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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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Mosque shooting: Relief at the guilty verdict, but the grief remains strong

Montreal Gazette | March 28, 2018 QUEBEC — For the Muslim community in Quebec City and the families of the many victims, Alexandre Bissonnette’s guilty pleas brought a measure of relief Wednesday. . . . “You have to take (his denial of Islamophobia) with a grain of salt, and you have to wonder about that,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “He deliberately chose a mosque, a place of worship, to go in and attack a group of unarmed civilians, essentially shooting them in the back as they were standing in ...

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Letter: Neither censorship nor hate is acceptable

Vancouver Sun | March 2, 2018 Re: Criticism of religious groups is good for religion, Opinion, Feb. 12. David Haskell’s recent piece misrepresents positions taken by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). The NCCM in no way seeks to shield the Islamic faith, or any other belief system, from criticism. Moreover, the NCCM didn’t endorse the initial definition of Islamophobia used by the Toronto District School Board in its educator’s guidebook. In fact, our organization advised that the definition used by the Ontario Human Rights Commission should be ...

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Parents, Muslim group welcome budget’s $81 million for federal no-fly fixes

By Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press | February 28, 2018 OTTAWA — Parents of young children and a national Muslim group are welcoming a federal budget commitment to address fairness and privacy concerns with Canada’s no-fly list. The budget sets aside $81.4 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $14 million a year ongoing, to remake the much-maligned no-fly program. The money will go to the Canada Border Services Agency, Public Safety and Transport Canada. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims called the federal plan “a welcome step ...

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Fundraiser for Quebec man paralyzed in mosque shooting reaches $400,000 goal

By Morgan Lowrie The Canadian Press | February 9, 2018 MONTREAL – A fundraiser launched to help finance a new home for a man paralyzed in last year’s Quebec City mosque shooting surpassed its $400,000 goal on Friday. . . . Reached for reaction, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims said he “couldn’t think of any better news to get on a Friday.” “It has really shown what Canada is really about, and the values of inclusivity and acceptance and standing up to hatred and division,” Ihsaan Gardee said in a phone intervie...

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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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