Canada Niqab

Muslims Must Stand Against The Persecution Of Ahmadis

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

Recently, a bloodthirsty mob torched an Ahmadi owned factory in the Pakistani city of Jhelum. In contrast to Canada, where communities galvanize against hate, there were no rallies in defence of Ahmadi neighbours, and social media was ablaze with their "heresies" instead of condemnation of persecution.

As Canadians We Must Challenge Lingering Bigotry

John Cartwright | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Impact
John Cartwright

There needs to be a concerted effort to confront the rise of prejudice that was encouraged by the Conservatives in their bid for re-election. Although Steven Harper has been defeated, the lingering "permission" given to bigotry needs to be challenged in every workplace and community across Canada. Canadians have never been immune to the corrosive influences of racism and anti-Semitism. At this point in history we are called upon to specifically challenge Islamophobia. The fact is that our Muslim brothers and sisters have been made to feel defensive about their faith and unsure of how their neighbours accept them.

What Is The Niqab?

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living

A brief explainer about what the Islamic practice means.

Niqab Stance A 'Defining' Moment In His Political Career, Says Mulcair

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Politics

"I'd always been a person who stood up for his convictions."

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

Eloquence Trumped Bigotry in the Fight for LGBT Rights

Ron Levy | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
Ron Levy

A minority is defined as dangerous by a segment of society that clings to traditional views of acceptability. They fail to recognize prejudices inherent in their views until a hard-won fight for equal rights and shifting zeitgeist forces them to move on, foisting their fears on the next marginalized group.

Federal Board Says Niqab Has Never Been An Issue

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics

"I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. And I don't want to go there. I just wish the whole thing would go away."

The Canada We Hope For

Naheed Nenshi | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Naheed Nenshi

We've figured out a simple truth: we're in this together. Our neighbour's strength is our strength; the success of any one of us is the success of every one of us. But this is incredibly fragile. It must be protected always from the voices of intolerance, divisiveness, small-mindedness, and hatred. It's the right thing to do.

Ottawa Police Urge Muslim Women To Report Abuse Amid Growing Tension

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada

In an email this week to members of the Muslim community, Staff-Sgt. David Zackrias urged the reporting of all forms of abuse.

Engaged Muslim Voters Are the 'Radicals' Harper's Most Afraid Of

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahla Khan Salter

Canadian Muslims have views about gender equity that far surpass the niqab. Canada ranks far lower in gender equity in comparison to some other nations from 20 years ago. The wage gap has not closed. Childcare remains costly. Canadian streets remain unsafe at night. Women's shelters have long waiting lists and some have closed. On Oct. 19, commit the most subversive act you can -- vote.

On October 19th, Let's Remember Who We Are As Canadians

Michael Rowe | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Rowe

There is nothing intrinsically "Canadian," let alone "conservative," about leveraging insecurity, racism and xenophobia for votes through ethnic scapegoating. That is not a "conservative" strategy; it's a fascist strategy with a long and bloody history, and it has no place in Canada. On October 19th, we have a chance to "take our country back." We have the chance to declare once and for all that who and what we are as Canadians is no longer for sale. We have a chance to steer Canada off its collision course with history, to save it from derailing and crashing beyond our ability to recognize it, let alone repair it.

These Are All the Election Issues More Important Than the Niqab

David Suzuki | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada must talk about the real challenges facing our country -- our response to the greatest threat humanity faces, climate change. We should be talking about trade deals, endangered species, protecting water resources, our responsibilities to the rest of the world and so much more. Instead, this election has bogged down into "dead cat" distractions like niqabs, an issue that affects almost no one!

Newfoundlanders Spoof The Niqab Issue As Only They Can

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics

Leave it to the East Coast to give this issue the lightness it needs.

'Niqabophobia' Thwarts Real Debate About Faith and Gender

Jack Jedwab | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

Those who oppose the ban shouldn't insist that it's so obvious a rights violation that it doesn't merit explanation. It is impudent to simply dismiss a large majority of Canadians who support the idea of a niqab ban at a citizenship ceremony, as misguided as that may be.

Don't Make My Religion an Election Issue

Tahir Gora | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Tahir Gora

Please don't portray the niqab issue as a Muslim issue. The vast majority of Canadian Muslims think that the traditional veil is clearly a mark of separation, and consider it an element of the fanatical side of Islam. A tiny percentage of stubborn members of Muslim community is causing unnecessary tension between the government and Muslim community on one hand, and between the Muslim community and society at large on the other.

Catherine Lévesque

Quebec Women Who Wear The Niqab Cannot 'Go Home To Their Country' | Catherine Lévesque | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Politics

HuffPost Quebec sat down with three Quebec women who converted and decided to wear the veil at the risk of upsetting the people of "their country."

TPP, Niqab Debate May Hit These Voters Differently

CP | Stephanie Levitz | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — When you get west of the Rockies, the saying goes about Canadian politics, things are different. In British Columbia, that's proving tru...

Is the Choice to Wear a Niqab Really a Women's Issue?

Sarah Neville | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Neville

We live in a culture that sees female modesty as oppressive, 'medieval' at worst, while sexualized ways of dressing are easily accepted, celebrated, even mandated. Look to the restaurant industry for illustrations of women forced to dress in provocative, often uncomfortable clothing as a job requirement.

Giving Thanks for 'New-Stock Canadians'

Michael Rowe | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Rowe

Aside from the ludicrous notion that anyone other than Canada's Native population is truly "old-stock Canadians," there is a certain divisive, chamber-pot snobbery to the term. It's not a celebration of "lineage," it's a wedge. It has no use other than to separate the speaker from others. Without even having to wonder why it was never used in our house, I know that my parents would have considered it vulgar. We are all "old-stock" Canadians, no matter where we're from, or how recently we've arrived.

Take Advantage of the Long Campaign by Getting Informed

Susan Eng | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

A longer campaign is a boon to self-professed policy nerds because there's more time to get into complex issues like healthcare or labour markets. But for average voters to figure out which party would suit their needs best, they have to dig through the headlines.

Why I Look Up to Canadian Women Who Wear the Niqab

Maham Abedi | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Maham Abedi

When I first started wearing a hijab about four years ago, I remember people asking me, "Aren't you afraid?" But I told them I wasn't going to be intimidated. While I don't wear the niqab, I feel as a hijabi that every word Stephen Harper utters against it is targeted to me personally. Telling women what to wear is a slippery slope, it has always been. I know it's only a matter of time until Harper declares wearing a hijab a "barbaric cultural practice." As Harper uses the niqab debate as a political weapon, and as we say the practice makes us uncomfortable and call it strange, let's not forget Harper's words and our own are hurting real women.

Stephen Harper Is Still Not Ready

McLean Greaves | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics
McLean Greaves

After months of an on-air campaign claiming Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is "just not ready" to be prime minister, another gruelling 78-day election campaign spewing the now tired slogan and, indeed, almost 10 years in office, it's become evident that Harper himself just isn't ready for an increasingly diverse Canadian future. The duplicitous, short-term Conservative strategy of stoking racial tensions for xenophobic votes will have the long-term impact of alienating future electors who clearly hold the cards on which party will dominate federal politics in the coming decades if not sooner.

Second World War Vet Who Fought For Sikh Rights Decries Niqab Ban

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics

>The decorated soldier, who served 38 years with the British and Indian armies before emigrating to Canada in 1980, said in an interview that he doesn't agree with restricting the use of the niqab.

Ex-Supreme Court Justice Has Had Enough Of 'Unhealthy' Niqab Debate

CBC | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics

One of Canada's most esteemed jurists, Louise Arbour, has had enough with what she calls the "unhealthy debate" over the niqab face-covering looming l...

Citizenship Cannot Be Made Conditional Upon 'Assimilation'

Reut Amit | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Reut Amit

Karen Selick recently wrote the most honest column we will see in this election campaign -- Ms. Selick would permit "niqab-wearers" the benefit of Canadian citizenship, so long as they continued to play by her rules. If they did not, she suggests Canadians ought to deny them service at restaurants, refuse them as renters and as employees. What Ms. Selick fails to understand is she is affirming that her own membership is conditional.