GUELPH — Just three days after starting a blog, Julian Ichim is being asked by Ontario Provincial Police to change one of his posts.
“Why are they looking at my blog anyways?” he said, sounding genuinely surprised by the reaction it’s been getting.
Ichim is a local activist. He was a central participant in the recent Occupy Guelph protest and ran unsuccessfully this fall as an independent candidate in the provincial election in the Guelph riding. He was as also once suspected to be a co-conspirator in the protest violence that took place in Toronto during the G20 summit in 2010. G-20 charges laid against him were dropped last fall, to his apparent dismay.
“I was angry in November (2010) when my charges got dropped,” he said. “I never got to say my side of the story.”
Regular Crimbrary readers will recognize Julian from his adventures at G20. What is kind of surprising in this story is that the OPP paid an agent to be Julian's best friend for over a year and not one conviction resulted. Wonder how many times that agent suggested they do something illegal? What other social activists are the OPP wasting money on trying to 'catch'. And in a similar vein see this story: