Grocer 4 Good Ability Development Program response to guilty verdict of van driver Alek Minassian

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On April 23, 2018; a driver of a rented van rammed the vehicle on a rampage along
Yonge Street in the North York City Centre in Toronto Ontario. On that tragic day the
driver targeted pedestrians, killing 10 and injuring 16 and the effects of this day continue
to wound both families and the neighbourhood.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Grocer 4 Good Ability Development Program we
want to support the statement from Autism Ontario regarding both this horrific incident
and the verdict from Justice Molloy.

The driver’s defense argued that his Autism Spectrum Disorder impeded his ability to
understand the wrongness of his actions. The ruling of Justice Molloy supports that his
actions were, in fact, based on his hatred of women and an extremist “incel” movement,
not his Autism.

At Grocer 4 Good Ability Development Program we want the community to understand
that this case does not reflect our individuals, our families, our friends living with Autism
daily in their lives.

MISSION: Grocer 4 Good Ability Development Program will provide employment opportunities for those persons with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, other intellectual disability or whom have been chronically underemployed.