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Toronto Police Chief Designate Disappoints at Community Meeting
Bijou Bar is Shut Down
ONLINE:  THURSDAY JANUARY 27, 12:14 PM EST (GMT-5).

TORONTO'S soon-to-be Chief of Police Julian Fantino left a crowd of Community members last night feeling that he had dodged most of their concerns, according to a National Post report today.

Gathered at The 519 for a first meeting with the Chief, the Community demanded details of the controversial child pornography crackdown that had occurred in London, Ontario while Fantino was Chief of Police there.  Toronto's Community has been alleging that the drive was a veiled one against gay men.

Chief Fantino refused to discuss it, saying "there are a number of processes that are still ongoing."  He also told the crowd that he wouldn't go into specifics in response to concerns alleging the rising power of the city's police union.

"It was a low-key performance that bordered on sub-par," MPP George Smitherman was quoted as saying.  "I'm distressed by [Chief Fantino's] unwillingness to answer substantive questions on his record and his priorities in terms of policing," he added.

A tall drag queen in a mock police uniform left red on his cheeks - from both her lipstick and his blushing.
 
 
After the cries of "Boo" and "Shame" were halted by one meeting organizer, Chief Fantino did declare, after being asked, that he would not tolerate discrimination based on sexual orientation from the police service.  "You have my commitment that is so, and that will be so," he stated.

Although welcomed warmly to the meeting by applause and a tall drag queen in a mock police uniform who left red on his cheeks - from both her lipstick and his blushing - an announcement by the local Superintendent that Toronto's bar Bijou had been shut down a few hours earlier and its liquor license revoked changed the mood of the crowd.  Jeers began and they demanded an explanation for a response time by police of over an hour on a recent assault call in the context of constant attention being given the Bijou.  The Superintendent apologized for the delay on the call and Chief Fantino said (on the Bijou):  "I don't know enough about this bathhouse issue to even comment."

The National Post reported yesterday that two men had been charged for having sex in The Bijou.

Chief Fantino (currently of York Region) is set to assume his Toronto responsibilities on April 3rd.