Just as no child should have to try to learn on an empty stomach, neither should any child have to try to learn when they are struggling with fear for themselves, their family, or their community.
The recent acts of anti-Muslim violence in our city are hate crimes. It is also important to note that many have targetted women.
These are our families. Our neighbours. Our friends. Our community.
No one, child or adult, woman or man, should be afraid to walk home, to school, to their place of worship.
By standing up, unified, and refusing to be bystanders, we resist the forces that seek to divide us.
That is why I have signed, along with all City Councillors and my colleagues at the TDSB and the Toronto Catholic School Board, this Statement of Unity
. I ask you to do the same, and to share with your friends, families, neighbours and circles of influence.
And to think of this only as a starting point.
Yours in community,