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Canadians To Vote With Their Faces Covered In Federal Election On October 9th, 2015

On October 9th, 2015, Muslim fundamentalist Zunera Ishaq took Canada’s oath of citizenship while hiding her identity. Wearing an Islamic niqab covering her face(except for her eyes), Ms. Ishaq swore allegiance to the nation of Canada.

In response, Cultural Action Party of Canada hereby encourage all citizens to cover their face while voting in the upcoming Canadian Federal Election on October 19, 2015.

Harper wants niqab ban in public service, Trudeau disagrees

Emily Chan, 
Published Wednesday, October 7, 2015 11:33AM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:18PM EDT

While other party leaders accuse the Conservative campaign of stirring up divisions over the niqab, Stephen Harper is standing behind his promise to consider forbidding federal civil servants from wearing face-covering veils.

On Wednesday, the Conservative Party leader said, if elected, his government would examine a Quebec bill that imposes a similar ban on provincial public servants.

Quebec’s Liberal government introduced Bill 62 in June.

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash calls niqab ‘the oppressor’s clothing’ despite party’s support of it

Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies.Quebec NDP candidate Romeo Saganash said he is opposed to women wearing the niqab during citizenship ceremonies. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

The NDP and Liberal parties’ position that Muslim women should be allowed to wear the niqab during citizenship ceremonies might not be universally shared by all their party members, if statements made by several Quebec candidates this week are anything to go by.

Both parties have said Muslim women should be allowed to wear what they want during citizenship ceremonies while the Conservatives and the Bloc Québécois would like to see face coverings banned during the ceremonies.

Niqab Citizenship 20150915Zunera Ishaq, left, a Pakistani woman and devout Sunni Muslim, challenged the Conservative’s niqab ban and won. The government, however, said it will appeal the lower court’s decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

On Monday, Romeo Saganash, the NDP’s candidate in the northern Quebec riding of Abitibi-James-Bay-Nunavik-Eeyou, said he personally believed the niqab to be “the oppressor’s clothing.”

Saganash, who is also a member of the Cree First Nation, said at debate earlier this week that when French settlers arrived in Quebec, they had to adapt some of their customs to the culture of the First Nations living there, and Muslim women should similarly adapt.

“When the first French people arrived, they had to adapt, and even adopted, some of the indigenous people’s customs … That’s what we have to do on this issue,” he said.

At the same debate, his Liberal opponent, Pierre Dufour, also expressed his opposition to the niqab.

Meanwhile, NDP candidate in Joliette Danielle Landreville tweeted on Tuesday that she was against the niqab. She later deleted the tweets, but a cached version of her website still showed them.

Guruvayurappan Temple of Brampton in Canada receives building permit

Guruvayurappan Temple of Brampton in Canada has reportedly received the building permit from the City of Brampton in Ontario, which it calls “a long and difficult process”.

According to Temple President Dr. P. Karunakaran Kutty, the “construction is to begin in early October”. Temple has reportedly raised about $1.8 million and is seeking more donations.

This Temple is proposed to be built in accordance with ancient Hindu Shilpa and Agama Shastras; plans to accommodate Sree Kovils for Guruvayurappan, Ganapathy, Sastha, and Devi; and hopes to be “a pillar of social cohesion, aside from being the spiritual epicenter for the Hindus of North America”.Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the governments of Canada, Ontario and Brampton to simplify the seemingly stringent building permit process for religious centers and offer assistance through the process so that devotees could practice their respective faiths freely.

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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Woman questions airline seat move request 2:00

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.

Traditional Chinese Medicine continues cultural clash with the West in Vancouver

Traditional Chinese Medicine continues cultural clash with the West in Vancouver


A Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

A Traditional Chinese medicine shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Last week, customs officials seized 213 bear paws that were hidden hidden inside the tires of a van. The culprits were two Russian men looking to cash in on their medicinal value in China. Their horrific display of wares had an estimated street value of about 570,000 Canadian dollars.

While particularly disquieting, the scene is not an entirely unfamiliar one here in the West.

In 2011, a man was arrested at the Vancouver Airport after trying to smuggle three black-bear paws.

And earlier this year, at the 5 Tastes Chinese Bistro in the Vancouver’s UBC Village, firefighters found a black bear paw inside one of the restaurant’s refrigerators after responding to a call.

In various parts of Asia, bear paws are fashioned into a soup that can cost as much as $1000 a bowl, a sum that is won for the dish’s exoticism and purported health benefits. The practice has an even more grisly underbelly: in some places, it has been reported that live bears were lowered onto hot coals until their paws were sufficiently cooked.

But it’s not just bears. Other animal parts are as equally prized by smugglers.

In October, officials confiscated 1007 live turtles from a man looking to board a flight to board a flight to Shanghai. This came just weeks after another man was arrested at the Detroit-Windsor border with 51 live turtles hidden in his pants.