“The whole [police training] system needs an overhaul. It’s not up to scratch.”
It’s no surprise to lawyer Barry Swadron that the city auditor has found huge holes in the cops’ “shoot first, answer questions later” training regime.
Scotiabank draws a blank
Scotiabank paid a shitload of money for the right to put its name on five flagship Cineplex cinemas, but there’s no explaining why the bank scrimped so mightily on the new signage that appeared this week on the front of the Paramount. Talk about going from bad to worse. We were never fans of the theatre’s glitz, but the movie-going experience at one of the few theatres south of Bloor is about to get even tackier. Scotiabank plans to flood the place with ATMs, free popcorn and other goodies to turn the kiddies into Scotiabank customers for life. Brand us fed up.
Fantino’s Woolley thinking
Julian Fantino just can’t stand not being the centre of media attention. So there he was last week, taking the affable Cam Woolley and his lighthearted stories about screwed-up motorists off his beat as media point man for the OPP’s highway safety blitzes. Ol’ Julie says he wants his OPP to project a more businesslike image, complete with new black and white cruisers. More like Julie’s gotta be the biggest swinging dick in the shop.
Rogers plays To Catch A Criminal
Interactive TV at its best? Nothing like producing a bad Fox knock-off to raise the panic meter in our fair city. But that’s what Rogers Television and GTA-area police forces bitten by the reality TV bug are doing with this week’s launch of GTA’s Most Wanted. Catching criminals is supposed to be the name of the game. But what makes cops think anything but solid community policing initiatives will make disaffected communities come forward to help solve cases that long ago grew cold? Quick. Pass the remote.
Cancer Society’s cold turkey shoot
Has the Canadian Cancer Society sold out to Big Pharma? It’s a little hard not to think so, judging from its recently released Quit, You Have It In You brochure, selling nicotine replacement therapy. Did we mention that Pfizer put up 30 per cent of the cost of the pamphlet? The myth it perpetuates is that a patch, inhaler or gum is the answer to kicking. In fact, 90 per cent of puffers who successfully quit go cold turkey.