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APRIL 7, 2021
 
MLARA (Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association) stands against racism.
We demand action against acts of hate, hate crimes, and discrimination against people of Asian background in Canada.
On March 29 at 3.15 p.m., a man and a woman were filmed in the assault and racial abuse of a female Asian staff of a coffee shop on Moncton Street in Richmond. Police said they have arrested a suspect for assault but not for a hate crime in connection to the incident. The male suspect has also been filmed previously in 2019 making anti-Chinese hate comments.
MLARA and its supporters condemn this act of racial hate that has led to violence against a person of colour. We call upon the Richmond RCMP to revise its investigation to that of a hate crime, and for the Crown to press charges against the suspect in view of the solid evidence that has been presented. We believe the B.C. justice system and law enforcement agencies will do the right thing to uphold justice and protect all racial minority in our community.
On February 18, Premier John Horgan was reported to have called “for action on hate crimes” following an alarming increase in anti-Asian hate crimes.
Vancouver police data shows anti-Asian hate crimes surged by 717 percent, from a dozen in 2019 to 142 incidents in 2020.
MLARA calls upon Premier Horgan and the B.C. NDP government to make good its call and push for the prosecution of the violent racist act by this couple. This is needed to set an example that crimes against people on the basis of race must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Such racist behaviour and acts will continue if the government and enforcement agencies do not make it a criminal act.
The incident comes in the wake of the massacre in Atlanta, US, where eight people were shot dead including six Asian women, underlines the growing threat of racially-motivate hate against ethnic Asians in North America.
As an organization established in Vancouver, B.C., MLARA supported the #STOP ASIAN HATE event hosted on March 28, 2021 at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Racism has no place in Canada! We must stand together to fight against racial and ethnic discrimination. Canada is built by immigrants who came to this country from around the world. We must unite as Canadians to build a better Canada for our children, and the generations to come.

2021年4月7日 – 新闻通稿
枫叶反种族主义行动协会(MLARA)反对一切形式的种族主义。
我们要求立即采取行动,打击仇恨,仇恨犯罪和对亚裔加拿大人的歧视。
3月29日下午3点15分,在列治文蒙克顿街一家咖啡店的亚洲女性员工的袭击和种族事件中,一男一女被拍下了他们的种族歧视行为。警方说,他们已逮捕涉嫌袭击的嫌疑犯,但并未以仇恨犯罪逮捕嫌疑人。这位男性嫌疑人此前也曾于2019年在其他地点被拍摄到发表过反华仇恨言论。
MLARA及其支持者谴责这种种族仇恨言行,这种行为导致针对少数族裔的暴力犯罪。我们呼吁列治文皇家骑警将其调查修改为仇恨犯罪,并且鉴于已经提供了的确凿证据,检控机关对嫌疑犯以仇恨犯罪提起诉讼。我们相信卑诗省司法系统和执法机构会做出正确的决定,以维护正义并保护我们社区中的所有少数族裔群体。
据报道,在针对亚裔的仇恨犯罪事件急剧增加之后,卑诗省省长约翰·霍根(John Horgan)在2月18日的一次媒体会议上呼吁“对仇恨犯罪采取行动”。
温哥华警方的数据显示,针对亚裔的仇恨犯罪激增了717%,从2019年的12起增加到2020年的142起。
MLARA呼吁省长霍根(Horgan)和卑诗省新民主党政府积极回应我们的诉求, 起诉这对夫妇的暴力种族主义行为。这需要以身作则,以族裔为基础所犯的仇恨罪行必须在法律的全部范围内受到起诉。如果政府和执法机构不将其定性为仇恨犯罪行为,则这种种族主义言行将继续存在。
该事件在美国亚特兰大屠杀之后发生,枪击案中有八人被杀,其中包括六名亚裔女性,这起事件突显了在北美地区的种族仇恨威胁已经越来越大。
作为在卑诗省温哥华市成立的非牟利组织,MLARA支持于2021年3月28日在温哥华美术馆前举办的#STOP ASIAN HATE活动。
种族主义在加拿大没有地位!我们必须站在一起反对种族主义及基于肤色的族裔歧视。加拿大是一个由来自世界各地的移民建立的国家。我们必须团结所有加拿大人,一起努力, 为子孙后代建设一个更好的国家。

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December 27, 2020

Maple Leaf Anti-Racism Action Association (MLARA) Statement in Response to Conservative Leader O’Toole’s December 15 Twitter Comments

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA) has been deeply disappointed and demand apology from Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole for the recent matters relating to a restaurant in Toronto

Canada is a multicultural country. We as Chinese Canadians hail from all parts of the world and live together peacefully in this great country alongside people from around the world with different backgrounds and different political opinions. As Chinese Canadians, we believe and trust in the Canadian values of freedom of speech and equality before the law. We also believe that political leaders should be held to a high standard when protecting and upholding these values, as well as upholding our rights and freedoms. Today we must regretfully express our disappointment at the response of Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole for his response to recent matters relating to a restaurant in Toronto.

The matter has its origins at a restaurant in Toronto that recently posted a sign with the words “Wuhan Virus” on its wall, an equivalent to someone saying “Chinese Virus”. After seeing this offensive wording, some patrons of the restaurant decided to express their disappointment by giving negative ratings online. Subsequently, a heated debate occurred online that caught national attention. On December 15, Mr. O’Toole retweeted a National Post article dated Dec 14th, labeling those protesting against the wording “Wuhan Virus” as “Beijing loyalists”. Mr. O’Toole expressed his support for the restaurant and described the protestors against the restaurant as “a real threat” to Canadian values. He said that he and the restaurant owners share the same Canadian values. He also expressed disappointment about vandalism and graffiti that the restaurant was subjected to.

There is globally recognized terminology for the current virus, including the terms “COVID19” and “Corona Virus”. These terms avoid geographic or ethnic references that can lead to discrimination against individuals or groups. The pandemic racism against Asians in Canada has grown exponentially in Canada since the outbreak of the virus. Many Canadians has realized the importance of fighting against such racism. Unfortunately, Mr. O’Toole has done the opposite. By labelling a certain group of immigrants as foreign agencies with no substantial evidences to back it up, Mr. O’Toole demonized immigrants with Chinese origins, and stigmatized these people, even their concerns are legitimate and reasonable. This is a dangerous path Mr. O’Toole is taking.

We condemn Mr. O’Toole’s loose talk of “foreign influence” that resulted from his failure to understand the nature of the conflict. The conflict is racial and linguistic in nature, not political. With his tweet, Mr. O’Toole has unnecessarily turned the conflict into a political issue.

We also condemn the vandalism and graffiti that occurred to the restaurant storefront. Such actions are not acceptable. However, our agreement with O’Toole ends there. We condemn O’Toole’s lack of inclusion of the voice of a significant portion of the Chinese Canadian community. Without evidence, and simply because he disagrees, he dismisses the views of fellow Canadians as being subject to “foreign influence”.  We condemn Mr. O’Toole’s failure to protect the rights of a significant portion of the Chinese Canadian community who have been deliberately discriminated based on their place of origin and language spoken. It is a sad reality that when O’Toole maligns fellow Canadians of Chinese descent as “Beijing loyalists”, he is encouraging racist and ethnically biased sentiment toward a population with a history of being discriminated against in Canada. This bias goes all the way back to the “Head Tax” and the building of the railroads in Canada. O’Toole’s words continue the normalization of discriminatory words and actions against the Chinese community, which is a minority group, setting otherwise proud and caring Canadians against each other, and harming the very basis upon which Canada’s multicultural, open, and fair democracy operates. His comment has a significant similarity with Mr. Sam Cooper’s article published by Global News on April 30 this year. They both labelled immigrants from China as CCP loyalists, CCP’s Fifth Column. Their intents were to silent those immigrants, take away their freedom of speech. This act of Sinophobia has no place in Canada. We call on Mr. O’Toole to issue a public apology for his comment and for his misalignment of the portion of the Chinese Canadian community that disagrees with the use of the term “Wuhan Virus”.

Finally, we sincerely wish all Canadians a happy new year, and let’s look ahead to a better 2021.

June 3, 2020

MLARA Statement on George Floyd’s Tragic Death

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Members of the Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA) have been deeply distressed by the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd. Our hearts go out to him, his loved ones and all members of communities who are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd as the result of violence and unfair treatment.   

In Canada, our communities have experienced increasing levels of discrimination and racially motivated violence towards people of Chinese and Asian ethnicity over the past few months. These acts of hate have no place in Canada, whether directed against Asian Canadians, or anyone else based on the ethnicity or the colour of their skin.

We call on our federal, provincial, and local elected officials to urgently address racism, discrimination and racially motivated violence against all Canadians, especially those of colour, and to deliver concrete solutions. We respect and support the vigorous exercise of rights and free expression that are protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but condemn acts of spreading mistrust, hatred, and violence towards Canadians of any ethnicity and heritage.

Members of the MLARA join with our friends of all colours to fight against racism and end hate crimes. Together we can build a better Canada where none will live in the fear of racially-charged hate and injustice.

June 1, 2020

MLARA setting the record straight

VANCOUVER, B.C. – The Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA) has issued a public statement to set the record straight.  Media reports that appeared in several recent television and print outlets have failed to present the complete truth about our association and the motive of our actions. 

We regret the action of one of our supporters had caused difficulties for Minister Joyce Murray and the Prime Minister. Our supporter’s action was driven by her deep frustration that the Chinese-Canadian community has been maligned by a news report that appeared on Global News on April 30, 2020.  We stand by her action and the content of her WeChat post.

Our intention is pure. We support the freedom of the press and the important work of our journalists. We only ask that news reports be balanced, accurate and factual, reports that do not portray “Every overseas Chinese is a warrior” for the People’s Republic of China but “Every overseas Chinese is a warrior in the battle against the pandemic”.

We have faith in our press corps and we appeal to their professionalism to help us to set the record straight.

The public statement is attached.

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About Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA)

MLARA is a not-for-profit society formed by a group of Canadians and permanent residents. The association was registered under the BC Societies Act on May 14, 2020 under incorporation number S0073177.

One of the purposes of our society is to fight against racism and end hate crimes in Canada.

Membership of MLARA consists of Canadians who felt unfairly portrayed in an April 30th 2020 Global News report by Mr. Sam Cooper.

Website: www.mlara.org

CONTACTS:

Name: Mr. Jason Xie, Spokesperson
Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association Cell: 604-763-5528 E-mail: jxie@mlara.org
Name: Mr. Ivan Pak, President
Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association Cell: 778-882-8134 E-mail: ipak@mlara.org

A public statement by

Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA)

Date: June 1, 2020

We would like to set the record straight about several recent media reports that have failed to present the complete truth about our association and the motive of our actions.

These media reports were touched off by an appeal posted by one of our supporters on a WeChat group that is used by Minister Murray as a tool to stay in touch with the Chinese-Canadian community.

We regret the WeChat post had caused difficulties for Minister Murray and Prime Minister Trudeau.

The post was an appeal authorized by MLARA and we stand by its content. Our supporter’s action was driven by her deep concern and frustration about the portrayal of the Chinese-Canadian community as agents of a foreign country. The portrayal appeared in a Global News report filed by Mr. Sam Cooper on April 30, 2020. We share her feeling. A detail account of our objections to the report can be found in our previous Public Statement issued on May 27, 2020.

Mr. Trudeau was quoted by a CBC report that “he values the work journalists do right across the country”. Minister Murray, in the same CBC report, was quoted to have told the House that “muzzling journalists is never acceptable”.

MLARA couldn’t have agreed with PM Trudeau and Minster Murray more.  Indeed, in our public statement issued on May 27, we said: “As Canadians, we know the important work of media across the country.  We are not attacking the integrity of Mr. Sam Cooper or calling him a racist.”  We further stated in the same public statement that: “We are exploring the option of whether to take legal action against Mr. Sam Cooper and Global News not because we want to silence them.” 

We hope that Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Murray would contact MLARA and hear what we have to say and the concern that we have about Mr. Cooper’s report.  We are Canadians and not some puppets of a foreign power as Mr. Cooper’s article wants readers to believe. Chinese-Canadians are Canadians.

Mr. Cooper’s report, either intentionally or un-intentionally mischaracterized Chinese-Canadians’ humanitarian efforts to support their relatives in China as some sinister actions taken on behalf of a secretive foreign agency.

What we are asking is simple. We would like to see a balanced, accurate and factual report from Global News.  A report that does not portray “Every overseas Chinese is a warrior” for the PRC but “Every overseas Chinese is a warrior in the battle against the pandemic”. A report that also includes the many contributions Chinese-Canadians have made to local communities to fight COVID-19.  We do not believe asking Global News to abide by its own journalistic principles and practices is too much of an ask.

As Canadians, we know this is a country made up of fair minded people.  As consumers of Canadian news, we know our journalists are professionals who want to do their best to expose dangers to our country.  Sowing mistrust towards the Chinese-Canadian community in the minds of the general public is a danger to the harmony and  multiculturalism of our country.

We also know that Canadians want to know the truth. We are appealing to our journalists and fair minded news outlet editors to help us to set the record straight. 

Background Information

Attachments:

  1. MLARA public statement issued on May 27, 2020
  2. Appeal posted by one of our supporters, on Minister Murray’s WeChat group

Weblinks:

Globe & Mail Report: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-trudeau-vows-to-look-into-report-that-ministers-account-promoted/

Toronto Star: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2020/05/26/global-news-defends-journalist-against-what-it-calls-effort-to-discredit-reporting-on-beijing-covid-19-masks.html

CBC Report: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/joyce-murray-we-chat-law-suit-china-1.5585854

Global News: https://globalnews.ca/news/6986602/joyce-murray-wechat-china-lawsuit/

Mr. Sam Cooper’s report: Archived version: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s166/sh/d0371cac-6ae9-45f7-ac03-22d363d893c5/45dca1ac50dc6e624c95e60a09a07242 

MLARA’s Public statement on May 27, 2020:

A public statement by

Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association (MLARA)

Date: May 27, 2020

We are a not-for-profit society formed by a group of Canadians and permanent residents. The association was registered under the BC Societies Act on May 14, 2020 under incorporation number S0073177.

One of the purposes of our society is to fight against racism and end hate crimes in Canada.

The society was formed by a group of people who felt they were unfairly portrayed in a report written by Mr. Sam Cooper that appeared on Global News on April 30, 2020.

While the central thrust of the report was about the People’s Republic of China, the Communist Party of China, and the United Front Work Department of the PRC, the use of a provocative graphic and an inaccurately translated caption conveyed a damaging portrayal of Overseas Chinese and Canadians of Chinese descent.

Mr. Cooper’s report, either intentionally or un-intentionally mischaracterized Chinese-Canadians’ humanitarian efforts to support their relatives in China as some sinister actions taken on behalf of a secretive foreign agency.

As Canadians, we know the important work of media across the country.  We are not attacking the integrity of Mr. Sam Cooper or calling him a racist.  What we are trying to do, however, is to point out that Mr. Cooper’s report, in tone and effect, has created an impression on the report’s readers and viewers that Chinese-Canadians had, on the order of a foreign country, bought up critical medical supplies to the detriment of Canadians.

One of the most critical aspect of Mr. Cooper’s report concerning the alleged actions of a Chinese-Canadian organization was based on a report published by Xinhua in Chinese. Mr. Cooper admitted in his article that Global News had not independently verified its content. 

Mr. Cooper’s report used a caption taken from the Xinhua report but had it inaccurately translated.  We believe this mistake, together with the use of an unverified foreign report mentioned in paragraph 7 above, demonstrated that Mr. Cooper’s report fell short of Global News’ own principles and practices of “reporting news without distortion or misrepresentation” as well as “getting it right.”

We believe what Mr. Cooper’s article, intentionally or un-intentionally had sow mistrust and dare we say, hatred on the minds of Canadians towards Canadians of Asian heritage.  We have noticed a sharp increase in hate crimes and verbal harassment towards Asian Canadians.  We firmly believe that the type of biased and unbalanced portrayal of Chinese-Canadians by Mr. Cooper has to be stopped.

An independent journalist and who is unaffiliated with our association, Mr. Weng Hoong Ng had written to the Global News complaining Mr. Sam Cooper’s report.  As a result of his action, Global News had removed the offending graphic but has not amended the mis-characterization of the actions of Chinese-Canadians or mention the positive contributions of Chinese-Canadians towards Canada’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

We are, therefore, asking Mr. Cooper and Global News to retract the portion of the report that deals with Chinese-Canadians and to apologize to the Chinese-Canadian community.

We are exploring the option of whether to take legal action against Mr. Sam Cooper and Global News not because we want to silence them.  We are doing so because we genuinely felt we were being maligned by Mr. Cooper’s report.

We expect that some Canadians of Chinese heritage may not feel the same way as we do towards Mr. Cooper’s report.  The Chinese-Canadian community is not a monolithic community but rather a complex one. We do not claim to represent the entire Chinese-Canadian community.

We are committed to the Canadian value of freedom of the press and we regret that we have to take this action to protect our community’s image and integrity. 

We offer our apologies to Minister Joyce Murray for the inadvertent action of one of our overly enthusiastic members who posted a funding appeal in a WeChat group of Ms. Murray’s supporters. But her actions demonstrated her deep concern about Mr. Cooper’s unbalanced article and her feeling is shared by all of us at MLARA.  

CONTACTS: 

Name: Mr. Jason Xie,
Spokesperson
Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association
Cell: 604-763-5528
mail: jxie@mlara.org
Name: Mr. Ivan Pak,
President
Maple Leafs Anti-Racism Actions Association
Cell: 778-882-8134
mail: ipak@mlara.org

Background Information

MLARA website: www.mlara.org

Mr. Sam Cooper’s report: Achieved version: https://www.evernote.com/shard/s166/sh/d0371cac-6ae9-45f7-ac03-22d363d893c5/45dca1ac50dc6e624c95e60a09a07242 

Mr. Sam Cooper’s report: Revised version: https://globalnews.ca/news/6858818/coronavirus-china-united-front-canada-protective-equipment-shortage/

Mr. Weng Hoong Ng’s initial complaint letter: http://www.onepacificnews.com/2020/05/05/global-news-published-anti-chinese-hate-speech/

Global News Respond to Mr. Ng’s letter: http://www.onepacificnews.com/2020/05/25/global-newss-reply-to-my-open-letter-of-complaint/

Mr. Weng Hoong Ng’s second complaint letter: http://www.onepacificnews.com/2020/05/25/global-newss-reply-to-my-open-letter-of-complaint/