Dear UK: You gifted the world human rights, please vote to protect them

Dear UK,

Theresa May today promised to rip human rights into shreds in the name of fighting terrorism – the very terrorism for which she’s at least partially responsible through her gutting of the police service, support of the illegal invasion of Iraq leading to the creation of ISIS, and her continued support of and weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, the number one promoter and financier of Jihadi terrorism.

The right to due process, a right that Theresa may wants to take away from you, is a right that is enshrined in the Magna Carta signed in 1215. For eight hundred years, many monarchs, wars, and political upheavals later, the right of due process remain one of your greatest gifts to human civilization.

It’ll be a tragedy to see those human rights die in their birthplace. But that’s precisely what will happen if, through omission or commission, the Conservatives are re-elected on Thursday.

But you have one final chance to protect those rights and freedoms.

Jeremy Corbyn warned us that gutting the police service would make it hard to prevent terror attacks. He also warned us that the invasion of Iraq would lead to a spiral of misery and conflict leading to terrorism. He warned us about the consequences of aiding and abetting repressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia.

Even if one cynically dismisses Corbyn for being an idealist for wanting to achieve world peace, end poverty and save the planet, it’s worth bearing in mind that the man has risked his own freedom to protect the freedoms of others, such as the time when he was arrested for protesting against apartheid in South Africa.

On Thursday, you get to choose between man who has spent his entire adult life fighting for our fundamental freedoms, and a woman who feels that human rights are obstacles that need to be bulldozed away in posthaste to clear the glorious path to strength and stability.

I hope you chose freedom over fear.

Dear young people of Britain: Do the unexpected

So there we have it, we are heading into an election or, as Theresa May calls it, a dangerous and unnecessary exercise. Because as we all know, United Kingdom is one of the world’s greatest democracies and the greatest threat to that democracy is that we get to vote. But vote we will.

So that means if you live in a retirement home, prepare to be targeted. Because these days it’s all about targeting the vote. All the major parties have well publicized plans to target the ethnic vote, the women’s vote, the blue-collar vote, the corporate vote. If there were more than five paraplegic vegetarian Latin speakers in Orkney, they would be a target.

Everyone is targeted, except for one group, the youth vote.

There are more than three million young eligible voters in this country and as far as any of the political parties are concerned, you might as well all be dead.


It is the conventional wisdom of all political parties that young people will not vote. And the parties, they like it that way. It’s why your tuition keeps going up.

So please, if you’re between the age of 18 and 25 and you want to scare the hell out of the people that run this country, this time around do the unexpected. Take 20 minutes out of your day and do what young people all around the world are dying to do.

Vote.

[With apologies to Rick Mercer

Photo Credit: Andrew Moss]

Telus apologized, but we’ll keep fighting for the sake of other victims

This morning I received a phone call and an email from Telus apologizing for their little unreturned equipment scam.

Hey Rohana,

As per phone conversation today, I am sending a confirmation email to advise that the equipment charges have been credited back and the account balance is now cleared. Sorry for any inconvenience that this may have cause, I do apologize that this was not able to be rectified earlier.

Thank you,
Jonathan

While my wife and I are relieved to learn that our ordeal might be coming to an end, this is not the end of effort to stamp out this scam. Over the past few days, we have talked to dozens of other Canadians who have fallen victim to this deceptive and fraudulent tactic by Telus. We’ve decided to keep on fighting until Telus apologizes to every single Canadian whom the company has harassed, threatened and ruined the credit of, and takes actions to make those victims whole again.

This is our intended course of action:

  • Report Telus to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC)
  • Engage consumer protection agencies of Alberta and BC to identify strategies to protect consumers from the unreturned equipment scam
  • Engage the federal Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, whose minister is the minister responsible for the Telecommunications Act, to find ways to strengthen the regulatory framework to protect consumers from the unreturned equipment scam
  • Please get in touch with us with your stories, ideas, comments, and criticisms.

    We wish to thank all of you who supported us and offered us words of encouragement.

    Telus threatening scores of customers with bogus claims of “unreturned equipment”

    After Telus threatened and harassed my wife and me over a bogus claim that we had not returned all the equipment we rented from them, we did some digging and found out that scores of other customers have fallen victim to the same tactic by Telus. We will be reporting Telus to the The Canadian Anti- Fraud Centre, as the company’s actions have all the hallmarks of an organized scam. March is fraud prevention month, after all.

    If you, too, have been threatened or harassed by Telus, please let us know, or, report Telus to the CAFC directly.

    Telus threatening to take us to collections over equipment we never rented from them

    Telus is threatening to take my wife and me to collections for equipment we never rented from them, even after we repeatedly sent them receipts to show that we purchased the equipment outright.

    The harassment has been going on since July of last year. We finally sent them a demand letter below:

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    TELUS Corporation
    510 W. Georgia St., 23rd floor
    Vancouver, BC V6B 0M3

    March 7th, 2017

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    Re: TELUS Account Number: *******

    You entered into an agreement with us to provide Internet and TV services on or about April 12, 2015.

    We terminated the agreement as per terms of the agreement on or about July 22, 2016. We returned the equipment we rented from you, but kept the Telus Optik bow which we purchased ourselves, and clearly explained to the customer service representative (CSR) that the Telus Optik was owned outright by us and provided a receipt to prove our ownership.

    In an undated sent to us in early December 2016, you asked to return the Telus Optik box which we had already told you once was ours, or face a $150 charge. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we once again explained our situation, and your CSR agree to make a note and close our account for good.

    About two weeks later, you sent us an email once again asking us to return the Telus Optik box. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we once again explained our situation, and your CSR agree to make a note and close our account for good.

    Today we received letter dated March 03, 2017 threatening to take us to a “Collection Agency” (sic) if we failed to pay an undisclosed amount owing. After spending close to an hour on the phone, we were first transferred to a call center first in Guatemala, then in the Philippines, who indicated that they were unable to help us.
    We were finally transferred to a manager, who only wished to be identified as “Josh”, who told us that he would not be able to provide any assurances that the harassment will cease.

    In issuing a “NOTICE” demanding payment for something we do not owe, you have:
    1. Engaged in a “deceptive act or practice” as defined by s.4 the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BCPA)
    2. Engaged in “unconscionable acts or practices” as defined by s.8 of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia
    3. Breached the contract between you and us
    4. Violated other provisions of BCPA relating to illegal debt collection

    Based on the above, the I hereby demand the following from you:
    1. Immediate cancellation of illicit charge of $168 charged to our account and written confirmation that we owe you no money
    2. Payment of $3,000 as compensation for breach of contract
    3. Payment of $2,000 as restitution for unjust enrichment
    4. Payment of $5,000 as compensation for damages suffered as a result of your “Unconscionable acts or practices”, “deceptive acts or practices” and harassment.

    Please ensure that I receive by Friday 7 April 2017 the following:
    1. A formal written confirmation that you have cancelled the illicit charge of $168 charged to our account and written confirmation that we owe you no money
    2. Payment of $10,000. Please make cheques payable to  “         ”.
    3. Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) gives us the right to access their personal information held by businesses subject to this law. As such we are demanding that you provide us all private information you hold about us and all documentation relating to access of our private information by parties located outside Canada.

    Please note that if I have to commence legal proceedings in order to require your performance of the above actions, this letter will be tendered in court as evidence of your failure to attempt to resolve this matter. Further, you may be liable for any court costs, attorney fees and damages, including punitive damages.

    You might want to contact a lawyer to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.

    Yours sincerely,

    Definition of leitch

    leitch /lēCH/ v. Divide people along racial or religious lines by whipping up fear and hatred, often through the use of propaganda and misinformation, in order to gain or remain in political power.

    Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany in 1933 by leitching. Donald Trump leitched his way to the White House in 2016.

    leitch /lēCH/ n. A person who engages in leitching.

    Chris Alexander was called out as a leitch for insinuating that Canadian women who wear niqabs may be terrorists.

    beleitch /bəlēCH/ v. to completely believe in all propaganda and misinformation propagated by the leitches, without any proof being offered, often due to the inability to think critically

    Many Trump supporters beleitched that Obama was planning to take away their guns and declare Sharia law.

    beleitcher /bə’lēCHər/ n. A person who beleitches

    The beleitchers at The Rebel rally greeted Kelly Leitch with Nazi salutes.

    unleitch /un’lēCH/ v. Uniting people divided by the leitches by proving, through the use of facts, logic and reasoning, that assertions made by the letiches and beleitchers are false.

    Canadians lauded Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi for his efforts to unleitch Canada in the run up to the 2015 election as Harper’s leitching lead to racially motivated attacks against minorities.

    Fighting Impark’s illegal parking ticket

     

    Impark gave me a parking ticket a good five minutes after I had paid for my parking yesterday. I’m demanding $5000 as compensation for breach of contract, damages for “unconscionable acts or practices” as defined by s.8 of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia, and restitution for unjust enrichment, and a refund of the $2 I paid for parking.

    And shame on T&T Supermarket for asking me for the $2 parking refund back to release me my parking receipt.

     

    Imperial Parking Canada Corporation

    601 W Cordova Street, Suite 300

    Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1


    December 14th, 2016

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    1. On 13 December 2016, I received a “NOTICE” numbered 01E344417 (Exhibit A) from you demanding $80 as payment for “Restricted Lot” “Stall Not Paid”. The time of the ticket is indicated as 18:30
    2. My car was legally parked in the “T&T Parking” area and I paid for one hour of parking at 18:25 (Exhibit B).
    3. I shopped at the T&T Supermarket until 18:57, and found the “NOTICE” at or around 19:00 (Exhibit C). N.B. While the Exhibit C indicates that I received a $2 refund for parking, I had to return to T&T Supermarket and forfeit the refund in order to obtain my parking receipt, which they had taken from me in exchange for the refund (Exhibit D).

    In issuing a “NOTICE” demanding payment after I had parked legally and paid for my ticket, you have:

    1. Breached the contract that was formed when I parked my car at your parking lot and paid for the parking
    2. Benefitted from unjust enrichment
    3. Engaged in “unconscionable acts or practices” as defined by s.8 of the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act of British Columbia.

    Based on the above, the I hereby demand the following from you:

    1. Immediate cancellation the “NOTICE” numbered 01E344417
    2. A refund of the $2 charged.
    3. Payment of $2,500 as compensation for breach of contract
    4. Payment of $2,000 as restitution for unjust enrichment
    5. Payment of $500 as compensation for damages suffered as a result of your  “Unconscionable acts or practices”

    Please ensure that I receive by Friday 22 December 2016 the following:

    1. A formal written confirmation that you have cancelled the “NOTICE” numbered 01E344417
    2. Payment of $5,002. Please make cheques payable to “Rohana Rezel”.

    Please note that if I have to commence legal proceedings in order to require your performance of the above actions, this letter will be tendered in court as evidence of your failure to attempt to resolve this matter. Further, you may be liable for any court costs, attorney fees and damages, including punitive damages.

    You might want to contact a lawyer to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rohana Rezel