Thursday, June 2, 2005

Canadian Justice ......

... is an oxymoron.

N.B. Cannabis Cafe owner given one year in jail

A pregnant New Brunswick woman convicted of selling marijuana for what she insisted were medicinal purposes will have to deliver her baby in jail.

Lynn Wood, 32, owner of the Cannabis Cafe in Saint John, N.B., was sentenced to one year in jail on Wednesday for trafficking in marijuana in a case that raised questions about the sale of pot to people who say it eases their pain and suffering.

Wood defended her cafe as a compassion club where people who wanted to purchase marijuana had to prove to her that they needed it for medicinal purposes.

But Provincial Court Judge Murray Cain did not buy the compassion club argument and convicted Wood of trafficking in February.

Wood's lawyer, Richard Northrup, had earlier asked the court to consider house arrest so that Wood could deliver her baby at home.

But Cain said she posed a high risk for re-offending. He said Wood will have the medical attention she needs to deliver the baby in jail.
If the judges didn't fill up the jails with innocent people than maybe there would be more room for monsters like this:
Karla Homolka's prison lover and avowed future husband is an abusive and controlling killer.

He is Jean-Paul Gerbet, 38, a French national serving a life sentence for murdering his girlfriend, Cathy Carretta, when she tried to leave him seven years ago.

Gerbet was named on Quebec TV yesterday by Cathy Carretta's father, Christian, who said he fears Homolka has found herself a replacement for ex-husband Paul Bernardo.
Hat tip goes to Alan from Occam's Carbuncle for the article and the connection.

As a footnote, I'll say prisoners likely receive better care than the 'free' citizens.
Hospital refuses to treat man in parking lot

KELOWNA – A Kelowna man who transported an unconscious man to hospital Wednesday morning couldn't believe his ears when he was told to call 911 for help.

Ralph Vogel had driven the victim to Kelowna General Hospital only to be greeted by staff that seemed unwilling to help.

Vogel says he ran into the hospital and told staff that there was a man either dying or dead in his motor home. When staff told him to call 911 and wait for an ambulance, he told them that the man was outside. He was still told to call 911.

The hospital now admits that staff made a mistake by refusing to treat the man in the parking lot.

The victim was a homeless man that Vogel and his wife allowed to sleep in their motor home. But then they couldn't wake him up.

By the time the ambulance arrived, it was too late. The man had already been dead for several hours.

This isn't the first time hospital staff have refused to treat someone just outside their doors. Three years ago a woman who collapsed just metres from the emergency room doors also had to wait for an ambulance.

Alison Paine of the Interior Health Authority says policy changes have been made since that embarrassing incident. But she says the policy for helping someone in need of emergency care was not fulfilled in this case.

"It is not only KGH policy, but Interior Health policy, that if somebody is in need of emergency care in the parking lot, that we go out and help them," Paine said. "But obviously something has gone wrong here and I need to go in and figure out exactly what has gone wrong."
Nathaniel Brandon:
It is imperative that one be clear and specific in one's definition of "monopoly." When people speak, in an economic or political context, of the dangers and evils of monopoly - i.e., exclusive control of a given field of production which is closed to and exempt from competition, so that those controlling the field are able to set arbitrary production policies and charge arbitrary prices, independent of the market, immune from the law of supply and demand. Such a monopoly, it is important to note, entails more than the absence of competition; it entails the impossibility of competition. That is a coercive monopoly's characteristic attibute, which is essential to any condemnation of such a monopoly.

Common Fallacies About Capitalism


Ian Scott said...

I don't to comment on the Karla affair.. as much as what she did was horrific, despicable, evil, and any other adjectives we could find, we have to admit that the Crown DID cut a deal with her. Was it a good deal? A bad deal? I dunno. I dunno what they had on Paul before they talked with Karla. I dunno how good the Crown's case was. So, I'm not going there with the latest "Karla Monstor who should die" shit that I've seen elsewhere.

On the other hand, a woman who sells a product to those who come into buy the product, and gets tossed in jail is also despicable, regardless of her state of pregnancy.

The fact she is pregnant should have been a consideration in her sentence - but the very fact she had to face up to charges in the first place is evil.

Mike said...

I hadn't heard the punch line to this story, provided by a commenter at SDA:

"A New Brunswick man who told police that a friendly dog scuttled his plan for a bloody shooting rampage was sentenced Wednesday to a three-year prison term after admitting it was all a ploy to get life-saving surgery while in jail."

Lisa said...


I don't usually comment on the Karla affair either, as I didn't closely follow the details of the case.

Yes, the crown did cut the deal and it was a bad call. From what I understand, they did have video evidence of her crimes. That came after the plea bargain, if I'm not mistaken (I'm too lazy to look it up) - Perhaps the crown shouldn't be making hasty deals with people like Karla. Perhaps the cops would do a better job at investigating if they stopped bullying people growing and dealing with plants.

My main point is that people providing a service or product that other people desire is punished while the real criminals get a slap in the wrist.

basil said...

It is especially shameful Karla gets protective custody at a treed-in cabin resort for mean lesbians, while those found "guilty" of plant offences are jailed amongst the general population of criminals with little guarantee of personal safety.