The scene: a Starbucks, at Yonge and St. Clair.
The players: Kevin Donovan, the lead investigative reporter at the Toronto Star, and James Lockyer, the founding director of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted.
The mood: convivial, certain, but (obviously) insufficiently discreet.
Key elements in the dialogue:
- The video exists, and it has been seen by many, many Toronto defence layers, following Crown disclosure arising out of June’s Dixon Road “Project Traveler” police raids.
- In the video, a large man – Lockyer does not say who he is, but he doesn’t need to – is clearly seen smoking a yellowish substance. There is no doubt who he is, or what he is doing.
- The authenticity of the video, and who is in it, has been independently confirmed by a very high-ranking police official.
Will it ever come out? (Probably.)
Will it force him from office before the end of his term? (Unlikely.)
And on and on the little drama goes. Where it stops, nobody knows.