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Tory responds to Brown comments about '416 gang activity' spilling into Peel

Last Updated Sep 17, 2019 at 5:41 pm EDT

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, listens as Toronto Mayor John Tory speaks to media about additional provincial funding for Toronto Police CCTV programs, at the Toronto Police College in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Mayor John Tory has responded to comments made by Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown Monday on Twitter about “416 gang activity” spilling into Peel region.

Brown tweeted after a shooting in Brampton that left one dead and another seriously injured on Highway 410 Monday morning.

The tweet read, “I am sick and tired of 416 gang activity spilling over into Peel Region. We still have not received any of the gun and gang funding that Toronto and Ottawa receive. This is yet another reminder that gang activity doesn’t respect postal codes. The province needs to look at bigger picture.”

Tory responded saying that kind of talk is not constructive towards combating gun violence and all the regions need to work together.

“These are tragedies that affect families and neighbourhoods, they happen in different parts of the region. It is a regional problem and it will require a regional solution, in a sense, that all the government’s work together,” said Tory.

He added he is more than happy to help Brampton get the funding they need.

“That’s the approach I would rather take — is working with them and supporting them in their applications to the province and then working together to combat these people who seem to feel free to put guns in their pockets and use them.”

Brown told 680 NEWS the lack of eligibility for funding is what is frustrating him.

“Toronto police are eligible for provincial funding for combating gun and gang activity. It is ridiculous that we don’t have eligibility for that same funding in Peel region. If there is a gang activity in Etobicoke, adjacent to Brampton, it will not respect the difference in jurisdiction.”

Another targeted shooting in Mississauga over the weekend also left a 17-year-old bystander dead and five others with gunshot wounds, including a 13-year-old girl.