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A Toronto Islamic School Apologizes for Anti-Semitic Content


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A Toronto Islamic school is under police investigation after anti-Semitic content and teaching materials were found on its website. The East End Madrassah, a Sunday School in the Toronto District School Board, has apologized profusely, and is now reviewing their curriculum material.

The TDSB is also looking into a complaint that students were being taught that Jews are “treacherous” and “conspired to kill” Mohammed, the Islamic prophet. Beyond that, another comparison was made between Islam and the “Jews and the Nazis.” How lovely. 

Fielded by the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, which discovered the material on the school website, the content in question has since been taken down, though, according to the CBC, copies are still available online. The East End Madrassah, run out of Scarborough, is organized by a Thornhill, Ont.-based mosque.

A PMO Twitter War


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An anonymous Twitter user attempted to bait the prime minister’s spokesman on Tuesday, but did not get quite the answer they expected. The tweeter in question, Oxy28, who has 18 followers, instigated a fight with Andrew MacDougall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s director of communications. 

Oxy28 sent a tweet to MacDougall asking, “how does it feel to work for the biggest (a**hole) in canada,” expecting to, likely, start a Twitter war. Instead, MacDougall replied, “I wouldn’t know. I don’t work for you.”

Oh, snap. As they say on 30 Rock, “That’s a pretty good burn, Patrice.”

An MPP Wants to Put Calories on Fast Food Menus

An Ontario MPP introduced a private member’s bill on Tuesday, taking aim at calories, fat and sodium counts, and prompting restaurant chains of five locations or more to post nutritional information on their menus.

New Democratic MPP France Gélinas says this information will help encourage Ontarians to make healthier choices and better eating habits, using materials already available to them at the grocery store. Gélinas says she is specifically targeting fast food chains due to hidden high fat content, and as a means to combat the rising sodium rates in quick-service meals.

Though the average Canadian should consume only 1, 500 mg of sodium a day, Gélinas says that many Canadians consume twice that much on a daily basis. Will this help people think twice about what they’re eating? Probably. But, will it curb your Caramel Macchiato craving? Probably not.

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Joanna Adams is the online and social media editor for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at‏ @nowstarringTO.

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