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Jay Currie

One Damn Thing After Another

3/23/2004

Walks like a duck....

Reza Safaei, a 46-year-old from Toronto, has been charged with three counts of mischief under $5,000.
globe and mail
Much as I despise the whole premise of hate crimes legislation....surely spray painting swastikas on Jewish owned construction sites would be, er, a hate crime under the Criminal Code. (s. 319 to be exact which is neatly summarized here:
The crime of "publicly inciting hatred" has four main elements. To contravene the Code, a person must:

* communicate statements,
* in a public place,
* incite hatred against an identifiable group,
* in such a way that there will likely be a breach of the peace.

Under section 319, "communicating" includes communicating by telephone, broadcasting or other audible or visible means; a "public place" is one to which the public has access by right or invitation, express or implied; and "statements" means words (spoken, written or recorded), gestures, and signs or other visible representations.
media awareness
Time for the Crown to step up and charge the man. Yeah, right.