My family was not fleeing persecution, as Syrian refugees are today, but we were looking for a better life. We found it in Canada
Sep 16, 2015
By responding violently to the movie The Interview, North Korea has, briefly, taken attention away from the Middle East. Perhaps its leader could learn a lesson from Borat
Dec 22, 2014
Is it even my place to bring this up?
Sep 06, 2012
My landlords’ thank-you gift certificate ended up ruining a night out, but I’m worried arguing about a petty-cash present would make me look petty
Aug 30, 2012
I don’t want my husband to have anything to do with this man, who I see as destructive to our marriage
Aug 23, 2012
Yes, but fault also lies with your friend for not speaking up when you first mentioned it to her
Aug 16, 2012
Aug 09, 2012
Long-term relationships need constant attention and nurturing to keep them fresh and interesting. It’s hard work and there’s no shortcut
Aug 02, 2012
I worry his teenaged son will face overwhelming peer pressure as his father’s transition becomes common knowledge
Jul 19, 2012
His family has called me awful names and tried to intimidate me, and now I don’t want to visit them for holidays
Jul 05, 2012
In 2007, Zarqa Nawaz created the television series Little Mosque on the Prairie, which premiered to record viewership and ultimately became CBC’s highest rated sitcom. The success of her series ushered in a new era of television in Canada. The show airs in over sixty countries around the world and has garnered many national and international awards such as the Canada Award at the Geminis, Audience Award for Best Series at the Cinema Tout Ecran in Switzerland, and the Maximo Award for best screenplay at Italy’s Roma FictionFest . The show is currently producing its 6th season.
Zarqa wrote and directed the award winning documentary Me and the Mosque, which explored encroaching conservatism in North American mosques and ultimately inspired the series Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Zarqa has written four other comedy pilots. In 2007, Zarqa wrote Mecca, Indiana for ABC, in 2008, she wrote George and Jamila for NBC, in 2009, she wrote When Harry met Noora for CBS and in 2010, she wrote My American Family for Fox.
She has written and directed four comedy short films BBQ MUSLIMS (1996), Death Threat (1998), Fred’s Burqa (2004 ), Random check (2005) and Fred’s Burqa (2006) and which have aired on CBC as well. Death Threat and BBQ MUSLIMS both premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Zarqa has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and a B.A.A in journalism from Ryerson University. She has four children and a husband stashed away in Regina.