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Militarizing Police Does Not Serve Or Protect Canadian Citizens

This week, we learned that the Toronto Police Service will be ordering C8 carbine semi-automatic assault rifles for front-line police officers. The assault rifles, produced by arms manufacturer Colt Canada for the Canadian Forces, will cost $2,500 each, and will be in patrol cars on the streets of Canada's largest city by May. Toronto becomes only the latest municipality to acquire a weapon described on its website as "battle proven in harsh combat environments."
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Violent Extremist Infiltrators In Peaceful Protests? Not So Fast

A recent intelligence report warns that peaceful anti-petroleum protests could be infiltrated by extremists to incite violence. While the report itself was just released, the actual study likely pre-dates the new Liberal government. It was probably intended as a companion to Bill C-51, which many Canadians have seen as an attempt to curtail the right to demonstrate on hot-button issues like proposed pipelines.
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Growing Distrust Threatens Policing And Empowers Criminals

The reality is that in Toronto, as in most police services across the continent, the vast majority of serving police officers are exceptional public servants. The bad news is that reality is entirely irrelevant. People don't form judgments or base their decisions and actions on reality. They base them on their perceptions. And a fast-growing segment of society in Toronto, in Chicago, in New York City, in Ferguson, in cities and towns across North America, perceive their police services to be acting for their own benefit -- not society's.
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Toronto Chief Won't Testify

TORONTO - Toronto's police chief will not have to testify at a disciplinary hearing for the most senior officer charged over mass arrests made during the city's G20 summit, a retired judge ruled Wedne...
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Will Bill Blair Testify?

A judge is expected to rule today on whether Toronto's police chief and his former deputy must testify at a senior officer's disciplinary hearing. Lawyers for complainants at Supt. David Fe...

G20 Cop Guilty

TORONTO - The criminal conviction of a Toronto police officer for assaulting a protester during the G20 summit three years ago was hailed as a victory for the hundreds of demonstrators who were rounde...
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Trial Delayed

TORONTO - The start of the second trial for a Toronto police officer on allegations stemming from the G20 protests has been delayed until Wednesday after a new video was discovered.Const. Babak Andali...
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G20 Cop On Trial

TORONTO - The first Toronto police officer to go to trial on criminal charges from G20 protests told court Tuesday he didn't hit or shove a man he's accused of assaulting, but other officers might hav...

Man Faces 26 Charges Related To G20

TORONTO - Toronto police say they've charged a 27-year-old New York City man with 26 offences arising from the G20 Summit in Toronto in June 2010.Investigators say Joel Saleem Bitar returned to Canada...

American Faces G20 Charges

TORONTO - An American man has been charged with several offences in connection with incidents at the G20 Summit in June 2010, Toronto police said Wednesday.Quinn McCormic, 25, of Boston, Mass., was ar...

Harper's Seven Top Screw-Ups in Seven Years

January 23 marks seven years since Stephen Harper was first elected Prime Minister of Canada. As the PM took the opportunity to pat himself on the back in tweeting his self-assessed greatest accomplishments, perhaps the seven-year itch is the right time to recognize PM Harper's biggest blunders.

We Should Be Proud of Pint-Sized Protestors

Recently, I heard a Grade 6 student explain that he and his friends had walked out of school to protest against a government measure that they believed had resulted in their teachers' rights being taken away. The principal was not impressed. I think we should be very impressed. What are our children in Canada seeing in the streets of our cities and towns? Idle No More, Occupy, protests in Ontario and Quebec by teachers and students -- and remember the G-20 protests in Toronto in 2010? While some of us looked the other way, the children are still watching.

Hairy Legs Profiling At G20?

TORONTO - Women claiming to have been profiled because of their hairy legs are among a group of seven people planning to serve a $1.4-million claim against police on Wednesday arising out of the viole...

'Zero Remorse For G20 Rampage

TORONTO -- An unrepentant vandal was sent to jail for 11 months Thursday after the judge delivered a scathing assessment of her role in the destruction and terror that paralyzed the city at the G20 su...

G20: Police Oversight Body Was In Dark

TORONTO - The civilian agency responsible for overseeing Toronto's police force failed to live up to its responsibilities when it came to policing the violence-marred G20 summit, partly because Ottawa...
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Communication Breakdown

ORILLIA, Ont. - A report on security at the G8 and G20 summits in 2010 says there was some confusion when Ontario Provincial Police were unexpectedly redeployed to help police in Toronto.The provincia...

Occupy Toronto: Memo to Police--"Oh Behave!"

With Occupy Toronto approaching, I wrote a letter to Toronto Police and asked others to sign on. The letter listed many of the abuses of the G20 and asked the police not to repeat their mistakes. It asked them to behave calmly, rationally and professionally. My goal was 2,500 and I'd managed to push past 200 signatures.