How the Danforth shooting changed the city
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.