Daily Archives: March 16, 2012

Toronto police stop and document black and brown people


An interesting article from the Toronto Star. It would be interesting to know how widespread this is. It’s unfortunate to commonly hear the line “well if you have nothing to hide, why does it matter”. It matters because you have the rights, however how is that balanced? If you are a targeted community what are the long-term effects on youth? Do kids grow up feeling that they are always a target. The comment is often made because it does not affect the person making it. There is a failure to understand how an person feels on the other side of the fence.I would urge you to read Freakanomics. It’s an interesting take on what happens in certain conditions.

— Read more from the Toronto Star article below —

Young white males and those designated as “other” do attract police attention, but nothing as pronounced as black and brown youth.

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair dismisses the possibility that his officers, who are encouraged to stop, question and document citizens in all areas of the city as part of regular and targeted police work, may have documented all young black and brown men in certain areas.

“I can’t imagine that that’s true,” Blair said in an interview that stretched over two hours and included two deputy chiefs.

People come and go, he said, and citizens are documented in areas where they do not live, which indeed accounts for many of the cards filled out in certain neighbourhoods.

Read more

Astral Media has just been bought by Bell for over 3 billion dollars


News has just broken that Bell has bought outright the entire assets of Astral media. This means that the popular News Talk 1010 is now owned by Bell. Definitely showing that convergence is not dead in Canada. It will be interesting to see how this will play out in the media landscape and if Rogers or Telus will make any moves on the media front in Canada.

Read more:

http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/938567/astral-enters-into-definitive-agreement-for-acquisition-by-bell

Direct Energy — The people have spoken!


Well the people have definitely spoken, forcing Direct Energy stop changes to contracts. It’s was definitely a hard pill to swallow, but one that had to be done nonetheless. I imagine that we will see another iteration from Direct Energy, however we will have to see. Direct Energy has a legitimate issue, however they were penalizing the wrong people. Year’s ago we used to complain about Direct Energy reps coming to our door and trying to convince us to change our gas provider. At that time there were enough complaints to change the practices of solicitors coming to our door. What Direct Energy should do is get the government to stop the practice of companies coming to our doors with deceptive practices. Hopefully we will see a resolve to this situation sometime soon.

 

Other articles:

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1147122–direct-energy-scraps-controversial-new-contracts-amid-customer-uproar

Running out of cards to play. What will Mayor Rob Ford do?


Seems that Rob Ford is stuck “between a rock and a hard place”. With the provincial government planning major cuts where does Mayor Ford get support for subways from? Today the recommendation will be for a LRT option, on Sheppard Avenue; putting the nail in the coffin, to ever seeing the Sheppard subway completed. Years ago stated that maybe the Sheppard subway should have gone west and complete the northern part of the Spadina line into York Region. Now Sheppard will remain a short stunted subway, forever displaying the fact that Howard Moscoe was possibly right. What do I mean? An option, like the Eglinton Cross-Town line, was available. If the Sheppard subway was an underground LRT, similar to Eglinton, I have a feeling we would have not had the debate. More than likely, due to costs, the Sheppard line, Eglinton and others may have already been completed. Now we will have to live with the decisions made. We cannot turn back the clock and convert the Sheppard subway into a LRT. It’s too late. So what do we do now. The people of Scarborough rather have something, then nothing. I imagine years from now we will still be complaining about Sheppard. Unless the Harper conservatives and the Federal government come of the rescue, Mayor Ford may end up with no choice but to concede to the Sheppard LRT. Unless he has a trump card “up his sleeve”?