Media Release: Councillor James Pasternak condemns Planned Hate Rally in Nathan Phillips Square

Councillor James Pasternak Condemns Planned Hate Rally in Nathan Phillips Square and Once Again Calls for a Made in Toronto Policy and Action to Stop Hate Gatherings

Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10, York Centre is calling for the anti-Muslim hate rally that is scheduled to be held in Nathan Phillips Square on Saturday, August 11th to be cancelled and says it shows the need for an updated City of Toronto policy on hate rallies.

“It is truly shocking that individuals who spread hatred against any religious groups and espouse Neo-Nazi views will be marching on City of Toronto property in gross violation of city policy. It is sadly another example of why I have been pushing to have City staff develop a policy for dealing with hate groups that hold illegal rallies on municipal property. We must find a way to stop it,” said Councillor Pasternak.

Councillor Pasternak finds it deeply troubling that the group is holding the rally on the one year anniversary of the deadly Charlottesville, VA, neo-Nazi rally where a counter protestor was killed when a neo-Nazi drove his car into the crowd of counter protestors.

“Those tied to hate and bigotry have no place in our public spaces. These kinds of gatherings are an affront to everybody. They’re repugnant. They’re not in keeping with our anti-discrimination policy, strain police resources and cost the city tens of thousands of dollars. Toronto needs a strong policy to put an end to this kind of hate rally,” said Councillor Pasternak.

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