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2019

 

Port Perry Star | Spending the most on an election campaign doesn't always guarantee a Scugog council seat

In essence, campaigning is about name recognition—building a brand and promoting yourself to the public, says Shanti Fernando, an associate professor and political science program director at University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), now referred to as Ontario Tech University.

Published April 11, 2019


Montreal Gazette | What happens when the caregivers are youth? 'We just did our best'

Factors in the increase include such demographic trends as smaller families, women’s widespread presence in the labour force, a burgeoning elderly population and the shift of more health and social services to the private sector, where they are unaffordable to a growing proportion of families, according to symposium speaker Vivian Stamatopoulos, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Published April 10, 2019


High Country News | Native American athletes and fans face ongoing racism

“In places we think of as ‘Indian Country,’ and especially adjacent border towns, Indigenous athletes do experience escalated rates of
harassment,” said Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, who spent years studying hate crimes against Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada.

Published April 10, 2019


CBC | Facebook bans Faith Goldy and 'dangerous' alt-right groups

Last month, the Liberal government announced a special fund for research into right-wing extremism. Through it, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology got a three-year grant of $366,985 to conduct interviews with law enforcement, community anti-hate activists and former and current extremists to gain a better understanding of the beliefs, motivations and activities of extremists.

Published April 8, 2019


Victoria Times Colonist | Global Voices: Hate groups becoming Canada's national crisis (op-ed)

“If this was any other type of crime, we’d be calling it a national crisis,” said Dr. Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario’s Institute of Technology. While Canadian media covered the attack in New Zealand, few outlets brought the story home and asked: What is being done to stop the rise of white supremacy and hate crimes in our own cities?

Published April 7, 2019


HuffPost | How Far-Right Extremists In Canada and Abroad Have Adopted Trump's Symbols As Their Own

"The hat and the MAGA acronym have really become shorthand for this white nationalist movement," said Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and an expert on the far right.

Published April 6, 2019


Global News | A look at identitarianism, a movement the New Zealand shooter allegedly supported

The American version of the group has been classified as a hate group. Barbara Perry, University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism, says the group targets young men. “It attracts a largely young demographic — in their 20s — who are concerned that they are the last generation that will enjoy the full fruits of white European privilege in Canada and globally,” she explained.

Published March 29, 2019


Norther Sentinel | The politics of nationalism is gaining force and it is us who must stop it (op-ed)

As I write, Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, was
interviewed on the CBC’s, The Current. She estimates that there are nearly 300 far-right groups in Canada, up from around 100 in 2015.

Published March 29, 2019


The Concordian | Editorial: Hideous figures in history must be taken down

For those who think this is an old conversation, it’s too close to home for us to turn a blind eye—our current CAQ government is playing a role in upholding racist ideologies, by establishing values tests and French-language tests for immigrants. Canada’s complicit too—Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and an expert on hate groups in Canada, believes between 120-130 hate groups exist in Canada today, according to Al Jazeera.

Published March 26, 2019


CBC's The Current | Far-right's online responses to New Zealand massacre have been 'sickening,' says Barbara Perry

Following the attack on two mosques in New Zealand that left 50 dead, one of Canada's leading researchers on far-right extremism says it's time to have a conversation about "how we define terrorist entities." Many far-right groups have "this combination of ideological motivation, and arms and ... the intent to defend through force, if necessary, their nation," said Barbara Perry, the director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Published March 20, 2019


The Globe and Mail | Removing hate and horror from internet like playing an unwinnable game of Whac-A-Mole

So the accused in New Zealand knew full well that the web would take care of marketing the message. Barbara Perry, the Director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, followed the reaction of alt-right sites such as 4Chan after the attack. She says members were passing around the video and manifesto, “expressing praise" and lauding the gunman’s courage. “It is so chilling," she said. “It has energized the movement.”

Published March 15, 2019


Victoria News | Canadian Government announces more than $300,000 to research right-wing extremism

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Karen McCrimmon, made the announcement on March 6 for an ‘updated, comprehensive overview of the right-wing extremism movement in Canada,’ states a news release issued from Public Safety Canada. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology will receive $366,985 over the course of three years from the Canadian Government.

Published March 13, 2019

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CBC News | The writing of this AI is so human that its creators are scared to release it

CBC news interviews Isabel Pedersen, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, about OpenAI’s new system, called GPT-2.

Published February 25, 2019


CBC Radio | How Alexandre Bissonette's sentence could fuel Canada's far-right

In the wake of Quebec mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette's sentencing to life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years on Friday, one extremism expert says that the decision could further fuel far-right groups. Barbara Perry, director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, follows the activity of extremist groups in Canada. Following Bissonnette's attack that killed six men on January 29, 2017, there was an uptick in anti-Muslim violence, according to Perry.

Published February 9, 2019


Earther | A crowdfunded idea to clean the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now a $35-million nonprofit. Scientists still don’t think it’ll work

For years, researchers and ocean plastic activists had been warning that The Ocean Cleanup Project’s fundamental assumptions were misguided. Instead of testing those assumptions in smaller, more controlled experiments, oceanographers and marine engineers claim that The Ocean Cleanup Project rushed to launch build and launch prototypes. Their concerns, however, have gone largely unheeded by award committees, The Ocean Cleanup Project, and the mainstream press. “There wasn’t much consultation with marine engineers,” Peter Stoett, Dean and Professor of Social Science and Humanities at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and marine policy researcher told Earther. “But it looked cool.”

Published February 8, 2019


Keene Sentinel Source | Native American women: abused, missing and murdered

Continuing racism and sexism contribute to the impression that indigenous women are assailable, says Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario. “It’s not unusual for women of color generally to be perceived as inferior to white people as a class and inferior white women as a subclass.”

Published February 2, 2019


The Gazette | Defense in Iowa toddler's death trial tries to discredit Cody Stevenson's confession

A professor of psychology and social behavior testified Thursday that false confessions sometimes happen when a person wants to avoid worse consequences or to protect someone else, as a Williamsburg man, charged in the death of toddler, is claiming. Lindsay Malloy, an associate professor with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Ontario, Canada, said suspects with a lower IQ or intellectual disability are more vulnerable to providing false confessions because they can be easily manipulated by police tactics, such as suggesting a theory for a crime.

Published January 31, 2019


CBC TV Fifth Estate | Why incels are a 'real and present threat' for Canadians

"It's about their proprietary violence, that they think they have some sort of inborn inherent right and privilege to access women and women's bodies and so that is the bit that animates them," Barbara Perry, a criminologist specializing in hate crime at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, told The Fifth Estate.

Published January 27, 2019


Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | Saskatchewan NDP 'concerned' about government ministers attending yellow vest protests

At the same time, Canadian yellow vest forums have seen an open airing of more fringe and extreme views, including fantasies about the assassination of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, conspiracy theories and undisguised racism. “The addition of these other extremists is risking the credibility of what’s at the core of the movement,” Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology who researches extremism, told the National Post.

Published January 25, 2019


CBC Radio | The balance between national security and individual freedoms in federal government's cyber security policy

Audio link to interview with Dr. Steven Downing.

Published January 16, 2019


TVO.org | Why hate crimes are on the rise across Ontario

TVO.org interviews Dr. Barbara Perry about why hate crimes are on the rise across Ontario.

Published January 3, 2019

 

2018

 

The London Free Press | Racist costume prompts legion to consider Halloween party ban

“It’s a relatively benign expression of those sentiments," says Barbara Perry, Professor, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, at University of Ontario Institute of Technology. "You are not physically harming anyone, but the emotional harm also needs to be accounted for. It’s all part of a continuum of the attitudes we see in society.”

Published December 5, 2018


Global News | ‘It’s truly Pickering’s time’: Pickering swears in longest-serving council

According to University of Ontario Institute of Technology political science professor Tim MacNeill, this kind of result doesn’t happen often. “In very, very small towns you might see it every once in awhile but this is the first time I’ve heard of it in an urban area of that size,” MacNeill said.

Published December 4, 2018


The Boston Globe | Hate crimes in Canada surge

‘Ordinarily, I would give the caveat that any increase in crime statistics could be the result of better police recording and public reporting,’’ said Barbara Perry, a criminology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology who studies hate crimes. ‘‘But this kind of leap means more is going on than just changes in recording behavior.’’

Published December 8, 2018


CBC | Hate crimes surge in southwestern Ontario, Statistics Canada says

But hate-related property crimes shouldn't be dismissed as having less impact than violent hate crimes, said Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor and hate-crimes expert. "Vandalism, graffiti, you might want to dismiss it, but you have to keep in mind the frequency of the incidents," Perry said.

Published November 29, 2018


The Globe and Mail | Hate crimes in Canada rose by 47 per cent last year: Statscan

But hate-related property crimes shouldn't be dismissed as having less impact than violent hate crimes, said Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor and hate-crimes expert. "Vandalism, graffiti, you might want to dismiss it, but you have to keep in mind the frequency of the incidents," Perry said.

Published November 29, 2018


The New York Times | Pain and sense of betrayal as Canada GM factory closes after a century

Scott Aquanno, a political scientist at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology who has studied previous GM layoffs, said the local economy’s diversity—many people commute to jobs in and around Toronto—will help buffer the effects of the layoffs. But he said those left jobless will find it difficult, if not impossible, to find work with similar pay and benefits.

Published November 26, 2018


HuffPost | Canada can't put Proud Boys on extremist list because it doesn't have one

Canada's definition of terrorism and how it classifies national security threats is flawed, said Barbara Perry, a leading expert on right-wing extremism and a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. "It requires that the group has already been associated with "terrorist" violence, which is too late," Perry said in an email. 

Published November 22, 2018


CBC Radio | Gavin McInnes says he's quitting Proud Boys to protect members charged in NYC brawl

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes says he's quitting the far-right group — but a Canadian professor who studies hate and extremism says she's not buying it. 

Published November 22, 2018


The Coast | United by hate 

The Soldiers of Odin have been walking the streets of Halifax; in their footsteps creating a path for far-right extremist ideas to radicalize Atlantic Canadians. 

Published November 15, 2018


CBC | High-tech meets high-fashion: Ontario company may finally win eyewear technology race

Isabel Pedersen, the Canada Research Chair in Digital Life Media and Culture at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, said society has substantially changed since the first iterations of digital eyewear first came on the market. Now. she said, people are constantly using "wearables" — technologically-advanced gear from watches to fish-eyed cameras strapped to our foreheads.

Published November 13, 2018


Global News | Discussion, listening critical in disarming extremism, sexism: TEDxCalgary speakers

Dr. Barbara Perry is a social science professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the director of the Centre on Hate, Bias and Extremism. She researches far-right extremist groups and wants to boost public awareness about what she describes as an escalating movement.

Published November 10, 2018


The Chronicle | Hate crime on the mind on campus and in community

Hate crime has been in the media spotlight after eleven lives were lost when a man opened fire in the Tree of Hope synagogue in Pittsburgh a week ago. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology's Barbara Perry, a professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, answered a call from CBC moments after the shooting.

Published November 5, 2018


CBC | Reflecting on a hate-filled week in the U.S.

Media interview with University of Ontario Institute of Technology hate crime researcher Dr. Barbara Perry regarding the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

Published October 28, 2018


CTV News | Pittsburgh synagogue shooting; connection to hate crime/extremist culture

Media interview with University of Ontario Institute of Technology hate crime researcher Dr. Barbara Perry regarding the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. 

Published October 27, 2018


The Hamilton Spectator | Rise of right-wing extremists presents new challenge for Canadian law enforcement agencies

Between 2015 and 2018, researcher Barbara Perry said she's observed a 20 to 25 per cent jump in the number of right-wing extremist groups active in Canada. Based on Perry's previous estimates, that would mean anywhere between 100 to 125 active right-wing extremist groups operating from coast to coast.

Published October 7, 2018


CBC The Passionate Eye | Right-wing extremist groups and hate crimes are growing in Canada 

Experts say Canadians should also be concerned about the rise of hate groups in this country. There are at minimum 130 active right-wing extremist groups across Canada, according to University of Ontario Institute of Technology researcher Dr. Barbara Perry, an expert on hate crime—a 30 per cent increase from 2015.

Published October 6, 2018


Durham Region News | Making an impact: Oshawa woman helping victims of crime find their voices

Lisa Freeman is hoping now to relay her experience to victim services workers and others with links to the justice system who can, in turn, help people prepare victim impact statements.

Applauding Freeman’s initiative is Hannah Scott, a professor in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. “She has affected a lot of change for victims,” Scott said of Freeman and her well-publicized efforts to advocate for victims’ rights.

Published October 4, 2018


Global News Durham | UOIT professor launches workplace bullying study

It’s a problem many don’t know how to detect: bullying in the workplace. But a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor is trying to make it a little more clear. “The actions of a bully can actually happen every single day and in small, in subtle ways,” said Dr. Hannah Scott, Professor in the university's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

Published August 29, 2018


CBC | Institutions are breeding grounds for violence, Laurier prof argues in new book

For four years, Kate Rossiter of Wilfrid Laurier University, along with co-author Jen Rinaldi, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, researched the experiences of people housed at the Huronia Regional Centre on the outskirts of Orillia, Ont., an institution for developmentally disabled children run by the Ontario government from 1876 to 2009.

Published August 23, 2018


Durham Radio News | PC plan to privatize marijuana sales gives black market opportunity to thrive: UOIT professor

Online cannabis sales will start October 17, 2018, and Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies at University of Ontario Institute of Technology Gary Genosko says the delay of opening actual shops until April gives the black market a chance to reconfigure.

Published August 22, 2018


Durham Radio News | UOIT professor asking for help in study of workplace bullying

Is your boss bringing you down? You can find out by taking an online survey.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology Professor Dr. Hannah Scott says some people don’t even know they’re being bullied at work. “One of the things we found in pre-testing is that people who took the survey were reading it going ‘Oh I didn’t know that was included in bullying,’ and ‘I didn’t realize how broad a spectrum bullying could be,'” said Scott. “It absolutely makes sense….Taking the survey actually became an educational tool for a lot of people.”

Published August 16, 2018


CBC News Channel | What's fuelling the rise of the alt-right? Q&A

White nationalists planned a rally in the U.S. capital on August 11,  one year after the deadly demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. What's fuelling the rise of the alt-right? Global hate crime expert Barbara Perry (University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and racial inequality researcher Sam Tecle cast their opinions and took questions on TV and on Facebook.

Published August 11, 2018


BBC | Why we hate using email but love sending texts

Sharon Lauricella is a professor of social science and humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology who’s been giving her mobile phone number to her students for the last 10 years. Have a question? Text me, she tells them.

“I want to meet students where they are,” she says. ”How can I have my students relate to me as a human being?”

Published August 6, 2018


iPolitics | Parliament Hill: marred by hate speech or a place for protest?

One silver lining of allowing divisive group to demonstrate on Parliament Hill is the public nature of the location. Barbara Perry, a professor of social science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, said though she doesn’t think they should be allowed to rally on the Hill, at least it’s a space where they can receive backlash.

Published August 2, 2018


National Post | Delete that tweet—or not? Vancouver city council candidate criticized for scrubbing Twitter posts

Twitter, in many ways, is deceptive, says Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. The social media platform asks its users to “appear personal and that you speak to the public in a personal way.”

Published July 25, 2018


PEW Charitable Trusts | Police are changing lineups to avoid false IDs

Researchers have been chronicling the inaccuracy of eyewitness identification at least as far back as the 1930s. One theme in the scholarship is that memory is not fixed. In the words of Brian Cutler, a prominent researcher into eyewitness identification at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, memory is “not like a tape recording.” Often, witnesses do not remember events as they were. Their memories can be influenced by later stimuli, such as police body language during the lineup.

Published July 13, 2018


The Globe and Mail | The incarceration of kids is not ‘summer camp’

Kate Rossiter is an Associate Professor in Public and Community Health at Wilfrid Laurier University. Jen Rinaldi is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Their book, Institutional Violence and Disability: Punishing Conditions, will be released in August.

Published June 28, 2018


CBC | Why Trump's threats could give Canada a trade advantage it never sought

According to central bank watcher Scott Aquanno from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, all three of those moves draw U.S. dollars out of the global system, creating an increasing shortage of capital.

Published June 13, 2018


Metroland News | Hate experts from around the world meet in Durham

Is the world entering a “new era of hatred?”

If you ask the experts who recently gathered at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, the answer is yes.

“In the era of post-Trump, post-Brexit, we really are seeing quite an upsurge in verbal and physical hatred toward marginalized communities,” says Dr. Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor and global hate crime expert.

Published June 4, 2018


Global News Durham | Durham Region hosting international hate studies conference

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology is hosting the 2018 INHS Conference. More than 120 researchers from all over the world will attend. Michael Davidson has more.

Published May 29, 2018


The World Weekly | The rise of Canada's far-right

Extreme and occasionally violent far-right groups have become increasingly prominent in Canada.

Published May 25, 2018


HuffPost | Trump And The American Far Right Stoke Hate In Canada

Hate crimes have increased, extremist groups are growing, and two mass killings shocked the country.

Published May 23, 2018


London Free Press | Do soaring statistics reflect growing awareness—or ‘hotbed’ of hate?

“Pegida has just been having a field day in London....That is creating an atmosphere that led this to fester and promotes not just verbal violence, but physical violence and property crime as well,” said Barbara Perry, a sociology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa.

Published May 18, 2018


Metroland News | For the defence: Lawyers who advocate for the accused

But lawyers who represent those accused of crimes—including those implicated in heinous acts—are working to ensure the integrity of our justice system, according to Sasha Baglay, an Associate Professor with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities and Director of the Legal Studies program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Published May 10, 2018


Voice of America | Canada van attack spotlights online men’s movement

Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor who has studied extremist groups for more than two decades, says masculinity remains central to the incel (largely male-dominated alt-right movement) ethos.

Published May 3, 2018


Talking Points Memo | Why Toronto attacker’s praise of Elliot Rodger would be no surprise

Barbara Perry, a University of Ontario Institute of Technology professor who has studied extremist groups for more than two decades, says masculinity remains central to the incel (largely male-dominated alt-right movement) ethos.

Published April 25, 2018


HuffPost | The Quebec mosque shooting shows a double standard for far-right extremism

“It’s quite clear from his browser history, from all that’s been reported, that he was very much inspired and influenced by the Trump-esque rhetoric,” said Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at University of Ontario Institute of Technology and expert on the far-right.  

“We would be making arguments about the role of the internet in radicalization if we were looking at someone’s Islamist-inspired extremism,” Perry said. “That seems to be a little watered down in this particular case.”

Published April 18, 2018


University Affairs | How do you solve a problem like contract cheating?

Alyson King, an assistant professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, created an online course to teach students about academic integrity. But Dr. King said the website is designed mainly to deal with accidental plagiarism, where students “don’t know what they don’t know.”

Published April 4, 2018


Canadian Innovation News | UOIT researcher examines how wearable tech will shape humanity

Dr. Isabel Pedersen isn't’t shy about asking uncomfortable questions when it comes to emerging technologies that can be carried, implanted, ingested or worn by humans. In fact, she’s made a career of it. The Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture has been interested in human-computer interactions since her teenage years playing Pac-Man in the Yonge Street arcades of downtown Toronto.

Published Spring 2018


Oregon Live | Deadly Hart crash stands out for experts who study family annihilators

Hannah Scott, a Professor of Criminology at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, said she published the only study specifically looking at female family annihilators.

Men are typically fueled by revenge or anger, Scott said. Financial crises, domestic violence and a recent divorce or estrangement are often cited as factors. That's not true for women. Mental illness or a reaction to years of battery or abuse are more commonly present, as are premeditated family slayings.

Published March 7, 2018


Metroland News | Durham cop's anti-Islam tweets are 'hate speech' says tribunal witness

Messages posted to Det.-Const. Richard Cain’s Twitter account—they included calling Islam the “religion of violence” and the Prophet Muhammad “a pedophile”—reinforce negative stereotypes about an already marginalized community, said prosecution witness Barbara Perry. “This is hate speech,” said Perry, a Professor with the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

Published January 31, 2018


The Hamilton Spectator | London terror suspect ‘brainwashed,’ prosecutors say. Can you blame the far-right online voices he read?

"There is growing recognition of the role that the indirect and direct narrative impacts of these sorts of speakers can have," said Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in an interview this week. 

Published January 27, 2018


The London Free Press | Police should move quickly to condemn blackface

The officer involved “needs to make a statement and take a stand to acknowledge she now understands this is problematic,” said Barbara Perry, a professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and a specialist in hate crimes.

Published January 3, 2018