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NCCM releases report on Muslim High School Students’ experiences in Ontario Classrooms

On May 8, 2017, the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) brought 31 young people together to talk about their experiences as Muslim students in Ontario classrooms. According to NCCM, Muslim students rarely get the opportunity to speak freely about the particular challenges they face in the education system. “Recognizing this gap, the NCCM’s Muslim Student Town Hall initiative worked hard to change this by inviting diverse Muslim voices to the table to speak about their experiences,” said NCCM. “The Quebec Mosque shooting, the public reaction to the government motion M103, and the religious accommodation and prayer debate at...

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Academics and activists from across the globe issue open letter to Ontario Government on Basic Income

We, collectively, represent the principal investigators, research teams and stakeholder groups behind several distinct basic income experiments underway in Finland, Scotland, the Netherlands, the USA, Spain, Kenya and India. We profoundly regret that you chose to cancel the Ontario Basic Income Guarantee Experiment prematurely. Each of our experimental designs is somewhat different, reflecting our own political and social context. Together these experiments have the potential to produce data upon which evidence-informed social policy might be based. Ontario represented a key piece of the analysis, and has been watched closely by policymakers and researchers around the globe. We are deeply...

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Mosque Problems: US Muslims Explore Solutions at ISNA Conference

By Carissa D. Lamkahouan HOUSTON – American mosques do not meet the prophetic ideal, according to three expert panelists speaking at the 55th annual national conference of The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) during a panel titled “Realizing the Prophetic Masjid.” Instead, American Muslims often find their mosques unwelcoming, exclusive, un-dynamic and failing to meet the diverse needs of the community. Speaker Ihsan Bagby is an associate professor in the Department of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky. He said American mosques can make one simple change if they want their place of worship to more closely...

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MuslimFest Celebrates 15 Years of Canadian Muslim Culture

TORONTO – MuslimFest, the 15th annual arts and entertainment festival, returns to the Greater Toronto Area this weekend. The festival will run from August 31 – September 2 at Celebration Square in Mississauga and it will be a weekend of love, laughter, food, and entertainment for people of all ages. “Over the past 15 years, MuslimFest has become a must-attend event for Canadian Muslims throughout Ontario,” says Tariq Syed, Event Director of the Festival. “We encourage people from all backgrounds to visit the festival as it provides Muslims with opportunities to share our culture with the broader community.” “We...

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