Volume 94, Issue 38

Tuesday, November 18, 2000


Homeless get a vote

Hate crimes committee bolstered

Better youth turnout a goal for elections

York U. strike could be over soon

UPD urges students to call Foot Patrol

Campus Briefs

Quirks and Smirks

Ontario labour law questioned

Missing triplets spotted in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Planet Me

Hate crimes committee bolstered

By Daren Lin
Gazette Writer

The City of London's attempt to put an end to future incidence of hate crimes has just become stronger, as City Council welcomed three new initiatives at last night's council meeting.

Laila Norman, chair of London's Hate Crimes and Bias Activity Steering Committee, said aside from tracking incidence of hate crimes in the Forest City, the committee will have three new roles to fill.

Ward 1 councillor, Ab Chahbar, said he made three recommendations to the council on behalf of the Community and Protective Services Committee, for which he is chairperson, in regard to three actions to be completed by the HCBASC.

The first recommendation asks the HCBASC to pool resources with community support services and multicultural agencies, Chahbar said.

University Student's Council VP-campus issues, Andrea Boulay, said there are number of commissioners who deal with many of the same things as the HCBASC, so it would not be difficult to work with the committee. "It's all about keeping in contact with this committee so that students have a communication line open, not just with the Western community, but also with the City of London," she said.

The second recommendation asks the HCBASC to create a community model which has the legal ability to respond to hate crimes and to initiate public education for preventive measures, Chahbar said.

Const. Ryan Holland, media relations officer for the London Police, said the police department is in support of the idea of creating a model.

Holland said there has been 24 cases of hate crimes this year up to September, compared with only 11 in 1999 for the entire year.

Chahbar said the last recommendation asks that the mayor be the sole spokesperson for the City on issues of hate crime.

London Deputy Mayor, Anne Marie DeCicco, said she is in full support of the three recommendations. "London must be vocal about these issues and deal with them head on," she said.

The committee has been in existence for two years and was only granted federal funding on Oct. 20 to conduct detailed research on hate crimes in London, Norman said.

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