The police are crowing that the civilian watchdog special investigations unit (SIU) looked into 34 incidents involving Toronto's finest last year and – surprise! – "found no criminality" in all 34 cases. The SIU's track record when it comes to charging cops is so non-existent that cops are floating the idea it should be disbanded. We think so, too. This dog's got no bite.
Nunziata's big sweep
The longer this mayoral race goes, the further right John Nunziata tacks. This week, the candidate who claims he's standing up for T.O. says he'd pass a law making it illegal for anyone to sleep on the street – and have anyone who tried picked up and carried off. "Surely it is inhumane in a civilized society for all of us to be walking over bodies in -25° temperatures," Nunziata offered. Yeah, but as Barbara Hall points out, shelters are "dead-end places," and what we really need is government rent supplements.
Nunziata thinks Hall is in la-la land. Nonsense.
Christians – ooh, scary
The Canadian Jewish Congress is in a tizzy over evangelical Christian group Jews for Jesus's "missionary crusade," slated for Toronto next week. The CJC has written to some 850 evangelical Protestant churches calling on them to condemn the crusade. CJC says Jews for Jesus "engages in misleading practices." Canadian Jewish Congress Ontario director Bernie Farber wasn't helping calm tensions. "It's a huge provocation," he told the Canadian Jewish News. "We're really hoping to avoid violence." Leaflet-wielding missionaries spreading the good word. The horror.
Mills in missionary position
High off the kudos for his SARStock efforts, Grit MP Dennis Mills is letting it all go to his formidable head. How else to explain his coming out against same-sex marriages? Not too swift for a guy who represents the second-gayest riding in the city. Maybe Dennis the Menace knows something – like that rumoured Vatican posting is a done deal.
The Bob and Julie show
Public Safety Minister Bob Runciman was quick to piggyback on Chief Julian Fantino's blame-the-black-community tirade following that spate of shootings last week. Wait a minute. Is this the same Runciman who told the feds to deep-six the federal gun registry? And who was standing right there with him when he made his call earlier this year? Well, none other than the chief himself. Message to Bob and Julie: gun control works. The number and rate of firearms deaths is at its lowest level in 30 years.