City police say they will maintain a limited presence at a planned demonstration currently scheduled to take place at North Bay City Hall tomorrow (Saturday).
"In response to information circulating online about a 'Worldwide Stop the War on Children Rally,' members of the North Bay Police Service will be in the area to monitor the event in order to ensure public safety," says a news release.
The release adds that police respect the right to peacefully protest but will monitor the event in order to ensure public safety and address any issues related to traffic congestion.
"All members of the public, including road users, residents, and businesses have the right to safely enjoy public spaces," it says.
The event is happening world-wide.
It's website says "Are you fed up with the relentless attacks on our children? What side of history will YOU be on? The time is now to RISE UP and stand strong together to protect children and their innocence!"
It says its mission is to "end the sexualization, indoctrination, and medicalization of children under the guise of LGBTQIA+."
Meanwhile, a counter-rally is being planned at the same time by OutLOUD North Bay, an organization that provides safe space for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
In a Facebook post, executive director Seth Compton writes, "I have no words. We are tired emotionally, mentally and physically but we WILL NOT GIVE UP. This week we've lost 2 youth to suicide here in our community. The kids are not OK and this sort of misinformation is dividing and killing people."
Compton calls the ralliers uneducated people, some that don't even have children.
"They have no idea what the process is around gender affirming care. Kids are NOT BEING MUTILATED.. but kids are taking their own lives because they are being pushed over the edge, no love, no understanding and no support."
Compton is asking residents of North Bay to join him at City Hall Saturday to "stand against this march, in solidarity for the youth that have taken their lives, those struggling right now and those who won't make it.
"Calling all 2SLGBTQ+ FOLKS AND ALLIES. We stand TOGETHER!!!"
Meanwhile, the North Bay Police Service says it is committed to maintaining open communication with organizers and participants of public demonstrations.
"As in all instances, our officers will use proper discretion when dealing with any situation that may arise. We maintain a zero tolerance policy towards unlawful behaviour and any violations of the Criminal Code of Canada will be addressed accordingly."
Police say they have no reason to believe that the participants of this demonstration will be violent or disruptive, but that it always monitors major public events and gatherings in order to ensure public safety.