I write this with a heavy heart, after the hate incident perpetrated last night at the home of Rabbi Anna Maranta, on Powell Ave.
There is no room for complacency here. Someone in our midst felt it was acceptable to vandalize someone’s home with a hateful message, and we must make it loud and clear that they are wrong.
Each of us must stand with all the residents of our community to show our support for each other at a time when vulnerable groups are feeling understandably nervous.
I am encouraged by the swift condemnation of this disgraceful act, and by the equally swift action taken to remove the graffiti. This is the tolerant and inclusive Glebe and Capital Ward that we all know.
Community associations in Capital Ward, as well as the Glebe BIA, have also shared statements in the wake of recent hate crimes:
Glebe Community Association
The Glebe Community Association advocates for a liveable, sustainable, diverse urban neighbourhood and believes in a safe community which welcomes, and is enriched by, diversity, broadly defined.
We were all shocked and greatly offended by the racist, hate-crime committed against one of our neighbours.
We express our support to Rabbi Maranta and ask that the City of Ottawa Police Service and the RCMP do all that is possible to immediately bring the criminals to justice. We also request anyone with information about the perpetrator report to Crimestoppers.
The Glebe Business Improvement Area is horrified by the appearance of hate graffiti on the home of a local resident. The symbols send a message of intolerance and hate to the entire community and we regard it as a sickening act.
While we view this as an isolated incident, we cannot allow this behaviour to continue as we all have a role to play in combating bigotry. Hate is not welcome in our community or our society. We are thankful for the quick response to this incident and urge all community members to answer the call to work towards a more civil and inclusive Ottawa.
We wish to let those victimized by this thoughtless crime know that we condemn these actions and are committed to working with the community in any way necessary to see that such things do not happen again.
The Glebe is a place that is welcoming and inclusive, a neighbourhood where this type of behaviour will never be tolerated.
Old Ottawa East Community Association
The residents of Old Ottawa East were appalled at the news of today's hate crime committed in our sister neighbourhood, the Glebe. We are a community that welcomes diversity and supports freedom of religion.
Old Ottawa South Community Association
The Old Ottawa South Community Association (OSCA) wishes to express its outrage and anger about the recent incidents of vandalism targeting minority groups in Ottawa.
Ottawa is known to be a city that is diverse and celebrates our many differences. We can only hope that these cowardly acts have been carried out by a person or a small group of people who are simply attention-seekers for all the wrong reasons. We are confident that the ongoing police investigation will soon find the perpetrators and they will be brought to justice.
Our thoughts are with those who have been personally hurt as a result of these hate crimes.
Glebe Annex Community Association
The Glebe Annex Community Association categorically condemns the hate crime perpetuated against a Glebe resident at her home on November 15, 2016.
As the centre of Canadian democracy and a symbol of freedom to the world, our city has no place for these types of cowardly attacks. We express our support unreservedly to Rabbi Maranta and encourage our residents to report any information that they may have regarding the incident to Ottawa Police Service’s Hate Crimes Unit.
Ottawa has become one of the world’s great cities due its commitment to serve as a sanctuary for all those who wish to live in peace, no matter who they love, who they pray to, what language they speak, or where they may come from. The Glebe Annex Community Association will continue to support the right of all people to live here in peace.
Dow's Lake Residents Association
The Dows Lake Residents' Association (DLRA) strongly condemns the despicable hate crime committed in our community, on Powell street. We stand in solidarity with our neighbour who has been victimized, and call upon the police to bring the perpetrators to justice.
We cannot allow such heinous behaviour in our neighbourhoods. The DLRA therefore requests that you and other community leaders make it clear that this kind of bigotry will not be tolerated in our city. In this endeavour we are ready to stand with you.
We must be vigilant against the scourge of racism and be prepared to confront it whenever it shows its ugly head. Please let us know if there is anything the DLRA can do support those who has been victimized by such behaviour.
Heron Park Community Association
Neighbours: You may have heard about an incident of vandalism in our Ward that is being categorized as a hate crime. The Heron Park Community Association strongly condemns all such acts of violence and hate.
As part of the City of Ottawa, Heron Park is home to the whole wonderful spectrum of human diversity. All are welcome and all have the right to safety and respect. We invite you to stand with any person or group feeling vulnerable. We are stronger together. Together!