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Before he left Canada last year, John Maguire, a recent convert to Islam, told a student he knew from the University of Ottawa’s multi-faith prayer room that he would be going away, but he was uncertain about whether he was coming back.
“We’ll see,” he said.
Although there were rumours, nobody was quite sure what had happened to Mr. Maguire until the RCMP showed up at his mother Patricia’s house a few months later. They said he was in Syria. They said he had travelled there on a one-way ticket.
Since then, he has made no secret of his newfound extremism, writing online under the name Yahya Maguire that Canada was “evil” and that what he had done offered “the reward of jihad” and “the opportunity for martyrdom.”
The 23-year-old, who once aspired to play in the NHL, is now one of dozens of Canadians under RCMP investigation after allegedly making their way to Syria, some to join extremist factions such as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham.
The RCMP declined to comment on the case but friends and family told the National Post in interviews that police were investigating Mr. Maguire, who appears to have embraced the ISIS cause since leaving Ottawa in January 2013.
A mosque in Denmark has openly declared its support for the Islamic State militant group. It comes just days after a Dane who fought with the terrorist organization in Syria stated that Denmark was “high upon [IS’s] list of targets.”
The place of worship, located in the city of Aarhus, has long been accused of promoting an extreme interpretation of Islam. Mosque spokesman Fadi Abdallah told the online news source Den Korte Avis that “an Islamic state will always be what Muslims long for. Therefore we cannot help but to support the Islamic State. Even if it makes mistakes, we will just have to wait and see.”
“The conditions aren’t the same down there [in Syria and Iraq] as they are here. I can fully understand why people are getting killed,” he continued.
In July, a video emerged of the Grimhojmoskeen mosque’s imam, Abu Bilal Ismail, calling on God to“destroy the Zionist Jews,” the Local reported. The Grimhojmoskeen site has become a haven for Danish jihadists, with East Jutland Police stating that 22 of the hundred or so militants who have left Denmark to fight for IS previously worshipped there.
A recent report from The Economist calculated that when measured by total population, Denmark has sent the second-highest number of foreign fighters to Syria. Only Belgium has a higher number of foreign fighters per million residents.
The news comes less than a week after a Danish-Turkish jihadist, who was born and raised in Denmark and only referred to himself as OA, told Danish broadsheet newspaper Politiken that the Islamic State (previously known as ISIS) “has become very international and Denmark is high up on the list, believe me.”
“Denmark is not my country. The Muslims’ country is the caliphate and inshallah there will soon be an attack here. Denmark should prepare itself,” said the militant, who is also believed to come from the Aarhus area, The Local reported.
“It is an open war now. ISIS has said that all infidels should be battled. They should be eliminated and soon it will be Denmark’s turn,” OA continued.
OA is not the only Danish-born militant to have defected to fight for IS. In March, it was reported by the Copenhagen Post that a young Dane, who allegedly came from the Aarhus area of the country and went by the name of Abu Sa’ad al Denmarki, had killed himself in a suicide attack.
The Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) has stated that 15 Danes – out of the 100 or so who have gone to the Middle East – have been killed in Syria fighting for IS in the country’s civil war.
“We have never before seen so many leave Denmark for a conflict zone over such a short period as we see now with Syria,” the head of the Center for Terror Analysis (CTA), Soren Jensen, told Ritzau news agency.
Denmark said it will contribute to the international campaign against IS in northern Iraq and deliver weapons and ammunition to Kurdish and Iraqi government forces.
Denmark’s foreign minister, Martin Liedegaard, defended his country’s actions, saying, “I’m pleased with the broad political support for Denmark’s contribution against ISIS in Iraq. ISIS is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – threats currently faced by the international community. Our contribution to the ongoing operation will obviously not eliminate ISIS but will be used to help the Iraqis to defend ISIS’s advances themselves,” The Local reported, citing Politiken newspaper.
A local barbershop’s men-only policy has created a heated debate, with critics labelling the rule as discriminatory while others defended the concept.
Claire Carter, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Regina, believes the controversy to be an “if the shoe fits” situation.
“They want to say that they can promote a certain kind of style, but they want to discriminate against women,” Carter said on Tuesday.
Ragged Ass Barbers, on its website, describes the shop as “providing exceptional grooming services for men in a unique atmosphere geared specifically to men.”
After two years of operating and building a word of mouth reputation in Regina, the barbershop attracted the interest of Evie Ruddy, who told media she had requested a “hard part” traditional men’s haircut but was refused.
Her rejection prompted about a dozen women to call the shop for appointments in protest.
“(Ruddy ) has been wronged,” Carter said.
“If she was coming in asking for what is traditionally known as a more feminine haircut, I think they would have more rational (because) that’s not the service they provide. But she was asking for a service that they actually promote.”
Ruddy told the Leader-Post on Monday she would not do more interviews about the situation after receiving much backlash, including threats, that forced her to shut down her Twitter account.
Ragged Ass Barbers was closed Tuesday and a voicemail at the shop was full.
On its facebook page, barbershop employees thanked the public for its show of support but also asked for a civil discussion about the matter.
“We understand this topic has sparked a passionate response on all sides, but name-calling, threats, and insults are not what we condone,” the post reads. “They are neither constructive, nor are they ever the start of a peaceful resolution.”
Supporters of Ragged Ass Barbers were comparing the barbershop to women-only gyms to point out what they saw as hypocrisy.
Curves International, the largest chain of fitness centres for women, encourages franchisees “to abide by state and local laws with regard to membership, including equal access for men where required.”
Tracy Thompson, who owns two Regina Curves locations and manages another, said she has never had a man inquire about a membership in her three years of involvement.
“Should a man decide to join Curves, we would let him. It’s the law. However, it could place an uncomfortable tension in our centres for both male and female members,” Thompson said.
David Arnot, chief commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, said safety concerns could factor in to those types of gender-specific policies.
Arnot wouldn’t say whether his office had received a complaint, nor would he comment on the specific case.
He did say, however, that the case against Jenny’s Bridal Boutique in Saskatoon set a precedent in terms of discrimination education. The commission ruled that the store violated the province’s human rights code by refusing to serve a transgender person shopping for a wedding dress.
“If you purport to discriminate against a person based on their gender, you run afoul of the human rights code,” Arnot said.
“Every case is different and every case has nuances to it.”