CCFR Radio – Ep 159: “Best Day Ever” Contest Revealed! Canada More Dangerous Than Ever & Tons More!
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"They Always Go After the Good Guys" (Poilievre in Coquitlam)
This an excerpt from Pierre's speech at a rally in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Conservatives will repeal the NDP-Liberals gun bans on licensed, law-abiding firearms owners and secure the border to fight the flow of illegal guns into the country.
Legal firearm owners are rarely involved in gun homicides: Statistics Canada
In its latest annual publication on violent crime, Statistics Canada has confirmed that the majority of gun-related crimes in Canada are not perpetrated by legal firearm owners.
The report, titled “Firearms and Violent Crime in Canada, 2022,” sheds light on the role of illicit guns and unlicensed owners in the country’s crime statistics and pokes a hole in the Liberal government’s claim that cracking down on legal gun ownership helps tackle crime.
Published Tuesday as part of its Juristat series, the report covers various aspects of Canada’s justice system, including crime statistics, homicide, impaired driving, justice system resources, expenditures, youth court statistics, and corrections statistics.
Statistics Canada’s findings highlight a crucial distinction between legal and illicit firearms. The report reveals that legal firearms rarely play a role in homicides committed by their owners who are in good standing.
“The firearms used in homicides were rarely legal firearms used by their legal owners who were in good standing,” wrote Statistics Canada.
Out of 113 homicides involving a firearm, legal firearm owners accounted for 24 incidents.
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Feds give Ontario cash to tackle auto theft, gun and gang violence
Police in Ontario are getting a cash infusion to help them fight crime. $121 million is coming from the federal government to combat gun and gang violence with a focus on the growing problem of auto theft.
Nearly 9 per cent increase of firearms crimes in Canada: report
Violent crimes involving a firearm in Canada are increasing, a new report by Statistics Canada suggests.
According to the agency, there was an 8.9 per cent increase in firearm-related violent crimes(opens in a new tab) per 100,000 people in 2022.
"The 2022 rate of firearm-related violent crime is the highest since comparable data were first compiled in 2009," the report published on Tuesday reads.
StatCan is using the Uniform Crime Reporting Survey and the Homicide Survey for its analysis.
The spike in firearm-related violent crimes in Canada in 2022 is driven by increases in Ontario, the report notes.
According to the data, police in the province reported 4,791 firearm violent crimes in 2022, which is 1,016 more than the previous year.
This accounts for 70 per cent of the increases in incidents across Canada.
Although StatCan says the crimes in Toronto were "especially high", almost all cities saw firearm-related violent crime increases.
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New gun law spares semi-automatic rifle used in B.C. bank shooting
When two Vancouver Island brothers entered the Bank of Montreal in Saanich two summers ago, each was armed with a semi-automatic rifle featuring an extended magazine.
In the end, both brothers were fatally shot and six responding officers were wounded. Three sustained injuries that were deemed life-threatening at the time.
The brothers’ gun of choice to shoot police was the SKS semi-automatic rifle. Their non-restricted SKS firearms were bought legally either at brick-and-mortar stores or online, but several modifications had been made to up the capacity, making them prohibited items.
In recent years, the Russian-made gun has been used in several high-profile killings of police and civilians.
Despite the federal government capping 2023 by enshrining new legislation addressing “assault-style firearms,” the SKS remains available to civilians.
Canada’s gun lobby, however, argues SKS rifles don’t share features of assault-style firearms and said they haven’t been used by a relevant military in half a century.
“The idea that the SKS is too dangerous for licensed gun owners to possess is absurd,” said Rod Giltaca, the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights’ executive director. He noted Canada has a robust licensing system that includes background checks, personal references and more.
Nobody knows exactly how many SKS guns exist in Canada, but there are somewhere between 700,000 and one million in circulation, according to Giltaca. The rifle is popular because it’s inexpensive and its ammunition is readily available, he added.
Asked what the government can do to ensure the SKS isn’t used to harm Canadians, the gun rights campaigner asserted that any firearm can be used for deadly purposes against people.
“No amount of laws will stop human beings from using violence if they are determined to,” Giltaca said over email.
However, Giltaca said the government isn’t utilizing a current tool as he claimed officials only check 10 per cent of the personal references provided by those applying for a firearms licence. Black Press Media has asked the government if it considers that percentage accurate, but has not yet received a response.
“The personal reference check is one of the most important tools that can be used to determine if someone is fit to have legal access to firearms,” Giltaca said.
PolySeSouvient is not the only gun control group that wants to see the SKS banned.
“Consistent with our view that a comprehensive assault weapons ban should cover all semi-automatic weapons, we urge the federal government to ban the SKS,” Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns said in a written statement.
Whitby couple held at gunpoint after raiders break in through basement window
Durham Regional Police say they are searching for four suspects after a Whitby home was raided and a couple living in the home were held at gunpoint.
Police said on Jan. 27, at around 2 a.m., a suspect smashed the basement window of a home in the Beaverdams Drive and Audubon Street area.
The suspect then unlocked the back door of the home allowing three more suspects inside, police said.
Investigators said the group then found a man in the living room and forced him up to the second floor at gun point where his wife was.
The couple were both held at gunpoint by two of the suspects while the other two raided the home, police allege.
Several items, including phones, handbags, jewelry and cash, were taken before they fled the residence, investigators allege.
Video shows 4 men trying to bust down door at home near 'The Beaches' in Toronto
Toronto police are looking to identify four men in an alleged break-and-enter attempt that happened early Tuesday morning in the east end.
Police say that they responded to a call for a break-and-enter in progress at 3:55 a.m. in the Queen Street East and Victoria Park Avenue area.
A video released by police shows the men approaching the house and kicking the front door multiple times. They eventually left the scene in a dark-coloured vehicle.
The suspects are believed to be between the ages of 20 to 25, according to police.
Teen arrested following carjackings in York Region
A 19-year-old Vaughan man is facing a slew of charges following three carjackings in the south end of York Region.
Thomas Aposotolopoulos was arrested by Provincial Carjacking Task Force investigators, with the assistance of York Regional Police emergency response unit, on Nov. 16, 2023, following an investigation into a carjacking on Nov. 7, according to a news release.
He was charged and ordered to remain on house arrest as part of his court-ordered conditions, police said.
Additional charges were laid in connection with a carjacking last Oct. 3 at a residence in the area of Bathurst Street and Jefferson Sideroad in Richmond Hill, and a second one last Oct. 25 near Yonge Street and Elgin Street in Markham.
On Jan. 24, police said the accused was observed outside of his residence, contrary to his bail conditions. A search warrant was executed at an address associated to him in Vaughan. Police seized a loaded firearm with 12 rounds of ammunition, a quantity of Canadian currency and drugs.
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4 arrested after drugs, dozens of guns seized in Peterborough, Warkworth: police
Four people face charges after drugs and guns were seized as part of a drug trafficking investigation by police in Peterborough, Ont.
The Peterborough Police Service launched the investigation earlier this month which led to search warrants being executed Wednesday at a Dublin Street residence in Peterborough and at a residence in Warkworth, south of the city.
The searches led to the seizure of two kilograms of cocaine, 0.75 grams of fentanyl, along with five handguns, 30 long guns (rifles and shotguns), ammunition and a “significant” amount of cash. Four people were arrested, one of them allegedly in possession of a firearm during the search.
Police say some of the firearms recovered were confirmed stolen from a 2022 break and enter investigation in OPP jurisdiction. The investigation into those firearms is continuing.
4 suspects sought after armed smash and grab robbery at Yorkdale Mall jewelry store
Toronto Police say they are searching for four male suspects after an armed smash and grab robbery at a jewelry store at Yorkdale Mall on Wednesday night.
Police were called to the mall at around 8:44 p.m. for reports of a robbery.
In an update, police said four suspects entered a jewelry store within the mall, one of which produced a handgun and pointed it at employees.
Police said the other suspects began to smash the glass display cases with hammers, and a quantity of cash and jewelry was obtained.
The suspects then fled the area in a vehicle before officers arrived.
No injuries were reported.
Man shot to death in taxi in Montreal's Parc-Extension neighbourhood
Montreal police are investigating after a 27-year-old man was shot to death in a taxi in the city's Parc-Extension neighbourhood overnight Friday.
The incident happened near the corner of St-Roch Street and Querbes Avenue.
Montreal police Const. Caroline Chevrefils says several calls to 911 came in around midnight reporting gunshots in the area.
"When the police arrived at the scene, they located the victim, who's a man, inside the taxi. He was injured by at least one gunshot to the upper body," she said.
First responders were not able to resuscitate the man.
On Saturday morning, she said investigators were trying to identify the victim.
The taxi driver was not injured. He was treated for shock.
Forensics and major crimes investigators will be on the scene Saturday. Police say they will be looking to interview witnesses and locate video surveillance footage.
This is the third homicide of the year on the Island of Montreal.
Maple Ridge shooting victim dies, IHIT called in
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says the teen died on Thursday.
Police said on Saturday, Jan. 20, that the victim was found with gunshot wounds in a vehicle that had been involved in a crash in the area of 222 Street and 123 Avenue just after 2:30 p.m.
At the time, the Ridge Meadows RCMP said it appeared the incident was targeted.
IHIT says shortly after calls about the shooting on Saturday, police received reports of a vehicle on fire in the area of 208 Street and 123 Avenue. It’s believed the two cases are linked.
“This is a tragic situation where a young man’s life was taken from him. We’re asking for witnesses to come forward,” said Sgt. Timothy Pierotti of IHIT.
Couple break into room, shoot man in west Edmonton motel Friday: EPS
A Friday night shooting at a west Edmonton motel is believed to have been targeted.
Police say a "male and a female" forced their way into a room at the Aurora Motel on 151 Street and 111 Avenue around 7:15 p.m.
The pair reportedly shot a 30-year-old man inside the room, and police say two bullets went through the suite and hit a home just south of the motel.
The shooters then ran away heading west.
The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries and was in stable condition Saturday. Police say no one else was hurt.
“At this time, we do not believe this was a random event,” EPS Staff Sgt. Ahmed Alkarout said in a press release Saturday. “However, when a shooting takes place in a public space such as a motel, there are always concerns for public safety and we are thankful that citizens in the community were not injured or killed in this incident.”
Police have not released any details or descriptions about the shooters.
Investigation underway into fatal campground shooting of 26-year-old Calgary man near Conrich, Alta. early Sunday
Strathmore RCMP and the Alberta RCMP Major Crimes Unit are investigating a fatal shooting that took place at the Mountain View Campground near Conrich early Sunday morning.
Just after midnight, officers responded to a report of shots fired at the campground, which is located at Range Road 284 and Highway 1.
Officers arrived to discover a man with gunshot wounds. EMS provided treatment, but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The deceased has been identified as a 26-year-old Calgary resident.
In an interview with CTV News, RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Curtis Peters said the victim wasn't staying at the campground.
"The person was not believed to be a resident of the campground," he said. "They were travelling there for other purposes."
Peters said there was concern over a shooting taking place in a public space such as a campground.
"When we have people firing gunshots in public areas, (that) will lead us into danger -- not only to the person who's now deceased, but to other residents as well," Peters said. "We are in the process of investigating all the shots that were fired.
"There was more than one shot fired," he added. "So the locations of (where) those other bullets go, that's of course a huge concern for public safety -- and something that we're working hard to figure out who was responsible."
Ottawa shooting sends 33-year-old man to hospital with critical injuries
A shooting near Little Italy has sent one man to hospital.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service and Ottawa Police Service (OPS) responded to an apartment building in the 100 block of Champagne Avenue South around 1:15 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 29.
A 33-year-old was transported to hospital with critical injuries.
Champagne Avenue South was closed between Beech and Hickory streets for the initial police investigation, but has since reopened.
The investigation is ongoing.
Cineplex pulls South Indian film after series of drive-by shootings at movie theatres linked to turf war
Cineplex is removing the 2024 South Indian film Malaikottai Vaaliban following a series of drive-by shootings at various GTA and Toronto theatres on the day it premiered.
On Tuesday, York Regional Police said officers were called to a movie theatre on Jan. 24 in the area of Hwy. 7 and East Beaver Creek in Richmond Hill after an employee arrived for work and found the windows had been shot at.
The same day, police responded to a similar call at a movie theatre in the area of Hwy. 7 and Weston Road in Vaughan.
Multiple suspects are connected to both shootings in York Region and similar shootings at movie theatres in Scarborough and Brampton on the same night. It’s believed the incidents were targeted, with police adding that no injuries were reported and the cinemas were closed at the time of the shootings.
The acts of violence are now being linked to a turf war with a group attempting to prevent various South Indian-language movies from being shown in favour of other films.
Michelle Saba, Vice President of Communications for Cineplex, confirmed in an email to CityNews 680 that “due to circumstances beyond our control,” the theatres will no longer present the film Malaikottai Vaaliban.
“With reference to the incidents at our theatres, we are working closely with local authorities, who are leading this investigation, and can’t share more details at this time,” Saba said.
Jeff Knoll, owner of Film.Ca Cinemas in Oakville, tells CityNews 680 that he has no plans to stop screening the movie.
“There’s an audience that wants to see this film,” Knoll said. “We’re not going to get bullied into pulling films. We’re going to play what we want to play.”
Knoll says he doesn’t anticipate any issues as he has a significant security presence at his Oakville cinema. Film distributors, meanwhile, believe the recent drive-by shootings are business-related and that there are many competing interests in South Asian film distribution, which is highly lucrative.
Surrey RCMP investigate overnight shooting at Sikh activist's house
Police are investigating an overnight shooting at a South Surrey home that local community members say belongs to a prominent Sikh activist.
Surrey RCMP say they first responded to reports of gunshots just after 1:20 a.m. PT Thursday at a home located near the 2800 block of 154 Street.
A spokesperson for the B.C. Gurdwaras Council said the home belongs to Simranjeet Singh, who was a friend of slain pro-Khalistan activist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Cpl. Sarbjit Sangha said officers stayed in the area and spoke to neighbours and witnesses, and are currently reviewing CCTV footage to find out more about the shooting. No one was injured.
A CBC News reporter who went to the home on Thursday afternoon found a car that had been heavily damaged by gunfire, along with multiple bullet holes in the house itself.
Sangha did not confirm how many shots were fired into the house, and said police believe the incident was isolated in nature.
"The investigation is in, still, very early stages so the motive of this shooting has not been determined as of this time," she said.
Moninder Singh, the spokesperson for the B.C. Gurdwaras Council, said community members believe homeowner Simranjeet Singh's connection with Hardeep Singh Nijjar might have played a part in the shooting.
Nijjar was a loud voice for the Khalistani cause, a separatist movement that seeks to create a Sikh majority state in parts of northern India.
He was killed last year in a shooting in Surrey that the federal government believes was carried out by agents of the Indian government. For its part, the government of India has denied any role in Nijjar's death.
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