OAFC Statement on the Protest at the Ontario Fire Fighters and Police Memorials
 
September 13, 2021
 
OAFC STATEMENT ON THE PROTEST AT THE ONTARIO FIRE FIGHTERS AND POLICE MEMORIALS
 
It has been brought to our attention that earlier today a group of first response individuals planned to attend the Queen’s Park Fire Fighter and Police Memorials, to protest COVID-19 “mandates”.
 
The Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC), representing the chief fire officers of Ontario’s 441 municipal fire departments, and who are ultimately responsible for the management and delivery of fire, rescue and emergency response to the 14.5 million residents of Ontario, are extremely disappointed and disturbed to find out that this group of individuals would choose to hold their protest at memorial sites dedicated to honouring the memories of their colleagues, first responders, who sacrificed everything in the line of duty to protect others.
 
While the OAFC believes in the rights of individuals and groups to peacefully protest policies and laws they disagree with, the OAFC is adamant that the Fire Fighter and Police Memorials, places designed to honour those we’ve lost, those who gave their lives in service to others, are not appropriate venues to protest political beliefs.
 
Should the organizers of this event continue to plan these types of protests in the future, the OAFC requests that the organizers select locations that are not designated to honour those who have died protecting the lives of their fellow people. The sacredness of the memorial sites should be maintained, and those visiting should have the peace and dignity afforded to them in wishing to honour our fallen.
 
Respectfully,
 
Chief Mark MacDonald
President