Toronto mobster Antonio (Scratchy) Fiorda was gunned down this week at the Sherway Gardens shopping plaza just west of the city in the suburb of Etobicoke, Ontario. The 50-year old Fiorda is the latest victim in the gangland war that has engulfed the Canadian underworld over the past decade. There have been nine slayings tied to the war just this year alone. The conflict started in Montreal in the late 2000s and has since spread to Ontario. Mafia figure Paulo Caputo was killed in Toronto back in August. Scratchy Fiorda was a member of the Commisso crime family, a branch of the Calabrian mafia (‘Ndrangheta) operating in Toronto. The family is headed by Cosimo (The Quail) Commisso, who had his nephew slain in the war in the summer of 2018. Fiorda was one of Commisso’s top enforcers, extortionists and debt collectors. Caputo, 64, died in a hail of bullets in front of his Domani Restaurant on Roncesvalles Avenue. He was aligned with deceased Montreal mob don Vito Rizzuto. The imprisonment of Rizzuto for a notorious 1981 triple homicide in New York depicted in the classic mob movie Donnie Brasco sent the mafia in Canada into a tailspin it still has yet to recover from. Rizzuto died of cancer in 2013.
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