1. Ottawa transit commission flouts Quebec's “niqab ban”
Ottawa's transit commission has made its opposition to Quebec's so-called “niqab ban” official.
Critics say Bill 62 violates the charter rights of Muslim women who choose to wear a niqab or burka. The bill, which passed last October, bans the wearing of such face coverings by anyone receiving public services, including public transit.
Mayor Jim Watson announced last year that Ottawa would not enforce the ban when OC Transpo buses travel to Gatineau.
Transit commissioner Blair Crew commended the mayor, but said the city's stance should be enshrined in policy.
“Something like this should not be left to the whim of an individual mayor,” said Crew.
2. Muslim migrants protest in Greece with marches and public prayer
3. VIDEO: Hungarian MEP warns EU to reject motion to fund NGOs
In this VIDEO, a Hungarian Member of the European Parliament warns how a proposal before them to fund NGOs and civilian groups that support mass migration, will undermine democratically elected governments.
An explanation of the motion referred to can be found HERE.
4. Edmonton doctor convicted of sexual assaults allowed to practise again
An Edmonton family doctor who sexually assaulted a female patient and a nurse has been allowed to return to work under certain restrictions.
Dr. Ismail Taher, 40, can practise medicine again as long as he has a chaperone when seeing female patients, participates in a monitoring program and works with other doctors who know his discipline history, according to a ruling from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.
“Dr. Taher’s proven conduct was very serious and repugnant for a member of the medical profession,” the college’s hearing tribunal wrote in its report, which was completed Oct. 10 last year but not made public until this month.
“The tribunal considered that sanctions must be assessed not only based on Dr. Taher’s individual circumstances but also based on the need for public confidence in the medical profession.”
An occupational assessment of Taher conducted last year found he was fit to practise and a low risk to re-offend.
Prior to the ruling, Taher hadn’t worked as a doctor since voluntarily surrendering his medical licence in May 2015.
5. Ottawa ditches mediation talks in $27M Abdelrazik lawsuit
Lawsuit personally names former foreign minister Lawrence Cannon, who blocked Abdelrazik's return from Sudan.
A sweeping $27-million lawsuit against the federal government brought by a Sudanese-Canadian who was detained overseas — and not allowed to return home for six years — is headed back to court, CBC News has learned.
The Justice Department had been involved in settlement talks with Abousfian Abdelrazik but abruptly walked away from a recently scheduled mediation session, said Abdelrazik's lawyer.
“They said they could not provide us with any reasons,” said Paul Champ. “They were looking more at the polls than at their principles, and, unfortunately, I think that's probably why they withdrew.”
Contacted by CBC News Monday, CSIS did not respond and a spokesperson for the justice minister referred questions to Public Safety.
6. Toulouse riots: Police attacked as woman arrested for refusing to remove Islamic face veil
A deprived district of Toulouse, France has been rocked by two nights of furious riots, triggered by the arrest of a woman who refused to remove her Islamic full-face veil for police. Some 18 people were arrested.
Hundreds of police units were deployed after young residents threw stones, torched cars and set fire to garbage cans, police told the AFP. The clashes began on Sunday afternoon in the Toulouse district of Bellefontaine after a woman wearing a full-face veil – which is illegal in France – was stopped by the police for an identity check.
She allegedly showed a poor-quality photocopy of her identity card and refused to lift her veil to let police officers see her face. After several futile attempts to have her lift the veil, the woman began to scream for help, France Info reports.
She was placed under arrest and moved into a police vehicle. Soon after, a group of about 30 people circled the police and attacked them. Officers attempted to quell the crowd by discharging their weapons and used tear gas launcher.
7. Feds expose network that smuggled illegal immigrants from Syria to U.S.
The Treasury Department slapped sanctions Wednesday on a Syrian man and his criminal syndicate, blaming them for smuggling “hundreds” of illegal immigrants from Syria and Lebanon into Mexico and then helping them to jump the border into the U.S.
Nasif Barakat and his syndicate, which authorities labeled the Barakat Transnational Criminal Organization, charged about $20,000 to complete the smuggling. The money paid for bribes and for fake documents, including false European passports, to help illegal immigrants hide their identities. The fees also covered transportation from Syria through other Middle Eastern countries to South and Central America, the journey north through Mexico, and final help sneaking into the U.S. [...]
Mr. Barakat, who also goes by the name Abu Tarif and lists two dates of birth in 1970 and 1971, was based in Homs.
The Treasury Department said his network would recruit customers from Syria and Lebanon, send them through either Turkey or the United Arab Emirates, where they would catch flights to Brazil, then make their way north through Venezuela, Colombia and Panama, then up through Central America and Mexico.
That turns out to be a common route for people being smuggled from terrorist-connected countries.
8. Do you recognize this man? Suspect sought in Surrey sex assault
The RCMP is asking the public to help identify a suspect in a sexual assault that was reported last month in Surrey.
The victim was allegedly groped the afternoon of March 15 while shopping at a store on King George Boulevard, near the Simon Fraser University City Centre campus.
The man is described as South Asian, 5-10 tall, about 160 lbs. with black hair and a black partial beard. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, a green jacket and white shoes on the day of the incident.
9. TORONTO: Man arrested after random, unprovoked attacks on 5 women: police
Toronto police have arrested a 24-year-old man in connection with several attacks on women in the downtown core.
Police allege the man threw a rock at two different women, striking them in the back, near Yonge and Wellesley streets just after 8 a.m. last Thursday.
On Friday, the same man approached a third woman near Yonge and Dundas streets and allegedly kicked her in the back of the head. She had a concussion as a result of the incident.
Again, on Sunday, the man allegedly kicked a fourth woman in the back near Church and Wood streets, north of Carlton. A few minutes later, he kicked another woman in the chest.
Police say all of the assaults were random and unprovoked.
Ahmed Oumer, 24, has been charged with two counts of assault and assault with a weapon and one count of assault causing bodily harm.
10. Attacker in Berlin Skullcap Case Turns Himself In to Police
BERLIN — A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker turned himself in to police Thursday after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany.
The young Syrian showed up with his lawyer at a police precinct, police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said.
The 21-year-old victim, an Arab Israeli, caught Tuesday's assault on video. It quickly went viral and reopened a debate about anti-Semitism in the country. Even Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the assault sharply.
The video shows the attacker whipping the Israeli with a belt while shouting "Yehudi!" or Jew, in Arabic.
An interview with the same man conducted in English can be seen HERE. During the discussion, the young man reveals that he is an Arab Israeli and that he did not believe his Jewish friend who gave him the kippa when he told him that he should not wear it on the streets of Germany.