SHERIFF? Hey! This Is Alberta. This Is Canada. Not Yankeeville.

Posted on Wednesday, October 11 at 00:51 by whelan costen
Oh! Alberta “SHERIFF”! What? Some rather sick Neo-Con joke! … No, then it’s our “Firewall”: the RCMP have been replaced, or at least trumped! ... You say not! No! Well, how tasteless? Is there no terminology that is less abrasive? Maybe police, highway patrol, or even Alberta Highway Patrol: where is our sense of Canada? If their job description is to “patrol Alberta’s highways" and not to soften us up for the kill, why not “Highway Patrol”? Or was it: when my back was turned we lost our country without even firing a shot? Not one: we handed it over save the 1% royalty. It can’t be stolen nearly so cheaply! Converting hard assets into chits! Whether giving our country away, or negotiating it's sovereignty away in secret, it is not in the interest of our country, and thus treachery. Today it is “SHERIFF”, tomorrow: “Stars & Bars”! (Stripes) And Ralph said he didn’t have a plan! ... Worse still, Steve claims to have one! Doug McGowan Nanton AB

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  1. Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:21 pm
    This is an inane post. The position of Sheriff originated in England. Have you never heard of the "Sheriff of Nottingham"? (Robin Hood) <br />
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    See Wikpedia for more and stop posting about matters of etymology if you know little of the subject ...<br />
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    <a href=""></a><p>---<br>‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ (Edmund Burke)

  2. Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:27 pm
    Wow, Mr. McGowan, do you ever drive on Alberta highways? Do you feel safe being tailgated by Semi's and gravel trucks going far over the speed limit, while some kid in a 'hot' car that sounds like a souped up lawnmower with blue lights all over it passes you on the right?

    The RCMP do not have the budget or manpower to patrol Alberta's highways. I'm glad that now Alberta has a fledgling Sherrif's patrol, our highways can start to become a safer place to be, and the carnage be reduced.

    Way to oppose something, just because you percieve it as 'American', by the way.

    "I think it's important to always carry enough technology to restart civilization, should it be necessary." Mark Tilden

  3. Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:46 pm
    We've had Sherrif's for years - the origin is not "American", it is actually British. They are officers of the court - which is why you saw a van (not a patrol car). They do various mundane activities of the court to free up other peace officers for enforcement duties (although in a pinch they can be called up to do the same). Since you seem too lazy to educate yourself, let me assist. Their main duties are as listed below:

    serving civil and/or criminal process for the Crown and Crown related agencies, lawyers and the public;

    acting as ex-officio Federal Marshals in Admiralty law and other matters in carrying out ships’ or aircraft arrests and discharging other Federal Court orders;

    discharging the instructions and orders of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada (Appeal Division), the Federal Court of Canada (Trial Division), the provincial Courts to the Sheriff’s Office.

    maintaining the provincial jury list;

    summoning jurors and looking after their needs and security from the beginning to the end of a trial;

    collecting accounts on behalf of creditors with judgments, including seizure and sale of assets and garnishment of monies;

    protecting the rights of debtors against overzealous creditors;

    collecting monies for the support of spouses and children under the Support Enforcement Act;

    enforcing decisions of the Residential Tenancies Board;

    safely transporting and housing persons in custody, including young offenders and operating holding cells for prisoners

    providing security services to our Courts and the people who attend at the same;

    working with Fines Administration in collecting fines on behalf of the province owed to the Courts.

  4. Wed Oct 11, 2006 4:24 pm
    Yup! Sheriff is of Englosh origin. But whats with those crossed Canadaian and American flags seen on RCMP vehicles in the Brokenagan Valley?

    Diogenes said:
    "I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."

  5. Wed Oct 11, 2006 6:12 pm
    Give the kid a break.

    I give Doug McGowan top marks for vigilance. He may have been
    mistaken about that word, but he's worrying about all the correct issues
    of the day, such as Canadian sovereignty.

  6. Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:19 pm
    The word "Sheriff" deserves investigation(pun unintended) <br />
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    <p>---<br>Diogenes said:<br />
    "I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."

  7. by avatar Jacob
    Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:43 pm
    I note that sheriff's duties and responsibilities vary a lot between the states of the USA. Much of it has been hyped out of proportion by Hollywood.

    As a sovereign nation, Canada should not buy into the type of sheriff that comes to us via TV productions. Canada is not as much a police state as the USA.

  8. Wed Oct 11, 2006 7:57 pm
    I would have to agree with BC Mary on this one, it may be a British term, but the Alberta gov has a very strong 'we love the American way' about them.<br />
    Here is a patrol car with the same words, so it isn't about the van. Also being trained for the courtroom isn't the same as highway patrol. Why not increase the RCMP budget, instead of creating a new group? Does the public understand what authority these people have? We have plenty of evidence already of U.S. patrols cars in Canada, should this not raise some eyebrows?<br />
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    This from the website link:<br />
    "Sheriffs provide courtroom security in 75 communities across the province. They are also responsible for the transportation of inmates between correctional centres and the courts, as well as legislature security and executive security services."<br />
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    I think with all we do know about our absorption into the NAU, we ought to consider the visuals on this one. We have been programmed very nicely over the years, desensitized in many ways. Why are so many so willing to go along? I think that is the way they have hoodwinked us for so thing by itself doesn't mean much, but add them up...connect the dots and you have another picture.<p>---<br>"aaaah and the whisper of thousands of tiny voices became a mighty deafening roar and they called it 'freedom'!"' Canadians Acting Humanely at home & everywhere

  9. Wed Oct 11, 2006 10:32 pm
    <a href=""></a> <br />
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    The Office of the Sheriff has existed for over one thousand (1000) years and is the oldest law enforcement position in the United States. The word Sheriff is derived from the Shire-reeve, who was the most powerful English law authority figure, even before 1000 A.D. The Shire-reeve, in contrast to a reeve (in charge of mere tenths), was responsible for both the order of the land within his banded group of a hundred families (shire) and the call of the "hue and cry". The hue and cry made every citizen in earshot of the sheriff&#8217;s call lawfully obligated to join in a posse-commitatas, or group, which banded to catch criminals.<br />
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    The Sheriff offers the people under his county jurisdiction, the most effective liaison to law enforcement. When citizens have a complaint concerning some problem in their county, the Sheriff is ultimately their best remedy. Although modern times have placed more glamorous attention on local and state police, they create a myriad of problems in reality. <br />
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    The Sheriff can respond faster to any citizen&#8217;s complaint then any police department. This is one of the many forgotten powers of the Sheriff in the minds of the citizenry. His fast and efficient abilities for handling such concerns are derived from his constitutional foundation. <br />
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    As an elected law enforcement representative, he has great political power on the direction, time spent, and discretion of any request from a constituent. This is in stark contrast to the bureaucratic red tape of the modern, contracted police authority.<br />
    <p>---<br>Diogenes said:<br />
    "I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."

  10. Thu Oct 12, 2006 1:44 am
    But whats with those crossed Canadaian and American flags seen on RCMP vehicles in the Brokenagan Valley<<

    That's something I would like more details on. Where is Brokenagen Valley?

    Expect little from life and get more from it.

  11. by Wraun
    Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:14 am
    I wasn't going to weigh in on this because it's pretty petty at best but then my grade eleven daughter came home talking about buying a school ring. She said they recommend that "sophomores" buy a ring... yada yada yada. I never heard the word sophomore back home in the BC school system. Maybe this is just another example of the United States of Alberta.

    Everybody got to deviate from the norm

  12. by RPW
    Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:34 am
    Now if there is an announcment that Albertans will soon be <B>VOTING</B> for Sheriffs...............<p>---<br>"Son, if you wanna get ahead in this world, never work for another man as long as you live."

  13. Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:41 am
    me too! because i went out to the police station , RCMP, and no crossed flgs so I will have to eat my words, for now.

    BUT the original post of this thread does point to a justified perception. Living in the shadow of a country whos culture is freely available via TV, Mags, Movies plus
    It is easy to have the perception of the author.

    In one of this earlier books I believe it was Alvin Toffler who wrote a passage about a child living in a time of new real estate development being sent to the neighbourhood store and getting lost because the lankmarks she was used to had betorn down.
    It might be advisable to pay attention how preceptions are subtley manipulated.

    Diogenes said:
    "I am Diogenes the Dog. I nuzzle the kind, bark at the greedy and bite scoundrels."

  14. by Wraun
    Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:51 pm
    I think he's referring to the achin' organ valley.

    Everybody got to deviate from the norm

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