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Letter to John Tory Re: City Ban on VOTN Music Festival in Yonge-Dundas Square
11/18/2015

His Worship John Tory

Mayor, City of Toronto

100 Queen St. W.

City Hall, Second floor, West Toronto, ON

M5H 2N2

 

November 18, 2015

 

Mr. Tory:

 

I am writing to you to express my disappointment with the City of Toronto’s decision to ban the annual Voices of the Nations (VOTN) music festival in Yonge-Dundas Square.

 

The VOTN’s mission is: “to provide a venue and unite the various denominations, cultures and outstanding talents within the Christian community” and “to embrace and celebrate the wonderful diversity in the city”. According to your events manager, this concert, while having proceeded every year since 2006 without incident, is “proselytizing” passersby.

 

This is, without question, the loosest interpretation of the term “proselytize” that I have ever heard. The group simply wishes to sing hymns, exercising their right to freedom of expression and freedom of religion. However, apparently those freedoms are only available to you in Toronto if the City’s bureaucrats like your message.

 

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