Roma family denied stay in Montreal

Authorities say Mohamed Derouiche may have played a role in Couture-Rouleau’s radicalization

CTV Montreal 
Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:08PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:53AM EST

The RCMP is investigating a link to a St-Leonard criminal in the terror attack that lead to the death of a soldier in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu in October.

The attacker, Martin Couture-Rouleau, was shot by police shortly after he ran down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent with his car, killing him and injuring another soldier.

Soon after, the RCMP revealed it had been aware Couture-Rouleau had recently become ‘radicalized.’

According to La Presse, authorities now say 28-year-old Mohamed Derouiche may have played a role in Couture-Rouleau’s radicalization.

Quebec Muslims complain of prejudice

MONTREAL: Quebec subsidized Muslim school promoting Sharia teachings

Published Monday, January 19, 2015 6:40PM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 19, 2015 11:22PM EST

The education minister is concerned about claims a mosque connected to an elementary school in Montreal’s west end has been distributing literature that some say promotes a radical view of Islam.

Yves Bolduc said he is extremely concerned, and wants to know if the writings are influencing the school’s curriculum.

The Ecole Musulmane de Montreal at 7445 Chester Ave. receives a subsidy from the Quebec government.

A side entrance to the school connects to a small mosque called the Muslim Centre of Quebec.

Inside, they give out several leaflets on Islam, including one called ‘Controversial Questions about Islam and Comments.’

One passage suggests a person might use violence to defend property and the innocent if they’re motivated by divine teachings; the booklet calls that type of jihad “courageous.”

Another passage explains why in Islamic countries, the law permits the cutting off of a thief’s hand, while another discusses how a man can marry four wives, provided he is fair to them.

Vancouver: Local advocacy group decries the changing character of Chinatown

Chinatown residents seek moratorium on condo development


VANCOUVER — Special to The Globe and Mail


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The rapid pace of condo development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown has prompted a local advocacy group to start petitioning for a moratorium on new building.

“We’re seeing a wave of development that is changing the character of Chinatown. It’s become another Gastown or Yaletown,” said King-mong Chan, who works with a Chinatown planning group through the Carnegie Centre Action Project. “And it’s condos and luxury hotels, when there’s a wait list for affordable housing here.”

Mr. Chan and his group, who were out collecting signatures this week, are not alone in being worried about the transformation of Chinatown in the past two years, with 780 units of new housing developed or proposed since a new neighbourhood plan went into effect in 2012.

Former city planners, people whose families have a long history in Chinatown, and heritage advocates have expressed concern about the wave of building because it is not bringing the community benefits they thought it would and it does not mesh with the neighbourhood’s historic architecture.

Professor Ricardo Duchesne’s academic freedom defended by UNB in wake of racism complaint

Prof. Ricardo Duchesne says he challenges students to rethink the values of multiculturalism. (CBC)

UNB defends prof’s academic freedom in wake of racism complaint

Vancouver Coun. Kerry Jang had asked university to investigate teachings of sociologist Ricardo Duchesne

CBC News Posted: Jan 07, 2015 9:34 AM AT Last Updated: Jan 08, 2015 12:54 PM AT

A University of New Brunswick vice-president is defending a professor’s academic freedom in the wake of a recent complaint of racism.

Kerry Jang

Kerry Jang, a Vancouver city councillor, had asked the university to investigate the allegedly racist views of Prof. Ricardo Duchesne, who argues that the influx of Asian immigrants is threatening Canada’s European character.

Jang contends the sociology professor’s comments constitute hate speech.

“He was drawing comparisons to say Hong Kong and Japan, its teeming dirty cities and things like that — saying all Asians are dirty,” he said.

Last summer, Jang complained to Robert MacKinnon, a UNB vice-president in Saint John, and said Duchesne was damaging the university’s reputation.

“He was pushing one perspective and using his university affiliation to get it across,” said Jang. “That is not proper academic work. Period,” he said.