Morning you all. News: Constable James Forcillo was released on bail and has a pretrial hearing set for September 30; Sammy Yatim's family has cancelled a press conference originally scheduled for later today; outgoing deputy mayor Doug Holyday can open up the city whenever he wants—'cause he's got keys; and the TCHC meets today to talk about its mighty backlog of repairs.
Constable James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, was, after turning himself in early yesterday, released on $510,000 bail. His wife and in-laws, as well as another Toronto police officer, were apparently the ones to post bail. A judicial pretrial hearing (in which the actual trial schedule will be set) is scheduled for September 30, though a publication ban will prevent media from reporting on the proceedings or on any evidence presented.
Family members of Sammy Yatim have cancelled the news conference they were planning to give later today, explaining in a statement issued to media that they “do not have the energy right now to comment” and are “trying to heal and regain some sense of normalcy.”
Deputy mayor Doug Holyday, who is leaving the post after scoring the role of Progressive Conservative MPP for the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding in a recent by-election, was heaped with high praise by Mayor Rob Ford yesterday in a ceremony held at City Hall. Presumably because Holyday has, unlike the lion’s share of Ford’s staff, remained uncritical of the mayor in the face of the recent, and myriad, controversies in which the latter is embroiled, the mayor did more than just praise him. He presented Holyday with a key to the city, so that Holyday can open this great city up whenever he damn well pleases, or at least whenever he gets locked out.
The Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) board will meet today to talk about possible solutions for their now infamous repairs backlog. Potential options include selling a parking lot to fund the extensive repairs needed at the adjacent 25-storey TCHC apartment at 250 Davenport Road, selling three other houses, and revitalizing Alexander Park à la Regent Park.