Jul 30, 2014
By Bob Komsic
Bill Blair’s tenure as police chief ends next April.
The Toronto Police Services Board has decided against renewing his contract.
Blair, 60, has not commented but a spokesperson will only say the chief thanked the board for its consideration.
In a statement the board called Blair a champion of community policing, adding he’s served the city admirably and tirelessly.
His tenure has not been without controversy.
There were the protests of the G-20 summit in June 2010.
Last summer, the police chief called for a review of the manner in which officers respond to those in crisis after the fatal shooting of 18-year old Sammy Yatim aboard an empty streetcar.
Then last last year the chief said he was disappointed to see a video that showed Rob Ford smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine.
That led to calls for Blair’s resignation from the mayor’s brother, Councillor Doug Ford.