Category Archives: Muslim community

CALGARY: Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed recovering in hospital

Dahab Exchange owner Yusuf Mohamed was attacked inside his store 2 weeks ago

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. Continue reading

MONTREAL: Tunisian Nejib Belhaf-Chtioui arrested for terrorist-related comments

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MONTREAL – Quebec provincial police say they’ve arrested a man on terrorism-related charges.Police say Nejib Belhaj-Chtioui was the subject of an outstanding warrant and was arrested Sunday at Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport upon returning from Tunisia.Belhaj-Chtioui is expected to appear in court in Montreal this afternoon.

Authorities say he will face two charges relating to the terrorism hoax section of the Criminal Code — conveying information and committing an act to cause reasonable concern that it is connected to a terrorist activity.

The investigation was conducted by a provincial police unit that probes extremist threats. Continue reading

TORONTO: Vigil planned for victims of Thorncliffe Park honour killing

Vigil planned for victims of triple murder in Thorncliffe Park

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December 2, 2014 5:15 pm
Updated: December 2, 2014 8:44 pm

WATCH ABOVE: A vigil was held Tuesday to mourn the murder of a mother and two sons.

TORONTO – Residents of a Thorncliffe Park apartment building where three people were found dead over the weekend are planning a vigil for the victims Tuesday evening.

The vigil will be at 6 p.m. in front of 85 Thorncliffe Park Drive.

Police identified the three victims as a public health nurse Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, and her two sons Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.

The three were found dead inside the apartment near Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard on Saturday.

Police are probing a possible connection between the murders and a body found on the Don Valley Parkway the same day.

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Triple-homicide victims family of man who died on DVP

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TORONTO: Man who fell to his death on DVP identified as Yusuf Osman Abdille, husband and father of woman and boys killed in their Thorncliffe Park apartment

TORONTO – Investigators now confirm the man who fell to his death on the DVP over the weekend is the husband and father of the woman and two young boys found slain in their Toronto apartment hours later.

Toronto Police say the man fell from the Millwood Bridge onto the southbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday and was struck by a Toyota Prius.

“The man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene,” Const. Clint Stibbe said in a statement released Wednesday.

Several hours after the man fell to his death, investigators went to notify his next-of-kin at a highrise.

Zahra Abdille, 43, and her two sons, Faris, 13, and Zain, 8, were found murdered inside the family’s third-floor apartment.

The dead man has now been identified as Yusuf Osman Abdille, 50, of Toronto.

“His involvement in the homicides is still being investigated,” Stribbe said.

TORONTO: Zahra Abdille and her two sons victims of apparent “honour” killing on Canadian soil

Slain nurse moved family to women’s shelter, says its boss

Zahra Abdille, found dead with her two sons on Saturday, had fled a violent relationship and stayed in a safe house with her two young children last year, according to the executive director of Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

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Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.Zahra Abdille, left, and her eldest son Faris.
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A slain Toronto nurse fled a violent relationship to stay with her two young sons in a safe house while she tried to gain custody of her children last year, according to abused women’s centre Dr. Roz’s Healing Place.

On Saturday afternoon, Zahra Abdille, 43, and her sons, Faris, 13, and Zain, 8, were found dead in the same East York apartment they ran from last July, the centre’s executive director Roz Roach told the Star Tuesday.

Roach said the family stayed in the centre’s shelter for three weeks while Abdille battled for the custody of her children.

During her stay at the centre, the Toronto Public Health nurse went to court twice to fight for custody, but Abdille did not qualify for legal aid and could not afford a lawyer, Roach said.

When Abdille and her sons arrived at the centre on July 10, she told staff she was running away from a long-term violent relationship, Roach, who has a PhD in health and human sciences, said.

Abdille had escaped war-torn Somalia and arrived into Toronto in the late 1990s. She had no family in Canada, Roach said.

Roach says Abdille’s file Dr. Roz’s Healing Place states that she met her partner in 1997 and the couple married a year later in Toronto. Continue reading

TORONTO: Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, Faris Abdille and Zain Abdille identified as victims of triple homicide at Thorncliffe Park apartment

CBC News Posted: Dec 01, 2014 6:12 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014 6:17 PM ET

Toronto police said a mother and her two school-aged sons were the victims of the triple homicide at a Thorncliffe Park apartment.

On Saturday, paramedics said they responded to a call at an apartment unit at 85 Thorncliffe Park Dr. where they discovered the bodies of three people.

Police identified the three victims on Monday as Zahra Mohamoud Abdille, 43, Faris Abdille, 13, and Zain Abdille, 8.

TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird told CBC News that the elder boy was a student at Westwood Middle School in East York, while brother attended William Burgess Elementary School.

Police said they continue to probe whether a death on the Don Valley Parkway Saturday that shut down traffic for a large swath of the day is related.

ONTARIO: University chaplains resign over changes to office and Muslim prayer space

University chaplains resign over changes to office and Muslim prayer space

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Western’s longest-serving chaplain, along with four of his colleagues, has resigned in protest over the recently announced move of the Chaplains’ Services offices and a dedicated Muslim prayer space in the University Community Centre.

Rev. Michael Bechard, Western’s Roman Catholic chaplain, submitted his resignation and those of Janet Loo, Annette Donovan Panchaud, Melissa Page Nichols and Maija Wilson from the UWO Chaplains’ Association, to University President Amit Chakma on Friday.

The University announced last week that the current Muslim prayer room in University College would be moved along with the Chaplains’ Services offices to one space in the basement of the UCC. In addition, the current multi-faith space in the UCC will no longer be used.

Bechard’s concerns are two-fold. He explained that the principle behind having a dedicated space exclusively for one faith group is contrary to how the UWO Chaplains’ Association advocates for faith space on campus. Additionally, he claimed that the decision-making process was flawed and only included certain groups. Continue reading

TORONTO: Haheen Afzal becomes citizen in spite of catastrophic citizenship test results

‘Comedy of errors’ lets woman become Canadian citizen despite abysmal results on citizenship tests

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A Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

Matthew Sherwood for National Post/FileA Canadian citizenship ceremony. Before someone can become a Canadian citizen, they are required to demonstrate linguistic competence in either of Canada’s official languages and show an adequate knowledge of Canada’s social, civic and political norms.

TORONTO — A would-be Canadian who received a grade of zero out of six on her citizenship language test and four out of 20 on the test’s knowledge component was nonetheless granted a Canadian citizenship certificate.

A “series of administrative errors” put Haheen Afzal — despite her abysmal results on the tests — before a citizenship judge in Hamilton, Ont., swearing an oath to the Queen and being issued a citizenship certificate.

When the mistake was discovered, Ms. Afzal did not want to surrender her citizenship and fought to keep it. Continue reading

TORONTO: Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan arrested on sexual assault charges


Torstar News Service Immigration consultant Razgar Hasan, 56, has been charged with sexual assault and breach of trust.

An immigration consultant faces charges of sexual assault and breach of trust.

Police say that on the evening of Sept. 20, a 23-year-old woman who had just immigrated to Canada visited an office on Finch Ave. W., for professional services. The woman alleges she was propositioned for sexual favours and was sexually assaulted. She told police she fled the office at her first opportunity.

Razgar Hasan, 56, was arrested on Saturday. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 18.

FORT MCMURRAY: Over 10,000 Muslims have settled in the city so far

A day in Fort McMurray: Upgraded trucks, million-dollar homes and bitumen paintings

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Canada has staked its future on the oil sands. In November, Report on Business magazine together with Thomson Reuters examine what that means both at home and abroad. Read more from the issue at tgam.ca/oil.

A typical day in Fort McMurray — the city of 77,000 where the median age is 31 years old. Life revolves around work, family, religion and blowing off steam at the end of a long day. Continue reading

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