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Weeks after deadly attack in London, Ottawa hosts national summit on Islamophobia today


The federal authorities is ready to host a national summit on Islamophobia today, someday after holding an analogous summit on antisemitism.

MPs voted unanimously in favour of a movement calling for a national summit on Islamophobia in June, following the attack in London, Ont., that killed 4 members of a Muslim household as they have been out for a night stroll.

During a press convention Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was requested about eruptions of Islamophobia in Canada — together with a newer incident in Hamilton, Ont.

Trudeau spoke about today’s summit however mentioned it is as much as all Canadians to battle “intolerance”.

“It’s not only up to Muslim Canadians to fight Islamophobia but it’s up to all of us to fight Islamophobia, hatred, intolerance in all its forms,” he mentioned.

CEO of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Mustafa Farooq mentioned he needs to see all ranges of presidency observe up today’s summit with a concrete plan of motion.

“The reality is we cannot just keep adding onto a list of horrifying things that have happened,” he mentioned, citing the latest spike in hate crimes.

Yumna Afzaal, 15, left, Madiha Salman, 44, centre left, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, proper, have been out for a night stroll in London, Ont., once they have been run over by a person who police say was motivated by anti-Muslim hate. (Submitted by Afzaal household)

Earlier this week, Farooq and the NCCM launched 60 coverage suggestions to fight hate and racism throughout the nation.

The suggestions embrace Criminal Code amendments to raised take care of hate crimes, a evaluation of faculty programming and a national fund for victims of Islamophobia.

‘This is about survival’

Farooq mentioned he hopes the federal government will commit to those suggestions and observe up with timelines to attain them.

“This is not about politics or an election,” he mentioned. “For our community, this is about survival.”

Today’s summit shall be held nearly. The authorities has mentioned it’ll embrace leaders of Muslim communities however it hasn’t launched a full record of members.

The occasion shall be principally closed to the general public — a measure to make sure the security of these taking part, the federal government mentioned. Opening remarks set to happen at midday shall be open to media and the general public.

NDP says authorities ought to have acted sooner

NDP chief Jagmeet Singh mentioned Wednesday that whereas the summit was a good suggestion, the Liberals have been gradual to behave towards the rise in Islamophobia and different racist ideologies.

“There are a number of solutions that we have known about for years, and, sadly, Mr. Trudeau has not responded, has not taken action,” he mentioned.

Singh mentioned the Liberals ought to put extra effort into tackling on-line hate and provides extra assets to police and safety businesses to dismantle white supremacist teams.

In February, a month after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair introduced that various “ideologically motivated violent extremist groups” — together with the Proud Boys — have been being added to Canada’s record of terrorist organizations.

But a latest report suggests these efforts have not prevented teams just like the Proud Boys from working overtly on-line.

Controversy kicks off antisemitism summit

The similar day that MPs voted to carry a summit on Islamophobia, the federal government introduced it could additionally host a summit on antisemitism, which was held Wednesday.

In a media assertion earlier this month, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth Bardish Chagger mentioned she invited numerous cupboard ministers and members of Parliament to affix the dialogue on antisemitism.

But opposition leaders mentioned they did not obtain invites to the antisemitism summit till the final minute.

Green Party chief Annamie Paul tweeted Tuesday night that she hadn’t acquired an invite regardless of being the one federal chief who’s Jewish.

Paul later tweeted early Wednesday afternoon that she had acquired an invite to look at the summit solely hours earlier than the occasion was set to start out. She mentioned she had wished to deal with the summit.

The authorities simply despatched a hyperlink for today’s Antisemitism Summit. I can observe, however I can not converse. Reason: “to ensure the summit remains a space where community members can express their opinions & ideas”.

I’m Jewish. This is my neighborhood. #cdnpoli


Conservative chief Erin O’Toole’s workplace mentioned he wasn’t initially invited to Wednesday’s summit, or to the one being held today on Islamophobia, regardless of asking the federal government for a possibility to talk.

O’Toole’s workplace mentioned a late invite to the antisemitism summit got here Tuesday night time.

“Mr. O’Toole received an invitation at 7:15 pm last evening to watch the summit but despite repeated requests from stakeholders and our office, we are not part of the event,” mentioned spokesperson Josie Sabatino.

A member of O’Toole’s workplace instructed CBC on background that the celebration’s critic for variety and inclusion would attend the whole antisemitism summit.

WATCH | NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his critic was invited to the antisemitism summit

Singh says the invitation to the national antisemitism summit launched by the federal authorities was prolonged to his celebration’s critic. 0:50

The NDP despatched its critic, Lindsay Mathyssen, to attend the antisemitism summit. During his press convention on Wednesday, Singh mentioned he was wanting ahead to getting suggestions from Mathyssen.

“We know hate is very much like a fire … it’s not isolated, it will spread, it will consume everyone. So we’ve all got a collective responsibility to listen to people impacted,” Singh instructed a press convention on Wednesday.

Opposition leaders have been invited to the summit on Islamophobia, mentioned Chagger’s workplace.

Wednesday’s summit coincided with Public Safety Minister Bill Blair asserting the federal government will spend greater than $6 million on 150 initiatives to assist communities prone to hate-motivated crime.

The safety infrastructure program permits neighborhood centres, academic establishments and locations of worship to use for funding to cowl doorways, home windows, cameras, alarm methods, fencing, lighting, minor renovations to reinforce safety, and fundamental coaching for employees to answer hate-motivated crime.

The subsequent name for purposes shall be launched on July 28.

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