Scarborough Shooting

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How to Help Black Youth? Expect More of Them

Due to the recent surge in gun violence in Toronto there have been numerous discussions about how best to address this problem. I firmly believe that low and negative expectations are at the heart of what leads many black youth down paths that are lined with little more than underachievement, impoverishment and predatory violence.
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Don't Blame the Shootings on Guns

There must be reasonable accommodation made between the robust ability of citizens to maintain arms and screening mechanisms to limit the purchase of weapons by criminals and the unfit. The overriding problem in Toronto and Aurora, Colorado this past week were madmen with guns, not guns in the hands of men.
Alamy

Guns Injure 4 More In Toronto

On Friday night in Toronto, people marched for peace. Then the shooting began anew. Toronto hip-hop artist P. Reign hosted an "Angel Walk" on Friday evening in the area of Danzig Street in Scarboroug...
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Media Bites: Turns Out All Journalists are Gun Violence Experts

Isn't it impressive how every Torontonian with a newspaper column knows exactly how to prevent vicious gang violence? Truly, they have all the answers. In less blood-soaked news, the London Olympics are almost upon us, and you know what that means: time for the papers to be filled with bitter editorials about how horrible the Olympics are! (You won't be disappointed!)

Ford's Tea Party-Like Solutions to Toronto Violence

Earlier today, an identified man was discovered in a school playground and pronounced dead from gunshot wounds. The latest killing was Toronto's 30th homicide of the year. In a desperate city that is looking for answers, its mayor, Rob Ford, and member of the mayor's executive committee, Councillor Michael Thompson, offer unusual Tea Party-like simple solutions to a complex made in Canada problem.
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Are Canadians Cities Still Safe?

International media are focused on Toronto after a shooting at a block party in the city’s east end on Monday left two people dead and another 22 injured. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair called it “t...
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You Can't Stop Crime if You Can't Say Who Is Doing it

What to do about gun violence in Toronto -- or anywhere else, for that matter? Well, contrary to prevailing opinion, there's a lot that can be done. For starters, we (the police and government) should determine who is doing the shooting. Unfortunately, "Profiling" is a taboo word for many, especially human rights zealots who equate "profiling" with bullying or unfairly picking on a portion of the community.
Alamy

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.