Invitation from Toronto Mayor, John Tory:
One of my most important responsibilities is to ensure Toronto remains an accepting, safe and stable environment that is home to the world's most diverse urban population. This is why I have condemned the anti-Muslim demonstration near a downtown Mosque and the anti-Semitic hate notes left outside Jewish homes in Willowdale.
We do not stereotype or express hatred toward people on the basis of their faith, nationality, skin colour, sexual orientation or any other personal attribute. Rather we embrace them and see them for who they are: neighbours, co-workers, friends and fellow residents of our great inclusive city.
I am asking you to work with me to continue ensuring that the message is sent that there is no place for those who would seek to divide and to polarize residents of Toronto, including on the basis of gross misrepresentations of religious faiths.
This is why I am hosting a roundtable discussion in partnership with the Toronto Area Interfaith Council and the Centre for Israel & Jewish Affairs on March 1st at 7:30AM in the TPSB Boardroom at Toronto Police Service HQ – 40 College St. The roundtable is to discuss and identify ways for the City, Toronto Police and religious faith organizations to work closer together to combat religious intolerance.Below please find the agenda for the roundtable discussion.
7:30AM Mayor Tory to make opening remarks
7:32AM Zul Kassamali, President of Toronto Area Interfaith Council to provide remarks
7:34AM Berl Nadler, Centre for Jewish & Isreal Affairs Toronto Chair to provide remarks
7:36AM Presentation by Toronto Police Service Hate Crimes Unit
7:45AM Discussion with roundtable participants on City and Police initiatives and greater partnership with religious faith organizations
8:30AM Roundtable Concludes
Kind Regards,John Tory
Photographs from the Roundtable. Emmanuel College Principal,
Mark Toulouse, is two seats to the right of Mayor John Tory.