Dear Toronto Roller Derby

Feb 6, 2022

Dear Toronto Roller Derby,

I have received some heartbreaking messages from some members of our league that do not agree with my most recent actions of taking part in the Ontario No Vaxx Pass group and attending a Freedom Rally. I have been told to make a statement, given a list of topics and been asked to apologise and told to be sincere in order to be considered a chance at forgiveness.

Although there are many things on the list I agree with, I cannot in good conscious or in honest sincerity do or agree to all of the things being asked of me. I have tried repeatedly to defend myself and my character but my words are met with hate and accusations.

As this list came from the league’s president and they speak on behalf of the league, I wish to no longer be affiliated with Toronto Roller Derby as a skater or as a sponsor.

To be transparent, I was asked in an unofficial email from the president of Toronto Roller Derby to make a statement, and I quote

“…that could then be posted to both your personal and business social accounts, that would be a good first step. That statement would have to include the following:

(1) denunciation of Trucker Convoy organizers and their hateful, racist, violent, and/or undemocratic statements, including the MOU and the GoFundMe page;

(2) denunciation of all white supremacist and Nazi paraphernalia at the protest;

(3) a promise that both you and your business with continue to follow all laws, regulations, and public health rules related to vaccines and public health such as masking, social distancing, capacity restrictions, etc.;

(4) a sincere apology to ToRd and the wider derby community for your actions in attending the Trucker Convoy protest;

(5) an acknowledgement of the harms your attendance and participation in the protest has caused to members of ToRD and the wider derby community;

But a statement will be only the first step. I will have to discuss the rest of the process with the rest of the Exec, our Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee, as well as ConMed. But other things will likely include a significant donation from Monster Muffin to one or more organizations of our choosing, an agreement to undergo diversity, inclusion and equity training to educate yourself around these issues, possibly an agreement to personally apologize, individually, to every member of the league who requests it, and listening to them explain how your actions have hurt them. I'm not sure what else yet, but it will be a long and likely difficult process.”

And to this I respond.

I don’t know everything about everyone involved with the freedom protest but I do know that it is very easy to spread lies about one another. I do not condone any hateful, violent or white supremacist or Nazi actions or displays of such things. These people were not welcome at this protest and am I very happy to know they were removed.

I believe in and stand for democracy.

As stated above, I was asked to agree to make a significant donation from my business to one or more organizations of the league’s choosing. First off, I don’t now how much “substantial” means to them but that is rather a bully move and rude ask during a pandemic when most small businesses are struggling. Secondly, I do not agree to allow a league coming at me with such accusations to choose the charity/charities.

There is a real message here if you choose to see it and it is that of love, freedom, choice and unity. For those of you who see this as something else and thus feel hurt by it, I can only hope that this message may help to bring a better light and understanding as to my involvement. I will stand up for people, especially minorities. I will show love and compassion and I hope you will join me.

I only wish the best for Toronto and all of it’s skaters. For the most part you have all been wonderful and I will miss you very much. It’s been a blast and I have learned a lot. Thank you for your love and support over the years, I can’t wait to see you skating again!

Love and light to you all, may you find peace during these troubling times.

Muffin on behalf of Monster Muffin


My dear Monster, I have known you and your family all my life. What they are doing is so wrong on many levels. Knowing how you were raised and the values you were raised with shows you how much they really know you or even want to know you. I have my own beliefs as well, but we can agree to disagree. When one door closes another one opens. You are a survivor because you came from survivors. You will outshine all of them. This may be the beginning of their downfall. Love you and wish you all the best always.

Irene Fleury | Feb 8, 2022

ToRD has no right to ask this of you and even less right to ask for a significant donation of their choosing. Get bent ToRD!

Freedom | Feb 8, 2022

This is disgusting. If that ain’t a dictatorship (kind of like Trudeau’ same actions), I don’t know what is. Who do they think they are trying to control your personal business? Last I checked derby doesn’t pay you, you pay a RIDICULOUS amount to play in this sport. Like hell would I be told how and what to do with my life. Walk away girl, walk away. There are PLENTY of teams and other sports to associate with, than this dictatorship team. Next thing will be, they’ll be telling you how to vote. Kicks rocks! This is so wrong on all levels. They totally lost my respect. They should have done their reaearch on who those insurginists were who did all those terrible things at the rally. It WASN’T anyone who belonged to the rally organizers. Smfh. Peace Love and Light to you, girl. Hope you find peace when you walk away. This is not good for your mental health to be controlled like this. Good riddens to them. Betcha a million they all voted to for TrudUMP!! 🤘🏻✌🏻🛼 so digusted to read this…rhey should be ashamed

MissRed | Feb 8, 2022

Thank You. From the bottom of my heart.
This issue is so much bigger then most people like to admit. Freedom is being quickly torn away leaving a crippled world.
People like you coming forth, disclosing the disgusting behaviors of companies, may open the eyes of others. Its not getting seen. Now companies obviously profiting from Harrassment. How do they feel donating money makes the situation better?? Does it delete words and memories of those who are claiming to be hurt?
I takes a very strong women to make such a bold statement.
Thank you.

Riley Kelly | Feb 8, 2022

Lori – you truly are a person of high standards. I have known you all your life and you have never wished any wrong doings to others. Your kindness excels above all. Through your business you have taught and encouraged others to do their best – giving them opportunities of employment and them to get ahead.

It is sad to hear how a “company” wants to come after your financials- and where would they stop? Would they just keep pressuring you for more? That is so unfair and pathetic.

Your kindess and compassion for others Lori is above all else. Sometimes it is best to just stay away from those whose control and nastiness robs you of who you really are – a genuine individual who really cares more about how to help others than yourself. Save your energy and kerp growing stronger day by day. One day at a time Lori. One day at a time.

Halina | Feb 7, 2022
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