More than a hundred people attended an event organized by the Ontario Gurdwara Committee and United Sikhs in response to a growing menace of violent incidents involving young men in public places. The viral videos showing these incidents have happened mostly near the Sheridan College Davis Campus and has rattled the community.
Around 150 people crammed a sweltering recreation centre in Brampton on Sunday, June 24, with the hope of finding a solution to escalating incidents of violence involving youth.
The Jim Archdekin Recreation Centre was packed.
Peel Supt. Stephen Blom said it was a complex issue and adding to that complexity was shouting matches between the people who had come there in the hope of finding a solution.
There was much debate on whether domestic or international students were behind these violent incidents.
It is clear no one wanted to point a finger directly at any one group. It seemed safer to lay blame everywhere.
“I don’t think it’s fair to blame it on any one issue,” said Ward 9/10 Peel District School Board (PDSB) trustee Harkirat Singh, adding that parent issues, abuse and culture are part of the problem.
Mayor Linda Jeffrey, who was joined by Brampton city councillors Jeff Bowman (Wards 3/4) and Gurpreet Dhillon (Wards 9/10) said additional funding has been allocated for front-line police officers.
So far 37 front-line officers and 10 additional dispatch officers have been hired.
Peel Const. Manjit Basran urged people to contact Peel police if they witness an incidence of violence. “We need to assure our children it’s OK to go to police.”
People who are concerned about being seen by the suspects can meet with police at another location. Alternatively, anyone with information on lawless behaviour can report it directly to 22 Division Criminal Investigators Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 2233.
Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.- CINEWS