Dear Chief Bordeleau,
I am writing to commend the Ottawa Police Service for its continued leadership in addressing bias and discrimination in Ontario.
Your proactive approaches have built strong and positive relationships with communities affected by hate crimes and are to be commended. I know that many officers and members from across your Service have been involved in these efforts.
You have shown true leadership by repeatedly reaching out to Ottawa’s communities affected by Islamophobia and xenophobia. By building bridges and working with community partners, you increase public confidence and trust.
I also want to commend you and your Members for your continued commitment to the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDC). This is an important undertaking designed to further study racial profiling. The success of this project is another example of a meaningful community partnership between the Ottawa Police Service, your community partners like the Community Police Action Committee (COMPAC) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Finally, I wish to congratulate you on your inaugural Human Rights Learning Forum which took place on December 3, 2015. It was a pleasure to have met you and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in the forum.
Initiatives like these help move Ontario towards a path of becoming a model of harmony and inclusion. I look forward to future opportunities for the Commission and the Ottawa Police Service to work together.
"A model of harmony and inclusion": that's just swell, but are the people of Ottawa any safer/better protected from bloodthirsty jihadis--one of whom has already scored a direct hit there--because of it?Sincerely,
Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Perhaps the better question to ask is this: by coddling and sucking up to Muslims--by turning them into the victims--could Renu Mandhane's priorities actually end up doing more harm than good in these perilous times?
Update: You never know what you'll turn up on the Internet. Stuff like this, for instance:
IHRP - Addameer Speaking Tour: Rights for Palestinian Human Rights Defenders
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 7:00pm to 9:00pmLocation:Solarium
The IHRP is proud to host Ala Jawadat from Addameer, a prisoner rights
organization based in Ramallah, who will be speak about Israel's criminalization of the work of human rights defenders.
For more information, please e-mail
Renu Mandhane at
Update: Here's something else (from 2012):
A young Palestinian boy holds up a tear gas bomb used by the Israeli military on protesters during demonstrations against the occupation. A woman is shown with a tear rolling down her cheek as she tells of her “lost childhood” after she was repeatedly raped during the Rwandan genocide.
These are two examples of the photos taken by law students in the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. The IHRP is celebrating its 25th anniversary from Feb. 9 to 23 with an exhibit of photos taken by students while doing internships around the world.
The IHRP — which started out with seven student interns and has grown to 300 — is often one of the reasons law students choose U of T, says IHRP director Renu Mandhane.
It seems obvious that Mandhane herself has that sort of "global outlook"; the sort that criminalizes Israel, the one democracy and one bright spot in its region; the sort who sees no problem with juxtaposing and conflating the self-defensive actions taken by Israelis with the acts of the murderers who perpetrated the Rwandan genocide.The program has a couple of objectives. “One is so that if [students] want to do this as a career they get their foot in the door, but also to make them global citizens so that when they do practise on Bay Street or wherever, they have that global outlook and they can bring that to bear on their practice and on their pro bono work,” Mandhane says...
It is extremely disturbing that Ontario's premier tapped this particular woman who possesses this particular outlook to helm the OHRC.