(JTA) – Labelling a wine from the West Bank as a “Product of Israel” is misleading and deceptive, the Federal Court of Canada ruled.
(JTA) – The date of the federal election will not be changed, even though it falls on a Jewish holiday.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault announced Monday that he would not recommend changing the date, which coincides with Shemini Atzeret and Erev Simchat Torah. Last week the Federal Court ordered him to review a prior decision. [Read more…]
(JTA) – Federal Court Justice Justice Ann Marie McDonald has ordered Canada’s chief electoral officer to review his decision not to recommend changing the federal election date because it falls on a Jewish holiday.
The decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by a Jewish candidate in Canada’s federal election and a Jewish voter claiming that the election date discriminates against observant Canadian Jews. [Read more…]
(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…]
Liam Afota and Inbar Haimovich, recent high school graduates from Israel, arrived in Ottawa last August as the Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s third pair of shinshinim.
The Federation shinshinim program brings young Israeli emissaries to Ottawa for a year of voluntary service during a gap year between high school and their military service. While in the city, the shinshinim help young people in Jewish schools, congregations and camps to “enhance their Jewish identities and ties to Israel,” Afota explained. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The federal government will adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodríguez made the announcement on June 25, saying the decision is part of the government’s anti-racism strategy, “Foundation for Change: Canada’s Anti-Racism Strategy 2019–2022.” [Read more…]
(JTA) – A Jewish candidate in the federal election and a Jewish voter have filed a lawsuit asking to change the voting day because it falls on a Jewish holiday.
Shemini Atzeret this year is on Election Day, Oct. 21, which would prevent observant Jews from casting their ballots. Of the four advance polling days, three are on other Jewish holidays or Shabbat. [Read more…]
May 8, 2019
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israel Independence Day:
“Tonight at sundown, we join Israelis, Jewish communities, and others in Canada and around the world to celebrate the 71st anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel.
“This year is special, as we also mark 70 years of diplomatic ties between Canada and Israel. Since 1949, our two countries have been close friends, steadfast allies, and partners in many international organizations. When the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited Canada just a few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to celebrate this important anniversary – and to make those ties even stronger. [Read more…]
(JTA) – The U.S. State Department has appealed a federal district court decision that overturned its denial of citizenship to one of the twins born to a Jewish same-sex couple.
Andrew Dvash-Banks, an American, and Elad Dvash-Banks, an Israeli, married in Canada in 2010. Their sons, Ethan and Aiden, were conceived with donor eggs and the sperm from both fathers, and were born from the same surrogate mother minutes apart in September 2016. Both fathers are listed as the parents on the birth certificates. [Read more…]