Letter to John Tory Re: City Ban on VOTN Music Festival in Yonge-Dundas Square
His Worship John Tory
Mayor, City of Toronto
100 Queen St. W.
City Hall, Second floor, West Toronto, ON
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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