Posts Tagged ‘video’

Stop For Pedestrians!

September 18, 2008

From: Gregory Fowler
To: Heather Lysynski
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 1:43:12 PM
Subject: Fw: FYI – Channelized Driver Behaviour

Chair and Members
Community Safety and Crime Prevention Advisory Committee

September 18, 2008

Further to my previous delegation and communications with respect to pedestrian safety, and particularly with respect to the intersection at Commissioners/Pond Mills which a police report identifies as dangerous to pedestrians and which City Council and staff continue to ignore…

Please review my communication to LPS Sgt. Thomas O’Brien and the attached video clip in conjunction with Const. Riley’s report.

Also, with respect to pedestrian stats. Can you please tell me if the stats that are provided to you and to ETC reflect the number of traffic complaints by pedestrians, or do they simply reflect the number of police charges laid?

Respectfully,

962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario N5Z 3H7
(h) 519-649-0502
(c) 519-719-4615

—– Forwarded Message —-
From: Gregory Fowler
To: Thomas O’Brien
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2008 1:20:28 PM
Subject: FYI – Channelized Driver Behaviour

Sgt. O’Brien,

Further to my previous complaints and the Riley report which confirms the danger posed by the Commissioners/Pond Mills intersection to pedestrians.

Please review this short video clip which I recorded last evening as I was in the process of stepping off the pedestrian island in that same intersection. It is a perfect proof of the kind of illegal driver behaviour that is all too common, not only in the Commissioners/Pond Mills intersection, but in many ‘channelized’ intersections.

Respectfully,

Greg Fowler

962 Eagle Crescent
London, Ontario N5Z 3H7
(h) 519-649-0502
(c) 519-719-4615



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Cycling as a positive.

June 21, 2008

KevBo avatarMonday is a short bike video featuring Mike Bentham set to “Always For You” by The Album Leaf.

Positive messages, rather then the often caustic method of promoting a cycling culture, can benefit more from videos like this then all the critical mass demonstrations.

This video captures the joy of riding, making you want to go grab the bike, and making it fun and cool at the same time. It doesn’t look down on you for owning a car, and it doesn’t try to disrupt your commute; it’s positive and gets a the point across without being a jerk about it.

“Can I Taser Him?”

November 15, 2007

taser imageIn a radio interview this morning, London’s police chief Murray Faulkner offered a defence of RCMP officers who tasered Robert Dziekanski to death in a Vancouver airport. He suggested that it’s not possible for us to know what happened prior to the video, or what was in the minds of the officers.

Maybe not. But the videotape was broadcast on CBC’s ‘The National‘ this evening. And although it may not tell the whole story, it’s a whole lot more than what we usually have access to when reports of this nature arise. And I’m fairly comfortable saying that the actions of those officers was pretty questionable.

I don’t want to say more than that for now. I intend to watch the video again at least several more times. And I suggest that you see it also (click HERE or HERE), and begin to come to your own conclusion.

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Links:
CBC: Taser-Related Deaths in Canada
2007/11/13 – London Commons: 13 Taser Deaths in 9 Years
2007/11/14 – Toronto Star: Video shows man calm …
2007/11/14 – CP: Video of Vancouver Taser incident …
2007/11/14 – National Post: U.S. experts question…tactics
2007/11/15 – LFP: Video shows taser fatality in Vancouver
2007/11/15 – Globe & Mail: Day ordered taser review
2007/11/16 – CBC: Tasers (audio)
2007/11/26 – City of London: Notice of Motion
2007/12/03 – LFP: Councillor targets Tasers again
2007/12/03 – NIAC: There goes the nose
2007/12/09 – TorStar: Are tasers behind custody deaths?
2007/12/14 – LFP: Taser moratorium rejected
2008/01/10 – 24 Hours Toronto: Personal Tasers in Canada?