The news today, before you start your weekend: attempts are (probably) being made to tame the police budget, an Ontario First Nation needs a ferry before it loses access to the Canadian mainland, and Win Butler's MVP speech was cut short when he mentioned health care.
With public trust in the Toronto Police Service eroding, police digging in their heels on issues like carding and the ever-increasing budget, it’s become clear to many that changes need to be made. But when Mayor John Tory backed police-union-supported Mark Saunders over the service’s rising star and vocal reformist Peter Sloly, it seemed a sign that the biggest change under Tory would be to restore a cozy relationship between the police chief and the service’s civilian oversight board, on which the mayor sits. However, Saunders and Tory have both committed publicly to finding a way to reduce the TPS budget next year; it remains the single largest line item in the city’s budget and recently passed the $1B mark for the first time. As yet, there are no specific plans available to the public.
Beausoleil First Nation, located largely on Christian Island in Georgian Bay, is in danger of losing its only method of accessing the mainland: a 65-year-old ferry that runs between the island and the mainland 14 times per day. Beausoleil has asked the federal government to replace the ferry, because without it members will have no access to medical services or other goods and services. The recently elected Liberal federal government “promised to have a nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations,” chief Roland Montague said. “So tell me—if this is not approved, what is our nation-to nation relationship?”
Last night was the NBA All Star celebrity game, in which Team Canada (coached by hometown hero Drake) sailed to a 74-65 victory over Kevin Hart-led Team USA. Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, who is actually American but has been living in Canada for nearly two decades, played for Team Canada and received the MVP award. He took the post-award interview as a chance to tell viewers what Americans, during this dramatic election year, could learn from Canadians about health care and “tak[ing] care of people,” but was abruptly cut off by the reporter who told him they were there to discuss “celebrity stuff, not politics.”
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