“I would love to know the motivation of why (Mendicino) felt the need to speak out on this particular case, as opposed to … he or other ministers not speaking out in other instances where there’s been hate online . . . I want to see the same sort of response from ministers and political leaders when it’s not an individual being targeted, but it’s broad communities being targeted.” - Fareed Khan #SocialMedia #Hate #Racism #Bigotry #Xenophobia https://lnkd.in/ecWvnD7n
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January 29th marks the 5th anniversary of a tragic day in Canada. It's the day when a white supremacist walked into a Quebec City mosque during evening prayer and sprayed worshippers with gunfire, killing 6 and injuring 19 others. January 29, 2022 also marks the first official National Day of Remembrance for the victims and the first National Day of Action Against Islamophobia as declared by Parliament. This event is live and will be taking place in Ottawa. There are virtual and live events taking place in communities across the country on Friday or Saturday of next week. Check social media or contact a mosque in your community if you would like to join in solidarity with the Muslim community for this National Day of Remembrance.
2021-12-29 -- Reviewing a year when racism and defence of Charter rights were big stories. Talking to CBC Radio about a year-end “report card” issued by Canadians United Against Hate evaluating the actions and policies by federal party leaders on issues of hate and defending Charter rights. https://lnkd.in/eJkvw6-h
Thank you Dr. Kirsten Patrick and the Canadian Medical Association Journal for doing the right thing: Apologizing and retracting the hateful letter. According to your apology message the article title (which is hateful in itself) and the author name will remain. Why? If it is for paper trail purposes, then why not reference it in your apology message? I also assume that the response comments will remain. The board must get education and training on anti-racism, bias and discrimination. Now is also a good time to look into Islamophobia and anti-black racism in the healthcare system. This incident demonstrates that our institutions have a lot of learning to do about Islam, Muslims and anti-racism. This also proves our point that there are people actively working to portray Muslims as the "other." These people are too often given platforms not available to members of the broader Muslim community. The silver lining in my mind is the fact that hundreds of medical professionals were moved to become activists. They took up the issue and drafted complaint letters. I am very proud of all of those who answered the call. We need to be vigilant to ensure that any bias, discrimination and hate is called out. The author of the letter appears to have an unhealthy obsession with Islam and Muslims, especially for a pediatric surgeon and professor of medicine. He had bad experiences as a non-Muslim in Saudia Arabia. I sympathize with that and I have written against the lack of rights in Saudi for non-Muslims, but this does not justify a generalized attack on Islam and Muslims in Canada being published in a professional medical journal.
The #CanadianMedicalAssociation Journal has much to answer for following the publication of a blatantly Islamophobic piece in their publication targeting Muslim women who wear the hijab. In the piece the writer referred to it as an "instrument of oppression". The response by Canadians United Against Hate is in the link below. It's clear that they didn't bother to speak to any of the thousands of Muslim women medical professionals in Canada for whom this is not only an integral part of their faith, but also a symbol of freedom and human rights in this country. Given the position of leadership that doctors hold in society one expects better from them and the organizations that represent them. https://lnkd.in/eNH-kRbb #islamophobia #CanadianDoctors #CanadianMedicalAssociationJournal #leadership #doctors
Webinar | DEC 10 | Noon Advancing #HumanRights as a United Nations Special Rapporteur: Special Reflections from 3 Canadians A conversation w/ Leilani Farha, Michael Lynk & François Crépeau, moderated by Alex Neve Register here: https://bit.ly/3Dt1Lg0 #HumanRightsDay #CREDP40HRREC University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) – University of Ottawa University of Ottawa - Faculty of Law | Common Law uOttawa | Faculté des sciences sociales | Faculty of Social Sciences
Really? Elon Musk? By choosing Musk as its "Person of the Year" the leadership at Time magazine continues to demonstrate how they are part of the privileged elite power structure in the US, and they are only too happy to reward a member of that elite club. Over the last two years, since Covid19 arrived in North America, they have overlooked and denied accolades to those who have truly made a difference, the ones who have had the biggest impact, the people who actually make society function. If they were thinking rightly they would have chosen the "essential workers" as their Persons of the Year. These were the people who during the pandemic lock downs and restrictions kept society functioning, who kept people fed, who kept the lights on, who treated people in hospitals, who kept the shelves in grocery stores supplied and stocked, and who kept society from falling apart as the Covid19 virus overwhelmed us. They showed how fragile civil society is and how they are the ones who keep the wheels greased and the machinery of society running. These are the people who should be on the front cover of Time and not the richest man in the world with a net worth of more than US$300 billion, whose arrogance and ego could fill 10 football stadiums. He is more interested in spending billions on a vanity space project than solving the real problems of the world, like climate change, extreme poverty, lack of access to clean water for billions, or any other myriad of issues and problems that destroy the hopes, dreams, futures and potential of billions on this planet. #leadership #climatechange #water #covid19 #hospitals #pandemiclife #poverty #personoftheyear
As the world becomes more complex, the phenomenon of "Activists-in-Exile" is growing in size and influence. And so is the pushback from oppressors who are pursuing with added vigor and reach as insidious "transnational repression" also grows. My #uOttawa colleagues Prof Nadia Abu-Zahra and Dr Philip Leech-Ngo address this in our CIPS blog entitled "Global Migration, Activists-in-Exile, and Canada": https://lnkd.in/d5mKu_GP #migration #humanrightsdefenders #canada #ActivistsInExile #transnationalrepression
The Canadian government has consistently been an abject failure at living up to Canada's human rights obligations, whether it's overseas or at home.
My latest blog post... Canada missed a key human rights reporting and follow up deadline at the UN this week. If only that was exceptional; it is not. If only that comes as a surprise; it does not. But it needs to - and absolutely can - change.