Tackling Islamophobia or Canadian Muslim unemployment is a problem not just for Canadian Muslims, but for all Canadians. That being said, if Canadian Muslims don't lead the effort to tackle these issues, including educating that same society and state, little will get accomplished.
Community worker, strategist and entrepreneur
Saqib Qureshi is a community worker, strategist and entrepreneur who has lived and worked in three continents - Europe, Asia and North America. In London, he worked at HSBC Investment Bank, McKinsey and Co; in Dubai, he worked for several government agencies; while in Toronto he works for a real estate developer. <br> <br> Saqib has written for The Financial Times and authored "Reconstructing Strategy: Dancing with the God of Objectivity", which was published in 2015. He was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys, and received his undergraduate and PhD degrees from the London School of Economics (LSE). <br> <br> At heart, he self-identifies as a Rich Tea lover and as an expert in dunking that specific biscuit into mugs of hot Sainsbury's Red Label tea
We need to recognize that the arguments by health care providers, such as the Ontario Medical Association, that we increase government spending on health care are plain ugly and selfish. We are already paying some 49 per cent more capita for health care than are folk living in 29 better performing health care systems.
02/25/2016 06:00 EST
Forcillo and Yatim didn't live in a vacuum. Ontario has hundreds of thousands of public sector employees, and millions of citizens. The point that is conveniently missed is the lack of accountability in Ontario is not something unique to the relationship between police and citizen. It's not as if the police has a unique culture, interfacing with a society that the rest of the public sector doesn't engage. Accountability is a two-way process. We have a cultural accountability problem.
01/29/2016 05:19 EST
A window of opportunity has opened where several provincial governments and Ottawa are enlightened and willing to partner to deal with problems. Eleven Muslim MPs were elected to Ottawa alone in 2015, and one is a cabinet minister. If the stars are aligned, what then are the key challenges that the community should take on?
11/20/2015 11:00 EST
New journeys often create surprises. Over the last few months, as I've gotten increasingly stuck on issues of Islamophobia and the fringe, extremist xenophobia in the Muslim world, this journey has been true to form. I've been struck by both the similarities between the two hate camps and their sheer resilience.
10/16/2015 11:06 EDT
Often two individuals or groups who detest each other have more in common than they'd like to admit. Islam's lunatic fringe and their comrade Islamophobes are such bedfellows. And their supporters, who intellectualize to legitimate their xenophobias are just as much mirror images of each other.
08/06/2015 11:59 EDT
In both the U.S. and Canada, Muslims face real scrutiny, fanned by politicians out to earn xenophobic votes and media folk out to sell copies. North American society, on both sides of the border, needs to get to grips with five key misconceptions if it wants to contribute to a clean, prejudice-free society.
07/24/2015 05:52 EDT
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