Toronto Shooting Spree Has Ford Calling for Controversial Anti-Gang Unit
Doug Ford addresses supporters outside after being sworn in as the 26th Premier of Ontario by The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, at Queen's Park in Toronto. June 29, 2018. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
A spate of gun violence in Toronto has police looking for suspects and politicians looking for answers.
In an especially violent and bloody Canada Day weekend, 11 people were shot on the streets of Canada’s largest city. This brings the total to 51 homicides and more than 200 shootings for the year.
Mayor John Tory was as at a loss for answers, expressing his shock and bewilderment at the carnage. But other than saying he will hire more officers, he doesn’t seem to have any answers.
Tory has, however, expressed his hope to work with federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Ontario’s recently sworn-in Premier, Doug Ford.
It seems likely that the type of “action” Ford is calling for is the restoration of a controversial police unit that was disbanded under former Premier Kathleen Wynne. The Progressive Conservative leader has gone on record saying he feels this is a solution that could curb the violence.