The Third Season of “Little Mosque on the Prairie” begins

The third season of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) Little Mosque on the Prairie has begun, picking up the storyline from the end of the second season as to whether the character of Rayann will accept or reject a marriage proposal. This National Post reviewer, Robert Cushman, is critical of the program and its comedy of “culture clash,” which while seeking to create humor leaves in its wake “generic storylines in which the women just happen to have their heads covered.” He adds that this version of the challenges of Muslims in small town Canada is not very inventive. Assimilation, Cushman concludes, is almost the opposite of funny.

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Probe into Maher Arar Torture Case Closed

Canadian federal police (the RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police), has closed its investigation into the source of the damaging leaks to the media about Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen deported to Syria by U.S. officials because of false allegations of terrorism. This statement marks the end of a five-year criminal investigation to examine how inaccurate information claiming Arar was an Islamic extremist was leaked by government sources to the media. The source of the leak could not be determined. In 2007, Arar received $10.5 million CAD in compensation from the Canadian government. The U.S. government has not apologized and keeps his name on a security watch list.

In an interview with the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli stated that in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the Bush administration “threw out the rule book” when it came to cooperating with its allies.

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