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Canada Victim of Toronto daylight mall shooting was a veteran mobster linked to one of Canada's most powerful Mafia clans

01:00  08 november  2019
01:00  08 november  2019 Source:   nationalpost.com

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a person standing in a parking lot: Toronto Police investigate a fatal shooting in Etobicoke on Monday Nov. 4, 2019. © Stan Behal/Postmedia Network Toronto Police investigate a fatal shooting in Etobicoke on Monday Nov. 4, 2019.

The man shot and killed outside an upscale Etobicoke restaurant Monday was a veteran mobster and enforcer who provided security for some of Toronto’s powerful Mafia figures.

Antonio Fiorda, 50, went by the simpler name Tony, but was known on the street by a more memorable nickname: “Scratch.” The targeted daylight attack on Fiorda in the parking lot of a busy strip mall — across the road from Sherway Gardens, a large shopping mall — further highlights the instability in Canada’s underworld, both in Ontario and Quebec.

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Alongside Fiorda’s life as a husband and father of two children, who had a large collection of vintage muscle cars and was an avid denizen at fitness clubs, Fiorda, of Maple, north of Toronto, was considered a trusted insider in what police call the Commisso crime family.

In 1996, Fiorda was charged after Toronto police seized an AK-47 assault rifle, a pipe bomb and other explosives from a North York home, a charge he disputed. He did prison time for that and vowed to never return.

a man wearing glasses:  Antonio “Scratch” Fiorda. © Toronto Police Antonio “Scratch” Fiorda.

Fiorda remained out of the public eye after he emerged from prison. That did not mean, however, he steered clear of an underworld life. It just made him more careful.

“He was a tough guy. An enforcer. He was a made guy,” said a mobster who knew Fiorda for decades and considered him a good friend. “He was big in loansharking, he had a lot of money. It’d take him 20 minutes to line up a $200,000 loan.”

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More recently, Fiorda was a regular presence watching over an alleged moneyman for the Commisso organization, who had been the victim of a home-invasion robbery by armed men in 2016.

Fiorda was asked to watch over the victim by a senior Mafia boss. He accompanied him to court and other public appearances, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Fiorda was apparently called Scratch because he had a scratchy, graveled voice.

“He came up quite a few times over the years. Scratch was not unfamiliar to us, but never as a major target,” said a police source. “He was considered a mobster for quite a few years; a periphery player who was always seen as a tough guy.”

Fiorda was involved in a lot of the underworld beefs — arguments between crime figures — over decades. For instance, he was in a dispute with Albanian gangsters who wanted to control nightclubs in the 2000s. That led to a sitdown between mob bosses to settle.

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In recent years, however, Fiora was forced to slow down.

He had blown both of his knees and had hip surgery. He was in a serious car accident that left permanent injuries.

“He should have been retiring from the life but was still playing the part,” said a former police officer who investigated Fiora and his colleagues. “He still had a crew. He still had a name on the street, a reputation. He was still making money, people still came to him about their problems. But he was in the twilight of his career.”

Fiorda’s mobster friend, who, like the police sources, spoke on condition he not be named, said Fiorda will be remembered fondly by his friends.

“He was feared but respected. Some guys are just feared. Scratch was both feared and respected. Tony was a good guy.”

When told that police said he regularly ripped people off in his underworld life, the source didn’t see a contradiction.

“So do I. And I’m a good guy. That’s just the life.”

a person standing in front of a car:  Toronto Police investigate a fatal shooting in Etobicoke on Monday Nov. 4, 2019. © Stan Behal/Postmedia Network Toronto Police investigate a fatal shooting in Etobicoke on Monday Nov. 4, 2019.

Sources on both sides of the law said Fiorda was likely in the parking lot to meet someone for lunch at Via Allegro Ristorante.

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Via Allegro is a high-end restaurant known for its immense wine list and fine Italian cuisine, the sort of menu unexpected in a suburban strip mall wedged between a UPS Store and a Staples.

For years it was a go-to spot for movers and shakers in Toronto’s west end, from politicians, corporate players, developers and occasional mob figures, especially when meeting colleagues coming in from the west.

It boasts of one of the world’s largest grappa collections, a towering single malt Scotch list and one of Canada’s largest wine lists. Messages left at Via Allegra were not returned prior to publishing.

Fiora was shot at about 12:45 p.m., Monday, Toronto police said.

Arriving officers found him in the parking lot, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to hospital on an emergency run but was later pronounced dead in hospital.

While it may have been meant as a message or warning to the Commisso clan, underworld and police sources suggested it seems more likely to be something more personal to Fiorda.

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