Friday, December 3, 2010 | Categories: Episodes
Today's Friday Host was Linden MacIntyre.
It's Friday, December 3rd.
Rogers Communications is interested in purchasing a controlling interest in the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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This is The Current.
G20/SIU - Adam Nobody/Julian Falconer
We started this segment with a clip from Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair last Monday describing his impression of an incident between G-20 police officers and a protestor named Adam Nobody.
Nobody's arrest was captured on what has come to be a controversial video clip. It was shot by bystander John Bridge on June 26th at Queen's Park, in downtown Toronto. The video was later uploaded to YouTube. Adam Nobody sustained a broken nose, a shattered cheek bone, and was charged with assaulting a police officer among two charged.
Those charges were dropped by the Crown in October, and late last week, the Special Investigations Unit, the civilian oversight agency concluded an investigation into six complaints against police officers during the G-20 summit, including one brought by Adam Nobody.
No charges were brought against any officers. But in their release the SIU noted that excessive force was probably used by officers in two of the cases they investigated, including the one involving Mr. Nobody.
On Tuesday, the Special Investigations Unit reopened their investigation into the injuries sustained by Adam Nobody, and he joined Linden MacIntyre in studio along with his lawyer, Julian Falconer.
Adam Nobody suffered a broken nose and a broken cheek when he was arrested during the protests at the G-20 Summit in Toronto last June. Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has reopened its investigation into the injuries he sustained, following comments by Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair. As we mentioned, the Crown dropped all charges against Mr. Nobody last month.
We requested to speak to Chief Blair. His office declined our request, citing the fact that the SIU's investigation has been re-opened. The clips you heard from him came from an interview Chief Blair did earlier with Matt Galloway on Metro Morning, CBC Radio's local morning show in Toronto.
G20/SIU - CJFE
The G-20 protests resulted in the largest mass arrests in Canada's peacetime history. About 11-hundred people were arrested. The vast majority were never charged with anything. Many journalists were also caught up in the arrests. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression has documented their complaints and found what it believes are large-scale violations of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We played part of interviews the CJFE did with three journalists who were injured or arrested during the G-20 protests. The first voice is Lisa Walter, a journalist on assignment for Our Times Magazine. The next is Vincenzo D'Alto, a freelance photographer. And lastly, National Post photographer Colin O'Connor.