My Statement About a New Hate Crime Reported at Church Street and Gould Street

Today I learned of another hate crime on the Ryerson University campus. It pains me to see the rise of Anti-Asian racism across Toronto. We are one of the most diverse cities in the world yet we are not immune to this hate and far from it.

I have spoken to the Superintendent of 51 Division at the Toronto Police Service, who informs me that this new racist graffiti reported at Church Street and Gould Street contains racial slurs directed against the Asian community. This is the second act of racist vandalism reported within four days after a similar one previously reported in the Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street area on Tuesday.

Investigators believe these incidents are linked and both are being investigated as Hate Crimes. The Service's specialized Hate Crime Unit continues to assist with both investigations. Officers continue to urge anyone who may have security camera video, in the area, to contact the police.

This continued racism towards Asian Canadians is unacceptable. Hate has no place in our society. When these incidents occur, we must strengthen our resolve in the face of white supremacy, racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic violence. We must each commit to speaking out against racism. 

I want to thank 51 Division and the Toronto Police Service who are investigating this hate-motivated incident seriously. They’re asking anyone who may have information to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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