Extra, Extra: IKEA Monkey Faces Eviction, CityTV Editor Attacked at a McDonalds, and Bill Blair's Legacy of Racial Profiling

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Extra, Extra: IKEA Monkey Faces Eviction, CityTV Editor Attacked at a McDonalds, and Bill Blair’s Legacy of Racial Profiling

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Graffiti of Darwin the IKEA Monkey, featured in a January 2014 edition of our Vandalist column

Graffiti of Darwin the IKEA Monkey, featured in a January 2014 edition of our Vandalist column.

  • Darwin the IKEA monkey is back in the news, for something a little bit different than a chain store visit in dapper threads. The famous primate and his roughly 20 rescued monkey friends are in danger of being evicted from their Sunderland, Ontario primate sanctuary. Volunteers at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary are hoping to find a new home or raise the $250,000 needed to buy the land the site is on, which the sanctuary’s landowners have decided to sell. For those who might somehow have forgotten, Darwin made international headlines in late 2012 when he broke out of his owner’s car in a Toronto IKEA parking lot and made his way into the store, dressed in a shearling coat.
  • A CityTV editor reports being hit in the head with a collapsible baton at a McDonald’s at Queen and Church streets, in what appeared to have been a racist and homophobic attack. Rob Ramlackhan says that the incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday; Toronto Police have yet to classify the incident as racially motivated, but a police spokesperson confirms that they’ve secured security footage of the event and are currently investigating.
  • Police chief Bill Blair is on his way out, and as lawyer and former Ward 16 (Eglinton-Lawrence) city council candidate Dyanoosh Youssefi asserts, he certainly won’t be remembered for shepherding bias-free policing. At what will likely be Blair’s final Toronto Police Services Board meeting this Thursday, the board will vote on a proposed policy to reverse the requirement to issue receipts to the residents they stop and question—which are, as Youseffi rightly points out, disproportionately young men of colour. Of this move, she asks: “Where is the commitment to a fair and equitable society, to bias-free policing?
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