Wednesday's child is full of grace. And in the news: the province's decision to allow more police units to carry tasers receives some criticism; more flooding hit Toronto—and stranded some taxis—last night; complaints made to the City's licensing and standards division might just include one about a large rooster; and a Richmond Hill man went for an ill-advised joyride in the sky.
It was announced yesterday by Ontario’s minister of community safety and correctional services that restrictions barring certain police units from using tasers will be relaxed. The decision has since seen some backlash, with critics pointing to examples of past incidences in which police’s use of tasering as a “de-escalation method” resulted in the target—often an individual with a mental illness—being killed. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association voiced concern that tasers are used to replace alternative (and less potentially lethal) de-escalation tactics, and Alok Mukherjee, chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, said he worried that arming police officers with “more hardware” might prevent them from using “skills and communication and de-escalation before they use their hardware.”
It rained a whole lot last night, which seemed all cute but actually caused somewhat substantial flooding in the city’s downtown area. Two Beck taxi cabs got stuck in several feet of water in the tunnel near Front Street and Lower Simcoe Street. Toronto firefighters had to wade in to help several of the trapped passengers make it out of the tunnel and onto dry ground.
One of the stranger complaints to come out after the Toronto Star analyzed the 33,587 complaints made to the city’s licensing and standards division for the period between January and August 16, 2013, was about the supposed infestation of a “large rooster.” What that means, while it sounds terrifying, is pretty much anyone’s guess.
On Sunday afternoon, a 26-year-old man rented a plane and attempted to stunt-fly over his friend’s house—as, y’know, you do. While this presumably seemed like a good idea to him in theory, things probably started to go downhill for him when Richmond Hill residents called the police after seeing the guy flying erratically over their residential neighbourhoods. The plane was assisted to a safe landing at Markham Airport, and the man now faces a charge of dangerous operation of an aircraft.