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Toronto Police Sweep – 20000 Bystanders Caught – Allegations & Appeals

Toronto Police Sweep - 20000 Bystanders Caught - Allegations & Appeals

In a period of 2 months, Toronto police and RCMP officers have swept over 20,000 bystanders by using “Stingray” surveillance technology. These were located at the malls, toy shops and public parks also.

Toronto Police Sweep:

In the year 2014 investigation, police have requested for the cell phone of 11 suspects. After that, they established a stingray at nearly three dozen locations such as Dufferin mall, Vaughan mall, Kensington market, Trinity Bellwoods Park, a toy store ‘R’, and at the middle of Yorkville. Notably, this stingray is also known as IMSI catcher.

In this technological era, the raw data logs used in the investigation devices are remarkable. These IMSI catchers capture one distinctive identifier from all the cell phones at one location.

Noteworthy, police use the data to identify the cell phone of a suspect but the problem with IMSI is they capture the data of even non-suspicious citizens which is not good.

Canadian Police and agencies have prevented viable details and will not accept owing one. In the year 2017, it’s for the time that RCMP accepted using it.

A main drug and gun investigation which is known as Project Battery or Project Rx in the year 2014 was included in it. As concluded, police carried 50 raids and arrested 112 people in which drug trafficking, arms possession and killing was also included.

As investigated, RCMP officers operated the device as requested by the Toronto police. Noticeably, Police had the warrant to use it.

3rd Party Appeals:

While four targets are appealing that police has manipulated the judge regarding the powers of IMSI catchers. Officers have itself broken the policies to lower the effect of the 3rd party.

RCMP says that these devices do not collect the private information of users such as calls, texts and emails. Additionally, spokesman of both the sides said that the information collected by these devices and its usage is always done by keeping laws and judicial authorities in the mind.

Reportedly, police should seek permission from the judge in order to get the details related to the IMEI number.

Moreover, Crown hasn’t answered the appellants’ claim until now. In a pretrial charter challenge, a judge has announced that the mistakes regarding the use of IMSI catcher are immaterial.

In the year 2017, Canada’s privacy commissioner investigated the use of IMSI catchers by RCMS. At that time, Mounties provided an interim policy defining the usage of collected data.

Stats:

According to the logs, on 18th March and 23rd March 2014, police installed these devices around 3 dozen locations. At all the locations, the device logged 25000 captures.

On 16th April, targeting Ken Ying Mai, officers establishes IMSI catcher four times in a row.

Statements:

Chris Parson a researcher at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab said, “These are tools of mass surveillance. They are very distinct from traditional wiretaps.  He added, “they affect hundreds or thousands of people very easily and quickly when you’re in a major urban environment.”

According to the court documents, the people sergeant who got the warrant hasn’t used the device before. Therefore, he was unaware of the protocol. He just copies pasted the wording used in a previous warrant.

Additionally, Parsons said, “The fact that we don’t know the extent to which law enforcement is using these is incredibly problematic. These are intrusive devices.”

Whereas an RCMP spokesman said that the force is not opposing the requirement of reports and will release the stats related to the usage of the device as soon as possible.

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Edmonton Oilers online 50/50 raffle sells out with record-setting $5.7M pot

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers online 50/50 raffle has hit another record and had to close early after it reached the server provider’s maximum allowable tickets sales.

The Oilers Entertainment Group says the final estimated jackpot Wednesday is $5.4 million, with the lucky winner taking home $2.7 million.

The other half of the funds raised from the raffle will go to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation.

Monday night’s raffle for Game 2 of the Oilers-Blackhawks series shamed the previous record for the largest sports raffle as the pot surpassed $3.2 million.

The previous record was held by Toronto Raptors fans when the 50/50 raffle reached $2 million during the 2019 NBA Finals, the year the team won the championship.

For Game 4, ticket sales are to open at 9 a.m. MT on Friday and Oilers Entertainment Group says its online 50/50 service provider is working to address the maximum ticket issue before that game.

“The passion and support for the 50/50 raffle has been exceptional and is yet another concrete example of Oilers fans’ commitment to their community,” the company said in a statement.

“You should expect improvements in the very immediate future as we chase yet another 50/50 record.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2020

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Veteran Canadian Press broadcast journalist Peter Ray dies at age 71

TORONTO — Peter Rakobowchuk, a journalist with Canada’s national news agency whose high energy delivery was instantly recognizable to decades of listeners, has died.

More widely known by his radio moniker Peter Ray — a supervisor early on told him it sounded smoother — the irrepressible Rakobowchuk had been undergoing chemotherapy for liver cancer. He was 71.

“He had such a distinctive voice that no name was required,” said Rose Kingdon, broadcast director at The Canadian Press.

In fact, according to those who were there, guests at his wedding to his wife Pat Enborg three decades ago clamoured for him to do his famous sign off when he got up to respond to the roasts.

“Do the sign-off, do the sign-off,” they chanted when he picked up the microphone. To much applause, Rakobowchuk boomed: “Peter Ray, Montreal.”

Born in Verdun, Que., Rakobowchuk began his career as a DJ with various private radio outlets, known at one point as “Rockin’ Peter Ray.” In February 1979, he joined Broadcast News, a subsidiary of The Canadian Press, in Toronto. He transferred to the Ottawa bureau 18 months later, spending four years there before moving to Montreal, where, apart from a six-year stint covering the legislature in Quebec City, he remained.

A fearless reporter, Rakobowchuk covered a wide array of assignments with unbridled enthusiasm. He was there when the Queen signed the Constitution. He was at the Oka crisis. He covered referendums, protests, political leadership races and elections, sometimes racing to events in the “War Wagon,” a 1978 Chevy Malibu, the first car he owned.

He loved the craft, especially when news was breaking, Enborg said on Wednesday.

“He didn’t hesitate at all to be called on to a story as it was developing, and to follow it through to its end — no matter how long it took,” Enborg said. “He loved every minute of it.”

In the early ’90s, Rakobowchuk slipped into a phone booth to file a report on a protest south of Montreal when he began having difficulty. Tear gas, he explained apologetically, as he got his report across between coughing bouts.

Despite the pressure of years of constant deadlines, Rakobowchuk managed to find a puppy-like joy in his work.

“To say he was enthusiastic is a bit of an understatement,” said Nelson Wyatt, a long-time colleague and friend.

During one protest, Rakobowchuk came across looters in a store and jumped right in to shoot video. When voices behind him yelled, “Move!” he responded to the officers poking him in the back with their batons: “In a minute!”

Rakobowchuk was known for asking questions others were reluctant to ask, such as when he tackled then-premier Jean Charest about the curls he had just had shorn, or grilled former premier Robert Bourassa on sovereignty. Despite groans from francophone media, they invariably led their reports with the response.

Despite his willingness to engage pointedly with newsmakers, he was seldom angry or mean.

He did once get under the skin of Bob Gainey, then coach of the Montreal Canadiens, when he cited Enborg as wondering why Gainey was sticking with goalie Carey Price. “Carey Price is a thoroughbred maybe your wife doesn’t recognize it,” Gainey retorted, before adding that she didn’t bake bread very well, either.

Rakobowchuk took great pride in adding print to his journalism skills, and continued working after taking sick leave in 2015 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

He also developed a keen interest and expertise in stories about space exploration.

“His passion and enthusiasm never waned,” said former Montreal bureau chief, Donald McKenzie. “Never was that enthusiasm more pronounced than when he was writing about the space beat.”

One of his greatest joys was getting to go down to Florida to cover the final space shuttle launch in 2011.

“He practically bounced off the ground to be able to go down there and cover it,” Enborg said.

Besides Enborg, Rakobowchuk is survived by his son Alex and daughter Lisa, as well as Giselle, a daughter from a previous marriage. His five siblings predeceased him.

In his final post on Facebook less than a week ago, he urged people to get tested for the coronavirus after his came back negative.

“A great stress reliever,” he said. “Worrying about whether or not you’re positive is not good for your state of mind.”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family will be holding a private service Aug. 12 at Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home in Pointe-Claire, Que.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 5, 2020.

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Feds look to finalize deal with airlines amid contact-tracing concerns

OTTAWA — As Ottawa and airlines talk about contact tracing, federal officials are trying to sort out how much information companies should provide, and how the data should flow.

Concerns about the level of detail airlines provide have been greatest in British Columbia, where the provincial health officer has lamented a lack of movement from federal officials.

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday there could be improvements to the data that airlines provide as part of efforts to trace the potential spread of COVID-19.

A federal government official tells The Canadian Press the issue revolves around information collected for domestic flights, with one of the hurdles being finding an agreement that satisfies all parties involved.

The official wasn’t authorized to speak on the record because efforts are being headed by the Public Health Agency of Canada, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The federal health agency already requires airlines to provide information on travellers arriving on international flights who are subject to strict quarantine rules and Tam says there hasn’t been a confirmed case of in-flight transmission.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 5, 2020.

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