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Tories unrepentant for ‘McCarthyesque’ attacks on security bill critics

By Ian MacLeod, OTTAWA CITIZEN March 13, 2015 Conservative MPs ignored opposition demands Friday to apologize to some of Canada’s leading environmentalists, civil liberty advocates and Muslims for remarks that appeared to insinuate critics were national security threats because they spoke out against the government’s security legislation... The harsh remarks led the head of a group representing some of Canada’s Muslims to accuse veteran Conservative MP Diane Ablonczy of engaging in “McCarthyesque” tactics, a reference to U.S. Republican Sen. Joseph ...

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Muslim group denounces Kenney’s misrepresentation of photos as “corrosive”

By Glen McGregor, OTTAWA CITIZEN March 10, 2015 Defence Minister Jason Kenney’s misrepresentation of photos of a Muslim religious ceremony to bolster support for the war against ISIS is “corrosive” and “inflammatory,” a group representing Canadian Muslims said Tuesday. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims called Kenney’s Twitter message “another example of our elected leaders, at best, ignorantly conflating Islam and Muslims with extremism and terrorism, and at worst, deliberately attempting to score political points by stoking divisions ...

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Muslim school holiday recognition unlikely in Canada

NYC schools will close for Muslim holidays Eid al-Adha, Eid al-Fitr, Mayor Bill de Blasio says By Aleksandra Sagan, CBC News March 7, 2015 Despite a move by New York City to close its schools for two Muslim holidays starting next fall, it's unlikely anyone but Muslim Canadian students will be allowed to miss those school days north of the border. But some wonder if at least some Canadian schools should follow the Big Apple's lead. When New York City schools close their doors for Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan), ...

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Disney vacation turns to nightmare for Mississauga family

By: Nicholas Keung, Immigration reporter Toronto Star | March 3, 2015 A Mississauga family says a dream trip to Disney World in February turned into a nightmare after they were held by U.S. customs at Pearson airport, denied entry and paraded in public before returning home. Firas Al-Rawi, an emergency room doctor at Toronto General Hospital, said he booked the Family Day holiday trip in early December so his wife and children could join him at a professional conference in Orlando that week. The family had taken numerous trips to the United States by air and car ...

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Muslim groups urge politicians to uphold Canada’s constitutional values

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press February 27, 2015 OTTAWA - A Quebec judge's refusal to hear testimony from a woman in a hijab has become the latest flash point in an increasingly tense relationship between Canadian Muslims and their governments. Critics are accusing the Conservative government of fostering a combative attitude towards Islam that's reflected in legislation, party fundraising and public remarks by senior Tories, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. But while none went so far as to suggest the Quebec judge's decision was a direct ...

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Hijab-wearing woman should be allowed to testify, Harper spokesman says

Quebec Judge Eliana Marengo's refusal to hear case of woman wearing headscarf sparks widespread debate CBC News | February 27, 2015 Prime Minister Stephen Harper doesn't agree with a Quebec Court judge's controversial decision to refuse to hear a woman's case because she was wearing a hijab, a spokesman says. "If someone is not covering their face, we believe they should be allowed to testify," Harper spokesman Stephen Lecce said in a one-line statement. The comment comes following a CBC News report Thursday that Judge Eliana Marengo told a woman in a Montreal ...

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End to the war of words

Shanifa Nasser, National Post | February 21, 2015 At a conference to combat radicalization held last week in Toronto, a prominent local imam called on the federal government to stop using language linking Islam to terror. “Lead by example, change the rhetoric, and stop saying these words. They hurt,” said Dr. Hamid Slimi, former chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams and current chairman of the Muslim seminary, the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies. The plea, met with overwhelming applause, referred specifically to remarks made by Prime Minister Stephen ...

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Niqab appeal by Ottawa is questioned over motivation

By Andrew Foote, CBC News | February 13, 2015 Critics are questioning the motivation behind the federal government's decision to appeal a judge's ruling that allows women to wear a face-concealing niqab while taking the oath of citizenship. A Federal Court judge said last Friday that Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani woman now living in Mississauga, did not have to remove her niqab when taking the oath of citizenship, ruling that the law only requires someone to sign a form saying they've taken the oath. . . . Amira Elghawaby, human rights coordinator at the National ...

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Could feds’ anti-terror rhetoric hurt counter-terror strategies?

By Anna Mehler Paperny Global News | February 5, 2015 People who try to prevent radicalization of youth in Muslim communities say rhetoric around the federal Conservatives’ new anti-terror bill, and the way the Prime Minister presented it, makes their job harder. . . . Another comment by Harper that day — “It doesn’t matter what the age of the person is, or whether they’re in a basement, or whether they’re in a mosque or somewhere else” — prompted some high-profile Muslim organizations, including the National Council of Canadian Muslims, to ask ...

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Muslim groups ‘troubled’ by Stephen Harper’s mosque remark

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair decries prime minister's comment as a form of Islamophobia By Laura Payton, CBC News February 2, 2015 Two national Muslim organizations say they are troubled that Prime Minister Stephen Harper last week drew a link between radicalization and mosques. Harper made the remark last Friday when he was answering a question about the Canadian government's new anti-terrorism legislation. The measures unveiled in Bill C-51 include criminalizing advocacy for or promotion of a terrorist act. Another measure lowers the threshold needed for police to ...

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