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Urgent: C-391, A Private Members Bill in name only

Posted by cgccanada on April 21, 2010

Since the beginning of the discussions of Private Members Bill C-391, the Coalition has maintained that it is a Private Members Bill (PMB) in name only, citing ample evidence that in fact it is a government bill dressed up as a private members bill. This has been an important issue with opposition leaders claiming they cannot “whip” the vote in their caucuses because it is a PMB. We noted that the Prime Minister has been promoting it, that the Conservative Party of Canada has been supporting it with aggressive campaigns and, more recently, that it was referenced in the speech from the Throne. Yesterday we received proof positive: Public Safety minister Vic Toews answered a question about the legislation from a Conservative backbencher.  As a PMB and not a government bill, the question should have been ruled out of order by the speaker and the Minister had no business answering a question about it. Minister Toews spoke glowingly about the importance of this bill.

“ Mr. Speaker, the Liberal leader has again chosen to turn his back on rural Canadians by clearly stating he still supports a wasteful and ineffective long gun registry. Our government believes that gun control should target criminals, not law-abiding citizens. It should promote safe streets, not penalize the lawful activities of hunters and rural Canadians. The Liberal leader is bending over backward to secure guilty pleas from law-abiding farmers and duck hunters. The choice is clear for all MPs, especially those who voted for the bill at second reading. We either vote to scrap the bill, or we keep it.”

Throughout this process, BQ leader Gilles Duceppe has whipped his party’s vote. Indeed on November 4, 2009 one Bloc MP recovering from open heart surgery and another with a suspected case of swine flu, in a surgical mask, showed up to vote against the Conservatives. On Monday, April 19, 2010 Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff announced he would whip the Liberal vote to defeat Bill C-391. To date NDP leader Jack Layton has continued to insist that his hands are tied because it is a PMB. Please make sure he understands that this is not the case.

Another example of this bill being clearly a government bill is that the Conservative Party has released another series of radio advertisings targeting eight rural Liberal MPs. A Conservative official reported “These MPs voted to end the long-gun registry in the past, they’ve been continuously promising their constituents that they would vote to end it, but now Ignatieff is forcing them to vote to keep the registry.” “The ads encourage people to call their MPs and tell them they should vote for what their constituents want — to end the long-gun registry — not what their Liberal boss wants, which is to keep the registry.” (Canoe News, April 21, 2010 Kathleen Harris “Ads target rogue Grits over gun registry”

Please call Jack Layton and the NDP MPs today and tell them loud and clear that Canadians want the gun registry, Bill C-391 is a government bill and should not get the NDP’s support. Phone numbers are below.

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NDP MPs – Note the first telephone number listed is on Parliament Hill, the second in the riding

The Honourable Jack Layton, Party leader (Toronto — Danforth, ON) (613) 995-7224, (416) 405-8914
Mr. Joe Comartin in charge of the gun control file (Windsor — Tecumseh, ON) (613) 947-3445 ,(519) 988-1826
Mr. Don Davies, Critic Public Safety, Co-Chair of SECU committee (Vancouver Kingsway, BC) (613) 943-0267, (604) 775-6263
Ms. Irene Mathyssen, Critic Status of Women, Deputy Critic Public Safety (London — Fanshawe, ON) (613) 995-2901, (519) 685-4745

NDP MPs that voted with the Conservatives in favour of C-391 last November
Mr. Malcolm Allen (Welland, ON) (613) 995-0988
Mr. Charlie Angus (Timmins — James Bay, ON) (613) 992-2919, (705) 567-2747
Ms. Niki Ashton (Churchill, MB) (613) 992-3018, (866) 785-0522
Mr. Dennis Bevington (Western Arctic, NT) (613) 992-4587, (867) 873-6995
Mr. Nathan Cullen (Skeena — Bulkley Valley, BC) (613) 993-6654, (250) 877-4140
Mr. Claude Gravelle (Nickel Belt, ON) (613) 995-9107, (705) 897-2222
Ms. Carol Hughes (Algoma — Manitoulin — Kapuskasing, ON) (613) 996-5376, (705) 848- 8080
Mr. Bruce Hyer (Thunder Bay — Superior-North, ON) (613) 996-4792, (807) 345-1818
Mr. Jim Maloway (Elmwood — Transcona, MB) (613) 995-6339, (204) 984-2499
Mr. John Rafferty (Thunder Bay — Rainy River, ON) (613) 992-3061, (807) 623-6000
Mr. Peter Stoffer (Sackville — Eastern Shore, NS) (613) 995-5822, (902) 861-2311
Mr. Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury, ON) (613) 996-8962, (705) 673-7107

Other NDP MPs
Mr. Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia — Southern Interior, BC) (613) 996-8036, (250) 365-2792
Ms. Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain, ON) (613) 995-9389, (905) 574-3331
Ms. Olivia Chow (Trinity — Spadina, ON) (613) 992-2352, (416) 533-2710
Mr. David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre, ON) (613) 995-1757, (905) 526-0770
Ms. Jean Crowder (Nanaimo — Cowichan, BC) (613) 943-2180, (250) 746-4896
Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, BC) (613) 992-6030, (604) 775-5800
Mr. Paul Dewar (Ottawa Centre, ON) (613) 996-5322, (613) 946-8682
Mr. Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam, BC) (613) 947-4455, (604) 664-9229
Ms. Linda Duncan (Edmonton–Strathcona, AB) (613) 995-7325, (780) 495-8404
Mr. Yvon Godin (Acadie — Bathurst, NB) (613) 992-2165, (506) 548-7511
Mr. Jack Harris (St-John’s East, NF) (613) 996-7269, (709) 772-7171
Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby — New Westminster, BC) (613) 992-4214, (604) 775-5707
Ms. Megan Leslie (Halifax, NS) (613) 995-7614, (902) 426-8691
Mr. Wayne Marston (Hamilton-East — Stoney Creek, ON) (613) 992-6535, (905) 662-4763
Mr. Pat Martin (Winnipeg-Centre, MB) (613) 992-5308, (204) 984-1675
Mr. Tony Martin (Sault-Ste. Marie, ON) (613) 992-9723, (705) 941-2900
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, ON) (613) 996-1541, (519) 255-1631
Mr. Thomas J. Mulcair (Outremont, QC) (613) 995-7691, (514) 736-2727
Ms. Denise Savoie (Victoria, BC) (613) 996-2358, (250) 363-3600
Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby — Douglas, BC) (613) 996-5597, (604) 291-8863
Ms. Judy Wasylycia-Leis (Winnipeg North, MB) (613) 996-6417, (204) 984-1767


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Toronto Lecture Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Posted by cgccanada on April 14, 2010

Coalition for Gun Control President Wendy Cukier will speak at Guns and Global Security: From Neighbourhoods to the United Nations, part of the Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian Security Lecture Series of the York University Centre for International and Security Studies Thursday 22 April 2010, 7-9pm, Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre 525 Bay Street, Toronto (Free Admission).

The Contemporary Dilemmas in Canadian

Security Lecture Series:

Guns and Global Security: From

Neighbourhoods to the United Nations

Thursday 22 April 2010
Marriott Hotel Eaton Centre
525 Bay Street
(Free Admission)

The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms has undermined global and national efforts at controlling small  arms and light weapons. Canada is a producer and exporter of arms, as well as a recipient of both legal and less  than legal transfers of weapons, mainly from the United States. For Canadians this has translated into greater numbers of guns on our city streets, and a more dangerous environment for our military forces when they are deployed abroad. The problem of ‘civilian possession’ of firearms is to be addressed at multilateral arms control negotiations under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms & Light Weapons (SLAW) and the Arms Trade
Treaty (ATT). This forum seeks to explore the relationship of civilian possession of arms and problems of control, both domestic and international for creating conditions of security and insecurity. The questions that we raise are the following:

  1. How to interpret the concept of ‘civilian possession’ under the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons?
  2. What are the problems with ‘civilian possession’ of small arms and light weapons that the Canadian Forces face?
  3. What are the problems and prospects of regulating small arms proliferation within Canada and the United States?
  4. How the problem of ‘civilian possession’ of weapons in Canada and the US needs to be addressed by state and non-state actors ?
  5. What effect will this have on arms trade as practiced by Canada and the United States?

Speakers:   Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
Ken Epps, Project Ploughshares
James Sheptycki, York University
Gregory Getty, Toronto Police Service
Moderator:   Barbara Falk, Canadian Forces College

If you would like to attend please pre-register via this link:

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WINDSOR STAR – MARCH 29, 2010, LETTER: Gun registry saves lives BY PRISCILLA DE VILLIERS

Posted by cgccanada on March 30, 2010


Re: Long-gun registry, March 19. Contrary to Candice Hoeppner’s comments, the inquest into the suicide of my daughter’s killer concluded that the licensing of gun owners and registration of rifles and shotguns might have saved both her life and that of Karen Marquis of New Brunswick. Six other inquests, each examining different circumstances, also recommended the need for comprehensive controls on all firearms that screen gun owners for risk factors of violence and suicides and register firearms to their legitimate owner, holding it accountable and avoiding diversion to the illegal market. By playing to the gun lobby, the Conservatives are disregarding public safety. In its unanimous decision in 2000, the Supreme Court stated that registration cannot be severed from licensing and, together, these measures “both tightly linked to Parliament’s goal of promoting safety by reducing the misuse of any and all firearms.” Every public safety group, medical association and individual who cares about the safety and security of others also stand firmly behind the law. As a mother who has lost a beloved daughter to a suicidal predator, I know grief, but I also know that although it is too late to save Nina, we must learn from the preventable deaths of so many innocent victims and do everything possible to save others. Lives have been saved by the registry. Eliminating it will put lives in danger. PRISCILLA de VILLIERS, Burlington

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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


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 A long gun claimed life of OPP officer

Posted by cgccanada on March 12, 2010

On the day OPP Constable Vu Pham was shot by a rifle-toting gunman, Conservative MPs were deflecting questions from the opposition about their bill to kill the long-gun registry.

On the day Pham’s wife and children lost a devoted husband and father, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews told the House of Commons that the rifle registry is “waste of Canadian taxpayer money.”

On the day Pham was killed while responding to a “domestic” call, Helena Guergis, Minister of State for the Status of Women, rose up in Parliament to boast of the government’s “leadership on domestic violence.”

Two days later, the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, executive vice-president of the powerful gun lobby, would tell his members in an online piece titled “Standing Guard,” that Canada’s abolishing the gun registry is “proof that freedom will ultimately win out.”

On that same day, Candice Hoeppner, the Manitoba Conservative MP who last May introduced the bill to kill the registry, would write, in an opinion piece published by the London Free Press, “The long-gun registry is a massive Liberal policy failure and it needs to end. It makes no sense to force law-abiding individuals with firearms licences to register their long-guns. It makes no sense to believe the registry will prevent a gun crime from taking place.”

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From Gender equality in Canada stalled or regressing: report

Posted by cgccanada on February 23, 2010

The Canadian Press

Date: Sunday Feb. 21, 2010 6:58 PM ET


— The push for women’s equality in Canada has stalled or regressed in many areas under the Harper government, women and labour groups say in a submission to the United Nations.

The submission, to be provided to a UN conference on women next month, takes issue with the federal government’s relatively upbeat assessment of the progress Canada has made toward gender equality.

“Canadian women have lost ground in many areas over the last 15 years,” said Barbara Byers, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress, in a written statement accompanying the submission.

“Our government has sent a report to the United Nations that paints a rosy picture on women’s equality in Canada. We have written our own document and it is a reality check on what the government is saying.”

Next month’s meeting is aimed at measuring the progress made since the UN’s Fourth World Conference on Women 15 years ago.

The submission by labour and women’s groups acknowledges that progress has been made on some fronts. For instance, it says women have made “significant gains” in access to higher education, now making up more than half of all students enrolled in undergraduate university programs.

Even so, it says men with doctorates are still twice as likely to be named full professors than women with doctorates. And women working in academia earn only 79 cents for every dollar earned by men — only slightly better than the overall 70.5 per cent wage gap.

As for women’s representation in politics, the report points out that Canada’s ranking in the world has slid to 49th from 47th, behind a significant number of developing countries.

Women currently account for 22.1 per cent of Parliament, even though they make up just over 50 per cent of the population. And while that’s the highest political participation rate for women in Canadian history, it’s inched up only marginally over the past dozen years.

The report lays the blame for much of the backsliding squarely on the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper…read more

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From The Toronto Sun: Crime Stoppers offers $500 for gun tips

Posted by cgccanada on January 6, 2010


Last Updated: 6th January 2010, 4:45am

Crime Stoppers hopes money continues to talk.

Crime Stoppers rolls out a new ad campaign next week, offering up to $500 for tips about illegal guns.

The Cash for Guns program started in October 2005 in the midst of gang warfare that led to 52 people dying of gun wounds. Guns accounted for two-thirds of the murders that year.

The first two months of the program brought in 22 guns from 164 tips. Along with the firearms seizures, 30 people were arrested and more than $25,000 worth of narcotics were seized.

More up-to-date statistics weren’t available yesterday.

A new ad incorporates a firearm with the barrel pointing backward, warning that the use of guns in crime will often lead to the death of the shooter.

The ads will appear on the TTC, billboards and transit shelters, Toronto Crime Stoppers chairman Lorne Simon said.

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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


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, 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.


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From: NATIONAL POST- Toronto sees big dip in domestic homicides, Dec. 11, Megan O’Toole and Peter Kuitenbrouwer

Posted by cgccanada on December 11, 2009

Toronto’s homicide rate is the lowest in nearly a decade, and police say “iron-clad” domestic violence policies are to credit.
As of last night, there were 59 homicides this year, compared to 70 in 2008 and 84 the year previous. Only two of the 59 cases have been domestic, compared to seven last year, and 10 in 2007.
Staff Inspector Kathryn Martin, the force’s homicide chief, gives much of the credit to measures put in place by Toronto police to combat domestic violence. While shooting deaths have been on the rise in recent years, she says, domestic killings have dropped.
“We’ve had iron-clad policies in place for many years now,” Staff Insp. Martin said, noting a supervisor is required to attend the scene of a domestic incident and put a report in. In the case of a criminal offence, police will make an arrest, she said.
“Typically what happens is, one person’s leaving. We never ever leave that couple alone again,” Staff Insp. Martin said. “So somebody’s leaving, and 99 times out of 100 it’s under arrest, and they get show-caused. They don’t get released.”
The term “show caused” refers to a process in which a person taken into custody is found initially ineligible for release. They are kept in prison pending a show cause hearing, during which a judge determines whether they can be released, and if so under what conditions. The judge can also have the accused remanded into custody pending another court appearance.
The separation period between victim and offender can help defuse the situation, police say.
Staff Insp. Martin says the Toronto force has “a big, broad definition of what a domestic is. So all those murders that used to happen because there was a lack of intervention, aren’t happening. By getting bail conditions on [an offender], so that in two weeks, when the fight would have escalated, he’s not allowed there.”
Sergeant Deborah Vittie, the force’s domestic violence co-ordinator, says an increasing emphasis on public awareness and community education has helped curb domestic killings. Efforts have specifically targeted immigrant communities, where there may be linguistic or cultural barriers to reporting crimes, she said.
The two domestic killings this year both occurred in April. In one case, a Scarborough man was accused in the stabbing death of his wife, Pamela Apoko; the couple’s son allegedly witnessed the fatal act. That same month, a woman’s former boyfriend was charged in the slaying of her new lover.
“We’re hoping in the future a lot of these tragedies can be prevented,” Sgt. Vittie said.
Shelters have continued to admit a steady stream of women and children needing help this year, said Lesley Ackrill, executive manager of Interval House, which provides services for victims of domestic violence. But the decrease in the number of domestic killings is a good sign, Ms. Ackrill noted.
“I think that the work we’re doing is paying off, but at the same time, I don’t want people to think that because it’s gone down, the problem has been solved,” Ms. Ackrill said. “That’s far from true. We still have a lot of work to do.”
Despite the progress on the domestic side, shootings in Toronto have been going the opposite way, Staff Insp. Martin said — “up, up, up.” Of the 59 homicides this year, 36 have been shootings.
“I think that’s just a statement about our culture,” she said. “I remember when I was a young police officer, somebody on the platoon would seize a gun; everybody in the platoon would come in to look at it, because that was a big deal. And now, weseize guns all the time now.”

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From Metro Canada: The gun registry is much more than a symbol

Posted by cgccanada on December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009 5:42 a.m.
Wendy Cukier

This past weekend, groups across the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Families of the victims mourned their loss and recommitted to defending Canada’s gun control law, which they called a monument to the memory of the victims.
Twenty years ago, a man walked into l’Ecole Polytechnique, separated the men from the women and screaming — you are all a bunch of feminists — killed 14 young women and injured 13 others. His semi-automatic rifle — the Ruger Mini 14 — will soon be easier to get, thanks to Stephen Harper and other federal politicians.
On Nov. 4, the House of Commons passed private member’s Bill C-391, a bill that will eliminate the need to register rifles and shotguns. Nervous opposition politicians spooked by a well-financed, American-style campaign targeting specific MPs backed the Conservatives over the objections of virtually every public safety organization in the country.
In spite of the focus on handguns and urban violence, rifles and shotguns are a substantial proportion of the guns recovered in crime in this country. They are the guns most often used to kill police officers and the guns most often used in domestic violence and suicides, particularly involving youth.
Registration ensures licensed gun owners are held accountable for their firearms. If gun owners are licensed but guns not registered, there is no way to prevent legal gun owners from selling or giving guns to unlicensed and potentially dangerous people.
Opponents of gun control complain about the cost. But seven million guns have been registered. The money has been spent. The only guns that need to be registered going forward are new guns or those being traded. The costs — $3 million a year — pale in comparison to the costs of gun injury and death. And police consult the system thousands of times each day in order to take preventative action.
The law is much more than a symbol. Three hundred fewer people die from gunshots now compared to 1995, when the law passed. Our problem is not just the vocal and well-financed gun lobby. We can only hope that those who wore white ribbons to mark the memory of the women who died Dec. 6, 1989, will now take action.

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