Of course an emergency situation calls for emergency personnel to be present to help citizens and provide services that are limited during emergencies such as the one occurring now in Alberta.
Canadians are tolerant people and are well known to be more than polite and understanding when placed in a stressful situation, so when a Government takes advantage of that peaceful and docile acceptance of controls and restrictions then as a Canadian you should be alarmed at how much has changed in recent years when it comes to excuses to unleash Emergency (Police and Armed Forces) measures that have become basically an “overkill”!
Remember the G20 lockdown in Toronto? The word Disgusting is too mild for the political masters who tried that little gulag tactic out on the peaceful citizens of this country!
Many years ago there was a hurricane called Hazel that hit the west portion of Toronto very hard and the evening and next morning of the hurricane we witnessed massive numbers of emergency personnel descend on our neighbourhood with blankets, food, water, accommodation and it was a mixture of Police, Army, Nurses, Doctors, Firemen, Hydro workers, Red Cross and many other agencies.
At NO TIME during the next two weeks of that “occupation” was there checkpoints, roadblocks or any other heavy handed control tactics used to halt the movement of people or control entrance or exits from the neighbourhood!
Fast forward to TODAY! Any excuse for a test of Emergency Services seems to bring out the full contingent of Police, Swat teams and Armed Services to lock down immediately any area under EMO declaration. That seems to be the main focus nowadays, not the promotion of neighbour helping neighbour and services wading in to HELP people!
As I write this there is a huge Police presence in High River Alberta confiscating firearms without search warrants in homes that are “off limits” to the home owners!
Below is a story of just one Albertans arrival back in his home town after the flooding has brought out probably the worst in what Canada used to be not known for: a POLICE STATE!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Also available at mises.ca
Talk about being in the right place at the right time. While my friends watched Cougar Creek and the Bow River overflow and destroy about sixty houses in the process – I sat in sunny Mount Forest sipping a beer and reading Theory & History (which I highly recommend, by the way). My vacation back to Ontario was conveniently scheduled during the Alberta floods. I picked those dates virtually at random, after my former room-mate told me, “June is the rainy season.” Yeah, no kidding.
But by last Monday I was on a plane back to Canmore. Touching down in Calgary my first glimpse of the disaster wasn’t the flooded downtown or roads destroyed by the power of water – but the police state apparatus that is grossly apparent when a “state of emergency” is announced. At the Calgary airport I checked in at the bus depot that would take to me back to Canmore. I was asked for proof of residency, “my papers” as it were. At the time, only locals were allowed East of Calgary.
En route, I saw a lot of police cars and military vehicles. That was essentially the only other traffic on the highway. Near the casino, where the prairies become the foothills, the police set up a checkpoint where I was again asked for proof of residency. Once in the Bow Valley, the Trans Canada Highway became condensed, with the left lane reserved for oncoming traffic while the opposite side of the highway was completely closed. While the reasons for this are understandable (some sections remain completely impassable), the idea that the clean-up will take 10 years must be a reference to more damaged areas of Alberta or recognition of the government’s incompetence.
Access to the roads is still heavily enforced even a week after the disaster. It was only yesterday at 3pm that the Trans Canada reopened to the public from Calgary to Lake Louise. But it’s still strictly two-lanes, with entire sections of the highway closed off. Before yesterday’s reopening, only returning residents and commercial trucks were are permitted to travel. Virtually overnight residents of Canmore and Banff became prisoners of their own town. Tourists were trapped until further notice. Given the bureaucratic nature of the state, the permission to travel was arbitrarily enforced. An acquaintance of mine was struck in Calgary because she had yet to update her ID from Ontario to Alberta. Finally, after many phone calls and headaches, the bureaucrats let her through. Yesterday morning, my boss fought with local bureaucrats at the Banff gate where a commercial truck was being held. Despite the prior approval that this truck would be permitted to pass, someone had changed their mind. Finally, after about three hours, the truck was allowed to pass.