Opinion: Discrimination still exists in diversity

Not more than a year after the tragic mosque shooting that took place in Quebec, this past week on Jan. 30, the Jami Omar Mosque in Ottawa was plastered with racist posters. This news should shock citizens  because to think that someone could possess such a strong hatred towards a minority group is unfathomable, but I am far from surprised. What was supposed to be a time to solemnly mourn, remember and mark the first anniversary of the Quebec shooting that killed six worshippers, while also injuring 19, derailed into yet another anniversary of an unfortunate event to be marked next year. Events such as the vandalism of a mosque have just become another blurry page to flip past in […]

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Letter: We should wait to believe hate crime allegations

If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you will be aware of the recent attack on a young Muslim girl where, apparently, a man attempted to cut off her hijab. Twice a male came at her with a pair of scissors and allegedly tried to remove the religious covering while she was walking to school. Many people, progressive or otherwise, rushed to condemn this attack, right up to Justin Trudeau. The follow up to that was a bit more muted—the fact that the original story was completely fake. The Toronto Police issued a statement saying, quite simply, that “it did not happen” and no further information on the matter has been forthcoming. Whether or not a reported incident […]

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Armenian Students’ Association mural vandalized

The tunnel mural of the Armenian Students’ Association (ASA) was found defaced and covered with propaganda posters on the morning of Feb. 27. Serge Iskedijan, senior executive member of the ASA, said he and his club suspect the incident is a hate crime, and reported the incident to Campus Safety. Iskedjian said Campus Safety has involved the Ottawa Police in the case. “We were deeply appalled that they chose to attack the mural . . . The mural is a depiction of just our historical background,” he said. “There’s nothing political about the mural. We’re not sending a message, and we don’t want people to interpret it that way.” According to a statement on the ASA’s Facebook page, the posters […]

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