Rahim Mohamed: Welcome to Neukölln: Berlin’s “Hipster Ghetto” serves as both cautionary tale and possible model for Canada

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It’s a scene that has become all too common in migrant enclaves throughout Europe: Teenage girls subjected to ‘honour beatings’ for dressing immodestly in public; local playgrounds overrun by pre-teen gangs who charge younger children entry fees; German passersby harassed and harangued as “pig-eaters”; entire city blocks sealed off from police and other emergency personnel.

These are just a few anecdotes of daily life in Neukölln, a migrant-heavy district in Berlin’s south-side. Home to 300,000 residents from over 160 countries, Neukölln is a central front in Germany’s intensifying culture war. 

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Candice Malcolm: Monsef is no feminist hero

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

After spending a relaxing few days on a private island in the Bahamas, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was back to work this week. And he managed to do something rather productive.

Trudeau shuffled his cabinet – demoting ineffective and problematic ministers, while promoting the more capable and impressive ones.

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Asked about Trump, Trudeau promises to stand for feminism and diversity

While maintaining that his priority in dealing with the Donald Trump administration will be the Canadian economy, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday night he would never shy away from proclaiming himself a feminist, defending immigration or extolling the contribution of Muslim Canadians. During a town hall forum in Belleville, Ont., Trudeau was asked about how a Trump presidency would impact Canada's relations with the United States. Trudeau joked that everyone in the audience leaned forward when the question was asked. (CBC) (Bloomberg)

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau keeping up with the Kardashians


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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent the Christmas break in the lap of luxury, on a private island in the Bahamas.

A small entourage, including the Trudeau family and Liberal Party insiders, were hosted by the Aga Khan, the billionaire religious leader of Ismaili Muslims.

The retreat seems to have been a gift, and yet, it is unknown if it was declared to Canada’s ethics commissioner.

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Where the Conservative leadership candidates stand on immigration

Here’s a closer look at where the candidates stand on immigration -- including their views about how many should be accepted, how they should be screened and who should be encouraged to come. (CTV)

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Canada PM Justin Trudeau shuffles key Cabinet ministers

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promoted top Cabinet performers and brought in new faces as Ottawa prepares for the Trump presidency. Nearly a third of the Cabinet is on the move in the reshuffle, with some rookies taking top roles. (BBC) (Huffington Post

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January 10, 2017: Looking Back

Last week, Kurdish forces announced a Canadian, Nazzareno Tassone, died fighting ISIS in Syria. Originally from Keswick, Ont., Tassone studied at a Catholic high school in Niagara Falls and had wanted to join the Canadian military. The 23-year-old is the second Canadian volunteer fighter to die in the fight against ISIS, while fighting with a secretive unit of all-Western fighters (the 223) who are frustrated over the West’s limited military response to the Syrian conflict. Kurdish forces called him a hero and martyr. Canada will always be grateful for Tassone’s service and ultimate sacrifice. We sincerely hope that the Canadian government will be able to recover his body, so that his family is able to have a funeral.  

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Mexican refugee claims jump after visa requirement dropped

At least 70 Mexicans claimed refugee status in Canada the first month after the federal government lifted a visa requirement for travellers from Mexico. The one-month figure brings the total number of Mexican refugee claims for 2016 to 248, compared to 111 in 2015, according to figures provided by the Canada Border Services Agency. The policy change took effect on Dec. 1, 2016. (CBC)

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Four IDF Soldier Killed, 15 Wounded in East Jerusalem Truck Attack

A truck crashed into a group of soldiers in eastern Jerusalem Jan. 8, killing four and injuring at least 15, in what is suspected to be a terror attack. The soldiers, cadets in an officers’ training course,  had just gotten off of a bus on early Sunday afternoon on the promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem, also known as East Talpiot. The promenade marks the border between the eastern and western halves of the city, and is usually full of joggers, walkers and tourists. (CJ News) (Rebel)

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Candice Malcolm: Trudeau doesn’t appreciate Canada’s greatness

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(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)

Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year. Despite our Prime Minister’s apparent preference to spend time (and our money) overseas – taking yet another vacation by ringing in the New Year at a mega-rich pal’s private island in the Bahamas – Canada is a great place to be.

In The New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2017, Canada landed the top spot.

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