We don't think so. Handguns owned even by law-abiding citizens are often stolen and end up in the hands of gang members. The recent shooting at the Eaton Centre is a reminder of the tragic consequences.
But what's needed is a national ban, which would require action from the federal government. This government is obviously not going to do that.
Also in this week's podcast, we take a look at the atrocities in Syria. The international community should mobilize to put an end to the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Instead, we now seem to have an old-fashioned war-by-proxy developing in the region.
Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Kerry Gillespie and Leslie Papp, and by columnist Haroon Siddiqui.
Today we’ll be talking about what to do about the monarchy in Canada now that we’ve celebrated the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. And we’ll look at the issues in the wake of the shooting at Toronto’s Eaton Centre.
Is it time to cut ties with the monarchy? We're a modern, diverse and multi-cultural nation, so why do we need a monarch who only serves as a throw-back to when we were a British colony? On the other hand, what's the problem that abolishing the monarchy would solve for Canada, other than the fact that it's an old-fashioned institution?
Where are the youth workers? In the wake of the Eaton Centre shooting on the weekend, we find that many of the city workers whose job it is to stop young people from getting involved in gang life face layoffs. This move dates back to Mayor Rob Ford's budget cuts in the search for gravy. But there's a solid body of evidence that youth outreach programs work, so why are there so few of these workers and why are we planning to lay off many of the ones that we DO have?
Editorial page editor Andrew Phillips is joined by editorial board members Gordon Barthos and Leslie Papp, and by columnist Bob Hepburn.
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