Weeks after lethal assault in London, Ottawa hosts nationwide summit on Islamophobia at the moment | CBC News


The federal authorities is ready to host a nationwide summit on Islamophobia at the moment, at some point after holding an identical summit on antisemitism.

MPs voted unanimously in favour of a movement calling for a nationwide summit on Islamophobia in June, following the assault in London, Ont., that killed 4 members of a Muslim household as they had 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 extra latest incident in Hamilton, Ont.

Trudeau spoke about at the moment’s summit however stated it is as much as all Canadians to combat “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 stated.

CEO of the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) Mustafa Farooq stated he desires to see all ranges of presidency observe up at the moment’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 stated, citing the latest spike in hate crimes.

Yumna Afzaal, 15, left, Madiha Salman, 44, centre left, Talat Afzaal, 74, and Salman Afzaal, 46, proper, had been out for a night stroll in London, Ont., once they had 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 embody Criminal Code amendments to raised take care of hate crimes, a evaluate of faculty programming and a nationwide fund for victims of Islamophobia.

‘This is about survival’

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

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

Today’s summit might be held nearly. The authorities has stated it can embody leaders of Muslim communities however it hasn’t launched a full record of individuals.

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

NDP says authorities ought to have acted sooner

NDP chief Jagmeet Singh stated Wednesday that whereas the summit was a good suggestion, the Liberals have been gradual to behave in opposition to 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 stated.

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

In February, a month after the assault on the U.S. Capitol, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair introduced that a variety of “ideologically motivated violent extremist groups” — together with the Proud Boys — had 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 brazenly 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 stated she invited numerous cupboard ministers and members of Parliament to affix the dialogue on antisemitism.

But opposition leaders stated 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 obtained an invite regardless of being the one federal chief who’s Jewish.

Paul later tweeted early Wednesday afternoon that she had obtained an invite to look at the summit solely hours earlier than the occasion was set to begin. She stated she had needed to handle the summit.

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

O’Toole’s workplace stated 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,” stated spokesperson Josie Sabatino.

A member of O’Toole’s workplace instructed CBC on background that the occasion’s critic for range and inclusion would attend your complete antisemitism summit.

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

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

The NDP despatched its critic, Lindsay Mathyssen, to attend the antisemitism summit. During his press convention on Wednesday, Singh stated 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, stated Chagger’s workplace.

Wednesday’s summit coincided with Public Safety Minister Bill Blair saying the federal government will spend greater than $6 million on 150 initiatives to assist communities susceptible 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 programs, fencing, lighting, minor renovations to reinforce safety, and primary coaching for employees to answer hate-motivated crime.

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


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