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Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Police State in Toronto

It's been almost six years, but I'll never forget that weekend. The weekend of the G20 Summit in Toronto.When they turned my neighbourhood into an armed camp, more than 1,000 people were arrested.And I felt like I was living in a police state…. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The G20 Summit and the Police State in Toronto

Montreal Simon: The Liberals and the Legalization of Marijuana

Wednesday was National Weed Day or 4/20 day, when all over Canada and the world people gather to celebrate cannabis culture and smoke up.So one has to commend the Liberal government for the timing of this announcement. Federal legislation to legalize… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Liberals and the Legalization of Marijuana

Accidental Deliberations: On inevitable abuses

Justice James Stribopoulos sees the G20 human rights abuses as highlighting the problems with handing over poorly-defined powers to law enforcement: In an essay published in a new book on policing during the summit, Justice James Stribopoulos blames the abuses that took place on an absence of specific legislation to “confine, structure and check police . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On inevitable abuses

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy

The latest chapter in the ongoing shameful political drama starring Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers a glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy.

The post Toronto Mayor Rob Ford offers glimpse into Canada’s broken democracy appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see h… . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

There is the sound of champagne corks being popped and cheers in the streets. Everyone smiles at each other and winks, knowing that soon it will all be over. The hated burgermeister is falling and no one, except perhaps his family, will be sad to see him go. And he has been felled by none . . . → Read More: RedBedHead: Bye Bye Rob Ford, Hello Karen Stintz

Politics and its Discontents: Chief Blair’s Poodle Speaks

First, bullets flew through the Eaton Centre food court. Then, two weeks later, on a sun-filled patio in Little Italy. On Sunday, a man was shot while hundreds watched a fireworks display in the city’s east end. Just 24 hours before that, a stray bullet grazed a toddler’s leg in North York.

. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chief Blair’s Poodle Speaks

Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked

Oh, there is much in the news today to report and comment on, but I’ll start with something close to my heart: Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, whom I regard as an unindicted co-conspirator in the police violence that erupted during peaceful protests at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto.

In a previous post, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Police Chief Bill Blair Well-Rebuked

Police accountability in Toronto | #G20

From the Globe:

The Office of the Independent Police Review Director concluded constables Michael Adams, Babak Andalib-Goortani, David Donaldson, Geoffrey Fardell and Oliver Simpson used excessive force after tackling Mr. Nobody to the ground.

The report concludes that charges should be laid, too, but apparently because it’s taken more than six months, the . . . → Read More: Police accountability in Toronto | #G20

OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis has Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair’s back who has Mayor Rob Ford’s back

I think they call this a circle jerk.

In a two-sentence letter to Blair today, which Blair released to the media, Lewis wrote: “I have reviewed the three Toronto Police Service recordings you provided. I can confirm that the statement you made in a public release on October, 28, 2011, is an accurate interpretation of . . . → Read More: OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis has Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair’s back who has Mayor Rob Ford’s back

G20 activist Amanda Hiscocks: I have no room for guilt or fear

Amanda Hiscocks to judge: “By focusing on the KKK’s tactics and not their politics you’ve missed the point entirely.”

Go here for an excellent post on the woman facing a 16-month sentence for ‘counselling to obstruct police and counselling to commit mischief’ prior to the G20 protests. Read her full statement to the judge, where . . . → Read More: G20 activist Amanda Hiscocks: I have no room for guilt or fear

Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

"I'm sorry officer, is my head in the way of your boot?" When midnight rolls around in Toronto, will we see Bill Blair’s finest descend on those Occupiers like they did during the infamous G20 police violence conducted on peace… . . . → Read More: Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

"I’m sorry officer, is my head in the way of your boot?" When midnight rolls around in Toronto, will we see Bill Blair’s finest descend on those Occupiers like they did during the infamous G20 police violence conducted on peaceful protesters? Blair has not shown one scrap of regret over his bubble-bursting bad boys kicking and beating last summer so there’s no reason to expect anything else . . . → Read More: Repeat performance of Bill Blair’s Goon Show tonight in Toronto?

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Long gun registry helps fight domestic homicide, police chief says

There’s also many cases Sean, that happen daily and right across this country, where the police will go to an incidence of domestic violence where there is concern that if there are firearms in the house that they might be used to commit violence and e… . . . → Read More: Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Long gun registry helps fight domestic homicide, police chief says

TO police chief Bill Blair wades in the Rob Ford pool. Muddies the waters.

You have to admire Bill Blair for being a loyal soldier but after the G20 fiasco, does anybody really believe anything Bill Blair says any more?As for the 911 tape being released, I guess with the complaint lodged by the 911 dispatcher, it is inev… . . . → Read More: TO police chief Bill Blair wades in the Rob Ford pool. Muddies the waters.

The door’s this way, Chief Blair

So it seems Bill Blair isn’t getting with Team Ford’s austerity program.Instead of being a good boy and implementing the 10-per-cent reduction the mayor’s team is demanding of city managers, he’s looking for a budgetary increase. Not a lot, mind, but t… . . . → Read More: The door’s this way, Chief Blair

Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes You Just Have To Hold Your Nose

I always try to be completely honest in everything that I write for this blog. If I see reason for praise, I acknowledge it, sadly a rare occurrence. Most commonly I am extremely critical of the issues and people that I write about. One of most freq… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes You Just Have To Hold Your Nose

Politics and its Discontents: Two Sunday Morning Links

Echoing some of the sentiments I expressed the other day, this morning’s Star editorial endorses the Toronto Police Services Board’s decision to deny promotions to nine officers recommended by Police Chief Bill Blair. Is it possible that these officers… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Two Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: The Toronto Police Board and Bill Blair

It is somewhat heartening that the Toronto police board, which has traditionally enjoyed harmonious relations with the Toronto Police, is showing a bit of spine.As reported in today’s Star, the board is refusing to accept Chief Bill Blair’s recommendat… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Toronto Police Board and Bill Blair

Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

The vast majority of the 1100 people abused, assaulted and arrested as a result of the thuggish actions of the G20 police forces, apparently intent on suppressing Canadians’ Charter Rights last June in Toronto, must be feeling a deep measure of vindica… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Vindication For Those Abused By G20 Police Forces

Politics and its Discontents: Revelations Of Further Charter Rights’ Violation At G20 Summit

In what has become almost a routine posting to my blog, the Toronto Star has revealed yet another violation of rights arising from last year’s federally and provincially supported G20 Summit. An article entitled Police wrong to question man with crossb… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Revelations Of Further Charter Rights’ Violation At G20 Summit

Politics and its Discontents: The Star: Police Strip Searches On The Rise

As reported in today’s Toronto Star, “Toronto police strip searched roughly 60 per cent of the people they arrested in 2010, compared to 32 per cent 10 years ago, according to police statistics.”Given recent high profile incidents of this practice, som… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Star: Police Strip Searches On The Rise

Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of Bill Blair’s Failed Leadership

The ‘offer no apologies and accept no responsibility’ head of the Toronto Police Services, Chief Bill Blair, has another facet of failed leadership to answer for. According to a report in The Toronto Star, a U of T student has documented at least eigh… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of Bill Blair’s Failed Leadership

Politics and its Discontents: Once More, The SIU Cannot Fulfill Its Mandate

In what I can only construe as inept or complicit leadership at the top, the Toronto Police Service, thanks to massive obstructionism amongst the rank and file, has once again thwarted the SIU in fulfilling its mandate to properly and effectively inves… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Once More, The SIU Cannot Fulfill Its Mandate

Politics and its Discontents: A Late Afternoon Thought On The Murdoch Scandal

I just read a post by The Disaffected Lib discussing the mounting number of resignations resulting from the Rupert Murdoch scandal. Both the Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan London Police (Scotland Yard) have resigned becaus… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Late Afternoon Thought On The Murdoch Scandal