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Canadian Arab think-tank launches 'new conversation' at gala in Toronto

A policy think-tank is announcing its launch with a gala meant to begin a new conversation about the Canadian Arab community.

“It’s a fairly high profile event and this is how we intended it to be,” said Canadian Arab Institute (CAI) president Raja Khouri. “We are sending a message, let’s get to know each other again.”

The gala, at the Royal Ontario Museum on Oct. 30, will be attended by members of the country’s three main political parties and civic society leaders, said Khouri.

The theme is “a new conversation.” Khouri said conflicts and extremism have dominated the conversation about Canadian Arabs and led to stereotypes the CAI is hoping to change by doing research to inform public policy and build understanding.

The gala will also mark the official launch of the CAI.

The think-tank plans to delve into domestic and foreign policy concerns, including immigrant integration into society, civil rights, employment, poverty, socioeconomic issues, and trade and investment with the Arab world.

Upcoming research will include a close look at levels of child poverty in the GTA Canadian Arab families and a community mapping project.

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