Archive for November, 2010

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Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

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Major News Reports & News Releases

Saturday, November 13, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5073&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 52 Division

Two males, ages 42 and 52, report that on November 12, 2010 at approximately 2050 hours, they were in a home on Seaton Street when two male suspects wearing disguises entered the premises by forcing a door.  The suspects produced a crowbar and a black handgun and demanded the victims get on their knees.  A struggle ensued.  The suspects fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction.  The victims sustained minor injuries but refused medical attention.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 25-30 years, 5’8”-6’, 165-174 pounds, thin build.  Suspect #2:  Male, black, 25-30 years, 5’10”-6’, 161-169 pounds, thin build.

1047/05:53

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 32 Division

Two males, ages 21 and 22 report that on November 12, 2010 at approximately 2323 hours, they were in the area of Kenneth Avenue and Byng Avenue when they were approached by two male suspects.  The suspects produced a black handgun and a knife.  The suspects made demands for the victims’ cell phones and wallets.  One suspect struck one victim about the head with the handgun and obtained the victim’s cell phone and cigarettes.  Both suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  One victim sustained injuries and sought his own medical attention.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:   Male, 22-28 years, 5’7, 200 pounds, heavy build.  Suspect #2:  Male, 16-20 years, 5’8”, 119 pounds, thin build.

3083/89447/06:15

 

Monday, November 15, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5076&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Financial Institution) – 23 Division

Two female employees of Cash In A Flash, 290 Wilson Avenue, report that on November 14, 2010 at between 1735 hours and 1750 hours, two male suspects entered the premises, wearing disguises and armed with a shotgun.  The suspects pointed the shotgun at the victims and made a demand for cash.  The victim’s complied.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1 & #2:  Male, black, 20 to 23 years, 5’7” to 5’10”, thin build.

8990/89439/00:59

 

Robbery (Business) – 14 Division

Two employees of Fido Solutions, 900 Dufferin Street, report that on November 14, 2010 at approximately 1635 hours, they were enroute to the bank with the daily deposit when they were approached by two male suspects.  One of the suspects was armed with a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victims complied.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, south asian, 20 to 25 years, 5’11” to 6’0”, 150 to 161 pounds, medium build, dark facial complexion, black hair.  Suspect #2:  Male, 20 to 25 years, 5’7” to 6’0”, light complexion, black eyes.

90040/89439/01:49

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 13 Division

A 45 year old female, reports that on November 14, 2010 at approximately 1958 hours, she was in the area of Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road when a male suspect approached her from behind.  The suspect grabbed the victim, pushed the barrel of a handgun to her back then grabbed the victim’s headphones.  A struggle ensued and the suspect then fled the scene with only part of the headphone, eastbound on Davenport Road across Lansdowne Avenue.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 23 to 26 years, 5’7” to 5’9”.

9240/86481/13:46

 

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5081&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Business) – 33 Division

A 38 year old female employee of Reegan’s Variety Store, 1200 York Mills Road, reports that on November 15, 2010 at approximately 1845 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise and armed with a handgun entered the premises.  The suspect pointed the handgun at the victim and made a demand for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 6’, 180 lbs, thin build.

8922/88551/00:23

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20066.pdf

Two men arrested by paid duty officers in shooting investigation, Firearm recovered

Broadcast time: 18:10
Tuesday, November 16, 2010

31 Division
416−808−3100

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 11:54 a.m., police responded to a shooting call at the
Jane/Finch mall.

Officers attended and located a 17 year−old−boy with a gunshot wound to the leg.

It is alleged that:
− a 17−year−old boy was in a retail store within the Jane/Finch mall when two men entered,
− the men approached the boy and made a demand for money,
− a brief struggle ensued between the boy and the two men at which time the boy was shot in the leg,
− the two men fled then hailed a taxi,
− two pay duty officers working at Finch Avenue West/Norfinch Drive heard the radio call and intercepted the taxi,
− the two men were arrested and a loaded 9mm handgun was seized,
− the gun has been identified as being stolen.

The victims injuries are considered non−life−threatening.

Tristan Cox, 23, and Francis Koroma, 23, both of Toronto, have each been charged with:
1. Robbery While Armed with a Firearm,
2. Aggravated Assault,
3. Discharge Firearm Endanger Life,
4. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
5. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission of an Offence,
6. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
7. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

Tristan Cox is additionally charged with:
1. three counts of Fail to Comply Recognizance.

They are both scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 10 a.m., room 306.

 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20073.pdf

Homicide #53/2010

Broadcast time: 22:30
Wednesday, November 17, 2010

32 Division
416−808−7400

On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, at 4 p.m., police responded to a sound of gunshots call at 135 Neptune Drive.

Responding officers located a 16−year−old boy lying in the west stairwell of 135 Neptune Drive, suffering from an obvious gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

Investigators are appealing to the community for assistance. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

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Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

A 25 year old male employee of Quality Auto, 40 Airview Road and a 25 year old male reports on November 17, 2010 at approximately 19:00 hours four male suspects, one armed with a handgun, one wearing a disguise forced their way into the premises and made a demand for property. The victims refused. The suspects removed a quantity of cash and an iPhone from one of the victims. This same victim was then tied up, pushed to the floor, punched and kicked numerous times while one of the suspects put a handgun to his head. The second victim was also tied up and punched.  The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. One of the victim sustained minor injuries. No injuries were sustained by the second victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, 130 pounds to 141 pounds, medium build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’10” to 5’11”, 150 pounds to 160 pounds, medium build, short black hair. Suspect #3: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’10” to 5’11”, medium build   Suspect #4: Male, black, 20-25 years, 5’7” to 5’8”, 150 pounds to 161 pounds, medium build

9980/89286/00:28

 

Robbery (Swarming) – 32 Division

An 18 year old male reports that on November 18, 2010 at approximately 1420 hours, he was in the area of Princess Avenue and Doris Avenue when he was approached by three male suspects.  One suspect struck the victim in the back of the head and grabbed his arms. Another suspect punched the victim about the face while a third suspect produced a black handgun.  The suspects removed a cellular phone and fled the scene eastbound on Princess Avenue.  No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:   Male, black, 20 – 23 years, 5’10”, medium build.  Suspect #2:  Male, black, 20 – 25 years, 6’2”, thin build.  Suspect #3:  Male, black.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

5757/89330/18:20

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 12 Division

A 14 year old male reports that on November 18, 2010 at approximately 1100 hours he was in the area of Yarrow Road and Eglinton Avenue West when he was approached from behind by a male suspect.  The suspect wrapped his arm around the victim’s neck and pulled him to the ground.  The suspect made a demand for personal property.  The victim declined, and a struggle ensued.  The suspect pulled out a black firearm, pointed it into the victim’s chest and removed the victim’s cellular phone.  The suspect fled the scene westbound on Eglinton Avenue West. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:   Male, black, 21 – 23 years, 5’11” – 6’1”, 150lbs – 165lbs, medium build.

9358/89330/18:43

 

Robbery (Swarming) – 52 Division

A 21 year old male reports that on November 18, 2010 at approximately 0001 hours, he was in the area of Christie Street South and DuPont Street when he was approached from behind by three male suspects.   One suspect grabbed hold of the victim, while another produced a handgun.  The suspects removed a wallet, and IPod, a cellular phone and a backpack from the victim and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:   Male, brown, 25 – 30 years, 5’6” – 5’7”, 180 – 185, medium build.  Suspect #2:  Male, brown, 25 – 29 years, 5’8” – 5’9”, 180lbs – 185lbs, medium build.  Suspect #3:  Male, brown, 25 – 30 years, 5’5” – 5’6”, 180lbs – 185lbs, medium build.

65562/89330/19:42


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Recommendation 5 of 7 for this section of the “evaluation”.  Read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 10:

That the RCMP operational policies about reporting mental health incidents to the CFO be updated and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting.

They are really harping on this “mental health” thing, aren’t they?  I guess they figure if they through enough bafflegab around, somebody somewhere will fall for it…

CFP personnel are currently performing online web searches for firearms abuse, particularly with firearm licensees and applicants, and they have had success in identifying applicants of concern.(1) Much of their investigative reporting is done using the Firearms Program CFIS. As a national program application for recording following up investigations, it has an opportunity to be utilized by the CFP in promoting public safety.

(1) Say what?  Our tax dollars are being spent on petty tyrants to surf the web to spy on gun owners and others?  Just how much “success” have they had?  Just what constitutes “concern”?  Where are the hard and fast results of these endeavours?  All we’ve got is some nebulous assertions on their part…

Tracking and retention of historical information needs to be available to Firearm Officer Investigators in a timely manner, to enable them to properly conduct investigations. Privacy and information security concerns could be addressed by limiting access to sensitive information, such as that related to mental health which could be shared on a, ‘as required’ basis.

Just what kind of “historical information” do they have in mind?  Is this like the “permanent record” you hear jokes about?

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If CFIS were recognized in the Firearms Act as a national electronic system, the RCMP would be in a better position to implement quality standards for usage, storage, retention and continuous evaluation/audit. This would allow the RCMP to promote expectations of operational usage consistently, and to mitigate risks including: information availability to police agencies, cross border sharing of investigative material; and balancing information management with the privacy and safety of Canadians.

The Privacy Commissioner’s concerns over the existing use and management of law-abiding citizen’s private information by the CFP have been largely ignored.  Now the RCMP want what appears to be “carte blanche” to do whatever the hell they please…

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

In consultation with CCAPS, FIESD is developing operational policy in regards to firearms. At the same time FIESD are reviewing (again in conjunction with CCAPs) existing RCMP policy on firearms to see what needs to be updated. FIESD is also developing administrative and standard operating procedures for its directorate.

Linking to this is a national Policy Committee made up of analysts and employees from CFO offices working on developing policies for business licences, shooting clubs and shooting ranges.

  • Responsible
    • LRTSD (Licensing, Registration and Technical Services Directorate)
    • FIESD (Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services Directorate)
  • Planned Action
    • Prepare a work plan to advance and update CFP operational and administrative policy at the national level (including the reporting of mental health incidents to CFOs and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting).

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

    • Continue to work with RCMP CCAPS in policy development.

Diary Date: On-going

    • Review existing standard operational policies across Canada to highlight best practices.

Diary Date: December 2010

Is there no limit to how much snooping The State wants to do on honest citizens who, by and large, will never commit any heinous crimes with their guns – or without them, for that matter?

I’ll bet that the vast majority of gun owners have no idea just how much scrutiny they are put under on a daily basis.


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Recommendation 4 of 7 for this section of the “evaluation”.  Read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 9:

That police officers be made aware of the importance, within their provincial jurisdiction, of reporting subjects with mental health concerns. Reporting correct FIP codes, as they relate to mental health, is important to ensure action is taken by the CFO. Reporting procedures as well can vary by police service, so it is important the CFP provides direction on this issue to ensure national consistency.

As pointed out in an earlier post, after 15 years of this crap, the police still aren’t properly trained!  The old saying applies:  Garbage In, Garbage Out…

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

In 2008 the CFP drafted new requirements and improved functionality for Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting addressed to all police agencies. New requirements included a revised Uniform Crime Reporting II (UCR II) code list that generates FIPs containing a total of 564 codes agreed upon by the Chief Firearms Officers (CFOs) in December 2006; for an increase of 252 codes from the previous list.(1) In addition to the UCR II codes a suggested list of codes for Criminal Code sections not presently being flagged from police agencies Records Management Systems was also provided including s. 117, s. 111 and s. 810

(1) They want to double the number of codes that trigger an FIP entry!  They already have (at least) 4 million FIP entries on individuals – how many more entries will this generate?

  • Responsible
  • LRTSD (Licensing, Registration and Technical Services Directorate)
  • SIPMS (Strategic Integration and Program Management Services Directorate)
  • DG of the CFP (Director General)
  • Planned Action
    • In partnership with RCMP CCAPS review revised FIP list to ensure it includes FIP codes related to mental health and consult with CFOs if revision is necessary. Along with the CFP, CCAPS and National Police Services (NPS) are the two other directorates responsible for FIP program delivery; CCAPS for FIP data control, NPS for system support.
    • (CCAPS – Community, Contract and Aboriginal Policing Services)

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

  • Include a reporting structure on the National Firearms Strategy currently being developed by the CACP Firearms Sub-committee which is co-chaired by the DG of the CFP.(2)

Diary Date: August 31, 2010

(2) The Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police are one of the 4 most anti-gun and anti-rights organizations in Canada – and they are the ones who get to decide our fates for us.  How convenient for them that the Director General of the Canadian Firearms Program sits on the CACP Firearms Sub-committee – how does that work, exactly?


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Recommendation 3 of 7 for this section of the “evaluation”.  Read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 8:

That the CFP examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process. Accordingly, the privacy issues surrounding mental health needs to be addressed further. As an innovative practice, the province of Québec has ‘health providers’ reporting clients with mental health concerns. Their progress should be reviewed to determine applicability and public safety impacts in other provinces.

Great – yet even more State intrusion on our privacy. Does anyone remember the HRDC’s “Longitudinal Files” scandal that was touted by Lieberal Cabinet Minister Jane Stewart? This is 10 times worse – but since it only affects those evil gun owners, it’s OK. It’s for “public safety” after all!

“Innovative practice” my ass! They’ve used the coercive power of the State to force various public servants to spy on us, and snitch on our behaviour if they consider it “suspicious”…

One problem identified in this area is with respect to an inconsistent use of Uniform Crime Reporting codes (UCR2) when police respond to calls that involve an individual with mental health issues. Often police respond to these incidents, which are more commonly coded as “Assistance to the General Public”, a UCR2 code that will not trigger the necessary Firearms Interest Police or FIP flag, needed to raise the attention of the provincial CFO. In the case of a properly coded “Mental Health” instances, if the subject is a firearms license holder, their license will be temporarily suspended so the Firearm Officer can do the appropriate follow-up with the licensee(1). If there are risk concerns, the licensee can be requested to provide documentation from the licensees’ physician to confirm the subject is not of risk to himself or others, with due respect to privacy rights(2). One possible solution is to amend the RCMP policy with respect to reporting mental health incidents to the CFO, to encourage officers to make FIP entries using the proper UCR code.[32]

[32] RCMP Operations Manual 19.7. Mentally Ill Persons/Prisoners “1. If a person, including a prisoner in RCMP custody, exhibits symptoms of a mental disorder and is endangering him/herself or others, consider immediately escorting them to a medically trained professional… 2. A mentally disturbed person will be incarcerated separately from other prisoners.” There is no further reference to pursuing firearms related checks or making a FIP entry. There is also no apparent referencing to FIP in the Operations Manual.

(1) To the best of my knowledge, there is no mechanism under the law, either the Firearms Act or the Criminal Code, to “suspend” a license. There is either “revoke/refuse” or “allow”. I don’t know how they would go about doing this – other than by making stuff up as they go along…

(2) This is known as “reverse onus” – otherwise called “guilty until you prove yourself innocent”…

I don’t think that anybody is against keeping dangerous people from having guns, but is this really the way to go?

From page 23:

Continuous eligibility checks identified over 97,000 potential public safety issues (Firearms Interest to Police);

FIP hits led to 466 Licence Refusals and 1701 Licence Revocations;

From my analysis in a previous post:

466/97,000 = 0.5% of licensees who come under FIP scrutiny have their licenses revoked

1701/97,000 = 1.8% of license applications that come under FIP scrutiny are refused

97,000/1.8M = 5% of legitimate gun owners come under FIP scrutiny

466/1.8M = 0.03% of legitimate gun owners who come under FIP scrutiny have their licenses revoked

1701/1.8M = 0.09% of legitimate gun owners who come under FIP scrutiny have their license applications refused

When you calculate this against some 4 million FIP entries, you get to see just how minuscule the numbers are for refusals and revocations, overall…

When you realize that “mental health” (which would include “potential risk to self or others”) is at most 11% of revocations/refusals, it becomes apparent that all this concern over lawful gun owners going squirrelly with their guns, while somewhat on the noble side, it is misplaced.

• Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

• Current Status

There is currently no formal process in place to examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process.

As addressed in the “Planned Action” of recommendation #17 of this MAP: The DG of the CFP “will maintain existing relationships and explore partnerships with the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Association of Police Boards.”(3)

(3) Three of the most anti-gun organizations in Canada, making decisions on our behalf, behind closed doors.

• Responsible

LRTSD (Licensing, Registration and Technical Services Directorate)

• Planned Action

o In consultation with legal, examine the feasibility of incorporating other agency databanks and applicant mental health risk factors into the decision making process.

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

o Review Québec legislation and processes to determine applicability and public safety impacts in other provinces.

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

o In addition to this, the CFP will seek an expert opinion from the Canadian Medical Association and research any other national / provincial organizations that could be of value.

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

All of these reviews seem to have been completed by March 31st. I wonder what they concluded…


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Recommendation 2 of 7 for this section of the “evaluation”.  Read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 7:

That the CFP work in collaboration with public safety partners to consider the merits of a five (5) year Firearm License renewal process

Notably, the province of Québec has experienced significant success in having ‘health service providers’ report clients with mental health concerns. Their progress should be reviewed to determine the need to further the program in other provinces.

Yeah – under penalty of the law!

On Sept 1, 2008 Québec’s gun control legislation, Bill 9, came into force. The legislation is dubbed Anastasia’s Law in memory of 18 year old Anastasia DeSousa, who was killed during the Sept 2006 Dawson College shooting. The law bans the possession of firearms in schools and daycare centres, and on public and school transportation. Under the new rules, teachers, gun club owners, and public transit and health-care workers are also required to report suspicious behaviour relating to firearms, even if it contradicts doctor-patient or any other confidentiality.[30]

[30] The Canadian Press, Monday, September 1, 2008, new Quebec gun legislation, Anastasia’s Law, now in effect

Here we see the start of the creation of the “snitch society”: gun owners are to be “reported on” by a bevy of public servants and others – in fact, required by law to do so! Failure to do so can result in a fine from $500 to $5,000.  One also wonders about civil liability for not reporting some nutbar who then goes on to shoot someone…

Anastasia’s Law” (English version)

Gun owners are not only being treated like criminals, they are being treated like potential psychopaths as well.  Who gets to define what “suspicious” means?  What happens when (not if) some law-abiding gun owner gets snitched on?  Are SWAT teams and high-risk takedowns to be the norm?

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Health services are provincially regulated and would need to be approached one province at a time. This has been problematic in light of the privacy issues surrounding mental health, which also needs to be further addressed. An example of the types of existing unresolved mental health issues is represented by the Ontario Medical Association(OMA). [31]

[31] 2003 Ontario Medical Association, summary of health legislation, concerning Firearms Office Authorization for Release of Medical Information Form: http://www.oma.org/phealth/hpolrep/03hpr.htm

Those pesky rights, eh?

Prior to 2003, the OMA Forms Committee initiated discussions with the Chief Firearms Office to review and revise the process of information collection from physicians whose patients were identified as potentially “high risk” for possession of a firearm. While the content of the form was successfully revised, the process for obtaining the firearms licence remains an issue. The process for obtaining a Firearms licence involves:

Completion of an application form by the applicant, which is then reviewed by officials in Miramichi, New Brunswick

Most of the patients referred to physicians for an opinion will be high-risk patients whose problems are clearly identified either through the applicant screening process or reference interviews.

The physician’s report is very often used as a stop mechanism, thus preventing high-risk individuals from obtaining a firearms licence. Not only does government place physicians in a difficult position by requesting confidential and potentially damaging information on their patients, but government also refuses to pay for the form, leaving physicians to collect fees for their services from patients – and possibly placing physician safety in jeopardy.

The OMA is seeking timely resolution to this matter, and is prepared to resume negotiations. Physicians are requested not to complete the “Firearms Office Authorization for Release of Medical Information Form” until further notice.

Did you know that such a Form existed?  What are the physician’s responsibilities in letting a patient know that they are submitting such a form to the CFP?  I guess when they get sent the bill for this gross intrusion on their privacy.

Considering almost three-quarters (3/4) of the firearm deaths across Canada are attributable to suicide(1), there is little progress being made in developing better links with the mental health community as far as reporting obligations(2). The exception being with the province of Québec, as mentioned above, where more workable arrangements have been made with the mental health services to report on persons of risk. British Columbia has also made some progress, albeit it is regionally-specific only. Although health care is under provincial jurisdiction, the RCMP is the provincial police service in all but two provinces, so this could be approached in a comprehensive nationally-coordinated manner. As further support, a national mechanism has recently been created- the National Mental Health Commission- through which the issue of mental health and firearms can be further pursued. Nevertheless, the concern about privacy rights of the individual has hindered any progress made toward accommodating both the issues of privacy and public safety(3). Some CFOs have limited cooperation with ‘mental health facilities’, however this is sporadic and uncoordinated.

There seems to be a lack of outreach on behalf of health and police throughout most of Canada. The CFP as a whole are not actively pursuing mental health–specific initiatives.

(1) But, as I have pointed out before, only 20% of all suicides are by the use of firearms.  What about the other 80%?  Do their lives mean so little?  And while firearms suicides may be dropping, the overall number of suicides has remained the same, and may actually be trending upwards.  This indicates that those intent on taking their own lives are simply substituting other means when firearms are not available to them.

And again, what about those who don’t have guns?  Why are gun owners being singled out for “special treatment”?  Is there some kind of proof that owning a gun means a greater “public safety” risk than, say, owning a car?

(2) But what about real help for those with mental health issues?  It could be argued that hunting and shooting can be therapeutic for those under stress, as it takes their mind off their problems and focuses on the here-and-now.  How much more stress would it place on an individual to be the subject of a police investigation, and have their personal privacy invaded, and their personal property confiscated?  What might have been done to help all these people with the $2 BILLION that has been squandered on this boondoggle.

(3) Once more, the rights of gun owners must take a back seat to some nebulous ideological concept of “public safety”.

From the RCMP’s Program Management Action Plan:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/fire-feu-eval/respon-eng.htm

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

The Review of Firearms Licensing Renewal Report prepared by Kelly Sears Consulting Group (March 31, 2009) is an RCMP CFP sponsored report that recommends continuation of the current 5 year licensing regime. It also demonstrates that the CFP is on side with its international counterparts in the United Kingdom and Australia.(4)

The CFP is currently monitoring compliance rates and analysing trends through the ‘In-Sites II’ business intelligence system.(5)

  • Responsible

SIPMS (Strategic Integration and Program Management Services Directorate)

  • Planned Action

Continue to monitor compliance rates.

  • Diary Date: On-going

(4) Again, this RCMP sponsored and funded “study” of mostly RCMP employees is “supported” by RCMP management…I’m shocked!

(5) I wonder how much setting up this “system” cost us.  They don’t seem to provide any of this “analysis” for us plebes to look at.

 


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Back to the grindstone…

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My critique of the RCMP’s “Canadian Firearms Program Evaluation, Final Approved Report, February 2010”

Follow along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 6:

That the enhanced screening process continues as it is a useful tool for Firearm Investigators in developing their investigations to determine whether the restricted and prohibited firearm license applicants should be allowed to possess firearms. This process could be further utilized for the non-restricted license applicants on a random basis to ensure that these standards are maintained to a high standard.

But to screen ALL long-gun applicants would be too costly, wouldn’t it?  This puts the lie to the anti-gun extremist’s cries of “if it saves only one life!” and the whole “public safety” nonsense, now doesn’t it?

And what about all of those people who don’t own guns?  Do they just get a free pass, to wander around loose – even though they may actually present a danger to themselves or others?

In the screening process to obtain a firearms license, a couple of simple ‘Yes or No’ questions are asked to inquire after the mental and emotional health of the applicant. The purpose of these questions is to deny a license to applicants who may be at a high risk of misusing a firearm to the detriment of public safety, as well as the personal safety of the applicant. These screening questions are deemed necessary as across Canada, almost three-quarters of firearm deaths are attributable to suicide. However, this raises the issue of continuous eligibility and license screening, as an individual’s mental health can deteriorate from the time that they were initially granted a firearms license, thereby becoming a potential risk, over time, to personal and / or public safety.

But I thought that “continuous screening” was the be-all and the end-all when it comes to catching people who are a danger to others or themselves!  Actual licensing should almost be perfunctory in nature.

Are there any studies that show that gun owners pose a greater risk than the general public to cause harm to themselves or others?  What about the 80% of other people who kill themselves through means other than guns?  Don’t their lives matter?  What about the 66% of people who use something other than guns to kill others?

Indeed, why not “continuously screen” ALL Canadians – after all, if it saves only one life…

This is another reason for considering continuation of the license renewal process. There are differing opinions on the need for a license renewal process, be it every five (5) years or a lifetime[29]. Some would argue that with the ‘continuous eligibility’ process in place, concerns of criminal activity are adequately covered. However it has been noted by CFP personnel that by not renewing licences you lose an opportunity to review (potentially) significant changes in a persons life, which could put them at greater risk to themselves or others (i.e. job loss, depression, mental health, changes in marital status and domestic issues etc.)

Is there some kind of proof that these “significant changes” actually relate to murders or suicides?  How many people go through such changes without killing someone or themselves (or both?)  And how many of those who do use some other means than guns to effect their intentions?  We know that knives and blunt objects account for 66% of most murders –  and people employ means other than guns 80% of the time to commit suicide.

Again, it seems to be a case of trying to fix something that isn’t broken…and blaming guns and gun owners for it.

Of course, they could simply just pass a law to require gun owners to report such life changes to the State, when and as they happen – public safety is a priority, after all!

[29] Kelly Sears. “Review of Firearms Licensing Renewal”, 2009. Report submitted to the CFP(1). The vast majority of interviewees from the CFP supported the five year renewal process, a few supported a ten year renewal, and none supported the lifetime license option.(2)

As well, it was shown through a comparative analysis that the five year license renewal is similar to the UK and Australia; New Zealand formerly permitted lifetime licensing but that has since changed to 10 year license renewal.(3)

(1) From the RCMP website:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/fire-feu-eval/respon-eng.htm

The Review of Firearms Licensing Renewal Report prepared by Kelly Sears Consulting Group (March 31, 2009) is an RCMP CFP sponsored report that recommends continuation of the current 5 year licensing regime. It also demonstrates that the CFP is on side with its international counterparts in the United Kingdom and Australia.

(2) So, an RCMP/CFP sponsored survey of CFP employees shows what they want it to show – more regulation and intrusion, rather than less…

Of course, this report doesn’t seem to be available online.

(3)Yeah, so?  What’s your point?  I never could understand the mentality behind this particular argument – I stopped using it when I was 10.   This is the “everybody else is doing it” argument.  Well, if everyone else was jumping off a bridge, would you do that, too?

I just found some additional information on these “Recommendations” at the RCMP’s website, “Program Management Action Plan” http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/fire-feu-eval/respon-eng.htm

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the first part of the recommendation and will consider expansion of enhanced screening process upon further research.

  • Current Status

The CFP’s Central Processing Site (CPS) current process includes interviews with applicants and references of clients requesting Restricted and Prohibited license privileges (Possession Acquisition Licenses and New Possession Only Licenses) for all provinces except Quebec, as they have taken ownership of this activity for their province.

Applicants requesting non-restricted licence privileges are not part of the Enhanced Screening mandate at this time.

  • Responsible

Central Processing Site (CPS)

  • Planned Action
    • The CFP will explore the benefits and required resources of implementing a similar process for the applicants for non-restricted firearm privileges and seek the subsequent approval through RCMP channels.

Diary Date: April 30, 2010

Since the “Diary Date” on this is April 30, one wonders just what, exactly, the Nabobs at the RCMP actually decided about this…

And don’t forget – this whole “survey” was conducted by the RCMP’s National Program Evaluation Service (NPES), and those “surveyed” were mostly Government/RCMP bureaucrats.  So, a bunch of anti-gun evaluators survey a bunch of anti-gun bureaucrats, and the anti-gun RCMP management falls all over itself to agree with the findings – qu’elle surprise!


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Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?

Major News Reports & News Releases

Friday, November 5, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5058&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Vehicle Jacking) – 23 Division

A 54 year old male reports that on November 4, 2010 at approximately 1933 hours, he had just parked his vehicle on the driveway of his home in the area of Islington Avenue and St. Andrews Boulevard when he was approached by two male suspects.  The suspects made a demand for keys to the victim’s vehicle.  The victim refused.  One suspect produced a handgun, held it to the victim’s head while the second suspect removed the car keys from his hands. One suspect then fled the scene in the victim’s vehicle while the second suspect fled in an older model van dark or grey in color.  The suspects were last seen eastbound on St. Andrews Boulevard towards Islington Avenue.  No injuries were sustained the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 35-40 years, 6’0”, muscular build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 35-40 years, 5’6”, muscular build.

10355/89285/00:03

 

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 51 Division

A 39 year old female reports that on November 4, 2010 at approximately 1920 hours, she was in her dwelling in the area of Jarvis Street and Gerrard Street East when she answered a knock at the door.  Two males and a female suspect forced their way into the dwelling.  Once inside one male suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash, cigarettes and other valuables.   The suspects then ransacked the dwelling and removed a quantity of cash, cell phones and electronics. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 5’7”-5’8”, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 5’7”-5’8”, thin build.  Suspect #3: Female, black – NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

8207/89285/01:17

 

Newsworthy – 22 Division

On November 4, 2010 at approximately 2328 hours, Police responded to a radio call regarding sounds of gunshots to an apartment dwelling in the area of Mabelle Avenue and Dundas Street West.  Once on scene, Police located several bullet holes in and around the door.  The suspect(s) then fled the scene.  No injuries were sustained. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, 5’6”-6’0” – NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

8284/89285/02:09

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/19989.pdf

Two men face 20 firearm−related charges, Two loaded handguns, cash and drugs seized

Broadcast time: 12:15
Friday, November 5, 2010

51 Division
416−808−5100

On Thursday, November 4, 2010, officers from 51 Division began an investigation into two men alleged to be in the possession of firearms.

It is alleged that:
− officers approached a parked car off of Gloucester Street, with two occupants inside − one in the driver’s seat and the other in the rear seat,
− as the officers approached the car, they identified themselves as police officers to the driver, who then tossed a handgun into the back seat,
− both men were arrested at this time.

It is further alleged that:
− a loaded handgun was located in the pocket of the man seated in the back seat,
− a loaded .38 Colt revolver, a loaded, 9mm Smith and Wesson semi−automatic firearm, a large quantity of marijuana and cash was also seized.

Christopher Reid, 31, and Jawara Brown, 29, both of Toronto, have each been charged with:
1. Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition,
2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
4. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission of an Offence,
5. two counts of Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order,
6. Unauthorized Presence of a Firearm in a Vehicle,
7. Possess Firearm Knowing the Serial Number has been Altered, Defaced or Removed,
8. Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
9. Possession Proceeds of Crime.

The accused were scheduled to appear in court on Friday, November 5, 2010, at Old City
Hall, room 101, 10 a.m.

ID: 19989 1 / 2

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/19988.pdf

Three men and a female young offender face 13 charges, Loaded Firearm and drugs seized

Broadcast time: 12:22
Friday, November 5, 2010

51 Division
416−808−5100

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, officers from 51 Division Major Crime Unit, responding to community complaints about drugs, attended an apartment building on Sherbourne Street. As a result of this investigation, three men and a female young offender were arrested.

It is alleged that:
− a loaded .357 Smith and Wesson revolver, $2,000 worth of in crack cocaine and a small
quantity of marijuana were seized.

Andrew Cao, 20, of Toronto, is charged with:
1. Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition,
2. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm,
3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized,
4. Possession of a Firearm Obtained by the Commission of an Offence,
5. Careless Storage of a Firearm,
6. Carry Concealed Weapon,
7. Weapons Dangerous,
8. Possession of Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order,
9. Possession for the Purpose Cocaine,
10. Possession Proceeds of Crime.

Ayman Yousif, 29, of Toronto, is charged with Possession for the Purpose Cocaine.

Liban Douale, 24, of Toronto, is charged with:
1. Possession for the Purpose Marijuana,
2. Fail to Comply Probation.

The accused appeared in court on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at Old City Hall.

ID: 19988

 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5059&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 58 year old female, reports that on November 5, 2010 at approximately 1140 hours, she was in her vehicle in the area of Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West when a male suspect approached and entered her vehicle.  The suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded money.  The victim complied.  The suspect threatened the victim and then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 25 to 27 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, thin build.

9010/86481/01:40

 

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 42 Division

A 35 year old female, reports that on November 5, 2010 at approximately 2059 hours, she was in her residence on Brenyon Way when five male suspects wearing disguises and armed with handguns and a knife entered the premises by unknown means.  The suspects ransacked the premises in search of something and then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspects #1 to #5:  Male, black, 5’9” to 6’0”, 150 to 169 pounds, thin build.

10588/86481/04:15

 

Monday, November 8, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5061&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Home Invasion) – 41 Division

A 20 year old male that on November 3, 2010 at approximately 1330 hours he was in an apartment building on Lawrence Avenue East when he approached by four male suspects wearing disguises, one armed with a firearm.  The suspects forced the victim into his apartment.  The armed suspect pushed the victim into a room, while the other three suspects removed a quantity of cash, electronics, jewellery and clothing.  The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 5’8”-5’9”, medium build.  Suspect #2-#4: Male, NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

7200/82154/18:11

 

Arrest – 51 Division

Young Offender, 16

Charges:  November 8, 2010 – Assault with intent to resist arrest, Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, Unauthorized possession of a firearm, Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence, Firearm careless storage, Carless storage ammunition, Possess firearm knowing the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed, Possession for the purpose cocaine, Possession of cannabis under, Fail to comply recognizance x2.

Arrested and investigated by members of Number 51 Division.

On November 8, 2010 at approximately 1150 hours, police attended a school in the No. 51 Division to apprehend a young offender.  At that time the young offender resisted and assaulted the officers.  While the young offender was being subdued officers discovered that he was armed with a loaded handgun which was concealed in his waistband.  The safety for the firearm was in the off position and a cartridge was in the guns chamber ready to be fired.  Upon further inspection the firearm had the serial number removed.  On November 8, 2010, the Young Offender was arrested. Further investigation revealed at the time of arrest the Young Offender was is possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.  It was also revealed that the young offender was breaching the conditions of his recognizance.  A warrant was duly executed. Charged accordingly. Investigation is continuing.

8642/82154/18:26

 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5066&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Newsworthy – 31 Division

A Toronto Transit Commission driver reports that on November 8, 2010 at approximately 1835 hours he was operating a bus northbound on Weston Road.  At this time the sound of gunshots, as well as the sound of objects impacting the bus were heard by the driver and passengers.  The driver stopped the vehicle in a safe location.  A that time there was observed to be several points of impact on the bus windows and on the side panel of the vehicle.

10094/82154/00:12

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 22 Division

A 23 year old male reports that on November 8, 2010 at approximately 2130 hours he was in the area of Dundas Street West and Burnhamthorpe Road when he was approached by a male and female suspect.  One suspect asked to use the victim’s phone.  The victim complied.  When the victim asked for his phone back, the suspect refused and displayed a firearm to the victim.  The suspects fled the scene with the victim’s phone in an unknown direction.  The victim sustained no injuries.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Female, black, 23-27 years, 5’1”, 150lbs, heavy build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 25-31 years, 6’0”, thin build.

6687/82154/00:20

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 22 year old female and a 21 year old male report that on November 8, 2010 at approximately 2135 hours, they were in the area of Sheppard Avenue West and Northover Drive, when they were approached by a male suspect on a bicycle wearing a disguise.  The suspect produced a black pistol, grabbed the female victim’s purse and removed a wallet and camera.  A struggle ensued and the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victims.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, 5’10”-5’11” medium build.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10590/89447/01:07

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 43 Division

A 65 year old male reports that on November 9, 2010 at approximately 0130 hours, he was in the area of Lawrence Avenue East and Scarborough Golf Club road when he was approached by two male suspects.  The suspects produced a handgun and made a demand for property. The victim complied handing over a wallet containing a quantity of cash and identification. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. The victim did not sustain any injuries. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, stocky build. Suspect #2: Male, black, 20 to 25 years.

9799/82016/07:49

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 43 Division

A 16 year old male reports that on November 9, 2010 at approximately 0735 hours he was in the area of McCowan Road and Eglinton Avenue East when he was approached by a male suspect on a bicycle.  The suspect engaged the victim in a conversation.  At that time the suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for the victim’s wallet and MP3 player.  The victim complied.  The suspect then struck the victim and fled the scene on a bicycle southbound on McCowan Road.  The victim sustained minor injuries.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 17-21 years, 2’6”-5’8”, 125lbs-134 lbs, thin build.

8996/82154/16:21

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20005.pdf

Media advisory,
Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 1 p.m.,
Headquarters, media gallery,
News conference,
Police seized array of handguns, long guns, ammunition and prohibited
devices

Broadcast time: 09:10
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Corporate Communications
416−808−7100

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, at 1 p.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Staff Inspector Mike Earl of the Organized Crime Enforcement Unit will update the media on an array of firearms seized.

A large number of the items seized will be on display.

The news conference will be broadcast on the Bell TOC, but will not be available in audio on the TPS website afterwards.

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20011.pdf

Young offender faces 12 charges

Broadcast time: 15:03
Tuesday, November 9, 2010

51 Division
416−808−5100

On Monday, November 8, 2010, at approximately 11:50 a.m., officers from 51 Division
executed a surety warrant in the area of Sackville Street/Winchester Street.

A 16−year−old boy, of Toronto, was arrested.

It is alleged that:
− the accused was found in possession of a 9mm handgun,
− officers also located a quantity of crack cocaine and marijuana.

He is charged with:
1) Assault with intent to resist arrest,
2) Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition,
3) Possession of a firearm,
4) Possession possession of firearm,
5) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
6) Firearm careless storage,
7) Careless storage ammunition,
8) Possession firearm knowing the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed,
9) two counts of Fail to comply recognizance,
10) Possession for the purpose cocaine,
11) Possession of cannabis.

The accused cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

He was scheduled to appear in court at 311 Jarvis Street, on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, 10a.m.

 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5068&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

A 20 year old male reports that on November 9, 2010 at approximately 2240 hours, he was in the area of Humber College Boulevard and Humberline Drive when he was approached by two male suspects who produced a handgun and made a demand for his IPhone.  The victim complied.  The suspects fled the scene southbound on Humberline Drive.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 18-21 years, 5’9”-5’11”, thin build.  Suspect #2:  Male, black, 18-21 years, 5’10”-6’, thin build.

9293/89447/02:43

 

Robbery (Swarming) – 32 Division

A 20 year old male reports that on November 8, 2010 at approximately 2220 hours he was in the area of Baycrest Avenue and Neptune Drive when he was approached by three male suspects who produced a handgun, made a demand for his IPod and searched his pockets for cash.  The victim complied.  The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 20-22 years, 5’10”-5’11”, medium build.  Suspects #2 & #3:  Male, 18-20 years.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE.

10069/89447/02:50

 

Robbery (Business) – 23 Division

A 57 year old male employee of Esso Gas, 1666 Albion Road, reports that on November 9, 2010 at approximately 2325 hours, a male suspect entered the premises, approached the counter, produced a firearm and made a demand for cash.  The suspect then jumped over the counter, and removed a quantity of cash and cigars.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect:  Male, black, 18-20 years, 5’8”-5’9”, 130-140 pounds, medium build.

10404/89447/04:22

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20012.pdf

Man charged in shooting at auto shop

Broadcast time: 11:49
Wednesday, November 10, 2010

41 Division
416−808−4100

On Sunday, November 7, 2010, at 10:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting call at a auto shop in the Warden Avenue/Eglinton Avenue East area.

It is alleged that:
− three employees were in the auto shop when a fourth employee walked in with a shotgun, fired one round into the ceiling, then fled the scene.

No one was injured.

On Monday, November 8, 2010, it is further alleged that:
− police executed a search warrant at the home of the suspect and the shotgun used was
located and seized, along with ammunition.

Thiruchchelvan Thanancheyan, 38, of Toronto, is charged with:
1. Careless Use of a Firearm,
2. Discharge Firearm Endanger Life,
3. Cause Disturbance by Discharging Firearm,
4. Weapons Dangerous,
5. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device,
6. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Ammunition.

He appeared in court at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East on Tuesday, November 9, 2010, room 412, 10 a.m.

 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=5071&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0

Robbery (Financial Institution) – 31 Division

A 24 year old female employee of Cash Max, 2175 Weston Road, reports that on November 10, 2010 at approximately 1905 hours, a male suspect entered the premises, approached the counter and engaged her in a conversation.  The suspect produced a black handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victim pushed the panic alarm as she attempted to open the safe.  The suspect fled the scene on foot empty handed.  Police arrived on scene and gave chase.  K9 unit attended and performed a track with negative results.  York Regional Air Patrol unit attended and searched the area with negative results.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 20 to 25 years, 5’6” to 5’10”, medium build, brown eyes.

10590/89439/00:23

 

Discharge Firearm – 31 Division

A 26 year old male reports that on November 10, 2010 between 1145 hours and 1330 hours, he was in the area of Chalkfarm Drive and Jane Street when a male suspect pointed a firearm at the base of his head and fired two rounds.  The victim was able to duck forward and was not hit by any rounds.  The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male.  NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

10657/89439/00:32

 

Friday, November 12, 2010

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20040.pdf

One man, two boys face nine charges in firearm investigation

Broadcast time: 14:04
Friday, November 12, 2010

31 Division
416−808−3100

The Toronto Police Service has charged three people in connection with a firearm
investigation.

It is alleged that:
− in February 2010, a 15−year−old boy attended Downsview Secondary School for the
purpose of selling a handgun,
− the firearm was then sold to two boys, aged 14 and 17.

All three boys have had birthdays prior to their arrests.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, a 16−year−old boy, of Toronto, was arrested and
charged with:
1) Trafficking in Firearms,
2) Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized,
3) Possession of Firearm for the purpose of trafficking.

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, a 15−year−old boy, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1) Trafficking in Firearms,
2) Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized,
3) Possession of Firearm for the purpose of trafficking.

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, a 18−year−old man, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1) Trafficking in Firearms,
2) Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized,
3) Possession of Firearm for the purpose of trafficking.

All three accused cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

The 16−year−old was scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, room 204F, at 10 a.m.

The 15−year−old was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, November 11, 2010, room 101, at 10 a.m.

The 18−year−old is scheduled to appear in court at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Friday,
November 12, 2010, room 204F, at 10 a.m.

 

http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/pdfs/20051.pdf

Police request assistance with shooting investigation, King Street West/Cowan Avenue

Broadcast time: 16:36
Friday, November 12, 2010

14 Division
416−808−1400

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, at approximately 7 p.m., police responded to a sound of gunshots call in the King Street West/Cowan Avenue area.

It is reported that:
− several shots were heard and two men were seen running south on Cowan Avenue,
− a short time later, a grey/silver minivan was seen driving east on Melbourne Avenue,
− police located numerous bullet casings on the ground and two parked cars had been struck, one on Cowan Avenue, one on Melbourne Avenue,
− a 22−year−old man arrived at hospital, on his own, with a non−life−threatening gunshot wound from this shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−1400, Crime Stoppers
anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your
message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

 

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This just in from La Belle Police State…

Weapons charges for teen who walked with BB gun

By Kristy Nease,
OTTAWA CITIZEN – NOVEMBER 10, 2010

OTTAWA — A teenage boy carrying what looked like a rifle in the streets surrounding his high school in Papineauville, Que., has been charged with careless use of a firearm. As it turns out, the 16-year-old wasn’t carrying a rifle Tuesday afternoon near Louis-Joseph Papineau high school — it was a BB gun. And Sûreté du Québéc police said the teen hadn’t been using it to any malicious end, but had simply taken it there from home to show to a friend who wanted to buy it.

Quebec provincial police got the call at about 1 p.m. Upon their arrival, officers controlled the scene, locked down the high school and began a search of the area. A nearby elementary school continued normal operations, police said. Just under an hour later police apprehended the 16-year-old in the streets around the school, and he was no longer carrying the BB gun, police said.

No one was injured, no one was threatened and the BB gun was never used on school property, police said. The teen was taken in for questioning and his BB gun was seized. He was later released from custody, with release conditions, on a promise to appear in court. Papineauville is about 70 kilometres northeast of downtown Ottawa.

Everyone is agreed – nobody was harmed, or even threatened with harm.  All we have is an over-reaction from the neighbourhood at the mere sight of a gun, and the over zealous reaction of a Thug State to slap down anyone when it comes to firearms.  Since a BB gun is, under the Firearms Act, considered to be a “non-firearm”, and it wasn’t actually used as a firearm (which constitutes a “use offense”, even if it isn’t a real firearm), then how can this poor kid be charged with “careless use” of something that isn’t a firearm?

It doesn’t have to make sense – it’s the law!


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I beg your indulgence while I catch up from my technical difficulties…

In the meantime, here’s a little tid-bit for those who say guns aren’t “Canadian”.

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Arms in the Northwest

Trade muskets were around in fair numbers. Between 1689 and 1780, the Hudson’s Bay Company had sold roughly 20,000 guns out of York Factory alone (Ray, 74). It would appear that posts had muskets of various lengths in stock at most times. For example, in 1774, the Hudson’s Bay Company sent Samuel Hearne, then at Cumberland House, one 4-foot gun, two 3½-foot guns, and one 3′ 2″ gun (Tyrell, 112-113). In 1798, William Tomison ordered four cases of 3½-foot guns and four cases of 3-foot guns (thirty-two guns in total) from York Factory (Johnson, 177). In 1796, Peter Fidler sent twenty-eight 3-foot guns (as well as 96 assorted bayonets and a gross of knives), by horse, from Buckingham House to Edmonton House. Fidler also notes in a postscript to Tomison that ‘[repairs to] the gun locks etc. shall be done as soon as possible.’ (Johnson, 79, 79n). So, even from quite early, guns were available in fair numbers, right to the foot of the Rockies. You could buy a gun and all the required shooting supplies, even get your lock sent out for repairs, near modern Edmonton, Alberta. This was eight years before and 870 km (540 miles) farther west than from where Lewis & Clark set out from Fort Mandan to penetrate the wilderness of the American West— clearly the situation was quite different in Canada.

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Johnson, Alice M. (ed.) Saskatchewan Journals and Correspondence : Edmonton House 1795-1800, Chesterfield House 1800-1802. Hudson’s Bay Record Society : London, 1967.

Ray, Arthur J. Indians in the Fur Trade. University of Toronto Press : Toronto, 1974.

Tyrrell, J. B. (ed.) Journals of Samuel Hearne and Philip Turnor. Reprint : Greenwood Press : New York, 1968. Originally published 1934.

 

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Hey, Chief Blair!  How is that “Project Safe City” working out for you?

Harassed any honest gun owners lately?


Major News Reports & News Releases

Friday, October 29, 2010

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Robbery (Mugging) – 31 Division

A 28 year old male reports that on October 29, 2010 at approximately 0045 hours, he was in the area of Wilson Avenue and Dallner Road, when he was approached from behind by two male suspects wearing disguises.  One suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for property. The victim complied and handed over a wallet and cellular telephone. The suspects then fled the scene in an unknown direction. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 27 to 30 years, 5’8” to 5’9”, 150 pounds, medium build, short black afro-styled hair.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 27 to 30 years, 5’6” to 5’8”, 150 pounds, medium build, short black afro-styled hair.

10471/82016/05:53


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Two woman and two men face 56 charges in drug investigation

Broadcast time: 15:57
Friday, October 29, 2010

Drug Squad
416−808−6100

On Thursday, October 28, 2010, members of the TPS Drug Squad executed a search warrant at Charley T’s, 1111 Finch Avenue West, .

It is alleged that:

− police located a quantity of powder cocaine, MDMA tablets, a quantity of money, a loaded model 20 Glock pistol and an additional 50 rounds, a Taser, a replica Berretta 92F pistol and a replica .44 magnum revolver.

Arrested are:

Vamegh Bagherinia, 35, of Pickering, is charged with:
− four counts of Traffic in cocaine ,
− four counts of Possession of proceeds of crime,
− possession of cocaine,
− Possession of MDMA,
− two counts of Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
− two counts of Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
− two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm,
− two counts of Store, Display firearm contrary to regulation,
− two counts of Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,

Vanessa Madeline Stubbs, 22, of Toronto, is charged with:
− seven counts of Traffic in cocaine,
− seven counts of Possession of proceeds of crime,

Raymond Derek Hibbert, 42, of Toronto, is charged with:
− four counts of Traffic in cocaine,
− four counts of Possession of proceeds of crime,
− Possession of cocaine,
− Possession of MDMA
− Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
− Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
− unauthorized possession of a firearm,
− Store, display firearm contrary to regulation,
− Careless storage ammunition,
− Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,
− Possession prohibited weapon

Also on Thursday, October 28, 2010, members of the TPS Drug Squad executed another search warrant in the Toryork Drive/Milvan Drive area.

It is alleged that:

− police located a loaded model 20 Glock 10 mm pistol, and a replica pistol.

Lacramioara Porcaras, 31, of Toronto, is charged with:
− Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition,
− Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized,
− unauthorized possession of a firearm,
− Store, display firearm contrary to regulation,
− Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence,

They were scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Friday , October 29, 2010, room 101, at 10 a.m.

 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

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Two Young Offenders face 37 charges in drug/firearm investigation, Two loaded handguns and drugs seized

Broadcast time: 18:59
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Drug Squad
416−808−6100
On Friday, October 29, 2010, officers from the Toronto Drug Squad were conducting an investigation in the Eglinton Ave East/Kingston Road area.

It is alleged that:

− an undercover officer had a drug−related conversation with two boys, aged 16 and 17,
− at the end of the conversation, both boys walked off into a nearby building,
− plainclothes officers in the building identified themselves as police officers, advising both boys they were under arrest for trafficking in cocaine,
− the 17−year−old boy ran from the building in a northerly direction, while officers were able to take hold of the 16−year−old,
− a struggle ensued between the 16−year−old and police officers, during which the
16−year−old pulled a handgun from his waistband area and pointed it at the officers,
− the struggle continued outside of the building,
− the 16−year−old was able to break free from the officers and ran in a northeasterly direction,
− officers chased both boys through a nearby schoolyard,
− the 16−year−old was seen discarding the handgun and a quantity of crack cocaine onto the ground in the schoolyard,
− the 17−year−old was seen with a handgun while he was running through the school yard,
− while he was running through the schoolyard, he pointed the handgun at a bystander, making a threat to kill him if he intervened.
− as the police officers closed in, the 17−year−old discarded his handgun into nearby bushes,
− both were arrested a short distance away.

It is further alleged that:

− police officers recovered a fully loaded semi−automatic Ruger .45 calibre handgun and a fully loaded semi automatic P38 9 mm handgun, a quantity of crack cocaine, marijuana and cash.

The 16−year−old was charged with:
1) Traffic cocaine
2) Possession of Proceeds of Crime
3) Fail to Comply Recognizance
4) Fail to Comply Recognizance
5) Failing to Comply with Probation
6) Failing to Comply with Probation
7) Failing to Comply with Probation
8) Possession FTP Marijuana (Under)
9) Possession for the Purpose Cocaine
10) Unauthorized possession of a restricted Weapon
11) Possession of a restricted firearm with Ammunition
12) Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized
13) Possession of a restricted weapon at unauthorized place
14) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence
15) Possess firearm knowing the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed
16) Weapons dangerous
17) Unauthorized presence of a firearm in a motor vehicle
18) Careless use of a firearm
19) Point firearm
20) Possession of prohibited device for a dangerous purpose
21) Threatening death
22) Assault with intent to resist arrest
23) Assault with intent to resist arrest
24) Escape from lawful custody

The 17−year−old was charged with:

1) Traffic cocaine
2) Possession of Proceeds of Crime
3) Possession of Marijuana (Under)
4) Unauthorized possession of a restricted Weapon
5) Possession of a restricted firearm with Ammunition
6) Possession of a restricted weapon knowing its possession is unauthorized
7) Possession of a restricted weapon at unauthorized place
8) Possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence
9) Weapons dangerous
10) Unauthorized presence of a firearm in a motor vehicle
11) Careless use of a firearm
12) Possession of prohibited device for a dangerous purpose
13) Assault with intent to resist arrest

They were scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Saturday, October 30, 2010.
They cannot be named under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

This investigation was part of a TAVIS initiative. The Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy is a Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services provincially funded initiative, dedicated to creating and maintaining sustainable, safe neighbourhoods. TAVIS initiatives are operating in all of the 17 Toronto police Divisions and are supported by every unit in the Service.

 

Sunday, October 31, 2010

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Robbery – 22 Division

A 15 year old male reports that on October 30, 2010 at approximately 2120 hours, he was in the area of Lloyd Manor Rd when he was approached by two male suspects. One suspect produced a firearm, while another suspect removed a cellular telephone from the victim. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:   Male, white, 18 – 20 years, 5’11”, thin build.  Suspect #2:  Male, brown, 18 – 20 years, 6’3” NO FURTHER DESCRIPTION AVAILABLE.

8582/89330/02:27

 

Robbery (Mugging) – 23 Division

An 18 year old male reports that on October 30, 2010 at approximately 2350 hours, he was in the area of Jeffcoat Drive and Martingrove Avenue when he was approached from behind by two male suspects.  One suspect produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim’s chest, and made a demand for property. The victim complied. The suspects fled the scene in an unknown direction. No injuries were sustained by the victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 20 – 23 years, 6’0” – 6’1”, medium build. Suspect #2:  Male, white, 19 – 22 years, 5’6” – 5’7”, thin build.

10162/89330/04:52

 

Discharge Firearm Intend Wound – 23 Division

A 18 year old male reports that on October 31, 2010 at approximately 0000 hours, he was in the area of Islington Avenue and Dixon Road when he was approached by three male suspects.  The suspects assaulted and shot the victim in the lower abdomen area.  The victim was transported to a hospital for treatment. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 20 years, 5’5” – 5’7”, medium build.  Suspect #2: Male, black, 20 years, 5’ – 5’7”.  Suspect #3: Male, white, 5’ – 5’7”.

8176/82010/12:36

 

Robbery (Business) – 22 Division

Two males, ages 21 and 39 years, employees of Pizza Pizza, 2814 Lake Shore Boulevard, report that on October 31, 2010 at approximately 0315 hours, a male suspect wearing a disguise entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a hand gun and pushed one victim to the floor.  A struggle ensured between the suspect and the second victim.  The suspect fled the scene empty handed in an unknown direction.  The victims did not sustain any injuries.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, 5’8” – 5’9”, 154 – 165 pounds, thin build.

9747/82010/12:45

 

Monday, November 1, 2010

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Robbery (Financial Institution) – 22 Division

A 38 year old female and a 25 year old male employee of CIBC, 4914 Dundas Street West, report that on November 1, 2010 at approximately 1340 hours, a male suspect entered the premises and approached the counter.  The suspect produced a handgun and made a demand for cash.  The victims complied.  The suspect then fled the scene northbound on Burnhamthorpe Road.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black 28 to 31 years, 5’7” to 5’8”, 169 to 170 pounds, thin build, brown hair, brown eyes.

8988/82204/19:26

 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

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Robbery (Mugging) – 52 Division

A 23 year old male reports that on November 1, 2010 at approximately 0320 hours, he was in the area of Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue when he was approached by a male suspect wearing a mask.  The suspect reached into his own pockets indicating he was armed and made a demand for the victim’s wallet and cellular phone.  A struggle ensued and the suspect fired a shot striking the victim in the left calf.  The suspect fled the scene empty-handed westbound on College Street accompanied by a second male suspect.  The victim attended a hospital where he was admitted, treated for his injuries and released.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1: Male, black, 17-27 years, 5’7”-5’9”, 150-169 lbs, thin build.  Suspect #2: Male, 18-28 years, 6’4”-6’5”, 169-200 lbs, thin build.

9575/89285/00:58

 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

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Robbery (Vehicle Jacking) – 23 Division

A 28 year old female reports that on November 2, 2010 at approximately 2135 hours, she was in her vehicle in the area of Orpington Crescent and Kendleton Drive when a male suspect exited a vehicle and approached her.  The suspect produced a handgun, demanded the victim to exit her vehicle and turn over her car keys and cellular telephone.  The victim complied.  The suspect threatened the victim, entered the victim’s vehicle and then drove off followed by the suspect’s vehicle driven by another suspect in an unknown direction.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 30 to 34 years, 5’6” to 5’7”, 161 to 180 pounds.  Suspect #2:  NO DESCRIPTION OF SUSPECT AVAILABLE.  Toronto Alert #4029, November 3, 2010.

99709/86481/00:42

 

Attempt Murder – 31 Division

Two males aged 20 years and 22 years report that on November 3, 2010 at approximately 1110 hours they were in the area of Finch Avenue West and Sentinel Road when they were approached from behind by two males suspects armed with handguns.  The suspects grabbed the victims and an altercation ensued.  At that time shots were fired by one of the suspects and one shot struck one of the victims. The suspects then fled the scene northbound towards Fountainhead Road.  One of the victims was transported to a hospital by Toronto EMS where he was treated for his injuries.  No injuries were sustained by the second victim. Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described persons in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect #1:  Male, black, 23-26 years, 5’8” to 5’10”, 150 lbs to 169 lbs, medium build.  Suspect #2:  Male, black, 23-26 years, 5’8” to 6’, 161 lbs to 189 lbs, medium build.

10199/88551/17:11

 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

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Robbery (Mugging) – 43 Division

A 19 year old male reports that on November 11, 2010 at approximately 2225 hours, he was standing on the bus platform at 300 Borough Drive, when a male suspect approached from behind.  The suspect made a demand for his iphone, produced a handgun and held it towards his stomach.  The victim complied.  The suspect then fled the scene towards the mall.  No injuries were sustained by the victim.  Police are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the following described person in connection with this offence.  Description of Suspect: Male, black, 25-30 years, 6’0”.

10602/86345/08:37