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EVs are landing in Yonge-Dundas Square on August 12th

TORONTO, Aug. 8, 2012 /CNW/ – On Sunday, August 12, 2012 Plug’n Drive is hosting its first annual “EV Day” at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This inaugural event is bringing together all the key players in the electric car industry for a showcase and the largest electric car…

“In Quebec and B.C., competition fro m private retailers has improved service and selection for customers. And look – the sky hasn’t fallen in either province,” Shurman said.

Shurman: Time To Rethink Government’s Role In Liquor Sales

  QUEEN’S PARK – With a $30-billion deficit looming over Ontarians’ heads, the time has come to reconsider every function the government performs, ensuring it focuses on core public services and stops meddling in other areas. The sale and distribution of alcohol needs to be part of that discussion, Ontario PC Finance Critic Peter Shurman…

Four sentenced to death in embezzlement case

A Tehran court has sentenced four people to death for a multi-billion-dollar bank fraud that made headlines across the world last year, multiple news agencies reported last Monday. The $2.6-billion embezzlement “was carried out by people close to the political elite or with their assent,” Reuters reported. Thirty-nine people were tried for the fraud and…

Haddadi re-signs with Memphis

NBA center Hamed Haddadi signed a two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, the team announced this week. The Iranian-born Haddadi, 27, spent the past four seasons in Memphis. Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA. The 7-2, 265 lbs centre averaged 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and a career-high 0.74 blocks in…

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow

Richmond Hill Mayor not interested in provincial loan

Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow is reportedly not interested in an offer by MPP Reza Moridi to receive a provincial loan to purchase the remainder of the David Dunlap Observatory lands.   Moridi advised Barrow in a letter that the Infrastructure Ontario Loan Program (IOLP) can be used for the Town to acquire the Eastern…

OLYMPIC DIPLOMACY

Nobody’s talking about a thaw in relations between Iran and Israel, but it was interesting to see what the head of the Iranian Olympic Committee had to say when asked how his country’s athletes would respond if the IOC calls a minute’s silence in memory of the eleven Israelis killed at the Munich Games in…

Former Iranian diplomat’s exit questioned

The spotlight on Iran’s embassy in Ottawa turned to a former employee that was removed from his post last spring for reasons unknown, reported the National Post last week. The departure of former “political attaché” Hassan Doutaghi from the embassy has raised the Post’s suspicion on his status amid concerns Iran is using the embassy…

Throughout August and September, several Iranian artists will have their works features at Queen Gallery.

Queen Gallery hosts ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art’

Toronto’s Queen Gallery will be presenting ‘Six Weeks of Iranian Art,’ a series of Iranian art exhibits from internationally renowned and award winning Iranian artists alongside that of emerging young talent from the Iranian-Canadian community. According to the Gallery’s website, the festival program includes four visual arts exhibitions, including the work of art master Mohsen…

A letter to TD bank managers

TD Bank Managers, Corporate Communications:   Mr. Mohammad Nakhooda, Mr. Stephen Hewitt, Ms. Nancy Vye, Ms. Barbara Timmins   Mohammad, Your statements in your interview with “BBC Persian”are totally incorrect and unacceptable. TD Bank did not contact us and did not ask for any clarification before closing my accounts. As a matter of fact there…

Shahla Tavakolnia is a registered physiotherapist, massage therapist and certified acupuncturist. Her health centre is near Finch subway at 15 Hendon Ave., in North York. Physiotherapy can help relieve and heal physical ailments like arthritis, whiplash, sport injuries, back and neck pain, post fractures and post surgery, hip, foot, shoulder, hand and knee dysfunctions and spinal disorders. - Photo By Salam Toronto

How an Iranian-Canadian physiotherapist created a unique business

Growing up in Iran, Shahla Tavakolnia always knew she wanted to be in the field of health care. But fate threw her a curve ball in the form of the Islamic revolution. And despite the rise of the revolution, the subsequent closing of universities, and the uncertainties surrounding the future of the country, Tavakolnia’s dream…

Fringe Festival features Persian flavour

Iranian born playwright/performer Tara Grammy will perform in the one-woman play she co-wrote called Mahmoud. The play is a comedy inspired by a painting called “The Dance of the Red Skirts” by Paul Klee and by a memorable Iranian-Canadian cab driver who drove Grammy home one day. The play explores themes of displacement, immigration, home,…

Sabah “The Persian Warrior” Fadai will try to beat Diego Bautista for the second time after their first match ended in a “No Contest”.

‘Persian Warrior’ prepares for MFC rematch

Iranian-Canadian MMA fighter Sabah Fadai will try to do what he failed to do in a re-match against Diego Bautista at the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) on August 10, 2012 in Edmonton, Alberta. Fadai and Bautista fought back in May. The match was stopped due to an illegal knee delivered by Fadai to Bautista while…

Markham officially a city

Markham has officially changed its status from town to city. With a population of more than 300,000, the city of Markham joined the city of Vaughan as being the only two municipalities in York Region calling themselves cities. “The change is seen a way to raise the community’s profile and better reflect the many amenities…

Canada Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been a constant critic of Iran’s nuclear program and human rights record.

Baird condemns Iran, again

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird released a statement last week condemning Iran for anti-Semitic remarks made at a United Nations conference on drugs. Baird stated that Iran’s Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi made “abusive and deeply offensive slurs toward the Jewish people,” according to a Foreign Affairs Department media release. “Rahimi was cited by Iranian media…

ICC to host fact-finding event for TD Bank account closures

Iranian-Canadians affected by TD bank account closures will have a forum to express frustrations and possible solutions. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) – a non-profit community organization – has invited Iranian-Canadians to a “fact-finding event” to “gather relevant information from stakeholders,” according to the organization’s website. “We invite any member of the community whose account…

YRT enacts changes

York Region Transit/Viva will go through more than 70 service changes starting July 1. Here are some of the changes: • Route 86 — Newkirk-Red Maple will be restructured to service central Richmond Hill between Yonge St. and Bayview Ave. Route 86 will now operate along Red Maple Road to Richmond Hill Centre terminal. •…

Liberal leader Bob Rae salutes Canadians on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

Toronto – Liberal Leader Bob Rae Salutes  Canadians on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, Wednesday June 27, 2012. In his massage Mr. Rae states: “Today, on Canadian Multiculturalism Day, we appreciate our country’s rich diversity and the significant contributions that multicultural communities and groups have made to Canada’s social and economic fabric. As Canadians, we believe fundamentally…

Minister Kenney issues statement to celebrate Multiculturalism Day

Ottawa, June 27, 2012     Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, issued the following statement to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day: In 2002, a Royal Proclamation declared June 27th to be Canadian Multiculturalism Day, recognizing the important contributions made by Canadians of all backgrounds to the strength and prosperity of our Dominion. As…

Video game based on 1979 revolution in works

An Iranian-Canadian cinematic director that helped develop games like Grand Theft Auto III and Max Payne is currently creating a video game based on Iran 1979 Islamic revolution.    In an interview with gaming website Kotaku, Navid Khonsari, the game’s creator and the founder of multimedia company iNK stories, said the Iranian government has called…