No More Pie-In-The-Sky

Fifteen years of some of the most politically-progressive government in North America failed to make a dent in poverty or gun crime in this province.
Fifteen years of some of the most politically-progressive government in North America failed to make a dent in poverty or gun crime in this province.

Of course the $25 million Premier Doug Ford earmarked Thursday to help Toronto police fight growing gang-and-gun violence won’t solve poverty.

It won’t fix the decades-long neglect of Toronto’s crime and gang-ridden social housing projects.

Nor will it get guns and thugs off the street or end violence and tragedy caused by guns.

It is, however, a good and constructive step in the right direction.

For starters, instead of telling police how to spend the money, Ford’s government asked Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders what he needed — then agreed to fund $18 million the police wanted for new digital, investigative and analytical technology to counter gang-and-gun crime.

Another $7.6 million will fund new legal SWAT teams in Toronto courthouses mandated to ensure violent gun criminals stay behind bars and don’t get bail.

“We are sending a clear message to the violent criminals carrying out gun violence on our streets,” Ford said in a tweet. “We are letting them know that we are coming for them. And we are giving our police the cutting-edge tools that they need to fight drug gangs and gun criminals in 2018.”

Beyond that, anyone who believes there are easy solutions to Toronto’s gang-and-gun violence is delusional.

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