Black History Month

“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through.” – Rosemary Brown During the month of February we as a community come together to recognize the important and lasting contributions of people of African and Caribbean descent in Canada. It is also time for […]

Bill C-23: A bill undermined by its own provisions

Even though a year has passed since the government introduced its newest bill to implement new preclearance measures at Canadian airports, debates about the system outlined in Bill C-23 still remain heated as ever. According to CBC, the Prime Minister’s Office is still being flooded with emails from Canadians who are worried about the powers […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 10

When I look at the current plight of the Myanmar’s Rohingya people, I think of the name given to them by news outlets worldwide- the world’s most persecuted people. However, this name has become more appropriate than ever before over the last year: Ever since a small group of insurgents launched an attack on Myanmar’s […]

Eid Mubarak!

On June 29, 2017, in Citizenship and Immigration, Diversity and Multiculturalism, by senjaffer

This is a very auspicious week, as we celebrated one of the biggest Muslim holidays – Eid Al Fitr, and Multiculturalism day! Eid Al-Fitr signifies the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. This makes Eid one of my favorite holidays in the Muslim calendar, because it is a time to celebrate personal […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces: Recruitment

Today, I will return to a topic that I have covered in several previous posts, and will continue to repeat: the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is struggling to meet its goals for female representation, and is showing few signs of improvement. In fact, the Auditor General released a report in 2016 which stated that the […]

Diversity in the Canadian Armed Forces

As Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on National Security and Defence, I have had the opportunity to study several of the important issues affecting our Canadian Armed Forces as a part of our greater study of the Defence Policy Review. The results of this study can be found in two of our most recent […]

Who are the Yazidis?

Who are the Yazidis? The vast majority of Yazidis are found in northern Iraq, in and around the city of Sinjar. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million individuals worldwide who adhere to the beliefs of Yazidism. Yazidism is a complex theology, and like all religions, is hard to sum up in a […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 9

“This is just the most extraordinary scene. We’ve been hearing about this boat for the last four or five days through very, very occasional phone calls that have gone out, telling of their desperate plight. Nobody knew where they were, we’ve been searching for a long time … now we’ve found it.” Jonathan Head of […]

The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Mothers’ Day Message

Yesterday, on Mothers’ Day, families across Canada gathered to celebrate motherhood and the influence that mothers have on our lives.  On that day, I remembered my mother, whose gift of love allowed me to become the woman that I am today. On that day, I was also greeted by the warm wishes of my daughter, […]