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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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Stitching it together: Reflections on Danforth from a Muslim Surgeon

Written by Haneen Al-Hassoun, NCCM Intern Dr. Najma Ahmed, a Muslim trauma surgeon at St. Mike’s Hospital in Toronto saved the lives of the same people shot by Danforth shooter, Faisal Hussain – also a Muslim. Dr. Ahmed was the on-call trauma surgeon on the horrific night of July 22 when a senseless shooting spree claimed the lives of an 18-year-old woman and 10-year-old girl. Several others were wounded. The team at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was so inspired by Dr. Ahmed’s story, and spoke with her about what it meant to her to be a ...

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Anti-Islam group postpones rally at Nathan Phillips Square

By Premila D'Sa and Claire Floody Toronto Star | August 9, 2018 An anti-Islam organization has postponed a rally scheduled for Saturday after drawing widespread condemnation from organizations and Toronto city councillors. The World Coalition Against Islam, a Calgary-based far-right group, planned to gather at Nathan Phillips Square for what would have been its first rally in Ontario. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and other community organizations had planned to hold a news conference Friday at city hall ...

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Whitby woman speaks out after allegedly being confronted over her hijab

By Jasmine Pazzano Global News | August 2, 2018 A mother of four from Whitby, Ont., says a complete stranger hurled insults at her for wearing a hijab, an alleged incident that is now at the centre of a Durham police investigation. . . . The alleged Whitby encounter is just one of the latest in a string of suspected incidents against Muslims across the Greater Toronto Area. “What we’re seeing really concerns us,” said Leila Nasr of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “We’ve had nine hate crimes or hate incidents reported to us in the month of ...

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Attacks against Canada’s Muslims spike after Danforth shooting

By Victor Ferreira National Post | August 1, 2018 Less than 24 hours after Faisal Hussain opened fire in Toronto’s Greektown, a middle-aged white man approached a visibly Muslim family at the city’s ferry docks, pushed two men and screamed: “Where the f— are you from?” . . . In the wake of the Danforth shooting, there’s been a spike in hate-related incidents targeting Muslims across Canada, according to the National Council of Canadian Muslims. Although the average number of recorded incidents between April and June was 1.5, the Muslim council says ...

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Canada’s criminal code doesn’t mention ‘hate crime’ — so how do we hold people accountable?

By Maham Abedi Global News | July 20, 2018 A 38-year-old Muslim father is in hospital after being beaten in what police are investigating as a “hate-motivated crime.” . . . Leila Nasr, who works with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), explained to Global News that it’s important to remember these numbers offer a limited perspective into the issue. “The numbers we might actually be seeing from police regarding hate crimes in Canada, it might just be a small fraction or the tip of the iceberg of what we’re actually seeing in reality,” ...

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Attack on Muslim man in Mississauga appears to have been motivated by hate: police

By Nicole Thompson The Canadian Press | July 18, 2018 An attack in southern Ontario that sent a Muslim man to hospital appears to have been motivated by hate, police said Wednesday, as his family tried to come to grips with the incident. . . . The incident has drawn the attention of various Muslim groups, including the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “We are extremely appalled by this horrific assault and our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, their family and the local Muslim community,” Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the council, said ...

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