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In this episode of On the Record, we speak with families, activists and politicians who came to march in protest of gun violence in the GTA. We hear from a mother who found her son dead in her driveway, a former gang member who has dedicated his life to gun violence prevention, and local politicians who are trying to help their communities.
We ask: How does a neighbourhood become plagued by gun violence? What have their communities gone through? What’s the solution?
2:56 Prepping for protest – Mothers of Peace Regent Park
9:44 The underlying causes of gun violence
13:39 What the mothers have to say
16:20 Mentoring as a key solution to gun violence
18:28 Policy: what is being done to end gun violence?
22:19 The final word to a local poet, Jayda
Who we heard from in order of appearance
Louis March, Founder of Zero Gun Violence Movement
Sureya Ibrahim, Founder of Mothers of Peace Regent Park
Ines Garcia, Community Worker, with Mothers of Peace Regent Park
Sherri Bonnalie, Founder of Give Proof to our Youth
Spin El Poeta, Poet
Danny Stone, Author and Member of Zero Gun Violence Movement
Shauna Brown, Mother of Demal Graham
Joan Howard, Mother of Kempton Howard
Kelly Whetter, Founder of Gabe’s Red Balloon
Brendan, a friend of Gabe Nikov
Marcell Wilson, Founder of One to One
Suze Morrison, NDP MPP representing Toronto Centre
Chris Glover, NDP MPP representing Spadina-Fort York
Sadness Cosmo by Bruce Ph