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Noted Jewish Community Members Recognized with D’Arcy-McGee Citizenship Medals

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen June 23, 2017 When David Birnbaum became the Quebec Member of the National Assembly for the riding of D’Arcy-McGee, he was excited to learn that he had the privilege to bestow medals to other members of the community. Continue reading

A Lesson for Jewish Students at York University

  Robin Grossman  June 23, 2017 During my first year of post-secondary education at York University, I enrolled in courses that discussed colonialism and racism, where most of my peers were visible minorities and victims of racism. Yet, even though I’m part of a minority group myself, I always felt like the odd one out. What was my place in those courses? Why was I always the only Jew in class, and what would happen if I started sharing my experiences as a Jew? Continue reading

Why Doesn't Canadian Media Mention that Jews Are Most-Targeted Group for Hate Crimes?

Sara McCleary June 19, 2017 Last week, Stats Canada released its hate crime statistics for the year 2015, finding that hate crimes reported to police rose by five per cent over the year 2014, with 1,362 hate-motivated incidents. Continue reading

The Globe and Mail Must Also Apologize for Misleading Headline on Palestinian Terrorism

  Daniel Koren June 18, 2017 After severe public backlash from officials across the political spectrum – both in Israel and abroad – the BBC apologized Sunday for running a headline that grossly misinformed its readers about Friday’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem.  Continue reading

A Tale of Two Cities for B’nai Brith Quebec: Côte Saint-Luc and Lachute

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen For officials from B’nai Brith Canada’s Quebec office, this past week truly represented a tale of two cities: Côte Saint-Luc and Lachute. Continue reading

My First Brush with Antisemitism

Amanda Attar  My first encounter with antisemitism took place before I could even pronounce the word. Continue reading

Now on Parole, Does Michael Applebaum Deserve a Second Chance?

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen Earlier this week, former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum was granted parole, only two months after he began serving a one-year jail sentence for eight corruption-related offences, including fraud and breach of trust. Continue reading

Antonio Guterres Must Do More to Change the UN’s Anti-Israel Bias

Sara McCleary Anti-Zionists who undoubtedly scoff at the (false) notion that anti-Zionism and antisemitism aren’t intrinsically linked should be a bit happier with new(ish) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Continue reading

Quebec’s Only Jewish MNA Rises to Occasion on Premier’s Mission to Israel

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen June 2, 2017 David Birnbaum became an elected official in the spring of 2014 when he was tapped by then Quebec Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard to succeed Lawrence Bergman as the candidate and ultimately the Member of the National Assembly for D’Arcy McGee. I always used to call Bergman the de facto Minister of Jewish Affairs. I think Birnbaum has now earned that title as well. Continue reading

Ryerson University Scandal Speaks Volumes About its Antisemitism Problem

Sara McCleary As it turns out, student groups and professors aren’t the only ones on Canadian university campuses that promote anti-Israel stances. Administrators are guilty of it, too. Continue reading
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