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Sleeveless dresses ‘demeaning’ to women on TV, says former Canada PM

Thursday, 15 February 2018

A brouhaha has erupted over comments made online by Canada’s former prime minister Kim Campbell -- the only woman to have ever held the post -- admonishing women news anchors who appear sleeveless on-air. Campbell, who was prime minister from June to November 1993, triggered the debate with a tweet that read: “I am struck by how many women on television news wear sleeveless dresses -- often when sitting with suited men.” “I have always felt it was demeaning to the ...

Iran says Iranian-Canadian passed information to CIA, Mossad

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Iran's official IRNA news agency reports that a dual Iranian and Canadian citizen who killed himself in custody was sending information to the US and Israeli intelligence services.The report Tuesday says Kavous Seyed-Emami, a university professor, was in custody for passing information on the country's missile bases to the CIA and Mossad and planning to create environmental crisis. The report didn't elaborate.IRNA quotes Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabdi as saying Seyed-Emami and a ...

Iran MPs confirm suicide of held Iranian-Canadian professor

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Iranian lawmakers confirmed that an Iranian-Canadian university professor killed himself while he was in custody, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported Monday. The report quoted the head of parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, as saying some members of parliament, including moderate deputy parliament speaker Ali Motahari, said after watching CCTV footage from his time in custody in Tehran that Kavous Seyed-Emami took his life. Boroujerdi ...

Canadian-Iranian dies in Iranian custody, officials claim he committed suicide

Sunday, 11 February 2018

An Iranian-Canadian dual citizen and environmental activist imprisoned by Iranian authorities last month has died in prison, his son wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Kavous Seyed-Emami, 63, was managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran’s rare animals, and a US-trained scholar in sociology. Seyed-Emami’s son, the Iranian musician Raam Emami, wrote on Twitter that his father was arrested on Jan. 24, and that his mother had been informed ...

Trudeau decries Islamophobia a year after Quebec mosque attack

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Monday for Canadians to stand up against Islamophobia and discrimination as he paid tribute to six Muslims killed a year ago at a Quebec mosque. Trudeau lamented that acts of hate and discrimination have become "commonplace" or "even tolerated," saying in parliament that "it should never have come to this point." "We cannot bring back those who perished, but we owe it to them to fight the very sentiment that ...

Saudi student involved in attempted murder case ruled innocent

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Canadian media sources confirmed that local authorities have given permission to Saudi foreign-exchange student Thamer Hamid al-Mustadi to return to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after investigations deemed him as innocent. Mustadi has been released from detention on a case in which he was accused of assaulting and attempting to kill his fellow American student, Mary Hair, 20. Mustadi’s family has informed Canadian authorities that it will handle the necessary procedures to treat their ...

Facebook selfie nails murder probe of 21-year-old in Canada

Thursday, 18 January 2018

In March 2015, Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, pleaded guilty to killing her best friend Brittney Gargol, 18, who was found in Saskatoon, Canada with Antoine’s belt near her body. The best friend was sentenced seven years for murder. It has now emerged that a Facebook selfie post showing both girls indicated the belt found near Gargol’s body and that was what made Antoine a suspect as she was wearing the exact same belt. That post was on Facebook only a few hours before Gargol’s ...

Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Police are disputing an 11-year-old girl’s claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. The sixth-grader, her mother and her younger brother held a news conference at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School on Friday to air the allegation. ALSO READ: Canada schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab The girl, Khawlah ...

Canada schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab

Saturday, 13 January 2018

An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto Friday by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said. Khawlah Noman told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors. “He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times,” she said. “I felt really scared and confused. I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this.” Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black ...

Iranian-Canadians call for regime change in solidarity with brethren at home

Monday, 8 January 2018

In an emotionally-charged rally attended by a slew of Conservative and Liberal Canadian politicians, hundreds of Iranian Canadians on Sunday called for “regime change” in Iran. They also raised slogans, condemning Iran’s “brutal theocracy” and skewed policies in the region. The vociferous crowd filled a 389-seat conference room at the North York Civil Centre in northern Toronto, with many attendees proudly carrying the old Iranian flags, reflecting nostalgia for a ...

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