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Dirty Socks or Wheelchairs, What Belongs in the Mosque?

By Rabia Khedr CEO DEEN Support Services [Disability Empowerment Equaality Network] It is 2018, 25 years after Rafia founded ERDCO (Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario), an organization dedicated to addressing barriers faced by racialized people with disabilities. In March, in the week in which she hosted a conference putting access and race boldly on the planning tables that implement the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Rafia encountered more barriers than ever before – barriers that clearly demonstrate how her identities intersect on multiple levels. She is the mentor who defined the path of disability rights...

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Quebec City mosque shooting survivor receives $400K for new house

The Toronto-based non-profit, DawaNet, presented a cheque of $400,000 to Aymen Derbali for a new home on Saturday night at Le centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ). Derbali was left paralyzed from the chest down just over a year ago in the shooting at the Quebec City mosque. The father of three who will never walk again was visibly emotional as he accepted a cheque. “Every second, I imagine myself playing with my children in the house,” Derbali said. “This gives me strength.” He received the cheque in front of hundreds of community members in the very room where...

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Police investigate ‘hate-motivated’ incidents at Mississauga Mosques

Peel police are investigating incidents at Mississauga area mosques as possibly “hate-motivated.” Peel community leaders and elected representatives held a press conference this afternoon to condemn the recent actions of a known Islamophobe who recently went to three local area mosques to rip up copies of the Quran and make hateful statements that were shared on Facebook. “I am disgusted and disturbed by these actions that have happened in our city. I stand with our Muslim community, and with communities of all faiths,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie at the press conference. “We have no tolerance for any intolerance in...

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Toronto anticipates world’s largest gathering of faith communities

A reception that brought together religious, civic and political leaders was held in Toronto on Monday in anticipation of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the world’s largest and most diverse gathering of persons of faith and conscience that will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from November 1 – 8, 2018. The luncheon reception was also attended by the Parliament of the World’s Religions international Board of Trustees and the Parliament’s allies and stakeholders. “The themes of the conference are very much in keeping with the feelings of our time with the need for truth and...

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