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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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Ottawa urged to help mosques, synagogues and religious schools prepare for attacks

By Bruce Campion-Smith Toronto Star | February 6, 2019 OTTAWA — When a gunman opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue, there were some in the congregation who knew how to react. . . . Leila Nasr, communications co-ordinator at the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said her group has not made any recommendations for the coming budget. But she said the program is well used by Muslim communities, especially in the wake of the mosque shooting. She said mosques and other institutions are often the target of incidents that don’t make the news but threaten the ...

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Amid controversy, Premier Legault admits Islamophobia exists in Quebec

By Philip Authier Montreal Gazette | February 1, 2019 Premier François Legault has backed away from his remarks on Islamophobia, after sparking a controversy by saying it does not exist in Quebec. . . . On Friday morning, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) called on Legault to retract the comment, which he made after a caucus meeting of Coalition Avenir Québec MNAs in Gatineau. He had been explaining why he felt there was no reason to designate Jan. 29 — the date six Muslim men were murdered in a mass shooting in ...

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Muslim groups denounce Quebec Premier Legault’s statements on Islamophobia

The Globe and Mail | February 1, 2018 Premier Francois Legault’s statement that Islamophobia does not exist in Quebec was denounced by Muslim groups as “offensive and inexcusable,” prompting Legault to clarify his statements on Friday. The National Council of Canadian Muslims called on Legault to retract the remarks made Thursday, two days after the second anniversary of a mosque shooting that killed six Muslim men in Quebec City. Ihsaan Gardee, the group’s executive director, said in a statement late Thursday that Legault’s comments “are an absolute ...

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‘It could have been us’: Canadians rally on two-year anniversary of mosque massacre

By Jillian Kestler-D'Amours Middle East Eye | January 29, 2019 . . . Leila Nasr, communications coordinator for the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), said Muslim communities across Canada are in a sombre mood on the two-year anniversary of the attack. “We're sort of in this period of reflection on what happened in the past, but then also anxiety on what's about to come in the future,” she told Middle East Eye, pointing to the fact that Bissonnette’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for early February. Nasr said the conversation in the immediate ...

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Muslim group unsurprised by sharp rise in hate crimes

By Laurie Fagan CBC News | November 30, 2018 The head of a national Muslim group based in Ottawa says he's not surprised to learn the number of hate crimes reported to police in Ontario and Quebec jumped dramatically last year. . . . Quebec reported a 50 per cent jump over the same period, with hate crimes rising from 327 in 2016 to 489 in 2017. That increase in attributed largely to crimes against the province's Muslim population, peaking in February 2017, the month following the mass shooting that killed six people at a Quebec City mosque. That trend was ...

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Muslims formed human ‘rings of peace’ to protect synagogues in Canada

By Christina Maxouris and Brandon Griggs CNN | November 6, 2018 After a deadly attack last year on a mosque in Quebec, Christians and Jews formed human "rings of peace" around mosques across Canada to help Muslim worshippers feel safer on their way in. This past weekend, Muslims did the same for six synagogues in Toronto. Several hundred people, arriving in busloads from different mosques, stood shoulder to shoulder around the synagogues with one very clear message. "We're here for you," Fatima Sajan said. Sajan was one of the organizers with the National ...

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Muslims Surround Toronto Synagogues With Protective ‘Rings Of Peace’

By Liz Haq Huffington Post Canada | November 3, 2018 People from various faiths came together in a moving act of solidarity for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, as well as a show of strength and protection for Jewish people across Canada. Numerous "Rings of Peace" were formed around Toronto synagogues on Friday night and Saturday morning, made up of multi-faith worshippers standing shoulder-to-shoulder and joining hands. The events were organized by the National Council of Canadian Muslims in partnership with mosques ...

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Woman wearing hijab was entitled to testify, Quebec top court rules

By Ingrid Peritz & Les Perreaux The Globe and Mail | October 3, 2018 ... Ms. El-Alloul’s case was taken up by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which backed a court challenge to seek a legal opinion on the matter. An initial Superior Court ruling found that while Justice Marengo’s arguments went against the principles of religious freedom, a judicial opinion would interfere with the authority of individual judges. But the Court of Appeal overturned that ruling. It said that Justice Judge Marengo had made an "erroneous” interpretation of the rules on ...

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Ford finally names white nationalist Faith Goldy in denouncing hate speech

By Kristin Rushowy Toronto Star | September 26, 2018 After three days of furor over a photo of Doug Ford posing with a white nationalist, the premier took to social media Wednesday to denounce hate speech — saying he won’t tolerate it from anyone, including Faith Goldy. “I have been clear. I condemn hate speech, anti-Semitism and racism in all forms — be it from Faith Goldy or anyone else,” the premier tweeted at midday regarding the controversial Toronto mayoral candidate, who had posted the picture taken at the Ford Fest barbecue on the weekend. . . ...

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