Out in the Open

See Ya, 2017

The media may move on... but for the people behind the headlines, the story continues. This week, Piya speaks with those at the crux of Canada's top stories of 2017, including Canada 150, the Quebec City mosque shooting, illegal border crossings in Manitoba, and Quebec's religious neutrality law.
A teepee stands on Parliament Hill during Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Justin Tang)
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The media may move on... but for the people behind the headlines, the story continues. This week, Piya speaks with those at the crux of Canada's top stories of 2017, including Canada 150, the Quebec City mosque shooting, illegal border crossings in Manitoba, and Quebec's religious neutrality law.

Here are the stories from this week's episode...

Almost a year since mosque shooting, Quebec City Muslims still on edge

In January, a shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City killed six people and injured several more. Almost a year later, Piya speaks with Montreal imam Hassan Guillet, who frequently delivers sermons at the mosque, and one of its members, who says people who pray there are still on edge.

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'I want Canadians to see me as who I am:' Quebec's religious neutrality law leaves student feeling unseen

As a woman who wears the niqab, 21-year-old McGill student Fatima Ahmad found herself in the middle of a heated debate in her home province this year after Quebec passed its religious neutrality law. Even though people have cursed at her and tried to tear off her niqab, Fatima says she's optimistic and wants to help clear up misconceptions people have about what she chooses to wear.

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Government's reconciliation efforts still feel like a 'one-sided conversation,' says #Resistance150 organizer

As one of the founders of #Resistance150, Tanya Kappo was key to changing the conversation about Canada 150 celebrations... and felt like Canadians were listening. But Tanya is not confident that the federal government is prepared to have an authentic and equal conversation about reconciliation, despite the Liberals' rhetoric in favour of it during and since Canada 150.

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An influx of border crossings in Manitoba forced people to get 'off the fence' about immigration

Emerson, Manitoba was thrust into the spotlight this year due to the volume of asylum seekers who illegally crossed from the United States into the border town. Piya speaks with members of that community to see how it all changed them... and one man who's waiting to hear whether he'll be allowed to remain in Canada.

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Discover three news stories we brought Out in the Open in 2017

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