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Yep, coming at a cop with a knife is a justifiable shooting. If these criminals don't want to get shot than they can drop their weapons when the police arrive. Unlike that man on the subway who wouldn't drop his weapon either. But if they were smart enough to figure that out they probably wouldn't be threaten police officers with weapons to begin with.
UPDATE: SIU called after man shot in Scarborough
A quick read of the story answers your question:
"And in the centre of the sidewalk behind a plant"
"Anthony Fabrizi, the city's manager of parking ticket operations, says the hydrant needs to be a certain distance from the street so pumper trucks can park there"
As for the behind the plant, that was them taking the photo at a stupid angle. The first photo has it in the open.
City hydrants bring in major revenue in parking tickets