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‘Hate is alive here’: Wife of beaten Mississauga man speaks out after attack

By Shanifa Nasser CBC News | July 18, 2018 It was supposed to be a peaceful summer evening outdoors with friends, but things took a frightening turn when a Mississauga, Ont., father of two was severely beaten in what Peel Regional Police confirm they are investigating as a hate-motivated crime. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims said in a statement Wednesday that it condemns "in the strongest possible terms the brutal assault," and called on authorities to prosecute those responsible "to the fullest extent of the law in order to send a strong ...

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Canadian Muslims face anxiety, uncertainty about crossing U.S. border

By Maham Abedi Global News | June 30, 2018 Muslims living in Canada often fear discrimination crossing the border into the U.S. — and some say that fear has increased under the administration of President Donald Trump. This week, the country’s Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s travel ban, which applies to predominantly Muslim-majority countries, wasn’t discriminatory. . . . Leila Nasr, who works with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), told Global News that the organization has heard from several people who don’t know what the ruling ...

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Quebec judge once again suspends application of province’s religious neutrality law

By Giuseppe Valiante The Canadian Press | June 28, 2018 Quebec’s law banning people from covering their faces when receiving or giving a public service cannot enter into force until it goes through judicial review because of the irreparable harm it will cause Muslim women, a judge ruled Thursday. It is the second time since December a Quebec judge has suspended the controversial section of the province’s religious neutrality law, which is being challenged in court by a national Muslim group and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Khalid Elgazzar, ...

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Anti-racism advocates fear Edson mosque arson is part of Islamophobia trend

By Hamdi Issaw StarMetro Edmonton | June 18, 2018 EDMONTON — A fire at a mosque in Edson on Saturday night has Alberta’s Muslim population concerned about rising anti-Islamic sentiments in the province. On Sunday, Edson RCMP announced it was investigating the incident as an arson. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims has registered the fire as an “anti-Muslim incident” on its website, which tracks and maps similar incidents across the country. The website recognizes the Edson incident as the 10th in Canada this year, and the fourth in ...

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Air travellers from Middle East, Africa, Caribbean more likely to face secondary inspection

By Glen McGregor CTV News | May 31, 2018 Airline passengers from the Middle East and countries where most people are black are more likely to face luggage searches or additional questioning by Canada Border Services agents than other travellers, a CTV News investigation has found. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims says the data confirm what it hears repeatedly from travellers -- that Muslims are subject to far greater scrutiny from security agencies, especially since the 9/11 attacks. “We get calls every other day, almost, from Muslims -- both ...

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Trump And The American Far Right Stoke Hate In Canada

By Nick Robins-Early Huffington Post | May 23, 2018 President Donald Trump is changing not just American politics. Canadians are increasingly concerned that the president’s nativist and anti-Muslim rhetoric is emboldening hate groups in a Canada, which has long prided itself on multiculturalism and tolerance. . . . “The number of far-right voices is increasing,” said Leila Nasr, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “They’ve become disproportionately loud.” Community groups and anti-hate advocates want authorities to take a ...

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New guidelines not enough to fix Quebec’s face-covering ban, lawyer says

By Jonathan Montpetit CBC News | May 12, 2018 Quebec's new guidelines on religious accommodation have failed to ease concerns about whether Muslim women will be able to access public services — such as riding a bus — if they wear a niqab or burka. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association also denounced the new guidelines, saying in a joint statement they would do nothing to "fix a law that is, at its core, discriminatory and unconstitutional." "Requiring Muslim women who wear the niqab to make an ...

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Should Quebec City mosque killer Alexandre Bissonnette have been charged with terrorism?

By Graeme Hamilton National Post | April 17, 2018 MONTREAL – It was a carefully planned assault on a Muslim place of worship triggered — the attacker acknowledged to police — by news that Canada was prepared to accept more refugees from Muslim countries. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims, though relieved Bissonnette pleaded guilty last month to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder, worries about a double standard when it comes to terrorism charges. “The NCCM does have continuing concerns around the way in which ...

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Proposed police uniform changes set off alarm bells in Quebec

Montreal politician’s call to adapt city’s police uniform for Sikh and Muslim officers is reviving a long-running debate in Quebec over the reasonable accommodation of religious minorities By Allan Woods Toronto Star | April 4, 2018 MONTREAL — Suggestions the Montreal Police should change its uniform to accommodate Sikh and Muslim officers have stoked the embers of a fiery debate in Quebec. Montreal politician Marvin Rotrand is urging the city to allow Sikh cops to wear turbans and Muslim officers to wear hijabs while on duty in order to attract more ...

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Quebec mosque shooting suspect Alexandre Bissonnette pleads guilty

By Les Perreaux The Globe and Mail | March 28, 2018 In the 48 hours after Alexandre Bissonnette stood in court to own up to the mass murder of six Muslim worshippers, a bloody act that showed Canadians an unexpected face of extremism, a question was asked repeatedly among the small group of people who knew about the plea, including the judge: Why would he admit guilt now? . . . “The reality is he went to a mosque, a place of worship, and admitted to first-degree murder with intent to kill people,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council ...

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