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The racial makeup of the Peel police force does not reflect the diverse community it serves, data obtained by the Star shows.
Statistics provided in August by Peel police show that 13 per cent of the force’s 1,961 uniform officers were “racialized persons” (visible minorities) in 2010.
Data provided by Peel police on Oct. 7 which includes 2015 hirings, shows that nine out of 58 senior officers, or 15.5 per cent, are visible minorities. In 2010, that number was 5 per cent. More recent numbers for all uniform staff were not provided.
Census data from 2011 shows that 60 per cent of Brampton and Mississauga residents were visible minorities. The Ontario Police Services Act says forces should be “representative of the communities they serve.”
By comparison, on Toronto’s police force, visible minorities make up 24 per cent of all uniformed officers. In 2011 visible minorities made up 49 per cent of the city’s population.
Critics say a lack of diversity within a police force can lead to problems such as racial bias; the Peel force has been criticized for its use of street checks, also known as carding, a practice that involves officers stopping citizens and storing their details in a police database. Toronto police have also been condemned over carding, and a province-wide review is looking at the practice. In both municipalities, blacks are carded more often than whites.
Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie sits on Peel’s police services board. Three weeks ago, she demanded that Chief Jennifer Evans suspend the force’s use of carding. The chief refused. Crombie has now asked for a comprehensive review of the force’s hiring and promoting practices.
“Our goal is to develop a comprehensive action plan to ensure we have a local police force that is fully equipped to address the complex challenges that come with keeping our highly diverse community safe,” Crombie told the Star on Wednesday.
This week, the Star asked Evans about diversity on the force. Spokesperson Staff Sgt. Dan Richardson responded Wednesday, “We do believe that having a police service that is reflective of our community, at all ranks, is very important, and we are continuing to make great progress towards that.”
The Star recently obtained street-check data from Peel police that shows black people are three times more likely to be stopped than whites.
Asked if the number of stops involving black people could alienate the community from applying for jobs with the force, Richardson responded on behalf of Evans: “We continue to seek input from the community on how we can improve, especially in identifying what might be a perceived systemic barrier to hiring members of some communities.”
Anyone being carded — stopped for collection of personal information when there is no specific crime being investigated — can legally walk away from police.
Ontario Human Rights Commission interim chief Ruth Goba draws a link between the lack of diversity in institutions and potential abuses.
“We worked with several police organizations to help them look at their services and recruitment through a human-rights lens,” Goba wrote in an email to the Star. Such an approach “can help identify barriers and prevent human-rights issues,” she said.
Peel Region criminal lawyer Eugene Bhattacharya says many in the region are aware of what the numbers illustrate.
“This information is certainly not new to me,” said Bhattacharya, who is president of the Peel Criminal Lawyers Association and vice-president of Peel’s Law Association.
“Over time, we certainly expect that the representation of the force will reflect the diversity of the community,” Bhattacharya told the Star on Wednesday after details on the force’s composition, obtained through a freedom of information request, were shared with him.
“But we recognize right now that there is this discrepancy.”
He said some of the disparity can be explained by the rapid demographic shift experienced in Peel in recent years. Racial bias in policing can be one of the consequences.
“This is why the Police Services Act says in one of its guiding principles that the police force needs to be reflective of its community,” said Alok Mukherjee, former chair of the Toronto Police Services Board.
“My view is, this kind of diversity is critical to effective policing. It helps establish communication — creating trust, being able to have contacts in the community for gathering intelligence and ensuring the best candidates are being recruited.”
Mukherjee said that as the Toronto police became more reflective of their community, they became better able to deal with different types of crime, from gang activity to violence against women.
“You need to have certain cultural competencies in the force and the ability to engage in effective policing.”
Street checks: Peel vs. Toronto
1,961: Uniformed officers in Peel Region
5,400: Uniformed officers in Toronto
29,984: Number of street checks conducted by Peel police in 2012
400,000: Contact cards handed out by Toronto police in 2012
6: Crimes solved with help from street checks (as offered in examples by Peel police)
Toronto police have never offered a figure of how many crimes have been solved with the help of carding.
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New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair continues to ramp up his rhetoric against the Liberals — his main rivals for the support of Canadians desiring a change in government — and his frustration is now extending to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.
“I respect Kathleen Wynne as the premier of Ontario. I just wish that people who keep trying to come up with excuses for the Liberals’ opposition to things like child care would realize that you shouldn’t be ransoming support for one political party on the on the backs of families who desperately need affordable child care,” Mulcair said Thursday in an interview with the Star.
“Here in Toronto, it’s $2,000 a month for an infant in child care. That’s $24,000 a year. We’re proposing to lower that radically and I think that’s something that most families want. I don’t think they should be held to ransom. I just don’t think they should be told, well, ‘you have to vote for Justin Trudeau’, which means that you won’t get your child care,” Mulcair said when asked about his relationship with Wynne, who has made no secret of her desire to see Trudeau be the one to move into 24 Sussex Drive.
The New Democrats entered this long election campaign as unlikely front-runners, allowing Mulcair to make the argument to Canadians who desire change after nearly a decade under Conservative Leader Stephen Harper that they, and not the Liberals, have the most credible chance to defeat him Oct. 19.
The public opinion polls have since challenged that narrative, as NDP support is sliding, even in their stronghold of Quebec, where the so-called Orange Wave swept them into Official Opposition status in 2011, and the Liberals are appearing to pick up the anti-Harper vote, especially in Ontario.
Mulcair dismissed a question asking him to assess what has gone wrong with his campaign.
“The only party that is standing up for real change is the NDP. We have the confidence that we can replace Stephen Harper and start repairing the damage he has caused. Canadians have the confidence. They know we’ve got experience. We can do it. Watch us go,” he said.
The past few days have seen the reappearance of re-emergence of ‘Angry Tom’ — he prefers the term ‘passionate’, he said, while staffers referred to the ‘Harper Fighter’ — as Mulcair promises to reject the Trans-Pacific Partnership over clauses affecting dairy farmers and auto manufacturers. And, on Thursday, Mulcair said he was “appalled” to read a report in a Toronto newspaper that indicated the Prime Minister’s Office had earlier this year halted the processing of Syrian refugees.
That passion was evident in the interview Thursday as Mulcair responded to questions about the tough slog he would face implementing his biggest campaign promise — one million child care spaces costing no more than $15 a day — as it relies on the provinces to kick in 40 per cent of the funding.
“I think that Justin Trudeau believes that because the Liberals couldn’t do it, it can’t be done. So they spend their days trying to imagine scenarios where something might break down. I spend my days trying to think of all the good things we could do to help families, including affordable quality child care. I am going to maintain that optimism that we are going to get that result,” Mulcair said.
Mulcair also defended the NDP’s decision to commit to running a balanced budget in its first year, and rejected the idea that he had accepted the premise, promoted by Conservatives, that not running a deficit is a litmus test for good governance, or, on the flip-side, that his platform is not as progressive as the deficit-financed one promoted by Trudeau.
“Look at the NDP’s tradition. Tommy Douglas brought in 17 balanced budgets in a row and was able, based on that rock-solid foundation, then to bring in quality, affordable, universal, public health care for everyone in Saskatchewan and it became the Canadian model,” Mulcair said.
“We don’t want a flash in the pan on child care. We want something that’s solid, long-term and that will be there for years to come,” Mulcair said.
From the big dawg, the stud, there was an almost hangdog perplexity.
Neither haunted nor hexed by the nemesis Rangers, to hear David Price tell it. Just a kind of remorseful bewilderment — 0-6 now in playoff starts, 0-4 against Texas.
This was not as envisioned. But that’s the unpredictability, the capriciousness, of baseball.
It was the biggest game thus far of the Blue Jays’ 2015 existence — a homely thing, as it turned out, and a confluence of the entirely unimaginable: Price, the loser, and gone after seven innings; Josh Donaldson gone too with a rattled brain pan, kneed in the noggin sliding hard into second to break up a double play; Jose Bautista, who had belted the first playoff homer of his career, gone in the eighth, doubled over in pain on the dugout steps with a cramping right hamstring.
It was as if everything that could go wrong did go wrong. As if the gods of baseball — after bestowing so much glory on the Jays this year — had taken a sudden mischievous dislike of the club.
Just one game, of course, just one loss. But in a five-game series, there’s precious little room to reverse throttle.
Nerves, admitted Price, usually a long cool glass of water on the bump.
Nerves to begin, at least, Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre — 22 years after the last playoff game at Rogers Centre, nee SkyDome.
So maybe it wasn’t so wise, in retrospect, for manager John Gibbons to give his ace 11 days rest. That will be hotly debated, no doubt, though there’s barely time to reflect on what happened Thursday afternoon — a 5-3 loss to Texas — before the teams go at it again, less than 24 hours later and all eyes turning beseechingly to ace-in-training-wheels Marcus Stroman.
“It didn’t affect me,” Price insisted of the long layoff. “The first inning, more so battling nerves. I have nerves first spring training start, first bullpen of the year. If you’re out there and you’re not nervous in those first couple of pitches, first couple of innings, I don’t feel like you’re human.
“I care a ton. I want to go out there and pitch well for my teammates and pitch well for this country, and I didn’t do that today.”
It’s disconcerting to hear Price speak of stress and tenseness because he simply hasn’t shown any such vulnerability in his short tenure as a Jay. Mostly he displays self-confidence and reliability and, bounding off the hill, the grinning buoyancy of a roundly-acknowledged winner.
So now we know that even so poised and sanguine a marquee pro can wobble under the strain of expectations, particularly those he puts on himself. What lies beneath is what no else sees.
“Whenever a duck’s swimming, they look calm and collected on the outside of the water. But below that, they’re kicking away.’’
Post-season heebie-jeebies, in front of an expectant sold-out crowd, might explain the first inning, when Price surrendered two walks before getting out of the jam by inducing a double-play ball from Prince Fielder. He came back strong in the second frame, striking out the side on 14 pitches.
“Third inning, I just didn’t make any pitches.”
Second pitch to leadoff hitter Rougned Odor, hit him. One out later, with the infield wide open, Delino DeShields stroked a single up the middle that brought Odor home for the first run of the game. Ryan Goins, Toronto’s defensively superb second baseman, was moving towards the base in what he explained later had been a set play — intended as a pickoff by catcher Russell Martin, if DeShields had either swung through the pitch or taken it. DeShields gave Texas a 2-0 lead off Adrian Beltre’s single..
“We’ve been running that play all year,” said Goins. “Two-one, we throw a change-up. I was covering for the back-pick from the catcher. We usually throw a pitch that is going to be pulled, which it was. He did a good job of hitting it to second. So. What can you do?’’
What you can’t do, what Price did, was plunk Odor again, leading off the fifth, after Toronto had got on the board, with Ben Revere scoring on an infield dribbler by Edwin Encarnacion. That put a halt to Texas starter Yovani Gallardo’s 16 2/3 shutout streak against the Jays.
“I didn’t execute three pitches to him,” said Price, of the bane that Odor became, scoring two runs and then, holy-moley, taking him yard in the seventh. “I didn’t mean to hit him either time. He would probably have liked to hit a line drive off my shin but I’m sure he’ll settle for a home run.’’
After thrice beating the Rangers in the regular season, Price believed he had buried whatever mystifying edge they held over him. “I felt I got that monkey off my back.’’
Whenever the Jays put up runs, the Rangers countered.
“We scored in the (fourth, fifth and sixth),” said Price. “In two of those innings I gave runs right back. And we need those shut-down innings at this time of the year.’’
There was not, it should be emphasized, great dejection in the clubhouse. “I’m over it,” said Martin, slinging a backpack over his shoulder. “I’m ready to go tomorrow. I don’t know how many series where we lost the first game and still came out and won the series. It’s good to have that in the back of our mind.”
In fact, when losing the first game of a series, the Jays were 4-16-2, win-loss-split. But they were 3-2-0 after the trade deadline and the arrival of Price.
If the lanky lefty gets to pitch in this series again, it will have to go five games.
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Toronto waited 22 years for this. Well, not this, exactly. There was a moment where the first Toronto Blue Jays playoff game in over two decades appeared to morph from disappointment to disaster, a grease fire that spreads to the drapes. Things went wrong. Then more things. The roof was closed, for some stupid reason, but it felt like it was caving in.
“It’s not the end of the world,” said catcher Russell Martin, in French, after a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the best-of-five American League Division Series. “I can only speak for myself, but I’m ready for tomorrow already.”
Before anybody hyperventilates, this wasn’t fatal. It was just an awful way to play the first playoff baseball game in more than two decades in this town. That’s all.
“I know it’s there,” said ace David Price, who became the first pitcher in major-league history to lose his first six post-season starts, and admitted to some healthy, natural nerves. “I know it’s there. Hopefully (a win) comes in my next start. And if not, my next one, and my next one.”
There’s no guarantee Price will start another game for the Blue Jays, and that’s up to everyone else. Price just wasn’t very good: he hit three batters all season, and two on Thursday. He allowed home runs to the number eight and nine hitters in the Rangers lineup. He wasn’t an ace. It happens.
Price faltering is one thing. Watching the probable MVP get kneed in the head trying to break up a double play, collapse to the turf for a second, grimace as he left the field, play one inning at third before being removed for what manager John Gibbons said was light-headedness: that looked like disaster.
It was a lot like Troy Tulowitzki being injured by a charging Kevin Pillar: good intentions, bad result. Pillar pointed out that had Hanser Alberto — the replacement for Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who left with back spasms — not bobbled the ball to third a little, then the play at second wouldn’t have been as close. “I think if he peeks in there, and realizes that, I don’t think he might have to go as hard as he did,” Pillar said. “But that’s the kind of guy he is, and it led to a run.”
Bad luck, bad play. Then Jose Bautista wasn’t in right field for the top of the ninth, and it felt like the Jays were just another Toronto team. It had been so big, so anticipated. Three hours before the game started they wheeled out the carts with the cotton candy and the popcorn, the peanuts and cracker jacks, into the square outside the building. Inside, they drew the batter’s boxes, groomed the infield, dusted off home plate. There were 49,834 crammed under the dome, and everyone stood for the anthems, and the AL East banner was unfurled in centre field.
“There’s a lot of emotions there,” Pillar said. “You look up there and you understand that’s forever, and you’re part of that.”
And then, that familiar feeling: the floor falling away, and the city’s sports fans clawing at the air. It felt very Toronto. The Raptors lose at the buzzer in Game 7, or get swept; the Leafs were up 4-1, once upon a time. Step right up to the plate, lads. Your turn.
Except this isn’t over, and is probably a long way from over. Bautista only left because of a mild cramp in his left hamstring; he is expected to play Game 2. Price wasn’t an ace, but Marcus Stroman will start Game 2, and as Pillar says, “Stroman’s a big-time pitcher. He’s an ace on most teams.” He’s better than Cole Hamels, it says here.
Donaldson is the question mark. He passed concussion protocols, likely after sneaking back out to play the fifth inning, and at least one teammate said “he seemed fine” after the game. Donaldson is expected to play Game 2, but passing protocols doesn’t mean Donaldson won’t wake up on Friday with symptoms. He will be checked in the morning, and we’ll see.
But even if Donaldson were out, the Jays still have the two best hitters in this series, and better starting pitchers, starting Friday. They can still win this thing. The last two months weren’t an accident. These aren’t the Leafs, or the Raptors.
“You know what? This is a deep team,” said Pillar.
There’s an old curse that gets ascribed to the Chinese, but whose actual origin is a mystery: may you live in interesting times. Well, playoff baseball is back in Toronto, and it’s interesting as hell. Game 2 goes Friday. Biggest game in 22 years, since the last one.
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