30 November 2010

Remember back when you were a kid...

...you had a beef with somebody... you smashed them lifeless with your car?

-- Yeah... me neither. --

-- TORONTO -- A few hours later, the York University student was dead. He was run down early Saturday by an SUV police say was deliberately driven into him by one of a group of people he and his friends had gotten into an altercation with at the club.

Naveen Ariaratnam, 26, a former resident of St. Catharines who was convicted of fire bombing a home in that city, has already been named by police as the alleged driver.

Based on images seized from the cab the group briefly rode in, police claim detectives have identified one passenger as Kim Allen Cacao, 20, of Toronto.

RELATED: Must be Murder Monday
A father came home to find his son shot to death in their River Street townhouse on Monday afternoon, Toronto police say.

The shooting was called in about 2:20 p.m. Monday at 124 River St., which is just south of Dundas Street and at the eastern edge of Regent Park.

UPDATE: Shooting victim identified
Police identified Nicholas Yombo as the victim of the city’s 58th homicide of the year on Tuesday. He was 18 years old.

Yombo was known to his friends as Frenchie. But he was also known to police. His mugshot, was taken two days after his 18th birthday for theft-related charges. His lengthy rap-sheet also includes drug-related charges.

LAST WORD: Yet another school lockdown...

...must be Tuesday...
East York Collegiate was locked down for about 90 minutes Tuesday morning because of concern about a gunman.

Officers from 54 Division were called to the high school at Coxwell and Cosburn Aves., just south of O'Connor Dr., around 10:30 a.m. to investigate a report of a person armed with a gun, police said.


An Observer said...

This summer, Statistics Canada released stats for police-reported crime in 2009. Crime is once again down, falling 3% between 2008 and 2009 and 17% between 1999 and 2009.
The highest crime rates in the country are in the western provinces and northern territories. The only crime increases came in Manitoba and Nunavut. Nunavut had the highest crime severity index ranking in the country and the highest violent crime ranking as well. Prince Edward Island was the safest province in the country.

In terms of metropolitan areas, Regina, Saskatchewan is the most dangerous region in the country followed by Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Guelph, Ontario, Quebec City, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario are the safest.

The national crime rate reached a peak in the late 1980s/early 1990s and the current rate is similar to the late 1970s. However, the crime rate from 1962 to 1972 was much lower than it is today. Canada’s crime rate was 131% higher in 2009 than in 1962, when Statistics Canada first started keeping records.

So while the good news is that crime continues to fall, it’s obvious that we have a long road ahead of us.

Neo Conservative said...

yup... lies, damn lies & statistics... but let's tease that out a little...

"Some types of violent crimes increased, including attempted murders, extortion, firearms offences and criminal harassment."

shoplifting & car theft may be down... but violent crimes against persons by what we euphemistically consider "youth" are most decidedly not not.

you say... "regina, saskatchewan is the most dangerous region in the country"... but if you break out the aboriginal stats in the problem areas... bingo... suddenly it isn't.

but heck... we're not allowed to point stuff like that out, are we?

you wanna know the single most important reason the homicide rate is down in toronto? you're thinking peace & goodwill among men?

try advanced life support paramedics and a dedicated 24/7 trauma team at sunnybrook hospital.

the fact is, attempted shootings in toronto run into the hundreds every year... it only becomes a homicide when the shootees lights go out.

hey... you probably supported the 2 billion dollar farmer bob rifle registry... here's another statistic for you...

"If we pursue our policy of regulating crime by strictly regulating gun availability to the general public we can reasonably expect that .0023% of our efforts will affect guns used in homicide and 99.997% of our effort will be wasted."

ps... at least you had a more convincing thesis than my buddy nonny-mouse... whose dozen rants (thank you, comment moderation) ran the gamut from... go buy another bong... to you were dropped on your head as a baby.