Embarrassment of glitches: undercover RCMP officer planted at student paper can’t fool Ryerson students
Fresh off their coup of exposing explosive stores in Forest Hill and finding drugs in proximity to hippies, the G20 security forces have had a small setback: the Ryerson student paper, The Eyeopener, is reporting that an undercover RCMP officer was escorted from its downtown Toronto office yesterday.
An undercover RCMP officer was escorted out of the Eyeopener office today by Ryerson campus security after refusing to leave. Around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon RCMP Officer Leslie Tull was attempting to use the student newspaper’s office to monitor about 10 quiet G20 protestors in Ryerson’s Student Campus Centre (SCC).
Dressed in plain clothes, Tull refused requests to leave while asking several people in the office if they knew how many exits were in the building and if the protestors could be kicked out. After repeatedly asking Tull to leave Eyeopener staff called security to remove Tull from the work space.
Of course, the RCMP was just being careful: everyone knows that plots for world domination begin by capturing the student-run university press. Hard to tell what’s more humiliating for the RCMP in this situation: that its officer had her cover blown so quickly or that she had to be escorted out by the same campus security who spend the school year ignoring pot-smoking hacky-sackers.