Statement - Speak out against hate, urges Canada’s Human Rights Watchdog

November 15, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Canadian Human Rights Commission

Following two incidents in Ontario, Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, issues the following statement:

Today we woke to news of a Swastika and an anti-Semitic slur spray painted on the door of an Ottawa rabbi’s home. Yesterday, posters promoting white supremacy were found in a Toronto park.

Although these are the actions a few misguided individuals, they cannot be ignored. Indifference is the lifeblood of hatred, racism and injustice. We must shine a bright light on these dark events. No one should live in fear because of who they are.

I encourage everyone in Canada to speak out against hateful acts that threaten our families, our friends, our neighbours and our way of life.  Speak loudly so that both the victims and the perpetrators hear you when you say: My Canada includes everyone.

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