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Toronto Police to start body camera pilot project


African Canadian Summit in Toronto to focus on Black issues


Pan Am security, Black Experience Project discussed at police board meeting

Ontario government asked to break silence on police carding

A group of Black community leaders are asking the province for input on the practice of police carding in Toronto. The Anti-Black Racism Network (ABRN) says they are concerned with Premier Kathleen Wynne’s relative silence on the matter, and are calling for action if the concerns are not addressed by Police Chief Mark Saunders or Read More

Woodbridge man arrested by Toronto police in drug sting

Toronto Police say they have arrested a Woodbridge man in a massive drug trafficking sting. Police say the man used a national courier company to ship the drugs from the GTA to Edmonton. Five kilograms of cocaine and one kilogram of ketamine were seized, all having a street value of 550,000 dollars. 175,000 dollars in Read More

Danforth shooting victim identified as 21-year-old Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf

Toronto Police identified a man fatally shot along the Danforth earlier this week. 21-year-old Abdiweli Mohamed Yusuf died in hospital after being shot Tuesday morning at the Rotana Cafe, a hookah bar at Danforth and Coxwell Avenues. An autopsy confirmed that Yusuf died from a gunshot wound. It’s still not clear why Yusuf would be Read More

York University to partner with Seneca for new Markham campus

York University is set to open a new campus in Markham, in a joint partnership with Seneca College. The campus will be a university/college hybrid serving about 4,000 students, with the possibility of future expansion. Some funding will come from the Ontario government, and York Region has committed 25 million dollars to the project. The Read More

Mark Saunders sworn in as Toronto police chief

Mark Saunders was sworn in as Toronto’s new chief of police in a ceremony this morning at police headquarters. Family members and associates were in attendance to watch Saunders become appointed as the city’s first Black police chief. He succeeds the outgoing Bill Blair, who is seeking the federal Liberal nomination in Scarborough Southwest. In Read More

What’s open and closed Victoria Day Monday in the GTA

The Victoria Day long weekend is coming up, so here’s what’s open and closed this Monday in the GTA. Movie theatres will be open, along with some tourist attractions and museums. Most malls in the GTA are closed, but others like Eaton Centre, Square One, Hillcrest, Vaughan Mills and Pacific Mall, will be open. Public Read More

Victim of 2004 shooting now allowed to sue Toronto police for negligence

A Black man hit by bullets in a gang shooting over a decade ago has won the right to sue Toronto Police after a long legal battle. In 2004, Kofi Patrong was shot in the leg by a gang member in a case of mistaken identity. The shooter was identified as Tyshan Riley, a now-convicted Read More

Toronto Police to start body camera pilot project

Toronto Police have launched a pilot project that will equip officers with a set of body-worn cameras. Starting Monday, a hundred officers from four divisions will wear three different cameras in the year-long project. Speaking to the media today, Staff Superintendent Tom Russell says the cameras will provide an unbiased account of police interaction with Read More

Ontario Labour Relations Board begins hearing into teachers’ strikes

The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) began hearing arguments today from three school boards who believe the high school teachers’ strikes are illegal. The public school boards in Durham, Peel and Sudbury say the strikes are based on central provincial issues and not local issues, and as such are invalid. As the talks continue, thousands Read More

Pan Am security, Black Experience Project discussed at police board meeting

Toronto’s police chief Mark Saunders has attended the first police services board meeting in his new position. Among the items for discussion today were security measures for the Pan Am Games, and sponsorship of the Black Experience Project, a research initiative meant to gauge the diverse experiences of Black people in the GTA in relation Read More

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