It's all happening. And yet, none of it is. In the news today: the Toronto police officer who tasered Sammy Yatim is under investigation, Canadian Blood Services has issued a recall for 1,500 units of blood, a horrific death for a Toronto construction worker, and The Replacements reunite and play our fair city.
Amid the flurry of reporting on charges laid against Constable James Forcillo—the Toronto police officer who shot teenager Sammy Yatim on a streetcar earlier this month—the officer who tasered Yatim after he was shot multiple times is now under investigation. The Special Investigations Unit, the provincial body that several days ago brought second-degree murder charges against Forcillo, is apparently also looking into the conduct of the officer who tasered Yatim.
Canadian Blood Services issued a recall for 1,500 units of blood that were, apparently, not adequately tested for a particular virus. A routine audit of the Calgary lab revealed that testing for the cytomegalovirus (CMV)—a community-acquired infection that’s supposedly benign for most of the population—has not been done according to the proper specifications. A Canadian Blood Services spokesperson said that less than 30 units of the blood in question are likely to be found in hospitals in the GTA.
A construction worker died yesterday after plunging 55 floors down from a downtown building site. Site operator Reliance Construction has made a statement explaining that the man was an employee of an onsite contractor, and that it will fully comply with investigations into his death.
RiotFest hits Toronto—the first stop on the music festival’s three-city tour—this weekend, and will feature The Replacements’ first live appearance together in 22 years.