TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS on June 6, 2021, three generations of the Afzal family were killed in an Islamophobic terror attack in London, Ontario;
WHEREAS hate crimes and anti-Muslim hate crimes are on the rise, and words are not enough;
WHEREAS no one should be scared to go for a walk while wearing a hijab, and no one should fear worshipping at a masjid;
WHEREAS Ontario should be a province in which people can live without fear – regardless of the religion they practice, their clothes, or the colour of their skin.
THEREFORE, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support the "Our London Family Act" presented by NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, and follow the calls to action directed at provincial governments in the NCCM’s recommendations to the National Summit on Islamophobia including:
- Creating a provincial hate crimes accountability unit
- Dismantling white supremacist groups by preventing them from registering as societies, and preventing acts of intimidation
- Restoring the provincial Anti-Racism Directorate
- And giving Ontario schools new tools to help young people understand Islamophobia
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