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Canadian Pro-Palestinian Agency Offers Only One Side of the Story

  Sara McCleary July 27, 2017 Last month, Beit Zatoun – a pro-Palestinian organization based out of Toronto – sent out its monthly newsletter with the subject line, “Fifty years of Occupation is No Celebration.” Continue reading

Controversial Quebec Health Minister Hears from Jewish Community Reps

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen July 24, 2017 MONTREAL- Nobody can argue against the statement that David Birnbaum has done excellent work in making improvements for the Jewish community in Montreal as the de facto Quebec Minister responsible. Continue reading

B’nai Brith Once Again Rises to the Occasion to Eliminate Hatred in Quebec

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen July 18, 2017 MONTREAL - Nobody ever questions the value of B’nai Brith Canada. Since 1875, this organization has been recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel and global Jewry, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in combatting antisemitism and racism. Continue reading

Tech Giants Must Go Further to Combat Online Terrorism

  Tony D'Amato Stortz  July 12, 2017 Technology giants Facebook, Microsoft, Youtube, and Twitter have launched a joint effort to curb terrorist recruitment and extremism on their platforms. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, announced June 26, is an encouraging attempt to collaborate on existing efforts to remove content promoting violence, terrorism and discrimination from the Internet. Continue reading

Montreal’s Senior Jewish Politician Marvin Rotrand Ponders What's Next

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen July 9, 2017 MONTREAL - Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has done a lot of things Montreal's Jewish community is grateful for, including a moving mission to Israel and helping launch B'nai Brith's annual Yom HaShoah ceremony at City Hall. However, his dismissal of a high-ranking and long-serving Jewish city councillor from a prestigious post is not going over very well. Continue reading

Over 100 Quebecers En Route to Israel for 20th Annual Maccabiah Games

Quebec Confidential Mike Cohen June 30, 2017 MONTREAL - With the 20th Maccabiah Games set to kick off next Thursday at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem, more than 100 Quebecers are set to join a Canadian delegation of 600-plus athletes and staff from seven provinces. Continue reading

With Hate Crimes on the Rise, We Should All Follow Harry Potter's Example

  Sara McCleary June 29, 2017 This week marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the Harry Potter series. It might seem strange to bring that up here, in an opinion piece for B’nai Brith Canada, but as a fan of the series I think it can be useful to consider the lessons J.K. Rowling has taught an entire generation. 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

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

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
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