"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 10 November 2013

Our Town ====NOT

I linked in to the Globe and Mail  and read Richard Florida's piece about Toronto politics

I read a front page story as well.  It reminded  me why I stopped reading Toronto's newspapers.

I saw somewhere The Star is offering  an "explanations" for paying drug-dealers $5,000. for the first video compromising Toronto's Mayor.  Did they give it to Toronto Police?

Did the Police find one of their own"

Who told Clayton Ruby, the Police had he video?

So  the police could be accused of covering for the Mayor

So the Chief got spooked and not only spilled the beans about the video and his "disappointment" .
And then threw in surveillance videos  filmed by Toronto' Police Department from a plane in the sky.

My God, those suckers cost hundreds of thousands  of dollars an hour  to fly in the sky.

Who is keeping check on the police Department and the judgement they exercise?

Now we have McCormick. son of a former Police Chief , now Presidnet of the Toronto Police Association weighing in on the discussion.

The same McCormick on trial for  something nasty----like extortion from people in the entertainment ( read drug dealing) district of Toronto-------Richmond Street...where a person associated with the
explosive video ----was shot and killed on the sidewalk----outside an entertainment club.

Anybody who knows anything about the police, knows, no police officer would ever be charged  with a crime if the evidence was not iron clad and insurmountable.

McCormick got off.  Does  anybody know?   who was his lawyer-?--Does Clayton Ruby ring a bell?

Soon after McCormick was President of the Toronto Police Association.

Here's something else not commonly talked about------ the real power in Ontario Policing lies with the Ontario Police Association.

Power corrupts---absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Since less than twenty years, the Province stopped appointing judges to chair Police Commissions.

It had been determined ----Ontario  Judges  consistently aligned  themselves with the Police and could not therefore provide objectivity  required  from a  Police Governing Authority.

The Judge chairing York Region Police Services Board  when I was a member was last to serve in that  capacity.

Since then---- Regional Councillors  have served as Chairmen 

If a judge can't be objective-----what can be expected of a politician? A regional politician at that---accountable to no-one--------How many reading this know who is chair of York Region Police Services Board? 

I don't read Toronto newspapers----because when I read ,I think.  When I think I need to write.

And since the blog is at hand  there's nothing to hinder me and lots to tell----at the expense of  Our  Town  Affairs .


Anonymous said...

Sheesh. I thought you were going to be busy with the book.

Anonymous said...

I do think the Police Chief is going to be taking some heat from his prosecutors. Potential evidence appears to have been released jeopardizing any # of trials. It is going to be difficult to get convictions when defendants are aware of other avenues to argue.

Anonymous said...

Haven't your critics told you often enough not to venture beyond town politics ? I've never figured out why there is that insistence. The Auroran does a good job of that - it's their business.
Continue to travel....

Anonymous said...

You're going to have to proceed to 'speed-read' if you want to keep up with Doris Kearns Goodwin.

She has just published a 928 page book, "The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt and the Golden Age of Journalism."

Anonymous said...

Oh Evelyn…York Region Police and Politics?....There’s not enough time in the day to discuss that topic. That can be another blog all on its own.

Anonymous said...

In the United States Mount Rushmore honours four former presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln wand Theodore Roosevelt.

How would Canada's Conservative party commemorate four rock-heads, and besides our present "leader" who would the other three be?

Feel free to comment.

Anonymous said...

Macleans. ca
Paul Wells
" Stephen Harper doubles down "

Anonymous said...

Maybe the by-elections will take the press off the City Hall case ? What with that & the Senate, Canadians are exhausted.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the by-elections will take the press off the City Hall case ? What with that & the Senate, Canadians are exhausted.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a busy week. Forget about us.

Anonymous said...

Wold you include insignificant little details like Aurora's Council voting to change their entire schedule of council meetings so as not to conflict with the Police Gala ? Which had been ' forced ' to change its date & venue ?

Anonymous said...

12:16 That's funny!