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Toronto Mosque soup kitchen serves thousands of meals

On Sunday December 10, 2017 the TARIC Islamic Centre concluded it’s annual Soup Kitchen & Meal Delivery Service. “This year we marks the 10,000th meal served,” according to organizer Imraan Assim. “Volunteers are very excited and often bring their kids out for this noble cause.” “The Soup Kitchen is open to everyone,” added Assim. “This is a program that embodies the very core of Muslim teachings, which we have felt the world needs more of.” The soup kitchen and meal delivery service was born five years ago with the purpose of gathering volunteers at the mosque during the month...

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Celebrating volunteerism in the Muslim community

CivicMuslims celebrated their 5th anniversary at a luncheon in Toronto on Sunday, December 3 with a major announcement about the future of the non-profit organization. “Today, we are announcing that CivicMuslims will become Canada’s first Muslim Volunteer Centre,” Mohamed Awad, founder of CivicMuslims, told the audience. “Five years ago, CivicMuslims was born with a simple mission: to connect those wanting to do good with opportunities to do good.” “We believe that every bit of goodness counts,” added Awad. “This is what drives us to inspire people to look beyond themselves through service and volunteerism.” The event held at the...

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International Day of Disabled Persons across the Greater Toronto Area

DEEN Support Services commemorated the International Day of Disabled Persons across the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday, holding events in Mississauga and Scarborough. DEEN Support Services’ mission is to advance community inclusion by offering culturally and spiritually relevant services for families and individuals living with disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in...

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Quebec judge grants stay to face-covering law Bill 62

On Friday, a Quebec Superior Court Judge temporarily blocked Quebec’s Bill 62, the controversial provincial law regarding face-coverings. The decision by Justice Babak Barin means that, for now, people in Quebec who wear the a face covering can continue to access services such as taking the bus or borrowing a library book without showing their faces. The ruling comes two weeks after Marie-Michele Lacoste, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association argued for a temporary suspension of the law because women who wore face coverings were facing harassment and discrimination. “We presented arguments...

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Toronto Faith Leaders urge city to call shelter emergency

As homeless deaths continue to rise, faith leaders, front-line workers and advocates for the homeless gathered at Toronto City Hall to demand that Mayor Tory declare an emergency in our shelter system and open 1,000 new beds in over the next year, with 400 coming online immediately. “This crisis has reached new heights. The City’s own shelter referral centre on Peter Street has hit near paralysis with 80 people sleeping there some nights, half of them sleeping in chairs, because the shelters are full,” stated Rafi Aaron, Spokesperson for the Interfaith Coalition to Fight Homelessness. “We need immediate action from our...

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