Chick-fil-A announces a new location for Canada and people are already protesting
People in Windsor are letting the controversial fast food giant, Chick-fil-A, know that it isn't welcome in their city.
The fast food chain CEO, Dan Cathy, is well known for having anti-LGTBQ values, and has previously said he believes in the “biblical definition of a family unit”. He has donated millions of dollars to charities with a history of discrimination against LGBTQ groups.
But unlike protests in other cities, the Windor location isn't even open yet.
On Monday night city council had a site plan approval of the Chick-fil-A at the Devonshire Mall property on the agenda as information only.
A group called Keep Chick-fil-A out of Windsor is getting in front of the company's progress by letting city council know their thoughts on the proposed new location in the city.
The group organized a protest Monday night outside of city hall to “tell city council to vote no.”
"Chick-fil-A is a notoriously bigoted and homophobic fast food chain from the USA. They are unapologetically politically and religiously right-wing, and they have no place in Canada. Their first location in the UK closed after 8 days amid protests, let's do the same here," reads a post in the protester's Facebook group.
We’re underway at @CityWindsorON council. On tonight’s agenda is zoning approval for a Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Howard Ave. This group doesn’t want the restaurant in Windsor due to its “unethical treatment of animals” & its “homophobic CEO” #cklw @AM800News pic.twitter.com/aGtIOWpWWB— Zander Broeckel (@zbroeckel800) December 2, 2019
About 20 people were in attendance at the protest with signs that read "Cluck off Chik-fil-a," and "Chik-Fil-A hates gay people".
There were also a few people protesting with PETA branded signs that read "meat is murder."
A handful of protesters don’t want Chick-Fil-A to come to Windsor. pic.twitter.com/2hVxqaFisQ— Stacey J (@StaceyJReports) December 2, 2019
According to CTV News, city council didn’t raise the Chick-fil-A issue on Monday. After the meeting, Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens said if council decided to not approve a site plan application because council didn’t like the company’s philosophy, the company could successfully appeal.
Last month Chick-fil-A announced that in 2020 the Chick-fil-A Foundation is introducing a more focused giving approach that will be working exclusively in the areas of education, homelessness and hunger.
Additionally, according to a press release from November 18, the foundation will no longer make multiyear commitments and will reassess its philanthropic partnerships annually to allow maximum impact, which include faith-based and non-faith-based charities.
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