The Road to Hell: How the Biker Gangs are Conquering Canada
In this definitive, up-to-the-minute account of the Hells Angels in Canada, two veteran journalists investigate why the recent imprisonment of feared biker leader, Maurice “Mom” Boucher, is too little, too late.
By the spring of 2002, Boucher was safely in prison but the Hells Angels had grown to 37 chapters with close to 600 members across the country. They had taken over the drug trade and continued their rapid expansion into Ontario with a recent, high-profile enlistment -- or patchover -- of 168 members from other gangs. In Winnipeg, gang warfare turned ugly as the Hells muscled out the competition and firebombed a policeman’s home. In Vancouver, they secured a stranglehold on smuggling in the all-important West Coast port.
The Road to Hell is the story of how the Hells have taken over the Canadian crime scene: how politicians dithered while overburdened prosecutors burned out and lost major cases; how police brass squabbled while a handful of dedicated cops worked years to amass their evidence; how a few citizens stood up the bikers and paid for that bravery with their lives. Murder plots, drug deals, money laundering and assassinations are brought to life through never-before-revealed police files, wiretaps and surveillance tapes. In gripping prose, the authors tell all about Boucher’s war on the justice system; how he finally lost in Quebec, thanks in part to Danny Kane, a reluctant biker turned informer; but how across Canada the Hells have succeeded in building a national crime empire.
The RCMP and then the police in Montreal would run Danny Kane as one of the most successful -- and most secretive -- agents ever to infiltrate organized crime. Kane would climb all the way to the top: from a lowly hangaround to a trusted confidante of the Quebec Nomads, the elite chapter led by the top Hells Angels lieutenants of Maurice “Mom” Boucher. And through his entire six-year-career as a spy, few people -- even inside the police -- would ever know about his dangerous double life. -- from The Road to Hell
From the Hardcover edition.
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I just have a couple of points to make in this one sided view.
1. Dock workers are made up of thousands of people under each local, each local has its own representatives, made up of elected executives, business agents, trustees, and all other positions. Some are paid positions, and some are not.
2. There are also several from the Unions who work with the employers, such as the trustees dealing with the union members( and in some cases, casuals) medicals, and various other collaborations.
3. A longshore person works Under a foreman, who is under many other levels of persons working each of the companies.
4. A longshoreman rarely knows any items contained in the cargo. There are very vague waybills, and loading sheets for them to work from. Rarely are the weights of these containers correct on these declared forms(which is extremely dangerous as you can see from maritime mishaps throughout the Internet .
5. At all times longshoremen are under video surveillance, and have many persons, working with them,.
The only persons who would know the actual items, quantities, weights, and other important descriptive details- including when the materials should be listed as dangerous cargo( which no one want to do, as they have to pay danger pay for each one , and they have special protocols for movements on the docks, also not listed properly due to time consumption). Longshoremen are basically dispatched daily, to different locations, sometime never knowing where or if they are going to get a job. They work different shifts, different locations, and with different people each time.
If you want to know who really is running the docks, maybe stop looking at the grunts on the docks( these are people who range from doctors to criminals, housewives to schoolteachers.....people just looking to make a paycheck, and more importantly, for the freedom of schedules and medical coverages).the only people who would have the ability to know what the cargo is, where it is, where it is going or coming from, and how to transport it off of the dock, or have it transported to another location....once again, not done by longshoremen, but by management.
There is a reason they keep diverting attention.
Chronology of Key Events
THE MANY FACES OF DANY KANE
THE KANE FILE
AND HIS VICTIMS
LAW AND ORDER
FROM SEA TO SEA