Editorial

Don’t just suspend, end!

By Admin 14.01.2015

The surprise announcement that Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has suspended documentation of street checks, commonly referred to as “carding”, by patrol officers would seem to be a welcome one.

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New Year’s resolutions

By Admin 07.01.2015

It is still early enough in the New Year to make a commitment to New Year’s resolutions, both personally and in the interest of the community.

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Cuba, U.S. thaw welcome

By Admin 31.12.2014

The thawing of relations between the United States and Cuba that has recently come to light is yet another remarkable development under U.S. President Barack Obama’s watch. More so since it has become par for the course for opinions from just about every corner to knock Obama for not reacting aggressively to the many challenging fires that demand attention and resolution from his administration.

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It’s Christmas

By Arnold Auguste 18.12.2014

The joy of Christmas is wonderfully infectious, as the joy of celebrating a precious birth always is. Families gather to celebrate and reminisce; friends near and far reach out to each other. The great outpouring of love, caring and generosity of spirit make this time of year different from any other.

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No cause to resign

By Admin 10.12.2014

Heightened emotions are to be expected after two high-profile judicial decisions in the United States involving White police officers were let off charges related to the deaths of two unarmed Black men, 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and 43-year-old Eric Garner in New York City.

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Move on housing!

By Admin 03.12.2014

A family waiting for rent-geared-to-income (RGI) housing in Toronto could wait as long as 10 years before being placed. Yet, with close to a billion dollars needed for repairs to Toronto Community Housing stock, some units fall into such disrepair that they should not be rented out.

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A new beginning

By Admin 26.11.2014

John Tory will be sworn in as mayor of Toronto this coming Tuesday, December 2. The beginning of his term will also mark the end of a tumultuous period in Toronto municipal politics. Toronto was witness to unprecedented disruption at city hall during the four years that the Brothers Ford held us all in thrall.

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Carding continues

By Admin 19.11.2014

Racial profiling and carding go together in Toronto. The practice by police here has long been verified with numbers bearing out the experiences of individuals of colour that they are as much as 10 times more likely to be stopped by police in this city and questioned as being suspicious, compared to the White population. Furthermore, if the individual is male and young, it is as if those two characteristics are checked off as qualifying for repeated police stops, questioning and data collection.

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Paying tribute

By Admin 12.11.2014

It is our prerogative as people whose lives are invested in this country to question the decisions our government and political leaders make. Certainly, we have a duty to question their military decisions which could have far-reaching consequences both here and in countries far away.

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Compromising liberties

By Admin 05.11.2014

We have to hand it to our prime minister. When he gets hold of a talking point, he holds firmly to it, regardless of other meaningful interpretations. Especially if it fits a preferred narrative.

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