January 31, 2017 (London, Ont.)
The London Jewish Community Centre in London, Ont. was evacuated Tuesday morning after an unidentified person called in a bomb threat.
Police were alerted to the threat at approximately 10:20 a.m.
Emergency responders helped clear the community centre while paramedics stood by as a precaution, Const. Sandasha Bough told the London Free Press.
“Police searched both inside and outside the building. Nothing suspicious was located and the employees have since been admitted back inside,” Bough said. “It’s still an ongoing investigation.”
The community centre runs a range of religious and educational programs, including a preschool.
Community centre employees declined to comment.
The bomb scare comes in the wake of a shooting attack at a Quebec City mosque Sunday, which left six dead and at least 19 wounded.
“In light of Sunday’s shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City, threats like this to the Jewish community must be taken extremely seriously,” said Amanda Hohmann, National Director of B’nai Brith Canada’s League for Human Rights.
“The Canadian public should be demanding answers from our lawmakers and politicians about the climate of religious and racial intolerance that has grown unchecked in Canada over the last several years. No Canadian should fear being attacked simply because of his/her ethnic or religious background.”