“To try to create an event to spread hate in a community that’s still reeling from a tragedy is quite frankly disgusting,” MacDonald said. “That’s not something this neighbourhood needs after the tragedy it had to go through.”
Mr. Armstrong founded or served in several organizations, including the Jamaican Canadian Association, the Black Business and Professional Association, the National Council of Jamaicans and Supportive Organizations, the Canadian Ethnocultural Council and the board of governors for the Canadian Centre for Police Race Relations. In 1975, he was also among the founding members of Toronto’s Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
"Of all his accomplishments — marked by his fearless, unrelenting, nonyielding drive for equality among all people — Armstrong’s most impressive quality might have been his ability to speak truth to power, without engendering lasting animosity."
Bromley Armstrong - a trade unionist and community organizer whose activism paved the way for anti-discrimination legislation and police reform in Ontario - has died. Herman Stewart, former president of the Jamaican Canadian Association, says children should learn about his friend's legacy in school.
“The planning of this event, which was due to fall on the first anniversary of the racist, neo-Nazi gathering in Charlottesville, U.S., gave us all a disturbing insight into what can happen when ignorance, racism and Islamophobia join together with the intention of dividing our communities. It is critical that we do not become complacent in our rejection of racism and other forms of hate,” said Nigel Barriffe, president of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
After leaving politics she served with many organizations, including the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Canadian Alliance of Black Educators, the Toronto Child Abuse Centre, the YWCA and Harbourfront Centre. And she co-founded Tiger Lily, the first magazine in the province that gave women of colour a voice.