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Report: Domestic deaths have a number of common links

Posted by cgccanada on June 23, 2010

By April Cunningham, Telegraph-Journal, June 22, 2010

SAINT JOHN – Women in New Brunswick are more likely to be killed by their intimate partner if they are in a common-law relationship, there are guns in the house, alcohol abuse and a history of violence, a researcher says.

Deborah Doherty, executive director of Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, spoke about domestic homicide at the Saint John Free Public Library.

In a study of the province’s last 35 domestic deaths – including homicides and murder-suicides – since 1989, Deborah Doherty has found that often, judges call the deaths “senseless acts,” she said.

“But we must make sense of these deaths. We need to learn something that might help us prevent deaths in the future,” said Doherty, the executive director of the Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick, at a presentation at the Saint John Free Public Library.

Doherty, an expert in family violence, has researched New Brunswick’s domestic deaths since 2001 for the Silent Witness Project – an exhibit of life-sized red, wooden silhouettes representing women killed by their partners.

Her research doesn’t yet include Melanie Getson or Deborah Gunn, who were both killed in two separate slayings on May 10 in Saint John and Moncton respectively. Each of the women’s partners has been charged with first-degree murder.

“I just find it so disheartening every time I hear of a domestic death,” Doherty said in an interview. “Doing the research, and seeing so many of them were experiencing the same types of abuse in their life, I keep thinking, ?What could have been done? Can we learn one more thing from this death to help the next woman? Was there a signal that someone could have acted on to help Melanie?’ ”

Of the 35 cases – 15 of which were murder-suicides – Doherty found that 25 of them were in small towns or rural New Brunswick communities. That compares to 0.9 per cent for Ontario domestic deaths.

Guns have been the weapon of choice. Nineteen of the women were shot, and all but one was with a long gun rifle. “I have a pretty good idea it relates to the fact that this is a hunting province, with more firearms in homes,” Doherty said.

Combined with alcohol, the risk factor increases. Seventy-five per cent of the perpetrators had a serious drug or alcohol problem. That compares to 42 per cent in Ontario.

An overwhelming factor was a history of violence, which Doherty defined as not just physical, but emotional or sexual as well. Ninety per cent of the cases appeared to have a history of violence – though it wasn’t clear in court documents, she said.

Relationships were described as turbulent, stormy with a lot of bickering. Often friends, family or crisis workers knew about the violence, but police were never involved, so reports didn’t make it to court, she said.

Mental health also increased the risk, she found. Out of 20 court cases she examined, eight had documented depression, and several had attempted or threatened to commit suicide.

One of the more surprising factors for Doherty was martial status with 66 per cent of the women killed by their common-law partner.

Only 37 per cent of the women killed were recently separated, compared to 81 per cent in Ontario.

Doherty said it points to the need not just to help women leave abusive relationships – but to help them stay safely.

Along with awareness, communities need to start identifying abuse, she said.

“We as a society have a lower threshold for abusive behaviours and violence, firearms misuse, behaviours when people are drunk,” she said. “That’s not an excuse. We have to speak out against it.”

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/city/article/1104216

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Doctors say scrapping long-gun registry a health risk

Posted by cgccanada on April 30, 2010

OTTAWA – A group of emergency doctors, nurses and suicide prevention workers asked members of Parliament to vote against a federal bill that seeks to quash the long-gun registry. The group says a significant drop in gun-related suicide since 1995 is evidence the registry works and scrapping it would set them back years in suicide prevention. “Suicide, contrary to public opinion, is often an impulsive gesture,” Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association for Emergency Physicians said Wednesday. “Keeping guns away from depressed people is essential.” Drummond has never seen a handgun injury in his 27 years as an emergency physician in rural Ontario, but he’s seen more than a few injuries and deaths inflicted by rifles and shot guns – most of them suicides. “As a coroner I go to lots of gun-related suicides. I’m telling you it’s difficult, it’s gut-wrenching.” The majority of firearm deaths in Canada are suicides and the guns most often used are rifles and shotguns, the group wrote in an open letter to MPs Wednesday.
That’s why the 61 organizations and medical professionals who signed the letter see gun registration as a public health issue rather than a crime control issue. (…)  A Canadian Press/Harris Decima poll released in November found 46 per cent of Canadians believe abolishing the long gun registry is a good idea, while 41 per cent think it’s a bad idea. The registry has been criticized for being inefficient, ineffective in reducing crime and massively overrun in cost. Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, who supports a reduction or elimination in penalties for long-gun owners but wants to keep the registry, has said he will force his MPs to vote against the bill when it comes up for its third and final reading. “The Liberal leader is not fooling anyone with his proposals for unconstitutional amendments to Bill C-391,” Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews said in the House of Commons Wednesday. “It is time to end the criminalization of our hunters and outdoor enthusiasts once and for all.” There may be more guns and stronger opposition to the registry in rural areas. But health experts point out that there are also higher rates of gun deaths in rural communities and western provinces. “Firearm related injury is not an urban crime problem in downtown Toronto. These things happen in idyllic little communities like Perth,” said Drummond, who is a physician at the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital. Since the gun registry was implemented there has been a 23 per reduction in gun-related suicide and a 36 per cent reduction in the use of firearms in intimate partner violence, Drummond said. He said people who are suicidal are often brought to the hospital by police who can alert doctors if the person has a gun in his or her home. “Knowing that a patient owns a gun is extremely important and valuable information for us as we determine the future risk of suicide.” “We commonly ask the police to remove guns from the home of those identified at risk.” Gun-related suicide attempts are far more lethal than other methods. Gun users stand a 96 per cent chance of dying, while the lethality rate of drug overdose is six per cent. Drummond said he is a gun owner himself and is not against gun ownership but he is an advocate for responsible use. “Suicide usually affects young people with big lives ahead of them,” he said. “And we know that with effective treatment for depression and mental illness that they can go on to lead productive lives.” “Every potential suicide victim counts.”
Full article at: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/breakingnews/doctors-nurses-tell-mps-scrapping-long-gun-registry-a-health-risk-92340189.html

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Thestar.com, Apr 13 2010, Peter Small “Dad killed mom, traumatizing son, court told”

Posted by cgccanada on April 14, 2010

What kind of father traumatizes his son by murdering his mother? A friend of Edyta Lewandowski asked that question at a sentencing hearing Tuesday for the slain woman’s estranged husband, Donald Sneyd. “All she wanted was her son, and Don couldn’t let her have that,” Carlene Duncan-Marino said in her victim impact statement.
“So he decided to take her life.” On Feb. 25, 2008, Sneyd fired a bullet into the neck of his 32-year-old wife as she stood in the foyer of his east Toronto home. She had come to pick up their 2-year-old son, who cannot be named, for a regular visit at her home in Maple. The couple were locked in a bitter custody battle, with Sneyd, a social worker, accusing her of being mentally unstable, suicidal and an unfit mother. Charged with first-degree murder, he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the midst of pre-trial hearings. He brandished a handgun, he claims, to scare her into agreeing to his custody and access terms. But they struggled and he intentionally shot her. “She gave her life for her son,” a sobbing Elzbieta Lewandowski, Edyta’s mother, said in a victim impact statement co-signed by her husband Jerzy. “Our lives are full of grief and pain. Every day we ask ourselves, why her, such a wonderful young girl, full of life and strength?” (…) His guilty verdict has spared the Crown the difficulty of proving its case, which was by no means certain, Rosen said. “The issue of who brought the gun was up in the air.”
But the one who has lost most is the boy, Rosen said. “He has lost a mother forever and a father, essentially, forever.” The judge asked Sneyd if he had anything to say.  “I just want to say I’m sorry, your honour,” Sneyd replied. Trafford will sentence him on Friday.

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From TORONTO STAR – MARCH 14, 2010 LETTERS: A long gun claimed life of OPP officer, Column, March 12

Posted by cgccanada on March 15, 2010

TO RESPOND : lettertoed@thestar.com

The tragic death of OPP officer Vu Pham shows we need more gun control not less. MPs will soon vote on scrapping the gun registry because of “costs.” The start-up costs were expensive, but upkeep is cheap and saves lives. Deaths from gun use in domestic violence and suicides are way down since the introduction of the registry. What price do MPs place on human life? Bill Chadwick, Newmarket

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From the Toronto Sun: Gun seized from car in Etobicoke

Posted by cgccanada on February 18, 2010

By ROB LAMBERTI, Toronto Sun

Last Updated: 17th February 2010, 12:03pm

No tail lights and the odour of marijuana led to the recovery of a handgun in Etobicoke.

But in a disturbing snub of the law, officers discovered two of the four suspects arrested in the Monday evening stop share a total of six court-imposed bans from having a firearm.

One suspect was slapped with two bans while another suspect holds four, Toronto Police said.

Police stopped a car at 32nd St. and Lake Shore Blvd. after noticing it didn’t have any rear lights.

While talking to the people in the car, officers noticed a smell of marijuana. The four men were ordered out of the car but police said a rear passenger was told several times to get out before he did.

Moments later, police spotted the handgun under the rear seat… Read more here

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From Canada.com: Man convicted of vicious spousal abuse handed dangerous offender tag

Posted by cgccanada on February 2, 2010

By Lori Coolican, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

January 29, 2010

SASKATOON — James Richard Standingwater is a serial spouse batterer with psychotic tendencies, whose parents — respected members of their home community — lied for him and supported the abuse he perpetrated against the mother of his four children, a Saskatoon judge concluded Friday.

For the sake of Lorinda Antoine’s future safety, he should be locked up indefinitely, Justice Allisen Rothery ruled in declaring Standingwater a dangerous offender.

“He continues to stalk Antoine by letter, attempting to put her freedom in jeopardy for his personal gain,” Rothery noted in a 58-page written judgment.

“Standingwater’s family, to date, has done nothing more than attempt to cover for his violent behaviour against Antoine. His father told a story at trial that Antoine must have sustained her injuries from falling down the basement stairs… more

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From: Laval News Online, January 13, 2010, 2009 not a great year for women’s rights, says women’s critic. Tory minister’s gun registry vote was low point: Bloc’s Demers

Posted by cgccanada on January 18, 2010

Of all the proceedings that took place in the House of Commons last year, Nicole Demers, the Bloc Québécois’s MP for Laval, remains most bitter over the fact that Conservative Status of Women Minister Helena Guergis voted in favour of doing away with Canada’s long gun registry. According to Demers, it was “unheard of” until then that a government Status of Women minister would vote for abolishing the registry, which came about largely as a result of the Dec. 6, 1989 Polytechnique Massacre, in which 14 female students were murdered by a crazed male gunman. ‘For all women’ “When you’re a minister you have to realize that you’re the minister for all the women in Canada, and not just the women who are Conservative,” says Demers, who is her party’s critic for women’s issues. “You are also the minister for those who believe that the gun registry should remain as it is right now. “And as more than 50 per cent of Canadians believe that the gun registry should remain as it is, then she should have either stepped down and not vote on that, or vote against it. But she didn’t. She got up and voted for it. That’s very disturbing. And her parliamentary secretary, Sylvie Boucher, she also got up and voted for that bill and that’s also unheard of.” A moment of unity In early December, in a relatively rare moment of solidarity, the three opposition parties united to make a statement denouncing the Conservative government’s policies on women’s issues. Demers and the others had refused to take part in a ceremony organized by Guergis’s department on the occasion of a day commemorating actions taken to deal with violence committed against women. Demers and the others maintained that the ceremony was nothing but “hypocrisy” since the government had shown itself “hostile” since it was in power to virtually all efforts to further the rights of women. A 50-year setback Demers maintains that since the Conservatives have been the minority government since 2005, they’ve “been trying to set women’s rights back 50 years.” She says that the Conservatives have cut virtually all funding to women’s groups across Canada, effectively preventing them from promoting their cause. Since 2005, the cuts have resulted in the closing of nearly all Status of Women offices across Canada. A court challenges program for women was also terminated. Demers says the Conservatives remain determined to bring the abortion debate back to the floor of the House of Commons. Regarding her parliamentary last year, she had about 10 motions before House of Commons committees when the Conservative government decided in December to prorogue the Commons until March. The suspension means that work to bring the motions forward must now restart.

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From Torontosun.com: He stood against guns

Posted by cgccanada on January 14, 2010

‘Gentle giant’ testified in shooting: Pal
By TAMARA CHERRY AND CHRIS DOUCETTE, TORONTO SUN
Last Updated: 11th January 2010, 5:22am

The sole remaining witness to a shooting that many believe led to the murder of “gentle giant” Kenneth Mark said yesterday she’s certain the Toronto man was killed because he took the stand against gun violence.

It was the concern over whether or not to “snitch” that kept Mark from pointing a finger until about a month after he was shot in September 2008, Robyn, who didn’t want her last name published, said yesterday, a day after Mark’s funeral.

Robyn and her then-year-old son, Malakai, were outside their St. Clair Ave. W. and Runnymede Rd. housing complex with Mark when a gunman wearing a disguise snuck up behind and fired a shotgun, spraying Mark’s face and shoulder with pellets, Robyn said.

“(Mark) pushed us backwards to get in my door,” she recalled, adding she or Malakai would have been shot had they not been blocked by Mark.

The shooting came mere days after Mark confronted a teen in their housing complex about brandishing a gun.

The Walmart manager didn’t threaten to go to police, but rather told the teen something along the lines of, “This is not a ghetto,” Robyn said.

“He didn’t want guns shown to the children.”

Mark was certain the shooting was connected to the confrontation and that he knew who the triggerman was, but he didn’t point fingers right away, Robyn said.

“There’s a big thing in our community about snitching, right? You’re not supposed to be a snitch. Things happen to you, you stay quiet and take it into your own hands,” she said. “That’s how we have so many good people dying, so many youth dying, so many black men dying.”

Two teens were charged with attempted murder and held in custody until last month, when charges were dropped against one teen and the other stood trial.

Mark gave crucial testimony, but the second teen was acquitted on Dec. 17 because of weak eyewitness identification of the masked shooter.

On Dec. 29, less than two weeks after the acquittal, Mark was shot in the back of the head while walking to work.

Grief rippled through the community. Read more

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From Toronto Sun: 28 murder victims – 28 killers at large

Posted by cgccanada on January 4, 2010

Toronto Police are still on the hunt after a bloody year left 62 people slain in the city

By IAN ROBERTSON, TORONTO SUN

Last Updated: 3rd January 2010, 4:48am

Of Toronto’s 62 murders of 2009, there are 28 slayings left unsolved. The victims are:

Jan. 4: Evelyn Alfaro Mendez, 34

Mendez was shot in the head in an SUV on Talwood Dr. after driving three cousins home to Toronto and visiting her boyfriend, before heading to a nightclub she never reached.

Detectives, who hoped her partying with girlfriends and dancing at Latino clubs might provide clues, said the Malton mother of three had no ties to the Leslie St. and Lawrence Ave. E. residential area where she died. The second victim of 2009 was found in the still-running vehicle that was registered to another person.

Jan. 16: Kevin Boateng, 18

With no witnesses, motive or crime scene, the ex-Bishop Marrocco-Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School student’s stabbing remains a mystery.

“Kasa,” who had brushes with police but no criminal record, died in hospital two days after flagging down a passerby just before midnight, then collapsing on Davenport Rd., east of Old Weston Rd. Detectives believe he was attacked nearby.

Jan. 20: Basil ‘Bizzy’ Bryan, 23

The second 2009 victim of deadly violence in 12 Division was shot twice in the back at Keele St. and Avon Dr., south of Eglinton Ave. W.

A father for eight months, he and a pal went for a meal around 10 p.m. and were filmed walking by a business security camera as a lone gunman opened fire. Det.-Sgt. Savas Kyriacou said the “ambush” left the quiet young man dead and his friend luckily ducking then running before the killer strolled away.

Feb. 1: Jahmelle Grant, 26

Silent witnesses who saw Grant shot in an alleged Weston Rd.-Lawrence Ave. W. area booze can packed with patrons have frustrated homicide officers and left relatives angry.

A father of one who had brushes with the law but whose family denied he had gang ties, Grant was driven to a hospital by friends. They refused to talk to investigators.

Feb. 22: Peter Joel ‘Bugz’ Bowen, 20

The award-winning city track-and-field and cross-country competitor was shot by two gunmen in the lobby of the Driftwood Ave. apartment building where he lived with his family.

Police said Bowen was with two friends when bullets riddled a hallway and steel doors as he ran for his life, collapsing just outside the Jane-Finch area building. Rough remarks suggested he and the shooter had clashed before.

Feb. 28: Kaser Kerry St. Louis, 24

St. Louis was shot dead, then run over outside the Little Ochie Bar and Restaurant on Kennedy Rd. north of Lawrence Ave. E.

Police released two video surveillance segments related to a wild melee inside that spilled outdoors and ended with two other men wounded. Detectives say witnesses remain silent.

April 22: Omar Leyson Waite, 29

The Gators member in Toronto’s gang-plagued northwest died one day after being shot several times near rush-hour traffic at a Jane St. and Eglinton Ave. W. bus stop.

Waite had a lengthy record for assault, weapons and violence, and died two days after a rival Generals gang member was gunned down in an alley.

May 1: Jarvis St. Remy, 18

The high school student and aspiring engineer was heading home for his midnight curfew when a gunman left him dying in a Dundas St. W. bus stop west of Scarlett Rd.

Described by relatives and friends as reserved, studious and devoted to family, he died in hospital. Since her first-born’s death, his mom Clemee Joseph has made repeated appeals for youths to avoid violence.

May 11: Adrian Johnston, 14

The youngest of this year’s unresolved murder victims was gunned down on a Scarlett Rd.-St. Clair Ave. area hydro field one day after Mother’s Day.

In August, his mom was joined in a vigil by 30 people on the field for what should have been her son’s 15th birthday, saying “the sick individual who took Adrian from us is still walking the streets — Adrian is not able to do that.” Stephanie Johnston also lamented the lack of calls to police by people she was certain know who killed the Runnymede Collegiate Institute student.

June 7: Ayoob Abdulgadir Aden, 16

Well-known and liked in a Dixon Rd.-Kipling Ave. neighbourhood complex, the teen was visiting an aunt there when he was stabbed — the last male in the shattered world of his grieving mom and three sisters.

Responding to a neighbour’s call, police found him in the lobby of the building where he was with two friends in an apartment when an argument erupted with a fourth person. His two wounded friends survived, but the young teen — whose father vanished and brother died during strife 17 years ago in Africa — died a day later.

July 10: Kristian ‘Kristy’ Thanapalan, 22

Six men and a woman drinking and passing a volleyball in Glamorgan Park on Antrim Cres. in Scarborough got into an argument when one of the victim’s friends threw the ball at a car after cricket players began speeding from a parking lot.

An hour later, up to 35 men with bottles and bats swarmed Thanapalan and his pals, whose female friend was sleeping in a car. The aspiring York University student died from a blow to the back of his head and several friends suffered bruises and cuts. Police have narrowed their search for the killer after interviewing his friends, but are still trying to crack their “group mentality.”

July 19: Tevon Mitchell, 18

The year’s first fatal victim of a drive-by shooting died outside a packed upscale Scarborough mansion while attending a birthday party.

Known as “T-Pain” or “Tevo,” he was found on the driveway of the Rouge Hills Dr. home near Port Union Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E. just before 2 a.m. A West Hill Collegiate Institute student, Mitchell was among more than 80 guests inside and outside before the shots were fired and two cars drove off.

Aug. 1: Wesler ‘Tyson’ Fabien, 25

The Ottawa resident and a Montreal pal were shot around 4:30 a.m. outside the Howard Johnson on Avenue Rd. after a night of partying with friends in the Entertainment District.

The lone gunman waited in their hotel parking lot as they parked their silver Range Rover, then ran off after triggering his gun several times. Fabien died in hospital, his friend survived.

Aug. 10: Tevane Sean Anthony Lennon, 34

The furniture store worker was cycling home with groceries when he was confronted near Melody Park by a gunman outside a car occupied by at least two people on Sultan Pool Dr., near Martin Grove Rd. and Finch Ave. W., just before 11 p.m.

Lennon begged for mercy before the shooter fired more than a dozen bullets. The father of a three-year-old was gunned down near where another man survived being shot July 31 in crime-plagued Jamestown.

Sept. 2: Jamie ‘J’ Hull, 30

The drifter was reportedly shot close-up in the back in the courtyard of an eastside housing complex.

Investigators said they did not know why he was in the Blake St. complex, near Danforth and Pape Aves., where he once lived, but confirmed Hull was being sought for threatening to shoot a woman and her family. A man was seen running away.

Sept. 5: Kamal ‘Tall-up’ Hercules, 21

After spending the evening with friends, the first of two Labour Day weekend murder victims was shot outside a Rabba Fine Foods store at Sherbourne and Front Sts.

A month later, following “great co-operation” from area residents, police released surveillance photos of a potential witness to the 3:45 a.m. shooting. Hercules had no criminal history and no apparent beefs with anyone, a detective said.

Sept. 7: Sheldon Henry, 23

Hit by multiple slugs in a North York housing complex, the well-known drug dealer had a lengthy criminal record for sexual assaults, weapons and drug offences, and boasted on Facebook of his profitable exploits.

The father of two was left slumped in a doorway outside a lowrise Field Sparrow Way building northwest of Leslie St. and Finch Ave. E. Witnesses reported hearing an argument and people running from the complex, where he lived until June but regularly returned to do business.

Oct. 10: Bernard Christian Derro, 19

The teenager was one of seven people shot over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Derro, the only one killed, was found in the lobby of his Parkdale building on Jameson Ave., south of King St. W., around 11:30 p.m. Police suspect a shooter got into a first-floor apartment by a balcony, argued, then opened fire, leaving a second man wounded.

Oct. 18: Christopher Skinner, 27

Newmarket lawyer Warren Skinner and his wife, Ellen, last month offered a $25,000 reward raised by relatives, friends and colleagues, and made a desperate bid for help to find the driver who deliberately ran down their son.

Toronto Police are still seeking occupants of an SUV who confronted him at Adelaide and Victoria Sts., perhaps for touching the vehicle as it passed. He was walking home from sister Taryn’s birthday party in the Entertainment District around 3 a.m. when at least two men knocked him down, then drove over him.

Nov. 2: Theodoros Tiku, 27

Known as “Freshie” on the streets and to police who watched his exploits as a youth in Regent Park, Tiku was shot repeatedly in the head by a suspected rival gang member on Gough Ave., near Pape and Danforth Aves.

The Silent Soldiers gang leader’s bodyguard was on the wrong side of the Don River, on turf occupied by the breakaway Point Blank Souljahs. Det. Mike Carbone said Tiku appeared to have been targeted by his killer.

Nov. 11: Robert Flagiello, 18

Family and friends will have no trouble remembering last Remembrance Day, when the teenager was hit by a stray bullet fired by a man in the middle of a west-end street.

Gunfire erupted after Flagiello left an Oakwood Ave.-Vaughan Rd. area recording studio around 8:30 p.m. and an uncle said the rapper –who had just moved back into the area to help his single mom raise his two brothers — collapsed after getting friends safely inside. Five men arrested in a nearby barbershop were later released.

Nov. 17: Alexander Rodney Rundle, 28

Known as Alex, the 7th homicide victim of November was shot several times in the chest during a violent Etobicoke home invasion in the Kipling Ave.-Dixon Rd. area.

Around 7:30 p.m., three masked gunmen burst into the 129 Wincott Dr. bungalow, where four people lived, including Rundle and his father Bill, owner of Rundle’s Contracting where his son worked. Another tenant, whose name wasn’t released, escaped with a minor wound, wearing only his underwear.

Nov. 22: Shane Kelter, 32

Assassinated by a gunman near an upscale Toronto condo, the Independent Soldiers gangster from Vancouver was sought by police in California, where he was indicted in 2008 as a kingpin on conspiracy, money-laundering and drug charges along with two other Toronto men and three other Canadians.

Kelter and Vancouver friends spent the night at an Exhibition Place club and had just left their limousine to visit a friend’s condo when a gunman approached, opened fire, dropped his handgun and ran off. The motive for his shooting on St. Joseph St. remains unknown, but abandoning such a weapon is a gangland hitman-style trademark.

Nov. 22: Alton Reid, 35

The Malvern Crew member formerly with the Versace Crew died one day after being shot in the head in a gang-related attack during a birthday party at the Atlanta Banquet Hall.

About 200 people were in the Ellesmere Rd. hall when bullets from at least two guns fired by men who bought tickets to the party felled him and left four “innocent bystanders” with lesser injuries, Det. Paul Worden said. The Pickering father of one was acquitted after his arrest during a 2004 police sweep of the Malvern Crew, but had a 2003 record for possessing a gun.

Dec. 3: Aeon ‘Gates’ Grant, 19

An apparent ambush left the teen with a fatal head wound and three “friends” injured after being targeted by a gunman in a stairwell of a North York public housing highrise where Toronto Police later focused on a crackhouse for possible clues.

Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux called the shooting just before midnight on the 15th floor of 30 Falstaff Ave., near Jane St. and Hwy. 401, a “very focused attack on these individuals,” who were left with nowhere to escape. Of the three survivors who ran off, two 17-year-olds were found in a nearby plaza and a 25-year-old walked into a hospital.

Dec. 7: Laura Rios-Gleggro, 45

The shooting of the Colombia-born businesswoman and mother of three, who for 20 years ran a shipping business between Canada, Ecuador and her homeland, was all-the-more chilling since she was slain while tending to her little daughter.

Emma, 2, was unhurt in the backseat of her mom’s truck when the owner of Rios Envios was ambushed around 8:45 p.m. by a waiting gunman outside her Weston apartment building north of Lawrence Ave. In a letter on colombiaenlondon.com, she said two Colombians in November 2008 offered to develop a computer program for her firm but she lost $10,000 in the venture and customers were ripped off after her client and business database was stolen.

Dec. 9: Tafari ‘Tuff’ Spear, 30

A gangster arrested in 2003 during a police sweep of the Tretheway Gangsta Killers died in a hail of bullets that left a suspected rival street gang member wounded, police say.

The shooter and 50 patrons in the Classic Cocktails bar on Wilson Ave. fled after the shooting, and Det.-Sgt. Wayne Banks said only a handful of people bothered to contact police later. Uncertain if Spear was targeted for his gang links, Banks was particularly keen to talk to three women who were with the victim when he was shot.

Dec. 29: Kenneth Mark, 29

Captured on surveillance videos, a gunman and his lookout are sought after Toronto’s last murder victim of the year was shot in the back of the head around 10 p.m. while heading home in the Gilmour Ave.-Dundas St. W. area with a pizza slice after his Wal-Mart shift.

The 6-foot-5 “gentle giant” was an activist who worked with police to protect the Junction area from violence. Shot with a pellet gun in 2008 after asking two men not to bring firearms near a playground, friends believe he was targeted for standing up to thugs and Det. Hank Idsinga said police believe the killers mapped out Mark’s nightly routine.

IAN.ROBERTSON@SUNMEDIA.CA

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From Newswire, November 25, 2009, YWCA Canada Rose Campaign Says Women Forced to Choose between Poverty and Abuse, Calls for Federal Government Leadership on Policy Coordination

Posted by cgccanada on November 26, 2009

OTTAWA, Nov. 25 /CNW/ – YWCA Canada, the country’s single largest provider of shelter services for women and second largest provider of childcare, launched its annual Rose Campaign today, calling on the government to ensure every woman fleeing violence has access to shelter and no woman leaving shelter is forced to choose between poverty or a return to abuse. “On the eve of the 20th anniversary of that shocking day in December, 1989, we are here in Ottawa with violence survivors from across the country to say that the time for change is now, not in another twenty years,” says YWCA CEO Paulette Senior. “I am honoured to be visiting MPs in the company of these incredible advocates for change who know from experience what women need – access to shelter; a legal system that works for women; safe, affordable housing, a secure income and childcare to support their ability to work.” “I want to remind the Members of Parliament that it was the murders at l’École Polytechnique that established a Canadian consensus for gun control legislation,” says Senior. “The vast majority of women killed with guns in Canada today are killed with a shotgun or rifle, not a handgun. Registering long guns is a public safety issue and a small price to pay for every life saved.” “Over 100,000 women and children enter shelters in Canada annually,” says Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy. “That’s the population of a small Canadian city. They leave homes, communities and jobs in a courageous effort to build a safe life. We know the supports women need, it’s time for coordinated government action to put them in place.” Launched on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, YWCA’s annual Rose Campaign runs until December 6 and commemorates Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

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