This week there is an occupation at the Toronto Police headquarters on College Street. While this protest may be new, the call to action certainly is not. Black Lives Matter, community outreach workers, and our own mental health agencies have been telling us for some time that something is wrong. The message is clear to me: Black, Indigenous and racialized minorities, especially those suffering from mental illness, too often die as a result of their interactions with authorities.
Today I was sad to hear of the passing of a colleague. Rob Ford, City Councillor for Ward 2 and former Mayor, has long been an active voice on City Council. In addition to his dedication to his office, it was obvious that Rob held a deep appreciation for both his community and his family. His work and commitment was evident in the efforts he made to personally champion constituents’ concerns, promote youth sports, and push for the highest standards of public service.
I am extending my sincere sympathies to those who were directly affected by the shooting in the Eaton Centre.
I am particularly saddened by the death of one young man and the serious injuries caused to seven others, who have been and continue to be treated in our hospitals.