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Faith Goldy is shown outside Wilfrid Laurier University in March 2018. Facebook may have banned Goldy and other ‘alt-right’ figures, but their influence is greater than social media. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Starving online trolls won’t stop far-right ideas from going mainstream

It's all well and good for Facebook to shut down people like Faith Goldy, but it's critical we recognize that the far right’s culture war is diffusing more broadly within Canadian politics.
Premier François Legault, left, and Simon Jolin-Barrette, minister of immigration, diversity and inclusiveness, are seen at the provincial legislature in late March 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

The supposed benefits of Québec secularism bill don’t outweigh the costs

While few would deny secularism and religious neutrality are legitimate goals, they don’t justify Bill 21's undue restriction of minority rights.
An academic expert on Islamophobia attended a ‘free-speech’ conference in Toronto, where she was assaulted after challenging speakers for promoting hatred against Muslims. Shutterstock

I had a front-row seat to hate and was physically assaulted: The liberal-washing of white nationalism

Covert power brokers are using cultural, political and economic ideas to influence, shape and inform white nationalist views. They help circulate bigotry by dressing it up as patriotism.
Mosques like the one in Lakemba, Sydney, were among the few places of belonging where Muslims could feel safe from Islamophobia. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Christchurch attacks strike at the heart of Muslims’ safe places from Islamophobia

Muslims need places where they feel safe from Islamophobia. And being made to feel unwelcome has lasting impacts – Muslims still avoid Cronulla beach, the scene of anti-Muslim riots in 2005.
Mourners carry the body of a victim of the New Zealand mosque shootings for a burial in Christchurch on March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The hypocritical media coverage of the New Zealand terror attacks

As the news of the shootings in New Zealand quickly unfolded, a researcher took note of the way the event was covered in news media and how the coverage was being discussed on social media.
Community members come together in Parkland, Florida, to mark the first anniversary of the killing of 14 students and three staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Cristobal Herrera/EPA

What Parkland’s experience tells us about the limits of a ‘security’ response to Christchurch

Parkland, Florida, where 17 people died in a school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018, was already a place of highly secure, gated communities, so the survivors instead united against guns and hate.
Muslims praying in a Chicago mosque following the shooting in New Zealand, on Friday, March 15. AP Photo/Noreen Nasir

What is the significance of Friday prayers in Islam?

Last Friday, Muslims were killed while praying at two mosques in New Zealand. For Muslims, Friday is the day of gathering, the most important prayer day of the week.
In this October 2015 photo, German federal police officers guide a group of migrants on their way after crossing the border between Austria and Germany. Once granted citizenship, newcomers face near-impossible hurdles to reunite their families. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Citizens in the West should care about discriminatory immigration policies

It's important to unearth how discriminatory immigration policy, largely invisible to the general public, undermines citizens’ rights and position.
A student on the campus of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, trying out the hijab on World Hijab Day, 2017. AP Photo/Russell Contreras

Why Muslim women wear a hijab: 3 essential reads

For Muslim women, the hijab is not simply about religion. They may wear it for a variety of reasons. On World Hijab Day. women – Muslim and non-Muslim, are invited to experience this head covering.
Members of the families of the victims listen to testimonies during a memorial ceremony to honour the victims of the 2017 mosque shooting, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Québec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Islamophobia and hate crimes continue to rise in Canada

The tragedy of the Quebec City mosque shootings which killed six men continues to reverberate. But Islamophobia has not been curbed: it is at its highest rate ever.
For many Muslim women, a hijab is a way of expressing resistance. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Why do Muslim women wear a hijab?

Hijab is not simply about religion – women wear it for a variety of reasons.

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