‘ARAB scum’ scrawled on Khalil Ramal election signs in London-Fanshawe

‘Arab Scum’ Scrawled on Khalil Ramal Election Signs in London-Fanshawe

London, Ontario, Canada / (CFPL AM) AM 980
October 07, 2015 12:20 pm
'Arab Scum' Scrawled on Khalil Ramal Election Signs in London-Fanshawe

Racist vandalism on more than two dozen campaign signs in the riding of London-Fanshawe has prompted equal measures of concern, and disgust from politicians of all stripes.

All of the signs belonged to Liberal candidate Khalil Ramal, and all of them were adorned with hateful messages — including the words ‘Arab scum,’ ‘Muslim scum.’

“I was upset… but this is not going to affect me, this is not going to change my direction, and change my conviction.” Ramal, who is Muslim, told AM980.

“I believe strongly in the people of London-Fanshawe, I believe strongly in the people of London, and I believe strongly in the people of Canada. That’s why I came from Lebanon in 1989 to a place that believes strongly in multi-culturalism and diversity.”

Approximately 20 to 30 signs in the area were defaced with racist messages either late Tuesday, or early Wednesday, according to officials with the Ramal campaign.

The incident has been reported to London Police.

London resident Maros Luzak noticed one of the defaced signs on Wednesday morning in the Adelaide and Osgoode Drive area while taking his daughter to daycare.

“It was shocking to see that kind of stuff is still going on in Canada,” he said.

Conservatives dump candidate Jagdish Grewal who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight

Tories dump candidate who touts therapies to turn gay youth straight

‘Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?’ Jagdish Grewal wrote in editorial

By Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 06, 2015 4:08 PM ET Last Updated: Oct 07, 2015 7:24 AM ET

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Grewal out: Tories dump candidate for homophobic stance 1:40

The Conservatives have dumped Jagdish Grewal, a candidate in suburban Toronto who defended therapies that attempt to turn gays straight and who penned an editorial that referred to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal.”

“These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative Party of Canada. We believe that all Canadians — regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation — deserve to be treated with respect and dignity,” the Conservative Party said in a statement. “Mr. Grewal is no longer an official candidate for the Conservative Party.”

Grewal, running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial in the Punjabi Post earlier this year entitled “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?”

He describes an NDP private member’s bill passed unanimously in the Ontario legislature in June that removed public funding for services designed to “change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.”

Tax lawyers say it is common for investors from China to pay no income tax in Canada

Foreign investors avoid taxes through Canadian real estate

A house at 3692 West 33rd Avenue is pictured in Vancouver on Oct. 3.

A house at 3692 West 33rd Avenue is pictured in Vancouver on Oct. 3.


Wealthy buyers taking advantage of loopholes by putting homes in the name of relatives or corporations


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A Beijing-based private equity manager who bought a $2.3-million home in the hot Vancouver real estate market said he did that while earning just $19,000 a year. He also wired nearly $2-million to his family in Canada during the same period.

Jing Sun is among several foreign investors who bought property in Canada in recent years, but kept the extent of their wealth out of view of the tax authorities and the courts, a Globe and Mail investigation has found.

The Globe’s findings come amid a controversy in Vancouver, where many blame foreign buyers for soaring house prices that have made a single-family home unattainable for some long-time residents. The Urban Development Institute will tackle the topic for the first time in a sold-out public forum on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Mohamed Fahmy says Canada should have done more for him

Fahmy says Ottawa should have pursued his release ‘from day one’

Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:49PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2015 5:08PM EDT

Mohamed Fahmy told an audience in London that he believes the Canadian government should have put more pressure on the Egyptian government to release him from prison “from day one.”

Fahmy said he initially “didn’t want to believe it when I was in my cell that the government wasn’t doing their best.” But after his release, he realized his family and others “had a reason for their critique” of the Harper government’s efforts.

“They could have done a more aggressive approach,” said the Al Jazeera journalist, who was released on Sept. 23 after a pardon from Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for convictions on charges including terrorism that were widely seen as false and politically motivated.

 Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy, left, with his lawyer Amal Clooney speak at the Frontline Club in London, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP / Tim Ireland)

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy speaks at the Frontline Club in London, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP / Tim Ireland)

“The Australian prime minister for example, Mr. Tony Abbott, called Sisi three times on the phone to ask for (fellow journalist Peter Greste’s) release,” Fahmy said.

Harper wants niqab ban in public service, Trudeau disagrees

Emily Chan, CTVNews.ca 
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:33AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:18PM EDT

While other party leaders accuse the Conservative campaign of stirring up divisions over the niqab, Stephen Harper is standing behind his promise to consider forbidding federal civil servants from wearing face-covering veils.

On Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader said, if elected, his government would examine a Quebec bill that imposes a similar ban on provincial public servants.

Quebec’s Liberal government introduced Bill 62 in June.

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash calls niqab ‘the oppressor’s clothing’ despite party’s support of it

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies.Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The NDP and Liberal parties’ position that Muslim women should be allowed to wear the niqab during citizenship ceremonies might not be universally shared by all their party members, if statements made by several Quebec candidates this week are anything to go by.

Both parties have said Muslim women should be allowed to wear what they want during citizenship ceremonies while the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois would like to see face coverings banned during the ceremonies.

Niqab Citizenship 20150915Zunera Ishaq, left, a Pakistani woman and devout Sunni Muslim, challenged the Conservative’s niqab ban and won. The government, however, said it will appeal the lower court’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

On Monday, Romeo Saganash, the NDP’s candidate in the northern Quebec riding of Abitibi-James-Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, said he personally believed the niqab to be “the oppressor’s clothing.”

Saganash, who is also a member of the Cree First Nation, said at debate earlier this week that when French settlers arrived in Quebec, they had to adapt some of their customs to the culture of the First Nations living there, and Muslim women should similarly adapt.

“When the first French people arrived, they had to adapt, and even adopted, some of the indigenous people’s customs … That’s what we have to do on this issue,” he said.

At the same debate, his Liberal opponent, Pierre Dufour, also expressed his opposition to the niqab.

Meanwhile, NDP candidate in Joliette Danielle Landreville tweeted on Tuesday that she was against the niqab. She later deleted the tweets, but a cached version of her website still showed them.