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UN urges Canada to take action against discrimination

 

Brian Daly, ctvmontreal.ca

Date: Friday Mar. 12, 2010 3:37 PM ET

Montreal is one of several cities where ethnic Canadians are facing rampant discrimination in policing, education and labour, says a wide-ranging report issued by the United Nations.

 

The document follows a visit to Montreal and other Canadian cities by Gay McDougall, the UN's Independent Expert on minority issues.

 

Among the communities she visited last October was Montreal North, which was still tense more than a year after the police shooting death of teenager Fredy Villanueva that triggered widespread riots.

 

She said many people expressed concerns about Quebec's system of police investigating each other when civilians are hurt or killed during police operations.

 

"Montreal North residents claim that investigations of police misconduct have not been independent," she wrote.

 

Community members told the UN envoy that they want an independent civilian body to probe any allegations of police misconduct. McDougall agreed.

 

"It is essential … that mechanisms of civilian oversight are strengthened where they exist or established where they do not."

 

Profiling

 

McDougall's report also raised concerns about racial profiling, echoing observations in a report issued earlier this week by the Quebec Human Rights Commission.

 

The UN report heard from people who described racial profiling as systemic.

 

Response

 

Montreal police had a chance to defend their practices during a meeting with the envoy.

 

Her report said police provided information on their zero-tolerance policy towards racial profiling.

 

"They pointed to specialist expert committees established with advisory roles, including on racial profiling and with respect to specific communities," said the report.

 

"They rejected claims of excessive force and impunity."

 

A civilian police ethics commissioner and outside police forces oversee officer conduct across the province.

 

But McDougall wrote that "police representatives acknowledged that the process currently fails to have the confidence of the community," adding that government officials are trying to improve the system.

 

Recommendations

 

McDougall also visited Toronto and Vancouver, where she noted similar concerns by ethnic communities. She issued a number of recommendations:

 

Cracking down on racial profiling in all areas of society:

Ensuring that ethnic groups have access to jobs while penalizing employers that practice racial discrimination:

Making sure that provinces enforce existing employment equity laws:

Ensuring that governments recruit, retain and promote minorities to senior posts:

Gathering more detailed demographic data on Canadians to get a better picture of ethnic communities:

Increasing political participation of minorities

Ensuring that anti-terrorism measures don't violate human rights

Granting better access to legal aid and human rights agencies.

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FUCK the UN

 

I will listen to these scumbags when they start protecting the people in Africa from tirants. Shit where was the UN when the whole Darfur thing happened? Oh yah just sitting on their god damn hands. The UN should be dismantled :mad:

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FUCK the UN

 

I will listen to these scumbags when they start protecting the people in Africa from tirants. Shit where was the UN when the whole Darfur thing happened? Oh yah just sitting on their god damn hands. The UN should be dismantled :mad:

Best thing I've heard all day.

 

And what's up with their conference on racism? It always ends up as a hate-fest of Jews/Israelis and Americans by Muslim countries.

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FUCK the UN

 

I will listen to these scumbags when they start protecting the people in Africa from tirants. Shit where was the UN when the whole Darfur thing happened? Oh yah just sitting on their god damn hands. The UN should be dismantled :mad:

 

Amen to that! The UN is completely biased and power hungry. They come tell us, free countries, that we are treating our people badly, yet they say nothing of all these countries where women are treated worse then slaves. They bring absolutely nothing to this world but greater division. Dismantle it! :mad:

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The UN does a lot of good things. The UN does a lot of things correctly. Yet sometimes... many times... they disappoint. I believe in the UN, but i have to say it's broken in a lot of places. It needs a big overhaul if you ask me.

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In terms of racial profiling by the Montreal police, I can't say I've experienced that. I'm a black Canadian, and I know many black Montrealers who would agree with the UN study, but the three times I've been stopped by the police have been for legit reasons. Once, I was caught doing 90k in the service road of the Met (which is a 50k zone). That was 9 years ago and it put a $229 dent in my pocket. Another time I drove a car when my headlights were out - no ticket, just a warning. And another time, I used a bus lane to pass a line of cars waiting to turn left because there was only one lane and everyone (at least to me) was turning left. One of the cars turning left was a cop car, but I only saw it after I committed myself to the manoeuvre. It was too late to reverse, so I decided to drive by ever so slowly in hopes that he wouldn't notice me. He aborted his left turn just to follow me and pull me over. I explained to him my intentions and he sort of understood and gave me a warning. I have no problems with the Montreal police or any police department. My experience is that if you don't take an attitude with them, they won't take an attitude with you. If you try to antagonize the police or show contempt for them, that's when you find problems. However, in terms of black Montrealers' experience with the cops, I'm just the exception that proves the rule. Also, when you dress like Curtis Jackson/Shawn Carter, the businessmen, it helps to keep the cops on your side. But when you dress like 50 Cent/Jay-Z, the rappers, well-....

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