Our statement on the recent gun violence in Toronto

On the night of July 22, along Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, one person shot pedestrians and restaurant-goers. Tragically, two people plus the shooter have died, and a dozen people sustained injures as a result of this senseless act.  At George Brown College, our thoughts and condolences are with the families, friends, first-responders, the Danforth community, and all others affected.

We invite everyone to take a moment to reflect on those who lost their lives; not only last night, but throughout this year.  We also invite you to think about how we can strengthen our ties within and beyond our communities to create a greater sense of belonging and inclusion. 

We also want to assure you that your safety is a fundamental focus at George Brown College.  We encourage you to review our Public Safety and Security page

  • If at any point you are concerned for your safety while on campus, don’t hesitate to call (416) 415-4000 to reach Security.
  • While in the community outside of George Brown College, you can call 9-1-1 for immediate assistance.
  • For students who need support, counselling services are available at each campus.  Our counselling offices can be reached at (416) 415-5000, ext. 2107 (St. James); ext. 4585 (Casa Loma); ext. 5370 (Waterfront). 

The City of Toronto has long been regarded as a safe city – one where we all live together and thrive.  An increase in gun violence in our city this year has shaken this safety.  As members of the George Brown College community – residents of diverse communities from across the city and the world – these events touch all of us in different ways. At George Brown, you are part of a community that prides itself on the values of respect, care, and compassion.

So, as we all try to make sense of these tragedies, let us be strengthened in those values, and work towards building a resilient and diverse community.

Dr. Cory Ross, Vice-President, Academic and Chris McGrath, Vice-President, Student Success