Ontario

Repeat Violations by James Sears Land Notorious Hate-Monger Back in Jail

Feb. 22, 2022 TORONTO – B’nai Brith Canada is monitoring the case of a far-right extremist recently arrested for breaching his parole terms for hate speech. James Sears was originally released after serving only four months of a 12-month sentence for wilfully promoting hatred against Jews and women in his Toronto publication.  Sears was re-arrested early this …

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B’nai Brith Acting on Antisemitic Concerns at Ontario College of Art and Design

Nov. 24, 2021  TORONTO — B’nai Brith Canada is acting on allegations of antisemitic conduct at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). B’nai Brith’s Legal Defence Fund has retained skilled lawyers to represent the affected students who believe antisemitic conduct is violating their rights at their university. The students have filed a formal …

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B’nai Brith Pleased with Convictions in Hamilton Synagogue Vandalism Case

Nov. 9, 2021 HAMILTON, Ont. – B’nai Brith Canada commends Ontario’s judicial system for holding two young men accountable for vandalizing a synagogue in Hamilton. The two men were found guilty of vandalizing the parking lot of a Hamilton synagogue with antisemitic and anti-Black graffiti. They wrote, “No Jews” and drew a swastika in the …

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B’nai Brith Canada’s Volunteers of the Month: Tiphaera Ziner Cohen

B’nai Brith Canada has introduced a new feature that is being posted regularly at www.bnaibrith.ca/volunteer-with-us. This feature allows us to pay tribute and express gratitude to exceptional volunteers who have given their time and energy to further the missions of our grassroots, human-rights organization. We are grateful and proud of — Tiphaera Ziner Cohen realized …

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Ontario Government Sued Over Inequitable COVID Safety Funding

July 28, 2021 TORONTO – Three Ontario schools are taking the provincial government to court over inequitable distribution of the Safe Return to Class Fund. The schools argue that when the Ontario Ministry of Education distributed the province’s $763 million portion of the federally provided Fund in the fall of 2020 and the spring of …

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Ontario Unveils School Antisemitism Measures Days after B’nai Brith Call

July 5, 2021 TORONTO — The Government of Ontario has announced $327,000 in new measures to combat Jew-hatred in the province’s public schools, days after B’nai Brith Canada sent Education Minister Stephen Lecce a letter requesting action on this issue. In a letter sent last week, the grassroots Jewish human rights organization also reminded Lecce …

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Ontario Eases Prayer Restrictions Following Community Advocacy

June 8, 2020 B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – Ontario’s government has announced that it will lift restrictions preventing group prayers, following intervention by B’nai Brith Canada and other community groups. Under emergency regulations issued to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario had banned religious gatherings of more than five people since the end of March. Full Jewish prayer services require the presence …

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B’nai Brith Anti-terrorism Petition Introduced in Ontario Legislature

November 21, 2019 B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – A formal petition by B’nai Brith Canada has been presented in the Ontario legislature. Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill, introduced the petition to her parliamentary colleagues on Monday, Nov. 18. The petition addresses the issue of Joel Harden, the MPP for Ottawa Centre who B’nai Brith recently exposed  for having made statements demanding the …

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B’nai Brith Anti-terrorism Petition Introduced in Ontario Legislature

November 21, 2019 B’nai Brith Canada TORONTO – A formal petition by B’nai Brith Canada has been presented in the Ontario legislature. Gila Martow, MPP for Thornhill, introduced the petition to her parliamentary colleagues on Monday, Nov. 18. The petition addresses the issue of Joel Harden, the MPP for Ottawa Centre who B’nai Brith recently exposed for having made statements demanding the release of …

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