Trig­ger Warn­ing

How the Dan­forth shoot­ing changed the city

Toronto Life - - Editor’s Letter -

Toronto has al­ways ranked among the safest cities in the world, but this has been a crush­ing year for our civic iden­tity. First, there was the van at­tack on Yonge Street, then two young sis­ters were shot at a Scar­bor­ough play­ground, then a gun­man opened fire in Greek­town. The city’s per capita homi­cide rate now sur­passes New York’s. And yet, just when Toronto was start­ing to seem un­rec­og­niz­able to it­self, mourn­ers came out by the thou­sands in a vigil for the Dan­forth vic­tims and, in a quintessen­tially Toronto way, sang a heartwrench­ing ren­di­tion of “Hal­lelu­jah.” If one good thing has emerged from the pileup of tragedies, it’s a col­lec­tive ac­knowl­edg­ment of the gun prob­lem—and a uni­fied re­solve to fix it.

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