TORONTO (RNS) The ruling is the third legal defeat for Canada’s Conservative government on the Muslim face veil, which has become a hot-button issue in the Oct. 19 federal election.
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About Ron Csillag
Ron Csillag joined RNS in March 2002 and covers eastern Canada. Based in Toronto, he contributes feature stories. He also writes about religion for the Toronto Star, and is a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail and a variety of religious publications. His work has also appeared in the National Post. For 10 years, he was a reporter for the Canadian Jewish News, where he won a Rockower Award for Excellence in Jewish Journalism. In 2002, he was awarded an Eli Lilly Fellowship to complete the Specialized Reporting Program in Religion, Spirituality and Ethics at Northwestern University in Chicago. In January 2003, he was nominated by the Globe and Mailfor a National Newspaper Award. He has also worked as a television news producer in Montreal and Toronto. Csillag was born in Montreal and is a graduate of Concordia University’s journalism program.
TORONTO (RNS) The Rev. Gretta Vosper, known as the “atheist minister,” is back in the news now that a church panel will soon begin a review process to determine whether she should be removed from the pulpit.
(RNS) Lawmakers seek a $2 million for an “anti-radicalization center” in Montreal, and limit public employees and people seeiking public services from covering their faces.
(RNS) Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto this week held its sixth annual Blessing of the Bikes — a type of local event that has become more common as a growing number of churches consider the idea that protecting the environment is not just a scientific or political debate, but a spiritual one.
TORONTO (RNS) “I believe, and I think most Canadians believe, that it is offensive that someone would hide their identity at the very moment where they are committing to join the Canadian family,” said Stephen Harper.
TORONTO (RNS) The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act” would ban arranged marriages of minors and deport polygamists.
TORONTO (RNS) When the Aga Khan set out more than a decade ago to build a landmark museum to house his family’s collection of Islamic art, he wanted to locate it in London. When those plans fell through, he chose Toronto.
TORONTO (RNS) The open road is now closed for devout Sikh men who can’t fit a turban under a motorcycle helmet.
(RNS) In the warrants, according to reports by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a young woman in the sect said she was hit with a belt and a coat hanger. Another female, a pregnant 17-year-old, told nurses at a hospital she was beaten by her brother, sexually abused by her father and forced to marry a 30-year-old man when she was 15.