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Big Brother is Watching

February 2, 2014 permalink

Through a freedom of information request from the Ministry of the Attorney General, David Froom got five enclosed emails concerning the rally on February 12, 2013 in front of the St Catharines courthouse. This rally was announced on Facebook and fixcas and the results were posted to the fixcas news.

The emails show that the day before the rally, the ministry knew to expect thirteen persons to show up. They don't say what surveillance gave them the number. The next day, four more emails kept the ministry informed in real time.

Fixcas has reported several rallies per month for 2011, 2012 and 2013. The attorney general, or children's aid, may have been watching all of them as closely as this one.

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From:
JUS-G-MAG-EOC (JUS)
Sent:
February-11-13 10:32 AM
To:
@JUS-L-MAG-EM IR list-Main
Cc:
Permell, Anthony (JUS); DSouza, Suman (JUS); Watson, Jim (JUS); Farno, Maria (JUS); Hunking, Lowell (JUS); Edwards, Jeff G. (JUS); Bett Mark (CSS); Angelidis, Tom (JUS); Cassells, Aileen {JUS); McWilliams, Lindsay (jUS): Yeboah, Randy (JUS); Ogundele, Anthonia (JUS)
Subject:
BCEM - IB 13-015 - Information Bulletin - Central West Region - St Catharlnes - Civil Protest - 02/11/2013
Importance:
High

INFORMATION:
Canadian Court Watch and Canadians for Family Reform have planned a protest for the St. Catharines Courthouse for February 12, 2013 from 10am-4pm. They are protesting issues related to the Children's Aid Society.

There is an expected 13 people to be in attendance.

STATUS:
Scheduled

DURATION:
10am-4pm

ACTION:
Courts Services, Crown and VVPD representatives to provide ongoing updates re: status and any service disruptions.

BECM will provide status updates as they become available.

MEDIA:
Unknown

POLICE, FIRE, AMBULANCE CONTACTED:
unknown

MAG STAFF:
89

CO-LOCATED MINISTRY STAFF:
MGS -17

MAG LOCATIONS AND SERVICES:
1. 0000021. Superior Court of Justice - Civil, Criminal, Family, Enforcement and Small Claims
2. Ontario Court of Justice - Criminal and Criminal Youth
3. Crown - Crown
4. VWAP-VVPD

OTHER MEMC's NOTIFIED:

NOTIFICATION:
To update status and service disruptions, please notify the Business Continuity and Emergency Management Unit. Telephone: (416) 326-0998/ Fax: (416) 327-41931 Email: MAG-EOC@Ontario.ca

ON DUTY:
Shannan Saunders
Ministry of the Attorney General
Business Continuity and Emergency Management Unit
Telephone: (41S) 927-4683
BlackBerry: (647) 236-8246
shannan.saunders@ontario.ca


from:
Major, Darrell (JUS)
Sent:
February-12-13 9:03 AM
To:
DSouza, Suman (JUS); Hurst, Marnie (JUS); Permell, Anthony (JUS); Wilder, Jennifer (JUS)
Cc:
Arvanitis, Joanna (JUS); Churnak, Iris (JUS); Murphy, Jackie (JUS); Moustacalis, Pauline (JUS); Clare, Victoria (JUS); Bristo, Sheila (JUS); Crouch, Mamie (JUS); Hedden, Alison (JUS); Mackenzie-Ferley, Katie (JUS); Vernon, Annette (JUS)
Subject:
FW: BCEM - IB13-015 - Information Bulletin - Central West Region - St Catharines - Civil Protest - 02/11/2013
Importance:
High

Hi Marnie

Please see below and ask that the court in St. Catharines report any issues related to this planned protest at the courthouse - security, impeded access, etc.

Thanks

Darrell Major
Issues Coordinator
Court Services Division
Ministry of the Attorney General
720 Bay Street, 2nd Floor,
Toronto. ON
M7A 2S9
Tel: 416-326-4675
Fax: 416-326-1011


Darrell.

MCO advises that supervisor reports that all is quiet so far - no protesters - will keep you posted.


Darrell, fyi, still no sign of protest.


Darrell, further to my phone call, at 12:30 police reported that there were five protesters in front of the building, one with a loud hailer, but protest is orderly and they were not impeding entrance.

Marnie

Source: email of FOI request by David Froom (pdf)


Acronyms:

BCEM
Business Continuity and Emergency Planning Unit
EOC
Emergency Operation Centre
IB
Information Bulletin
JUS
JUStice
MAG
Ministry of the Attorney General
MCO
Manager Court Operations
MEMC
Ministry Emergency Management Coordinator
MGS
Ministry of Government Services
VVPD
Victims and Vulnerable Persons Division
VWAP
Victim/Witness Assistance Program

In March Mr Froom obtained another email thread,

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Megan

We have received the following information:

Date:
Tues Feb 12
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
St. Catherines courthouse
Group:
Canada Court Watch and Canadians for Family Law Reform . The Niagara Regional Police Service has been updated.

Jim Makris

Security Advisor
Justice Sector Security Office
416-327-4155 (Office)
1-866-934-5776 (Toll Free)


Jim, This was forwarded to me and I'm putting out an info bulletin today for the protest. Do you have any further information on what can be expected? i.e. numbers, issues, etc?


Shannan,

I don't have further info at this time. Can you give me 30 mins and I'll check my sources and update you.

Jim Makris
Security Advisor
Justice Sector Security Office
416-327-4155 (Office)
       (Cell)
1-866-934-5776 (Toll Free)


Certainly. Thanks!

Regards,

Shannan Saunders Senior Program Advisor
Business Continuity and Emergency Management
Ministry of the Attorney General

Tel: 416-327-4683
Blackberry: i
BBM: 27E37410
Fax: 416-327-4193

shannan,saunders@ontario,ca


Shannon,

Date :
Tues Feb 12
Time :
10:00am-4:00pm
Location :
St. Catherines courthouse
Group :
Canada Court Watch and Canadians for Family Law Reform.
Organizer :
s.21(1)
Issue :
Children's Aid Society
Attendees :
Thirteen (13) people have indicated they will attend.
Notification :
Niagara Regional Police Service, MCO, RSJ OO and SO.

.
Thanks

Jim Makris
Security Advisor
Justice Sector Security Office
416-327-4155 (Office)
       (Cell)
1-866-934-5776 (Toll Free)


and this peculiar document:

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From: EMO DO 01 (JUS)
Sent: Monday, February 11, 2013 10:51:07 AM (UTC-05.-00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Subject: COOP - -13-029_Planned_Protest_St.Chatharines 2013-02-11

Ontario Public Service
Continuity of Operations Incident

Date 11-Feb-13
Time 10.24
Reported By Shannan Saunders
Position Business Continuity and Emergency Management Unit
Phone 1 (416) 327-4683
Phone 2
E-Mail shannan.saunders@ontario.ca
Ministry MAG
Address City / Town St. Catharines Building Name 59 Church
incident Details Canadian Court Watch and Canadians for Family Reform have planned a protest for
the St. Catharines Courthouse for February 12, 2013 from 10am-4pm. They are
protesting issues related to the Children's Aid Society.
There is an expected 13 people to be in attendance.
Impact on Ministry Operations Nil
Impact on OPS Operations Nil
Has the Ministry(ies) been notified? No
Expected Duration of impact 6 hours
Actions Taken Courts Services, Crown and WPD representatives to provide ongoing updates re:
status and any service disruptions.
Emergency Services Contacted? No Details
Media Interest? No Details
Assistance Required BCEM will provide status updates as they become available.
Is a criminal investigation likely as a result of this incident? No
Other Ministries Impacted Nil
Has IO/CBRE been notified? Yes Who

Amanda Davy
Duty Operations Officer
Provincial Emergency Operations Centre
*Direct Tel: 416-314-0472 or 1-866-314-0472
*Email: operations.emo@.ontario.ca
www.ontario.ca/emo

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