Heal thyself cops inform Toronto Solar columnist to ‘step outdoors’ and go away


President Patti Pettigrew assured the group of 400 residents at a Birchmount Group Centre public assembly Wednesday evening she hoped to deal with “as many considerations” as she may concerning the Thunder Ladies’s Therapeutic Lodge deliberate for the Cliffside space of Scarborough.

And moderator Kenn Richard, founding father of the Native Youngster and Household Providers centre, saved repeating that attendees had been “greater than welcome to ask what they wished” so long as everybody handled one another “respectfully.”

However it rapidly grew to become apparent after an hour of prayers, joyful discuss, lectures about respect and Indigenous drumming that the room had been stacked with sycophants of the Indigenous therapeutic lodge and that the organizers had completely no intention of answering any actual considerations, as in who precisely would reside within the 24 beds deliberate for the lodge.

Actually, all of the speak about being “respectful” was rapidly deserted when those that dared reply arduous questions — as in whether or not violent ladies offenders would reside in a location steps from a faculty — had been bullied and handled with scorn, all whereas six 41 Division cops regarded on.

Actually, Pettigrew practically hissed at resident Daniel McCaffrey when he requested whether or not violent offenders like Terri-Lynne McClintic (who pleaded responsible for her position within the kidnapping and homicide of eight-year-old Tori Stafford) could be housed in Scarborough.

“This isn’t the identical form of lodge,” she stated angrily, accusing Correctional Providers Canada of “appropriating” an Indigenous therapeutic lodge. “We aren’t taking ladies who’re serving their sentences.”

When the chain-smoking Pettigrew took a smoke break, Solar videographer Ernest Doroszuk and I headed outdoors to see if we get any readability on who would reside within the lodge — the elephant locally centre room Wednesday evening.


Patti Pettigrew, president of the Thunder Girl Therapeutic Lodge Society, fields questions from native residents throughout a group assembly on the Birchmount Group Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday June 12, 2019. The assembly was concerning the proposed Thunder Girl Therapeutic Lodge & Transitional Housing at 2217 Kingston Rd. within the Cliffside space of Scarborough. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Solar/Postmedia)

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Pettigrew began to reply, telling me that 4 beds could be paid for by Correctional Providers Canada to accommodate ladies (offenders on parole) however their group will determine who they are going to settle for.

She added 4 beds will probably be obtainable for girls on probation and one other 4 for these charged (and on bail ) however not but convicted.

It was at this level girl who would solely determine herself as a “involved committee member” ordered me to get out of Pettigrew’s face and cease bullying her.

She then pulled Pettigrew again into the group centre with Doroszuk and me following making an attempt to get the remainder of the response. When she heard I used to be from the Toronto Solar, she laughed at me.

What occurred subsequent was really surreal.

One other girl carrying a baseball cap on backwards and closely tattooed, caught herself between Pettigrew and me, as she tried to push me away.

That’s when the cops bought concerned.

One cop put his hand on my again and requested me to “step outdoors.” I requested him to please take his hand off my again, which he did.


Toronto Solar columnist Sue-Ann Levy is escorted by Toronto Police out of a group assembly on the Birchmount Group Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Wednesday June 12, 2019. The assembly was concerning the proposed Thunder Girl Therapeutic Lodge & Transitional Housing at 2217 Kingston Rd. within the Cliffside space of Scarborough. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Solar/Postmedia)

Ernest Doroszuk /

Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Solar/Publish

“What’s your goal right here?” he requested, including that he’ll decide what’s going to “occur right here going ahead.”

I defined another time that I used to be with the Toronto Solar and was merely making an attempt to ask Pettigrew a query when two associates tried to push me away.

Once I went again into the centre, I used to be met by two extra cops who requested me to depart.

“As an agent of the town property we’re asking you to depart below the Trespass and Property Act,” one cop with the primary title Andrew, requested.

Once I requested him to please ask Councillor Gary Crawford to come back out of the assembly, Andrew knowledgeable me he was not my “go-for” and he had no intention of going into the assembly to retrieve my stuff or to get Crawford.

Once I requested him why I used to be being tossed out, Andrew reiterated that he was not my “agent.”

His affiliate, Sarah Lidstone, added that I used to be being “disrespectful” for desirous to know why I used to be being requested to depart.

A lot for addressing considerations respectfully.

SLevy@postmedia.com