Toronto had a violent weekend with nine people shot and four of them killed, including an 11-year-old boy at a birthday party. Two more people were stabbed. Cue relatives wailing, Police Chief Bill Blair saying “this is unacceptable,” and headlines like “Saturday Night Bloodbath.” We’ve seen all this before. Solutions, anyone?
On Sunday, about 8,000 people attended the opening of the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a spectacular 94,000 square foot Hindu temple near Finch and the 427. The temple was hand-carved in India and then constructed by volunteers in Toronto over an 18-month period. Stephen Harper, Stephane Dion, and Dalton McGuinty all showed up to court the Hindu vote and compete for the coveted title of “Multiculturalist of the Year.”
Eleven people were arrested and charged with drug trafficking and theft in the break-up of a “criminal network” at Pearson Airport. Superintendent Ron Allen of the Toronto Airport drug enforcement unit is quoted as saying police are aware that other criminal groups are operating out of the airport. Hey, they should arrest them too!
Argentina beat the Czech Republic 2–1 to take the gold at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The final was entirely pepper spray-free.
Photo by jcterminal from Torontoist Flickr Pool.