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Ontario parliamentarian asked to leave for wearing a keffiyeh

A parliamentarian from the Canadian province of Ontario asked to leave the legislature for wearing a keffiyeh which was banned by the Speaker of the House in a controversial decision.

Ontario parliamentarian asked to leave for wearing a keffiyeh

Canada:

Ban on keffiyeh's in Ontario legislature causes uproar

Ontario Premier urges Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to lift a ban he announced on the wearing of keffiyeh scarves in the legislature.

Ban on keffiyeh's in Ontario legislature causes uproar

Ontario expands Holocaust education for high school students

Canadian province of Ontario to mandate new and expanded learning about the Holocaust for Grade 10 students starting in 2025.

Ontario expands Holocaust education for high school students

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'Free Palestine' on office of Ontario party leader

Toronto office of Ontario New Democratic Party Leader vandalized after she removed an anti-Israel lawmaker from caucus.

'Free Palestine' on office of Ontario party leader

Canada:

Ontario party kicks out member over anti-Israel statement

Ontario New Democratic Party removes lawmaker who criticized Israel's actions in Gaza while failing to condemn Hamas.

Ontario party kicks out member over anti-Israel statement

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5 million bees escape after falling off truck

Police tell residents, drivers to keep their windows closed after millions of bees escape their hives in traffic accident.

5 million bees escape after falling off truck

Ontario city probing swastikas on trees as hate crime

Antisemitic vandalism in Barrie, Ontario forest described by local Chabad rabbi as 'very disturbing.'

Ontario city probing swastikas on trees as hate crime

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Political party slammed for retweet calling terrorist ‘martyr’

ONDP called on to meet with B'nai Brith to demonstrate it takes antisemitism seriously after MPP retweets academic's offensive statement.

Political party slammed for retweet calling terrorist ‘martyr’

BDS activist accused of antisemitism wins Ontario election

'Radical activist' associated with anti-Israel groups easily wins election to Ontario's legislature, despite Jewish groups sounding alarm.

BDS activist accused of antisemitism wins Ontario election

Ontario election:

NDP stands by BDS candidate who called for eliminating Israel

Province's official opposition party defends 'radical activist' candidate who called for 'Palestinian state from the river to the sea.'

NDP stands by BDS candidate who called for eliminating Israel

Ontario NDP under fire for candidate with 'animus toward Israel'

Ontario's opposition party slammed by B'nai Brith Canada for running anti-Israel candidate in upcoming byelection.

Ontario NDP under fire for candidate with 'animus toward Israel'

Guinness names Canadian babies as world’s most premature twins

Ontario couple told by doctors siblings born after only 22 weeks would not survive but record breaking babies are now one year old.

Guinness names Canadian babies as world’s most premature twins

Hillel Ontario poll:

Majority of students hide Jewish identity, pro-Israel views

Study finds being part of Jewish community central to Jewish student life but antisemitism a constant worry on Ontario campuses.

Majority of students hide Jewish identity, pro-Israel views

Ontario:

Man who vandalized coffee shop with Nazi symbols pleads guilty

Judge to examine public safety aspect of St. Catharines Nazi graffiti case in sentencing phase.

Man who vandalized coffee shop with Nazi symbols pleads guilty

Ontario town finally changes name of street linked to Nazis

Puslinch street Swastika Trail renamed Holly Trail after years long legal battle.

Ontario town finally changes name of street linked to Nazis

Canada:

Minister says antisemites must be held accountable in Ontario

Ontario Education Minister acknowledges that antisemitism in the province often occurs without repercussions.

Minister says antisemites must be held accountable in Ontario

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TikTok blocks anti-Israel content after B’nai Brith advocacy

Banned account also contained praise for Ayatollah Khamenei and footage of Canadian Jews being harassed.

TikTok blocks anti-Israel content after B’nai Brith advocacy

Ontario police investigating swastika graffiti spree

Town of Mount Forest hit with multiple swastika vandalism incidents over three-day period, described as “possible hate motivated crimes.”

Ontario police investigating swastika graffiti spree

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Ontario introduces mandatory Holocaust education

Jewish groups welcome province's announcement that Grade 6 curriculum will include mandatory Holocaust education.

Ontario introduces mandatory Holocaust education

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Man charged for antisemitic threats against Jewish doctor

Warrant issued after man leaves threatening antisemitic message for Jewish Ottawa family physician.

Man charged for antisemitic threats against Jewish doctor

Canada:

Ontario town to rename 'Swastika Trail'

Puslinch Township in Ontario votes to rename one of its streets, Swastika Trail, after years of advocacy.

Ontario town to rename 'Swastika Trail'

Ontario police to allow officers to wear kippahs

After campaign by B’nai Brith Canada, Ontario Provincial Police changes policy to let officers wear kippahs.

Ontario police to allow officers to wear kippahs

Canadian brothers in 30-year feud squaring off in mayoral race

Two brother who haven't spoken in three decades running against each other for mayor in small Ontario city.

Canadian brothers in 30-year feud squaring off in mayoral race

Toronto island ferry crashes into terminal, injuring 12

Impact between boat and dock sends multiple passengers tumbling down stairs, five taken to hospital.

Toronto island ferry crashes into terminal, injuring 12

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford swallows a bee

Leader of Ontario swallows a bee during a rather sticky press conference.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford swallows a bee

Canadian org slams politicians for posing with BDS activist

Two Ontario politicians slammed for posing with BDS activist and his antisemitic banner.

Canadian org slams politicians for posing with BDS activist

Niagara Falls politician’s sign vandalized with swastika

Re-election advertisement for Ontario politician vandalized with Nazi symbol on Canada Day.

Niagara Falls politician’s sign vandalized with swastika

Jewish org praises Canadian police for fighting antisemitism

Abraham Global Peace Initiative applauds Canadian law enforcement for standing up against the threat of antisemitism.

Jewish org praises Canadian police for fighting antisemitism

Man with rifle walking near Toronto school shot dead by police

The day after an Uber driver with a knife threatened to kill students at a yeshiva, man with a rifle shot dead by police near a school.

Man with rifle walking near Toronto school shot dead by police

Severe storm impacts Jewish communities in Ontario and Quebec

Massive storm damages infrastructure in Jewish communities across both provinces.

Severe storm impacts Jewish communities in Ontario and Quebec

Canadian mayor honored for leadership in combating antisemitism

Mayor of North Bay, Ontario honored by B’nai Brith Canada for his efforts in combating antisemitism in his city.

Canadian mayor honored for leadership in combating antisemitism

Toronto politician’s campaign signs defaced with the word ‘Nazi’

Incumbent Liberal candidate has 15 signs vandalized with hateful and derogatory language, including the word "Nazi."

Toronto politician’s campaign signs defaced with the word ‘Nazi’

Ontario construction site vandalized with swastikas

Vandalism of site with swastikas visible from nearby intersection leads to police investigation.

Ontario construction site vandalized with swastikas

B'nai Brith Canada: Prevent anti-Israel hate fest in Toronto

B’nai Brith Canada calls on Government of Ontario to prevent its property from being used for Al-Quds Day event.

B'nai Brith Canada: Prevent anti-Israel hate fest in Toronto

Ontario man pleads guilty to harassing B’nai Brith, ex-senator

Man behind campaign of antisemitic letters sent to Jewish org and ex-senator pleads guilty to criminal harassment.

Ontario man pleads guilty to harassing B’nai Brith, ex-senator

Swastika found in Canadian city dealing with surge of hate crime

Police treating white supremacist graffiti scrawled on Hamilton, Ontario farmer’s market as potential hate crime.

Swastika found in Canadian city dealing with surge of hate crime

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Mayor refuses to rescind recognition of antisemitic show

Mayor of Mississauga awards certificate of recognition to show which has history of antisemitic content. B'nai Brith condemns.

Mayor refuses to rescind recognition of antisemitic show

Ontario anti-hate fund will help Jewish orgs improve security

Recently announced $25 million provincial grant will enable Jewish community organizations to increase security measures.

Ontario anti-hate fund will help Jewish orgs improve security

FSWC partners with Ontario to fight antisemitism

FSWC receiving $148,000 to support creation of its Antisemitism Classroom Toolkit.

FSWC partners with Ontario to fight antisemitism

Mayor of Vaughan, Ontario speaks out against antisemitism

Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua condemns antisemitism after chairing Ontario Municipal Leaders Summit on Antisemitism.

Mayor of Vaughan, Ontario speaks out against antisemitism

Ontario teacher has license revoked for Holocaust denial

Teacher from Timmons, Canada found guilty by panel of promoting Holocaust denial and antisemitism in his classroom.

Ontario teacher has license revoked for Holocaust denial

Canadian politician apologizes for supporting Nazi

B'nai Brith Canada says apology of NDP candidate Steve Parish does not go far enough.

Canadian politician apologizes for supporting Nazi

More Nazi graffiti found on park signs in Toronto suburb

For second time this month, Nazi graffiti was discovered on park signs in Markham, Ontario.

More Nazi graffiti found on park signs in Toronto suburb

Iran plane crash victims Zoom conference targeted by hackers

The moment lawyers for victims' families demand Iran pay millions in compensation, hackers interrupt meeting and force it to end early.

Iran plane crash victims Zoom conference targeted by hackers

Jewish org urges campus 'Bill of Rights' against anti-Semitism

Abraham Global Peace Initiative calls for “Bill of Rights” for Jewish students “feeling harassed on university campuses around the world.”

Jewish org urges campus 'Bill of Rights' against anti-Semitism

Toronto university accused of violating rights of Jewish students

B’nai Brith Canada taking on case of Jewish students at Ontario College of Art and Design who allege they are being discriminated against.

Toronto university accused of violating rights of Jewish students

In Ontario, Uber Eats now allows orders for cannabis

New arrangement will help Canadians procure 'safe, legal,' cannabis, Uber spokesperson says.

In Ontario, Uber Eats now allows orders for cannabis

Canada: Two men convicted of vandalizing synagogue in Ontario

Two men convicted in vandalism of synagogue in Hamilton in 2019. B'nai Brith Canada welcomes conviction.

Canada: Two men convicted of vandalizing synagogue in Ontario

Ontario school board condemns anti-Semitic student TikTok video

Canadian Jewish org calls video of students making Nazi salutes and chanting "Heil Hitler" a "sad reflection on the state of our society."

Ontario school board condemns anti-Semitic student TikTok video

Canadian Minister: Anti-Semitism is 'a great scourge'

Ontario’s Education Minister condemns video showing students chanting “Heil Hitler”: Anti-Semitism is a very real issue.

Canadian Minister: Anti-Semitism is 'a great scourge'

Police investigating anti-Semitic incident at Ontario school

Police in North Bay, Ontario are looking into a video of students making Nazi salutes while chanting "Heil Hitler."

Police investigating anti-Semitic incident at Ontario school

Ontario to adopt digital vaccine passports

Canadian province says people will have to show digital proof they have received COVID shot to gain access to range of establishments.

Ontario to adopt digital vaccine passports

Canadian politician decries swastika vandalism of her signs

Simcoe North, Ontario candidate the latest victim of multiple instances of swastikas painted on campaign signs across Canada.

Canadian politician decries swastika vandalism of her signs

Ontario teachers union adopts resolution to combat anti-Semitism

With anti-Semitism at record levels, elementary teachers union has resolved to “establish a task force to combat anti-Semitism in Ontario.”

Ontario teachers union adopts resolution to combat anti-Semitism

Canadian city launches police unit to tackle anti-Semitism, hate

Hamilton, Ontario's Hate Crime Case Review Team will partner police with community agencies to review cases and draft recommendations.

Canadian city launches police unit to tackle anti-Semitism, hate

Hamilton, Ontario to ban swastika and other hate symbols

Measures comes after Canadian city garners reputation as a hotbed of hate crimes in recent years.

Hamilton, Ontario to ban swastika and other hate symbols

Canadian postal union suit against B'nai Brith to go ahead

Ontario Court of Appeal rules that Canadian postal union can sue B'nai Brith for claims about its relationship with Palestinian union.

Canadian postal union suit against B'nai Brith to go ahead

Toronto yeshiva suing Ontario gov for COVID-related safety funds

Lawsuit argues Toronto Cheder and other private schools were unfairly treated when Ontario only gave federal COVID funds to public schools.

Toronto yeshiva suing Ontario gov for COVID-related safety funds

Canadian province rolls out extra money for community security

Alberta to provide emergency grants to communities vulnerable to vandalism and violence.

Canadian province rolls out extra money for community security

Palestinian flag at Canadian Starbucks removed after complaints

Flag and solidarity message was displayed on the store's counter, prompting a flurry of customer outrage on social media.

Palestinian flag at Canadian Starbucks removed after complaints