Week in Review - 28 Jul 2023 Archive


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Friday, July 28, 2023


CCFR Radio – Ep 146: Last Episode for 30 Days, Marco in Trouble Again, Spin Docs Continue to Lie (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: Last episode for 30 days, next episode in the first week of August. Marco can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Anti-gun docs can’t seem to make their case without lying. Firearm community news in this episode as well. All that and more this week!

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Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino was removed during Wednesday's cabinet shuffle and will go down in Canadian history as a failure on the Public Safety file. He joins the likes of the last two failed Liberal Ministers in the position, Bill Blair and Ralph Goodale.

Mendicino was replaced by Dominic LeBlanc, who swore an oath saying "I will truly and faithfully, and to the best of my skill and knowledge, execute the powers and trusts reposed in me, as Minister of Public Safety, democratic institutions, and intergovernmental affairs, so help me God."

Mendicino was not given a new position in the Liberal cabinet.

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Canada launching 988 suicide hotline on Nov. 30

Canada will be launching a new nationwide three-digit 988 suicide hotline on November 30th, which will provide Canadians dealing with mental health challenges with a free texting or calling service.

Former Mental Health and Addictions Minister Carolyn Bennett made the announcement Monday, along with a commitment to invest $156 million over three years in the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to facilitate the hotline.

“Every day, an average of 12 people die by suicide in Canada,” said Bennett in a news release. 

“We are taking action to support people across the country who are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts. Today’s investments take us one step closer to launching the 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline, which will provide an immediate, confidential, and judgement-free suicide prevention support for Canadians in need – when they need it most.”

The implementation of a three-digit national crisis hotline has been a long way in the making.

Conservative MP Todd Doherty first proposed the idea in December 2020 and introduced a motion on the matter before the House of Commons, which passed unanimously.

The Trudeau government then formally announced the hotline in August 2022.

The CCFR shared the 988 suicide prevention line proposal by Kathleen Finlay (Founder of 988 Campaign for Canada) in Gun Ban Canada Exposed Ep 1 back in October 2020. It has taken this Liberal government more than 3 years to make this a reality in Canada.

Continue reading at True North

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Man fatally shot near Danforth mass shooting memorial

A man died following a shooting early Sunday morning in Toronto’s Greektown.

According to Toronto police, gunshots were heard around 3:30 a.m. just south of Danforth Avenue at Carlaw Avenue.

This shooting comes just hours after dozens of people gathered down the street at Withrow Park for a memorial marking the fifth anniversary of the Danforth shooting.

Sunday morning, officers found a man's body at the scene with gunshot wounds, they said.

Sadly, it would seem that all the Liberal actions over the last number of years that were supposed to make Canadians safer have been ineffective.

Continue reading at CTV News Toronto

Man dead after shooting on grounds of Brampton, Ont., elementary school

A man has died after a shooting on the grounds of a secondary school in Brampton, Ont., that police believe was targetted.

Peel Regional Police were called to Williams Parkway and James Potter Road on Saturday night and, in a short tweet posted after 10:30 p.m., said a man had been fatally shot.

Speaking at the scene, Const. Tyler Bell-Moreno said multiple shots were fired and a man was taken to hospital. He was later pronounced dead.

The shooting took place on the grounds of St. Roch Secondary School, police said. It was not thought to be related to the school in any way, according to Bell-Moreno.

A large area around the school was closed for police to investigate.

On Tuesday, a 30 year old Toronto man was identified as the victim.

Continue reading at Global News

Toronto police launch ‘Illegal Firearms Awareness Campaign’ following rash of shootings

Renewed efforts are underway to tackle gun violence in Toronto, with police launching a campaign to highlight the impacts it has on the city.

The “Illegal Firearms Awareness Campaign” comes on the heels of four fatal shootings within the last six days.

On July 19, a 25-year-old man was shot in Rexdale. He died at the scene.

Early Sunday, a 29-year-old man in Greektown died following a shooting hours after a memorial was held for the Danforth shooting victims. The next day, a 24-year-old man died after a shooting at an Etobicoke apartment building.

And on Tuesday, a daylight shooting left a 36-year-old man in his car dead in Moss Park.

“The impacts of gun violence are horrific for victims and traumatizes their respective families and the respective communities in which they live, often leading to intergenerational trauma,” said Toronto police Chief Myron Demkiw.

“The vast majority of gun violence is perpetrated by people who are unlawfully in possession of illegal firearms.”

In 2022, Toronto police say they seized 620 crime guns in Toronto. Of those firearms, 537 were handguns and 420 were traced to the U.S.

The awareness campaign launched Tuesday is centred around urging people to report firearm possessions, working with city and government agencies to control gun trafficking, and calling for bail reform.

“Many of the people arrested for gun and violent offences are out on bail,” Insp. Norm Proctor said.

“It’s very important for us to stay resolute in our commitment to keeping communities through relevant and important legislative reform,” Chief Demkiw said.

Marcell Wilson, an anti-gun violence activist and founder of The One by One Movement, which supports families that have been impacted by gun violence, said that while he is not opposed to bail reform, it must come with “reintegration programs while these guys are incarcerated.”

“We can’t just punish people and expect them to learn on their own how to cope and deal with traumas related to violent crimes and then put them right back into the same situation.”

In response to officers’ calls for the public to report more firearm possessions in their community, Wilson said there needs to be increased protection for witnesses.

“As far as people seeing something and saying something, this has been a narrative screamed from the hilltops for quite some time,” he said.

“I don’t think (police) focus on the repercussions community members and individuals face when they do such a thing, which is most likely the reason why you don’t see more of it.”

See the news release from Toronto Police Service here
Continue reading at Global News

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51 firearms seized on Wolfe Island in OPP guns and gangs raids

OPP say they seized a large number of firearms on Wolfe Island, Ont., this week, leading to the arrest of one person and a warrant for another.

Leeds OPP, along with the OPP’s provincial joint-forces guns and gangs unit, executed two search warrants on the island across from Kingston, Ont., on July 24.

Police say the raids turned up 51 firearms, various prohibited devices, ammunition and two 3D printers.

OPP say some of the handguns seized were made using the 3D printers, but couldn’t give an exact number.

Police arrested Paul McElligott, 60, of Frontenac Islands Township and charged him with various firearm offences, including manufacturing a prohibited firearm and nine counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

OPP have also issued an arrest warrant for James McElligott, 24, of Frontenac Islands Township, who is believed to be currently in British Columbia.

Continue reading at Global News

Notorious killer, already in prison, charged in gun mega-sweep: London police

William McDonald’s reign of terror left two people dead during a four-year span in London.

Despite twice being handed life sentences in federal prison for a pair of deadly shootings, the notorious killer allegedly continued to play a role in the escalating gun violence gripping the city, police say.

McDonald, 33, is one of 70 people charged with a combined 550 offences as part of Project SAFE, a three-month investigation into firearms and weapons smuggling that led to the seizure of 26 guns and $8.5 million of drugs.

“Illegally trafficked guns are making their way into Canada and into our communities through sophisticated and organized channels, ultimately ending up in the hands of criminals, and this ... poses a great danger to our community,” London police Chief Thai Truong said.

London police and some of their partners in the investigation – the OPP, Sudbury police, Canada Border Services Agency and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – held a news conference Thursday to announce the results of the investigation and showcase the weapons seized.

The investigation began after police arrested Dylan Crawford, 24, in February and seized nine handguns.

“Based on the evidence, it was our belief that he had the firearms for the purpose of illegal trafficking,” Det-. Insp. Chris Churney said.

Continue reading at The London Free Press

Man pronounced dead following daytime shooting in Moss Park (Toronto) parking lot

A man was pronounced dead after being found with gunshot wounds inside a parked vehicle in Moss Park on Tuesday afternoon.

The shooting occurred just before 12:15 p.m. outisde a high-rise apartment buidling near Shuter and Sherbourne streets.

Police say that officers were in the area when they were approached by a citizen who alerted them to the sound of gunshots coming from a nearby parking lot.

They attended the scene, where they located the victim unresponsive inside a vehicle.

Police say that they have since taken statements from a number of individuals, which have led them to believe that the shooting was not random and that the victim knew the shooter or shooters.

Police are searching for Mohammed Abdullahi, 34, of Toronto. He is wanted for first-degree murder.

Anyone with information about Abdullahi or his whereabouts is asked to contact Toronto police.

Continue reading at CP24

Loaded semi-automatic gun, drugs and cash seized in Barrie traffic stop

Three men face charges after police allegedly seized a loaded semi-automatic gun, drugs and a large amount of cash during a traffic stop in downtown Barrie.

Police say officers stopped the vehicle around 2:30 Saturday morning at the Dunlop Street East and Mulcaster Street intersection.

Officers searched the vehicle and said they found suspected fentanyl, cocaine, Canadian currency, and a firearm that had a high-capacity magazine.

The 21-year-old driver from Bradford and two 23-year-old passengers from Bradford and Barrie face several charges, including drug possession and trafficking, plus firearms-related offences.

The two Bradford men were held in custody pending a bail hearing, while the Barrie man was released on an undertaking.

Continue reading at CTV News Barrie

Brazil’s Lula restricts civilian gun possession, reversing Bolsonaro policy

Brazil’s President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a decree Friday tightening restrictions on civilian access to guns in Brazil, in a move aimed at reversing the pro-firearms policies of his right-wing predecessor Jair Bolsonaro.

The decree reduces the number of guns civilians can possess for personal safety from four to two, reduces the allowed ammunition for each gun from 200 rounds to 50 and requires documentation proving the need to hold the weapons.

It also bars civilians from owning 9mm pistols, restricting them to members of the police and military.

“It’s one thing for the regular citizen to have a gun at home for his protection, as a guarantee, because some people think this is safety. Let them have it. But we cannot allow gun arsenals to be in the people’s hands,” Lula said Friday during a signing ceremony.

During Bolsonaro’s presidency from 2019 through 2022, the former president had said “good citizens” should be entitled to protect their families and their assets, and loosened rules on the possession of guns and ammunition. Though Brazil has no constitutional right to bear arms, Bolsonaro argued that “an armed populace will never be enslaved.”

Continue reading at Global News

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