Doug Ford's anti-Semitism problem - 2018-11-15
When Doug Ford says things like, "There is no place in Ontario for anti-Semitism," as he did on Monday in response to what looks like an anti-Semitic incident in the city's north end, it's hard not to feel a little sick to your stomach. Ford is slippery that way. On the one hand, he presents himself as premier "For The People." On the other, he's a Donald Trump knock-off in a cheaper suit spreading his own brand of white lies north of the border.
According to police, four 17-year-olds in religious attire were walking near Bathurst and Lawrence when they were kicked and punched by another group making "derogatory comments about their religion." A pair of sunglasses was stolen from one of the victims. One suspect has been arrested and other suspects still being sought are described by police as being in their early teens.
I know the area well. It's home to one of the country's largest Hasidic communities. I live just up the street and on any given evening you can see men, women and young people making their way to one of the synagogues, or Hebrew day schools that double as synagogues along Bathurst.