TERRY DAVIDSON | QMI AGENCY
TORONTO – A Ryerson University student running for a position with the school’s student union is coming under fire for reportedly condoning the recent killing of two police officers in New York City.
The university’s flagship newspaper, the Ryersonian, reported on its website Thursday it had obtained a screenshot of the personal Facebook page belonging to Zidane Mohamed, who is running as part of the Unite Ryerson campaign to be Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) new vice-president of education.
“Is it bad of me that I applaud the killing of two cops in NYC?” Mohamed asks in a post shown in the screenshot posted on ryersonian.ca.
A respondent replies: “Yeah it is, despite any political convictions you may have, to ‘applaud’ something like this is morally abhorrent.”
On Dec. 20, New York City police officers Wenjian Liu and partner Rafael Ramos were ambushed by a gunman who had used social media to talk of taking revenge on law enforcement for recent police shootings in the U.S. of young black men.
According to the Ryersonian, Mohamed had also made comments condoning the gunman’s action the day the officers were shot.
Mohamed allegedly made these comments before declaring his candidacy in the upcoming union elections.
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.
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.
The search for Ottawa’s first baby of the year had a bit of a twist.
The Ottawa Hospital’s Civic campus announced that the twins delivered there were the first babies of the New Year.
But it emerged later on Thursday that the twins were not Ottawa’s first babies of the year, but and were actually the second and third births.
The official first baby was born at 12:01 a.m. at The Ottawa Hospital’s General campus. Mohammad Lazim, weighing in at 7.3 pounds, is the fifth child for parents Khalid Lazim and Wadha Mejbel.
CBC News Posted: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 19, 2014 5:04 PM MT
A Calgary business owner who was shot in the neck two weeks ago is now out of a coma.
Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his money exchange store on 17th Avenue S.E. on Dec. 5 by two masked men. He managed to get to the Vietnamese restaurant next door where staff called 911.