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Alexandre Bissonnette charges in Quebec mosque shooting do not include terrorism

By Jessica Chin Huffington Post Canada | October 4, 2017 A Canadian Muslim group says the decision not to charge the suspect in the Quebec City mosque shooting with terrorism highlights a double standard. "There's no question that if a Muslim had walked into a church or a synagogue and shot up a bunch of people, that person would've been considered a terrorist by the Canadian public," Faisal Bhabha, legal counsel for the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) told HuffPost Canada on Wednesday. Earlier this week, Crown prosecutors announced they were bypass...

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Suspect in Edmonton attack faces terrorism, attempted murder charges

By Michelle Shephard and Julien Gignac Toronto Star | October 1, 2017 Police and politicians urged Canadians to be vigilant, but called for calm and unity in the wake of a terrorist attack in Edmonton that injured five and led to the arrest of a 30-year-old suspect who had previously been investigated for espousing extremist views. It is the second major terrorist attack in Canada this year, following January’s shooting at a mosque in Quebec City that killed six and injured 19. CBC News identified the Edmonton suspect on Sunday as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. Police ...

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Grand Forks, B.C., mayor apologizes for calling Syrian refugees potential ‘terrorists’

By Chris Walker CBC News | September 11, 2017 The mayor of Grand Forks, B.C., is apologizing for calling Syrian refugees potential "pedophiles" and "terrorists," but insists he is "not in any way a racist." He responded after CBC News was shown a video of a public meeting held two years ago. Mayor Frank Konrad made a series of comments before a vote at a city council meeting on Sept. 14, 2015, during a debate over whether to support Syrian refugees coming to the community. . . . The mayor's comments are "discriminatory and disappointing," said Amira ...

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After Charlottesville, Canada’s spy agency expresses ‘concern’ about far-right

By Clothilde Goujard National Observer | August 22, 2017 The Canadian Security Intelligence Service is expressing concerns about far-right extremism in the wake of a racially motivated protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that turned deadly. A spokeswoman for the Canadian spy agency made the comments in response to questions from National Observer about reports that some Canadians participated in the Charlottesville protests, alongside neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white supremacist extremists. . . . But a national organization that represents ...

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Federal appointee to race relations board under scrutiny for writings on Islam

By Stephanie Levitz The Canadian Press | August 21, 2017 A board member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, an arms-length federal government agency with a mandate to combat racial discrimination, is in jeopardy of losing her post over her writings on the controversial website Jihad Watch. Christine Douglass-Williams has been writing for the site almost since she was appointed to the foundation's board in 2012. But multiple sources have told The Canadian Press that the government is reviewing that appointment in the wake of an essay that appeared on the ...

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Religious groups sound alarms as hate crimes appear to be on the rise

By Sammy Hudes Toronto Star | August 21, 2017 In one part of the GTA, three schools were plastered with anti-Semitic, anti-Black graffiti. In another, a Muslim woman’s car window smashed, with “derogatory” comments spray-painted on her property. Hate crimes are nothing new, but religious groups are sounding the alarms as they appear to be on the rise.... Amira Elghawaby, a spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said hate crimes against Muslims across the country show no sign of slowing down. “Our concern is always quite high. ...

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Goodale must investigate racism allegations against CSIS

By Faisal Kutty Toronto Star | July 30, 2017 By now many people have heard about the $35-million lawsuit against the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) filed earlier this month. The 54-page statement of claim on behalf of five intelligence officers and analysts allege a toxic workplace where some managers and supervisors discriminate against Muslim, Black and gay employees. The pleadings (yet to be tested in court) also accuse the spy agency of Islamophobia, racism and homophobia. While conceding that there are bad apples in every bunch and that it must ...

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Government wants security screening to be culturally sensitive

By Ryan Tumilty Metro News | July 27, 2017 Transport Canada is looking for input to make sure the pat-downs, wand-overs and full-body scans that have become part of airport travel are also culturally sensitive. On behalf of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Transport Canada has a survey online that asks people who wear cultural, religious or medical clothing about their experience with security. . . . Amira Elghawaby, communications director with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, said she’s glad to see the government consulting on ...

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Mississauga website operator charged with hate crimes

By Stewart Bell Global News | July 24, 2017 A former Mississauga mayoral candidate whose online posts targeting Muslims have prompted complaints was arrested Monday for “hate-motivated crime,” Peel Regional Police said. Kevin J. Johnston, 45, was charged with a single count of wilful promotion of hatred following what a statement called “a lengthy investigation into numerous incidents reported to police.” The Freedom Report website where Johnston posts his radio-host style videos, many of them aimed at the Islamic faith and individual Muslims, remained ...

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PM says CSIS will ‘get to the bottom of this issue’ amid shocking harassment claims

By Josh Dehaas CTV News | July 14, 2017 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to shocking claims about a toxic work environment at Canada’s spy agency on Friday, but stopped short of saying he would order an investigation. Five employees at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) allege that a culture of homophobia, racism and anti-Muslim sentiment have caused them health problems and missed promotions. The employees include a gay man who says supervisors repeatedly referenced his sexuality and ridiculed him for having a Muslim partner, a Muslim ...

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