Rima Berns-McGown, a Jewish Member of the Ontario Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York on behalf the New Democratic Party (NDP), has revealed she embraced Islam.
In a post on Facebook Berns-McGown wrote (December 14, 2019):
“Yes, I also embraced Islam a few years ago, for many reasons that I don’t have the time or space to detail here, but I of course am still Jewish — sorry not sorry if that confuses you 🤷 and especially where it comes to Israel I speak as a Jew.”
Viva Frei, a Montreal lawyer who turned YouTuber, analyses and breaks down on his Vlawgs the possible implications on free speech in light of the federal government crackdown on “hate speech” on social media platform.
In his mandate
letter to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage,
Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau wrote:
I will expect you to work with your colleagues and
through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to
deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new
regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement
that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech,
within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include
other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence,
exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist
On December 16, 2019 I sent a media
inquiry to the Canadian Anti-Hate Network regarding the upcoming
participation of its board member in a panel alongside an American
imam known of his anti-LGBTQ, anti-Jewish and anti-Christian
of December 17, 2019 the Canadian Anti-Hate Network declined to
respond to the media inquiry.
Amira Elghawaby, a Board Member of the
Canadian Anti-Hate Network, is about to participate in a panel with
an American Imam and scholar, Ysair Qadhi, who appears to hold
anti-Jewish, anti-Christian and anti-LGBTQ views based on authentic
The panel “From the Pulpit to the
Picketline: Bridging the Scholar-Activist Divide” will be held on
December 21, 2019 under the umbrella of the Reviving of the Islamic
Spirit conference in Toronto. More details
Ysair Qadhi implied that the Jews are
“evil people despised by the creation,” called Jews and
Christians “filthy” and “impure” and described the LGBTQ
behavior as “unethical”, “immoral” and “harmful to body and
What is the policy of the Canadian
Anti-Hate Network regarding the participation of its board members
and employees in panels with people who hold anti-Jewish,
anti-Christian and anti-LGBTQ views?
Was the participation of Amira
Elghawaby in the aforementioned panel alongside Ysair Qadhi approved
by the Canadian Anti-Hate Network?
Please respond by 5pm December 16,
2019. If more time is required please advise.
Here is an excerpt from the mandate letter sent by Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau to Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage:
I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities. In particular, you will:.. Create new regulations for social media platforms, starting with a requirement that all platforms remove illegal content, including hate speech, within 24 hours or face significant penalties. This should include other online harms such as radicalization, incitement to violence, exploitation of children, or creation or distribution of terrorist propaganda.
Canada’s population was estimated
at 37,589,262 on July 1, 2019, up 531,497 compared with July 1,
Canada posts the largest annual
population increase in numbers.
Canada’s population growth rate is
the highest among G7 countries.
Canada’s sustained population
growth is driven mostly (82.2%) by the arrival of a large number of
immigrants and non-permanent residents.
Canada admitted 313,580 immigrants
in 2018/2019, one of the highest levels in Canadian history.
In 2015/2016, Canada received
323,192 permanent immigrants, including nearly 30,000 Syrian
The number of non-permanent
residents rose by 171,536 in 2018/2019, the largest increase in the
country’s history. While also fuelled by rapid growth in asylum
claimants, this gain was mainly led by an increase in the number of
work and study permit holders.
In 2018/2019, Quebec (+1.2%) saw
its largest population increase in 30 years, while Ontario (+1.7%)
recorded one of the highest growth rates for the same period.
Alberta’s population growth
(+1.6%) accelerated for a second consecutive year, owing in part to
interprovincial migration exchanges, which were positive after three
consecutive years of losses.
On July 1, 2019, the Canadian
population included 6,592,611 seniors. Of this number, which is
increasing quickly, more than one in two people (51.1%) were born
during the baby boom (1946 to 1965).
On July 1, 2019, Canada had 10,795
centenarians, topping 10,000 for the first time.
The Prairie provinces and the
territories have the youngest populations.