As you may have heard, Ottawa Police, assisted by the Hate Bias Crime Unit have charged a woman following an October 6th assault that occurred on Hinton North near Armstrong Avenue. The person charged grabbed and then pulled off the hijab of a woman walking by and then ran away.
The Hintonburg Community Association strongly condemns this incident of Islamophobic criminal behaviour. The Hintonburg Community Association (HCA) stands in solidarity with the victim and confirms its commitment to continue to take steps to ensure Hintonburg is an inclusive and safe neighbourhood for everyone.
The HCA has been actively engaged in activities that promote an inclusive and diverse neighbourhood, including the “Racism is a Pandemic Too” project that featured artwork on Bell boxes. The HCA is a proud ally in the fight against racism.
This hate-motivated incident reminds us that anti-racism takes different forms and that each one of us must take steps at a personal level to combat racism and ensure our neighbourhood is safe for everyone. If you are the victim of, or witness to a hate-motivated assault, please call 613-236-1222 to report it to the Ottawa Police Service so that they can fully investigate it. For more information, visit the Hate and Bias Crime Section online.
We also encourage you to contact Constable Darren Joseph, our community police liaison officer to report hate-motivated assaults: email@example.com or 613-236-1222, ext. 5871.