Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Wednesday April 25, 2018
Toronto struggles with tragedy in wake of attack
As in much of the country, spring was slow to come in Toronto.
It was only this past weekend that temperatures finally climbed into double digits, ending the tyranny of hats, gloves and heavy winter coats. People spilled into the streets, liberated by the warm sunshine.
Monday was the nicest day yet. Sweet and bright; the kind of afternoon that invites lazy lunches, a cup of coffee at the neighbourhood cafe, or simply a stroll down the sidewalk.
The portion of Yonge Street up above Highway 401 isn’t the most pedestrian-friendly part of the city. It boasts the six lanes of traffic and extra-long blocks of a former suburb.
But 20 years of growth and densification has seen a canyon of condos and office towers sprout up where there used to be bungalows, low-rise plazas and fields. Tens of thousands have moved into the busy neighbourhood, including so many young families that the overburdened local schools have closed their doors to new students.
We may never know why a man selected that stretch of road for murder and mayhem. But his white rental van found plenty of targets in the almost three kilometres between Finch and Sheppard Avenues.
The attack left 10 people dead, and injured 15 — many of them severely.
Toronto hasn’t yet fully absorbed the tragedy.
Some of that might be the geography of a big metropolis. Or the fact that someone is in custody. And the peculiar sense of relief that comes from suggestions that such an unspeakable act was driven by one type of hatred versus another.
Either way, city life barely skipped a beat in the immediate aftermath. The streets were clogged and subways packed per usual, and the hockey game went on. (Continued: CBC)