I have been made aware of the reprehensible acts of vandalism and hatred perpetrated by an as yet unknown person or persons and discovered over the weekend at the Richmond Hill Golf & Country Club. The swastika is best known as a Nazi symbol and, in an area such as Richmond Hill/Thornhill, can only be viewed as an anti-Semitic statement. Carving such symbols into the grass at a local golf facility frequented by Jewish players is, sadly, proof that racism remains an unacceptable yet real part of our daily life...even in multicultural Thornhill and the GTA.
Ontario is home to hundreds of different cultures and ethnicities and that is one of the characteristics we celebrate about Ontario being the great place to live and work that it is. Thornhill is home to the largest Jewish population in Canada and acts like this remind us of the intolerance and hatred of bygone days, times we like to believe are simply unfortunate historic aberrations. Sadly, we still come face to face with hatred like this today through the ignorance and willful expression of it by people who we can only label as relics of a tragic past.