profile image

Amira Elghawaby

Journalist & Communications Director at the National Council of Canadian Muslims

Amira Elghawaby is a journalist and human rights advocate in Ottawa. Follow her on Twitter at @AmiraElghawaby
Giorgio Fochesato via Getty Images

Canadian Muslims Can Expect More Discrimination Under Bill C-51

Even after the Conservative government buckled to pressure to amend the anti-terrors laws, Canadians can still be deemed too dangerous to travel by airline and won't be allowed to challenge the "evidence" against them. As lawyer and author Faisal Kutty puts it, Canadian Muslims can be considered "too guilty to fly, but too innocent to charge." Bill C-51 is a reckless attempt to win over an understandably fearful electorate under the pretense of fighting terrorism. Marginalizing the very Canadians who are on the front-lines of this struggle is worse than poor policy -- it's a threat to all of us.
04/16/2015 08:41 EDT
Adam Berry via Getty Images

Government Spy Agencies Have Too Much Latitude

Global attitudes on spying shift dramatically when the targets of the state's vast monitoring apparatus are suspected terrorists. Not surprisingly, a majority agree that it's acceptable to scrutinize the communications of those who would potentially do harm. Unfortunately, though, our governments have failed to show that they are capable of doing the job with care and precision.
07/29/2014 05:22 EDT
Getty

The Film That Exposes Canada's Secret Trials

After four years of production and grassroots fundraising, the story of Canada's secret trials is finally hitting the big screen. The Secret Trial 5 will be premiering at the Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival in Toronto.
04/25/2014 05:12 EDT
Shutterstock

Why We Must Teach Our Kids to Be "Culturally Bilingual"

The fact is our student populations are becoming more diverse, though that's barely mirrored in the staff make-up of most urban schools. And while there is recognition of a need to hire teachers that better reflect the student population, reaching that goal remains a long way off considering the comparably low number of teachers who self-identify as visible minorities. In the meantime, we need to foster culturally sensitive and inclusive schools where student engagement leads to higher graduation rates, the de-glamorization of gangs, and the nurturing of productive citizens of all backgrounds.
03/31/2014 08:55 EDT
Getty

No Turbans on TV: Have News Anchors Failed Democracy?

Recently, a former Quebec journalist argued that Canada's mainstream broadcasters were hypocritical for seeming to lend a sympathetic ear to those opposing the proposed Charter of Values. "Not a kippa, hijab, cross or turban in sight. Religious symbols are, quite simply, not part of the TV news uniform; never have been," wrote Micheal Dean in the Globe and Mail. And while he's right in that there are few Canadian journalists sporting symbols of their faith, the premise for his argument needs to be turned on its head. Rather than justify the Parti Québécois's bid to limit freedom of religion in its public institutions, the media's lack of representation of diverse communities must be called out for what it is: a letdown for democracy.
03/21/2014 05:24 EDT