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Morning Brew: Raided tenants claim brutality, Spadina gets new streetcars first, Parkdale moves closer to bar cap, the telegram lives on in Toronto, and labeling salt

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 19, 2013

toronto metro hallResidents of the Dixon Rd. housing complex at the centre of a sweeping series of raids last week are alleging Toronto police engaged in brutality and racial profiling. Operation Traveller, carried out in the early hours of the 13th June, netted 44 arrests, $570,000 in cash, 42 firearms and 175 kilograms of drugs. Mahad Yusuf, the executive director of Midaynta Community Services, claimed the Somali had been targeted because of reports related to mayor Rob Ford.

The lawyer for a woman who allegedly threw a drink at Rob Ford last weekend says it's "most unfortunate" the mayor would discuss the case on his radio show. Ford wondered whether there was alcohol in the drink, reportedly a slushie, it's alleged Shannon Everett threw. Everett hasn't discussed the case publicly since the incident.

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads installation has been officially unveiled by mayor Rob Ford. Ford pulled the white cover from the rooster head and announced it was his sign. Apparently he's been following astrology his whole life. "I'm sure everyone knows their sign and often reads their horoscope," he said.

The Spadina streetcar route will be the first to get the brand new Bombardier vehicles when they officially hit the streets next year. The Bathurst route will also get the new vehicles early. A newly released implementation plan shows the new high-capacity streetcars will be run further apart. In some cases the wait could be up to two minutes longer. The TTC says longer headways will improve reliability. Are they right?

Parkdale is inching closer to a 25% cap on bars and restaurants. The bylaw that would control the number of new businesses on the Queen West strip between Dufferin and Roncesvalles was approved yesterday at community council. Is this a healthy move for the neighbourhood?

Telegraphy is still alive and well in Toronto -STOP- 20,000 messages still sent a year -STOP- 95% of "Telegrams Canada" business from Europe -STOP- remainder of messages sent from Canada to US -STOP- stop now -STOP-.

Dufferin Street is still the most despised road in Ontario according to a poll of drivers conducted by the Canadian Automobile Association. 4 of the top (bottom) 10 are located in Toronto: Finch Avenue West at (3,) Bayview Avenue (5,) and Lawrence Avenue East (6). The results are based on opinion and don't represent any actual problems. Do you think Dufferin is really the worst in Toronto?

The grade 7 and 8 kids at Market Lane School on the Esplanade who were working on a school project to re-brand the Raptors basketball franchise got some surprise input this week from the team's head coach Dwane Casey. The ideas for the "Toronto Towers" (actually a rejected name for the Blue Jays), "Toronto Knights," even "Toronto Ball Busters" would be taken in to consideration, he said.

Finally, Toronto Public Health has released a video to promote labeling of calorie and sodium levels on menu items in the city. The Savvy Diner campaign is asking for provincial legislation that would force companies with a certain number of outlets or that surpass a certain income level to print the information for customers. Check it out.

IN BRIEF:

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Jackman Chiu/blogTO Flickr pool.

Discussion

50 Comments

steve / June 19, 2013 at 08:18 am
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If racial profiling brings in 42 firearms and 175 kilograms of drugs maybe we should do more of it. It seems to be effective
han replying to a comment from steve / June 19, 2013 at 08:31 am
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+1
Rich replying to a comment from steve / June 19, 2013 at 08:34 am
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I'm sure they were all "good boys"... you know, the thing whoevers Grandma yells at the TV cameras after someone in her family's been arrested
mike in parkdale / June 19, 2013 at 08:53 am
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re: parkdale bar cap

The city really needs to define what makes a 'bar' and what makes a 'restaurant'.

It would be terrible if the busy stretch of Queen West from Dufferin to Brock became the next "King West from Spadina to Bathurst", but that doesn't mean a good restaurant shouldn't be able to thrive or fail by it's own merits.
BM replying to a comment from steve / June 19, 2013 at 08:57 am
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+2
Blazer / June 19, 2013 at 09:10 am
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There is NO way in hell that streetcar reliability will improve with less frequent service. It's all PR BS. At least they are air conditioned.
mike replying to a comment from steve / June 19, 2013 at 09:11 am
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+3
steve....stop anonymously plus one-ing yourself / June 19, 2013 at 09:26 am
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it's embarrassing.

(racist loser)
no more bans / June 19, 2013 at 09:30 am
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I'd like to see an amendment to the City of Toronto Act severely curbing the ability of council to ban anything. These bans always seem to be jaded attempts to appeal to a vocal minority rather than well thought out and rational policy to deal with a problem.
Luke / June 19, 2013 at 09:38 am
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Calories and salt? What about sugar/carbs...
Steve replying to a comment from steve....stop anonymously plus one-ing yourself / June 19, 2013 at 09:41 am
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-10
Alex / June 19, 2013 at 09:43 am
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Wow, how stupid are those people? The Rob Ford thing came out like 2 weeks ago, and the investigations for the raids have been ongoing for at least months. Something tells me it was all the drugs, guns, and gang members in those apartment buildings that caused the raids. If it was mainly Somalis that were arrested in the raids, then it says some pretty bad things about the Somali community, not the Police. Maybe they shouldn't be broadcasting to the world that they had so many gang members and gun runners in their community, it might cause stereotypes...
Jake / June 19, 2013 at 09:47 am
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"The results are based on opinion and don't represent any actual problems."

If I had a nickle for every time that phrase was applicable...
gackazz replying to a comment from steve....stop anonymously plus one-ing yourself / June 19, 2013 at 09:51 am
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Somali's are pirates in their own country's waters.

They are doing the same thing here, only on terra firma.

Absolutely nothing racist about this what so ever.
Rob / June 19, 2013 at 10:03 am
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"Finally, Toronto Public Health has released a video to promote labeling of calorie and sodium levels on menu items in the city. The Savvy Diner campaign is asking for provincial legislation that would force companies with a certain number of outlets or that surpass a certain income level to print the information for customers. Check it out."

These trough-feeding hogs need to stop with the petty bullshit.

Sorry about that. I forgot that it's almost election time and no one's allowed to have any balls when their cushy jobs could be at risk.
depressed / June 19, 2013 at 10:04 am
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I hate living in a racist city.
Since Rob Ford smokes crack and is white then all white people must be crackheads. That goes for you Steve and all those other white names that I see on this list.
Rob replying to a comment from depressed / June 19, 2013 at 10:07 am
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Yeah, it's a racist city for sure.

Getting called a "white motherfucker" tenfold more times than I've ever N bombed anyone.
han replying to a comment from depressed / June 19, 2013 at 10:09 am
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oh, puhleeeze....
soygurt / June 19, 2013 at 10:09 am
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As a 30 year resident of Parkdale, I am very happy about this ban. All the bars and restaurants have destroyed the community. Alcohol is a hard drug and its rampant in Parkdale now.

Thank you Perks!

And you racist people are very ignorant, I feel sorry for you.
Liberty Villain / June 19, 2013 at 10:15 am
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On Sunday at about 7pm, I was driving through that stretch of Parkdale, and noticed an abundance of thriving restaurants filled with patrons. While I am in the neighbourhood often, I never really noticed all of the bar/restaurant options available and thought, "this is pretty awesome".

A 25% cap would be a shame.
steve replying to a comment from steve....stop anonymously plus one-ing yourself / June 19, 2013 at 10:16 am
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Wanting the police to operate effectively isn't racist
Alex replying to a comment from soygurt / June 19, 2013 at 10:24 am
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Since when is Somali a race? Does that mean Canadian is a race too? Am I being racist when I say Canadians and Americans are different?
DL replying to a comment from steve / June 19, 2013 at 10:38 am
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Taking large-magazined automatic weapons off the streets and locking up an entire gang sounds pretty effective to me.

54 homicides last year in a city of nearly 3 million sounds pretty effective to me.
the lemur replying to a comment from Alex / June 19, 2013 at 10:42 am
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Somali IS a race, or ethnicity if you prefer. Somalis are genetically different from other Africans.

Also, a number of people arrested in the raids appear to be white.
Aaron replying to a comment from Rob / June 19, 2013 at 11:24 am
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@Rob:

You've N-bombed somebody? WHAT?
AV / June 19, 2013 at 11:58 am
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Apparently the term racism/racist is used when people speak the truth. In my lifetime political correctness has gone off the friggin' rails. Call a spade a spade, if you arrest 44 people and the charges stick, and if all of those people happen to be Somali, well then there is probably an issue in that community. It is what it is.
Rob replying to a comment from AV / June 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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You can't call a spade a spade anymore. That phrase has racist connotations now.
youhateblacks? / June 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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"Call a spade a spade"..

Pretty racist comment, no?
AV / June 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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Sorry, thought saying "call a jigaboo a jigaboo" was a bit much.

Political correctness for all!
jen / June 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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So wait times for streetcars are going to increase, and the first station to get the new cars is Spadina, and we currently have an issue at that station with massive lineups wending their way around the loading area if there is a longer wait for a car. Does the TTC have any kind of a plan in place for what I can only assume will be increased chaos? How many of those cars can fit in the station at one time? Will one enter, unload, then load? It's going to be nuts down there.
matts replying to a comment from jen / June 19, 2013 at 01:17 pm
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Perhaps you skipped the part about the bigger capacity of the new trains
oph replying to a comment from AV / June 19, 2013 at 01:24 pm
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Yeah the problem with political correctness is that you can't even call someone a racist even when they're being a racist, cause they get all defensive and is a sting to their proud racist heritage. Do you people even have any black acquaintances? And no that guy you thought was gonna jack your phone on the subway doesn't count.
AV replying to a comment from oph / June 19, 2013 at 01:33 pm
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LOL.. do I have any black friends... what a cliche' reply. No, I live in Toronto and have no black friends because I am a card-carrying KKK member.

OR could it be that I think political correctness has gone retarded in this day and age? I guess you don't use the terms "black-balled", "blackmail", "black eye", etc.. because they may have racial connotations? I can't help but laugh at people like you.
Not Racist / June 19, 2013 at 01:43 pm
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It is not racist when it is a known fact the majority of murders are committed by black men. Why, i do not know, but it is true. Majority of gang members are are also minorities, how many white boy gangs do you see on the streets.
Mark / June 19, 2013 at 01:52 pm
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Calling someone racist is the last resort of people who've lost an argument. It is their only recourse to try and save some dignity after being shown to have no valid point to make.

If the residents of the raided apartments are so put off by the police doing their jobs and arresting criminals, I say let's ward off the area and leave them to their own devices. Let them kill each other with impunity and without the stigma of having the police investigate and try and interfere with their way of life. Can't be 'racist' and expect them to obey Canadian laws now can we.
peopleareretarded / June 19, 2013 at 02:00 pm
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It would have only been mildly racist, had the cops raided the place and found absolutely no trace of gang or criminal activity and all those arrested were law abiding citizens that were simply profiled for their skin color.

But when you raid somewhere and you get the haul the cops got, that in no way shape or form shows any bit of racism.

The cops did their job to the T and this city and that community is better off for it.

Alex / June 19, 2013 at 02:31 pm
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My bad, since Somalia is a country I assumed Somali meant someone from that country. I guess it means something else? Is Somalian the one for someone from that country and Somali is some ethnic group in africa?

Either way, this entire debate about racism is pointless. The police did an investigation to trace a gun and drugs pipeline, and it led to this apartment complex. They arrested a bunch of gang members, and now a couple leeches in the apartment building think they can get some money suing the police for racism, or maybe it's just revenge for their jailed compatriots. It's got nothing to do with actual racism, it's just a way for these idiots to try and get some money or satisfaction out of the misfortune of others.

To everyone saying being PC is ruining society, you're an idiot. Instead of doing actual investigations and finding real criminals, you want the police to just arrest people based on race? That makes no sense! By that logic every male should be carded and put on house arrest, since almost all crime is committed by males. I guess if I ever walk by a guy I better grab my purse and run.
the lemur replying to a comment from Not Racist / June 19, 2013 at 03:42 pm
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That's not even close to being true. That black males are stopped by police and arrested more frequently may be true, but that doesn't say anything about the 'majority of murders'.

White organized criminals exist - it's just that they operate in businesses rather than on the streets.
Rob replying to a comment from the lemur / June 19, 2013 at 03:43 pm
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Would you like me to absolutely ruin you with the multitude of stats available that break down criminality in the city by race?

No? Carry on then.
Rob replying to a comment from the lemur / June 19, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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Like, are you living under a rock? Seriously?

Browse the TPS website for a bit. Look at the descriptions of the criminals.
the lemur replying to a comment from Alex / June 19, 2013 at 03:45 pm
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What? No. Somalis = Somalian people = people from Somalia. It's a country AND an ethnicity.
the lemur replying to a comment from AV / June 19, 2013 at 03:46 pm
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Actually they weren't all Somali - read the police press release. The fact that majority of them were Somali is a function of the demographics of that neighbourhood.
Jakob / June 19, 2013 at 04:07 pm
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Racism is when you take stuff that applies to someone and conclude that it applies to someone else.

If the police arrested a majority of Somalis in that raid then yes, that's too bad for that community. However, "that community" is the people that were directly involved with those criminals. Associating other people with "that community" isn't fair. Making any kind of statement about Somalis in general isn't fair either. Racism is when you forget that a society is comprised of individuals and doesn't have a collective mind apart from what the media manages to shove down everybody's throats.

I think it's okay to make statements about tendencies as long as no particular person takes home a bad experience from an unfounded accusation. When being racist, just make sure nobody gets hurt in the process. If you're unsure whether or not it'll hurt, don't do it.

As a person and an individual, I have a right to be assumed innocent unless proven otherwise. You should want the same thing for yourself, and for your parents, kids, or friends. I'd rather live in a society that's ineffective than one that throws random people in jail just to be safe. We had a big outrage about the G20 summit exactly because the police ignored that premise then. You should want to be better than that, because if you don't prevent it systematically, it's going to happen to you or someone you know sooner or later.
Alex replying to a comment from the lemur / June 19, 2013 at 04:12 pm
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They use the same term for an ethnicity and a country? What if someone moves there? It's not exactly a place people want to go, but there must be people who over time have moved there and aren't part of the original ethnicity.
the lemur replying to a comment from Rob / June 19, 2013 at 07:19 pm
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The stats are relevant only in terms of who is arrested/tried.
the lemur replying to a comment from Alex / June 19, 2013 at 07:24 pm
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Kind of an academic question, but it's the kind of place where the vast majority of people are of the same background. It's possible to be a citizen without being ethnically Somali, of course.
jen replying to a comment from matts / June 19, 2013 at 09:39 pm
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There are still going to be line-ups while you WAIT for the car. If there's a problem with crowding now, think how much worse it will get with longer wait times.
the lemur replying to a comment from jen / June 20, 2013 at 09:51 am
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You'll be able to get on through more than just the one door when the streetcar arrives.
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