TORONTO: Disabled man told subsidized housing is for Muslims only

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Austin Lewis, 21, on Merton Street where he currently lives. Lewis has been rejected for subsidized housing at a unit because he is not Muslim. Lewis continues to look for a place to live.

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Austin Lewis, 21, on Merton Street where he currently lives. Lewis has been rejected for subsidized housing at a unit because he is not Muslim. Lewis continues to look for a place to live.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Wed Aug 26 2015

A young wheelchair user has been taken off the waiting list for a publicly subsidized apartment because he is not a member of the Muslim community that established the building — a practice that, while legal, raises concerns that accommodations for cultural and religious groups could be limiting access to affordable housing.

According to a letter that arrived at his mother’s house last week, Austin Lewis, 21, was removed from the waiting list at the Ahmadiyya Abode of Peace building on Finch Ave. W in North York because he is not a member of their faith.

Muslim sisters planning to file formal complaint after being stopped by police officer for cycling topless

Sisters plan to file formal complaint with police watchdog

By Albert Delitala, CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2015 5:02 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 6:04 PM ET

Three Kitchener, Ont., sisters are planning to file a formal complaint after they say they were stopped by a police officer for cycling topless.

Tameera, Nadia and Alysha Mohamed took off their shirts while riding their bikes in downtown Kitchener on Friday evening because of the heat. They say they received mostly positive reaction, until a police officer stopped them on Shanley Street.

Tameera MohamedTameera Mohamed and her sisters say they were stopped by a Waterloo Regional police officer for cycling downtown while topless. (Submitted by: Tameera Mohamed)

“He said, ‘Ladies, you need to put on some shirts,’” said Tameera Mohamed. ”We said, ‘No we don’t … it’s our legal right in Ontario to be topless as women.’”

The officer said there had been complaints, according to Mohamed. She said the officer began backtracking once her sister, Alysha, began recording with her smartphone. The officer then denied having pulled them over for riding topless, before letting them continue their ride, Mohamed said.

“We went on our way and went straight to the police station to report it,” she said.

  • Waterloo regional police acknowledge there was an incident involving three topless female cyclists and a police officer, but would not discuss the incident in detail.

“We’re doing an internal review on the situation,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Haffner. “It is a current law that if a female chooses to go topless, that is their right.”

Nunavut’s first mosque under construction in Iqaluit

Iqaluit Muslims to build Nunavut’s first mosque

Nunavut mosqueNunavut’s first mosque is under construction in Iqaluit (Islamic Society of Nunavut)

Emily Chan, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:33PM EDT

About 30 metres off the edge of Iqaluit’s Road to Nowhere, construction is underway on the territory’s first mosque.

Right now, the structure is barebones – just four walls and part of a roof, propped up by stilts on the rocky landscape.

But by the end of the year, organizers hope the space will be ready to begin hosting Friday prayer sessions for the 100 or so Muslims living in the city.

Convert to Islam says they are a “double minority”

Study examines reasons behind conversion to Islam

CBC News Posted: Jul 27, 2015 6:11 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 6:11 AM ET

Media placeholderA group of Muslims in Ottawa are seeking to change the conversation around conversion.

Muslim Link hosted a public meeting at city hall Saturday to discuss the stigma they said is attached to new converts to Islam because of a few radicalized converts — and to come up with possible ways to better understand and support converts.

Prof. Scott Flower of the University of Melbourne is leading the first academic study in Canada, funded by Public Safety Canada, to look at the reasons behind why people convert to Islam.

Stories of converts like Ottawa’s John Maguire, who joined ISIS in Syria, have created an extremely negative perception around converting to Islam, Flower said during a panel discussion at Saturday’s meeting.

But it’s a perception that simply doesn’t hold up, he said.

Islam convertChelby Marie Daigle converted to Islam several years ago. She said converts to Islam can be misunderstood by both the broader public and within the Muslim community. (CBC)

“A very, very small number of converts become politically active, let alone radicalized,” Flower said.

Foster children who wind up in the care of families from different cultures may face “severely traumatizing” experiences, says Aaminah Ega

Culture clash: How the foster care system is failing Canada’s ethnic communities

Published on: July 3, 2015 | Last Updated: July 3, 2015 4:31 PM EDT

Mumtaz Akhtar has been a foster parent to eight Muslim children but says the screening procedure may be too intrusive for many prospective Muslim foster parents to accept. DARREN BROWN / OTTAWA CITIZEN

It’s been 28 years since Michael and Suzanne Paquette took in a First Nations foster child for the first time.

Since then, the couple — who call themselves “white Canadians” — have fostered more than 15 children from First Nations communities in Ontario. While the Paquettes’ foster children go on bike rides with Michael and read bedtime stories with Suzanne, the couple admits there is one thing they can never, fully share with the children in their home: the First Nations’ culture.

“There is definitely a loss there for a child that is not grounded in their own culture completely,” says Michael, who advocates on behalf of foster families as chairman of the League of Ontario Foster Families.

“You can expose them to all of the stuff that you get to and you can make sure they understand that this is their culture and you can teach them all those things, but … you can’t be that culture.”

Islamic paramilitary camps set up in the United States and Canada to train African American Muslims in guerilla warfare

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Islamic paramilitary camps have been set up in the United States and Canada to train African American Muslims in guerilla warfare. After months of training on firing ranges and obstacle courses, the black Muslims are sent to Pakistan where they receive advanced training in explosives. Many never return.

Stories about these camps are not new. They have been reported by the main stream media, including Fox News.

The origin of these compounds for would-be jihadis dates back to 1979, when the Agency sent hundreds of radical Islamic clerics to the United States in an effort to recruit African American Muslims for the holy war against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

The Tablighi Missionaries

By and large, these missionaries hailed from Pakistan and belonged to Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim movement with 150 members in 213 countries.[1] Upholding a strict interpretation of Islamic law (shariah), the Tablighi were united in their resistance to Western culture; their insistence that Muslims should avoid contact with all those who do not share their beliefs; and their approval of jihad by sword (jihad bin saif).[2] Members of the movement gathered every year for three days in the small Pakistani town ofRaiwind.

In 1979, Sheikh Mubarek Ali Gilani, a Tablighi missionary from Lahore, Pakistan, arrived in Brooklynwhere he called upon members of Dar ul-Islam, a notoriously violent street gang, to take arms in the great jihad. Scores answered his call and were headed off to Pakistan with payments of thousands of dollars in cash and promises of seventy houris in seventh heaven, if they were killed in action.[3]

Welcome To Islamberg

By 1980, the Agency realized that considerable expense could be saved by setting up paramilitary camps under the supervision of Shiekh Gilani in a rural area of the country. An ideal location was located near Hancock New York at the base ofPointMountain, where the east and west branches of the Delaware River converge to form the headwaters that flow throughPennsylvania and New Jersey to theAtlantic Ocean. The rocky terrain was infested with rattlesnakes, and the woods were home to black bears, coyotes, wolves, and a few bobcats. Islamberg, a seventy acre complex, came into existence.