Category Archives: Ethnic/Religious/Racial solidarity

“Canadian” Farah Mohamed Shirdon dead while fighting for ISIS in Iraq

Farah Mohamed Shirdon of Calgary, fighting for ISIS, dead in Iraq, reports say

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2014 3:39 PM ET Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014 3:39 PM ET

Multiple social media reports in Iraq say that a young Calgary man who appeared in an ISIS video four months ago has been killed in Iraq.

Farah Mohamed Shirdon, a Calgarian fighting overseas with the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, was seen in the video burning his Canadian passport and threatening to destroy Iraq’s oppressors.

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is aware of reports that a Canadian was killed in Iraq and is following the situation closely.

A man claiming to be Shirdon’s brother has been tweeting online — asking jihadi contacts for information on how Shirdon died.

Attempts by CBC News to reach Shirdon’s family in Calgary have so far been unsuccessful.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird told reporters following a news conference in London, Ont., he was aware of the reports but could not speak to the specific facts of the case.



BURNABY. B.C.: Hasibullah Yusufzai accused of terrorism

The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, July 23, 2014 1:52PM EDT

VANCOUVER — The RCMP has charged a British Columbia man for leaving Canada to take part in a terrorist activity.

The Integrated National Security Enforcement Team says 25-year-old Hasibullah Yusufzai of Burnaby is accused of committing an offence for the benefit of a terrorist group or was directed by or associated with such a group.

A police statement said the man left for Syria on Jan. 21.


A woman who answered the phone at Yusufzai’s home said he wasn’t there, then said she didn’t speak English.


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Chima Nkemdirim, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s chief of staff, tapped to run for Calgary Centre federal nomination

Prominent Liberals seek nomination for possibly the party’s only winnable federal seat in Alberta

 | July 17, 2014 | Last Updated: Jul 17 7:44 PM ET
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Chima Nkemdirim, who is Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s chief of staff, has long been tapped to run for the Calgary Centre federal nomination.

Grant Black/Postmedia News/Files Chima Nkemdirim, who is Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s chief of staff, has long been tapped to run for the Calgary Centre federal nomination.

CALGARY — There may be only one winnable Alberta seat for the Liberals in next year’s federal election — and two prominent Liberals both appear to want it.

Kent Hehr, a quadriplegic lawyer who has represented much of the area as a provincial MLA for six years, has announced he will seek the federal nomination for Calgary Centre, which is currently held by Conservative MP Joan Crockatt.

Chima Nkemdirim, who is Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s chief of staff and was co-chair at this year’s Liberal convention in Montreal, had long been tapped to run for the nomination. Mr. Nkemdirim has not formally announced.

Calgary Centre has not elected a Liberal since 1968, but conditions have been lining up in the party’s favour.

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Toronto: Canadian resident Amr Kassem shot to death during rally in Egypt

Canadian resident dies in anti-government protests in Egypt

The Canadian Press August 16, 2013

OTTAWA – Foreign Affairs confirms that a Canadian resident has died in the strife in Egypt.

A spokeswoman would only say the person was a permanent Canadian resident married to a Canadian citizen.

She says consular services are being made available to the family.

The Globe and Mail identified the man as 26-year-old Amr Kassem, who lived in Toronto with his wife and child.

The Globe is reporting Kassem joined a large rally in Alexandria on Friday that was protesting the crackdown by security forces against anti-government demonstrators.

The newspaper quoted his wife Asmaa Hussein as saying Kassem was shot in the back of his head.

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Toronto: Teenager dies after being run over by float at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival

Teenager dies after being run over by float at Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival
By The Canadian Press | The Canadian Press – 29 minutes ago

TORONTO – Toronto police were appealing for information Sunday as they investigated the death of a young man who fell from a parade float at the city’s Caribbean Carnival.

The 18-year-old had been riding on the float Saturday night when he fell and was run over by the vehicle just before 9 p.m..

Police said the young man suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital, where he later died.

As part of their investigation, officials were examining a video posted on the Internet which appears to show the immediate aftermath of the incident.

The clip appears to show confusion on the crowded parade route, with the crowd yelling for the float to stop when it slowly starts moving after a brief pause.

“If the video is in fact of the float involved, there’s got to be thousands of people all around that float,” said Sgt. Lawrence Zimmerman.


President of Universal Society of Hinduism wants Quebec Soccer Federation disciplined on turban ban

Media Release: Hindus want Quebec Soccer Federation disciplined on turban ban

Federation de soccer du Quebec ban on turbans is unjust, Hindus assert. Media Release – 06/04/2013 – Hindus are urging Canadian Government and Canadian Soccer Association to discipline Federation de soccer du Quebec for their turban ban, which they say smelled of intolerance and was not acceptable in 2013 world.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that statement of Brigitte Frot, CEO of Federation de soccer du Quebec, that Sikh kids “can play in their backyard…They have no choice”, was highly insensitive and she and the Federation President Martial Prud’homme should immediately apologize. Continue reading

Calgary’s Sikh community: No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu for beating niece who refuses to marry man of their choice

No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu

Calgary man sentenced to 90 days for beating niece over marriage refusal
5:33 pm, February 8th, 2013


CALGARY — Beating his niece for refusing to marry the man of his choice has landed a Calgary man a 90-day jail term.

But the three adult children of Gurbachan Bandesha were spared a similar fate Friday, as Justice Marsha Erb granted them conditional discharges.

The discharges, which will mean no criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu, will be conditional on them completing 18 months of probation. Continue reading

Gavin Boby in Canada

Mosques, Gavin Boby, and Sam Solomon
Posted on January 14, 2013 by Eeyore
Gavin is coming to speak in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto soon. I have republished part of the ‘Act for Canada’ press release once already but will do so a few times more before the events begin.
One of the most important questions that should be asked by anyone, people on the side of the preservation of liberal democracy for example, (hopefully all of us at Vlad) is,

‘Why should we stop the construction of mosques’?

While Gavin answers this well in his Australian speech, I thought this might be a good time to republish one of my first interviews. June 2010 with Sam Solomon in Ottawa right before he spoke at the International Free Press Society/Free Thinking Films event with Bat Ye’or and David G Littman (RIP) Continue reading

Alberta to allow Sikhs to wear religious dagger in court

Sikh wearing kirpan banned from Calgary court in 2008

The Canadian Press

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 12:56 PM MT

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013 12:54 PM MT

Alberta has come up with a policy to allow Sikhs to wear a ceremonial religious dagger called a kirpan in courthouses.

Under the Justice Department policy, a person must tell security officers they have a kirpan and wear it in a sheath, under clothing.

The blade of the kirpan can be no longer than 10 centimetres.

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