Brampton mayor’s tweet about gang activity ‘not very constructive,’ Mayor John Tory says
|Toronto Star 17 Sep 2019 at 21:22|
Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown stands by his statement that Toronto gang activity is “spilling over” into Peel Region — a sentiment his Toronto counterpart calls “not very constructive.”
Brown tweeted Monday, in response to a shooting on Highway 410 that left one man dead and another injured: “I am sick & tired of 416 gang activity spilling over into Peel Region. We still have not received any of the gun & gang funding that Toronto & Ottawa receive.
“This is yet another reminder that gang activity doesn’t respect postal codes.”
Brown said in an interview Tuesday he was tweeting out of frustration that his community is still waiting for federal funds, via the provincial government, to combat gangs and guns. Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, in an interview Tuesday, expressed similar frustration following a mass “targeted” shooting in her city Sunday that killed 17-year-old bystander Jonathan Davis and injured five others.
“Last year when the (anti) gang and gun funding was announced, the latest iteration of it, it was for Toronto specifically, it wasn’t actually for Peel police or Durham,” Brown said. “You can imagine how frustrating that is, where there is funding, resources, tools available to fight gang activity in Etobicoke, but a few kilometres away in Brampton or Mississauga, those same resources wouldn’t be available.”
Peel police said Tuesday they have no evidence the Mississauga shooting — on Darcel Ave. in Malton and apparently linked to an earlier-recorded rap video — is connected to Toronto, but continue to investigate.
Asked Tuesday about Brown’s tweet, Toronto Mayor John Tory said he understands the frustration and supports other communities getting funds to fight gun crime. But blaming Toronto for gang activity in neighbouring municipalities isn’t helpful, he said.
“These are tragedies that affect families and neighbourhoods … It is a regional problem and it will require a regional solution in the sense that all the governments work together.”
Funding pledged to Toronto has included $4.5 million, shared equally among the federal, provincial and city governments, to help local police deal with a summer-long spike in shootings.