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Ontario Strengthening Protections for Animals

Ontario is proposing legislative amendments to improve care for marine mammals at aquariums and zoos and strengthen animal welfare enforcement. Recent reports on the care and treatment of marine mammals have raised concerns over the welfare of these species. The McGuinty Government takes these concerns seriously, that’s why it is launching a three-point plan that…

VAUGHAN TO REVIEW MASTER PLAN FOR PARKS, RECREATION AND LIBRARIES

VAUGHAN, ON – The City of Vaughan is looking at how its parks, recreation and library facilities are provided to the community through the review of the Active Together Master Plan. The City is currently soliciting public input for the review and update of this plan, last revised in 2008. Working with Monteith Brown Planning…

More Room for Riders on Stouffville Line

The Provincial Government is making it easier for commuters along the Stouffville GO line to take public transit. Construction is underway to extend the train platforms at the Stouffville and Mount Joy stations to accommodate three new 12-car trains recently added along the line. The new trains run during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods, providing riders…

HAVE TWO WAYS OUT!

> Develop and practice home fire escape plans during Fire Prevention Week VAUGHAN, ON – Vaughan Fire and Rescue is urging families in the City of Vaughan to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7–13, 2012. This year’s theme is “Have Two Ways Out”….

Mirvish, Gehry propose triple-tower condo development on King St.

David Mirvish made headlines in Toronto this week after announcing his vision to redesign a significant part of downtown’s King St. West district. The Canadian art collector/dealer, theatre producer and son of the late “Honest” Ed Mirvish, has teamed up with renowned architect Frank Gehry to remake the entertainment district with three towers as high…

Iran’s rial plummets

Iran’s Rial drastically dipped against the U.S. dollar last Monday, taking its loss in value to more than a quarter over the past week according to a Reuters report. Many analysts have suggested that the economic sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program caused the fall through the inability to earn foreign exchange and that reserves…

Iran, Canada compete in World University Wrestling Championships

The Tenth World University Wrestling Championship started this week in Kuortane, Finland. Both men (GrecoRoman and free style) and women (free style) will be competing between October 2 and 7. Canada and Iran will both have a full team at the competition and will likely have several key match ups against each other. The competition…

Amir Attaran is an Associate Professor as well as the Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy at the University of Ottawa. He has been involved in advocating the prevention of malaria in Africa. He also gained media attention in Canada when he brought forward testimony by Afghan prisoners captured by Canadians and in the custody of the Afghan National Army (ANA), who said they had been abused by the ANA

Attaran: “Keep your friends close and enemies closer”

A prominent Iranian-Canadian used the words of ancient Chinese military general and philosopher Sun-Tzu as advice for Canada’s foreign policy towards Iran. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer,” said Amir Attaran, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy at the University of Ottawa. Canada’s Sept. 7…

Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill requests $15M from Town

According to Yorkregion.com, a request for $15 million was made to the Town of Richmond Hill by Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill – formerly York Regional Hospital. The request was made “to help purchase technology and equipment for the newly renamed hospital, will be part of the town’s 2013 capital and operating budget process after a…

Iranian-Canadians hold first protest against TD

Four months after Iranian-Canadians began receiving letters from TD Bank notifying them of abrupt account closures, the community held its first protest in front of a branch in North York. More than 40 people gathered outside the TD Bank building at Yonge St. and Finch Ave. last Saturday, The Star reported, holding placards and delivering…

Kazemi family denied lawsuit against Iran

The Quebec Court of Appeal has denied Zahra Kazemi’s son, Stephen Hashemi, to continue his multi-million dollar lawsuit against the Islamic republic of Iran, Postmedia reported.    Hashemi filed a $17-million lawsuit against Iran when his mother was beaten, raped and killed after being arrested for photographing relatives of Iranian prison detainees in 2003. According…

Del Duca is married and has two daughters - ages one and four. He has lived in Vaughan for 25 years.

Del Duca eyes by-election victory

When Vaughan’s former MPP Greg Sorbara retired earlier this month, Steven Del Duca was quick to throw his hat into the ring. Del Duca was nominated for the riding after Sorbara resigned on August 1, which triggered the upcoming Sept. 6 by-election. The Osgoode Hall Law School graduate says “ethnocultural diversity” is Vaughan’s greatest strength…

Ava Homa appointed Lecturer-in-residence at George Brown

Kurdish Iranian author Ava Homa has been appointed this year’s PEN Lecturer-in-Residence in the Centre for Preparatory and Liberal Studies at George Brown College, according to a media release. In 2010 Tsar Publications published her debut collection of short stories, Echoes from the Other Land, which was chosen as a finalist in the People’s Choice…

THE 2012 CULTURA FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR ITS FINAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE!

Featuring Sarv Ensemble, International Food and the Oscar winning film The Artist Toronto, ON – August 22 2012: The final week of the Cultura Festival has been re-scheduled for Friday, August 24, and will feature a performance by Sarv Ensemble, the traditional Persian music ensemble. Drawing inspiration from classical and folk traditions across Iran, Sarv…

Tastes of the Hill includes Iranian influence

Tastes of the Hill will have Iranian-influenced activities during the day-long outdoor event which takes place this weekend. For the first time since its inception, Sunday’s festival will take place outdoors at Richmond Green Park and Sports Complex (1300 Elgin Mills Road East ) and will have four villages equipped with entertainment, food, arts and…

In an interview with Salam Toronto, Scarborough-Agincourt MP Jim Karygiannis urged the Canadian government to assist through three specific ways including: to match dollar-for-dollar money raised by Canadian non-governmental organizations and the Canadian Iranian Diaspora

Condolences to Victims of Twin Earthquakes in Iran

  Statement by Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones in the wake of the devastating twin earthquake which struck Iran on August 11, 2012.  I pray that those who have been injured quickly recover and…

Hassan Rasouli was diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state with little to no hope after surgery to remove a brain tumor resulted in a bacterial infection that put him in a coma.

The fight to save Hassan Rasouli continues

Facing a Supreme Court of Canada trial this coming December, the Rasouli-Salasel family are asking for support both through Facebook and peoples cheque book.   Hassan Rasouli was diagnosed as being in a permanent vegetative state with little to no hope after surgery to remove a brain tumor resulted in a bacterial infection that put…

عکس سارق هنگام ورود به بانک TD در روز دوشنبه ۱۳ آگوست ۲۰۱۲ پلیس منطقه یورک عکسی از فرد مظنون که در صحنه سرقت در بانک تی دی حضور داشت منتشر کرد و از مردم برای دستگیری این فرد کمک خواست

Richmond Hill TD Bank branch robbed

Police in York Region are looking for white male suspect who robbed a TD bank branch in Richmond Hill last Monday. At approximately 7:10 a.m., Police say employees arrived to open the TD Canada Trust branch located at 11730 Yonge St. when the suspect approached employees, pointed a handgun at them and demanded money. “The…

Toronto marks World Cat Day with 2-for-1 adoption offer

The City of Toronto on Wednesday is marking World Cat Day, “a celebration of the love and companionship that cats provide to people,” by allowing would-be caregivers to adopt two felines for the price of one. “In celebration of World Cat Day, Animal Services is encouraging the introduction of kittens and cats into life-long, loving…