The City of Toronto is investigating after a staff member was caught pushing a protester with his vehicle during a rally at High Park Wednesday evening.
A group of demonstrators were protesting at the west-end park against upcoming council-approved changes that limit car access there, and as a result restrict access for vulnerable groups. The changes are set to come into effect on Saturday, Aug. 5.
The vehicle is then seen driving slowly into a female protester standing in front of the vehicle, who was taking part in a counter-protest and holding a sign that read, “No cars is more accessible.” The vehicle continued to drive forward, pushing the protester forward as well. A protester sitting on the ground also had to move out of the way to avoid being hit by the vehicle.
Another protester eventually pulled the woman away from the vehicle, and the driver stopped his vehicle, removed his shirt and exited his vehicle to confront the protesters.
A short time later, the same driver was seen in another Twitter video saying he was a City of Toronto employee and tried to defuse the situation.
“I think you made your point, OK your voices were heard. We as city staff appreciate all opinions, and we’re going to ask now that you disperse and go home,” he said in the video, posted by Jon Woodward.