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The Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) announces the launch of a Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Posted on February 16th, 2010

MEDIA RELEASE CRRC PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY FEB 11TH AT 1PM February 10, 2010, Peterborough, ON – The Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough (CRRC) announces the launch of a Public Service Announcement (PSA) focused on the attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in Ontario. Featuring Italo Labignan, well-known host of the Canadian Sportfishing Show, the PSA condemns the numerous attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in communities surrounding Peterborough, and encourages the public to report any wrongdoing witnessed. Launch & Press Conference: When: Thursday February 11th, at 1pm. Where: New Canadians Centre, 204 Sherbrooke street, Peterborough, ON. Note: Italo Labignan will be in attendance and available to media Identifying himself as both a sport fisher and an immigrant, Labignan was deeply disturbed by these attacks, stating these attacks cannot be tolerated. Created as part of CRRCs ongoing work on the issue of racially-motivated attacks and graffiti, the Committee is pleased to have Labignan add his voice to those who strive for an Ontario that is safe for all to live, work or fish in. Download: http://74.208.108.43/FTP/PSA%20Race%20Relations%203.zip   View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pla5tSTcgc0  We began our work on the issue of the attacks against Asian-Canadian anglers in 2007, and are launching this PSA on the eve of the sentencing hearing for one of those cases anticipating that the court will respond appropriately said Mike Ma, coordinator of the CRRC. Trevor Middleton, 23, will be sentenced for aggravated assault and criminal negligence in a case that was racially motivated according to victims and community members, in Newmarket on February 12, 2010. “While we remain extremely concerned about the Trevor Middleton case which is now being considered for sentencing, we believe that it is important to take a proactive stance before the next fishing season to prevent future crimes with professional fishermen like Italo Labignan,” said Karen Sun, CCNCTO, “We are really pleased to have his support for this important message to the public.” Media availability: Italo Labignan, Canadian Sportfishing Inspector Mike Reynolds, OPP Acting Detachment Commander Constable Steve Dyer, Peterborough & Lakefield Police, Community Services Unit Elizabeth Thippahwong, Community & Race Relations Committee -30- For further information: Mike Ma, Community and Race Relations Committee of Peterborough, 705-742-9658, racerelation@gmail.com

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