Category Archives: Public Safety

My Take on the Dawson College Shooting Study

What a news flash!  After nearly 1,000 Dawson College students were interviewed in a three year research project, that they concluded 30 per cent of respondents experienced some psychological disorder, such as post-traumatic stress or depression.   It took all this effort to come to a conclusion that any rational person could have told you in 5 seconds.   Anyone that is a part of a tragedy of that magnitude is going to have some effects as a result of it for the rest of their lives.

I have no problem with the findings or the desire to help those that were effected, but I do with the waste of money that universities keep spending on stupid research, and then say is ground breaking information.  Universities across this country keep moving up tuition fees for students and claiming poverty looking for government handouts.  But they continue to waste money doing useless things that have no bearing on society, because someone has an idea that they would like to look into whatever.

Get back to doing your core work, and that is preparing and training our young people to go forth and be the leaders of tomorrow.  Give them the skill sets to make our country a better place to live.

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Legislating to Control Edmonton Bars

I find it amusing that today’s police officers have had to resort to using legislation to deal with unruly bars.   They have even put together a team to collect information so that the bar owner can be punished for actions that most often take place outside of their establishment.   In my day, we simply became a presence at that bar.  We ticketed those that needed ticketing, and sent home those that were getting drunk.  They soon got the message that this was not a bar to bring their weapons, and bad attitudes to.

To resort to making the bar owners responsible for the actions that happen outside of their bars tells me that today’s police are incapable of controlling the streets.  They should be embarrassed.

Bar owners certainly have a role to play in this.  They can set the tone of their establishment.  Door staff need to be trained, bar staff taught not to over-serve.   There was a time they use to water down a drunk’s drinks to control them, but the government stopped them from doing that.

One local bar used to photocopy patron IDs, so if there was a problem inside, they had the information of who was present when it happened, but the Alberta Privacy Commissioner put a stop to this practice.   I really feel sorry for the bar owners on this issue.