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Kristyn Wong-Tam’s statement to Torontonians about the recent shootings

To download a copy of the statement, click here.

June 3, 2012.

I am extending my sincere sympathies to those who were directly affected by the shooting in the Eaton Centre.

I am particularly saddened by the death of one young man and the serious injuries caused to seven others, who have been and continue to be treated in our hospitals.

Thank you to the Toronto Police and all first responders to this tragic incident.  Your jobs are important and you serve our city with steadfast devotion for which I am grateful.  I know that the officers will do all that they can to investigate this crime and to bring the shooter to justice.

This reckless act of violence in our beloved city will not be tolerated. Toronto is a safe city and our residents and business owners shall not be intimidated by these senseless actions.

Torontonians will not run from this tragedy.

We shall strengthen our resolve and re-double our efforts to rid our city of gun violence. We will work with all Torontonians to bring peace and security back into our communities.

I remain in your service,

Kristyn Wong-Tam

City Councillor, Ward 27

Toronto Centre-Rosedale

Additional Information for our Community

The police are currently investigating and encouraging anyone who has any information to please contact them at 416-808-7400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.

If anyone has any information, please contact the police immediately.

During this difficult time, there are supports available to assist in coping with this violent incident:

Community Supports

Name and Agency Phone #
Toronto Police Services (EMERGENCY) 911
Toronto Police Services (Non-Emergency) (416) 808–2222
Scott McKeanCity of TorontoCommunity Crisis Response Program (CCRP) (416) 526-0588
Toronto Public HealthCommunity Crisis Support Team         (416) 338-7600
Victim Services of TorontoThis organization can help by referring you to organizations that can provide counselling. They aim to help victims of crime and sudden tragedies restore and enhance their quality of life while working to prevent further victimization. (416) 808-7066
Province of Ontario Victim Witness Assistance Program (416) 325-3265
Crime Stoppers*Calls are not recorded and Crime Stoppers does not have call display, guaranteeing your identity remains anonymous. People providing information will be given a secret code number. You will never be asked to identify yourself or testify in court. (416) 222-TIPS (8477)
Distress CentreProvides 24-hour telephone support, 365 days a day.  Offer round the clock response to those experiencing emotional distress or in need of crisis intervention and suicide prevention. They also provide face to face support and counselling to people dealing with the effects of suicide and homicide. 416-408-HELP (4357)
Kids Help Phone LineWhen young people reach out for help, either by phone or online. Kids Help Phone is there for them with the immediate, caring, professional, anonymous help and hope they need and deserve. Kids Help Phone doesn’t trace calls or IP addresses, and they don’t use call display. 1(800) 668-6868
Gerstein CentreThe Gerstein Centre provides crisis intervention to adults, living in the City of Toronto. The Centre provides supportive counselling for immediate, crisis issues and referrals to other services for on-going, non-crisis issues. Our service is a community mental health service and is non-medical. crisis line, (416) 929-5200referral line (416) 929-9897
Shelter, Support and Housing- Central Intake 1-877-338-3398
211Web-enable local data to create a fully searchable, bilingual point of access to over 60,000 community, social, health and related government programs and services in Ontario. 211www.211toronto.ca
311Information of City Services – available 24/7 311www.toronto.ca/311/