TORONTO POLICE CHIEF'S CONTRACT NOT RENEWED

Jul 30, 2014

By Bob Komsic

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Bill Blair’s tenure as police chief ends next April.

The Toronto Police Services Board has decided against renewing his contract.

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Blair, 60, has not commented but a spokesperson will only say the chief thanked the board for its consideration.

In a statement the board called Blair a champion of community policing, adding he’s served the city admirably and tirelessly.

His tenure has not been without controversy.

There were the protests of the G-20 summit in June 2010.

Last summer, the police chief called for a review of the manner in which officers respond to those in crisis after the fatal shooting of 18-year old Sammy Yatim aboard an empty streetcar.

Then last last year the chief said he was disappointed to see a video that showed Rob Ford smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.

That led to calls for Blair’s resignation from the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford.

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