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Ontario government invests in programs to help address antisemitism in schools

Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce makes an announcement regarding the government's plan for a safe reopening of schools in the fall at Father Leo J Austin Catholic Secondary School in Whitby, Ont., on Thursday, July 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

TORONTO — The Ontario government is investing in two summer programs to help address antisemitism in schools.

Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province will give $327,000 to the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies to support the courses.

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One program will provide professional development sessions for educators aimed at dismantling antisemitism in various environments.

Another will help students learn about human rights and how to deal with injustice.

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Lecce says the province wants to ensure Jewish students feel safe and supported in school.

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Statistics Canada says there were 296 police-reported incidents targeting Jewish people in 2019.

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