It seems as though the more things change, the more they stay the same: continuing a trend that dates back to 2008, Jews were again the single most targeted group for hate crimes in Toronto.

According to the Toronto Police Service’s 2017 Annual Hate Crime Statistical Report, the number of hate crimes in the city jumped 28 per cent, from 145 in 2016, to 186 last year. Jews were the victims in 53 of those occurrences, or nearly 29 per cent.

“In 2017, the Jewish community, followed by the black community, the Muslim community and the LGBTQ community were the groups most frequently victimized,” the report states.

Breaking down their findings by victim groups, police reported that Jews were the most targeted group, followed by blacks and Muslims, who each experienced 33 occurrences. Next were incidents targeting individuals with multiple identities, called multi-bias occurrences, with 27, and LGBTQ with 22.


When the religious component of multi-bias crimes is included – such as victims being identified by perpetrators as both black and Jewish, or Ukrainian and Jewish – the number of Jewish victims increases to 66, or 35 per cent of all incidents.

Jews have been the single most targeted victim group in Toronto for the past decade, according to police data. The number of incidents targeting Jews increased by 23 per cent in 2017 over 2016, when Jews were the victims of 43 occurrences, or about 30 per cent.

When examining the data by type of offence, police reported that the vast majority of incidents involving Jews were mischief offences, such as graffiti on property, with 46 occurrences. There were five incidents of uttering threats to cause bodily harm or threatening death and two involving the wilful promotion of hatred.

Jewish groups lamented the regrettable status of being the single most targeted victim group. “It is appalling that, in a city as welcoming and diverse as Toronto, an anti-Semitic crime took place on average once a week in 2017. Behind every victim of anti-Semitism is a person and a family who feel the lingering impact of hate,” said Noah Shack, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs’ vice-president for the Greater Toronto Area.

‘Higher crime’ in areas where alcohol is most available, says study

Crime rates were highest in areas where there are a large number of pubs, clubs and shops selling alcohol, according to a new report.

Researchers found neighbourhoods in Aberdeen, Moray and South Ayrshire were among those with highest crime rates.

In those regions crime rates are almost eight times higher in areas with the most alcohol outlets, compared with those with the least.

Alcohol Focus Scotland called for action on the availability of alcohol.

The charity said the information in the report should be used by local licensing boards to curb any increase in licensed premises in problem areas.

And it said the new research should inform Scottish government policy on preventing harm by alcohol.

The report compared neighbourhoods with the highest number of licensed premises across Scotland to those with the least.

It found that, in those with the most pubs, clubs and off-licences:

  • Crime rates were, on average, four times higher
  • Alcohol-related deaths were twice as high
  • Alcohol-related hospitalisation rates were almost twice as high.

But it also discovered an even more worrying picture at local levels:

  • In Dundee City and East Ayrshire, the alcohol-related death rate is almost five times higher
  • In parts of East Lothian, the alcohol-related death rate is almost four times higher
  • Alcohol-related hospitalisations are more than four times higher in parts of Argyll and Bute
  • In Perth and Kinross and South Ayrshire, alcohol-related hospitalisations are almost four times higher.

The researchers from the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health (CRESH) also found that there were 40% more alcohol outlets in the most deprived neighbourhoods than in the wealthiest parts of the country.

They found a relationship between alcohol availability and harm even when other factors such as age, sex, and income deprivation had been taken into account.


It comes after the Scottish government introduced a minimum price for alcohol sold north of the border.

Alison Douglas, the chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said it was time to take action on how “readily available” alcohol is in Scotland.

She added: “The implementation of minimum unit pricing will save the lives of hundreds of Scots, but if we are to truly turn the tide of our alcohol problem tackling availability must also be part of the mix.

“This new research should be used to help inform the Scottish government’s next steps on alcohol prevention which are due to be published this summer.”

She added: “The research will also be valuable for licensing boards who are the cornerstone of locally-led systems for controlling alcohol availability.

“Boards are responsible for promoting the licensing objectives, including preventing crime and disorder and protecting and improving public health.

“The local evidence will help them assess the overprovision of licensed premises in their areas.

“There is no action that a licensing board can take to reduce the number of licensed premises, however, they do have the ability to prevent further increases.

“It is their duty to act in the public interest and where their communities are suffering, they should be applying the brakes.”


Leading voices in healthcare and crime prevention echoed the charity’s demands following the publication of the report.

Will Linden, the acting director of the Scottish Violence Reduction Unit, said: “We know that Scotland has a toxic relationship with alcohol that fills up our A&E departments and prisons. Around half of violent crime in Scotland is linked to alcohol.

“We must address the current over provision of alcohol in our towns and cities and create a more positive environment for everyone, especially our children.

“The licensing system has a crucial role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. We all pick up the tab for alcohol harm.”

Dr Tara Shivaji, consultant in public health with NHS Grampian, said one in four people in Scotland drink at potentially harmful levels.

She said: “While many in public health are working to minimise alcohol consumption and harm, we live in an environment that normalises and encourages consumption through marketing and increased access.

“We must consider the impact of the overall availability of alcohol in Scotland and address the overprovision of alcohol in areas with high levels of alcohol-related harm.”

They Live For The Argument

They Live For The Argument

Exposing Corruption Under Every Rock


Yep, this is exactly why these heifers remain single. You have to love black comedians in the fact that they talk about the dysfunctions and the ills of black society through comedy and thus by using such a mechanism they are able to avoid the wrath of the sisterhood of Blackistan. The comedian Daphnique Springs does the same thing, check out one of her latest videos demonstrating the Jekyll and Hyde nature of your average garden variety black female, something that is very real and which many black men can relate to.

As the comedian B Simone points out, black women as a group live for the argument, they are masters at causing contention, strife as well as creating verbal altercations. This is increasingly why more and more black men are simply throwing in the towel and deciding not to deal with black women altogether.

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Does the Toronto Police Service Support Domestic Abuse? Their Chaplain Does

Chaplains in the military and police services have been in existence since the early days of those institutions.  Traditionally, chaplains have been a moral compass within their organizations who assist in matters related to spiritual needs and morale building.

So why do the Toronto Police Service have a chaplain who has a moral compass that does not align with the Constitution of Canada, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Criminal Code or the policies of the Toronto Police Service itself?

Toronto Police chaplain Musleh Khan was officially appointed on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Born in Madinah, Saudi Arabia and raised Toronto, Musleh Khan graduated from the Islamic University of Madinah (Medina) where he completed a BA in Islamic Law from the faculty of Da’wah and Usool al-deen. He lectures in the Muslim community on Islamic Law, Islamic identity and marital relationships among other things.  The University of Medina is well known for its severe, Wahhabist interpretation of Islam.

In a 2014 New York Times article titled Saudis Must Stop Exporting Extremism; ISIS Atrocities Started with Saudi Support for Salafi HateEd Husain noted:

“The University of Medina recruits students from around the world, trains them in the bigotry of Salafism and sends them to Muslim communities in places like the Balkans, Africa, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Egypt, where these Saudi-trained hard-liners work to eradicate the local, harmonious forms of Islam.”

Chaplain Khan has been noted for his teachings in Canada.  Women, he believes, must obey their husbands, and makes themselves sexually available on demand.  Seen another way, this can be interpreted as condoning marital rape.

They also “must seek permission from their husbands whenever they want to leave the house because the man is the “main decision-maker of the home.”

In addition to being a chaplain, he is also part of the Toronto Police Service Muslim Consultative Committee and is/was a member of the RCMP Counter-Terrorism Committee.  He is reported as being one of the youngest Imams serving at the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) in Toronto Canada.

When questioned, the usual Islamist apologists, including Khan himself, made the predictable statements that his views had been taken out of context and that those unfamiliar with his meaning could misinterpret them. According to Khan, the Arabic translation for obedience really denotes “loyalty and devotion.”  By contrast, a search on a variety of Arab-English dictionaries turns up the terms compliance, obedience, submission, surrender and yielding.

It is a reasonable question to ask. Why does the Toronto Police Service have an Imam from the University of Medina who teaches that women are inferior and must be housebound unless they seek permission from their husbands?

How does the Toronto Police Board allow such a person to be an Imam when their domestic violence policy states that “Women who have been victimized by violence are a Toronto Police Service Priority.”   Of interest, the policy includes the line “DOMESTIC VIOLENCE includes acts used to maintain power and control over a person by creating fear and isolation.  Abuse can take many forms, including physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and financial.” (Emphasis added)


The Toronto Police Service having an Islamist chaplain wear a uniform is a visible sign of endorsement for Imam Khan and his teachings.  Police officers, already weary of interaction with the Muslim community, have another problem to consider when going to domestic abuse calls.  This can be considered both a form of politicisation of the police service and yet another cause of depolicing.

The following questions can be raised:

  1. Where is the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police on this matter? Do they approve of chaplains who advocate domestic abuse based on the foreign political/religious ideology of the Islamists? Does a hiring standard exist for chaplains?  Does the Canadian Police Chaplain Association have a view on such matters?
  2.  Where is the Chief of Police of Toronto, Mark Saunders, on this issue?  Does the Toronto Chief Police support those who advocate domestic abuse?  Why would he have a high profile uniform wearing individual on his staff who has views like this?
  3. Could a Muslim male in Toronto make a claim in court that he should not be charged with domestic assault because he consulted the writings of a Toronto Police Service chaplain?  Courts in Canada have already ruled that those assaulting their wives should not be jailed because a Syrian refugee did not know wife beating was not permissible.
  4. Why would the Toronto Police Services Board even consider allowing such an appointment to stand? The role of police services in forced suicides, honour killings, FGM and domestic abuse in general is an area already fraught with problems. By giving a high-profile uniformed position to someone who advocates domestic abuse against Muslim women, the issue of depolicing and domestic abuse become an even murkier field.