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Ink StainAnyone is welcome to submit a Guest Blog Entry to torontomike.com. I received the following entry earlier today.

Re// Recent comments by reader Chris that are related to violence in Toronto. I find it interesting that he gives a birds eye view of the situation of escalating gun violence in Toronto and his solution he puts forward is to change geographic locations. I think it is easy to watch the news from Toronto and see it as a very scary and violent place. There’s also the issue of media sensationalism. The violence in Toronto is played up because people will watch it. Perspective is important. Violence does pose a serious challenge, but it weighs heavier on selected parts of the city, and selected communities, rather than Toronto as a whole. Overall I believe, Toronto remains a beacon of acceptance, dignity, and hope to people who are still persecuted throughout the world.

With our Consertive government I worry that they may also have an agenda and are promoting fear mongering. I would like to challenge Chris, and the youth of today.......How about working for change within our cities? I have made it known before that I feel the motivating factors for the gang violence are related to disaffected youth - people who feel that there is no place in this city or society for them. With the recent arrests related to the December 26 shooting death of Jane Creba, I read details about the suspects that illustrated the cause/effect patterns that lead to criminal behaviour.........no father in the home, mother works multiple jobs, previous episodes with the law that were dismissed as trivial, etc. We collectively need to demand our government bring relief to these troubled areas of the city.

      Jill

If nothing else, Chris has been persistent and consistent. His comments appear on this entry about Toronto being the most pricey city in Canada and this one about the "I Am Not Afraid" day. We have agreed to disagree.


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Mike H

Hmmm. According to your calculations and Chris' statements, he was in high school when he was 7-8 years old. Good for him.

June 28, 2006 @ 2:14 PM

Mike Boon

Good catch. I did the math based on yesterday's chris comments but didn't review his previous comments.

Unless chris is Doogie Howser, he's full of shit.

June 28, 2006 @ 2:20 PM

Tee

Well the cat is out of the bag. The secret Conservative agenda has been discovered by Jill. Our conspiracy to fear monger the public into believing that we should lock up all visible minorities is now out for everyone to see.
Instead of talking about Conservatives promoting fear mongering, you should look at your own socialist fear mongering, "Watch out for those evil Conservatives and their hidden agendas."

Get a life.

June 29, 2006 @ 11:38 PM

Jill

Tee, what is it exactly you took offence to? I do believe the Conservative Government controls information/media to the extent that they can. (As have past political parties). I don't doubt that instilling fear through the various sources of media could pose as a smokescreen or as strategic planning for their ongoing political platform and agenda.
This is my perspective on the way the reporting media leans:
AM radio is overwhelmingly right wing just listen to the open-line hosts. CBC Radio leans left.
Television: CBC tilts left, private TV right. Again, given the larger audience for private TV, the television world tilts conservative
Newspapers: The Toronto Star is proudly Liberal, and it's the largest paper in the country. Most of the CanWest papers are editorially conservative and, in the case of the National Post, extremely conservative.
The Globe and Mail endorsed the Conservatives in the last election, and tries to be down the middle in news; it has a group of hard-right columnists, some centrists and a couple on the left. The Sun papers are hard right. Maclean's magazine, under Kenneth Whyte's direction, is using the National Post formula of hard-right politics
The French-language press, by and large, has been extremely respectful thus far of the Conservatives.
So, yes, there are media outlets that do not tend to favour Conservatives, but there are more that do.
The main point I was trying to make was that you have to be careful about judging a whole city by what you read in the newspaper.

July 1, 2006 @ 1:22 AM

Mike Boon

Gord Downie referenced our Prime Minister Bush the other day and got a big cheer from 6000+. I thought it was a good line, and not without merit. I blabbed about it in April.

Of course, as I revisit that entry, I see Tee towed the party line then too. A leopard doesn't lose his spots and we can't rinse the Conservative out of Tee.

July 1, 2006 @ 7:42 AM

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