RCMP and Hells Angels: Not as Different as We Think!

A lawyer practicing in Nanaimo once told me, “There’s only two gangs in town. One has a clubhouse and the other has a headquarters”. The lawyer’s views were informed by what he considered to be the group’s ability to avoid convictions for breaking the law. When I later thought about what he said, the similarities … Continue reading RCMP and Hells Angels: Not as Different as We Think!

The Immorality of Enforcing Marijuana Laws

The police should now admit that it is immoral for them to enforce the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) as it pertains to marijuana. Laws must be justified on some moral basis in order for them to be supported by the public. Without support, our police lose the moral authority to enforce cannabis laws. Over … Continue reading The Immorality of Enforcing Marijuana Laws

Drug seizures in Nanaimo fail to stop trafficking

The recent seizure of drugs and weapons by Nanaimo RCMP does nothing to “disrupt supply” and won’t prevent more illicit drugs from entering the city. The largest drug seizure in Canadian history took place in the year 2000 when 100 kilos of heroin were confiscated in Vancouver’s port. Subsequent research published in the Canadian Medical … Continue reading Drug seizures in Nanaimo fail to stop trafficking

RCMP: Difficult Entry, Difficult Exits

I've been educating students, many of whom aspire to join the RCMP, for the past 23 years. I'm often updated by former students about their rigorous application procedure, and why young women and men have been denied entry into the Mounties. It turns out that if your spouse has been convicted of a summary conviction … Continue reading RCMP: Difficult Entry, Difficult Exits