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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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Webber Academy appeals $26K fine after denying Muslim student prayers

By Erika Tucker and Sarah Offin April 17, 2015 | Global News CALGARY – Calgary’s prestigious Webber Academy is appealing a decision by the Alberta Human Rights Commission to fine the private school $26,000 for not allowing two Muslim students to pray on campus grounds. In 2011, the two Grade 9 and 10 students were told their praying—which requires bowing and kneeling—was “too obvious” in a non-denominational school. The teens continued to hold their prayers in secret in the school, or even outside in the snow. They were then refused enrollment for ...

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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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