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By Matthew Casey

One thing that is really burning me is that the G20 summit is long over and there are still protests taking place that are demanding an inquest into police actions during the event.  In my opinion the police acted appropriately, in fact I thought they showed too much restraint during the riots that took place on Saturday June 26.  I watched several videos of G20 protests that took place in Pittsburgh and noticed that police took swift action on the crowds when objects were hurled at the officers or at the slightest hint that violence was about to erupt.  This was definitely not what happened in Toronto when the city witnessed some of the worst violence in its history.

On June 26 the police were nowhere to be seen when a number of police cruisers were set ablaze.  The police were also very hard to find while members of the “Black Bloc” ran rampant through the streets smashing the windows of poor helpless shop owners stores on Yonge Street and Queen Street.    The next day police seemed to be a little more aggressive and I might say with good reason.  Yes we may have a right to protest in Canada but the carnage from the day before basically ruined that right for everyone.   It was evident that these anarchists (a.k.a. criminals) were embedding themselves within these “peaceful” protests and could cause anarchy again on the Sunday.  So I am glad that police took action and nipped all of these protests in the bud. After all, what does destroying a mom and pop shop prove? Nothing except for the fact that you are a criminal and deserve to be arrested.

As for all of the people that were held for just “being in the wrong place at the wrong time”, I have no sympathy for them.  They knew that police presence was going to be heavy in the downtown core and that after the riots on Saturday that police were not going to take any chances with anyone.  If these people did not want to get involved in the unpleasant situation of being held for hours in the rain then they should have heeded the warnings to STAY OUT OF THE DOWNTOWN if you didn’t have to be there!  They should have done what I and many other people with common sense did–watch the action from a news network.  Most of the people who were innocently being held were indeed probably not protesters, but they were curious on lookers who just wanted to take pictures of what was going on.  I say to them that if members of accredited media organizations like CTV were being arrested and held what made them think that being a “Joe Smoe” would mean that the police wouldn’t approach them?  If police were taking in recognizable public figures like Lisa Laflamme then I would have thought that they wouldn’t hesitate to take me in as well.

I’m not saying that the police did everything perfectly as I am no legal expert.  But I feel that given the circumstances that surrounded the events I think they did very well and should have definitely done more during the riots to stem the damage that was done to people’s livelihoods. However all of this is now in the history books and hindsight is 20/20 as they say.  Maybe we can all learn from these events and be a little wiser if the G20 should ever come this way again–I sincerely hope it never does again!

Even in Tragedy People Still Out to Scam

Posted: January 24, 2010 by Matthew Casey in Articles
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Police are warning people to be vigilant of a new email money scam that is going around.  It’s being reported that a group of scam artists is sending out millions of emails.  The messages claim they are in Haiti and are victims of the recent earthquake.  Claiming to be badly injured, they are requesting money to buy medicine.   The emails also make a claim that they are front line aid workers who are trying to raise money to help others as well.

The public is being warned to ignore these emails and to be extremely careful to who they send their money to.  These fraudulent emails always ask for the funds to be sent via money transfers.

It’s a shame that even amidst all of the devastation in Port Aux Prince and Haiti that there are individuals out there who would seek to rob money from willing donors for their own good.  This shows that the world is a scary place and one must be ever conscious of everything around them.  I would suggest only making donations through official charities and to do so in person, that way you know that your money is safe and is going to the people who need it and not lining the pockets of someone who doesn’t.

—Matthew Casey

There doesn’t really seem to be a good way to get around in Toronto.  If you drive you have to put up with traffic jams, if you commute using public transportation it is overcrowded, and if you use your feet to get you places, then one must really be careful!  So far in the last seven days seven pedestrians have been involved in fatal accidents.

One of the big reasons for vehicle-pedestrian accidents according to the Ontario Safety League President Brian Patterson, in an interview with the Toronto Star, is a lack of communication between drivers and people walking.

Everyone seems to be so caught up in their own little world that they don’t see or hear what is going on around them.  People walk with earphones blasting music in their ears and drivers are distracted by all kinds of devices within their cars.   All it takes is one quick glance away from the road to initiate a chain of events that can’t be stopped.

Another big reason is that people are simply in too much of a rush.  Cars are whizzing down streets at incredible speeds in a frantic attempt to arrive somewhere on time.  To this effect, Toronto speed limits on city streets seem to be quite high as they are posted generally at 60 km/h.  The faster the cars move, the more likely an accident will be fatal.  A Toronto city councillor Bill Saundercook is proposing an idea to have speed limits reduced in the city by at least 10 km/h.

In an article in the Toronto Sun Councillor Saundercook says that he doesn’t want people to be afraid to walk.  I believe that if the city is trying to encourage people to reduce their carbon footprint, then they should make the streets more pedestrian friendly.  I believe that a reduction in speed limits is wise, and also police should enforce a zero tolerance for people who choose to go faster than the posted limit.

Even with slower speed limits accidents are not one hundred percent avoidable, but hopefully a reduction in speed limits will also reduce the number of fatal accidents to lower levels.

—Matthew Casey

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