|Bruderheim, July 4, 2002
Dear Mayor Lastman,
The Toronto Police Services Board's vote to permanently retain arrest records - even
for people never charged and for cases in which charges were dismissed or didn't result in
convictions - is an outrage. It demonstrates a blatant disregard for the human rights of
the citizens of your city and of all Canadians. The measure contemplated is worthy only of
the worst totalitarian regimes in human history. The members of the Police Services Board
who voted for this measure need to be recalled and dismissed from their positions,
In 1936 I was born into a totalitarian state such as you are permitting to be
created. My family and I came to Canada in the hope to escape any possibility of seeing
history repeat itself for us, not to move from one totalitarian police state to another
that seems in danger of becoming worse than the one we had wanted to remove ourselves from
as far as possible.
Tens of thousands of Canadian men gave their lives to defeat such a system as
you are calling to life in Canada now. If you and the Toronto Police Services Board have
no respect for the human rights of the living citizens of Toronto - now or in the future -
please, do have at least respect for the Canadian men and those from Toronto who made the
ultimate sacrifice in preserving the freedom of our nation and the human rights of its
The measure you are intent on implementing is gender-profiling of the worst
sort. It will affect predominantly men, the very men whom you wish to depend upon to
defend the freedom of our nation when that becomes necessary.
Don't be surprised if, instead of having them willing to sacrifice their
lives again, Canadian men will welcome Canada's enemies with open arms in the hope to be
liberated from the totalitarian state that you and the Police Services Board are in the
process of bringing into existence.
Is there nothing sacred anymore in our once great nation, not even the memory and the
honour of our dead or the liberty of its living? Please do not make a mockery of what our
nation once stood for, a Canada strong and free.
Respectfully, and with deep sorrow and fear,
Walter H. Schneider
Box 62, Bruderheim, Alberta, T0B 0S0
Tel: (780) 796-2306
Who falls asleep in a democracy will wake up in a
Otto Gritschneder, when asked why he wanted to publicize
the system of terror in German military justice under the Nazis,
under which 50,000 men were charged with desertion and more
than 20,000 executed.
Cc: Canadian citizens and media organizations