UPDATE: City cites "breakdown in communication" amid Yonge street filming concerns

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A city spokesperson says there was "a bit of a breakdown in communication," when a permit was granted to film a violent television scene at Mel Lastman Square.

The shoot, planned for tonight, was called off after complaints that it was disrespectful to people who lived through the van attack on Yonge Street.

"We're going to tighten that up," spokesperson Brad Ross told Moore in the Morning, "especially when filming permits are being asked for what we might describe as sensitive locations."

A production company was going to film a scene for the Amazon Prime Show "The Boys" where one of the rogue superheroes was going to attack a crowd of people at Mel Lastman Square. Actors were going to be running around screaming and covered in fake blood.

The square is along the stretch of Yonge Street where a van was used as a weapon to murder 10 people in April of last year.

People living in the area and councillor John Filion felt shooting a scene like that in the area would have forced people to re-live the trauma of that horrible day.

Ross says the city is working with the production company to find a new location and adds that the city will not be on the hook for any associated costs.


With files from Tiffany Hendsbee