Ford’s crack confession

By Admin 06.11.2013

“Yes, I’ve smoked crack cocaine.” So there we have it. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted Tuesday morning that he has used crack cocaine. His admission, after months of controversy and denial of drug use following reports by U.S. website …

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Healthcare and ethnicity

By Admin 23.10.2013

In multicultural, multiracial Toronto, it’s not unheard of that a person seeking medical care would select a physician from the same ethnic group. Yet, in a recent position statement the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is urging hospitals and clinics to resist patients’ preferential requests for doctors based on religion, ethnicity or gender. Specifically, the group says preferential requests in medical circumstances that are classified as “time-sensitive” should be resisted.

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Where’s the accountability?

By Admin 16.10.2013

After Ontario’s new auditor general, Bonnie Lysyk, presented her report on how much it would cost for the cancellation of the Mississauga and Oakville gas plants as well as the relocation and future outlay of the gas plant for Oakville – a shocking $1.1 billion – it would be easy to pillory the Liberal government as the Opposition Progressive Conservatives and New Democratic Party (NDP) are doing.

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End carding, don’t replace it

By Admin 09.10.2013

When conditions between Toronto police and Black men in this city are being compared to apartheid South Africa, we are in trouble. When, as has been detailed in the Toronto Star’s most recent “Known to Police” report that examined data on police stops from 2008 to mid-2011, more young Black men have been stopped, questioned and entered into the police database than live in Toronto, we have a serious problem. When, by the Toronto Police Service’s own acknowledgment, the number of persons a police officer stops and records in this city is factored into consideration of the police officer’s promotion prospects, there is cause for great concern.

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Tea Party holds U.S. hostage

By Admin 02.10.2013

The far-right Tea Party faction of the Republican Party in the U.S. Congress detests President Barack Obama so much that they are willing to throw the entire Republican Party – even the entire country – under the bus to satisfy that hate.

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Hudak stays for now

By Admin 25.09.2013

Tim Hudak survived a maneuver by dissidents within Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party for a leadership review at the party’s convention over the weekend. The main focus of the convention was the developing of a platform for the next provincial election, widely expected within a few months. But certainly the vote to amend the party’s constitution to allow for the leadership review was a highlight.

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Obama buys some time

By Admin 11.09.2013

U.S. President Barack Obama may have backed himself into a corner on Syria with his “red line” on chemical weapons but there may be hope yet. A Russian proposal, which was actually sparked by a throwaway line from Secretary of State, John Kerry, speaking in London, about Syria giving up its chemical weapons, seems to have gained some traction.

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Get guns off the street

By Admin 04.09.2013

Why in the name of all that is sane would a 14-year-old be walking around with a gun in this city? Police have charged a 14-year-old, who cannot be named because of his age, with manslaughter, alleging he is responsible in the death of 16-year-old Yusuf Tifow. The 16-year-old died after being shot on September 1 in the Lawrence Ave. W. and Weston Rd. area.

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And now, we wait!

By Admin 21.08.2013

Now we know what public supervision of our police forces will look like for the future, and it is not the Police Services Board. It will require the public’s constant video surveillance of the police as well as persistent public protest. How else to explain the unusual speed with which the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) decided to lay the charge of second degree murder against the police officer who allegedly fired nine bullets at 17-year-old Sammy Yatim.

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