On Saturday, August 25, 2012, a meeting was both called and hosted by the Federal Liberal candidate representing the Guildwood Parkway region of south Scarborough, Mr. John McKay. There, present and accounted for, I sat in the front row of this town hall meeting, while the honourable member delivered some personal words of introduction followed by a list and seemingly endless littany of people, in one form or the other, who were both involved and employed by the government of Ontario. What was presented, consequently, seemed to be nothing than a show. What was presented - at least to me – was a long and languid summary that primarily included what has so far transpired in the last month or so since that fateful day on July 16 - the day known as the Danzig Tragedy - and the time now passed to the present day.
Patiently and quietly sitting in the front row, I listened to the parade, in whole and in part, of people who promoted their causes; again I maintained my focus and listened intently to those who were employed and therefore represented the provincial government of Ontario. Not surprisingly, in that light, I surmised without a great deal of difficulty or further explanation that those standing front and center had a duty to explain more fully the services they provided such as those stemming from The John Howard Society, or Juvenile Services, that included all the counseling needed for the chronically depressed, not to mention those suffering from the debilitating and ever injurious effects of their alcoholism and drug addictions.
To some, but not all, it might have seen seemed quite reasonable to describe the services made available by the Liberal Ontario government, which were all nicely and neatly explained by a Federal Liberal member of Parliament no less. To me, however, it all seemed quite vague, vacuous, and inconclusive, if not altogether meaningless; not that these service providers were incompetent or in any way lacking in the skills needed to provide said services, but I believed at that time – as I do now – that the services offered should not have been the issue of discussion at this meeting. After all, what is the relevance of social programs to a criminal, a gangster, firing his weapon into an unarmed crowd? Not only that, these social programs indeed where the direct results of a tragic shooting that was allowed to occur on July 16, which affected the deaths of two members of our community, namely Shyanne Charles and Josua Yasay. In essence, and in my opinion, these specific social programs have increased and slowly have incremently been augmented in and around this community, while gang members are allowed to roam the streets, ready as they are no doubt, to fire off their weapons once more.
Sitting alone in the front row, at that time, I was wondering how these specific social programs could ever hope not only to affect, but to help the conditions of Shyanne and Joshua. Most, if not all, of the citizens gathered on this Saturday of an August occurring on the 25th day of a year dated 2012, were all thoroughly convinced that social programming and the elaborate spending of money are the key to long term rehabilitation and correction of our somewhat broken judiciary system. To me, however, in an emergency situation it seems that emergency measures are needed; long term measures cannot hope in any way to correct, or even in the least, rectify, this very dire and desperate situation. In that light, when allowed to take the floor, I explained I believed the position of this community and city of Toronto would be to demand, unconditionally and unequivocally, the most stringent sentence for the possession of handguns and all restricted weapons – and these penalties to be meted out to the possessors of such destructive and killing weapons.
I explained to them on this day that the criminal understands only two important matters when it comes to committing a crime, or caught in the commission of same: How much time am I going to do? How quickly can I be set free or extricated from my current place of incarceration, by making and therefore being granted bail? Again and again, I wondered to myself how social programs along with the $20 million spent by the McGuinty government - of the taxpayers’ money, I might add - can hope to help those already killed and maimed in The Danzig Tragedy happening on July 16, 2012. I wondered how indeed will social programs separate the gangster from his gun? I wondered, too, at the same tiome sitting rather pensively and oft times sadly, how do we prevent such a tragedy from happening again if the citizens are unwilling to voice their opinions in such an efficacious manner, in order to express themselves that was both effective and necessary.
Sitting, in the front row of this coommunal gathering on Saturday, aug 25, 2012, I wondered if the citizens - in this case in the community of east end Scarborough - are willing to voice their opinions, which to me might just replace the void now being filled by politicians and gangsters alike. As is the usual custom after one of Toronto’s horrific shootings - caught in the middle as usual within void of all the indecisiveness, the inconclusive decisions, and the inexorable frustration is the so-called ordinary citizen, who placed between police and politician is left at a quandary at what to do when tragedy strikes. The citizen it seems is left with an empty and vacuous position of numbness along with a deep rooted sense of uncertainty at both being used, and being unnoticed, while gangsters and politicians alike do what pleases them, all in the middle of a most chaotic and horrific maelstrom.
When I asked the Honourable Member of Parliament, Mr. John McKay, in my capacity as President Of The Coalition for Citizens’ Safety In Toronto, if he believed the laws in our country regarding gun ownership were strict enough, he said to me this was not the place to discuss nor decide such issues; nor was the honourable Liberal MP willing to become involved in a debate about such laws regarding their potency and validity at this time. Fair enough, I thought. Needless to say, Mr. McKay was rather more focused, shall we say, on the more positive aspects of displaying how Ontario has somewhat recovered, or somewhat has healed itself, has somewhat corrected itself – all as a result of The Tragedy allowed to occur on July 16, 2012. At that particular meeting there were those citizens, however, who believed nothing could ever be done unless the laws prohibiting the use of firearms were tightened to such an unbearable and inexorable degree of pain, in fact, that the criminals holding said restricted weapons would themselves be forever unwilling to proceed with their violence, and their lawlessness.
To me, again sitting pensively, I was struck with the unbelievable and the unnacceptable – what would happen if this horible circumstance were ever to occur once more within this community? To me, there seemed no alternative but to address this issue as an emergency situation. To me, emergency measures were and are still required. If a man is drowning you do not tell him he must take swimming lessons. You do of course help him in the quickest and the most effective manner available to you at that time. Again, in my opinion, The Danzig community is drowning. If, we as citizens of this city were to experience another shooting in close proximity to this street, for example, then indeed a riot of of horrendous proportions would doubtless ensue.
The incivility and riotous behaviour allowed to proceed on the streets, in, along, and near the Danzig location, would have far reaching effects, and a far more detrimental effect not only upon the victims and this city, but as well in the eyes of the world watching this riotous behaviour unfold. In no time flat, the entire inner fabric of this fabulous metropolis would no doubt become severely weakened. Soon, revenue generated from tourism, such as shows, sporting events, and all the circumstances associated with the tourism business would quickly atrophy - all caused by gangsters firing their loaded handguns at unarmed citizens of this city. Again, in the ensuing melee and aftermath, our publicly projected image - or more correctly - the sense that Toronto is forever clean and safe - would become permanently tainted in the eyes of the world. If this good, clean, and wholesome image were ever to become indelibly marred then I am of a reasonable but not absolute certainty that Toronto would witness first hand the eventuality of ever waning tourism. Consequently, the commercial collapse of our tourist enterprise would slowly disintegrate and crumble like one of our Lakeshore overpasses now currently rotting slowly but surely away like one of our Liberal government’s social programs, which in more than one instance has proven to crumble and land heavily down upon all of the citizens of this city. While standing underneath one of our crumbling pillars, one could only assume the damage inflicted by such a fast falling and ponderous piece of concrete. That is indeed bad news for any motorist happening to wend his or her merry way both through and around the streets of our city. In the same manner, gangsters, thugs, and all armed criminals with their guns blazing bent on robbing, raping, looting, maiming and murdering each and every citizen of this city - once so clean and so quiet – will swoop down and eventually land upon us all with ever pernicious and deadly results.
Bad news is, indeed, bad for this city. Promptly and lavishly reported in the news then broadcast worldwide – it is clear shootings and killings filmed in the open streets of this city, followed by their ever ensuing and ever escalating riotous behaviour, is nothing less than bad for business. To the chagrin of politicians and policemen alike when shootings, robberies, and assaults are allowed to occur on the streets of Toronto, the bad news soon reaches other parts of the world with undue inevitability. These events are allowed to disseminate through the Internet in a seemingly sub-light manner. Thinking the unthinkable, consequently, I might propose that these particular set of headlines could soon spread: Toronto is not as safe as it once was. Well, in fact, the streets are not indeed as safe as they once were; however, no street anywhere located in any major city of this world is as safe as it once was. What we, however, are facing as citizens of the teleglobal village are the effects of a worldwide and universal epidemic created out of our fear, our prejudice, our poverty, our bigotry, and our frustration – all leading to mayhem and horrific crime. What we are facing in Toronto currently is the same scenario both witnessed and finally experienced within the urban and rural regions of most major cities in the world. All the world it seems, not coincidentally, are facing a very significant and insurgency in the uncivil, the barbaric, the uneducated, the disapppointed and the rejected of this world. Instead of beautifying our cities, instead of preserving the sanctity of our safety and peace that are both held so near and dear by most of us living within the beautiful boundaries of our metropolis – instead, these lawless individuals have deemed our cities to be more of a chasm or an abyss. They, the gangsters and highway men of our time, have decided quite arbitrarily that our cities are locations simply to be looted, to be cut up as a piece of choice sirloin steak, perhaps, then the rest to be discarded and destroyed, if possible, by the youth of this planet - all leading to nowhere – all leading to a life of abject misery and abhorrent crime.
In essence, consequently, what we are currently facing and at this time experiencing is the misplacement of millions upon billions of youth who find it impossible to fit into even the most minute portion of society. This displaced segment of society, which shall include an ever increasing amount of our overpopulated world, shall become increasingly overwhelmed to the point of being frustrated, to the point of being angry, to the point of being finally and forever violent. And each one of these stages of frustration, anger, and violence, shall include a certain degree of crime being perpetrated upon the citizens of this city, along with every city located everywhere around us within this world known as Terra Firma.
To me, therefore, it shall be the specific duty of every dutiful citizen of this world - and of course this city - to recognize the dilemma facing the youth of today regarding his or her role in society, then to adjust to that dilemma. How the citizens of this world make this adjustment shall either make or break our, or any city. Where now as we, the citizens currently standing at the crossroads of our city – it is we, and we alone who can make or break the city of Toronto in our capacity as the gear and the pinion providing the power and the purpose of this striving and eternal metropolis. Currently, some of this city’s more obvious cracks and fissures have been become, more and more, visible to anyone wishing to look upon some of the more unseemly deformities, which have been inflicted upon the facade of this fair and venerabale cosmopolitan, this lovely and loving lady, whom I shall name in a very fond and honorable way as The City Of Toronto.