Defining Hate Crimes in Ontario

The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Several police departments across Ontario have reported an increase in hate crimes over the course of the last year. Ottawa reported a 56.9 per cent rise in 2020. In Halton, the increase was as high as 160 per cent. But some other jurisdictions, such as Hamilton, have reported decreases in incidences of such acts. Advocates believe this is because they are underreported. Ashley Okwuosa,'s diversity and inclusion reporter, discusses why there's a call for a consistent definition for hate crimes and why that needs to be an official part of the Criminal Code.
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