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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 year, taking over after Dalton McGuinty’s resignation....

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 elected to Markham’s Town Council in 2010. “And this recognition of the...

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

[caption id="attachment_15704" align="alignright" width="300"] The kids gather for a picture. Total attendance was 14 kids, well below capacity.[/caption] 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...

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

[caption id="attachment_15709" align="alignright" width="300"] As part of the festivities, Iranian children wearing Tirgan shirts had the privilege of walking on the basketball court during halftime.[/caption] 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...

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 code “IRAN” when making their purchase -...

“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

  [caption id="attachment_12547" align="alignright" width="300"] “They are basically cutting off communications back and forth, which is generally not a good idea” Says veteran Canadian diplomat, Paul Heinbecker.[/caption] 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...

Iranian activists speak to canadian senate on Iran-Canadian relations

[caption id="attachment_8448" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Ali Ehsassi"][/caption] 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...

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

[caption id="attachment_7704" align="alignright" width="130" caption="► Rex Murphy is a political commentator for the CBC and National Post. He was born and raised in Newfoundland. He argues that immigration ‘is the backbone of Canada’. As a student, Murphy was an activist who argued and won for free tuition in the late 1960s. He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and ran for provincial...

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

[caption id="attachment_6222" align="alignright" width="245" caption="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."][/caption] This week, Salam Toronto spoke to more people from outside the Iranian community to gather their thoughts and...

Iranian wins prestigious Ontario leading women award

[caption id="attachment_6216" align="alignright" width="236" caption="Gloria Yazdani during her most recent theatrical show 'Salam ey Hamsedaye Man'"][/caption] 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...

How much do non-Iranians know about Nowruz?

[caption id="attachment_5967" align="alignright" width="290" caption="Jeffrey Steenson is an Anglican Priest from Etobicoke. He only recently became familiar with Nowruz."][/caption] 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...

Arash Bahrami is a successful Iranian-Canadian Real Estate Agent. He has three Master's degrees; two in Engineering and one MBA Bahrami had a life-long fear of swimming after a childhood accident nearly caused him to drown. Today he is competing in a 50-lap “Megathon” to help raise funds for the North York YMCA. Bahrami's goal is to raise $10,000 for the North York YMCA by March 3rd. He has so far raised $3,600.

Iranian-Canadian is overcoming life-long fear for children’s charity

Business leader raising funds for North York YMCA; appeals to Iranian community's support   [caption id="attachment_5821" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Arash Bahrami is a successful Iranian-Canadian Real Estate Agent. He has three Master's degrees; two in Engineering and one MBA Bahrami had a life-long fear of swimming after a childhood accident nearly caused him to...

Expert weighs in on potential Iran-Israel conflict

Dr. Dowty gives talk, analyzes the likelihood of war   [caption id="attachment_5375" align="alignright" width="242" caption="Alan Dowty is Professor of Political Science Emeritus, University of Notre Dame. He was formerly Kahanoff Chair Professor of Israel Studies at the University of Calgary, 2003-2006, and President of the Association for Israel Studies,...

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 made some controversial remarks when asked her...

Alizadeh’s concert enthrals audience

[caption id="attachment_4513" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Photo by Salam Toronto"][/caption] 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...

Worthy organization for Iranian youths is holding vital fundraising gala

Iranian Canadian Youth Organization runs important programs for Iranian youth that allows them to keep off the streets and into books When the Iranian Canadian Youth Organization (IC Youth Org.) started in 2003, it was in response to an incident when a group of young Iranians in the community had resorted to gangs and drugs, leading to tragic deaths. It was the only organization of its kind, and...

Panel comes together this weekend To discuss Canada’s new round of sanctions on Iran

  Raising awareness, providing factual information on what can be done With headlines pouring in regards to how sanctions against Iran by western countries – including Canada – are negatively affecting the people of Iran, little coverage has been made on how Iranian-Canadians are being impacted. “There are Canadian citizens who have bank accounts frozen; there are Iranian students...

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Newly-wed Nazanin Afshin-Jam: Fighting injustice is what I was born to do!

Just days before her wedding to Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Nazanin Afshin-Jam gives exclusive interview to Salam Toronto [caption id="attachment_3552" align="alignright" width="214" caption="Photo From facebook/Peter Mackay"][/caption] Nazanin Afshin-Jam wears many hats. She is a public speaker, a model, a songwriter, an actress, a pilot, an academic, a former Miss World Canada...

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...

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 those from West Asian and...