Ziyaad Mia
Ziyaad Mia is a Toronto lawyer active in human rights, national security, animal welfare and civic issues. He is also an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Ziyaad is the founder of Give 30, which is an innovative Ramadan-based social initiative designed to mobilize people of all faiths and moral persuasions on a grassroots level in the fight against hunger.

Ziyaad is the winner of CBC's Canada Writes Literary Challenge Award (2014 - "Stories of Belonging") and was shortlisted for CBC's Canada Writes Literary Challenge Award (2011 - "True Winter Tales"). His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun.

Entries by Ziyaad Mia

How The Liberals Can Fix Bill C-51 And Reform National Security

(8) Comments | Posted January 27, 2016 | 10:17 AM

What a difference a year makes.

Former Prime Minister Harper launched Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, at a campaign-style event in Richmond Hill, Ontario, on Jan. 30, 2015. According to Harper, C-51 was a response to "violent jihadism." That event was emblematic of the politicization...

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It's Time We Treat Chickens as Animals and Not Products

(10) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 5:48 PM

"The day may come, when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny...The question is not, 'Can they reason?' nor, 'Can they talk?' but, 'Can they suffer?'"

Jeremy Bentham (1748 - 1832)

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Remembering Rwanda's Pain and the World's Shame

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:29 AM

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Source Unknown
Arian lovingly holds her little brother Patrick's hand in the photograph. It's hard not to smile and wonder what the future holds for them. Nothing suggests their lives...
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Canada's Animals Deserve the Five Freedoms

(16) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 1:36 PM

"Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, it is, for that reason, to be of no account?" ~ Jean Paul Richter

Do animals matter in Canada? Do they have any inherent legal or moral value?

By many measures, Canadian society, like human society...

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Going Hungry in a Land of Plenty

(7) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 12:39 PM

Canada is a land of plenty. Yet, despite that prosperity, some of our neighbours do not have enough to eat. Some may go for an entire day without food, simply because they do not have enough money; they are forced to choose between eating and paying the rent.

On Tuesday...

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Canada Shouldn't Enable Saudi Abuses

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:43 PM

Saudi Arabia is a strange land.

Strange, because its moniker suggests ownership of Arabia by the Al Saud family, and because it's a society devoid of the rule of law. It's governed, or more accurately, ruled, by an absolute monarch beyond the reach of legality and accountability. Absence of...

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The Treatment of Farm Animals Will Make You Squeal

(14) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 4:38 PM

Recently CTV's W5 aired an episode called "Food for Thought," which included undercover video shot by Mercy for Animals. The images depict pigs in Manitoba housed in gestation stalls apparently suffering as a result of their living conditions and at the hands of their human minders. It is...

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