Toronto: Muslim student spat on

Osama Omar, 21, says he was assaulted while wearing skullcap downtown

CBC News Posted: Nov 19, 2015 7:14 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015 8:01 PM ET

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A Muslim student at the University of Toronto claims he was spat on and insulted in what appears to have been a racially charged, attempted assault outside Robarts Library.

Osama Omar, 21, says he was attacked while waiting for a streetcar near Spadina Avenue and College Street, after a weekend study session.

“A man approached me, without saying anything at all, he just came up to me and spat directly in my face,” he told CBC News. Toronto has seen a number of racist incidents in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks in Paris, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility. 

‘ARAB scum’ scrawled on Khalil Ramal election signs in London-Fanshawe

‘Arab Scum’ Scrawled on Khalil Ramal Election Signs in London-Fanshawe

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'Arab Scum' Scrawled on Khalil Ramal Election Signs in London-Fanshawe

Racist vandalism on more than two dozen campaign signs in the riding of London-Fanshawe has prompted equal measures of concern, and disgust from politicians of all stripes.

All of the signs belonged to Liberal candidate Khalil Ramal, and all of them were adorned with hateful messages — including the words ‘Arab scum,’ ‘Muslim scum.’

“I was upset… but this is not going to affect me, this is not going to change my direction, and change my conviction.” Ramal, who is Muslim, told AM980.

“I believe strongly in the people of London-Fanshawe, I believe strongly in the people of London, and I believe strongly in the people of Canada. That’s why I came from Lebanon in 1989 to a place that believes strongly in multi-culturalism and diversity.”

Approximately 20 to 30 signs in the area were defaced with racist messages either late Tuesday, or early Wednesday, according to officials with the Ramal campaign.

The incident has been reported to London Police.

London resident Maros Luzak noticed one of the defaced signs on Wednesday morning in the Adelaide and Osgoode Drive area while taking his daughter to daycare.

“It was shocking to see that kind of stuff is still going on in Canada,” he said.

Halifax woman asked to move from her seat to accommodate ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on plane

Airline says seating changes for religious reasons are very rare

By Susan Bradley, CBC News Posted: Jul 29, 2015 8:04 AM AT Last Updated: Jul 29, 2015 11:32 AM AT

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A former Halifax chef wants an apology from Porter Airlines, alleging she was asked to move from her seat to accommodate a man who did not want to sit beside a woman for religious reasons.

Christine Flynn, 31, said she was buckled in and waiting for Porter Airlines Flight 121 from Newark, N.J. to Toronto to take off early on Monday morning when an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man approached.

Christine Flynn believes she was asked to move from her assigned seat on a Porter Airlines flight because the man sitting next to her, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, did not want to sit next to a woman. She said the man did not speak to her directly or make eye contact. (CBC)

“He came down the aisle, he didn’t actually look at me … or make eye contact. He turned to the gentleman across the aisle and said, ‘Change.’”

Flynn said she was confused at first, wondering why the man was speaking to the other passenger and gesturing toward her. The man didn’t speak to her directly, but Flynn said it’s clear to her that he didn’t want to sit next to her because she’s a woman.

NANAIMO, B.C.: Groups condemn the spray painting of Chinese ads

Groups band together to combat racism


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A large number of Nanaimo’s education, government and business groups have banded together on a new campaign to condemn a recent string of racist slurs against Asian realtors in the city.

The group of organizations is responding to the defacement of several bus stop advertisements on Hammond Bay Road last weekend. The advertisements featured the faces of local real estate agents with printing in both English and Chinese.

The signs were spray painted with messages including “go away,” and “not welcome.”

Swastikas were also branded onto some of the signs and police are now investigating.

Vancouver Island University has launched an online petition at stating the city’s openness and tolerance as well as its opposition to “intolerance, racism and hate.” It will also be published in the Daily News and other media.

The campaign also has the support of the City of Nanaimo, the Snuneymuxw First Nation, local MPs and MLAs, the Nanaimo-Ladysmith School District and the Daily News and other local media.

Steve Lane, associate vice-president of academic planning and aboriginal initiatives at VIU, said the school has to ensure a safe environment off and on campus, especially for international students at the university. “I think in terms of international students. .. we want to be able to tell (their) parents that they’re sending their children to a place that’s safe for them.”

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TORONTO: Muslim cooks win against Le Papillon Park restaurant in discrimination case

Leslieville restaurant owners forced to pay up over human rights case



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Le Papillon on the Park restaurant on Eastern Ave. on May 22, 2015. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

The owners of Le Papillon Park restaurant are devastated by a human rights system they feel unfairly tarred them as bigots and ordered them to pay $100,000 in compensation to three Muslim workers who said they were ordered to eat pork and threatened with replacement by “white” staff.

Paul and Danielle Bigue went to the Divisional Court to request a judicial review of the December 2013 ruling by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, arguing the hearing was unfair and biased against them.

“The allegations were false and we were treated unjustly by the HRTO,” contends the Bigues’ son Stephane. “Unfortunately, and to our surprise, there was no appeal process available. Our only recourse was to take this case to the Divisional Court not for retrial, but for review. In other words they had to figure out whether or not the HRTO had made a legal mistake in their decision.”

The court found no error.

“I am not satisfied that the tribunal’s decision and decision-making process were unfair,” Justice Douglas Gray wrote on behalf of the three-judge panel earlier this month. “The decision is reasonable and there are no grounds to set it aside.”

PEEL: Detective sergeant Baljiwan (BJ) Sandhu alleges the force discriminated against him

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Peel police definition of minority an issue in Punjabi officer’s discrimination case



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Baljiwan (B.J.) Sandhu is a detective sergeant with Peel Regional Police. Sandhu is alleging the force discriminated against him. The force denies the claim.
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TORONTO — Does Ontario’s second largest municipal police force consider Portuguese-Canadian or even Greek-Canadian officers within its ranks to be “racialized minorities”?

That might become clearer after a hearing that began Monday before the Human Rights Tribunal, involving alleged discrimination by Peel Regional Police.

Baljiwan (BJ) Sandhu, a Punjabi-Canadian detective sergeant in Peel, alleges he was denied an opportunity for promotion to inspector in 2013 because of his race.

The force denies that Sandhu was discriminated against and claims two of the eight eventual promotions to inspector were, in fact, given to “racialized minorities” — leading to questions about just how broadly that category is defined.

“Apparently the applicant wants to get into the definition of racialized,” said lawyer Glenn Christie, who is representing the Peel force.

“It doesn’t matter what my client’s definition of ‘racialized’ would be,” Sandhu’s lawyer, Kelley Bryan, argued. “It matters what the respondents’ definition of ‘racialized’ is.”

The case has drawn much attention in Peel Region, particularly within its large South Asian community. On Monday, people stood outside the small hearing room with signs supporting Sandhu, while spectators inside had to stand for lack of seats.