What is clear is that Vaughan is witnessing unprecedented violence that at least one expert links to illegal gambling.
Antonio Nicaso, author and professor, says the Ndrangheta, an organized crime group centred in Italy, has been buying up bars in Vaughan for this purpose.
He says 50 illegal gambling locations in Vaughan is a conservative estimate and their patrons are losing thousands and paying interest charges of up to 200 per cent per year.
In Vaughan, this is a major issue. People are losing the shirts off their backs because of this kind of addiction, he said. It can be viewed as a victimless crime because the victim is willingly engaging. It’s an epidemic, and not only in Vaughan. It’s th…