(JTA) – For the third straight year, Jews remained the most targeted minority group for police-reported hate crimes throughout Canada in 2018.
(JTA) – Two of Canada’s Jewish lobby groups are at odds over a lawsuit on whether the federal election should be moved from a Jewish High Holiday.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) – the official Canadian Jewish advocacy group – says there are enough alternative measures to accommodate Canada’s 75,000 Orthodox Jews who can’t cast their ballots on Oct. 21, which is both Shemini Atzeret and election day. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Quebec passed its so-called secularism law that bans certain public employees – teachers, judges and police officers, among them – from wearing religious symbols including kippahs, turbans and hijabs at work.
Bill 21 passed Sunday in a 73-35 vote following a marathon legislative session over the weekend that featured contentious debate. Polls have consistently shown widespread support for the legislation among the province’s French-speaking majority. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada rose to a record high for the third consecutive year, according to an annual audit by B’nai Brith Canada released Monday.
The audit showed 2,041 anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year in Canada – 16.5 per cent more than the 1,752 incidents in 2017. [Read more…]
MONTREAL (JTA) – The Jewish mayor of a Montreal suburb compared a proposed bill that would bar religious symbols on some public workers to “ethnic cleansing.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked William Steinberg, mayor since 2005 of the affluent town of Hampstead in Montreal’s west end, to apologize for the remark. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Quebec has introduced a bill that bans some public employees from wearing religious symbols at work, including kippahs.
The measure is intended to reinforce the separation of church and state, but critics say the real target appears to be Muslim women who wear hijabs covering their hair and necks.
The Quebec National Assembly pushed ahead with the “secularism bill” on Thursday introduced by the right-wing Coalition Avenir Québec government of Premier François Legault. [Read more…]
(JTA) – One of Canada’s largest and oldest Jewish charities, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) of Canada, is downplaying news that it was audited by federal tax authorities for using donor money to fund projects linked to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Jan. 4 that the audit was carried out by the Canada Revenue Agency as the result of a complaint filed in the fall of 2017. [Read more…]