October, 2011

Wanted: Dull murder stories

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

It’s dizzying to try to follow the B.C. gang wars, that included the murder of Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna. There has been another hit and another bystander hurt and this violence will almost certainly fuel further attacks. It’s funny how this article whines in the last paragraph about the police and media fueling and sensationalizing the violence. Should the stories be boring when reporters write about public executions?

Bail stipulations: switch to decaf

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

When I covered the G20 protests in June 2010 in Toronto, there were violent attacks on the Starbucks downtown. As the protest dragged on, Starbucks further and further outside the city core also came under attack. This was a particular concern to me, as I had hoped to file stories and photos there, with their free Internet and strong Americano.

Now it seems that the anarchists aren’t the only ones with a bone to pick with the coffee giant. A biker war can also trace its origins to the home of the $5 latte.

Perhaps they should push the decaf a little harder.

Rizzutos still in firing line in Montreal mob wars

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Be careful what you wish for. Lorenzo LoPresti wanted to be like his father, murdered Montreal mob boss Joe LoPresit. Lorenzo, who was tied to the Rizzutos, was shot to death while smoking on the balcony on his condo this week.

 

Bad-ass identities under siege from moguls

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

My head snapped when I heard on CBC Radio today the term “one per center” used to refer to the richest one per cent of society. It was during a discussion of the grass roots protests against banking and financial institutions that’s currently underway.

Readers of this blog likely associate the term “one per center” with outlaw bikers: the ones who identify themselves with “1 %” crests on their colours.

So it seems that, after snaring most of society’s money, our ultra-rich are also getting the coveted term that bad-ass bikers use to identify themselves. When will the pillaging stop?

Former top Winnipeg HA gets 60 months

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Quitting the Hells Angels and speaking at schools against gangs wasn’t enough to keep a former top Winnipeg Hells Angel from getting 60 months in prison. Thomas Winget formerly played for Victoria in the Canadian Junior Football League, whose mission statement is to “foster community involvement and yield a positive environment by teaching discipline, perseverance and cooperation.” When his football ended, he found himself short of money and turned to drug dealing. Now, he says, he’s once again a changed man.