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Opposition to anti-Islamophobia proposal proves its merits

As with last year’s absurd debate over M-103, the federal anti-Islamophobia motion, the opposition to a National Council of Canadian Muslims’ proposal appears to be a proxy for, or an attempt to pander to, more disturbing views. By Editorial Board Toronto Star | January 11, 2018 The Quebec politicians now fighting against a proposal to commemorate last year’s massacre of six Muslim men at a Quebec City mosque as an annual day of action against Islamophobia provide clear proof of the idea’s merit. As with last year’s absurd debate over M-103, the ...

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While Quebec Muslims mourn, politicians play word games

By Editorial Board The Globe and Mail | January 10, 2018 Linguists call it semantic change, whereby a word evolves to represent something other than its original meaning. An obvious example from our current political discourse is "Islamophobia." It's a noun, and not an especially inventive one, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force." Sounds straightforward enough, until someone asks the Coalition Avenir Québec, currently leading the polls ahead of next fall's Quebec provin...

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Muslim group asks for Jan. 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque shooting

CBC News | January 5, 2018 One of Canada's most prominent Muslim groups is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate the anniversary of the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting as an official day of remembrance. The National Council of Canadian Muslims wants Trudeau to endorse Jan. 29 as a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia. In a letter to the prime minister released today, executive director Ihsaan Gardee says such a designation would help enhance public education about hate, bigotry and Islamophobia. Last January, six Muslim men were ...

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Muslim groups asks for Jan. 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque shooting

By Janice Dickson iPolitics | January 5, 2018 As the Jan. 29 anniversary of the 2017 Quebec City mosque attack approaches, Muslim leaders are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate that date as a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.” The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) released an open letter addressed to Trudeau on Friday. “One year on, Canadian Muslim communities are still reeling from the devastating terrorist attack that claimed the lives of six Muslim men worshipping in their mosque — fathers, husbands and ...

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Study reveals Muslim children are routinely ridiculed for their beliefs and attacked verbally

By Megan Stacey London Free Press | December 27, 2017 Racial uglinesss and hatred, like the kind that’s repeatedly thrust London under a harsh spotlight in recent years, takes a toll. Just ask the local Muslim kids who were studied to see how that hostility plays out in their everyday lives. The fallout is so severe, some of the children say they’re even afraid to go to their mosques. That’s just one disturbing finding from a study done by Siham Elkassem, a child and family therapist at Vanier Children’s Centre in London. “A lot of the kids talked ...

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Inmate complaints on the rise over access to religious services

By David Burke CBC News | December 23, 2017 In prison, one of the only freedoms inmates have is to practise their religion — but in some cases, even that's getting harder to do. There's been an increase in the number of prisoners filing complaints to the Canadian Human Rights Commission about religious accommodation. Inmates are concerned about the delivery of spiritual services, the accommodation of spiritual practices and the observance of holy days, said Ivan Zinger, Canada's correctional investigator, the country's prison watchdog. Religious leaders ...

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Board member of anti-racism agency fired amid accusations of Islamophobic commentary

By Jennifer Yang Toronto Star | December 21, 2017 A board member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an arms-length federal government agency established to counteract racism, has been fired amid concerns over what Muslim advocacy groups describe as “Islamophobic commentary” and her “public association with purveyors of hateful propaganda.” Christine Douglass-Williams has been a board member since 2012 and her dismissal was confirmed on Wednesday to foundation chairperson Albert Lo. He said he was notified by the Department of Canadian Heritage, ...

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TVA apologizes for mosque story, says it will investigate ‘journalistic process’

By René Bruemmer Montreal Gazette | December 15, 2017 The TVA news network apologized Friday for a controversial and since debunked report on mosques banning women from a nearby construction site, but a national Muslim organization says the network needs to go further. At the mosques Friday, worshippers filled the halls and leaders praised the government and other media for their quick work to bring out the truth, but many said the damage wrought by the news report had already been done, once again stirring anti-Muslim sentiment and bringing fear and a sense of ...

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Intelligence reform needed to rebuild confidence, Muslim group tells MPs

By Jim Bronskill Canadian Press | December 12, 2017 OTTAWA — Reform of national security agencies — not just more oversight and review — is needed to rebuild confidence and trust, a national Muslim group says. The National Council of Canadian Muslims told MPs studying the Liberal government’s wide-ranging national security bill Tuesday that new watchdog powers won’t fix the “culture of impunity” and systemic ills within Canadian security agencies. The council’s executive director, Ihsaan Gardee, said the bill strengthens the security establishm...

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Quebec judge stays controversial face-cover law Bill 62

By Ingrid Peritz The Globe & Mail | December 1, 2017 A judge has suspended Quebec's requirement that people show their faces to obtain public services, dealing the province's controversial "religious neutrality" law its first legal setback. The Superior Court ruling on Friday means that, for now, people in Quebec who wear the Muslim niqab can continue accessing services such as taking the bus or borrowing a library book without showing their faces. Since the adoption of Bill 62 by the Quebec National Assembly in October, it has been illegal for anyone in the ...

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