Calgary man charged with hate-motivated stalking

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A Calgary man has been charged with multiple counts of criminal harassment after the CPS hate crimes team investigated a number of hate-motivated threats.

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Calgary police say they received reports around 8 p.m. Oct. 11 that a man called and threatened staff and congregation at All Saints Russian Orthodox Church on 8 Ave. NE Police said the church was being targeted because of its Russian heritage and believed the threats were motivated by hate, a news release said on Thursday.

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On the same day, the CPS received four more reports of threats and harassment made against Russian-Calgarians. The ministry’s Hate Crimes and Extremism Unit investigated and found that all five reports were linked and were motivated by hate.

“We want to make it clear that hate crimes of any kind will not be tolerated in our city,” said Const. Matt Messenger. “Making threats to and harassing people because of their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, language, mental or physical ability, gender, age or any other similar factor are considered criminal offences.”

Christopher Duchaine, 36, of Calgary, has been charged with five counts of criminal harassment.

dshort@postmedia.com

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