Police investigating threats against Pride, premier
Paul Johnston , CP24.com
Published Friday, June 28, 2013 7:13PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, June 28, 2013 7:40PM EDT
Police in Toronto say they are actively investigating after two media outlets received threats targeting a Pride event and Ontario’s premier.
According to police, the CBC and City News both received letters making threats against participants in the Pride parade on Sunday as well as Kathleen Wynne.
A return address on the letters was checked but turned out to be false, police said.
In a release issued Friday afternoon, police said they “have included this investigation in an ongoing security assessment of the weekend’s activities,” which is done for any major event in the city.
Despite the threats, it’s a party as usual one Pride organizer told CP24 Friday evening.
“Things are moving ahead as normal,” Pride board of directors co-chair Sean Hillier said.
“I don’t think [the threat] dampens anything,” Hillier added. “People are going to come out, people are going to celebrate. We’re extremely excited. The party is starting to get underway and will continue right through Sunday.”
A spokesperson for Wynne was unable to comment on the letters.
Police are asking that members of the public who see anything suspicious this weekend to call 416-808-2222.