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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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Incidents targeting Muslims drove rise in hate crimes in 2015: StatsCan

The Canadian Press | June 13, 2017 OTTAWA — An increase in incidents targeting the Muslim population drove a five per cent rise in hate crimes in 2015, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. Hate crimes targeting Muslims rose from 99 incidents in 2014 to 159 incidents in 2015, the agency said. The total number of criminal incidents motivated by hate was 1,362, 67 more than the year before. "The number of hate crimes presented in this release likely undercounts the true extent of hate crime in Canada, as not all crimes are reported to police," Statistics Canada said ...

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‘It is a battle for hearts and minds’: Trudeau’s $35 million gamble to counter radicalization

By Douglas Quan National Post | June 11, 2017 As a family gathers around the dinner table, one seat is conspicuously empty. “He’ll be back soon,” the mother says in the video, referring to her son, a presumed foreign fighter. “You know how much he loves my cooking.” Her husband reaches his hand over to hers. “Darling,” he intones, “it’s been over two years now.” As the scene fades to black, a message flashes on the screen: “They’ll be missed more than they’ll ever know.” Grassroots organizations in Europe, such as Families ...

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Report sheds light on undisclosed racial profiling in Ontario

By Dakshana Bascaramurty The Globe and Mail | May 3, 2017 Racial profiling in Ontario is rampant across sectors beyond policing, but very little of it is formally reported, the Ontario Human Rights Commission says in a new report. The findings are based on consultations with almost 1,650 individuals, most of whom participated in an online survey. While most human-rights complaints filed with the province’s tribunal focus on disability and employment, the consultation found there were many who had experienced racial profiling – which would be grounds for a ...

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A community divided

Rooted in a very public dispute over the place of religious practice in public schools, disagreement on the fundamental essence of ‘Canadian’ identity and the virtue of tolerance threatens to boil over in Peel. By Dakshana Bascaramurty and Caroline Alphonso The Globe and Mail | May 1, 2017 Two large paintings of the Hindu god Krishna are mounted on the wall of Ram Subrahmanian’s living room, but he doesn’t want to be labelled as a Hindu. What’s his religion? “Canadian!” he says, his eyes lit up behind his glasses, punctuating his pride with a fist ...

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‘I just got that sick feeling’: Edmonton man lauded for covering anti-Muslim graffiti

By Jonny Wakefield Edmonton Journal | April 21, 2017 It only took a couple of minutes for Tyler Johnstone to realize he had to turn around. Driving on Highway 16 just outside the gates of Jasper National Park on Wednesday morning, the Edmonton resident spotted the word “Mosque” spray-painted in bright yellow on the side of a roadside outhouse. “I saw it right away; it was really noticeable,” the 28-year-old said Thursday. “I drove maybe two or three minutes down the road and just got that sick feeling.” Now, Johnstone is earning kudos for his ...

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Muslim group wants action from police on anti-Muslim hate activity in Ottawa and Toronto

By Paula McCooey Ottawa Sun | April 20, 2017 The National Council of Canadian Muslims is calling on police services in Ottawa and Toronto to swiftly bring those targeting Muslims and their institutions to justice. The Ottawa Muslim Association’s central mosque and the Islam Care Centre had several windows broken last week. A 27-year-old man was charged with two counts of mischief relating to religious property and one count of assaulting a police officer. On Wednesday night, the centre was targeted again when someone left a hateful note and set fire to the ...

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MP hosted event for Christian group whose president says Muslims want to ‘convert all Canadians’

By Zane Schwartz National Post | April 10, 2017 Liberal MP Ruby Sahota hosted an event last spring with a group whose president recently accused Muslims of wanting to convert all Canadians to their faith and rule the country. During the United Christian Federation’s Last Supper on the Hill event on Parliament Hill last Easter, Brampton MP Sahota thanked the organization for its “dedication to protecting minority rights around the world.” The Toronto-based UCF has received less public attention than other controversial groups it sometimes works alongside, ...

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Canadians’ religious tolerance changing, but prejudice still exists toward Islam

Survey shows Canadians hold unfavourable views of Islam and Sikhism. By: Ryan Tumilty Metro News | April 5, 2017 A new poll on Canadians’ religious tolerance shows the country has work to do in the direction of accepting people of different faiths, especially if that faith is Islam. The Angus Reid Institute poll, released Tuesday, shows a divergence of opinions on different religions, with 68 per cent of Canadians holding a favourable view of Christianity, but only 33 per cent saying the same of Islam. . . . Amira Elghawaby, a spokesperson for the ...

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