This Week in Canadian Jewish Advocacy, October 2, 2022
The Jewish community in Alberta – and, by extension, across Canada – received good news last week. On Friday, September 23, 2022, Premier Jason Kenney and Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro announced the Government of Alberta’s adoption, by an Order-In-Council, of the International Holocaust Remembrance Association’s (IHRA) definition of antisemitism.
By adopting the IHRA working definition of antisemitism – the consensus definition that best reflects lived experience of Jews today – Alberta’s policymakers, law enforcement, and community leaders have been provided with a critical framework to identify, understand, and combat contemporary forms of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere.
Please join us in thanking Premier Kenney and Minister Shandro for their leadership on this issue.
Click here to send a note of thanks to the Government of Alberta for sending a strong message that antisemitism has no place in the province.
Thousands of you recently took action against the outrageous email from federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh that demonizes everyone who identifies with and feels a connection to the Jewish state.
But it hasn’t worked...yet. It just hasn’t been enough...so far. We need to do more.
Your voice has never been more needed than at this moment.
The federal NDP needs to understand this isn’t just CIJA ringing the alarm bell – they need to hear that the alarm is ringing across the country. They need to hear directly from you.
Click here to tell the NDP that policies like those in their letter breed antisemitism everywhere. They put Canadian Jews in danger.
Either the NDP hears our collective voices, or we can no longer treat them as a serious, mainstream political party.
Please join UJA Federation of Greater Toronto for an important webinar about the upcoming municipal and school board elections, moderated by Noah Gano, UJA Genesis with panelists Noah Shack, CIJA and Rachel Chertkoff, CJPAC. Learn more about the issues at hand, the role of school board trustees, and the significance of Jewish and allied representation in local government and on school boards. Click here to register.
|October 4-5||Yom Kippur (CIJA offices closed from 1PM Tues-9AM Thurs)|
|October 6||UJA Municipal Election Webinar|
|October 9-16||Sukkot (CIJA offices closed Oct. 10, 11)|
|October 10||Thanksgiving (CIJA offices closed)|
|October 16-18||Simchat Torah | Shemini Atzeret (CIJA offices closed)|
|October 19||Mental Health Empowerment Day 2022|
OPINION: The NDP's Middle East policy is to blame Israel entirely (Toronto Sun)
Three things to watch this week (Politico)
Peace in the Middle East is blooming (The Hill Times)
‘We stand with them’: Alberta adopts IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism (CTV News Calgary)
Canadian province of Alberta adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism (Israel National News)
Alberta province adopts IHRA definition of antisemitism (The Jerusalem Post)
Alberta Adopts IHRA Definition of Antisemitism (Alberta Jewish News)
Twitter takes down accounts of anti-Israel CMAC project leader (The Jerusalem Post)
Bonnes nouvelles pour terminer 5782 (The Times of Israel)
MENA: Morocco’s Commitment to Peace and Prosperity Highlighted in Ottawa (Tunisian News Gazette)
Parliamentary party people: packed receptions at the Métropolitain and high class at British high commissioner’s (The Hill Times)
Municipal Election 2022: Mayoral debates and candidates' meetings in Vancouver (Vancouver Sun)
'Sparkle ponies and pixie dust'? Kennedy Stewart's Vancouver Loop promise critiqued by opponents - (photo credit; CTV News Vancouver)
Vancouver mayoral candidates at odds over how to help mentally ill and homeless residents (photo credit; Globe and Mail)
Associate Director Communications and Media Relations (Quebec)
Associate Director, Partnerships and Community Engagement
Executive Director – Atlantic Jewish Council
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