The War in Toronto

The War in Toronto (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Since Canada Day weekend (June 29th) there have been 11 reported victims of gun violence and one stabbing victim. A situation John Tory describes as a “grave concern” to the city.


This brings the total number of shootings up to 208 and 24 deaths in the City of Toronto… just this year.



One of this weekend’s victims was up-and-coming rapper ‘Smoke Dawg’, best known for touring with Drake during his 2017 Boy Meets World Tour and considered to some as a Toronto legend.


John Tory is blaming many of these recent shootings on gang violence and has reached out to the Federal and Provincial government for assistance with the situation.


Drake and Smoke Dawg (

Members close to beef think that the situation is only going to get worse claiming many of these gangs react in retaliation.


Many think that Smoke Dawg’s death was in retaliation of him shooting part of his music video ‘Fountain Freestyle’ in front of rival gang territory.


No one knows if any of the recent shootings are related but this situation is proving to become an increasingly difficult problem with seemingly no end in sight. It is hard to deny the impulse for retaliation and all we can really do is hope that this is somehow resolved peacefully.

Gollom, Mark. “Spate of Toronto Shootings Setting off the ‘Panic Button’ | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 4 July 2018,

“Drake Pays Tribute to Murdered Rapper Smoke Dawg.” BBC News, BBC, 2 July 2018,

Staff, News. “1 Of 4 Kensington Market Shooting Victims Dead.” CityNews Toronto, 4 July 2018,

“Toronto Mayor Pleads for Help from Ontario, Ottawa after 10 Shot in Five Days.” The Globe and Mail, The Globe and Mail, 4 July 2018,

Lucs, Ieva. “Questions Swirl around Toronto Rapper Smoke Dawg’s Death | CBC News.” CBCnews, CBC/Radio Canada, 2 July 2018,

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