A hot issue in the city of Toronto, Canada these days is the rising number of homicides and use of guns in a city that typically does not see this current level of gun related deaths. It's a matter that has brought celebrities and city sports teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs and Raptors together to take a stand against the issue. The Toronto Star newspaper has created a Google Map to give some visual perspective to how many homicides this really is, and in what parts of the city these crimes are taking place. Each white pin represents another name of a homicide victim and the date it took place within 2005. Toronto is a great city and I hope this problem can come under control and no more pins are added to this map.
On a side note, this appears to be the first example of a major Canadian media outlet making use of the Google Maps API to display a current event or issue. Let's hope we'll see lots more from the creative team at the TheStar.com..