Toronto library defends allowing memorial service for lawyer who represented Holocaust deniers - 2017-07-13
City librarian Vickery Bowles says a staff member was on hand at the controversial memorial to ensure there would be no hate speech. (Shawn Benjamin/CBC) "We felt it was important to us to allow it," said Vickery Bowles, who told Matt Galloway on CBC Radio's Metro Morning that she and her staff understood the concern.
Bowles said they felt they couldn't deny library access to people based on views and opinions expressed by individuals in the past.
The staff member was instructed to shut the event down and call police if there was any hate speech. (CBC) "It not only contravenes the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the principles of intellectual freedom, but it's also the cornerstone of the library's mission and values," she said.