In the Media

With awareness comes progress. The media plays a critical role in helping Positive Change turn its vision of a violence-free community into a reality. Here you will find news about the Somali-Canadian community. If you are a reporter and would like more information on our work, please email positivechangeTO[at]gmail.com.

Toronto police learn from U.S. success with Somali community

Sgt. Mohamed Abdullahi and Const. Abdiwahab Ali are in Toronto for four days to see how police are interacting with the city’s Somali community and to share what they know.

Somali-Canadians have long said they need help dealing with a gang problem and need more officers of Somali origin on the streets. They’ve also accused police of unfairly targeting their community.

Toronto Police team with other forces to help Somali community

Toronto Police are also working with Positive Change Toronto, an advocacy group that formed to bring down gun violence in North Etobicoke, particularly in the Dixon Rd. and Queen’s Plate Dr. areas.

“When we formed in 2012, that was the summer of the gun,” explained PCT spokesman Idil Burale. “There were way too many funerals. Something had to change. In the past two years, we’ve seen people call these police officers directly, rather than call the police. They were coming forward with information more. A lot of young men in our community are interested in becoming police officers.”

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