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Father of teen arrested in airport accuses Adil Charkaoui of sowing hatred

The father of one of the 10 Montreal teens arrested at Trudeau airport recently for trying to leave Canada to join a Jihadist terror group in the Middle East has called out Adil Charkaoui for brainwashing his daughter with hatred, according to an article in La Presse. Adil Charkaoui’s arrest and release by CSIS Adil Charkaoui first came to the Continue Reading...
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Corey Fleischer launches GoFundMe campaign to clean hate crime graffiti across Canada

The call came in on a regular afternoon. A 418 area code. Corey Fleischer swiped the screen of his cellphone to answer. “Is this the guy with the power washer who cleans hate graffiti?” “That’s me,” responded Fleischer. “I need you to come clean some hate messages,” said the voice. “I’m calling from Sept-Iles. About 650 kilometres northeast of Quebec Continue Reading...
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Saulie Zajdel pleads guilty to real estate fraud

Former Cote-des-Neiges-NDG City Councillor Saulie Zajdel will have to make a $10,000 donation to charity and serve 240 hours of community service after pleading guilty to breach of trust and corruption charges in relation to a real estate scam. Zajdel, an Orthodox Jew and popular city councillor who once ran as a Conservative candidate for the Federal elections in the Continue Reading...
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Jewish Community Council gives Prime Minister Stephen Harper King David Award

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the recipient of the first King David Award at the Jewish Community Council’s exclusive Award Gala, an event that also featured keynote speaker and world renowned philanthropist Ronald S Lauder and entertainment by Chassidic music superstar Avraham Fried. About the gala The Jewish Community Council of Montreal (also known as the Vaad Ha’Ir), established in Continue Reading...
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Over 1000 at inspirational Refuah V’Chesed dinner

Over 1000 people enjoyed an evening of inspiration and entertainment in support of Refuah V’Chesed, an organization that provides guidance, emotional and physical support for patients and their families in time of need. About Refuah V’Chesed Lately rebranded as the “Montreal Centre for Health and Care,” the volunteer based organization provides many medical, hospitality and transport services to patients and Continue Reading...
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A special Bas Mitzvah celebration

Mia Drazin knew that the guest list at her Bas Mitzvah party would always include her close family and friends. However, when her father asked her to consider adding a few more people to the list, there was never any hesitation. As after all, Mia already considered these 200 extra invitees as members of her family. With renowned Hasidic singer Continue Reading...
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Vizhnitz community gathers to discuss dangers of technology

The Vizhnitz community recently gathered in Beis Esther hall to hear from community leaders about the dangers that certain technological advances can wreak on families. Rabbi Mordechai Dov Beck and several other Rabbinic leaders from various Chassidic communities in Montreal shared stories and spoke about the effect unfiltered internet access can have on youth and adults from every community....
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The Blanche report: The Sound of Silence

The best thing about Pierre Karl Peladeau’s election as leader of the separatist party in Quebec is that we got to see princess pauline again – in all her glory. It appears that Madame Marois left her garden or whatever else she was doing to attend a gala crowning PKP. One thing we can say for sure: since her departure Continue Reading...
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Tommy Schnurmacher to interview Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky about the Lubavitcher Rebbe

There is arguably no one in the past century who impacted Jewish life as much as the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Zt”l. He is largely responsible for the “Kiruv movement” and today there are Chabad centres on every corner of the globe (over 4500!), including 27 in the Montreal area. The Rebbe passed away on the 3rd of Continue Reading...
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Journal de Montreal article exposes rising number of kosher and Halal meals ordered in Quebec prisons

An article written by Nicolas Saillant in the Journal de Montreal is calling out Quebec’s prison system for the rising cost of serving kosher and Halal food to inmates. The article suggests that opportunistic prisoners are “converting” in order to receive better, more expensive meals. The numbers appear to suggest that Kosher may be dropping but Halal is skyrocketing. In Continue Reading...
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Yaldei announces CJAD’s Dan Laxer as official spokesperson for 2015 family Bikeathon

Yaldei’s annual Let’s Roll for Kids Family Bike-a-Thon has announced CJAD’s Dan Laxer as its official spokesperson for their third annual Bike-a-thon. Laxer, a stand-up comedian and talk show host who has been with CJAD for two decades, will bring a boost to the third annual Bike-a-thon and will be MCing the event. He can currently be heard on CJAD’s Continue Reading...
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Khalif Mitchell apologizes for tweets promoting Holocaust denial, does not address other anti-Semitic links

Khalif Mitchell and Bnai Brith Canada have issued a joint statement together with the Canadian Football League Players Association to apologize for videos promoting Holocaust denial that were spread by Mitchell, a defensive lineman for the Montreal Alouettes. Background Over the past year, Mitchell, a former all-star who was once fined by the CFL for referring to Chinese people using a Continue Reading...
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Around the city: 17 May, 2015

Here’s a list of activities for Jewish families to do in and around Montreal, courtesy of bill613.com. Feel free to add to the list by commenting below. Musical swings at Place des Arts: While walking through Place des Arts, groups of swings are set up. Each time you swing, you create music. If you swing in unison you can create Continue Reading...
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Montreal Alouettes football player fined for promoting Holocaust denial on social media

The Canadian Football League have fined Khalif Mitchell, a defensive lineman for the Montreal Alouettes, after he posted hateful content on his Twitter account. Mitchell, who in 2012 was fined by the CFL for using a derogatory term on social media when referring to Chinese people, signed with the Alouettes for three years after playing several seasons for the BC Continue Reading...
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Former MMA fighter accused of breaking terror-related peace bond released on bail

A former featherweight low-kick Mixed Martial Arts champion who signed a peace bond in March because the Royal Canadian Mounted Police suspected that he would commit a terrorist offence was granted bail on Monday after being arrested last week for breaking the peace bond. A peace bond is an order from a Canadian criminal court that requires someone to be Continue Reading...
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The Blanche report: See The USA in Your Chevrolet…Not

Blanche doesn’t usually begin with Canadian politics because frankly dawling, it’s a tad on the boring side. Given that, we simply could not resist commenting on Elizabeth May’s remarkably spectacular performance at the annual Press Gallery dinner in Ottawa this past Saturday night. In case you never heard of her, she is the leader of the Green Party. Yes Blanche, there Continue Reading...
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