Inmate in segregation at Kent Prison injures deputy warden and guard with punches to face

Except from mainstream swine:

The deputy warden and a correctional officer at Kent Institution in Agassiz are recovering after an inmate locked up in the segregation unit punched them in the face.

The officer was rushed to hospital on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. after the inmate came out of his cell and sucker-punched him at the maximum-security federal prison in the Fraser Valley.

“They were very concerned about him because he hit his head on the wall and floor,” said Gord Robertson, the Pacific Regional president of the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers.

It is unclear when the officer will be healthy enough to return to work.

Kent’s deputy warden, Mark Noon-Ward, was also punched by the inmate. After the initial assault, Noon-Ward went in to talk to staff and while the inmate was being escorted away from the scene he then punched Noon-Ward in the face.

He was treated for a facial injury and had a black eye from the punch. Another correctional officer, who had a glove on, was bitten in the hand by the inmate.

Robertson said it is still unclear what triggered the assault on the employees at Kent. The inmate is serving a two-year sentence for assaulting a peace officer.”

Unclear? You put a human being in segregation. Fuck you!

What Is Segregation?

From: Segregation at Kent Maximum Security – The ‘Cadillac’ of Canadian Penitentiaries

“H unit consists of twenty-four cells which are the same size as all others in the institution, being ten feet long, eight feet high, and six feet wide; in each cell a solid door contains a small window that looks out on the corridor and a window on the outside wall that lets in natural light. The cells, which originally had no furnishings in them, have each been equipped with the same steel bedframe, sink-toilet combination, and table-chair combination introduced into the penthouse at the British Columbia Penitentiary after the McCann case. These furnishings were transferred to Kent when the British Columbia Penitentiary was closed. A prisoner who has spent a substantial amount of time in H unit has proved this description of the regime.

In this place people are virtually buried alive in concrete tombs for periods of up to 231/2 hours daily. The exercise area itself is only about 20 x 30 feet encircled by cement and bars with wire fencing covering the roof. At no time are more than three prisoners allowed to exercise together, and the exercise they do get only consists of a brisk walk back and forth.

Prisoners in H Unit are not allowed open visits with their families. All they receive are brief telephone visits, where the visitor is on one side of a glass parti- tion and the prisoner is on the other side. Even though the prisoners are skin- frisked both before and after the visits, they are still refused human contact with their loved ones. Unlike the main population, the prisoners in H Unit are not allowed to watch any television or see a movie. The availability of a newspaper is restricted. The only library that exists is a small box of books that is made up of spy stories and westerns, which are exchanged weekly by the guards. Treated differently than the main prison population, the prisoners of H Unit do not have easy access to a telephone for outside calls. Where prisoners in the popultion are allowed to phone both family and lawyers, prisoners in H Unit can only occasion- ally telephone their lawyers. That is, if their request forms are not lost or mis- placed as the case has been. Prisoners placed in H Unit receive little or no funds to purchase the items they require for basic survival. They are classified as unproductive and receive the lowest scale of pay within the prison. Thus writing paper, envelopes and communication with the outside world is a major concern. People in the H Unit are not allowed a pen. They are supplied a three-inch-long pencil for their written communication which must be returned to the guards after its use. Sanitary arrangements for prisoners in the H Unit are completely inadequate. They are only allowed two showers per week and are restricted to only one set of clothes and bedding that are exchanged weekly. Also, disinfectant is not allowed inside the cells, nor is there even a mirror inside the cell area. Most everything required for appearance and grooming is dependent upon a guard bringing it to you for brief periods of time once a day. The only time a prisoner gets to clear his cell is a ten-minute period, usually each morning. There is no educational programme or instruction for prisoners in the H Unit. Where the general population, as a whole, have access to this type of programme, the prisoners entombed in H Unit do not. Nor are there any hobbies allowed to H Unit prisoners to help with the idleness and boredom. Unlike other segregation areas in Canada that allow prison population committees access to the segregation area to hear fellow prisoner complaints, grievances and concerns, the administration in Kent will not allow this; all they will allow is written censored communication between the dissociation inmates and the prison inmate committee. Contrary to other penitentiaries that have segregation units, Kent Penitentiary houses both prisoners on disciplinary punishment and dissociation inmates not on punishment together in the same unit. The consequences of this [are] that the Kent staff treat all inmates in the H Unit as if they were being punished due to a breach of the rules and regulations …In the B.C. Penitentiary, that type of confinement was ruled to be cruel and unusual punishment contrary to the Canadian Bill of Rights. It’s shocking to see a new prison like Kent carry on the bad practices that made the B.C.”

After Northern Gateway pipeline recommendation, Unist’ot’en blockade camp ups the ante

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First Nations blockade camp standing in the path of Northern Gateway gets an influx of volunteer applications in preparation for the fight against oil and gas companies

Erin Flegg, Vancouver Observer, Jan 6th, 2014

With the announcement of the National Energy Board’s ruling in favour of Enbridge’s Northern pipeline, and the fall of yet another government environmental safeguard, the organizers of the anti-pipeline blockade camp in Northern BC are more committed than ever to holding their ground. Along with partner Forest Action Network (FAN), they’ve put out a call for more volunteers, and FAN director Zoe Blunt says they’ve received a flood of applications in the past week from people eager to travel to the camp and help out.

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Canadian women detained after Molotov cocktail attacks on Mexico City government offices

From: Mainstream Swine

Two Canadian women are in Mexican custody, suspected of lobbing Molotov cocktails at Mexico City government offices.

Late Sunday night, three suspects, clad all in black, allegedly ignited a series of gasoline bombs at both a Nissan dealership and a high-rise building housing the offices of Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications and Transportation.

The attack occurred in the Mexico City borough of Benito Juárez, a middle-class area just south of the city centre. According to Mexican media, the explosions — five in all — sent bystanders fleeing in panic from the area.

Mexico City

Two Canadian women are in Mexican custody, suspected of lobbing Molotov cocktails at Mexico City government offices.

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Counter-Insurgency: Stratfor Monitors and Studies Social Movements

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By Kevin Zeese, http://www.PopularResistance.org, December 31st, 2013

Stratfor is a private intelligence agency that works for business interests and government.  It tracks and analyzes a lot of issues – the economy, military conflict, politics, energy and security.  Recently it has also been monitoring, analyzing and reporting on social movements. Their interests in movements show their concern that revolts have been growing and are having an impact around the world.

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Anarchists Take Credit for Calendar Theft

Below is the local news coverage, which includes a video if you follow the link, followed by the original claim of responsibility posted to Atlanta Indymedia on December 5th. The news reports the group took roughly 200 calendars. A simple search illustrates that these calendars are about $10 a piece.

From http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/anarchists-take-credit-mall-georgia…

An anonymous group has come forward and confessed to stealing dozens of racy calendars from a Mall of Georgia kiosk and replacing them with protest signs.

A viewer alerted Channel 2’s Tony Thomas to a posting on a Christian anarchist site after Thomas reported the calendar thefts. The anonymous post claims credit for the theft of nearly 200 calendars.

Mall kiosk worker Chris Tott said he never saw the thieves who swiped calendars featuring Sports Illustrated models and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders.

“All the calendars on the shelf were gone, all the girlie calendars,” Tott said.

The website post says three people are behind the shoplifting because, “Every day on the way to work we had to walk by this kiosk. Each passing encounter forced a specific sexuality and beauty standard upon us and we couldn’t take it anymore.”

Gwinnett police told Thomas they believe whoever posted on the JesusRadicals.com website is involved in the crime.

“They talked about wearing gloves. They talked about having a small team, one person to distract, another one to lookout and then the third person to actually load up the calendars,” Cpl. Jake Smith said.

now in police evidence and are being checked for fingerprints.

Kiosk owner Jessica Roy said the shoplifters are targeting the wrong people.

“We are not Sports Illustrated. We are a small business that’s just trying to make a living,” Roy said.

Thomas contacted the administrator of the website, who said he does not know anything about the crime aside from what was posted on the Internet.

From http://atlanta.indymedia.org/local/calendar-grrlz

On the weekend of Black Friday, a group of three people emptied a calendar stand of its entire stock of sexist and objectifying products.

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Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline approved by Joint Review Panel

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The Globe and Mail, Dec. 19 2013

A federal Joint Review Panel has given its blessing to Enbridge Inc’s Northern Gateway project, concluding the controversial pipeline is in the public interest, but will be subject to 209 environmental, safety and financial conditions.

The assessment of the panel — which will inform a final federal cabinet decision in about six months — said they were persuaded that the 1,178 kilometre pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. coast will meet an economic need by diversifying Canada’s oil market.

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Kinder Morgan proposes almost entirely new pipeline route through Burnaby

Kinder Morgan proposes almost entirely new pipeline route through Burnaby

The manifold area at Trans Mountain Pipeline’s terminal in Burnaby.

Photograph by: Ward Perrin , PNG

From The Vancouver Swine (Sun)

VANCOUVER — Kinder Morgan’s proposed $5.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion avoids several areas in the Lower Mainland that have become built up since the company’s existing line was constructed in the 1950s, but the company had fewer options in Burnaby.

The proposed route skirts new neighbourhoods in Langley and Surrey — in Walnut Grove and Fraser Heights, respectively — by moving the pipeline closer to the Fraser River to utilize railway and road corridors.

And while the proposed new route in Burnaby uses the Lougheed Highway corridor, it still passes near a neighbourhood that contains Meadowood Park north of Broadway, and also through residential areas adjacent to Hastings Street and Cliff Avenue, which is adjacent to the Burrard Inlet Conservation Area.

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Why They Break Windows

From:Slog

It’s been three weeks since May Day, and the reverberations from the day’s mayhem continue. At a court hearing last Thursday, two young men accused of throwing rocks at the police were arraigned in King County Superior Court. That evening, Seattle police posted to their website asking for tips from the public on eight suspects, complete with videos that appear to show young men smashing windows with rocks and skateboards.

“I could feel my temper rising as I watched this thing fall apart,” KIRO radio host Dave Ross told Mayor Mike McGinn the day after May Day. “Why have they adopted [Seattle] as their playground?” his co-host asked.

“There is a desire to provoke a confrontation with the police, so then they can claim the police overreacted,” McGinn said. “This is in fact the objective of the march.”

“I speak for the majority of Seattle when I say fuck you all and your stupid white privilege that thinks you can walk around smashing shit up, yelling and throwing shit at the police,” wrote one typical Slog commenter.

It’s easy to stereotype window-breakers and rock-throwers as spoiled kids throwing tantrums, out with malevolent intentions to mess with the police, and then feel indignant about it. But truth be told, those are lazy, inaccurate assumptions.

At the court hearing last week, it became clear that the two guys being arraigned are homeless. The prosecutor argued against letting them go and called them “threats to community safety.”

But the judge released 18-year-old Joshua Irwin-Patterson back into “clean and sober housing,” run by the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA), until his June trial. A JRA employee testified that under her supervision since 2011, Irwin-Patterson had been “doing well.”

Twenty-one-year-old Marcel Davis would return to the Orion Center, a facility for homeless youth, if released, his attorney said. At one point during the hearing, Davis, who is black, seemed to have trouble understanding a simple question. He’s being charged with second degree assault for allegedly throwing a rock that broke a police officer’s kneecap. The judge decided to continue jailing him on $60,000 bail.

Of the 17 people arrested on May Day, “about nine” are homeless or without stable housing, according to Lizz M. (she prefers not use her last name), a Seattle University student who’s helping raise money to defray their legal costs. “Four or five identify as queer. Two are juveniles,” and “two or three” will be judged in mental competency hearings.

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Anarchists take credit for damage to Vancouver businesses in “ghetto revolt”

Re Posted From The Georgia Straight

It’s a “fucking class war” in a “fucked-up city”.

Anarchists have launched a “ghetto revolt” against “capitalist assholes” and “gentrifiers”, claiming responsibility for a number of attacks on Vancouver property in postings on an anarchist website.

They’ve claimed responsibility for smashing the windows of the Bank of Montreal branch at 2515 East Hastings Street on the evening of March 13. “BMO was targeted not only because it is a symbol of capitalism but because it banks with Compliance Energy Corporation,” the post reads. “They are in the coal industry.”

Unnamed parties also took credit for the theft of a sign from Save On Meats restaurant at 43 West Hastings Street “to let the gentrifiers know that they have entered an area with a long history of class warfare”. They also blasted PiDGiN at 350 Carrall Street as a “restaurant for the wealthy and well-dressed bourgeois/up-and-coming class”.

In one post, a group calling itself the Anti Gentrification Front claimed responsibility for smashing the windows and one of the surveillance cameras of Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria on Commercial Drive. “We are also inspired by the picketers of the new yuppie restaurant in the downtown east side called Pidgin,” the group declared.

This group also claimed that they were responsible for shattering the windows of two trucks and a tractor belonging to the City of Vancouver.

Sgt. Randy Fincham said the Vancouver Police Department is looking into these events.

“The incidents that recently happened on Commercial Drive and the smashing of windows, those are currently criminal investigations, and we will attempt to identify the people that did do the damage,” Fincham, a VPD spokesperson, told the Straight by phone.

Antipoverty activist Ivan Drury, who recently helped organize pickets outside PiDGiN, stressed that the anarchist attacks are “not connected to the community struggles in the Downtown Eastside”.

“But in my opinion,” Drury told the Straight by phone, “these actions are inevitable…when the city is pouring all of its resources into supporting the development of high-end shops and businesses and continuing gentrification drives that affect people who are vulnerable to displacement and systemic violence.”

Describing himself as someone who is “not hung up on tactics”, Drury said he was not condemning the attacks: “I think that Vision Vancouver’s tactics and their planning and zoning regulations, which are all done on paper and very neat and tidy by legal people, these hidden acts of violence have far more impact on the lives of people in the city.”