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June 6, 2012
City of Toronto update on Eaton Centre incident
City of Toronto update on Eaton Centre incident

The City of Toronto confirms today that Christopher Husbands, the suspect arrested in the shooting at the Eaton Centre on June 2, was formerly employed by the City of Toronto as a part-time Recreation Worker.

Mr. Husbands commenced his employment with the City at the end of November 2011 and his last day worked was May 18, 2012. He is no longer employed by the City of Toronto.

"This situation is deeply troubling to us all. We are offering staff, participants and their families access to counselling and support services," said City Manager Joe Pennachetti. "We are conducting a thorough investigation and a comprehensive policy review to improve hiring procedures in Parks, Forestry and Recreation."

The City is cooperating fully with Toronto Police Services to support their investigation. Due to the ongoing investigation and confidentiality issues, further information is unavailable and cannot be provided at this time.

The City of Toronto is one of the largest employers of youth in the country. At any time, there are approximately 10,000 part-time Recreation Workers employed by the City of Toronto, with approximately 3,000 individuals hired into these positions annually.

A fact sheet about youth employment and PFR hiring practices is available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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