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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 07:19 am

The Toronto Sun’s Christina Blizzard:

It seems every weekend brings a new bullet-riddled horror, be it a 4-year-old hit in a drive-by or a 22-year-old gang member slain in a turf war. Early yesterday, three people were gunned down and two died in the Wellesley and Sherbourne area.

But Michael Moore told us Toronto was so peaceful that people didn’t even lock their doors!

Posted by Tim B. on 08/10/2005 at 11:41 AM
    1. Yes, but according to the socialist mayor of Toronto, the recent gun violence is all the fault of the U.S.

      Posted by Torontosteve on 08/10 at 12:22 PM • permalink


    1. Everything bad in Canada is the fault of the US, Steve.

      But do we ever give you shit about Rick Moranis, Alan Thicke, and cold fronts? Nooooooo….

      Posted by Dave S. on 08/10 at 01:12 PM • permalink


    1. One of the things I loved about living in Buffalo was having Canada ten minutes away. Lovely place to visit (Niagara region of Ontario), but Christ, the Canadians are headcases. Everything, and I mean everything, is talked about in relation to the US – and always in the tone of, “Here’s why we’re better than them.” It’s always done with a creepy vibe best described as “smug desperation.” Or “desperate smugness.” Take your pick.

      I guess it’s a little-brother syndrome or something.

      As far as blaming the US for violence in Toronto, I have to be fair and say it’s not just a Canadian thing. I remember reading a piece in the French media about escalating street violence there, in which the writer decried the “growing Americanization of violence.” The phrase is nonsensical, of course, but the intent is clear. There’s no problem you can’t blame on the Yanks.

      Posted by Dave S. on 08/10 at 01:20 PM • permalink


    1. Everything the U.S. does affects Canada in some way.  Too bad, so sad, but unavoidable (common border, common language mostly, pretty much a common base culture).  But it’s easy to blame, and much less easy to accept responsibility for one’s own welfare.

      It’s not like we “Yanks” just kick our problems over the border without having to cope with them ourselves.  Canucks, want us to fix our common problems?  Tell us how.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 08/10 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. Oh, and by the way?  Tell us how without preaching.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 08/10 at 01:51 PM • permalink


    1. But…but Canada has the benefits of the complete gun control the libs tell us will solve all our crime problems.  So, for that matter, do the Brits and French, who are having a hideous surge in crime, so that parts of London have much worse rates of various crimes than does New York.

      I think a theory is being disproved here.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 08/10 at 03:02 PM • permalink


    1. so that parts of London have much worse rates of various crimes than does New York.

      But not, I think, gun homicides?  Parts of London have worse rates of various crimes not because of our strict gun control laws, which we’ve had for almost a century, during which time violent crime was very low.  Violent crime has quadrupled under Blair because the police have given up enforcing the law for a number of reasons.

      Posted by PJ on 08/10 at 03:07 PM • permalink


    1. Fashion for Londonistan!

      Posted by Rob Read on 08/10 at 05:34 PM • permalink


    1. “I guess it’s a little-brother syndrome or something.”

      I think of it as Stuart Smalley Syndrome: a collective gazing in the mirror, repeating “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and gosh darnit, people like me!”

      It never works.  And it’s very unattractive.

      Posted by Chris L. on 08/10 at 06:34 PM • permalink


    1. Everything bad in Canada is the fault of the US

      And Bob Goodenough.

      Posted by guinsPen on 08/10 at 06:51 PM • permalink


    1. Being a multicultural society, we Canadians have no choice but to officially embrace and celebrate violent gang culture, adding another (admittedly somewhat bloody) tile into our diverse and vibrant mosaic!

      It is gratifying to see our billion-dollar gun registry working out so well, though! What, criminals don’t register their weapons? Quelle surprise!

      Posted by Crispytoast on 08/10 at 07:00 PM • permalink


    1. PJ – Violent crime in the UK was also low before strict gun control.  Until the late ‘40s, people could apply for licences to carry concealed handguns.  Until the late ‘60s, you didn’t need a licence to own a shotgun.  If those times were an endless orgy of violent crime, no one told me.

      Posted by jic on 08/10 at 07:06 PM • permalink


    1. Hang about, jic, because Tim Lambert will soon be here to tell you that even if you got killed or something, you are just a statistical anomaly, and things are much better now!

      Posted by SezaGeoff on 08/10 at 10:08 PM • permalink


    1. #4, you mean they’re Victorians?

      Posted by Aging Gamer on 08/10 at 10:27 PM • permalink


    1. I live in Ontario,Toronto is a basket case and I lock my door at night.Do yourself a
      favour,don’t go there.

      Posted by starboardside on 08/11 at 10:39 AM • permalink


  1. Toronto is not a “basketcase”, but we do get a lot of crazies migrating from the rest of Ontario and Canada, looking for work,and ending up on the streets, and then we have to pay to feed and accommodate them.
    Despite problems still the best city in Canaada.

    Posted by Torontosteve on 08/11 at 07:27 PM • permalink