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June 29, 2010


Police admit no five-metre rule existed on the security fence law.

F*cking excuse me?

Toronto's police chief is admitting there never was a five-metre rule that had people fearing arrest if they strayed too close to the G20 security perimeter.

Civil libertarians were fuming after hearing Friday that the Ontario cabinet gave police the power to stop and search anyone coming within five metres of the G20 fences in Toronto for a one week period.

However, the Ministry of Community Safety says all the cabinet did was update the law that governs entry to such things as court houses to include specific areas inside the G20 fences — not outside.

A ministry spokeswoman says the change was about property, not police powers, and did not include any mention of a zone five metres outside the G20 security perimeter.

When asked Tuesday if there actually was a five-metre rule given the ministry's clarification, Chief Bill Blair smiled and said, “No, but I was trying to keep the criminals out.

That's it. I quit Canada.

A point of clarification: I defended the use of the 1939 Public Works Protection Act. Since it turns out Toronto's Chief of Police can enforce imaginary applications of the statute, I needn't have bothered. That makes me the asshole (with my apologies for the [now Bowdlerized] vulgarity, I am at my wit's end).

Round up ready: The Black Bloc recruitment line starts here.

Blazing Cat Fur: "Chief Bill Blair A Lying Asshole". Arnie's comments thread is going to get lively.

Five Feet of Fury: "Congratulations to Toronto's top cop, for guaranteeing that the next event of this kind in the city gets 10x the protesters -- made up of newly radicalized, cynical and pissed off citizens."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 29, 2010 04:42 PM