Extra, Extra: Babcock Joins the Leafs, Community Newspaper Investigated for Hate Crimes, and the Police Chief Gets Sworn In
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Extra, Extra: Babcock Joins the Leafs, Community Newspaper Investigated for Hate Crimes, and the Police Chief Gets Sworn In

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  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have a new victim coach, as former coach of the year and Stanley Cup winner Mike Babcock joins the team on an unprecedented eight-year contract believed to be worth $50 million. He’ll have a tough task turning the Buds around, as the Leafs finished with the fourth worst record in the league last season, and will likely need another overhaul before they’re competitive.
  • Toronto Police’s Hate Crimes Unit is investigating a complaint into Your Ward News, the fringe community newspaper published by LeRoy St. Germaine and edited by James Sears, otherwise known as Dimitri the Lover. The latest issue featured caricatures of Jewish men that some have deemed anti-Semitic, with traits that included glowing red eyes, hooked noses, and a bagel falling from someone’s head. The publisher defends the images as satirical, and aimed at an individual rather than a group of people.
  • Police Chief Mark Saunders had his official swearing-in earlier today, complete with a ceremonial sword. The former deputy chief will face many obstacles, including carding, the use of police force, and a budget that critics charge has grown out of control. But for today, the force and civilians celebrated Saunders and his ascent to the new role.

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