Another noose found on Toronto LRT construction site

Another noose found on Toronto LRT construction site

Rosemarie Powell

Metrolinx, the  province’s  regional transit agency, reports that  another noose  was found at  an LRT construction site last week.

This time it was at the Leaside station.

It was the second noose found at one of the project’s site since last summer.

The first was found near Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West, at the Fairbank Station, one of the stops on the light-rail route.

 Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster said the agency has been assured that Crosslinx, the company that is managing the project, is taking the incident seriously and is cooperating with the police investigation.

“At Metrolinx, we value and celebrate diversity and inclusion and were appalled to learn about this abhorrent act at a Crosslinx construction site,” said Verster in a statement.

Chris Campbell

He  said when the person or people responsible for this “despicable act” are identified, they will be banned from working on any present or future Metrolinx projects.

“Racism, bigotry and hate, in any form, will not be tolerated under any circumstance,” the statement reads.

“Whether it’s inside an office, at a station or at a construction site, we fully expect all of our employees and contractors to create safe and inclusive spaces and to treat each other with respect.”

Rosemarie Powell, executive director of the Toronto Community Benefits Network, commenting on the discovery of  the noose , said ” we cannot allow this to go unnoticed.”

“The community wants justice and it is imperative that justice is seen to be done and this problem will end when industry itself takes accountability internally to  root it out,” she added.

Chris Campbell,the Equiity, Diversity, Inclusion Rerpresentative of the Carpenters District Council of Ontario, told the Caribbean Camera that the noose problem ” has been around for years.”

“And it’s sad to see that it continues.”

“There may be more than one person involved.So let’s see where  the police investigation into this matter goes.”