Another protest will make its way through Toronto this week. The #MarchForChange peaceful rally has been set for Friday afternoon in the downtown core. It is the second organized protest in Toronto to take place within the week, after the #JusticeForRegis demonstration last weekend.
According to the MarchForChange Instagram page, it is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. at Bloor-Yonge subway station. Protestors will then make their way to Toronto City Hall at Nathan Phillips Square.
On Thursday, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders was asked if he will be attending this weekend's planned protests. He confirmed that he will be.
"I've been involved in every protest that's taking place and I will continue to do so," said Saunders during the briefing.*
Organizers are reminding attendees that there's no place for violence at this event.
"This is a peaceful protest and there will be no tolerance for disruptive or aggressive behaviour. If we truly want change to happen, it will need to be done respectfully. The world is watching," their post says.
Supporters will march all the way down Yonge St., along Front St. and then back up to Toronto City Hall.
Despite the large turnout that is expected, #MarchForChange says social distancing will be observed. Protestors are asked to stay two metres apart and wear masks.
#MarchForChange organizer Kevin Galica told Narcity about his intention for the event.
"I started this movement to raise awareness about racism going on in the world. After watching the video of George Floyd being murdered I felt like it was time to do something," he said.
"I contacted my good friend Tremaine Nelson to help organize it and promote it and he was more than happy to."
"We have taken all the safety protocols regarding COVID-19. We’re giving out masks along the walk as well," said Galica.
"Please bring your own if you can. We have contacted the city as well and they are on board! Tomorrow is the day to spread the message, love and peace!"*
Toronto's initial protest was held on May 31, after the death of 29-year-old Regis Korchinski-Paquet.
The protest's description said that the event was held in her honour, as well as for all for "Black lives that were taken at the hands of police."
Large crowds gathered at Christie Pits Park and filled the streets, chanting "no justice, no peace" and raising their signs high.
Thousands out at Christie Pits right now about to start marching. #Toronto showing the hell up demanding… https://t.co/WzWuoSSyUn— Rachel Small (@Rachel Small) 1590863532.0
Another Ontario city held its own demonstration this week. In Kitchener, activists showed up by the hundreds on June 3.
According to photos shared online, the streets were practically overflowing with participants.
Kitchener showed the fuck up tonight #blm https://t.co/ChxO88e5vr— sick machine (@sick machine) 1591235100.0
Toronto's mayor has urged the public to keep demonstrations peaceful. However, some downtown stores have boarded up their windows as a precaution against looting.
*This article has been updated.