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Bryant cyclist case a lesson for all

What we can learn from fatal incident that left Darcy Sheppard dead
We need to slow down as we share the road
By Kris Scheuer
(Column originally published in Town Crier Sept. 8)

The recent collision on Bloor St. that resulted in the death of cyclist
Darcy Allan Sheppard has me thinking more about safety for everyone on our roads.
I’m not focusing on the high profile nature of this fatal crash that resulted in former midtown politician Michael Bryant being charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death. My colleague Brian Baker is covering that news story for the Town Crier.
But I feel it’s important to look at how we share the streets.
If you left your home today, you used the road to get where you were going. Whether you travelled by bike, transit, car or crossed the street on your feet. You had to navigate streets to get from point A to B.
My perspective is mainly as a pedestrian, daily transit user and occasional summertime cyclist. I have driven less than 40 times in my life when I took driving lessons, but never took a road test to get my licence.
I have witnessed many cyclists without a helmets travelling at night with no lights on their bike. They may not realize how hard it is for drivers to see them. Continue reading

Toronto day in the life 6

What I learned today, reflections on death of cyclist Darcy Sheppard
Life is fragile
By Kris Scheuer
Opinion

This display at the Toronto Police headquarters reminds us that as of Sept. 3, 22 people have died in traffic accidents. Photo by Kris Scheuer.

This display at Toronto Police headquarters reminds us that as of Sept. 3, 22 people have died in traffic accidents in Toronto so far this year. Photo by Kris Scheuer.

My day started like many in this city with news that a cyclist had died last night after a confrontation with a car driver on Bloor Street West.
I heard the news on CBC Radio when I woke up.
My dad called me on my cell before I even got to work as speculation was former St. Paul’s MPP Michael Bryant was the one allegedly driving the vehicle that struck the cyclist.
When I arrived at work, the Town Crier newspaper, my colleague Brian Baker was already working on the story. Click here to read his article.
Toronto Police have now charged Bryant with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
The name of the cyclist who died also been released as Darcy Allan Sheppard.
Reports on the accident are quite horrific.
Cyclist Sheppard was dragged several metres after a confrontation allegedly arose between him and the driver of a convertible near Bay and Bloor Sts. at around 9:45 pm last night, Baker reports for the Town Crier.
After words were exchanged and the driver, believed to be Bryant, continued heading west where a minor fender-bender occurred between the cyclist and the driver, Constable Hugh Smith of Toronto Police’s Traffic Services told journalist Baker.
Afterward the cyclist approached the driver and grabbed hold of the car.
“He became unattached by whatever means and fell and hit the ground,” Smith said. “He received severe injuries and was transported to a trauma hospital.
Former Ontario Attorney General Bryant released a statement tonight.
“I would, however, like to extend my deepest condolences to the family involved,” reads part of the statement by Bryant, which he made before media this evening.
On Sept. 2, Bryant resigned as CEO of Invest Toronto. Read his full statement here.
And Mayor David Miller accepted Bryant’s resignation with a statement of his own on the city’s web site.

In my opinion, the whole incident is tragic and sad for all involved: Sheppard, his friends and family, and Bryant and his loved ones.

St. Paul’s byelection candidates debate

Town Crier newspaper to hold debate Sept 10
It’s an opportunity to meet candidates in St. Paul’s byelection
By Kris Scheuer

Clockwise from the top left are: PC Sue-Ann Levy, NDP Julian Heller, Green Party Chris Chopik, Liberal Eric Hoskins.

There is September 17 byelection to choose a new provincial rep for the riding of St. Paul’s.
The newspaper I write for, The Town Crier, is holding an all candidates debate the week before the vote.
It will be held Sept. 10 from 7-9 pm at Sunderland Hall at the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto. You will find it 175 St. Clair Ave. West, near the southwest corner of Avenue Rd. and St. Clair.
Firstly, those who live in the diverse riding that stretches roughly from Beltline to Dupont and Winona to Bayview should come and hear what the political players have to say. Trust me it will be a very heated debate.
We have invited:
PC candidate Sue-Ann Levy, who is on leave as a city hall columnist with the Toronto Sun.
Liberal activist Dr. Eric Hoskins, who will try and keep the seat red after former MPP Michael Bryant stepped down to take a position as chief executive officer of Invest Toronto.
Lawyer Julian Heller of the New Democratic Party.
Real Estate agent Chris Chopik of the Green Party.
Five other candidates will also be in attendance.
I will be there and so will my Town Crier colleagues including editor Eric McMillan, who will be moderating.
Besides attending the Sept. 10 debate it’s important to vote in the advance polls or on byelection day Sept. 17.

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