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Wide-ranging report on youth crime expected Friday
The Ontario government will receive a long-awaited report on youth violence this Friday, and it will include several tough recommendations for Queen's Park, sources tell CTV News.
Premier Dalton McGuinty called for the report more than a year ago, when 15-year-old Jordan Manners was fatally shot inside C. W. Jefferys Collegiate -- the same school where a student was stabbed this week.
The report was overseen by former chief justice Roy McMurtry and former speaker of the legislature Alvin Curling.
They created an online forum so police, students, religious leaders and teachers could share their thoughts on youth violence. Through that forum, they received more than 5,000 submissions, CTV's Paul Bliss reported Wednesday.
McMurtry and Curling also looked at youth violence across the province, not just in Toronto.
Aside from the online forum, they held community discussions throughout Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thunder Bay and Ottawa.
McMurtry has already hinted the report focuses on the common link between youth violence and poverty.
Last month, McMurtry, who chairs a panel for Mayor David Miller on making Toronto safer, helped unveil a new plan to get guns off of the city's streets. As part of "Pixels for Pistols," anyone who turns in a firearm gets a digital camera from Henry's photo store.
As of Wednesday, 549 firearms had been surrendered.
With a report by CTV Toronto's Paul Bliss