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Councillor Wong-Tam's Statement on Toronto Police Chief's Statement on 1981 Bathhouse Raids

The statement of regret by Chief Mark Saunders on the 1981 gay bathhouse raids this week was an important step towards mending a historic wrong that was done in our City. While many are pleased to see the Toronto Police expressing regret, we still have some ways to go in addressing the lives that were ruined. I believe we still need to see a more meaningful apology with proper restitution.

A true apology means taking responsibility for doing something that was wrong. There never was an investigation into who ordered the raids and those whose lives were torn apart were never compensated for the emotional, physical, and financial damage done to them. I hold out the hope that we will yet see an admission of guilt adequate to provide the closure many directly affected still look for.