|Date: May 29, 2018
The Chinese Canadian National Council of Toronto (CCNCTO) commends the recent decision rendered by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on certain discriminatory events that occurred in a downtown Toronto restaurant, Hong Shing.
In May of 2015, a customer entered Hong Shing restaurant with his three friends and was told to pay for their food in advance before receiving their meals. All four customers identified as Black and were the only patrons in the restaurant required to pay for their meal in advance.
The HRT upheld the Human Rights Code and found the restaurant had violated the patron’s right against discrimination under the Code on the basis of place of race, colour and ethnic origin. The purpose of the Code is to uphold the dignity and worth of each person, and to ensure that each person feels a part of the community.
Racial profiling and racial stereotyping are not limited only within the context of policing, but a variety of situations in everyday life. The incident involved serves as an important reminder that anti-Black racism remains a prominent fixture in Toronto. This also reminds us that anti-Black racism can and does exist within other racialized groups, including the Chinese community.
CCNCTO is particularly alarmed and troubled in the context of growing cooperation between far-right extremist groups and elements within the Chinese community. These far-right extremist groups have co-opted members of the Chinese community through misleading them with false representations of hate, xenophobia, and islamophobia, as attempts to redress anti-Chinese racism.
CCNCTO categorically denounces any form of discrimination, hate and intolerance towards any racialized group. Our organization continues to advocate and fight for long-term systemic change that results in a just and inclusive society for all. Any actions that perpetuate racism and fascism have no place in Canadian society.
The Board of Directors of CCNCTO