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Mosque shooting: Relief at the guilty verdict, but the grief remains strong

Montreal Gazette | March 28, 2018 QUEBEC — For the Muslim community in Quebec City and the families of the many victims, Alexandre Bissonnette’s guilty pleas brought a measure of relief Wednesday. . . . “You have to take (his denial of Islamophobia) with a grain of salt, and you have to wonder about that,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “He deliberately chose a mosque, a place of worship, to go in and attack a group of unarmed civilians, essentially shooting them in the back as they were standing in ...

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Letter: Neither censorship nor hate is acceptable

Vancouver Sun | March 2, 2018 Re: Criticism of religious groups is good for religion, Opinion, Feb. 12. David Haskell’s recent piece misrepresents positions taken by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). The NCCM in no way seeks to shield the Islamic faith, or any other belief system, from criticism. Moreover, the NCCM didn’t endorse the initial definition of Islamophobia used by the Toronto District School Board in its educator’s guidebook. In fact, our organization advised that the definition used by the Ontario Human Rights Commission should be ...

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Parents, Muslim group welcome budget’s $81 million for federal no-fly fixes

By Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press | February 28, 2018 OTTAWA — Parents of young children and a national Muslim group are welcoming a federal budget commitment to address fairness and privacy concerns with Canada’s no-fly list. The budget sets aside $81.4 million over five years, starting in 2018–19, and $14 million a year ongoing, to remake the much-maligned no-fly program. The money will go to the Canada Border Services Agency, Public Safety and Transport Canada. . . . The National Council of Canadian Muslims called the federal plan “a welcome step ...

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Fundraiser for Quebec man paralyzed in mosque shooting reaches $400,000 goal

By Morgan Lowrie The Canadian Press | February 9, 2018 MONTREAL – A fundraiser launched to help finance a new home for a man paralyzed in last year’s Quebec City mosque shooting surpassed its $400,000 goal on Friday. . . . Reached for reaction, the executive director of the National Council of Canadian Muslims said he “couldn’t think of any better news to get on a Friday.” “It has really shown what Canada is really about, and the values of inclusivity and acceptance and standing up to hatred and division,” Ihsaan Gardee said in a phone intervie...

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Opposition to anti-Islamophobia proposal proves its merits

As with last year’s absurd debate over M-103, the federal anti-Islamophobia motion, the opposition to a National Council of Canadian Muslims’ proposal appears to be a proxy for, or an attempt to pander to, more disturbing views. By Editorial Board Toronto Star | January 11, 2018 The Quebec politicians now fighting against a proposal to commemorate last year’s massacre of six Muslim men at a Quebec City mosque as an annual day of action against Islamophobia provide clear proof of the idea’s merit. As with last year’s absurd debate over M-103, the ...

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While Quebec Muslims mourn, politicians play word games

By Editorial Board The Globe and Mail | January 10, 2018 Linguists call it semantic change, whereby a word evolves to represent something other than its original meaning. An obvious example from our current political discourse is "Islamophobia." It's a noun, and not an especially inventive one, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force." Sounds straightforward enough, until someone asks the Coalition Avenir Québec, currently leading the polls ahead of next fall's Quebec provin...

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Muslim group asks for Jan. 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque shooting

CBC News | January 5, 2018 One of Canada's most prominent Muslim groups is asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate the anniversary of the 2017 Quebec City mosque shooting as an official day of remembrance. The National Council of Canadian Muslims wants Trudeau to endorse Jan. 29 as a national day of remembrance and action on Islamophobia. In a letter to the prime minister released today, executive director Ihsaan Gardee says such a designation would help enhance public education about hate, bigotry and Islamophobia. Last January, six Muslim men were ...

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Muslim groups asks for Jan. 29 day of remembrance for 2017 mosque shooting

By Janice Dickson iPolitics | January 5, 2018 As the Jan. 29 anniversary of the 2017 Quebec City mosque attack approaches, Muslim leaders are asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to designate that date as a “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia.” The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) released an open letter addressed to Trudeau on Friday. “One year on, Canadian Muslim communities are still reeling from the devastating terrorist attack that claimed the lives of six Muslim men worshipping in their mosque — fathers, husbands and ...

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Study reveals Muslim children are routinely ridiculed for their beliefs and attacked verbally

By Megan Stacey London Free Press | December 27, 2017 Racial uglinesss and hatred, like the kind that’s repeatedly thrust London under a harsh spotlight in recent years, takes a toll. Just ask the local Muslim kids who were studied to see how that hostility plays out in their everyday lives. The fallout is so severe, some of the children say they’re even afraid to go to their mosques. That’s just one disturbing finding from a study done by Siham Elkassem, a child and family therapist at Vanier Children’s Centre in London. “A lot of the kids talked ...

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Inmate complaints on the rise over access to religious services

By David Burke CBC News | December 23, 2017 In prison, one of the only freedoms inmates have is to practise their religion — but in some cases, even that's getting harder to do. There's been an increase in the number of prisoners filing complaints to the Canadian Human Rights Commission about religious accommodation. Inmates are concerned about the delivery of spiritual services, the accommodation of spiritual practices and the observance of holy days, said Ivan Zinger, Canada's correctional investigator, the country's prison watchdog. Religious leaders ...

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