2017-05-24 Wed

Toronto Police

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Here I am, walking home with the paper, on the east side of Bay street just south of College.

For the past few days we have had a lone cop standing on the corner.

This is an unusual sight in Toronto. Cops do not walk the beat, they cruse by quickly in their cruisers.

Toronto Cops do not hang around to learn about the neighbourhood from neighbours.

So what is this cop doing here?

The cop is not being paid outside-rates by a construction form.

There is no disturbance here at around eight each morning.

It’s true that he is directly across from a bank branch, but if anyone is going to rob the CIBC before it opens, the cop has crowds of workers to fire through before he hits the masked men.

Do not be misled by the orange cones. They are Street Furniture. These cones mark off a concrete platform that was laid last month and will, sometime next spring (a year from now) sprout a bus shelter, so that potential passengers can block the sidewalk between the kerb and the shelter in the hopes that they will be first on the bus and can grab a pole and stand in the aisle right next to the driver, allowing later passengers to squeeze past them and ignore the seats available in the rear of the bus.\But I digress.

Why this police presence on my corner?

Observations

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“... noting Keeash had water safety and survival skills”.

Note that the body is found in a river.

Note that the energy of a moving fluid is proportional to the Cube of the Velocity.

I expanded on this back on Wednesday 10th May . The sad truth is that no matter what your skills are, you just can’t beat a river that is, at three times its normal velocity, offering twenty-seven times its normal energy (to kill you).

And there is no beating hypothermia. Energy always drains to a lower-level. No matter if your body temperature is 36ºc and the water is 35.9 ºc, that one-tenth of one degree is enough to drain away your energy. Of course, early May in Thunder bay, the river water is still cold from the melting snows, so the steeper temperature gradient drains away energy even faster.

And that means less energy for you to fight the (cubed) energy of the river.