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Crackdown on Crime?

Posted in Court System, Crime, Funny Stuff, Glitches, Health, Home, Life, Me, My Travels, Observations, Personal, Politics, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants, World, Youth on July 25, 2008 by taraden

Today I received a ‘leaflet’ in the mail from my local MP, James Moore regarding which political party is on the right track when it comes to crime in this country. The main point of the leaflet is “Age Is No Excuse.” That just because an offender of a crime is a youth, they should be treated no less than an adult (depending on the severity of the crime… of course.) The point of this leaflet was to choose a political party member who you thought was “on the right track” at combating crime. I was seriously baffled at the notion of having to decide which political party leader was ‘on the right track’….. but here were the options…..

  • Stephane Dion
  • Stephen Harper
  • Jack Layton
  • Elizabeth May

I personally wondered where the “NONE OF THE ABOVE” check box was and quickly realized that there was not one and decided to write Mr. James Moore a letter, letting him in on my view of the Criminal Justice System in this country. The following was sent to his office….

July 25, 2008

Re: “Above the Law” leaflet

To James Moore, MP

Your office recently mailed out a leaflet entitled “Above the Law” asking the citizens of Port Moody, Westwood and Port Coquitlam a question regarding the Criminal Justice System in this country. Your leaflet asked “Who do you think is on the right track on crime?” Well, Mr. Moore, my answer would have to be none of the above. The criminal Justice System in this country is a complete joke. Not only for the light sentences of youth AND adult offenders but for failing the victims of crime as well.

First of all we have our Attorney General, Wally Oppal who seems to come up with excuse after excuse regarding the way that criminals in this country are sentenced. I have contacted him on several occasions regarding the dragging death of Grant De Patie and the reduced sentence of youth offender Darnel Pratt. Now we find out that Mr. Pratt seems to be in some more trouble after assaulting another inmate while incarcerated. The reduction of his sentence now in hind sight seems rather wrong, don’t you think?

I also contacted Mr. Oppal in regards to the Oak Bay murder / suicide involving Mr. Peter Lee. Mr. Lee had assaulted his wife prior to the murders and was arrested for causing bodily harm and aggravated assault. Police made recommendations to the court that he remain in custody. Instead Mr. Lee was released on bail with numerous court orders not to contact his wife, enter the home, or posses any weapons. But did that protect Ms. Park and her family? No. Now every politician, judge and police officer in this country should carry that family’s blood on their hands for not ensuring their safety and for not making the laws around sentencing these offenders more strict.

And lastly ( I could go on, but I will not take up any more of your time) I would like to mention Mayor Scott Young. I am a resident of Port Coquitlam. I grew up in this town and have lived here for the majority of my life. I am also a victim of domestic violence and assault. I do not appreciate the fact that the Mayor of my hometown has been charged and convicted of assault and continues to remain Mayor of this city. I do not appreciate his pompous attitude regarding the matter either. That right there shows you just how screwed up this system is.

I was beaten by my now ex-boyfriend. He gave me two black eyes, choked me, held me against my will for over an hour while confining me and threatening to kill me. After fleeing the scene he was found by police, appeared before a judge and was released on bail with numerous court orders not to contact myself or my family. While awaiting trial he breached those conditions on numerous occasions to the point where I had to have my phone number changed. Each time he breached those conditions I called the RCMP officer in charge of my file to inform him of what was going on and every time I would have to leave a voicemail because he was never available to speak to me in person. By the time the date of the trial came my ex decided to play it safe and accept a plea bargain. He pled guilty and in return the crown sentenced him to a few days in jail. At that time my ex had an extremely lengthy criminal record. He is a career criminal. His mother has informed me that to this day he is still in and out of jail on a regular basis. And you want to know why this is? Because every single time he commits a crime in this country all he gets is a slap on the wrist, released on bail, court conditions that he can breach because he knows he can get away with it, and a minor sentence EVERY SINGLE TIME. And now I have a Mayor that is convicted of assault and I am expected to take him seriously? Please!

There is a lot that needs to be done about the Criminal Justice System in this country Mr. Moore regardless of the offenders age and I believe those changes can not come soon enough. All the offenders mentioned above, regardless if they are a youth offender or an adult seem to think that they are “Above the Law.” As for if any of the candidates mentioned on your leaflet are on the right track against crime in this country? I guess only time will tell.

I thank you for your time.

Thats my take on the system…….


Posted in Court System, Crime, Glitches, ICBC Sucks Ass, Life, Rants, World on June 18, 2008 by taraden

Back in 2005 I was involved in a very MINOR accident. It was mainly my fault and I was prepared to accept the fact, that I would be responsible for fixing the other driver’s vehicle and that would probably be it.

Now, three years later ICBC has settled an injury claim with the other driver for a mere $56,000.00. Car damages amounted to just under $2000.00 on a 2005 Mazda 3. I was driving my dad’s car at the time of the accident, so they have found that we were in breech of his insurance coverage and now ICBC is coming after me for the grand total of $58,000.00.

Not only did ICBC not want to investigate this accident and the so called “injury claims” of the other driver, they decided to settle out of court, and without ever really caring to hear my side of how the accident happened. I suppose that is because of the fact that they were going to pin the whole 58 grand on me.

Now…. I have been in talks with ICBC to arrange some sort of payment plan… as I can clearly not afford to pay them $58,000 all in one lump sum. As a matter of fact, it is going to take me a VERY LONG TIME to be able to pay off $58,000. I was sent an “Income and Assets” form through their “Claim Recovery Department” and was told to fill out all of my monthly income and expenses and send it back to them. Which I did and it clearly showed that I am not able to make huge payments on this amount. In fact, the amount I am able to pay is quite small without having to become homeless or have my children starve. They reviewed the information I sent them and have come to the conclusion that I can make small payments on the $58,000 balance I owe them…. BUT… they will not be able to allow me to insure any vehicle or renew my driver’s license once it has expired because the amount that I owe is so great and the payment that I am able to make is so small. So…. basically ICBC is now penalizing me because I can’t afford to pay an amount which pleases them on a trumped up, over-blown injury claim that THEY decided to award this other driver…. without the opinion of a judge or jury. Am I the only one that thinks that this is not fair? There are drivers that are convicted of vehicular manslaughter who receive driving bans of 2 years, 5 years. There are people who have been caught driving drunk (Gordon Campbell would be a PRIME example) still able to drive on a daily basis. And then there is ME. I make a total of $1600 a month. Out of which I have to pay rent, bills, help to cloth and feed two children and also take care of myself. Now, I am going to be penalized for the rest of my life because of the simple fact that I do not make enough money to afford to pay more of a monthly payment.


Only In America?

Posted in Bugs, Funny Stuff, Glitches, Life, Ramblings, World, Youth on May 17, 2007 by taraden

Why does this not surprise me?

A ten month old baby now has a firearm ownership identification card and a big old gun to go along with it. And the parents and grand parents think it’s “cute.”  What the fuck is this world coming to?

Recycle Me This…

Posted in Environment, Glitches, Home, Life, Nature, Observations, Politics, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants, World on May 14, 2007 by taraden

In this day and age with “global warming” and the state of the environment…. you would think that our community would support recycling. Well not the City of Port Coquitlam.

We live in a townhouse complex that has absolutely no recycling program. I called City Hall’s Engineering and Operations Department to find out about getting a recycling container for our unit. The lady that lives next door to us has one that she leaves outside her unit, so I figured that it wouldn’t be a problem. Occasionally I put some newspapers in her container… but I don’t want to keep using hers as once they are full thats it… the city will not take any extra… so I don’t want to fill her container up.. that just wouldn’t be fair to her. City Hall informed me that they do not supply containers and pick up from most townhouses. I told them that one of the tenants in another unit has a bin and gets hers picked up every week… so they told me to talk to the landlord. But they also informed me that I would most likely not be able to get one. When I called the landlord he told me that he does not know how she got her container but would call to see if he could get a container for us. I have not heard back from him… so I am assuming it didn’t go over to well.

I don’t understand. Wouldn’t the City of Port Coquitlam want the residents to recycle? Do they not give a shit about the environment? Would they rather I throw all of my garbage into our dumpster? I can’t believe that I am having such a problem trying to get a recycling container and pick up service where the service already exists…. I have even offered to pay for one and still no luck. This goes to show that much more awareness is needed when it comes to protecting our planet.

What I Would Give To Get That Day Back..

Posted in Court System, Crime, Glitches, Life, Me, My Travels, Observations, Personal, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants on May 9, 2007 by taraden

Have you ever wanted to have a day back?  You know… it could have been a really good day, one that you would like to have the pleasure of experiencing all over again… or maybe something really bad happened and you would like to be able to go back and avoid the whole thing so that now your life would be a just a little easier.  What a wonderful world it would be if that were possible.

A few months ago I found out that I am being sued.  A small motor vehicle accident that occurred at a whole whopping 5 kilometers per hour rate of speed (possibly even less than that, as we were pretty much at a stand still… stuck in traffic)… has now turned into this massive trumped up, over rated accident in which the other people are now claiming personal injuries against me.   I have now found out that I am going to need a lawyer… one in which I cannot afford… especially after just having a baby.  I spoke with a lawyer today who gave me his rate of $300 per hour.  $300 per hour!  You know two hours would almost eat up a whole two weeks payment of my maternity leave.  I have a feeling that I am about to get completely screwed… and not in a good way!

If anyone knows of a decent lawyer in the Vancouver area… who might give a not so well off girl a break… let me know!

I Really Don’t Get It…

Posted in Court System, Crime, Glitches, Life, Me, Observations, Personal, Ramblings, Random Thoughts, Rants, Youth on April 4, 2007 by taraden

UPDATED: After receiving a comment on this post from Corinne De Patie… Grant De Patie’s mother…. I am now urging everyone who comes across this post (especially if you are a Canadian citizen) to write to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada regarding the reduced sentence of her son’s murderer. This could have been your friend… your son.. your brother. You can do this by mail or email at the following addresses:

Honorable Robert Douglas Nicholson

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

284 Wellington Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8

Or by email at

I was up quite early this morning as I am most mornings and watching the local news. A news article came on about the youth involved in the death of Grant De Patie….. and how his sentence has now been reduced by 2 years due to the situation in which he grew up (I guess he didn’t have a great family life) and because of his aboriginal status.

I then heard some other story about some other guy… who was in jail for murdering someone else and how he would most likely be released after he had served 2/3’s of his sentence due to good behavior while incarcerated.

I really don’t understand this whole “good behavior” thing. Why is it that when someone is charged, convicted and sentenced for a crime that they have committed… are they then given the opportunity to be released far before the time that the judge or jury sentenced them to? It doesn’t seem right. A sentence is a sentence. I don’t think that when a judge or jury sentences someone to say 7 years in jail.. they actually really mean that they want him or her to only spend 5 years in jail. This person would not be in jail if it were not for their own actions… actions in which they committed a crime against someone… so why the hell should they be released on good behavior? They didn’t seem to give a shit about good behavior before they ended up in jail in the first place.

This also happened with my ex. The charges that were laid against him.. and the sentence that was brought down upon him was pretty much a joke. Time served. Why is it that a day in jail is worth 2 days in the “real world”? Is a day not a day? And why… if a person spends time in pre-trial facility….. is that time that they served worth more time than the time they would spend in jail after they were sentenced? Does anyone know why this is?

The government of Canada needs to seriously step back and take a long hard look at this so called court system we have got going on here in this country… because as it stands right now… it seems to favor the criminal and not the victims…. which is quite sad.