Racial Taunts Haunting Famed Pianist

Famed jazz pianist Oscar Peterson says that he and his family are being subjected to regular racial taunts and slurs near their home in a Toronto suburb. “Mr. Peterson, who was born in Montreal, has spent more than 50 years as an international jazz star, and has been honoured with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, an International Jazz Hall of Fame Award and entry into several halls of fame. In addition to being put on a stamp, Canada made him a companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian achievement. After living here for most of his life, Mr. Peterson said the past month’s experience has left him seriously considering moving to the West Indies.”