Violence in Toronto is rising with four murders in one day last weekend and a recent random drive-by shooting. There is no doubt that people want something to be done about it and the incoming provincial government has said they have a plan.
PC representative, Simon Jefferies said Doug Ford and his government are planning to restore funding to a violence prevention unit of the Toronto Police. But the unit itself is super controversial.
The unit, known as Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), was disbanded last year due to claims of racism and excessively high numbers of random carding incidents in the neighborhoods it patrolled.
The PCs announcement also included providing funding to similar task-forces in other police departments throughout the province.
Even Toronto's Police Chief, Mark Saunders warned against reinstating this task-force in response to the PC announcement. He said in an interview that over-policing is a failed approach that only got us to where we are today.
He also went on to offer his own solution to the violence in the city, suggesting that there should be longer sentences for gang-related crimes to keep those offenders off the streets. He also attempted to reassure the public by saying the number of crimes is similar to that of 2016 and Toronto is still one of the safest cities in North America.
Funding for these types of anti-violence task-forces was cut by Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government in 2015.
Source: The Globe and Mail