Sunday, April 14, 2024

The rising tide of hate across Ontario

Warning: this story contains disturbing content

Looking down on the city of Hamilton from a snowy cliff, their hands wrapped in boxing gloves, the small group of white nationalists stood shoulder-to-shoulder and raised their right arms in the Nazi salute.







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The logo of the Hamilton-based white nationalist group “Nationalist-13” stuck to a lamp post near Gage Park in Hamilton. The group’s email address and Telegram address have been removed.










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Kojo Damptey, the former executive director of the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion, says hate is now in the public square.










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Sherri Darlene is the founder of Justice 4 Black Lives and is the chair of the Niagara Falls anti-racism committee.










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Kim Martin, co-chair of No Hate in the Hammer, speaks at a gathering of Hamilton anti-hate organizations and community leaders at a launch for a new website for reporting incidents of hate.




Politics and policing of hate







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Bradley Hamacher is night club manager and drag queen performer. Bradley was targeted by the New Blue Party, which has been pushing the conspiracy theory that drag performers and transgender people are attempting to groom and sexually abuse children.










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A “white unity” sticker put on a lamp post by the Hamilton-based white nationalist group “Nationalist-13” across from the Concession Street Library. From the lamp post, the Black Liberation mural on the side of the library by artist Israel Crooks can be seen.




‘You can’t depend on the antidote’







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“You can’t let the evil people win. You’ve got to stand strong,” said Michael Andrade, whose Carribean restaurant was in the path of the St. Catharines vandalism spree.










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Saleh Waziruddin of the Niagara Region Anti-Racism Association says hate crimes rarely make it to court.




Rising wave of hate







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Selam Debs stands in front of her former yoga studio in St. Jacobs. She blames a wave of overtly racist threats for her decision to close her business.










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Acting Insp. Feras Ismail is the officer in charge of the Equity and Inclusion Bureau, which also serves as the policy centre for Hate/Bias Motivated Crime related matters at Peel Regional Police.




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