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Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in Canada Up 151% in 2017

TORONTO – Canada witnessed an alarming increase in the volume of hate crimes being reported to police in 2017, with hates crimes targeting Muslims increasing by 151%. According to Statistics Canada, 2017 was the most recent year of reporting hate crimes after 2016 which saw a massive increase of 47%. This caused an increase in …

Aspiring Teacher May Leave Quebec If Hijab Ban Imposed

 Fatima Ahmad has been dreaming about becoming a teacher since she was a little girl. At age six, she wrote down the aspiration in her diary, along with two other options: doctor and artist. Ultimately, she chose teaching. MONTREAL – Fatima Ahmad is studying to become a teacher at McGill University, Canada. However, this dream …

Canadian Muslim Group Calls for National Day of Action Against Hate

OTTAWA – The National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) has sent an open letter to the Canadian government urging them to designate January 29th as a National Day of Action against Hate and Intolerance. January 29th is the anniversary of the mass shooting in 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City in which …

Quebec Plans to Ban Chador, Niqab in Civil Service

MONTREAL – The new government of Quebec province in Canada is planning to block Muslim women who work in the civil service from wearing the chador, niqab, and burka, CBC reported on October 24. The Premier of the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ), François Legault, made clear his intention to “prohibit those who hold positions of …

Banning Hijab in Canada

Banning Hijab in Canada

During the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, I remember the stories emanating from France of young Muslim schoolgirls expelled for wearing the Hijab. While many of the young sisters were permitted to return to school wearing the Hijab, wider questions had been raised.

Quebec Court Upholds Right to Wear Hijab in Courtrooms

MONTREAL – The Quebec Court of Appeal issued a decision Wednesday, October 3, ruling that no person can be prohibited from wearing their hijab in the courtroom if it is worn on the basis of their sincerely held religious belief and does not conflict with an overriding public interest. “Freedom of conscience and religion – …

Muslim Candidate in Quebec Election Stops Campaigning Following Threat

MONTREAL —A Canadian Muslim has stopped campaigning in his Quebec City riding  after having his election sign shot up last week. “Since then, I haven’t been sleeping, I’m afraid,” Ali Dahan, who is running as an Independent, told The Canadian Press by phone Wednesday. “I’m not going out like before.” Dahan, whose riding of Jean-Talon …

Muslim Seeks to Become Quebec First Hijabi Officer

QUEBEC, Montreal – A 17-year-old Muslim woman has become a subject of debate in Quebec following her decision to don hijab while studying to become a police officer. “I feel like all the other kids. I don’t think I have a better or worse chance of getting into this career path,” Sondos Lamrhari told Radio-Canada, …

Hijabi Woman Runs for Provincial Elections in Quebec

QUEBEC, Montreal – A hijabi woman has announced plans to run in Quebec fall provincial elections, making her the first Muslim woman donning the religious headwear to run in the eastern Canadian district. “For the past 10 years in Quebec, Muslim women have been a big part of the political discussion – somewhat against their …

Quebec Mosque Shooting Survivor Receives $400K for New House

TORONTO – The Toronto-based non-profit, DawaNet, presented a cheque of $400,000 to Aymen Derbali for a new home on Saturday night at Le Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ). Derbali was left paralyzed from the chest down just over a year ago in the shooting at the Quebec City mosque. The father of three who …



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