Jul 10, 2023

By Christine Ross

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As Toronto deals with a number of violent incidents this summer, Toronto’s Mayor-elect Olivia Chow has officially launched a new campaign called “Toronto For All”, an anti-Islamophobia campaign.

“It’s a call to action to join all of us, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, our neighbours, our friends, to stand up against hate in all its forms, some subtle, some explicit and some deadly,” Chow told reporters.

Previous campaigns focused on anti-East Asian racism, anti-Black racism, ageism and anti-Semitism.

Chow also spoke out about the recent spate of violence in the city saying she can’t imagine the “grief and shock” after a shooting that left a mother of two dead.

Meantime, pro-Beijing groups are claiming credit for helping Chow win the Mayor’s race. The National Post is reporting that two prominent community groups aligned with the Chinese government claim to have supplied numerous volunteers to the effort but Chow says she was unaware.

Chow is set to make her first remarks as Mayor Wednesday morning after taking the Declaration of Office at City Hall.

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