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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

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 Ontario. The final tally resulted in 56% of delegates voting for Ms. Wynne and 44% for Ms. Sandra Pupatello. Wynne said she plans to reconvene the Legislature on February…

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

Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit. In the video report, headlined “Alberta takes aboriginal kids from parents at high rate” – Press TV’s Calgary correspondent Joshua Blakeney interviewed two anonymous “native Canadian” woman with veils covering their faces. The women…

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

  Protesting Iran’s treatment of political prisoners, a group of Iranians held a one-hour candlelight vigil last Sunday at North York’s Mel Lastman Square. The vigil, called on by Reza Pahlavi, son of former Shah of Iran, was created “to show support for all political prisoners in Iran,” according to Reza Pahlavi’s website. “For too…

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

Iranians applying for Canadian visas to be fingerprinted and photographed

  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 28, 2012, requires visitors from 29 selected countries to hand over their biometric information if applying for temporary resident visa,…

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

The death sentence of Iranian-Canadian computer programmer Saeed Malekpour has been suspended, his lawyer told Iran’s Mehr News Agency this week. Up until last Sunday, Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada, was on death row at Tehran’s Evin Prison on charges of designing pornographic websites. According to Amnesty International, the 37-year-old was found guilty in…

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

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 treatment. The SCC granted leave to appeal to Hassan Rasouli’s physicians, Brian Cuthbertson and Gordon Rubenfeld, in December of last year. The decision has the potential to set…

“Nuclear Weapon Capable Iran”

discussed in Roy Thompson Hall, organized by University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs This week’s Munk Debates in Toronto tried to resolve the highly controversial issue of whether the world should tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability. The tenth semi-annual debate attracted an audience of about 3,000 that filled Toronto’s Roy Thompson…

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

Vahik Pirhamzai, writer, producer and lead actor of the film My Uncle Rafael, says the most important thing he has ever done was to show Armenian and Iranian culture in a positive light. “Usually, we are typecast in movies playing different negative characters,” Pirhamzai told Salam Toronto. “It’s not only a comedy,” Pirhamzai said. “It…

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

Among the Canadians publicly criticizing the government’s decision to end diplomatic relations with Iran, three former Ambassadors to Iran have arguably been the most vocal. Former Canadian ambassador to Iran, Kenneth Taylor, who famously helped the CIA smuggle out six American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis in 1979, was among the first to question…

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…

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…

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 Sousa. The massive earthquakes that…

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

Two Ontario lawyers have announced this week their intention to represent Iranian-Canadians in Court.    The highly publicized dispute revolves around the community scrutinizing TD Bank Group for closing their bank accounts, mortgages, credit cards and lines of credit, and adding that TD’s actions were unjust.   The bank has repeatedly stated that it has…

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.   York Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, who launched the event as part of his municipal election campaign in 2006, said the festival has evolved into a signature event combining several events the…

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. In a statement made after meeting with the Iranian Canadian Congress, Tim Hockey, President and CEO of TD Canada Trust said the bank will “reach out” to customers who did not respond…

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…

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…

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

The Iranian Legal Professionals of Ontario (ILPO) got together last Thursday at Zaffron Restaurant for the first networking event of 2012 called Legally Delicious. ILPO co-founder and lawyer Behrouz Amouzgar, Toronto-based lawyer Ali Ehssasi, law student Shiva Sepehr and law clerk Mahsa Pezeshki spoke to Salam Toronto about the importance of networking for legal professionals….