Volume 17 Issue 440 - Shaban 15, 1438 AH May 12, 2017


   :: Local Events

::B.C. NDP leader John Horgan refuses to concede defeat on election night


by Carlito Pablo
The B.C. NDP finished second in the seat count, but leader John Horgan told his supporters on election night that the fight is far from over.
With absentee votes still to be tabulated, and a recount in tightly contested constituencies happening, Horgan said in his speech in the early morning following the May 9 election that nothing has been settled yet.
Initial count shows B.C. Liberals with 43 seats; New Democrats, 41; and the B.C. Greens, three.“British Columbians have waited 16 years for a government that works for them, and we are going to have to ask you to wait a little bit longer until all the votes are counted and the final results of this election are known,” Horgan said inside a hall at the Vancouver Convention Centre.While the final results are not yet certain, Horgan said that one thing is clear: “A majority of British Columbians voted for a new government and I believe that’s what they deserve”, generating applause and chants of ‘NDP, NDP’, from the crowd.
A total of 87 seats in the legislature were in play, and no party achieved the magic number of 44 to form a majority government.With their three seats, B.C. Greens are likely poised to determine which party will govern the province.
“It’s been a long night. It’s been a hard fought election campaign,” the B.C. NDP leader said.According to Horgan, there are still many votes to count “before this election is over”.
“British Columbians voted today to get big money out of politics,” he said to booming cheers. “British Columbians voted today for proportional representation…British Columbians voted for action on climate change, and they voted for an economy that works for everyone.”Horgan thanked his family, supporters, and candidates, who he said reflect the diversity of the province.He also commended B.C. Liberal leader Christy Clark, whose party won the most number of seats, based on the preliminary count, and B.C. Green leader Andrew.“I do not regret a moment,” Horgan said, noting that he is proud to be a “part of a movement that will mke B.C. better in the days and weeks ahead”.
“Let’s hang tight, and let’s get back to the party,” Horgan told his supporters.

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::Let’s talk about Islamophobia

By: Shahnaz Rahman and
Dr. Babra Rana ( Pakistani Canadian Women’s Society)
Muslim Canadians are experiencing discrimination at an all time high- It is just recently that 6 innocent Canadian Muslims were horrifically murdered while praying at a Mosque in the suburbs of Quebec City. We have been exposed to images of protestors holding anti Muslim slogans as worshippers entered at a Toronto Mosque. Some Muslim women have reported that they are targeted for wearing the Hijab.
In light of this growing hostility towards Muslims and a rise in Islamophobia, Pakistani Canadian Women Society hosted an event for Canadian Muslims to engage in an interactive dialogue entitled “Lets Talk About Islamophobia’ . The event took place on April 23rd in Surrey at the City Centre Library.
Approximately 70 participants including men, women and youth attended the event. Mr. Hasan Alam, an employment lawyer provided a brief overview of the issue and the current snapshot of Islamophobia in Canada. After this presentations participants were divided into small groups and each group was assigned a moderator to guide the discussion.Men, women and youth all actively participated in the discussion and shared their insights. Key points of discussion were recorded and later reported by the moderators of each group.
Here is a summary of some of the shared responses:
Question: How has Islamophobia affected Muslim communities?
-There has been an increase in Islamophobia post US elections.
-There are growing misconceptions about Islam based on the negative media portrayal.
-Negative actions of a few are used to further generalize against Muslim
-The potential effect on kids and youth: Parents expressed concerns about children’s future amidst the growing hostile anti- muslim sentiments.
-Some folks challenged the term “Islamophobia” and felt that the term had mental health connotations and stressed that racism and discrimination is not an illness; It is a choice.
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Question: Is Islamophobia currently responded to in an open and effective way?
-Our current response to Islamophobia is ineffective
-We need to have more inter faith conversations
-Media bias needs to be challenged
-We need to better educate ourselves and our children
-We need to defuse hate with calm and informed responses
-We need to stay united and not allow disagreements/conflicts amongst ourselves to divide us.
-Encourage our children to speak up about these issues
What support do you need to challenge Islamophobia.
- Muslim community needs to be more legally and politically engaged
-Become more proactive than reactive
-Break the isolation and engage with our neighbors and other groups
-Support the youth to get involved in social justice issues
-Work closely with RCMP and government bodies
-We need to have more events like the one PCWS organized to discuss these issues more openly.
Resources to counter Islamophobia
Some useful resources were shared
The forum empowered participants to openly engage in strategies to counter Islamophobia. This is the first step and a lot more needs to be done- PCWS will continue to flag the issues in media and in conversations with the politicians.
We are grateful to all our volunteers who helped make this event possible. A special thanks to Raza Mirani, Hasan Alam, Irfan Sheikh, Laila Rana, Nida and Kurban Madhani for giving their precious time in moderating this valuable discussion.
If you have additional thoughts or comments around this issue please email: or

::Expanding Youth Programming in Clayton


Surrey, BC – In response to the needs of youth in the fast growing area of Clayton, residents and partners have come together to create a positive and supportive place for young people to go after school and in the early evening. The new Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT) was launched today during a Public Safety Town Centre event at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre. CHAT will connect and support young people, ages 13 to 18, by building their confidence, life skills, employability, health and sense of belonging.
“Ensuring that youth who don’t typically participate in traditional programming have positive activities available to them during the critical afterschool and evening hours is a priority for the City of Surrey,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “A key initiative in the City’s Public Safety Strategy, the Clayton Heights Activity Team is an opportunity for us to collectively support our youth and help them make positive life choices.”
The CHAT vision was developed through the passionate perseverance and genuine care of Jen Temple, Asset Manager for Hillcrest Village Shopping Centre. Temple was instrumental in the program’s creation, which is a unique partnership between the City’s Parks, Recreation and Culture department, Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) and the local business community.
“This new initiative is a way for the businesses in our area to give back to young people and reduce issues in the community. We want to support our young people to give them a sense of belonging and purpose by building relationships and connections in their community - It takes a village,” said Jen Temple.
“Creating opportunities for positive mentoring and social interaction among youth helps to improve confidence, resiliency and connection to family and community,” said Michelle Shaw, Director of Youth and Addiction Services, Pacific Community Resources Society.
Today’s Public Safety Town Centre event is the latest in a series of community outreach sessions in Surrey. Upcoming events will be held in the Newton area..


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