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Toronto police officer guilty in beating of Dafonte Miller
An Ontario Superior Court judge found a Toronto police constable guilty of assaulting Dafonte Miller, a young Black man, in 2016. Michael Theriault, who was off-duty at the time of the assault, was found not guilty of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice. His brother, Christian, was also charged but found not guilty on all counts. “While I am disappointed that both Michael and Christian Theriault were not convicted of all charges, I am grateful that Justice [Joseph] Di Luca found Michael guilty of assaulting me,” Miller said in a statement. “I am also grateful that the judge recognized what ‘probably’ happened was much worse.” Miller lost an eye in the incident.
TVO.org publishing regional updates
Every weekday, we will publish a collection of news items from across the province about the pandemic. Please visit TVO.org for the latest. Here is Friday’s edition.
TVO is catching up with prominent Ontarians to learn about their experience during the pandemic. In this instalment, author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor checks in from his home in Curve Lake First Nation.
When it comes to food banks, some experts say there’s a lack of accountability — and they’re calling for new ways to support Ontarians in need. Northwestern Ontario reporter Charnel Anderson examines a food-bank controversy in Thunder Bay that illustrates the region’s food-insecurity problem.
As of Friday, fewer than 2,000 Ontarians were confirmed to be actively infected with COVID-19 — down 50 per cent from June 1. What comes next? Columnist John Michael McGrath speaks to leading physicians to find out.
This weekend on TVO
Saturday, 9 p.m. — I Am Not Your Negro
In this Academy Award-nominated documentary, filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions Remember This House, the book James Baldwin never finished. It was meant to be a personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of Baldwin’s close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. The result is a radical examination of race in America.
Sunday, 10 p.m. — Migrant Dreams
Award-winning director Min Sook Lee follows migrant workers who come to Ontario greenhouses. Many are women, recruited by brokers who illegally charge fees upwards of $7,000 — and greenhouse owners are complicit in the scheme. This film examines the lives of strong, vibrant women who resist systemic oppression and exploitation.