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Burlington Mayor Releases Statement Regarding Hate Crimes in the City

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Please see below the following Statement from the Mayor I issued today (June 5).

Earlier this morning, on Wednesday, June 5, Halton Regional Police Service issued a media release asking for information related to hate crimes that took place in the City of Burlington on May 21, 23, 26 and 30, and June 1-2.

The crimes are related to individuals displaying hate-motivated and anti-Semitic messages at six locations in our city — including the front doors of Burlington City Hall.

On behalf of the City of Burlington and Burlington City Council, I join Halton Police in condemning all incidents where this type of despicable behavior takes place. Hate absolutely has no place anywhere in our city. Burlington is a place that embraces and celebrates diversity, acceptance and respect.

I want to thank Halton Police for looking into all of these incidences and I urge everyone in Burlington to contact our police service, and Crime Stoppers of Halton at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, if they have any information or know who may be behind these appalling and evil acts of race-based hatred.

8 thoughts on “Burlington Mayor Releases Statement Regarding Hate Crimes in the City”

  1. My take is it is absolutely disgusting and the criminals should found and the full extent of the law exercised. We need to protect our City and cherish our Diversity.

  2. I just can’t believe this is happening. Burlington is my new home and I never thought for a second we would be seeing this here. I’m not Jewish but this makes me terribly sad. I grew up facing homophobia every day, and I understand the fear that goes along with seeing symbols and words that crush you inside and make you fear for your safety. I’m happy to see the city and the police haven’t taken this lightly.

  3. Knowing our Mayor takes this stand is reassuring. Agree that education in the community, schools, places of worship also needs more work.

  4. My kids have been dealing with anti semitism in two Burlington schools for years. What is the city going to do to make sure that Jewish children are safe?

  5. Condemning hate crimes while a nice thing to say does not stop this sort of behaviour. Anti-Semitism has been prevalent at both of my grandchildren’s public schools – Renaissance and Burlington Central High School. This needs to be addressed through educating the public, and also following up with stiff penalties when the people involved are caught. Community Service is not the answer.

    1. Elena Richards

      Working with people that you are being hateful towards, is not the answer ? Yet you speak of educating the public. I think if it is a crime against a Jewish person then that is exactly what should be done. Community Service within the Jewish community. What better education than seeing a person who is just like you. Wanting a good life.

    2. Michelle Lemaire

      Burlington Central School continues to be committed to do this very important work. Anti-semitism cannot, and will not, be accepted anywhere, much less at our place of learning.

  6. Thank you for bringing these hateful events to our attention. We all need to protect our lovely city, which we take for granted… I’m forwarding this to everyone I know to be alert and to report any similar activities to our local police department.

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