Category Archives: Toronto

Rental ads only for “racialized” people

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.”

Despite Stringent Gun Control, One ‘Child or Youth’ Shot Every Day in Ontario

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.

How controversial U of T prof Jordan Peterson became a lightning rod

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.

Muslim prayers during class time draws fire at Toronto school

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.”

Toronto pro Islam protest demands repealing of Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act

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’.

Toronto neighbourhood ties white ribbons in solidarity with Muslims

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.

“Masjid Toronto” is trending* on Twitter

Saith the Ceeb: More than dozen assemble outside Masjid Toronto calling for ban on Islam as Muslims pray inside

The shouting was so loud that Tara Goldblatt, who works in a nearby building on the 21st floor said she could hear it from inside her office.

When she came down to see what was going on, she says she saw some 15 people screaming, some blocking the path of those trying to enter the mosque.

“The response from the people who were trying to get inside was very sort of, ‘Oh well, they’re entitled to their opinion’ and, ‘Oh well, I guess that’s just part of life,'” Goldblatt said.

“And it makes me really angry because that’s just part of life and it’s not freedom of speech. It’s awful and hateful and it shouldn’t be allowed.”

*In the sense I suspect that Twitter has decided it should be trending

U of #Toronto prof @rebeccacomay leads the effort to force the Modern Language Association to adopt BDS resolution

Occupation: Professor
University: U of T, EGS
Organization(s): BDS
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.

Toronto university Muslim groups block passage of motion to hold Holocaust Education Week

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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.

Ontario Islamic Heritage Month: “Wife is assigned the duty of managing household”

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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.

I, um, might have made up that last bit.

Anti Trump protest in Toronto: “We are all Muslims now”

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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.”