Framing The Problem

Oh silly me, It’s a gang thang!

and all this time I was thinking it was an issue of police oppression / supression:

Stockwell Day says street gang prevention having positive impact in Montreal
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MONTREAL — Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day says federal government funding for street-gang prevention has had a positive effect in Montreal.

“We have increased the funding across the board when it comes to supporting police across the country,” Day told The Canadian Press on Monday in a phone interview.

“We’re always looking at what more needs to be done.”

Day was in Montreal on Monday for the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Conference.

Earlier this year, the federal government announced $92 million in funding over five years for street-gang prevention in Quebec.

On Sunday, Day joined anti-gang officers on a tour of a north-end Montreal neighbourhood that erupted into a riot earlier this month after police shot and killed 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva.

He said the increased police presence was having an obvious impact in reducing gang activity.

“I could see already that. . . their presence is already recognized, they’re having an affect,” Day said.

It is “causing street gangs to be less aggressive and more restrained in their activities.”

Montreal police say more than 30 people have been arrested as part of the investigation into the riot.

The minister wouldn’t comment on the police shooting and subsequent riots.

“That’s a municipal and provincial responsibility and they’re handling it at that level,” he said.

Overall crime has been falling in Montreal but criminal activity related to street gangs has been increasing.

Montreal police believe there are about 20 gangs operating in the city with between 400 and 500 core members.

Fourteen homicides were linked to gang activity in Montreal in 2007.

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