Canada Canada’s government can’t be ‘neutral umpire’ in fight against Islamophobia: experts
As Cuba erupts, Cuban-Canadians accuse the Trudeau government of turning its back
The gap between the Biden administration and the Trudeau government this week on Cuba was wider than the straits that separate Havana from Key West. U.S. President Joe Biden said the United States "stands firmly with the people of Cuba as they assert their universal rights. And we call on the government of Cuba to refrain from violence in their attempt to silence the voices of the people of Cuba." The protests — which saw thousands of Cubans march through cities across the island — are a "clarion call for freedom," said Biden.
In light of an emergency summit onThursday, Islamic scholars and Imams are saying that the federal government is going to need to tackle its own discriminatory policies before it can properly address the issue of anti-Muslim hate in Canada.
Speaking with Global News on Thursday, Anver M. Emon, director of University of Toronto's Institute of Islamic Studies, said that the federal government has in itself "explicit policies" that are discriminatory against Muslims and that the government can't be looked at as a "neutral umpire" in the conversation.
Muslim council issues recommendations ahead of national Islamophobia summit this week
The National Council of Canadian Muslims has released a lengthy list of policy recommendations for elected officials ahead of a national summit on Islamophobia this week. The organization is holding events today in cities that have experienced crimes targeting Muslims in recent years, including Quebec City, the Greater Toronto Area, Edmonton and London, Ont., where last month four members of a family were killed while out for a walk. Mustafa Farooq, the chief executive officer of the NCCM, told reporters in southwestern Ontario today the recommendations target every level of government and were compiled after talking with members of the community from across the countr
"...those policies do have a trickle-down effect in terms of the culture of bureaucratic practices that infect the body politic, sort of like the virus we're fighting — all of us are fighting in this pandemic, but Islamophobia is a virus as well," said Emon.
"That's taking shape in a variety of ways at the formal governmental level and also infects our culture and our public discourse."
The summit, which was called in response to a recent string of violent attacks that have injured or killed Muslim Canadians, was hosted by the federal government.
Diversity Minister Bardish Chagger said that the event would be an opportunity for Muslim Canadians to give insight into how the government could stop such attacks and introduce policies to protect their communities.
Feds looking into Muslim charities' concerns: PM
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is "extremely concerned" about recent reports that Muslim charities are being unfairly targeted for federal audits and sanctions. Trudeau told a news conference Tuesday the Liberal government is looking "very closely at our processes," adding it is unacceptable to single out any particular community. "We do have important work to do to make sure that charitable organizations are following all the rules involved," Trudeau said.
Speaking at the summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canadians should all be fighting for a country that they "all want to see."
Trudeau also called out the federal security and tax agencies among the government public services that he says should be doing more to put an end to Islamophobia in Canada.
"From the (Canada Revenue Agency) to security agencies, institutions should support people, not target them,'' said Trudeau.
While Trudeau pointed a finger at these institutions as well as other levels of government and businesses to do more, his speech did not respond to a call from nearly 100 Muslim organizations for the Liberal government to reform the Canada Revenue Agency’s practices in auditing Muslim charities.
It's those same exact practices Emon and his team at U of T identified, alongside the National Council of Canadian Muslims, in a report looking specifically into how governments audit charities that are Muslim-led.
Government convenes national summit on antisemitism, but opposition leaders say they weren't initially invited
The federal government is set to hold a national summit on antisemitism today — but political tensions swirled on the eve of the event as opposition leaders said they weren't initially invited.In a media statement earlier this month, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger said she invited various cabinet ministers and party critics to join the discussion.
Their report, Emon said, found that Muslim charities were brought into the "crosshairs" of either the anti-terrorism financing policies led by the Ministry of Finance or the anti-radicalization policies led by the Public Safety Ministry.
"The minute you bring a Muslim charity into the crosshairs of either one of those two government policies, audits start looking like a very different beast," Emon said.
"There's not a lot of transparency. There's not a lot of communication. There's a lot of questions. There's a lot of digging in ways that seem inappropriate."
Kamal Gurgi, an Imam whose family was targeted in an attack in Hamilton, Ont., last week, told Global News that it's now time to "demand actions rather than talks of condemnation."
"We want concrete actions, we want practical actions to combat this hate," said Gurgi.
Gurgi’s wife and daughter were nearly hit by a driver who was yelling threats and anti-Muslim racial slurs, according to investigators. That incident has drawn outrage across the country, including from the prime minister.
The incident comes just a month after four members of a London, Ont., family were killed in what police have called a targeted attack on the Muslim community.
Gurgi hopes that the summit will provide not just the Muslim community but all communities some concrete steps to stop discrimination.
"So this is the demand of most Canadians that we should act rather than talk about it," said Gurgi.
"We should act upon stopping this kind of hate, this kind of bigotry, this kind of discrimination."
-- With files from the Canadian Press and Mike Drolet
Gurriel, Astros jump to big lead, cruise past Mariners 11-4 .
SEATTLE (AP) — Yuli Gurriel singled, doubled and homered to drive in three runs and lead the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 11-4 on Wednesday. It was the 13th time this season Gurriel has had at least three hits. Carlos Correa also had three hits and Kyle Tucker homered for the Astros, who have won seven of their last nine games. “You love to see these guys hitting,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a great feeling when you’re scoring, and guys get five at bats and do something with them.” Starter Jake Odorizzi (4-5) gave up three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.