I have a loved who has been targeted by one of the ACTION teams the Spec article talks about.
The table below contains a rundown of the fines he got over a period of time. In 2010 he was 17 years old. In 2010 he became the victim of a serious illness.
|Notices of Fines and Offence Dates from the Ontario Court of Justice|
|March 31, 2010||LIQUOR ILLEGAL PLACE||$130.00||$130.00|
|March 31, 2010||UNDER 19 YEARS HAVE LIQUOR||$130.00||$260.00|
|March 31, 2010||SOLICIT NEAR TRANSIT STOP||$70.00||$330.00|
|April 6, 2010||ENTER PREM WHEN PROH||$70.00||$400.00|
|April 10, 2010||ENTER PREM WHEN PROH||$70.00||$470.00|
|October 4, 2010||ENGAGE IN PROHIBITED ACTIVITY||$70.00||$540.00|
|November 8, 2010||SOLICIT NEAR PUB. TRANSIT STOP||$70.00||$610.00|
|July 22, 2012||SOLICIT NEAR VEH/IN PARKING LOT||$70.00||$680.00|
|November 15, 2012||ENGAGE IN PROHIBITED ACTIVITY||$70.00||$750.00|
|November 15, 2012||DISOBEY SIGN||$115.00||$865.00|
|November 15, 2012||SOLICIT NEAR VEH/IN PARKING LOT||$70.00||$935.00|
|April 6, 2013||SOLICIT NEAR PUB. TRANSIT STOP||$70.00||$1,005.00|
What interests me about the Spectator report, is not that the police officers might have been writing ghost tickets, in which case I sympathize with them for having the clarity of thought to understand that the entire enterprise was a total farce, typical of the kind of policy horseshit that the government of Hamilton is so stunningly good at performing, but that these officers are being penalized for refusing to waste their time, assuming the allegations are true.
Why risk confrontations with the targets of city policies (the homeless, the addicted, the lost,) many of whom are mentally ill, and could become agitated in confrontations with police, and end up dead in the street, all over the issuance of tickets that will never be paid? Why bother with the performance of meaningless rituals? (Then again, that is 99 per cent of what government is all about.)
If the allegations are true, these cops should be given medals.
Even one of the police supervisors could see that this whole campaign was nothing more than a bunch of political posturing designed to make the politicians look like they were "doing something." They are doing something alright.... they are fucking up everything they touch. Look at what they've done to our streets with all of their pro-idling traffic disruptions! (two-way street conversions, artificial potholes (A.K.A. speed-bumps), buffer zones, crackhead bike lanes and retarded snail-paced speed limits.)
Sgt. Michael Dunham, Team One's supervisor in 2014, testified to the seemingly pointless exercise of issuing tickets.
It "was going nowhere" and was mostly for the public to see police doing something about problems downtown.
"But, you know, there's nothing going to happen to them (the panhandlers, drunks and loiterers). They weren't going to pay the tickets. They weren't going to court."
"Unfortunately, we dealt with the same 25 people day in and day out, 365 days a year."
Yeah. He got it right. It was "mostly for the public to see police doing something about problems downtown." Political posturing.
Real problems get swept under the rug. The homeless and mentally ill targets of these policies need help, not tickets. And when they are not sweeping real problems under the rug to hide their impotence, they are manufacturing fake problems, and outrageously proclaiming that they can effectively solve them. Like "climate change."
It reinforces my belief that most politicians are a bunch of flaming charlatans. They are not interested in solving real problems. They are only interested in the optics.
Guess what? I think a lot of other people are starting to come around to my way of thinking. They are starting to see through the phony problems politicians wring their sweaty, grubby, ambitious hands around, and they can't miss the real problems, because those are the ones that directly affect them.
No. They are not terribly concerned about allegedly vanishing polar bears. Not rising sea levels. Not racists lurking around every corner planning their next move to oppress people of colour. Not Christian bakers refusing to serve gay couples. Nor trannies who get upset about the limited array of bathroom choices.
They are more concerned with the problems that they can feel. The problems that affect them on a day to day level.
Like their sky-rocketing hydro bills, their declining standard of living, depressed sons and daughters rendered hopeless by unemployment and tales of doom unless they turn out their lights and freeze in the dark, public school "education," Islamic terrorism (a real problem) and even their freedom of speech and thought.
Yep. I think people are starting to see things the way I see them.
As evidence, I offer the election of Donald Trump.
This rant was inspired by the following article from the Hamilton Spectator. By the way, it pisses me off that the Spec has apparently chosen to disable comments for this report. What's up with that?
Oh, and one final thought.
It concerns the popular vote in the recent election.
One source I googled had Clinton ahead.
Now, considering that half of the population have an IQ of 100 or lower, where would you guess the IQ level of the people smashing windows and electrical boxes, beating up "suspected" Trump voters, and burning garbage in the streets is?
I'm just wondering.