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Shadi Mousavi Nia (Right)

Richmond Hill grade 10 student earns CIBC Youthvision Scholarship

  Recipient  Shadi Mousavi Nia “ pays it forward “ through volunteerism RICHMOND HILL, /CNW/ – Grade 10 student, Shadi Mousavi Nia, will be  awarded with  CIBC Youthvision Scholarship on June 28. The Youthvision Scholarship includes up to six summer internships through the YMCA beginning right after Grade 10 and up to $4000 in tuition…

Former Maple Leaf Sundin enters Hall of Fame

Former Toronto Maple Leaf captain mats Sundin has been selected to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. The announcement was made Tuesday and the induction ceremony will take place Nov. 12 in Toronto, according to the Toronto Sun.   Sundin had 564 goals and 785 assists in his 18…

Court exhibit showing Mohammad Al-Kazragy at an Esso gas station hours before Ali Garakan’s body was found.

Murder trial ends with three guilty verdicts

A jury presented three guilty verdicts at a Barrie courtroom last week to the three men accused of the murder of Thonhill baker Ali Garakan. Mr. Garakan, 48, was found dead after being stabbed 15 times, set on fire and dumped on a side road ditch in Essa Township, near Barrie, on Nov. 7, 2008….

Doctors protest refugee healthcare cuts

Minister Kenney also has said that the cuts will discourage “unfounded” refugees from taking advantage of Canada’s generosity, the Star also reported Last Monday, demonstrations in ten cities across Canada, including Toronto, took place to demand the federal government reverse the spending cuts made to healthcare for refugees. The protests were endorsed by 15 health-related…

Irwin Cotler

An evening with Irwin Cotler

Around 100 residents of York Region gathered at the Thornhill Community Centre last Thursday for an evening with Mount Royal MP Irwin Cotler. The event was co-sponsored by the Thornhill and York Centre Federal Liberal Riding Associations. The event was not exclusive to Liberal Party members. “This was a service to the community,” said Public…

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Conservative Party dinner attracts Iranian Canadian protesters

  Members of the Iranian-Canadian community picketed outside of a Conservative Party function at the Sheraton Parkway North Hotel in Richmond Hill last Thursday, according to yorkregion.com. The protesters, with placards in hand, spoke to Mr. Kenney outside of the Sheraton Hotel and communicated their concern with the recent closure of the visa office in…

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Two Iranian newcomers

The first international rescued animals have been put up for adoption by Toronto Animal Services. The two dogs came from an animal shelter outside of Tehran called Vafa, which temporarily took the dogs in after finding them in a “dilapidated zoo,” according to the Toronto Star. Toronto Animal Services took in the two dogs, Nancy and…

Ali Miraees cartoon came fourth runner up

Iranian cartoonist recognized

Iranian cartoonist Ali Miraee has been named the runner up (fourth place) at the 12th International Editorial Cartoon competition of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF) in Ottawa.  The theme of the competition was “Power to the People: Citizens and Social Media.” The Grand Prize went to cartoonist Liza França from Brazil, second…

Canada closes its visa section in Iran

Canada announced, on Sunday, the closure of its Tehran embassy’s visa section. It’s anticipated that the move will likely affect thousands Iranian travelers. The Canadian Embassy published the following statement on its website on Sunday, April 29th, 2012:   Notice – Closure of the visa office in Tehran Effective immediately, the Visa and Immigration Section…

Toronto light rail plan gets green light from Metrolinx

The Ontario government is urging Toronto to move on a plan to build four new light-rail lines while rejecting any new road tolls to pay for expanding public transit.  Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli says he’s focused on getting shovels in the ground now that Metrolinx has approved the plan for the new transit lines.  The…

“King of King West” moves east

‎Peter Freed, the so-called ‘King of King West’ condo development is expanding his kingdom eastward. Freed invited the media last Tuesday to unveil his newest development. Sixty Colborne, Freed Development’s newest addition to Toronto’s downtown core boasts a “triple-A location,” said Freed. And as many know, the number one rule in development is location. Nestled…

US among countries selling wheat to Iran

Iran has been stockpiling on grains at a significant rate, according to recent report by The Wall Street Journal. The country has bought wheat from several countries including the US. Current U.S. sanctions allow companies to sell food to Iran. Major US-based grain shippers Bunge Ltd. and Cargill Inc. have recently admitted they sell agricultural…

Jewish group condemns military action against Iran

Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) – a human rights organization mandated to promote a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict – has recently condemned military actions against Iran. In a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star, IJV argued “that the current obsession with Iran has airbrushed the major issue off the Middle East agenda,…

Left: Elham Seyed Javad, owner of Montreal based IQO Design

FIFA considers Canadian-designed sport hijab

. Iranian-Canadian designer Elham Seyed Javad, owner of Montreal-based IQO Design, has submitted a proposal for a sports hijab that is being considered by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Last month, FIFA announced it will allow women to wear the previously banned sport hijab. Javad’s design will be considered along with prototypes from…

Iranians, Israelis citizens defy political rhetoric

Amid escalating tension and talks of war between leaders of Israel and Iran, peace activists are spreading love and opposition to war online through a simple message; we love you.    It began when graphic designer Ronny Edry and his wife Michal Tamir, both living in Israel, created an online campaign on March 16 to…

The Ghermezian family immigrated to Canada from Iran in the 1940s.

Wealthy Iranian-Canadian family seeks investment in Cyprus

A senior executive of Triple Five Group will be meeting with government officials in Cyprus this week to discuss various investment opportunities on the Mediterranean island. Triple Five Group, the US-Canadian conglomerate, is owned by the Ghermezian family, the Orthodox Jewish family that immigrated to Canada from Iran in the 1940s and who also own…

Dr. Moridi’s letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“As an Iranian-Canadian, I do not agree that further development in this matter should involve military action by any government, including Canada.” On Tuesday March 13th, 2012, Richmond Hill MPP, Dr. Reza Moridi, sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, expressing his opposition to any sort of military action against Iran by any country,…

Terry Nelson

First Nations leaders to visit Iran

Leaders of the Manitoba First Nations community met with the charge d’affairs at Iran’s Ottawa embassy this week to discuss a possible visit to Iran. The meeting between charge d’affairs Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani and several First Nations representatives included former Roseau River First Nation Chief Terry Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton…