Here is a Toronto Star piece about the recent spat of violence that in the Peel Region pushing its murder rate to a record high.
Why so many murders in Peel?
Oct 16, 2008 04:30 AM
In the wake of the deaths of four young men on the suburban streets of Mississauga and Brampton since Saturday, community leaders are warning of a potential explosion of youth violence in Peel Region.
They say the window of opportunity to gain control of the problem is rapidly closing as Peel's total homicide tally reached a record 24 on Tuesday.
"When you've got 30,000 new people coming into your community every year and a third of those are youth, and we don't have the capacity to provide the services (and) they're not getting the support they need, something is going to break and this is the tragedy," she said.
Tony da Silva, a trustee with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board, says the major fear is that as Peel gets larger and larger, urban issues such as guns, gangs and drugs are moving into the region.
"We want to address those early so they don't become larger issues, like some of the troubled communities in Toronto are having to deal with," he said.
When Raymond Caldeira moved to Brampton from Port Credit 15 years ago, he was looking for the quiet, family sitcom-style life.
"Brampton used to be a really nice place. Now it's just overpopulated big time," he said.
"It doesn't matter where you move. You can't shop. You can't park. You can't do anything. Everybody is just very inconsiderate – pushing and shoving."
Over the past five years, Brampton's population has swollen by 33 per cent. It's a similar story in Mississauga.
Of Peel's current population – 1.2 million – about 10 per cent live in poverty, said White.
With poverty comes crime.
Driving that population growth is immigration particularly South Asian immigration from the Punjab region of India. This is especially true for Brampton. Judging from the news reports many of the violent offenses that occur in Peel has a South Asian twist to it. Indeed, it seems Peel's Punjabi community is fearful of "Vancouver Style" teen violence as reported by this Toroto Star article.
Punjabis in Peel warn of teen violence
Say recent stabbing death could herald rise of a `Vancouver scenario' with teen gangs doing battle
Mar 09, 2007 04:30 AM
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The stabbing death of a Punjabi youth five weeks ago, allegedly at the hands of another Punjabi teen, has members of the community around Peel fearing a "Vancouver-style" conflict.
Atinder Singh, 18, of Brampton was killed after attending a house party in London Jan. 28.
Kulvir Grewal, 18, is charged with second-degree murder.
The incident underscores a deep problem within Peel's Punjabi community, say organizers of an anti-violence rally held last month.
"We don't want to see the Vancouver scenario here," says Rajveer Singh, referring to the more than 100 deaths in B.C. over the last 10 years involving Punjabi-on-Punjabi, gang-related violence.
Singh co-founded "End The Violence" an organization now active around Peel, in hopes of stopping escalating tensions within the region's Punjabi community.
At a rally last month at the Dixie Gurdwara, the largest Sikh temple in North America, more than a thousand students, many from rival groups, showed up, Singh says.
The tensions are "not as bad as Vancouver and it's not really organized here right now, but it's getting there," he said.
Here is a related news article.
34-month sentence 'nothing,' father says
31-year-old gave hoodie to alleged shooter still wanted by police in slaying of woman
Oct 15, 2008 04:30 AM
A devastated father doubts the man who murdered his daughter Amretta four years ago will ever be caught.
But even if police arrest Vijayarajah (Vijay) Manickavasagar, a.k.a. "Bullet" – believed to be hiding in Sri Lanka – Jairam Singh wonders if justice will be served after yesterday's sentencing of a third man involved in his daughter's slaying.
An Interpol alert remains in place for Manickavasagar, who police say fled to Sri Lanka within days of the deadly shooting. Now 27, he remains one of Canada's most wanted fugitives. Police say at the time of the killing, the man known on the street as "Bullet" was affiliated with three Sri Lankan gangs in the Greater Toronto Area: the Guilder Boys, the Kipling Boys and the VVT, an offshoot of the Tamil Tigers, a pro-separatist group in Sri Lanka.
Three Sri Lankan street gangs. And we gave refuge to these people. But if you read this blog you'll know I believe that most Sri Lankan refugees to Canada are bogus refugees anyways and the presence of three Sri Lankan street gangs on Toronto's streets is more proof to that.
Mass immigration has not been good to Peel Region as it has not been good to southern Ontario as a whole. There is a connection between mass immigration and rising crime rates in Canadian cities and that's because Canada is no position to absorb, socially and economically, the numbers of immigrants the country receives. And because of this immigration is sustaining existing poverty rates in Canada as well as creating poverty where there was none to be found. Canada accepts too many immigrants and if we wish to tackle poverty, the father of crime, then we need to accept this as fact and reduce the numbers.
As Canada's foreign born component increased so did it's number of gangs in Peel.
Calgary Centre MP Lee Richardson blames immigration for rising crime rates. Is he wrong?