Here’s a National post article on your right to video and photograph agents of the state in Canada (police, CRA you name it). Karen is a lawyer and works with Canadian Constitution Foundation.
The below is a lawyer’s opinion not some average man or woman with no official legal training and no license to practice law. Maybe what she says carries a bit more weight with you?? She deals with these issues in court.
Apparently canadian police have a policy of trying to hide their criminal actions by “not allowing” or seizing cameras that are being used to video their criminal acts.
Too harsh you say? Well, if they did not have anything to hide then they would not mind being videoed. Isn’t that the line they use ALL THE TIME when they invite us to waive our rights?
FACT ONE: “people are getting arrested, charged or even assaulted by police officers, merely for attempting to take photos or videos of officers at work.”
FACT TWO: “There is no law in Canada that prohibits people from openly photographing police.”
FACT THREE:People have to hire a lawyer, or do it yourself, and threaten court proceedings to get remedy because the police take the stance “We can do whatever we want.” and until they get charge, prosecuted, fined, fired, jailed……they are right.
FACT FOUR:It’s up to each and everyone of us to hold them accountable or things will only get worse.
Well, well, well. The blindingly obvious has been confirmed by the courts in the US of A …..over and over again.
Consider for a moment that video cameras capture your every move on the roads, in stores and on the sidewalks as you go about your PRIVATE business (or is it private????).
BUT the police in MANY jurisdictions threaten, abuse and arrest private citizens who happen to video record the police in action while they publicly abuse a private citizen’s body and rights.
Whether a punch, or kick to the head , or multiple tasers shots to their innocent victim or the ultimate in disgusting police brutality… a fatal shot in the back of man laying on the ground, video recording of police in action has helped bring to light the MASSIVE amount of violence against unarmed, non-violent citizens by “law enforcement” personnel.
In yet another violent attack on an unarmed, innocent person many police forces throughout North America are discovering the higher risk of their sometimes brutal treatment of people may just be caught on camera.
There is an ongoing confusion about whether or not you are “allowed” to audio record or video record your own conversations with other people.
Fundamentally you should be able to do it without breaking any laws. Some jurisdictions have laws claiming to prohibit such acts. I believe there is no question that yes you can, if you are a party to the interaction being recorded.. The real questions become what do you do with it and who are the other parties.