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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Film fest dedicates a day to refugees

The weekend of Sept. 29 to Oct. 2 marked the 27th annual One World Film Festival (OWFF). The program included Canadian and international documentary films and an opportunity to engage with the material through panel discussions and question and answer sessions with filmmakers. Since its 1989 launch, the annual film festival, presented by One World Arts, has become Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival on social justice and social change. Library and Archives Canada hosted an almost full house of participants for the OWFF event Stories from The Syrian Refugee Crisis, on Sept. 29. The night featured Another Kind of Girl: 7 Short Films by Syrian Refugees and the Canadian premiere of After Spring, directed by Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching, […]

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Letter: “Anti-Canadian” values are difficult to define

Member of Parliament Kellie Leitch of Canada’s Conservative party proposed screening new immigrants for “anti-Canadian values” earlier in September through an email survey sent out by her campaign, resulting in expected attacks on what exactly Leitch means when she says “anti-Canadian.” This is typical of Leitch’s dog-whistle politics, as she attempts to appeal to “old stock” Canadians—that is, those who may harbour feelings of “concern” towards the immigrant community, otherwise known as badly-disguised Islamophobia. This is not the first time Leitch has targeted the Muslim community. During the federal election campaign in 2015, Leitch promoted a hotline to protect women from “barbaric cultural practices,” such as arranged marriages. She promptly apologized for this on national television just as she embarked on […]

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Letter: The media fuels ISIS terrorism

The world has grown uneasy following the rise of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that has gobbled up territory in Iraq and Syria over the last two years. With the advent of social media, ISIS has been able to recruit individuals from outside its borders to travel to Iraq and Syria and fight on its behalf. A very small number of our own Canadian men and women—often having been ostracized by their peers—have become radicalized and left to fight for ISIS as well. This crisis and the escalating refugee situation—in which Canada has been doing its part—are incredibly worrying. However, perhaps more worrying are the videos ISIS releases, usually taped executions of westerners, general dissenters, […]

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Letter: Despite terrorism, the world is more peaceful than ever before

Born in Israel, last year I looked out from my grandparents’ third floor apartment in a quiet Tel Aviv neighbourhood. I saw the all-too-familiar flashes of light piercing the dark sky. I heard the boom, boom. It’s not only angels who fall from the heavens—flying rockets reach the ground just as easily. I panicked, I was scared, but I turned on the television to hear what the Israeli spokesperson had to say. “Don’t be afraid,” he said in Hebrew with Arabic subtitles. “Explosions only sound like they’re near.” Paris, the city of lights and love, has never been the city of fear. It won’t start now. Because if hate can thrive only on panic, it’s more than simply warming to see […]

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