Articles by Manal Amir

Small business uprising: How a Muslim student became an entrepreneur during the COVID-19 pandemic by starting an online hijab business

An online hijab business that began during the pandemic has thrived due to the ongoing support from social media platforms. Azelefa Co. is designed for women to build confidence and feel empowered, this is achieved through creating comfortable, breathable, and innovative hijabs.

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First Muslim International Film Festival

Friends and families from all over the GTA grabbed their car keys and headed to Ontario Place’s drive-in movie theatre Friday to attend Toronto’s first-ever Muslim International Film Festival (MIFF). There were 80 or more vehicles parked to watch the screening of eight short films and two feature films. Despite the pandemic, the drive-in theatre concept allowed the audience to watch the films and eat together while remaining in their own bubbles.

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Keeping Terry’s Legacy Alive in Durham

The 40th annual Terry Fox Run this year was significantly different, due to COVID-19 and new provincial policies set for social distancing. Fox ran through the City of Pickering and also Oshawa in 1980, and each year his spirit is remembered. A small, organized group of five women hiked along Seaton Hiking Trail- Grand Valley Park in Pickering. Their fundraising goal was $400.