is a police officer. A contingent is now leaving Allan Gardens to head down to the former Toronto Film Studio site and show their support.”

Hopefully, he’ll get an interpreter soon.

It’s late now and I need some shut-eye. Stay safe everyone!

~~~C

Constitutional and Human Rights at the G20 (re: Ont. Reg. 233/10)

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Toronto Star‘s article, “Just being near the G20 security zone can get you arrested”, has added more fuel to the fire today as it reveals that a new Ontario regulation came in force on June 21, 2010 without adequate notice to the public. The regulation, Ontario Regulation 233/10 (or Ont. Reg. 233/10), was filed on June 14, 2010 and listed on the e-laws site on June 16, 2010. (It won’t be published in the Ontario Gazette until July 3, 2010, after it is revoked.) This regulation makes use of the Ontario Public Works Protection Act (PWPA) as a way to give more power and authority to not only official police forces, but also anyone who is a “guard” of a public work. (“Guard” as defined in the Act “means a guard appointed under” the PWPA.) While the PWPA is not a new Act, it is the sly way that the regulation was put in place that has given people cause to worry that the powers as defined in the PWPA may be taken too far or, for that matter, may be unconstitutional to begin with. The regulation was not passed in provincial legislature, but was rather passed as an “order in council” only on June 2, 2010. This new temporary regulation (temporary as it will be revoked on June 28, 2010) was brought to media’s attention following the arrest of Dave Vasey who clearly did not know that a regulation was passed in accordance with the PWPA.

For clarification, here’s how the regulation and the PWPA work together. Ont. Reg. 233/10 details the area that is being considered a “public work”, the two five-meter areas enclosing it, and a driveway area. As is typical with every Ontario Act, the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make any regulations pertaining to that Act. Under the PWPA, a “public work” includes “any other building, place or work designated a public work by the Lieutenant Governor in Council”. The PWPA states that “Every person appointed as a guard under this section has for the purposes of this Act the powers of a peace officer.” (Section 2, subsection 2) This is worrisome as now you suddenly have security guards with the full powers of a police officer, without the actual (extensive? debatable according to some opinions) training a police officer may have undergone.

The most troubling sections of the PWPA are Section 3 “Powers of guard or peace officer” and Section 5 “Refusal to obey guard, etc” and “Arrest”.

Section 3 “Powers of guard or peace officer” says,
“A guard of peace officer,
(a) may require any person entering or attempting to enter any public work or any approach thereto to furnish his or her name and address, to identify himself or herself and to state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter the public work, in writing or otherwise;
(b) may search, without warrant, any person entering or attempting to enter a public work or a vehicle in the charge or under the control of any such person or which has recently been or is suspected of having been in the charge or under the control of any such person or in which any such person is a passenger; and
(c) may refuse permission to any person to enter a public work and use such force as is necessary to prevent any such person from so entering.”

Section 5(1) “Refusal to obey guard” says,
“Every person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or direction made under this Act by a guard or peace officer, and every person found upon a public work or any approach thereto without lawful authority, the proof whereof lies on him or her, is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.”

While Section 5(2) “Arrest” further underlines,
“A guard or peace officer may arrest, without warrant, any person who neglects or refuses to comply with a request or direction of a guard or peace officer, or who is found upon or attempting to enter a public work without lawful authority.”

I personally feel that these sections, as outlined above, being used as a way to provide further security to an area by temporarily marking the area as a “public work” brings up some human rights concerns and should be consider unconstitutional and contrary to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (CCRF). Let’s examine each section in turn.

Section 3(a) requires people to provide “his or her name and address, to identify himself or herself and to state the purpose for which he or she desires to enter the public work”. Understand that public works are generally government buildings which are permanent structures and which are clearly marked as such, but in this case, without adequate notice to the general populace we have an area marked as a “public work” where people must now have to provide identification. Normally, because a public work is clearly marked and the general populace has over time gotten to know that it is a public work, Section 3(a) does not pose a problem. However, we have an area temporarily marked as a public work and we suddenly do not have the freedom to wander even outside in that general area without being stopped and asked to provide identification or being required to answer any other questions from police or security guards. I find this contrary to Section 7 of the CCRF regarding “Life, liberty, and security of person” which states “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” In the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), for which Canada is a party state to, Article 3 also reads “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.”

Section 3(b) gives guards the right to “search, without warrant, any person entering or attempting to enter a public work” which means that we cannot go into this temporarily marked “public work” area without fear of being searched. This is contrary Section 8 of the CCRF “Search or seizure” which states “Everyone has the right to be secure against unreasonable search or seizure.” Section 3(b) makes it all too easy for guards to be unreasonable in wanting to search people. They may want to search someone at random with no due cause or reason to suspect the person of any wrongdoing making it an “unreasonable search”. Note that Section 3(b) also applies to a vehicle or vehicles a person who is wanting to enter the public work may be in charge or under control of and also any vehicle that person “is suspected of having been in the charge or under the control of”. It also applies to any vehicle in which that person is/was a passenger.

Section 3(c) is, in my opinion, badly written and should have included the word “reasonable” in front of “force” so that it reads “use such reasonable force as is necessary to prevent…” Without the word “reasonable” inserted, Section 3(c) gives guards to the public work too much authority and leeway to use as much force as they wish in order to refuse someone entrance to the public work, as long as they can say it was “necessary”. This can easily lead to police brutality, which is a human rights issue. In the UDHR, Article 5 states “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” The CCRF under Section 12 “Treatment or punishment” also says, “Everyone has the right not to be subjected to any cruel and unusual treatment or punishment.” Simply put, guards and police do not have the right to beat any peaceful protesters in order to prevent them from entering a public work. To do so is unconstitutional and, more seriously, a human rights offence.

Section 5 of the PWPA is what gave authority for the police officer to arrest Dave Vasey. According to the Toronto Star article on his arrest (linked above):

Vasey was arrested Thursday afternoon while exploring the G20 perimeter with his friend, Cameron Fenton. He said they were just “walking around” when they were stopped by police at York St. and Bremner Blvd.

“The officer told me, ‘I am going to have to place you under arrest if you don’t show your identification,’ and I replied ‘I’m not comfortable with that.’”

Vasey said he had been provided with legal information prior to the G20 from the Toronto Community Mobilization Network, an umbrella group supporting thousands of protesters descending on the city.

“But (police) told me there was this bylaw,” he said. “I didn’t know what they were talking about.”

Vasey was held under the Public Works Protection Act and charged with refusing to comply with a request of a peace officer. His bail lawyer, Howard Morton, said that, as far as he knows, Vasey is the first to be arrested under the new regulation.

Vasey was released sometime later, around 9 p.m. and commented that he only learned of the regulation after his release. The Toronto Star notes that the Summit’s Security Unit did not respond to inteview requests.

The issue I have with Section 5 is the same as I explained for Section 3(a). It’s simply the fact that there was no adequate notice given about this temporary regulation (short notice can be proven to be inadequate notice in some cases, and I think it should be considered inadequate notice in this case). Protesters were actually given legal advice leading up to the G20, but none of the legal advisors knew about this regulation so no protesters were given the warning ahead of time of the requirement to have identification with them, even for just walking around the perimeter of the G20 area. Considering that the regulation was only published on e-laws on June 16, 2010 and went into force only five days later on June 21, 2010, proper notice to the public should have been made via mainstream and popular media. I can’t seriously believe it would have been too hard to have made a press release, which would have then quickly made its way known to the public via instant online communication sites such as Twitter.

I should point out here that Section 5(1) of the PWPA is like Section 3(a) in that it may have been written for the purpose of protecting government buildings that people may want to break into. Like I mentioned, government buildings are permanent structures and clearly marked or at least over time are known to be public works by the general populace. Generally, no one would be found on a public work without lawful authority unless they were trying to break into it. Obviously, entering a public work when it is open (such as a driver’s licensing office) is not an offence. Section 5(1) says that anyone unlawfully entering a public work “is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two months, or to both.”

Section 5(2) is straightforward and is typically found in regulations when they need to give proper authority for making arrests. Again, I reiterate that the problem here isn’t the section itself since it was likely meant as a way to protect government buildings, but rather the fact that it’s being used as a way to provide more authority to guards and police officers by simply designated an area, which used to be free for people to walk in, as a “public work”. This may lead to arbitrary arrests and detention of civilians, a human rights offence and also unconstitutional. Article 9 of the UDHR states, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.” Section 9 of the CCRF “Detention or imprisonment” states too, “Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned.”

To sum up, here’s where the problem lies as I see it. The PWPA should not be used to temporarily and on short notice declare an area as a “public work”, effectively declaring it off-limits to the general populace. Doing so has to the questioning of the constitutionality of the PWPA and whether or not it can lead to human rights violations. Measures should be put in place to prevent the passing of any regulation on short notice. Regulations for the PWPA should be passed through Legislature (Provincial Parliament) and not simply by an “order in council”. Apparently, I’m not the only one questioning how this regulation got passed, the due process of notification, the constitutionality of it, and that it may be a human rights concern. From the first Toronto Star article linked above:

“It’s just unbelievable you would have this kind of abuse of power where the cabinet can create this offence without having it debated in the Legislature,” said Howard Morton, the lawyer representing Dave Vasey, who was arrested Thursday under the sweeping new police powers.

“It was just done surreptitiously, like a mushroom growing under a rock at night.”

[Nathalie] Des Rosiers is a lawyer with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, which has been working to monitor arrests during the summit. “This is highly unusual to have this declaration done by order-in-council without many people knowing about it.”

According to Vasey’s lawyer, neither he nor his colleagues at the law union were aware of this draconian new regulation. Des Rosiers said the CCLA and protesters have met with summit officials on several occasions and the regulation was never mentioned.

“They don’t even have signs up saying you can’t be within five metres or you’re subject to the following,” Morton said. “If they really wanted to keep the peace, they would have announced the regulation.”

Morton said he’s unaware of any precedents to such a regulation being passed in Ontario and questions if it is even constitutional.

Des Rosiers said the regulation runs contrary to the Charter of Rights because it prohibits people from generally circulating on public land.

The G20 security fence has been a magnet for passersby and protesters alike, with many people approaching to take pictures or just quench their curiosity.

For Des Rosiers, she is especially worried because most people, including protesters, will operate under the assumption they have a right to refuse handing over identification to police.

“Protesters would have been told that the law of the land is that you don’t have to talk to police officers if you don’t want to,” she said. “This changes things because even if you attempt to approach, it gives the power to the guard to demand identification.

“It’s a significant intrusion on people’s rights.”

Rabble.ca writer, Krystalline Kraus, has quickly put up an article, “G8/G20 Communique: New powers of arrest for police” providing some information and advice for protesters in consideration of this new regulation.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
— According to the new regulation, “guards” appointed under the act can arrest anyone who, in specific areas, comes within five metres of the security zone.
–Within those areas, police can demand identification from anyone coming within five metres of the fence perimeter and search them. If they refuse, they face arrest. Anyone convicted under the regulation could also face up to two months in jail or a $500 maximum fine.
[Cass’ note: You may actually be fined AND face up to two months in jail according to Section 5(1) of the PWPA. Additionally, as mentioned above, the police may use force to prevent you from entering the area.]

So please: don’t go anywhere alone; ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A BUDDY

Please, try to not let this news panic – empower yourself with as much information as you can.
And don’t isolate yourselves – talk to other activists about how you feel about these new draconian police powers and plan among your friends or affinity group how you guys want to move forward.

Below, I have provided a map of the general area described as in Schedule 1 of Ontario Regulation 233/10. Where it is unclear what the line is between two markers, please read the descriptions with the markers. It was hard to determine where some points are supposed to be on the map, but with the actual descriptions from the regulation, it should help.


View G20 Perimeter in a larger map

Please, stay safe. Don’t wander around by yourself. Stay informed. Know your rights – and keep it peaceful. If it turns violent, please leave the scene. Get out of the area and contact someone you trust.

~~~C
Your local blogger

Human Rights for Iran – Global Day of Action (also Abolish the Death Penalty Campaign)

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

“It all started with a girl.”1 I read that in a comic book before, but here I am referring to a real girl, not a fictional character.

This girl’s name was Neda Agha-Soltan, who was killed almost a year ago in Iran while watching a peaceful protest. Neda’s death was captured on video and in the days immediately following, the video was shown around the world. Since then, she has become a powerful symbol for those wanting and promoting change in Iran. Significantly, her name Neda means “voice” in Farsi or Persian. Even today, it appears the regime in Iran is afraid of her symbolic memory as they have desecrated her grave on more than a few occasions. (See “Neda Agha-Soltan: ‘She is dead but regime is still afraid of her’“, which also has a video documentary of her.)

June 12, 2009 was the date of Iran’s 10th presidential election, the results of which was being protested on June 20, 2009 – the day Neda Agha-Soltan was shot and killed. Others were killed along with Neda, though the number of confirmed casualties is in dispute. Others who were not killed were held captive, and to this day many are still being held prisoners. These prisoners are called “prisoners of conscience“, a term coined by Amnesty International (Amnesty or AI) in the 1960s. “Prisoners of conscience” refers to “those who have been imprisoned and/or persecuted for the non-violent expression of their conscientiously-held beliefs.” (Ref: Wikipedia article. See above link.)

Today is the anniversary of Iran’s 10th presidential election, which led up to the Iranian election protests and to the untimely death of Neda. Amnesty declared today a “Global Day of Action” and along with other organizations held a protest/rally in Toronto. Following are some photos I took while dropping by Queen’s Park to check out the rally:

“June 12: Oppose Torture, Unjust Imprisonment, and Execution in Iran!”


Rainy day, but that didn’t stop these people from coming out.


Nor these.


You can see a picture of Neda in the background, above the big sign with Persian on it and next to “No to Islamic Republic of Iran”.


More people staying the course on a rainy day. Life could much worse than getting soaked by rainwater.


The big sign on the left says “Secular Democracy. Human rights. Freedom. Justice for Iran.” Above it is a bigger picture of Neda.


T-shirts for an important life or death cause.


“Jafar Kazemi. Sentence: Execution. Crime: Protesting.”


Lots of signs.


And more.


Large sign obscured by people: “Change for Iran. Human Rights for Iran.”


One last shot. Large photo of Neda. The black sign with the noose says, “Stop Execution.” The white sign in the middle says, “Human Rights Council Condemn Widespread HR Violation in IRAN.”

If you believe in peace and freedom for all, please consider signing Amnesty’s petition and help free Iran’s prisoners of conscience – Release Iranian prisoners of conscience.


“Neda” video by The Airborne Toxic Event

For more about Neda and how else to help human rights in Iran (and elsewhere), please see “Neda Speaks”.

~~~C
Your local human rights blogger,
“I am Neda”

Notes:

1. Angel: After the Fall (volume one)

Tasers and Human Rights – Follow Up

Friday, June 11th, 2010

This is a follow-up to my blog post from 2008, Tasers and Humans Rights.

Tasers in Canada

In its 2007 World Report, Amnesty International (Amnesty or AI) reported that there were 15 Taser-related deaths in Canada since April 2003. (The report covers the year 2006.)

In the 2009 World Report, there were at least four more Taser-related deaths in Canada bringing the total to 19 since April 2003. This report included Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, who died after being stunned with a taser by the RCMP at Vancouver International Airport (as mentioned in my “Tasers and Human Rights” blog post linked above). His death was number 17.

The 2009 World Report by Amnesty cited six more Taser-related deaths bringing the total to 25 since April 2003.

In July 2009, AI reiterated its call for restrictions on Taser use. This public statement indicates that there were a total of 26 Taser-related deaths since April 2003. Amnesty in this public statement shares the findings from the Braidwood report (which is a report of the investigation into the death of Polish immigrant, Robert Dziekanski):

“After reviewing evidence from a wide range of sources, including research studies and experts in cardiology and electrophysiology, Justice Braidwood concluded that “conducted energy weapons” (CEWs) such as Tasers had the potential to fatally disturb the heart rhythm, even in healthy individuals, particularly when the CEW probes were placed across the chest.

He found that the risk of dangerous arrhythmias increased in people who had cardiovascular disease; whose heart was already stimulated through intense pain or stress; who were “thin” with “smaller skin-to-heart distance”; wore heart pacemakers; or were subjected to repeated shocks.

The report recommended that the threshold for using CEWs should be raised from “active resistance” (the most common threat level at which it was deployed by police in B.C.) to cases where individuals presented a bodily threat – and only when less extreme measures had been exhausted or were ineffective. It also recommended that all officers deploying Tasers should carry defibrillators (electrical devices used to restore normal heart beat) and should generally limit any CEW use to one five-second shock.

Amnesty International considers that the Braidwood findings are particularly significant as the potential and theoretical health risks described in the report appear to be demonstrated in actual death cases.

The findings reflect many of the concerns raised by Amnesty International in its recent study of deaths following Taser use in the USA. In a report published in December 2008, Less than Lethal? The use of Stun Weapons in US Law Enforcement, Amnesty International reviewed scores of deaths since 2001 and found they raised serious concern about safety and reliability of such weapons.

Many of the individuals who died were subjected to prolonged or repeated shocks, and in a significant proportion of the fatalities the deceased had heart disease or were shocked in the chest.

Most of the 334 fatalities in Amnesty International’s study involved people who were disturbed or intoxicated; however, in some cases, the deceased had no drugs in their system or underlying health problems but collapsed shortly after being shocked.

A further concern is that most of the individuals in Amnesty International’s study did not appear to present a serious threat when they were shocked with Tasers; 90% were unarmed.
Based on the potential health risks linked to such weapons and their potential for abuse, Amnesty International continues to call on governments and law enforcement authorities to either suspend their use or limit the deployment of Tasers to life-threatening situations.”

AI released its 2010 World report at the end of May this year. It states that there was at least one Taser-related death in Canada bringing the total to 26 (this is same number reported in AI’s July 2009 public statement reiterating its call for restrictions on Taser use; thus, it seems no more deaths have occurred since the Braidwood report). According to the 2010 World Report, in February, the RCMP revised its policy on Tasers and limited their use to situations where there is a “threat to public or officer safety”. There was public inquiry in British Columbia into the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski (the Braidwood inquiry mentioned above). The provincial government accepted all the recommendations outlined in the inquiry’s July interim report, one of which is raising the threshold for police use of Tasers from the standard of “active resistance” to “causing bodily harm”. This means that the Taser should not be used on someone for simply resisting arrest, but rather that the person’s actions must be physically hurting someone before the Taser could be used. Finally, in October, the RCMP and other Canadian police forces adopted directives that officers “should not aim Tasers at the chests of individuals.”

Although there was one Taser-related death in 2009, hopefully the changes made during the past year will prevent any further deaths related to having been stunned by a Taser.

Tasers in other countries

We still have a long way to go in preventing Taser-related deaths in other countries, notably the U.S. As of July 2009, “More than 360 similar deaths have been reported in the USA since 2001.” Additionally, the Taser X3 is a concern of AI as it allows officers to discharge three consecutive shots without needing to reload the cartridge. Amnesty writes, “Although current models, such as the Taser X26, allow officers to inflict repeated shocks by pressing the trigger once the Taser probes are attached to the subject, officers have to reload the cartridge to fire a second set of probes. This provides a built-in break on multiple discharges of the probes and allows officers to stop to evaluate the situation, as required by a growing number of law enforcement policies.”

In AI’s 2010 report on the U.S., there were at least 47 Taser-related deaths, bringing the total to more than 390 Taser-related deaths in the U.S. since 2001. Some of those killed were teenagers. From AI’s 2009 report on the U.S:

“Seventeen-year-old Darryl Turner died in March when he was shocked after an argument in the store where he worked in North Carolina. A video-tape showed a police officer firing Taser darts into Darryl Turner’s chest as the unarmed teenager stood with his arms by his side. The officer held the trigger down for 37 seconds and shocked him again after he had collapsed on the floor. Darryl Turner died at the scene. The coroner ruled the cause of death to be a fatal disturbance of the heart rhythm due to stress and the Taser shocks. The officer received a five-day suspension from duty.”

and also from the 2010 report:

“Fifteen-year-old Brett Elder, died in Bay City, Michigan, in March, after being shocked by officers responding to reports of unruly behavior at a party. The coroner ruled that the boy, who was of small stature [emphasis added], died from alcohol-induced excited delerium, with the Taser shocks a contributory factor.”

Most recently, following the death of a Mexican migrate after being Tasered by Customs and Border Control police, AI is calling for a full, impartial investigation into the death as well as for the US Customs and Border Protection Agency to “either suspend using Tasers or limit their use to situations where officers are faced with an immediate threat of death or serious injury that cannot be contained through lesser means.” (The same recommendations given in the Braidwood report from Canada.)

To sum up: In the U.S. alone, 390 people have died from Taser-related incidents. Some of them were teenagers. When is law enforcement going to finally admit that Tasers are lethal and deadly and that they are being improperly use? Apparently, not until the public decided to use them. See “Drive-Thru Taser Incident At Wendy’s“. The women involved were charged with “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony”. And law enforcement spent the past few years claiming Tasers weren’t dangerous?? Clearly, the issue of Taser use needs to be straightened out in the U.S. – and soon.

~~~C

Day of Action for Gaza – June 5, 2010

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

For those following the issues related to Gaza, Rabble.ca has posted some photos from the “Day of Action for Gaza” on June 5, 2010.

~~~C

Deleting Facebook – Here’s How

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Okay, here’s how to get rid of Facebook. I just did it, so this is current as of this blog post.

Before deleting your account, make sure you have unchecked any email notifications (they apparently still notify you of some things if you only deactivate the account; I’m not sure if they will do this during the 14 days while you wait for your account to be permanently deleted, but I personally prefer to not receive any more emails after I leave) and removed any connected sites that send information to Facebook (such as Twitter) as any information getting sent to your account will keep it “live”. I thought I read somewhere that you may want to delete your browser’s history, and cache, and cookies collected. I don’t have my web browser automatically signing into Facebook. Maybe some apps on the mobile phones do… if so, make sure to remove Facebook from your phone. (The Google Nexus One has a Facebook app installed, and I can’t figure out how to remove it, but I can sign in and out. As long as I stay signed out, it’s fine.)

So, here’s how to delete your Facebook.

1. Sign in and click on the “Account” drop-down menu.
2. Click on “Help Center”.
3. Click on “Privacy”.
4. Click on “Deactivating, Deleting and Memorializing accounts”.

Under the “Deleting Accounts” section, it says:

“What happens when my account has a pending deletion request?
Once you have submitted a request to permanently delete your account, no further action is required on your end. Our system delays the deletion process in case you change your mind and no longer want to permanently delete your account. Note that logging in to your account again will undo a pending deletion request.

Once your account is permanently deleted, there is no way to undo this action. You will not be able to reactivate the account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added to it.
/help/?faq=15665

and

“How do I permanently delete my account?
If you deactivate your account from the “Deactivate Account” section on the Account page, your profile and all information associated with it are immediately made inaccessible to other Facebook users. What this means is that you effectively disappear from the Facebook service. However, if you want to reactivate at some point, we do save your profile information (friends, photos, interests, etc.), and your account will look just the way it did when you deactivated if you decide to reactivate it. Many users deactivate their accounts for temporary reasons and expect their information to be there when they return to the service.

If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, please keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account permanently deleted with no option for recovery, log in to your account and then submit your request by clicking here.

If you are currently unable to access your account, you will need to reset your password in order to log in. In order to do so, click the “Forgot your password?” link that appears above the field where you would normally enter your password. Once you’ve followed the instructions to reset your password and can log in, you can deactivate or delete your account using the steps outlined above.
/help/?faq=13016

(Note: if for some reason you can’t get the delete account page, try this url – https://ssl.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account.)

5. Click on the linked “here”, which goes to a page that says:

“Delete My Account
If you do not think you will use Facebook again and would like your account deleted, we can take care of this for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to reactivate your account or retrieve any of the content or information you have added. If you would like your account deleted, then click “Submit.””

6. Click the “Submit” button.

7. Fill out the form that pops up. “You are about to permanently delete your account. Are you sure?” Enter your password and the two-word security check (two words appear in a picture, type them into the form box below the picture). Then, click the “Okay” button.

8. Next, a pop-up appears, “Permanently Delete Account”, which says “Your account has been deactivated from the site and will be permanently deleted within 14 days. If you log into your account within the next 14 days, your account will be reactivated and you will have the option to cancel your request.” Click the “Okay” button.

9. Finally! Do “the dance of joy”! You’re free!! 😀

Now, it’s back to a sane life. Need I remind people that for online “social networking”, we still have email and instant messenging. Sometimes, it’s good to get back to the basics.

~~~C
Your local webmistress and blogger (and recently Facebook escapee!)

As for Facebook…

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Further to the blog entry just before this one, I have concluded that there is no point waiting any longer to be free of Facebook. Here are a few articles I found today regarding how to actually delete Facebook, not just deactivate, but to really delete it (I feel it is my duty to let my readers know).

First, read “Why Is It So Hard to Delete Your Facebook Account?”.

Next, is an interesting article from the Economist about one person’s experience with Facebook called “Fleeing Facebook”. As a point of interest, “No, the final straw was a new algorithm deployed by the site’s Live Feed feature that selected news stories based on the number of times the item had been noted by others. The result was a flood of garbage that could not be controlled. More than anything, it said the folks at Facebook just don’t get what user-control is all about.” Yup, thought so, it explains why I wasn’t getting a variety of news on all my friends, and you thought Facebook was supposed to help you keep in touch with everyone. Nope, only the attention wh*res were coming up on my newsfeed. I really wanted to give all my friends an equal chance of keeping in touch with me. I just hope no one is offended that I never commented on their newsfeeds that I probably never saw. It really is Facebook’s fault. Read the comment afterwards by “kid dingo”. Great news!

Finally, a tiny article that should make some people do “the dance of joy” – “”Sweaty” Zuckerberg defends Facebook”. Karma really is after his hide.

~~~C