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Survey shows Muslims proud to be Canadian
Survey shows Muslims proud to be Canadian

35 percent of the responders say they have been victims of discrimination

World Bulletin / News Desk

Canadian Muslims have a deep-rooted love for Canada, even though many have been the victims of discrimination, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday.

The Environics Institute survey of 600 Muslims from across Canada showed an overwhelming majority, 83 percent, are “very proud” of their country.

At the same time, 35 percent said they had been the targets of discrimination in the past five years.

Muslims make up 3 percent, about 1 million, of the Canadian population of 35 million. 

Kathy Bullock of the Tessellate Institute, one of the participants in the survey, said the results prove Canadian Muslims have a love of country just as strong as Canadian non-Muslims.

“We saw this thread, this theme of a community that felt proud to be Canadian, of feeling that they belong to Canada,” she said, as reported by the Global News media outlet.

In fact, Muslims showed more pride in Canada than others.

A separate survey of nearly 1,000 non-Muslims found only 73 percent were “very proud” to be Canadian. 

“Quite importantly, it shows that Muslims take their citizenship seriously and are very proud to be Canadian more so than others in the country, Muneeb Nasir of Olive Tree Foundation – another survey partner – said in a news release. 

The Environics survey of Muslims, conducted between November 2015 and January 2016, was a follow-up to one conducted in 2006. 

In the latest survey, 84 percent said they felt Canada treats Muslims better than other Western countries – an increase of 7 percent compared to the 2006 figures.

In addition to the 35 percent of Muslims who have been discriminated against, 62 percent of respondents were worried about increased discrimination against Muslims and 35 percent believed the next generation of Muslims will face more discrimination, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

The one thing Muslims said they liked least about Canada: the cold weather.



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Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland
Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades said Monday he hopes to clinch a reunification deal laying out a new security blueprint for the divided island during a crunch summit in Switzerland this week. Anastasiades will attend United Nations-backed talks at the Alpine Crans-Montana ski resort Wednesday with "complete determination and goodwill... to achieve a desired solution", he said in a statement. He said he hopes to "abolish the anachronistic system of guarantees and intervention rights", with a deal providing for the withdrawal of the Turkish army. The eastern Mediterranean island has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded its northern third in response to an Athens-inspired coup seeking union with Greece. Turkey maintains around 35,000 troops in northern Cyprus. The so-called guarantor powers of Turkey, Britain and Greece retain the right to intervene militarily on the island. Greek and Turkish Cypriots are at odds over a new security blueprint, but their leaders are under pressure to reach an elusive peace deal. "I am going to Switzerland to participate in the Cyprus conference, with the sole aim and intent of solving the Cyprus problem," Anastasiades said. Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci is also set to attend the summit, which is expected to last at least 10 days. Greece, Turkey and Britain will send envoys along with an observer from the European Union. UN-led talks on the island hit a wall in late May after the sides failed to agree terms to advance toward a final summit. Unlocking the security question would allow Anastasiades and Akinci to make unprecedented concessions on core issues. But they have major differences on what a new security blueprint should look like. Anastasiades's internationally recognised government, backed by Athens, seeks an agreement to abolish intervention rights, with Turkish troops withdrawing from the island on a specific timeline. Turkish Cypriots and Ankara argue for some form of intervention rights and a reduced number of troops remaining in the north. Turkish Cypriots want the conference to focus on broader issues of power-sharing, property rights and territory for the creation of a new federation. Much of the progress to date has been based on strong personal rapport between Anastasiades and Akinci, leader of the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. But that goodwill has appeared frayed in the build-up to their meeting in Switzerland. The Greek Cypriot presidential election next February has also complicated the landscape, as has the government's search for offshore oil and gas, which Ankara argues should be suspended until the negotiations have reached an outcome.