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Multi-faith event raises awareness on climate change

“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.; it’s not too late,” was the message of Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dr. Dianne Saxe to a multi-faith gathering on climate action held on Monday evening at Jaffari Community Centre in Thornhill. The event titled, ‘Supporting Multi-Faith Climate Action’, was organized by Jaffari Community Centre in conjunction with Faith & the Common Good and supported by the environmental groups, Shoresh and, as well as Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Thornhill. Dr. Dianne Saxe is the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), a tough but fair watchdog over Ontario’s environmental, energy and...

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Canadians protest ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims

Canadians rallied in cities across the country to protest the military crackdown in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations human rights chief has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” At a rally in Toronto, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the action of the Burmese government against the Rohingya “looks a lot like ethnic cleansing.” More than 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the military crackdown to neighbouring Bangladesh as refugees. “This is an issue that matters to me very much. It matters very much to our prime minister,” Minister Freeland told a crowd in Toronto’s...

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Toronto Faith Leaders unite for Habitat for Humanity Build in Scarborough

Fifteen families in the Greater Toronto Area will have safe, decent, and affordable housing, thanks in part to the Faith 150 Build. More than 30 leaders from a variety of religious backgrounds gathered at the Habitat for Humanity GTA East-End Toronto build-site at 140 Pinery Rd in Scarborough on Wednesday for a special day of volunteering for the construction. Faith in Canada 150, a program of think tank Cardus, organized the effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity GTA. “Canada has a rich faith heritage that we’re celebrating in this 150th anniversary year,” said Ray Pennings, executive vice president...

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Canadian Muslims celebrate Eid amid concern over rising Islamophobia

Toronto’s Muslims celebrated Eid al-Adha on Friday with a colorful display of the community’s diversity and compassion to the city’s special needs population at Woodbine Park. “Our theme for our Eid celebrations is ‘diversity is our strength,’” said Akram Abdelrahman of the Muslim Association of Canada, Toronto chapter, which organized the large Eid gathering. “The multicultural essence of Islam is reflected in this Eid festival and the makeup of Canadian society. It is an opportunity for the wider community to observe and celebrate Eid with us.” In an impressive display of unity, Muslims of all ethnicities dressed in traditional...

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Inaugural Great Lakes Water Walk Takes Place along Toronto Waterfront Trail, Sunday, September 24, 2017

The source of all life on Earth – water – is sacred to Canada’s First Nations Peoples. That special relationship is the inspiration behind this year’s first annual Great Lakes Water Walk on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 6:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Toronto’s Waterfront Trail. Led by Indigenous Grandmothers, Knowledge Holders, and Elders, with collaboration and guidance from Nibi Emosaawdamajig and Ecologos, the Great Lakes Water Walk unites First Peoples and Canadians in a symbolic walk towards reconciliation through a shared reverence for life-sustaining water, and to ensure the health and well-being of the Great Lakes of Ontario...

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