01 September 2009

Mayor's office strangely silent...

...on which municipal administration he belonged to...

The driver was now going west in the eastbound curb lane, leaving the cyclist clinging to the curbside door of the car. The cyclist, clinging to the car as it sped away, then struck trees and a grey mailbox like a “human battering ram,” Mr. Brazeau said.

“You could hear hitting, something, bam, bam, bam,” a third worker said.

The cyclist fell off the car when he struck the mailbox, and collapsed in a heap of blood on the sidewalk in front of Sephora. The driver kept going, hanging a right at Avenue Road.

Mr. Bryant served as Ontario's attorney general and a high profile cabinet minister to Premier Dalton McGuinty. He left politics earlier this year to take control of Invest Toronto, meant to attract business investment to the Toronto area.
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UPDATE: Dead cyclist identified
The victim in a fatal accident involving former attorney general Michael Bryant was a 33-year-old bike courier named Darcy Allen Sheppard, The Globe and Mail has learned.
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FROM THE COMMENTS: The legacy of Michael Bryant
Rarely do we see such cases of delicious dramatic irony outside of literature.

A few dangerous pit bulls? Ban them all.

A few dangerous road racers? Seize private property.

A man in Northern Ontario trying to fight a near-bogus firearms charge? Seize his house as proceeds of crime so that he cannot pay his legal bills.
P.S. -- I am currently unable to confirm the rumour that the McGuinty government is considering emergency legislation to ban convertibles.

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LAST WORD: Hang on a minute...

...Michael Bryant has still killed more people than Bruce Montague... well, one more anyway...
After being in prison, without bail, for 11 days, Bruce was freed on Sept. 21 and will be back in court on Nov. 15 to set a preliminary trial date.
...and Bryant got bailed out the very next day.

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17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the family of the deceased appreciates your willingness to use his death as an opportunity to sling mud at the mayor's office. Classy.

- Lisa Blunt, Toronto

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa, did you read the story that those words were taken from?

Perhaps you should direct your faux rage towards the Globe and Mail.

Anonymous said...

A sad story, but one thing that I noticed is that the word "Liberal" is nowhere to be found.

Anonymous said...

Mayor's office strangely silent...

...on which municipal administration he belonged to...


It's not a secret who Bryant worked for. I fail to see how using a tragedy like this as a political swipe benefits anyone.

Furthermore, please indicate where my "faux rage" shows up in my brief comments.

-Lisa Blunt,Toronto

Anonymous said...

Let me guess, you voted for his blondness and McGuinty?

Neo Conservative said...

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"anon says... Perhaps you should direct your faux rage towards the Globe and Mail."

or, call me wacky... the guy who apparently veered his two ton luxury ride across two lanes of traffic on toronto's busiest street and squashed this poor cyclist against a metal box like a bug.

but hey, lisa... that'd be too knuckle-draggin' rightwingish, huh?

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Magnafan said...

It's the tragic irony of the situation. Mr. Bryant had been quite vocal about banning handguns--because the law-abiding cannot be trusted with such a weapon. Quite sanctimonious.
Now, he apparently used his car as a weapon.
To be fair, and as polite as possible to the cyclist and his family, it is true that cyclists can be very aggressive toward auto drivers. It's possible that Mr. Bryant has a self-defence defence. He may have been warding off a physical attack by the cyclist.
Odd, though, that self-defence using a legal firearm is anathema to him.
The ironies of this sad situation are striking.

Lisa. Take a pill

Anonymous said...

Yeah...Neo is full of rage.

Mr. Bryant must have been real cool and calm thru the 'alleged' incident, right Lisa.

Anonymous said...

TangoJuliette says to Lisa Blunt, whose previously-posted prose I paraphrase:

". . .I'm sure the family of the deceased appreciates your willingness to use his death as an opportunity to attempt glossing over the connections which this former Chief Law Enforcer of Ontario had with McGuinty's Liberal Provinvial Government and the relationship he was to embark upon with Mayor Miller's NDP city council, where I imagine in his promoting of Toronto as a "great place to visit, live in and work ina because, among many of the city's sterling benefits is the fact that it is an extremely safe environment."

ttfn

tj

t.e. & o. e.

"No man is an island, entire of itself...any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

John Donne

Neo Conservative said...

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'magnafan says... It's possible that Mr. Bryant has a self-defence defence. He may have been warding off a physical attack by the cyclist. Odd, though, that self-defence using a legal firearm is anathema to him."

as ontario's former top legal officer, whose predictably invariable response to any allegedly dangerous situation was to enact a ban in the name of safety... the irony is all the more striking.

to be fair to the felicitously named ms. blunt... perhaps she is unaware the the recurring miller meme here at "the halls."

welcome aboard lisa. always glad to hear a new, if somewhat faintly familiar voice.

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Frances said...

Lisa - for those of us who are not always conversant with the political affiliations of those residing at the "Centre of the Universe", mention of the "prominent politician" without mentioning his political affiliation was just wierd. I assumed the man was Liberal or NDP, as a Conservative affiliation is invariably mentioned in such stories, even if the affiliation is marginal.

That being said, my condolences to the family of the cyclist. Even if the man was aggressive, there were surely other ways to handle the situation.

Neo Conservative said...

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"frances says... Even if the man was aggressive, there were surely other ways to handle the situation."

this is canada for gosh sakes... we don't even execute the paul bernados' & karla homolkas' among us.

funny that lisa only professes revulsion for what i wrote... not for what michael bryant allegedly did... which apparently included leaving this man's crushed, bleeding body at the side of the road & fleeing the scene of a fatal accident.

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Magnafan said...

Rarely do we see such cases of delicious dramatic irony outside of literature.

A few dangerous pit bulls? Ban them all.

A few dangerous road racers? Seize private property.

A man in Northern Ontario trying to fight a near-bogus firearms charge? Seize his house as proceeds of crime so that he cannot pay his legal bills.

This is the legacy of Mr. Michael Bryant. A tyrant. A foe of due process.

I'm sorry, but lots of people in Ontario are feeling a sense of tragedy mixed with a feeling that in some way, the universe can rebalance itself.

Neo Conservative said...

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"magnafan says... This is the legacy of Mr. Michael Bryant. A tyrant. A foe of due process."

not any more it isn't.

michael bryant just spectacularly changed his own horoscope... along with that of darcy allen sheppard.

unless they find a hand grenade in this biker's backpack... the man who so blatantly aspired to succeed premier mcslippery... won't, from this point on, be able to get elected dogcatcher in humjob, n.w.t.

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Patrick Ross said...
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Patrick Ross said...

Michael Bryant's partisan affiliation is irrelevant in this matter.

Sadly, a great number of comentators won't take it to be.

Neo Conservative said...

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sorry patrick, have to disagree... michael bryant's personal history and world-class hubris are indeed a part of this tragic tale.

say pat, while you're here... where do i find the ontario liberals... "no convertible... no funeral" website?

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