Blair to Announce Increased Police Presence Across the City
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair is set to lay out his plans to ramp up police presence across the city after a recent spate of deadly shootings.
The announcement comes just days after Blair met with the mayor and premier to discuss what can be done to prevent more gun violence.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford asked for the meeting following a mass shooting at an east-end community party that killed two people and injured at least 20 last week.
The city was already reeling from two other deadly public shootings, one at the Eaton Centre shopping mall and another on a crowded patio in the Little Italy neighbourhood.
This week's talks led the province to pledge $12.5-million in permanent funding for anti-violence programs.
But the mayor's request for $5 million to $10 million from the province to hire extra police officers wasn't granted.
(The Canadian Press)