Noah “40” Shebib has been watching a lot of Twin Peaks lately.

David Lynch’s mystery-horror drama, about a small town shaken by the murder of a homecoming queen, is full of haunting, dream-trance journeys into the otherworldly. But Drake’s right-hand producer can’t stop thinking about how much it reminds him of his hometown of Toronto.

“When you watch that first episode and that girl dies and you feel that mother’s pain, that whole community’s pain, it’s vicious,” 40 tells Complex Canada. “All I can think about is, ‘Oh my God, how often is this happening in our own city to children who are dying innocent for no reason? And how painful is that? And if this little community of Twin Peaks, this imaginary television series, can be in such pain over one death, are we not in such pain?’

“Have we not had enough in this city of kids dying?”

40 knows he has. And while the effects of gun violence can feel like a Lynchian nightmare, he knows they are a grim reality for far too many neighbourhoods in Toronto. Today, when he’s not flipping obscure samples into surprise Drizzy drops, the OVO co-founder devotes his energy to the Justice Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting communities in conflict with the law. “I’ve lost incredibly close friends, some of my closest friends, to gun violence,” he says. “Those were very painful experiences, and it’s hard to turn back from that, right? So all I can do to move forward is have a positive impact.”

Gun crime has been surging in Toronto for years. The number of shootings here rose 176 percent between 2014 and 2019, according to StatCan. So far this year, there have been 24 gun deaths in the city (as of June 19), compared to 16 at this time in 2021. Just as disconcerting is the average age of those linked to gun violence in Toronto—it’s trending younger, from 25 years old over the last five years to just 20 last year.

The Justice Fund, founded last year by 40 and community builder Yonis Hassan, recognizes that poverty-stricken youth in Toronto are impacted by this violence more than any other demographic. They argue the cycle of conflict can be broken not by increased policing—which just results in disproportionate levels of force against people of colour—but by providing these kids with opportunities to flourish. They hope to achieve this via a threefold strategy: supporting community-led initiatives, reforming philanthropy, and eventually launching a cultural centre in downtown Toronto. They also want you to know the resources to fix all of the above problems already exist, but are being sat on.