Friday, May 8, 2015

SCBCTAPS - The Transit Police

Vancouver police taser, tackle, sword-wielding man who rode transit train for 10 stops. The man flashing the metre-long sword was obvious enough on the SkyTrain system that people called transit police to report his presence. But the man, later central to a 30-minute standoff with Vancouver police in the downtown core, travelled 10 stations on Monday between Metrotown mall and downtown Burrard Station.

"They received reports that he had a sword, and he was on SkyTrain sheathing it and unsheathing it, displaying it, showing it to people, acting irrationally," said Constable Lindsey Houghton of the Vancouver Police Department. He said the transit police would have to explain why they did not intercept the sword-wielding man en route into the city - a ride of at least 15 to 20 minutes that would have included a stop at bustling Commercial-Broadway Station.
February 15, 2013. A Transit police officer has been charged with assault causing bodily harm and assaulting a police officer in connection with an incident at a New Westminster bar last fall. New Westminster police were called to a bar on Sept. 12 where several people were fighting outside in the 500-block of 7th Street.

Staff Sgt. Paul Hyland said Brian Lawson was arrested at the scene. It was later determined that he was an off-duty Transit police officer.
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June 8, 2012 - After being threatened with a ticket, an activist defends her right to distribute Fire This Time Newspaper at Commercial Drive Skytrain Station in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Acting sergeant supervisor D. Young of the Transit Police service eventually agrees that activists can continue their distribution based on the very clearly posted "Transit Rules".

Tim Delaney
Tim Delaney - Defender of SCBCTAPS. Mr. Delaney acts for TransLink’s captive insurer defending claims against the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority


Mr. Wesson died before the matter could be heard in B.C. Supreme Court.
Gordon Wesson was riding the SkyTrain on January 11, 2011. As his new pass had not arrived in the mail yet, he approached transit police at the Olympic Village station to ask them if it was okay to ride. They said it wasn’t okay, that he needed to either pay a fare or leave. (note - the "grace period" for new handicap passes had not expired.)

Far from home and his destination, Wesson left the station and tried to board a city bus. But the officers saw him and, according to the police report, Officer Stanton Edward Hyde followed Wesson onto the bus, ordering him to get off. Wesson refused, and that’s when things got physical. Wesson, 63 years old and disabled, claims Officer Hyde ignored his protests about his health.

“I said I have a stroke in this hand (right) and he said, ‘I don’t care.’ He pulled (my arm) behind my back, because I can’t put it behind my back,” Wesson told Megaphone. “I told him I’ve had five heart attacks, and he didn’t even give a shit about my heart attacks. And I’ve got Crohn’s Disease. After an accident like that he could have killed me.”
“... the bigger issue is police accountability,” says King. “Without a working police complaint system, the only real way that police are going to get the message that they’ve done something wrong, and that their actions have consequences, is if there’s a judgement rendered against them.”
The South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service (SCBCTAPS) is the police force for TransLink, the public transit system of the Metro Vancouver area of British Columbia, Canada.

Formed in December 2005, the Metro Vancouver Transit Police is the only police force in Canada solely dedicated to transit. Transit Police officers have the same authorities and powers as other police officers while on and off duty. They are sworn in as designated provincial constables, with full police powers throughout the province.
As the only transit police force in Canada, there were concerns by transit employee unions and interest groups when the decision to arm members was made. In recent years, many arguments have been made that the Transit Police is not an effective use of TransLink's funding or police resources, as one of their primary duties is checking transit fares and issuing tickets.
The man shot and killed by a transit police officer in Surrey on December 28, 2014 was Naverone Woods, 23, according to the B.C. Coroner's Service.

The South Coast B.C. Transit Authority was called to Surrey Central SkyTrain Station where a man was reportedly banging his head against a wall and screaming.

Tracey Woods said Naverone, who lived with her and his stepbrother Ed Patsey for three years, had no history of mental illness. He graduated in 2009 and worked as a carpentry labourer with his dad and brothers before moving to Surrey. He had been working part-time in construction before he died.
It has been reported that Woods left the Surrey SkyTrain Station before SCBCTAPS officers arrived and proceeded into a nearby Safeway Store. After hearing a call on RCMP radio, SCBCTAPS officers proceeded to the Safeway.
Anne Drennan, the former VPD media relations queen, now the same at TransLink police ...

"In 2011, 19 of our members drew their firearms in 10 incidents. In 2012 thus far, 13 of our members have drawn their firearms in 8 incidents."
February 4, 2015 - Transit Police in Metro Vancouver say they have arrested a 17-year-old boy who was carrying an air pistol resembling a handgun.
Drennan says the youth's 15-year-old girlfriend then told police he bought the gun earlier in the day, and the two spent time drinking alcohol, and shooting at bottles, cans and street signs.
Beretta 92 handgun

Metro Vancouver Transit Police are changing the way officers deal with undocumented migrants during fare checks over the case of a Mexican woman who hanged herself while awaiting deportation. Lucia Vega Jimenez died in hospital in December 2013.
Weeks earlier, Transit Police stopped her for fare evasion and called Canada Border Services Agency, which arrested Jimenez when a database check showed she had been previously deported from the country.

In a stunning display of interference with a Provincial Legislative Initiative two officers refused to leave even when asked and were advised of their criminal behaviour. Cst Warren Chow #224 and Cst Gerald Guno #229, both Police Officers of the South Coast BC Transportation Authority, acknowledged they were unaware of the liability of their crime, up to 2 years in jail and or up to a $10,000 fine each
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation's B.C. Director Jordan Bateman uncovered a frightening incident where a Transit Police officer left explosives on a commercial jet liner following a dog training exercise -- and didn't notice for two full days. Global News, January 21, 2013.

Police patrolling Greater Vancouver’s TransLink system will continue to Taser “non-compliant” passengers and fare dodgers a news conference heard Friday.

A White Rock construction worker allegedly assaulted by two transit police officers — who were also charged with fabricating evidence in the case — told their trial he did nothing to deserve the pepper-spraying and arrest.

Consts. Bruce Shipley and Alfred Wong were in Provincial Court in Vancouver on Wednesday for their trial on charges of assault, fabrication of evidence, two counts each of public mischief and breach of trust by a public officer.

The two officers are accused of assaulting Jordan Dyck, 29, on Feb. 9, 2012, on the Seymour Street steps of Granville Station and of altering their report into the incident.

He said it was unfortunate TransLink’s surveillance tapes, which were played in court on Tuesday, aren’t available to the public. Outside court, Dyck said the only defence the officers’ lawyers had was to ask him if he needed psychiatric care. He said the officers “kept insisting I was causing a disturbance”

Ken Jansen
A transit officer alleged to have used excessive force against a Surrey senior will now face a public hearing to determine if he will be dismissed. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner announced Friday a public hearing would be scheduled to hear the case of Const. Ken Jansen of the South Coast B.C. Transportation Authority.

On April 22, 2010, Jansen and RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears were both involved in an incident at Surrey Memorial Hospital involving patient Robert Keith Booker. Booker, now 77, had been arrested under the Mental Health Act and was in police custody at the time of the incident. Jansen is alleged to have delivered knee strikes to Booker, as Spears allegedly restrained and used a Taser.

A transit police officer who was originally fired after beating an elderly man and jolting him with a Taser has been reinstated by a judge, but demoted and suspended without pay for 14 days. The Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner ruled that Const. Ken Jansen filed a false report to justify using the Taser when the act occurred at Surrey Memorial Hospital April 2010. However, the adjudicator cleared the constable of discreditable conduct and abuse of authority.

The Crown alleged Booker was assaulted and Tasered during an unprovoked attack in an emergency ward waiting room. Booker was 73 at the time. Judge Ronald Lamperson, at Surrey provincial court, stayed criminal court proceedings against Surrey RCMP Const. Mitchell Spears and Transit Police Const. Ken Jansen on Wednesday after finding their Charter rights to a timely trial had been infringed upon by 22 months of court delays.
On February 3, 2015 it was announced that ... "Transit Police Officer Charged After Lengthy Investigation". On August 10, 2011, Constable Edgardo DIAZ and his partner, then Constable Michael Hughes, were involved in an incident at Rupert Street SkyTrain Station. An altercation which took place between the two officers and a male, resulted in a request by Transit Police to the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner for an order to investigate.

This has resulted in both Constable Diaz and Mr. Hughes (who has since left the police service) being charged by Crown with Assault Causing Bodily Harm and Assault with a Weapon. First appearance for Constable Diaz is on February 12, 2015. Diaz has been working in an administrative role and Hughes left the service in 2012.
TransLink's Transit Police are under renewed criticism after a report for the Edmonton Police Service warned the Metro Vancouver transit security model is one that should not be emulated.

The report by Edmonton Police Acting Supt. Garry Meads flags jurisdictional overlaps between Transit Police and the local police or RCMP who do have specific geographical responsibilities. "This type of arrangement has resulted in much confusion and inefficiencies," Meads said in the April 2011 report, adding he was told the model will likely never be repeated in B.C.

Transit Police spent $29 million in 2012 – funded mainly by TransLink fares, gas taxes and property tax – and the force's budget is slated to rise to $35 million by 2014 and $42 million by 2021.
SeaBus service and terminals were shut down for several hours on Tuesday March 11, 2015 due to a suspicious package that turned to be a "very old Walkman-style device."
The item was found hidden partially under a seat of the MV Burrard Beaver boat during the evening commute between Vancouver and North Vancouver.

The RCMP explosives unit dispatched a bomb-sniffing dog and robot to investigate. "What was found was a very old Walkman-style device. You couldn't tell what it was until the robot got right up to it and it could be viewed from the robot video," Drennan told The Huffington Post B.C.
Transit Police Should Be Scrapped: Vancouver Mayor. Vancouver's mayor is questioning the need for Transit Police when cities in the region already have their own police forces to cover trains and buses. Gregor Robertson said he wants to see TransLink focus on transportation rather than transit policing.
Shots Fired at Surrey SkyTrain Station. Apr 28, 2014. Both Surrey Mounties and the Independent Investigations Office are looking into what led to a shooting at Surrey's Gateway SkyTrain station.

Transit Police opened fire on a suspect outside the station at around 4:00 yesterday afternoon.
James Watts, a 94-year-old Second World War veteran, isn’t positive about TransLink’s security. He called two TransLink security officers “overpaid crap” after they attempted to boot him from a bus on Granville Street near 11th Avenue around 12:45 p.m. Monday.

The burly security men were checking fares and Watts mistakenly showed them his driver’s licence. “He said, ‘If you don’t show your pass, you can get off the bus’,” recalled Watts, who was a bus driver for 27 years. “I’m 94 and I would like to sit down while I find my pass.” That wasn’t good enough.

“He said, ‘You’re not going to sit down. If you carry on like this, I’m going to arrest you,’” said Watts.
On August 1, 2014 it was reported ... Transit Police arrested a man late Thursday night at the Surrey Central bus loop, while he was aboard a Coast Mountain bus. Officers determined the man was acting irrationally and apprehended him under the Mental Health Act, before taking him to hospital, the first statement said.

The man was described as compliant during the arrest, and police said there was no incident but that he was in medical distress by the time he reached the hospital and could not be revived.
"On my way to work this morning, Metro Vancouver Transit Police officers interrupted my bus ride with a fare check. Luckily, I had my monthly pass on me, and no one on the bus received a $173 ticket for an unpaid fare. Naturally, I tweeted about the fare check after the bus got rolling again.

Const. Graham Walker

A few hours later, I received a couple of direct messages from Const. Graham Walker, whose Twitter profile identifies him as a community relations and patrol officer with the transit police. As you can see, Walker took issue with my tweet:

“Hi Stephen. Not sure why you would want to tell people where we are checking fares. First off, it's not okay to ride for free, we all 1/2 2/2 know about funding, etc. Plus, we remove hundreds of criminals from the system each year after finding them without fare."
Transit cops ask for 5.5 per cent wage hike, retroactive pay. The union representing officers is calling for five-and-a-half per cent in retroactive pay for the two years they went without a contract, and an additional six per cent raise, all over the next two years.

Officers currently make a minimum of $75,000 a year and more than one-third of officers earn in excess of $100,000 a year.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police ratified a new collective agreement. Under the new Transit Police contract with the TPPA, officers will receive an 11.5 percent wage increase for the years 2011 to 2015.

Ian Jarvis
TransLink’s latest salary disclosure documents indicates that the number of TransLink staff earning $100,000 or more in 2012 grew by 14.6 per cent. This includes 58 members of the Transit Police.

The salaries of the four top executives at TransLink in 2012 according to the Canadian Taxpayers Federation:

•CEO Ian Jarvis went from $382,954 in 2011 to $394,730 in 2012. Add in pension contributions and benefits, and he totalled $438,700.
•COO Doug Kelsey went from $329,936 to $336,729. With pension and benefits, the total was $377,054.
•CFO Cathy McLay went from $285,481 to $294,877. With pension and benefits, she made $330,753.
•Executive VP Bob Paddon went from $244,699 to $273,889. With pension and benefits, his total was $307,857.

In February it was announced that TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis is "stepping down effective immediately in an effort to “restore public confidence,” said board chair Marcella Szel. Jarvis’ contract with TransLink does not expire until 2016, and until then he will still earn his salary serving as an advisor to the board of directors.

"Integrity, Professionalism, Accountability, Respect, Teamwork. These are the core values of the Transit Police Service."
Two transit police officers involved in an incident at a downtown Vancouver SkyTrain station that resulted in a schoolteacher being hit with a flashlight are unlikely to face any disciplinary sanction.
After a two-week B.C. Supreme Court trial, a civil jury ruled in March that Ms. Logeman was “wrongly assaulted” by Walter Rossa in 2002, and that he struck her with his flashlight. Ms. Logeman, 30, suffered a “blowout fracture” of a bone below her left eye. The judge said both constables lied under oath during the trial about the striking of Ms. Logeman.
“The blatant untruthfulness of both of these defendants on this pivotal issue has had an adverse effect on both the nature and the conduct of this litigation,” Judge Sinclair Prowse wrote.

“The evidence was undisputed that Mr. Rossa was completely indifferent to the injury that he caused the plaintiff.” Mr. Dorby is now a constable and Mr. Rossa a sergeant with the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service. The two officers had been cleared of any wrongdoing in both criminal and internal investigations.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

John D. Briner - Neer Do Well Royalty

John D. Briner
On March 17, 2015, prosecutors filed a nine-count information sheet against Briner in the Provincial Court of British Columbia, citing him for contraventions of the B.C. Securities Act. They claim that Briner, 37, violated a ban the B.C. Securities Commission imposed in 2011.

The charges cite Briner for nine violations of the B.C. Securities Act, with the offence dates ranging from April 6, 2011, to Nov. 19, 2013. Each count carries a maximum of three years in jail and a $3-million fine.
"On April 23, 2015 The Law Society of British Columbia found Briner guilty of professional misconduct. A hearing panel has determined that he misappropriated $50,439 in client money and failed to co-operate with a subsequent investigation the society pursued against him over that missing money. The society has not yet determined what Mr. Briner's penalty will be."

And THAT is a joke because Briner OUGHT to have been disbarred many years ago for any of a massive number of breaches of trust. He operated openly ... so openly it is a stinging indictment of the legal profession in British Columbia.

John D. Briner
On April 17 the CFTC lowered the boom for money laundering.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) today announced that it filed a civil enforcement action in federal court in Chicago against Matthew J. Marcus of California and his company, Tech Power, Inc. (Tech Power), a Nevada corporation located in California, and John D. Briner, an attorney residing in Vancouver, Canada, and his company, MetroWest Law Corporation (MetroWest), a Canadian law firm. The CFTC Complaint charges the four Defendants with engaging in fictitious single stock futures transactions on OneChicago LLC (OneChicago) and trading non-competitively.
The CFTC Complaint alleges that over seven consecutive trading days from January 28, 2014 to February 5, 2014, the Defendants engaged in 624 round-turn trades between an account carried in the name of MetroWest and an account carried in the name of Tech Power involving 1,248 perfectly matched pre-arranged, non-competitive transactions in single stock futures contracts listed on OneChicago. By structuring the transactions in this way, the Defendants allegedly were able to ensure that MetroWest would trade with Tech Power and that Tech Power would always profit from the transactions. According to the Complaint, through these transactions, the Defendants conducted a “money pass” between the two accounts and moved at least $390,000 from MetroWest to Tech Power.
"John Briner: Did somebody say sue? I am willing to represent you, and while you are at it, I have some penny stocks you may be interested in! "
John D. Briner

MetroWest Law Corporation
718-938 Howe St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1N9
Phone: 604-331-4422
Fax: 604-331-4466



The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed stop order proceedings against 20 purported mining companies for including false information in their registration statements. The SEC claims the companies each failed to disclose that they were controlled by John Briner, a Vancouver lawyer. Mr. Briner was the subject of previous fraud charges from the SEC and in 2010 received a five-year ban from practising as a lawyer before the SEC.

The proceedings are contained in 20 separate administrative orders the SEC filed on Monday, Feb. 3. In each of the orders, the SEC claims that the companies filed registration statements (mostly in 2013) in which they falsely claimed that their management consisted of one person. (The person varied by company. One said its sole officer was a transit operator from Alberta, while another listed a business consultant from Ontario.) The companies did not mention Mr. Briner, who the SEC says was an undisclosed control person.*SEC-2143719&symbol=*SEC&region=C

Further kudos for the SEC as they clean up ANOTHER career scuzzy bag that operates in the clear open under fully dopey BCSC nose. Wet noodle for said BCSC retards for blowing money on ADVERTISING ... when its obvious to a toadstool those fukkrs don't "do" anything to regulate securities notwithstanding a mountain of unresolved public complaints already.


02 February 2011

"Law society spokesperson Lesley Pritchard says the LSBC has started an investigation into Briner because of the SEC ruling. “We are working hard to conclude that investigation,” she states in an e-mail. "

Mr. John D. Briner, Esq. serves as Chief Executive Officer of Global Developments Inc. Mr. Briner has been an Associate at JDB Law Corp. since January 2004. He practices securities law in Vancouver through his law firm John D. Briner Law Corporation. He has represented numerous clients in a variety of industries, and has represented several e-commerce and technology companies listed on both Canadian and US stock exchanges. He served as Head of Legal Division at Briner Group, Inc. He founded LED Power Group Inc. (Formerly Drayton Harbor Resources Inc.) and served as its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer. He served as President of Flomo Resources Inc. from June 8, 2006 to May 23, 2007.

Friday, May 1, 2015

91-year-old fined after complaint about noisy rocking chair - Update

An elderly Quebec woman was slapped with a $148 fine after a neighbour called police to report she was making too much noise with her rocking chair.

Police were called to the 91-year-old woman’s apartment in Saguenay, Que., a town approximately 200 kilometres north of Quebec City, on the evening of April 17.
A neighbour reported there was excessive noise coming from the woman’s home at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Yvette Vachon had been watching television in her rocking chair, and was told by police she was making too much noise with the chair. Saguenay police spokesperson Bruno Cormier told that the officer gave her a $148 ticket for violating the city’s excessive noise bylaw, which applies to anyone “shouting, swearing or behaving in a way to annoy the neighbours or passersby.” Vachon’s ticket covers a $100 fine, plus a standard $48 administrative fee.
Police said it was the first time any complaint had been made against the woman.
Police in Saquenay, Que. dropped charges Friday against an elderly woman who had been fined $148 for making too much noise with her rocking chair. By Friday afternoon, after the story had made headlines across the country, police had withdrawn the charges. Vachon said she was relieved with the decision.
"Ever since it started, I've been troubled by that (and) what was going to happen because of all that foolishness," Vachon told The Canadian Press on Friday. She explained that the noise occurred when she used her feet to close her La-Z-Boy-style chair.

"I feel very good because I can now sleep and get some rest," she said after learning that the fine would be dropped. "Before, I was unhappy and now I am happy."