It feels as though Canadian society is currently deliberating our case – judging our utility, our sincerity and our belonging. Our identity is at stake.
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This weekend people who hate us all plan to march proudly to show their contempt, disregarding all we do, all we risk and who we love.
Racism has been used for centuries to divide and conquer working people. Today, "systemic racism" is an institutionalized feature of society, throwing up barriers to racialized workers and families in every community. All of our institutions and cultural norms are touched by its impact.
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Blogger Davide Mastracci shares his thoughts on how Islamophobia has spread in Canada, and that this happened long before Trump rose to power.
In his mandate letter to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau included the creation of an Office of the Community Outreach and Counter-radicalization Coordinator. But there is a lack of consensus among academic experts that these counter-radicalization programs are scientifically reliable.
"The number of hate crimes presented in this release likely undercounts the true extent of hate crime in Canada, as not all crimes are reported to police,'' Statistics Canada said.
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She's charged with five counts of assault, and single counts of threatening death and threatening bodily harm.
Hateful bloggers collect every negative news item on the Muslim world to fit their narrative. They share the supremacism, sexism and homophobia of anti-Semitic and anti-Ahmadi Muslim speakers who unwittingly participate in their narrative. Both feed off each other and contribute to a vicious cycle of hate. They make for strange bedfellows. Such hateful rhetoric has grave consequences for everyday citizens, not just Muslims.
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Child welfare organizations could also send LGBT kids to conversion therapy.
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While there is much for us to be proud of in our growth and 150-year journey as a nation, we cannot romanticize history and erase the truth. History would uncover that this country has continually undergone struggles where entire groups of people had been vilified and ill treated, and identity politics used to stoke fear and hatred.
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Kevin J. Johnston of Freedom Report says the video must contain hate speech.
Ottawa as a sanctuary city reveals to the world that Ottawa is passionate to sustain a community built on harmony, social cohesion, peace, human dignity and respect for all, regardless of ethnicity and faith. It also sends a message to the world that Ottawa does not tolerate bigotry but embraces diversity with compassion.
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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.
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.