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.
As tough as it is to face, the truth is that too many of the Toronto's policies targeting guns and gang violence have been of little more than symbolic value, and of minimal effect in the communities most closely affected by this urban scourge. Rob Ford is running a Toronto where shootings for 2012 are now reported to be up more than 54.7 per cent over since the same period in 2011.