Two Ontario cities have hate crime rates about six times the national average, according to new Statistics Canada data. The worst is...
Thunder Bay, Ont.
That's more than twice the rate of the third-highest city, Moncton, NB. Here's how other cities fared:
There were 17% fewer hate crimes reported in 2013, compared to 2012. Statistics Canada attributes the drop to a 30% decrease in non-violent hate crimes, such as mischief.
Mischief is still the most-reported type of hate crime
What's considered a hate crime?
These numbers are drawn from crimes that police determined were motivated by hatred towards an identifiable group.
Statistics Canada defines hate crimes as an offence targeting someone based on "race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, language, sex, age, mental or physical disability, or other factors such as profession or political beliefs."
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