Arrest Made in Hate-Motivated Mischief and Criminal Harassment investigation at Michael Garron Hospital Project Site

Earlier this summer, two nooses were found at the Michael Garron Hospital site that were strategically placed and racially motivated. We fully cooperated with the Toronto Police Services (TPS) and this past weekend, TPS made an arrest related to a hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment investigation at Michael Garron Hospital site.“EllisDon wishes to thank everyone who has worked so hard to bring this matter, hopefully, to a close,” said Geoff Smith, President and CEO, EllisDon. “We also wish to thank the victims specifically, everyone working on this project, the Michael Garron Hospital staff and the local community for their patience and for supporting each other during these difficult months. Most importantly, we recognize that a great deal more work needs to be done to eliminate these hate crimes, and the existing systemic racism within the construction industry and in Canada. Our work is not over, it has just begun.”Please see the official TPS Press release below and here: time: 12:00
Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Unit: 55 Division
Phone: 416-808-5500
Case #: 2020-1067559The Toronto Police Service has arrested a man as part of a hate-motivated mischief and criminal harassment investigation.On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, at approximately 12:31 p.m. police responded to a radio call in the Coxwell Avenue and Sammon Avenue area.It is alleged that:- workers assigned to a closed construction site, which is not accessible to the general public, arrived at work to find two nooses located on their construction equipmentAs part of the Service's commitment to tackling Hate Crimes, a task force was set up in response to several similar reports at construction sites across the city. This project team includes members of the Hate Crime Unit as well as investigators from 55 Division, 52 Division and 11 Division.As a result of the investigation, officers were able to identify a suspect in relation to one of the nooses discovered on June 10, 2020. A 34-year-old man was arrested on Friday, December 4, 2020.Jason Lahay, 34, of Toronto, has been charged with:1. Mischief Interrupt Property Over $5000.002. Three counts of Criminal HarassmentHe is scheduled to appear at College Park Courts, on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 2 p.m.For the official Toronto Police Services News Release, click HERE. To read a list of how we are combating racism at EllisDon and in our industry, click HERE.