Jun 22, 2022

By Jane Brown

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The people at Pride Toronto are implementing greater security measures at this upcoming festival weekend.

A security check for weapons will be conducted on those entering the festival’s designated spaces.

Sherwin Modeste is Pride’s executive director and says this is due to the increase in security risks that have been seen over the past few weeks.

“We have not had any direct threat to Pride Toronto,” Modeste explained, “However, an injustice to one is injustice to all and we have seen the threats, whether it’s in the U.S. and other parts of Canada, but our goal is to make sure we are prepared in case anything happens.”

Modeste made the comments at Tuesday night’s AIDS candlelight vigil.

He reiterates the move is a precautionary measure which may result in a slower check in process at various venues.

Toronto Mayor John Tory is commenting and has no issue with implementing extra security.

“This is a great celebration of who we are as a city, it is a great celebration in the aftermath of the pandemic, and I think they will take steps to do this prudently and carefully and I completely support what they’re doing,” Mayor Tory told CP24.

Organizers are also trying to bolster Pride against any possible copycat attacks.

It was just two weeks ago an Ontario teen was arrested and charged for allegedly making threats against an LGBTQ event in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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