Toronto ads perfectly debunk idea that Muslims don’t belong here

By Maham Abedi
The Huffington Post Canada | June 15, 2016

“Go back to where you came from.”

It’s a phrase minorities fear they’ll hear. And sometimes they do.

That’s why the City of Toronto and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) launched their “Toronto for all”campaign Tuesday, targeting racism and Islamophobia.

Posters that show Muslims standing up against the idea that they don’t belong in Toronto have been popping up around the city.

“Muslims are part of Toronto,” the ads read.

Debbie Douglas, executive director of OCASI, says the campaign was timed to kick off just before World Refugee Day on June 20.

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The initiative earned praise from the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ communications director Amira Elghawaby, who called the city’s efforts to combat racism “uplifting.”

“We all have a responsibility to speak out against all forms of racism, including Islamophobia,” Elghawaby said in a statement Tuesday….

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