Cop Cars Burned, 40 Arrested At Canada Fracking Protest

She reported seeing six in flames. At least one shot was fired at Mounties, the RCMP said. Protesters reported that police fired plastic bullets and used pepper spray. No injuries were reported. “The RCMP has worked diligently with all parties involved in hopes for a peaceful resolution. Those efforts have not been successful. Tensions were rising, and serious criminal acts are being committed,” Constable Jullie Rogers-Marsh of the New Brunswick RCMP said in a news release . But native leaders said police provoked the confrontation by arriving with guns drawn. “It is really very volatile. It’s a head-to-head between the people and the RCMP right now and the warriors are in the middle surrounded by the RCMP and then the RCMP are surrounded by the people,” said Susan Levi-Peters, a former Elsipogtog First Nation chief, who has been an intermediary during the dispute. Melina Augustine, who was arrested for obstruction, described to CTV News Atlantic what happened. “It just got wild and they all tackled us down,” she said, adding that her 67-year-old mother was among those subdued. “They were shooting. I don’t know what they were shooting, I wasn’t looking,” Augustine said.

Canada’s access to information system ‘at risk’: commissioner

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Some of it really has to do with not respecting the ombudsmans role in terms of accepting my recommendations. Legault said in one instance a minister agreed to her request for records to be released by a certain date, and then didnt honour that commitment. Thats a lack of respect for the actual obligations under the act. Its a lack of respect for the role of the commissioner in its recommendation role. In other instances, institutions try to dodge responsibility for responding to requests by directing requesters to other institutions. That ping-pong manoeuvre is due to a lack of capacity, Legault said. And while proactive disclosure could head off many requests, Legault said that requesters often want something that would normally not be in the public domain or would not be disclosed proactively. The result is an access to information system under serious strain. In 1983 Canada was a world leader, but in more recent years, we have fallen behind. Slight but perceptible improvements last year have disappeared, as has the optimism Legault had in her previous annual report. In its place, she sees unmistakable signs of significant deterioration in the federal access to information system. Skyrocketing complaints, resources crunch Complaints have skyrocketed, up 50 percent in the first quarter of this fiscal year. Administrative complaints are up as well, indicating basic failures on the part of institutions involved. In her report, Legault said that the integrity of the system was at serious risk, and about half of her offices resources are dedicated to dealing with complaints and investigations around delays rather than more important work like reviewing redactions. Its a complete waste, Legault said. If people were to respond on time, and in a timely manner, it would actually make the system a lot more efficient. In some cases, institutions like the RCMP have fallen under a mountain of requests, unable to process them quickly enough to avoid complaints and missed mandatory deadlines. Missing those deadlines require additional reporting, sometimes even investigations, using up additional resources.

Team Canada downs U.S. in pre-Olympic women’s hockey matchup

The game was the second of six encounters between the teams before the start of the Olympic Games in Sochi in February. The Canadians took the first game last Saturday in Burlington, Vt. 3-2. Boisbriand, Que., native Charline Labonte, who won gold with Canada at the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, got the start in nets in her hometown. Johnston opened the high-scoring affair with her first goal of this exhibition series at 8:59 of the first period. Haley Irwin started the play, patiently holding the puck for several seconds in the American zone before firing on net. Johnston jumped on the rebound. Wickenheiser doubled the Canadians lead less than a minute later while playing shorthanded. Decker got one back for the Americans before the Canadian captain put her second of the game past a helpless Vetter on a 5-on-3 power play. Johnston and Ouellette added goals for Canada in the second period. Lamoureux and Coyne scored consolation goals for the U.S., before Heffords backhanded goal quelled any attempt at a comeback at 15:47 of the third period. Canada is the three-time defending Olympic champion. Two of those victories, in 2002 and 2010, came against the Americans. Canada and the U.S.