OTTAWA TO SPEND OVER $7M TO TACKLE GANG VIOLENCE IN TORONTO
Dec 20, 2018
By Bob Komsic
The Trudeau government has announced funding for two programs aimed at stopping young people in the city from turning to gangs.
Bill Blair, minister in charge of organized crime reduction, says Ottawa will spend $6.7-million over five years for a city program, Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention, where 250 youth will reach 1,350 young people who are vulnerable to joining gangs.
Blair, Toronto’s former police chief, also announced that the federal government will give police $400,000 over two years to enhance the Neighbourhood Officers Program in eight priority communities.
Chief Mark Saunders says this will help young men before they turn to guns to solve their problems.
The city’s seen a spike in shootings and murders this year that police say is largely due to an increase in gang violence.