Caribana Goers: They are watching you!


A significant number of video surveillance cameras will be installed throughout the downtown core this week in anticipation of potential crime and bad behavior during the Caribana festivities. At least that’s what the Toronto Police services are saying. Caribana organizers are not too pleased but hey, who’s paying most of the bill for this event? Cops are always tough on us Caribana goers every year with or with out surveillance cameras.

This 2 million dollar pilot project to introduce street surveillance was approved back in February. The Toronto Police has said these security cameras will be tested on a large public, downtown event before any decision is made weather to keep them on our streets permanently.

Now my question is, how many large public, downtown events have we had before Caribana? I could count many. All of the ones I can count were much smaller in size but still a large public event. These would all have been easier and better test cases for these cameras. But then again, there aren’t much people who fit the Toronto Police Services’ description of a gang banger at the Taste of the Danforth or the Molson Indy or even a similar size event like Pride weekend, huh?

But of course there’s always that good old saying , if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then it’s probably a duck right? Try telling the Toronto Police Services differently and you will be surprised what happens. So Bill Blair, as you go duck hunting this weekend with your “Test Security Cameras” good luck, because I’m going to party hard and you won’t be able to catch this old duck.

Photo by Kevin Steel on Flickr

3 Comments so far

  1. Eric S. Smith (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

    Well, you have to admit that there aren’t many headlines in the newspaper archives that go “FATAL SHOOTING MARS TASTE OF DANFORTH”. And from a technological perspective, you don’t want a nice, easy test case — you want a really hard one, to see if your proposed solution is overwhelmed.

  2. H (unregistered) on August 5th, 2007 @ 9:22 pm

    Billed by the organizers as a ‘celebration of the best in Muslim arts and entertainment’, the event features over 50 local and international artists who showcase their talent in various areas.

    Concerts featuring popular Muslim artists, comedy shows, a multicultural bazaar, a kids carnival and “Adam’s World” a live puppet show constitute some of the fun things one can expect at MuslimFest.

    A Night of Comedy and Poetry

    The main attraction at MuslimFest 2007, a Night of Comedy and Poetry will be a place where tears come with laughter, and the spirit rises with the beauty of poetry. This year Preacher Moss, Amir Sulaiman, Aman Ali and Babi Ali team up to bring you an unprecedented spectacule for the first time in Canada!

    Preacher Moss and his friends performed to a sold out audience in 2005 and hope to entertain you again this year.
    Individual: $15
    Group of 4: $50

    -Multicultural Bazaar

    -Peter Sanders’ Photo Exhibit: [NEW] Introducing for the first time in Toronto, in collaboration with British High Commission of Canada, MuslimFest will showcase a spectacular collection of photographs by Peter Sanders, an internationally-renowned photographer of the Muslim world.

    – Rising Talents Show: [NEW] For the first time in Canada, a show dedicated to dazzling young Muslim talent chosen from a pool of applicants!

    – Adam’s World Live Puppet Show: The ever popular MuslimFest exclusive is back. This time it will be more intimate in the RBC Theater!

    – Sister’s Extravaganza: All new concept, lots of prizes and lots of fun!

    – FilmFestival: Baba Ali, producer of Ummah Films, talks about the Reminder series.

    – International Art Exhibit: Eye-opening, inspiring pieces from all over the world!

    – Interactive Workshops: Comedy Writing with Preacher Moss, Drumming, Photography and Calligraphy!

    -International Food Festival

    – Outdoor Workshops: [NEW] Water Coloring & Pencil Sketching with Dr. Ibrahim Shalaby

    – Drumming Circles: [NEW] Br. Dale (Jamal) Marcell & the Fletcher Valve Drummers are back! And this time you can bang on those drums with them!

    – FREE Outdoor Stage: [NEW] Performances by comedians, musicians and spoken word artists happen throughout the day on the stage outside.

    – Youth Sporting Events: [NEW] In the mood for some 3-on-3? Now you can shoot hoops and much more at MuslimFest!

    – Pony Rides: [NEW] Who’s up first! Get in line, because the Organizers of the Toronto Zoo are setting up at MuslimFest for all day pony rides! The fun never stops at MuslimFest, Yeeee haw!

    – Kids’ Carnival: Jumping castles, obstacle challenges & new Inflatable rides!

    For tickets:'s%20World%20Puppet%20Show


  3. Dmitri (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    The only crime those camera noticed were old ladies with boobs for everyone to see…

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