After including an official from the Council on American-Islamic Relations' (CAIR) Canadian branch in an outreach program last April, the chief of the Durham Regional Police Service conveyed regret and pledged to be more careful. According to Sohail Raza, director of the anti-Islamist group Muslims Facing Tomorrow, the chief acknowledged more due diligence was necessary "so that inappropriate interests would not be inadvertently legitimized."
That message has not reached Ottawa, where a city/community partnership called Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) appears intent on repeating Durham's error.
A program set for this Friday, "Addressing Hate Crimes: Creating A Safe City for All," features the same CAIR official who prompted Durham's introspection. Amira Elghawaby is a spokeswoman for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, which changed its name from CAIR-Canada in 2013, openly admitting it was a cosmetic change: "We remain the same organization," a news release said.