Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disgraced Toronto police officer collected pay for 11 years while suspended

CItyNews reporter Avery Haines with the startling revelations that have many calling for change.

Wow. Just Wow.

10,000 kids missing in EU as criminals ‘exploit’ migrant flow

Human traffickers are taking advantage of Europe’s refugee crisis to find sex and labor slaves, particularly children, Europol says. The EU police’s chief of staff told the Observer that some 10,000 minors have gone missing since crossing into the EU.

Thousands of underage refugees have reportedly disappeared since registering with authorities, Europol’s chief of staff, Brian Donald, told The Observer.

At least 5,000 children have gone missing in Italy alone, Donald said, adding that another 1,000 have vanished in Sweden.

Donald stressed that an EU-wide “criminal infrastructure” could be specially targeting refugee children.

“It’s not unreasonable to say that we’re looking at 10,000-plus children. Not all of them will be criminally exploited; some might have been passed on to family members. We just don’t know where they are, what they’re doing or whom they are with.”

Moreover, there is already evidence of sexual exploitation, especially in Germany and Hungary. “An entire [criminal] infrastructure has developed over the past 18 months around exploiting the migrant flow. There are prisons in Germany and Hungary where the vast majority of people arrested and placed there are in relation to criminal activity surrounding the migrant crisis,” said Donald.  (more...)

"Peaceful" Sweden, Technofascism, Pedophilia, Spooks, Dark Money, Underground Nazis, and more

Model for Ontario's education experiment?
The second program about the WikiLeaks network highlights the organization’s links with intelligence services around the world, as well as connections the group has with the Swedish Nazi milieu described in the late Stieg Larsson’s novels and the movies made from them. WikiLeaks receives support from Pirate Bay and its associated Pirate Parties. Com­posed largely of idealistic, relatively young hackers, most left of cen­ter, Pirate Bay is controlled by [40%] investor Carl Lundstrom, a prominent Swedish fascist.

John Young, one of WikiLeaks’ founders turned critic of the organiza­tion harbors deep suspicions concerning the group. ” . . . they’re acting like a cult. They’re acting like a religion. They’re acting like a government. They’re acting like a bunch of spies. They’re hiding their identity. They don’t account for the money. They promise all sorts of good things. They seldom let you know what they’re really up to. . .There was suspicion from day one that this was entrapment run by someone unknown to suck a number of people into a trap. So we actually don’t know. But it’s certainly a standard counterintelligence technique. And they’re usually pretty elaborate and pretty carefully run. They’ll even prosecute people as part of the cover story. That actually was talked about at (Sunday’s) panel. They’ll try to conceal who was informing and betraying others by pretending to prosecute them. . . .”. Young harbors many other suspicions about the group as well.  (more...)



‘You’d never guess he was a Mafia chieftain’: Longtime mob boss killed in violent attack in Toronto home

Rocco Zito in the 1980s
Rocco Zito, a leading Mafia boss in Toronto until slowed by age and a growing distaste for the self-indulgent glitz of the modern-day underworld was killed Friday in a violent attack inside the modest house he lived quietly in for decades.

He was 87.

Zito was pronounced dead Friday after suffering a single gunshot wound. Emergency crews were called to the home at dinnertime and quickly searched for a gunman.

After police publicly named Domenico Scopelliti, 51, of Toronto, as the accused gunman, the suspect — Zito’s son-in-law — surrendered to police during the night, ending the manhunt but not the investigation into the violent end of a figure who, despite being a slight, unassuming man, loomed large in the underworld since the late 1950s.

Zito was at the centre of underworld intrigue at a time when police in Canada were beginning to realize the presence here of the ’Ndrangheta, the powerful Mafia that formed in the southern Italian region of Calabria.

But Zito loathed the flash of the modern Mafia, with its ostentatious displays of wealth meant to show power; true respect, he believed, came from “honour.”

In the years before he was killed, Zito often dismissed the young mobsters who were pushing and preening north of Toronto as “Hollywood.”

Zito said he disliked hanging out with “the people in Hollywood,” meaning Woodbridge, Ont., where many mobsters now call home, and lampooned them as “glamorous,” according to a source who knew him.

“In my day, we didn’t have the big houses, drive the big cars and the suits and all the flash,” Zito said. “But all the guys in Woodbridge have the big houses and drive the big, black SUVs and put on airs.”  (more...)

Two experts share their thoughts on the murder of 'Ndrangheta boss Rocco Zito by Gangsters Inc.
Posted by Gangsters Inc. on Monday, February 1, 2016


Do you wonder what a diligent investigative reporter might dig up among our city councilors and school trustees? Or chancery and parish councilors?

"Red light district"? I'll give you the GTA!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

No more presumption of innocence for police

When the lawyer for Const. James Forcillo said this week that he had unsuccessfully applied to get a judge-alone murder trial for his client, it raised an obvious question:

Had public trust in police eroded to the point where juries — once believed to always find in favour of cops — would actually convict an officer for a shooting while on the job?

“If this was 10 years ago, no defence counsel would ever have sought to get away from a jury when a police officer was their client,” said criminal defence lawyer Edward Prutschi. “Police officers used to be the only group who would benefit from a genuine presumption of innocence in the minds of jurors. Now they seem just like the rest of us in court.

“It’s an opportunity police have squandered, and I don’t think they have that presumption of innocence anymore.”

The sacred trust the public places in its police officers — entrusted with upholding the law and authorized to use deadly force when deemed necessary — has been called into question in recent years across North America, especially in light of a spate of shooting deaths of unarmed black men south of the border.  (more...)

More opinion:

Tale of evangelical sex scandal hits Washington newsstands

C.J. Mahaney
The story behind a sex-abuse scandal at an evangelical megachurch near Washington, D.C., kept out of court by a statute of limitations, has hit newsstands in a long-form story in the Washingtonian, a monthly lifestyle magazine read by 400,000.

Written by Tiffany Stanley, managing editor of the online journal Religion & Politics who formerly worked for The New Republic and Religion News Service, the “The Fall of a Mega Church” details what some have called “the largest sexual abuse scandal to hit the evangelical church.”

The magazine, available online only by paid subscription, contrasts the decline of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md., with former pastor and Sovereign Grace Ministries founder C.J. Mahaney, who came away relatively unscathed.

“A college dropout with no formal training, he became an in-demand public speaker and befriended influential New Calvinist leaders,” the article introduces Mahaney — “a group that included prominent Baptist minister John Piper; Albert Mohler, president of the powerful Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and Mark Dever, leader of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church, a go-to place of worship for evangelical Hill staffers.”

No longer officially in leadership of Sovereign Grace Ministries, Mahaney now is senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Ky., a church plant which recently joined the Southern Baptist Convention.  (more...)

More detail:

Please pray for the many victims who were traumatized by the offenders and re-traumatized by church leaders who either enabled the abuse or failed to do anything about it. The horror and devastation of it all.
Posted by Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (G.R.A.C.E.) on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Men accused in Quebec child porn bust worked as teachers, scout leaders

Claude Paquette and David Turcotte, arrested on child pornography charges,
both worked as scout leaders.
Several of the men arrested in connection with a pedophile ring worked with children or had prior charges of child pornography.

Thirteen men were arrested and charged after Quebec and Ontario police busted an online pedophile ring on Wednesday.

Two of the men, Claude Paquette and David Turcotte, volunteered as group leaders for the scout troupe Adventurer Association of Baden-Powell.

It's not clear if the two men knew each other, Nicolas Rousseau, vice-president of the association, said.

"We're very shocked. Personally, I don't know this person, but they took all the necessary steps to be animators," he said, referring to background checks and other forms.

Neither were the subject of complaints from parents or kids, and both are no longer allowed to volunteer, he said.  (more...)


Crypto-Eugenics Population Control: Policy and Propaganda -- and a True Story

…they had to pursue a strategy … called “crypto-eugenics.” In essence, “You seek to fulfill the aims of eugenics without disclosing what you are really aiming at and without mentioning the word.” This is how the Eugenics Society conceived of its funding for the IPPF.
– Matthew Connelly, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population (Harvard University Press, 2008), p. 163
Zombietime, the site that documented the totalitarian proclivities of Obama’s Science Czar John P. Holdren, has a new article. It turns out that the policies advocated in Holdren’s now-legendary Ecoscience (1973) were directly influenced by The Challenge of Man’s Future (1954) by eugenicist Harrison Brown.

Harrison Brown’s book, Holdren admitted in 1986, “transformed my thinking about the world and about the sort of career I wanted to pursue.” As documented by Zombietime, the type of “thinking about the world” espoused in The Challenge of Man’s Future, includes such wisdom as:
The feeble-minded, the morons, the dull and backward, and the lower-than-average persons in our society are outbreeding the superior ones at the present time. … Is there anything that can be done to prevent the long-range degeneration of human stock? Unfortunately, at the present time there is little, other than to prevent breeding in persons who present glaring deficiencies clearly dangerous to society and which are known to be of a hereditary nature. Thus we could sterilize or in other ways discourage the mating of the feeble-minded. We could go further and systematically attempt to prune from society, by prohibiting them from breeding, persons suffering from serious inheritable forms of physical defects, such as congenital deafness, dumbness, blindness, or absence of limbs. … A broad eugenics program would have to be formulated which would aid in the establishment of policies that would encourage able and healthy persons to have several offspring and discourage the unfit from breeding at excessive rates.  (more...)

This is pretty much the material covered in required elective coursework during my engineering studies at the University of Toronto. Call it Technocracy 101 with a heavy seasoning of feminaziism.

About a decade ago on a very cold night in winter, my wife received a call from her friend, call her Lilly (names are changed for obvious reasons), a part of her network of Brazilian expatriates. Lilly was waiting to cross a street when she noticed a woman without a coat singing to herself at the street corner. When the light changed, Lilly began to cross, but noticed that the woman remained and just continued singing. Concerned, she returned and asked the woman if she was cold and if she had a coat. Lilly took her to a coffee shop and began to piece together her story.

Edith (not her real name) had not taken her medication and was not very coherent. Lilly managed to get her home and medicated, while asking about Edith's situation. Edith was a mother of six children. Her husband had fallen into trouble with the law and, not having permanent status, was deported back to Jamaica. This left Edith and her six children without their husband, father, and principle breadwinner. Child protective services swept away her children and sent them into foster care.

The children's grandmother managed to collect 5 of the children and care for them at her home. One was sent by social workers to an upscale neighborhood in Kitchener, away from the rest of the family. My son went to school with some of these children, and we were able to get a good picture of the situation. Lilly and my wife teamed up to support Edith in her efforts to regain her family.

As time passed, the children aged out of the system, and returned to their mother. Sometimes buying groceries when the cupboards were bare, getting Edith to take her drugs when she forgot, or just sharing a prayer, we got Edith through her ordeal. However, the one daugher that was sent to Kitchner never returned. Her different lifestyle had alienated her from her family, so she had no desire to come back. When she aged out, her foster family sent her away so new, paying, children could be accepted.

Although she had the same constitution as her siblings, her rich diet and drug regime led the Kitchener child to develop diabetes; the only one to do so. Life alone with such a condition was not safe, and at age 25, the girl enterd a comma and died. Edith called my wife a week ago to tell us the sad news.

Friday, January 29, 2016

GOD EXPELLED: Public School Police States

Michael J. Matt takes a look at some startling statistics regarding violence in schools, the dropout rate, a rising police presence, metal detectors, guard dogs and all the rest of the measures being taken to prevent kids from killing each other in the classrooms. What happened? What went wrong? Could it have something to do with God, prayer and the Bible being banned from public schools? Are public schools little little microcosms of the New World Order?

Your tax dollars at work:

How we got here:

Think about it:

Wired glass injures as many as one child a day in Canadian schools, expert says

A public health expert from the University of Toronto estimates that as many as one wired glass injury a day occurs in Canadian schools.

Wired glass is a product that has been used for years in Canada. But concerns about its safety have prompted changes in the United States to prevent it from being used in areas where people could be hurt. Traditional wired glass was phased out of new construction of schools in 2003 in the U.S. In Canada however, it’s still allowed by provincial building codes based on a standard that hasn’t been updated in 25 years.

Currently no agency in Canada is tracking how often wired glass injuries happen in schools or other buildings.

Laura Rosella, of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, believes better data should be kept to inform policy makers on the dangers of this material. Rosella used calculations of wired glass injuries made in the United States to estimate as many as 368 wired glass injuries a year occur in Canadian school-aged children.  (more...)


Italian police discover fugitive mob bosses hiding in bunker

Police nabbed two mafiosi on January 29, 2016, after discovering them
"living like animals" in a mountain hideout with an arsenal of weapons.
ROME — Italian police discovered an underground bunker in the countryside of southern Calabria Friday with two mobsters, considered among Italy’s most dangerous fugitives, holed up and sleeping inside.

Police said they are trying to find a network of accomplices they suspect helped ’ndrangheta clan bosses Giuseppe Crea and Giuseppe Ferraro elude capture for 10 years and 18 years respectively.

Crea, 37, faces 22 years in prison for Mafia association; Ferraro, 48, was sentenced to life imprisonment, including for a murder conviction.

The two had a dozen firearms, including a Kalashnikov, neatly hung up on a wall, video released by police of the bunker’s interior showed.  (more...)


Infiltration of the Catholic Church

What the anti-Communists don't tell you is that the Chuch has a much older enemy -- Freemasonry. And, that Freemasonry is indifferent to whether it utlilizes Communism, Naziism, or Fascism to destroy the Church. Liberals and Liberation Theology are only one side of the pincer maneuver devised by the Freemasons. We must also examine neo-Catholicism in our inquisition.

Evangelical minister? Or, fifth column?

Christian Zionism and the Scofield Reference Bible: A Critical Evaluation of Dispensational Theology

 Christian Zionism and the Scofield Reference Bible
The author has purposed in the writing of Christian Zionism and the Scofield Reference Bible to provide an objective analysis of the multiple doctrinal as well as prophetic issues raised in the extensive notes and commentaries included with the scripture text of the various and changing printings of the Scofield Reference Bible. Through an objective examination of this work of Cyrus Scofield and his editorial committee, many obvious conflicts and contradictions are revealed when compared with what the scriptures actually say. Problems become more apparent when you realize that several revisions have been made over a century with most of those coming after Scofield’s death. The copyright belonged to Oxford University Press, and yet they continued to show Cyrus Scofield as editor many years after his death. Dispensational theology has received a very broad acceptance among conservative and evangelical Christians.

Yet when honestly scrutinized, we find that many tenets of doctrine, as well as prophesy presented, are in contradiction to what the scriptures clearly teach. An examination of the book will provide the reader with ample evidence that what has been asserted here is in fact true.


I discovered this book while researching an article on Christian Zionism. I was already familiar with the evils of this system, and with the checkered history of Cyrus Scofield and his Zionist-backed reference Bible. Therefore I wasn’t really expecting much new from this book. Was I surprised! Dean, who spent years (like myself) being exposed to Darby-Scofield-Dispensational theology, shatters it. Using Scripture and clear-thinking logic, Dean shows how the Scofield-Hal Lindsey set misconstrues prophecy. He presents accurate, common-sense interpretation of those same prophecies, e.g., Daniel and Revelation, with outstanding insight. I came away from this book very enlightened. On top of everything else, Dean understands the truth about 9/11 and current events—very rare to find among Bible expositors. Although he is a layman, I have not encountered this level of wisdom in other contemporary theologians. God often chooses the humble to be his greatest servants. 
The only change I would make to this book: when the Scofield Bible notes are quoted at length, they are not set off as block quotations. Sometimes it took me a few moments to discern whether I was reading the words of Scofield or Dean. That minor formatting issue aside, I UNCONDITIONALLY RECOMMEND this book for anyone interested in the truth about Christian Zionism and Dispensationalism. Thank you, David Lance Dean. I’ve ordered his previous book, “These Prophets and the Revelation,” and look forward to reading it.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Greville Janner: Justice Denied

Interview with men who reported Greville Janner's abuse, but were denied court appearances.

Also Includes former detective sergeant Graeme Peene, who reported concerns about Janners back in the 1970's.

There were four police investigations into Janner.

The first was in 1991. Detective Inspector Kelvyn Ashby, who was in charge of that inquiry said he would have arrested Janner because he believed there was sufficient evidence, but that decision was taken out of his hands by senior people.

In 2002 he was subject of an inquiry another claim of abuse at a childrens home, and in 2006 following another investigation, a local prosecutor decided not to press charges.

Last year in 2015, Leicester Police said there was credible evidence that Janner had committed the most serious sex crimes imaginable, but the DPP said he wasn't fit to be charged.

Jim Roberts, Former Leicestershire County Councillor believes that it was the 'establishment taking care of its own' .

How could it happen?

Sleight of hand

Toronto police laid sex assault charge against Brazilian soccer player despite knowing they had no case

Brian Greenspan: “The investigating officers were accepting and compliant with
the Crown position, and it was senior members of the unit that chose not to proceed
on the recommendation of the Crown."
TORONTO — Police investigating the alleged sexual assault of a young Toronto woman during the Pan Am Games by two Brazilian soccer players were told by Crown prosecutors they had no case against one of the men, but senior officers “defiantly” held a press conference anyway to wrongly describe Lucas Domingues Piazon as a wanted rapist who assaulted a sleeping woman in her bed, according to his lawyer.

Brian Greenspan made the claim — that police unfairly laid a charge they knew would not only fail, but never even get to trial — after Piazon’s sexual assault charge was formally withdrawn by the Crown on Tuesday.

In response, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders has ordered an investigation by the force’s professional standards unit, a spokesman said.

“Any remedy would have to be considered,” Greenspan said, but added he did not expect any lawsuits or formal complaints, as his client has a promising soccer career to focus on.  (more...)


Gotta watch those Toronto cops:

Distillery District shooting lands cop Police Services Act charges

An officer who fired 14 bullets into the hood of a stolen Toyota Corolla in the middle of a busy intersection faces Police Services Act charges.

The charges, which haven’t been released, follow an internal investigation into the takedown of a 60-year-old suspected car thief in the Distillery District on Sept. 16.

Police had boxed in the car with their cruisers at the intersection of Parliament and Mill Sts.

Video footage of the takedown shows officers getting out of their cruisers and ordering the man out of the Corolla. But as one cruiser moves forward slightly, another officer fires his Glock 9-mm pistol into the engine, causing two of his colleagues to cover up.

“The investigation has now led to charges that will take (Const. Tash Baiaiti) in front of the tribunal,” police spokesman Meaghan Gray said Wednesday.  (more...)

Oh, man......

Poking the Hornets' Nest: Fraternal Order of Police Data Dump

Today I released some files from the Fraternal Order of Police, allegedly the largest union-type body in the US representing sworn-in police officers. Since then, many groups have shared it over social media and other means, for which I thank all who have donated their bandwidth to seed the files over the torrent.


Feminist Terminology: Gender

Professor Fiamengo discusses the first of five pernicious feminist terms: Gender

Playing out of tune

Toronto police officers charged with obstructing justice, perjury

A bad week, or what?
Four Toronto police officers have been arrested on charges of obstruction of justice and perjury, and a full review of their past investigations is now underway, Chief Mark Saunders said Thursday.

The officers face a total of 17 charges in relation to a 2014 drug bust, where a judge ruled police planted drugs in a car in a case of “obvious collusion.”

Const. Jeffrey Tout, Det.-Const. Fraser Douglas, Det.-Const. Benjamin Elliott and Sgt. Michael Taylor are scheduled to appear in court on March 11. All are from downtown Toronto police divisions, and range in experience from nine to 17 years with the Toronto Police Service.

The officers were arrested at 7 a.m. Thursday and have since been released. All are suspended with pay.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday morning, Saunders said a team including members of the force’s professional standards unit and the Crown Attorney’s office has been formed to scrutinize other cases involving the officers “to see if there is any other cause of concern.”

Saunders does not know how many cases may now be in question. Some of the officers are “quite seasoned,” and may have worked on many cases over the years.  (more...)

Interesting stuff, heroin:

Playing heroin whack-a-mole:

James Forcillo: Game-changing guilty verdict

Cop lawyer Peter Brauti has arguably been laying the groundwork for an appeal for months.
"I'll see you after lunch."

On the day Toronto Constable James Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder in the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, there was no reaction from the man himself. The assembled media were looking for one, but true to form, Forcillo gave nothing away.

He was prepared for the worst. He had to be, given the video evidence showing him firing nine rounds in two separate volleys at close range at Yatim, six of them as the teen lay dying on the floor of a TTC streetcar.

For all the case's legal complexities and questions about the risky Crown strategy of laying two separate charges against Forcillo (second-degree murder and attempted murder), it was the raw footage of the incident caught at different angles by cameras inside the streetcar and the iPhones of several passersby that proved the game-changer. Without it, there likely would have been a different verdict. It was hard to watch it - as the jury had to dozens of times over the course of the three-month trial - and not be dumbstruck by Forcillo's actions.

But even before the ink was dry on the verdict, Forcillo's lawyer, Peter Brauti, was outside the courthouse creating more legal misdirection, arguing in a press scrum that the bystander video the jury saw on YouTube before the trial had "compromised" its impartiality. Not all members of the jury, mind you, he acknowledged.   (more...)

Further reflections:

Miguel Avila of Toronto Cop Watch outside the courthouse on Monday

Tasering of Sammy Yatim after being shot might be a chargeable offence

Sgt. Dan Pravica, seen in video surveillance from aboard the streetcar, enters the vehicle after
Tasering Sammy Yatim
As the case against Const. James Forcillo winds its way through the courts, there are growing calls for a review of all the evidence presented at trial to see if other criminal charges can be laid, especially against the officer who Tasered Sammy Yatim after he had been shot.

“Everything should be a given a review in the face of the evidence at trial,” said criminal defence lawyer Reid Rusonik, who, like all lawyers in this story, was not involved in the case.

Lawyer Peter Rosenthal told the Star he believes Sgt. Dan Pravica — who Tasered Yatim on an empty streetcar in July 2013 after he was shot by Forcillo — should be charged at least with assault.

“As Sammy Yatim lay on the floor of the streetcar, he did not pose any danger to anyone,” Rosenthal said.

“Thus, Tasering him was a completely unjustified assault. We cannot know if Mr. Yatim felt any effect of the Tasering as he died, but it was an assault in any event. If Mr. Yatim was actually dead by then, it would be an attempted assault. The officer should be charged.”

Another potential charge could be indignity to a body, he suggested, if it can be proven Pravica knew Yatim was dead before Tasering him.  (more...)

Stop paying criminal cops

Earlier this week, a jury in Toronto found Constable James Forcillo guilty of attempted murder in the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. Though the jury acquitted Forcillo on charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, relating to his first volley of three shots, it found there was no justification for the second volley of six, five of which struck the already mortally wounded Yatim.

When Forcillo fired the shots, he was earning a $103,967 annual salary. And he has continued to since. Following the charges, Forcillo was placed on paid leave for seven months. After seven months, he was back on the job, working in an administrative role at Crime Stoppers. Now that’s he’s been convicted, he has again been suspended, pending further legal developments — but once again, the leave is fully paid.

Ontario is the only province in Canada that allows charged — let alone convicted — police officers to continue to receive pay. Under the Police Services Act, officers facing criminal charges must be suspended with pay until they resign, are terminated or reintegrated, in a process that can take years.

Convicted officers, like Forcillo, can remain suspended with pay until they are sentenced to a term of imprisonment. After sentenced to imprisonment, it is at the discretion of the chief or Police Board to suspend the officer without pay. But even then, the officer keeps his job. And if an officer is convicted of a serious criminal offence and receives a conditional discharge (no prison time) the option of unpaid leave is not even available.

An officer can only be fired after a decision by a disciplinary tribunal, which can take years.  (more...)

More reflections:

Ontario’s schools are falling apart

Of all the duties that educational leaders and policy-makers have, ensuring that schools are safe is arguably the most important. But it looks like that is not happening in our city. Documents from the provincial government state that 56 per cent of schools in the Toronto District School Board are in “critical” or “poor” condition. And sometimes the consequences are dire. As reported by CTV news, a 6-year-old girl went to the bathroom at her Toronto school only to have the stall door collapse on her head, giving her a major concussion that took her over two months to recover from. Clearly we have a problem.

Teachers have been trying to sound the alarm about these issues for years. According to Elementary Teachers’ of Toronto president John Smith, teachers call the union almost every day about safety concerns in their schools. Perhaps in order to really change things though, teacher unions need to take more drastic measures, as their colleagues in other jurisdictions have done.

For example, in order to call attention to their crumbling school buildings, teachers in Detroit have engaged in a mass “sick-out” campaign. Because it is illegal under Michigan state law for any public employee to go on strike, Detroit teachers have been calling in to work “sick” en masse, effectively shutting down schools across the district.  (more...)

Yes, shut it down. Realistically, the system is too far gone to fix.

School bus driver faces multiple sexual assault charges

A school bus driver is facing multiple charges after three pre-teen children were allegedly sexually assaulted.

The incidents allegedly took place between September 2015 and January of this year.

Frank Gavas, 61, of Toronto, was arrested on Friday and has been charged with six counts of sexual assault and six counts of sexual interference.

Police said Gavas was employed by Stock Transportation from 2006 and has driven for numerous schools in the Scarborough area, including Georges Vanier Secondary School, Wexford Public School, George Peck Public School and Sloane Public School.

“We know that this situation may be upsetting for some of our students and will ensure that supports are in place for those students,” the Toronto District School Board said in a letter sent to parents on Wednesday.  (more...)

More coverage:

University of Toronto bullies and censors pro-life student group

Discrimination in Canada against Christians is sadly happening in too many places. Trinity Western University has had to fight a legal battle to try to get its future law graduates to be able to get employment in most provinces. Some of Canada's law societies have decided that Christian graduates need not apply. Voices of the Nations had their permit to perform at Yonge-Dundas Square revoked last year because they sing Christian songs. In many universities and colleges across Canada, pro-life student clubs are banned. These are clear cases of discrimination and bigotry against Christians. Christians are not wanted in the public square. It's time to push back.

The most recent case of discrimination is taking place at the University of Toronto's Mississauga location. The pro-life club called Students for Life has not been allowed to organize on campus. This decision was made by the Students' Union back in 2015, even though in 2014 the group had been given permission to go ahead with its activities.

When Students for Life asked for the reason why they could not operate they were told that it's because the club is "pro-choice." What's has happened to the freedom speech and the freedom of association? What is happening to democracy in Canada? The University of Toronto is now going to tell some 14,000 students on the campus what to think? Has pro-choice been reduced to one choice: the pro-death choice. Why should the pro-death students have more rights than the pro-life students?  (more...)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Police bust pedophile ring in Quebec in raids that extend to Toronto

MONTREAL — Police in Quebec say they have arrested 13 people who allegedly exchanged advice on ways to sexually abuse children without raising suspicion.

The investigation by Quebec provincial police and the RCMP began three years ago.

About 150 officers from different forces took part in raids Wednesday throughout Quebec and in Toronto.

Those arrested are aged between 27 and 74.

"The probe began in April 2013 after we received tips from the public," said provincial police Sgt. Christine Coulombe.

"In a nutshell their strategy was to go on online discussion forums to exchange information about their sexual experiences with children. They also discussed what tactics to use and what places to frequent with the aim of sexually abusing children without raising suspicion."  (more...)

The Story of Britain's Child Migrants

 Empty Cradles
A most moving book. I cried about 20 times during reading the book.

It is the story of how Margaret, a social worker for Nottinghamshire County Council  gradually discovers the unpalatable truth that the British Government and childrens charities trafficked children as young as 4 to Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Rhodesia.

It was part of a deliberate policy to rid Britain of the problem of full childrens homes,  paying for their upbringing as well as having the “benefit” of populating the Empire with young white blood. These children were transported as orphans, often with names and dates of birth altered so that their parents, who had often not agreed or even known about the theft of their children, would not be able to contact them and vice versa.

If you think that is stark, then add to the mix some emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Then top it off with lies and cover up by institutions and government. Many aspects will be familiar to those who know about Britain's child sexual abuse and forced adopted and secret courts of today.  (more...)

The Canadian end of this trail of tears:

 Little Immigrants

When a society has commodified the human person, no attrocity is forbidden.

Debate: Did the UK establishment and media cover up child sex abuse?

Sex-ed curriculum does youth a disservice

Lost dreams?
As Community Editorial Board member, Jakki Jeffs, writes, "For almost 30 years we have listened to the more-sex-education mantra."

And where have those 30 years gotten us? "Pills and condoms" about sums it up. We now have a sex-education program that implicitly teaches that sex has nothing to do with love or commitment.

Having ditched love and commitment, it's probably pointless to talk about healthy marriage and family formation. Yet, the Institute for Marriage and Family Canada confirms that a large majority — 88 per cent — of Canadian teens expect to marry someday.

We're doing our kids a disservice? I love understatement.

G. Francesca Van Houtven



Jurors in Sammy Yatim slaying saw flick of the knife Forcillo’s way

They won’t take “guilty” for a verdict.

But a city is expected to quiescently accept “not guilty” as a two-thirds outcome. Because we are a civilized society. We are also a society, across Ontario, which has never convicted a cop of murder in the line of duty.

Public outrage over the police shooting of Sammy Yatim must have spent itself in the days and weeks after the fatal July 2013 confrontation between the knife-brandishing teenager and Const. James Forcillo — viewed thousands of times on footage captured by citizen cellphone video.

Had there been no video — from bystanders, from cameras inside the streetcar from which panicked passengers had fled — would there ever have been charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder laid against the constable? Defence lawyer Peter Brauti, in a wide-ranging refutation barely couched in alleged respect for the jury’s six-day deliberation, alit on that “social media” evidence as a scourge, a complicating factor, which induced him to seek a change of venue away from Toronto and judge-alone trial from the Ministry of the Attorney-General. Both entreaties were rejected.

“What I think is it started off with a trial-by-YouTube because what we know is, within seven minutes of the incident taking place it was posted all over YouTube,” Brauti told reporters during a scrum outside court Tuesday after Forcillo was found guilty of attempted murder — but not the more serious charge of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

“We started behind the eight ball on this one.”  (more...)

More reflections:

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Forcillo had options other than shooting to kill

I completely admit that I am an arm-chair quarterback on policing and public safety issues. That’s what I do, but I do so following a 36 year career in policing, including a number of years engaged in or overseeing OPP tactical operations at the provincial level.

Despite having strong opinions on the July 27, 2013 fatal shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Service Constable James Forcillo from the moment the YouTube video appeared, I did not publicly pass judgment for obvious reasons. I wasn’t there, did not attend the trial, but did follow the reported evidence very closely. However the lengthy and passionate trial is now over – pending appeals and motions, and the jury has made their difficult decision, so fasten your seatbelt.

No police officer in this country dons their uniform hoping to take a life over the course of their shift. Much to the contrary. They are sworn to protect life and property and do so very well, despite constant criticism from the vocal minority and a growing feeling that they are unappreciated by many.

Certainly some officers are more inclined to unnecessarily use force than others – including deadly force, however they are thankfully but a few. The vast majority of Canadian and U.S. police officers are honest, committed and brave public servants that want no part of taking a life, OR the investigation, scrutiny and feelings of isolation the entire process will bring them if they do. Regardless, at times they must. Through his or her actions, the suspect most often dictates the amount of force that the police must respond with. At least that is how it should be.  (more...)

Further reflections:

How to recruit a killer:

Janet Smith clashes with DJ ‘A7’ over abuse inquiry at BBC

Retired judge Dame Janet Smith has clashed with an unnamed disc-jockey over her inquiry into BBC star Sir Jimmy Savile, Exaro can reveal.

The unnamed DJ is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, Claire McAlpine, who committed suicide a month later. Claire was a dancer in the audience of Top of the Pops.

The DJ’s lawyers demanded to see what Smith planned to write about the case in her inquiry report, which was leaked to Exaro.  (more...)

Verdict in Yatim shooting may be a classic compromise

TORONTO — It was a volley too far.

So said a jury Monday in convicting Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo of attempted murder in connection with the second round of shots he fired at Sammy Yatim in the teenager’s shooting death on a Dundas streetcar on July 27, 2013.

If the charge and finding make for curious law — Forcillo was charged both with killing and attempting to kill the same person and was acquitted of the more serious charge of murder — the verdict mirrors the widespread revulsion felt at the time by both civilian eyewitnesses and the broader public, who watched it happen almost as quickly as the actual witnesses thanks to iPhone video that was quickly uploaded online.

When Forcillo fired the second volley of six shots, Yatim was lying on his back on the floor at the front of the streetcar, effectively dying.

Though no one, least of all Forcillo, knew it then, the teen was mortally wounded, the constable’s first three shots having pierced his heart, shattered his spine and paralyzed him from the mid-chest down, and fractured his right arm.

Certainly, the slight teenager never got to his feet again.  (more...)

Further reflections:

'Sextortion' scam targeting York region men: police

Police are warning York Region residents of an online extortion scam targeting men.

Several men have reported falling victim to the alleged scam, York Regional Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

In each case, citizens say they have been contacted on social media by unknown suspects posing as women, who encourage the men to remove their clothing and "perform a sex act" while in front of a computer. The acts are then recorded by webcam without the victims' knowledge or consent, police said.

Officers said the suspects then tell the victims that the videos will be released on social media and emailed to family and friends if the victims do not send them money by wire transfer.

Police believe that the instances are part of a worldwide extortion scam, and that there are likely more victims who have yet to come forward.  (more...)

Police malice? Charges dropped against Brazilian soccer star who was accused of sex assault at Toronto Pan Am Games

The charges against a high-profile Brazilian soccer player accused of sexual assault have been dropped, his lawyers announced Tuesday

In October, Lucas Piazon was charged with sexual assault by Toronto Police after allegedly attacking a sleeping woman only hours after winning the bronze medal for the Brazilian team.

“This unsupportable and irresponsible allegation by Toronto Police wrongly and unfairly tarnished Mr. Piazon’s unblemished reputation,” reads a release by lawyers Brian Greenspan and Robin McKechney.

The lawyers noted that the charges were thrown out after Crown prosecutors made a thorough examination of the evidence. “The Crown’s guidance had been sought — but clearly ignored — by the police prior to their October press conference,” they wrote.  (more...)

More coverage:

Is Toronto setting honeytraps for unwary foriegners?
Is there a femiinist agenda at play?

Catholic schools must defend their identity and that of the human person

In the United States and Canada, there's a government push to force schools, including Catholic schools, to teach a definition of the human person that contradicts Catholic doctrine. The secular view of the person conflicts with the Catholic belief that human beings are created male or female and made in the image of God. And that God has a plan for each human being that any good government should fully respect.

The United States Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights released a document in 2015 called, Title IX Resource Guide to address in schools "discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools at all levels." The Guide covers, "all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students (as well as other persons) at recipient institutions are protected by Title IX—regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, part-or full-time status, disability, race, or national origin—in all aspects of a recipient’s educational programs and activities." This is a government that defines the person and human sexuality.  (more...)