Note: I will be writing similar letters to Cheri DiNovo, Ana Bailao and Cesar Palacio, but I need to complete some research first.
I don’t know if you are aware of this- but, the meeting you both attended on November 15th was lead a gang of anarchists who have been actively promoting political violence on the streets of Toronto. The attendance list included a who’s who of anarchist leaders- including Zach Ruiter, Sakura Saunders, Dee Shanger, and Ashleigh Ingle.
I spoke with city councillor Cesar Palacio and with the police officers who were there that evening- they all acknowledged knowing the meeting was being run by anarchists. The Toronto Police Service felt it was necessary to send a mobile command unit to protect the plant.
Ruiter has created films promoting and glorifying the people behind the violence at the Toronto G20. One of Ruiter’s compatriots in the Anti Colonialist Working Group setup an intentional disruption at this month’s Remembrance Day ceremonies. Ashleigh Ingle leads “fuck the police” marches through the city’s streets. One of their members, only known as Alex, is currently in-hiding from the police after a brutal assault on me this June.
People in the neighbourhood were slightly petrified to watch these people right across the street from their homes. Unfortunately, by headlining at Zach Ruiter’s event, you have helped give credibility to a dangerous group of people. We need your leadership in fixing this, and ensuring it is a community-led process. So far, the only people who have suffered are home owners- this needs to be stopped.
It’s clear that the GE-Hitachi uranium plant must go, and I commend you on your willingness to take this issue on. Equally, I’m looking forward to hearing your proposals on how to minimize the health impacts of demolishing the building. As the issue with the former luminous watch dial factory at Dundas Square is teaching us- the clean-up could be quite complicated, time consuming and possibly dangerous.
Can the building be safely demolished without health risks to its neighbours? Does the federal or provincial government have mechanism to compensate the nearby property renters & owners for any interruption to their lives? Are there weaknesses in current legislation that could be disadvantageous to people in the neighbourhood?
Once more, thank you for taking the lead on helping our community work through this difficult challenge. I look forward to hearing your plan on how to fix this problem quickly, safely, and without the use of violence.