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Azim Ahmed

Azim Ahmed was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is a first generation Canadian of Indian-Pakistani descent. He's currently in the midst of completing his law degree, and is a huge sports fan and participant. He also has a strong interest in learning new cultures, including the Persian culture.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Talks to Ethnic Media

By Azim Ahmed Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada this week, giving her thoughts on the importance of the ethnic media, and her plans for improving transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Wynne, representing the provincial Liberal party, took office on February 11th of this…

Nowruz in City Council

 Markham is set to become the first municipality in the region to formally declare an annual day called Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and Ward 2 Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore could not be prouder. “I’m very proud of the fact that Markham is one of the most diverse cities in Canada,” says Shore, who was…

Kids, Parents Alike Take a Way Basketball Lessons Courtesy of Raptors

The Raptors first-ever free basketball clinic targeted specifically to Iranian youth spurred on a lot of excitement for those in attendance, earlier this month. While overall attendance fell a tad shorter – 18 children participated out of a cap of about 35 – parents and children alike were awash in basketball fever at the Air…

Raptors put on a Show for Iranian crowd at Air Canada Centre

The fourth and most recent installment of the Toronto Raptors Iranian night proved to be rousing event. With Toronto Raptor star Rudy Gay hosting his former (only traded last month) team Memphis Grizzlies – a formidable team in its own right – the Air Canada Centre (ACC) was completely sold out. This meant discounted tickets…

The Toronto Raptors Iranian Night

Raptors Coach Talks to Salam Toronto about Iranian Basketball For the fourth straight year, the Toronto Raptors are recognizing the importance of the burgeoning Iranian-Canadian community. In addition to hosting “Iranian Night” on February 20th in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies – where fans can get a discount on tickets by entering the promo…

“They are basically cutting off communications back and forth, which is generally not a good idea” Says veteran Canadian diplomat, Paul Heinbecker.

Thoughts on Iranian-Canadian Relations: Exclusive Salam Toronto Interview with Veteran Canadian Diplomat

  Paul Heinbecker has close to 50 years of foreign policy experience, including stints in Germany, Turkey, Sweden, France and the United States. He’s also worked with former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, and led the Canadian task forces in Zaire and Kosovo. Today, he’s a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation…

Iranian activists speak to canadian senate on Iran-Canadian relations

Last week, three prominent members of the Iranian-Canadian community visited Ottawa to speak candidly and openly with the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Among the speakers were Ramin Jahanbegloo, Associate Professor of Political Science from the University of Toronto (via teleconference); and Ali Ehsassi and Kaveh Sharooz, both lawyers and former…

CBC’s Rex Murphy offers thoughts on immigration and ethnic journalism

Rex Murphy is known throughout Canada for his blunt opinions and eloquent proclamations as a member of the media. This week Salam Toronto had the opportunity for a brief interview with him, discussing Canadian politics, immigration and the role of the ethnic media in Canada.  Born in Carbonear, Newfoundland and a Rhodes scholar at Oxford…

Fedor Makorov is a priest at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto. He had very little knowledge about Nowruz before speaking to Salam Toronto, but finds it similar to Orthodox Christmas.

More non-Iranians weigh in on Nowruz celebrations

This week, Salam Toronto spoke to more people from outside the Iranian community to gather their thoughts and knowledge about Nowruz; how much do they really know?  For Huzaifah Khan, a Canadian-Muslim of Pakistani descent who works as a social activist and community leader for the Pakistani community of Mississauga, Nowruz symbolizes a new page,…

Iranian wins prestigious Ontario leading women award

Gloria Yazdani honoured for her work A social activist, an artist, and a strong proponent of justice; Gloria Yazdani is certainly a deserving candidate for any humanitarian award. Richmond Hill mayor Dave Barrow and Liberal M.P.P Reza Moridi must fully agree, because they played a big role in having Yazdani nominated and then winning the…

How much do non-Iranians know about Nowruz?

For the Iranian community, Nowruz is a highlight of the year; a time of rebirth, celebration and excitement. But for many outside of the community, they are only just beginning to understand the true significance of the Persian New Year. Salam Toronto spoke to some non-Iranians this week to get their thoughts on Nowruz and…

Expert weighs in on potential Iran-Israel conflict

Dr. Dowty gives talk, analyzes the likelihood of war   With a potential conflict between Iran and Israel looming, Dr. Alan Dowty, a well-known expert on Israeli politics and Arab-Israeli affairs stopped off at the University of Toronto on his speaking tour of North American campuses. Dowty took an objective academic viewpoint of the Israeli-Iran…

Prisoner of Tehran voted out of Canada Reads

Iranian-Canadian author Marina Nemat’s book Prisoner of Tehran was voted out on day one of the CBC’s Canada Reads competition which started last Monday. But the book’s exile from the competition wasn’t the centre of attention when all was said and done after day one. During the debate portion of the show, panelist Anne-France Goldwater…

Alizadeh’s concert enthrals audience

Throughout his storied musical career, Hossein Alizadeh has undoubtedly performed many outstanding concerts. On Sunday January 29th, in the downtown Toronto’s intimate Holy Trinity Church, the Tehran-based composer and musical improviser delivered one of his best. “It’s been an honour to have him in Toronto again,” said Mahmood Shricker, organizer of the concert, in an…

Maz Jobrani: I Hope We Don’t Go Into War

» Iranian-American Comedian/Entertainer gears up for Toronto trip; discusses Parya fundraiser, his thoughts on the situation in Iran, and meeting President Obama  With the Parya Foundation Fundraising Dinner taking place this Saturday, January 14th, one of its most anticipated guests/performers will undoubtedly be Maz Jobrani, the highly successful Iranian-American comedian and actor who will serve…

Experts weigh in on domestic violence and honour killings in community

Iranian psychiatrist and Pakistani social services leader give answer to whether these issues pertain only to immigrants With the recent surge of mainstream media coverage surrounding alleged ‘honour killings’ within a Canadian immigrant family, many have begun to question whether this particular issue, as well as domestic abuse at large, is a pandemic unique to…