Street gangs from the Greater Toronto Area are branching out beyond their traditional turf, chasing hefty drug profits in rural, northern and First Nations communities across the province.
The alarming trend was chronicled in the first installment of Village Media's The Big Read: How Toronto-based street gangs are terrorizing small-town Ontario.
Antonio Nicaso, one of the world's leading experts on organized crime, was a recent guest on Inside the Village, a news and current affairs podcast produced by Village Media. He explained why big-city street gangs are targeting smaller communities in Ontario, and what local police forces can do to try to stop them.
Launched in April, Inside the Village provides a weekly window into some of the best local journalism from across Village Media's expanding network of community newsrooms. The podcast also explores issues and ideas that impact people all over Ontario.
Nicaso's full interview is here. You can find every episode of the show on this news site at /insidethevillage, or wherever you download your favourite podcasts.