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City's COVID-19 snitch line slammed on social media – Toronto Sun

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Toronto’s online snitch line announcement has been getting trolled since it launched last Friday.

The form on the city’s website allows residents to report issues of COVID-19 non-compliance, including those not self-isolating, operating non-essential businesses and construction sites, and gathering in a group.

The city received 408 complaints on Tuesday involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued four tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 472, not counting Wednesday’s numbers, which were not yet available. Officers also responded to 57 complaints Tuesday to non-essential businesses staying open. Since March 24, the city has issued 53 tickets and 131 notices to non-essential businesses.

Neuroscientist Robin Mazumder wrote that the city “would rather start a snitch line than open the streets to give people more space. It’s impossible to walk down a sidewalk in Toronto while maintaining adequate social distance. This is so disappointing. I hope they collect data on race. Guess who’s going to get tattled on …”

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association has launched its own reporting line to connect with people who been stopped for information, or have received tickets, charges, fines or other penalties for failing to comply with new COVID-19 rules.

“We’re looking for trends and potentially, examples of enforcement practices across Canada,” CCLA executive director Michael Bryant said Wednesday. “We’ve received over 100 data points and their version of the events is too many tickets are given out for harmless activity or honest mistakes, like sitting alone on the bench because they thought they were allowed to. Or unfair instances where they get a ticket for just being in the park, which is supposed to be allowed.”

Bryant said snitch lines tend to be “notoriously unreliable” and “bad government policy.”

“They’re full of neighbourhood vengeance and family law disputes where people presume to know the motivation of the person they’re snitching on,” he said. “It’s an outlet for rage and anxiety that ends up pressuring police and bylaw officers to over-ticket instead of educating the public and warning people. The end result is our response is fear-based instead of science-based, changing their behaviours based on health expertise.”

City spokesman Brad Ross said since provincial orders were introduced around social gatherings and non-essential businesses being open, as well as the temporary bylaw Mayor John Tory introduced, “the public have been routinely calling 311 to raise concerns about use of parks amenities or non-essential businesses being open, as two key examples. We report out on these compliant numbers daily.”

Bylaw and police officers have spoken to nearly 10,500 people in city parks about the closures and public health measures as a way of education, Ross added.

“The creation of the online form is just a simpler, more efficient way of contacting the city should you have a concern,” added Ross. “People, of course, can still call 311, but this form simply mirrors that option. Either way, the concern is forwarded to the emergency operations centre where it is triaged for either investigation, or as a note to a hot-spot concern.”

Some people have pointed of the hypocrisy of a snitch line when Tory and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders on Sunday led a motorized parade down Hospital Row creating crowds of people to show appreciation for health-care workers.

“It was a relatively few number of people that showed up,” responded Tory in Monday’s press briefing. “Some of those health-care workers were able to take time from their jobs to come out in the streets … I don’t think it’s something that’s going to happen often. I think it was done in a way that was respectful of the advice we received from (health officials).”

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Saskatoon police officer put on paid leave over 'harmful and offensive' social media posts – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

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“I want to assure the public that we take these complaints seriously. We have acted swiftly to address the issue and a thorough investigation will occur.”

The Saskatoon Police Association, the union that represents police officers in the city, said it will not be commenting at this time since the investigation is active.

The board of directors of Saskatoon Pride, in a Facebook post, said Cooper personally contacted the organization to inform it about the posts.

The organization said the posts are not just hurtful to the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ community, but to the entire community, and “are not worthy of someone charged with upholding the law and protecting the community.”

“It is a sad day for Saskatoon that, in the midst of outrage over the racist and criminal acts committed by police against the BIPOC community across the continent and during a month meant to celebrate diversity, inclusion and Pride, there is a member of the Saskatoon police force who would feel that they were entitled to express such bigoted views, while claiming to uphold the law and serve the public,” Saskatoon Pride’s board wrote.

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Social media helps solve mystery of lost camera found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek – Globalnews.ca

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Brianna Irawan, 13, was extremely happy after finding out on Thursday that her prized underwater camera that had been lost for almost a year had been found in Kelowna’s Mill Creek.

The Williams Lake teen was visiting relatives in Kelowna last year when she lost the camera while jumping into the waterfalls at Mill Creek Regional Park.

“We were on Mill Creek, jumping into the water and I put my camera underneath my clothes,” Irawan told Global News on Friday.

“When I jumped, I forgot about my camera, so I walked back up and then I picked up my clothes and I forgot my camera was underneath and it fell into the water.”






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She went back the creek several times over the next few days, but eventually had to write her camera off to the river gods.

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The Fujifilm XP model wasn’t seen again until almost a year later when Calvin Van Buskirk found it caught up in some debris downstream.

“What makes it even more interesting is we found a GoPro there last year. You guys [Global News] were able to get the images and the videos off it within hours it found its way back to its rightful owner,” Van Buskirk said.






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It took less than 24 hours for images retrieved from the camera to make their way around social media and back to their owner.

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Kyla Irawan, Brianna’s mother, sent a message to Global News on Thursday afternoon through Facebook to say the photos had come from her daughter.

On Friday, Global News returned the camera — still in working order — to Brianna’s uncle, Travis Whiting, who is also Kelowna’s fire chief.






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The Irawans shared a message of gratitude with Van Buskirk.

“Thank you, Calvin, we totally appreciate your honesty,” said Kyla Irawan.

“Thank you for putting it on Global so I can give my daughter the opportunity to have all those memories back.”

For her part, Brianna said she can’t wait to see her FujiFilm XP model again.

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“Soon as I get it, I’m going to transfer the photos” to a computer, she said.

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Former UBC basketball assistant coach criticized for social media activity – The Province

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Long-time assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp will no longer work next to head coach Kevin Hanson.

The University of B.C. is distancing itself from former assistant men’s basketball coach Vern Knopp following questions about some of his activity on social media.

A Twitter account called Muted Madness pointed out on Thursday that Knopp had hit the like button on a video posted by conservative comedians the Hodge Twins on June 3 that claims the Black Lives Matter movement is a “leftist lie.”

A number of other Twitter users echoed the criticism of Knopp, who served as head coach Kevin Hanson’s volunteer assistant for the past two decades.

Later on Thursday, he shared a comment on his account, which is set to private: “So I never knew some likes to conservative posts would cause this shit storm? However my LIKES are those of mine and have nothing to do with UBC! I had told Coach Hanson months ago that I wasn’t returning to UBC but I just not (sic) made it public, only to my family.”

Reached via direct message on Friday, Knopp said he’d told Hanson about his decision in May as well as some parents on the team, but declined to make further comment.

Later on Thursday, Kavie Toor, UBC Athletics’ managing director, distanced the university from Knopp.

“Vern Knopp’s personal opinions, beliefs and social media endorsements do not represent the ideals and values of the UBC Thunderbirds. Vern Knopp is no longer a member of the Thunderbrids men’s basketball coaching staff,” he tweeted.

On Friday, the university’s athletics department declined to comment further.

The Alma Mater Society, a UBC students’ union, expressed support for the university’s position.

“The AMS is committed to supporting students from the Black community at this time, and we are actively working to develop programming to help combat anti-Black racism at UBC. The sentiments expressed by Mr. Knopp have absolutely no place at UBC, and society in general,” they said in a statement.

“We are encouraged to see that UBC Athletics and Recreation has taken a zero-tolerance approach to this issue.”

On Tuesday, the department shared a message on Twitter from university president Santa Ono.

“As Thunderbirds we join all of UBC in condemning racism in all forms. We are committed to an inclusive and respectful environment where we listen, learn and continue to grow together,” the department said in a tweet.

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