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Ensuring the Safety of our Hospital Communities

From: Toronto Academic Health Sciences Network Leadership

February 13, 2024

Unfortunately, yesterday evening, a demonstration on University Avenue directly impacted Mount Sinai Hospital. This included trespassing on Hospital property. We are profoundly disturbed by this course of events as this protest ran the real risk of disrupting hospital operations and compromising the safety of staff, physicians, learners, patients and visitors – all totally unacceptable. Hospitals are places for treatment and care, not protests.

All of our hospitals and healthcare organizations are dedicated to ensuring accessible and safe care for everyone regardless of their religious faith, race, gender or sexual orientation.  As leaders, we will not tolerate hatred in any form to permeate our hospitals. We unequivocally denounce this display of antisemitism and all forms of racism. 

The safety of all of our staff, physicians, learners, patients, and visitors remains paramount and we are continuing to work alongside local law enforcement as well as our local security teams to ensure our hospitals and academic institutions remain accessible and safe for all. 


Scott Ovenden
President and CEO
Sarah Downey
President and CEO
Julia Hanigsberg
President and CEO
Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
Ronni Cohn
President and CEO
The Hospital for Sick Children
Barb Collins
President and CEO
Humber River Health
Melanie Kohn
President and CEO
Michael Garron Hospital
Everton Gooden
President and CEO
North York General Hospital
David Graham
President and CEO
Scarborough Health Network
Gary Newton
President and CEO
Sinai Health
Andy Smith
President and CEO
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Karli Farrow
President and CEO
Trillium Health Partners
Tim Rutledge
President and CEO
Unity Health Toronto
Kevin Smith
President and CEO
University Health Network
Patricia Houston
Interim Vice Provost Relations with Health Care Institutions
University of Toronto
Heather McPherson
President and CEO
Women’s College Hospital