Shots were fired at Yorkdale Mall yesterday, one of the largest malls not just in Ontario, but the whole country.
It’s the latest gun violence incident to occur this year in Toronto. It comes just several short weeks after the tragic shooting involving two children in a playground, and the mass shooting on the Danforth.
Toronto has now had more murders this year than it did all of last year. After yesterday's shooting at Yorkdale, people in Toronto are telling the mayor to resign ahead of the municipal election this fall.
Whether it is Yorkdale Mall or anywhere else in Toronto, people should not have to worry about gun violence breaking out – at any time. There are too many guns available to criminals in the city & I am determined to end that with the help of our police & our government partners.— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) August 30, 2018
Mayor John Tory sent out a series of tweets yesterday following the shooting. No one was hit by gunfire, but the fact that the incident occurred in such a public place seems to be the last straw for some people.
A growing number of people are now calling on the mayor to remove himself from office.
You need to resign #incompetent— Benjamin Phillip (@RepublicanBP) August 30, 2018
Tory, you Must resign immediately, despite all gun violence, you have done nothing, along with police chief,either you get Ford to do something about this or I will leave town.— Asela (@Classicact1) August 30, 2018
Mayor John Tory you are completely useless, do Toronto a favor and resign. Vote @FaithGoldy for mayor.— totalinvestor (@totalinvestor1) August 30, 2018
To be honest this is making me think twice about living in Toronto. 70 homicides this year and more brazen. If you cannot control this you should not be mayor. This is a huge issue.— James Stevenson (@FDCL_James) August 30, 2018
Tory has supported the idea of a handgun ban in the city, even though he was once against the idea of such a ban when he first ran to lead the city.
Clearly, some Toronto residents are not convinced that Tory has done enough to keep people living in the city safe.
Nice man, waits too long to see which way the wind is blowing. I want real change. #nothanks— gobsmacked (@jillcs14) August 31, 2018
He's a weak leader and he hasn't built any transit or improved our quality of life. The city's more unaffordable than ever and he demonstrably has neither the vision nor the ability to address that or any of the multitude of other pressing issues we face. Time for Tory to go.— Chris Caple (@chriscaple) August 30, 2018
How about getting off your phone and Twitter and act quickly as the Mayor to prevent these incidents that KEEP ON OCCURING.Clearly you do not care— Ivan Kuliš (@kulis87) August 30, 2018
We should worry. @JohnTory— Jennifer (@2010lola27) August 30, 2018
I am worried about gun violence, and I don't feel that anything is being done to solve it.— Ella (@ellatsioutsis) August 30, 2018
DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE SAFETY OF TORONTO. You always say this and Don't do anything. #ACT— LifesGoal (@LifesGoal1) August 31, 2018
Tory is in a tough fight to keep his job in the upcoming election in the city, with the municipal vote set for October 22nd.
I supported you in the last election.— AGORACOM - George (@AGORACOM) August 31, 2018
You have utterly failed at keeping Toronto safe Alby cowaring to special interests. Now playgrounds, ice cream shops and shopping malls are no longer safe.
You're out in upcoming election.
Crime prevention, another issue that you've failed miserably to address, along with housing, infrastructure, transit, homelessness, flooding... campaign rhetoric designed to preserve the illusion that you're capable of doing the job...— Harry Fuller@golxdr (@HarryFuller40) August 31, 2018
There are some people who obviously see Tory's actions on gun crime as a reason to vote him out of office.