Toronto police investigating after noose found at another Eglinton Crosstown LRT site

Toronto police are investigating after a noose was found at another Eglinton Crosstown LRT construction site.

A police spokesperson told Global News officers were called to the Leaside station construction site, located at the corner of Bayview Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, at around 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday after a worker found the noose.

The spokesperson said staff took pictures of the noose and it was subsequently removed.

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They said officers went to the site on Thursday to take statements from workers.

Kristin Jenkins, a spokesperson for Crosslinx — the consortium that’s building the Eglinton Crosstown line, confirmed the discovery of the noose.

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“Crosslinx is disgusted that this racist act happened on one of our sites. Crosslinx has zero tolerance for racism and any kind of discrimination,” she said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

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“A police investigation is underway. The person, or people, responsible will be held accountable for this deplorable act.”

Wednesday’s incident comes months after a noose was found at another Eglinton Crosstown LRT site and other unrelated construction projects across Toronto.

A noose was found at the Fairbank station construction site in July. A construction union reported one of its members resigned amid an investigation into that incident.

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In 2020, nooses were also found at Michael Garron Hospital, a condo project in Regent Park and a tower construction site in the financial district.

The incidents and racial discrimination in Canada’s construction industry sparked the creation of a new not-for-profit organization, the Afro-Canadian Contractors Association, and it is partly aimed at combatting anti-Black racism.

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