Group says since 9/11 students feel discrimination

The provincial government and the Toronto school board have failed to address harassment against Muslims and racial minorities in the heightened atmosphere of discrimination since 9/11, several groups said yesterday.


The coalition of community organizations, some Muslim, further called on the province to launch a public inquiry to examine whether young Muslim and minority women have been targeted for assaults or discrimination.


“Islamophobia does exist and it’s growing,” Wahida Valiante, vice-president of the Canadian Islamic Congress, said at Queen’s Park.


Valiante held up a Canadian Federation of Students report, issued in March after consultations at 17 Ontario campuses, that found many Muslim students reported incidents of discrimination.