Courtesy: Hour Magazine

October 1st, 2009

Meg Hewings 

Youth of colour in Montreal now have a racial profiling hotline to call and new political party to stand up for them.

Last week, the Quebec Human Rights Commission launched a racial profiling consultation process calling on youth aged 14 to 25, teachers and parents to report any racial profiling incidents they've experienced.

"We must speak about [racial profiling] openly in order to promote real solutions," said the president of the commission, Gaétan Cousineau. "The Commission wants to raise awareness of the consequences of racial profiling which can compromise the future prospects of 14- to 25-year-olds."Monir Hossain-5

Also last week, a new municipal party, the Ethnic Party of Montreal, led by journalist and community organizer Monir Hossain, announced its arrival in politics and the desire to "open the door for the next generation [of the] ethnic community."

"Race and racial issues and causes are always a bit invisible in Quebec society," says Hossain. "Our youth don't feel like they have a future in Montreal. We want to change this and build relationships [necessary to the] future of the city and security of some neighbourhoods [where major inequalities are the source of tension]."

As for the Commission, they will create an overview of racial profiling and its social impacts and costs, publishing their findings and research by spring 2010. Public forums will be held in which 

groups, victims and other stakeholders can help identify solutions. By fall 2010, the
Commission will publish a final report and recommendations.

The submission process is open until Nov. 30, and while anonymous submissions will not be considered, personal information related to each report will be kept confidential. To find out more about the consultation, visit, or phone 514-873-5146, or 1-800-361-6477, ext. 359.

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