Montreal Simon: Sammy Yatim and the Day of Justice

It's been three years and one day since 18-year-old Sammy Yatim was shot to death on a Toronto streetcar by police officer James Forcillo.But yesterday his killer was finally sentenced.A Toronto police officer who gunned down a troubled teen on an empty streetcar three years ago abused his authority in a way that undermines public trust ...

Montreal Simon: The Killing of Sammy Yatim: Should Another Cop Be Charged?

It's been almost a week since the Toronto police officer James Forcillo was found guilty of the attempted murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. Even though he killed him, and it was murder.And now there are calls for another police officer to be charged for what he did to Yatim after he was shot.Read more »

Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Supervised injection is an emerging school of urban policy. At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I have posted a paper I wrote on the subject, which focuses on Toronto, and points the finger at the Conservative federal government and police for halting the discussion about this harm reduction technique. What is most concerning is that the ...

Joe Fantauzzi: Supervised Injection In Toronto: The Canadian Taboo

Supervised injection is an emerging school of urban policy. At Illuminated By Street Lamps, I have posted a paper I wrote on the subject, which focuses on Toronto, and points the finger at the Conservative federal government and police for halting the discussion about this harm reduction technique. What is most concerning is that the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Toronto Police have video showing Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine

Toronto Police announced Thursday morning they have the infamous video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine. Enough! Time for Ford to go! The post Toronto Police have video showing Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Ranting Canadian: "Ah yeah, sure I know. It’s a free country. You know you…

“Ah yeah, sure I know. It’s a free country. You know you got the right. But I got a badge, what do you got?” That line from West Side Story sums up the attitude of many – if not most – cops, especially in Toronto. They are confident that their police badge is essentially a ...

The Ranting Canadian: With all the stories across Canada of police brutality…

With all the stories across Canada of police brutality (including killings), harassment, rights violations, discrimination, perjury, political bias, corruption (e.g. bribes, smuggling, extortion, drug-dealing) – and seeing almost no consequences for the crimes committed by police officers – it’s extremely difficult to resist the A.C.A.B. (All Cops Are Bastards) attitude. How are we supposed to ...

The Ranting Canadian: Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The…

Julian Fantino: once a dirty cop, now a dirty politician The dishonourable Julian “Mussolini” Fantino, Canada’s minister of international cooperation, was recently busted for ordering a pro-Conservative propaganda letter (signed by him) to be published on the website of  the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a non-partisan federal agency. After the MP for Vaughan was ...

The Canadian Progressive: Of Toronto G20 protests and “abuse orchestrated by fascist states”

by Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Jan 15, 2013: Ontario Superior Court Justice Harriet Sachs says police behaviour during the Toronto G20 protests had “the eerie overtones of the worst sort of abuse orchestrated by fascist states.” She passed the harsh verdict while ruling on the case of Eva Marie Botten, an activist whose Charter ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Rob Ford calls Toronto “one of the safest cities in the world” after deadly shooting

Reacting to the Danzig Street shooting, which left two dead and another 24 injured, the “furious” mayor of Canada’s largest city assures us that Toronto has “the greatest police service in the world.” He invites Torontonians to “declare war on these violent gangs.” The kind that will “catch these criminals and get them off our ...

A Novelist's Mind: Lilian Nattel Online: Project Sanctuary: 27 Children Safe

This is the sort of story I collect, the kind that inspired Web of Angels: Det. Paul Krawczyk and D/Const. Janelle Blackadar of the Sex Crimes Unit Child Exploitation Section could not conceive the impact they would have on young lives across the world and the magnitude of the operation – Project Sanctuary — in ...

Impolitical: The #G20 Office of the Independent Police Review Director report

The National’s report above is a good overview of yesterday’s release of the G20 report by Ontario’s Office of the Independent Police Review. You can read it here and while it is lengthy, the executive summary and ensuing recommendations are not a very taxing read. It is a tale of incompetence in so many respects. ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto G20 Protests – Police Officers Were Given Orders to Make Illegal Arrests

Toronto News: Man settles G20 lawsuit, claims police brass ordered false arrests – thestar.com Officers detaining Wall on June 27, 2010, told OPIRD investigators they were instructed to arrest people wearing bandanas, masks or gas masks concealing their identity. One officer said he was told to search anyone with a backpack, and if that person ...

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 the surrounding drama, already at a slow boil, has been cranked up even ...

Driving The Porcelain Bus: Toronto Police Services Board shows some spine

Toronto News: Police board refuses to promote G20 officers – thestar.comGood for the board! The Toronto police board has taken the unprecedented step of refusing to promote nine officers who were disciplined for removing their name tags during G20 demonstrations. Chief Bill Blair recommended those promotions and the civilian oversight board’s refusal to agree suggests ...

Impolitical: G20 hearings continue in Toronto tonight

Public hearings continue tonight in the west end of Toronto: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall. There is a narrow question at the heart of these hearings and posed to those making submissions: “What role should civilian oversight play with respect to the policing of major events?” ...

CCLA Files Five G20 Policing Complaints with OIPRD

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has filed five complaints with the Office of the Independent Police Review Director for – illegal mass arrests of 1105 persons; – illegal detentions; – unlawful dispersals of peaceful protests; – unlawful use of excessive force on peaceful protestors and passersby; – unlawful and inadequate conditions of detention. Exact details ...

Police Services Board makes like it’s doing something

It’s going to select someone independent to review the G20 policing issues. The meeting today ended in some sort of shambles as public outcry against the lack of planned public participation in developing the terms of reference for the civilian review. In two weeks we will learn more when the board reconvenes with some terms ...