Week in Review - 28 Jun 2024 Archive


Friday, June 28, 2024


CCFR Radio EP 169: CCFR Goes To Ottawa, Libs Lie About Public Safety, Cheeky Lawyer Finds Out (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: Liberals flat out lie about their influence on public safety, AGAIN. Rod goes off the rails. Interview with Sean Alexander of Kailani Outdoors. Huge thank you to all our CCFR AGM 2024 contributors, you are the best!! Cheeky lawyer fools around with the CCFR and finds out. CCFR attends the Conservative Outdoor Symposium in Ottawa. All that and more!

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ONTARIO — Toronto has seen a staggering 74 per cent increase in gunfire incidents compared to the same time last year and police said Thursday that they have identified some disturbing trends which are contributing to the violence.

"We know that the recent shooting tragedies across Toronto continue to deeply impact our city," Deputy Chief Rob Johnson said at a news conference. "I want to assure our communities that addressing gun crime is a top priority for our service and every effort is being made to prevent shootings and advance our investigations."

Police noted that most of the incidents are firearm discharges where no injuries were reported, and the number of gun deaths so far this year – 24 -- is the same number that was seen in the city by this time in 2022.

Last year, there were just nine, though Johnson called 2023 "an outlier" where there were an unusually low number of shootings. For comparison, there were 17 fatal shootings by this time in 2021, and 21 by this time in 2020.

"We are deploying resources strategically to address these violent crimes and recent arrests demonstrate that our efforts are yielding results," Johnson said.

TPS said they have made 494 arrests for firearms offences and laid 2,242 charges this year.

That includes an incident on Sunday where officers responding to a call about intimate partner violence executed a high-risk takedown. Johnson said officers arrested three people and seized two handguns, along with 150 rounds of ammunition.


Johnson showed a picture displaying dozens of the 363 crime guns taken off the streets by Toronto police so far this year, including assault rifles.

"Between 85 and 90 per cent of these are coming from south of the border, primarily Ohio, Florida, Texas and Michigan," he said.

He added that the force is actively working with other law enforcement agencies in Canada and the United States to try stem the flow of guns...

Continue reading at CP24

Council shelves firearm bylaw, seeks new path on short-term rentals

ONTARIO — Trent Hills council agreed at its meeting on Tuesday, June 25 that it didn’t want to regulate the discharge of firearms, a move sure to please hundreds of hunters in the area.

But council also acknowledged that as the population grows and there are more settled areas, concerns will continue to be raised about the safe use of guns. It encouraged staff to meet with hunting and conservation groups for their help in educating gun owners to ensure they don’t upset neighbours.

“We need to be aware that things change over time and we have to make sure that that protection is there as well,” said Deputy Mayor Mike Metcalf.

Chief Building Official Stephen White, who oversees bylaw enforcement, said most Ontario municipalities rely on federal and provincial laws. He noted that any bylaw restricting firearms discharge would have to start with a complicated, detailed map of where people live in the municipality.

It would be a tall order to create and enforce any bylaw, White said. He recommended the municipality work with hunting and shooting groups to “have them monitor, police and educate that very small group that are not practising what would be considered good, ethical safety practices.”

Councillor Gene Brahaney noted that this “has been a troublesome topic. I believe that the people who live on County Road 50 deserve the same sense of security as people who live on the waterfront on Queen Street.”

He said that past experience has shown that police officers often do not attend when called to deal with such problems. “There doesn’t seem to be any last button to push to get their response.”

Continue reading at Trent Hill News

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Gun Program Fizzles: Report

OTTAWA — Police have recovered a tiny fraction of firearms blacklisted by cabinet four years ago as a risk to public safety, records show. The figures follow Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc’s deferral of a mandatory gun buyback program until after the next federal election.

The RCMP in an Inquiry Of Ministry said it had 2,123 blacklisted firearms. A third, a total 723, were surrendered by owners. Another third were seized in police investigations.

The figures were requested by Conservative MP Shannon Stubbs (Lakeland, Alta.) who asked, “With regard to firearms prohibited as a result of the May 1, 2020 Order In Council, how many have been turned in, seized, confiscated or otherwise obtained by the government?”

Cabinet in 2020 blacklisted hundreds of thousands of high-powered firearms. Federal consultants counted 110,161 affected by the ban. The Department of Public Safety later estimated the number was as high as 200,000 while the Budget Office put it up to 518,000 firearms.

An original notice required owners to surrender their property by last October 30. Minister LeBlanc deferred the buyback until October 30, 2025 due to stiff resistance.

“We have been explicit and careful to ensure that these measures do not target those people and in fact allow them to practice their sport and other recreational activities that hunters in my community of rural New Brunswick participate in,” LeBlanc testified last October 23 at the Senate national security committee.

“Every time governments or Parliament legislate in this area there is a very quick reaction from hunting groups and sports shooters, many of whom are in my constituency in rural New Brunswick,” said LeBlanc. “People I know go hunting.”

The Department of Public Safety acknowledged widespread opposition to the program among licensed gun owners regardless of whether they had prohibited firearms. “The ban and the buyback program were seen as wasteful because the policy isn’t aimed at stopping illegal gun smuggling and sales,” said a 2023 report Buyback Program Awareness Campaign. “Most firearms owners did not see themselves or their peers as a major factor in gun crimes in Canada.”

“Most firearms owners think inner cities have the highest rate of firearms violence in Canada,” said Buyback Awareness. “Just 10 percent think small towns and rural areas have the highest rates. Firearms owners feel the biggest causes of gun violence are gang violence, organized crime and general criminal activity.”

“Many had sympathy for affected owners and felt it was unfair to target people who had initially acquired their guns legally,” said Awareness. “Less than half of those owners with prohibited firearms would now willingly participate in a buyback program, a sharp decline over the past year.”

Continue reading at Blacklock's Reporter

"Revisions were probably to account for guns which were banned by the Order but not directly named within it. The Order bans variants of prohibited firearms, even if these firearms are not listed in the Order itself.

What is a variant? Read here.

The first note of substance is that the CFP does not include in the estimate any previously non-restricted variants of newly-prohibited AR-pattern rifles, CZ Scorpions, or certain SIG firearms. They simply note the restricted figure "+NR."

"Many firearms were non-restricted prior to the prohibition, including the Stag-10, Maccabee Defense SLR, BCL102, ATRS Modern Hunter, Modern Sporter, and Modern Varmint.

Since most post-date the 2012 redacted registry copy, the RCMP did not attempt to estimate numbers.

These firearms could be used for hunting and off-range sport shooting and were fairly popular. They were extensively featured in firearm media as non-restricted options.

It's hard to say how many were sold, but this document does not provide an estimate at all.

Some of the previously non-restricted firearms were also not listed as prohibited initially, but were "discovered" as being "variants" later on.

That may be part of the reason for excluding some of them from the estimates, but not for excluding all of them.

The other firearm numbers are of less concern to overall accuracy. The non-restricted 18.6" CZ Scorpion EVO 3 firearms were not made in large numbers. Any non-restricted SIG MPX firearm numbers seem to be even lower.

This matters because the Government has been relying on this and similar estimates that seemingly exclude whole categories of firearms, while the industry estimates have been considerably higher.

It has implications for program measurement and cost.

These firearms were valuable. A Stag-10 cost just over $2k. An ATRS receiver set was about $1k, and completed rifles sold for prices well over that.

Every 1,000 Stag-10 rifles turned in adds at least $2m to potential program costs if fair market value is provided.

These also throw off compliance estimates. Previously non-restricted firearms will likely see lower compliance rates than previously restricted firearms.

Not including them in estimates inflates perceptions of program success, perhaps considerably...

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TORONTO — Global News Crime Analyst Hank Idsinga, the former head of TPS Homicide, tells anchor Candace Nandi why youth violence is getting worse.

Primarily the social and economic implications of missing infrastructure and supports, mass overpopulation in the GTA, a significant rise in the availability of illegal firearms, and ‘light’ sentences handed out to dangerous re-offenders.

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Boy, 14, charged with murder after 2 killed in ‘mass shooting’ outside Toronto school

TORONTO — A 14-year-old boy is facing first-degree murder charges after a “mass shooting” outside a Toronto school earlier this month left two people dead and three others hurt.

Toronto police made the update Monday after the June 2 shooting probe, which happened in the parking lot of North Albion Collegiate Institute, captured the city’s attention.

Seymour Gibbs, 46, and Delroy George Parkes, 61, were killed in the shooting.

“These senseless acts of violence have resulted in the deaths of two innocent people, and families who will forever be devasted by the loss of their loved ones,” said Det.-Sgt. Phillip Campbell at Monday’s update.

“This was a mass shooting in our city, and we now know there are likely individuals out there who can tell us the identities of the other people responsible for these murders.”

Victims were socializing in parking lot before shooting

At the time, police said the victims were gathered at the school after playing soccer earlier in the day, “really just socializing, enjoying the fresh air,” when two suspects pulled up in a dark pickup truck, got out, and began firing.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at around 10:53 p.m. that day. When they arrived, they found five people injured with gunshot wounds. The victims were all men ranging in age from around 40 to 60 years old.

They were taken to hospital, and Delroy died there, police said. Gibbs died from his injuries in hospital a few days later. Three of the victims had non-life-threatening injuries.

At the time, police said they were looking for a black or dark-coloured newer model pickup truck. Two suspects believed to be involved in the incident were wearing dark clothing.

The shooting happened in “a fraction of a minute,” police said, adding officers don’t believe there was an exchange of gunfire...

Continue reading at Global News

How do you feel about 'Cancel Culture?' Especially how it has impacted you these last nine years?

In this clip, Rod speaks with Sean Alexander of Kailani Sports Canada, an amazing Canadian business that has partnered with the CCFR to help fight for your right to responsibly own and enjoy firearms.

Watch as Rod and Sean discuss how important it is for like-minded Canadians to come together, stand our ground, and fight back against those that aim to erase our personal rights and freedoms.

You can also watch the entire interview in the last CCFR Radio podcast here.

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The CCFR/CCDAF was first out of the gate with this awkward and tone-deaf viral video that showed Burlington MP Karina Gould fluff-off CTV's Vassy Kapelos' excellent questions, after voters soundly rejected her government in a 30-year riding in Toronto St. Paul's.

Gould told CTV that Liberals ‘need to reflect’ after Chrystia Freeland called voters ‘cold, cruel and small’ if they didn't vote for liberal candidate Leslie Church, in the most recent by-election.

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Continue reading at Global News

GUN BAN FAIL: Three Londoners charged in arson, hit-and-run and weapons incident

ONTARIO — Charges have been laid against two men and a woman after London police linked a vehicle fire, a hit-and-run, and a firearms incident that happened in the city last week.

The bizarre happenings began last Tuesday around 5:20 a.m. when a citizen called 911 to report hearing a loud bang and seeing a vehicle on fire at a hotel in the area of Royce Court and Bessemer Road. Firefighters were extinguishing the blaze when police arrived.

No injuries were reported.

The fire was deemed suspicious and the investigation was turned over to the police street crime unit. After reviewing video surveillance from the area, investigators identified two suspects in the fire.

The following morning around 7:30 a.m., police were called after a man was allegedly threatened with a gun in the area of Hamilton Road and Inkerman Street. The man was threatened by another man who then took off in a vehicle. Shortly after, police were called about a hit-and-run collision in the area of Adelaide and Nelson streets. The description of the vehicle matched the one provided in the firearms incident.

Officers flooded the area and found the suspect vehicle in an empty parking lot in the area of Commissioners Road East and Adelaide Street South. It was determined the vehicle had been stolen earlier the same morning, but had not yet been reported to police.

A witness told police two men and a woman were seen running from the vehicle, with one of the men matching the description of the suspect in the weapon's incident. Two men were arrested a short distance away, while a woman was taken into custody with the assistance of the police canine unit.

A 43-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman have been charged with arson causing property damage, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and failing to comply with a release order.

The pair, along with a 42-year-old man also face a charge of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The woman is additionally charged with failure to comply with release order.

The 43-year-old is additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, dangerous operation of a vehicle, operating a vehicle while prohibited, and failure to comply with a release order.

Continue reading at Windsor News Today

GUN BAN FAIL: Large amount of drugs, firearms seized from Red Deer home

ALBERTA — Five firearms were seized alongside nearly a quarter million dollars’ in drugs and cash after a Red Deer home was searched.

ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team searched the home on May 23, 2024 with help from Red Deer RCMP. The home, located in the Eastview neighbourhood, contained a large amount of drugs and firearms with five suspects being arrested.

None of these firearms were lawfully possessed and are instruments of the drug trade. There’s an inherent violence with drug trafficking that threatens all of our safety,” said Insp. Brad Lundeen, ALERT Regional.

Video of the seized items is available here.

The drugs seized have an estimated street value of $220,000 and include:

  • Five firearms;
  • 670 grams of cocaine;
  • 336 grams of MDMA;
  • 90 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 76 suspected methamphetamine pills;
  • 71 opioid pills;
  • 494 illicit prescription pills;
  • 4.4 litres of GHB;
  • 1,313 grams of cannabis;
  • $96,440 cash.

One of the firearms, a loaded 40-caliber handgun, had previously been reported as stolen. Two of the firearms also had their serial number tampered. The seized firearms will be sent to ALERT’s Provincial Firearms Solutions Lab for ballistics testing and analysis.

Five suspects, ranging in age from 32 to 51 years old, were arrested but charges have yet to been laid...

Continue reading at ALERT Alberta

Police identify 21-year-old woman killed in shooting at Vaughan Mills parking lot

ONTARIO — Police have identified a 21-year-old woman from Hamilton as the victim of a fatal shooting in the parking lot at Vaughan Mills Tuesday evening and they say two men from the GTA are now in custody in connection with the killing.

Officers were called to the busy shopping centre north of Toronto just before 5:30 p.m. for a shooting.

A woman was found in the parking lot with a gunshot wound and was rushed to hospital by paramedics in life-threatening condition.

Police confirmed early Wednesday that she died of her injuries in hospital.

Police have since identified her as 21-year-old Alisseaha Golar-Kotlar.

They said there was an interaction which led to the shooting, but the circumstances are not yet clear.

"The relationships between the two accused and the victim are not known at this time, but we do believe that they are known to each other," Const. Kevin Nebrija told reporters Wednesday. "We do believe that this incident is targeted and there's no threat to public safety. There are no outstanding suspects or vehicles."

Two Brampton men have now been charged in connection with the murder.

Police said Courtney-Ashton Brooks, 23, has been charged with first-degree murder. Donte Morris Taylor, 22, has been charged with accessory after the fact to murder.

YRP said the woman's car was taken but it’s not yet clear what motivated the shooting.

The shooting happened in the early evening as many patrons were shopping at the busy Toronto-area outlet mall.

One woman told CP24 Tuesday that she saw a woman lying on the ground unconscious and then heard sirens from emergency vehicles rushing to the scene.

"It's scary to know that that happened in broad daylight and it's in the shopping mall parking lot," she said...

Continue reading at CP24

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Delay in moose, elk draws leads to licensing uncertainty for some Manitoba hunters

MANITOBA — Some Manitoba hunters are feeling targeted after the province unexpectedly delayed the issuing of hunting licences and didn't explain why.

The province announced last Thursday the results for moose and elk draws, in which non-Indigenous hunters are granted permission to hunt, would be delayed by a few weeks. It says the results of the draws will be revealed by July 12.

The brief email concludes by apologizing for the delay and thanking hunters for their understanding. No rationale was provided.

The notice came two days after Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which advocates for First Nations in northern Manitoba, said it told government ministers in a meeting to stop issuing licences to non-Indigenous hunters without first ensuring First Nations people have harvested enough for food and ceremonial purposes.

While the province wouldn't attribute the delay to MKO's urging, one First Nations chief said the holdup appears to show the government is listening.

"I'm happy about it. I mean, we're finally making progress in our discussions," said Chief David Monias of Pimicikamak Cree Nation.

"All we've been asking for is communication to try and resolve this issue."

Class-action lawsuit threatened

In a Facebook post last week, MKO accused Manitoba of dismissing its constitutional obligation that First Nations people have the right of top priority to hunt, fish, trap and gather for food.

MKO demanded the province "immediately terminate the draw for Manitoba resident hunter licences in the specific game hunting areas where First Nations traditionally hunt, and to cease enforcement of Manitoba regulations against First Nation hunters," the post continued.

Monias said MKO warned the province in the meeting it may file a class-action lawsuit if the government didn't act.

After the draws were delayed, the Manitoba Wildlife Federation told its members it would "take any steps necessary to defend our outdoor heritage and legally enshrined right to hunt," while the Manitoba Lodges and Outfitters Association cautioned the government against "valuing one group more than another," which it told members was "counterproductive to the reconciliation process but will cause further division amongst Manitoba residents."

Monias said he believes non-Indigenous people would still have areas to hunt freely.

"I really wanted to be able to get a win-win situation, and I'm sure that they understand how we feel, or I hope that they do," Monias said.

"There's been a lot of hunting happening in our territory without our involvement, without our discussion, without asking us if they can hunt in our territory," he added. "They do have a right to hunt, but only if they are given a permit or licence to do so."

Jamie Moses, Manitoba's minister of natural resources, didn't say if the government is responding to a specific complaint about the issuing of hunting licences, but said the province is taking seriously all the voices it is hearing from.

"We know that there are so many Manitobans who value the ability to go hunt right across Manitoba," he said.

"In select areas of the province, we are reassessing to make sure that there's going to be a proper amount of [moose and elk] populations to allow that those draws to go ahead. And at the same time, we're having very productive conversations with Indigenous and First Nations communities to ensure their rights are being upheld as well."

He wouldn't answer when CBC asked if the delay will result in Manitoba issuing fewer hunting licences...

Continue reading at CBC News


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