“In a classic case of protesting too much, the Globe and Mail recently ran a masthead editorial insisting that Ford was a “non-conservative.” When Toronto’s antiquated power and drainage systems were overwhelmed by a powerful summer storm in 2013, leaving public transit stilled, commuters stranded, streets and roadways flooded, and nearly half a million without power, Margaret Wente complained that “it’s begun to feel too uncomfortably Third Worldish here in Canada.” She forgot to remind readers that it’s precisely the anti-government mantra she constantly relays that got the city into this mess.”

… while the U.S. is more advanced on the inequality curve, both economies are seeing a much larger share of a much smaller pie go to a very small portion of the über-wealthy.

This has made the issue of income inequality a pinnacle political concern for the Canadian public. This isn’t about the perennial divide between rich and poor — this is a political split between those at the very top of the pyramid and everyone else.

The EKOS poll: A dismal time to be young | iPolitics

But that’s OK, right Chrystia? It’ll trickle down, won’t it? Creative destruction floats all boats, right?

The future of the Liberal Party, friends. She’s deeply concerned about these things.

It was “kind of like what they did to Jesus.”

— Doug Ford on Rob Ford in council Wednesday.

But sure, let’s stick to that “tough-on-crime” approach, because it’s working so well.

Stupid on crime is more like it.

Friday night.

(tip of the chapeau to @pogge411 and @impolitical)

“If you still support Rob Ford you are seriously dumb. You don’t deserve to be allowed to handle money or have children or have any sort of position of authority in your career or be involved in any other situation where you have even a scintilla of responsibility over anything. You shouldn’t own a goldfish. You should probably be hospitalized and observed closely for the rest of your life. You are a liability as a person. Need I go on? Okay, I will. You are the most gullible group of morons to ever grace this planet. You make me wish chemical castration could be legally applied based on the comment section of the Toronto Sun’s web site.”

#AssholeCops: not just in Toronto. Just so we’re clear.

Seriously, how much more of a national embarrassment could the fucking RCMP actually be? I mean, apart from beating the shit out of women, harassing their female colleagues, pepper-spraying peaceful demonstrators, tasering immigrants to death at airports and lying about it, sitting there with their thumbs up their asses while serial killers prey on women, and now acting as hired goons for the resource industry … they’re doing a bang-up job, aren’t they.

Fuck you, you worthless sacks of shit.

In the aftermath of the shooting, responding to reasonable criticism from two high-profile individuals, the president of the Toronto Police Association disdainfully said, “Mr. (Sid) Ryan (president of the Ontario Federation of Labour) has never been a police officer and has no expertise in policing or anything related to policing.” The chief of police even asserted that Marin’s comments were “uninformed,” when Marin clearly is well-informed.

The theme of those rebukes has been repeated ad nauseam: In short, “don’t criticize me unless you’ve walked a mile in my shoes.” Their dismissive attitude shocked and infuriated many Torontonians.

Next came the revelation that a Durham Regional Police officer, using an alias, tweeted that Marin was a “leach (sic) on society” and “should stick his big french (sic) nose” up his anus. This egregious tweet has recently been discovered to have been perpetrated by an officer who contemptibly appropriated the Twitter account of a fellow officer to spew his racist venom.

Furthermore, if this protected unknown cop holds such an ignorant view of Marin, what vile opinions does he harbour towards aboriginals, blacks and Asians? And now that the offensive offender has been accurately identified, we have the pathetic spectacle of the Durham police chief pompously demanding an apology from Marin. He seems to think their belated discovery of the erroneously attributed, but more outrageous, behaviour absolves them of all sin.

The Police Association of Ontario couldn’t resist piling on: “Mr. Marin should be held accountable for his inappropriate conduct, which undermines public trust and confidence in the office of the ombudsman.”

What about the “public trust and confidence” in the constabulary of this province?

Firm civilian hand needs to rein in authoritarian police | Toronto Star

Wise words from Gordon Chong, but until someone in the provincial government grows a spine, more of the same old same old.