Canadian Labour Congress and Muslim group accuse Scheer of emboldening far-right actors

By Michelle Zilio The Globe and Mail | March 21, 2019 The leaders of Canada’s largest labour organization and a prominent national Muslim group say Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is emboldening far-right extremists by failing to call out Islamophobia following the New Zealand mosque shootings and attending events with people who promote hate speech. . . . Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), said Mr. Scheer’s initial decision to avoid saying that the victims were Muslims and the attacks took place at ...

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After New Zealand, Tory cancels event with anti-Muslim speaker

By Janice Dickson The Globe and Mail | March 16, 2019 Conservative MP Garnett Genuis says after the pair of deadly attacks in New Zealand he will no longer host an event on Parliament Hill featuring a guest speaker who drew sharp criticism from the Muslim community. Muslim advocates said the guest speaker, Baroness Caroline Cox, promotes hate against Muslims, and she has also been accused of supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. . . . Ihsaan Gardee, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said his organization wrote to both ...

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Tory leader issues new statement on attacks including mention of Muslims

By Mia Rabson The Canadian Press | March 15, 2019 OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer issued two statements on the terrorist attacks in New Zealand on Friday — the second after being criticized for not mentioning in the first that the attack was against Muslims at mosques during their Friday prayers. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims criticized the omission in a statement Friday afternoon. “While some of our elected leaders sadly choose not to mention ‘Muslim’ or ‘mosque’ while denouncing the Christchurch attacks, the ...

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NCCM Condemns Horrific Terrorist Attacks on New Zealand Mosques

-For Immediate Release- Urges increased security measures and precautions at Canadian mosques and Islamic centres (Ottawa – March 15, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, condemns the devastating terrorist attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that claimed the lives of at least forty-nine Muslim worshippers and injured 48 more. "We denounce in the strongest possible terms the hate-driven carnage inflicted on the Muslim community in New Zealand. We mourn for the lives of the ...

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DO YOU KNOW YOUR RIGHTS?

The NCCM team is going on tour! Join us for an empowering human rights training session in a city near you as we launch our new 'Know Your Rights' guide. Understanding your rights and responsibilities as a Muslim in Canada is essential to being able to effectively advocate for yourself and others in your community. That's why we're travelling across the country to bring our flagship 'Know Your Rights' workshop directly to you. In these sessions, you'll learn about your rights in the workplace (such as the right to religious accommodation including prayer time or dress ...

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NCCM Fundraising Dinner 2019

Join us, along with special guests Mo Amer and Mehdi Hasan, for an evening of laughter and political perspective as we raise money to support the work of the NCCM! The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is proud to be hosting a well-anticipated fundraising dinner in Toronto on April 26, 2019. This year, we will be bringing two well-known guests: Mo Amer, a Palestinian-American comedian famous for his Netflix special 'The Vagabond', and Mehdi Hasan, prominent journalist, broadcaster and author. Together, they are sure to create a memorable evening for us ...

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‘Beyond the Single Story’: A Retreat for Canadian Muslim Storytellers

There are two contexts in which Muslims are typically highlighted in mainstream media: when they have been accused of terrorism, or when they have been the victim of a hate crime. But last month, the NCCM brought together some 25+ Canadian Muslim artists, writers, journalists, poets and other creatives from across the country to go beyond these ‘single story’ narratives often told about Muslim communities, and learn new strategies for building their craft as storytellers. Entitled ‘Beyond the Single Story: Strategies for Canadian Muslim Storytellers’, this ...

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NCCM Responds to Supreme Court Dismissal of Webber Academy Case on Religious Accommodation

-For Immediate Release- Decision means complainants must re-litigate reasonable accommodation case 8 years on (Ottawa - February 28, 2019) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, today expressed its disappointment at yet another delay of justice in the Webber Academy case. The case involves two Canadian Muslim students whose constitutionally protected rights to religious accommodation were denied when they were prevented from praying at Webber Academy, a non-denominational private school in Calgary. ...

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The Bissonnette sentencing doesn’t bring closure on Islamophobia

By Ihsaan Gardee The Globe and Mail | February 11, 2019 Ihsaan Gardee is the executive director, National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). Entering the Québec City courthouse on the day mosque shooter Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced, I was cast back in time to another day: when I arrived at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec, the morning after the heinous attack. The street was eerily quiet with only the lights from police cars betraying the violent tragedy that had occurred hours before. What I remember most was the fortitude of the survivors and ...

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Quebec mosque gunman Alexandre Bissonnette sentenced to life in prison

By Ingrid Peritz Globe and Mail | February 8, 2019 Alexandre Bissonnette, who massacred six men at a Quebec City mosque in what a judge called an act of “visceral hate” toward Muslim immigrants, was sentenced Friday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 40 years. . . . Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said the sentence “came as a surprise to many.” “Many people were hoping that a strong sentence would send a message that hate crimes would be taken seriously,” Mr. Gardee said. “Some of them ...

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