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Police in impossible position

June 2015

Re:  “MNR cuts to blame for bear shooting” (Toronto Sun, June 2):  Once again the police are placed in an impossible position because a more appropriate agency, for whatever reason, is unable to respond fast enough.  Police aren’t supposed to be wildlife management officers, mental health workers or social service workers, yet time and time again, police are stuck holding the bag for a variety of reasons, usually because the appropriate agencies have inadequate funding and staffing levels.  

Sure, police could have tried to use a Taser on the bear, if they could have gotten close enough to safely do it, but then what?  A Taser doesn’t sedate, so what were police supposed to do after that?  Handcuff the bear?  Keep Tasering it until the MNR Conservation Officers arrived (yeah, that would have gone over well)?

Also, when the FRICK are people going to stop blaming Mike Harris?  The Liberals have been in power for 12 years now, so any inadequate funding  or staffing levels are on their hands now, not Harris’.  Gee, if only we had a billion dollars lying around somewhere!  Oh wait…….

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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