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Tirgan 2013 Highlights

[caption id="attachment_17873" align="alignright" width="300"] Tirgan2011- One of the events with huge audiences -Photo by Salam Toronto[/caption] Tirgan Festival is returning to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre from July 18-21, 2013, bringing together artists from around the globe to showcase the richness and diversity of Iranian art and culture through their mosaic of world-class...

Provincial Byelections Called in Five Ontario Ridings

Writs were issued on wednesday July-03-2013, under Section 9.1 of the Election Act for byelections in the electoral districts of Etobicoke-Lakeshore, London West, Ottawa South, Windsor-Tecumseh and Scarborough-Guildwood. The byelections will fill vacancies created in the provincial parliament. Under the Election Act, elections must be called on a Wednesday and held the fifth Thursday after the...

Possible Deportation to Iran for Teacher’s Assistant to Special Needs Youth May Be Averted

According to a breaking report, 28 year old Sepehr Hajipour was scheduled for deportation to Iran on February 8th, 2013. Hajipour is a teacher’s assistant for youth with special needs, being hired by the Toronto District School Board to help 14-21 year old youth with special needs after it had been impressed with his volunteer service to them. “The teachers, staff, students, and families...

TD to be taken to court by Iranian-Canadian

An Iranian-Canadian man from Montreal is taking TD Bank Group to court over the closure of his business accounts and mortgage, according to a report on iPolitics.ca. According to the report, Hossein Pourshafiey is taking legal action “after the bank refused services to him in October for allegedly violating Canadian sanctions against Iran.” Hossein Pourshafiey and his Montreal-based...

Iranian Canadian searches for bone marrow match

A 24-year-old Iranian-Canadian is searching for a match that will help save her life. Diagnosed with Leukemia last September, Shahrzad Jabbarian has received support from the Iranian-Canadian community throughout the Greater Toronto Area to find her a bone marrow donor. An information and testing session has been organized and will take place on January 19, 2013 in Richmond Hill. The...

Foreign Minister John Baird announced last Tuesday that, as a result of Iran’s failure to comply with international pressure over its nuclear program, Canada has imposed tougher sanctions to “further isolate Iran from the global financial system.”

Canada expands and changes sanctions imposed on Iran

[caption id="attachment_14503" align="alignright" width="300"] Foreign Minister John Baird announced last Tuesday that, as a result of Iran’s failure to comply with international pressure over its nuclear program, Canada has imposed tougher sanctions to “further isolate Iran from the global financial system.”[/caption] Canada has expanded its sanctions against Iran as international...

Pan Am Games Committee reaches out to GTA

The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee officially announced the formation of its Community Engagement Council (CEC) this week. The CEC will aim to network with “community leaders across the region to help maximize participation in the Games by individuals, families, businesses and communities,” a media release said. The council is chaired by former Paralympian and current...

Town hosts Christmas celebration for Richmond Hill seniors

The Town of Richmond Hill will host their annual Christmas celebration for senior citizens this Friday at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Mayor David Barrow and members of Council host the event every year in “appreciation of the valuable contribution made my seniors who live in Richmond Hill,” a media release said. Music by rock ‘n’ roll group The Lincolnaires will...

Mashoud Nasseri

Nasseri: Palestine deserves to be recognized by Canada

After Canada voted against Palestine’s bid for non-member observer state status at the United Nations last week, an Iranian-Canadian citizen voiced his displeasure through a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Activist and Salam Toronto contributor Mashoud Nasseri wrote a scathing letter on Nov. 30 to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird saying he disagrees with Canada’s...

Iranian-Canadian and partner endow $1 million to protect Arctic

A Vancouver couple - Iranian-born Sima Sharifi and Swiss-born Arnold Witzig – have made a commitment to endow an annual $1-million prize to be awarded to projects benefiting the people and the environment of the Canadian Arctic. “The Arctic Inspiration prize will be awarded for the first time next month in Vancouver at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, an annual gathering of about...

Mystery surrounding death of woman who fell from apartment

An investigation into the death of a Toronto woman who fell from an apartment building in North York last week found that the incident was not an act of crime. Hasti Honarpisheh, 19, fell from her Yonge St. apartment on Nov. 14, Toronto Police confirmed. Toronto Police Constable Wendy Drummond said information on the incident is minimal because it is not a criminal matter. “At this...

Toronto Police say Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, whose body was found in her apartment last Saturday, was killed.

Elderly Persian woman Toronto’s 51st homicide victim

[caption id="attachment_14059" align="alignright" width="168"] Toronto Police say Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, whose body was found in her apartment last Saturday, was killed.[/caption] An elderly Persian woman, whose body was found with obvious signs of trauma in her upscale apartment last Saturday, was murdered, Toronto Police say. Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, lived alone in her apartment...

Expanding Opportunities for Youth in At-Risk Communities

Ontario is expanding the After School Program in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods and to York, Peel, Durham and Halton regions as part of the Youth Action Plan. This expansion will help 2,100 more children and young people in 64 locations get the chance to participate in fun, safe, supervised activities that focus on: •Physical activity, recreation and sport to encourage active...

The Peace Pole monument has the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most common languages used in Richmond Hill; English, Cantonese/Chinese, Farsi and Russian.

Monument commemorates Town’s commitment to peace

[caption id="attachment_14053" align="alignright" width="300"] The Peace Pole monument has the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most common languages used in Richmond Hill; English, Cantonese/Chinese, Farsi and Russian.[/caption] The Town of Richmond Hill unveiled a “Peace Pole” monument, with inscriptions in four different languages including Farsi, outside the...

“Salam Toronto Editor-in-Chief, Mohsen Taghavi, receiving the award from Ontario Lieutenant Governor Mr. David C. Onley.” Mr. Mohsen Taghavi is a professional journalist with over 32 years of experience and worked as an editor with the major daily newspapers in Iran from 1980 to 1997. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and after working with other ethnic publications, moved on to launch Canada’s first Persian-English weekly newspaper, Salam Toronto, in 2000. On March 31, 2007, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) elected Mr. Taghavi as a Board Member. He was the first OCNA Board Member representing a newspaper published in a language other than English or Friench. Mr. Taghavi is a honourary member of the Board of Directors with the Council. He sees Canada as a role model and, with his editorials, encourages his readers to integrate into the Canadian mainstream. As a journalist, he takes every opportunity to promote and reflect the Canadian values.

Salam Toronto Wins Ethnic Media Award

  [caption id="attachment_13877" align="alignright" width="300"] “Salam Toronto Editor-in-Chief, Mohsen Taghavi, receiving the award from Ontario Lieutenant Governor Mr. David C. Onley.”Mr. Mohsen Taghavi is a professional journalist with over 32 years of experience and worked as an editor with the major daily newspapers in Iran from 1980 to 1997. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and...

Iranian blogger’s death draws global attention

The death of a detained Iranian blogger has gained global scrutiny after allegations of torture surfaced this week. The reformist news websites Kaleme and Saham News first reported Sattar Beheshti’s death on Tuesday Nov. 5, according to CJFE. Mr. Beheshti allegedly received death threats after writing anti-regime blogs online. International human rights groups like Reporters Without...

Toronto man struck by three different vehicles in Richmond Hill

A 30-year-old Toronto man was hit by three different cars, including a police vehicle, last week in a bizarre incident that ended up being probed by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The fatal incident happened on Nov. 1 when the man was struck by a car around Yonge St. near Stouffville Rd. at 3 a.m., according to Yorkregion.com. The driver of the car that hit the man...

Moridi endorses Wynne for Provincial leadership

Kathleen Wynne received the endorsement of Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi in her bid to become the next Premiere of Ontario. Mr. Moridi announced his support at the Connecting with the Community meeting at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Ms. Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill and said she is proud to have Mr. Moridi’s support, according to a Yorkregion.com...

Munk debates Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Four influential figures of international foreign policy will be in Toronto on Nov. 26 to debate the issue of a nuclear Iran. The event, hosted by the Aurea Foundation, will debate whether or not a nuclear armed Iran should be tolerated. “To encourage far-ranging discussion of an issue of global significance, the tenth semi-annual Munk Debate will table the motion: be it resolved the...

Protest challenges Canada’s immigration policy

A group of 200 protestors marched the streets of downtown Toronto last weekend, ending up at the Royal York Hotel to criticize the Harper government’s immigration policies, according to several reports. “Organizers say the rally, which began with a march through downtown Toronto, was to protest against what they call Ottawa’s ‘racist’ immigration policies,” the CBC reported....

It is unclear whether a Ontario Superior court will allow the Bennett family to seize Iran’s property in Canada but, for now, they remain frozen.

Ontario judge orders restraining order on Iran’s property in Canada

[caption id="attachment_13719" align="alignright" width="300"] It is unclear whether a Ontario Superior court will allow the Bennett family to seize Iran’s property in Canada but, for now, they remain frozen.[/caption] An Ontario judge has issued a restraining order against Iran’s property in Canada which included its Embassy in Ottawa, two former cultural centers and a diplomatic...

Kenney announces foreign student citizenship fast track

“Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that he wants to admit more foreign students currently studying in Canada as permanent residents and potential citizens, though he also plans to maintain Canada’s overall immigration level at the same tally that’s been in place since 2007 — between 240,000 to 265,000 people,” according to a CBC report. Kenney said last Wednesday that...

Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow is shown receiving the “Peace Pole” by members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Oct. 17, 2012

Richmond Hill Monument to include Farsi inscription

[caption id="attachment_13703" align="alignright" width="200"] Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow is shown receiving the “Peace Pole” by members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Oct. 17, 2012[/caption] The Town of Richmond Hill will unveil a “Peace Pole” monument next week beside the Central Library at Major Mackenzie Drive, where it will permanently reside. The monument,...

Discussion on Canada-Iran relations at University of Ottawa

The Iranian Law Student Society in collaboration with the Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) will host a panel discussion titled “Iran-Canada Relations: Canada’s Legal and Diplomatic Options in Dealing with Iran” at the University of Ottawa next week. Panelists include former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy, Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, and former...

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird

Baird slams Iran’s human rights record at Quebec assembly

[caption id="attachment_13365" align="alignright" width="300"] Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird[/caption] Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird lashed out at Iran’s religious intolerance at the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union hosted in Quebec this week. Baird denounced Iran’s persecution of people of the Christian and Bahai faiths and criticized its...

Principal and founder of Future Skills High School Hassan Mirzai is an Iranian-Canadian who started tutoring computer courses from his basement and gradually expanded the business to where he now faces the opportunity to start a full-fledged private school in Richmond Hill which will cater to international students.

Looking to the future: Hassan Mirzai on cusp of fulfilling dream

  [caption id="attachment_13346" align="alignright" width="300"] Principal and founder of Future Skills High School Hassan Mirzai is an Iranian-Canadian who started tutoring computer courses from his basement and gradually expanded the business to where he now faces the opportunity to start a full-fledged private school in Richmond Hill which will cater to international...

Lance Armstrong loses legacy

Lance Armstrong’s cycling legacy has been wiped off of the record books after the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the famed cyclist’s seven Tour de France titles along with his storied career are illegitimate. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a news conference. The one-time hero...

Vaughan subway extension delayed

The construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project - that will extend the Spadina subway line to the City of Vaughan – will be delayed one year. The extension was to be completed by December 2015 until TTC officials announced the delay last Monday. According to yorkregion.com, TTC representative Joanna Kervin told members of Vaughan’s priority and key initiatives...

City strikes down hookah parlour licensing

The debate over licensing Toronto businesses that offer water pipe smoking has been struck down. “Toronto's licensing and standards committee has struck down a city staff proposal to introduce a licensing system for water pipe establishments,” the CBC reported this week. A city staff report recommending licensing hookah bars in Toronto introduced regulations including “cleaning and...

Statement from Mike Schreiner, Green Party leader, on the resignation of Premier McGuinty

“I want to thank Dalton McGuinty for his years of service to the people of Ontario. It is not an easy job leading this great province for almost a decade. There is no question that Mr. McGuinty is a dedicated politician and public servant. I appreciate the sacrifices that the Premier and his family have made over the years. Public life demands a great deal of families, and I know family is...

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE RESIGNATION OF ONTARIO PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the occasion of Dalton McGuinty announcing his resignation as Premier of Ontario: “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Premier Dalton McGuinty for his contributions to Ontario and to Canada during his time as leader of the province. “Our two governments have worked together to serve Ontarians, from...

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar said Canada should not have closed its embassy in Tehran and instead should build diplomacy with as many countries as possible

Dewar seeks new direction for Canada’s foreign affairs policy

Canada’s foreign affairs policy needs a change of direction says Ottawa Center MP Paul Dewar. And it should be in the form of “robust diplomacy.” Dewar, the Opposition’s foreign affairs critic, addressed Canadian International Council (CIC) stakeholders on Canada’s role in the world last Wednesday. Being denied a seat at the East Asia Summit last month as well as Prime Minister...

Letter to the Editor: New TV season means taxpayer-funded government ads

Dear Editor, For Canadians the return of new primetime TV this fall means more than new episodes of the Big Bang Theory and Amazing Race. It also means being treated to an exhaustive barrage of taxpayer-funded ads from the Government of Canada. That’s not to say the government only advertises on TV, far from it. But high cost advertising space on these shows seem to be favourite ad...

MP Costas Menegakis Reminds Citizenship Applicants that New Language Rules Come Into Effect November 1, 2012

(Richmond Hill, Ontario) - Richmond Hill MP Costas Menegakis wants people to know that most citizenship applicants will soon be required to provide up-front objective evidence of their language ability at the time they apply beginning November 1, 2012. The change was recently announced by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Currently, Citizenship and...

Pharmacists Can Now Give Flu Shots, Renew Prescriptions

Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists including the publicly funded flu shot and getting their prescriptions renewed. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver this week at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy. In addition to giving the flu shot, pharmacists can now also: • Renew or adapt...

Reports said about 500 people were rallied outside of Queen’s park on October 6 as part of an international day of action on the 11th anniversary of the war against Afghanistan.

Protesters oppose war against Iran

  [caption id="attachment_12950" align="alignright" width="300"] Reports said about 500 people were rallied outside of Queen’s park on October 6 as part of an international day of action on the 11th anniversary of the war against Afghanistan.[/caption] Hundreds of protesters rallied around Queen’s Park last Saturday to oppose a looming war with Iran. A reported 800 Toronto protesters,...

First Nations chief to visit Iran

[caption id="attachment_12955" align="alignright" width="300"] Former Manitoba First Nations chief Terrence Nelson is not representing any specific group while visiting Iran and is promoting several First Nations issues.[/caption] A former First Nations chief has received criticism in Canada after announcing that he plans to visit Iran in the coming weeks to discuss resource development and...

The Iran Job receives rave reviews

A documentary film about the pursuit of a pro basketball career in Iran by American Kevin Sheppard will be making its theatrical debut in New York City this Saturday. The Iran Job, directed by Till Schauder, follows Sheppard as he tries to help his team, A.S. Shiraz, make the playoffs and subsequently become championship contenders. The film also touches on Sheppard’s relationship with...

Toronto ranked #3 city overall in Cities of Opportunity

London and New York finish in virtual tie for first place overall  TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto finishes in third place in Cities of Opportunity 2012, dropping one place from last year in the fifth edition of a global study by PwC of 27 centres of finance, commerce and culture. Toronto ranks ahead of global cities like Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong and Tokyo and impressively ranks in...

SHURMAN: ONTARIO NEEDS ACTION TO CREATE JOBS, NOT NAVEL GAZING

QUEEN’S PARK – In the past nine years, the McGuinty Liberals have failed to implement action-oriented policies that would actually encourage job creation. Instead, they continue to drive away investments and businesses through reckless overspending and managerial incompetence, Ontario PC Finance Critic Peter Shurman said this week. “The McGuinty Liberals’ solution to their...