Masai Ujiri—what kind of name is that anyway?
It was terror on the Danforth no question.
But was it terrorism?
—torontosun.com, July 24, 2018.
The people love you, too, Doug
He may be Premier Doug Ford, but he’s also citizen Doug Ford.
Just minutes after being sworn in as Ontario’s premier, he did exactly what Ford Nation would expect him to do. He headed straight to the south lawn of Queen’s Park where the people were. Sure, there were invited guests—including former Premiers Mike Harris and Bob Rae, and his newly sworn in cabinet was on hand too. They would all have to wait. Premier Ford wanted to get out and meet the people who came without an invitation. “It’s all about the people, and the people is why we are here,” said Ford. “I love the people.”
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, June 29, 2018.
Me? I’m not people, so I’ll wait till they’ve hosed him down
For almost 70 minutes he shook every hand and took a million pictures. By the end—on the hottest day of this young summer —he was drenched in sweat but loving every minute of it…. “People want to touch him and shake his hand,” said Postmedia Chairman Paul Godfrey….
If they can beat him to the barbecue
But with Doug it is it’s own thing, in that people are hungry for a leader that they would love to have a burger with.
If not armed, at least footed
Just call it Toronto the whacky where anything can happen anywhere, at any time. If this man jumping up on the hood of a car wasn’t already disturbing enough, this pride of Toronto then started stomping on the car’s roof at Richmond and Peter. What’s he going to do next? Smash the window? Hijack the car? Is he armed?
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, July 16, 2018.
Guy on car? Mondays? Red alert? Three-month-old van attack? Coincidence?!
With the guy on top of the car after good samaritans kept him distracted, Toronto Police took him to 52 Division for questioning. Just a typical Monday—just a few days removed from last week’s unusual red alert in which police were on standby for God knows what in a year where we had 10 people murdered in a van attack.
Safe-injection sites, lack of ethnic profiling to blame
As our society loses its grip on narcotics usage, bolstered by the increase of so called safe injection sites, get used to more and more strange behaviours…. “OMG!! Is this “New Carding Free Toronto?” tweeted @Abulba90089 “I am get [sic] less and less surprised. I guess it has to get worse before it can get better?” It’s not getting better. Just call it Toronto the looney.
If they ever think to swap hoodies, we’re screwed, police admit
Peel Const. Bally Saini told the Sun police are searching for two more suspects who are on the run. One is described as male, medium complexion, early 20s, short black curly hair, black beard, approximately 5-foot-8, 150 lbs., wearing a light blue hoodie, blue jeans and white shoes. The other male is black with a dark complexion, clean-shaven. approximately 5-foot-6, 160 lbs., wearing a black hoodie, black bandana and sunglasses.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, July 18, 2018.
As I say, investigators will look at every avenue, but, as always, my GPS is steering me down Jihadi St.
Meanwhile, my law-enforcement sources confirm investigators are looking at every avenue—including a potential jihadi-inspired mission. Files being reviewed by police include concern Hussain expressed “support” for a website that was seen as “pro-ISIL,” says a law enforcement source. Sources say police in Toronto and CSIS officials in Ottawa, as well as the RCMP, are looking into his past, which sources say include his residence in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Hussain apparently had been spoken to by authorities about his online activities. Sources say Toronto Police, the OPP and the RCMP have all had an interest in the now-deceased shooter. What law enforcement is saying is that the attack was planned, and Hussain was “well known to Toronto Police” for investigations into past crimes “involving weapons and violence.”
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, July 24, 2018.
In what can only be described as highly suspicious inactivity
He was also known to hang out behind his building at 43 Thorncliffe Park Blvd. with a group of 20 friends.
And maybe, just maybe they’ll find Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi hiding under the bed!
Sources say the deceased shooter’s personal life is being explored —including searching his family’s residence in Unit 707 in the Thorncliffe apartment building. Police executed a search warrant Monday and were set to hunt for what they were told could be a stockpile of weapons and perhaps explosives. They were also interested in computers and hard drives.
Not to mention—not by me, anyway—countless mass shootings all over the world committed by an entire Benetton of suicidal lunatics
While authorities tell us to go out and shop and dine as if what happened on Sunday couldn’t possibly happen again, it’s not lost on most that the shooter gunned down innocent and vulnerable adults and children in a tactical-style mission that mirrored radical Islamic terror events in other parts of the world.
—Joe Wormington, Toronto Sun, July 25, 2018.
Why are sitting there moping, Toronto, when you could out there with your torches and pitchforks?
Even though Faisal Hussain, 29, was visited by law enforcement over concerns of visiting pro-ISIL websites, as well as dealt with under the Mental Health Act by Toronto police on several occasions for concerns of behaviour and violence, there was a lot more focus put on that being reported [sic]. Seems the shooter’s purported mental health issues are a catch-all explanation pill that everybody is supposed to swallow. Maybe it has worked. Seems to have taken the edge off something which should not have the edge taken of it [sic]…. Whether Hussain was inspired or encouraged by someone, or if this is a case of mental health that had nothing to do with radical Islam, there is one fact that is mind boggling. After two beautiful young women slaughtered, and 13 other innocent people cowardly shot, why are we not furious?
Why, oh, why isn’t Joe directing this investigation?
There are a lot of things unknown. Even though there seems to be a full court press from some to deny links to possible terrorism or Jihad, sources say, law enforcement agencies are still working up a full profile of whatever they do find. They are also trying to determine the source of the gun, how it came to be in Hussain’s hands and also learn if he ever had any shooting training…?
Toronto who has every right to know who Hussain was, how did this happen and what was the motivation? If mental illness is part of it, that should be included. But so should be his online activities, his work and his social life, not to mention his travel.
Certainly, without the Scrawler’s tireless digging, the conspiracy to cover up the fact that police are systematically doing their jobs might never have been exposed
If it was not for the Toronto Sun’s Joe Warmington, much of what we now know would have remained concealed. Warmington reported that his “law-enforcement sources confirm investigators are looking at every avenue—including a potential jihadi-inspired mission.”
—Tarek Fatah, Toronto Sun, July 25, 2018.
Omigod, now they’ve learned how to communicate in “quotation marks”! What next—the ability to spin stuff!?
The man who has presented himself as the point of contact for the family of Faisal Hussain is a professional activist who has reportedly committed himself to “framing a new narrative of Muslims in Canada” and creating a “national political movement.”
Shortly after the Ontario Special Investigations Unit revealed the identity of the Danforth shooter as 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, a news release was sent out to select media attributed to the “Hussain Family.” The polished statement…was provided by Mohammed Hashim, a full-time organizer for the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. Social media accounts belonging to Hashim show him heavily involved in supporting NDP candidates both federally and provincially in Ontario. He’s also described as a driving force behind the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
“His groundbreaking political advocacy, public relations and media work has been widely credited by insiders as framing a new narrative for Muslims in Canada,” says a bio of Hashim….
—Anthony Furey, Toronto Sun, July 25, 2018.
Another bio…continues this description of Hashim as something of a spin doctor, noting that “his talking points and media advocacy are changing how Muslims are seen in the Canadian identity.”
While there have been cases of high profile individuals hiring PR representatives for crisis management—such as Michael Bryant and Jian Ghomeshi—it’s rare to see it happen with someone not already in the public eye.