MONTREAL: PEGIDA Quebec rally set for March 28

Anti-Islam group with European roots and National Front sympathies organizes in Quebec

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 28, 2015 1:40 PM ET

Sympathizers of a Europe-based anti-Islam, anti-immigration group called PEGIDA have set up a local chapter in Quebec and are planning on demonstrating in Montreal on Saturday.

The self-described leader of the PEGIDA Québec chapter, Jean-François Asgard, told Radio-Canada his beliefs are closely aligned to those espoused by the National Front, a British political party exclusive to white people that advocates for repatriation of all non-white people to their countries of origin.

“Islam needs to reform itself or leave the West,” Asgard said.

Anti-racist protesters, meanwhile, are also planning a counter-demonstration for the same place and time.

Jaggi Singh of the No One Is Illegal activist group said the intention of the counter-protest is to surround the PEGIDA marchers and prevent them from walking into Little Maghreb, a largely Muslim community in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Michel.

“Neo-Nazis, Islamophobes, internet trolls — they all sort of congregate around this thing called PEGIDA,” Singh said.

Tory MP Larry Miller tells niqab-wearers at oath ceremonies to ‘stay the hell where you came from’

Tory MP tells niqab-wearers at oath ceremonies to ‘stay the hell where you came from’

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MP Larry Miller is pictured in this file photo. (JAMES MASTERS/QMI Agency)

OWEN SOUND, Ont. — A Conservative MP has apologized for telling a radio station that Muslim women who want to wear a niqab while taking the oath of citizenship should “stay the hell where you came from.”

Larry Miller, who represents the riding of Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, made the comment Monday in the wake of a Federal Court ruling that struck down a ban on face coverings during citizenship oaths.

“I think most Canadians feel the same. That’s maybe saying it a little harshly, but it’s the way I feel,” Miller told 560 CFOS AM.

“I’m so sick and tired of people wanting to come here because they know it’s a good country and then they want to change things before they even really officially become a Canadian, so I have no sympathy for her.”

Miller apologized on Tuesday, calling his comments “inappropriate.”

Race card dismissed by Ontario court

Ontario court dismisses claim that gun conviction resulted from racial profiling

By: Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press

Posted: 11:55 AM | Comments: 1 | Last Modified: 2:25 PM

Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

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Richard Steele is seen in Toronto on Thursday Nov. 27, 2014. Steele argued unsuccessfully before Ontario’s top court that his gun-offence conviction was the result of racial profiling. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colin Perkel

TORONTO – Ontario’s highest court dismissed an appeal Monday from a man who argued his gun offence convictions were the result of racial profiling.

Richard Steele had argued he was a victim of “driving while black.”

He was convicted in October 2010 of concealing a loaded handgun under the front passenger seat of his mother’s car after being pulled over in Hamilton.

His lawyers argued at the Ontario Court of Appeal that the judge at Steele’s trial erred in failing to properly consider evidence of racial profiling.

The appeal court dismissed Steele’s appeal, finding his charter rights were not infringed.

“There is no basis to interfere with the trial judge’s factual conclusion that the stop and search were not racially motivated,” the panel of three judges found. “The convictions were supported by the evidence and were not unreasonable.”

Steele’s lawyer expressed disappointment at the ruling.

Tasha Kheiriddin: This isn’t about the right to choose a burka over a bikini. It’s about a country’s values

Tasha Kheiriddin: This isn’t about the right to choose a burka over a bikini. It’s about a country’s values

 | March 11, 2015 | Last Updated: Mar 12 3:56 PM ET
This week, Justin Trudeau lambasted the Conservatives for opposing the niqab — and basically accused them of being racist.

J.P. Moczulski for National PostThis week, Justin Trudeau lambasted the Conservatives for opposing the niqab — and basically accused them of being racist.

Political parties can’t be all things to all people, nor should they. Instead, they court votes based on their principles, and where they align with various constituencies. The progressive vote. The “family values” vote. The middle-class vote. The ethnic vote. The women’s vote.

It is the latter two categories that are colliding head-on in the run-up to the next federal election. At issue is a war of words over the niqab, a face veil covering all but the eyes, worn by some Muslim women as a symbol of devotion to their faith, eschewed by others as not being strictly necessary according to the rules of Islam. The niqab is banned in some countries including Turkey, Tunisia and France; in others, including Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and Syria, it is not legally required, but is a norm that when violated is met with ostracism and physical abuse.

Afghani Johra Kaleki guilty in attempted honour killing of her 19-year-old daughter

Kaleki stabbed her daughter in the head at the family’s Montreal-area home

CBC News Posted: Mar 10, 2015 3:07 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 10, 2015 4:10 PM ET

Johra Kaleki, 42, has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her daughter.

The incident happened in June 2010 at the family home in Dorval.

Kaleki’s daughter,  Bahar Ebrahimi , then 19 years old, had gone out with friends to a nightclub.

When she returned, after midnight, her mother attacked her with a meat cleaver.

Ibrahimi suffered serious injuries in the attack.

Kaleki had been sent to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation at the defence’s request but was declared fit to stand trial.

On Tuesday, Quebec Court Judge Yves Paradis concluded Kaleki was not suffering from a psychotic episode and said there is “no doubt” she intended to kill her daughter.

“It is clear Mrs. Kaleki knew not only that her actions were contrary to law but also that they were morally wrong according to the standard of the ordinary person,” Paradis wrote in his decision.

“There is no doubt that her intention was to kill the victim.”

Kaleki did not react to the guilty verdict.

She was accompanied by her husband and the victim, her daughter.

Bahar Ebrahimi left the court room as soon as the judgment was read out.

Kaleki will remain out on bail until her sentence is handed down.

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More on the case

http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/26/its-for-your-good-let-me-finish-afghan-canadian-told-police-she-stabbed-daughter-with-kitchen-knife/

LETTER – Special Accommodation (McGill University Fitness Centre )

LETTER – Special Accommodation (McGill University Fitness Centre )

suzanne.fortier@mcgill.ca,

Dear Ms. Fortier,

I am addressing you as  McGill University Alumnus.
During my time at McGill, from 1992 to 1996, I earned two law degrees.  Despite the heavy coursework, I still managed to find time to go to the gym and use the weight room, the exercise room, the squash courts and later the indoor track, once it was opened.
As a member of the Judo Club for four years, I was in the martial arts room twice weekly.  I served as a liason between the gym and the McGill Outing Club for many years.
After graduation I continued my connection with the McGill gyms as an instructor of the kayaking program, and also as an assistant instructor in the Aikido Club.
I have benefited greatly from the gym facilities and my memories and attachment to McGill Athletics and Recreation Centre are deep and strong.

I am now writing you to voice my opposition to the idea of sexually segregated hours, as is currently being proposed.  I understand that this trend is being increasingly explored at other facilities as well.   I consider the concept to be very much against the modern, liberal, socially open society that Canada represents and that McGill University should be encouraging.  I can understand the ideal of wanting to accommodate everybody, however, this ideal becomes self-defeating if you accommodate philosophies that are segregationist.
I understand that certain individuals, such as Soumia Allalou, claim that they cannot train nor benefit from the facilities because men are present.   It is of critical importance to the good of our society that a role model such as McGill University remain steadfast in pursuing liberal, inclusive and modern values.   The mindset of people such as Soumia Allalou is anathema to the ideals of a modern Western, liberal institution.  Allowing such people to impose discriminatory policies would be an explicit approval of such a retrograde mindset and would be a step backward in the cultural evolution of our society.   If Soumia Allalo and people of similar viewpoints are incapable of evolving and adapting to the most basic of modern Canadian norms and values, then they will have to find, manage and or finance their own alternative manner of exercising their preferences and their prejudice.  Such should not be tolerated nor encouraged by an institution that is supported in large part by public funds.

The message sent by McGill University and by Canada as a whole to society and to the outside world should be as follows:
All are welcome.  All may bring with them their culture and practices.  None may impose their culture upon others, nor force their bias or their beliefs upon other groups or individuals.

To approve segregated training hours of the manner proposed is tantamount to importing a prejudice against both men and women at the same time.   Such is not the nature of the McGill Community to which I belong since twenty-three years.

Yours truly,

Daniel Romano, Esq

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CIR

Letter published with Mr Romano’s permission