I’m sure that everyone is aware of the recent controversies regarding the Toronto Public Library allowing space use for a speaker who was identified as promoting hatred and discrimination towards transgendered individuals. Recently, Parks, Forestry & Recreation denied a room booking for a group that has conducted anti-LGBT rallies.
These incidents moved City Council to approve a review of space booking policies at City facilities.
Inclusion, respect, equity, and social justice are core values for the Ralph Thornton Community Centre, and we are dedicated to ensuring that we are a gathering place that welcomes and supports diversity. We will not tolerate any form of harassment and discrimination.
Our Space Booking Policy and Procedures explicitly states that space will not be made available for uses that are not in keeping with our mission or vision, that contravenes the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, or the City’s policy statement prohibiting discrimination and harassment.
Our staff are empowered to deny access to any group that promotes hatred or discrimination based on, among other things, race, culture, religion, sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
Our Centre’s vision is to work to “ensure a more vibrant, diverse, inclusive, liveable, participatory, healthy, and equitable” community. We will always welcome those who share that vision, and we will continue to work towards being a safe and welcoming space for our community.