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  • Who Speaks for a New Canadian Community?

    By Richard Landau

    The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and some of that city’s Somali community are at odds.  Acting on what it thought were the concerns of the Somali population, the TDSB is considering a modified curriculum and services for the children of Canadians of Somali extraction to deal with a dropout…

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  • Thornhill: The Kind of Canada I’d Like to Live In

    By Richard Landau

    Can we force a minority community to either integrate outsiders into its activities or disperse? These are the questions at the heart of a recent debate in Thornhill, Vaughan – an upper-middle class community north of Toronto. A local Shia Muslim congregation had proposed to erect a 17-storey, 205-unit residence with retail…

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  • Edmonton right to pull anti-Muslim bus ad

    By Richard Landau

    Responding to public opinion, the City of Edmonton has pulled a controversial bus placard ad campaign that some believe conveyed anti-Muslim sentiment.  The campaign placed on the tail of many Edmonton Transit buses and ostensibly pitched at young Muslim women, included the headline: “Is Your Family Threatening You?  Is There…

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  • Québec’s very problematic Charter proposal

    By Richard Landau

    I grew up in Québec.  We saw nuns in full habit everywhere: in schools, driving cars, the shopping centre.  That Québec … steeped in religion, where penitents mounted the stairs to Montréal’s Oratoire St. Joseph on their knees, has rapidly faded. Under the proposed new charter, a nun in habit,…

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  • This Office is about much more than ethnic votes

    By Richard Landau

    David Carment (Religious Freedom? This office is about ethnic votes, Feb. 21) has theorized in the Globe and Mail that the federal government’s interest in the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom is being driven by an agenda of political gain here at home.  I’m not so sure.  It seems many in…

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