Islam rains on Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – banned items, massive security, 50 blocks shut down
Security at the upcoming Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is nothing short of extensive, and pay close attention to new changes for the balloon inflation event on Wednesday.
“NYPD is ready for this week,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said.
With more than a million spectators expected to attend the parade and at least 100,000 more expected to attend the popular balloon inflation on Wednesday, the NYPD is putting extraordinary security measures in full effect, especially coming so soon after the Halloween terrorist attack.
Activists applaud TDSB vote to scrap program that put police officers in schools
A group of activists is welcoming a move to scrap a program that placed police officers in certain Toronto schools and is calling for other school boards with similar programs to follow suit.
Phillip Morgan, a member of Education Not Incarceration, is lauding the decision by the Toronto District School Board to permanently end the School Resource Officer program.
Morgan, who was joined by activists from Black Lives Matter Toronto at a news conference this morning, says more work now needs to be done to get Toronto’s Catholic District School board to cancel its own program.
Opinion: Free speech concern seems all too selective
Views published in the media on the Laurier University case have almost universally been in support of the student, on the grounds of free speech. By contrast, views were much more polarized concerning Dalhousie University’s actions. Those who are currently defending the teaching assistant, Lindsay Shepherd, by and large did not extend support to Masuma Khan. While some did, Khan never enjoyed anything remotely resembling the level of support Shepherd enjoys currently.
Why that is so is, of course, pure speculation. Yet I can’t seem to dismiss the idea that it has to do with who they are and why they faced disciplinary proceedings. Shepherd is a cisgender white woman who presented respect for trans people as a matter of debate. Khan is a woman of colour on the student executive who wears the hijab and posted “white fragility can kiss my ass. Your white tears aren’t sacred, this land is.”
Sweden to House Asylum Seekers with Seniors in Retirement Home
Ekerö municipality plans to house recently arrived asylum seekers alongside the elderly in a retirement home due to the shortage of available housing.
The municipality, located within the county of Stockholm and is the residence of the King of Sweden, has had difficulty finding housing for newly arrived migrants. The local government has announced that it will accommodate migrants in spare rooms in the Söderströmsgården retirement home, Mälarö Tidning reports.
Anders Anagrius, the regional integration manager, said the move could turn out to be “positive”.
Maryam Monsef Waiting Her ‘Turn’ For Updated Citizenship Documents
More than a year after Maryam Monsef revealed she was not actually born in Afghanistan, as she had previously believed, the Liberal cabinet minister is still waiting for the government to update her documents.
“Just like everybody else, I’m waiting my turn,” the status of women minister said in an interview with The Canadian Press last week.
In September 2016, the Globe and Mail reported that Monsef, hailed by the Liberals as Canada’s first Afghan-born MP, was actually born in Mashhad, Iran, a city about 200 kilometres away from the border with Afghanistan.