Newspaper article The Canadian Press


Newspaper article The Canadian Press


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A global hate crime expert at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology says the messages of racial intolerance in the U-S are clearly crossing the border.

Sociologist Barbara Perry says boundaries and borders are porous so anything that happens in the U-S obviously affects us.

But can we blame a rise in discrimination here on Donald Trump's Muslim travel ban, his promise to build a wall on the Mexican border and months of pre-election anti-immigrant rhetoric led to a rise in racial intolerance in this country?

Perry says those messages do seem to be resonating with some Canadians -- pointing to a flurry of anti-Muslim postings on social media that followed last month's Quebec City mosque shooting.

She says it's obvious that certain people are feeling more free to express "some pretty vicious and violent sentiments" -- adding that the ability to remain anonymous makes it easier to voice "politically incorrect" opinions. …

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