Hey guys, how's your morning going? In the news: a second day of protests against the police shooting of Sammy Yatim planned for next week; the police may delay a decision on collecting "dooring" stats; the chief of the Durham Regional Police Services Board hates speeding; and construction is just about everywhere, so like it.
A second day of protests is in the works over Sammy Yatim, the teen shot nine times by Toronto police officers after he pulled a knife on a streetcar. The protest is set for August 13, the day of the next police board meeting, and will be held at police headquarters on College Street. According to a Facebook page for the event, more than 500 people will be in attendance.
Speaking of cops, cycling advocates are, apparently, none too happy with Toronto Police Service’s decision to hold off on tracking how many cyclists are “doored” by cars each year until they are explicitly ordered to do so by the police board. Though it was reported yesterday that police will have three months after next week’s police board meeting to report back on the feasibility of collecting “dooring” stats, the police can, apparently, delay things by requesting an extension. And it sounds like they might well do that; Constable Victor Kwong said police were not obligated to await police board orders on this, but were doing so by choice.
Don’t speed. At least not in Durham Region, just east of Toronto. And also, never. Seriously, don’t. It’s dangerous. The point here, though, is that Justice of the Peace Robert Boychyn, a lawyer, former local politician, and chair of the Durham Regional Police Services Board, has got a real beef with speeders, and is on a seeming mission to punish them. Case in point: he once sentenced a speeding driver to eight days in jail, despite the fact that non-racing offences in the Highway Traffic Act don’t include any provision for jail time. He also made a 19-year-old go to jail for six days and pay a $2000 fine for speeding and driving carelessly. So don’t speed.
And yes, it’s officially construction season in Toronto. People are, as they are wont to be, peeved. But at least we’ve still got our other season, winter, to look forward to.