Quebec City police say attack on Sikh man was not racially motivated

Josh Dehaas, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, April 6, 2016 3:27PM EDT

Police have declared that the suspects involved in an incident involving a Sikh man from Toronto weren’t targeting a specific religious community.

Quebec City police issued a French-language statement Tuesday, stating that the suspects in question had been involved in two other events before the incident on March 26.

The statement also references a high concentration of people under the influence of alcohol in the area, and praises an “action plan” that the police say has caused unruly behaviour in the area to decrease.

The statement names neither the accused nor the alleged victim of the attack.

Court documents show that Gabriel Royer-Tremblay of Quebec City has been charged with one count of assault against Supninder Singh Khehra and one count of uttering threats.

Khehra told CTV News last week that he was out with friends after dark and trying to hail a cab when a car full of men approached and started shouting at him in French, swearing and pointing at his turban.

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“It was all because of my race, my colour and the headgear I was wearing,” he added.

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RACISM ALLEGATIONS: 23-year-old Mactar Mbaye interviews woman for a job at coffee shop, mistaken for a pimp

 
CTV Montreal: Black entrepreneur dismayed by 911 call
Mactar Mbaye was interviewing a woman for a job at a Laval coffee shop and someone thought he was a pimp recruiting her.
CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:51PM EST

A young black man interviewing a woman in a Quebec coffee shop was mistaken for a pimp soliciting a sex worker, causing a customer to call 911.

Mactar Mbaye, a 23-year-old entrepreneur, says he was confused when police officers arrived at the Laval, Que., Tim Hortons last Thursday and asked for a word alone.

‘Real Canadians hate Syrians’: Calgary school vandalized again, Saima Jamal infers that Syrians could be attacked on streets

‘Real Canadians hate Syrians’: Calgary school vandalized once again with hateful messages

Clara Ho, Postmedia News | February 21, 2016 10:47 AM ET
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Police are investigating the new graffiti at Wilma Hansen School in the Queensland area of Calgary, Alta.

Lyle Aspinall / Postmedia Network Police are investigating the new graffiti at Wilma Hansen School in the Queensland area of Calgary, Alta.

Calgary police are investigating after the walls of a southeast junior high were once again sprayed with hateful messages directed at Syrians and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Officers were called just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday to Wilma Hansen junior high school in the community of Queensland after someone in the neighbourhood reported the vandalism to police.

“We are still doing neighbourhood inquiries,” said Sgt. Kelly Todd, adding the incident could potentially be investigated as a hate crime.Capturesyrianrefsuppcalgary

On the walls of the school, in black spray-paint, someone wrote messages including “Syrians are animals” and “real Canadians hate Syrians” as well as “burn all mosques.”

Some of the messages also targeted Trudeau including “Syrians go home and take Trudeau” and “While Syrians feast in hotels, Canadians starve on the street, kill the traitor Trudeau.”

The windows of the school were also smashed.

The incident comes a week after the same school was vandalized with similar anti-Syrian and anti-Trudeau sayings.

I’m afraid they might now take the graffiti to the next level. What if they see a Syrian family on the street? (Saima Jamal)

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Saima Jamal, co-founder of the Syrian Refugee Support Group Calgary, was horrified to learn of Saturday’s incident, calling it “full-fledged Islamophobia” and “full-fledged refugee hate.”

She said she has no idea why this school, in particular, was hit twice by similar graffiti but implored investigators to locate the person or persons responsible as soon as possible.

Cameron Ahmad with Justin Trudeau

Cameron Ahmad, press secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office

“I’m afraid they (the perpetrators) might now take the graffiti to the next level. What if they see a Syrian family on the street? What if they do something?” she said.

But Jamal said she’s buoyed by how welcoming most Calgarians have been to the newcomers, adding she’s often flooded with calls from people asking how they can help and what donation items are needed.

“That’s the kind of love and support that we’re seeing from Canadians,” she said. “The graffiti of one kid is not going to change that.”

When reached for a comment, Cameron Ahmad, press secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office, said in an emailed statement Saturday: “I will reiterate the Prime Minister in saying that Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees, and they will not be diminished by fear and hate.”

Immigration lawyer David Matas claims Canada discriminates in visitor visa system

‘Discrimination’ in Canadian visitor visa system, says immigration lawyer David Matas

Sask. man spends 13 years fighting Immigration to allow family to visit Canada

By Omayra Issa, CBC News Posted: Feb 20, 2016 6:00 AM CT Last Updated: Feb 20, 2016 6:00 AM CT

The international lawyer specializing in human rights, David Matas believes that the immigration system is underfunded and that its agents are overworked.

The international lawyer specializing in human rights, David Matas believes that the immigration system is underfunded and that its agents are overworked. (CBC)

A lawyer specializing in human rights and immigration believes that the Canadian immigration system is discriminatory when granting visitor visas.

Former Canadian delegate to the United Nations David Matas believes it is “almost impossible” for a tourist to visit Canada, if they do not meet certain “generic criteria,” because Citizenship and Immigration Canada wants to make sure that visitors return to their home country when their visa expires instead of making a refugee claim.

CALGARY: PM Trudeau calls emergency press conference in response to school graffiti

February 14, 2016 9:21 pm
Updated: February 15, 2016 4:21 pm

Prime Minister Trudeau responds to racist, hateful graffiti sprayed on Calgary school

There's been another round of racist hate graffiti sprayed in Calgary. Feb 14, 2016

There’s been another round of racist hate graffiti sprayed in Calgary. Feb 14, 2016

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CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded Monday to the latest round of racist, hateful graffiti sprayed in Calgary. This time, vandals targeted a junior high school in Queensland.

READ MORE: Spirit of Calgary lives on, despite hateful graffiti spree

A Global News viewer spotted the hateful messages on Wilma Hansen School Sunday afternoon.

One message calls for violence against Syrians and mosques and reads: “Syrians go home and die.”GEOOcalhate1

Another targets the Prime Minister: “Kill the traitor Trudeau.”

Trudeau responded via Twitter Monday, writing, “Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear and hate.”

The walls were cleaned up before classes resumed on Tuesday.

Police said they are investigating, but provided no further details Monday.

With files from Global’s Erika Tucker

Liberals call Jason Kenney “racist”

Liberals call Jason Kenney a racist for requesting ‘English to English’ translation of Minister Sajjan

National Post Staff | February 2, 2016 | Last Updated: Feb 3 9:08 AM ET
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Jason Kenney, left, was accused by Liberals of being "racist" over his request minister of defence Harjit Sajjan offer an "English to English" translation of his comments on the war in Syria.

Adrian Wyld/ The Canadian PressJason Kenney, left, was accused by Liberals of being “racist” over his request minister of defence Harjit Sajjan offer an “English to English” translation of his comments on the war in Syria.

Jason Kenney is fighting back against allegations he shouted something racist at his Liberal successor as defence minister during question period Monday.

Kenney, the Conservative MP for Calgary Midnapore, allegedly heckled the new defence minister Harjit Sajjan’s over his answer to a question about the Canadian mission in Syria.

The Liberals said Kenney yelled he needed an “English to English” translation of the minister’s response in order to understand the government’s convoluted stance on the mission.

Sajjan is Sikh and immigrated from India as a child, so many Liberals took Kenney’s words as barb related to the minister’s (very subtle) accent.

One Liberal rose on a point of order to ask Kenney to apologize, which he refused, saying: “There’s nothing to apologize for and he would encourage the minister to explain” the government’s plans for the international fight against ISIL.

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