The City of Toronto will virtually commemorate the second anniversary of the Yonge Street Tragedy that happened on April 23, 2018. This year’s commemoration will take place on Thursday, April 23 online with a live stream statement by Mayor John Tory at 9 a.m., followed by a virtual gathering led by the We Love Willowdale and the Willowdale Interfaith Coalition community groups in the evening.

To help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 crisis, residents are respectfully requested to adhere to public health orders and refrain from gathering to lay flowers or other memorabilia at the incident sites.

Mayor John Tory will make a statement via live stream in remembrance of the people who lost their lives, survivors and all those impacted by the tragedy.

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To mark the time of the incident, flags on Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square at North York Civic Centre will be lowered to half-mast at 1:30 p.m. for the remainder of the day on Thursday, April 23, 2020 out of respect and condolence for those whose lives were lost in this tragedy.

As well, just before sunset, the Toronto Sign light will be dimmed.

Community groups, We Love Willowdale and the Willowdale Interfaith Coalition, will lead a virtual vigil to bring together the community, provide support for those impacted and offer a space for people to interact and leave messages.

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*The We Love Willowdale Facebook page is community-run and can be viewed by the public. However, to post messages and content on this page, a user must have a Facebook account and be logged in.

As this anniversary may bring back painful and traumatic memories, those who require support or counselling are advised to call 211 or visit http://www.211toronto.ca/ to access support from the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) who is offering free mental health services.

The City recognizes the challenges the current COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing measures poses to those individuals who may be experiencing trauma as a result of this tragedy.

People are encouraged to continue to take care of one another and connect with loved ones, friends, and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone who may be impacted.