I emphatically stand against hatred of any kind in our city. The targeting of any race or religion for persecution is not acceptable in Canada.
Recent events in Toronto, from rallies calling for the banning of Islam to bomb threats against the Jewish community underline an emboldened movement by extremists to revoke and erode Canadian values, rights, and freedoms. Just as Toronto is strengthened by the shared principles of a diverse population, Council too stands for unity against hate.
I spoke out against these trends only one month ago. Today, I am speaking out again. The 'protests' that organize to marginalize Canadians on our streets and at our civic spaces do so on their own. No special permits have been issued and none will be granted.
All of us face hardship and heartbreak in our lives. When we console ourselves with hate, we turn away from our humanity. The offences of individuals, imagined or real, ascribed to entire nations, races or religions, is not a path to peace.