Tag: Canada

B’nai Brith Canada working with Police to solve swastika defacement spree across Toronto

| August 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada has urged greater vigilance during the period surrounding the Jewish Fast Day of Tisha B’Av (Tuesday), a day set aside to mourn the destruction of the Jewish Temples in Jerusalem. This comes following reports of three incidents of vandalism in the Toronto area last week. In these incidents vandals used […]

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Vandalizing of synagogue brings back painful memories for Holocaust survivor

| August 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

Seeing a swastika painted on his synagogue wall brought back painful memories for Holocaust survivor Edward Fisch. "Every time I see a swastika, I think of the Nazis marching up and down the street and grabbing people and shooting people and killing people," Fisch said outside North York's Beth Tikvah synagogue the morning of Friday, […]

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Swastika scrawled onto North York synagogue

| August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

The Robbins Hebrew Academy, in the Bayview and Finch avenues area, was defaced with a swastika symbol Thursday night. Underneath the bright-red symbol, somebody had scrawled the racial epithet "Islam will rule" in big, black letters. A small security camera was perched on top of the pillar on the side of the school where the […]

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N.L. church accountant charged in $500K theft

| June 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dozens of fraud and forgery-related charges were laid Monday against a former accountant at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's after more than $500,000 was reported missing in January. Former business manager Bill Power worked with the archdiocese for 38 years. He has been charged with 35 offences alleged to have happened from 2003 […]

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Crimes against Jews up ‘substantially’ in 2009

| June 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

TORONTO — Seven in 10 religiously motivated hate crimes in Canada in 2009 were committed against Jews, Statistics Canada reported last week. A total of 1,473 such incidents were reported in 2009, representing an increase of 437 incidents, or 42 per cent, over 2008, according to a report released June 7 on police-reported hate crimes. […]

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Pastor admits stealing cash donated to Waterloo church

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

KITCHENER — The senior pastor at a Waterloo church admitted Wednesday that he helped himself to almost $12,000 in donations. Paul Hartig, 46, was sentenced to nine months of house arrest for theft over $5,000 during a 16-month period in 2009 and 2010. Justice Michael Epstein also placed him on probation for three years and […]

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Armed man robs church

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

A drunken man wielding a stick stormed into a London church service and demanded cash on Sunday. Shortly before 4 p.m., two parishioners at a downtown church asked a man who was drinking on the steps to leave the property. The man attacked the two men, ripping the shirt of one and throwing a piece […]

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Easter parishioners find graffiti on their churches

| April 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

RCMP and Charlottetown police are investigating incidents of vandalism to three churches and one rink, most in the Stratford area. The rash of graffiti was found on the morning of Easter Sunday. "First of course it was the disappointment really … Why would you bother to do something like that? To me, it seemed a […]

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Synagogue vandal may have struck before

| February 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

MONTREAL – Police investigating last month's string of overnight attacks against Jewish religious and community centres are examining whether there are links with a series of similar crimes 12 months earlier. "Last year we had … five (Jewish institutions) vandalized and that was around Jan. 26," Sylvain Bissonnette, commander of District 9, told reporters Thursday. […]

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4 teens wanted after church caretaker beaten

| July 31, 2009 | 0 Comments

CALGARY- Police are investigating a disturbing assault that saw a church caretaker pepper sprayed and beaten by teenagers. A group of four, three young men and a young woman, walked from the Elbow River pathway to the church parking lot in the 800 block of MacDonald Avenue S.E. Saturday night around 11:30 p.m. A caretaker […]

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Que. church fire may be arson: Police

| June 11, 2009 | 0 Comments

AYLMER, Que. — Gatineau, Que., police say the fire that gutted Aylmer's historic St. Paul's Catholic Church Thursday morning may have been deliberately set. "There is some evidence that it may have been a criminal act," police spokeswoman Isabelle Poirier told reporters Thursday morning. Poirier said no arrests have been made and that police won't […]

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