Newsstand: October 13, 2014
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Newsstand: October 13, 2014

This news may well be old by the time everyone wakes up from their post-turkey slumber, but let's take a gander anyway: racist vandalism in Ward 2, Jim Flaherty's successor will be chosen by a November 17 by-election, and a superior officer has harassed an underling at the York Regional Police.

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Racism has been a recurring theme during recent weeks of the city’s mayoral campaign, and now a City Council candidate’s experience has come to the fore as well. On Saturday, Ward 2, Etobicoke candidate Munira Abukar found some of her signs defaced with the words “Go back home.” Abukar says this has strengthened her resolve to run, telling CBC News that she’ll “pick the sign up and put 10 more where that one was vandalized.” Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow, who has faced racist comments and attacks herself, tweeted her support for Abukar on Saturday.

The federal riding of Whitby-Oshawa, left vacant after former finance minister Jim Flaherty’s death in April, will have a Nov. 17 by-election. Flaherty represented Whitby-Oshawa for eight years before his early death following a heart attack. Whitby mayor Pat Perkins, whose nomination for the riding was announced in September, is expected to run for the Conservatives. In keeping with that, Perkins has said he will not run for another term as mayor. The by-election will come less than a year before the next general federal election, slated for Oct. 19, 2015. (Though Harper could drop the writ any time between now and then.)

York Regional Police officer Chantal Muirhead is the subject of a report finding her superior officer harassed her by tracking her phone’s location in order to discern her movements across borders. An Aug. 8 letter to Muirhead from York deputy chief Andre Crawford says a police harassment review committee found harassment had taken place, and recommended mediation between Muirhead and the sergeant involved. Muirhead believes the harassment is related to her husband Dameian’s problems on the force. Dameian, also an officer with the York Regional Police, has been the subject of a racially charged investigation following someone using racist language toward him and later an arrest and a public complaint against Muirhead.

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