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National and international journalists continue to seek expertise of hate crime researcher Barbara Perry, PhD

UOIT expert conducts dozens of media interviews in wake of recent news events

Bordessa Hall, home of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the university's location in downtown Oshawa.
Bordessa Hall, home of the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the university's location in downtown Oshawa.

Newspaper reporters, television producers and radio hosts across North America want to talk to University of Ontario Institute of Technology hate crime researcher Barbara Perry, PhD.

Journalists are seeking Dr. Perry’s perspectives as they search for context about the unspeakable January 29 attack inside a Quebec City mosque that killed six worshippers. Dr. Perry is also in demand to explain a surge in right-wing extremist views in the United States, and in Canada, in the weeks following the election of President Donald Trump.

“A lot of dangerous developments have emerged across Canada, not just in the United States: undercurrents of anger, polarization and a normalization or acceptance of hateful speech have crossed the border, albeit to a lesser extent,” says Dr. Perry, a Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. “Being part of so many interviews about hate crime and racism is a discouraging barometer about where we are as a society right now. But, I am also hopeful that greater discussion about hate and fear-mongering might lead to heightened awareness, and a subsequent rise in understanding and inclusivity.”

”The Trump effect" in Canada: Testing how we react to racism and intolerance (CBC Marketplace, January 20, 2017)

Recent articles and electronic links:

    • Trump's anti-immigrant stance may be fuelling rise in racism in Canada: experts: Calgary Herald, Canadian Press - February 10, 2017

    • How do you recover from the feature and hate created by the Quebec mosque attack?: CBC Radio One Cross-Country Checkup - February 5, 2017 (audio link; begins around 48:00)
    • As Canada mourns victims of mosque shooting, warnings of rising anti-Islam sentiment: Los Angeles Times - February 3, 2017
    • Far-right fringe stirred by Canada’s immigrant influx: Today Online - February 1, 2017
    • As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs: New York Times - January 31, 2017
    • Quebec City shooting: Is Islamophobia ‘more manifested in Quebec?: Global News - January 31, 2017
    • The Canadian Far Right: CBC Radio One Here and Now (link has expired)- January 31, 2017 (Toronto audio link). Other CBC interviews: Fredericton, Quebec City, Windsor, Sudbury, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Yellowknife, Regina,
    • The Trump Effect: Has it come to Canada?: CBC Television Marketplace - January 20, 2017
    • CBC chose Alliston for social experiment because of MP Kellie Leitch:, OurWindsor - January 31, 2017

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