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Here’s why Omar Khadr is getting $10M from the Canadian government

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 ...

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Ottawa to pay $10.5M to Omar Khadr, government source says

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 ...

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Canada is 150 and still needs to face its racism problem: advocates

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 ...

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Muslim leaders urge government to help protect mosques, schools

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 ...

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Le Canada doit se mobiliser contre les crimes haineux, disent des défenseurs des droits

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 ...

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Hate crimes targeting Muslims up in 2015

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 ...

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Muslim group urges Ottawa to speed up release of hate-crime statistics

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 ...

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Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada up 60%, StatsCan reports

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 ...

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Hate crimes against Muslims in Canada increase 253% over four years

By Amy Minsky Global News | June 13, 2017 The number of police-reported hate crimes targeting Muslims in Canada more than tripled between 2012 and 2015, despite the overall number of such crimes decreasing over the same period, according to Statistics Canada data released Tuesday. In 2015, police across the country recorded 159 hate crimes targeted at Muslims, up from 45 in 2012, representing an increase of 253 per cent. In just one year, between 2014 and 2015, that number increased by 59 per cent: from 99 in 2014 to 159 the following year. That trend seems ...

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Rise in Montreal hate crimes just ‘tip of the iceberg,’ activist says

By Kate McKenna & Benjamin Shingler CBC News | June 13, 2017 The latest figures showing an increase in reported hate crimes in Montreal, particularly those targeting Muslims, are just the "tip of the iceberg," according to one of the city's leading anti-racism activists. Haroun Bouazzi said the new report from Statistics Canada underscores the challenge ahead in Montreal and across the country in dealing with racist views. "We have been seeing in the field, from the reports we're getting, from the calls we're getting, from victims, that hate crimes are actually ...

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