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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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NDP calls for investigation into ‘shocking’ allegations of racist, anti-gay and anti-Muslim harassment at Canada’s spy agency

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 ...

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CSIS faces $35-million harassment, discrimination lawsuit

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. . . . The National Council of ...

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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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