Toronto Shooting: The Teamsters Want to Meet with Minister Blainey

A Garda worker represented by the Teamsters is in critical condition following a shooting that occurred in Toronto...

TORONTO, June 19, 2014 /CNW/ - A member of Teamsters Local Union 419 is in critical condition following a shooting that occurred last night in Toronto. The victim who works for Garda World Cash Services was in an ambush situation with 3 individuals.

Several shots were fired by both side.

"Our hearts are with our brother and his family," stated Owen Lane, representative of Local Union 419 of the Teamsters Union. "Meanwhile, I have been in constant contact with Garda since the shooting and I'm dealing with the situation."

The union officer believes it is too early to draw conclusions but wants to meet quickly with Steven Blainey, Minister of Public Safety.

"This is not the first time a shooting occurs in the Toronto area or elsewhere in the country for that matter in the past few months," points out Jim Chalmers, director of the Teamsters Canada Armoured Car Division. "We need to sit down with all of the concerned parties—including the Minister—and to continue to make progress to improve safety in this industry and for the entire population."

The Teamsters represents 115,000 members in Canada in all trades. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.


SOURCE: Teamsters Canada

For further information: Stéphane Lacroix, Director of Communications, Telephone: 514 609-5101, Email:


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