Week in Review - 25 Aug 2023 Archive

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Friday, August 25, 2023

Friday, August 25, 2023


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

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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Gun-owner advocates will push to scrap Bill C-21 in fall session

Some advocacy groups see the fall session of Parliament as a chance for major legislation—including bills addressing gun control and cybersecurity—to be reexamined from a fresh perspective by ministers settling into new roles in cabinet.

“We are anxiously awaiting the new mandate letters for the new ministers to see exactly what’s in there, because that’s sort of your indication of where you’re going to go,” said Tracey Wilson, vice-president of public relations for the Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) in an interview with The Hill Times on Aug. 9.

“We fully assume that [Bill C-21]—getting that finished off and done—will be on that list.”

Wilson criticized the bill as “a complete disaster,” and argued that consideration in the Senate will offer an opportunity for “sober second-thought.”

“This would be a perfect opportunity for … all the Indigenous groups and the hunters and everybody who wanted to speak to this bill that didn’t get that opportunity at the House of Commons,” said Wilson. “We will be still speaking out against it, and, of course, we’re encouraging our members to write to the Senate … and ask them to just scrap it. Let’s go back to the drawing board and come up with something comprehensive that will have positive public safety measures included...”

Continue reading at The Hill Times

“He wants our guns!” one attendee shouted. He was responding to Pierre Poilievre as he explained the disastrous effects of the NDP-Liberal agreement to legalize crack, heroin, and other hard drugs, while at the same time, releasing violent repeat offenders onto Canadian streets.

"Since Trudeau brought in his gun ban, there's been a 100% increase in shooting crime. Shows you how well it's working,” Poilievre said. “He simultaneously reduced sentences for bank robbers and other criminals.”

First, he said, “a Poilievre-lead government will get rid of the catch and release system and bring in jail, not bail, for repeat violent offenders.”

Second, his government will stand up for law-abiding firearms owners, repealing legislation that attacks farmers, hunters, and licensed sport shooters. Instead, he will put the estimated $5 Billion in taxpayer funds into reinforcing the Canadian border, to keep illegal guns out, while putting repeat gun criminals in jail.

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BONOKOSKI: Trudeau’s approach to gun control will have little effect on violent crime

“Evidence, says the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, shows that these changes will have little effect on violent crime, but will adversely affect hundreds of thousands of 🇨🇦 hunters, farmers, trappers, collectors, and sport shooters, including Indigenous communities, and those businesses and networks supporting them.

Worse still, these policies distract from meaningful, evidence-based efforts to reduce crime and violence.

Current law and practice limit those approved needs to being a member of a handgun shooting club or range, an approved collector, special occupational requirements, and, very rarely, for personal protection.

The law, in this case, says authors Noah Schwartz and Tim Thurley, offers no appreciable public safety benefit; the overwhelming majority of guns misused for the commission of crime continue to stream into Canada illegally from the United States.

Continue reading at True North

On a recent episode of The Khaled Iwamura Podcast, Host Khaled Iwamura asked Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie if she was concerned about the rise in violent crime, specifically gang violence, in the west end of the city near Britannia and Glen Erin / Meadowvale / Streetsville.

She responded by saying "Of course, that's very concerning in every municipality, and I'm quite shaken by what I've seen...incidents of violence that Peel Police have investigated and tell me was, not random but, specifically targeted."

In fact according to Statistics Canada data, under Mayor Crombie the Peel Region (Mississauga/Brampton) has seen a dramatic increase in violent crime, up 33.52% ⬆️ since she began in 2014.

In 2019, Mayor Crombie applauded the federal governments plans to ban Legal hunting and sport shooting firearms, saying 'Military assault rifles such as the AR-15 have no place in our cities.' She also said she supported 'exploring a municipal/regional ban on [Legal] handguns.'

Now she says something must be done to deal with illegal guns and gangs, 'in particular to stop [illegal] guns crossing the border, which is one of the most critical issues...there seems to be flow of guns crossing, and we really need to work with Border Services to prevent that.'

Mayor Crombie is currently running to replace failed Ontario Liberal leader, Steven Del Duca. Del Duca resigned after woefully losing the last provincial election.

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Gun Ban Fail: Violent Repeat Offender had prohibited firearm, 15 outstanding warrants

The Edmonton Police Service captured a high-risk repeat offender after it told residents in the Millwoods area to shelter in place as there was a male suspect with a firearm in the area on Monday.

The EPS Tactical Section along with other police resources circulated the area to locate him.

The suspect, 26, is was charged with:

➡️ Contravention of firearm storage (x3)
➡️ Possessing a loaded firearm
➡️ Careless use of a firearm
➡️ Pointing a firearm
➡️ Possessing a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
➡️ Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition readily accessible

Land was also found to have 15 outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest.

Continue reading at Western Standard

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Public Safety: Less than 50% of suspicious packages entering Canada are X-rayed for guns

“The percentage of mail items screened by the detection technology to assess whether they were high risk items requiring an in-depth examination was 65% in 2021, and 46% in 2022,” said a department audit. Findings were submitted by Canada Border Services Agency that received dual view X-ray devices “purchased to screen increased volumes of mail” at postal sorting plants, wrote auditors.

“Reporting data for the indicator measuring the percentage of international postal shipments examined using dual view X-ray technology which resulted in a seizure specifies 35% of these shipments were examined in 2021,” said the report Horizontal Evaluation Of The Initiative To Take Action Against Gun And Gang Violence. “But it was not specified how many were seized.”

Public Safety Canada has acknowledged it does not know how many firearms are smuggled into Canada.

“There has been a marked increase in recent crime trends involving gun and gang violence,” said the report. It cited a 91% increase in fatal shootings in the period from 2013 to 2020.

“Gun and gang violence remains a pervasive issue across the country,” said Evaluation. “Since 2016 shootings have become the most common type of homicide and in 2021 gang related homicides continued to account for nearly one quarter of all homicides in Canada. 74% of these homicides are committed with a firearm.

Under the Canada Post Corporation Act police cannot intercept suspicious packages in transit. Packages are typically flagged by postal inspectors for police tracking on delivery.

Traffickers have spread the word that there is much less risk of their packages being intercepted if they send them through Canada Post rather than through any other private courier company such as FedEx, UPS, Purolator or DHL,” said Senator Claude Carignan (Que.).

Continue reading at Blacklock's Reporter

Mexican Cartel thriving in Canada under Trudeau

A high-ranking government source confirmed the drugs on the streets of Edmonton killing people, are coming from Mexican cartels which are being distributed by 'Redd Alert,' a prison and street gang.

"Researchers, along with investigative journalists such as Peter Edwards and Luis Nájera, have pointed out that the entrenchment of Mexican cartels in Canada began to intensify after the passing of the so-called 'Canadian Godfather,' Vito Rizzuto, in 2013," said Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Criminologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University.

"Following that year, Canada witnessed a shift in its criminal underworld: traditional ethnic, biker and regional gangs evolved into more global, adaptive, and diverse organizations."

Sundberg said this newer, fluid criminal landscape enabled individuals to switch allegiances across different groups with ease.

"This metamorphosis has paved the way for entities like the Sinaloa Cartel not just to supply other Canadian crime syndicates, but to directly establish their operations on Canadian soil, spearheading smuggling and distribution networks," Sundberg said.

"For example, the Sinaloa Cartel has become a significant player in Eastern Canada, while in Western Canada, the Arellano Felix Group has made significant inroads. The illicit activities of these transplanted criminal enterprises range from smuggling narcotics to facilitating human trafficking and arms smuggling."

"This trend will not only result in a heightened risk of violence but also runs the risk of turning Canada into a strategic northern gateway for cartels to expand and streamline their operations into Europe," Sundberg said.

"They are highly sophisticated, capable, adaptable, violent, and experienced — far more than the traditional organized crime groups police historically have dealt with."

Continue reading at Western Standard

American man charged after sailboat raided, firearms seized in Gaspesie, Que.

A 63-year-old American has been arrested and charged with possession of restricted firearms after his sailboat was raided by the RCMP.

RCMP officers from the Marine Security Enforcement Team (MSET) seized firearms, magazines and ammunition and arrested Pittsburgh resident Wayne Alfonza Bradford off Pointe-a-la-Renommee in the northeast area of Gaspesie on Sunday, according to an RCMP release.

"MSET police officers intercepted the vessel during a watch patrol," reads the release. "After checks, they found that the individual had not reported his presence to the Canada Border Services Agency or declared his firearms. In the boat, they discovered a semi-automatic rifle and loaded semi-automatic pistol. They also found around ten prohibited high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition."

Bradford is scheduled to appear in court for his bail hearing on Thursday in Perce, Que. via videoconference.

The RCMP say further charges may be forthcoming.

Continue reading at CTV Montreal

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