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Conservative bill would ban niqabs during citizenship ceremony

By: Debra Black, Immigration Reporter Toronto Star | June 19, 2015 Ottawa has introduced new legislation that requires all Canadian citizenship applicants to show their face while taking the oath of citizenship. The Oath of Citizenship Act, which was introduced Friday, is designed to make sure candidates are seen and heard reciting the oath of citizenship during ceremonies. The act would require all applicants to swear or affirm the oath of citizenship publicly and openly and in a way that others can verify both “aloud and with face uncovered.” The new act is ...

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Suspicion of Muslims real danger, activist says

Argues terrorist assumptions only add to extremism's lure By: Carol Sanders June 18, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press The biggest threat to Canadians isn't a young man in Charleswood drawn to violent extremism, but a government trying to paint Muslims as the enemy, says one leader of Winnipeg's Islamic community. "We've had so much thrown our way by this government," said Shahina Siddiqui, executive director of the Islamic Social Services Association. The latest comments she cites are from Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, who insinuated women who wear a ...

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Muslims only religious group to see increase in hate crimes: StatsCan

By Amanda Connolly | Jun 9, 2015 iPolitics Canadian Muslims were the only religious group that experienced an increase in hate crimes in 2013 according to new numbers released Tuesday by Statistics Canada — and community leaders say things have only gotten worse over the past year with the rise of ISIS and toxic political rhetoric. The 2013 report on police-reported hate crimes shows that overall, there was a 17 per cent drop in the number of hate crimes reported to police in Canada compared to during 2012: from 1,414 to 1,167. Just over half of those incidents ...

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Canadian Muslim group has launched a hate tracking website

By Arthur White | VICE News June 9, 2015 A Canadian Muslim advocacy group has launched a website to track Islamophobic vandalism, hijab pulling and similar forms of bigotry, as recent statistics show an uptick in hate crimes against Muslims between 2012 and 2013. Released Tuesday by Statistics Canada, the data revealed a 17 percent overall plunge in hate crimes reported to police during the one year period. But concerns remain for a number of groups who are still disproportionately targeted, including Muslims, blacks, and Jews, and for sexual minorities, who are ...

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Hate crimes targeting Muslims rose in 2013 but overall number of incidents fell: Statistics Canada

Postmedia News Douglas Quan | June 9, 2015 The number of hate crimes targeting Muslims went up in 2013 but fell for all other religious groups, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. Police reported 65 crimes motivated by anti-Muslim hate that year, 20 more than in 2012. Hate crimes against Jewish people were the most frequently reported, but the number of incidents dropped to 181 in 2013 from 242 in 2012. Compared with other religions, hate crimes against Muslims were more likely to be violent (33 per cent). Muslims also had the highest ...

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Muslim civil rights group to launch online hate-crime tracker

Online map will track anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes in real-time in an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to come forward with their experiences. By: Noor Javed, News Reporter Toronto Star | June 9, 2015 A Muslim national civil rights organization is launching an online map to track anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes in real-time in an effort to raise awareness and encourage people to come forward with their experiences. The National Council of Canadian Muslims says it believes many Muslims face discrimination and hate, but are reluctant to ...

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Islamic school apologizes after its all-male soccer team refuses to play opponent with female players

By Roger Belgrave Mississauga News | June 1, 2015 BRAMPTON — A Mississauga-based Islamic private school “regrets” girls on an opposing soccer team had to sit out of a game last week when religious beliefs and gender equality clashed on the playing field. The high school soccer game became a lightning rod for controversy after an all-male team fielded by the Muslim private school refused to play a team with female players. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), a civil liberties advocacy group, also weighed in on the issue Friday. The ...

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Canadian youth with ‘identity issues’ drawn to radicalization: expert

CTV News | May 20, 2015 The RCMP is continuing its investigation to determine whether a group of Quebecers arrested over the weekend is linked to a wider terrorist network. Authorities questioned and released 10 Montreal-area youths suspected of wanting to join Islamic State militants in the Middle East. The youths were arrested at Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport last weekend just as they were about to board a flight bound for Syria. . . . Amira Elghawaby, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, told CTV News Channel that ...

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Harper not backing down on Omar Khadr

The Canadian Press | May 8, 2015 OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper sounded an unrepentant note Friday about his Conservative government’s failed efforts to keep former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr behind bars. . . . After his release on bail Thursday, he [Khadr] offered a comment on Harper’s hardline stance: “I’m going to have to disappoint him, I’m better than the person he thinks I am.” In an ad hoc press conference in the driveway of his lawyer Dennis Edney on Thursday, Khadr also apologized for the pain he has caused in some of his ...

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Omar Khadr released on bail

Steven Blaney says he regrets 'that a convicted terrorist has been allowed back into society' CBC News | May 07, 2015 Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says his Conservative government is not happy that Omar Khadr was freed on bail by an Edmonton judge. "We are disappointed by the decisions of the court, because we feel that victims should be considered in those decisions," he said from the Dorval airport in Quebec. . . . National Muslim council reacts The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) was quick to react to the news that Khadr had been ...

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