Wednesday, September 25 Commentary
Another Toronto Police takedown has been caught on video. It was taken by a resident. It shows an officer clubbing a suspect whom he was trying to take into custody.
The Ontario Special Investigations Unit is now investigating to see if excessive force was used because the suspect was injured.
The latest from NewsTalk 1010's James Moore.
Dog owners take note. Tampered hot dogs have been found strewn around a park in the Danforth-Greenwood area of the city....a TTC owned park called
Police at 55 Division are looking into this but they've yet to determine if the hot dogs were deliberately poisoned...or if in fact there's any poison at all...but it appears to be capsules or pills of some sort inside the meat.
Torontonians are roughly 50-50 on whether they approve or disapprove of Rob Ford's performance as mayor.
With Ford recently on a charm offensive and backing away from strident political attacks, his approval rating is on the upswing...a gain of 4 points in the last month according to a Forum Research poll.
These types of ratings ebb and flow and undoubtedly will change as Ford travels the route he hopes will get him re-elected. I can see a speed bump just ahead over how the city intends to get the cash needed for its portion of the subway extension into Scarborough.
Council wants a combination of a property tax increase and development charges. Mayor Ford has already admitted there will have to be a property tax levy in each of the next four years just for the subway. It's how much that's in play.
But that's not it, the city manager is preparing a report which supposedly calls for a property tax increase for the subway extension of 1.6 percent...not Ford's quarter of a point...and this would be over and above any other property tax increase is required to fund city services.
When a world renowned physician tells me that Canada has to wake up and start allowing physician assisted suicide for the terminally ill, I listen.
When that same doctor is on the verge of dying from brain cancer and says it, he really has my attention.
Doctor Don Low, the microbiologist at the forefront of protecting and educating us about the SARS outbreak in Toronto did a video 8 days before he died. It's about 7 minutes long and tough to watch when you know that he was such a vibrant man before cancer got hold of him.
There's one particular part in the video that really hit home for me as Doctor Low talked about how he's not afraid of death but how he was going to die.
Doctor Low's voice was laboured, his one eye closed...the other held open by a piece of adhesive tape.
I encourage you to go to our website to watch this short video. Watch and listen to what he has to say about knowing with professional certainty that he would die a horrible death and for what reason? I could go on and on about this...watching my father get consumed by cancer of the neck and my mother falling victim to the ravages of Alzheimers....how it was so horrible to watch and so unnecessary....but Don Low's video does the job very well.
Even on the edge of death, in this video he showed us the leadership, dedication and clarity which marked his extraordinary career.
Our political leaders owe it to him and to you to listen to a physicians dying wish...a wish unfulfilled.