Calgary: Never a tougher time for Muslim youth, local leaders say

Mahdi Qasqas, president of OWN Cultural Brokerage Program, poses in the library of the Islamic Centre of Calgary on Aug. 29, 2014.

Calgary’s young Muslims are facing an unprecedented level of scrutiny, as ongoing debates around terrorism leave them feeling judged and under pressure.

Scores of Muslim youth gathered Wednesday morning for the Calgary Muslim Youth Summit, where they were asked to exchange ideas to “keep all Canadians safe and secure without marginalizing Muslim communities.”

The event featured a closed-door workshop in which federal Public Safety officials discussed how young people can respond if concerned about their peers.

But beforehand, three local Muslims from elementary and high schools spoke about resilience, trust and identity and how each help them navigate misconceptions about their values.

Former Calgary police chief Rick Hanson, who is running as the Progressive Conservative candidate for Calgary-Cross, told the students “it is toxic out there” for young people…

  • ntt1

    sure its toxic if you belong to a group who is daily ,committing atrocities around the world. The trick is to not belong to that group. Or if you do, keep it very, very quiet.
    Although WWII was over 70 years ago, to this day it is not wise to wander about in a full German army costume, why then should it be any different for the muslima who insists on wearing her burial shroud? The more muslims agitate for special status the greater the blowback will be, and that is the mark of a healthy society.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      The more you try to gain special status the less likely people are going to want to deal with you, particularly when it comes to employment.
      If I was an employer I would not want the hassle.

      • olddog

        Well Said..AS an employer I look at ALL possible law suits..FIRST…then qualifications 2nd…and NEVER hire a CRAP FULL OF LAZY (D)em-wit…I don’t have time to teach “Work Ethic”…

  • WalterBannon

    Calgary’s young Muslims should be all facing deportation.

    • BillyHW

      That is too good for them.

  • letstalkcandidly

    Thousands of Calgary Islamic youth filled the streets of Calgary last July waving the flag of Hamas, a terrorist organization dedicated to establishing an Islamic sharia state in Israel, and yelling Heil Hitler. Could it be that Islamic youth are bringing this so-called “marginalization” onto themselves? Brilliant idea: Instead of gathering to share “poor me” stories they could take to the streets of Calgary this time, shouting DOWN with ISIS and WE LOVE JEWS and GAYS and see how fast Calgarians warm to them and their newfound Canadian values.

    • winniec

      Good points. I won’t hold my breathe though. 160,000 Muslims in Canada say they support violent jihad. Of those, a few hundred will be active jihadists.

      Their first targets will probably be politicians and their second Jews.

      Do you think Muslims should march to Queen’s Park every summer and demand the genocide of all Jews in Israel? Neither do I.

      Please sign the following petition to revoke Al Quds Day at Queen’s Park:

      PLEASE Sign The Petition to revoke this anti-Semitic event… Al Quds Day.

  • winniec

    Yeah, sure it’s tough to be in a toxic, misogynistic DEATH CULT, but somebody’s got to do it!
    No, wait…no one has to do it. Just leave Islam. That’s it…leave the misogynistic, toxic Death Cult.

  • BillyHW

    Didn’t 3 of these muslim degenerates just rape a little girl in Calgary?

  • Dana Garcia

    There are two choices: either return to the all-Islam-all-the-time sharia zone of the world, or get with the program of assimilating to western values.

  • J. C.
    • winniec

      If Sarkozy returns the jihadists will tremble.

  • Minicapt

    Are they still here? … then it hasn’t been hard enough.


  • Gary

    Last year in Calgary, the anti-ISIS/Terrorism rally only drew about 130 people of which many weren’t muslims.
    The media made a big deal of it to report how ‘ Muslims rally to denounce terrorism’ , so yes , more than 1 muslim was their to claim that MUSLIM’S ( as if all muslims) came out to protest.
    But I noticed one muslim with a sign to infer the Jooooo’s or CIA was behind ISIS, ISIL, and BOKO.
    The Anti-ISIS rally in Toronto in 2014 only had about 10 muslims show up which was pathetic because Imams love to boast how there are 300,000+ muslim in the GTA.

    • lolwut?

      No different then all these rallies denouncing terrorism, you can count the muslims who attend on one hand.

  • lolwut?

    Boo fucking hoo, get out. We don’t like you, we don’t want you.

  • cmh

    Hey Muslims…..We haven’t barely got started yet….LOL

  • Alain

    Actually in Calgary the evidence shows it is a lot more “toxic” for Jews and other non Muslims who are opposed to the Islamic agenda. When a family was attacked, the cops did nothing. Only after on-going pressure from Ezra Levant did the cops finally lay a few charges, and then the Crown basically acted as the defence for the violent Muslim thugs.

    • lolwut?

      Muslim mayor.

  • Observer

    I think the closed session sounded something like

  • Surele Surele

    Yawn…. any new complains?

  • Canadian

    Yeah, it`s getting tougher to be a muzzie youth. It`s even gotten so that you can actually be arrested just for gang raping a young infidel girl!

  • Mickey Oberman

    True to the Muslim tradition.
    Keep On Whining.