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.
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.