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The long-awaited Safe Schools Panel Inquiry was presented to Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees Thursday night following the fatal 2014 double shooting of Don Bosco students Michael Menjivar and Zaid Youssef, who died steps away from school. The board approved all of 33 recommendations.
Led by retired TCDSB superintendent Paul Crawford, the panel recommended a call for an end to the “don’t snitch” ethos he says is prevalent in schools and neighbourhoods.
“The social taboo against telling on someone is so strong it’s keeping students from sharing information that would help them stay safe,” said Crawford. “That’s a big part of how they seem themselves. Don’t want to be seen as a rat or a snitch.”
|PHOTO BY:||Mark Beauchamp|
The mere mention of the upcoming Pan Am Games has the power to elicit a very special kind of groan from…well, almost everyone who lives downtown. Tourists! Traffic! Years of never-ending construction on legacy projects we probably wouldn’t get it together to build otherwise! Yeah, we hear you. But, contrarians that we are here at Torontoist, we’re not convinced the Games will be that bad. In fact, we’re–bear with us–even kind of excited about them.
As we mark 50 days until the Games begin, we’d like to offer up a few suggestions for why the sporting event seen by some as Olympics Lite (rude!) will definitely be alright.
The current signage for Toronto’s development proposals are anything but inviting: the language is boring, the images uninspiring or difficult to decipher, and consequently the offer to become involved seems disingenuous.
This could soon change. The drab-looking boards could be phased out, as the planning and growth management committee received a report from City staff last Thursday about how and why Toronto is reforming its development signage.
New signs are already being piloted by the City, with the first one appearing on-site at 250 Lawrence Avenue West. Passersby will notice some very obvious design changes, beginning with less text, more icons and imagery, and clearer instruction on how residents can become involved.