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John Tory
September 13, 2020

Tory is confident construction industry will tackle racism after anti-Black racism incidents at Toronto work sites

Mayor John Tory says he’s confident that the building and construction industry will address and combat anti-Black racism following a number of racist incidents at construction sites across the city this summer.

Tory met with leaders from major construction unions on Friday afternoon to discuss how to eradicate anti-Black racism within the industry.

Last week, Tory also met with senior executives of building and construction companies from across the city to discuss the matter.

So far this summer, there have been at least four separate incidents where nooses have been left hanging at construction sites in the city.

The incidents happened at Michael Garron Hospital, an Eglinton Crosstown construction site in the west end and at two condominiums downtown. All incidents have been investigated as crimes by Toronto police but no arrests have been made.

In a statement released after the meeting on Friday, Tory said both the unions and the construction companies have indicated their “strong concern arising out of the extremely troubling incidents of anti-Black racism on construction sites.”

“The leadership at the construction unions acknowledged in the meeting that the violent and hateful nature symbolized by the noose is unsettling, unacceptable and deserves a robust response from the unions and associations,” Tory said in the statement.

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