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Canada Regent Park community speaks out against racism after noose found at 3rd Toronto construction site

01:55  29 june  2020
01:55  29 june  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

Solidarity stand-in held after nooses found at Toronto construction sites

  Solidarity stand-in held after nooses found at Toronto construction sites “We are standing in solidarity as community, as people who care, as people who are committed to justice to say that things got to change and it’s time -- the time is now.” On June 10, crews located nooses at the Michael Garron Hospital construction site operated by EllisDon. The nooses were reported to have been found where two Black workers were stationed. Read more: ‘A disgraceful act:’ Nooses found at 2 Toronto construction sites On Thursday, the company said another noose was found at a work site it co-manages with Govan Brown at 81 Bay St. in the Financial District.

TORONTO — Two construction companies say they've contacted police and local government officials after nooses were found at multiple Toronto construction sites . "This deplorable act against the Black community is unacceptable and we reaffirm that there is zero tolerance for racism

Two construction companies now say they've contacted police and local government officials after nooses were found at multiple Toronto construction sites . Noose found at site in Regent Park area, a day after a noose was found Thursday on Bay Street. The Canadian Press · Posted: Jun 27

a view of a city: The latest noose was found on Friday at a construction site located in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, near Dundas and Sumach streets. © Michael Charles Cole/CBC The latest noose was found on Friday at a construction site located in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, near Dundas and Sumach streets.

Community members have gathered in Regent Park on Sunday evening to protest against anti-Black racism after a noose was discovered at a construction site in the area earlier this week.

The noose, found near Dundas and Sumach streets on Friday, marks the third incident of its kind this month.

Organizers of the event — which include the Regent Park Mothers of Peace, the Regent Park Neighbourhood Association and members of the community — are pledging to "not be silent in the face of racist violence."

Toronto police investigating after nooses found hanging at construction sites

  Toronto police investigating after nooses found hanging at construction sites TORONTO — Two construction companies say they've contacted police and local government officials after nooses were found at multiple Toronto construction sites. The latest incident happened Friday in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, where The Daniels Corporation says it has launched its own investigation into what it calls an anti-Black incident. "We are disgusted and horrified at this heinous act, which we are treating as a hate crime,"The latest incident happened Friday in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, where The Daniels Corporation says it has launched its own investigation into what it calls an anti-Black incident.

In the wake of several racist incidents involving nooses found at Toronto construction sites , community members are spreading their own message. As Albert Delitala reports, they want everyone to know there is no place for hate.

In the wake of several racist incidents involving nooses found at Toronto construction sites , community members are spreading their own message. As Albert Delitala reports, they want everyone to know there is no place for hate.

Physical distancing and masks are required for those who attend, organizers say.

a large glass window: A noose was found hanging from a construction site at 81 Bay St., near the Gardiner Expressway and Bay Street, on Thursday. © Supplied to CBC A noose was found hanging from a construction site at 81 Bay St., near the Gardiner Expressway and Bay Street, on Thursday.

'Shut down hate'

Regent Park isn't the only neighbourhood showing support for the city's Black community.

Posters and artwork, with phrases such as "Shut down hate" and "Call out racism every time," can be seen outside Michael Garron Hospital in East York, where two nooses were found by Black construction workers on June 10.

The incident repeated itself on Thursday, just two weeks later, when another noose was found at a downtown site, across from Scotiabank Arena, and owned by the same company, EllisDon.

Posters and artwork in support of the Black community are seen outside a construction site at Michael Garron Hostpial in the wake of a noose being found earlier this month. © Michael Charles Cole/CBC Posters and artwork in support of the Black community are seen outside a construction site at Michael Garron Hostpial in the wake of a noose being found earlier this month.

Police said they were trying to figure out whether or not the two incidents at EllisDon are connected. Both are being investigated as hate crimes, police told CBC Toronto on Friday.

Another noose found hanging from Toronto construction site, police investigating

  Another noose found hanging from Toronto construction site, police investigating Toronto police are investigating after another noose was found hanging from a construction site on Thursday — just weeks after two nooses were found on a site in East York. EllisDon, one of the construction companies responsible for the site, told CBC Toronto Friday that the noose was discovered inside a partially-built tower at 81 Bay St., across from Scotiabank Arena. "Yesterday, a piece of hate paraphernalia (a noose) was discovered at a portion of the project being managed by EllisDon and Govan Brown in joint venture," said Dustin Luchka, a spokesperson for the company.

A noose found at a downtown construction site is being treated as a hate crime. “This deplorable act against the Black community is unacceptable and we reaffirm that there is zero tolerance for racism , prejudice and hate on our construction sites and within our organization.”

The incident was called 'a deplorable act against the Black community ,' by one company Police say they’re investigating after two companies found nooses hanging at their construction sites in The company says the noose was found at a construction site in Toronto ’s Regent Park community .

EllisDon and The Daniels Corporation say they have launched their own internal investigations.

The CEOs of both companies have publicly denounced the incidents, calling them hateful and intolerable.

"This is a disgraceful act by someone weak and cowardly," Geoff Smith, of EllisDon, said in a news release this week.

"We will do everything possible to identify, prosecute and evict anyone involved from our industry," Smith said.

The Daniels Corporation's Mitchell Cohen agrees.

"We are disgusted and horrified at this heinous act, which we are treating as a hate crime," he said.

"This deplorable act against the Black community is unacceptable and we reaffirm that there is zero tolerance for racism, prejudice and hate on our construction sites and within our organization."

a close up of a sign: People left posters and messages of support at the hospital's construction site. A notice can also been seen from the company EllisDon, noting their commitment to diversity and inclusion. © Michael Charles Cole/CBC People left posters and messages of support at the hospital's construction site. A notice can also been seen from the company EllisDon, noting their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 protesters rallied in Nathan Phillips Square on Sunday afternoon to call for the defunding and abolition of all police forces in Canada as well as Ontario's Special Investigations Unit.

The event comes in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis while in police custody, as well as Toronto woman Regis Korchinski-Paquet, 29, who fell from her balcony after Toronto police responded to a call at her home on May 27, and Mississauga man Ejaz Choudry, 62, who was fatally shot by Peel police while he was experiencing a mental health crisis on June 20.

NASCAR: Noose found in Bubba Wallace garage at Alabama race .
TALLADEGA, Ala. — NASCAR has launched an investigation after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the elite Cup Series who just two weeks ago successfully pushed the stock car series to ban the Confederate flag at its venues. NASCAR said the noose was found on Sunday afternoon and vowed to do everything possible to find who was responsible and “eliminate them from the sport.” “We are angry and outraged, and cannot state strongly enough how seriously we take this heinous act,” the series said in a statement.

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