By Michelle Shephard
Toronto Star | July 14, 2017
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he is taking seriously allegations that management at Canada’s spy service operates an “old boy’s club” where employees fear reprisal if they speak out against their bosses’ Islamophobic, racist or anti-gay slurs.
Goodale said in a statement that he will ensure CSIS is a workplace “free from harassment,” but did not directly address calls by the NDP and a Muslim civil rights group to order an immediate investigation into the management culture at the Canadian ...
By Jordan Press
The Canadian Press | July 14, 2017
Canada’s spy agency is facing questions about its workplace culture amid allegations that senior officials foster a prejudice and distrust for Muslims employees, who are seen as “essential to CSIS’ mission, but working without CSIS’ trust and respect.”
The allegations are contained in a statement of claim filed Thursday in Federal Court by five employees who are seeking upwards of $35 million in damages for what they say was years of harassment condoned by supervisors.
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The National Council of ...
By Maham Abedi
Global News | July 4, 2017
The Canadian government is set to apologize, and give $10.5 million, to Omar Khadr — a Canadian who spent 10 years at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay.
The deal, revealed to The Canadian Press by an unnamed government official, was reportedly negotiated by Khadr’s lawyers last month.
Toronto-based lawyer, Warda Shazadi Meighen, who is not involved in the case, offered a deeper look into the government’s decision.
“The rule of law was violated,” Meighen told Global News, explaining that Khadr ...
Government to apologize to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner for wrongful imprisonment, abuse
CBC News | July 4, 2017
A government source has confirmed to CBC News that Ottawa will apologize and pay millions of dollars in compensation to former Guantanamo Bay prisoner Omar Khadr.
Khadr — who confessed to killing a U.S. army medic when he was 15, under interrogation that was later deemed "oppressive" — will receive a settlement of $10.5 million, the source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to CBC late Tuesday.
Details of the deal were first reported ...
By Maham Abedi
Global News | June 29, 2017
Every day Alia Haleem she steps out the front door of her house, she knows she could be the target of a hate crime.
On most days, the Muslim mom of four says she feels prying eyes follow her through grocery store aisles in her hometown of Mississauga, Ont.
On bad days, her eight-year-old son watches as passersby taunt her, make passing remarks about her niqab, or even push her.
“Obviously it hurts you, you’re not made out of iron,” Haleem, who is also a computer engineer, told Global News.
“There are days ...
By Sammy Hudes
Toronto Star | June 22, 2017
Some Muslim community leaders are urging the federal government to do more to help protect their mosques and schools amid an increase in hate crimes.
A Statistics Canada report last week showed hate crimes targeting Muslims rose by 60 per cent across the country in 2015.
“It’s quite concerning the number of reports that have been coming in,” said Amira Elghawaby, a spokesperson for the National Council of Canadian Muslims. “At our organization, we have definitely seen a spike just in the last week of people ...
Radio Canada | Le 13 Juin 2017
Des groupes de défense des droits des musulmans, des Autochtones, des Noirs et des juifs au Canada réclament un meilleur financement et une plus grande mobilisation des corps de police afin de lutter plus efficacement contre les crimes haineux, qui étaient en hausse de 5 % au Canada en 2015, selon Statistique Canada.
Des groupes de défense des droits des musulmans, des Autochtones, des Noirs et des juifs au Canada réclament un meilleur financement et une plus grande mobilisation des corps de police afin de lutter plus efficacement ...
By SAMMY HUDES
Toronto Star | June 13, 2017
The number of hate crimes targeting members of Toronto’s Muslim community was on the rise in 2015, police say, despite a drop in the overall number of hate crimes reported that year in the Toronto area.
More than one-fifth of Canada’s 1,362 reported hate crimes in 2015 were in the Toronto area, where 295 incidents were reported to police, according to a Statistics Canada report released Tuesday. That number was down from 318 in 2014.
Nationally, the number of hate crimes rose five per cent, driven by an increase of ...
By Ingrid Peritz
The Globe and Mail | June 13, 2017
Ottawa is facing calls to speed up the release of national hate-related data in the face of a dramatic rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes in Canada, which one prominent group is linking to election-campaign rhetoric.
Hate crimes reported by police against Muslims have risen in nearly every province, according to 2015 figures released on Tuesday by Statistics Canada. They fuelled a 5-per-cent rise in hate crimes overall in the country.
The National Council of Canadian Muslims connected the anti-Muslim bias to a ...
Group says Conservative rhetoric during 2015 election campaign helped fuel increase in incidents
By Kathleen Harris
CBC News | June 13, 2017
The number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 per cent in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to Statistics Canada.
New data released Tuesday show there were 159 anti-Muslim incidents reported to police that year, up from 99 the year before.
National Council of Canadian Muslims vice-chairman Khalid Elgazzar called 2015 a "difficult year" for Muslim Canadians, as two terrorist attacks in ...