OCLA Research Report 2019-1

The OCLA has published a research report (OCLA Report 2019-1) authored by OCLA Researcher Dr. Denis Rancourt.

The report is entitled “Geo-Economics and Geo-Politics Drive Successive Eras of Predatory Globalization and Social Engineering: Historical emergence of climate change, gender equity, and anti-racism as State doctrines”.

The Introduction / Abstract reads as follows:

The influence of geopolitical and global economic conditions on the fabric of domestic societies and on individual psychology is most frequently underestimated by civilian commentators, especially regarding Western “free and democratic” societies. The military, on the other hand, do not underestimate the importance of broad trade and economic factors on the very fabric of a society and on the psychology of its citizens, at least in targeted developing countries.

This article has two main goals.

The first is to demonstrate the large extent to which the global financial system determines national and regional reality in people’s lives and security, including in the USA itself and in the Western world in general, with an emphasis on the two main post-World-War-II transformations, which were initiated in 1971, following the cancellation of the Bretton Woods agreement, and in 1991, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

The second is to describe the on-going tectonic shift that followed the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union in broader terms than is usually envisioned, and how this driven and coordinated shift was chronologically accompanied by: a dramatic acceleration of trade and finance “globalization”, and an unprecedented campaign of social engineering of the Western uppermiddle-classes, aimed at facilitating USA and world-elite opportunistic exploitation of the new global circumstances, in turn leading to the present Gilets jaunes, Brexit, Trump… backlash. (In a sense, “the Russians did it.”)

The full report can be read at the link HERE.

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OCLA’s 2018 Year in Review


Dear OCLA Supporter,

This email is to give you an update on the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA)’s work and activities in 2018.

2018 OCLA Civil Liberties Award – Donald Best

Donald Best, a former detective and current anti-corruption whistleblower and activist, was the recipient of the 2018 OCLA Civil Liberties Award.

Donald’s video of his acceptance speech can be watched at the following link, along with a video introduction of Donald by Professor Julie Macfarlane, Director of the National Self-represented Litigants Project: http://ocla.ca/ocla-civil-liberties-award/

Hiring of third-party psychiatrists and psychologists to opine on dangerousness of individuals

It has become a widespread practice in Ontario for the state, institutions, employers and litigation or political adversaries to purchase individualized psychiatric profiles or evaluations of individuals they wish to harm or control.

OCLA’s statement opposing this practice and invitation to victims to come forward can be read here.

Letter to the Attorney General of Ontario re: Censorship provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code

In July, the OCLA sent a letter asking the incoming Attorney General of Ontario Caroline Mulroney not to consent to prosecution under the censorship provisions of Canada’s Criminal Code, and to retract the Attorney General’s consent for ongoing prosecutions initiated with the consent of her predecessor.

The letter explains the noncompliance of these Criminal Code provisions with international law and their potential to be used for propaganda and societal manipulation. The letter, Attorney General Mulroney’s response, and the OCLA’s reply can be read here.

Landowner rights

The OCLA provided legal research and litigation logistic support in Ottawa homeowner Dr. Hadi Salmasian’s constitutional appeal against the “minor variance” provision of Ontario’s Planning Act.

Dr. Salmasian’s legal submissions summarize the problem as follows:

Ontario is the only province in Canada whose bylaw-variance provision in its planning act sets a jurisdictional threshold as “minor variance”, without defining “minor” and without providing the established criteria of undue harm from compliance with the bylaw and absence of injury to neighbouring properties.

As a result, the known market and political forces have free reign. The variance provision has become a committee and tribunal planning instrument in-effect without democratic oversight, and the impacts on established neighbourhoods are devastating, in Ottawa at least.

Links to the key legal documents of Dr. Salmasian’s appeal are contained at the bottom of the blog post here, and all of the OCLA’s blog posts about this matter are available at the link here.

Facebook censorship

Facebook’s October purge of some “800 pages and accounts” was the largest overt purge of political content since the advent of the social media giants, deplatforming ordinary citizens on an unprecedented scale.

The OCLA’s statement and press release on the purge is posted at the link here.

OCLA statement on the notwithstanding clause controversy

In September, Ontario witnessed a controversy concerning Premier Doug Ford’s intention to invoke the “notwithstanding clause” of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in response to a judge’s decision to strike down as unconstitutional the government’s reduction in the number of wards in the Toronto’s 2018 municipal election.

In the OCLA’s position, posted on our website and sent to media on September 12, we stated:

[I]t has surprised us that the media has focused almost entirely on the potential use of the notwithstanding clause rather than critically examine the judge’s reasons for striking down the statute in such a dramatic way.

[…]

In our examination of the ruling, we fail to see how the candidate’s freedom of expression rights were violated by the restructuring of the ridings, which at the time of the ruling had already been put in place.

The judge was required to identify evidence that expression was actually prevented or impeded but he did not. The judge did not describe one iota of evidence that any candidate’s expression about anything was impeded by Bill-5. Nor did the judge provide a theoretical example of how any specific expression would be prevented or impeded by Bill-5.

[…]

Faced with a highly disruptive ruling that makes no sense, we fail to see why the Premier would not invoke the notwithstanding clause. One could argue that it is the Premier’s duty to do so in such circumstances.

Our position was covered in the media on September 13, and on September 19 the Ontario Court of Appeal issued its ruling staying the decision of the lower-court judge. The appeal court’s ruling aligned perfectly with the OCLA’s position, which cannot be said for the great majority of media and political pundits on this issue.

Media coverage

– December 4: “Detective turned activist wins prestigious civil liberties award”Ottawa Sun
– September 13: Interview on The Craig Needles Show re: Ontario government’s use of the notwithstanding clause
– July 17: Interview on The Evan Soloman Show re: the trial of Monika Schaefer on charges of denying the Holocaust
– March 17: “Airline bill hitting turbulence, says watchdog”Winnipeg Free Press
– For a list of all media articles see here.

How to stay connected and donate to the OCLA

Website: http://ocla.ca
Twitter: @oncivlib
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/110883345731728/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKqbht2j2BPu4Wb2epM4BKw

The OCLA is an independent, volunteer-run organization. Donations help cover operating costs such as booking rooms for public events, printing promotional material for campaigns and events, and paying for court filing fees and court document production costs (copies and binding) for court and tribunal interventions on civil liberties issues.

As we are an entirely volunteer-run organization with a very small budget, we do depend on donations to continue our work, and appreciate any contribution you can make.

Donations can be made in two ways:

1) Through PayPal, by clicking the “Donate” button in the top-right corner of http://ocla.ca; or
2) By sending a cheque to “Ontario Civil Liberties Association” to our mailing address:

Ontario Civil Liberties Association
170 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 603
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1P 5V5

The OCLA is not affiliated with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) or the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). All three associations are separate and distinct.

Thank you for your support and all the best for the New Year!

Yours truly,

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)
joseph.hickey@ocla.ca

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Release: OCLA statement on the hiring of third-party psychiatrists and psychologists to opine on the dangerousness of individuals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ONTARIO CIVIL LIBERTIES ASSOCIATION
POSITION STATEMENT AND INVITATION TO VICTIMS

The widespread practice of hiring third-party psychiatrists and psychologists to opine on the dangerousness of individuals is repugnant in a free and democratic society, OCLA

(Ottawa, October 23, 2018) — It has become a widespread practice in Ontario for the state, institutions, employers and litigation or political adversaries to purchase individualized psychiatric profiles or evaluations of individuals they wish to harm or control.

The justifications that are stated for making these so-called expert evaluations are typically “public safety”, “risk assessment”, “workplace safety”, “accommodation”, or simply “public interest”, as with powerful public figures.

This widespread activity involves a new cadre of medical-health professionals that populate the fields of so-called “forensic psychology” and “violent personality assessment psychiatry”. These experts are extensively used in court, tribunal and arbitration proceedings, but also in the management of workplace conflicts.

The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is of the position that the practice of using hired experts to opine on the dangerousness of an individual employee or defendant or opponent is repugnant in a free and democratic society for three reasons:

i.          The assessments are not reliable predictions. There is no scientific basis for predicting violent behaviour of a specific individual beyond the obvious considerations of history of violence and immediate circumstances (such as war or prison conditions, and so on).

ii.          Hired assessors are decidedly biased in favor of the party retaining their services, as adversarial allegiance comparative studies have conclusively established.

iii.         The ethical rules of practice of the expertise are inadequate and are often violated even when sufficiently spelled out in statutes and regulations.

OCLA is aware of four (4) cases in Ontario, which are egregious violations of civil, student and workers’ rights.

For these reasons, OCLA invites complainants against such professional assessments (victims of this practice) to come forward, to go public, and/or to privately contact OCLA using the contact page at: http://ocla.ca/

Media contact:

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)
joseph.hickey@ocla.ca


 

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Communiqué : ALCO prend position sur la pratique consistant à faire appel à des tiers psychiatres et psychologues pour juger de la dangerosité des individus

La pratique généralisée consistant à faire appel à des tiers psychiatres et psychologues pour juger de la dangerosité des individus est répugnante dans une société libre et démocratique, ALCO

(Ottawa, le 23 octobre 2018) – Il est devenu courant en Ontario que l’État, les institutions, les employeurs et les plaideurs ou les adversaires politiques achètent des profils psychiatriques individualisés ou des évaluations d’individus qu’ils souhaitent nuire ou contrôler.

Les justifications avancées pour réaliser ces prétendues évaluations d’experts sont généralement «la sécurité publique», «l’évaluation des risques», «la sécurité sur le lieu de travail», «les accommodements» ou simplement «l’intérêt public», comme dans le cas de personnalités influentes.

Cette activité très répandue implique un nouveau groupe de professionnels de la santé travaillant dans les domaines de la «psychologie légale» et de “l’évaluation psychiatrique de la personnalité violente». Ces experts sont largement utilisés dans les procédures judiciaires, procédures d’arbitrage, mais aussi dans la gestion des conflits en milieu de travail.

L’Association des libertés civiles de l’Ontario (ALCO) soutient que la pratique consistant à faire appel à des experts embauchés pour se prononcer sur la dangerosité d’un employé, d’un défendeur ou d’un opposant est répugnante dans une société libre et démocratique pour trois raisons:

i.           Les évaluations ne sont pas fiables. Il n’existe aucune base scientifique permettant de prévoir le comportement violent d’un individu spécifique au-delà des considérations évidentes telles que les antécédents de violence et les circonstances immédiates (telles que la guerre ou les conditions de détention, etc.).

ii.          Les évaluateurs recrutés sont biaisés en faveur de la partie qui fait appel à leurs services, comme le prouvent les études comparatives sur l’allégeance adverse des experts scientifiques et médicaux.

iii.         Les règles de pratique éthiques de l’expertise sont inadéquates et sont souvent violées même lorsqu’elles sont suffisamment énoncées dans les lois et les règlements.

L’ALCO connait quatre (4) cas Ontariens qui sont des violations graves des droits civils des individus, des étudiants et des travailleurs.

Pour ces raisons, l’ALCO invite les plaignants contre de telles évaluations professionnelles (victimes de cette pratique) à se faire connaître, à s’exprimer publiquement, ou à contacter l’ALCO à titre privé en utilisant la page de contact à l’adresse suivante: http://ocla.ca/

Contact :

Joseph Hickey
Directeur exécutif
Association des libertés civiles de l’Ontario (ALCO) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)
joseph.hickey@ocla.ca

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Release: Facebook purge of political content is a fundamental assault against democracy

(Ottawa — October 13, 2018) The Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) is concerned that Facebook has actuated a massive purge of accounts that feature independent journalism and political content, for the reasons given of alleged spamming, profit seeking, misrepresentation of identity, “misleading users” and to “keep our community safe and respectful”.

The Facebook accounts of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe & Mail were untouched, which suggests that Facebook’s motives are not as it claims. The larger media sites are known to be biased, to have political and establishment ties and to mislead by omission and spin. One need only consult the landmark research of Herman and Chomsky.

The Facebook purge of some “800 pages and accounts” is the largest overt purge of political content since the advent of the social media giants, and it constitutes deplatforming of ordinary citizens on an unprecedented scale.

For example, the renowned Canadian site “Press for Truth” was affected, mere days after it published an unparalleled in-depth interview with Maxime Bernier.

The purged accounts have tens and hundreds of thousands of followers, and are known to have a significant influence in domestic politics.

Both Left and Right accounts were affected, apparently barring a simple partisan motive. Likewise, OCLA does not believe that the purge is motivated by a corporate civic duty for public safety or by a desire to optimize the quest for truth. Rather, OCLA believes that the purged sites represent a “threat of democracy” rather than a “threat to democracy”, and that the purge is a test for eliminating competitors of the dominant establishment-controlled media.

OCLA notes that Facebook and the social media giants have been given access to the public internet both through the infrastructure largely paid for by public funds and through the state-run legal structure of corporate law that allows their profitable operation in the public sphere.

As such, these corporations must be bound by the principles that underlie the constitutions and charters of our free and democratic societies. Corporate censorship against ordinary users cannot be a design characteristic. There must be a high threshold preventing censorship, with the onus to prove the necessity for any censorship lying squarely with the entity that seeks to censor.

There is an urgent systemic need for limitations so that the social media giants cannot at their discretion censor individual expression. What the social media giants are constantly pressured by powerful interests to achieve amounts to using monopolistic market and establishment forces to deprive the proverbial pamphleteers of paper, ink and silkscreens, and access to public venues and doorways. It amounts to blacklisting books from libraries, bookstores and coffee shops. It must be stopped. This is a shameful episode of Western civilization.

About the Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA)

The OCLA vigorously advocates for authentic and unqualified freedom of expression of individuals, on all topics and in every form, in accordance with the right to free expression enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The OCLA also advocates for unimpeded civil liberties and civil rights of all persons, in dealings with public and private institutions and corporations.

The OCLA is not affiliated with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) or the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). All three associations are separate and distinct.

Contact:

Joseph Hickey
Executive Director
Ontario Civil Liberties Association (OCLA) http://ocla.ca
613-252-6148 (c)
joseph.hickey@ucalgary.ca

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