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Ottawa, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media); Ontario Premier Doug Ford today joined Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Michael Tibollo and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to announce Ontario Government for the People's investment of $25 million in new funding to fight gangs and guns, media reports said.Gun violence, Ontario, Doug Ford, Toronto Police
This new funding of $25 million is in addition to the $76 million already being provided to support the Toronto Police Service.
"It's time to get serious about fighting guns and gangs," said Premier Doug Ford, "With today's announcement, we are sending a clear message to the violent criminals carrying out gun violence on our streets. We are letting them know that we are coming for them. We are giving our police the cutting-edge tools that they need to fight drug gangs and gun criminals in 2018."
City of Toronto and the federal government were also asked to each do their part by matching Ontario's investment.
"We are calling on them to step up and do their part," said Ford. "The Feds must do more and the city must step forward, because we all have a part to play in keeping our communities safe."
$7.6 million, of this provincial funding will be invested in assigning one legal SWAT team per courthouse to be located at each of Toronto's provincial courthouses.
A Crown Attorney will lead each team, with a mandate to ensure violent gun criminals are denied bail and remain behind bars.
A new team of bail compliance officers, would further support these teams on ensuring that those gun criminals who are out on bail are not violating any of the terms of their release.
"Those who commit violent gun offences belong behind bars, and not on bail," said Mulroney. "These new resources will help keep the worst offenders off the streets and keep our neighbourhoods safe."
"The senseless gun violence we are seeing in Toronto needs to stop and the status quo will not cut it," said Tibollo. "We're proud to partner with our police officers and ensure they have the tools they need to crack down on crime and help restore public safety across the city."
Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders and members of the Toronto Police Service were also extensively consulted.
It was also also announced by the Ford Government to dedicate $18 million in funding to provide additional digital, investigative and analytical resources necessary for fighting drug gangs and gun criminals in 2018.
"Part of our strategy to address gun violence in the city includes partnering with the provincial government for a collaborative and meaningful response," said Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders.
"With today's announcement, Premier Ford and his government have listened to our concerns and have invested in the Toronto Police Service, giving us the ability to be surgical with apprehending those who use guns and ensuring the courts have the resources they need to deal with violent criminals."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory made the following statement on Gun violence, media reports said.
“I want to thank Premier Ford and Ministers Mulroney and Tibollo for their commitment to invest more than $25 million over four years to combat gun violence in our city, something we all agree is an urgent and pressing need.
I also welcome news about the creation of specialized legal teams at provincial courthouses and new bail compliance officers. For months, I have been urging my federal and provincial counterparts to toughen up bail for gun offenders and so this move today by the provincial government is particularly gratifying.
I want to add a particular thank you to Minister Mulroney for her immediate agreement to consider the matter of bail in response to my letter of July 4, 2018.
While we await exact details of the funding, it is our understanding that the province is requesting the City of Toronto and the Government of Canada match these new amounts. I have already been in touch with City officials and initial indications are they have the delegated authority from Council to flow funding now that will allow the City to match the provincial contribution for the remainder of 2018. The decision as to whether to match the balance of the funds will be up to the next Council following our election.
I am committing today that should I hold office as Mayor, I will bring the request for matching funds to Council at the first available opportunity and urge my colleagues to support it.
I want Toronto to remain one of the safest big cities in the world. The safety and security our citizens enjoy is what has always distinguished us from other large urban centres and I’m determined to keep it that way.
That’s why in June I led City Council in approving $2.7 million to immediately deploy more police resources on to our streets. The plan also included $13.7 million for community-based prevention initiatives this year and next, as well as significant investments in technology to assist our frontline police officers. Council also made an urgent plea to the federal government to consider banning the sale and possession of handguns in the City of Toronto and to consider tougher sentencing and bail provisions for gun offenders. Those requests are being actively considered and we look forward to a further response.
I have always believed that any solution to gun violence requires a balanced approach including: more community programming that prevents young people from getting involved in gangs and gun violence in the first place; more police officers in neighbourhoods; and stricter controls on guns and tougher justice for gun traffickers.
Once again I thank Premier Ford and the government of Ontario for joining with us to fight gun violence and help keep our neighbourhoods safe.”