Shalom Life | December 17, 2014

Drake Calls End to Violence After Mass Shooting in Toronto

The rapper tweets after a shooting takes two young lives in his hometown

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: July 18th, 2012 in Culture » Society » News

Drake Calls End to Violence After Mass Shooting in Toronto

Toronto native, Drake (Aubrey Graham), took to Twitter on Tuesday to call for an end to violence in Toronto after the unfortunate loss of Shyanne Charles, 14, and Joshua Yasay, 23, in a mass shooting on Monday.

Charles and Yasay were murdered while attending a BBQ block party. During the mass shooting, 23 others were injured and treated at the hospital with gunshot wounds, including a 22-month old toddler.

The incident, being called one of Toronto’s worst in history, follows two other very public shootings in Ontario’s capital; a shootout at popular downtown mall, Eaton Centre, in the food court and an afternoon patio shooting in a busy family neighbourhood.

The shooting on Monday is being called “gang-related”, but details have not yet been released.

In his posting, Drake says “My condolences go out to the family and friends of Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay. Senseless violence in Toronto has to stop.”

The Nosh Pit: Hanukkah Recipes for Kids The Nosh Pit: Hanukkah Recipes for Kids TrendingShalom Life's Ten Best Films of 2014 Shalom Life's Ten Best Films of 2014 TrendingJoan Rivers Leaves Money to Jewish Charities in Will Joan Rivers Leaves Money to Jewish Charities in Will Trending
 

This Israeli-Designed Belt Protects Against Radiation Exposure

December 17, 2014 | By Laura London, NoCamels
This Israeli-Designed Belt Protects Against Radiation Exposure

If nuclear disaster strikes, the StemRad 360 Gamma belt is designed to shield its wearers from the effects of gamma radiation

Read More

The Top Ten Hanukkah and Christmas Events in Israel

December 17, 2014 | By Abigail Klein Leichman
The Top Ten Hanukkah and Christmas Events in Israel

We suggest these December holiday happenings to end 2014 on a festive note in the Holy Land

Read More

Shalom, Victoria: A Jewish Culture Guide

December 16, 2014 | By Sara Torvik
Shalom, Victoria: A Jewish Culture Guide

This week we explore the Jewish culture and history of one of Canada's most beautiful cities.

Read More

‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Miniseries is Coming to Netflix

December 16, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Miniseries is Coming to Netflix

The cult hit starring Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks is being turned into a miniseries for Netflix.

Read More

Seth Rogen Attacks Media Over Publishing Leaked Sony Emails

December 16, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen Attacks Media Over Publishing Leaked Sony Emails

'The Interview' star doesn't understand why the media is "doing exactly what these criminals want".

Read More

Who Would Star in ‘Hanukkah: The Movie”?

December 16, 2014 | By Ashley Baylen
Who Would Star in ‘Hanukkah: The Movie”?

Entertainment Weekly imagines a Hollywood blockbuster in the style of 'Valentine's Day' or 'New Year's Eve'.

Read More

Son of a Nazi Speaks About His Inevitable Conversion to Judaism

December 16, 2014 | By Caitlin Marceau
Son of a Nazi Speaks About His Inevitable Conversion to Judaism

Bernd Wollschlaeger, keynote speaker at Toronto's Dinner of Miracles event, recalled how his father introduced him to "hatred"

Read More

Church-state Debate Ongoing, But Public Hanukkah Menorahs Gain Wider Acceptance

December 16, 2014 | By Sean Savage, JNS.org
Church-state Debate Ongoing, But Public Hanukkah Menorahs Gain Wider Acceptance

While the debate over public displays of religion continues, the inclusion of Jewish symbols like the menorah highlights their mainstream acceptance in society

Read More

More Headlines