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Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised eyebrows Wednesday, when he appointed Omar Alghabra as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The appointment of the new Parliamentary Secretary is particularly concerning to some, given that Alghabra previously was the head of the radical Canadian Arab Federation (CAF) between 2004 and 2005.

Immigration minister acknowledges threat of backlash if government seen to pamper Syrian refugees

“At a personal level, my biggest challenge is to communicate effectively with Canadians and to keep Canadians onside with this project,” federal Immigration Minister John McCallum said during a question and answer session.

Refugees will face a cultural cliff in Canada — and Canadians will be tested too

Canada’s refugees are being drawn from a pool of the poorest of the poor. Lacking higher education or easily transferable skill sets, and with scant English or French, they will require an immense amount of help and encouragement when they arrive.

Halifax library holds Hijab Day to confront misconceptions

HALIFAX, NS — Members of Halifax’s Muslim community are confronting misconceptions about their faith by holding an information session about the hijab this weekend.

Anyone who stops by the Halifax Central Library for “Hijab Day” on Saturday will be invited to try one on.

“Dr. Abdelkader Tayebi, imam for the Ummah Mosque in Halifax says “It’s being seen as something imported from outside, from the Middle East, whereas it is now a Canadian thing.”

Cabinet expected to approve Syrian refugee resettlement plan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with his cabinet today and one of the top priorities is to approve a plan to resettle 25,000 refugees from Syria.

The fast-track Liberal plan needs to work out the logistics of how to get them here before year’s end, and where to house them once they arrive.

Arriving on Parliament Hill, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan kept tight-lipped about the possibility of temporarily accommodating refugees at military bases and other facilities.

“Still working on it,” he said.


Canada’s elections might hinge on immigrant and religious issues

The suburban Toronto neighborhoods reached by area code 905, key constituencies in this campaign thanks in part to a redistribution of parliamentary seats, are home to hundreds of thousands of immigrants drawn to a nation that for decades has been a refuge for victims of war and oppression.

Election 2015: Race narrows to Conservative-Liberal contest with NDP in third place

October 9, 2015 – As the Election 2015 campaign heads into the long weekend and the start of advance voting, the ‘Mulcair Momentum’ that looked like it could push the New Democratic Party (NDP) into power in Ottawa for the first time in its history is in full reverse…