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Local Muslims pray for peace, end to extremism

ISIS violence in Iraq an affront to their faith By Carol Sanders | Winnipeg Free Press August 23, 2014 Local and national Muslim leaders are denouncing the atrocities of ISIS terrorists and pledging support for federal government efforts to protect Canadians in the region. "We call on the federal government to take all measures to ensure the safety of any Canadians in the region, and to continue to promote the safety and well-being of all religious minorities," the National Council of Canadian Muslims said in statement Friday. "Our thoughts and prayers are ...

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The tenuous human bridges in Canada’s fight against ‘homegrown’ terror

By Laura Broadley | Global News August 6, 2014 Twice in the past few weeks, families have approached Hussein Hamdani with a dilemma. They’re worried their children want to go fight in Syria, and they don’t know what to do: Leery of law enforcement on the one hand, they also don’t want their kids to die among extremists in a foreign country. The Hamilton lawyer is used to this: He and counterparts across Canada have become de facto human bridges between community members concerned about troubled youth and police on alert for so-called “homegrown” terror ...

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Police investigating attack as possible hate crime

By Nicole O'Reilly | Hamilton Spectator July 17, 2014 Two McMaster engineering graduates were attacked on their way home from a late-night prayer session at the Downtown Mosque Thursday. Hamilton police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. The Muslim community is "shaken" by the attack, especially since it happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said in a press release Thursday night. "Such hateful and cowardly acts are abhorrent to all Canadians who stand united in condemning all ...

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Muslim group demands Doug Ford retract ‘jihad’ remarks

Showwei Chu CityNews Toronto | July 4, 2014 The National Council of Canadian Muslims, an Ottawa-based Muslim civil liberties advocacy organization, condemned “jihad” remarks that Councillor Doug Ford made this week. On Thursday, the Toronto Sun asked Ford about an integrity commissioner complaint filed against him recently by a father of an autistic child who took issue with his comments about a group home. The councillor replied, “It is a full out jihad against us right now.” He also took issue with a line of questioning by CityNews reporter Cynthia ...

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Calgary man ‘seemed like a regular guy’ before he became a suicide bomber in Iraq

Stewart Bell National Post | June 4, 2014 A suicide bomber who attacked an Iraqi army base last November was a Calgary business analyst who disappeared after his wife divorced him, friends said Wednesday amid rising concerns about the flow of Canadians to overseas terror groups. Those who knew Salman Ashrafi in Calgary said they had lost all contact with him after he left Canada in late 2012. And now they know why: He apparently died seven months ago after detonating a car bomb north of Baghdad.... . . . . In a statement Wednesday, the National Council of ...

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Muslim group proceeds with libel suit against Stephen Harper and spokesman over ‘terrorist’ comment

National Council of Canadian Muslims files statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court after failing to get apology from Prime Minister’s Office for comment linking organization to terrorist group. Toronto Star | May 26, 2014 OTTAWA — A national Muslim council is proceeding with a lawsuit against Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his chief spokesman for allegedly linking the organization to a terrorist group. The National Council of Canadian Muslims has filed a statement of claim in Ontario Superior Court after failing to get an apology from the ...

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Canadian plea for release of Al Jazeera staff

Thomas Mulcair, the leader of Canada's official opposition, has urged the country's prime minister to help secure the release of Al Jazeera staff being held in an Egyptian prison. In a letter sent to the prime minister's office on Wednesday, Mulcair said that Al Jazeera's Mohamed Fahmy, a Canadian citizen, and two of his colleagues were "imprisoned for the peaceful expression of their right to free speech". "Canada needs to send a strong message to the government of Egypt to respect human rights and defend freedom of expression," the MP wrote. Mohamed Fahmy and ...

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Muslim groups call on Quebec government to rebuild bridges after divisive charter debate

MONTREAL — Religious groups that felt targeted during the divisive debate over the Parti Québécois’s proposed charter of values have called on premier-elect Philippe Couillard to help mend fences between Quebecers and restore the province’s reputation as a welcoming place for immigrants. “They need to continue to communicate the message that Quebec is a welcoming and open society and that people who come to Quebec will not have to choose between their religious identity and their potential employment,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National ...

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Montreal-area candidate steps down after anti-Islam Facebook post

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS ST-NICOLAS, Que. - A Parti Quebecois candidate pulled out of the provincial election campaign Thursday after posting a graphically worded anti-Islamic message on his Facebook page. Jean Carriere stepped aside after the photo started to make the rounds on social media Wednesday. The photo was of a half-naked white woman holding up her middle finger with the words "(expletive) Islam." Carriere told a Radio-Canada journalist he posted the photo because he felt it was pro-feminist. PQ Leader Pauline Marois confirmed Thursday ...

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In dispute with Muslim organization, PMO wrong to allege skeletons in the closet

By: Natalie Brender  Toronto Star | February 25, 2014 Never forget: these are charged words for Canada’s ethnic or religious groups when it comes to keeping alive the memory of historical atrocities “back home.” But they’re also charged words, in more problematic ways when they’re used to justify grudge-holding and witch-hunts against individuals or groups who may have said inflammatory things in the past that no longer reflect their present positions. When this plays itself out against the background of global conflicts and ethnic groups within Canada, it ...

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