Thursday, July 08, 2010
CANADIAN POLITICS TORONTO:
CALLING THE CITY FOR RESIGNATION OF POLICE CHIEF:
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has come to be the foremost flack runner for the "police riot" during the G20 summit in Toronto. Rather sad actually as it takes the heat off his political masters who set the general tone of the police response, but he has served them well, rising to heights of dishonesty over and above the call of duty. Whether it is justifying arrests that were outside of the scope of a law that was actually invalid or displaying seized "weapons" that had nothing to do with the demonstrations it could be said that if he was Pinocchio his nose would be half way to Ireland by now.
At least the lower level of his masters expressed their gratitude the other day when Toronto City Council voted 36-0 (yes so called 'progressives' as well) to "commend his outstanding work". This has outraged many Torontonians, and there is a campaign for people to call their city councillors to complain about the way they voted. Here's the story from facebook.
5 minutes to call your city councillor: Demand resignation of Chief Bill Blair
Toronto Community Mobilization Network
July 8 at 2:13am
5 minutes to call your city councillor: Demand resignation of Chief Bill Blair. We cannot let this go without an immediate response. City council voted 36-0 to “commend the outstanding work” of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.
Contact your city councilor and let them know that you want to see the resignation of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair. What happened during the G20 summit in Toronto was a complete violation of civil liberties and hundreds of unprovoked arrests. There are countless stories of people being brutalized and having their rights taken away. There needs to be a full public inquiry of police strategy, budget, and decision-making that surrounded the G20 security operations.
You can find the phone number of your local councillor at the following website: http://app.toronto.ca/im/council/councillors.jsp
For more information on the city council vote: