Canada Islamophobia

How To Move Forward From The M-103 Islamophobia Debate

Thomas Woodley | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

If you're like me, Canada's debate around Islamophobia has left you drained and disillusioned. Both the Liberals and Conservatives treated this important social issue as if it were political football, seeking to gain cheap yardage with seemingly little concern for the lives involved. Muslim Canadians deserve better.

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

Canadian Muslims Must Confront The Hateful Speakers In Our Midst

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The problems highlighted by CIJ News forces Muslims to confront hateful Muslim speakers in the age of increasing Islamophobia. The coming together of Muslims and Jews in the wake of Islamophobic and anti-Semitic events allows us a golden opportunity to isolate hateful speakers and render horrid texts obsolete.

What You Didn't Know About M-103

Erin O'Toole | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Motion 103 did not come from a genuine desire to have a serious debate on discrimination in the House of Commons. The origin of Motion 103 is found in the e-Petition on which it is based. This seems to have been missed by many observers who think this motion was brought after the terrible attack on the mosque in Quebec.

Anti-Islam Protesters Rip Qur'an At Ontario School Board Meeting

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.25.2017 | Canada

A group of enraged parents pressed the school board to ban Muslim prayers.

Is Canada's Multicultural Identity Only Skin-Deep?

Osman Shah | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Osman Shah

Can we say we are a multicultural society if we're unable to fundamentally accept its most basic concept: tolerance of other cultures and religions? Why is there a discrepancy between the support many Canadians show to multiculturalism -- and who often feverishly argue is the basis of Canadian identity -- and combating Islamophobia? If we're (arguably) a multicultural society then why are we also not an anti-Islamophobia society?

I Won't Vote For Anti-Islamophobia Motion Because All Canadians Are Equal

Deepak Obhrai | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Deepak Obhrai

What needs to be made clear is that most Canadians challenging this motion are not challenging the issues facing the Muslim communities, or that racism does not exist; what they are uncomfortable with in this motion is the fact that it is favouring one community over others.

I See A Chance To Fight Bigotry. Liberals See A Political Play

Garnett Genuis | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.

Looking Beyond M-103: A Chance To Unite Against Hate

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has instilled confidence that this unifying approach to fighting hate will prevail. Learning the lessons of the M-103 experience provides an opportunity for Canadians from all walks of life to come together, transcend our differences and achieve the objectives we collectively espouse.

We Ignore The Hate In Our Politics At Canada's Peril

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Jeewan Chanicka

While many Canadians look at the politics in the U.S. with confusion and frustration, a more informed reading of our Canadian context highlights our reality may be heading in a similar direction. Silence by the political centre can lead us down the same road as our neighbours south of the border.

5 Ways In Which Muslims Can Affirm Diversity

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Muslims are united by religious identity but are diverse in terms of beliefs and practices. The manner of prayer, dietary restrictions, sexual ethics etc. differ on the basis of the school of jurisprudence. There are multiple intersections that lead to wondrous differences.

EU Court Rules Workplace Headscarf Ban Is Not Discrimination

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada

"Today's disappointing rulings ... give greater leeway to employers to discriminate against women."

Canada Needs Substance, Not Symbolism In Response To Hate

Surjit Singh Flora | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Surjit Singh Flora

While I feel debating Motion 103 is a well-meaning act in the face of unspeakable violence and tragedy, racism affects a broad spectrum of people and it is short-sighted of our government to single out Islamophobia in their motion.

Hateful Muslim Imams Do Not Speak For Islam

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Critics of Islam cannot paint millions of diverse Muslims in Canada with the viewpoints of a few clerics while ignoring the voices of Muslims that do not fit their agenda. Likewise, Muslims cannot remain quiet when supremacist speakers speak on behalf of their religion.

Tory Leadership Candidates Give Interviews To Anti-Islam 'Journalist'

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics

"I think every MP and every MPP in this country knows who I am now."

Muslim Student Stood In Tory MP's Seat To Say She's Done With Islamophobia

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics

"This is my Canada and there’s no seat for hate here."

Hate Has Consequences. Like Bomb Threats To A Jewish Elementary School

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Yes, right here in Not-America. The bomb threat called into the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto, which also houses a daycare and a school, is part of a wave of anti-Semitism that has rocked North America in recent weeks.

Canada Needs The Political Will Required To Tackle Hate

Samer Majzoub | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Day after day and incident after incident, it has become a necessity that all systematic, racial and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, must be studied thoroughly to come up with policies that will cure these social diseases once and for all.

6 Ways To Support Students As Acts Of Hate Continue To Rise

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

Recently, with rising Islamophobia, a Muslim child was threatened on school grounds by someone wearing a mask. Though schools may see themselves as "neutral," the sense of safety and well-being of many children continues to be hijacked with the ongoing rhetoric of political leaders and increasing hate incidents and crimes.

Opponents And Supporters Of Islamophobia Motion Clash In Montreal

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics

There were no arrests or injuries.

We Need To Discuss The Clash Of Cultures At Our Doorstep

Karen Lin | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Lin

Given what is happening right around us and in the world at large, means that it is high time to pause and talk about things bothering some Canadians, and doing it without a political agenda, without interference, and without shouting down the other side.

Race Data Key To Ending Racial Profiling Among Canadian Police

Siavash V. | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Politics
Siavash V.

The collection and dissemination of race-based statistics is essential to the examination and elimination of any racial disparities that may exist. By remaining uncommitted to this initiative, Canadian law enforcement has essentially shrugged its shoulders to the troubles many visible minority Canadians face.

A Tale Of Two Canadas – With Muslims In The Middle

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

When they show hate, we will continue to show love. We cannot allow the Conservative party and its hate-inspired identity politics to destroy a vision we continue to build. The people united, will never be defeated.

Solidarity With Muslims Must Last Long After The Headlines Fade

Colin Walmsley | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Colin Walmsley

With the last candles extinguished, the country will move on. The vigils will end. The cameras will stop rolling. The faces of the victims will disappear from our newsfeeds, though the face of the accused may linger a few weeks longer. And bit by bit, the tragedy will fade from the national memory. This is the familiar script of tragedy.

Were Rumi, Al-Ma'arri And Rhazes Islamophobes?

Munir Pervaiz Saami | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada
Munir Pervaiz Saami

As someone who has always been on the forefront of struggling against violent Islamic extremism in Canada and elsewhere, I have been warning against t...