Canadian hate crimes soar sharply for Jews, Blacks and Muslims.
In fact, they soared 47 per cent in 2017 when compared with 2016.
And they are the highest ever since statistics have been kept since 2009.
Statistics Canada reports:
After steady but relatively small increases since 2014, police-reported hate crime in Canada rose sharply in 2017.
“For the year, police reported 2,073 hate crimes, 664 more than in 2016.
“Higher numbers were seen across most types of hate crime, with incidents targeting the Muslim, Jewish, and Black populations accounting for most of the national increase.
“These increases were largely in Ontario and Quebec,” Statistics Canada says.
As well hate crimes are underreported in Canada.
“In an effort to try to address the under-reporting of hate crimes, a growing number of non-governmental organizations are developing innovative methods to encourage the reporting of hate.
“In 2017, for example, the Alberta Hate Crimes Committee launched the StopHateAB.ca website to encourage reporting of hate incidents in order to support strategies that foster a public social environment of justice, equity, and human rights.”
Canadian Hate Crimes Soar Sharply
The biggest increases in hate crimes took place in Ontario and Quebec.
In Ontario hate crimes rose 67 per cent.
They went from 612 incidents in 2016 to 1,023 in 2017.
And percentage increases totalled 207 per cent for Muslims; Black 84 per cent and 41 per cent Jewish.
Quebec reported a 50 per cent increase.
The numbers rose from 327 to 489.
“The increase was the result of crimes against the Muslim population, which almost tripled from 41 in 2016 to 117 in 2017.
“Reports of hate crimes against Muslims peaked in February, the month following the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Québec, and accounted for 26 per cent of Quebec’s annual reported incidents targeting Muslims,” Statistics Canada reports.
Last month Cool Conversations reported that the rise of right-wing groups has authorities concerned.
And the research on hate crimes is fascinating.
Most perpetrators see themselves as saviours.
They are saving the white race.
One Canadian expert on hate crimes is Bernie Farber.
Farber is concerned about their rise.
But he points out that Canada has had a history of white supremacists being active in Canada.
However, they come and they go.
But now they are in the forefront once again.