A tweet from an Indian man, Ravi Hooda, against Brampton city's decision to allow mosques the same noise bylaw exceptions as churches has prompted the Peel district school board to remove him from the council chairs and launch a formal investigation into the matter.
A few days ago, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown tweeted that Ontario's noise bylaw which had been passed in 1984 only had exemptions for church bells. However, the exemptions are now being extended to all faiths. In short, this would allow mosques in Brampton to broadcast the Azaan or the call to prayer during the holy month of Ramadan.
Our noise by law originally passed in 1984 only included an exemption for Church bells. It will now include all faiths within the permitted hours & decibel levels. The Muslim community can proceed with the sunset azan because it’s 2020 & we treat all faiths equally. #Ramadan pic.twitter.com/WGPmf8fA5b — Patrick Brown (@patrickbrownont) April 30, 2020
The Principal has begun an investigation. The individual is being removed from their role as School Council Chair and won't be able to participate on council in any other capacity. Islamophobia is not acceptable and a clear violation of our Safe and Accepting Schools Policy. — Peelschools (@PeelSchools) May 5, 2020
In a statement posted on the school website, the board wrote, "Please know that this individual's views in no way reflect the values of the Macville Public School community, nor those of the Peel board. Comments like these are upsetting and hurtful, and never acceptable."
Hooda also worked at Remax, a real estate company, and someone had tagged the organisation in a reply to the former's tweet. Remax Canada took cognizance of the matter and responded saying that Hooda had been terminated.
We do not share nor support the views of Mr. Hooda. We can confirm he has been terminated and is no longer affiliated with RE/MAX. Multiculturalism & diversity are some of the best qualities in our communities, and we are committed to upholding these values in all that we do. — RE/MAX Canada (@REMAXca) May 5, 2020
Meanwhile, the tweet had caused outrage on Twitter.
Islamophobia is taken seriously not only in Muslim countries, but in most democracies. Ravi Hooda of Toronto, On, Canada made an Islamophobic comment. He was removed as a School Council chair by @PeelSchools . The world is waking up to Islamophobia in India and/or by Indians. pic.twitter.com/0UWOWMF2qw— Sabina Basha (@SabinaBasha) May 5, 2020
I hope bhakts will now realise that islamophobia is really a problem.When UAE was terminating it’s employees, they thought it’s because it is an Islamic country.What excuse are they gonna give for Canada? #Islamophobic #Canada https://t.co/5Kc2dpOq8a— Pragya Uike (@PragyaUike) May 6, 2020
People also praised Canada authorities for swift action.
Canada:An individual Ravi Hooda made Islamophobic remarks under a Mayor tweet.Action: Fired from job.Removed by School council.Pakistan:The siting parliamentarians themselves spit venom against Ahmadis.Action: 0Haters have no place in our Canada❤ May the world learn ! pic.twitter.com/t6VSfMXVjR— Shaan (@Shanyousaf6) May 6, 2020
Guess what happened next?? This NRI sanghi @ravihooda got terminated from his job. Canada never fails to amaze me.❤️ thank you @JustinTrudeau sir for being a trendsetter for other islamophobic world leaders. Unity in diversity is what we all need. https://t.co/NMHUhZpRzB— Alamgir Khan (@BhaktSlayer_) May 6, 2020