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Newly appointed Premiere of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, began talks with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford this week and plans to reconvene legislature on February 19, 2013

History made after Wynne becomes first female Premiere of Ontario

[caption id="attachment_15286" align="alignright" width="300"] Newly appointed Premiere of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, began talks with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford this week and plans to reconvene legislature on February 19, 2013[/caption] History was made last week after Kathleen Wynne became both the first female Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario (LPO), and subsequently, the Premiere of...

Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit.

Canada/Iran blame game continues

[caption id="attachment_14692" align="alignright" width="300"] Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit.[/caption] Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for...

Cities that were involved in the vigil included: Washington DC, Scottsdale, Arizona, Los Angeles, London, UK, Brussels, Belgium, Stockholm, Sweden, Vienna, Austria, Frankfurt and Hamburg Germany, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Charlotte, Oslo, Zurich, The Hague, Plano, New York City, Kayseri, Ottawa, and Paris.

Iranian’s hold vigil for political prisoners

  [caption id="attachment_14689" align="alignright" width="300"] Cities that were involved in the vigil included: Washington DC, Scottsdale, Arizona, Los Angeles, London, UK, Brussels, Belgium, Stockholm, Sweden, Vienna, Austria, Frankfurt and Hamburg Germany, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Charlotte, Oslo, Zurich, The Hague, Plano, New York City, Kayseri, Ottawa,...

For Iranian foreign nationals, the Regulations will be enforced on December 7, 2013.

Iranians applying for Canadian visas to be fingerprinted and photographed

  [caption id="attachment_14498" align="alignright" width="300"] For Iranian foreign nationals, the Regulations will be enforced on December 7, 2013.[/caption] Starting in 2013, Iranian visitors applying for a visa in Canada will have to be fingerprinted and photographed. The newly enforced legislation, which stemmed from amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act on June...

According to his lawyer, Saeed Malekpour, who is serving a prison sentence in Iran for designing and moderating adult content websites, recently learned that his death penalty has been lifted.

Malekpour’s death sentence ‘suspended’, lawyer tells Mehr news

[caption id="attachment_14398" align="alignright" width="300"] According to his lawyer, Saeed Malekpour, who is serving a prison sentence in Iran for designing and moderating adult content websites, recently learned that his death penalty has been lifted.[/caption] The death sentence of Iranian-Canadian computer programmer Saeed Malekpour has been suspended, his lawyer told Iran’s Mehr News...

Since October 2010, Hassan Rasouli has been in a coma at Sunnybrook Hospital after surgery to remove a brain tumour ended in a meningitis infection.

Supreme Court to hear end of life appeal next week

[caption id="attachment_14368" align="alignright" width="300"] Since October 2010, Hassan Rasouli has been in a coma at Sunnybrook Hospital after surgery to remove a brain tumour ended in a meningitis infection.[/caption] The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear an appeal made by two Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre doctors that argue consent is not need to disconnect end-of-life...

“Nuclear Weapon Capable Iran”

discussed in Roy Thompson Hall, organized by University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs [caption id="attachment_14257" align="alignright" width="300"] “We can manage a nuclear Iran; just as we managed a nuclear Soviet Union, communist China, North Korea, and Pakistan,” said Nasr. (Left)“(Iran) will be deterred by Israel’s 200 to 500 nuclear weapons. They will be deterred by...

My Uncle Rafael, a comedy that follows a 71-year-old Iranian-born Armenian (Rafael) who is thrown into a reality television show aimed at trying to save a dysfunctional American family from falling apart

My Uncle Rafael’s Toronto Premiere This Friday

[caption id="attachment_13501" align="alignright" width="196"] In an interview with Vahik Pirhamzai, star of the upcoming film My Uncle Rafael, he encouraged young Iranian and Armenian actors to create instead to accepting minor, typecast roles. “I said ‘no’ (to roles) in my life more than I said ‘yes.’ I picked what is right for me. I think it’s time for our generation to be more...

Mazi Khalighi was born in Shiraz, Iran and was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He received acclaim for his short film titled Foreign Soil, which premiered at the 2007 Reel World Film Festival and was nominated in the category of Outstanding Canadian Short Film.

Iranian-Canadian filmmaker releases politically-inspired anti-war short film

[caption id="attachment_13352" align="alignright" width="200"] Mazi Khalighi was born in Shiraz, Iran and was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He received acclaim for his short film titled Foreign Soil, which premiered at the 2007 Reel World Film Festival and was nominated in the category of Outstanding Canadian Short Film.[/caption] Not since the American Civil War of 1861 has North America...

In a discussion hosted by the Canadian International Council, former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy gave five key elements towards successful diplomacy between Iran and Canada, which included: A civilian nuclear program that no longer poses a threat to security in the region. Recognition of both Iran’s own security interests and its role as a key country in the region.

Former Canadian ambassador to Iran talks Iran and diplomacy

[caption id="attachment_12739" align="alignright" width="225"] In a discussion hosted by the Canadian International Council, former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy gave five key elements towards successful diplomacy between Iran and Canada, which included:A civilian nuclear program that no longer poses a threat to security in the region.Recognition of both Iran’s own security interests...

No Shortage of Iranian-inspired films at TIFF

Four Iranian-inspired films will be among the most anticipated shows of the upcoming 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The festival, which runs from September 6 to 16, will be screening more than 300 films from over 60 countries. Each year, Iranian movies have been part of the TIFF program and this year is no exception. Arguable the most anticipated film among...

Iranian-Canadians to protest in front of TD bank branch

A public demonstration has been organized to protest TD Bank Group’s recent account closures of Iranian clients. The dispute began when several Iranian-Canadians alleged the bank unlawfully closed their accounts, mortgages, credit cards and lines of credit. TD Bank Group repeatedly stated that they have complied with federal regulations pertaining to the Special Economic Measures Act...

Twin earthquakes hit Iran, Iranian-Canadians look to respond

Several provincial and federal Ministers have offered their condolences to the family and friends of those affected by the earthquake, including Scarborough-Agincourt MP Jim Karygiannis, federal Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade John Baird, federal Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino and Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Charles...

Associate Professor at the University of Windsor’s faculty of law Emir Crowne said that he and another lawyer “intend on representing affected individuals, by challenging the constitutionality of the Regulations in Court.”

TD Bank dispute evolves into challenge of federal regulations

[caption id="attachment_10898" align="alignright" width="300"] Associate Professor at the University of Windsor’s faculty of law Emir Crowne said that he and another lawyer “intend on representing affected individuals, by challenging the constitutionality of the Regulations in Court.”[/caption] Two Ontario lawyers have announced this week their intention to represent Iranian-Canadians in...

Taste of the Hill adds culture, diversity to festival

The annual Tastes of the Hill Multicultural Festival has gone from focusing solely on Richmond Hill’s culinary diversity to a celebration of multiculturalism.   [caption id="attachment_10915" align="alignright" width="189"] Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora invited Iranian-Canadian artists from Richmond Hill to participate in the event by pitching their creative art to the Town for...

TD bank has said they will “reach out” to those who did not reply to requests from the bank to update or add information to their file.

Iranian-Canadians await to be reached out by TD

For some Iranian-Canadians affected by recent TD bank account closures, it’s time to wait for the bank to make good on its promise. [caption id="attachment_10678" align="alignright" width="300"] TD bank has said they will “reach out” to those who did not reply to requests from the bank to update or add information to their file.[/caption] In a statement made after meeting with the...

Iranian-Canadians a force to be reckoned with in dispute with TD

The current saga surrounding the TD Bank account closures of Iranian-Canadians has played out much like a roller coaster ride; an arduously slow and steep incline at the beginning followed by a quick burst of speed, carrying into bumps, twists, and loops. All that remains is the final turn towards the end of the ride. The now controversial issue that began with a few emails and telephone...

York Region libraries have finally followed the Toronto Public Library model of catering more to service immigrants

York region libraries focusing on Iranian-Canadians

  Local libraries across York Region are transforming to cater to Canada’s newcomers by offering more and more settlement services. One of York Region’s leading organizations that focus on partnering with different libraries to service newcomers is the Catholic Community Services of York Region (CCSYR). The organization has been offering two streams of services since 2008;...

Account terminations spark outrage from Iranian-Canadians

The author of the Facebook page entitled “Condemn TD Bank in their Treatment of clients with Iranian Background” alleges through a post that there are more than 100 individuals that have recently received a Notice of Termination from TD Bank. A group of Iranian-Canadians are asking why their bank accounts have been officially terminated without being given any reasons as to why. Several...

The organizers of the Iranian Legal Professionals of Ontario (ILPO) networking event from left to right: Shiva Khatibi Sepehr (law student), Kaveh Shahrooz (lawyer), Elmira Moghadam (law student), Behrouz Amouzgar (lawyer and one of the founding members of ILPO), Yasna Beheshti (law student), Atoosa Mahdavian (lawyer and one of the founding members of ILPO), Vafa Nematy (law clerk), Mahsa Pezeshki (law clerk) - Thursday May 31, 2012, Zaffron Resturant (Photo by Salam Toronto)

ILPO holds first networking event in 2012

[caption id="attachment_9360" align="alignright" width="300" caption="The organizers of the Iranian Legal Professionals of Ontario (ILPO) networking event from left to right: Shiva Khatibi Sepehr (law student), Kaveh Shahrooz (lawyer), Elmira Moghadam (law student), Behrouz Amouzgar (lawyer and one of the founding members of ILPO), Yasna Beheshti (law student), Atoosa Mahdavian (lawyer and one of...