Canada hate crimes up 47% as Muslims, Jews and black people targeted

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  • Figures for 2017 mirror similar rise recorded in US
  • Hate crimes against Muslims double to 349

Hate crimes in Canada increased 47% in 2017, primarily targeting Muslims, Jews and black people, according to new figures released by the country’s statistical agency.

The biggest increase was in crimes targeting Muslims, Statistics Canada reported, in a year that saw a deadly mass shooting in a Quebec mosque, followed by a government motion to study Islamophobia that itself sparked anti-Muslim sentiment.

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