The Toronto Comic Arts Festival exists to celebrate comics, graphic novels, and the people who make them. It is in that spirit that we aim to provide a safe and harassment-free space for creators. Since TCAF primarily takes place at the Toronto Reference Library, festival staff, volunteers, and exhibitors are all expected to abide by the Toronto Public Library’s Rules of Conduct.
TPL’s full Rules of Conduct can be found here: Link
Importantly: Violent, threatening, abusive, discriminatory or harassing language or conduct of any kind is not allowed. Photographing, filming or video recording of library staff and users on library property must not be conducted without prior written approval of the Library (or of the persons being recorded). Disruptive or intrusive behaviour is not allowed.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to; unwanted and/or discriminatory advances, intimidation, stalking, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcomed sexual attention or other verbal or physical conduct of a discriminatory nature.
People creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment by engaging in such conduct are unwelcome at the festival and will be escorted out. TCAF reserves the right to revoke tabling privileges for any exhibitors who create an unsafe space for people at the festival.
If you feel that you are being harassed or if you see someone else being harassed, please do one of the following:
- In the event of an emergency, call 911
- Tell Library Security
- Tell a TCAF Volunteer (Wearing a TCAF VOLUNTEER shirt)
- Tell a TCAF Staff Member (Wearing a TCAF STAFF badge)
- Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions, or would like to provide feedback or input on this policy, please email us at email@example.com.