Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey has released a statement denouncing some of the "hateful speech" around how Muslim students are allowed to pray in Peel schools.

"I am troubled by the misinformation, fear mongering and outright falsehoods being spread by some," Jeffrey wrote in her March 9 statement. "Peel is one of the most diverse regions in Canada. We not only cherish diversity, we celebrate it."

The accommodation of Friday prayer for Muslim students has been a contentious issue this school year.

Recently, the board announced that will stop taking delegations on the matter — though there is one more individual whose deputation has been deferred until March 22.

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