Monday December 12, 2011


Passing Judgment On Mother Earth

How one narrow-minded judge can wreak havoc on all of us

Submitted by Betty Krawczyk, Cumberland BC


hy do I get so heated up by injunctions?! Because we are being ruled by them. How so? Because a single judge in the province can allow enormous swaths of forests to fall, creeks to be ruined, wild animals to die, and allow the murderous fracking of gas wells. If a citizen becomes so outraged he or she stands in front of this activity, or pitches a tent in general disgust with the society, immediately the injunctions seekers heads for the court to seek an injunction.

The Canadian Criminal Code is a living, breathing document that has evolved over the years with thousands of people being involved with the coding. In contrast, because a court ordered injunction (one judgeís order) is not encoded, it amounts to being only one personís opinion. And if one is accused of not obeying the opinion of the judge, then one is charged with Contempt of Court. And there is no defense for Contempt of Court. Why not? Because Contempt of Court is not encoded. It isnít in the Criminal Code. And this is exactly why the Province of BC loves them. Itís the one sure way to rob a citizen of all legal rights because it robs citizens of the right to a legal defense.

As there is no defense for Contempt of Court , if you are accused, all that is relevant is whether you disobeyed a judge's order. If you did, you are guilty de facto of Contempt of Court. So is anyone else who is in a area of contention. It doesnít matter whether you were trying to protest against environmental destruction or connected to a protest like Occupy Vancouver. By adding Jane and John Does to the order, the sweeping nature of this of these additions could hypothetically include everybody in Canada, or for that matter, the entire world. See why logging and mining companies along with mayors and police chiefs just absolutely love injunctions?


Injunctions relieves all responsibility from private and public officials.

Why even bother with a police chief if he had to go to court to beg the judge to do his job for him. As police chief heís supposed to arrest people breaking the law. But instead of doing his job and ordering the protesters to move their tents he decided that was what needed to be done, and instead goes to the BC Supreme Court and asked Madam Justice Mackenzie to do it for him. She happily obliged. And was promptly elevated to the Appeals Court for her pains almost immediately after she issued the injunction order.

This is the same judge Patrick Dohm appointed to replace Madam Justice Bennet in the Basi-Verk case. This was done because Madam Justice Bennet was in the process of allowing the defense to call Premier Gordon Campbell and Deputy Premier Christy Clark to the stand to be examined for their knowledge of the scandal. No telling what they might have revealed under cross examination about their own actions. Patrick Dohm as protector of the 1%ís dirty laundry couldnít have that. So he appointed Madam Justice Mackenzie to set things right. She promptly accepted a two million by out for guilt pleas from Basi and Verk and shut the trial down before it could do any real criminal damage to Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark.

You know what? I am offended by this. I am offended by having this provinceís fortunes being ruled by crooks who have hijacked the Supreme Court of BC and uses fascist methods to shut down all opposition to their selling off of the natural resources of BC along with the shut down of any hope of legal justice. Itís too much. Itís just too much. We demand a decent government, a decent BC Supreme Court, a decent rule of law. Weíre citizens. And injunctions be dammed!


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