More Vigilance Needed Against Racism, Antisemitism and Hate
"I am deeply shocked and deeply disturbed by these hateful crimes. To imagine that such a thing could happen in this day and age in the Toronto area just underscores how vigilant we've got to be," said Pat Case, Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.
The CRRF supports the appeal made Tuesday to the public by York Regional Police Chief Armand La Barge asking for help in solving these most recent hate crimes.
"We're asking the public to report any suspicious activities to the police and/or to the local community organizations who work closely with the police," said Dr. Karen Mock, Executive Director of the CRRF. "We must work together to send a strong message that Canadians do not tolerate such acts and will take every measure to protect our neighbours."
These acts of antisemitic vandalism come just one week before a national conference in Montreal, hosted by the Indigenous Bar Association and the Quebec Native Women's Association. The theme of the conference: Hate and Racism: Seeking Solutions features UN Special Envoy, Stephen Lewis, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire and Ministers Jean Augustine and Irwin Cotler among others, will look at different aspects of hate crimes and racism as well as strategies to deal with them. The conference goes from March 20- 23, 2004 at the Hyatt Regency in Montreal. The CRRF has been a partner in the planning and implementation of this important and timely conference.
The CRRF is encouraging the police, local, provincial and federal governments to escalate efforts to protect Canadians from all forms of racism, hate and religious intolerance. The Canadian Race Relations Foundation provides training workshops for police services, schools and community groups, and will continue to work closely with lawmakers and legislators to effectively address hate and racism.
"Better reporting, increased vigilance as well as more public education are key to ensuring that these hateful acts will stop once and for all," said Dr. Mock. "We must work together as partners to ensure the safety of all Canadians."