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Extra, Extra: “Pedophile Districts,” Celebrating Parkdale, and Baby Yaks

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Photo from Friends of the High Park Zoo’s Facebook page.

  • The Exhibition Place’s board of governors will be holding a public consultation tonight on the topic of all-ages EDM parties. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7, York West) issued a press release on the matter today in which he claimed “the neighbouring Parkdale area is home to one of the largest concentrations of registered sex offenders, including pedophiles, living in the City of Toronto,” and “with all-ages parties being held next to a pedophile district we are simply encouraging the continued abuse of our children.” He then addressed a question to Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale–High Park), who has defended such all-ages events: “Who are you really representing? This is about much more than a dance party.”
  • So how did Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14, Parkdale–High Park) respond to Mammolitti’s charge that Ward 14 is a pedophile district and what sounds very much like an insinuation that Perks is somehow on the side of pedophiles? With this: “As we all know Parkdale is the kind of community everyone in Toronto admires. We are economically, socially, and culturally diverse. We accept and welcome and love each other. If the rest of Toronto were more like Parkdale, Toronto would be an even better place to live.” And also with this: “Here’s a suggestion for finding a silver lining: I am inviting everyone to send the reason they love Parkdale to councillor_perks@toronto.ca. I will be posting your words on www.gordperks.ca.” And in a great show of restraint/staggering understatement, he managed to refer to Mammoliti as “one irresponsible voice.”
  • The High Park Zoo is now home to a baby yak and a very young reindeer. We have not much more to say about that, and bring it up mostly because sometimes you just need to be able to look at a baby yak.

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CORRECTION: June 17, 12:25PM This article originally mentioned CNE as the potential site of all-ages EDM parties. The site is actually Exhibition Place; CNE is an event.

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