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.

TORONTO: 18-year-old Abdul Aziz Aldabaous arrested on terrorism-related peace bond

Toronto teen arrested on terrorism-related peace bond: RCMP

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Stewart Bell
Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Police have been using peace bonds to stop Canadians from leaving to join extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. AP Photo/Militant Website, File

TORONTO — An 18-year-old has been arrested in Toronto on a terrorism-related peace bond, the RCMP said Friday, as police are struggling to deal with youths authorities say are becoming radicalized into violent extremism.

Abdul Aziz Aldabaous was arrested on Thursday. The RCMP’s Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, supported by Toronto Police Service and Ontario Provincial Police, also searched an apartment in Scarborough.

Police can ask a judge for a peace bond if they believe someone is about to commit a crime. In most cases, instead of being charged with a terrorism offence, the suspect is released after agreeing to comply with conditions imposed by the courts.

“Quebec is Allah’s land”: Cars in Repentigny vandalized with stickers threatening Quebecers with consequences if they don’t convert to Islam

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Published Sunday, September 6, 2015 1:38PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, September 6, 2015 6:48PM EDT

Dozens of cars in Repentigny were  vandalized with stickers threatening Quebecers with consequences if they don’t convert to Islam.

The stickers feature a picture of a man in a turban with a gun, an ISIS flag and the phrases “Quebec is Allah’s land” and “Convert, or else…”

The cars were in parking lots on Brien Blvd. and Valmont St.

Police are investigating dozens of pro-jihadist stickers that were found on parked cars in Repentigny on Sunday.

“To me, it seems whoever did that was probably serious in their intentions,” said Etienne Blais, who got one of the stickers on his car’s windshield. “But I think it was a waste of time. There’s no way something like that would work here.”

Repentigny police said they are investigating with Surete du Quebec and are taking this incident very seriously. Witnesses told police they saw four people leaving one of the parking lots wearing burqas.

Haroun Bouazzi, spokesperson for the Association of Muslims and Arabs for Laicite said he believes this can be the work of someone who is trying to embarrass the Muslim community.

“We have been seeing that even in our official Facebook page where people post stuff where they are explaining that all Muslims are ready to kill homosexuals and they are ready to marry 9-year-old girls and stuff like that,” he said. “After watching the Facebook account, we understand pretty fast that it is not a Muslim at all.”

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.


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,
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.