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PATI Math and Syllogisms Prep session – Saturday February 27/16 – Toronto



What: PATI Math and Syllogisms Live Group Prep Session

When: Saturday February 27/16 – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

Cost: $80 cash payable at the door before the session begins

Pre-regisration is mandatory! Please use the form at the bottom including ALL filelds. You will receive a confirmation by return email. There is no telephone registration.

A description follows …


What this session is NOT!!!!

It’s obvious that in a four hour session we will NOT be able to teach you math skills that you never learned.

What this sessions IS!!!

What we can do is help you get the most out of your current abilities. In other words, the purpose of the session is to help you:

  • remember and review what you already know; and
  • apply those things you know to the multiple choice PATI questions

How this will be accomplished

This will NOT be a lecture. It will a group tutorial where we will do a number of PATI math and syllogisms questions. The goal is to help you:

  • recognize what the question is asking you to do
  • recognize the skills that are required to identify the answers (in multiple-choice we identify)
  • choose the best response

Allocation of time between PATI Math and PATI Syllogisms

We expect approximately 3 hours on the math and one hour on the syllogisms.

Is this PREP session for me?

Well, if you recognize what this session is NOT about and you recognize what it is about. You will benefit from this session ONLY through active participation. You can’t be afraid to make mistakes and you must be willing to learn from your mistakes.

Registration Form – Complete all fields:

The contact form is “acting up”. So please email the information below to: patiprep at gmail dot com


Tattooed cops a quandary for OPP brass

Published: October 17, 2011 5:58 a.m.

An Ontario Provincial Police constable with tattoo-covered arms was mistaken for a “gangbanger” by a superior officer at a traffic stop in northwestern Ontario in the spring of 2010.

The superior thought the man had stolen a police cruiser and OPP uniform. The tattooed officer was later directed to cover up his arms based on a newly implemented policy that targeted offensive tattoos.

The constable didn’t think he was being offensive. With the face of policing evolving, a younger cohort has embraced tattoos. The OPP is struggling to design a policy that balances freedom of expression and professional image.

The constable from the example above had a sleeve tattoo on his right arm depicting a dragon and tiger — martial arts symbols. He also had a large tattoo of the face of his grandfather as a memorial.

“He was raised by his grandfather after his parents passed away and it had sentimental meaning for him,” said Jim Christie, head of the Ontario Provincial Police Association. The officer filed a grievance and the OPP responded with an even tougher policy, forcing all 9,000 members to cover up any visible tattoos.

An arbitrator later struck down the coverup protocol, leaving the OPP without a policy and putting them in a delicate situation.

A city in flames, a police force under fire


British riot police arrive in front of a burning building in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011. Now in it's third night of unrest, London has seen sporadic outbreaks of looting and clashes both north and south of the river Thames. - British riot police arrive in front of a burning building in Croydon, South London on August 8, 2011. Now in it's third night of unrest, London has seen sporadic outbreaks of looting and clashes both north and south of the river Thames. | CARL DE SOUZA/Getty Images


LONDON— From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
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On the fourth night, they finally showed up in force: at least 16,000 police in yellow jackets and riot armour, up from 6,000 the night before, standing in clusters on almost every major street corner across the burned-out and shattered expanses of London’s perimeter, ready to face the rioters. Continue reading

Budget axe shouldn’t spare police, fire services, city manager says

August 03, 2011

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{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}City manager Joe Pennachetti. 

If Toronto councillors spare police and fire services from the budget axe, it will fall that much harder on libraries, social programs and other services dear to Torontonians’ hearts, says the city manager.

Joe Pennachetti made the remarks Wednesday in an interview about the city’s ongoing cross-department “efficiency review”, a follow-up to KPMG’s “core service” reports that caused an uproar by suggesting hundreds of millions of dollars in possible cuts. Continue reading

Layoffs loom for police and city staff

July 13, 2011

Robyn Doolittle

{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}The Toronto Police Service may be looking at serious cuts in officer numbers.–layoffs-loom-for-police-and-city-staff

Well over 500 Toronto police officers and thousands of city workers will be issued layoff notices in January if the Ford administration follows through on a pledge to shrink the police budget and the city’s workforce. Continue reading

High-ranking Toronto police offered buyouts as ‘comprehensive restructuring’ begins

Wendy Gillis

July 9, 2011

Some of the Toronto Police Service’s highest-ranking officers are being offered buyouts in the force’s latest effort to cut costs.

In an internal memo circulated Friday, the civilian board overseeing the force offered voluntary exit packages to a number of senior officers and civilian managers.

The board is hoping 18 employees — who rank from inspectors to staff superintendents, just two ranks below police chief — will take the buyout, trimming $2.8 million from the salary budget. Continue reading

RCMP recruit training slashed as Ottawa grapples with budget squeeze

July 7, 2011

OTTAWA—The RCMP has slashed its training of new recruits as it becomes the latest in a string of federal departments and agencies to cope with belt-tightening, the Star has learned.

Even under a self-professed law-and-order government, the budget crunch isn’t sparing the ranks of frontline cops. Continue reading

Police under fire as fresh statistics show charges dropped in 59% of G20 cases

June 21, 2011

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{{GA_Article.Images.Alttext$}}Darius Mirshahi (green and black T-Shirt) and Chris Bowen, known by their performance names of Testament and Illogik, respectively, were arrested on June 27, 2010, by police on several charges, including conspiracy and wearing a disguise. Their charges were stayed in November 2010.

Peter Small/Toronto Star

Farrah McBride went to the G20 protests in downtown Toronto, upset by news of vandals smashing windows.

But the assistant manager at a restaurant supply store was transformed from spectator to prisoner when police arrested virtually everyone in front of the Hotel Novotel on The Esplanade on the night of Saturday, June 26, 2010.

She says she was held, handcuffed, at the temporary Eastern Ave. detention centre without adequate water, food or her correct anti-anxiety medicine. Continue reading

Toronto cops G20 ‘whipping boys’


Check out the comments for this story.

First posted: Sunday, June 19, 2011 8:50:00 EDT PM cop Police at last year’s G20.

A year after the G20, public trust in the city’s police is at an all-time low — and so is the morale of many officers.

The situation has worsened with each new allegation of police brutality and little has been done to restore the faith in those sworn to serve and protect Toronto. Continue reading