Contrary to popular perception, Muslims aren’t being victimized for their faith as much as Christians in Peel followed by Blacks.
A Peel Regional Police report raises the alarm that these hate crimes are on the rise.
The 2015 Annual Hate/Bias Motivated Crime Report presented at last month’s Police Services Board meeting shows an overall increase in reported hate crimes, from 52 in 2014 to 63 last year.
“The Christian Faith” was the most targeted religious group, according to the report, as they were victimized in 14 of all reported hate crimes.
The most prominent one was the outrageous vandalism at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Mississauga last year.
The 63 hate/bias crimes last year included 36 mischief cases, such as vandalism and graffiti, nine cases in which people were threatened and one in which a conspiracy to commit murder charge was laid.
Thirty-four of last year’s hate crimes targeted religion, including Christians (14), Muslims (11) and the “Jewish Faith” (nine) while others targeted race/national origin.
The “Black community” was targeted for 16 crimes (compared to 18 in 2014), South Asians for 14, while Whites were the victims in nine incidents, a high number given their shrinking numbers in Peel.
One incident last year targeted the LGBTQ community while another targeted someone with a disability.
What remains certain is that with changing demographics and tension engulfing many regions many new immigrants come from, it is likely that there will be a spillover effect here in Canada. – CINEWS