Debating the Gun Ban in Toronto

With Nathalie Des Rosiers

A spike in shootings this previous summer in Toronto has been followed by a panicked chorus of calls for a municipal (and even nation-wide) ban on handguns. Those in favour of a ban have included the Ontario Attorney General and Toronto City Councillors, and even less-known voices outside of the government such as the Catholic Church. The Conservative government’s recent move to scrap the long-gun registry adds a further layer of complexity. Taking into account Canada’s unpatrolled 5,000 km border with one of the most heavily armed countries in the world, is the ban on guns as unrealistic as the ban on narcotics? Or would a ban serve as a significant deterrent to illegal gun activity? Join us for a conversation on this timely issue that is set to remain center stage at all levels of government.

About Nathalie Des Rosiers

Nathalie Des Rosiers is the General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Previously she was Dean of the Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section, of the University of Ottawa from 2004 to 2008 and President of the Law Commission of Canada from 2000 to 2004. In 2010, she was a nominee for The Globe and Mail’s Nation Builder Award. Nathalie obtained an LL.B. from Université de Montréal in 1981, an LL.M. from Harvard University in 1984, and an honorary doctorate from the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is a national non-profit organization that was constituted in 1964 to promote respect for and observance of fundamental human rights and civil liberties, and to defend, extend, and foster recognition of these rights and liberties.


Free event with limited seating, so please register.

Wednesday, October 3
Location: Samara, 33 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
RSVP: or call: 416-494-1440 Ext. 225

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