Muslim woman told to ‘go back home’ in note found in mailbox
Ottawa police step up patrols where large groups of people congregate
CBC News | November 19, 2015
A Muslim woman in Ottawa plans to call police after she found a handwritten note in her mailbox telling her “Canada is no place for terrorists or immigrants.”
Eren Cervantes-Altamirano said she discovered the handwritten note in her mailbox on Wednesday, which told her to “go back home.”
Cervantes-Altamirano, who was born in Mexico, converted to Islam six years ago and writes for some Muslim blogs.
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Amira Elghawaby, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said her organization tracks threatening attacks and incidents towards Muslims in an online map.
While some people feel reluctant to go to police about what happens to them, she said the council encourages them to do so.
“We really emphasize to everyone that they really need to go and report whatever they’re seeing and what’s happening, because it may be a piece of a puzzle,” she said.
“Someone may yell at you on one street and then over on the next street they may actually take it out into a physical assault, and so whatever pieces of information we can provide for police, that will insure that these perpetrators are apprehended and charged if necessary.”