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Toronto police asking for help in anti-Asian vandalism case downtown
Author of the article:Kevin Connor
Publishing date:Mar 26, 2021 • 2 hours ago • < 1 minute read • Join the conversation
Toronto police are asking for help in a hate-motivated mischief investigation.
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Toronto police are asking for help in a hate-motivated mischief investigation.

On Thursday, March 25, at about 12:30 p.m. police were called to the Church and Gould Sts. area for a hate crime.,

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Police say vandalism was found on a building with racial slurs against the Asian community.

This vandalism is similar to hate-motivated mischief in the Gerrard and Ontario St. area on Tuesday, March 23 and police believe the two incidents to be related.

The police’s Hate Crime Unit is investigating and is asking anyone who may have video from the area to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477.
 
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Protesters denounce anti-Asian racism at City Hall rally
Author of the article:Jack Boland
Publishing date:Mar 28, 2021 • 23 hours ago • 2 minute read • 93 Comments
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto City Hall to stand in solidarity against anti-Asian racism.
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Thousands of protesters joined forces at Nathan Phillips Square Sunday to fight the rise of anti-Asian racism by sending the message it will not be tolerated.

Amy Go, president of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice, provided accounts of Asian hatred directed at members of her family and noted to the recent killing spree in Atlanta, Ga., in which a gunman shot eight people, including six women of Asian descent, at massage businesses.


“We are really heartened, really encouraged, and motivated by the strong support that Toronto is showing us today,” said Go.

“We are not going to put up with racism and misogyny, and we are here to fight against this.”

Many of the people in attendance held up homemade signs emblazoned with such messages as “We are not the virus — stop Asian hate” and “Racism is a virus.”

Go said a litany of comments made by former U.S. president Donald Trump during his tenure have “definitely fanned the fire of racism — there are no ifs, ands, or buts.”

“But he is gone now, so I think now the important work is here that we work together,” said Go. .

Go spoke about personal episodes in which her sister, a social justice lawyer, has been spat upon because of her race recently.


And her niece, a doctor, has had racial slurs hurled at her as she treated patients.

Her niece, she said, was told by a patient she is “the China virus” which angered and upset her as she tried to treat the person for COVID.

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Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
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Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
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Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and
Thousands packed Nathan Phillips Square at Toronto's city hall to stand in solidarity against Anti-Asian racism this following recent racially-motivated hate events like the shootings in Atlanta and "scapegoating" people of Chinese descent for the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday March 28, 2021. Jack Boland/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network Photo by Jack Boland /Jack Boland/Toronto Sun
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Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam also put Trump in her sights.

“People are in deep mourning; they recognize the violence is real and escalating, “ said Wong-Tam.

“He (Trump) blamed it in on China. And he named it the ‘Chinese Virus’ or ‘China Virus’ and there are not enough elected officials that dispelled that.”

Wong-Tam said she believes people are recognizing they have a responsibility to speak up and to do something about the anti-Asian racism that permeates cultures around the world.
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'Captain Underpants' author pulls 'racist' book, apologizes to Asian readers
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Publishing date:Mar 29, 2021 • 3 hours ago • 2 minute read • Join the conversation
Author and cartoonist Dav Pilkey shows how he draws Dog Man, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson, Miss.
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NEW YORK — Publisher Scholastic Corp has halted publication of a book by children’s author Dav Pilkey, best known for his “Captain Underpants” series, who offered an online apology for the title’s unintended “racist imagery.”

Pilkey, author of more than 40 books, said “The Adventures of Ook and Gluk: Kung-Fu Cavemen from the Future,” first published in 2010, would be pulled from retail and library shelves.


“I hope you, my readers, will forgive me, and learn from my mistakes that even unintentional and passive stereotypes and racism is harmful to everyone,” said Pilkey, 55, in a statement on YouTube on March 26.

The graphic novel about a group of friends who save the world using kung fu actually was “intended to showcase diversity, equality and non-violent conflict resolution” but it ultimately backfired, he said.

“It was brought to my attention that this book also contains harmful racial stereotypes and passively racist imagery,” Pilkey said. “It was and is wrong and harmful to my Asian readers, friends, and family, and to all Asian people.”

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The move came during national soul-searching over anti-Asian harassment and violence that followed the killing of eight people, including six Asian women, at Atlanta-area day spas.

The decision to pull the book followed the removed this month of a handful of titles written decades ago by Dr. Seuss. The books were found to contain racist and insensitive imagery.

With Pilkey’s “full support,” Scholastic said it halted publication on March 22, removed the book from its websites, stopped fulfillment of any outstanding orders and sought a return of all inventory, including from schools and libraries.

“Together, we recognize that this book perpetuates passive racism,” Scholastic said in a statement. “We are deeply sorry for this serious mistake.”

Pilkey has said that his own disruptive behavior as a child led him to create his own comic books. He later achieved international recognition with his “Captain Underpants” series, which was adapted as a film.

The “Captain Underpants” books are among the American Library Association’s list of the top 100 most banned and challenged books from the past decade, due to complaints from parents about violent imagery.
 

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New York police seek man who made 'anti-Asian statements' while attacking woman
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Publishing date:Mar 30, 2021 • 22 hours ago • 1 minute read • 27 Comments
NYPD are seeking the public's help to identify this man, who was seen in a video attacking an woman in New York City on March 29, 2021.
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New York police are searching for a man who punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman while making “anti-Asian statements,” the latest violent incident following a rise in hate crimes in the United States.

The New York Police Department’s hate crimes department said in a tweet that the woman was approached in a street in Midtown Manhattan shortly before noon on Monday “by an unidentified male who punched and kicked her about the body.”


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Videos posted on social media showed the attacker kicking the woman in the stomach, knocking her to the ground and stamping on her at least three times before walking away without anyone trying to protect her. One man shut the door of a nearby building without attending the victim, the footage showed.

New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said last week that targeting anyone “because of the colour of their skin, the religion they worship, their sexual preference or anything else” would not be tolerated.


New York City launched plans last week to deploy an all-Asian undercover police team to combat a rise in hate crimes against Asians, which included shooting attacks at Atlanta-area spas this month in which six Asian women were killed.

Hate crimes against Asian Americans rose by 149% in 2020 in 16 major cities compared with 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
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Man who murdered his mom arrested in New York attack on Asian woman
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Publishing date:Mar 31, 2021 • 4 hours ago • 1 minute read • 42 Comments
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Police have arrested a man suspected of attacking an elderly Asian woman in New York City and charged him with felony assault as a hate crime, the police department said.

Police identified the suspect as Brandon Elliot, 38, who was already on lifetime parole for murdering his mother, the New York Police Department said in a statement to Reuters. Elliot was arrested and charged early on Wednesday.


The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Force had been looking for the assailant since Monday afternoon, after a man punched and kicked a 65-year-old woman, knocked her to the ground and stamped at least three times on her head. He also made anti-Asian statements.

Videos posted on social media showed witnesses at the scene did not try to protect her and one man shut the door of a nearby building while the attacker casually walked away.

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The police also confirmed that the victim sustained a serious physical injury.

The incident, which happened on a street in midtown Manhattan, is one among many rising hate crimes against Asian Americans. Such crimes rose by 149% in 2020 in 16 major cities compared with 2019, according to the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
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Two teen girls accused of car-jacking and killing an Uber Eats driver in D.C. 'reach plea deal with prosecutor ensuring they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility'


  • Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Mohammad Anwar, 66, in DC , have reportedly reached a plea deal
  • On Monday, the teens are said to have reached the deal with prosecutors that would ensure they won't be held past age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility
  • Anwar died when police said the girls, armed with a taser, sped off in his car as he clung to the driver's side with the door open and crashed seconds later
Two girls, ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of a Pakistani immigrant killed last month while working at his job delivering food in Washington, DC, have reportedly reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Mohammad Anwar, 66, died when police said the girls, armed with a taser, sped off in his car as he clung to the driver's side with the door open and crashed seconds later just outside the ballpark of the Washington Nationals.

On Monday, the teens reportedly reached the plea deal with prosecutors that would ensure they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility.

A video of the incident shows the encounter unfolding in a minute and a half, ending with Anwar's Honda Accord on its side, the girls climbing out and a fatally injured Anwar sprawled and motionless on the sidewalk.
Police have not identified the juvenile suspects, one of whom is from the DC and the other is from neighboring Fort Washington, Maryland.
Anwar, who lived in suburban Springfield, Virginia, and was at his delivery job for Uber Eats when he was killed, was described in a GoFundMe post as 'a hard-working Pakistani immigrant who came to the United States to create a better life for him and his family'.
'Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one,' the family said.
'Words can not describe how our family is feeling currently. Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache, and anguish are just a few that come to mind.'

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Toronto police probing alleged anti-Asian motivated assault in Scarborough
Officers responded to an assault call in the Midtown Plaza in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday around 7 p.m.

Author of the article:Jenny Yuen
Publishing date:Apr 08, 2021 • 8 hours ago • 1 minute read • 17 Comments
Toronto Police are seeking a man wanted in an alleged hate-motivated assault in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday.
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Toronto Police are investigating an alleged hate-motivated assault in a Scarborough plaza.

Officers responded to an assault call in the Midtown Plaza in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday around 7 p.m.

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Investigators said a 52-year-old man was ordering food at a restaurant when a man allegedly made an anti-Asian comment at him. The man then allegedly punched the victim and fled the scene, police said.

Toronto Police are seeking a man wanted in an alleged hate-motivated assault in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday.
Toronto Police are seeking a man wanted in an alleged hate-motivated assault in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /TORONTO POLICE
“After consultation with the Service’s specialized Hate Crime Unit, the assault is being treated as a suspected hate crime,” police said in a news release Thursday.

The victim was treated for injuries at a local hospital.

Toronto Police are seeking a man wanted in an alleged hate-motivated assault in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday. Police say this vehicle may be connected with the suspect.
Toronto Police are seeking a man wanted in an alleged hate-motivated assault in the Sheppard and Midland Aves. area on Sunday. Police say this vehicle may be connected with the suspect. PHOTO BY SUPPLIED /TORONTO SUN
The suspect is described as 40 to 50 years old, 5-foot-10, 180 pounds, clean shaven and had a cut on his head. He is believed to have been in a four-door grey 2016-2018 Nissan Altima. He was with another man who is described as white, bald, wearing a blue sweater, dark pants and dark shoes.

There has been a rise of anti-Asian violence in Canada and the U.S. since the pandemic, including a mass shooting at Atlanta massage spas, leaving six Asian women dead. A number of violent incidents targeting Asian seniors have been widely documented on social media.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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TTC subway pusher shown restrained leniency in sentencing
Judge credited John Reszetnik's remorse, lack of prior criminal history and guilty plea in decision

Author of the article:Bryan Passifiume
Publishing date:Apr 12, 2021 • 22 hours ago • 2 minute read • 12 Comments
Yosuke Hayahara was killed at the TTC's Yonge-Bloor station on June 18, 2018.
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The man who pushed an elderly man in front of a TTC subway train nearly three years ago will have to wait 14 years before he’s eligible for parole.

That’s one year less than the Crown had requested for 56-year-old John Reszetnik, who in January pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the June 2018 death of 73-year-old Yosuke “Yoshi” Hayahara.


On Monday, Superior Court Justice John McMahon sentenced Reszetnik to life imprisonment without possibility of parole for 14 years.

Reszetnik was also handed a firearms prohibition, must provide a sample of his DNA and must undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

The question of Reszetnik’s mental state played heavily during the trial — from his justification of mental illness while confessing his crime to a Toronto firefighter at the scene to his refusal to cooperate with a pre-sentencing psychiatric assessment.

John Reszetnik was charged in the death of Yosuke Hayahara on the TTC on June 18, 2018.
John Reszetnik fatally pushed Yosuke Hayahara on the TTC on June 18, 2018. Toronto Sun files
“Despite my urging of Mr. Reszetnik to assist the court and potentially provide a mitigating factor and steps of any treatment, he refused to cooperate,” McMahon said in his decision.

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On the morning of June 18, 2018, Reszetnik pushed Hayahara in front of an oncoming train at Bloor-Yonge station.

Pulled under the subway, Hayahara became pinned between the train and the wall. The critically injured grandfather was freed by emergency crews and rushed to a nearby trauma centre, where he later died.

Reszetnik, the court heard, lingered on the platform and was among the last of the public to leave.

He then purchased a drink at a nearby McDonald’s before admitting his crime to a Toronto firefighter.


He told the firefighter and later police that he thought Hayahara was his landlord, whom he claimed was in the process of evicting him.

As he had during the entirety of the trial, Reszetnik showed no emotion as his fate was read out in court — standing in an orange jumpsuit from a viewing room at Toronto South Detention Centre.

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McMahon credited Reszetnik’s remorse, lack of prior criminal history and the guilty plea in his decision to show restrained leniency.

“By pleading guilty, he provided certainty of resolve to both the court and the crown,” McMahon said in his decision.

“He saved valuable court time, and more importantly by pleading guilty and taking responsibility for his actions, he has saved Mr. Hayahara’s family and friends having to relive the nightmare of what happened.”

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