by Muriel Draaisma
Originally published: June 13, 2017
A report by Statistics Canada released Tuesday paints a disturbing picture of hate crimes in Toronto and across the country, especially when it comes to police-reported hate crimes against Muslims, which increased by 60 per cent in 2015 over the previous year.
In early May, a student found a toy pig on the grounds of an Islamic school in Scarborough. The toy had been defaced. Someone had drawn the figure of a man on the pig's behind and had written the words "Muhammad the Prophet" on the toy.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims, a non-profit organization based in Ottawa, reported the discovery of the defaced toy pig to Toronto police as a possible hate crime.