Establishing a Security Task Force for Places of Worship

Security Task Force motion

Establishing a Security Task Force for Places of Worship

Our motion to help protect places of worship just passed Executive Committee: That City Council direct the Director, Office Of Emergency Management to work with Provincial and Federal counterparts to develop and implement preventative and strategic response plans for potential threats and actual attacks on places of worship such that local places of worship can be a partner in the preventative approach. The strategy should include but not be restricted to:
a. consulting with various police forces and public security services for knowledge transfer and best practices for preventing attacks and saving lives during an attack on a place of worship;
b. to engage faith groups and/or their representative organizations for scenario building and safety implementation strategies;c. to create working training modules and implementation strategies so that willing and participating religious institutions can implement best practices to keep their buildings secure and congregants safe; and
d. updating and modernizing any existing emergency management policies that might be helpful in this strategy.

The motion can be found here:

If you have any questions regarding this motion or any other issue, please do not hesitate to email me at or call 416 392 1371.

About James Pasternak

Councillor James Pasternak has represented York Centre (Ward 6) in Toronto City Council since 2010. He sits on the Mayor’s Executive Committee and Chairs the Infrastructure and Environment Committee as well as the Chair of North York Community Council.

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