2 other knots found on the construction site of the Michael Garron hospital


Two more knots were found at a construction site on the property of Michael Garron Hospital in East York this week, the hospital’s senior official confirmed Friday morning.The latest incidents come after five nooses were discovered at four different sites in Toronto – including two at the same location in Michael Garron – in June and July.

“These despicable acts of racism do not reflect our hospital community. While we won’t let incidents of hate define us, we will speak out against these insidious acts every time they happen, ”said Sarah Downey, hospital president and CEO, in an email.

Downey and a spokesperson for EllisDon Corp, the company that manages the site, said police were notified of the knots discovered on Thursday.

“We will work alongside the Toronto Police Service to ensure that anyone responsible for this act is identified and prosecuted. Anti-Black racism has no place in our hospital or anywhere else in our community and it will never be tolerated, ”Downey wrote.

She said after the June incidents there had been “a surge of support” from employees, residents and local businesses. The fence surrounding the site was covered with anti-racist messages and a “healing ceremony” was performed before the final structural beam was put in place.

Downey added that the nodes found this week indicate a systemic problem.

“While we have been reassured by the efforts of EllisDon and others to tackle racism in the construction industry, it is clear that they need to do better,” she said.

EllisDon spokesperson Dustin Luchka told CBC Toronto that company management will speak to workers at the site today and workers have access to counselors if they need support. The company is also offering a $ 5,000 reward to anyone who provides information that identifies the person who left the knots on the site.

Luchka added that EllisDon previously hired the Rubin Thomlinson law firm to investigate the previous incidents and advise on ways to tackle anti-black racism within the company.

“We strongly condemn all acts of racism and we support our black employees, sub-trade workers and members of the local community,” he said.

Police confirmed at the end of July that they were investigating the earlier incidents as possible hate crimes.

A noose found hanging on a Bay Street construction site, also jointly managed by EllisDon, in June. (Provided to CBC)


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