Regional Chair Jim Bradley offered the following statement regarding recent public comments made in response to Niagara staying in the grey lockdown zone:
"On behalf of Regional Council, I want to formally address specific public comments regarding the Provincial decision to keep Niagara in the grey lockdown zone starting this Tuesday.
I want to be unequivocally clear in my rebuke of these public comments: there is no place for violence, disrespect or viciousness in Niagara. This type of language is completely unacceptable and entirely counterproductive. Rhetoric of this kind is embarrassing and does little but discredit any argument an individual may have.
I want to remind members of the public that Dr. Hirji is doing what he believes necessary to protect the health and lives of those in the community. While I can appreciate that there are those who are frustrated, any call for violence, regardless of the passion a person may be feeling in the moment, is not acceptable.
I call on all of Niagara to practise respect and civility in their communications, and be mindful of how they conduct themselves on social media. I appreciate that we are living in challenging and unprecedented times, but there is no room for violence in Niagara."