Media Statement
May 5, 2021

The City of Toronto has now had the opportunity to review the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) statement of claim issued earlier today regarding the fires at York Memorial Collegiate in 2019.

The City does not normally comment on matters that are before the courts, but is doing so regarding this matter, after reviewing the unfounded allegations against City staff contained within the TDSB’s claim.

City staff cooperated fully and professionally in the investigation of the fires at York Memorial Collegiate. Staff took all appropriate steps to preserve evidence, and allegations in the claim that suggest otherwise are patently untrue and irresponsible. It is unconscionable that the TDSB and its insurers would impugn the integrity of Fire Chief Matthew Pegg and other Toronto Fire Services staff in this manner.

The City will file its statement of defence with the courts in due course and looks forward to vigorously defending against these allegations.

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