TOP CLICKS: The week that was in viral stories

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The Toronto Sun takes you straight to the heart of the action.


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Whether it’s local news, provincial and national politics, or the worlds of celebrity and sports, we have you covered.

Some stories set the world on fire. And these ones are the most popular online stories from the past seven days, clicked on by Sun readers like you.

Here are our top stories:

LEVY: Politicians put cops in harm’s way by enabling the lawless | Toronto Sun

The senseless killing of Const. Jeffrey Northrup was tragic and senseless, so it’s no wonder news surrounding his murder was tops this week.

On Sue-Ann Levy’s last day, our columnist wrote about how Northrup’s death was likely a symptom of the rising anti-cop sentiment in Toronto coupled with weak politicians who enabling the lawless and, in a sense, giving them a free pass.


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Because with more activists viewing police as the enemy, and believing that law enforcement should receive less money in favour of more going to social service agencies, our police will increasingly be put in harm’s way. Like Northrup.

Const. Jeffrey Northrup
Const. Jeffrey Northrup Photo by Facebook

Man, 31, charged with first-degree murder in Toronto cop’s slaying

Umar Zameer, 31, is accused of intentionally running down and Northrup, a 31-year veteran with Toronto Police, in the City Hall parking garage on July 2.

He faces a first-degree murder charge in what Chief James Ramer described as a “deliberate and intentional act.”

The suspect allegedly entered a vehicle and when he was confronted by Northrup and his partner, and drove at them.

Northrup was treated at the scene before he was rushed to hospital, where he later died. His partner was also treated in hospital and released for minor injuries.


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Toronto’s top cop said it was Northrup’s lifelong dream to be a police officer.

“When I talked to his mother this morning she said, ‘You know, he died doing something that he loved,’” said Ramer.

“He loved his job and went in to do that job every day, despite the dangers that we occasionally face, he continued to do that job the best of his ability.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looking pensive
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looking pensive Photo by Sean Kilpatrick

Justin Trudeau oddly silent on Toronto cop’s line of duty death

It took Justin Trudeau two days to respond to Northrup’s death in the line of duty.

Leading up to his July 4th condolences, Trudeau tweeted about Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final, the B.C. wildfires, COVID-19 vaccinations, promoting peace and security in the Middle East, and the need to cut pollution.

Shame on you, Prime Minister.


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A decaying white cross lies in a small cemetery for children who died at Brandon Indian Residential School near one of three sites where researchers, partnered with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, located 104 potential graves in Brandon, Manitoba, June 12, 2021.
A decaying white cross lies in a small cemetery for children who died at Brandon Indian Residential School near one of three sites where researchers, partnered with the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, located 104 potential graves in Brandon, Manitoba, June 12, 2021. Photo by Shannon VanRaes /REUTERS

Unmarked graves were documented years ago but most of us looked away

The discovery of more graves at another residential school has shocked many Canadians but truthfully, they were documented long ago – just most people looked away or didn’t listen.

Brian Lilley pointed out that it was all documented in 2015, in a report from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In fact, there are 273 “heartbreaking” pages devoted to the issue titled “Canada’s Residential Schools: Missing Children and Unmarked Burials.”

A total of 3,201 children documented are believed to have died at residential schools. Either that, or they ran away or are presumed dead after not returning.

And the cemeteries, which many thought were hidden, simply aren’t, and are in the report. Why did the schools have cemeteries? The government refused to pay to transport the students’ bodies to their parents.

While we can’t change our abhorrent history, Lilley says we can learn from it. Read the report.

HONOURABLE MENTION: The week’s fifth place finisher goes to a man struggling with his wife’s mid-life crisis, in which she drops drunken “truth bombs” like all the men hitting on her, her “work boyfriend,” and requesting a hall pass. Oy.



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