Community activists are giving the provincial government low marks for its response to a series of attacks on Asian-Canadian anglers since 2007, despite a report by Ontario’s Human Rights Commission indicating the situation has improved.
The commission issued a followup report yesterday to last year’s Fishing Without Fear document, which examined a series of 30 attacks on Asian fishermen in various Ontario communities, and said there has been some progress.
“Now members of the affected communities know more about their rights and how to respond to and prevent hate activity,” chief commissioner Barbara Hall said in a release. “We hope victims feel more comfortable coming forward and reporting incidents.”
A community reference group issued its own report card yesterday, and was far less pleased with the institutional responses.
The group gave only one A in its report card, to York police. Various provincial ministries were given grades of D, while the Education Ministry was given the highest mark for the Ontario government, a B-minus for promising education about anti-racism efforts.