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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Editorial: Accessible religious spaces on campus are key

Renovations to the ablutions room—a space used by students to wash themselves before prayer—on the second floor of the University Centre began over a year ago in order to upgrade both the men’s and women’s facilities and to make them more accessible. With many students from various religions, it’s important that spaces available on Carleton’s campus for prayer are accessible and clean. But, despite plans to include four accessible foot baths in the men’s ablution room, none were planned to be installed in the women’s ablution room (which is actually located inside a washroom on the second floor). Back in March, then-Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Fahd Alhattab told The Charlatan that the changes would  make “the men and […]

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Islam Awareness Week aims to embrace diversity

This year’s Islam Awareness Week aims to create awareness of the Islamic religion and culture. The event, which is being held from March 20-24, is run by volunteers with a number of exhibits demonstrating various aspects of Islamic culture. Biftu Helo, one of the co-ordinators, said the week is focused on the important theme of diversity. “What we want people to take away is that Islam is a religion that accepts people from all different ethnicities and backgrounds–there is not one image of a Muslim. Muslims can come from anywhere and be anyone,” Helo said. She added the event’s message of diversity is combined with an effort to try and create awareness and understanding of Islam. “I find a lot […]

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Concordia evacuates buildings after bomb threat towards Muslim students

A bomb threat at Concordia University prompted the Montreal-based school to evacuate and close several buildings on March 1. Three buildings on Concordia’s campus—the Hall Building, the EV Building and the GM Building—were evacuated at 11:30 a.m. due to a threat sent to the school and several media outlets, including the Montreal Gazette. A letter written by a group called the “Council of Conservative Citizens of Canada” was sent to the Gazette and was published in its entirety on the publication’s website. The letter stated that the group would detonate an explosive device once per day between March 1-3 in the Hall Building and EV Building, where the group claimed Muslim students “hang out.” The letter said the bombs were […]

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Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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