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Scene: Protesting Rob Ford’s Views on Immigration


Photos by Harry Choi/Torontoist.

WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square.
WHEN: Wednesday, 2:14 p.m. (top) and 2:20 p.m. (bottom).
WHAT: Last night, Rob Ford said some controversial things about immigrants, and how much room we may or may not have for them in Toronto. Today, Rocco Rossi and Sarah Thomson spoke out against those comments. After greeting the assembled crowd, (well, a bank of cameras and reporters, at least) in about a dozen languages, Rossi said that: “All throughout the history of Canada and this tremendous city there have been voices that have been raised from time to time to say ‘Enough is enough. No more immigrants. We can’t deal with them. They’re a problem…’ Sadly, last night and again [today] one of the voices that was added to this chorus was the voice of Rob Ford.” Not pulling his punches, Rossi continued: “The enormity of the ignorance demonstrated by this is mind-blowing.” Thomson reiterated this sentiment, rhetorically asking “how many times are we going to let him show his intolerance and true prejudice?” Rob Ford’s response to the controversy is here.