Friday, August 27, 2010

A local Police perspective of the Gun Registry

The Canadian Firearms Program is a valuable community safety tool used hundreds of times a year by officers and should be maintained, Woodstock Police Service Chief Rod Freeman said Thursday.
But Oxford MP Dave MacKenzie, a former police chief, remains opposed to the long-gun registry.

(Of course Dave is just another of 148 other CONs lapdogs that Harper has intimidated to submission)

Freeman made his comments in the wake of a recent Edmonton conference of Canadian chiefs of police that endorsed the registry. Attended by Deputy Chief Daryl Longworth, the conference members drafted a strategy that reflected their support of the Canadian Firearms Program

"The Woodstock Police Service fully supports the long-gun registry, specifically its benefits to officer safety," Freeman said. "There was a lot of political unrest, turmoil and debate with its setup and there were mistakes made at that time (but) the bumps have been worked out and now it's quite cost-effective to maintain

Link   Sentinel Review

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Long-gun registry efficient: RCMP report

Association of Police Chiefs,Canada's ER Doctors and now the RCMP support the Gun Registry. What will it take for those with 
Reich-wing ideology to see the light? 

CBC News

An RCMP evaluation report of Canada's long-gun registry concludes that the program is cost effective, efficient and an important tool for law enforcement, CBC News has learned.

The findings of the report, conducted with the help of outside auditors and completed six months ago, have been in the hands of the government since February, but have not yet been released.. An RCMP evaluation report of Canada's long gun registry concludes that the program is cost effective and efficient. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

One section of the report states: "The program, as a whole, is an important tool for law enforcement. It also serves to increase accountability of firearm owners for their firearms."

The report found that the cost of the program is in the range of $1.1 million to $3.6 million per year and that the Canadian Firearms Program is operating efficiently.

“Overall the program is cost effective in reducing firearms related crime and promoting public safety

through universal licensing of firearm owners and registration of firearms," the report states.

The full report contains over 40 pages of analysis of the effectiveness of the firearms registry, in both urban and rural areas. The RCMP would only confirm that the report is still being translated and could not give a firm date for its release.

The Conservatives have denounced the long-gun registry, which was introduced by the Liberal government of Jean Chr├ętien in 1995, as wasteful and ineffective.

A private member's bill being considered this fall would scrap the registry.

Conservative MP Candice Hoeppner's bill, which passed second reading in the House last spring, is slated to face a vote in the House of Commons in September.

Earlier this week, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, said Canadians must see the report before Parliament votes on the issue.

“If that information is in fact made available to Canadians and to Parliamentarians then perhaps our parliamentarians will be in a far better position to make an informed decision about Bill C-391 and they will have a much better understanding of the value of the gun registry to law enforcement and public safety," Blair said.

His comments came as members of the police chiefs' association at their annual meeting endorsed a national firearms strategy that includes a recommendation for a public relations campaign to explain the value of the long-gun registry.

Police chiefs and police organizations across Canada have voiced support for the registry, saying it is a valuable tool in assisting officers in doing their job.

But some police officers have expressed support for eliminating the registry, saying it doesn't give frontline officers any comfort when they are entering a home or pulling over a driver

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

ER Doctors urge MP's to keep Gun Registry

OTTAWA — Emergency-room doctors across Canada, who often treat victims of gunshot wounds, are asking MPs to keep the long-gun registry because they believe it will save lives.

The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians said Wednesday their personal experiences, backed up by scientific studies, show that the registry has spared victims of gun violence.

"As front-line physicians in emergency departments, we regularly witness the horrific injuries and deaths that result from firearms. Our membership has instructed CAEP to vigorously support efforts to reduce the tragic human toll associated with firearm misuse by opposing the repeal of the long-gun registry," said Dr. Carolyn Snider of the association's public affairs committee.

Snider said most patients coming to hospital with gunshot wounds are accompanied by police, who use the registry regularly to determine if the patient had a registered gun in the home. CAEP believes that registry will help to keep Canadians safe from injuries and death caused by long-gun use.

Read the whole story here

Monday, August 23, 2010

Once Again !

Police chiefs endorse long-gun registry

Last Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010 | 7:04 PM ET 

Rifles line an Ottawa hunting store's shelves in this 2006 photo. Canada's police chiefs are defending the federal long-gun registry as an efficient and effective tool.Rifles line an Ottawa hunting store's shelves in this 2006 photo. Canada's police chiefs are defending the federal long-gun registry as an efficient and effective tool. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)The head of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says members have endorsed a national firearms strategy that includes the long-gun registry — a program the Conservative government is trying to scrap — at its annual meeting in Edmonton on Monday.
"A resolution for its adoption as the official policy of the CACP was put before the members and that resolution was passed without a single dissenting voice,

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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Bisphenol A on receipts

Bisphenol A coats 40% of store receipts
August 2, 2010
Toronto Star

Bisphenol A, the controversial chemical that Canada banned from baby bottles, may be coating the sales receipt you take at a store’s cash register.
In a study by a U.S. environmental group, 40 per cent of receipts collected from major U.S. retailers, supermarkets, food chains and gas stations contained BPA, known as a hormone-disrupting chemical.
The total mass of the chemical found on the 36 collected receipts was 250 to 1,000 times greater than the amount of BPA typically found in a can of food or that leaches from a BPA-based plastic baby bottle, according to the report by the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C.
“Our point is that 60 per cent of the receipts had no BPA or very insignificant traces. This is one exposure that’s easily fixed. Retailers can easily make the transition to BPA-free paper,” says Anila Jacob, a senior scientist at EWG.
Receipts from Canadian stores would likely provide similar results, says Janelle Witzel, program manager at Environmental Defence Canada. Previous BPA testing of food cans and plastic baby bottles found comparable levels between Canada and the U.S., she says.
Studies suggest that low doses of BPA can interfere with the endocrine system, possibly contributing to such adverse health effects as cancer, reproductive problems, diabetes and hyperactivity.
Scientists are not certain how much BPA from receipts would get into the body. “BPA could stick to the skin of the hand and be absorbed or it could be ingested if the person touches food,” says Jacob.
In the EWG study, researchers found that some of the BPA on a receipt could be rubbed off with a lightly moisturized wipe. “It’s not tightly bound,” explains Jacob.
In the U.S. study, receipts containing BPA were obtained from at least one outlet of such major retailers as Safeway, Chevron, KFC, McDonald’s and Whole Foods.
Receipts from the supermarket chain Safeway showed BPA from all three outlets visited and had among the highest concentrations: 20.7, 20.6 and 41 milligrams on the receipts.
Of the three McDonald’s restaurants, one receipt showed only a trace amount and the other two had 13.3 and 9.07 milligrams.
At McDonald’s Canada, communications manager Stephanie Sorensen says that the thermal paper used here for its receipts does not contain BPA.
Thermal paper, widely used for receipts, prescription labels and airline tickets, is coated with a dye and a chemical, such as BPA or an alternative, that acts as a developer when heat from the printer is applied, producing the black print on the receipt.
Retail workers and cashiers may be particularly concerned about BPA exposure from receipts since they frequently handle the paper through the day. Jacob suggests they speak to their employers about switching to non-BPA paper.
Since BPA is used as a hardening agent in some plastic and in the liners of food cans, Jacob recommends limiting contact when you can.
Don’t take receipts if you don’t need them and never give one to a young child to handle. She suggests keeping an envelope that a cashier can simply slip the receipt into.
After taking a receipt and before eating, she recommends washing your hands with soap and water – not alcohol-based sanitizers. “There’s some evidence they might increase the BPA penetration into the skin,” says Jacob.

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