The Bloordale BIA recognizes that there is an urgent need to address the racism that is real and pervasive in our City, and in our own community. Everyone should have the right to freely express their cultural identity, religion, and political views without threat of violence or discrimination, however the issue of racism is systemic and the BIA understands this. Not everybody feels safe in Bloordale or has access to the same resources. From inequalities in law enforcement, employment, housing, childcare, healthcare, and education, to harassment by police and civilians alike, many BIPOC residents and business owners do not experience the same quality of life nor have access to the same means to achieve the success that all Canadians are entitled to. As a community and as an organization, we need to actively work to create a safe, equitable and harmonious Bloordale. We need to do more to support the Black, Indigenous, and other racialized people of colour in our neighbourhood and their allies in the fight for fair and equal access to City of Toronto services and the application of law enforcement. We acknowledge that there is an immediate need for alternative systems to be in put in place within our community that can provide safety and security to residents and business owners who do not feel that they can go to the police. The BIA is prepared to address our own failure to engage in proactive anti-racism, and to start a dedicated process of evaluating our role in Bloordale and within the City. We are meeting with Anthony Morgan of The City of Toronto's Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit, to identify changes that the BIA can make in order to be part of the solution. We recognize that this needs to be an ongoing priority, and are committed to ensuring that our organization and its impact in the community serves to make Bloordale a better place for everyone. Our monthly meetings are always open to each of Bloordale’s business owners and commercial property owners, and our volunteer Board of Directors warmly invite more participants so that the voices of our diverse community can be accurately heard and reflected by the work of the BIA.
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