Update on Federal Negotiations with RCMP Oped

first_imgI want to update Nova Scotians about the ongoing negotiations with the federal government for a new RCMP policing contract. First, I want to thank all RCMP officers in this province. The RCMP provide quality service to the people of Nova Scotia; our residents, municipalities, and province appreciate their dedication and service. Where are we now? The existing 20-year contract with the RCMP expires March 31, 2012. Nova Scotia, together with most provinces and territories in Canada, is negotiating a new 20-year contract on behalf of most of our municipalities. These discussions have been rocky at times, which is not surprising. RCMP negotiations are historically complex and time-consuming. These current negotiations are no different. What are Nova Scotia’s contract issues? We have concerns around cost containment and accountability. The current contract talks do not cover wage increases, but they do cover almost all other areas of RCMP life. This includes costs of new construction for detachments and housing, costs for recruit training and transfers, costs for dog units, et cetera. There are many parties involved in these discussions, federal, provincial and municipal. There are about 820 RCMP officers in Nova Scotia. Of these, 200 work for the province and provide traffic and specialized crime services. The remaining officers are paid by municipalities. Eleven municipalities in Nova Scotia have their own police forces and HRM uses a municipal force and RCMP officers to police its boundaries. The provinces and municipalities pay 70 per cent of the costs for these officers — more than $100 million this year — and the federal government pays 30 per cent. In exchange, Ottawa gets the benefit of a national police force able to assist with national priorities. An example is the security provided by Nova Scotia’s RCMP officers during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Municipalities are a key player and so they have a seat as an observer on the provincial bargaining team. In addition, municipalities are updated through a policing committee of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities. So what happens next? The provinces and territories, minus Alberta and Saskatchewan, are continuing to negotiate with one voice. To ensure consistency at the negotiating table, the provinces and territories asked B.C. to act as the lead in discussions with Ottawa. Negotiations continue. However, it is also important for Nova Scotians to remember that there will be no immediate change in RCMP service no matter what happens at the negotiating table. The current contract, and any future contract, allows for a two-year transition if the province decides it wants to create a provincial police force. At this time, however, our focus is on negotiating a new 20-year agreement for RCMP services. I remain confident an agreement will be reached with Ottawa. -30-last_img read more

Man sustains fracture after being punched in face by berserk attacker

The victim Reyaaz Khan sustained a fractured cheek bone after the incidentA man who is said to be mentally ill went berserk on Friday evening around 19:00h at a Chinese Supermarket at Foulis, East Coast Demerara causing at least three men to be injured in the process.One resident of the said area, Reyaaz Khan, 43, was on his way with his wife, Twinkle Khan, to make a purchase at a nearby Supermarket when the said man dealt Khan a severe cuff to his face while he was seated in his vehicle.The man immediately began bleeding and was taken to the Enmore Police Station where a report was lodged.Because of the injuries Khan sustained the officers at the Police Station encouraged him to seek medical attention.The man’s wife told this publication that her husband was taken to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital that evening, where he underwent an X-ray scan and it was determined that his check bone was fractured.He was referred to the bone specialist at the Georgetown Public Hospital, emergency ward, where he had to wait for hours before receiving treatment and being sent away.Khan is expected to undergo surgery soon as the blow he received left an indentation on his face.The man’s relatives are however calling for swift action to be taken against the suspect who is a known trouble maker in the area.According to residents in the area, the suspect would usually get away with unlawful acts as his family is reportedly affiliated with members of the Police Force.This publication was informed however that the suspect was subsequently arrested and is currently assisting with the investigation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPolice still hunting for Stewartville man who allegedly drowned wife in canalFebruary 9, 2016In “Crime”5 arraigned for murder of Berbice phone card distributorFebruary 16, 2017In “Court”Stewartville man still on the run after killing wifeJanuary 23, 2016In “Crime” read more