RADIO - CHIN 91.9 FM Spanish - Toronto, 10/06/2020 - TALK SHOW, Spanish
Summary Translation: Eric Sifuentes, Silvia Mendez - According to radio host Eric Sifuentes, he has been consistent for years in his opinion regarding de-funding the police. It's not that he is against the police, but he is in favour of other areas which don't receive the same injection of public funding. This includes important areas like services for children and sports, among other things. It's not that we monopolize municipal funding for the police, but in Eric Sifuentes' opinion, funding has been too favourable for them. For example, Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earn less than the Toronto police chief, who earns more than $1,000 per day. Eric Sifuentes asks is this is fair and does this make sense? He sure doesn't think so, and he noted that the police don't want Mark Saunders. This is creating an uncomfortable situation for the police union, which is very powerful. Mark Saunders could have been a police chief who implemented reforms. Radio host Silvia Mendez said that the police have been receiving too much funding for too many years. When the crime rate rises, there is a call for more police officers, but when the crime rate drops, there is a call to keep the number of police up to maintain the rate, noted Eric Sifuentes. The police do a good job, but not all problems in society need to be solved by the police. It's unfortunate what happened to George Floyd but his legacy is bringing about a much needed change in policing. In times of budget cuts, why are the police always spared? Eric Sifuentes is tired of seeing this year after year in Toronto, and sick of seeing his property taxes going to fund the most expensive police force in the galaxy.
By Silke Reichrath
Like the mainstream, the ethnic media in Canada follow news of the US presidential election campaign closely. Canadians have overall good reason to be concerned about political developments ‘down South:’ The US is by far Canada’s largest trading partner, our most powerful military ally and our only neighbour we can reach by land. Ecosystems and environmental concerns are entwined; each car crosses the border multiple times while being manufactured; and our regulatory systems need close alignment.
The ethnic communities in Canada have further reason to be engaged, as diasporas for most ethnic groups span the US – Canadian border. Individuals move back and forth and most newcomers to Canada have relatives or friends in the US.