Restaurants will now need permits in order to service Black businesses

The city of Toronto will be introducing legislation Friday that will require that restaurants and food outlets that profit from selling alcohol or other goods to Black businesses obtain certain permits from the city….

Restaurants will now need permits in order to service Black businesses

The city of Toronto will be introducing legislation Friday that will require that restaurants and food outlets that profit from selling alcohol or other goods to Black businesses obtain certain permits from the city. The move follows the death of a Black man who was shot by police in July during a standoff at a Black-owned bookstore.

As Rosie DiManno wrote in The New York Times, many are calling for the Mayor John Tory to oversee a municipal boycott of companies that trade with a Western-based company—including the financial firm Morgan Stanley, which has invested in Amazon—that seeks to extend its footprint into the Black markets of Africa, the Caribbean and the South American region. Councilwoman Mary Fragedakis, who sponsored the legislation, wrote in a Facebook post that those companies “provide wealth to the wealthiest one percent of Toronto. These businesses cut ads and travel budgets in order to minimize impact on their overall profitability.”

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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