Inquiry launched into assaults against Asian Canadian anglers

    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Chief Commissioner Barbara Hall today announced
the launch of an inquiry into alleged assaults against Asian Canadian anglers.
The inquiry is being conducted in partnership with the Metro Toronto Chinese
and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic and involves other community partners. It
arises out of concern following a number of violent incidents involving Asian
Canadians who have been either physically or verbally assaulted while fishing
in a number of communities around the province.
    Human rights concerns have arisen because reports indicate that Asian
Canadians are being targeted. The reported use of racial slurs and negative
terms make it likely that racial stereotyping or prejudices are at play.
    Through this process, the Commission hopes to learn more about the nature
of the incidents and the extent to which a systemic problem exists, support
those who have been affected and refer them to appropriate resources, build
capacity within communities and responsible government bodies to deal with
issues of tension and conflict, identify possible solutions and raise public
awareness about racism and racial profiling.
    "By hearing firsthand accounts from individuals who have been subjected
to such assaults, we can support affected individuals and communities as well
as help government ministries, local municipal representatives, police
services and sport and recreational organizations in their efforts to defuse
tension and conflict situations when they arise," stated Chief Commissioner
    A telephone hotline and online questionnaire are being set up to receive
the information. Over a four week period, from Wednesday, November 7th to
Thursday, December 6th, interested individuals who have experienced or
witnessed such incidents, are invited to share their stories by telephone,
through the Web or in writing:

    By Telephone:         Local: (416) 971-5939
                          Toll free: 1-866-237-1897
                          Interpretation services will be available in
                          Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Korean
                          and Tagalog

    Via the Web:          An online survey can be completed at

    In writing:           Submissions may be sent by mail or fax. If
                          responding in writing you must provide contact
                          details: name, address, phone number, e-mail
                          address (for verification, not publication). Send
                          your written comments to:

                          Ontario Human Rights Commission
                          Inquiry Into Assaults On Asian Canadian Anglers
                          180 Dundas Street West
                          7th Floor
                          Toronto, ON
                          M7A 2R9
                          Fax: (416) 314-4533

    The Commission plans to share preliminary findings following the close of
the inquiry and follow up with additional information as it becomes available.

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For further information:

For further information: Jeff Poirier, Manager, Communications, Policy
and Education Branch, (416) 314-4539; Afroze Edwards, Sr. Communications
Officer, Policy and Education Branch, (416) 314-4528

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