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Hate Crime Poster Contest...Information Below!


What is Hate Crime?

Hatred is a strong term that goes beyond simply causing offence or hostility. Hate crime means a criminal occurrence committed against a person or property, which is motivated by hate, bias or prejudice based on such things as listed below. Another act that falls within the realm of "Hate Crime" is Hate Propaganda. Hate Propaganda means the advocating or promoting of genocide or hatred of an individual or group, also based on the list below.

  • Race
  • National or ethnic origin
  • Language
  • Colour
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Mental or physical disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Or any other similar factor

How it Effects Us

A manual issued by the Attorney General of the Province of Ontario in Canada lists the following consequences:

  1. Effects on People - Psychological and affective disturbances; repercussion on the victim's identity and self-esteem; both reinforced by the degree of violence of a hate crime, usually stronger than that of a common one. Furthermore, Hate Crime can cause depression.
  2. Effect on the targeted group - Generalized terror in the group to which the victim belongs, inspiring feeling of vulnerability over the other members, who could be the next victims.
  3. Effect on other vulnerable groups - Ominous effects over minority groups or over groups that identify themselves with the targeted one, especially when the referred hate is based on an ideology or doctrine that preaches simultaneously against several groups.

Let's Stop Hate Crime

The first step in stopping Hate Crime is reporting it to Police. The Guelph Police Service views any "Hate Crime" investigation as a high priority. Remember, Hate Crime can take the form of graffiti, people handing out pamphlets promoting hate, threats, etc. Do not take matters into your own hands, report it to Police.


2017 Hate Crime Poster Contest:

Coming Soon! Stay tuned early September to see how you can win.

Calling all Guelph High School Students! The Guelph Police Service is challenging you to create an awareness poster depicting how we can combat hate, bias, prejudice and support inclusion. You can use the information regarding hate crime above to help you create the poster!

Rules and Regulations

Here is the information you need to know about the contest.

If you are ready to go and want to spread the message, enroll here !


1st Place:

A video featuring you and your poster design to be played at every Storm home game for the 2017-2018 season, *plus* a $500.00 Best Buy gift card.

2nd Place:

$500 iTunes Gift Card

3rd Place:

$500 Source Gift Card


Submissions are due by Friday, November 3rd, 2017 at 4:00 pm.

Please click here to submit an electronic version of your poster for submission.