Guest Blog Entry
Anyone 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.
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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