Wednesday, July 4, 2018


      G&M: Toronto is calling on the provincial and federal governments for support as the city combats a rising wave of gang-fueled shootings.
Mayor John Tory says he wants to meet with Ontario Premier Doug Ford and federal Public Security Minister Ralph Goodale “as quickly as possible” to co-ordinate a response to gang-and-gun violence in Canada’s biggest city, wracked by 208 shootings so far this year − an increase of nearly a fifth from 2017.
   Toronto Sun: Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack pointed out that an increased presence of police officers in the community was a major reason why the number of murders dropped to a 25-year-low of 51 in 2011 and never climbed higher than 58 until 2016 when the killings jumped to 74.  It was in 2016 that officers essentially stopped conducting street checks, a.k.a. carding, the TAVIS unit was scrubbed and the service began streamlining as part of a transformational change aimed at modernizing policing.

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