On Monday, April 23, 2018, a rented van was deliberately driven onto the sidewalk in the area of Yonge St and Finch Ave in the City of Toronto. This vehicle traveled southbound on Yonge St sidewalks for over two kilometres striking numerous pedestrians. Ten people were killed and sixteen were seriously injured. To honour the victims of this deadly attack and provide the community with an opportunity to heal, a vigil was held on Sunday, April 29 at Mel Lastman Square.
This presentation will review the event planning process for the vigil, the public safety and security measures implemented following the incident, the emergency response coordination, along with the City resources that were mobilized in support. Never in the City's history, has an event of this magnitude been undertaken within a 72 hour planning cycle. People came forward to show Toronto's true strength, compassion and our resilience for those affected by this tragedy. It's what makes us all #TorontoStrong.
Facilitator/Presenter: Trevor Hyland - Coordinator - Office of Emergency Management, City of Toronto