News Releases & Statements


NCCM condemns horrific shooting at Pittsburgh Synagogue

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa - October 27, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) categorically denounces today's devastating attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that claimed the lives of several Jewish worshippers. Law enforcement in the United States have said the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, with many noting this may be the deadliest antisemitic attack in the country’s history. “With heavy hearts, we extend our deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters in the Jewish community following ...

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(Eng/Fre): Quebec Court of Appeal Upholds Religious Freedom in Hijab Case

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - NCCM says decision in favour of Rania El-Alloul is “a significant victory for fundamental rights and freedoms” (Montreal – October 3, 2018) The Quebec Court of Appeal today issued its decision in the case of Rania El-Alloul, definitively ruling that no person can be prohibited from wearing their hijab in the courtroom if it is worn on the basis of their sincerely held religious belief and does not conflict with an overriding public interest. In 2016, a Quebec Superior Court judge ruled that Montreal resident ...

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NCCM, UARR & Other Community Groups Denounce Planned Hate Rallies in Toronto

-For Immediate Release- (Toronto – September 7, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) categorically condemn the rallies due to be held in Toronto on Saturday September 8 by Pegida Canada and on September 9 by the Canadian Combat Coalition. While ostensibly about commemorating the 9/11 attacks and in remembrance of the “victims of Islamism”, the Islamophobic and anti-immigrant and xenophobic rhetoric employed regularly by both groups is deeply troubling. Pegida Canada is an offshoot of the European ...

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NCCM, UARR Welcome WCAI Decision to Postpone Hate Rally

(Toronto - August 9, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR) welcome news of the postponement of an anti-Muslim hate rally which was due to be held in Toronto on Saturday August 11 by the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Coalition Against Islam” (WCAI). The NCCM, UARR and a consortium of community organizations were due to hold a News Conference at Toronto City Hall to denounce this rally on Friday morning. This conference is now cancelled. “While we welcome the postponement of the planned rally, we note ...

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NCCM Condemns Horrific Shooting in Toronto

- For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – July 23, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, categorically condemns the repulsive attack last night in Toronto. According to police and media reports, a gunman opened fire on a bustling street in the Danforth area, shooting fifteen people. Two victims have died. Toronto Police are continuing to investigate, but have identified the shooter as Faisal Hussain. “We are shocked and angered by this shooting attack in Toronto. This was a horrific act of violence. ...

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NCCM Denounces Hate-Motivated Assault of Mississauga Man

-For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – July 18, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, condemns in the strongest possible terms the brutal assault of a Mississauga man, Muhammad Abu Marzouk, near the Mississauga Valley Community Centre on Sunday night following a picnic with his family. According to media reports, Mr. Marzouk and his family - including his wife and two young daughters - were returning home when two men who were passing began kicking the victim’s car, shouting at the family ...

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EN/FR: NCCM & CCLA Successfully Obtain Renewed Stay Against Quebec’s Bill 62 / Le CNMC et l’ACLC parviennent à obtenir un autre sursis sur l’adoption du projet de loi 62 du gouvernement du Québec

Le texte français suivra - For Immediate Release - (Ottawa – June 29, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, have successfully obtained a further stay of section 10 of Quebec’s religious neutrality law, commonly known as Bill 62. Last December, the Quebec Superior Court granted the NCCM and CCLA an interim stay until July 1, 2018, pending the Quebec government’s release of official guidelines governing how the restriction on face ...

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NCCM Condemns Arson Attack On Alberta Mosque

Welcomes RCMP Decision to Treat As Hate Crime -For Immediate Release- (Ottawa – June 17, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties & advocacy organization, condemns in the strongest terms the brazen arson attack on the Edson mosque in Alberta late on Saturday evening. Security footage outside the mosque showed a person in a black hoodie, holding a red jerry can, leaving the premises shortly after 11PM. The blaze burned for approximately fifteen minutes before firefighters arrived at the scene to extinguish it. "We ...

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NCCM Denounces Islamophobic Vandalism at Scarborough School

Welcomes Swift Action by City Staff & Police (Ottawa – May 22, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a prominent civil liberties and advocacy organization, denounces the vandalism of an Islamic school in Scarborough over the long weekend. Police confirmed they responded to a call regarding the incident on Monday morning after a city councillor who was passing by noticed the spray-painted graffiti on the side wall of the Wali ul Asr school. The graffiti contained racist and deeply offensive terminology. “We strongly condemn the Islamophobic ...

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EN/FR: NCCM & CCLA: Bill 62 Guidelines Cannot Save An Unconstitutional Law / Le CNMC et l’ACLC affirment d’une même voix que les lignes directrices du projet de loi n° 62 ne peuvent pas sauver une loi inconstitutionnelle

Le texte français suivra (Ottawa - May 11, 2018) The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, say recently issued guidelines for granting exemptions under Quebec’s Bill 62 “niqab ban” are inherently problematic and do nothing to save a law that is fundamentally unconstitutional. Last October, the NCCM and CCLA filed a lawsuit seeking a stay on the application of Section 10 of the new law, which requires individuals to uncover their faces in order ...

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