Last night, businesses in the Church-Wellesley Village had their windows smashed in an act of vandalism that has left the community shaken. This follows on the heels of the community being targeted by preachers who have twice disrupted the Village and a series of letters, emails, and graffiti markings that appear to be motivated by, or linked to, Neo-Nazi ideology targeting community members and businesses.
I have been in ongoing contact with senior staff at the Toronto Police Service regarding these incidents and know that they are working diligently to find those responsible for these acts of vandalism and hate.
The Church-Wellesley Village is a historic place where diverse communities have been able to come together in protest, in mourning, and in celebration. Importantly, it has always been a place of belonging and support. These incidents will not undermine the community's strength and the Village has my full support in getting to the bottom of these acts and ensuring the neighbourhood is safe for everyone who visits or makes it their home.
If you see vandalism or evidence of crimes that are not an immediate 911 emergency, you are encouraged to report it to the Toronto Police Service at the earliest opportunity through 416-808-2222.
Here is the digital PDF of our How to Report poster. You can print and post on your local community message boards and make available to members of the community.