Chief charms Jews at community chit-chat

Rating: NNNNNThe Canadian Jewish Congress has gone gaga for our police chief, Julian Fantino. What a charmer. The chief said all.


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The Canadian Jewish Congress has gone gaga for our police chief, Julian Fantino. What a charmer.

The chief said all the right ethnic things when he met with the CJC executive last week in a boardroom at the Lipa Green building in the heart of North York’s Jewish community.

Fantino highlighted the work of the hate crimes unit and promised to boost minority hiring on the force.

“We can’t seem to break that 17-per-cent barrier,” Fantino said.

CJC Ontario executive director Bernie Farber was nothing but laudatory afterward. He believes Fantino is someone the community can work with, as long as he remains open and accessible.

A far cry from the criticism the CJC had a short year ago over the lack of a civilian police watchdog. Back then, the CJC signed on to a community effort that also included groups like the Jamaican Canadian Association, demanding civilian oversight.

Farber’s saying now that it’s something only politicians can make work.

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