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Muslim Woman Runs for Provincial Elections in Quebec

SHAFAQNA- A hijabi woman has announced plans to run in Quebec fall provincial elections, making her the first Muslim woman donning the religious headwear to run in the eastern Canadian district. “For the past 10 years in Quebec, Muslim…

Anti-Muslim Sentiment Higher in Quebec than Rest of Canada

SHAFAQNA- The study, published in the current issue of the Canadian Review of Sociology, also found that Muslims were the social group that, across the country, Canadians liked the least. Whites, Catholics, Indigenous people, and racial…

Canadian Judge Who Ordered Woman to Remove Hijab Loses Bid to Quash Investigation

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SHAFAQNA- That means more than three years after Judge Eliana Marengo told Rania El-Alloul to remove her hijab, an investigation by a special committee of the Quebec Council of the Magistrature can begin at last. Marengo tried to block…

Muslims, Christians in Calgary mark anniversary of Quebec mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Nearly one year since a mass shooting left six dead and dozens more injured in a Quebec City mosque, members of Calgary’s Muslim and Christian communities joined together for a multi-faith prayer service Sunday evening in a show…

Tragedy lessened negative image of Muslims in Quebec: Poll

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SHAFAQNA - Favourable opinions of Muslims increased by 22 points following the Jan. 29, 2017 massacre at the Quebec City mosque that killed six, according to a poll by Léger for the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) shows. Only 28…

Quebec City Muslims alarmed by increasingly public displays of racism one year after mosque shooting

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SHAFAQNA - Rachid Raffa is tired and bitter. It's been 43 years since he chose to settle in Quebec City after leaving Algeria. But as his encounters with racism become more commonplace, he's come to feel less at home. "When I came to…

Quebec City Muslims share their stories at human library event

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of volunteers from Quebec City's Muslim community agreed to take part in a human library event on Saturday. People showing up at the Monique-Corriveau library in Sainte-Foy could sign out a "living book" and hear first-hand the…

Muslim students reconsider Quebec universities after face-covering ban

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SHAFAQNA - Two weeks ago, the passing of a controversial law in Quebec banning face coverings for those giving or receiving public services was met with public backlash. While Quebec’s Liberal government was forced to tone down its interpretation…

Nine months after mosque killings, Quebec Muslims still waiting for promised change

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SHAFAQNA - ‘They came to see us, they sympathized with us, but there was not any big change,’ said mosque official Boufeldja Benabdallah. After a gunman killed six worshippers inside a Quebec City mosque in January, the outpouring of…

Quebec bans face covering in public services, raising worries among Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Quebec has adopted a law that will force people to show their faces when taking the bus or borrowing a book from the library, pushing ahead with legislation that is being criticized for targeting Muslim Canadian women. Bill 62,…

Quebec City police arrest suspects in torching of Muslim man's car

SHAFAQNA- Quebec City police have arrested two suspects in connection with the torching of a car belonging to the director of a local Muslim community centre, the force announced Friday. The two men arrested were neighbours of the director,…

Quebec’s Muslim to have their own cemetery

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SHAFAQNA- Quebec City's Muslims have been looking for a cemetery for two decades, but made a renewed push after they completed the payment for the city's main mosque in 2011 Muslims in Quebec City are going to have their own cemetery…

Quebec City Muslim Cemetery Rejected in Referendum

SHAFAQNA -  It was by the slimmest of margins that a plan to establish the Quebec City area’s first Muslim-owned and run cemetery was defeated in a referendum Sunday by a vote of 19 to 16. Voters were deciding whether or not to allow a…

49 voters to decide fate of Muslim cemetery in Quebec city

SHAFAQNA- Whether the Quebec City region will get its first cemetery owned and operated by Muslims will be decided Sunday by 49 people in a referendum. The land for the cemetery was purchased in February and the project was approved May…

Proposed Muslim cemetery highlights tensions in Quebec community

SHAFAQNA- Soon after word began to circulate about a Muslim cemetery in the sleepy Quebec town of Saint-Apollinaire, Mayor Bernard Ouellet received some disturbing e-mails. “Welcome to Saint ALLAH-pollinaire,” read one. “Ha ha ha!…

A short history of scapegoating Muslims in Quebec

SHAFAQNA - We are midway through Quebec’s election cycle, and predicable things are happening. Opposition parties begin to stake out positions on key issues, the importance of which are no doubt polled, focused grouped and otherwise scientifically…

Hijab wearing student barred from taking exam in Montreal

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SHAFAQNA- A Montreal junior college is trying to determine how to accommodate a student who was prevented from taking an exam because she wouldn't temporarily remove part of her hijab, a school spokeswoman said Monday. The young woman was…