Committee of the Whole recommends adoption of the following motion:
WHEREAS the York Regional Police (YRP) has reported in April 2021 an increase of 137.5% of hate crime occurrences against East and South East Asian communities and an overall increase of 20.3% in total hate crimes in the 2020 statistics;
WHEREAS there have been incidents motivated by Asian-hate reported in York Region throughout 2021, including charges laid against an individual in March 2021, a confrontation in August 2021 and hate-crime charge made by YRP in September 2021;
WHEREAS the Regional Municipality of York is committed to taking action to achieve the vision as espoused in the Inclusion Charter for York Region to celebrate the diverse population of 1.2 million in the Region where everyone can live with respect, dignity and freedom from discrimination;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:
Council affirm its commitment to the vision of the Inclusion Charter for York Region, condemn the increasing hate-related incidents, including those against residents of Asian descent, and declare zero-tolerance for any form of hate-related behaviour and conduct against its residents, and
Council recognize and support the work of the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group, a group that includes York Region, York Regional Police, all nine local municipalities, and other community partners, and which developed the Inclusion Charter for York Region and is committed to its implementation, including through a collective action plan that will address two priority areas, namely increasing the sense of community belonging amongst York Region residents and decreasing the incidence of hate crimes; and
Council direct staff to provide updates on the work of the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group as part of regular reports to Council on the Inclusion Charter for York Region.