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

Watching the Canada Jr's play against Finland & winning was a great accomplishment going to the GOLD medal game for the 6th year in a row.

I'm DISGUSTED with the players at the end of the game. I did not see ONE player singing OUR national anthem as it was played at the game's conclusion. They played an awesome game & where are their hearts. The game was played in Canada & NO dedication to the COUNTRY we live in. Go for Silver. Go USA or Russia. Our kids don't deserve the gold

      A PROUD Canadian

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I'm not about to cheer on Russia because our boys didn't sing O Canada following the 4-0 win against Finland.

I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt. I'd hate to paint them all as pride-less Canadians based solely on this. Go Canada Go!

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

Here is a link that some might find interesting:

Towards a Fact-Based Strategy to Reduce Gun Violence in Toronto (.pdf) or (Google .html cache)

      Jill

I'm intrigued by the Boston Gun Project: Operation Ceasefire. It was a highly coordinated project which included: 1) assembling an interagency working group of largely line-level criminal justice and other practitioners; 2) applying quantitative and qualitative research techniques to create an assessment of the nature of, and dynamics driving, youth violence in Boston; 3) developing an intervention designed to have a substantial, near-term impact on youth homicide: 4) implementing and adapting the intervention; and 5) evaluating the intervention's impact.

It's time for The Toronto Gun Project: Operation Trend Upsetter.

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

Spending the last 4 days north west of Sudbury, the local newspapers (front page) & local news lead story was about Jane Creba & how Toronto has become a city with VERY LITTLE HOPE unless something is done now. Listening to local newscasts up north Toronto's tourism industry this summer will suffer greatly as people will travel elsewhere. Toronto - The murder capital of Canada. It seems to be getting that way. Gun laws MUST be changed & enforced to their fullest. This is one the reasons we moved 6 years ago. Todd Baylis was killed within walking distance of my former home & with 2 young kids at the time we decided to move on. Local, provincial & federal gov't (people with #@&&s) MUST act now. I will not get into racial profiling at this point - is there a link?

      twins from bolton

According to the Toronto Wikipedia page, our 2005 murder rate was 3.1 per 100,000. As recently as 1999 it was only 1.3 homicides per 100,000 people. By comparison, Houston had 13.4, Chicago had 15.65 and Washington, DC had 35.7 in 2004 while Manitoba had 4.27 murders per 100,000 people and Saskatchewan had 3.92.

3.1 murders per 100,000 people is still way too high for Toronto the Good. I'm not interested in racial profiling either, but I'm certain there's a link between gun violence and gangs. It's time we examine the reasons kids join gangs and realize there's work to be done in our communities to give our youth an alternative.

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

To Mona:

How nasty and how incredibly sad that you are such a racist. Your comments would completely freak Jane Creba out. She was a girl with an open heart and cared about EVERYONE.

Your ignorance is astounding and incredibly hurtful.

Are you trying to tell me that white people are never violent or hurtful. Every single famous serial killer was....hmmm what .......WHITE GUYS!!!!!!!

      anya

So long as we paint everything black or white we're spinning our wheels. We need to be more constructive than that. Mona's comments have freaked many of us out but I suspect she's not alone in her views. Jaydee's comments were even more disturbing.

Two were charged earlier today in the Boxing Day shooting. Andre Thompson, 20, and a 17 year old who cannot be identified are in police custody. Every action has a consequence. All responsible must be captured and must face the consequences of their actions. That's a start.

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

Regarding Mona's rant and Boon's justification of her nearsighted and racist post, let's be reminded that the identity or race of the shooter who's bullet struck Creba have not been identified. It's important to withold one's conclusions until all the evidence is on the table, because anyone with a modicum of life experience will tell you, assumptions frequently turn out to be incorrect.

What man calls "me" is nothing more than a collection of sensate experiences gathered throughout their lifetime. Put another way, if you experience shit you'll spread shit. And that's not regarding the hue your skin gives off in the light. One who is in conflict creates conflict -- it begins from within. Turn out the light and a conflicted white youth is just as conflicted as a black one, and both carry the same potential to carry out what happened downtown this past Boxing Day.

When unfortunate circumstances like this manifest, we want to compartmentalize the problem -- find a specific cause for a specific result, and above all, we want to put a name (or skin colour) behind the cause. For starters, we must put an end to this sort of materialistic thought process.

It never occurs to people that some things may not have clear causes, if any at causes at all. Sure life appears to be driven by a degree of predictability, but I believe that every occurrence in the universe was manifested by the full weight of the universe -- our task is to grow from those occurrences whether they be pleasant or unpleasant. No amount of analysis, theory or parrotting dead cliches like "enough is enough" will address this issue satisfactorily.

What is my stance on the issue? Indifference. That's not to say I hold no concern for what happened, but the world is our teacher and man doesn't have his attenae tuned. The clues for human growth exist as much in a blade of grass as it does in a wild Yonge Street shootout, but we don't look for them.

We don't know how.

You won't hear any plaintiff cries of "stop the violence from me," because I am perceptive enought to recognize the futility of that. After the Cadougan boy was caught in the crossfire of a housing complex shootout last summer, I even said more four year olds need to be caught in the middle of gun battles if that's what it will take for people to wake up. Controversial sure, but it may be the best cold shower that'll make these punks come to their senses.

Proton out.

      Proton

You're right, I gave Mona an easy out. Initially my response was going to be quite a bit harsher, but then I felt my tone was going to be too judgmental so I gave her the benefit of the Chris Rock doubt. If I close my eyes and visualize the person who fired the bullet that killed Jane sometimes it's a white male, sometimes it's a black female, other times I see a black male or even a white female. Always it's a lawless, fearless punk.

You're right about something else. We don't know. That's why there's so much frustration. If I can do nothing else at least I can give everyone who has an opinion on the subject a forum to express it, for better or for worse. My greatest fear is the spread of further indifference.

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

Thanks to the Liberals who allow these third world pieces of garbage into this country we now have a dead 15 year old girl to bury. All in the name of multiculturism. Thanks a lot you Liberal bastards. Now they want to ban all handguns so no Canadian has the means to defend themself. I'm sure all these Jamaican gang bangers will be the first in line to hand in their guns once the ban takes effect. Voting Liberal means voting for your own demise because they dont give a crap about you. Judges have no balls. Laws have no teeth. Cops are charged with assault if they lay a finger on these pampered thugs. Defence lawyers earn ten times the salary as a prosecuter. Law abiding Canadians will be charged if they try to defend themselfs. Yes, voting Liberal will get you killed, just ask Jane Creba.

      jaydee

I'm not sure which entry is more offensive, Mona's or yours. I'm offended by how easily you pin the entire blame on "third world pieces of garbage". We're all looking for easy answers to a highly complex problem and scape goating isn't going to get us anywhere. We're better than that, aren't we?

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

i want to tell JANE CREBA's family and friends to walk with there heads held high for JANE. she had everything going for her. i'm a stranger to JANE CREBA but i am not a stranger to all the gun violence in and around our streets. i want JANE's family and friends to know that it was a COWARD that killed

their beautiful daughter, NIGGAR's, are NIGGAR's are NIGGARS. i never met a brave NIGGAR yet.when they get the fucken NIGGAR who shot JANE CREBA, watch he'll be walking with his head between his legs because that is what NIGGARS do. gangs or not, there all NIGGARS and NIGGAR means COWARD, COWARD, COWARD.

      mona

This is probably a good time for me to remind everyone that the content in blocks of blue within entries entitled "Guest Blog Entry" are submitted by readers via this Guest Blog form and do not necessarily represent my views and beliefs. I copy and paste the submissions as I receive them. It seems this page is ranked rather high in Google when people search "Jane Creba". Sadly, this is the second time this month I've seen an influx of traffic due to the tragic death of a teenager.

Chris Rock does a good bit about the difference between "niggers" and "black people". Here's some of that bit for those who don't know the routine. Mona is understandably angry and frustrated and her rant seems to be built upon Rock's assertion. I truly think she's using the term "niggar" in her second paragraph in the fashion Rock used it. At least, I sincerely hope so.

Everyone is welcome to write about this. As HiMY Syed wrote, Toronto needs to begin 2006 by healing the wounds of city-wide gunfire from 2005. You'll find a great deal written about this over the past week. Add your voice.

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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: The posting by Anonymous

This has nothing to to do with race and everything to do with decency and respecting each other. The government cutbacks from youth programs is what has affected the youths of today. The doors were closed to them and they were told to fend for themselves ... and THAT is exactly what they did. Nobody (Politicians) has ever asked them what they needed ... they've just been accustomed to taking what they can get and making the best choices from the options given to them. Their communities became the breeding grounds for anger and escalating aggression. In turn, this anger with no outlet for its release, feels empowered when you put a weapon in their angry hands. Increased spending in community programs is necessary to guide the youth to become better adults in the future. Will social programs help change the ways of those currently shooting guns in the street? Probably not. For those, we need enforcement. From a strong police presence in our communities and tough sentances. But for the young ones, we need to be sure that they grow up to care about something. They need to have something to lose in order to be a functioning member of society. For those kids, the social programs are necessary.

      Jill

Well said.

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

Toronto needs to begin 2006 by healing the wounds of city-wide gunfire from 2005.

I was the one who almost immediately after the police tape was removed from the Yonge Street Boxing Day crime scene, created what the media has been referring to as a 'makeshift memorial' for the young victim who we now know as Jane Glenn Creba.

I am organizing an hour long vigil on Monday January 2nd, from 5 pm to 6 pm with a moment of silence at exactly 5:19 pm.

It will take place on both sidewalks along Yonge Street between Elm and Gould Streets.

That moment of silence will be exactly one week to the minute (to the best of my understanding from media reports) when Jane Creba along and the others were shot and she was killed.

The moment of silence is for ALL the victims of gunfire in 2005.

I have a webpage and blog up online :

http://www.YongeStreetPeace.TYO.ca

Please attend if you can, and BYOC, bring your own candles and BYFC, brings candles for others...

      HiMY SYeD

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

Totally Awesome, thank you for the music video link. Half of this stuff i didn't even know had a video. This is a late Christmas gift. Don't you wish Much Music could get a clue and actually show some of theses! Sadly MM is dead to me. This Rules

      Carter

I agree on all counts. I too couldn't believe how good that link is. When your only source for music videos is MuchMusic, you're missing so damn much it's frightening. MuchMusic, sadly, is pretty much dead to me too. Other than the odd Green Day or Arcade Fire video, it pretty much ignores the music I'm listening to these days. I'm too old for them, unfortunately.

On Christmas Day I got into a big discussion with my brothers about all the wicked music coming out of Canada lately. What boggles my mind is how CFNY Edge 102, the local alternative station here in Toronto, seems more content to fulfill their CanCon quota playing the hell out of Nickelback's "Photograph" or Sum 41's "Some Say" when they could try some Elliott Brood, The New Pornographers or Broken Social Scene. At least they play lots of Metric, Arcade Fire and that first Stars single. Here's hoping CFNY Edge 102 discovers Twin Cinema in 2006.

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