By Glen McGregor
CTV News | May 31, 2018
Airline passengers from the Middle East and countries where most people are black are more likely to face luggage searches or additional questioning by Canada Border Services agents than other travellers, a CTV News investigation has found.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims says the data confirm what it hears repeatedly from travellers -- that Muslims are subject to far greater scrutiny from security agencies, especially since the 9/11 attacks.
“We get calls every other day, almost, from Muslims -- both ...
By Nick Robins-Early
Huffington Post | May 23, 2018
President Donald Trump is changing not just American politics. Canadians are increasingly concerned that the president’s nativist and anti-Muslim rhetoric is emboldening hate groups in a Canada, which has long prided itself on multiculturalism and tolerance.
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“The number of far-right voices is increasing,” said Leila Nasr, a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “They’ve become disproportionately loud.”
Community groups and anti-hate advocates want authorities to take a ...
By Jonathan Montpetit
CBC News | May 12, 2018
Quebec's new guidelines on religious accommodation have failed to ease concerns about whether Muslim women will be able to access public services — such as riding a bus — if they wear a niqab or burka.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association also denounced the new guidelines, saying in a joint statement they would do nothing to "fix a law that is, at its core, discriminatory and unconstitutional."
"Requiring Muslim women who wear the niqab to make an ...
By Graeme Hamilton
National Post | April 17, 2018
MONTREAL – It was a carefully planned assault on a Muslim place of worship triggered — the attacker acknowledged to police — by news that Canada was prepared to accept more refugees from Muslim countries.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims, though relieved Bissonnette pleaded guilty last month to six counts of first-degree murder and six of attempted murder, worries about a double standard when it comes to terrorism charges.
“The NCCM does have continuing concerns around the way in which ...
Montreal politician’s call to adapt city’s police uniform for Sikh and Muslim officers is reviving a long-running debate in Quebec over the reasonable accommodation of religious minorities
By Allan Woods
Toronto Star | April 4, 2018
MONTREAL — Suggestions the Montreal Police should change its uniform to accommodate Sikh and Muslim officers have stoked the embers of a fiery debate in Quebec.
Montreal politician Marvin Rotrand is urging the city to allow Sikh cops to wear turbans and Muslim officers to wear hijabs while on duty in order to attract more ...
By Les Perreaux
The Globe and Mail | March 28, 2018
In the 48 hours after Alexandre Bissonnette stood in court to own up to the mass murder of six Muslim worshippers, a bloody act that showed Canadians an unexpected face of extremism, a question was asked repeatedly among the small group of people who knew about the plea, including the judge: Why would he admit guilt now?
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“The reality is he went to a mosque, a place of worship, and admitted to first-degree murder with intent to kill people,” said Ihsaan Gardee, executive director of the National Council ...
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.
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“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 ...
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 ...
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.
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The National Council of Canadian Muslims called the federal plan “a welcome step ...
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.
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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...