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Quebec’s bill to ban religious symbols sparks condemnation

By Les Perreaux The Globe and Mail | March 28, 2019 Waves of condemnation washed over Quebec’s move Thursday to ban some public-sector workers from wearing religiously symbolic articles, despite Premier François Legault’s attempt to pacify the issue with a grandfather clause exempting current employees who stay in the same job. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims called the legislation discriminatory and regressive. Executive director Ihsaan Gardee said the timing of Quebec’s law was troubling. “We’re concerned about how it might embolden ...

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Police investigating after mosque receives ‘troubling’ letter

By Julia Page CBC News | March 26, 2019 The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) is calling on people to speak out and help track Islamophobic incidents across Canada, in response to a "disturbing" letter sent last week to a mosque in Lévis, Que. . . . The executive director of NCCM, Ihsaan Gardee, said the letter may meet the definition of a hate crime, because its underlying message is "you're not welcome here," and "you don't have a right to have a voice to advocate on behalf of your communities." That notion goes against the idea of equality of ...

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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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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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