Safer Neighbourhoods

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The Bottom Line. I will not accept what is happening in our city and neighbourhood as a "new normal". I am committed to ensuring that City Council delivers on the plan put forward in the aftermath of the Danforth shooting. I will also enable local initiatives and be responsive to requests for more patrols by a more diverse police force, better lighting and cameras at parks and transit stations, and more youth recreational programming. With respect to handguns and assault rifles, I’m unequivocal: Handguns and assault rifles have no place in our city.

Read on for my detailed position. If you are passionate about this issue, get involvedVolunteer on the campaign, Host a Lawn Sign on your property, and help us to spread our message to every corner of Beaches - East York by Making a Donation.

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It’s in the morning paper, we talk about it with our neighbours, it’s becoming a part of our daily lives. But if it’s not in our neighbourhood, if it doesn’t affect us personally, we can become numb to the spike in crime and gun violence in our city and see it as just another statistic.

Yet here’s the thing: Crime takes over a neighbourhood gradually, then suddenly. And we can only deal with it effectively if we realize that we’re all in this together.

Toronto needs an “all hands on deck” response to the current crisis. We need to not only deploy resources in reaction to crime (after it happens), but also in prevention of crime (before it does). Key to any long-term solution is understanding and resourcing community initiatives that tackle the complex social causes that lead to crime. This also means resourcing a support framework to those suffering from mental illness.

In July, City Council passed a bold resolution calling for immediate steps to address crime and gun violence in our City. Among other things, Council voted to:

  • Petition that federal government to ban the sale of handguns and the provincial government to ban the sale of handgun ammunition in Toronto.
  • Ask the province to fulfil its promise to provide $1.9 billion in funding for mental health supports and programs.
  • Increase funding for the Youth Equity Strategy by $2.6 million.
  • Implementing a gun amnesty buyback program.
  • Use funding from the city's reserve fund to immediately hire 100 new police officers.

I am committed to ensuring that City Council delivers on this plan – and then some.

I believe that in addition to solutions from City Hall, we need to enable local initiatives and be responsive to requests for more patrols by a more diverse police force, better lighting and cameras at subway, bus, and streetcar stations, and more youth programming.

With respect to handguns and assault rifles, I’m unequivocal: Handguns and assault rifles have no place in our city. And legally owned firearms carry sufficient risk that, just as with automobiles, they should be insured by sellers and owners. 

Some at various points on the political spectrum may wince at some or all of these proposals. If they want to debate the merits of urban gun rights, of diversity in the police force, or any of my proposals - name the time and place and I’ll be there.

If you agree with my position, if your are passionate about this issue, get involvedVolunteer on the campaign, host a lawn sign on your property, and help us to spread our message to every corner of Beaches - East York by making a donation