March 25, 2004

York Region condemns acts of hatred and racism

NEWMARKET – Members of York Regional Council today voted unanimously to condemn all forms of hatred and racism in our community. The motion was brought forward in response to acts of vandalism and anti-Semitism suffered by the Jewish community in York Region and Toronto over the last week.
“Acts of hatred cannot and will not be tolerated in our community,” said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Today York Regional Council’s voice joins many others in condemning the terrible acts of hatred that our Region has witnessed in the last week. 
“We are a community that values and embraces its cultural diversity, and we will not condone this criminal behaviour,” added Chair Fisch.
Several York Regional Councillors joined more than 2,500 people, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, at a rally in Toronto last night for the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) Jewish Community.  At Regional Council today, they too spoke out against intolerance.
The York Region Police Services Board is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
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Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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