Justin Trudeau discusses gun violence in Toronto


DANFORTH SHOOTING THAT SO MANY PEOPLE REMEMBER HERE IN TORONTO AND INDEED ACROSS THE COUNTRY. CAN YOU SHARE WITH US A LITTLE BIT, YOUR PERSPECTIVE, ON THAT NIGHT AND WHAT HAS ENSUED?>>THANK YOU, MR. TRUDEAU, PRIME MINISTER, FOR INCLUDING THE VOICE OF DOCTORS ABOUT HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS IN THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION THAT AFFECTS THE HEALTH OF CANADIANS. INDEED I WAS ON-CALL THE NIGHT OF THE DANFORTH SHOOTING ABOUT IT WAS A HORRIFIC AND TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE. WE TRAIN FOR THESE KINDS OF THINGS ALL THE TIME. MASS SHOOTING EVENTS AND MASS CASUALTY EVENTS BUT HOPE AGAINST HOPE WE NEVER HAVE TO BRING OUR EXPERTISE TO BEAR. CANADIAN DOCTORS AND TRAUMATOLOGISTS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE GUN RISE IN OUR CITIES. WHAT HAPPENED ON THE NIGHT OF THE DANFORTH ALL CANADIANS BECAME AWARE AND AWAKEN ODD THE REALITY OF GUN VIOLENT AND THAT WE’RE REALLY NOT THAT DIFFERENT AND IF WE DON’T ACT, TERRIBLE THINGS CAN HAPPEN. I ASK ALL OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS TO UNDERSTAND THAT HARM, INJURY AND DEATH FROM GUNS IS A PREVENTABLE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS AND LEGISLATIVE ACTION IS NECESSARY. A MULTI-PRONGED APPROACH IS GOING TO BE VERY USEFUL BUT WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE LAWS. I AM A TRAUMA SURGEON. I’VE WORKED AT ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPITAL FOR 20 YEARS. LAST WEEK I OPERATED ON A LONG TIME PATIENT OF MINE. A TERRIBLE STORY OF A YOUNG MAN INJURED BY A SPRAY OF BULLETS. HE HAPPENED TO BE AT THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. LAST WEEK HE UNDER WENT SURGERY. SIX HOUR OF RECONSTRUCTIVE ABOUT NOMINAL SURGERY. THIS WAS HIS NINTH OPERATION. OVER THE YEARS SINCE HIS DISCHARGE FROM HOSPITAL HE HAS BEEN UNABLE TO RETURN TO WORK, IN AND OUT OF HOSPITAL, ON AND OFF INTRAVENOUS NUTRITION BECAUSE HIS GUT SIMPLY DOESN’T WORK. PERHAPS MANY PEOPLE IMAGINE AFTER OUR HEROIC PARAMEDICS TRANSPORT THE PATIENTS TO THE TRAUMA BAYS AND THE TRAUMA BAY DOORS CLOSE THAT THE DOCTORS AND NURSES PATCH UP THE PATIENT AND MAKE THEM WELL AAGAIN AND THEY GET TO GO HOME FOR INN A MATTER OF DAYS. FOR THE MAJORITY OF PATIENT THAT SIMPLY IS NOT TRUE. THE FURTHEST THING FROM THE TRUTH. THESE PATIENTS REQUIRE UPWARDS OF 100 UNITS OF BLOOD SOMETIMES IN THE FIRST 24 HOURS. MANY, MANY OPERATIONS TO RECONSTRUCT THEM AND BRING BACK TO LIFE. THEY SPENT WEEKS AND WEEKS IN THE ICU. THEIR LIVELE HANGING IN THE BALANCE. THEIR FAMILIES AT THEIR BEDSIDE. WE DOCTORS WALK PAST THEM TRYING TO GIVE THEM HOPE AND IF THEY DO SURVIVE THEY SPEND MONTHS AND MONTHS IN HOSPITAL AND REHABILITATION. THAT’S THE REALITY OF GUN VIOLENCE. SOMETHING ELSE I WANT OUR ELECTED OFFICIAL TO UNDERSTAND, THE EFFECT OF GUN VIOLENCE REVERBERATE FOR YEAR, DECADES AND GENERATIONS. OUR PATIENTS AND FAMILIES ARE NEVER THE SAME. OUR PATIENTS ARE LEFT WITH LIFELONG DISABILITIES THAT THEY LIVE WITH LIFE-ALTERING CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL BURDEN OF BEING A GUN VIOLENCE VICTIM. DOCTORS AND NURSES AND OTHER HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS WHO TREAT THESE PATIENTS SEE IT AS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO INFORM YOU OF OUR LIVED EXPERIENCE SO YOU CAN MAKE BETTER DECISIONS ON BEHALF OF ALL CANADIANS. DOCTORS HAVE ALWAYS PARTICIPATED IN THESE DIFFICULT DISCUSSIONS AND THE THE DISCOURSE AROUND TOBACCO HEALTH. TOBACCO, ASBESTOS ABOUT SEAT BELT LAWS. WE ALWAYS GET INTO IT WHEN PEOPLES’ LIVES ARE AT STAKE. WE HAVE WITNESSED AN ESCALATING PACE OF VIOLENCE IN OUR CITY. IN 2018 THERE WERE 425 SHOOTING IN TORONTO AND 2019 SEEMS WORSE. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO. CANADA MUST FOLLOW THE EXAMPLE OF COUNTRIES LIKE AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, UNITED KINGDOM AND OTHERS TO STOP THE PROLIFERATION OF GUNS IN CANADA. WE KNOW COUNTRIES WITH STRICTER GUN LAWS HAVE LOWER RATES OF GUN HOMICIDE, SUICIDE, INTENTIONAL ABOUT UNINTENTIONAL INJURY. I ASK YOU, PRIME MINISTER, AND ALL OF OUR ELECTED OF FIRM TO CONSIDER THE EIGHT OF THE SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE THAT CLEARLY SHOWS THE PROLIFERATION OF GUNS MAKES US ALL LESS SAFE. I ASK THAT YOU HEAR THE TRAGEDY OF OUR DAILY LIVED EXPERIENCE AND THE THE DEVASTATION OF PEOPLE PERSONALLY TRAUMATIZED BY GUN VIOLENCE AND I ASK THE GOVERNMENT TO ACT.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU. I WANT TO TURN NOW TO DR. JOEL LEXIHAN, A NUMBER OF YEARS IN AN EMERGENCY ROOM. HAVE YOU SEEN GUN VIOLENCE AND THE VICTIM OF GUN VIOLENCE EVOLVE IN TERMS OF THE FREQUENCY AND IN TERMS OF THE INTENSITY, IN TERMS OF THE STORIES, FAMILIES AROUND THEM?>>I WORK AT UNIVERSITY HEALTH NETWORK. WE USED TODAY BE A TRAUMA CENTRE SO WE USED TO SEE GUN VIOLENCE. WE HAVEN’T BEEN A TRAUMA CENTRE NOW FOR 25 YEARS OR SO. SO I DON’T SEE IT DIRECTLY BUT I DO HEAR ABOUT IT FROM MY COLLEAGUES WHO WORK IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. I HEAR ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS. THEIR WORRIES ABOUT THINGS. AND WHILE I APPRECIATE THE EFFORTS THAT YOUR GOVERNMENT HAS ANNOUNCED, I THINK THAT THE IDEA OF LETTING CITIES BAN HANDGUNS IS THE WRONG IDEA. THERE ARE PROVINCES OUT THERE — THIS IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE DONE AT A PROVINCIAL LEVEL. THE PROVINCES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ALLOW THE CITIES AND THERE ARE PROVINCES WITH LEADERSHIP OUT THERE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO ACCEPT THIS AND EVEN IF PROVINCES DO ACCEPT IT, TORONTO MAY DO IT AND MISSISSAUGA MAY NOT DO IT. YOU JUST CROSS THE 427 AND YOU CAN PURCHASE HANDGUNS. I THINK THAT’S THE WRONG APPROACH. I THINK THAT WHAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO DO IS SHOW LEADERSHIP AND DO A NATIONAL BAN ON HANDGUNS.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU, JOEL.>>THEY’VE HAD A BIGGER PAM ICHL PACT IN TERMS OF MORTALITY IN TERMS OF ROAD FATALITIES AND H.I.V. AND WILLS IN THE>>FROM WORKING HERE IN TORONTO IS THAT IT — GOT TO MAKE SURE YOU DON’T ACCEPT IT AS NORMAL. IT IS PREVENTABLE.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU FOR THAT. BESIDE YOU IS SAMIR BULA. A MEDICAL STUDENT. SHARE WITH US YOUR STORY. >>HI. I’M A SECOND YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT. UNLIKE MOST OF MY COLLEAGUES HERE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CLINICAL SIDE OF GUNSHOT VIOLENCE, MORE OF THE PERSONAL SIDE OF THE MATTER. SECOND-YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO. MY PARENTS CAME TO CANADA AS REFUGEES AND GREW UP IN THE JARVIS AREA RIGHT ACROSS HERE. I HAD A WONDERFUL AND LOVING CHILDHOOD. ALWAYS ABLE TO GET BY. I BEGAN TO NOTICE THINGS. I WOULD HAVE TO TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME FROM SCHOOL TO AVOID BUILDING GSZ BY MY HOUSE. I HAD TO WALK PAST THE POLICE CRIME SCENE ON MY WAY. THE ONLY THING I COULD SAY WAS, COOL, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW NORMALIZED IT WAS. THE ISSUE, SO NORMALIZED AROUND ME I BARELY SAW ANY ISSUE WITH MY SURROUNDINGS. THEN THE SHOOTINGS BECAME MORE PERSONAL. A WHISPER OF A FRIEND OF A FRIEND. THEN AN ACQUAINTANCE, THEN MY COUSIN. ONE OF MY CLOSEST FRIENDS GOT SHOT IN THE BACK IN FRONT OF HIS OWN HOME AND TO THIS DAY HE’S WHEELCHAIR-BOUND. HIS WHOLE LIFE WAS TAKEN FROM HIM IN A SINGLE INSTANCE. MY INNOCENT YOUNGEST BROTHER WAS SHOT AT 12 TIMES TWO MINUTES FROM OUR OWN. IMAGINE BEING A MECHANIC WHO CAN’T SIT IN A PARKED CAR BECAUSE YOU HAVE PANIC ATTACKS BECAUSE YOU DON’T FEEL SAFE. MY STORY IS BY NO WAYS UNIQUE. THE ONLY THING THAT DIFFERENTIATES ME FROM ALL THE ORCHIDS IS LUCK. THIS DOESN’T BEGIN OR END WITH GUNS. A COMBINATION OF A LACK OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES, LIMITATION OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEMS AND GROWING INCOME INEQUALITY THAT ALLOW GUNS SEEM SUCH A NECESSARY TOOL FOR SURVIVAL. HOWEVER, STUDYS HAVE SHOWN THAT A LACK OF ACCESS TO GUNS SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES THE LEVELS OF GUN VIOLENCE. CANADA’S FIREARM MORTALITY RATE IS EAT TIMES OF THAT OF THE UCHL K., JAPAN AND THE NETHERLANDS. FROM THE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ASSOCIATION IN 2018. WHILE WE CANNOT POLICE THE BORDER AND STOP EVERY ILLEGAL GUN THAT GETS THROUGH WE CAN ADDRESS STRICTER GUN LAWS WHILE CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DISADVANTAGED. HOW MANY KIDS GO WE HAVE TO LOSE TO THE TRAUMA OF THE GUN VIOLENCE UNTIL WE DECIDED ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I’M HEAR TO SAY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE BLACK MEDICAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, WE’RE HERE TO GIVE US A VOICE TO THOSE FORGOTTEN BY SOCIETY. I’M NOT CONTINUING TO BECOME A DOCTOR TO WITNESS THIS GUN VIOLENCE.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU. BILL BLAIR HAS WORKED ON COMMUNITY SAFETY AS FORMER CHIEF OF POLICE, AS SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD SIGNIFICANT LEVEL OF IMPACT DURING YOUR LONG CAREER IN FIGHTING GUN VIOLENCE WITH REAL, TANGIBLE SUCCESSES OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS WE HAVE HAD YOU LEAD REALLY IMPORTANT DISCUSSION ON CONCRETE MEASURE WE CAN MOVE FORWARD ON TO KEEP COMMUNITIES MORE SAFE. BILL, WHY DON’T YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT WITH US. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, PRIME MINISTER. I HAVE TO SAY THE STORY THAT WE HEAR ARE SO COMPELLING AND SO MANY OTHER STORIES. THE STORIES OF MOTHERS WHO HAVE LOST CHILDREN AND FAMILY MEMBERS ABOUT COMMUNITY THAT HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY THE VIOLENCE AND PEOPLE LIVING IN FEAR. IT CHANGE THEIR LIVES, THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES AND LIMITS OUR KIDS IN REALIZING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL WHEN THEY HAVE TO GROW UP WITH THAT. I HAVE WORKED IN ALL OF THE NEIGHBOURHOODS OF TORONTO AND I THINK THERE ARE SOME VERY SIGNIFICANT THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE TO REDUCE IF INCIDENT OF GUN VIOLENT. I WILL TELL YOU FROM EXPERIENCE, WHEN YOU SAY WE MADE ARRESTS THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR. THEY’RE NOT COME FORKED BY THAT. THAT CAUSES THEM TO BE MORE FEARFUL. SO WE MUST DO MORE THAN — I QUITE FRANKLY HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED BY PEOPLE WHO SAID, LET’S JUST LOCK EVERYBODY UP AND THROW AWAY THE KEY. THAT DUE NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM OR MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER AND NOT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING FOR OUR KIDS. WE HAVE TO HAVE THE COURAGE TO TAKE THE STEPS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO CHANGE THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT GIVE RISE TO THE VIOLENCE AND THAT’S THE AVAILABILITY OF GUNS. THE SUPPLY OF GUNS INTO THE HAND OF SOMEONE WHO COMMIT A VIOLENT PART IS AN IMPORTANT PART — NOT THE WHOLE SOLUTION — BUT AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE WORK WE MUST DO AND HELP THE KIDS MAKE BETTER CHOICES ABOUT TO ADDRESS THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT GIVE RISE TO VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND REALLY THAT’S THE WORK WE’VE BEEN DOING BUT THE WORK THAT ALSO NEED TO BE DONE. SO MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I BELIEVE THAT COMES COUNT AND I BELIEVE THAT WHEN YOU HAVE ADEQUATELY AND WELL TRAINED — ADEQUATELY TRAIN AND ADEQUATE RESOURCES OF POLICE OFFICERS IN COMMUNITIES THEY CAN HELP TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. YOU DON’T ARREST YOUR WAY OUT OF THESE VERY, VERY CHALLENGING PROBLEMS THAT WE FACE IN OUR SOCIETY AND THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH WHICH LOOKS AT ALL OF THE HARMS AND ALL OF THE THINGS THAT GIVE RISE TO THOSE HARMS AND STARTS TO ADDRESS THE REDUCTION OF THOSE HARMS IN A THOUGHTFUL AND MEANINGFUL WAY, THAT’S THE THING I BELIEVE MAKE AS DIFFERENCE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE IN THE CITY OF RONT, WE ACHIEVED PRETTY SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS IN GUN VIOLENT DURING MY TIME HERE, BUT WE DIDN’T DO IT BY PUTTING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE IN JAIL. WE DID IT BY ENCOURAGING YOUNG PEOPLE TOLL MAKE BETTER AND SAFER CHOICES ABOUT TO INCREASE THE STRENGTH AND RESILIENCY OF COMMUNITIES. WE ALSO TOOK SOME VERY MEANINGFUL STEP TOOS — STEPS TO INTRADICT THE SUPPLY OF GUNS.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THERE ARE OTHER AS SMEKS IMPACTING GUN VIOLENCE AND MAYBE WE CAN TURN TO DR. JULIE MAJI, A CLINICAL SEE KIE TRI AND THE INTERSECTION OF MENTAL HEALTH ABOUT GUN VIOLENCE IS SOMETHING THAT IS OFTEN BROUGHT UP IN THE NEWS ABOUT LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU A BIT, JULIE. >>THANK YOU, MR. TRUDEAU. I’M A SEE KIE TRI AND MENTAL ILLNESS — PSYCHIATRIST AND MENTAL ILLNESS IS PREVALENT FOR CANADIANS. THE MOST DEVASTATING OUTCOME FOR ANY PATIENT OF MINE OR FOR A FAMILY MEMBER IS DEATH BY SUICIDE. TODAY I WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE’RE TALKING NOT JUST ABOUT SORT OF GANG VIOLENCE AND MASS SHOOTINGS WHICH OF COURSE ARE PORN AND WHAT WE HEAR ABOUT IN THE MEDIA BUT ALSO ABOUT THE FACT THAT OVER 70% OF GUN DEATHS IN CANADA IS DEATH BY SUICIDE. SO WE CANNOT HAVE THIS CONVERSATION UNLESS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE. SO AS A PSYCHIATRIST I HAVE AN SLEW PRIVILEGE OF SITTING WITH PEOPLE AT TIMES IN THEIR LIFE WHEN THERE’S GREAT SUFFERING AND DESPAIR AND I’VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING PEOPLE AND HELPING THEM OVERCOME SUICIDAL CRISES AND ACCESSING THE MOST RESILIENTS PARTS OF THEMSELVES, BUT I AND MY COLLEAGUES CAN ONLY DO THAT IF THEY’RE ALIVE. IF WE HAVE INDIVIDUALS SHOWING UP IN DR. AHMED OR DR. GOMEZ’ TRAUMA BAY BEFORE THEY’RE IN MY OFFICE OSH THE OFFICE OF MY COLLEAGUES WE ABSOLUTELY MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY TO ASSIST THEM. WE FAILED THEM. THAT IS AN OUTCOME WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE.>>ONE OF THE INTERVENTIONS IS TO FIND LEGISLATIVE WAYS TO LIMIT PEOPLES’ MEDIATE ACCESS TO FIREARMS. INDIVIDUALS WITH MANY COMMUNITIES WHO LIVE IN A HOME WITH A GUN THEIR RISK OF DYING BY SUICIDE IS FIVE TIMES HIGHER THAN THE GENERAL POPULATION. THE STATISTIC WE CAN’T IGNORE. THE OTHER PEOPLE I SEE IN MY OFFICE ARE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE SURVIVED GUN VIOLENCE. AND MY TRAUMA SURGEON, COLLEAGUES, MY FAMILY PHYSICIAN COLLEAGUES WILL TALK A LOT ABOUT THE MULTIPLE SURGERIES AND REHAB, PHYSICAL REHAB THAT HAS TO EXIST TO BRING THEM SORT OF TO HELP THEM RECOVER. THE OTHER PART THAT HAS TO RECOVER IS THEIR MIND AND THEIR BRAIN. AND WE — IT TAKES JUST AS MUCH TREATMENT AND SUPPORT TO HELP AN INDIVIDUAL AFTER THEY HAVE HAD AN EXPERIENCE OF HAVING THEIR SAFETY RIPPED OUT FROM UNDER THEM AND BEING SHOT. IT’S — YOU KNOW, WE CAN’T FORGET THE TOLL THAT TAKES ON THEM AND ON THEIR FAMILIES. IF I COULD SAY ONE LAST PARTING THING I THINK IS I WOULD LIKE MY ELECTED OFFICIALS TO FOCUS ON PROTECTING INDIVIDUALS WHEN THEY’RE AT THEIR MOST VULNERABLE. AND THAT IS WHAT I HOPE FOR FOR MY PATIENTS, MY FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY. I THINK BY, YOU KNOW, PUTTING IN LEGISLATION THAT ACTUALLY ADDRESSES THIS ISSUE EFFECTIVELY IS A WAY OF DOING THAT AND LOOKING AFTER OUR MOST VULNERABLE. THANK YOU.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU, JULIE. TWO PEOPLE TO YOUR LEFT IS DR. VOOU — SUZANNE SUSSAFAMILY PHYSICIAN. CAN YOU SHARE YOUR PERSPECTIVE ON THIS, PLEASE?>>THANK YOU. AS AN INDIGENOUS WOMAN AND INTERGENERATIONAL SURVIVE OF THE RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SYSTEM I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ORANGE SHIRT DAY TODAY. THANK YOU. SO AS A PHYSICIAN I HAVE TREATED GUN VIOLENCE IN URBAN AND RURAL SETTINGS MULTIPLE TIME ABOUT SOMETIMES IN REMOTE NORTHERN HOSPITALS IN VERY SIMPLE TRAUMA BAYS WITH NO SUPPORTS OF SURGERY, INTENSIVE CARE OR ANAESTHESIA AND SEVERE COMPLICATIONS OF TRAUMA ON MENTAL, SOCIAL HEALTH AND IN PATIENTS AS YOUNG AS FOUR YEARS OLD. GUN VIOLENCE IS A TERROR ABOUT DEVASTATING AND CRIPPLING FOR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES. AS PER SECTION 7 OF THE CHARTER OF RIGHTS I TRULY BELIEVE FREEDOM FROM GUN VIOLENCE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. COMMUNITIES SHOULD NOT FEAR POLICE SHOOTINGS, GANG RELATED SHOOTINGS OR ANY OTHER FORM OF GUN VIOLENCE. CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO MASS SHOOTER DRILLS IN CLASS AS MY CHILDREN HAVE HAD TO. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT GUN VIOLENT IS ONLY A SYMPTOM. IT CAN BE A SYMPTOM OF DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ONLINE RADICALIZATION AND HATE AND POWERS DUE TO STRUCTURES OF INEQUITY, SYSTEMATIC RACISM IN EDUCATION, CRIMINAL JUSTICE, HEALTH EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING ABOUT MORE. THESE ROOT CAUSES MUST BE ADDRESSED. A WEAPONS BAN WILL NOT BE ENOUGH. GUN BUY-BACK PROGRAMS CANNOT WORK WITHOUT ADDRESSING STRUCTUREAL DISENFRANCHISEMENT AND ECONOMIC EXCLUSION THAT IMPACTS BLACK AND INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES. WHEN HAVING A GUN CAN THE ONLY POWER THEY HAVE IN LIFE, WE CANNOT EXPECT A BUY-BACK PROGRAM TO BE EFFECTIVE. WE CANNOT ELIMINATE GANG CULTURE WITHOUT ELIMINATING SYSTEMATIC RACISM. CHILDREN OF COLOUR NEEDS TO FEEL BELONGED EVERYWHERE. WE CANNOT ELIMINATE GANG CULTURE WITHOUT ELIMINATING SYSTEMATIC POVERTY AS A PORT FORM OF VIOLENCE. FUNDING COMMUNITY INITIATIVES IS IMPORTANT BUT MONEY MUST GET TO THE COMMUNITIES IN SMART, MEANINGFUL WAYS. THIS REQUIRES THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE OF FUNDING DISTRIBUTION TO HAVE AN INCIDENT MAT UNDERSTANDING OF THE PEOPLE THEY’RE TRYING TO SERVE. COMMUNITIES TRULY KNOW WHAT THEY NEED AND THEY HAVE TO BE EMPOWERED TO ACT. STARTING TO UNDERSTAND AS MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT GUN VIOLENCE, LIKE THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC, IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. SYSTEMS TO PREVENT, SCREEN AND TREAT TRAUMA AND THE ROOT CAUSES OF GUN VIOLENCE.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU. BESIDE YOU IS DR. LIN WILSON. THE VICE DEAN OF U OF T’S MEDICAL SCHOOL. CAN YOU SHSHARE THE MORE ACADEMIC PERSPECTIVE YOU HAVE, D IF NOT YOUR% PERKTIVE AS A DOCTOR. >>I THINK I’LL FOCUS MOSTLY ON MY PERSPECTIVE AS A DOCTOR AND A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. I’VE BEEN A FAMILY DOCTOR FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND THE STANDARD OF PRACTICE HAS CHANGED IN MY PRACTICE DUE TO THE PROLIFERATION OF GUN AND GUN VIOLENCE IN OUR COUNTRY AND JUST GOING TO MENTION A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. SO BEING A FAMILY DOCTOR IS VERY — A VERY PRIVILEGED ROLE IN OUR SOCIETY. I GET TO LOOK AFTER CHILDREN, ADULTS, MULTIPLE GENERATION OF ONE FAMILY AND THESE ARE THE THING THAT HAVE CHANGED IN RECENT TIMES. WHEN I SEE A WELL BABY OR WELL CHILD IN MY PRACTICE, PART OF THE STANDARD IS TO ASK IF THERE’S A GUN IN THE HOME AND IF THERE IS A GUN IN THE HOME, IS IT SAFELY SECURED BECAUSE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE SEE, THE TRAGEDIES WE SEE AROUND ACCIDENTAL DEATHS OF CHILDREN. WHEN I SEE A WOMAN FOR HER WELL WOMAN CARE, I ROUTINELY SCREEN FOR WHETHER OR NOT SHE’S EXPERIENCED INCIDENT MAT PARTNER VIOLENCE AND IF SHE SAYS THAT’S OCCURRING, WHETHER IT’S EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, I ALSO ASK THERE S THERE A WEAPON IN THE HOME OR DOES YOUR PARTNER HAVE ACCESS TO A WEAPON. MANY OF MY PATIENTS VERY SADLY EXPERIENCE VERY SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND VERY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE CARE AND OF COURSE I ALWAYS ASK ABOUT WHETHER THEY HAVE SUICIDAL THOUGHTS ABOUT IF THEY DO, THEN IT’S MY JOB TO ASK WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO A GUN FOR THE REASONS THAT JULIE MAGGI WAS TALKING ABOUT. THE IF OTHER PART OF MY PRACTICE IS THE COUNSELLING I PROVIDE TO INDIVIDUALS, WHETHER GOING THROUGH AN ACUTE CRISIS OR LONG-TERM MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. I MUST SAY THAT OVER THE YEARS I HAVE — IN PARTICULARLY IN RECENT YEARS I’M AMAZED BY THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY SEVERELY IMPACTED IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER BY VIOLENCE AND OFTEN DEATH DUE TO GUNS BUT ALSO SOME OF THE OTHER VERY IMPORTANT SOCIAL ISSUES THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE, AND WHAT I SEE ARE PEOPLE WHOSE SIBLINGS ARE EITHER GONE — GONE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, RIGHT? THEY’VE DIED BECAUSE OF GUNS OR PERHAPS THEY ARE NOW INCARCERATED AND I SEE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST RELATIVES IN OTHER WAYS. THE THING IS THAT THE TRAUMA GOES ON AND ON AND IT’S OFTEN MULTI GENERATIONAL AND IT — IN A WAY I DON’T THINK IT EVER TRULY GOES AWAY. SO FINALLY I JUST WANT TO MAKE ANOTHER COMMENT. AS I LISTEN TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO I THINK ARE ALSO VERY REMARKABLE, RIGHT? WHETHER THE TRAUMA SURGEONS, THE SORT OF WORK SUZANNE DOES, JUST REMARKABLE PEOPLE AND I THINK ABOUT AS A FAMILY DOCK FOR WHAT A PASSIONATE ADVOCATE I AM FOR OUR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND THERE IS A NATIONAL DEBATE ABOUT CAN WE PUT IT GOING, WHAT ARE THE PRESSURES ON THE SYSTEM. ASIDE FROM THE PERSONAL HUMAN TRAGEDY WE’RE ALL TALKING ABOUT I ALSO THINK ABOUT THE STRAIN ON OUR SYSTEM. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY THAT COULD BE ARE DIRECTED IN OTHER WAYS TO HELP OUR FRAIL, ELDERLY PATIENTS AND ON AND ON. ALL I WANT TO SAY IS I REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US TO HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE THIS DIALOGUE TODAY.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU, LIN. I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU ALL. I WANT TO STAR REBECCA AND SUZANNE AND ADAM, RANDY AND ILENE. REBECCA, YOU’RE AN RN AT THE TRAUMA NEUROLOGICAL INSTITUTE.>>I AM A NURSE. I WORKED IN THE TRAUMA NEUROSURGICAL ICU AT ST. MIKE’S. I SEE AFTER THE INITIAL CONTACT IN THE TRAUMA BAY, I’M THEN PART OF THE TEAM THAT LONG-TERM TAKES CARE OF THE PATIENT WHILE THEY’RE IN THE ICU. I DEFINITELY SEE THE EFFECTS OF GUN VIOLENCE AND IT’S TRAGIC. WE ALSO CONSOLING THE FAMILIES. EVERYBODY IS ASKING WHY. WHAT CAN BE DONE? WHAT CAN BE DIFFERENT? SO I’M DEFINITELY IMPACTED IN THAT ROLE. AND IT IS A STRAIN ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OVERALL AS WELL. THERE’S A LOT OF TIME AND RESOURCES THAT GO INTO HELPING PEOPLE. AS IT SHOULD BE. BUT ON THE FLIPSIDE I’M ALSO — I DON’T GET TO LEAVE WORK AND STEP AWAY FROM I. I ALSO LIVE DOWNTOWN. I LIVE WITHIN IT. SO IT’S PART OF MY DAY-TO-DAY LIFE WHETHER I’M AT HOME TAKING CARE OF MY THREE KIDS OR WHETHER I’M AT THE HOSPITAL TAKING CARE OF THE PEOPLE THAT WE DO SAVE THAT SURVIVE GUN VIOLENCE SO I DEFINITELY THINK MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE IN TERMS OF RESTRICTING ACCESS TO THESE WEAPONS. I’LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: DR. BENO, YOUR PAEDIATRIC AND EMERGENCY DOCTOR. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSPECTIVE. >>THANK YOU, MR. TRUDEAU, FOR HAVING THIS DISCUSSION HERE. I AM A PAEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICALFY SIG AND DIRECT THE TRAUMA PROGRAM AT THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN AS WELL. WHILE I’VE HAD EXPERIENCE LOOKING AFTER ALL AGES, PEOPLE WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS, MY EXPERTISE IS IN PAEDIATRICS. I WANT TO THANK LIN FOR BRINGING THE ISSUES FORWARD. FIREARMS AS WE’VE HEARD ARE A SIGNIFICANT AND PREVENTABLE CAUSE OF DEATH AND DISABILITY IN CHILDREN, IN CANADIAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH. THERE IS — THERE IS NO WORSE THING THAN HAVING TO TELL A PARK THAT THEY’VE LOST THEIR CHILD AND LOSING A CHILD TO GUN VIOLENCE IS UNIMAGINE BLG HORROR. — UNIMAGINABLE HORROR. NOT ONLY ARE KIDS DIRECTLY INJURED FROM FIREARMS ABOUT THEY ARE, THE YOUNGER AND SMALLER THAT YOU ARE, EACH TIME SOMEBODY IS SHOT THERE IS INEVITABLY IMPACTED AND THE PHYSICAL AND PSYCHO SOCIAL RIPPLE EFFECT OF GUN TRAUMA IS FAR-REACHING, LONG-TERM AND EXTENDS WELL BEYOND THE ACUTE INJURY. INTENTIONAL VIOLENCE LIKE SUICIDE AND HOMICIDE IS DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTING YOUNG ADOLESCENT MALES ABOUT THEIR RISK FROM DEATH FROM FIREARM INJURIES NOW EXCEEDS ALL OTHER INJURIES COMBINED FROM FIRE, FALLS, DROWNINGS, ET ET CETERA. MOSTLY OCCURRING IN THE HOME AND DIRECTLY RELATED TO INAPPROPRIATE ACCESS TO GUNS. YOUNG CHILDREN ARE DEVELOPMENTAL LIQUEURRY USE. THEY DON’T HAVE THE COGNITIVE MATURITY TO APPRECIATE DANGER ABOUT ADD LES SECONDS ARE NOTORIOUSLY IMPULSIVE AND VULNERABLE FOR THE RISK OF A LETHAL MEAN OF SUICIDE EASILY ACCESS IN THEIR HOME. OUR TRAUMA PROGRAM A HAS NOTICED A TREND, IN 2018 WE CARE FORD THE SAME NUMBER OF CHILDREN WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS AS THE PREVIOUS YEARS COMBINED. THANKFULLY THE NUMBERS REMAIN SMALL IN COMPARISON TO ADULT, TRAUMA CENTRES. DESPITE STRONG PREVENTION EFFORTS AND GREAT SUCCESS, SOCIETY DOES TEND TO IM POLICE — IMPLICITLY WITH LIFE ALTERING OR ENDING INJURY. I JUST WANT TO STIPULATE IT MUST NEVER BECOME ROUTINE OR ACCEPTABLE AR NORMAL FOR US TO HEAR OF CANADIAN CHILDRENS IN THEIR DALE LIE LIVES TO BE AT RISK. SO FOR KIDS REMOVING ACCESS TO FIREARMS IS LIFESAVING AND THERE’S MULTIPLE MEDICAL PAEDIATRIC SURGICAL SOCIETIES ALL WHOSE JOB SIT TO LOOK AFTER THE WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN AND STRONGLY ADVOCATE FOR SAFE STORAGE AND REMOVAL OF GUNS IN THE HOME FOR CONCERNS FOR DOE MOST TICK VIOLENT. THE AND YAN PAEDIATRIC SOCIETY, SUPPORTS THE LEGISLATION OF AIR AND BB GUNS AS WELL. THEY HAVE ENOUGH VELOCITY SO CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY AND DEATH IN CHILDREN. AS DAVID MENTIONED EXPANDING RESEARCH PROGRAMS TO OBTAIN THE DATA WE NEED TO GUIDE POLICY IS ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. SO IN SUMMARY AGREE WITH THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH WITH THE MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH TO REDUCE ROOT CAUSES AND VERY IMPORTANT FOR CANADIAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: THANK YOU, DOCTOR. ADAM VAUGHAN, A LONG ADVOCATE FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO AND OUR M.P. AND SOMEONE WHO’S WORKED AT CITY HALL AJOURNALIST, UNDERSTANDS THE MULTIPLE DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH AND MOVIE AND HOUSING AND ACCESS TO GUNS. >>I HAD A DOOR KNOCK THIS WEEKEND AND THE MOTHER BEHIND THE DOOR, ALL SHE WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WAS THE KID SHE LOST. A HARD DOOR KNOCK. IT’S — I WISH TO GOD IT WASN’T THE FIRST ONE. IT CAME FROM A NEIGHBOURHOOD WHERE YOU DON’T EXPECT THAT CONVERSATION AND JUST — IT’S JUST — IT’S TOO MUCH. IF IT IMPACTS THE CANDIDATE LISTENING YOU HAVE TO KNOW IT IMPACTS THE MOM AND THE FAMILY AND THE SIBLINGS AND THE GRANDMOTHER. THE BULLET STOPS ABOUT THE RICOCHET CONTINUES ABOUT IT’S TRAUMA AND BIG IN THE CITY. HURTING KIDS. YOU KNOW, AT SOME POINT THE POLITICIANS THAT TALK ON THIS ISSUE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PUT THE SAME KIND OF ENERGY INTO CUTTING THE YELLOW TAPE AS THEY DO THE RED TAPE. THEY JUST WON’T. WHAT THE FAMILIES ARE SAYING IS THAT IF YOU — THEY TRUST US AT POLITICIANS. THE COMPLEXITY OF THIS IS ISSUE IS THIS, WE’RE NOT BUILDING STRONG ENOUGH COMMUNITIES CREATING THE RESILIENT ENOUGH CHILDREN. THE FAMILIES WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT THE PERPETRATORS BECAUSE THEY COME MANY TIMES FROM THE SAME COMMUNITIES AND JUST AS HEART BROKEN FOR THE FAMILIES THAT LOSE A KID TO THE PRISON SYSTEM OR TO THE GANG LIFE OR LOSE A KID TO THE COLD INDIFFERENCE FOR SOMEBODY ELSE’S LIFE. THEY SEE IT HOLISTICALLY MTHE COMPREHENSIVE WAY AND WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND THEY WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT BETTER HOUSING AND THEY WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT CHILD CARE. THEY WANT YOU TO TALK ABOUT THE WHOLE ARRAY OF ISSUES BECAUSE THE RICOCHETS HIT THE OTHER ISSUES, TOO. IF WE’RE GOING TO HONOUR THOSE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TALK ABOUT GUN CONTROL WE HAVE TO GET TO STEP IN AND STEP UP EQUALLY ON THE OR DETERMINANTS. IF WE CAN BUILD STRONGER NEIGHBOURHOODS WE CAN BUILD A STRONGER COUNTRY. WE GET A MORE RESILIENT JEPRATION OF KIDS. I DON’T KNOW THE NEXT DOCTOR THAT WILL CURE THE COMMON COLD BUT IF A BULLET TAKES THEM OUT IN REXDALE, IT’S ON US. IT’S GOT TO STOP. AS A POLITICAL ORGANIZATION, AS A CULTURE, AS A SOCIETY, AS A CITY, EVERY STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION IS A GOOD STEP BUT IF WE DON’T MAKE ENOUGH STEPS IT’S NOT A MARCH AND NOT GOING TO GET TO WHERE WE NEED TO GET TO. I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL. IN PARTICULAR HEALING THE FAMILIES IN THE AFTERMATH. THE NEXT BULLET GOTTA STOP AND WE CAN DO IT.>>Prime Minister Trudeau: BRANDY TANENBAUM. >>JUST TO CLARIFY, I’M NOT A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER. CENTRE FOR INJURY PREVENTION AND A PROGRAM COORDINATOR. MY PARKS WOULD BE QUITE HAPPENFY IF I WAS A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER. I’M NOT. WORKING IN INJURY PREVENTION AND SHARE MY THOUGHTS ON MY INJURY PREVENTION AND WORKING TIRELESSLY ON MULTIPLE GIN RURRY ISSUES. IT LEADS — LEADING CAUSE OF DISABILITY IN HOSPITALIZATION AND A MASSIVE ISSUE AND GUN VIOLENCE IS CERTAINLY PART OF THAT AND THERE’S A TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE BETWEEN HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY TO CREATE THE NEEDED CHANGE IN HEALTH OUTCOMES. WORKING IN INJURY PREVENTION CAN SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE PUSHING A BOULDER UP A MOUNTAINSIDE. AT SUNNYBROOK WE’VE SEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VIOLENT INJURIES IN OUR TRAUMA CENTRE AND REALLY CONCERNING. WHAT’S MOST FRUSTRATING I’VE HEARD FROM OUR PRACTITIONERS IS TREATING THE SAME PATIENT MULTIPLE TIMES SO THE ISSUE OF RECIDIVISM IS AN ENORMOUS PROBLEM. OUR MEDICAL TEAMS WOULD DO PRE THEN DOUSE WORK TO FIX THE PHYSICAL INJURIES AND SEND PEOPLE BACK TO COMMUNITY. WE’RE REALIZING WE CAN DO A MUCH BETTER JOB WHEN WE CAN COLLABORATE WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND CREATE LINKAGES DIRECTLY TO PATIENTS WHEN THEY NEED THEM MOST AND HELP TO CHANGE THEIR TRAJECTORY. WE KNOW MUCH MORE TODAY ABOUT THE UNDERLYING CONDITIONS THAT INFLUENCE VIOLENCE. I’M PUNCTUATING THE POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE. WITH OUR PARTNERS IN HEALTH CARE, PUBLIC HEALTH AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TOGETHER. WE’RE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS ACROSS THE CITY TO IMPLEMENT A HOSPITAL-BASED VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM. BUT THERE’S BARRIERS TO CREATING PROGRAMS LIKE THIS IN TERMS OF THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO SUPPORT THEM. SO WE HOPE TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNERS IN THE CITY AND ACROSS THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITY THAT WE’LL BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS GREAT PROGRAM. IT REQUIRES INNOVATION AND COLLABORATIVE SOLUTIONS AND I THINK THAT’S THE KEY TO GUN CONTROL AND GUN VIOLENCE IS THAT WE LOOK AT THIS THROUGH MULTIPLE LENS. IT’S NOT A SIMPLE SOLUTION AND IT — WE CAN’T REINVENT THE WHEEL. WE NEED TO FIND THESE NEW WAYS TO WORK TOGETHER BREAKING DOWN THE SILOS BETWEEN US TO ACHIEVE THE HEALTHY OUTCOMES WE WANT FOR EVERY COMMUNITY AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL. THANK YOU. [Please Stand By]>>WE KNOW THAT VIOLENCE AT LARGE IS HAVING A LARGE IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF OUR CITY. AND AS THE MEDICAL OFFICER OF HEALTH FOR THE CITY OF TORONTO THAT OBVIOUSLY CONCERNS ME. IT CONCERNS ME FOR TORONTO BUT IT CONCERNS ME BEYOND THE BORDERS OF TORONTO. AND WE HAVE HEARD MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ALREADY SPEAK ABOUT HOW THIS IS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE. AND HOW THEREFORE THAT CALLS FOR A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH. SO I WILL NOT BELABOUR THE POINT, BUT I WILL SAY A FEW WORDS IN RESPECT OF WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO VIOLENCE AT LARGE? CERTAINLY WE KNOW THAT RESTRICTING FIREARMS, RESTRICTING ACCESS TO FIREARMS AND AMMUNITION IS PART OF THE EQUATION. IT IS AN IMPORTANT PART, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT IT IS ONLY PART OF THE EQUATION. WE HAVE HEARD MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES AROUND THIS PANEL SPEAK TO THE NEED FOR ALL LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AND ALL OF US IN OUR COMMUNITY TO THINK ABOUT HOW BEST WE ADDRESSED — ADDRESS THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. AS A PUBLIC HEALTH PRACTITIONER, I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT IS EXTREMELY HEARTENING TO HEAR HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS SPEAK SO ELOQUENTLY AND SO PASSIONATELY ABOUT THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. HEALTHCARE IS INCREDIBLY, INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THE HEALTH STATUS OF OUR POPULATION. BUT WE KNOW THAT WHAT REALLY CREATES AND MAINTAINS HEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES, WHETHER IN BIG CITIES LIKE TORONTO OR SMALL JURISDICTIONS FURTHER NORTH, ARE THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH. PEOPLE NEED TO HAVE ACCESS NOT JUST TO HOUSING BUT TWO HOMES. PLACES WHERE THEY BELONG. A FULL NEED TO HAVE ACCESS TO EMPLOYMENT AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES. PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL THAT THEY HAVE CONNECTIONS, THAT THEY HAVE SUPPORTS, SOCIAL SUPPORTS, SOCIAL NETWORKS TO RELY ON, WHEN CHALLENGING TIMES ARISE. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED IN ORDER TO ACTUALLY SOLVE THIS ISSUE, TO MITIGATE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF VIOLENCE ON THE HEALTH STATUS OF OUR COMMUNITIES. SO WHY WOULD ENCOURAGE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM, YES THERE IS A ROLE FOR GOVERNMENT, YES THERE IS A ROLE FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, YES THERE IS A ROLE FOR THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT I GUESS THERE IS A ROLE FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT. BUT EACH OF US HAS A ROLE TO PLAY BEYOND THAT WHICH OUR GOVERNMENT CAN DO. AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IN THIS ROOM TO THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT ROLE LOOKS LIKE AND HOW WE INTEND TO ACT UPON THAT.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH DOCTOR. THANK YOU OLIVER BEING PART OF THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION THIS MORNING. WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITIES SAFE AND WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY, MANY ELEMENTS TO REFLECT ON, FROM INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE TO MENTAL HEALTH TO GUNS AND GANGS. WE KNOW THAT THERE’S ALWAYS MORE THAT WE NEED TO DO AS A SOCIETY, AND THAT IS WHY AS A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WE ARE PROPOSING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SOME OF THE STRONGEST GUN-CONTROL MEASURES IN YEARS IN THIS COUNTRY. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS CONVERSATION WITH MANY, MANY CANADIANS AS WE TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFER AND TAKING A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE ON GUNS AND NONVIOLENCE IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ADDITION TO THE CONVERSATION. SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE ALL BEEN LEANING ON FOR MANY YEARS AND I AM VERY PLEASED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION THIS MORNING. THANK YOU.>>>NOW I AM GOING TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS FROM MEDIA. CHRIS REYNOLDS.>>Reporter: , CANADIAN PRESS. THE PREMIER ONTARIO WHERE TORONTO HAS SEEN A STARK RISE IN FATAL GUN VIOLENCE HAS SAID HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN A BAN ON HANDGUN SALES. HE OPPOSES IT. HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH DOUG FORD SINCE THE WRIT DROPPED? I.>>THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN UNFORTUNATELY SEEING RIGHT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS WANT TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL. WHERE WE WANT TO STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL. AND THAT IS AT THE HEART OF THE CHOICE THAT CANADIANS ARE FACING IN THIS UPCOMING ELECTION. DO WE STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL IN A WAY THAT WILL KEEP SAFETIES, COMMUNITIES, AND CANADIANS SAFER? OR DO WE WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL. WE HAVE COMMITTED TO MOVE FORWARD TO GIVE CITIES THE TOOLS, MUNICIPALITIES THAT WANT THE TOOLS TO RESTRICT OR BAN AND GUNS. WE WILL WORK WITH THE PROVINCES WHEREVER POSSIBLE AND I CERTAINLY HOPE THE PROVINCES WILL LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF EXPERTS AND THE VOICES OF MUNICIPAL LEADERS WHO ARE DEMANDING MORE TOOLS TO FIGHT BACK NONVIOLENCE THEY ARE FACING. BUT WE WILL ENSURE THAT CITIES HAVE THE TOOLS TO BAN OR RESTRICT HANDGUNS AS THEY WISH. [ Speaking French ]>>Voice of Translator: WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE SOME CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS WHO ARE SEEKING TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL WHETHER AT THE ANDREW SCHEER, DOUG PORTER OTHERS. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS THE CHOICE CANADIANS HAVE TO MAKE. ARE WE GOING TO TIGHTEN UP GUN-CONTROL WITH THE LIBERAL GOVERNMENT, OR ARE WE GOING TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL WITH A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT? WE HAVE PUT FORWARD EXTREMELY STRONG MEASURES TO TIGHTEN GUN-CONTROL INCLUDING PROVIDING MORE TOOLS TO SAFETIES SO THAT THEY CAN RESTRICT OR EVEN BAN HANDGUNS. [ End of Translation ]>>SPEAKER-04: VERY LASTLY, A LOT OF THE ADVOCATES HERE TODAY OR PROFESSIONALS HERE TODAY AS WELL AS ANTI- GUNNER GUN-CONTROL ADVOCATES SAY THAT THIS REALLY IS NOT ENOUGH. THAT ASSAULT ON BANDS DO NOT GO FAR ENOUGH. A HANDGUN BAN IS NEEDED. HOW DO ANSWER THEM? WHY NOT GO FURTHER?>>WE ARE PUTTING FORWARD THE STRONGEST MEASURES AROUND GUN-CONTROL THAT CANADA HAS SEEN IN MANY YEARS. BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT STRONGER GUN-CONTROL IS SOMETHING OUR COMMUNITIES NEED, SOMETHING CANADIANS NEED, SOMETHING CANADIANS EXPECT TO KEEP THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES SAFE. WE HAVE HEARD HEARTBREAKING STORIES FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE ON THE FRONT LINES AND WHO ARE DEALING EVERY DAY WITH THE IMPACT ON FAMILIES. AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH SIGNIFICANT GUN-CONTROL MEASURES THAT WILL BAN MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS THAT HAVE BEEN USED IN MASS SHOOTINGS INCREASINGLY IN THE UNITED STATES BUT ALSO IN CANADA. WE ARE ALSO MOVING FORWARD TO GIVE MUNICIPALITIES THE POWER TO RESTRICT OR BAN HANDGUNS. THESE ARE MEASURES THAT THE CONSERVATIVES HAVE ANNOUNCED A NOT ONLY WILL THEY NOT DO BUT THEY WILL REVERSE THAT GUN-CONTROL MEASURES WE BROUGHT AND LIKE TOUGHER BACKGROUND CHECKS. AND VERIFICATION OF PERMITS BEFORE YOU ACTUALLY BUY A GUN. THE CHOICE FOR CANADIANS IS CRYSTAL CLEAR. LIBERALS WILL STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL, CONSERVATIVES WILL WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL.>>Reporter: NEWS TALK 1010. WE ARE HEARING OF NEW AND VERY CREATIVE WAYS OF GETTING THESE WEAPONS ACROSS THE BORDER AND THEY ARE MAKING IT ACROSS THE BORDER. HOW BIG OF A PROBLEM IS THIS IN, YOU KNOW, BATTLING GUN VIOLENCE AND, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS BEING DONE TO SOLVE IT? UNDER.>>TEN YEARS OF STEPHEN HARPER, THE CONSERVATIVES CUT FUNDING FOR THE CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES AGENCY’S. WE ACTUALLY INVESTED SIGNIFICANTLY OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN BETTER MEASURES OF THE BORDER TO CONTROL THE FLOW OF GUNS AND FROM THE UNITED STATES. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE THAT OUR BORDER AGENTS HAVE THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SLOW THE FLOW OF GUNS, ILLEGAL GUNS FROM THE UNITED STATES. BUT WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE ARE MANY GUNS ILLEGALLY PURCHASED IN CANADA THAT HANDS UP IN THE HANDS — AND UP IN THE HANDS OF CRIMINALS. WHICH IS WHY WE ARE MOVING FORWARD TO GIVE BETTER TOOLS TO OUR POLICE AGENCIES TO MONITOR BULK PURCHASES OF HANDGUNS. AND WE ARE ALSO MOVING FORWARD ON STRONGER REGULATIONS FOR STORAGE, PARTICULARLY FOR GUN RANGES AND RETAIL OUTLETS THAT SELL HANDGUNS, TO ENSURE THAT THOSE GUNS DO NOT END UP ON OUR STREETS AS WELL. WE HAVE TAKEN MANY MEASURES AND WE ARE GOING TO BE TAKING MORE MEASURES BUT IT COMES DOWN TO THAT STRAIGHTFORWARD CHOICE FOR CANADIANS. LIBERALS ARE GOING TO STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL, CONSERVATIVES WANT TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL. [ Speaking French ] [ Speaking French ]>>Voice of Translator: WE HAVE INVESTED IN THE BORDER SERVICES AGENCY OVER THE PAST FIGURES. CONSERVATIVES HAD REDUCED THE INVESTMENTS IN BORDER CROSSING CONTROL. AND WE ARE HERE TO MAKE SURE THAT GUN-CONTROL AND THE BANNING OF WEAPONS FROM THE US IS MORE EFFICIENT. AND THAT OUR SYSTEM WORKS MORE EFFICIENTLY. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT HANDGUNS THAT ARE STOLEN OR BOUGHT ILLEGALLY IN CANADA ARE OFTEN TIMES FOUND ON HER STREETS. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE CONCRETE MEASURES TO PROVIDE MORE TOOLS TO POLICE SERVICES. AT THE SAME TIME THE CHOICE IS VERY SIMPLE. A LIBERAL GOVERNMENT IS SEEKING TO HAVE TIGHTER GUN CONTROL. THE WANT TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL. THAT IS THE CHOICE CANADIANS HAVE TO MAKE.>>Reporter: HE MENTIONED THAT CANADIANS NEED TO ELECT A GOVERNMENT THAT WILL LISTEN TO PEOPLE SIMILAR TO THE PANEL SITTING BEHIND YOU. AND WE HAVE HEARD TODAY THAT SOME PEOPLE SITTING ON THAT PANEL WANT AND VIOLENCE DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. WHY HAS IT NOT BEEN DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS BY YOUR GOVERNMENT?>>WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN TANGIBLE WAYS THAT IS GOING TO COUNTER GUN VIOLENCE. WE MADE DEEPER BACKGROUND CHECKS. WE OF BUT MEASURES IN PLACE THROUGH OUR COMMITMENTS IN C. 70 WANT TO MAKE SAFE TRANSPORT A MORE CONTROLLED ELEMENT. THERE ARE MANY MEASURES WE HAVE TAKEN TO STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN GUN-CONTROL WITH A BAN ON MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS AND EMPOWERING CITIES TO BAN HANDGUNS. THESE ARE THE THINGS PEOPLE ARE CALLING FOR. THEY ARE CONCRETE ACTIONS NOT JUST STATEMENTS OF URGENCY. BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY THAT GUN VIOLENCE IS BECOMING AS HIGHLIGHTED BY THESE PROFESSIONALS. [ Speaking French ]>>Voice of Translator: WE RECOGNIZE THE URGENCY TO ACT. THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TAKEN CONCRETE MEASURES OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS IN ORDER TO TIGHTEN GUN-CONTROL. WE ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE IS MORE ACTION REQUIRED IN THAT IS WHAT WE ARE DOING. WITH THIS PROPOSAL TO BAN MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT WEAPONS. AND ALSO TO ALLOW OUR MUNICIPALITIES THE ABILITY TO BAN HANDGUNS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACT AND ONCE AGAIN, THE CHOICE IS CLEAR BETWEEN THE CONSERVATIVES WHO WANT TO WEAKEN GUN-CONTROL AND THE LIBERALS WHO WANT TO TIGHTEN GUN-CONTROL. [ End of Translation ]>>Voice of Translator:>>Reporter: ON NETFLIX AND OTHER WEB JOINTS YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAX THEM. WE CANNOT INCREASE TAXES THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND. HOW CAN PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT YOU’RE GOING TO IMPLEMENT SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING YOU’RE NOT GOING TO DO?>>WE PROMISED IN 2015 THAT WE WOULD NOT DO IT AND WE DID NOT GET. BUT OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING AS WE HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. THEY ARE FACING THE SAME CHALLENGES AS WE ARE. WE ARE WORKING IN A COORDINATED FASHION WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT CANADIANS EXPECT. WE SEE WEB GIANTS SUCH AS DISNEY AND AMAZON ARRIVING AT THE CANADIAN MARKET AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT CANADIAN COMPANIES ARE NOT AS ADVANTAGED ONE FACED THESE GLOBAL INI

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  • The USUAL LEFTIST SUSPECTS SKIRTING CAREFULLY AROUND THE ISSUES! UNEMPLOYMENT AFTER BRINGING IN PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO SKILLS & ARE NOW DEEPLY RESENTFUL AT BEING KEPT AWAY FROM THE WEALTH & GOOD LIVING TABLE!
    The ROLE models are then GANGSTAS & PIMPS! DIVERSITY AT ITS BEST! DEMAND THAT EMPLOYERS HIRE RESENTFUL DEAD HEADS & CARRY THE COSTS ALONG WITH A MASSIVE WELFARE & POLICING BILL!
    A better solution would REALLY help to BUILD THEIR COUNTRIES UP!

  • What a stage managed bunch of liars. Every academic source these doctors used to justify their anti-gun position completely contradicted them.

    Naima Ahmed is a deceptive person who misrepresents a social problem as a medical one.

  • When will you people realize that criminals don't follow the laws we have already, how can you be so naive to think they'll follow new ones?? The only people you're penalizing are legally licensed firearm owners, who you vetted and cleared to own them in the first place!!!

  • If you think I am going to allow this traitorous , blackface communist loving traitor take away Canadian citizens right to protect themselves, your wrong. Vote the idiot out of office!
    MADMAX and the People’s Party of Canada (not China!)

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