Driving with a suspended licence: Quebec Judge refuses to hear Rania El-Alloul unless she removes her headscarf

El-Alloul was in court to apply to get her car back after it was seized by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, the SAAQ. ‘The car was seized after police stopped El-Alloul for driving with a suspended licence.

Judge Eliana Marengo is heard telling Rania El-Alloul courtroom is a secular place in audio obtained by CBC

By Steve Rukavina, CBC News Posted: Feb 26, 2015 4:28 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 26, 2015 10:15 PM ET

A Quebec judge told a woman appearing in her Montreal courtroom she would not hear her case until she removed her hijab.

In an audio recording of the proceedings obtained by CBC News, Judge Eliana Marengo is heard telling Rania El-Alloul on Tuesday that the courtroom is a secular place and that she is not suitably dressed.

“Hats and sunglasses for example, are not allowed.  And I don’t see why scarves on the head would be either,” Marengo says in the recording.  

 RAW: Court audio of Quebec judge ordering woman to remove hijab3:26

“The same rules need to be applied to everyone. I will therefore not hear you if you are wearing a scarf on your head, just as I would not allow a person to appear before me wearing a hat or sunglasses on his or her head, or any other garment not suitable for a court proceeding.”

El-Alloul was in court to apply to get her car back after it was seized by Quebec’s automobile insurance board, the SAAQ.

‘The judge should have known better. It’s not the first time somebody walks into a courtroom with a religious dress’- Sameer Zuberi, Canadian Muslim Forum’

The car was seized after police stopped El-Alloul’sson for driving with a suspended licence. In such cases, the board keeps the car for a month. If someone wants it back sooner, they have to appear before a Court of Quebec judge to make a request. That’s what El-Alloul was trying to do Tuesday afternoon.

When El-Alloul first appeared before Marengo, the judge asked her why she had a scarf on her head. El-Alloul replied that it was because she is a Muslim. The judge then said she would take a 30-minute recess.  

‘No imminent threat’ to West Edmonton Mall, RCMP say

Andrea Janus and Michael Shulman, CTVNews.ca
Published Sunday, February 22, 2015 8:48AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, February 22, 2015 10:15PM EST

City police said there is “no imminent threat to Edmonton” after al-Shabab released a propaganda video on Sunday calling on Muslim fighters to launch attacks and named Canada’s West Edmonton Mall as a potential target.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, police said they are working closely with mall security and sharing information with the RCMP after the al Qaeda-linked rebel group in Somalia issued a video that urged attacks on shopping malls in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Al-Shabab was behind a 2013 shopping mall attack in Nairobi in which 67 people were killed.

Al-Shabab has released a video making threats against Canada, Britain and the U.S.

Edmonton Deputy Police Chief Brian Simpson said police are taking the issue seriously, but they have not identified a “specific threat.”

“I have to emphasize I feel West Edmonton mall is very safe, I also feel that this community is very safe,” he added.

Experts suggest cannibal “Vince” Weiguang Li be granted unescorted outings in the city

Li has been confined to a psychiatric institution north of Winnipeg since he was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, mutilating and beheading McLean on a bus to Winnipeg in July 2008.

Jill Macyshon reveals details about Vince Li’s review for a request to be put into a group home and access to Winnipeg.
Chinta Puxley, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, February 23, 2015 3:00PM EST
Last Updated Monday, February 23, 2015 5:39PM EST

WINNIPEG — Experts are recommending a man who beheaded a fellow passenger aboard a Greyhound bus should be transferred from a mental facility to a Winnipeg hospital with an eye to moving him to a community group home.

It’s also being suggested that Vince Li be granted unescorted outings in the city.

Li’s psychiatrist, Dr. Steven Kremer, told a criminal code board review hearing Monday that Li has shown “profound improvement” and is at low risk to reoffend. Risk assessments done by several other doctors came to the same conclusion, the board heard.

Vince Li may be granted beach visits

Vince Weiguang Li is led into the Manitoba Provicial Court in Portage La Prairie, Man. on Friday Aug. 1, 2008. (Winnipeg Free Press – James Turner)

Li, 46, has not had any hallucinations in over a year and understands the need to take his medication, Kremer said. Should Li be transferred to a group home, staff there would ensure he continued the medication necessary to manage his schizophrenia, the doctor said.

“His likelihood to re-engage in violence is low.”

Li has been confined to a psychiatric institution north of Winnipeg since he was found not criminally responsible for stabbing, mutilating and beheading McLean on a bus to Winnipeg in July 2008. Li sat next to the 22-year-old McLean after the young man smiled at him and asked how he was doing.

Li said he heard the voice of God telling him to kill the young carnival worker or “die immediately.” Li repeatedly stabbed McLean who unsuccessfully fought for his life. As passengers fled the bus, Li continued stabbing and mutilating the body before he was arrested.

The review board has gradually given Li more freedom, including unescorted visits to Selkirk, Man., and escorted visits to Winnipeg and local beaches.

Li entered the hearing Monday unshackled, sitting and listening quietly while his case was discussed.

The board is expected to issue a decision within a week.

Ken Mackenzie, manager of the forensic mental health program at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, told the hearing Li has experienced some public backlash on unescorted outings, but was “able to manage it quite effectively.”

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Toronto imam Hamid Slimi calls for Ottawa to stop linking Islam and terrorism

End to the war of words: Toronto imam calls for Ottawa to stop linking Islam and terrorism

 | February 21, 2015 4:25 PM ET
Dr. Hamid Slimi, centre, chairman of the Muslim seminary, the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies, called on the federal government to stop using language linking Islam to terror at a conference last week in Toronto.

DR. HAMID SLIMI Dr. Hamid Slimi, centre, chairman of the Muslim seminary, the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies, called on the federal government to stop using language linking Islam to terror at a conference last week in Toronto.

At a conference to combat radicalization held last week in Toronto, a prominent local imam called on the federal government to stop using language linking Islam to terror.

“Lead by example, change the rhetoric, and stop saying these words. They hurt,” said Dr. Hamid Slimi, former chairman of the Canadian Council of Imams and current chairman of the Muslim seminary, the Canadian Centre for Deen Studies.

The plea, met with overwhelming applause, referred specifically to remarks made by Prime Minister Stephen Harper weeks before that characterized mosques as potential spaces of radicalization.

Several days later, U.S. President Barack Obama, whose government has refused to use words such as “Islamic” or “jihad” to characterize violent extremism, found himself under fire for taking the opposite side of the semantic battle.

“What’s wrong with this man that he can’t stand up and say there’s a part of Islam that’s sick?” former New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani reportedly said, after the president defended his government’s position this week at a White House summit on combating extremism.

“We are not at war with Islam,” Mr. Obama said. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

TORONTO: Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero charged with sexual assault

Three Toronto officers face sex-assault charges in incident involving colleague

ANN HUI

The Globe and Mail

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Toronto police Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero were suspended earlier this month, after a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services submitted a sexual assault complaint against the officers. After an investigation, the three were arrested and charged with sexual assault and gang sexual assault Thursday morning.

The three officers appeared at a north Toronto courthouse Thursday, and were all released on $15,000 bail.

The charges follow a Jan. 17 incident involving a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services. According to the TPS, all three officers, who range in experience from four to six years with the force, were off-duty at the time of the incident.

The accused remain suspended with pay, Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said. Ontario’s Police Services Act requires that all police officers who are criminally charged be suspended with pay until the those charges have been dealt with in the courts.

Raed Jaser talked about using sniper to kill prominent members of Canadian society and “rich Jews”

Alleged Via train plot unravelled after police encounter, trial hears

Raed Jaser recorded telling Chiheb Esseghaier and undercover agent to ‘get somebody else’

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 10, 2015 8:53 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 10, 2015 7:10 PM ET

A brief brush with police triggered the unravelling of an alleged terror plot to derail a passenger train in the name of radical Islam, the trial for the two men suspected of masterminding the scheme heard Tuesday.

Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier still seemed determined to carry out an attack that would take people’s lives, court heard, but after the incident they had different ideas on how to do it.

Via rail terror plot suspectsChiheb Esseghaier, left, and Raed Jaser, centre, each face multiple terrorism-related charges in an alleged plot to derail a Via train. (Pam Davies/CBC)

Jaser and Esseghaier face multiple terror-related charges in the alleged plan to attack a train travelling from New York to Toronto. Not-guilty pleas have been entered for both men.

The first cracks in the alleged train plot appeared when they spent a day in September 2012 surveying a railway bridge they allegedly planned to sabotage with the help of an undercover FBI agent who gained their trust, court heard.

Secret audio recordings of conversations between the men which were played in court revealed the increasingly strained relationship between the two accused as Jaser expressed his concerns about their ability to damage the bridge.