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Morning Brew: horror stories told by detainees, Mayor Miller praises police, Premier McGuinty remains mum, 1000 rally and march in protest, expropriation of land for new TTC subway exits, Bye bye Bosh?

Some of the hundreds of people who were unjustly arrested and grossly mistreated by security officials during the largest mass arrests in Canadian history are speaking out, and there are some really horrible accusations and many legal battles to come.

But rather than calling for an inquiry into the countless serious allegations, the mayor of Toronto is maintaining unwavering support for the police and directing those wronged to file complaints by established channels. Will complacency and negligence (not the environment or transit) be David Miller's legacy? It's not the costs of replacing broken windows or the 100 violent hooligans that we're concerned about, Mayor Miller. Don't betray us.

Don't count on the provincial government to call for an inquiry either. Premier Dalton McGuinty isn't even willing to comment on the secretly passed legislation that gave police extra powers (that border on infringement of chart rights and freedoms), let alone launch an investigation into the consequences of his questionable actions.

It's no wonder that protests continued on Monday evening. Over 1000 people rallied peacefully but loudly, speaking out against the many injustices committed by police and the violations of citizen rights that were allowed to occur during the G20 weekend. The rally began outside of Toronto Police Headquarters near College & Bay, then marched down to City Hall, and then made its way back to Queen's Park. It's the kind of protest that the people wanted but wasn't allowed to happen on Sunday.

Sparked by a subway fire 15 years ago, the TTC is committed to adding second exits to subways stations that only have one exit. In doing so, they will be required to expropriate a number of homes. In the case of construction at Greenwood subway station, and rather ironically, the home of a man who worked for the TTC for 35 years is in jeopardy.

Chris Bosh is as good as gone, according to Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo. Rumour has it that he's either headed to Miami or Chicago, and Colangelo is remaining hopeful that Bosh will be cooperative and help the team secure something decent in return.

Photo: "Hold On, Stay Strong" by Kyle MacKenzie, member of the blogTO Flickr pool.


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