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Legal challenge launched against Quebec’s Bill 62

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) and the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM), two prominent civil liberties & advocacy organizations, today filed a lawsuit English and in French in Quebec Superior Court challenging the constitutionality of Bill 62. On October 18, 2017, the Quebec National Assembly enacted Bill 62, An Act to foster adherence to State religious neutrality, and, in particular, to provide a framework for requests for accommodations on religious grounds in certain bodies (the “Act”). The lawsuit seeks a court order staying the application of Section 10 of the new law, which requires individuals to uncover their faces in order to receive...

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Somali-born Ontario Poet and Alberta Arts Chaplain Win Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing

Two vibrant young Canadians are now the first ever winners of the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing – a Faith in Canada 150 project, backed by think tank Cardus. POETRY WINNER Rowda Mohamud, a Somali-born Canadian-Muslim poet from Oakville ON took home a $10,000 prize for her suite of poems entitled Please Find Yourself a Space. SHORT STORY WINNER Brandon Trotter, a writer, director, actor, playwright, and arts chaplain from Calgary, AB takes home the $10,000 prize for his short story, Saint 148. Shane Nielson, a poet, physician, literary critic, and PhD candidate at McMaster...

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Canadian government to match charitable donations for Rohingya refugees

The Canadian government announced today that it will match every dollar Canadians donate between August 25 and November 28, 2017 to registered charities to help the Rohingya refugees. These donations will be made to the Myanmar Crisis Relief Fund. “Bangladesh is now hosting the world’s biggest refugee camp where over 900,000 Rohingya and other minorities are fleeing the ethnic cleansing in Myanmar,” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. “I encourage all Canadians to donate to the organization of their choice.” “Your donation will save lives and will allow them to be treated with dignity until...

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Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada sends goodwill message to Muslims

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) has sent a message of support and goodwill to Canadian Muslims. “At the convention, our assembly adopted a Statement to Muslims in Canada,” wrote the Rev. Susan C. Johnson, National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. “We commend this statement and this gesture of good will to you.” The ‘Statement to Muslims in Canada’ was adopted by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) during its national convention held in the summer. “At our convention, we recognized that ‘People of the Muslim faith have been singled out for particular forms...

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‘Diversity is how we grow’, First Nation Chief tells ISNA Canada Convention

Chief Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation (MNCFN) told the ISNA Canada Convention on Saturday that Canadians should celebrate the growing diversity in the country. “Diversity is how we grow and become better than we were yesterday,” Chief Stacey Laforme told the gathering at the 43rd ISNA Canada Annual Convention. “I believe that the way to grow is to welcome diversity.” “The world is in a difficult time and it needs us to stand together,” added LaForme. “It needs the citizens to say that we are the people of this land and we should...

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