Are we using Google Translate responsibly?

As with many new technologies, there are limits as to when this software can and should be used

Are we using Google Translate responsibly?Omar Cruz-Zamora was pulled over by police while driving in Kansas City in October 2017. The police officer used Google Translate to ask if he could search the car. Cruz-Zamora said yes, the officer found drugs and Cruz-Zamora was arrested. This officer is just one of the more than half a billion people worldwide who…

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing career

B.C.’s Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner is a watchdog that barks public interest but whose bite is about self-interest

Inside ‘a tap on the back’ that ruined a 40-year policing careerThe Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner (OPCC) was created to provide independent civilian oversight over municipal police forces in British Columbia. But a string of recent cases shows the OPCC is more about overreach than oversight. I know. I was one of the cases. This summer, after 40 years of unblemished service with the…

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s lives

Michael Murray talks about how his app sends real-time messages from where you live, work and play

Block Talk works to put the community concept back into people’s livesMichael Murray is founder of Block Talk. Calgary’s Business: What’s Block Talk? Murray: Block Talk is an app for your phone. You should download it to send and receive urgent safety alerts specific to the communities you choose to follow. It has five other categories of communication, including a platform to communicate non-urgent crime such…

We need breathalyzer testing on demand

Bill C-46 would contribute to public safety, help address the serious court backlog problem and save taxpayers a lot of money

We need breathalyzer testing on demandMarjory LeBreton, a former leader of the Conservatives in the Senate, has a family tragedy in her past: her daughter and grandson were killed by a drunk driver. LeBreton is unhappy that her former Senate colleagues have voted to gut Bill C-46, which gives police the right to stop a vehicle and demand that the…

Adrift and perilously close to abandoning ship

After more than a little high-seas misadventure, the Frankie finally proves seaworthy – and sanitary

Adrift and perilously close to abandoning shipBack in 2012, we had a dreamboat, an 18-foot Hourston Glascraft. It was brand-new, had a magnificent 150-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke outboard, and quickly became the envy of the Skelhp government wharf. We paid monthly wharfage dues all summer and used it to fish and cruise. We christened her the Francine, after my then 90-year-old Mom.…

Your home is your castle? Maybe not in Canada

People have a right to defend themselves, their family and their property. The Crown may not understand that but two juries have shown they did

Your home is your castle? Maybe not in CanadaTwo recent cases have shone a spotlight on the very limited right that Canadians now have to defend themselves and their property. They are the Gerald Stanley case from Saskatchewan and the recent Peter Khill case in Ontario. In both cases, property owners shot men who invaded their property to commit crimes. In both cases,…

Town officials get update on shelter project

The mayor said there were a couple of sites where he believes the project will receive less resistance from the community

Town officials get update on shelter projectKenneth Brown of The Clarion A location for the crisis centre’s safe shelter project is a hot topic in town, and council has received a report on the progress after a recent meeting. Council passed a resolution at a meeting on June 25 to establish a community committee chaired by Mayor Rod Perkins, and in…

Man pleads guilty to range of charges

Stephen Woolstencroft pleads guilty to committing common assault, uttering threats, possessing a controlled substance and failing to attend court

Man pleads guilty to range of chargesStephen Woolstencroft has pleaded guilty to a range of charges and he was in Kindersley provincial court on May 15 to be sentenced on his different convictions. John Knox, the Crown prosecutor, said he had worked out a joint resolution with Woolstencroft to present to the court. The accused faced a long list of charges,…

Man pleads guilty to firearm charge

The judge said the circumstances of the case are odd because the gun was not sold for drug or gang-related purposes

Man pleads guilty to firearm chargeCarlen Anderson has pleaded guilty in Kindersley provincial court to a firearm-related charge that stems from the decision he made more than two years ago to sell a restricted firearm. Court heard that the accused did not qualify for Legal Aid and he was not in a position to retain a private lawyer. Dorinda Stahl,…

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudeness

Beside being tired of people playing the race card and gender inequality protests, I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument where they lack the basic facts

Let me up, I’ve had enough … of rampant rudenessI’ve had it! It is not like me to rant and rave, but honestly, our ability to behave in civil ways is on the decline. It may even be so far down the priority list that it may never truly return. I’m sick of people taking sides in an argument when they lack the basic…

Local woman fined for multitude of offences

Crown prosecutor tells Kindersley court that Tara Wolf’s addictions are ‘out of control’

Local woman fined for multitude of offencesTara Wolf has received several fines for driving-related offences even though she says she only drove a short distance before police stopped her in October. Dorinda Stahl, the Crown prosecutor, told Kindersley provincial court on Feb. 20 that she had a joint submission to present. Wolf’s charges included driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than…

Chamber marks successful year

Annual general meeting includes introduction of new Kindersley chamber executive director, year’s highlights, financial report

Chamber marks successful yearKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley and District Chamber of Commerce has held its annual general meeting (AGM) to close the books on another year of events and member services. Chamber officials and members gathered at the Kindersley Inn on Feb. 9 for the annual meeting. The AGM covered the usual business of delivering…

Glauser faces three years in jail as a result of fraud

Travel agent walked away from her Kindersley business in January 2016 and complaints started to surface

Glauser faces three years in jail as a result of fraudThe facts of a fraud case against a former Kindersley travel agent detail a downward spiral of events that led to her charge, a guilty plea and a prison sentence. Leslie Glauser, who operated T & T Travel Ltd., pleaded guilty in December to a single count of fraud with an amount exceeding $5,000 in…

Man sentenced to 12 months in jail for a variety of crimes

The prosecutor said Stephen Miller’s property crime issues are due to his addictions

Man sentenced to 12 months in jail for a variety of crimesStephen Miller has been sentenced to serve 12 months in jail, less his time served, after pleading guilty to a lengthy list of charges in Kindersley provincial court on Jan. 16. A joint submission was presented to Judge Robert Jackson on Jan. 16 in Kindersley. The charges required both provincial and federal Crown prosecutors to…

Hijab hoax story could have unfortunate long-term consequences

The fact that a child lied is not the story. The fact that those in authority accepted, and publicized, an 11-year-old girl's story without checking the facts is

Hijab hoax story could have unfortunate long-term consequencesThere have been stories of adults and children lying to the public about everything from getting robbed to being raped. The ruse Canadians just experienced could leave a bad taste in our mouths for some time. On Jan. 12, the Toronto Police Service’s Twitter feed reported an attack at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School by…