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Fishing without fear: Report on the inquiry into assaults on Asian Canadian anglers

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During the Inquiry into Assaults on Asian Canadian Anglers, the Commission met with 21 organizations to identify solutions. These organizations included police services, municipalities, provincial government ministries, and community organizations. The Commission obtained over 50 commitments from these organizations and made an additional seven commitments. Highlights of these commitments include:

  • Developing teaching and resource materials around racism and hate activity, using the angler incidents as examples (Ministry of Education, various boards of education)
  • Developing a race relations committee in Georgina with the assistance of the police (municipality of Georgina, York Regional Police Service)
  • Developing a brochure in multiple languages regarding the angler incidents, ensuring that people know where to call for assistance (Ontario Provincial Police)
  • Placing a statement on the City of Kawartha Lakes web site, referencing the incidents and condemning racism and discrimination. Asking for increased police presence in the area (City of Kawartha Lakes)
  • Providing training on racial profiling to conservation officers to equip them to respond to complaints that may be based on racial profiling (Ministry of Natural Resources)
  • Providing training on anti-racism and anti-discrimination to teachers (Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre – Sud)
  • Establishing a police-stakeholder working group to further review and respond to recommendations of the Hate Crimes Community Working Group report that affect policing (Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services)
  • Monitoring reports of any similar incidents over the fishing season in 2008. The Commission will also support organizations with fulfilling their commitments, and will share information on the progress throughout the year (Ontario Human Rights Commission).

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