Week in Review - 04 Aug 2023 Archive


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Friday, August 4, 2023


CCFR Radio – Ep 147: Season Finale Episode, Best Clips, Marco is GONE!!!

For the latest information on what's been happening at the CCFR, check out our most recent Podcast with host Rod Giltaca.

In this episode: Season 2 of our TV show on Wild TV, “CCFR Radio on the Air” is over. As such, we’re reviewing all the best clips of the last 12 months. There are some whoppers! Marco Mendicino has been fired! Statcan reports firearm-related homicides are up again for 8 straight years, 2022 was the worst in history. All that and more!

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Liberal gun bill leaves legal owners feeling targeted

It was intended to combat gang and gun violence, and stop the kind of horrific mass shootings that dominate headlines.

But the Liberal government’s original Bill C-21 would ban the importation, sale and transfer of handgun ownership. Meanwhile, the lack of consultation around a long list banning firearms deemed assault weapons left many law-abiding gun owners feeling unfairly targeted.

Beyond raising concerns about C-21’s effectiveness and expense, Six Nations’ Ryan Anderson, who co-owns Grand Passage Outlet, a sporting goods store north of Ohsweken’s main intersection, said the lack of consultation on something potentially affecting elemental treaty rights is an example of the contrast between expressed principles for reconciliation with First Nations and a lack of real action.

“They preach our sovereignty, they want us to be able to govern ourselves,” said Anderson, who owns the shop with his wife Becky Hill. “But this shows what they want is to have their thumbs over us. They’re not allowing us to govern ourselves and some evidence specifically is the lack of consultation on this.”

Consensus is elusive when trying to strike the complicated balance between combating criminal firearms-related activity and rights of law-abiding owners. However, Bill C-21’s tabling in May 2022 generated an unprecedented level of broad-based pushback. Handgun provisions aside, the lack of consultation and the list of firearms deemed assault weapons were arguably the most contentious issues.

Opening Grand Passage in 2017 was a “dream come true” for Anderson, who subsequently completed the paperwork to add firearms to fishing and archery gear. As Six Nations’ only Indigenous-owned sporting goods outlet, it offers a service for the community, both in terms of equipment and as a meeting place, says manager Vanessa Montour.

“It feels like ‘Cheers’ around here,” she smiled.

Anderson believes the First Nation is a sovereign entity with the right to maintain that sovereignty, although it is viewed as federal jurisdiction in terms of firearms legislation. He supports Canadian firearms requirements, including background checks and Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) certification for ownership, along with safe storage and handling.

“I think it’s a good thing,” he said. “As a gun owner, you should know that.”

“That being said, I do believe it is up to Indigenous people to respect conservation and the land and not take more than you need,” says Anderson, who participates in the spring turkey hunt, loves water fowling and also pursues deer and moose in the fall with friends.

“We are hunting to put meat in the freezer for our families.”

Beyond the lack of consultation, Anderson questions Bill C-21’s effectiveness in fighting illegal activity.

Continue reading at The Hamilton Spectator

Over the past few years, based on claims that “fewer guns mean safer communities,” the Trudeau government has cracked down heavily on Canadian firearms owners. In addition to introducing increasingly restrictive regulations, the government has essentially erased the value of more than $4 billion worth of private property (i.e. firearms) by ordering its confiscation. Property that was legally owned and used now must be forfeited to the government to purportedly “reduce gun violence,” but none of the owners have been accused of a violent act. Nor were any likely to commit a violent crime. Adding insult to injury, the administrative costs of these confiscations could reach into the billions.

Bill C-21 (currently before the Senate) is the most recent move in a multi-year campaign by the Trudeau government to disarm Canadian civilians. In 2020, the government mandated the confiscation of hundreds of thousands of firearms with a total value of more than $3.0 billion (it’s unclear how many firearms the ban covers—the Parliamentary Budget Officer estimates it could be up to 500,000). According to the government, the ban targets “assault-style weapons,” but in reality, many are simply semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that have been popular with hunters and sport shooters for more than 100 years. Before the amnesty expires in October 2023, Canadians must surrender all of these lawfully-owned and used firearms to the government.

Continue reading at The Fraser Institute

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Murder charge dropped in case of Milton, Ont., man accused of killing armed intruder

A murder charge that was laid against a Milton man accused of killing an armed intruder earlier this year has been dropped.

The Crown withdrew the second-degree murder charge laid against Ali Mian Monday, saying there is no reasonable prospect of a conviction.

“I thank the Crown for using their reasonable discretion and agreeing to withdraw the charges today,” Mian’s lawyer Jag Virk told Global News on Monday in a statement.

“My client is very happy and thankful,” Virk said. “He’s been under tremendous stress since being charged knowing that if he was found guilty he’d been spending considerable time in jail and he was only trying to protect himself and his mother.”

Mian, a registered firearm owner, was charged after he reportedly shot and killed an armed intruder who broke into his home on Gibson Crescent in Milton on Feb. 19.

Halton Regional Police said it happened at around 5 a.m. and that it’s believed the intruders were intent on committing a robbery.

Mian, who lived in the home with his mother, confronted the suspects and a number of gunshots were fired. When police arrived, they found and identified one of the suspects as 21-year-old Alexander Amoroso-Leacock of Toronto. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police made two arrests: 20-year-old Romario Clarke of Oshawa was charged with one count of break and enter and one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm; Mian was charged with murder.

Three other suspects fled the scene.

Virk said shortly after Mian was charged that his client is a registered firearm owner and used his gun legally against an armed intruder. Virk also said Mian should never have been charged with murder for protecting his mother from someone that broke into his home.

“His intention was not to kill the intruder, he only shot at him once,” said Virk in a statement, saying it was a case of self-defence.

Mian was later released on $130,000 bail on a number of conditions, including that he must live with his grandmother, surrender his passport and firearm licence, and not possess any weapons.

Continue reading at Global News

Toronto saw 15 per cent increase in its violent crime index in 2022, more than three times the jump seen nationally: StatsCan

New data suggests that violent crime occurrences in Toronto were up 15 per cent in 2022, more than three times the rate of increase seen nationally.

Statistics Canada released both its overall crime severity index and its violent crime severity index for 2022 on Thursday.

The data shows that violent crime in Toronto, as measured by the index, was up 15 per cent year-over-year in 2022 compared to a Canada-wide increase of only four per cent.

It was among the highest jumps of any census metropolitan area, with only Winnipeg (20 per cent), Gatineau (20 per cent) and St. John’s (19 per cent) recording bigger increases.

Other Ontario regions like Windsor and London, meanwhile, saw decreases of nine and eight per cent, respectively.

The overall crime index for Toronto, which tracks non-violent offences as well, wasn’t much better either. It was up 14 per cent, compared to the four per cent jump nationally.

“These numbers are no surprise to myself or my members. I think the reality here is that everyone in the city feels like crime has gone up and now we see it in the numbers,” Toronto Police Association President Jon Reid told CP24 on Friday. “We have to make sure that the public doesn't hear about these issues and have it become numb to them.”

Continue reading at CP24

Barrie Gun Club donates $12K raised at ladies charity shoot to local business

The May Court Club of Barrie members gratefully accepted a $12,000 donation from the Barrie Gun Club raised from their June 3, 2023 Ladies Charity Shoot event.

With over 180 attendees and volunteers, everyone enjoyed a fun day of safety and education.

Proceeds go toward helping those in need in the Barrie area.

Continue reading at BarrieToday.com

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Calgary shooting victim remembered as kind-hearted family man

For Roxanne Dendy, the past eight months have been a rollercoaster of ups and downs.

Her husband, Trevor Dendy, was the victim of a shooting in northeast Calgary last November.

Police said at around 7 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2022, a man allegedly confronted a resident of a home on Castleridge Close Northeast and shot him. The resident, a man in his mid-50s, was taken to  the Foothills Medical Centre in critical condition.

Police say Trevor Dendy didn’t know the man who shot him.

Taylor Roan, 25, of Calgary, was charged with attempted murder and robbery in relation to the incident.

Speaking to Global News on Tuesday, Roxanne said Trevor was a kind-hearted man who was always willing to help his loved ones.

“Trevor was definitely a family man. The love he had for myself, our children, our grandchildren was one-of-a-kind,” Roxanne said.

“He’d give anyone the shirt off his back. He’d give you a roof over your head or even just a hot meal if he knew that you needed it.”

Calgary Police Service Staff Sgt. Sean Gregson told Global News that homicide investigators are still investigating the November shooting. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday and the results will determine how the investigators will go forward with the case, he said.

Gregson said additional charges against Roan are being considered.

“What we want to make sure is that we have the best evidence that we can provide to the Crown Prosecutor’s office, and there are no questions left unanswered,” he said. “And if evidence dictates that he died as a result of that original gunshot wound, then the charges will be upgraded.”

Continue reading at Global News

Woman shot at east-end apartment building was the property's manager: tenants

A woman who was seriously injured in a shooting at an apartment building on Monday morning near Danforth and Broadview avenues was the property’s manager, tenants told CTV News Toronto.

The shooting happened shortly before 8:30 a.m. in the Playter Estates area, near Eastmount and Cambridge avenues.

Toronto police say a suspect attended the area on a bicycle, drew a firearm, and shot the victim – a woman believed to be in her 50s – leaving her with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The suspect then fled the scene on the bicycle, according to police.

Investigators have not confirmed exactly where the woman was shot, but a large bullet hole could be seen this afternoon in the window of the building’s management office.

Residents say that the rental company that owns the building, CAPREIT, informed them that the victim was one of their employees, but neither the company nor police have confirmed that detail.

Police have released an image of the suspect and describe him as wearing a black jacket, a black toque, a black facemask, sunglasses, black pants, and black shoes. He was last seen carrying a small black side bag and a large light-coloured sack, according to police.

Toronto police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them, or Crime Stoppers anonymously. 

Continue reading at CP24

‘Disgraceful’: Toronto gun case tossed after police illegally search man who called 911 to report overdose

Toronto police “ran roughshod” over a man’s rights when they unlawfully searched his apartment after he called 911 for his girlfriend who had overdosed — “disgraceful” conduct that led a judge to throw out all guns and drug evidence and dismiss the charges.

In a damning ruling released last week, Superior Court Justice Anne Molloy found that police violated Nonde Karapetrov’s Charter rights against unreasonable search and seizure and arbitrary detention, as well as his right to counsel.

Continue reading at The Toronto Star (Subscription Required)

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