Politics and its Discontents: The Virtues Of Restraint

I suspect if teachers were to be completely completely honest, almost all would admit that at some point in their careers they felt like lashing out, either verbally or physically, at a student or two. That was certainly my experience a few times during my 30 years in the classroom, but two things stopped me ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Irony Of Police ‘Sensitivity’

Given the brutal manner in which some police officers discharge their authority, it always strikes me as just a tad ‘precious’ when they complain about how unjustly they are being treated whenever the press offers some criticism of their practices. In responding to The Toronto Star’s series, Police Who Lie, Mike McCormack, president of the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Another Victory For The Star

As a direct result of their investigative series, Police Who Lie, The Toronto Star is once more contributing to the social good. The following is reported today’s edition: Ontario’s chief prosecutor will probe the issue of police officers who are found by judges to have lied in court. Attorney General John Gerretsen made the announcement ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Star Continues To Shine A Light On Some Very Dark Places

A taser to the scrotum 10-15 times. A ‘rear naked choke hold’ (an arm around the throat, another behind the head and a knee in the back). A beating in a ditch. The suspect’s ‘crime’? Leaning out his window and shouting “Hey, baby!” to several Niagara Regional Police officers. Thus begins the third part of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why The Star Is The Real ‘Newspaper Of Record’

Those who regularly read The Toronto Star will hardly be surprised to learn that it has just won five National Newspaper Awards for the excellence of its reporting, reporting that often results in some real benefits to society. A new benefit appears to be emerging as a result of its two-part investigation into police who ...

Politics and its Discontents: Police Who Lie Under Oath – Part 2

Part 2 of The Star series on the problem of police lying under oath is available on its website. Today’s coverage examines the lack consequences for such behaviour, many departments seeming to prefer a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil kind of approach. And as per his function, the always pugnacious Mark Pugash, Toronto Police spokesman, accuses the Star ...