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Like most Canadians, the Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate wants action on online hate

Dec 2, 2021 | Press Release: Antisemitism, Press Releases

As a founding member of the Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate, CIJA is issuing this press release on behalf of all members.

November 30, 2021

Ottawa, ON -  Reacting to a report commissioned by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) and conducted by Nanos Research, the Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate – made up of many organizations from a diverse array of communities concerned with the rise of hatred disseminated on the Internet – issued the following statement, through one of its members, the Rev. Jeff Rock of the Metropolitan Community Church:

“We came together as a Coalition of groups representing different marginalized communities building inter-movement solidarity with one purpose: to ensure everyone has equal protection – and all Canadians are free from online hate. We are grateful to see that our objective is shared by the vast majority of Canadians and look forward to concrete action.

Indeed, the report found that: 
  • 58% of Canadians, regardless of their age, race, or region, say online hatred is a serious threat
  • 79% of respondents support introducing legislation to combat serious forms of harmful online content
  • 76% of Canadians support making social media platforms legally responsible for the moderation of hateful and extremist content before it can do harm;
  • 75% of Canadians support strengthening the Canada Human Rights Act.

In short, the results of the survey demonstrate what the Coalition has long known: that, when it comes to online hate, Canadians want action.

We urge the government to listen to Canadians and to targeted communities and introduce effective legislation swiftly that will protect Canadians from online hate while ensuring that Canadians’ freedom of expression is protected.”

The Canadian Coalition to Combat Online Hate comprises the following organizations: 

ACAO (African Canadian Association of Ottawa)Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at (Canada)Anglican Church of Canada / l’Église anglicane du CanadaArmenian National Committee of Canada / Comité national arménien du CanadaBaha’i Community of Canada, Office of Public Affairs / La communauté bahá’íe du Canada, Bureau des affaires publiquesBritish Columbia Assembly of First NationsCanadian Rabbinic Caucus / Caucus Rabbinique CanadienCapital Pride  / La Fierté dans la CapitaleCentre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) / Le Centre consultatif des relations juives et israéliennesCordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and LeadershipEvangelical Lutheran Church in Canada / Église évangélique luthérienne au CanadaFederation of Black Canadians / Fédération des Canadiens noirsFruit Loop Society of AlbertaGhanaian Canadian Association of OntarioHumura Association / Association HumuraIndian Residential Schools Survivors SocietyJewish Heritage Centre of Western CanadaM9 Médias (Coopérative Médias communautés immigrantes Francophones)Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto / L’Église Communautaire Métropolitaine de TorontoMosaic Institute / Institut MosaïqueMultifaith Action Society of BCMulti Faith Summit Council BC (MFSCBC)Native CalgarianPink FlamingoReligions for Peace CanadaSouth Asian Bar Association (SABA) TorontoS.U.C.C.E.S.S.Stop Racism AllianceUkrainian Canadian Congress / Congrès des Ukrainiens canadiensVOICES – Calgary’s Coalition of Two-Spirit & Racialized lgbtqia+Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF)World Sikh Organization / l’Organisation mondiale des Sikhs du CanadaWorldwide Shift Disturbers

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The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations across Canada.  

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