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OPP report lowest Civic Holiday long weekend fatality rate in two decades

Ontario Provincial Police AURORA, ON, /CNW/ - It was a busy long weekend for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as they stepped up enforcement across the province on roads, waterways and trails. On roads, the OPP was counting on motorists to comply with the Move Over law and they also looked for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, those in violations of seat belt laws and motorists who...

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Eid-al-Fitr

OTTAWA– Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement ton Eid-al-Fitr: “As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, I’m delighted to extend my warmest greetings to members of the Muslim community as you celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is a time to cultivate a spirit of peace, forgiveness and unity....

Helping Ontario’s Digital Media Companies Grow

Premier Kathleen Wynne is working with leaders in the digital media industry to expand Ontario's vibrant knowledge-based industries and create more jobs. Joined by Michael Chan, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, the Premier participated in a roundtable discussion in Toronto with industry leaders including Interactive Ontario, Ubisoft Toronto, Google Canada, Communitech, Polar Mobile...

NDP CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO RESTORE HEALTH CARE FOR VULNERABLE REFUGEES

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to reverse his predecessor’s mean-spirited cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). “Since these cuts were announced, the NDP has been standing with Canadian doctors, lawyers and former refugees to condemn this cruel and short-sighted decision, and urge the Conservative government to end its...

RCMP rescue family when their boat ran aground after fireworks

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Richmond RCMP say their marine unit rescued a family when the vessel the six people were in became stranded on a rock jetty as they returned from last weekend's fireworks festival. Police say the Richmond RCMP's marine unit was heading home after helping with water patrols during the fireworks display when crew members saw a flashlight on an area jetty. The eight-metre long...

FOUR LILIAN TO BURSARIES VALUED AT $8,000 EACH WILL BE AWARDED THIS FALL – APPLY BY AUGUST 30, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia Ashton College understands the importance of finding a rewarding career. This is why it believes it is important to award Lilian To Bursaries, valued at $8,000 each, to four outstanding immigrants each year. Over the past eight years, in partnership with Canadian Immigrant Magazine, over forty Lilian To Bursaries have been awarded. These bursaries have provided...

6th Annual Markham-Unionville Community BBQ & Food Drive a Resounding Success

MARKHAM – On Sunday afternoon, July 14th, hundreds of local residents gathered at Armadale Park to participate in the 6th Annual Markham-Unionville Community BBQ & Food Drive, hosted by Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan and MP John McCallum, and celebrate the summer season. This year marked the largest turnout ever for this much anticipated annual event which draws residents from...

Connecting Business with Research for a Competitive Edge

Ontario Launches Collaboration Voucher Program Ontario is launching a new Collaboration Voucher program to give companies a competitive edge by connecting businesses with research institutions. Through the program, eligible companies can apply for vouchers which can be redeemed for access to the expertise and knowledge at Ontario universities, colleges and research hospitals to help make their...

Canada to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by end of 2014

Edmonton, July 3, 2013 — Canada has made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The Government of Canada is deeply concerned about the crisis in Syria and was ready to respond immediately to those identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees...

Helping People in York Region Find Work

Ontario is seeking to negotiate key funding agreements with the federal government to ensure job-seekers in York Region have the training and support they need to build and strengthen their skills to find and keep jobs. Employment Ontario’s employment service network is delivering strong results. With the help of community-based organizations across the province, and in York Region, 64 per...

Iranian Heritage Days at the ROM

Enjoy Iranian culture, dance, music and dining on May 25 and 26 Toronto - Come out and celebrate Iranian heritage and culture at its finest. On Saturday May 25, 2013 from 11:00 am to 5:00pm the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will celebrate Iranian Heritage Day through music, dance, dining and hands-on activities. In partnership with the Toronto Iranians Community Group, the ROM is proud to...

Abbas Jafarnia

Maritime Steel runs out of money

  [caption id="attachment_5981" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Abbas Jafarnia"][/caption] Maritime Steel Foundry Ltd. owner Abbas Jafarnia has sent his employees home after shutting down operations last week according to a CBC report. Mr. Jafarnia said he sent everyone home because there is no more money to operate the New Glasgow foundry. He also blamed the Nova Scotia...

Head Over Heels

Two Iranian-Canadian students at Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology think they’ve found a solution to a female fashion faux pas. Nasim Jahangiri and Pantea Shahsavani have designed an adjustable high-heeled shoe for their final project called Head Over Heels and say “the smart shoe is aimed to warn/interact with the user as well as to ease the user out of...

Payam Akhavan’s remarks at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Senate of Canada Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade Hearing on Canadian Foreign Policy Regarding Iran, Its Implications, and Other Related Matters Testimony of Professor Payam Akhavan McGill University Faculty of Law February 15th, 2012 For the past decade, I have maintained that a lasting peace in the middle-east can only come about with the democratic transformation...

Iranian-Canadian charged and allegedly beaten

An Iranian-Canadian man says he was allegedly beaten before being charged by York Regional Police officers last week after his vehicle was pulled over inRichmond Hill.  In a YouTube video conducted by Saeed Soltanpour, Kourosh Rabbani-Azad, 42, said he had dropped off some of his friends at their homes before being pulled over at roughly 3 a.m. on January 30. “They kept asking me if I...

Ken Kishibe is an education consultant, specialist for new Canadians, environmentalist, and resident of Thornhill

Sanctions against Iran are counter-productive

What are the different opinions about the sanctions on Iran? Salam Toronto has started asking this question from Iranian and non-Iranian residents of the GTA. Here you read the first part of this series. [caption id="attachment_4527" align="alignright" width="232" caption="Ken Kishibe is an education consultant, specialist for new Canadians, environmentalist, and resident of...

John Baird: Our dispute is with the Iranian regime and not with the people in Iran

[caption id="attachment_3598" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, answering questions from the media after his noon speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto on Wednesday, January 18th, 2012. (Photo by Salam Toronto)"][/caption] Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, was in town for a noon speech to the Canadian Club of Toronto...

Minister Baird meeting with Abdulrahman Hamid Mohammed Al-Husaini, Iraq’s Ambassador to Canada, on December 21, 2011

Office of Religious Freedoms under scrutiny

  [caption id="attachment_3355" align="alignright" width="188" caption="Minister Baird meeting with Abdulrahman Hamid Mohammed Al-Husaini, Iraq’s Ambassador to Canada, on December 21, 2011"][/caption] The Office of Religious Freedoms, the newest addition to Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which serves “to protect and promote religious freedom around the world”, has been...

The seven-foot-two Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA.

Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Iranian centre Hamed Haddadi

    [caption id="attachment_3380" align="alignright" width="201" caption="The seven-foot-two Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA."][/caption] The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Hamed Haddadi, bringing back the Iranian centre. Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA. The seven-foot-two reserve centre averaged 2.4 points with 2.2 rebounds in 31...

Iran denied Vancouver Consulate

Iran’s request to open a consulate in Vancouver was denied last week. The proposed consulate was to serve the regions 120,000 Iranian-Canadian population. According to the Charge d’Affairs of Iran’s Ottawa embassy Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, many Iranians have business interests or family members in Iran and must use Iranian travel documents to enter the country. Iran’s embassy in Ottawa is...

Texas wins Darvish sweepstakes

Japanese-Iranian pitching prospect Yu Darvish may be playing for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball next year. The Rangers were the highest bidders in the Darvish sweepstakes. They offered $51.7 million to the 25-year-old Darvish just to have the rights to negotiate a contract with the star pitcher. The team now has 30 days to negotiate a contract. If no contract can be negotiated, the...

Child Pornography: Report or Get Fined

  [caption id="attachment_2640" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General announced last Thursday, December 8th, that Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service, has come into force. Nicholson was accompanied by Robert Goguen, M.P. for...

Yu Darvish

Whirling Darvish

[caption id="attachment_2613" align="alignright" width="151" caption="Yu Darvish"][/caption] A Japanese-Iranian baseball player has made headlines of late after he showed interest in playing in North America’s Major League. Yu Darvish, 25, has been a national sensation in Japan while playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters setting a record in his native country for having five straight seasons...

Mossadegh film continues

A biopic on former Prime Minister of Iran Mohammad Mossadegh will continue to be screened during film festivals in 2012. The film covers Mossadegh’s six years of life after the coup d’état orchestrated by the British MI5 and the United States Central Intelligence Agency that ousted him from office. The short film will be screened at the Irvine International Film Festival in California next...

Current Iranian Embassy in Ottawa

Will Iran get its wish and have more consulates in Canada?

Iran wants Canada to let it open more consulates across the country, but the current Canadian policy of ‘Controlled Engagement’ with Iran is blocking that, according to Embassy Magazine. [caption id="attachment_2559" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Current Iranian Embassy in Ottawa"][/caption] With only one embassy/consulate in all of Canada, Iranian officials argue that with...

Canada bans burqa

Effective immediately, Canadians will have to remove face veils like the Islamic niqab or burqa while taking the oath of citizenship, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced last Monday in Montreal. Kenney said concerns from citizenship judges that some Muslim women wearing the garments may not be reciting the oath in the ceremony prompted him to change procedure. He also announced measures...

Possible Iranian-Canadian involvement in Bangladeshi murder

The mysterious death of Hassan Sayeed Sumon in a Bangladeshi prison on December 4th could have implications for an Iranian resident living in British Columbia, according to a story in the Dhaka, Bangladesh-based publication Weekly Blitz. [caption id="attachment_2582" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rumana Monzur"][/caption] The Weekly Blitz reported that Sumon was allegedly...

U.S urges Canada to crackdown on Iran shipping prohibited technology

[caption id="attachment_2554" align="alignright" width="300" caption="David Jacobson, US Ambassador to Canada"][/caption] According to cables leaked by WikiLeaks, Washington wants Ottawa to prosecute Iranian procurement agents, who are sending banned military and mechanical goods to their homeland from Canada, says a Globe & Mail report. Three years ago, Canadian intelligence officials...

The property tax revenue is estimated to be one per cent of $350 million which equals to $35 million annually.

Seventy five storey signature residential to change Toronto’s skyline

  [caption id="attachment_2063" align="alignright" width="160" caption="The property tax revenue is estimated to be one per cent of $350 million which equals to $35 million annually."][/caption] Representatives from BUILD TORONTO and Tridel announced a partnership to develop a 75-storey condominium building in downtown Toronto last Tuesday. The proposed “signature residential...