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Anti-Muslim crimes spike around terror attacks: Toronto Police

A Toronto police cruiser is shown in an undated file photo. CITYNEWS/Shawne McKeown

While hate crimes in the city were down eight per cent, Toronto police noticed a spike in attacks targeting the Muslim community anytime reports of terror were in the news last year.

Islamophobic attacks peaked at 22 reports in November 2015, which includes everything from verbal to physical harassment. Various incidents of harassment on the TTC and an attack on a Muslim woman in Flemingdon Park were reported at the time.

The spike is also believed to be linked to the arrival of the first wave of 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada.

“This trend may be attributed to negative backlash following the attacks in Paris, France and the government’s refugee resettlement plan,” the report states.

The report, which was presented to the Toronto Police Services Board, tallied 134 hate crimes in total for 2015.

Out of those, the Muslim community was most victimized by criminal harassment occurrences. Other groups that were most targeted were the Jewish and LGBTQ communities, who respectively faced the most mischief to property and assault occurrences.