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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

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

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
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