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A new report released Tuesday by Statistics Canada showed 3,360 hate crimes were reported by police last year, representing a 27 per cent increase compared to 2020 and a 72 per cent jump over the span of two year.

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Higher numbers of hate crimes targeting religion, sexual orientation and race or ethnicity accounted for the majority of the increase, StatCan reported.

Ahman Hussein is the community chairman at the Ummah Mosque in Halifax. In his 26 years of living in the province, he says he has “never seen such crimes against the Muslim community” since the start of the pandemic.

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“We went from not a single burglary to 26 burglaries and graffiti and vandalism in a single month,” he said.

Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Nicolas Gagnon told Global News hate crime is one of the most under-reported types of crime.

“We expect that with the newly formed hate crimes unit, the reporting will better reflect the scope of the issue in future years and also provide a more accurate portrayal of the issue,” Gagnon said.

To Hussein, it is not surprising that many hate crimes go unreported.

“Some community members distrust authorities. Some are too nervous and anxious to come out because it could harm their reputation or ability to work in the country and others just don’t know how to access anti-hate support services,” he said.

Following the release of the latest data, the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) is urging the federal government to do more to combat hate crime and support victims.

As part of its recommendations, the CRRF said Ottawa should invest $44 million to create a national fund for organizations that support victims of hate and a direct fund for survivors of hate crimes.

“We’re advocating right now to make sure we turn the tables from not thinking about how we look at public policy and legislation to how we look at what’s really helpful to people who are victims of hate, and how we help. them in their lives,” Mohammed Hashim, CRRF’s executive director, told Global News.

© 2022 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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