Engineering Schools Refuse to Provide Space for Muslim Ramadan Prayers

October 15, 2004

Source: CBC News Online

On October 15, 2004 CBC News Online reported, "As the holy month of Ramadan begins, Muslim students will have to pray in cramped stairwells at two Montreal engineering schools because the institutions won't rent space to let them practise their faith. The post-secondary schools say they are secular institutions and do not need to accommodate religious practices. Farid Ghanem, a former student at l' Ecole de Technologie Superieure, and more than 100 other Muslim students have taken the Montreal engineering school to the Quebec Human Rights Commission for failing to provide the students with a place to pray."