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 ...
By DYLAN ROBERTSON
Ottawa Citizen | January 29, 2015
Following the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month, Prime Minister Stephen Harper cranked up his rhetoric.
“We will not be intimidated by jihadist terrorists,” said Harper during an appearance in a Vancouver suburb, adding that “the international jihadist movement has declared war” on Canada and its allies.
Now, just a few weeks later, the term “jihad,” or “jihadi” has become a routine part of the government’s speaking notes. This vocabulary – along with terms such as “Islamist...
By Matthew Coutts | Daily Brew - Yahoo Canada News
January 7, 2015
The 12 people killed in the Paris terrorist attack, including journalists, police and political cartoonists, are being mourned across Canada and the globe...
Leaders in Canada’s Muslim community were also speaking out against the attack in France, and voicing concern that their peaceful religion could be hurt by to the barbaric action of extremists...
And the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) said justice must be served immediately.
“We are absolutely shocked and horrified by what ...
Joanne Schnurr | CTV News Ottawa
January 7, 2015
Reaction to the tragedy in Paris has been swift and sympathetic on this side of the Atlantic. Residents in Ottawa gathered in the biting cold outside the French Embassy on Sussex Drive Wednesday evening to honor those killed. Ottawa has sadly shared in the pain of a terrorist attack. And so Canadians and Ottawa residents were quick to reach out to their French allies and open their hearts. Outside the French embassy on Sussex Drive, the French flag flies at half-mast, lowered in respect of those killed today.
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By Lee Berthiaume | Ottawa Citizen
December 12, 2014
The Conservative government is facing renewed questions about an alleged anti-Muslim bias following revelations it wants to cherry-pick which Syrian refugees will be accepted into Canada.
Sources say the government wants to prioritize religious minorities as a condition for resettling thousands more Syrian refugees in Canada over the next two years.
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The head of one of Canada’s largest Muslim organizations, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, issued a statement Friday saying he was “deeply ...
By Peter Edwards | Toronto Star
December 8, 2014
A leading national Muslim group has categorically denounced the latest call for violence against Canada and other nations by the terror group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS).
“We condemn the depraved violence and extremism by this and other terror groups,” Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said on Monday.
“It is both a civic and religious duty to contact the authorities if one has any information about plans to hurt or harm anyone,” Gardee said.
Mosques in Limoilou, Ste-Foy and Quebec City proper were targeted with message 'Islam out of my country'
CBC News | November 10, 2014
Four mosques in the province — one in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and three near Quebec City — were the target of vandalism over the weekend.
In St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a rock was thrown through one of the windows of the Centre Culturel Al-Imane.
Near the Quebec City area, three mosques were targeted with xenophobic messages.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims condemned the attacks.
"While these types of acts ...
By Joan Bryden | The Canadian Press
November 1, 2014
OTTAWA – Muslim groups are disappointed that Stephen Harper hasn’t spoken out against a spike in anti-Muslim hate crimes since two separate attacks by jihadist sympathizers left two Canadian soldiers dead last week.
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“Our leaders have a very important role to play,” concurred Amira Elghawaby, human rights co-ordinator for the National Council of Canadian Muslims.
“It’s the leaders who have to set the positive tone.”
Immediately following the 9-11 terrorist attacks in New York and ...
By Richard Valdmanis | Reuters Canada
October 30, 2014
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Reports of anti-Muslim harassment in Canada have risen, Muslim organizations say, after attacks last week in which two soldiers were killed by people authorities say were inspired by the militant group Islamic State.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims said it has seen a tenfold increase in reports of harassment, including racial slurs on public buses, notes left on car windshields and bullying at schools.
"There are some very positive signs that we’ve noticed in the form of calls of ...
CBC News | October 26, 2014
People attending a boot camp course on how to respond to incidents of Islamaphobia Saturday did so with renewed focus on the issue after Wednesday’s shootings in Ottawa.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims’s boot camp was planned before Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, who had frequented a B.C. mosque while criticizing it for being “open and welcoming”, shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.
After the shooting an Alberta mosque was vandalized, a local Toronto election candidate was assaulted and there have been reports of Muslims being ...