Sammy Yatim video: “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” And first three shots in 0.750 seconds!

July 30th, 2013  

[UPDATE Thursday, August 1, 2013. Today’s Globe & Mail states that “18-year-old was shot nine times by Toronto Police Constable James Forcillo after the teen brandished a knife on a streetcar Friday night.”

Next, in this blog we incorrectly wrote, “The first shot starts at 39.125 and the third ends at 39.958. First three shots in 0.833 seconds!” Actually, the third shot is at 39.875 in the YouTube video, “Enhanced video – Shooting of Sammy Yatim by Toronto Police Const. James Forcillo” by TheEditPlayer. That means the first three shots were fired in 0.750 seconds. As a result we had to change the title to reflect this.]


A ton has been written since a Toronto cop pumped nine shots into Sammy Yatim and killed him. I avoided actually watching the YouTube video because I’m loathe to watch such End of Life violence.

But I did yesterday for no other reason than among all the Twitter outrage and media noise, how could I not watch the event —on video, As It Happened.

How many times have I referred to raw video as “irrefutable proof”? I decided that not only did I have to watch, I had to download and analyze the YouTube “Police shoot 18 year old Sammy Yatim at Bellwoods and Dundas, Toronto” video by Martin Baron.

After enhancing the audio, I heard an faint voice talk into the video camera —something like “[inaudible] shooting that guy”. Police sirens obscured what was actually said, so I went back to YouTube to see if anyone had created an enhanced version of Mr. Baron’s.

YouTube user TheEditPlayer posted a magnified version that also included a time stamp. I downloaded that version as well.

By magnifying TheEditPlayer’s audio from seconds 22.667 to 32.663 it was certain that someone very close to the camera —perhaps even the videographer had said “[inaudible] shooting that guy” at seconds 29.417 to 32.500.

Increasing audio to 29.417 to 32.500 and repeating the clip over and over, I finally think I made sense out of the inaudible faint beginning. To my ear, at least, it sounds like someone talking into the video camera (and perhaps to himself) asks, “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?”

In the National Post article “Sammy Yatim’s final warning: New audio reveals officer’s hostile words before teen was shot dead by police” Josh Visser writes:

In the enhanced audio recording made available to the National Post, it appears police gave Yatim one stark warning just seconds before they opened fire.

“If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die,” a male police officer appears to tell the teenager. Five seconds later the first three shots ring out.

“If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die” begins at second 23.792. The third of three rapid shots ends at 39.875.

That’s 16.166 seconds the National Post analyzed. But the Post either failed to notice something said or chose not to report it.

So allow me.

It’s clear from the video that the videographer sure believes what the police officer is shouting. Right after “If you take one step in this direction with that foot …[inaudible] die,” the camera’s motion suggests that the videographer is backing away!

And as the camera backs away, it also picks up someone faintly asking what appears to be “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” with “start shooting that guy” certain.

Whoever asked “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?” didn’t have to wait long. The first shot starts at 39.125 and the third ends at 39.875. First three shots in 0.750 seconds!

And it’s not “they start shooting that guy”. But one Toronto Police officer —all nine shots his!….

Here’s my worked-up video…

Sammy Yatim video: Does someone really say, “When the hell do they start shooting that guy?”

I feel sorry for Chief Bill Blair….

Toronto Police Chief Blair reprimands officers — Credit: Toronto Star Freedom of Information





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Hazel McCallion asked for our New Year’s Resolutions: “1. I will not procras –I’ll finish this later.”

July 23rd, 2013  

Back on January 1, 2013 at the Mayor’s New Year’s Levee, Hazel McCallion invited Mississauga residents to share their New Year’s Resolutions with her.

The Mayor said:

“I know you all adopted resolutions. I’d like to see the list you all adopted. It would be fun. We would file them into the City Man –into the Mayor’s office and look –I’d be happy to look at them.”

And McCallion was right about us all having adopted resolutions. I sure did and what luck that the Mayor invited us to share them with her!

My first resolution back on January 1, 2013 inside that Council Chamber happened to be the same first New Year’s Resolution I’ve made since 1963!

1.  I will try not to procrastinate so much.

That it’s taken until July 2013 (perhaps even August…) to getting around to sharing my resolutions with the Mayor condemns “1.  I will try not to procrastinate so much” as EPIC FAIL.

My second resolution was to get back to an exercise regimen and especially back to strength training. Given that I am 63 years old I kept that goal modest:

2. I will complete a set of 8 reps with two 40 lb dumbbells by the end of February.

Only 8 reps.

Repeated family crises —primarily hospitalizations, got in the way but I exceeded that 8 reps goal on March 29th and shared my delight with the Ontario Ombudsman who happened to be tweeting about exercise that day!

@Ont_Ombudsman re “Next few tweets about exercise…” New Year’s Resolution was Chest press 8 reps w 40-lb dumbbells. 1st try today. 12 reps!

Andre Marin was happy for me and tweeted his congratulations.

But for me to share my New Year’s Resolution and results with Hazel McCallion I couldn’t just simply tell her. (After all, “Saying doesn’t make it so” is especially true about anything related to the City of Mississauga.)

My GoodLife gym has a policy against use of cameras so I had to wait until summer to document any heaving of two 40 lb dumbbells.  By then I’d revamped my goal to three sets of 15 reps with two 40 lb dumbbells.

So here’s the video we produced at Valley Isle Fitness, Lahaina, Maui on July 15, 2013. It documents the entire session (including three Fails).

MISSISSAUGAWATCH (63.8 yr old female) presses two 40 lb dumbbells for Hazel McCallion (3 sets x 15)

Which brings us to Resolution 3.

3. I will keep my promise to Mayor McCallion and meet with her as she invited me to do back on February 3, 2010.

Yes, it’s been that long since I promised that I’d accept Hazel McCallion’s invitation to meet with her. (Now you know the wisdom denouncing my First 2013 Resolution “I will try not to procrastinate so much” as EPIC FAIL.)

At that February 2, 2010 General Committee meeting McCallion had said:

“This morning you covered a volume of issues. So I’m going to make the offer again –that we will sit down with you, the total staff that you’ve involved, the Legal, the City Manager, the Community Services, the Security, etc. I’m prepared to do it again for you to get the issues out.

I hope you will accept it this time…”

I gave her a solemn promise that day right in front of Council.

So. Before the end of this summer, I will write the Mayor and request a meeting with her some time in September or October 2014.

Yes. 2014. I’ll need the time to work up a factum (Freedom of Information, video, audio) which I will share piecemeal starting this Fall to ensure City Staff won’t waste my October 2014 meeting time lying and denying.

For the record. I’m under no illusion. If there’s one thing I’ve learned since I began trying to change the way the City of Mississauga conducts its business is not only that ordinary people can’t, but you can actually make things worse —a whole lot worse.

So. There’s absolutely no need to be in any kind hurry for a meeting… since I’ve no expectation of any positive coming out of it.



Valley Isle Fitness Maui Lahaina. MISSISSAUGAWATCH 40 lb dumbbell presses. Last set 19th of 20 attempted.

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“The McGuinty we never knew” telegraphs the McCallion we never knew

July 13th, 2013  

It’s been June 29th, 2013 since my last blog and fact is, it really doesn’t matter if I ever write another one. I’ve achieved one of the goals I set out for myself and it explained precisely why it really doesn’t matter if I ever write another blog —or any other thing again.

I found The Answer. Quite literally —found it.

Back in November 2008 the Liberals released the McMurtry/Curling Review of the Roots of Youth Violence Report.

I responded with three December 2008 blogs summarizing this $2.7 million study that failed to file a single Freedom of Information request as part of its “research”.

Highlights: Executive Summary of The report of the Review of the Roots of Youth Violence  

McMurtry/Curling, Volume 1 FINDINGS, ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSIONS -in Search of “accountable” and “accountability”  

McMurtry/Curling, Volume 1 FINDINGS, ANALYSIS AND CONCLUSIONS -word-surfing for “municipal”, “municipality” and “municipalities”

In so in December 2008 I set out to find The Roots of Youth Violence and what extraordinary good fortune for me that my research base was Mississauga! Fact is I don’t think I’d have stumbled on The Answer had I not filed Freedom of Information in this, Ontario’s —possibly even Canada’s, most influential city.

As you can see even back in December 2008, I’d suspected that the Roots of Youth Violence were somehow connected to a lack of accountability at the local level, in municipal government itself. Back then Freedom of Information had already confirmed the failure of City of Mississauga staff to comply to the City’s corporate policies, procedures and even provincial legislation.

Back then I still stupidly believed that if I could just let Mayor Hazel McCallion know what I knew this “honest” Mayor would ensure a couple of heads would roll and she’d return everything back to the “tight ship” she hailed to run at the City.

Trust me, I just couldn’t have gotten stupider than that.

Think of all that’s happened politically since November 2008 in Mississauga and in Ontario. The Mississauga Judicial Inquiry revealed that the “Honest” Mayor isn’t quite so honest.

Back in the day I wrote my local MPP Bob Delaney and even approached MP Bob Dechert for help —to investigate the lack of accountability at the municipal level.

That’s right. I turned to both the Province and Feds to stop the lying and investigate the City of Mississauga’s unaccountable ways.

Fast-forward to 2013 and we see the immoral political slimefest that is Stephen Harper’s Conservative government. And Dalton McGuinty and his despicable Ontario Liberals have surely set new lows in this province.

I once referred to the City of Mississauga as disorganized white-collar crime. Little did I know at the time, “disorganized white-collar crime” was the perfect descriptor for the Harper Government —and especially Premier Dad’s.

I submit even as Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a study into the Roots of Youth Violence back in 2007, that he knew the Root! McGuinty knew and he only had to look in the mirror.

This week I stumbled on a Globe and Mail article that I read back in October 2012, but I just didn’t get its true significance at the time. But add the January 26, 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention that saw Puppet Master Hazel McCallion sit-mighty in Kathleen Wynne’s box stringing her MPP Charles Sousa into Wynne’s ranks and you can paint Mississauga Liberal-Red.

Hazel McCallion and Kathleen Wynne January 26, 2013 Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention

Now add McGuinty’s Emailgate.

From Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian’s special report “Deleting Accountability: Records Management Practices of Political Staff.”

“It truly strains credulity to think that absolutely no records … responsive to the Speaker’s ruling were retained”…

“It is difficult to accept that the routine deletion of emails was not in fact an attempt by staff … to avoid transparency and accountability.”

That’s right. I looked to MPP Bob Delaney and the Liberal government that deletes emails “to avoid transparency and accountability” to try and hold the City of Mississauga accountable!

You just can’t get stupider than me.

Re-reading Adam Radwanski’s “The McGuinty we never knew” provided the answer that zipped over my head back in October 2012.

This part:

In between his first campaign and his second, Mr. McGuinty also significantly overhauled his office. That included bringing in some cutthroat political fixers, ruthless about heading off dissent, unapologetic about stroking interest groups that needed to be stroked, and generally willing to do whatever it takes to win – a group headed by a Windsor organizer named Dave Gene, who has been in the office ever since.

“You judge a leader by the people he chooses to be around him,” a long-time insider says. “And he chose some of the most ruthless operators to be there to help him implement his vision.”

In conversations, several senior Liberals suggested that in opposition and then in government, Mr. McGuinty chose to “outsource” politics. Others would do his bidding, while he stayed on the high ground, focused on broader policy areas– health care, education, the environment – that excited him.

The KEY! To Dalton McGuinty.

To Hazel McCallion and her City of Mississauga. Same.

For the record, there's considerable evidence that the "Friends of Hazel" (McCallion) and Bonnie Crombie "political fixers" are one-and-the-same.

Both relied on “cutthroat political fixers, ruthless about heading off dissent”, “some of the most ruthless operators to be there”, “while [McGuinty/McCallion] stayed on the high ground”.

I’ve been researching Hazel McCallion’s “Friends of Hazel” since October 28, 2009 and agree with that long-time insider and several senior Liberals that the “Friends of Hazel” are indeed  “cutthroat political fixers, ruthless about heading off dissent” and “some of the most ruthless operators” this country ever crapped out.

It should comes as no surprise too, that at least some of McGuinty’s “cutthroat political fixers, ruthless about heading off dissent” and “some of the most ruthless operators” are also Hurricane Hazel’s.

And I know this sounds perverse, but I’m happier than I’ve been in years. I’ve found the Roots of Youth Violence and they are the same roots that keep the Poor poor, provide substandard care in Ontario’s nursing homes and the source of all manner of society’s ills.

Our politicians and their “political fixers”.

“Politics is a nasty, unpleasant, mean-spirited business, which is presumably why so many of us here tonight are drawn to it. Many of us are nasty, unpleasant and mean-spirited people.”  —Warren Kinsella, The War Room, p. 72.

Political fixers…



Ursula Bennett, liberal


Additional Resources:

The McGuinty we never knew   by Adam Radwanski  The Globe and Mail     Published Saturday, Oct. 20 2012

The War Room by Warren Kinsella

Excellent – A must read!  by Robert Trewartha, a review of Warren Kinsella’s “The War Room”,  6 years ago

SAMARA DEMOCRACY REPORT #6  Lightweights?  Political Participation Beyond the Ballot Box

Rob Trewartha gave his boss Warren Kinsella's "The War Room" a 5-star rating on

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