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Stories by Shimon Koffler Fogel

Renewed Canada-Israel trade deal cause for celebration

Ottawa’s prioritization of Canada-Israel trade ties, exemplified by Minister Jim Carr’s trade mission to Israel last fall, has been valuable in paving the way for new partnerships.
Technology continues to evolve rapidly, and with it the tactics of terrorists and hate groups. Public policy must adapt accordingly, especially given the clear link between online hate and offline violence.
The Accessible Canada Act is a good start. It should be passed, and changes made to the Disability Tax Credit, among other improvements.
What is now needed is for federal policymakers to prevent similar atrocities by launching a national strategy to combat online hate, writes Shimon Koffler Fogel of CIJA.
Canada is well positioned to lead our allies in applying new pressure to counter the multi-faceted threat posed by Iran, says the CEO of Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
Accepting responsibility for rejecting hundreds of Jewish refugees in 1939 would demonstrate that Canada will never again remain indifferent in the face of genocide.
From housing to immigration, the federal government can act in big ways to help improve the lives of those living with disabilities.
We hope that all Members of Parliament will vote for Bill C-277 when it comes before the House.
While Canada is in many ways a model, we are by no means immune to worrisome trends emerging in Europe and the United States. In November, a spike in hateful vandalism hit our nation’s capital, with targeted institutions including a Jewish community centre, several synagogues, a mosque, and a church.
Currently, Canada is the only G7 country without specific measures in place to protect genetic information. This means that Canadians could be forced to take genetic tests or disclose test results detailing their most personal information—their DNA. They could, in turn, be discriminated against because of their genes.
The SIP is more than a government program. It’s an investment in the long-term well-being of Canada’s diverse communities, a means of crime prevention, and a statement that those targeted for hate are not alone.
Diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions proved effective in bringing Iran to the negotiating table on the nuclear file and are the best way to impel Iranian compliance on multiple fronts, writes Shimon Fogel.

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