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Tirgan 2013 Highlights

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 talents. The festival offers something for everyone, from workshops and activities to performances in music, dance, theatre, cinema, literature and…

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…

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…

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,…

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

Canada has expanded its sanctions against Iran as international pressures to engage the Islamic Republic on its nuclear program remain futile, Foreign Minister John Baird said Tuesday. Baird said an additional 98 entities supporting Iran’s nuclear program have been added to the list of designated persons highlighted in the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Act (SEMA)….

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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

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 at 215 Wynford Dr., near Eglinton Ave. E and the Don Valley Parkway. Det. Mike Carbone held a news conference last Monday to…

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,…

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

The Town of Richmond Hill unveiled a “Peace Pole” monument, with inscriptions in four different languages including Farsi, outside the front of Richmond Hill Central Library last week. The monument, representing the commitment the Town has made to peace in recent years, was presented to Mayor David Barrow by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club last…

“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

  Salam Toronto was among ten recipients of The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada’s (NEPMCC) newspaper awards in a ceremony that took place last Friday at the Lieutenant Governors Office in Queen’s Park. Editor-in-Chief Mohsen Taghavi accepted the award for best editorial, free expression, concept and visual presentation, in the newspaper category….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…