A Muslim community group in Montreal was forced to move an event twice in two days after both venues faced pressure from far-right groups.
For the past two years, the Centre Communautaire Musulman de Montreal (CCMM) has rented an auditorium in an east-end high school, where it has held an annual event that celebrates the decision of girls aged nine to 12 to wear the hijab.
The Commission Scolaire de Montréal — a French-language school board known by its acronym CSDM — had agreed this year to, once again, rent them the auditorium at Louis-Joseph-Papineau High School. The event was to take place Sunday.
But on Thursday, the Journal de Montréal ran a column by Lise Ravary under the headline "Abuse of young girls at the CSDM." It was critical of the school board's decision to let the Muslim group use the auditorium.