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

So let's all STOP it now. We are to a degree to blame. We Liberals who cherish some of what that party stands for might have to stop and look more seriously at other issues. I for one have been a liberal all my life and have never considered the Conservative party. But now I am revisiting this party's philosophy. We have to feel safe in our streets. We have to have peace of mind that when our children go downtown, which is the perogative of every young child to get to know the downtown district of their fair city, that they are safe. We cannot live in fear. We do NOT want to become like American Cities where whites to not venture to a black area and blacks do not venture to a white area. We have built our city on multiculturalism and until now have felt secure that this was the right thing to do. Harsher penalties have to become the norm for these crimes. There are individuals walking those downtown streets with a crime rate as long as my arm and they are on the streets. Why? Why? Why?

      Anonymous

I see somebody brought race into this discussion, but they're hiding behind the Anonymous tag. Are you, Anonymous, suggesting that we white people (assuming you're white... I suspect you are) may no longer feel safe in "black areas" because 52 people have died from gunshot wounds in our city in 2005? Would Prime Minister Stephen Harper (perish the thought) come down hard on those with criminal records thereby making "black areas" safer for white people to visit?

I don't mean to be snarky, I actually want to hear what others are thinking about all this, but I'm a bigger fan of Jill's suggestion. I'm also uncomfortable with labelling this a black problem. It's more of a self respect problem. I hope it doesn't appear as if I only took notice of this once an innocent young white girl got shot. When I wrote this I didn't know if she was black, white, yellow, brown, green or purple. All I knew is a 15-year old girl, shopping with her family at Yonge and Dundas on Boxing Day, was dead.

Enough is enough.

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

This violence MUST stop as innocent people are paying with their lives. Guns are easily smuggled over the border & IT is time our politicians both local, provincial & federal take note. New York City many years ago was noted as the crime capital of the U.S. Rudy Guliani became mayor & changed the laws with little support from state & federal government. New York City now is a changed city because someone cared in local government. Things will only get worse before they get better. Now is the time to change.

Who else must die innocently before someone takes notice?

      Dale

This is good, we have a dialogue regarding the safety of our city. I still want our juniors to make Swiss cheese tonight, but also want to feel safe when walking Yonge street with my kids.

Following the senseless death of Jane Creba on Monday, I wrote this, my mother wrote this, Jill wrote this and now Dale has written this. Speak up Torontonians. Your voice should be heard.

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

The shooting on Boxing Day outside the Eaton Centre deeply disturbed my husband and I. This act of violence was committed in areas we frequent. This election season when the parties in each riding call to ask if we are going to vote, maybe we should ask, "Convince me why we should." I think that politicians have absolutely NO understanding of what is going on. I feel that politicians, often, live in their own bubble, much like anyone of us. Their needs, are not the needs of the single mom who has 3 children, and needs to work 2 jobs to survive and can't afford to send her children on field trips or pay for tennis lessons they have always wanted because the rec centre in the neighbourhood closed down due to government cutbacks. It is these government cutbacks from youth programs that has affected youths of today. I believe the violence we are seeing today is a result of youth boredom in impoverished communities. Educational curriculum for children needs to include problem solving and conflict resolution skills, build on values of mutual respect and nonviolence. We all need to live less in our bubbles and work together to strengthen community cohesiveness. Secondary factors, include access to weapons and the responses to violence, including policing presence, access to social services, courts and corrections. We need changes to our legal system. We put the politicians in office to speak on our behalf. We employ them, insist they make changes to our legal system. Every time a gun is fired on our streets, it's not only the shooter who is to blame, it's us for not putting a stop to this behavior.

      Jill

We totally agree. This was Jane Creba, a grade 10 student at Riverdale Collegiate Institute. A promising life cut brutally short. We're all to blame.

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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 would like to go one step further with your argument Mike and say that those children swarming teenagers 15 years ago for the doc marten shoes were the prelude to all of this. To take something from someone that does not belong to you and beat them up in the process was just one step ahead of the now easy access to illegal gun weapons. If those teenagers 15 years ago had had the guns that are now readily available I am not so sure that they would not have used them then. The point being that even then there was no respect for individuals. You took what you wanted however you had to. Yes it has escalated simply bc the weapons have now become more readily available. The federal leaders have got to take a stand on this matter. I think this matter more than anything else will be what all adults in Toronto of voting age will be concerned about. I for one will be listening to Paul Martin and Stephen Harper to see where their stand will be on the punishment of these crimes and how to deal with the entry of these illegal weapons. Weapons have been banned for 70 years. How are these teens and young people getting these weapons? How can we stop the entry of these illegal weapons is one of the topics that must be addressed during this month's campaign.

      Mary

Guns are smuggled across the border from the United States with a fair bit of ease. Gun control doesn't help because the lawless don't register their weapons. The kids who would roll you for your docs and the kids who fire bullets amidst Boxing Day shoppers are the same in that they all lack self respect. If every kid in the city had self respect, the murder rate would plummet.

As for how we give our children self respect, that's the million dollar question. It doesn't happen over night and it isn't easy. It's also never too late.

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

Merry Christmas to all your readers & especially you & your family Mike for keeping us all in touch with reality.

Keep it up.

      Thanks,
      Twins From Bolton

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.

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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 just wanted to agree with Jill. Love Actually is a very cute and funny Christmas movie and I have watched it quite a few times with my parents. Definitely worthy of at least 1 viewing a year.

      Kara

The "Love Actually" love-in continues...

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

So the final squad of players have been selected for Turin. I wasn't really shocked about the selection except for - Todd Bertuzzi & Shane Doan (and I am a fan of Doan). I think someone like Shannahan should have been there, even Stall & Spezza were deserving of automatic choice. What about Brendan Morrison or Michael Ryder? I would have gone for those two or atleast one in the list. Anyway, I'm just a lone hockey fan from India - but I will be screaming for team Canada all the way. Oh and my Sens beat the Maple Leafs 8-2. 16 goals in two games against the same team? Nice!!

      Roshan

Morrison and Ryder are fine players, but Team Canada is so strong there isn't room for everyone. No Shanahan, no Kariya, no Brewer... no room! I keep having this wonderful day dream in which we're allowed to field two teams in the Olympics. Both would be sensational.

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

Your guest entry about the Top 10 Christmas Movies prompted me to reflect on my favourites and one that has become my new "must see" each holiday season is Love Actually. What I love the most about this movie is the feeling I get left with. I feel happy and jovial, like I'd just come in from the cold and had a nice mug of hot chocolate. It's not necessarily nutritious or filling, but it's just what I wanted.

      Jill

Checking out the "Love Actually" IMDB page, it does look view-worthy. I've added it to my list. By the way, that list of ten movies wasn't my list but another guest blog. I did, however, throw down my favourite five in 2003.

I'm in love with your description of the feeling it leaves you with. It nicely surmises how I feel when Les Nessman catches that ball. I can hear the violin now... you can do it Les! You can do it!

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

Top 10 Christmas movies:

  1. Once Upon a Christmas - a heart wrenching story of family life. By far the best.
  2. Home Alone 1
  3. The Santa Clause - with Tim Allen
  4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - the original
  5. Miracle on 34th Street - the original
  6. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer - with Burl Ives
  7. A Chipmunks Christmas - awesome cartoon
  8. A Charlie Brown's Christmas - one of my son's 1st plays at school - he was Snoopy
  9. Nightmare Before Christmas
  10. A Christmas Story - still waiting for my BB gun.

Some of these haven't been on TV yet this year - but # 1 is on this Friday night. To all a good night.

      twins from bolton

Everything on your list that I've seen I like. I haven't seen #1, #3 or #9.

My five favourite Christmas specials from December 2003 really haven't changed.

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

The joke's been on us since we first elected these corrupt promise breakers in 1993.

      Teeder

You're right Teeder, the joke has been on us for a while. The joke's on us because we all despise the corruption that has been unveiled before our eyes and we're still going to vote that party into government. This so-called democracy of ours is also a joke as there really is no alternative.

So many jokes and so few laughs.

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