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Recent articles by Wendy:

Stolen trust. Lost cases: How a Toronto cop stole from his force, fed an addiction and wasn’t charged

A veteran homicide detective was stealing drugs from the force’s evidence lockers. Why his thefts are bigger than one cop’s story. → Read More

117 Toronto cops placed on ‘indefinite unpaid absence’ after missing vaccine deadline. Police say staff 97 per cent fully vaccinated

These employees have “rendered themselves unable to perform their duties,” Toronto police said. A further 88 civilian employees are also off the job. → Read More

Nearly a year after a baby was killed by OPP gunfire, SIU says its ‘major’ investigation needs more time

The officers who opened fire on have so far refused to speak to the provincial watchdog, which has asked the FBI to conduct a forensic analysis. → Read More

External review highlights Toronto police failure to notify SIU in Dafonte Miller beating

The senior officer singled out in the decision not to notify the provincial watchdog about the incident — a legal requirement — has since retired. → Read More

Former Toronto cop arrested in human trafficking probe pleads guilty to sex charge

Travis Houston hired a sex worker, then brough his gun to the hotel room. → Read More

‘I put my hand to his throat’: Newly released video gives first glimpse of serial killer Bruce McArthur

The video provides — for the first time — a complete account of what Bruce McArthur told police in June 2016, when a man told police that McArthur had... → Read More

Toronto police officers who ignore vaccine mandate will be placed on ‘indefinite unpaid absence’

“Effective on Nov. 30, 2021, any member, uniform or civilian, who has not disclosed their vaccination status or is not fully vaccinated against COVID-... → Read More

Toronto homicide detective stole drugs from evidence lockers as many as 20 times

Det. Paul Worden’s recent testimony at a Toronto murder trial provides new details about the officer’s thefts, and their impact on the justice system.... → Read More

To serve and protect? A patchwork of penalties means some Toronto public servants face strict rules about vaccination — and some face none at all

A Star survey of local government vaccine mandates reveals a hodgepodge of rules for public servants, depending on where they work. → Read More

Toronto cop accused of sexually assaulting woman who called police over domestic threat

Const. Conal Quinn is accused of returning to the woman’s home and sexually assaulting her the day after he was initially called. → Read More

Toronto police are (once again) using a downtown public plaza as a station parking lot

Toronto police say they are using the plaza outside 52 Division — where police parking has been a hot-button issue for at least two decades — because ... → Read More

Trudeau to announce vaccination mandate for all federal public servants

The mandate, to be announced Wednesday morning, is expected to apply not only to full-time staff but to casual employees and students. → Read More

Most Toronto police employees are vaccinated; one in five missed deadline to disclose, force says

Toronto police employees who fail to share vaccination status are considered unvaccinated — but won’t be transferred out of public facing jobs, Toront... → Read More

Shot dead in the community he championed, mentor Sam Boakye’s killing leaves Jane-Finch reeling

That Boakye was gunned down in the very place he was working to uplift has left the community reeling — grieving the loss of someone with such potenti... → Read More

Toronto police won’t be punished for missing deadline to disclose whether they’re vaccinated

Toronto police spokesperson Allison Sparkes confirmed that employees will not be disciplined if they don’t meet Monday’s deadline — but added “the maj... → Read More

‘We need to draw the line somewhere’: Anti-lockdown protests raise questions of safety, police handling

The escalation from hurled insults to projectiles is prompting mounting concerns about public safety, and putting a spotlight on police handling of de... → Read More

Ontario’s new vaccine certificate will be enforced with education and warnings at first; police won’t be involved

The new vaccine certificates will be enforced by bylaw officers and Ministry of Labour inspectors. → Read More

Toronto cop allegedly sent pic of man injured by ‘sock rounds’ to criminal he bought stolen goods from via WhatsApp

Veteran Toronto police Const. Ewan MacLeod is accused of being in regular contact with the alleged criminal — not only neglecting to report thefts, bu... → Read More

Toronto police officers investigated in sudden death of 19-year-old man who allegedly sold them counterfeit item

Ontario’s police watchdog is investigating a man’s death in Brampton following a “business transaction” with two Toronto officers. It is not clear whe... → Read More

Should the vaccine be mandatory for Ontario cops? Police chiefs and officer unions take sides

The outcomes of officer vaccination disputes are particularly high-stakes because “the people who interact with the police don’t have a choice to inte... → Read More