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At the December 11 Toronto Public Library Board meeting, the revised room rental policy was passed - a positive move in keeping hate groups out of the public library.
Local 4948 President Maureen O'Reilly began this conversation with a deputation at the September 25 TPL Board meeting, urging them to review their room rental policies after a controversial booking at Richview Library.
At the December 11 meeting, Bernie Farber (former CEO of the Canadian Jewish Congress), Madi Murariu (Associate Director of of CIJA, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs), and John Cartwright (President of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council) supported the proposed revisions and criticized TPL's past decision to allow the room rental at Richview to proceed.
Paul Fromm, Canadian white supremacist and anti-Semite, also attended the December 11 Board meeting and spoke against the revised room rental policy.
In the News:
Toronto Public Library bans hate groups from renting space December 13, 2017 Canadian Jewish News
Toronto library staff can now refuse event bookings 'likely' to promote hate December 11, 2017 CBC Canada
Toronto library board revising room-booking policy after controversial memorial, December 11, 2017 CTV News
Toronto Public Library board votes to revise room-booking policy after controversial memorial December 11, 2017 Global News
Toronto library looks at barring hate groups from renting space December 11, 2017 Metro News
Ottawa library cancels planned screening of controversial 'Killing Europe' doc November 24, 2017 Ottawa Citizen