Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]
For the second time since 2015, by a narrow margin of 1,513 to 1,396, on April 7, 2017 the University of British Columbia (UBC) students voted down an Alma Mater Society’s anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) motion which called for “boycotting products and divesting from companies that support Israeli war crimes, illegal occupation and the oppression of Palestinians”.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll, conducted March 8-9, 2016 and released on March 20, 2017 revealed that Canadians are just as concerned about illegal immigration as their American counterparts, with nearly half of all Canadians (48 per cent) believe that migrants who illegally cross into Canada from the United States should be deported back to the US, while 36 per cent ...
On March 29, 2017, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) voted to adopt the Canadian government’s definition of antisemitism as outlined in the 2010 The Ottawa Protocol on Combating Antisemitism, which was previously rejected by the RSU in 2014.
A Canadian Islamic organization which lost its charitable status and was subsequently listed by Public Safety Canada as a terrorist group for transferring over $14 million worth of resources to various organizations linked to Hamas between 2005 and 2009, is fighting to be removed from the terror list.
On March 25, 2017, two days after the House of Commons passed a highly contentious Motion M-103 which seeks to condemn “Islamophobia” without defining the term, former Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada Steven Blaney, sent an email message to his supporters vowing that, if elected, he ...
On March 21, 2017, York Regional Police charged three people, including a 17 year old minor, with human trafficking after police responded to a 911 call from the victim in the town of Georgina, about 80 kilometers north of Toronto, reported the Toronto Sun.
A report aired on the Quebec French-language station TVA claims that four employees at Trudeau International Airport in Montreal were stripped of their security clearance due to concerns of radicalization and support for the Islamic State, reported the Toronto Sun and CBC News. At least one employee had access to runways and was investigated by police.
In a March 26, 2017 one-on-one interview at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., Stephen Harper told former CNN anchor Frank Sesno that the three greatest threats facing Israel today are the Iranian regime, the spread of Sunni jihadism in the Middle East and the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.