Mayor’s Statement to those participating in Friday’s Black Lives Matter Rally

Thunder Bay City Hall
Thunder Bay City Hall

By Mayor Bill Mauro

THUNDER BAY – As we witnessed the tragic event that took the life of George Floyd, we were shaken and angered.

Racism is an issue that sadly affects all Communities in Canada, including Thunder Bay. We, like other cities, have our challenges and continue to work to do better.  We know that when there is racism in a community, that community can never reach its full potential.

We realize you have the right to be heard and assemble during this time of anger, unrest and sadness. Canadians across the country have been expressing themselves in the peaceful and orderly manner that Canadians have been known for and I am confident that will be the case in our City.

Please be mindful of the sacrifices that have been made by the people and businesses in the City of Thunder Bay in our collective effort to limit the spread of Covid-19.  If people are going to participate in the rally, I urge you to please do so in a safe manner practicing physical distancing, proper handwashing and the wearing of a mask.

I have met with the Police Chief and the Medical Officer of Health, and I understand that they have been working with organizers for a safe and peaceful protest, with public safety as a top priority.

Stay safe everyone.

Mayor Bill Mauro

June 4, 2020

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