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Toronto Police Threaten Bystander Taking Video of an Arrest

Police officers tried to stop the witness filming the arrest.

Image via CityNews

Image via CityNews

A bystander-recorded video of Toronto police restraining and Tasering a man during an arrest also shows the witness being threatened by officers that his phone would be seized as evidence. The video, obtained by CityNews, also shows an officer telling the witness the man being arrested is “going to spit in your face, you’re going to get AIDS.”

The recording, shot on Tuesday at the corner of Dundas Street and Church Street, reportedly shows police arresting a man accused of assaulting a police officer.

The video raises issues about police conduct and what many are calling “HIV-phobic” comments — the virus that causes AIDS is not spread by saliva.

Canadians have the right to film or photograph police officers, as long as doing so doesn’t obstruct what the police are doing, something the bystander filming in this case repeatedly says he isn’t doing.

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Bald Eagles Leave Trumpland for Toronto

The birds have reportedly returned to Toronto's west end.

Toronto Urban Forestry is reporting that bald eagles are back in Toronto—they’ve reportedly been spotted in the west end. While the City said this appearance comes after a 50-year absence, there were also reported sightings of a couple bald eagles in High Park in 2014. It’s too early to know if there are more birds this time around, or if they’re here to stay.

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How Toronto’s Papers Covered a Canadian Military Scandal

Almost all of Toronto's dailies have the same thing on their front page today—with slightly different takes.

In Front Page Challenge, Torontoist analyzes the best and worst of Toronto’s major dailies.

Front Page Challenge

Most of Toronto’s newspapers lead this morning with a story currently cloaked in secrecy: on Monday, an RCMP investigation of the Canadian military led to the sudden removal of the country’s second-highest ranking military officer after a discovery that “pretty high-level secret documents” have been leaked. Nothing is yet known about what these documents were or whether the leaks involved journalists, the intervention of another country, or something else…yet. On the eve of the ascension of Donald Trump to the White House and the tremendous uncertainty in the world over this geopolitical sea change, which of Toronto’s papers best capture the moment?

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