No Space For Hate: October 21 | The Ontario Federation of Labour

No Space For Hate: October 21

October 21, 2023 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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2023-10-21 10:00:00 2023-10-21 16:00:00 America/Toronto No Space For Hate: October 21 Across Ontario
Across Ontario

We are saying Enough is Enough! There is no space for hate in Ontario.

On October 21st, the ultra-conservative right have once again planned nationwide events to protest teaching 2SLGBTQIA+ content in schools under the guise of protecting children. 

We know that far from protecting students this will hurt them in so many ways due to the entirely false narratives and disinformation about school policies designed to protect vulnerable youth and foster inclusive learning environments.

Unions will always fight for a fairer, just, and more equitable future for all – including our children.

It is imperative we come together and make our voices louder and the message heard that there is no place for hate in our province.

The OFL encourages all leaders/ heads of unions to join with labour councils and community groups to organize workers and communities to form rapid response teams who can show up on October 21st at the locations listed and counter this rhetoric and these lies with messages of truth, love, acceptance and inclusion.

Please join a rally in your area.  

Important: Once there, please follow the lead and instruction of the community group and local organizers at the event.  Please heed all security recommendations and stay safe.

Reminder: The safety of participants is the utmost priority.

  • Do not engage with counter demonstrators. 
  • De-escalate when confronted.
  • Do not take photos of allies.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and others while attending a counter protest. Read this guide from the Anti-Hate Network to learn more.

Please note: Information regarding the counter-protests was accurate at the time of publishing, however, changes may occur. You are encouraged to check prior to attending any of the events.

All start times are listed in EST. 

12:00 PM
Barrie City Hall

10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Market Square

12:00 PM
(Manitoba Street, Bracebridge)

11:00 AM
Durham District School Board
(400 Taunton Road East, Whitby)

1:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Royal City Park

12:00 PM
Hamilton city hall

11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Hanover Town Hall

2:00 PM
Huntsville Town Hall
(Main Street, Huntsville)

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Confederation Park

12:00 PM
​City Hall​

11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Gaukel Block
(44 Gaukel Street)

12:00 PM
City Hall

11:00 AM
City Hall

Owen sound
11:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Owen Sound City Hall

11:00 AM
Human Rights Monument on Elgin Street​

10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Market Square
Organized by: Quinte Pride

11:00 AM
City Hall
(255 Christina St N, Sarnia, ON N7T 7N2 )

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bell Park

10:00 AM
Queen’s Park
Follow @studentsforqueerliberation to stay updated.

12:00 PM- 4:00 PM
Dieppe Gardens
Downton Windsor

Check here for a list of Anti-Trans counter-protests happening across Canada on October 21st that may not be listed.


Anti-hate Rapid Response

Safe Protesting: A Guide to Your Rights

Safe Protest: A Guide to Your Rights (FR)

Safety Tips for 2SLGTBQIA+ Youth

Know Your Rights

Safety Plan Checklist

Pride and Safety Toolkit

Guide for Pride Defenders

Guide For Pride Defenders Handout (ABRIDGED VERSION)

Confronting and Preventing Hate in Canadian Schools

For Support:

Movement Defense Committee:

LGBT National Hotline:

Trans Lifeline

LGBT Youthline:

Hope for Wellness Helpline (for Indigenous People):

Legal Support


Printable 11 x 17 (EN)

Printable 11 x 17 (FR)

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Twitter/Instagram (FR)

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Facebook (FR)

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