May 2020 30


There are a lot of questions to be answered around the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet in Toronto on Wednesday.

Her family says the Toronto Police threw her off of the balcony.

The Police say the facts have to come out.

It certainly is a curious case.

We may never know all the ‘facts’ since Toronto Police don’t wear body cameras. It seems like the following is all true, based on accounts from the family and Police:

_ 3 different parties called the Police for assistance, including her Mother

_ Weapons were involved in some way in the calls for assistance

_ Her mother was worried for her safety, asking the Police to perhaps take her to CAMH

_ Up to eight officers arrived (Eight! Chief Saunders has said at least 5) and the family waited outside of their apartment (possibly forced to by Police) while officers dealt with Ms. Korchinski-Paquet

_ Ms. Korchinski-Paquet ended up falling 24 storeys to the ground, and dead

_ The SIU was called in to investigate (usually a sign of officers being involved in a death in some way)

_ family members posted videos immediately saying the Police threw Ms. Korchinski-Paquet from the balcony

_ News media immediately reported it as a suicide, whether on their own or told by Police to – we don’t know

The family lawyer today said they are choosing their words more carefully but are not retracting the statement that the police threw her from the balcony.

A lot of questions here. Not just for the Black Lives Matter awareness but around how our Police in Toronto deal with situations they should be trained to de-escalate (eight officers?) involving mental health issues, domestic violence issues, women of colour, and just people in general.

At the very least, we should be concerned when someone calls the Police to ‘Serve and Protect’ a loved one in some way and that many officers show up and the loved one ends up deceased.

Curious questions that go beyond skin colour.





May 2020 29

Oh, look. They’re putting a new billboard up.

_ #Parkdale

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May 2020 26



For those of you curious, here’s an update on my dad, Bert. The 91 year old going on 18.

He was taken to hospital via ambulance in the wee hours one morning last week. Shortness of breath. Yes, concerning since COVID has been going through his Seniors Building (not long-term care). However, seems like he just needed a meds adjustment.


Here’s how my phone call with him the day after went…


ME: (answering) So, I hear you’re not dead.

BERT: Nope! Not as of yet.

ME: How are you feeling today?

BERT: Well, I think it’s just allergies. My nose is so irritated and red. I asked the Health Care Services if they had any moisturizer.

ME: How’d that go?

BERT: A Nurse brought up a tube of personal lubricant. So I read the tube just so I knew what it was before I used it. It said ‘Waterbased. Good for personal lubrication and moisturizing.’

ME: That’s nice someone brought it up.

BERT: Ya. So I kept reading. It said ‘Including vaginal dryness’. So I read that out and smiled and said to her ‘Vaginal dryness. It looks like we can use this for other things…’

ME: You didn’t.

BERT: Ya, why not.

ME: How’d that go?

BERT: Oh, just laughs.


Best laugh I’ve had in ages.

So he’s fine, everyone.

And still a lucky asshole.




May 2020 26

#Parkdale_#talktomegoose #dogwalk #graffiti

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May 2020 26

Magic hour. Hope you had some today, too.


#citywings #Parkdale #pigeon

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