Archive | December, 2015

Wanna Know: What kind of men does Lisa like?

Posted on 31 December 2015 by admin

Actress Lisa Haydon says she falls for men who are confident, well-travelled and free-spirited.

The “Queen” fame actress revealed the qualities that make up her ultimate dream man to designer Pria Kataaria Puri on the TV show “Born Stylish”.

“It’s the charm, chemistry, character and so phistication (that make up my man). I like a man who is confident, who speaks well, who is travelled well, free-spirited. Someone who is kind of… it’s about the experiences I think,” said Lisa.

The model-turned-actress, who made her acting debut with the 2010 film “Aisha”, was last seen on the big screen in “Shaukeens”. Her next film is “Houseful 3″ where she will be seen sharing screen space with Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan and others.

She will also be seen in Karan Johar’s directorial venture “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”, which stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Anushka Sharma.

The episode with Lisa will air on Saturday on channel Colors Infinity and Vh1.

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Sonnalli Seygall gets mobbed

Posted on 31 December 2015 by admin

“Pyaar Ka Punchnama” actress Sonnalli Seygall’s date with the capital turned out to be an unexpected experience when she got mobbed by a group of her fans. She says it means she’s doing “something right”.

Sonnalli came out to dine with her relatives at a popular mall when the incident took place here just last week. The actress flew down to to the capital city for a day to spend some time with her cousin who had come down from China for Christmas.

They wanted the evening to be a private affair so that they could spend some quality family time, and Sonnalli had also planned to take her little nephew and niece to a popular toy store post the dinner. But she never anticipated to draw the crowd she eventually did.

Her cousins were initially amused, and even captured the scene of people pushing each other, but they gradually realised the crowd was getting unruly, and so whisked Sonnalli away, said a source.

Commenting on the experience, the actress said in a statement: “I didn’t quite anticipate this. I have been to public places in Delhi before and have experienced being surrounded by fans, but this was something else. However, it does feel good to know that my work has been noticed and that goes to prove, I must be doing something right.

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‘Mastizaade’ an adult comedy: Sunny Leone

Posted on 31 December 2015 by admin

Canadian porn star-turned-actress Sunny Leone has clarified that her forthcoming flick “Mastizaade” is “not a sex comedy, it’s an adult comedy”.

“I want to tell this to everyone that Mastizaade is not a sex comedy, it’s an adult comedy for adults. As far as the censor board is concerned… the board is doing their job and it’s our job to push boundaries and create something different,” the actress told IANS.

“…our country is ready to see these kind of content… though it’s an adult comedy, the story is very nice.”

Directed by Milap Zaveri, the movie also features Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das among others.

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Sivan Ilangko helps others reach professional excellence

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

SHANELLE KANDIAH 

As an Associate Partner at Ernst & Young (E&Y), active member of several community organizations, and father of two children, Sivan Ilangko is often asked the question “how do you do it?” While many would feel a rush of anxiety glancing at his calendar, Sivan would be the first to tell you that “there is always a way.”

Having faced several challenges and setbacks on the road to establishing a successful accounting career, Sivan has immersed himself in a range of community work with the hope of being able to offer young Tamil professionals career guidance, and to inspire the next generation of Tamil-Canadians to involve themselves in their communities and make positive changes.

Originally from Naranthani, a small village on the island of Kayts in Sri Lanka, Sivan once had dreams of becoming a lawyer. After graduating from the prestigious Jaffna Hindu College, he was admitted to the University of Colombo’s Faculty of Law. However, due to the increasingly hostile political situation occuring throughout the country in the 1980s, the university closed its doors indefinitely.

Uncertain about when the university would re-open and with years passing as he waited, Sivan noticed his housemate in Colombo attending classes at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (ICASL). In what would begin as an outlet to spend time until he could enter law school, Sivan decided to attend classes at the institute on the weekends while taking a job as an entry level accounting clerk.

With nothing to lose, Sivan wrote his first Chartered Accountancy exam and passed on his first try. An unexpected surprise to someone who had not previously held any accounting aspirations, he went on to write and pass his second CA exam. After being advised by his cousin who was an established CA, he made the decision to pursue accounting wholeheartedly and did not look back.

Soon afterwards, he applied for positions at E&Y and KPMG in Colombo and received offers from both firms; deciding to take a position with the latter. A few weeks later, the University of Colombo re-opened. Despite this coincidence, Sivan was determined to create a successful career as an accountant and wrote the third CA exam, achieving the highest score for the Business and Industrial Law section to recieve the Prize Winner title of the ICASL. Upon passing the remaining two exams, he was granted membership to the ICASL and promoted to manager at KPMG in Colombo.

E&Y representatives from the Middle East approached him soon afterwards to work in their offices in Bahrain. Taking into account the higher salary offered, friends who had moved to the country, and the growing political uncertainty in Sri Lanka, he accepted their offer and made the move overseas in 1995.

However, Sivan’s success and prominence as a manager for KPMG in Sri Lanka would not translate to an esteemed accounting position in the Middle East. Realizing that all the accountants at the firm were equally qualified with diverse professional experiences, Sivan went from being a manager in Sri Lanka to taking a junior position as an accountant in Bahrain. Disheartened but not defeated by this new reality, Sivan immersed himself in his work to regain the title he once held.

When time came to settle down and start a family, Sivan decided to build a life in Canada. Because of the connections he built with E&Y in the Middle East, he was able to get his foot in the door at their Toronto office.

However, with another overseas move came a new set of challenges. In Canada, Sivan’s CA designation from Sri Lanka was not transferable. He would not be able to hold the manager position he had held in Sri Lanka and worked hard to regain in Bahrain. Determined to provide a better life for his young family, he swallowed his pride yet again and began the lengthy CA designation process in his mid 30s.

Sivan found himself in his classes surrounded by students in their early 20’s and described this time in his life as demoralizing; he had to re-start his career in Canada in a junior level position when he had already established a successful accounting career in Sri Lanka and the Middle East. However, he would once again rise to the occasion when faced with a career challenge and eventually passed all of the required Canadian CA examinations.

By the time Sivan completed the third and final exam, he was immediately promoted to manager and then senior manager at E&Y Toronto as a result of the firm’s recognition of his tireless work ethic and extensive international accounting experience. After undergoing a thorough interview and evaluation process, the firm named Sivan Associate Partner in 2013.

As one of the first Sri Lankan Tamils to reach this level at one of the world’s top four accounting firms in a North American office, Sivan is the first point of contact for a portfolio of clients in the financial services industry. His work for clients include: managing relationships on behalf of the firm, leading teams to address their auditing needs, revenue planning and profitability management, as well as ensuring compliance with accounting and auditing standards on all financial statements. Additionally, he assists the professional development of E&Y staff by providing performance evaluations and mentorship to junior employees.

In 2006, he joined E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards committee which grants a highly esteemed award in the business industry that recognizes talent in turning entrepreneurial visions into successful business models. Today, Sivan manages the nominations under the financial services category for the province of Ontario.

This desire to help others reach professional excellence soon spiraled into Sivan joining community organizations that foster youth leadership and professional talent including: The Centre of Leadership and Innovation – featured in a TC article for its mentorship workshops for Tamil youth in the Toronto area, as well as Ascend Canada– an organization that promotes leaders of Asian descent in the Canadian corporate community.

However, Sivan’s involvement with community organizations does not stop there. While having developed an enjoyment and passion for inspiring and empowering young professionals, he has also offered his leadership to: The Canadian Tamils’ Chamber of CommerceThe Canadian Tamil CongressThe Stouffville Multicultural Association, and The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario.

Generating visibility for himself within and beyond the Tamil-Canadian community, Sivan stands as an example of how Tamil-Canadians can take positions of mainstream leadership and make valuable contributions to their society.

As he stated at the conclusion of our interview, “I want to be a part of giving the next generation of Tamils in Canada a history they can be proud of, and empower Tamil youth to become successful individuals.”

Through his perservance on the road to career success, commitment to guide young Tamil professionals, and vision of setting an example for Tamil-Canadians to integrate and create positive change in their communities, Sivan has proven himself to be a notable professional and community leader worthy to be among TC’s Most Influential Tamils of 2015.

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Denying anti-Islam sentiment won’t solve problems: Editorial

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

Touchy, touchy, touchy.

Quebec isn’t the only place in Canada to suffer from Islamophobia. We see its ugly face right here in Toronto. But the level of denial in Quebec is something special.

Hicham Tiflati, an Islamic law and religious studies scholar, has just been forced to part company with Montreal’s Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence, where he was a researcher. The centre aims to prevent extremism, to help family and friends of those who become radicalized, and to wean people away from it.

A young Muslim woman in Montreal had to overcome hostility and prejudice — a man spat in her face after telling her to go back to where she came from. Quebec is “often openly hostile” to the Muslim identity in a “unique and quite worrisome” manner.

That will hardly shock anyone who has followed Quebec’s sulphurous identity wars in recent years, in which crucifixes, hijabs, Jewish skullcaps and Sikh turbans have become weapons of opportunity. The town of Hérouxville became notorious for setting “standards” for newcomers. Muslim women were not to veil their faces, except at Halloween. And there was to be no public stoning of women, burning them alive or hurling acid at them. “We’re telling people who we are,” one councillor explained.

Things got so bad that the premier asked academics Gérard Bouchard and Charles Taylor to look into the problem. After hearing from thousands of Quebecers, they issued a massive report that lauded Quebecers, rightly, for “a wealth of good faith and willingness” to accommodate minorities. But they also noted that the 70 per cent French-speaking majority is “apparently unsure of itself and subject to outbursts of temper” toward its 1.5-per-cent Muslim minority, among others. As Bouchard put it, francophones are “a majority that fears its minorities. “We have to change that.”

Changing attitudes begins by encouraging debate and discussion, as the commission did, not by shunning academics who tell it like it is. It’s absurd to censure an academic who is making a positive contribution — trying to deradicalize young people — for an article pointing out the obvious: that hostility alienates people and can radicalize some.

However, change doesn’t come easily. The article was seen as “Quebec bashing” in some circles. The director of the centre was quoted as calling it “inappropriate and exaggerated.” And Tiflati was suddenly a pariah. The answer to “Quebec-bashing,” apparently, is to soft-pedal the problem. But this denial isn’t helpful. It certainly won’t foster the change Bouchard and Taylor urged.

It’s the centre’s reaction that is exaggerated and inappropriate.

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Horwath calls for establishment of Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

Queen’s Park – Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for the creation of an Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat. The NDP will introduce a motion calling for the creation of the secretariat in the next session.

“Ontario is at its best when we’re all included and nobody is left behind. That’s why I am calling for the government to create the Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat,” said Horwath. “Too many people in Ontario face racism in one form or another; by establishing the secretariat we can take positive steps to challenge inequality and make choices that focus on creating equality and fairness.”

The Ontario Liberal government passed legislation in 2006 to create an Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat within the Ontario Human Rights Commission, but have yet to establish it.

The Ontario Anti-Racism Secretariat would exist within the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and would function as a panel of experts whose task would be to take a proactive role in preventing and eliminating discrimination. They would also be given the task of building and implementing public education programs, the goals of which would be eliminating racism.

“Racism affects people in real and lasting ways. We need to be proactive in making sure that everyone has a place in this province. There is no single agency in Ontario whose job it is to fight against racism and for inclusion. Ontario could start setting up the Anti-Racism Secretariat,” said Horwath.

Horwath was joined by Jasmine Noureddin, past director of the Canadian Arab Federation, and Anthony Morgan, policy and research lawyer at the African Canadian Legal Clinic.

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Finance ministers studying options to expand CPP

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

Canada’s finance ministers say they will study options for expanding the Canada Pension Plan but have not yet decided whether action will be taken.

The ministers offered few details of the options that will be studied, however they noted that the end result may be to do nothing.

“We are moving at the pace that I had hoped,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

The ministers spoke following a day-long meeting at Finance Canada headquarters hosted by federal finance Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The ministers also met for dinner Sunday evening.

The federal Liberals campaigned on a pledge to “enhance” the Canada Pension Plan, but the party provided few details as to what it had in mind.

Reforming the CPP requires the support of Ottawa plus seven of the 10 provinces representing two thirds of the Canadian population.

Ottawa and the provinces have been down this road before.

The issue heated up in 2009 when the finance ministers commissioned several research papers on the topic. The main summary paper, by University of Calgary professor Jack Mintz, concluded that Canadians are “by and large, doing relatively well” in saving enough for retirement.

However Dr. Mintz reported that evidence shows about one fifth of Canadians may not have enough savings to replace at least 90 per cent of their pre-retirement consumption. The paper said that while the evidence strongly suggests some Canadians are not saving enough, it is not always clear which Canadians are under-saving, by how much and why.

Another research paper produced for the ministers by Michael Baker of the University of Toronto and Kevin Milligan of the University of British Columbia found “little evidence… that there are substantial holes in the system.” However the paper also cautioned that the downward trend of company pension coverage could mean the situation will be different in the future.

Finance ministers then had officials work on several options following that 2009 research with the approval of Conservative Finance Minister Jim Flaherty. In June of 2010, Mr. Flaherty announced there was agreement on a “modest” enhancement of the CPP and that ministers would meet again that December to review a specific proposal. However on the eve of that December meeting, Mr. Flaherty said there was no consensus to move ahead.

Ottawa and the provinces agreed to keep studying the issue. Then in 2013 the federal Conservatives took a clear stand in opposing CPP expansion.

Interests groups have weighed in over the years to argue both sides of the issue. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Fraser Institute are among those arguing that Canadians are better off saving on their own and that a CPP increase is unnecessary and bad for the economy.

The seniors advocacy group CARP and the Canadian Labour Congress have long been strong supporters of an expanded CPP.

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PAKISTAN’S INDEPENDENCE AND QUAID-i-AZAM JINNAH

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

Dr. Hasan Askari

(Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Birthday is on December 25)

 Pakistan has been an independent state since August 1947. Independence was achieved after a long political struggle. The Muslims of India started their political struggle first for the protection of their identity, rights and interests by creating a separate political party in December 1906 under the title of All-India Muslim League. The underlying idea was to create a forum for the Muslim elite to communicate collectively with the British Indian government to secure their political and societal rights and interests. They sought special political safeguards and constitutional guarantees for their rights and favored a federal system. It was in 1940 that the All India Muslim League formally demanded a separate homeland for the Muslims.

 In the struggle for independence against foreign colonial rule, the role of leadership is very important in formulating political demands and negotiating with the colonial powers while defending the independence demand against its opponents. However, no nationalist movement has succeeded without bringing the common people in the movement. The political leadership mobilizes the common people in support of independence with a promise to ensure a better life in a new independent state.

 Several Muslim leaders in British India helped to build political consciousness among the Muslim people and brought them under the flag of the All India Muslim League and then demanded the establishment of Pakistan as an independent state.

 The most prominent role was played by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who guided the All India Muslim League and the majority of the Muslims to the establishment of Pakistan as a sovereign homeland for them. It was a tribute to his leadership that he was given the title of “Quaid-i-Azam.”

 The political career of Muhammad Ali Jinnah passed through several stages. On this return to India after obtaining the Bar-at-Law Degree from England, he started law practice in Bombay (Mumbai) and associated with liberal political leadership of the beginning of the 20th Century. His active political career can be divided into four major phases which are 1906-1920, 1920-1934, 1934-40 and 1940-48.

 He joined the Congress Party in 1906 to start his active political career. He was elected to India’s legislative council in 1909 for the first time. In 1913, he joined the All India Muslim League, and, for the next seven years, he maintained the membership of both political parties: Congress Party and the Muslim League.

 During 1906-1920, he was a champion of Hindu Muslim unity and argued that if they worked together it would be easy for them to obtain political concessions from the British. From 1913, when he was working with both parties, he attempted to bring these parties together. It was mainly due to his efforts that that the Congress and the Muslim League agreed in Lucknow in 1916 to a political formula for the future constitution of India. This is often described as the Lucknow Pact, 1916, between the Congress and the Muslim wherein the Congress agreed to the Muslim demands for specific measures for their representation in executive and legislative branches of the Indian government. However, Jinnah decided to quit the Congress in 1920 as he disagreed with Mahatama M.K. Gandhi’s passive resistance protest movement. He also stayed away from the Khilafat movement launched by several Muslim organizations in British India.

 From 1920-34, Jinnah devoted his attention to protecting the political rights and interests of the Muslims against the growing aggressive posture of the Congress Party towards the Muslims. In 1929, he challenged the Nehru Report by declaring it anti-Muslim political demands and presented an alternative charter of Muslim Political rights and interests, described as Jinnah’s Fourteen Points. There was no religious demand in these Fourteen Points but he made demands that were meant to protect and promote their cultural identity, rights and interests in a new constitution for British India. The Congress Party rejected his demands which alienated him totally from the Congress Party. He participated in the first two Roundtable Conferences in London in 1930-31 and decided to stay on in London.

 He returned to India in 1934 and began to reorganize the Muslim League that had run into serious problems due to his absence. It was during 1934-40, that Jinnah began to use Islamic idiom and discourse for defining the identity of the Muslims in British India and demanding their political rights and interests. Islam was invoked for Muslim political identity formation and for their mobilization. The bitter experience of the Muslims under the Congress rule in the provinces in 1937-39 convinced him and many other Muslim leaders that they need to have their own homeland.

 It was in March 1940 that Muslim League under the leadership of Jinnah demanded the establishment of a separate homeland for them in its annual session at Lahore on March 22-23-24, 1940. During the next seven years, 1940-47, he and his colleagues mobilized the Muslims in general and the Muslims of the Muslim majority provinces in particular in favor of a separate homeland, named Pakistan.

 Jinnah and the Muslim League never argued in 1940-47 that they needed the separate state of Pakistan because Islam was in danger in British India. Rather, they demanded a separate state for securing the Muslim political identity, rights and interests which they felt would be insecure in a united India. Jinnah’s objective was to secure the future of the Muslims as a separate nation. He was opposed to a religious state that identified with Islamic orthodoxy. He wanted Pakistan to be a modern democratic state that was inspired by the teachings and ideals of Islam like social and economic justice, equality, the rule of law, and tolerance and mutual respect. He thought that Islam provided an ethical basis of the society and the political system.

 His address to the Constituent Assembly on August 11, 1947, gave the concept of a nation state with one Pakistani nation irrespective of religion, caste, ethnicity and region. He became the first Governor General of Pakistan but before he could turn his political ideas for independent Pakistan into a constitution, he died on September 11, 1948.

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How To Deal With Inappropriate Touching

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

Anushiya Jeyalinkam

At around 3 years of age, most of us start pointing out the differences between appropriate touching and inappropriate touching to our children. It varies between children as to how fast they pick up on these subtle and not-so-subtle teachings we parents do to keep them from uncomfortable and self-demeaning situations.

In my generation, as a Sri Lankan Tamil child we were taught most of these differences around puberty — and more so girls than boys. However, as my first born is a boy, I find myself being concerned and on the lookout for any inappropriate touching or situations earlier in his life due to all the creepy stories that turn up through the grapevine and on the news regarding teachers, camp counselors, sports coaches and even extended family members abusing children of a very young age.

Most stories reveal that inappropriate behaviour starts off in subtle ways and leads to dangerous outcomes which the child may or may not share with parents. And in this day and age, these concerns don’t stop with just girls; boys are equal targets as well.

When I was growing up, things were more black and white for me. Girls in our community were not encouraged to hug men as part of niceties. Girls did not rub elbows with boys or men who were outside of our immediate family. We didn’t chit-chat and dance with the opposite sex at parties. We didn’t even have entertaining conversations with them until we were old enough to hold our own.

Things were kept at a need-to-speak basis or only went as far as formal niceties and discussions about school and extra-curricular activities we were part of. This is not to say that these behavioural restrictions are the way to go with our children. But it was clear to us as to what was acceptable and normal and what fell outside of it.

Yet in today’s society, everybody is very “touchy-feely” with each other. People who hardly know each other hug as part of saying hello and goodbye, and most of us are becoming increasingly desensitized towards sexually heightened behaviour and dressing styles as the “new normal”. So how can a child easily spot inappropriate touching or behaviour from an appropriate one? To be brutally honest, I myself have trouble at times.

It is important to make sure that our children are in the know about what forms appropriate and inappropriate touching — or at the very least know how they can define what’s OK and what’s not. Children should also be able to come to their parents about any doubts as things are quite grey in today’s society.

To aid us in laying out the basic principles with this thorny topic, a few fellow blogger mamas submitted pointers from B-Inspired Mama’s 10 tips for teaching kids about good touch-bad touch.

Keep Conversations Light and Easy
“One thing I find that helps is keeping these kinds of conversations serious but still unemotional (almost lighthearted) so that kids feel very comfortable talking about it and asking questions. And I try to let these conversations happen naturally and work them into our everyday life. Like talking about it during potty or bath time.” – Krissy from B-Inspired Mama

Use the Swimsuit Rule
“In the guidance lessons in kindergarten classes, children were told that if your swimsuit covers it, it’s a private area and no one should be seeing or touching that area. Tell a grown up if someone is touching you in the wrong places because it’s mommy and daddy’s job to keep you safe. It’s a simplified version but easy for younger children to understand.” – Kim from The Educators’ Spin On It

Edited to add: Reader and child welfare worker, Liz, mentioned in the comments to think beyond the swimsuit rule. “Most predators who have an on-going relationship with the child (teacher, coach, relative, clergy etc.) will not begin by touching the child in the sensitive areas, but will begin by rubbing their back or stroking the hair. Children, because they are literal creatures, will think “well, I don’t like it, but it must be OK because it’s not covered by my swimming suit.” And then by the time the predator moves to the sexual areas, it may be too late as the grooming process is fully underway. So we recommend drawing the line at any touch or space intrusion that makes the child uncomfortable.” Another reader pointed out that we cannot forget that the mouth should be considered a private area too. I’m so glad that we have this series to learn from one another as moms!

Empower them to Say No
“I also always stressed that if someone touched them in a way they didn’t like to tell that person to stop — and to always tell me about it. Keeping the lines of communication open, even with and especially with our private areas — is of utmost importance!” – Laura from playdrmom

Don’t Force Affection
“I don’t force my daughter to hug someone if she doesn’t want to. I know that a hug from a loving adult isn’t a bad touch, but I feel like this empowers my daughter to feel like she has control over her physical body.” – Rebekah from The Golden Gleam

Help them Trust their Feelings
“A therapist told me that kids should be taught that a touch (from anyone) that makes them feel bad or uncomfortable is a bad touch. Kids should be taught to trust their own feelings.” – Krissy from B-Inspired Mama

As per “Don’t Force Affection”, I’m not a fan of pushing my kids to hug and kiss people no matter how close they are to me. If the children don’t feel close to the adults in question or have a loving relationship with them, they shouldn’t feel forced to carry out actions that portray closeness and love. I’m seeing more and more young parents pushing their children on to those they see once in a while, and to hug and kiss them saying “that’s my friend, it’s OK” or “that’s my relative, it’s OK”. It would be clearer for children to follow their own comfort level and feelings about what is appropriate touch for them.

There are many avenues to address this concern and many controversies and disagreements about how a parent should go about it when regulating their children’s safety and well-being. The bottom line is it’s an increasing concern with cringe-worthy statistics that reveal the need for more awareness and action in the South Asian community.

This blog post was originally published on TamilCulture.com by Anushiya Jeyalinkam

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Muslims to “Spread Joy” on Christmas Eve in Response to Islamophobic Attacks in Toronto

Posted on 24 December 2015 by admin

On December 24, 2015 in Toronto, members of the Muslim community and our Allies will be arriving at Nathan Phillips Square at 3pm to “Spread Joy” and participate in the Christmas Spirit in Toronto.

As the Anti-Muslim sentiment continues to surface in Toronto and south of the border, it is time for the entire community to unite and to challenge the stereotypes that exist about Muslims in the world today. We must bring the voices of reason together to show love, respect and solidarity to eliminate anti-Muslim narrative.

The seeds that a Mr. Harper sowed through his politics of division and hatred are starting to show their negative effects. We need to stop this Islamophobic sentiment before we end up seeing even more acts of hate, ignorance and physical harm, as is the case in the US after remarks being made by US Republican Candidate Donald Trump.

So “rather than taking to the streets in an angry protest, we are coming to the streets as generous compassionate Muslims which 99% of us Muslims actually are.” Farheen Khan

This is a collective effort supported by many organ.

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