On June 2, 2020, Black Out Tuesday – the secretary of the board of directors for the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC), Julie Armstrong Rennie, posted an All Lives Matter image on her Facebook timeline. The next day, at a virtual networking event hosted by the Chamber, two local Black business owners were invited to speak about issues related to the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the globe. I was one of them.
Standing in the intersection of Queen and Bay Streets during the Raptors Championship parade rally on Monday, I was focused on the screen set up for public viewing in front of Old City Hall. Mayor John Tory was giving his speech about the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors on behalf of the people of the city. Two million cheering people were on the streets and the place was ablaze with joy, revelry and celebration.
On Tuesday morning, I publicly posted a letter I addressed to MPP Lorne Coe regarding the reintroduction of Bill 5, the Better Local Government Act, 2018, to the Ontario legislature this week.