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Newsstand: April 25, 2014

Now that spring is here, the weekend is something to enjoy again, so get enjoying! In the news: the police officer charged with Sammy Yatim's death will be back to work soon, a Yorkville icon goes missing, Brampton residents receive a racist pamphlet, and a Toronto Star reporter is almost detained in Ukraine.

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James Forcillo, the Toronto police officer charged in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, who was killed last summer, will return to work. Yatim’s family is upset at the move while police Chief Bill Blair claims to have reviewed the facts of the case before bringing Forcillo back from a six-month paid suspension. Forcillo will work for Crime Stoppers in an administrative capacity; the Yatim family highlighted the irony of someone accused of a crime working for the program. In protest, the Yatim family is planning a rally for Sunday, April 27 at police headquarters. It will start at 12:30 at Yonge-Dundas Square.

Toronto chef Véronique Perez, owner of the Yorkville restaurant Crêpes à GoGo, has reported her “iconic” bicycle of 12 years, Blanche, stolen. Perez said the bike’s integrated locking system had not been disabled, which means it can’t be ridden; she believes it must have been loaded onto a truck. She also says the bike can’t be taken apart and sold for parts due to what the National Post referred to as “the unique nature of the bike.” Perez has asked anyone who spots the bike, which has a basket and small French flag on the front as well as a wooden crate on the back with the words “follow me!” and an ad for her restaurant, to call Crêpes à GoGo with information.

Many Brampton residents are upset about a racist pamphlet that has been circulating in the city. The pamphlet shows two photos—one of a group of white people, the other of a group of Sikhs—and asks if the latter is “really what you want” in the city. Balpreet Singh of the World Sikh Organization of Canada said that while the pamphlet is “in very bad taste,” it’s most likely not a hate crime and thus will probably not result in law enforcement taking action.

Toronto Star reporter Mitch Potter, along with his translator Mikhail, just barely escaped imprisonment in the Ukrainian city of Slovyansk. Potter avoided arrest by pretending to be a francophone Canadian, using what he termed his “dismal command” of the French language to avoid speaking English and marking himself as an enemy to Russian and pro-Russian people. Although Potter escaped arrest, Vice news reporter Simon Ostrovsky was detained for four days and beaten at the beginning of his arrest before being released.


  • the_lemur

    Crêpe lady rips off her employees, served her right.

  • Sonny Yeung

    Hopefully there will be a large turnout on the 27th. The cop who tazed Yatim went back to work.
    I like the crepes with fruit.
    The pamphlet are probably put out by white chauvinists. There was a Kerry Starchuk who plans to not use Crest because they had an ad with Chinese symbols clearly advertising Crest in Richmond.
    Ukraine is a mess and would lose a war with Russia. So diplomacy will have to be tried through International Relations

    • nevilleross

      And it’s being don so, but dumb-ass purity left emoprogs in North America and elsewhere think that Obama, for one, isn’t doing enough, or has failed.

  • Suicide Boi

    Let’s hold a rally against streetcar hijackings.

  • nevilleross

    I’ve said it before elsewhere, and I’m going to say it here; we need a better trained police force in most North American cities, and this is the kind of training we need to do:

    Education is highly stressed in police recruitment and promotion. Entrance to the force is determined by examinations administered by each prefecture. Examinees are divided into two groups: upper-secondary-school graduates and university graduates. Recruits underwent rigorous training—one year for upper-secondary schoolgraduates and six months for university graduates—at the residential police academy attached to the prefectural headquarters. On completion of basic training, most police officers are assigned to local police boxes called Kobans. Promotion is achieved by examination and requires further course work. In-service training provides mandatory continuing education in more than 100 fields. Police officers with upper-secondary school diplomas are eligible to take the examination for sergeant after three years of on-the-job experience. University graduates can take the examination after only one year. University graduates are also eligible to take the examination for assistant police inspector, police inspector, and superintendent after shorter periods than upper-secondary school graduates. There are usually five to fifteen examinees for each opening.

    About fifteen officers per year pass advanced civil service examinations and are admitted as senior officers. Officers are groomed for administrative positions, and, although some rise through the ranks to become senior administrators, most such positions are held by specially recruited senior executives.

    The police forces are subject to external oversight. Although officials of the National Public Safety Commission generally defer to police decisions and rarely exercise their powers to check police actions or operations, police are liable for civil and criminal prosecution, and the media actively publicizes police misdeeds. The Human Rights Bureau of the Ministry of Justice solicits and investigates complaints against public officials, including police, and prefectural legislatures could summon police chiefs for questioning. Social sanctions and peer pressure also constrain police behavior. As in other occupational groups in Japan, police officers develop an allegiance to their own group and a reluctance to offend its principles.

    Law enforcement in Japan; Conditions of service

    Trust me when I say that we need to learn from other nations how to train cops, and through that, have better police.