That's according to a panel of experts organized by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA), who at a Vancouver forum last Thursday called for immediate reform by replacing police-lead investigations with civilian teams.
Know your rights workshops
Have you ever wondered what you should do when stopped by a security official on the street? In your car? At your house? When and what are the police allowed to search? What are you legally allowed to do, or not do? This workshop will give participants a better understanding of their constitutional rights. We will be discussing searches and seizures, civil disobedience, and how your constitutional rights transfer to the UBC campus, including during the Olympic Games period.
Know your rights workshops:
Tuesday, Jan 19th, 12:00pm, in SUB 212
Wednesday, Jan 27th, 1:00pm, SUB 211 (This workshop will have an emphasis on Direct-Action)
Legal observer training
Vigil at 5:45 pm at Victory Park, forum with guest speakers at 6:30 pm at SFU Harbour Centre.
Come join COPE City Councillor Ellen Woodsworth as she hosts an evening
with Rafe Mair, a fundraiser dinner in support of COPE, at the Sala Thai
restaurant in the heart of the Cambie Village.
Rafe will be the keynote speaker for the evening, focusing on his views of
civil liberties and free speech during the upcoming Vancouver Olympic
Rafe began his political career in 1975, and has served as a cabinet
minister in the government of Premier Bill Bennett under a variety of
portfolios including health and education. Leaving Ggovernment in 1981, he
anchored on of the most successful radio talk shows in Vancouver, and now
is a regular contributor with the Tyee.
I drove to the border with two colleagues. We showed our passports to the Canadian guard and answered standard questions about our purpose for entering Canada. No visas are necessary for U.S. citizens to enter.
The guard promptly told us to pull over, leave the car and enter the border crossing building.
Security, Civil Liberties and the 2010 Olympics: A Public Forum Hosted by the Impact on Communities Coalition
David Eby, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
Stefanie Ratjen, Board member, Impact on Communities Coalition
Laura Track, Housing Campaigner, Pivot Legal Society
Alissa Westergard-Thorpe, Olympic critic
Representative from the Integrated Security Unit
Geoff Meggs, Vancouver City Councillor
Steve Sweeney, Vancouver Police Department
Bill Cooper, Director of Commercial Rights Management, VANOC
Moderated by Am Johal, Impact on Communities Coalition