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Toronto Mourns Christchurch Mass Shooting Victims

Hundreds of people came out on Friday night in cold drizzling rain outside Toronto City Hall holding signs that read “United Against Islamophobia,” “We Care New Zealand,” and “Humanity Against Terrorism.” “To think that a mosque, a place of peace, tranquility, reflection, and meditation becomes a place where people are targeted simply because of their faith is horrifying and we can’t let that happen in Canada or anywhere around the world,” Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada told the crowd at the vigil. Toronto’s Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong said the attack has left many people in...

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Black Muslims in Canada: A Symposium

This conference will look at the lived experiences of Black Muslims in Canada (through academic and non-academic research). By bringing together participants through this conference, a community of scholars can begin to emerge that can enhance partnerships, collaboration and networks to the benefit of Black Muslim communities in Canada. This conference is intended to bring together academics, researchers, policymakers, spiritual leaders and community members to engage in a full-day discussion on a broad set of themes relating to Black Muslims in Canada. Themes include (but are not limited to) history, identity, health, law, community-based organizing, religion, and politics. Join...

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BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: Stories of Success and Challenge from Refugee Women

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY PROGRAM BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING: Stories of Success and Challenge from Refugee Women Keynote Speaker: Mary Jo Leddy Founder of Toronto’s Romero House , Writer, Theologian, Social Activist Master of Ceremonies: Nastaran Roushan Executive Member of the Refugee Lawyers Association Moderator: Katherine Govier Founder and Director of Shoe Project, Vice-president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association Panelists: Paola Gomez Umut Duygu Uzunel Kiden Jonathan Women in Leadership Award TBA * Event is co-organized by IDI GTA and the Shoe Project Program includes a keynote speech, panel discussion, table discussions and entertainment. Dinner will be served at...

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Thousands attend emotional funeral for 7 children who died in N.S. fire

Thousands of people filled the Cunard Centre in Halifax on Saturday for an emotional funeral service for the seven children who died in a devastating house fire on Tuesday just 18 months after they arrived in Halifax as Syrian refugees. The children’s mother Kawthar Barho’s sobbing was the only sound in the waterfront Cunard Centre as seven white coffins, some of them quite small, were brought in one by one by a firefighters’ honour guard. The Barho children — three-month-old Abdullah; Rana, 2; Hala, 3; Ola, 8; Mohamad, 9; Rola, 12; and Ahmed, 14 — died Tuesday morning in...

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Moving Vigil held in Halifax to mourn the seven Barho children killed in house fire

Hundreds of people from across Halifax attended a vigil in on Wednesday night to mourn seven children killed in a house fire in the neighbourhood of Spryfield. Joining the vigil was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, The Barho family came to Canada in 2017 settling first in Elmsdale, N.S., before moving closer to Halifax. The children’s father, Ebraheim, is in critical condition and their mother, Kawthar, who was not physically injured but is emotionally distraught and is hospitalized. The Hants East Assisting Refugee Team Society, the group that sponsored the family to come to Canada, has identified the victims as: Abdullah, three...

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