Toronto Public Library Workers Union

Is this the face that greets Torontonians at our public library?  Public Libraries are safe spaces, not hate spaces.  

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Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly as quoted by the CBC: 

"The president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, Maureen O'Reilly, considers Bowles's decision an insult to the public. "They failed their regular patrons," she said. As a librarian herself she says she understands the principles of intellectual freedoms but, "In situations like this we need to look back at how it affects our community of users."

"O'Reilly said having a memorial is fine, but some attendees' past and current views could have been controversial enough to legally deny the event from happening at the application process.  The organizers have a very long and public record of their activities," she said. "And in the policy, they have to be respective of the principles and culture of a Toronto public library." 

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Further Reading: 

History’s lessons on dealing with Canada’s neo-Nazi groups, by Christine Sismondo, McLeans, July 24, 2017

Public Libraries No Longer a Safe Haven from Hatred by Bernie Farber, Toronto Sun, July 15, 2017

Forgotten History by Rachel Browne, Vice, July 14, 2017

Toronto Public Library's Tolerance of Intolerance by by Elisa Hategan, Canadian Jewish News, July 14, 2017

Outrage Over Group's Use of Toronto Library Threatens Free Speech by Marcus Gee, The Globe, July 13, 2017

Toronto Library Reviewing Policies After Controversial Event Sparks Outrage by The Canadian Press, Global News, July 13, 2017

Don't Blame the Library For Hate Gathering by LIz Braun, Toronto Sun, July 13, 2017

Far-right extremists converge at memorial for Toronto lawyer by Joseph Brean, National Post July 12, 2017

Toronto Public Library Refusing to Cancel Planned Neo-Nazi Gathering by Evan Balgord, The Torontoist, July 12, 2017

Toronto Library Allows Neo-Nazi Memorial for Barbara Kulaszka to Go Ahead by Sima Shakeri, The Huffington Post, July 12, 2017

Room Booking Event at Richview Library, Media Relations, Toronto Public Library, July 12, 2017

Memorial for lawyer who represented holocaust deniers creates controversy for Toronto Public Library, by Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC, July 12, 2017

Toronto library refuses to cancel controversial memorial despite requests from mayor, councillors by Jessica Patton, Global News, July 12, 2017

Memorial goes ahead at Toronto library for lawyer who represented far-right extremists by Ainslie Cruickshank, Toronto Star, July 12, 2017

Toronto library defends allowing controversial memorial service to go ahead by Alexandra Sienkiewicz, CBC / Metro Morning, July 12, 2017 

Greater Enforcment of Hate Speech Laws Needed in Canada by Reid Rusonik, Toronto Star, February 1, 2017

Public Libraries Grapple With Hate Incidents by Lisa Peet, Library Journal, December 23, 2016

Libraries Become Unexpected Sites of Hate Crimes by Christopher Mele, The New York Times, December 8, 2016

Racism and Libraries in Canada by the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society - CAERS


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