Muslim school holiday recognition unlikely in Canada

Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing two new holidays for public schools this week. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times. It accompanies a gushing editorial at NYT, who are thrilled to pieces.

Despite a move by New York City to close its schools for two Muslim holidays starting next fall, it’s unlikely anyone but Muslim Canadian students will be allowed to miss those school days north of the border. But some wonder if at least some Canadian schools should follow the Big Apple’s lead.

When New York City schools close their doors for Eid al-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice) and Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan), students “will no longer have to choose between honouring the most sacred days on their calendar or attending school,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said when he made the announcement earlier this week.

Canada isn’t “anywhere near that point,” says Mihad Fahmy. She’s the head of the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ human rights committee and a labour and human rights lawyer…

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