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Liberals Back Motion Condemning Islamophobia, Despite Tory Concerns

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Politics

Several Tory leadership hopefuls won't support M-103.

We Need To All Push Forward For Peace

Carl Hétu | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Impact
Carl Hétu

On January 30, I joined 300 Muslims and Christians who gathered at the Gatineau mosque. At the invitation of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher Catholics and Muslims started talking to each other -- embracing, shaking hands and some even hugging -- to find human beings that needed one another in this time of crisis.

The History Of Resistance Continues, As It Must

Jerry Dias | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Canada is a better place to live and a freer and more equitable society because of the long history of oppressed communities coming together and saying a better world is possible, and fighting to make it happen -- not just for themselves, but for the entire community and in solidarity with other oppressed groups.

Dear Canada, Please Stop Calling Quebec City Racist

David Chabot | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Living
David Chabot

Please, don't paint us as a racist, intolerant community - it will simply add to the fire we are already battling. Canada is a multicultural and inclusive society, a fact a small part of my province hates. By pushing us all aside and characterizing us all as something we are not, you will increase that resentment.

Black Lives Matter Toronto And The Fight For Good PR

Jeff Paterson | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Jeff Paterson

I'm not sure who is advising the Black Lives Matter Toronto chapter. Social justice should be about resolving issues that exist and preventing new ones from popping up. Regressive justice and the approach of BLMTO seems to be creating division. They're stepping on others and provoking controversy. Making such outlandish commentary and actions, they become their own worst enemy.

Trump Has Effortlessly Put Human Rights In Jeopardy

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Living
Fransi Weinstein

I am not surprised in the slightest that Trump wasted no time in taking the preliminary steps to get rid of Obamacare, to build the wall along the Mexico - U.S. Border and to ban Muslims. It's exactly what he said he'd do throughout his entire campaign. In fact, I would have been shocked if he'd backed away from any of it, or even waited for the Obama's plane to take off for Palm Springs before getting started.

Trump-Nazi Comparisons Have Left The Realm Of Cliché

Jason Najum | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

Sure, Nazi references or comparisons to past atrocities are the cheapest of allegories, rendered embarrassing and powerless by exaggeration and overuse. But take a moment, look at what's happening.

Let's Work Together To Bring Down Canada's Hierarchy Of Prejudice

Jack Jedwab | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

Two year-end surveys of Canadians, respectively conducted by Forum Research Group and by Abacus, provide some potentially useful insights into the relationship between discrimination and prejudice. The surveys remind us that prejudice is uneven, and that some groups are viewed less favourably than others.

Soccer Led Me To Embrace Every Part Of My Multiracial Heritage

Geneva Abdul | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Geneva Abdul

Growing up, my parents had never imposed their cultures on me -- my cultural identity had always felt like a decision between Canadian, Trinidadian and British. It wasn't until I had recently retired my soccer cleats when I'd realized I had never had to make the choice, that I could be all three.

Are Canadian Trump Supporters Creating A Divided America At Home?

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Somewhere deep inside I knew he would achieve this goal, but I didn't expect it to completely uncover the true face of America that many have long ignored and continue to ignore. Trump not only won over the hearts of many Americans, but he pulled all the champions of hate and division out of their holes.... I fear that this Trump "movement" will slip its way into Canada and fuel the fire in those who have long remained quiet or polite about their shared vision for a divided community of people where only some lives matter and deserve basic human rights.

Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

Samer Majzoub | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

I Live The Terrifying Reality Of Being On Canada's No-Fly List

Adam Ahmed | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Adam Ahmed

As an 18-year-old on Canada's no-fly list, I've realized what it means to be an adult and adjust to the responsibilities that come with it, I also have to deal with many fears and anxieties that most other people around my age do not have to face like boarding a plane with my friends an having to deal with any issues that may leave me stranded in a country not my own.

Help Make Canadian History By Denouncing Islamophobia

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Recent atrocities committed by Islamist radicals have painted all Muslims with a broad brush. The petition condemns these atrocities, but also affirms that the overwhelming majority of Canadian Muslims are not represented by these actions, and as such should not suffer discrimination on their basis.

Islamophobia Petition Will Not Make It A Hate Crime In Canada

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

This is a wonderful idea with great symbolic and even practical value in this day and age of rampant Islamophobia. I urge everyone to sign this petition. I also encourage your family and friends to do the same. Yet some of the people contacting me believe that the petition will create a new hate offence of Islamophobia

Solidarity Between Minorities Is The Only Way To Beat Racism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

When stigma is attached to a community, there appear fewer persons ready to come to the defence of the targeted group. In part, members of other communities see such support as a partisan issue. Others fear that such defence will result in their being associated with the group that is deemed unpopular.

No, Canadian Islamic Schools Don't Teach Extremist Literature

Melanie Adrian | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Adrian

Alarming claims are made in the report: "It is not the presence of extremist literature in the mosque libraries that is worrisome. The problem is that there was nothing but extremist literature in the mosque libraries." The real problem, however, is the report itself.

Banning Religious Attire Will Only Create More Division In Society

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's too much to ask French citizens to explain how banning the burkini in any way diminishes security threats. If bans on religious attire that are so popular in France were indeed so constructive in the fight against terrorism why are the levels of anxiety continually on the rise in the country?

Secularism Shouldn't Exist In Opposition To A Religion

Abbas Kassam | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Alberta
Abbas Kassam

Last week, an Alberta Court upheld a ruling that found Webber Academy, a private high school, discriminated against two Muslim students by failing to provide a prayer space for them. Situations like that of Webber Academy beg the question about what is the nature of being non-denominational?

Muslims Must Speak Out To Let The World Know Black Lives Matter

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

The Prophet spent time uprooting the deep-rooted racism against black people. He admonished Muslims to be careful for the people of Paradise include black persons including Negus, Bilaal and Luqman. However, just as the black Companion Bilaal faced discrimination, black Muslims continue to face discrimination in Muslim spaces.

Security Trumps The Economy Among Immigration Opponents

Jack Jedwab | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

It's quite clear that the federal government wants to increase the numbers of immigrants that the country accepts. Traditionally those arguing against taking in more immigrants insist that doing so will have a negative impact on the economy.

Trumpers Support A Muslim Ban They Know Will Never Work

Jack Jedwab | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Many Americans likely realize that actually putting this thing into effect risks compromising a Constitution that Americans greatly value. The idea of building a wall between Mexico and the United States, while attractive to many Republicans, is surely seen as unrealistic by members of the GOP.

Islamic Organizations Are Key In Fighting Extremism

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

Tackling extremism includes tackling its roots. After the heinous crimes perpetrated against Charlie Hebdo in Paris last year, the world united around the adage that read "violence can never silence an idea." It is imperative that this same methodology be applied when challenging extremist ideologies.

Muslim Group Gives $250,000 Eid Gift To Rebuild Fort McMurray Homes

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Living

The first home rebuilt will go to a single mother of two.

Canada Deserves Better Than Those That Bash Multiculturalism

Jack Jedwab | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jack Jedwab

On Canadian multiculturalism day the Prime Minister's multicultural message was bang on. Justin Trudeau declared that "Our roots reach out to every corner of the globe. We are from far and wide, and speak over 200 languages. Our national fabric is vibrant and varied, woven together by many cultures and heritages, and underlined by a core value of respect.

The Real Reason Why British MP-Killer Is Not Being Called A Terrorist

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

Coverage did eventually begin discussing Mair's racist sympathies, but not before humanizing him as a community-minded, daffodil-planting individual suffering from mental illness. Such humanization and labelling restraint is rarely afforded to other ethnic and religious backgrounds.