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Petitioning The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, The Toronto Port Authority
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The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, The Toronto Port Authority

Stop the unfair treatment of John Letnik and Captain John's Restaurant

In an unprecedented and cruel move the City of Toronto shut off the water supply to Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant. With no water supply, the City’s Health Department ordered that the restaurant be shut down. This cut off all cash flow and shut down the financial life blood of the owner John Letnik.

While led by the City of Toronto, this action was part of what appears to be an orchestrated plan by the various government agencies fighting for control over development of Toronto’s waterfront lands and are determined to squeeze out anyone they have decided should not be there.

After escaping from Communist controlled Yugoslavia at the age of 15 in 1956, John Letnik immigrated to Canada. When he opened his floating restaurant known as Captain John’s in 1970 it was one of the first attractions on the downtown Toronto water front and became a landmark. For more than forty years John Letnik has served as an exemplary citizen and displayed generous public behavior by providing free meals to Toronto’s less fortunate and needy. Now he is being kicked to the curb.

It’s a cruel irony that John Letnik escapes a Communist oppressive regime as a young man, finds freedom in Canada and works hard to achieve success …… and now ends up being treated like this.

This treatment is a disgrace and standing by and doing nothing to help him is unconscionable.


Letter to
The City of Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, The Toronto Port Authority
Stop the unfair treatment of John Letnik and Captain John's Restaurant

In an unprecedented and cruel move the City of Toronto shut off the water supply to Captain John’s Harbour Boat Restaurant. With no water supply, the City’s Health Department ordered that the restaurant be shut down. This cut off all cash flow and shut down the financial life blood of the owner John Letnik.

While led by the City of Toronto, this action was part of what appears to be an orchestrated plan by the various government agencies fighting for control over development of Toronto’s waterfront lands and are determined to squeeze out anyone they have decided should not be there.

For more than forty years John Letnik has served as an exemplary citizen and displayed generous public behavior by providing free meals to Toronto’s less fortunate and needy. Now he is being kicked to the curb.

It’s a cruel irony that John Letnik escapes a Communist oppressive regime as a young man, finds freedom in Canada and works hard to achieve success and now ends up being treated like this.

This treatment is a disgrace and must be stopped immediately.