On March 15, 2017, Now Toronto posted an article entitled “Rental housing squeeze leaving racialized renters out in the cold in the GTA” and authored by Shantal Otchere, who introduces herself as an “Online Producer at NOW Magazine.”
Analyzing the rental housing market in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Otchere claims that “Toronto’s housing bubble has created a landlord’s market, to the disadvantage in particular of Black renters.”
According to The Star, the lead author of the study, Dr. Natasha Saunders, said, “A child or youth injured by a gun each day in this province is staggering.” She believes this should serve as impetus for doctors to be more involved in the conversation about firearms in Ontario, including conversations between doctors and their patients.
It sounds to me like they need to start teaching Gun Safety classes in school.
The three most reported criminal offences motivated by hate were mischief to property, assault and criminal harassment. The Jewish community saw the most cases of vandalism; physical assaults happen more often in the LGBTQ community; while the Muslim community was the most victimized group for criminal harassment.
It happened again in 2016, repeating a trend that has been ongoing for at least 10 years.
According to the latest Toronto Police Service (TPS) hate crime report — on the agenda of this week’s police services board meeting — Jews were the most targeted group in Toronto when it came to acts of hate crime last year.
The University of Toronto psychology professor has found himself at the centre of a firestorm involving, depending on whom you ask, gender identity and freedom of speech — the result of his now-famous/infamous declaration to only call students “he” and “she,” and not “they” as some individuals in the transgender community prefer to be known. He also announced he was steadfastly opposed to Bill C-16, federal legislation that seeks to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
A Toronto school that allows Muslim students to conduct prayer sessions during class hours on school property is pushing up against the boundaries set by the courts more than 20 years ago to keep religious instruction out of public classrooms.
“I think this looks like a school practicing religion,” said Ed Morgan, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Toronto. “The school may be conveying a message that they endorse religion and that’s what the school is not allowed to do.”
The first speaker at OCAI‘s protest accused Justin Trudeau Liberal government among other things of espousing white supremacist policy, committing ongoing “genocide” against the Indigenous people, arming the Islamic regime of Saudi Arabia that bombed Yemeni children and exploiting refugees and immigrants. She called the federal government to repeal the Barbaric Cultural Practices Act that criminalizes forced marriage and tackles ‘honour killings’.
A group of residents in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village initiated a grassroots campaign in support of the city’s Muslim community by tying white ribbons around street posts and trees. Other residents are pinning the ribbons, some of which include the messages “All Faiths Welcome” and “Diversity is our Strength” to their coats to express their personal show of solidarity. The campaign is in response to a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on January 29, 2017.
University: U of T, EGS
Close Connection(s): Salah Hassan, David Lloyd, Saree Makdisi, David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins, Steven Salaita
Since 2014, Comay has been leading an effort, alongside anti-Israel professors David Lloyd, David Palumbo-Liu, and Bruce Robbins, to force the MLA to adopt a BDS resolution, which will come up for a vote in 2017. In 2014, those pushing for BDS failed to persuade even 10% of the MLA membership to vote in favor of the resolution. Comay is also a signatory to a BDS petition put forward by the MLA MJP.
We’re constantly admonished that all the Muslims in the West are moderate and peaceful, and wouldn’t dream of bringing the savage and barbaric aspects of sharia to our countries. But the truth is, as always, otherwise.
The Ryerson Student Union was set to vote on a Jewish student group’s motion to hold Holocaust Education Week but according to an account from “a member of Hillel Ryerson, students from the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) and the Muslim Students Association (RMSA) first called for an amendment to the motion to include all forms of genocide.
The first Ontario Islamic Heritage Month was celebrated on October 29, 2016 also at Jam’e Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid, a Sunni mosque located at 2665 Lawrence Ave. East in Toronto.
The mosque opened its doors to non-Muslims to learn about the true Islam from Islamic literature that was given away, by listening to speeches of Muslim imams and activists, participating in a Q&A session and a tour of the mosque – which included the armory and WMD facility.
Around one thousand people participated on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in an anti-Trump protest which started at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square and ended in front of Trump Tower. The protest was lead by FightBack, the self proclaimed “Marxist voice of the working class and revolutionary youth in today’s labour movement.”