January 29 marked four years since the terrorist attack on Quebec City Mosque that left six dead and 19 injured, some permanently disabled. Have any lessons been learned from that crime? Judging by the conduct of the Quebec provincial government, the answer must sadly be ‘No’.
If there is racism in Canada, there has to be racists but some racists are taking exception to this designation. It proves how deeply ingrained racism is that its proponents refuse to even acknowledge it. People of color have a tough fight ahead for equality and justice.
While Canada is gripped by the pandemic and institutionalized racism is rampant, the pro-Israel lobby is busy pushing through legislation to ban criticism of Israel and Zionism by equating it with anti-Semitism. This is a direct assault on free speech.
For the second time in a decade, the global community rejected Canada’s bid for a seat at the United Nations Security Council table. This has led to demands by human rights activists for Ottawa to have seriously review its pro-Israeli, anti-Palestinian policy.
Islamophobes--Muslims and non-Muslims--come in all colours, sizes and shapes. Their latest target was the permission for Adhan, the Muslim call to prayer, at Maghrib time since all mosques in Canada are under lockdown due to COVID-19. "Muslims are taking over," they screamed!
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that he was self-isolating himself as his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau was exhibiting mild flu-like symptoms and had a low fever last night. Results came back later confirming she had tested positive.