Category Archive: Unpublished Newspaper Articles

TTC Needs the Police

February 2009   Re: Another TTC shooting (February 24), it’s high time Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and issued side-arms. Although Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair has promised to increase the police presence on the TTC system, it’s simply not enough. By default, Chief Blair has admitted that an armed …

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The Right to Quit

January 2009   Regarding Mireille Levesque’s letter, (The right to quit, January 1, 2009), I absolutely agree that American war resisters/deserters should have the right to quit the military.

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SIU Not So Toothless

October 2008   As a serving police officer, I can tell you that even a "toothless SIU" still scares many police officers, especially the honest ones. Even though many of their staff are ex-cops, has no one heard on the Professional Standards Branch (Internal Affaris to American cop-show watchers). The job of these officers is …

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Manufacturing Job Losses

October 2008   With all the job losses in the manufacturing sector, I thought I would chime in with my two cents.

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Toronto’s 30 Nothings

October 2008   Regarding Andrew Ross’ article "Toronto’s 30-nothing generation needs help (Toronto Sun, October 26, 2008); now I don’t know Mr. Ross’ specific situation; however, there are some things that are way off base in his article.

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War Deserter Should Go Home

July 2008   I find it quite disappointing that Corey Glass’ deportation has been stayed (War resister stays in Canada, for now, Toronto Sun, July 10). While I can understand that Glass may have been mislead by Indiana National Guard recruiters regarding whether he would have to serve in a foreign country, he completely looses …

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There’s No Debate Here

May 2008   While Toronto City Council is debating whether new streets should be named after soldiers who died in Afghanistan, some feel that Afghanistan veterans should not receive such an honour because most of them have been killed by roadside bombs, rather than in combat. I am very uncomfortable with the idea of pigeonholing …

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Make TTC Special Constables Full Police Officers

March 2008   In light of the recent shooting at the Spadina subway station (Witness to a shooting, March 29), it’s high time the Toronto Transit Commission Special Constables were given full police status and armed. Currently, as unarmed Special Constables, they are Peace Officers and as such have the authority of a Police Officer …

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Give Me a March Break

March 2008   In the aftermath of a massive snowsttorm dumping over a foot of snow on Barrie, I felt compelled to write this letter to personally thank my Toronto Sun carrier for waiting until the Monday, March 10, after the storm to deliver my paper (no I’m not being sarcastic, I really mean it).

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Use of Tasers in Question

November 2007   I will open by stating the obvious: the death of Robert Dziekanski after being taSered by the 4 RCMP officers should not have happened. I don’t know anyone who would agree wtih that more that the RCMP offiicers themselves. Although none of us "arm-chair quarterbacks" really know what was going through the …

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