Editor’s Note: Constable Todd Bennett has taken down his social media posts and has since apologized, stating he did not mean to offend anyone
Belleville Police Chief Ron Gignac has responded to our request for comment on the social media firestorm surrounding Constable Todd Bennett. CLICK HERE FOR PREVIOUS STORY
BELOW IS THE STATEMENT FROM CHIEF GIGNAC
I know that you know- that our officers and staff here in Belleville serve this Region with honor and sacrifice every day and night. One isolated post from 47 weeks ago does not represent the hundreds of thousands of events and instances where Belleville police officers have kept this community safe over the past year. We work tirelessly to serve with distinction to keep this community safe. I wish I could have media really know the hearts and minds of my people here and the work that’s being done behind the scenes and out of the limelight for our City.
I remind folks from time to time that our constitution and charter of rights and freedoms also guarantees the rights and freedoms of speech and expression even if we vehemently disagree on what is said or expressed. We have an internal accountability matrix and policies and procedures that must adhere to the Police services act of Ontario and the rule of case law, and legal requirements. The matter in question is dealt with according to the legal frameworks that I have to abide within and by. I am unable to comment upon any specifics about Constable Bennett, just as I cannot comment upon specifics of investigations or personal matters of members of the public. It’s the same as the college of surgeons and physicians— they cannot release the specifics of any internal processes, or comment upon personal privacy matters as it relates to their membership. Constable Bennett has also served the citizens of Belleville as a police officer and volunteer in our City for 29 years. He has also done many good things for others and saved lives in that time span.
Thus far in the United States there have been multiple police officers murdered in these riots and looting. Anarchists, authority haters, and police haters send us mail every day. We must be careful not to give these groups hero status, or a platform to spew their negativity and hatred, as they are unfortunately mixed in with lawful protesters and peaceful people wanting to make change and make our World and Country a better place.
As a metis from the metis nation of Ontario, I have a family background of Metis, (Ojibway/French, OjiCree/ Irish), and Hungarian. Wow—-what a mixed bag eh! Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be discriminated upon. At times, it was almost dehumanizing because I looked like an “Indian”. There were times throughout school and as a teen when I would be assaulted and had to fight back, was ganged up on, called a wagon burner, injun, redskin, half breed, and a host of other expletives. I do have an understanding of racial profiling from personal experiences. That said, I understand that we do not live in a perfect world, and there are no perfect people in our world- and you cannot let what’s being said or done to you by others define who you are and what you desire to be in your life’s calling. I do not harbour resentment or hate for those people. I forgive them. I believe in second chances, and I believe that everyone deserves second chances, and opportunities to improve and be enlightened. People can change, and in many cases, with experience and a listening and discerning ear, we can all modify our stances and beliefs upon many things.
Since becoming Chief here in Belleville, and for many years prior- I have two important pictures hanging upon my wall. John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. Everyone sees them when you first walk into my office. Under Martin Luther King Junior’s leadership for civil rights and President Kennedy’s leadership, massive strides were achieved for that great and important cause. It made the World a better place. Those marches under Martin Luther King Jr did not cause National looting, did not kill multiple police officers across the Country, and did not destroy businesses, and hundreds of millions of dollars of infrastructure, community, and personal property of hard working citizens like we are witnessing today in the USA.
In closing my personal message to you, I’ll refer to a parable in the Bible that I often think of and try to apply to many things when dealing with others (That’s why at every swearing in ceremony I run with Judge Hunter, you will hear me say- “Anyone can follow the letter of the law, but always try to apply the spirit of law when dealing with others: It teaches us to be slow to criticize, and to forgive others.
We know that we are held to a higher level of accountability than others as police officers, and strive to live up to that standard every day. At times, we all fail at that- that’s being human with vulnerabilities and shortfalls. We try and learn from our mistakes, improve, and move on to make things better.
And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.
Canucks’ Media Night Wars | Sippin’ On A Coffee – Nucks Misconduct
This doesn’t make much sense.
Joining me on this uncoordinated keyboard smashing is a mutated apple, a cup of vintage office Joe, an incredible fritter from a European bakery (No apologies to Timothy Horton), munchies dominated by Pretzels and finally a glass of non-tap water.
What will all that is on the table ultimately bring to the blog table? Hopefully a read that has your mind content thus leading you to believe that me, yes me, @kylebhawan, may just become a fixture in your hockey life.
And if not, you know the deal.
It is what it is.
Somebody made that up
Another predictable answer for what was a predictable yet necessary rumor.
Ah what a time to be alive,
“That’s not true, somebody made that up.” – Jim Benning on rumours that the #Canucks are exploring the possibility of trading Brock Boeser
— Harman Dayal (@harmandayal2) July 13, 2020
This is Vancouver.
Then I realized it was some Minecraft thing.
— Daniel Wagner (@passittobulis) July 13, 2020
Make something up
I had 2 beers only.
If Petey is your bestfriend…
He’d want you ‘round all the time.
If only I had become a professional athlete. Only then I would know how vital personal friendships are in a potentially 10 month long business trip.
But i’m currently living the life I knowingly chose. One that has me blogging away at the medium rare age of 27.
Anyways, if I’m answering the phone calls, i’m listening to the second most talented Canuck of all time.
Drancer reporting Canucks weren’t pleased at Sekeres’ report about Boeser.
This note is the interesting one though:
“there’s a certain first-line Canucks centreman that would be absolutely furious if the organization made such a move.”
— Taj (@taj1944) July 13, 2020
Do the math
And let’s be honest, anyone who claims to be fans of our favorite sport can muster up this equation.
Canucks in “cap hell” + possibly losing Tanev + having Jim Benning as a general manager + this is Vancouver + invested fanbase + no Stanley Cup in 50 years of existence + a rainy summer + 2020 + Tofolli’s first ten games in blue and green = the obvious.
The morale of the story
It is and always will be a results oriented business. Nobody is safe.
Boeser called the rumours unnecessary and was disappointed by the timing of the tweets. Frankly, that’s Boeser being professional. We know he’s effin pissed and rightfully so. #Canucks
— Dr. Tej Dhaliwal, O.D. ️ (@DrTejDhaliwal) July 13, 2020
But would you do it?
Signal out to the masses of quarantined followers that the team is interested in parting ways with the 2018 Calder Finalist?
If I was a reporter with a trusted source and sits in one of the chairs on Vancouver’s favorite sports radio show, you damn right I would.
Matt Sekeres: I’m told the Canucks are exploring the possibility of trading Brock Boeser.#TSN1040
— Rick Dhaliwal (@DhaliwalSports) July 10, 2020
But would you do it in 2020?
*Takes a sip of the tea with the fruit and the nuts*
Look, I guess I’m not living in my version of a normal world. Things still don’t make sense and rightfully so.
The outlook of this team has changed for me in such a short and eventful amount of time. Gone are the moments in which I hope this team is taking one step at a time towards the goal a franchise can predict if moved with ease and precision. That couple alone should equate to being overly competitive year in and year out.
Nowadays I, @kylebhawan is just hoping for the best and letting go of those moments we really can’t control. Especially those during a futuristic offseason which honestly could start as early as next month or as scheduled in the late fall.
In my world circa 2020, cap space and asset management really could go down that lost porta potty.
Again, I’m hoping the best for those athletes that represent this city. Who really don’t have to be giving us something to watch let alone monetize. I know this sounds cheesy, even from this Wisconsin native, and it ignores that fact that those same athletes risking it all for your viewership & wallet are also risking it all for their dreams and goals.
But it really is, what is is. For @kylebhawan at least.
Even if I hear it, the above rumor, I ain’t saying sh*t in 2020.
As the recently high-school graduate Quavo would say.
MEDIA NIGHT WAR
I’ll be real and I’ll be honest. I don’t really know what’s going on here. @kylebhawan is an old soul who can’t take the time to comprehend a Twitter feud and hopes they would just save it for the ring.
Aka the airwaves.
Or in 2020, anywhere consumable via headphones.
That being said, I am a firm believer in learning new concepts that could help this life of mine. So let’s attempt to comprehend this battle.
A bit of a reach
I actually don’t know if I stand by this header.
It was just there and my dogs at the door.
Preach, man. Concern for me is that they’ll be hard pressed to improve next year, but long term these issues aren’t too different from any other team in the league.
— Dan Riccio (@DanRiccio650) July 11, 2020
Drance wants to dance
And did he ever actually hang up?
I have to come back to this.
“Aren’t too different from any other team”? Let me know when you find another club with $20M in salary cap commitments tied up in bottom six forwards (Sutter/Eriksson/Baertschi/Beagle/Roussel).
I’ll hang up and listen.
— Thomas Drance (@ThomasDrance) July 12, 2020
Wait, what happened?
We at the Nucks Misconduct Network didn’t have enough to clear the bill to air the entire fight on the now 14th greatest Canucks blog according to a unnamed source.
Ahh to be mad at such a putrid sized wallet would be reasonable, I guess.
Nonetheless the show goes on.
This entire market has been diaper filling piss babies for the last two weeks and it’s been an embarrassment. Your team is finally good and there’s an actual playoff series to talk about
— Andrew Walker (@AndrewWalker650) July 12, 2020
Bad luck and sh*t
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
The Canucks fanbase is passionate and smart. We are so invested in the team, we consume every angle and an endless amount of content, despite the incredible amount of bad luck and shit we have endured.
None of that is embarrassing. Stop the self loathing.
— Sam (@samanthacp_) July 12, 2020
You can call me a piss baby
Honestly, I’ve probably been one a couple hundred times.
It’s all good.
It is what it is.
You’re not a piss baby. You’re an informed fan in one of the most hockey educated markets in the world. It’s okay to have an opinion on what you think the team should do – it’s part of what makes being a fan fun.
— Darryl Keeping (@dkeeping) July 12, 2020
They’ll take less than you think
I should just call this the Taj Report btw.
Pettersson and Hughes are able to sign contract extensions after 9am tomorrow.
— Taj (@taj1944) July 13, 2020
iSIGN Media Announces a Shares for Debt Transaction – GlobeNewswire
TORONTO, July 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — iSIGN Media Solutions Inc. (“iSIGN” or “Company”) (TSX-V: ISD) (OTC: ISDSF), a leading provider of interactive mobile proximity marketing and public security alert solutions announced it has entered into a debt settlement arrangement with various companies and individuals in which the Company has agreed to issue an aggregate of 11,457,788 common shares at a deemed price of $0.05 per share in settlement of debts owned of $572,890.
Included in this transaction are various companies that are either wholly or partially owned and controlled by Josip Kozar, iSIGN’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kozar is deemed to be a “related party”, as such term is defined in Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (“MI 61-101”), being the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and currently holding approximately 15% of the Company’s issued and outstanding common shares of the Company.
For this transaction, the Company has relied on the exemption from the formal valuation requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.5(a) of MI 61-101 and has relied on the exemption from the minority shareholder approval requirements of MI 61-101 contained in section 5.7(a) of MI 61-101.
This arrangement is subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”). The Company will issue these shares, which are subject to a four month hold period, once approval has been received from the Exchange.
About iSIGN Media
iSIGN, a Canadian company based in Toronto (Richmond Hill), Ontario is a data-focused, software-as-a-service (SaaS) company that is a pioneering leader in the areas of location-based security alert messaging and proximity marketing utilizing Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi connectivity in complete privacy. Creators of the Smart suite of products, a patented interactive proximity marketing technology, iSIGN enables the delivery of messages to mobile devices in proximity, with real-time reporting and analytics on a variety of metrics. 2019 winner of Richmond Hill’s Innovator of the Year award. Partners include IBM, Keyser Retail Solutions, Baylor University, Verizon Wireless, TELUS and Mtrex Network Solutions. www.isignmedia.com
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Ambassador Bridge owner 'Matty' Moroun dead at 93, report Detroit media – Windsor Star
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Fellow tycoon Warren Buffet also had a 25 per cent share of the bridge. But in 1979, Moroun purchased the bridge outright and took full control.
According to Moroun, his goal with the bridge purchase was only to get his trucks moving across the border smoothly.
Truck traffic at the bridge soared under the North American Free Trade Agreement. Central Transport bought out more and more other trucking firms until Moroun’s business interests stretched overseas and around the world.
By the mid-2000s, Moroun’s empire included more than 100 companies and affiliates across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
His vast real estate holdings made him the second-largest property owner in Michigan, behind only the state government itself.
Moroun was also believed to be the third-biggest property owner in the city of Detroit.
When Moroun spoke to the Star in 2006, he was tiring of his reputation as a pirate in business, and suggested he wanted to be considered a builder of the local and national economies.
“You know, when you get my age, you start to think a little bit about how you will be remembered,” Moroun said at the time.
—with files by Dave Battagello
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