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Brampton Council Appoints First Muslim Woman

The council of the Canadian city of Brampton has appointed Muneeza Sheikh as its integrity commissioner and lobbyist registrar to become the city’s first Muslim woman on a full contract, In Brampton reported. “As integrity commissioner, I’ll oversee the application of the Council Code of Conduct, along with any city by-laws, procedures, rules and policies …

Muslim Women Clothing Store Fills Void in Canada’s Saint John

Moving to Saint John in New Brunswick, in Canada’s east coast less than a year ago, Hebatalla Mohamed noticed that options were very limited to Muslim women looking for suitable clothes. “As Arabian women, we face a lot of problems and the biggest one is our style,” Mohamed, from Saudi Arabia, told CBC. “We find …

Ontario People Stood Guard of Local Mosque after Vandalism

Sending a strong message of support, dozens of people stood guard at the local mosque in Owen Sound, Ontario, after the worshipping house was vandalized for the second time, London CTV News reported. “We’re still fearful, but at the same time we’re moved as well,” said Waleed Aslam, the congregation spokesman for Owen Sound Muslim …

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Canadian City Plans Privacy Swims for Muslim Women

At a time when burkini is banned in France, the city of New Westminster, British Columbia, has concluded an agreement with the Canadian Muslim community on planning privacy swims for Muslim women, New West Record reported. “Privacy swims are of relevance as related to religious practices of some members of the community that dictate that genders …

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Ontario Rural County First Mosque Fills Void

Opening doors a few weeks ago, the number of Muslims visiting Wellington County’s first mosque has revealed a growing need for mosques in the rural Ontario district, Guelph Today reported. “We figured out there is no mosque till far away. Nothing in Rockwood, Georgetown, Orangeville, Fergus, Arthur, Hillsburgh, there are no mosques,” said Kashif Ali, …

Ottawa Unveils Anti-Racism Strategy

A new three-year anti-racism strategy has been revealed by the Canadian federal government with a promise of $45 million to fight systemic discrimination through community programs, public education campaigns, and combating online hate, National Post reported. “While we take pride in being a welcoming and inclusive country, we know that racism and discrimination are still …

Canadian PM and Politicians Join Muslims to Celebrate `Eid

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and over 75 elected officials and media personalities joined 1,000 guests to celebrate `Eid Al-Fitr at a gala dinner in Toronto on Friday, June 21st, hosted by The Canadian-Muslim Vote (TCMV), a non-partisan organization whose aim is to increase the participation of Canadian Muslims within the democratic process. “`Eid Mubarak! …

Ontario Police to Recruit Officers Affected by Quebec Religious Symbols Ban

The mayor of Brampton, Ontario, will launch a recruiting campaign targeting Quebec residents affected by the province’s new law on religious symbols, CBC reported. “We need to send a strong message to proponents of [the secularism law] in Quebec,” Patrick Brown, Brampton’s mayor and the former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, said …

Canadian Muslims, Civil Liberties Groups Challenge Quebec Religious Symbols Ban

Canadian Muslims and civil liberties groups have filed a legal challenge in the Quebec Superior Court against Quebec’s Bill 21 banning public-school teachers, government lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing hijab and religious symbols, a statement by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) read. The plaintiffs in the case include the NCCM, the …

Quebec Adopts Controversial Bill Banning Religious Symbols

Quebec’s majority government has pushed through a controversial piece of legislation that will bar public-school teachers, government lawyers, judges and police officers from wearing religious symbols while at work, The New York Times reported Monday. “This government is introducing a law that tramples on the rights of thousands of people,” said Catherine McKenzie, the lead …



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