Toronto taking steps to stop any hate promoting rallies from taking place in the city

May 17 2019, 2:45 pm

Toronto has adopted new measures to try and curb hate speech and activities taking place in the city.

City council voted unanimously on May 14 to endorse a dozen recommendations that were adopted by the executive committee on May 1.

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According to city documents, council voted to reaffirm its “unwavering opposition” to hate speech, and staff were told to inform organizers of events that occur in Toronto regularly without a permit of the city’s policies on hate speech and activities.

Additionally, when possible, the city must issue trespass or trespass warning letters to identifiable participants engaging in hate activities at rallies taking place on Toronto property.

“The response to such activities also involves the police,” reads the document.

Other steps include obtaining reimbursement from organizers involved in such activities on city property.

Council also requested bi-annual reviews of the Hate Activity Policy and to make any changes necessary to ensure it protects against hate activity on city property to the maximum extent permitted under the law.