On Friday, a judge in Quebec refused to hear a case because the woman in her courtroom was wearing a hijab. She likened it to someone wearing a hat or sunglasses - which are not permitted. Furthermore, she is reported to have said that the woman was not "suitably dressed". When I heard it on the … [Continue reading] Why a hijab is not a hat
Congratulations to the Bluewater District School Board (in Ontario) for reconsidering the handing out of free Gideon Bibles to Grade 5 students. The article is very good and says a lot of what I would write here - so here it is for you to read. The part of the article that stood out for me the … [Continue reading] The Message of Free Bibles in School…plus
Sometimes at a conference, we are challenged by the people in the seats, as well as by those on the stage. The Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change on November 9th was no exception. The panel discussion (When is a hat not just a hat?) was interesting; we heard from a Minister, a … [Continue reading] Faith at Work III
One of the workshops I attended at the Nov. 9th Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change was by Nadir Shirazi. He spoke about dedicated spaces in offices for quiet time, prayer, meditation etc. Nadir’s presentation was very interesting; he shared the challenge for companies to name … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work II
Last week Wednesday I was at the Diversity@Work conference put on by Skills for Change about faith in the workplace. It was a thought-provoking day. The next few posts will share some of the things that stood out for me. What struck me most about the panel discussion was the theme of getting to … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work I
Tomorrow I’m going to the day-long conference http://www.diversityatwork.org/ put on by Skills for Change. The topic is faith in the workplace – an issue that is on the radar more often these days in the world of diversity and inclusion. I’m looking forward to the panel discussion on the … [Continue reading] Faith @ Work…?
Last week I read Toronto Star columnist Rick Salutin's column (The Ramadan kids go to the cottage). What struck me most about what he writes is how words alone fail us. He writes about having 2 Muslim children spend a few days at the cottage with his son and himself, and the experience of fasting … [Continue reading] Ramadan – and the importance of sharing experience
If you are Muslim, or know someone who is, you likely know that Ramadan started on Sunday night (July 31st) and that it will run for a month. While it isn't a religious observance that requires absence from work, it can impact the workplace. For those of you who don't think religion has a place at … [Continue reading] Ramadan @ Work