Councillor asks city to create anti-violence strategy
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013 1:35PM EST
Toronto’s city council members are expected to discuss gun violence Wednesday amid increasing calls for solutions after four young males were fatally shot in the city in the first two months of 2013.
At Wednesday’s meeting at city hall, council is scheduled to hear Coun. Josh Matlow’s motion that calls on the city to develop a youth anti-violence strategy.
The motion was seconded by Coun. Michael Thompson.
Matlow’s proposal contains recommendations that were contained in the Roots of Youth Violence report published in 2008.
Matlow wants the city to create a youth anti-racism plan and create community “hubs” and committees to make it easier for children and families to access recreation programs, while exploring additional anti-violence initiatives.
Matlow, who previously said he has been working on the proposal for weeks, believes the measures would help to curb violence in Toronto.