CCFR Radio – Ep 158: City News Runs Full Auto Mag Dump, Letter from Police, Buyback Update
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Feds begin search for vendors to operate firearm confiscation program
The federal government has begun searching for vendors interested in managing their impending firearms confiscation program just weeks after the Trudeau Liberals’ gun legislation became law and nearly four years after their contentious ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
Last month, an Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) was issued by Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) on behalf of Public Safety Canada, seeking to pre-qualify suppliers interested in administering the federal Firearms Buyback Program (FBP), responsible for collecting and eventually destroying over 1,500 firearm models banned under the federal government’s May 1 2020 order-in-council.
“The primary intent of the FBP is to remove the number of newly prohibited firearms from circulation in Canada by offering fair compensation to businesses and individuals impacted by the prohibition,” read an explainer attached to the ITQ, which closes for submissions on Friday.
The government’s firearms confiscation program, according to the terms spelled out within the ITQ, will “acquire collection, verification, validation, transportation, and destruction services for prohibited Assault Style Firearms” on behalf of Public Safety Canada.
“The estimated volume of these firearms held by businesses is within the range of 10,000 to 15,000, and the volume held by individuals is within the range of 125,000 to 200,000,” the ITQ read.
“These estimates could vary as the number of affected non-restricted firearms is unknown.”
‘The state has failed’: Gun case latest to be tossed due to lack of judges at Toronto Superior Court
The failure of the federal government to quickly appoint judges is a problem that continues to “plague” the courts in Toronto, a judge said this week as he tossed firearm charges related to a fatal shooting.
It is at least the second criminal case in Toronto to be thrown out due to delay in two months because there was no judge available to preside over the trial, with judges at the city’s criminal courthouse increasingly venting their frustration.
“One obvious way to reduce the backlog of cases is to make sure that judicial vacancies are filled so that trials do not get adjourned,” wrote Superior Court Justice Andras Schreck in his ruling released Monday.
“The state has failed to do this.”
Givonn Bowen-Wright was initially charged with second-degree murder and firearm possession offences in the April 2021 shooting death of Drai Hugh Wilson, 21. The murder charge was withdrawn the following year by the Crown, who said there was no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction. All charges against his three co-accused were also withdrawn.
His original trial on the firearm charges scheduled for May 2023 couldn’t go forward because, “as is often the case in this jurisdiction,” there was no judge available to hear it, Schreck wrote.
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Sentences lowered for kidnappers, shooters and drug traffickers due to conditions at Toronto's 'Guantanamo South'
Dozens of criminals found guilty of knife attacks, gunplay, drug trafficking and child pornography are among those being given lower sentences and sent back to the street sooner following a standoff between Ontario judges and the provincial government over notorious conditions in a Toronto jail dubbed “Guantanamo South.”
In the last year, records show at least 24 criminals have had their time in custody reduced because of repeated lockdowns, pest infestations and other harsh treatment at the Toronto South Detention Centre, located near Kipling Avenue and the Gardiner Expressway in Etobicoke, as judges give extra credit for time served in inhumane conditions, while critics say Ontario’s government is ignoring the problem.
“I’d like to say it’s unusual, but unfortunately it’s all too common,” said Toronto lawyer Christian Pearce, whose client Yanique Ellison was given a six-month deduction after a guilty plea to manslaughter: he provided a COVID-19 mask as a disguise to another man who shot a bar customer dead after a dispute.
Ellison was triple-bunked in a cell designed for two, and spent almost a year of his time behind bars awaiting trial in lockdown, where inmates have “no privacy and are forced to urinate and defecate in front of their cellmates,” the judge in his case found in December, sentencing him to 7.5 years instead of eight to reflect “exceptionally harsh conditions.”
The provincially-run jail holds inmates before trial and inmates who have been sentenced to less than two years in prison.
Maple Ridge gun shop closed since October
Wanstalls Guns and Ammo has closed its doors, announced in October as a temporary situation.
A sign on the door says “retail storefront temporarily closed for renovations.”
The longtime gun shop hosted an inventory reduction sale in early October, and then on Oct. 24 announced the store is “temporarily closed until further notice,” on the store’s Facebook page. It has been in business in Maple Ridge since 1973.
“Very sorry to hear! You’ve been a fixture in Maple Ridge. I know government policies have made it extremely difficult,” said Conservative MP Marc Dalton.
He and Wanstalls owner Craig Jones have been outspoken critics of the federal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“This sucks, I hope you guys survive and are able to bounce back when the current stupidity is over,” said Vince Tytler, and there were many similar comments.
The business’ website wanstallsonline.com, which sold products across Canada, offers a message “Store unavailable,” but says is should be available shortly.
Wanstalls sold tactical firearms and pistols, as well as rifles and shotguns for hunters, and Jones has been part of the gun control debate as an opposing voice to stricter control by government.
Wanstalls has been in business for 50 years
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University of Toronto seeks someone to do a 'misinformation' study
As the Trudeau Liberals have dumped over $30 million for four years to the Digital Citizen Initiative, aimed at researchers studying what the government determines to be harmful 'misinformation' online, the University of Toronto (U of T) is embarking on a mission to investigate its sources.
"The Canadian Digital Media Research Network’s (CDMRN) mission is to protect and build resilience within the Canadian information ecosystem by investigating how information is produced, shared, and consumed across all mediums. This survey project is led by an academic team of researchers at the Policy, Elections, and Representation Lab at the University of Toronto," read the MERX statement.
"However, the researchers at U of T need not look any further than Ottawa to uncover the network of misinformation plaguing Canadians.
The Liberals have frequently misled the public, and quite possibly themselves, on the content of their own legislation. With C-21, the Liberal's most recent attack on gun ownership, the Liberals called accusations that the bill outlawed hunting rifles and shotguns "misinformation."
However, the law did exactly that, and the Liberals had to amend that portion of the law after their lies were laid bare.
Increase in youth gun crimes: WRPS
Waterloo regional police are reporting an increase in youth crimes.
Charges for people between the ages of 12 and 21 have returned to, or exceeded, pre-pandemic levels, according to statistics presented at Wednesday’s police services board meeting.
Charges against youth increased by 28 percent in the first nine months of 2022, compared to the same time last year. Police laid 344 charges against youth over that period in 2022, that increased to 441 charges in the same period last year.
As a result, the police force says it is designing a plan to better engage youth.
“It’s apparent that there is a significant opportunity to develop an overall approach to youth engagement. To accomplish this, the service will conduct planning through the first two quarters of this year, to develop a youth engagement strategy. Our planning, framework and strategy will be informed in part by youth, systems and community feedback,“ Insp. Aaron Mathias said.
Gun crimes saw the biggest increase, with a 48 percent increase in firearm offences among youth between 2019 and 2022. The chief said imitation firearms are a major issue and can count as a gun-related offence.
“There are a number of traffic stops where officers are seeing the combination of drug trafficking evidence combined with real or imitation firearms,” Chief Mark Crowell said.
Five teens arrested in armed robbery at Pickering pharmacy
Five teenagers are facing charges in connection with an armed robbery at a Pickering pharmacy.
Durham police were called to the Guardian Drug Store on Kingston Road on Thursday around 2:30 p.m. to reports of a robbery.
It’s alleged four males entered the pharmacy, one armed with a gun, demanding access to the store safe. The suspects then allegedly stole narcotics and cash before fleeing in a waiting white Chevrolet four-door sedan.
Police located the suspect vehicle as it entered the westbound Highway 401 and was confirmed to have been stolen out of Peel Region on Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The vehicle was then followed by police to the Allenby Avenue and Hadrian Drive area in Toronto. It was then abandoned near a walking path and the five suspects allegedly fled on foot.
Police arrested all suspects a short distance away.
Ajhawn Chambers, 19, of Toronto, a 15-year-old boy from Toronto, a 15-year-old boy from Whitby, and two 17-year-old boys from Toronto are facing several charges including robbery using a firearm, disguise with intent, and possessing property obtained by crime over $5,000
GUN BAN FAIL: Rockwood resident faces 54 charges after weapons, drugs seized
A member of the Iron Dragons Motorcycle Club was arrested on Jan. 11, 2024 by the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) 2 District Street Crime Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Biker Enforcement Unit when a search warrant was executed at a rural residence in Rockwood.
Upon entry, the accused attempted to flee the residence. They were immediately apprehended by the OPP Canine Unit. The accused received non life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.
The following items were seized at the residence:
The suspect has been charged with 54 offences, including:
4 Teens arrested after violent pharmacy robbery, police chase in Oakville
Four teenagers are in custody after a violent pharmacy robbery and police chase in Oakville on Monday night.
Halton Police officers were called to a pharmacy near Bronte Road and Westoak Trails, north of Upper Middle Road, around 7:30 p.m. for reports of an armed robbery in progress.
It is alleged that four masked suspects entered the store and pulled out a handgun before assaulting two female workers inside. The four grabbed narcotics and cash before leaving.
Responding officers found the suspect vehicle and tried to stop the group but they fled. Police tell CityNews the suspects were stopped on Trafalgar Road south of Dundas Street after a chase and collision involving police cruisers.
The four suspects were arrested in the area.
Police say three boys aged 14 to 16 and an 18-year-old man are facing several robbery, weapons and driving charges.
Suspects steal firearms during break and enter, Waterloo, Ont. man, woman facing charges
A man and woman from Waterloo are facing a slew of weapons charges after they allegedly broke into a north London, Ont. residence earlier this month and stole a number of firearms.
According to the London Police Service, at approximately 6 p.m. on Jan. 13 a homeowner called 9-1-1 to report a break and enter to their home located in the north end of the city.
Upon arrival, officers learned that a number of firearms had been stolen.
No suspects were located.
The investigation was subsequently reassigned to the LPS Street Crime Unit.
Police later reviewed surveillance footage gathered from the area of the break-in which revealed a suspect, a suspect vehicle and a licence plate number.
With the assistance from members of the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) Patrol Division, the vehicle was located at a residence in Waterloo.
As a result of the investigation, on Jan. 15 at approximately 5 p.m., members of the LPS Street Crime Unit with the assistance of members of the WRPS Emergency Response Team and members of the WRPS Service Property and Financial Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the Waterloo area.
The search of the residence led to the stolen firearms from the break and enter being located and seized.
One person dead after shooting in Brampton
Peel police's homicide bureau is investigating a shooting in Brampton that left a man dead Thursday night.
Officers were dispatched to the area of Vivians Crescent and Stokes Road, northeast of Chinguacousy Road and Steeles Avenue West, shortly after 7 p.m., for reports of shots fired.
Speaking to reporters at the scene, Const. Tyler Bell-Morena said officers found a male inside a vehicle with gunshot wounds.
The victim was transported to the hospital in life-threatening condition and was later pronounced dead. The identity of the victim has not been released.
Bell-Morena said police do not have suspect information at this time.
"There is speculation that there may be a vehicle fleeing the scene, but we cannot confirm at this time if that is suspect or just members of the public fleeing gunfire," he said.
The circumstances surrounding the shooting are being investigated, but Bell-Morena said police do not believe it was random.
Guns, ammunition seized during police raid in Barrie, 4 arrested
Several firearms and ammunition are off the streets of Barrie after police say officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop and executed a search warrant at a residence on Wednesday.
According to police, the Tactical Support Unit stopped a vehicle in a northeast plaza parking lot and searched a home in the city's north end.
Police say they seized three guns and discovered two of them were stolen from a "violent residential robbery" on Jan. 2.
Three men and one woman, all from Barrie, face several criminal charges, plus court-related offences.
Firearm use and gang-related activity proliferate Waterloo Region homicide rates: police
The increase in homicides in Waterloo Region related to firearms and gang activity is of “grave concern” to police, said Chief Mark Crowell.
While the Cambridge-Kitchener-Waterloo area generally falls well below the national victim rate over the last decade, that number has been rising since 2021, the police services board was told during its annual meeting in a report on the 2022 national, provincial, and local homicide rates.
The climb in those numbers locally — 11 in 2021, 12 in 2022, and 13 in 2013 — match a rise in illegal firearms and drug trafficking in the region, Crowell said.
“We're making our best efforts to intervene, through the course of those investigations from a crime suppression standpoint, to thwart whatever we can, to intervene in a positive way and also to seek to prevent whatever is possible,” Crowell said.
“I can tell you, there’s those within our region that live here, residents of Waterloo Region, but also those who come to our region from outside for the specific purpose of things like robberies or the drug trafficking, and gang-related behaviour that we're continuing to work with our local and provincial partners on strategies to intervene from an intelligence standpoint, but also a preservation suppression standpoint.”
SOUTH OF THE BORDER: Ohio sees drop in gun crimes across major cities after permitless carry law, study shows
Contrary to concerns from some local leaders, a new study shows a decrease in gun crimes across six of Ohio’s eight largest cities following the implementation of the state’s “constitutional carry” law.
The research, conducted by the Center for Justice Research (CJR) in partnership with Bowling Green State University, analyzed data from June 2021 to June 2023, covering a year before and after the law went into effect in June 2022.
It focused on crimes involving firearms, verified gunshot-detection alerts, and the number of officers struck by gunfire.
The findings revealed:
“This is not to downplay the very real problem of gun violence in our cities,” noted Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who commissioned the study. “But the key takeaway here is that we need to focus on criminals, not responsible gun owners.”
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