1, When is a mosque not a mosque? When its a shooting range!
An investigation by Radio-Canada’s Enquête has uncovered the identities of a group of 10 young Quebecers who secretly joined militants in Syria to fight against the Bashar al-Assad regime.
The group was made up of friends who often gathered at a Montreal-area shooting range to practise before seven of them left for the Middle East between the summers of 2012 and 2013, Radio-Canada has learned.
According to witnesses, the young men brought two firearms to the shooting range. One of them was an imitation Soviet semi-automatic carbine, called an SKS, similar to the one used by rebels in Syria.
Some of the young men trained at the shooting range over a period of several months, two to three times a week.
Several of them are believed to have been converts to Islam. Witnesses said that during their practice sessions, they would interrupt their shooting to pray.
Radio-Canada learned that after one of those practices, a client overheard one of the men say he was unhappy the targets weren’t non-believers.
2. Canadian Muslims ask government for help in fight against Islamophobia.
(Maybe if they didn’t pray so much at the shooting range?)
A group of Canadian Muslims is asking for the federal government’s help in countering what they say is a growing wave of Islamophobia across the country.
At a news conference in Ottawa on Monday, the group – joined by the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) – said there are growing concerns about anti-
Muslim discrimination and hatred in Canada, and that the federal government’s leadership is needed to address it.
“As community representatives, we are deeply concerned about the impact of hate crimes and hate incidents on the broader wellbeing of our communities, and especially on our children,” said NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee in a release.
Gardee said incidents of hate crime in Canada had doubled between 2012 and 2014, and there was a noticeable increase in the number of reported human rights violations impacting Canadian Muslims.In a 2015/2016 Environics Institute telephone survey of 600 Canadian Muslims, 35% of those polled said they had experienced discrimination and unfair treatment in the previous five years.
CBC – Syrian refugee kids choir performs at the House of Commons
CultureLink’s Nai Syrian Children’s Choir hopes message of peace will be heard worldwide
A year ago, they were refugees arriving in Canada, hoping to be welcomed to a new country far from home. Today, this group of Syrian children shared songs about hope and peace in the House of Commons.
CultureLink’s Nai Syrian Children’s Choir performed a midday show on Parliament Hill on Thursday, as a thank you to the country that has given them a second chance. Its members also hope that their message of peace travels back to Syria and will be heard around the world.
Chorister Aaya Mahmoud wanted Canadians to know how her young life has been changed since coming to Canada.
After leaving war-torn Syria, “Canada’s beautiful and the people here [are] very nice to us,” she said.
“I feel happy because I’m with my friends here and I’m singing.”
It was married musicians Esmaeel Abofakher and Rahaf Alakbani — also recent refugees from Syria — who first brought the children together informally. Abofakher also wrote one of the three songs the choir is set to perform.
“We are singing for peace everywhere — every place in the world — and I feel that it’s a very good point to thank Canada for what they did [for] us,” he told CBC News on Wednesday, while en route to Ottawa.
The choir began in earnest thanks to Fei Tang, a project consultant for the Toronto settlement agency CultureLink, who also enlisted local music educators to help.
Now, while their parents take English language lessons, the children assemble to learn about music every Wednesday at CultureLink’s offices in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.
The music gives the young participants confidence, helps them learn English and allows them to express difficult emotions, according to Tang.
“Some of them are very aware what’s happening [in Syria] and we have quite a few families… from Aleppo. They have cousins, they have family members still there, so it’s very sad,” she explained.
“They don’t worry about a lot of things when they are singing.”
While the 26-person choir — whose members range in age from six to 13 — have performed before, including at the Luminato Festival and Toronto’s Koerner Hall, they were most excited about singing in Ottawa and seeing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
For musician and choir co-founder Abofakher, going to Canada’s capital to perform was an important way to express gratitude.
“I’m so glad to be here. Me and my wife, we feel that we have to [be] giving back to our community now,” he said.
“They give us a second chance at life here in Canada.”
CBC – Justin Trudeau thanks Syrian children’s choir
Prime minster speaks to CultureLink’s Nai Syrian Children’s Choir after they perform in the House of Commons rotunda
TRENDING VIDEO -CBC- Justin Trudeau cries while reuniting with Syrian refugee
Justin Trudeau wiped his tears as a Syrian father recalled how they met at Pearson Airport one year ago.
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hei Martin, do you really think we are interested what your P of S canadian prime minister and useful kuffr is doing? Do you really think we are interested in another muzzrat propaganda?
Croke in another site
You are reading this wrong MFE. Martin is doing what we all do. Waking people up by showing how bad it is. You can question a lot of people’s motives. But not Martins. Clear?
Thanks , Eeyore…
AFP news agency : Biden says world looking to Trudeau to uphold liberal values
“In a 2015/2016 Environics Institute telephone survey of 600 Canadian Muslims, 35% of those polled said they had experienced discrimination and unfair treatment in the previous five years.”
In the last five years how had Muslims conducted themselves? Take a stab.
“Canada: Three Muslim stabbings of random people within 30-hours in Ottawa”