Police make arrest after nooses found at Michael Garron Hospital construction site

By News Staff

Toronto police have made an arrest after two nooses were found at a construction site at Michael Garron Hospital in the city’s east end last June.

Police were called to the site in the Coxwell Avenue and Sammon Avenue area on June 10, 2020, after workers arrived and found two nooses on construction equipment.

At the time a spokesperson from EllisDon, the company heading the construction project, said the nooses were strategically placed and appeared to be racially-motivated.

That prompted an investigation by the Toronto Police Hate Crime Unit, leading to the arrest Friday of Jason Lahay, 34, of Toronto.

Police say Lahay is a suspect in connection to one of the nooses found on December 10.

He’s facing once count of mischief interrupt property over $5,000 and three counts of criminal harassment.

In September, two more nooses were found at the same construction site. There’s no word on arrests in relation to that case.

In a separate incident last July, a noose was found at the Eglinton Crosstown construction site. A worker was fired and kicked out of his union, but there’s no word on charges.

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