Durham Regional Police Service to organize workshop on “Islamophobia”



This workshop focuses on Islamophobia (or anti-Muslim sentiment) or the prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam or Muslims. 

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Guest Speakers
Amira Elghawaby National Council of Canadian Muslims Amira Elghawaby obtained an honours degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University in 2001. Since then, she has worked as both a full-time and freelance journalist, writing and producing stories for a variety of media including CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. In 2012, she joined NCCM as the organization’s Human Rights Coordinator to advocate for the human rights & civil liberties of diverse communities. In 2015, Amira became NCCM’s Communications Director and she now leads the NCCM’s media relations, public engagement and strategic communications
Yasin Dwyer Office of the Chaplain Imam Yasin Dwyer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to parents of Jamaican heritage. He has served as a faith-based chaplain with the Correctional Service of Canada for the past 12 years. During that time Imam Yasin has also worked as a consultant and advisor with the Queen’s University chaplaincy team. Imam Yasin lectures extensively on topics of traditional Islamic spirituality, interfaith dialogue and the history of Muslims in the West.
Dr. Barbara Perry Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, UOIT Dr. Barbara Perry has written extensively in the area of hate crime, including several books; among them:  In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crimes  Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader  The Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans She is also General Editor of a five-volume set on hate crime (Praeger), and Editor of Volume 3: The Victims of Hate Crime, which is part of that set. Dr. Perry has also written on policing diverse communities, including work on social control in Native American communities. She has made substantial contributions to the limited scholarship on hate crime in Canada. Most recently, she has contributed to a scholarly understanding of anti-Muslim violence, hate crime against LGBTQ communities, and the community impacts of hate crime
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B.C.: In 50% Chinese Richmond, cultural tensions can’t be ignored anymore

Chinese-only bus shelter ads in Richmond being phased out

‘Visually it should be equally English and Chinese … if not predominantly English’

CBC News Posted: Feb 11, 2016 2:02 PM PT Last Updated: Feb 11, 2016 2:02 PM PT

This Chinese language sign for Crest on bus shelters in Richmond was the subject of complaints.

This Chinese language sign for Crest on bus shelters in Richmond was the subject of complaints. (CBC)

Chinese-only bus shelter advertising in Richmond is about to be phased out thanks to tweaks the city has made to a contract with a yet-to-be named advertising vendor.

Richmond spokesman Ted Townsend told CBC News that a just-signed contract stipulates that bus shelter signs be predominantly English.

“We’ve had the ongoing issue in Richmond about signs on businesses being in Chinese only or predominantly in Chinese, and there’s great concerns and complaints in the community.” said Townsend.

Richmond Health Food store

Richmond has been trying to educate businesses about the council’s preference for 50 per cent English on signs.

“We’ve always made it clear that it’s our desire that signs should be at least 50 per cent English. In this case because the signs and bus shelters are on city land we can take a proactive approach and actually put in the requirement,” he said.

According to Townsend the English requirement was added to Richmond’s bus shelter advertising request-for-proposal after a contract with Pattison Outdoor Advertising expired last year.

Richmond has been grappling an the on-going issue of Chinese-only signs, exposing the cultural tension in a city where almost half the population identifies as ethnically Chinese.


HALIFAX: Two Chinese start mental health group for students from China

Halifax Chinese language mental health support group starting

Peer support group designed to reduce stress, isolation

By Shaina Luck, Nelson Xie, CBC News Posted: Aug 17, 2015 6:20 AM AT Last Updated: Aug 17, 2015 5:51 PM AT

Minzhou Sun (left) and Jinbo Chen are working to set up a mental health peer support group that will offer help in Chinese.

Minzhou Sun (left) and Jinbo Chen are working to set up a mental health peer support group that will offer help in Chinese. (Shaina Luck / CBC)

Two Chinese-Nova Scotians are setting up a mental health support service aimed at the growing community of international students from China.

They say there are few mental health options in other languages, and that causes many Mandarin and Cantonese speakers to turn away from help.

“I’ve always had a passion to help newcomers,” said Jinbo Chen, one of the organizers. “Mental health issues are one of the issues that I really care about.”

Chen moved to Halifax in 2002 as a university student, and remained in Halifax to work and raise a family. 

He says Chinese international students face stress and mental health issues for many reasons, including loneliness and isolation, workload, and parental expectations. 

“A high percentage of them, it’s not because they want to come here — their parents want them to come here,” Chen said. “If they cannot achieve a certain level or score, it might have some stress with their family.”

Chen said many students are also coming to university in their late teens or early 20s, and may struggle with issues such as what direction to take, addiction problems, or romantic problems, all of which could contribute to mental health problems.

‘They preferred to speak to a person who speaks Chinese’

CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her

CBC airs Scaachi Koul ranting about how white people disgust her 

Morning rave, or boring rave? Scaachi Koul investigates


By Audrey Davis

February 03, 2016

Scaachi tells Shad what happened when she tried (really tried) to stay positive for a whole week.

Scaachi Koul and Shadrach Kabango Source

First of all, the title is grossly misleading the readers as Koul doesn’t make an investigation, but only shares  a personal  rant about an event she chose to attend.

Her rant goes on for about 8 minutes and, in spite of trying to be funny, her true colours pierce the thin layer of failed jocular approach and leave the listener wondering if taxpayers fund CBC for such trash shows.

I am not judging her professed dislike of white people as everyone is entitled to show and support ethnic solidarity.

What is disgusting about her rant is her general tone that projects not only a sense of ethnic superiority, but also a rather disturbing mindset: she really feels unsafe in the middle of a group of white people, but, curiously, she chooses to live in Canada instead of actually moving to her parents’ country of origin for a few months at least. You know, to recharge her batteries.

MONTREAL: Syrian Student Association wants Concordia Refugee Resource Centre

Syrian Student Association Wants Concordia Refugee Resource Centre

Question Seeking Student Approval to Appear in Next CSU General Election

  • Members of the Syrian Student Association at a bake sale. Photo Kinan Swaid

    Lately, Concordia’s Syrian Students’ Association’s email account has been overflowing with messages.

“Just today before I came in, someone sent, ‘Hey I’m a new refugee here—I have a lot of questions about Concordia,’” said Kinan Swaid, president of the SSA.

Admittedly, Swaid says he and his small team don’t have all the answers to the many important questions people have about properly settling in Montreal.

To provide better support for thousands of Syrian refugees in the city and at Concordia, Swaid and over 700 students want to see the creation of a refugee resource centre using student money.

Since Jan. 1, 2015, there have been 1,947 privately sponsored Syrian refugees who have come to Montreal.

Swaid said the centre’s goal will be to fully integrate refugees, including the thousands of people from Syria, to live and succeed in Canada.

“Refugee crises are happening all the time,” he commented. “We’re trying to create a system where we’re always prepared at Concordia.”

‘Not all diversity produces harmony’

Tensions linger for Hong Kong immigrants 2 decades after mass immigration

Debates over housing and signage continue to dog diversity harmony

By Elaine Chau, CBC News Posted: Jan 01, 2016 10:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan 01, 2016 3:54 PM PT

Associate Producer for CBC Radio in Vancouver


Wui Gwai: Hong Kong Homecoming 53:59

I can’t remember exactly when my parents told me we were immigrating from Hong Kong to Canada in 1992. All I remember, as a six-year-old, was my mom selling me on the idea by telling me about the swing set I would have at our new house. I didn’t appreciate what my parents were giving up; their jobs, family and friends, and the sense of security that came with all of that.

Only later did I understand why they, and thousands of others, did it — because they were scared of the unknowns around the handover of their home country in 1997, from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China.

In the late 1980s and early 90s, the special administrative region of Hong Kong was the largest source of overseas immigrants to B.C. At the peak in 1994, 48,000 people moved to Canada, with 16,000 choosing to settle in B.C.