30 July 2009

Paging Mayor Miller

Perhaps it's time "His Blondeness" took a look at that other "waste management" issue... unapologetic thuggery...

Residents of a North York housing complex say they are living in fear, convinced they are caught up in an escalating gang war, after their neighbourhood was sprayed with bullets and two young men were injured early yesterday.

It's the second time this month that gunfire has erupted at the three community housing lowrises on Neptune Dr., near Bathurst St. and Hwy. 401.

Some residents said they believe yesterday's shooting and another one on Canada Day that also left two men hurt may be connected to recent shootings in nearby Flemington Park.

RELATED: One for the good guys...
A loaded handgun was recovered and two people were arrested after a traffic stop in east Toronto.

A cache of ammunition was also seized when the car was stopped by Toronto Police in the Danforth and Donlands Aves. area around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Cuong Quoc Luong, 27, of Toronto, is charged with numerous firearms offences, including weapons dangerous, carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a prohibited weapon with ammunition, possessing an unauthorized firearm, careless storage, and possessing a firearm contrary to a prohibition order.

Shandale Johnson, 30, of Toronto, is charged with numerous firearms offences including possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle.

LAST WORD: If you "can't make it" there...
-- NEW YORK -- New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city.

It's part of a program by Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in.

The city employs a travel agency for domestic travel and the Department of Homeless Services handles international travel. City officials say there are no limits on where a family can be sent and families can reject the offer.

Families have been sent to 24 states and five continents, mostly to Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas.

City officials say none of the relocated families have returned to city shelters.


James Higham said...

Other councils would just love the free ticket idea - not.

Neo Conservative said...

i remember a similar sort of initiative someone proposed once... giving a one-time $5000 payout to hopeless junkies if they would agree to a vasectomy or tubal ligation.


Harry said...

City officials say none of the relocated families have returned to city shelters.

I wonder how many ended up in a shelter in another city.

Most homeless folks battle significant mental issues and are out there because they want to be ( as much as a person with those struggles can be said to "want" ). Didn't the problem really start when it became politically incorrect to place people with issues in an institution?

Neo Conservative said...

"harry asks... how many ended up in a shelter in another city."

lemme see...

"More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in."


robins111 said...

Naw neo, no gang war in TO. just rival gun clubs fretting about the garbage

Anonymous said...

Gun violence is a big problem in Toronto. The guns make it here from those gun-loving neighbours to the south.

Simple solution. BAN ALL HAND GUNS.

jwkozak91 said...

Nonny-mouse is historically illiterate.


Neo Conservative said...

"nonny says... Simple solution. BAN ALL HAND GUNS."

you dumb bunny... farm injuries are the fourth leading cause of death by occupation in canada... does that mean we should BAN FARMING?

and hey, alcohol and tobacco cause countless more multiples of death than firearms... are you gonna ban them too?

fact is, a ban would change absolutely nothing. not to put too fine a point on it... but shooting people is already sorta banned... we call it "murder".

"Toronto -- Canada, in fact -- has had an effective ban on handguns since 1934, when mandatory registration was imposed and ownership made relatively strict and selective."

"And for most of those 74 years of handgun registration, abuses were manageable, with indiscriminate and organized shootings relatively rare -- unlike today, when weddings, funerals, parties, nightclubs, and school functions have become dangerous."

i swear... you fuzzy-bunny, nanny-state pinkos do all the work for me.


jwkozak91 said...

Here's a hot tip, Neo: