Facebook: SAVE THE TORONTO FREEDOM FESTIVAL
TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - The 5th annual Toronto Freedom Festival (TFF) was scheduled for Saturday May 7th. It is Toronto's largest FREE one-day outdoor spring festival. Recently
they learned their permit for Queen's Park North was being revoked by
East York District Parks, coming just a few months before scheduled
festivities. For months TFF organizers requested face-to-face meetings
to discuss their concerns and plans for improving and safely expanding
TFF in 2011. During the process organizers were never alerted that
their permit was being revoked or in jeopardy. TFF supporters worldwide
feel like the City of Toronto is once again infringing on people's
rights at Queen's Park North.
Since its inception, the festival has focused on the preservation of the
Freedoms protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Celebrations have always been peaceful without an arrest in its
history, and generates an estimated positive economic impact of 3.5
million dollars to the Toronto economy.
TFF Organizer Gabe Simms says, "Several valid complaints were made last
year; however we had solutions prepared to address each element of
concern. The GMM has to continue with limited support and the City's
concerns may be heightened without TFF's essential event
infrastructure. This consists of hundreds of park marshals, volunteers,
washrooms, food vendors, professional cleaners & security."
The 13th Global Marijuana March (GMM) will attract over 20,000 once again this
year on May 7th with or without TFF's infrastructural support. Ron Marzel, the lawyer
for the GMM, advised that he is puzzled by the City's decision.
"Doesn't the City realize that tens of thousands of people are going to
assemble and protest regardless? Why the City would wish to eliminate
their partner in maintaining infrastructure and keeping order at this
protest makes no sense to me."
TFF Organizer Gavin Gerbz says, "My partners and I feel optimistic that
a solution can be reached with The City of Toronto Parks and/or
The Mayor's office. After all, a person's choice may not be the same as
yours or mine, however in Canada their freedom to choose, express,
assemble and peacefully protest at Queen's Park should be protected
under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms."
SOURCE Toronto Freedom Festival (TFF)
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