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March 22, 2004
Mayor David Miller condemns recent anti-Semitic crimes
Mayor David Miller has condemned several recent acts of vandalism that appear
to have been motivated by anti-Semitism. Commenting on the vandalism of several
gravestones and other fixtures at Bathurst Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, the
Mayor has reconfirmed his deep commitment to the principles of anti-racism and
cultural tolerance.

"I offer my sympathies to all those who were affected by this deplorable act,"
said Mayor Miller. "The City of Toronto stands with those victims. We share
their wish that the person or group who perpetrated this crime will be brought
to justice. Toronto draws its strength from our mix of cultures, and racism has
no place in our city."

While the damage of the vandalism to the cemetery is estimated at more than
$20,000, the Mayor noted that the real cost of hate crimes is to our
communities, and to Torontonians' sense of safety and well being.

"While such acts can engender fear and anger, we should remember that the
people of this city stand together in our condemnation of all hate motivated
crimes," said Mayor Miller.

The Mayor will continue to work with Toronto Police, community organizations,
and City Council to ensure that such hateful acts are dealt with swiftly and
severely. They will also continue to build communities and educate against
hate, to help curb intolerance before it manifests itself as criminal behaviour.

For more information:
Andrea Addario, Office of the Mayor,
416-338-7119 (office) or 416-738-4329 (cell)



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