Eaton Centre Shooting

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Eaton Centre Gunman Sentenced To Life

TORONTO - A man who gunned down two people in a crowded downtown food court was sentenced Thursday to at least 30 years behind bars — an unprecedented sentence for second-degree murder.Ontario Superio...
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Eaton Centre Shooter Learns Verdict

Christopher Husbands has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2012 shooting at the busy Toronto Eaton Centre food court. A jury delivered the verdict Wednesday evening, shortly after aski...
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We Know the Solution to Gun Violence

I've been to too many funerals of young murder victims and held too many grieving mothers, fathers and friends to fail to do everything I can about gun violence. I have been, and continue to be, a passionate advocate for changes that can greatly reduce gun violence in this province -- and across Canada.
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Change My Mind: Can Government Solve Toronto's Gun Violence Problem?

Barely a day goes by in Toronto, or any large city, without some reminder of the pain and damage caused by gun violence. While most agree it's a serious issue, the best way to address it remains a topic of considerable debate. Do we need more police? Better grass-roots community programs? Stricter gun control laws? In this latest installment of our popular series "Change My Mind," Huffpost asked two panelists from today's Direct Engagement Show "Putting the gunz down" town hall to debate the statement: Government can solve Toronto's gun violence problem.
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Are We Too Comfortable With Gun Violence?

In February alone Toronto lost two more 15 year olds -- one, just this last Sunday. The apathetic, believe that acts of violence are so far removed that they're irrelevant, only the concern of certain ethnic communities or completely unsolvable all together. Time to start caring again.
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Does Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Have a White Saviour Complex?

On a recent radio segment, Doug Ford boldly proclaimed, "There's no one that helps black youth more than Rob Ford," followed by, "These are kids who have nothing." If Mayor Ford really does hold the view that the black youths he helps have "nothing" without his football program, he is only furthering the sentiment that no matter how hard black people and communities work, they still have "nothing" if their hard work and perseverance is not supported by a white saviour.
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Still Not Safe: Expert

A security consultant who worked at the Eaton Centre during the 1990s says the mall appears to have changed little since June's fatal shooting. David Nako says he conducted a survey of the shopping m...
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When Bullets Fly, Follow The (Drug) Money

The mainstream media outlets can trot out their sociologists and university professors and talk about programs for at-risk youth and gun control and disintegration of the nuclear family but the indelible image of grieving families, usually black and poor, are what stand out. And no amount of social programs or government money is going to stop it.
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Gun Wars And Alienated Youth?

TORONTO - Recent high-profile shootings in Toronto should prompt authorities at all levels to do more than crack down on gun-toting thugs, experts said Tuesday, as some fretted the city is developing...
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A Refugee's Thoughts on the Eaton Centre Shooting

In the summer of 2005 -- dubbed by media "the summer of the gun" -- a delegation was chosen to meet with then prime minister Paul Martin. There was an urgent need to address and eradicate gun violence. Among the leaders chosen to meet with Martin was a one-time refugee from Eritrea.

The Eaton Centre Shooting Doesn't Make Toronto Dangerous

The Eaton Centre shooting this past weekend is not the first time Toronto has been faced with such angst. Yet despite the latest violent outburst, our city remains a safe place. We're very lucky to live in Toronto; in comparison to many other urban centres in North America, crime and violence rarely touch us.
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Talking to Kids About Trauma

This weekend's shooting in the food court of the Toronto Eaton Centre has many children frightened for their safety. It also has parents wondering what best to do to ease their child's fears. Here are my five points for building your approach...
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Guns Don't Kill People -- Bad Policing Does

Depending on who you listen to, last weekend's shooting spree at Toronto's Eaton Centre was a sign of gun violence getting out of control, or an isolated "incident" in North America's safest large city. But the fact of the matter is there have been 134 shootings this year, and Toronto police still refuse to help the public by profiling the criminals.
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Arrest In Eaton Centre Shooting

TORONTO - An unspecified personal issue apparently sparked the bloody weekend gun rampage that left one man dead and two people badly wounded, including a teen who was shot in the head during a family...

The Eaton Centre Shooting Was No Isolated Incident

In a world in which I am dying to be invisible, it is sad to note this one seems to be yet another black-on-black crime that takes one to the deadly summer of 2005 -- the "Summer of the Gun" where the number of shootings were very high, and the role of gangs in our streets. Is the incident at the Eaton Centre an isolated incident?
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How Social Media Affects the Eaton Centre Shooting

On Saturday evening, gunshots replaced the regular sounds at the Toronto Eaton Centre foodcourt. A feeling of the need for a community vigil has organically begun. Unlike December 2005, when it took a week to organize one for victim Jane Creba, today's social media tools have allowed that organizing to coalesce within hours.