Deadly weekend puts city on pace for nearly twice as many homicides as last year

Toronto endured another violent weekend as three slayings — one shooting and two stabbings — pushed the city’s homicide toll to 63 for the year.

That’s just three fewer than were recorded all of last year and nearly twice the number seen by this point in 2017. The Yonge St. van attack in April accounted for 10 of this year’s homicides, but shooting and stabbing deaths are both on the rise compared to recent years, putting the city on pace for its most homicides since 2007, when 86 people were killed.

One is too many and all that but Toronto remains a relatively safe city by any standard. The Star, John Tory and their fellow travelers are shamelessly using this “panic” to push gun control in an election year.