Category Archives: Toronto

KILLER YEAR: Toronto shatters shooting and slaying records in 2018

The deadliest year in the city’s history looked like it might wind down with a whimper but instead it ends with a bang as bodies continue to drop at an unprecedented rate.

With street gangs out of control and bullets flying daily, Toronto endured an alarming 96 murders in 2018 — surpassing the record high of 89 set way back in 1991.

“The gun violence is a big problem,” acting Insp. Hank Idsinga, who took the reins of the Homicide Unit in July, told the Toronto Sun recently.

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GOLDSTEIN: Scapegoating Toronto Police

What Ontario Chief Human Rights Commissioner Renu Mandhane describes as the distrust of Toronto’s black community for the city’s police service isn’t going to improve by demanding the impossible of the police.

But increasingly, that’s what we’re doing — politicians are experts at it — making police the scapegoats for societal problems the police cannot solve.

Nothing that springs from a human rights commission should be taken seriously.

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Ashura is Remembrance Day for Toronto’s Shia Muslims

Every Ashura, the tenth day of the first month of the Islamic calendar, Shia Muslims around the world commemorate the anniversary of the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and the third Imam (successor) of Shia Islam. In 680 AD, he led a small party of supporters and relatives against the forces of the Umayyad caliph Yazid I. Husayn and his party were subsequently killed, and their women, children, and sick were marched into captivity in Syria.

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Sidewalk Labs partners with Toronto groups to collect data for public life study

Since the partnership between Waterfront Toronto and Google-affiliated Sidewalk Labs was announced in October 2017, the proposal has been marred by questions over what data will be collected, where it will be stored and who would be able to access it. An Ontario auditor-general’s report recently questioned why there weren’t more specifics in the plan about how the data governance plan would work in the project.

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LEVY: TCHC officials not aggressively evicting criminal element

Way back in 2015 Toronto Community Housing Corporation officials gave tenants a pile of promises to address the scathing report by the Mayor’s Task Force and to “bring real change” to the dysfunctional housing authority.

In fact, in an action plan called “Getting it Done” penned by Greg Spearn, the predecessor to current CEO Kathy Milsom, there were several promises made to improve safety and security to communities “seriously impacted” by the criminal element and those who use TCHC properties for “illegal purposes.”

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GOLDSTEIN: Killing carding fuelled Toronto gun violence

Violent urban street crime such as homicides and fatal shootings are caused by many factors and their frequency varies from year to year.

But one of the major reasons Toronto has recorded its most deadly year ever for homicides — 91 with six weeks to go compared to the previous high of 89 for all of 1991 — is obvious.

That was the decision by the former Ontario Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne to ban police carding (street checks) on the grounds it was racist.

Not to worry John Tory has promised millions will be spent in appeasement. It won’t have any affect but “diversity”.

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