Toronto ‘hate’ incidents: Man arrested

Image copyright Toronto Police Image caption An image of the cover of a popular newspaper that was sent in a letter by the suspect

A 28-year-old man has been arrested in Toronto after police investigated a number of hate-motivated incidents.

Four businesses were targeted last month, including branches of a chain that sells cannabis and barbecue sauce.

Three locations received racist and Islamophobic notes, including one that read: “Islam. A cancer on Canada.”

The suspect has also been linked to other ‘hate’ incidents.

Police said the incidents cost the business owners and employees over $140,000 (£105,000) in compensation and business interruption.

‘Hateful and dangerous’

“These incidents were hateful and dangerous and they should be condemned across the nation,” Toronto Mayor John Tory said.

A man was also arrested in Ontario in April after threatening letters were sent to three Jewish synagogues.

Solicitor General Yasir Naqvi, who is Muslim, said the incidents were “terroristic” and “hateful and un-Canadian”.

Members of a mosque in Mississauga, Canada, received a bomb threat on 17 May, according to police.

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