Although crime rates in Canada have been going down, gang violence has been increasing. In many Canadian cities young gang members with guns have become a deadly problem. They are not only killing each other, but sometimes innocent people are caught in the crossfire. In this News in Review story we’ll look at how gangs and guns turned an Alberta community into a war zone and how the community fought back.
Police across Canada are trying to crack down on heavily armed gangs that have turned some of our cities into battlegrounds. During the recent election campaign, politicians promised tougher sentences for gun crimes after a Boxing Day shootout between rival gangs in Toronto killed an innocent bystander. But Toronto isn’t the only city with a gang problem. In Vancouver, Indo-Canadian gangs have gone on a killing rampage in recent years. In this News in Review story we’ll explore the culture of these gangs and why they’ve become so trigger-happy. Download Resource Guide for this story.
Canada’s largest city is battling a frightening increase in gun violence. In 2005, there were more deaths by gunfire in Toronto than in any other year. Most of the victims were young black men killed in gang-style shootings. In this News in Review story we’ll look at how the killings shocked a city and forced elected officials to take action. We’ll also show you how one Toronto neighbourhood is fighting gang culture by giving teens cameras to capture more positive images of their community. Download Resource Guide (PDF) for this story.