The terrorist attack in Quebec City that left six people dead shook the nation on January 29, when a gunman stormed into a mosque during prayer. We spoke with six Muslims at the Immigrants Working Centre’s to gain a local perspective on how this tragedy has impacted our newcomer communities.
Mohamad Alshami is a professional welder from Syria – and is ready to launch in the Hamilton workforce. He’s worked for 10 years doing oil pipeline welding and heavy equipment repair. He comes from a long line of welders – his father was a welder, his grandfather was a welder – his great grandfather too. Their family business that was once very successful – is now in ruins.
On Saturday, January 21 an estimated 1,000 people gathered at Hamilton City Hall in support of the Women’s March on Washington. While reasons for attending were diverse, protesters were unified by their desire to stand up against the rise of hate and discrimination in politics in North America.
“The story of Canada is the story of immigration,” said MP Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s new Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship. We made a list of 10 things you should know about Hussen.
It’s been eight months since Magda Wierzbicka opened the doors to The Café, a cozy café in Hamilton’s Crown Point neighbourhood. While it serves an array of loose leaf teas, baked goods, and steaming coffee – regulars are coming for more than just to fill their palate.
When Abdel Kafi Al Rahmoun first walked into Vivyan Salih’s office at Immigrants Working Centre with tears in his eyes, she knew something was wrong. His family had been separated from their 19-year-old son on their way to Canada.