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Kids Plant Seeds of Peace with the Parliament of the World’s Religions

The Parliament of the World’s Religions held a Planting for Peace event in Toronto on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, with students and community members to mark the upcoming week-long Parliament, taking place November 1-7, 2018 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event themed, “Kids Plant Seeds of Peace with the Parliament of the World’s Religions” brought together children who hosted a symbolic “planting”, placing flowers in the garden that were designed and created by them. Their art pieces included a thought from each child about peace, friendship, inclusion or love, and what it means to them. Toronto Mayor...

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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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