At around 7:50 pm on Sunday evening, police received several emergency calls from the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec, a mosque and cultural center in Quebec City. They arrived to a scene of carnage: Six Muslim men, including a halal butcher, a university professor, and a government worker, had been shot and killed by a gunman. Nineteen others were injured. Of the five who were sent to the hospital, four remain, two in critical condition. The attack, one of the worst acts of violence against Muslims in Canadian history, shocked a nation that prides itself on being a paragon of multicultural inclusion. “We are a country of diversity,” the Syrian Assembly of Manitoba’s Tarek Habash told the CBC. “For something like that to happen here, it's very sad.”After police identified their prime suspect, a 27-year-old student at Laval University named Alexandre Bissonnette, a member of an online group that welcomes Syrian refugees to Quebec claimed to recognize … [Read more...] about Why Did This Happen in Canada?
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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 - Monaco Grand Prix - Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco - May 26, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the Monaco Grand Prix after the race REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo MONTREAL (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton clocked the best time in a dusty first practice session for the Canada Grand Prix on Friday as Mercedes broke in an upgraded engine. It was business as usual for Mercedes as Britain’s Hamilton lapped the island circuit named after Ferrari great Gilles Villeneuve with a fastest time of one minute 12.767 seconds, 0.147 ahead of Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas. Mercedes have dominated on every circuit this season, with Hamilton and Bottas winning all six races, crossing one-two in five of them. Five times world champion Hamilton sits 17 points clear of Bottas at the top of the standings and served notice that he will again be a threat as he bids to equal Michael Schumacher’s seven … [Read more...] about Hamilton fastest in first practice in Canada
On a brisk morning in February, 2016, Ahmad, his pregnant wife, and their two toddlers got into a taxi in Buffalo, New York. “I want to go to the Canadian border,” he told the driver. Their journey had begun five years earlier, when Ahmad and his wife attempted to flee Syria, in the run-up to the civil war. On their way to the Damascus airport, the couple was stopped at a checkpoint, where Ahmad, who had participated in opposition protests, was beaten by Syrian officials and forced to pay a five-hundred-dollar bribe in exchange for his and his family’s release. They were able to live as temporary residents in Abu Dhabi until the U.A.E. government unexpectedly expelled the family, in December, 2015. Ahmad, who asked to be identified only by his middle name, knew that his life would be at risk if the family returned to Syria; instead, they flew to New York on U.S. tourist visas. Two days after landing at J.F.K. airport, Ahmad got a call from a Syrian friend in Canada, … [Read more...] about Canada Questions the Safety of Asylum Seekers in the U.S.
Canadian children age 12 and younger will no longer be able to play the fullest version of tackle football starting in 2022. The restriction was devised by Football Canada, the sanctioning body for youth football in the country, as the latest in a series of steps to protect players from concussions and potential long-term cognitive problems. Randy Ambrosie, the commissioner of the Canadian Football League, which works closely with Football Canada, announced the change Wednesday in Ottawa at a parliamentary hearing on concussions and sports. “While we enthusiastically support tackle football for older age groups, we are putting a huge emphasis on flag football for young girls and boys,” Ambrosie said. Football Canada has a number of categories for the versions of tackle football children can play and when they can do so. Already, children 8 or younger are not allowed to play tackle football. Children 10 and younger are allowed to play only six-on-six tackle football, or … [Read more...] about More Restrictions Are Placed on Youth Football in Canada
Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Jan. 25, 2019, 9:36 AM GMT / Updated Jan. 25, 2019, 9:59 AM GMT By WHISTLER, British Columbia — Hassan al Kontar spent seven months watching the planes come and go while stranded at Kuala Lumpur's airport. No country was willing to accept him, so al Kontar, a onetime marketing manager from Syria, was forced to survive on donated airline meals and sleep on the floor of a terminal. But sitting on a couch in a cabin house in a bustling skiing community in western Canada, al Kontar said his new reality could not be further away from where he was barely two months ago — thanks to the efforts of complete strangers. “I was asking for safety, I got it in Canada. I was asking for hope, I got it in Canada. I was asking for freedom, I got it in Canada,” al Kontar told NBC News, his soft voice only interrupted by … [Read more...] about Syrian stuck at airport for months is now ‘living the dream’ in Canada