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Bill Cosby's Ontario performances are scheduled to go on as planned, even after criticism from filmmaker Judd Apatow, and several women's organizations. However, women's rights advocates and their supporters have no intention of letting these events pass without comment.
Activists in Kitchener-Waterloo will be holding an alternative event at the same time as his performance there, called "Voices Carry." The proceeds from this event will go to the Sexual Assault Centre of Waterloo Region and Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. The leaders of the event claim that "tons and tons of volunteers" have come forward to participate in the event.
The London Abused Women's Centre will be holding a peaceful protest outside of Cosby's planned performance at the Budweiser Centre, alongside local unions and community activists. The organizers estimate that there will be more than 400 attendees of the protest, and many more people have called the Women's Centre to inform them that they plan to use their tickets to heckle Cosby's performance.
There will be a third protest in Hamilton that might end up being the rowdiest of the three. Protesters will be stationed both outside Hamilton Place, where Cosby will be performing, as well as inside the venue. Organizer Anne Bokma told the Toronto Star, "But we wanted to be where Cosby would see us and hear us. It was important to be in the theatre so that he would see our presence."
The protests in the three cities have received political support from Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Waterloo Mayor Dave Jaworsky, and local MPP Catherine Fife. London Mayor Matt Brown has gone so far as to issued a statement saying that Cosby's event should be cancelled.
As of right now, there has been no comment from Cosby or his crew, but there's no way they'll be able to ignore the vitriol when he gets here.
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