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GUEST COLUMN: Defunding the police reckless, short-sighted and irresponsible

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On Monday, Toronto city council will be considering the “Changes to Policing in Toronto” report and calls to defund the Toronto Police Service.

This comes in the wake of tragic events that have occurred across North America, particularly the death of George Floyd. In response, we have witnessed peaceful protests by those expressing incredible pain from these recent events.

We need to recognize this moment as a time to have constructive conversations on what effective policing in our society looks like.

However, calls to defund the Toronto Police Service by 10% are reckless, short-sighted and irresponsible. This proposal by some of my colleagues on City Council would result in more than $100 million being slashed from the Toronto Police budget. This call might be a great headline-grabber, but it is certainly not a practical solution.

Making critical investments in the Toronto Police Service and in social programs that address the root causes of crime are both part of the........

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