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Video: D8 wins the KDSL Indoor Men’s League championship

By Saifullah Muhammad, Source: Spoke News After a competitive season, the D8 soccer club became the 2019 Indoor Men’s League champions of the Kitchener and District Soccer League (KDSL) on Tuesday night. The KDSL has been in operation since 1975. Historically, the league has operated with a first or premier division and a second division. Most teams are located […]

Audio: Scores of recent immigrants attend Global Skills Conference

By Saifullah Muhammad, More than 150 internationally trained professionals and other immigrants participated in the 11th annual Global Skills Conference in Kitchener on March 6, where employers from across Waterloo Region provided information and were looking for skilled workers. The theme of the conference this year was “Making Connections.” The conference was an opportunity for participants to […]

Video: Commemoration marks second anniversary of Quebec shooting

By Saifullah Muhammad, This week marked the second anniversary of the horrific attack on the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec (CCIQ). The Coalition of Muslim Women K-W and people from diverse communities honoured the memory of the six Muslim men brutally murdered and 19 others injured on Jan. 29, 2017, when a gunman entered the mosque and […]

Local environmental groups call on citizens to speak up against Bill 66

By Saifullah Muhammad, Ontario Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe challenged hundreds of concerned residences in Kitchener to speak up about the climate crisis and to protect their children and their future. “Climate change is here now — and it is going to get worse,” Saxe said at an event on Jan. 15 titled, “Steward of Our […]

Foreign affairs minister underlines importance of journalism to democracy

By Saifullah Muhammad, OTTAWA — Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told a conference here yesterday that the protection of journalists and the functions they perform are key to the proper function of civil society. A free media, Freeland said, is critical to holding politicians to account. “Democracy is about a much broader set of […]

Canada’s immigration system benefits international students, says federal minister

By Saifullah Muhammad, Spoke News Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, says Canada is one of the most generous countries for international students and the new immigration system benefits them in several ways. During a talk in Waterloo last Thursday night, Hussen also addressed the important economic and social benefits of retaining international […]

Redraft Rohingya return deal

HRW asks Bangladesh, Myanmar to involve UN in the process UNB Dhaka Terming Rohingya return deal a bad one, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said Bangladesh and Myanmar should invite UNHCR to join the drafting of a new tripartite agreement. “After the widespread atrocities, safe and voluntary return of Rohingyas will require international monitors on […]

Rohingya rape survivors tell their harrowing stories

December 7, 2017 Mumtaz Begum, 30. She fled to Bangladesh shortly after the Aug. 25 attack from Tula Toli village in Myanmar. She says that one night the military attacked her village and burned homes. Everyone ran and hid but the military found them. They shot her husband in front of her, and as he […]

Myanmar forces may be guilty of genocide against Rohingya, U.N. says

GENEVA (Reuters) – Myanmar’s security forces may be guilty of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority and more of them are fleeing despite a deal between Myanmar and Bangladesh to send them home, the top U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday. The United Nations defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, […]

Canada pledges $35M to help Bangladesh aid women, girls amid Rohingya refugee influx

Canada will spend $35 million over five years to help Bangladesh address the needs of women and girls as the country deals with a massive influx of Rohingya Muslimsfrom Myanmar. READ MORE: ‘Ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya in Myanmar should be classified genocide: scholar International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced the new spending – to be directed through […]

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