Statement by Toronto Community Housing regarding fatal shooting at Jamestown Crescent

Summary:

Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones and Board Chair Bud Purves have issued this statement following the fatal shooting that occurred at Jamestown Crescent last night.

Date:
February 18, 2013




TORONTO, February 18, 2013—Toronto Community Housing President and CEO Gene Jones and Board Chair Bud Purves have issued this statement following the fatal shooting that occurred at Jamestown Crescent last night.

We are extremely saddened that another senseless act of gun violence has claimed the life of a young person in one of our communities. We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and friends of Jarvis Montaque and the Thistletown 1 community.

Today our director of security and special constables are in the community to assist the Toronto Police Service with their investigation. This includes providing footage from security cameras. Operations staff are also in the community today to support residents, and we are liaising with the local Councillor, the City’s crisis response team, and local agencies to coordinate our response efforts. We will also hold a closed meeting of the board of directors on Tuesday to discuss community safety.

We take the safety of our communities very seriously and urge anyone who may have information about this incident to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

For another young person to lose his life this way is not just tragic, it is unacceptable. Gun violence affects everyone in the city, and more must be done to get guns off the streets of Toronto. Toronto Community Housing is committed to working with the Toronto Police Service, the City, local agencies, community leaders and our residents to find immediate and long-term solutions to this issue.

Toronto Community Housing will not be making any further comment on the matter today.

About Thistletown 1

Thistletown 1 is a townhouse community near Martin Grove and Albion Road in Rexdale.

About Toronto Community Housing

Toronto Community Housing (www.torontohousing.ca) is Canada's largest social housing provider and home to more than 164,000 tenants with low and moderate incomes—about six per cent of Toronto's population. Its mission is to provide affordable housing, connect tenants to services and opportunities, and work together to build healthy communities. 

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Media contact: Sinead Canavan, 416 981-4346, media@torontohousing.ca