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BRAMPTON'S DOWNTOWN LOSES ANOTHER DEAR ONE
Brittany Ricker: another soul gone, died on Dec. 1st 2011! People, what is going on! People
of the 'street' are dying at an alarming rate. Is anyone not suspicious of how so many are dying lately. Way back
I wrote that
STREET PEOPLE DYING AT AN ALARMING RATE
What is happening in downtown BramptonOntario to the "street people"? Why have so many died lately. Of a core group of some 40
to 50 odd souls, nine have died since April 2010. I find this an unacceptable percentage, mathematically improbable.
I plan to probe into this troubling issue, talking to agencies and involved individuals. We hope to piece together a realistic
outlook on this devastating issue. I believe that there is no mere coincidence that these were "marginal" people who died.
There is a real possibility that there is more than nature at work here. Most refuse to comment, but one source stated that
they believe there is a group who's misguided vision is to "clean up the streets" of these worthless people. This is
the angle we will be digging into.
Look, when extremist Muslims rioted over cartoons, I was emphatic over my right to publish the jokes
and so I published them. Hey, they are funny. Also, when the U.N. forced Vietnamese repatriation I published and
protested. This issue is very precious to my heart, and these people were wonderful remarkable souls, full of divine impetus.
This also makes theirs deaths more tragic. The old saying goes the good die young. Yes it sometimes seems so. Lets hope in
this case its not because the evil are killing them! Just for the record I am presently very fit , healthy, marvelously
well and in great shape.
Dudley Laws (May 7, 1934 –
March 24, 2011) Just days after being honoured for his decades of activism,
Dudley Laws passed away Thursday March 26th 2011. He was 76. Born on May 7th 1934 in Jamaica,
Laws moved to England and then came to Toronto
in 1965. He co-founded the Black Action Defence committee in 1988 in response to several police shootings of black men in
and around Toronto. It was Laws’ efforts that helped
to ensure the province developed its police accountability procedures. In his 50 years of activism, he was involved in grassroots
efforts to help recent immigrants in both Britain and Canada and organized campaigns to combat racism in both countries.
He co-founded the Black Inmates and Friends Assembly and was involved in several other organizations. Laws was honoured at
an event hosted by the Jamaican Canadian Association, but he was too ill to attend the event. He reportedly watched it online.Ed note: Dudley Laws was an incredible man with a very
big heart. He was humble, kind and generous. He helped people with all types of issues. Together he and I drove to Ottawa just to try to help my girlfriend fight a deportation order.
He asked for no money in return. He was a tireless human rights advocate and will be sorely missed. He is irreplaceable. An
amusing anecdote was once walking along a Toronto street together,
he was stopped by dozens of people every five steps or so and thanked for his work. It took about one hour to walk just two
blocks due to the outpouring of respect. I love and miss you Dudley and hope I can receive some of your spirit.
Bill Buss and Why We Need To Do More
Good Neighbours’ Club, we take homelessness personally, because we are fortunate to get to know homeless men personally.
Men like William Buss.
was one of our regulars at The Good Neighbours' Club. Day in, day out, he was around, for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon
snack. He was a very intelligent fellow, with a quirky sense of humour, and knew everything there was to know about engines
and mechanics. He loved our third floor library, and heaven help anyone who mis-shelved a book that Bill was reading! If he
was your next-door neighbour, you probably would have called him eccentric, and left it at that.
went missing a few months ago, and without any fixed address it was impossible to reach him. Staff and members asked around,
but no one had seen him recently. He just went off the radar, something a lot of our guys do, only to resurface again. Bill
died. Alone. Tucked under a stairwell for warmth. Bill deserved better.
Bill Buss was laid to rest this August 21st at
the Rosar Morrison Funeral Home, where our members and those who worked with Bill had a chance to talk about him and share
their grief. Our local area Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam, also introduced a motion of condolence for
Bill at Council this week to keep the plight of our Toronto’s homeless in the public eye, and we are grateful for that.
Director of Operations, Lauro Monteiro, was interviewed by several media outlets. For more information, check out Bill’s
story, “We Need To Do More”.
We remember those who have been important in the
life of The Good Neighbours’ Club.
Active for many decades in the Military Reserves, the Corps of Commissionaires, and Planned Parenthood, Dr. Guyatt's distinguished
background in social work made her an ideal Board Member and Member's Council liaison.
An active member of the Club and a very generous individual, Mr. Beaucx was a very sharing person often
found giving out pocket change to those with even less making him much liked among Club members.
A kind and generous man, Walter was a great cook. He will be greatly missed by friends and his adopted family.
A handful of Occupy Toronto protesters have chained themselves inside fortified tents
in defiance of police moves to take down their camp in a downtown park
are, in the name of humanity I urge our readers to occupy7. Occupy in a way that procures regeneration, redemption and rights
for all. Defy discord and degradation. Promote positive posturing. Behold, evil this way comes in the guise of fat cats; ordering
the teardown and disposal of the very little possessed by protesters. Are our readers aware that simultaneous global
shutdowns of individual Occupy camps infers a conspiracy? While it’s true conspiracy is an oft misused word, when
independent powers act in the same manner at the same time, that is exactly what the word originally meant. Most assuredly
Toronto, L.A. and New York officials are in cahoots as to how to deflate the Occupy movement. That’s okay as we too
must act globally to resist. If you study how evil operates you will discover it is always based on a very limited mentality
and strikes in an extremely base and even predictable way. Their modus operendi always involves trying to destroy
their opponent; like ripping down their tents for example. Why not invite them to a three day conference at some swanky hotel
and address their issues. This planet has a lot of issues. Who is answering these tough questions? Even the Super-Committee
set up to find a working budget for the
USA cannot find an answer for that relatively simple issue. Cut the spending. But they have such convoluted personal
agenda they can’t even do the job they are overpaid to do. Look....WE ARE AS MAD AS HELL AND WE AREN'T GOING TO TAKE
IT ANYMORE!!! I'm certain our readers get it but for those in power it needs repeating....WE ARE AS MAD AS HELL AND WE AREN'T
GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!
FEDERAL FRAUDSTER... Minister of Industry Tony Clement.The NDP says it has documents that show Treasury Board Tony Clement made "false and misleading
statements" statements to Parliament about his role in the G8 legacy fund. New Democrat MPs Charlie
Angus and Alexandre Boulerice held a press conference Wednesday morning in Ottawa to talk about emails they obtained through
access to information legislation. They say the documents contradict some of the testimony Clement
gave to the House of Commons public accounts committee on Nov. 2. "Unfortunately, Mr. Clement used
the committee as an exercise in spin, obfuscation and misrepresentation of the facts," Angus said at the news conference.
Angus said Clement told the committee that originally, 33 projects were put forward for consideration
for funding and one was withdrawn because the municipality decided not to proceed. "This is simply
not true," said Angus. He said he has an email showing that Clement's office advised the municipality
of Gravenhurst that the project not be submitted for consideration. He also says the emails show that Clement's office was
involved in sending documents to FedNor, the regional economic development agency, despite a statement from Clement at the
committee that his officials were not involved. Clement is the minister for FedNor. "The most serious
misrepresentation, however, is Clement's claim that he had no involvement in whittling down the projects," Angus said. The
NDP MP said Clement told the committee that the municipalities themselves whittled down 242 proposals to 33, and that he had
no role in that process. "This is false," Angus said, stating that the documents indicate
Clement's office was involved in rejecting projects. The G8 legacy infrastructure fund, worth $50
million, was set up to fund projects in Clement's Muskoka-Parry Sound riding, where the meeting of world leaders was held
in Huntsville, Ont., in June 2010.
Lions and Tigers and Bears....oh my! Why did
authorities shoot these escaped rare and magnificent beasts. If even one officer enjoyed what they were doing ( I bet
they all relished it) then they do not deserve to be called police but should be labelled "PIGS"
and be punished and demoted. Far too many quick draw artists wearing badges itching to do harm to anything in their path.
That in fact is the recipe for the fall of an entire empire....
A dead lion is seen by the fence on Terry Thompson's farm near Zanesville Ohio. Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals
— including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions — in a big-game hunt across the state's countryside Wednesday after
the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what may have been one last act of spite
against his neighbors and police. A sign along Interstate 70 warns motorists that exotic animals are on the loose near Zanesville, Ohio in the mostly rural
area of farms and widely spaced homes 89 kiloemtres east of Columbus.
WHEN NATO WANTS YOU DEAD
IS ANYONE A CULPABLE CRIMINAL? "We
believe there is a need for an investigation," said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.
Misurata, Libya: They had the ultimate trophies of the revolution: the colonel's golden gun, his satellite
phone, his brown scarf and one black boot. A small group of fighters from Misurata, the vanguard of the force attacking
Colonel Moammar el-Gaddafi's former hometown and final hide-out, Sirte, said they had stumbled upon him hiding in a drainage
pipe. He was bleeding from his head and chest, but he was well enough to speak, with his trademark indignation. More details
are needed to ascertain whether he was killed in some form of fighting or was executed after his capture." "You can't
just chuck the law out of the window," he added. "Killing someone outside a judicial procedure, even in countries where there
is the death penalty, is outside the rule of law."...Colonel Gaddafi was carrying what Mr. Shaaban described as a sack of
magic charms. He had a silver pistol in his hand, and in a bag, the fighters found the golden gun.
On Thursday night,
Mr. Shaaban looked around at his friends, young men caked in dirt or blood but smiling, congratulating one another on a job
well done. "Bring the gun!" Mr. Shaaban said. Amid the other souvenirs of war, the big prize was Colonel Gaddafi's body,
shuttled around Misurata on Thursday, moved at least once when the crowds gathering to see it grew too large. By the late
evening, the body had come to rest in the reception room of a pink villa. Scuffles broke out at the door as local military
leaders came to take a look and snap pictures.
Amy Winehouse who had fought drug and alcohol problems
for years, was found dead in bed at her London home on July 23rd 2011 at age 27. An initial autopsy proved inconclusive,
although it found no traces of illegal drugs in her system. Pathologist Suhail Baithun
told the inquest into the singer's death that Winehouse had consumed a "very large quantity of alcohol" — the level
in her blood put her more than five times over the legal drunk-driving limit. Winehouse's doctor, Dr. Christina Romete, said
the singer had resumed drinking in the days before her death after a period of abstinence. Romete, who saw Winehouse the night
before she died, said the singer was "tipsy but calm." She said Winehouse had not spoken of suicide, and talked about her
upcoming birthday. Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said it was a relief to the family "to finally find out what happened
to Amy." "The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain
to us that she could not win in time," he said.
WE WILL ALL MISS YOUR GREAT TALENT AND CHARM
NEW HIGH IN LOWThe NDP accused Treasury Board President Tony Clement Monday of using the G8 legacy project cash
as an "elaborate slush fund" and deliberately trying to avoid scrutiny from the auditor general. The party's
ethics critic, Charlie Angus, held a news conference in Ottawa where he said the NDP obtained documents that show the $50-million
fund was able to avoid normal checks and balances because of how Clement set it up. "In fact, it appears that this slush fund
was set up in such a way that it kept both the Canadian public and the auditor general in the dark," said Angus. The G8 Legacy
Infrastructure Fund allowed Huntsville, Ont., where the G8 meeting was held in June 2010, and neighbouring towns in the Muskoka
region to access federal funding for new and improved infrastructure. Signage, lighting, streetscaping, benches, community
centre renovations, improved roads and parks, public washrooms and gazebos were among the 32 projects chosen.The NDP says
Clement, who was industry minister at the time and is the MP for the Muskoka region where the G8 meeting was held, went to
"elaborate lengths" to set up a system where the funding proposals were shuffled through his constituency office first before
the federal departments that were in charge of the G8 and G20 meetings."Because Minister Clement used his constituency office,
this wasn't subject to the normal channels of review," said Angus. "The use of a constituency office to funnel money is very
disturbing. It smacks of the creation of a personal private fiefdom where taxpayers' money becomes pocket change for Tony
Clement to give out. That's a very disturbing process if we allow this." "This is the paper trail. This is the
paper trail he ran through his office so that the auditor general wasn't able to see this," Angus said, holding up one of
the documents. The documents contain a project proposal form that municipalities filled out describing the project
they wanted funded, and they were asked to send the form to Clement's constituency manager, Sondra Read. "Minister Clement
needs to start being honest with the Canadian people," said Angus. "Because up to now the code of silence has protected him,
and the rest of this government for what they've managed to get away with." How can somebody who obviously will
use any shady method to hide spending from the public and the auditor general end up with the Treasury Board as his responsibility?
NEW LOW IN HIGH Health Canada began two days of closed-door talks Wednesday about changes to the controversial medical
marijuana law that has faced legal challenges and criticism for being ineffective. Even as meetings get underway in Ottawa,
there are concerns Health Canada is on the wrong track with a law that asks doctors to ignore a sworn obligation to protect
patients’ health, while forcing patients to go to great lengths to obtain a drug that many say eases their pain. Health
Canada will hear from representatives of provincial and territorial ministries, medical associations, police forces, municipalities
and users of medical marijuana. Under the "Marihuana Medical Access Program," the obtaining of medical marijuana depends on
doctors issuing an approval or "declaration" confirming that the cannabis will be smoked to ease pain, nausea or other symptoms
associated with an illness. Physicians have long resisted this so-called gatekeeper role, arguing that there is insufficient
proof that medical marijuana actually works. "Smoking something seems really counterintuitive when we have a vast array of
evidence going back 50 or 60 years on the deleterious effects of tobacco smoke," John Haggie, president of the Canadian Medical
Association, told CBC News. "A lot of these patients have chronic conditions. It’s not an acute problem. So you may
be storing up untold problems for the future just simply by the way you’re giving the medication. And this absence of
information is hindering the whole process." Paul Lewin, a lawyer who represented 22 patients in a case over access to medical
marijuana, says he heard many stories from users frustrated with a system that puts all the power in the hands of doctors.
"It has been about six years that I’ve been fielding calls from sick people all over Canada, saying 'I hear you're bringing
a case for people whose doctors won’t sign [declarations],'" he told CBC News. " I'm always starting out skeptical,
like 'What are you, some 18-year-old with a sore back?' But no, it's stories like 'I'm 65 and I've never tried it before,
but my daughter said it might help. And then I tried it for the first time and I couldn't believe the relief I got.'"The stories
STREET PEOPLE DYING AT AN ALARMING RATE
What is happening in downtown Brampton Ontario to the "street people"? Why have so many died in the last
few months. Of a core group of some 40 odd souls, nine have died since April 2010.
Another list has come out including ...Jack, Tom, Norm, Jeanny, Tyler Gordon Myke, Gord Dickie, Keith
Cookson, Debbie, Steve, Phyllis, Barbara, Charlie ( Chuck) McLean, Heather Weston, Clifford Taylor (Tex),Mel ,
Don Wheeler, Wayne Garbutt, Sarka Kudelouc, Valerie Frazer... and others yet unmentioned.
I find this an unacceptable percentage, mathematically improbable. We are going to probe into this troubling
issue over the next few weeks. We will be talking to agencies and involved individuals. We hope to piece together a realistic
outlook on this devastating issue. Many believe that there is no mere coincidence that these were "marginal" people who died.
There is a real possibility that there is more than nature at work here. Most refuse to comment, but one source stated that
they believe there is a group who's misguided vision is to "clean up the streets" of these worthless people. This is
the angle we will be digging into.
I have been warned that extremists would try to kill me if I expose them. Look, when extremist Muslims rioted over cartoons, I was emphatic over my right to publish the jokes and so
I published them. Hey, they are funny. Also, when the U.N. forced Vietnamese repatriation I published and protested.
Against the United Nations!
My opinion is no-one is too big or too small to not be exposed to the harsh light of public opinion. This
issue is very precious to my heart, and these people were wonderful remarkable souls, full of divine impetus. This also makes
theirs deaths more tragic. The old saying goes the good die young. Yes it sometimes seems so. Lets hope in this case its not
because the evil are killing them!
Just for the record I am presently very fit , healthy, marvelously well and in great shape. This article
will also serve as a make shift memorial to these fallen friends... we miss you so much.
Published On Sun Mar 27 2011
Dudley Laws was an incredible man with a very big heart. He was humble, kind and generous.
He helped people with all types of issues.
Together he and I drove to Ottawa just to try to help my girlfriend fight a deportation
order. He asked for no money in return. He was a tireless human rights advocate and will be sorely missed. He is irreplaceable.
An amusing anecdote was once walking along a Toronto street
together, he was stopped by dozens of people every five steps or so and thanked for his work. It took about one hour to walk
just two blocks due to the outpouring of respect. I love and miss you Dudley and hope I can receive some of your spirit.
Laws became prominent in
the 1970s and 1980s as a critic of the then Metro Toronto Police Force, due to a number of young black men being shot by police constables,
as well as leveling other allegations of racist practices against the police. He has also been prominent as an advocate for
immigrants and refugees and worked as an immigration consultant in the 1990s.
In later years, Laws maintained
a better relationship with Toronto Police and was friends with two former Deputy Chiefs (Keith D. Forde and Peter Sloly).
Laws died in
Toronto of kidney disease on March 24, 2011.
Star Published On Sun Mar 27 2011When Dudley Laws moved to
Toronto in 1965, the city’s black community was tiny
and insecure. When he died on Thursday of kidney disease at age 76, the community had grown enormously — both in numbers
and confidence. Laws’ unremitting fight against racism was an important part of the struggle of black Torontonians to
claim an equal right to live and thrive here.
Laws was born in Jamaica and spent
his early years in Britain, working as
a welder. In Toronto he became a leader of the black community,
vocal about conflicts with police and any appearance of prejudice. He followed the teachings of Marcus Garvey, another Jamaican,
and created a Toronto chapter of Garvey’s Universal
Negro Improvement Association. Later, after watching a number of young black men being shot by police, he co-founded the Black
Action Defence Committee. “The worst thing to do in life,” he once told a reporter, “is to live in fear.”
Laws was very much
a man of his time, a 1960s activist who witnessed the evolution of the black community into a force eager to fight for respect.
The city of Toronto established an annual Dudley Laws Day,
one that will continue to be celebrated. To the annoyance of some, Laws seemed relentless. But he was an unforgettable voice
of equality for all Torontonians, no matter their ethnic origin.
Dudley Laws, the black activist known for his curly silver locks and his acid tongue, died Wednesday after a long battle
with kidney disease. He was 76.
Mr. Laws gained prominence when he called police to account for a number of shootings of young black men in Toronto in
the 1980s. Not one to mince words, he once called Toronto Police the most murderous in North America.
Born in Jamaica, Mr. Laws immigrated to England at age 20 and attended Kensington College, where he trained as a welder
and boiler-maker. His community activism began in London’s Brixton neighbourhood before he moved to Toronto in 1965,
where he joined the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Later he co-founded the Black Action Defense Committee with lawyer
Charles Roach and Denham Jolly, who went on later to found a Toronto black radio station, Flow 93.5 FM.
Mr. Laws took a prominent role in a downtown march in May, 1992, following the acquittal of four white Los Angeles police
officers in the beating of Rodney King, and the shooting by Toronto police of a black drug suspect. Mr. Laws led a demonstration
that began peacefully in front of the U.S. consulate on University Avenue, but then turned into a riot when about 1,000 black
and white youth went on a rampage, smashing store windows and looting businesses. Police blamed him for the mayhem, but he
refused to apologize.
“You can never control a people who have been brutalized,” he said.
In 1991 police arrested Mr. Laws and charged him with conspiring to smuggle illegal immigrants in and out of Canada. He
was convicted and fined, but the Ontario Court of Appeal ordered a new trial after learning that the trial judge had met privately
with prosecutors. The Crown later stayed the charges.
Then in 1995 he was charged with raping a young girl; he was acquitted. He later called both court cases a campaign to
silence him. If there were one, the campaign failed; in the 1990s he continued to raise his voice in defence of the black
Councillor Michael Thompson, vice-chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, said the police have become more sensitive
to the communities they serve, thanks in part to Mr. Laws’ efforts.
“People didn’t always agree with his methods,” Mr. Thompson said. “Still, I think history can judge
him as an agent of positive change between police and the black community. He exemplified a real desire that all people be
treated fairly and with respect.”
In 2000, Mr. Laws told the National Post that, “The worst thing to do in life is to live in fear. I have
no fear at all. If one becomes afraid, you can’t do your work. You’ll be looking over your shoulders and be afraid
to say what you want to say.” Vol.62/No.41 November
Anti-Cop Brutality Activist Dudley
Laws Wins Victory Over Police Frame-Up
BY ROSALIND RAYMOND TORONTO - A victory was won against the police frame-up of Dudley
Laws, a prominent Black activist against police brutality, on September 10 when the Ontario Court of Appeal overturned a 1994
conviction of Laws on charges of smuggling immigrants across the U.S.-Canada border. In a new hearing October 14, prosecutors
dropped the charges against Laws, who agreed to carry out 200 hours of community service.
Laws is a leader of the Black Action Defense Committee, which has organized many protests against police killings in Canada.
He runs a consulting business that advises immigrants and refugees on citizenship and immigration matters.
Laws was arrested on Oct. 15, 1991, after a four-month undercover cop operation that included video surveillance and phone
wiretaps. The operation involved 30 officers and staff of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Metropolitan Toronto Police
with a budget of $400,000. In a February 1994 jury trial, Laws was found guilty of conspiring to violate U.S. and Canadian
immigration laws and sentenced to a nine-month jail term. The only evidence against Laws at the trial was presented by four
undercover cops. These cops said that Laws had "transported" them across the border after they posed as undocumented immigrants.
Laws and his supporters charged that he was the victim of an entrapment operation that was part of a police vendetta against
him because of his long record of opposition to cop brutality. In 1991 the Metro Toronto Police Association sued Laws for
libel after he called the Toronto cops "the most murderous in North America."
During the trial Laws' lawyers got access to spy files compiled by the Metro Toronto Police Intelligence Services in April
1989, which documented cops' surveillance operations against individuals and groups who were active in the fight against police
brutality, racism, and apartheid in South Africa.
While the government and cops had secured a conviction against Laws in the trial, there continued to be widespread public
support for Laws in his uncompromising stature as a Black activist opposed to police abuse. The revelations of police spying
on antiracist political activities further weakened the government's case against Laws.
The Ontario Court of Appeal withdrew the charges against Laws in September, saying he had not gotten a fair trial because
the judge and prosecutors held three private meetings to discuss police wiretap evidence from which Laws and his lawyers were
excluded. As part of the legal agreement to not retry the case, Laws will perform 200 hours of community service.
In a November 2 phone interview, Laws said, "The throwing out of the charges against me is a victory against racism and
police entrapment." Laws described how after the court victory, "I have been stopped on the street and received many phone
calls of congratulations from people saying they are happy I will be doing 200 hours of service in their community."
Laws described his long history of experiencing police harassment. "First the harassment started with parking tickets,
then it moved on to speeding tickets, then they harassed members of my family, and then they moved on to criminal charges.
"I'm relieved that the seven-year legal fight is over," Laws declared, "and that I'll have more time now to be involved
in fighting racism and issues that affect everyone in the community."
File photo of Dudley Laws. CITYNEWS.
Just days after being honoured for his decades of activism, Dudley Laws passed away Thursday.
He was 76.
The long-time activist who fought to ensure black citizens were treated fairly by police and worked for
immigrants’ rights, died of complications of kidney disease.
Born in Jamaica, Laws moved to England and then
came to Toronto in 1965. He co-founded the Black Action Defence committee in 1988 in response to several police shootings
of black men in and around Toronto.
It was Laws’ efforts that helped to ensure the province developed its police
In his 50 years of activism, he was involved in grassroots efforts to help recent immigrants
in both Britain and Canada and organized campaigns to combat racism in both countries. He co-founded the Black Inmates and
Friends Assembly and was involved in several other organizations.
Laws was honoured at an event Sunday hosted by the
Jamaican Canadian Association, but he was too ill to attend the event. He reportedly watched it online.
Dudley Laws is easier to deal with today. A warrior on Toronto’s front lines for justice has taken his rest.
Easier for white folks to acknowledge. Easier for the police to recognize. Easier for black folk to embrace. Easier for
Toronto to understand.
Laws lies in a Toronto morgue, his unrelenting voice stilled by disease and death after 76 years of intractable vigilance
and action against racism and injustice.
“No justice, no peace,” Brother Dudley repeated, until it became a rallying cry. His causes were just; maybe
he’s found peace.
Laws’ words stung and unsettled so many during Toronto’s most tumultuous times in the late ’70s and 1980s
and early 1990s that his name singularly turned quiet conversations into raging debates and accusations and denials about
anti-black racism and police brutality.
And if his rhetoric didn’t disturb, his very visage did.
The black beret. The graying, then white, beard. The straight back along a stiff spine. The uncompromising news clips.
The nose-to-nose confrontation outside police headquarters. The young black men at his side, reminiscent of Malcolm X, Black
Muslims, Black Panthers . . . quiet fire raging below controlled anger.
Dudley died Thursday morning at Humber Regional Hospital, leaving a wife, five children and a black community in mourning.
He also left a legacy — greater civilian oversight over police; and the Special investigations Unit (SIU), set up
in the wake of relentless protests by Laws-led groups demanding police accountability via an independent body.
Today, the SIU is considered a valuable element of a just and civil province. We can thank the controversial tactics of
Today, we rarely wake up to dead black men at the feet of a Toronto police officer — even though, arguably, there
are more guns in the hands of young black men than the 1970s and 1980s, when Buddy Evans, Lester Donaldson, Marlon Neal, Wade
Lawson and others were killed or wounded.
Laws then called the Toronto police the “most murderous” in North America, and talk radio exploded with condemnation,
pushing moderate blacks to distance themselves with “Dudley Laws does not speak for me” declarations.
In 1992, anger boiled over in the Yonge St. riots following the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers in the Rodney
King beating and in the wake of the Toronto police shooting of a drug suspect. As such, a common media query was, “What
does the black community want?”
Ask that today, and you might be told to “Go ask Matt Galloway at CBC Radio One. Or Cameron Bailey at TIFF. Ask Pinball
Clemons. Or Senator Don Meredith. Maybe, Brainerd Blyden Taylor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Try billionaire Michael Lee
Chin, politicos Michael Thompson, Mary Anne Chambers. Call up former GG Michaëlle Jean.”
He was never the community’s shining black prince. He was too ordinary for that, of too lowly estate, self-educated,
a commoner, too aligned with the hoi polloi, not silver-tongued or smooth or connected enough, lacking in the, er, social
graces. The man couldn’t even speak the Queen’s English, for crying out loud — mangling his metaphors, dropping
the “t’s” and misplacing the “h’s” like any good Jamaican yardie.
But he was king of the streets. And, by the time police tactics of harassing young black men — thought to be the
plight and domain of poor black boys — found credence in reports from the black middle class whose sons were indiscriminately
stopped for driving fancy cars, Driving While Black, Dudley’s stridency was comforting, if not celebrated out load.
That explains why 1,000 people toasted him at a tribute last Sunday. Dudley had become mainstream.
“He was absolutely necessary, because while he and others took to the streets, it allowed others in the black community
— the so-called moderate voices — to work behind the scenes to make change,” says Hamlin Grange, journalist,
police board member, businessman.
At his retirement gala, Toronto’s first black deputy police chief, Keith Forde, praised Laws for helping to pave
the path that led to his advancement in the force. How ironic.
“I know what you were doing was effective because any time when I socialize with my friends from the suburbs they
would always say, ‘Thank God for Dudley.’ However, publicly they would be quiet.”
So, like warriors across the ages, he took the slings and arrows; the police wiretaps and super-surveillance; the conviction
for smuggling immigrants, later stayed by the Crown; the back-stabbers he sought to help; the well-meaning “sophisticated
Negroes” who recoiled from his street tactics.
Yet, he was a constant companion to those denied fair treatment; a lion of Judah to the dispossessed; a ballast against
inequity. He was a rock and is an irreplaceable treasure.
“Like a father, he encouraged me in my pursuits,” recalls Danielle Dowdy. Lawyer Selwyn Peters credits Laws
with opening “my eyes to social conditions of inequality and racism in policing in Toronto.” He inspired Gervan
Fearon, and “a generation of young people were inspired to became involved in community building.” And Marie Clarke
Walker of the Canadian Labour Congress said he “made it seem okay to challenge systems that those of us who came from
the Caribbean were taught not to challenge.”
Almost five decades after he came to Toronto, the community he loved and fought for now faces a foe from within —
youth alienation and gun violence.
Paulette Senior, CEO at the YWCA, calls herself a “proud Dudley-ite — schooled, mentored and empowered to go
to any corner of the world and stand with my back straight.”
She and other disciples will be tapped to use Laws-like determination to tackle 21st century community challenges.
The purpose of this scholarship
award is to demonstrate that our community is committed to our youth and helping them to achieve their goals. Every year the
scholarship is awarded to outstanding young people ages 15 to 25.
The Ontario government is developing a new long-term housing strategy that will provide a framework for
affordable housing in Ontario over the next 10 years. In order to ultimately frame the strategy, the
province is seeking opinions on the proposed vision, principles and goals and to help identify initiatives that can be taken
to support these directions, to facilitate public input, they have set up a number of regional consultation
sessions across Ontario. Those wishing
to attend one of the regional sessions are encouraged to registerthrough the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) website as space at each session
Panhandlers Feeling Effects Of Staggering Economy... Douglas Belanger is working overtime in
front of the Tim Horton's at Adelaide and Sheppard, opening doors for those in need of a caffeine fix while holding out a
nearly empty coffee cup that he hopes to fill with enough loose change for a square meal. On this cold, drizzly weekday
morning, his efforts are being largely ignored by the throngs of jaded investors and assorted business people who shuffle
past with pale faces and empty eyes after witnessing the fight for survival takes place on a daily basis. As Belanger
knows all too well, the streets are cold, and they feel even colder in the abysmal black shadows
cast by the financial district's towering institutions shadows that can seemingly swallow a person whole. But it's not
just the approach of winter or the lack of sunlight that has Belanger feeling a chill in his road-weary bones these days.
What used to be prime real estate in the panhandling world is slowly drying up. "I notice a lot of people don't have the same
spirits since a couple of weeks ago when the bottom fell out of the stock market.."
HURTS THE VULNERABLE.....On June 24TH, 2009, Brian DuBourdieu went to The Seaton House men's shelter in downtown Toronto,
to get something to eat and a night's sleep. Instead, he ended up spending the night in the emergency room of St. Mike's
an assault took place after Mr. DuBourdieu asked for something to eat from the city management who are staffing the shelter
during the current strike. He was assisted to the hospital by a friend, where he was treated for his injuries, including
torn cartilage and ligaments in his knee. There is a strong likelihood he will need surgery to repair the damage to
his leg caused by the repeated kicks.
Like a butterfly,
my wings spreading out, flying upward into the sky.
With a view to another continent.
To the country of the sun.
Like a migratory bird,
I am looking for a warmer country.
To warm up my liberty,
Liberty with other birds.
What happiness, my wings in the past hunted.
Today, flying upward into the sky,
Toward another horizon.
By Helene Cloutier
ANOTHER HOMELESS MAN DIES ON TORONTO STREETS
In the early hours of January 6 John Massie sought shelter in
a bank vestibule located on King Street just west of Yonge Street. While in the vestibule John lit a cigarette and accidentally
set himself on fire. John suffered burns to eighty per cent of his body and died later that day. John was a homeless
native man who was well known in the community. He was 46 years old when he died.
Homeless people continue to die
on Toronto streets. Overcrowded shelters, insufficient income on social assistance, and the lack of affordable housing
have all contributed to these deaths.
On Thursday January 15 friends of John and anti-poverty activists will be gathering
to remember John Massie. We will also be calling on all levels of government to address the ongoing homeless crisis in
the city of Toronto. Please come and join us
Cops Release Composite Sketch of Suspect In Cold Murder Case
His name was Julian Hinckson and by all reports, he was a loving father, a gentle man and a community activist.
Police aren't sure how he also became something else another of the city's homicide victims. The 41-year-old went
out to move his car in the Finch and Leslie area. When he didn't come back, his family began to fear the worst. And they were right. A man walking his dog
along the tracks near the Cummer GO station discovered Hinckson's body early Tuesday morning. Cops have been trying to figure out who accosted the man and
why he was killed, but they don't think it was a random act and seem sure more than one suspect is involved. Hinckson is the
last person anyone would have pegged as a murder victim. He liked to fix bikes for kids in the neighbourhood and was
described by some as a 'community builder'. An autopsy shows he died of stab wounds to the chest. Police suspect gangs may
be behind the violence but as often happens in these kinds of cases, many residents seem too afraid to say anything
and a cone of silence has reportedly descended on the neighbourhood. The sounds of that silence is echoing loudly with
his shocked and bereaved family - Hinckson leaves behind a wife and four children.
StreetBeat - Jan. 6 - Homeless Man Badly Burned After Reportedly Setting Himself Alight. A homeless man was taken
to hospital with serious burns after he reportedly set himself on fire near King and Yonge Sts. Police were called to the
scene after midnight and they're currently investigating what happened. According to witnesses the man walked out of an ATM
kiosk engulfed in flames. He was being treated at St. Michael's Hospital with extensive third degree burns.
Police are hunting for three men after a jewelry store heist in Yorkville on Wednesday. The Cartier store on St. Thomas Street,
near Bay Street, was targeted by three armed bandits wearing disguises. Several display cases were smashed as the robbers
got away with a large haul.
That the federal government must be part of the solution on poverty is not new, nor should it come as a surprise.
Quebec, the province that has led the way on reducing poverty in the past decade, has put federal resources to good use in
building child care, housing and income security programs. Ontario should have taken our neighbour's cue
a long time ago. But what is new, and where Ontario deserves some credit, is that the province has said that it will not wait
to do its part. In fact, the government's plan says that proposals are being developed in the areas of housing, child care
and social assistance, the costs of which are not yet factored into the $1.4 billion initial price tag announced last week.
Last week told us where the floor is. Now we need to begin to look up at the ceiling. All in all, this
move makes it a good day for those who believe in public policy and the role of government.
People trying to help the vulnerable are encouraged to use the cold weather guidelines to augment their own policies
and procedures, to prevent cold injuries. The homeless can contact street helpline at 905-848-4357.
Exposure to extreme cold can result in injuries such as frostbite, or hypothermia. Frostbite and hypothermia are serious conditions.
Frostbite Skin may look whitish or greyish yellow, feel hard or waxy and be numb. Severe Hypothermia Fatigue,
confusion or slurring of speech – call 911, this is an emergency Move the person out of cold as soon as possible,
then: Remove wet clothing Warm the affected area slowly. Use warm – not hot water. Use warm hands/body heat (do not
rub) Give warm drinks Cover them with something dry such as clothing or blankets while waiting for help Do not attempt to
warm the affected area because warming and refreezing will cause greater damage to the area Give warm drinks. Tissue suffering
from cold injury is fragile and can be easily damaged. DO NOT RUB the area The affected area is numb and easily burned. DO NOT HEAT QUICKLY by using: Hot water Hot water bottles
Heating pads Electric blankets
Out of the Cold provides some relief for poor people in our community living in very harsh conditions, we
recognize that it does not address the underlying economic, social and political causes of homelessness and hunger. Our concern
for equity and social justice has led us to a greater advocacy role. Some of our members are active in the Homelessness Action
Group, an outgrowth of our service project. Begun in the spring of 2000 it advocates for long-term solutions to homelessness
and for the provision of affordable and supportive housing.
Green Party says their primary concern is to see the crisis resolved and an economic package that meets Canada's
needs, compatible with our climate change goals. The country needs a functional government. The coalition parties
represent the majority of voters and they should have a chance to govern. The creation of a coalition government, the
development of a more cooperative politic is something we welcome in Canada.Thank you once again for sharing your concerns with us.
Saint Andrews 10/1/09 Still no action.
Our editor is going nuts on this one. Do we stage a protest or what? 4/11/08
Another month has gone by since a report was presented to Saint Andrews Food Bank. (see below)
Nothing has changed! It disturbs me because not only are downtrodden people suffering but now the providers cannot say they
are unaware of the situation.
It seems to me some people are doomed to suffer always. I don’t know why but that seems to be the
pattern. What really bothers me is when generally good people allow this to happen and in this case are the perpetrators.
A worst case scenario is no food at all, that would be the worst, something unbearable. What is happening is a little help
while watching affluent people receive overwhelming help. To me it is gut wrenchingly intolerable. Someone tell me what to
Saint Andrews Food bank ReportSept. 24/08
I personally have been receiving aid from St AndrewsChurch
for about three years. They have helped me out a lot. Especially the saint-like efforts of your many volunteers who, week
after week help the needy.
As with any good thing, after a while negative influences begin to appear.
Jesus noted this phenomenon in his parables. In our case it involves the ability to reach the needy. The program is failing
on this point.
Worse than failing to provide
for the extremely vulnerable, these same unfortunates sit and wait hoping for help; watch middle class people shuffle out
past them loaded down with all the best of the available food! These same affluent
people can be seen outside stepping into recent model minivans and SUV’s.
No one at your set-up should be able to afford any vehicle. It is obscene!
I personally am on disability and as such this
barely covers my most basic expenses. Welfare gives many of your clients half that much! These are the people who really do
suffer. The food they get is what they live on. For many weeks now I have noticed that the last twenty clients or so missed
out on many of your key staples. For instance even rice or dry pasta was unavailable. which is a inexpensive and yet sustaining
Solutions are simple in this
particular situation. Other groups use the method I propose with great success. One time only confirm that your clients are
on Ont. Works or other government assisantance (or have been denied assistance). Of course there should always be an avenue
of exceptions such as one time compassionate acceptance. The only other solution is to cut down on the program shopping list.
The chicken/ eggs/ wieners section hardly ever reaches my people at all. If you made it all wieners, you could afford more
units and the end of the line could get wieners. It might even cull out some of your wealthier clients when chicken by-product
is what they end up with instead of the large bags of fresh chicken they enjoy now! Most of your poor haven’t seen real
chicken in months.
I request a comprehensive
response to this dilemma within as short an interval as can reasonably be obtained. In light of the possibility of delays
please invoke some emergency measures promptly, prior to any final word on this dire situation.
Sincerely, D.D. (dedicated disciple)
Brampton Food Bankswhen
St. Pauls Main St.
S./ John St.
one bag mixed items
Church Union St.max 6 cans +bread, coffee, milk
Grace United Church Main St. 2 cans+ milk, soap
Knight's of Columbus John St.few cans and fresh food +$10-25 voucher
Fri 10-3 visits annually
Knight's Table 116 Kennedy
Rd S. 2-3 bags assorted
St. Annes Vodden St. few cans+ $15-25 voucher
905-mid month Sat
Salvation Army 115 West Dr. appointment
Ste. Louise Outreach Haggart St.appointment
necessary + 3hr volunteer
Outreach Community exists to be the facilitators of holistic healing, personal development and spiritual growth within a Christian
context to homeless and socially isolated people within the Region of Peel. We offer: A Breakfast Program
at GraceUnitedChurch every Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Saturday & Sunday the Breakfast Program runs out of the Knight's Table; Lifestyle
education (includes anger management, parenting and literacy programs); and other programs as the need arises.
Back in 2005 there was a meeting at St. Pauls church which was hosted by " Regeneration". Everybody who attended
was asked to offer ideas for inproving the 'homeless and street issues. It was a very animated affair with lots of great
suggestions and some issues to address in the near future. Transit, lockers, showers and fund-raising were a few of
the hot topics. Fundraising by way of a newspaper was an issue that the Dunstan Times can aid and accomodate. This article
is written to get your input. Contact Regeneration for information at ...
Laurie, thanks for hosting the meeting on 4/5/05...I enjoyed it immensely..also the pizza was a very welcome treat. I believe
it is good for the group just to get issues off their chest. In that sense yesterday was a success. My webnews site has a
Brampton section which may be used to promote helping the streetpeople....mike
Police are trying to determine if foul play was involved in the death of a Brampton man found beneath a
bridge in the Hwy. 10 and Steeles Avenue area. Police discovered the 54-year-old at about 6 a.m. Thursday ( 4/9/08) laying
along a walkway on Steeles just east of Hwy. 10. The pathway, underneath a bridge overlooking the Peel Village Golf Course,
is often used by leisure walkers, cyclists and joggers. According to police reports, someone walked into 22 Division early
Thursday morning to report seeing a body on the pathway. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the unconscious
man. He was transported to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The walkway remained closed much of Thursday as officers
attempted to determine circumstances surrounding the death. The body did show signs of injury, but those injuries are not
inconsistent with a fall from the bridge, police said. In another apparently random act of violence, a well-known and beloved
downtown character ( known by his street name as Relic) was savagely struck from behind by a cowardly unknown person.
The 65 year old was discovered by a caring local man known only as Grant. Police have no leads. Street gossip impunes
local toughs who hang around the area of Nelson and George. Meanwhile it hads been six weeks without any leads and 'Relic'
is still in hospital. People who care can send a card c/o Bryan Langdon.
ABUSING THE DOWNTRODDEN...The
abuses continue even now at the Knights Table in Brampton. I am getting a stream of complaints of forced donations by
staff to clients, abusive behaviour by staff to clients and the selling of Maple Lodge donations for personal profit by Michelle.
A worker named Maxine is even cheating clients by collecting money and then laughing at the clients saying there are no meals
available. I am getting no response from the Knights of Columbus or any other party involved (except for an unsolicited email
from a Knights Table employee provided at bottom). Due
to the problems at the Knights Table from many upset clients I conducted a survey and I asked 5 simple questions. The
results were scary. Of those willing to fill in the questionnaire (many were afraid of reprisals) I received 36 different failing
reports. One must realize too that these answers are from current clients, the majority of non-respondents I questioned
who simply no longer attend; like myself did not answer the questions. The most disturbing part of the survey was that many people chose to fill in the personal comments section.
The answers are a bold reflection of what I was hearing on the street prior to my survey. I got notes stating: Michelle was
cold, rude and swearing at clients, not fond of Maxine, staff were degrading, swearing and stealing produce. I got comments
like 'fire the staff, fire the boss, get new management and get caring people', which I believe accurately reflects the
state of affairs at this facility. I am getting
disturbing results from my both my hardcopy and online questionnaire on The Knights Table on Kennedy Rd... Oddly I noticed you published
a letter on Sunday Feb 10/08 sent in by one of the main focuses of my investigation, Michelle. I hope you publish my response
to this letter. A simple questionnaire was recently sent out asking for a response by http://dunstan-times000.tripod.com.
Below find the email I received apparently from a Knights Table representative(you are a small individual
with obviously little true information and less brains but they will still service and serve even ppl like yourselves. if
you spread the word of lies which your cabbage bullshit is ...I would rather you ate at the shelter where you are obviously
from or definitely heading ...). The response I have received from the Knights
Table speaks more loudly than anything I can say. This is the exact spirit that needs being removed from dealing with vulnerable
people. People have been complaining about lots of issues at the Knights. Let’s fix the problem
for the whole community immediately not later! .
A University of B.C. epidemiologist says there is now evidence to support a heroin-assisted addictions therapy clinic
in Vancouver. The three-year study treated 251 of the most chronically addicted in both Vancouver and Montreal who have not responded well
to other treatment options. "These people are out in the alleys, injecting heroin of unknown quality and quantity," said Dr.
Martin Schechter, the study's principal investigator. "They're committing crimes, they're involved in sex work to pay for
that, and they're certainly, in that situation, not going to get better." The study was funded by an $8.1-million research
grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and was approved by Health Canada. The study's participants received
methadone, injected heroin or an opiate known as hydromorphone. The study found illicit heroin use among participants fell
by almost 70 per cent, the proportion of participants involved in illegal activity fell to 36 per cent from 70 per cent, and
participants who were once spending on average $1,500 per month on drugs reported spending between $300 and $500 per month
by the end of the treatment phase. Schechter said that is enough evidence to show heroin-assisted therapy is a safe and effective
treatment for the chronically addicted, and he wants to reopen the heroin-assisted therapy clinic in Vancouver that was used
in the study.
campaign?? is about Spirit of Giving?
According to the Guardian, the Brampton YMCA is launching a new funding campaign
that will give those who can't afford it a chance to belong to the Y family. The Spirit of Giving campaign... is a misnomer,
and quotes from Ms. Johnson are exaggerated and misleading. The head of the the B’town Y told me directly she has no
concern for the heath of under-funded Bramptonians. Here are exerpts of a Guardian interview:
The Brampton YMCA is launching a new funding campaign that will give those who can't
afford it a chance to belong to the Y family. The Spirit of Giving campaign is part of a 150-year tradition of helping people
grow in body, mind and spirit, said Brampton YMCA General Manager Janet Johnson. A $70,000 goal has been set
Toronto police broke new ground Wednesday by arresting a 27-year-old woman under Canada's new drugged-driving
law. The driver was taken into custody after she hit a parked car at 625 Richmond Street West. The woman was suspected of
driving while under the influence of drugs. The new laws allow police to demand a drug test if they suspect a driver of being
high while behind the wheel.Meanwhile..."Study turns pot wisdom on its
head," pronounced the Globe and Mail in October. News wires throughout North America and the world touted similar
headlines, all of which were met with a monumental silence from federal officials and law enforcement. Researchers at the
University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon found that the administration of synthetic cannabinoids in rats stimulated the proliferation
of newborn neurons (nerve cells) in the hippocampus region of the brain and significantly reduced measures of anxiety and
depression-like behavior. The results shocked researchers -- who noted that almost all other so-called "drugs of abuse," including
alcohol and tobacco, decrease neurogenesis in adults.
Mayor Mad!!!No, don't get a straitjacket,
Her Honour is fuming as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty won't return her telephone calls. "We sent him a letter, we call two
to three times a week. We've had no answer," a frustrated Fennell said this week. "It has been six months. I can't get a return
call or the dignity of an acknowledgement that we have asked for a meeting," she said. "He can't be that backlogged!" Editor's Note: dear mayor, now you know how
it feels. You have failed to respond to my many letters to yourself. Actually I find that all levels of government work the
same in recent years. Linda Jeffrey (our MPP) has never responded to my letters, or Tony Clement before her. In fact he had
a constituent arrested for repetitively writing him. Shame on them all!
Sex charges against Peel officer dropped! Or
Dopp the dope dupes dept. derelicts. Sex charges against a Peel police officer have been stayed in a Newmarket court, but he remains
on suspension and will still face Police Act charges, according to Peel police. Gene Dopp, 46, of Orangeville, had four charges
against him stayed last week when a judge ruled it had taken too long to bring the case to trial. How can this type
of crime be allowed to adjourn knowing the stupid rule of delayed rights. What is the name of the adjourning judge and prosecutor.
How terribly bad they have failed not only these young ladies, but our entire stucture of justice. It is my own personal viewpoint
that our society is sliding rapidly into absolute corruption. Dopp has been on suspension with pay since 2004 when he was charged in Orangeville, where he lived, by Orangeville
police on August 3, 2004. The charges related to off-duty indecent incidents in Orangeville. Many previous complaints against
this rogue officer were also hushed up by Peel police. They have ignored all letters of complaint lodged by this reporter
and others. P.P. spokesman Const. Peter Brandwood said Dopp will remain suspended from duty and the Peel police Professional
Standards Bureau will re-activate Police Act charges against him that stemmed from the allegations. He will face four counts
of discreditable conduct and one count of insubordination under the Police Act. He no longer faces any criminal charges.
Two teenage girls had told police they posed for a photo shoot "that went too far", according to Orangeville police at the
time of the criminal charges. The girls told investigators they were promised help in their goal to become models by appearing
on a calendar that was to be posted on the Internet. The mother of one of the girls called police after she saw a sampling
of the pictures that were given to her daughter by the photographer, according to police at the time. Dopp was last assigned
to the Queen Street Community Station in Brampton.
Kenneth Deane, the elite OPP paramilitary officer convicted of fatally shooting Ipperwash
native rights activist Anthony (Dudley) George, was killed on the weekend in a traffic accident on Highway 401.
The confrontation between Ontario Provincial Police and protesters
at Ipperwash Provincial Park resulted in the death of Dudley George on Sept. 6, 1995
"Any life lost is a tragedy," Sam George brother of the murdered activist said. "I feel badly for his family."
Sam George, who never spoke to Deane, said he would have been a valuable witness at the public inquiry. "We needed to know
why he thought he was there that night," Sam George said. "Who told him to go there? What he was told, and what was his mission
... Now, we'll never know." Deane is the 3rd. subject officer involved in the massive police hit-squad
at Ipperwash to die in a traffic accident....Sgt. Margaret Eve was hit by a transport truck on Highway 401 near Chatham in
June 2000, while Insp. Dale Linton, the officer who activated Deane's unit that night, was killed in a single-vehicle accident
near Smiths Falls in October 2000. The OPP said that Deane was killed by a tractor-trailer at about 1:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Deane was driving a westbound Ford Explorer, and was attempting to steer around vehicles when he struck the back of a stopped
tractor-trailer unit. A second tractor-trailer was unable to stop and struck his Explorer. Deane was pronounced dead at the
scene. Deane was found guilty of criminal negligence causing death in April 1997. Provincial Judge Hugh
Fraser ruled then that Dudley George, 38, was unarmed when he was shot, and that Deane's fellow officers doctored their evidence
to support him. That trial, held in the Sarnia courthouse, heard that George had a bullet wound in his right calf, consistent
with him being shot in the back of the leg, and another bullet wound that punctured a lung.Loyall Cann, former deputy chief
of the Toronto force, called Deane's conviction "the most serious" ever recorded against the OPP. "What could possibly be
more shocking to society than to have a sworn, fully trained and experienced police officer, while on duty, in full uniform,
using a police-issued firearm, kill an unarmed citizen?" she asked in her 28-page ruling.
Tories to scrap draft marijuana bill: Harper
Prime Minister Stephen Harper outlined his crime platform today, and made it clear that pot users should expect more than
a fine. Harper said today the new Conservative government will scrap draft legislation which would have decriminalized the
possession of small amounts of marijuana."We will not be reintroducing the Liberal government's marijuana decriminalization
legislation," he told a meeting of the Canadian Professional Police Association.Canadian police were strongly opposed to the
Liberal bill, which would see people found with small amounts of marijuana given a fine rather than a criminal record.
SPOT THE CHANGES?OVER AN EIGHT YEAR PERIOD PICTURES GIVE A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ON SUPERNOVEA
BLASTS. A movie of X-ray data from Chandra of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A) was made by combining observations
taken in January 2000, February 2002, February 2004, and December 2007. In these individual images, the lowest-energy X-rays
Chandra detects are shown in red, intermediate energies in green, and the highest energies in blue. Scientists have used the
movie to measure the expansion velocity of the leading edge of the explosion's outer blast wave (shown in blue). The researchers
find that the velocity is 11 million miles per hour, which is significantly slower than expected for an explosion with the
energy estimated to have been released in Cas A
Your Worship, Mayor Susan Fennel
I had to write. In this weather I find it idiotic that all of our rec. centres have their saunas
on. In this weather they should be closed due to its stupid to sit in a sauna when it is 40c with the humidity factor outside.
Especially now with the power use reduction in effect.
Find the City issued advisory below. Please respond by email or ph. 4167604755
City of Brampton Reduces Power Use and Encourages Residents to do the Same
to the recent heat wave and record electricity consumption in Ontario, the City of Brampton is complying with the Independent
Electricity System Operator’s (IESO) appeal for reduced power use by setting all thermostats in City facilities at 26
C. The City is asking all residents to practice energy conservation,
particularly between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., the peak consumption period.Residents
and businesses can reduce the demands on the electricity system by:
Turning off all but essential
internal and external lights
Setting air conditioners
to 26 C or higher, or using fans as an alternative
Closing curtains and blinds
to keep out the sun and retain cooler air inside
Delaying the use of major
power-consuming equipment such as dishwashers, washers and dryers and swimming pool pumps until after 8 p.m.
Note: There has been no response so
Bon Vovage Big Guy
It is with deep sadness
that we bid farewell to one of our most colourful characters. Tyler Myke passed away last week after a six month battle with
cancer. He will be missed. A memorial was held Tuesday at Grace United. It was well attended by about 85 persons
from Ruth@ OW to Rev.'s Grant and Pudel. Thanks to all who attended; especially for the most moving speech from Dave.
Though still a young man Tyler lived life to the max., something I personally take comfort in.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS HOMELESS!Brampton has an eclectic group of tough as nails homeless. Instead of pretending to ignore
them this season, we ask that you stop and buy them a coffee and donut. Even better, give them a few bucks (for
the road). It going to be a rough winter. Here's hoping fellow citizens!
Jane And Finch Residents Allege Police Brutality In 31 Division.Residents of the oft-troubled Jane and Finch area have been trying to alter
its reputation for years and on Wednesday night some were trying to do so by firing accusations of police brutality at Toronto
officers inside 31 Division."This is our reality, stop police brutality!" dozens chanted
as they marched in the dark and cold in front of division headquarters. A community worker
named Greg explained the immediacy of the problem. "There's been this rise in levels of
incidences and in terms of the alleged brutality," he said. They're bold accusations, but
there were plenty of them made nonetheless. "Some people get their face put on hot
police cars, my friend just got dragged by the handcuffs," charges a protestor named Wondas. Here is part of the letter...
Dear Superintendent Christopher White, In the interests of creating a safer Jane and Finch we feel compelled
to request an immediate end to the 'tough policing' strategies currently being employed by 31 Division. These tactics
are isolating and alienating our youth which is breeding a culture of disempowerment, violence and division. We are committed
to working with Toronto Police in order to create a safe Jane and Finch community, however the actions of the police over
the past few months have created deep wounds and built a culture of fear amongst our residents.The attitude and actions of
officers including TAVIS towards our community have strained the relationship. Mothers are now scared to let their children
out of the house for fear of violence and harassment. Our youth are currently more scared of the police violence than
they are of 'street' related issues. The over policing of this community has led to increased levels of targeting, harassment,
racial profiling and created a fear of persecution amongst residents. The 'serve and protect' credo of the police is
not felt in our community. Alarming is the brazen approach of individual officers. Witnesses have accounted for what
they felt was questionable conduct and or tactics. Citizens have described seeing or hearing abusive language, threatening
behaviour, the excessive use of physical force, unfounded allegations, coercion and torture.
Wettest Record! GTA residents can now ruefully tell their grandchildren that they've lived through
the wettest year in recorded history. The old record was 971.3 millimetres of precipitation - both rain and snow - set back
during a soggy 1977. But after this week's downpours that brought rain and the flakes to the city for more than 24 hours,
we officially beat the mark on Wednesday - and there's more time left in the month. The new record, in case anyone asks, is
974.4mm - and counting. Sorry to all the homeless.
A large fire gutted a Hells Angels bunker in a community about 90 kilometres northeast of Montreal on Saturday evening. Montreal
police investigating the destruction of the Hells Angels' most important symbol in Canada are not discounting the possibility
the gang took a scorched earth policy to their own clubhouse, sources say. The gang's bunker in Sorel, destroyed by arson
Saturday night, represents the birthplace of the Hells in Canada. It served as the headquarters for the gang's first chapter
in Canada. The Montreal chapter was chartered on Dec. 5, 1977, after members of a Montreal-area biker gang called the Popeyes
joined the international gang through the support of a Hells Angels chapter in New York. They also said they're investigating
whether there are connections between the Hells Angels bunker fire and an incident last week. Provincial police in the Gaspé
community of Mont-Joli intercepted a vehicle laden with 980 kilograms of TNT, allegedly stolen from a construction quarry.
In the same week, police searched an apartment in downtown Montreal where they found 200 kilograms of explosives. Police believe
the three men arrested in connection with the raid have ties to biker gangs.
Seniors left in the cold...
Old and confused, Chester and Adele Pedzikowski were easy pickings for scavengers!
is a little house in this little town a few klicks down the road from Port Perry where the lights were out for over a month,
where the furnace no longer ran, and where the old couple who have lived there for a good half-century could no longer go.
he little house was dark, and cold because it had no hydro. And it had no electricity because Hydro One workers had come to
the little house and had cut off the power at the hydro pole itself -- all because of unpaid bills, some that seemed impossibly
high for a house so small. Chester Pedzikowski is 80. He spent his war years as a prisoner in a German labour camp. He spent
his working life here repairing small appliances. His wife, Adele, is 84. He was also a volunteer fireman for 35 years. She
was a seamstress in the old garment industry. "It must be some kind of conspiracy," the old man said, and this was the only
possible "explanation" he could come up with as he sat outside his darkened home a while back. Hydro One media spokesman Daffyd
Roderick would not explain the Pedzikowskis' huge bill and huge predicament -- or could not legally explain it, he added --
without the Pedzikowskis first signing a privacy release form. The Pedzikowskis, however, formally uneducated and bureaucratically
unsophisticated, are simply too scared to sign another document, having already signed too many times on the dotted line,
only to find that they have again been duped by the scam artists who prey upon seniors. "All that rushes through their minds
is confusion," said their daughter, Cindy Treasure. "They've been trying to justify -- or realize -- that hydro must have
made a mistake. "But they have no answers. They've become lost souls." Being the closest sibling through proximity, Cindy
Treasure took her parents into her Port Perry home, but claimed it was only after going through reams of paperwork that she
realized the dire straits her parents were in. Treasure said the ministry of corporate and consumer affairs is now investigating
the Toronto-area businesses that came into her parents' lives to see if they took them for an expensive and unnecessary ride.
There is the $20,000 bill, for example, paid on credit arranged by the contractors who knocked at their door, for a small
patch of interlocking brick that has already heaved. There is the $13,000, again on pre-arranged credit, to fix a porch that
still appears in need of fixing. And there is the $8,000, same credit arrangement, to replace a furnace that apparently did
not need replacing. The Pedzikowskis' total pension income is $24,000 a year. It leaves no room for creditors. "How can that
much credit be given to anyone with that little amount of income without it being a scam?" asked Treasure. 'MORALLY WRONG'
"Do you not think it came as a shock to me that my parents were forced into bankruptcy two years ago? "Of course it was a
shock. But I didn't know until I started going through all their paperwork," she said. "What happened to them, if not criminally
wrong, is certainly morally wrong. "They are old. And they are vulnerable." It got so bad, said Treasure, that her parents
were using credit cards to buy their groceries, and then using one credit card to pay off another. In other words, they were
kiting credit in order to eat, and kiting credit is a no-win game. Hydro One spokesman Daffyd Roderick, speaking generically,
said it is a "long and slow process" that leads to the eventuality of a consumer's power being turned off, but he would not
talk talk specifics without that release form being signed by Chester and Adele Pedzikowski. A few days ago, Hydro One workers
returned to the little house in this little town a few klicks down the road from Port Perry and re-connected the power where
it was once demanding that more than $4,000 in outstanding bills be paid before the lights and heat would ever go on again.
"The bills are impossible to figure," said Treasure. "The latest one came a few days ago, and suddenly it was only $1,700
that was owed. "And so I paid it. I figured it was better that my parents were back in their home," she said. "But the fight
is far from over. Two seniors were left in the cold, in our country, right here in Canada. "It's nothing to be proud of --
especially if it is a sign of things to come."
A local senior Cyril Sullivan, recently spoke to us of a Father
C. W. Sullivan who from 1946-1972 was pastor of Brampton/ Streetsville Catholic parish. He was instrumental in the founding
of the Mary St. church, aquistion of John St. property (where the original rectory still stands at #23) and the
the establishing of our seperate school system. Among other credos to his accomplishments, during WW2 he served as a chaplain
in the European campaign.
Photo by BRYON JOHNSON
State of the city speech
Mayor Susan Fennell spoke of the dynamic growth of Brampton during the annual Brampton Board of Trade mayor's luncheon
held Wednesday at Lester B. Pearson Convention Centre
According to the U.S. government's 1999 IOM report, Pages 126-127:"Marijuana is not a completely
benign substance. It is a powerful drug with a variety of effects. However, except for the harm associated with smoking, the
adverse effects of marijuana use are within the range tolerated for other medications.
Thus, the safety issues associated with marijuana do not preclude some medical uses."
Derek Millar was an awesome
musical gueston the Civic holiday at Ching park. The guitarist and his band rocked the park with some great and all original
tunes. His unrivalled guitar work and raw energetic emotion left this reporter with an image of a cross between a young Jimi
Hendrix and the incomparable Carlos Santana.
These homes, still under construction
were destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.
UP IN SMOKE!
Brampton firefighters spotted smoke over a construction site, but by
the time they arrived near the northeast corner of Torbram Road and Sandalwood Parkway at 7 a.m. Sunday, they found the
half-built townhouse units engulfed in flames. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the fire department and
Peel Regional Police. Damage is estimated at $120,000 and no one was reported injured. One wonders if the ongoing string of
construction site fires are related.
Pot lab busted
20/02/05 A crop of 300 marijuana plants with a street value of $370,000 was seized by Peel police from an industrial unit
on Strathearn Avenue.
Drug squad officers and uniform patrol officers dismantled the marijuana grow lab and arrested a suspect. Christopher Dealwis,
59, of no fixed address, has been charged with production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking
Attention to All Knights Table Clients
Are you happy with the meals at the Knights? Can we improve service and meals at the Knights Table! People have been
complaining about lots of issues at the Knights. Lets fix the problem for the whole community immediately not later! Many
good ideas need to be implemented now. Lack of sufficient, healthy, hygienic meals in as stress-free an environment as possible
has been repeatedly the complaint. Help put things right. Please answer survey, email to email@example.com thank you in advance for helping. A draw will be held for 1 free $5 Harvey’s coupon. 7 of 8 say they are being not
receiving decent meals or being treated well. Cabbage was the main course every day from Jan13- 24, 2008 when it ran out.
Are you happy with the meals at the Knights o yes o no
2) Do you get enough to eat with the meals at the Knights oyes o no
3) Are you satisfied you eat a balanced diet.oyes o no
4) Are you satisfied with service o yes o no
Are you treated with respect by staff o yes o no
Meal Size (did
you eat enough)
of Meal (meat, soup salads)
of Service & Management (friendly sign-in)
location compared to downtown area
A low or no income individual has
enough troubles, I don’t need Michelle on my back as well.
Eg. A low or no income individual’s expenses: OW cheque $536.00 monthly Rent $450.00
monthly Bus $ 90.00 monthly Neccessities etc. $ 86.00 monthly
Total -$ 90.00
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject:
RE: Knights revenge Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2008 15:44:25 -0500
Thank you for contacting the City of Brampton. As
your email was copied to a number of individuals here, we are anticipating they will provide a response. The response I have received from the Knights
Table speaks more loudly than anything I can say. This is the exact spirit that needs being removed from dealing with vulnerable
people. May God grant everyone what they wish for others.Responses to the survey show many visitors are running into abuse from staff and are
being inadequately served.
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A 26-hour standoff between police and a man who had disrupted traffic by perching himself on a billboard next
to Montreal's Jacques Cartier Bridge ended early Thursday morning. The man climbed down from the large sign at about 4 a.m.
after fatigue, hunger and cold weather finally got to him. He had climbed up onto the ledge of a billboard on the Longueuil
side of the bridge early Wednesday morning, holding a photo of his daughter and claiming a connection to the fathers rights
group Fathers 4 Justice.
Scandalous stamp proofs sold....A piece of Canadian history was
auctioned off in New York on Wednesday, as pre-Confederation stamp proofs that once sold for a few pennies fetched $32,000
One of the pre-Confederation stamp proofs that caused a scandal 146
What makes the proofs so special is the scandal they caused when they were issued 146 years ago. New Brunswick postmaster general Charles Connell caused a sensation in 1860 when he put his own face on a five-cent
stamp without seeking permission.New Brunswickers were outraged that Connell would put a picture
of himself rather than Queen Victoria on the stamp.Connell was ordered to cease printing the stamps, and
they were never circulated. Rumour has it that Connell burned most of them in the backyard of his Woodstock, N.B., home.The controversy forced him to resign his position as postmaster general.
When the sun goes down tonight, step outside and look west. Do you see a pair of lights beaming through the rosy glow of sunset? That would be Venus and Jupiter:
the two brightest planets are having a beautiful close encounter.(Venus is the brighter of the two.)
PET PARROT FOR SALE
African grey for sale
As I plan my sail to Marquesas I need someone to take over parenting my parrot. I still have him, his name is Kong. I
am hoping for a good home for him. Do you know the breed? He is destined to live another fifty years. He whisles opera
and mimics you; occasional he says hello. Needs gentle owner. I should get about seven hundred dollars for him.