Ongoing RCMP sexual harassment case expected to settle at $100M
A second major RCMP sexual harassment case, only 3 years after the last, will be settled at $100M following the claims of lead plaintiff Cheryl Tiller.
The first 100M dollar debacle came from its female RCMP members. Following the settlement, former Commissioner Bob Paulson gave an impassioned speech, wherein he said that “the fist of God will fall” on all those implicated in the scandal.
The Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP Asst. Comm. Dwayne McDonald fired back at people who have criticized RCMP officers in Surrey and the plausibility of a full Surrey Police Force swaying RCMP officers to leave for the force.
During an awards speech at the 23rd Annual Surrey RCMP awards, he called criticisms unfair, and reaffirmed RCMP officers’ ability to fight crime, saying they’ve been doing it for decades and will continue to do so.
“We can’t police a large city? We’ve been doing it since 1951. I would challenge any other large city in this country to police with the resources we do and do a better job,” said McDonald.
“I’m just saying, if you want more boots on the ground, give me more boots.”
McDonald didn’t specify who these critics were, but he openly suggested that government officials and others, who are probably being hyperbolic, should butt out and that their criticism isn’t valid.
“If I have to listen to one more ex-chief of police on life support or some fallen-from-grace former public official with an axe to grind or an uninformed academic call into question the integrity and professionalism and dedication of the men and women of the Surrey RCMP, I am going to snap,” said McDonald, who received great applause for his indignation.
“I’m just saying that some of these people have been put out to pasture for a reason, so let’s not forget it.”
Surrey RCMP have been coming under heavy scrutiny over the last three years due to increased gang activity in the region, reports Global News. Various people of note, specifically, former West Vancouver police chief and solicitor general Kash Heed and Ex-Mountie Chris Backus, have suggested the RCMP are unable to satisfy their duties and that some RCMP may switch the new Surrey Police Force if given the opportunity.
Clearly McDonald thinks that’s all nonsense and that the RCMP are doing the best possible job they can given the circumstances.
The British Columbia RCMP released a summary report of their investigation into the three homicides which took place in northern B.C. in August.
The report details the actions of the two suspects Kam McLeod and Bryar Schmegelsky before they eventually took their own lives in the dense bush of Manitoba. McLeod and Schmegelsky are believed to be responsible for the deaths of Lucas Robertson Fowler, Chynna Noel Deese and Leonard Dyck.
“Based on the autopsy findings, the firearms lab report, analysis of the scene and the content of the videos it is believed that McLeod shot Schmegelsky before shooting himself in a suicide pact,” claims the report.
During their press release earlier today, the RCMP announced that they would not be releasing the six videos and three images discovered on their cellular devices out of fear of inspiring copy cats.
“[The RCMP Behavioural Analysis Unit] believed that McLeod and Schmegelsky may have made the video recordings for notoriety and releasing them will be seen as an injustice to the victims and their families,” reads the report.
“In an effort to not sensationalize the actions of McLeod and Schmegelsky and to mitigate the potential of other individuals being inspired by McLeod and Schmegelsky to commit similar acts of violence, the videos will not be released to the public by the RCMP.”
In the videos both McLeod and Schmegelsky repeatedly take responsibility for the three murders and show no remorse for their actions. Their apparent plan was to continue killing more innocent people before hijacking a boat in the Hudson Bay and fleeing to Europe or Africa. They are also alleged to have discussed killing themselves.
The RCMP have also concluded that no clear motive could be declared in the murders but that the victims were picked opportunistically.
Other new information highlighted by the report includes the weapons used by the suspects. The guns, which were bought legally were two SKS rifles.
Furthermore, while on the Alaska Highway, another witness is alleged to have been approached by a man with a rifle before fleeing past a vehicle that matched the description of the suspects.
The pair were also stopped by a constable who failed to recognize them before letting them go in Split Lake, Manitoba.
Cameron Ortis, the
The thesis, titled “Bowing to
Ortis is listed on an official UBC list of graduates alongside his “principal supervisor” UBC professor Brian Job.
According to Job’s faculty profile, his main research interest is international security and he has served as the Director of the Centre of International Relations.
Ortis’ LinkedIn profile lists that he speaks Mandarin and has advised the Canadian Government for over 12 years.
The 262-page thesis largely focuses on cybersecurity with an interest in East Asia.
“The insecurities of the digital world call into question the efficacy and legitimacy of traditional state-based security when applied to new
“I also use the phrase ‘cyber-crime’ here as short-hand for conventional crimes that are enabled by the infrastructure such as industrial espionage which is theft and bot networks which
The complicated thesis discusses various ways for states, particularly in East Asia, to deal with cyber threats and how the changing virtual space is evolving.
Currently, the RCMP has yet to release any information about who Ortis allegedly shared confidential information with. Ortis is set to stand trial later today.
Update: A previous version of this article stated that Ortis was charged under the Canadian Security Intelligence Service Act when in fact he was charged under the Security of Information Act.
According to sources, RCMP HQ
The arrest occurred on September 12 in Ottawa after an extensive national security investigation.
One insider called the allegations “serious spy s**t.”
The RCMP allege that Ortis allegedly had stolen “large quantities of information, which could compromise an untold number of investigations.”
The RCMP have charged Ortis with the following violations of the Security of Information Act and the Criminal Code:
- Section 14(1) of the Security of Information Act
- Section 22(1)(b) of the Security of Information Act
- Section 22(1)(e) of the Security of Information Act
- Section 122 of the Criminal Code
- Section 342.1(1) of the Criminal Code
Most charges relate to unauthorized leaking of prohibited information, unauthorized use of a computer, and break of trust.
Ortis could serve 33 years in prison if convicted.
This is a breaking news story and it will be updated as more information becomes available.