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Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay

Canada preparing for Iranian conflict

[caption id="attachment_6255" align="alignright" width="170" caption="Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay"][/caption]   Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay was quoted saying “Canada’s military is preparing for all possibilities involving Iran” last week in an interview with Sun News Network. Mackay also said Canada is “pursuing every diplomatic means” and added that the...

Sheep intestines are used as casings for the sausages and the firmer the casing, the better for cooking.

Bratwurst blame game

  [caption id="attachment_6244" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Sheep intestines are used as casings for the sausages and the firmer the casing, the better for cooking."][/caption] Fans of the infamous bratwurst sausage are complaining about its recent surge in price, which directly involves Western sanctions imposed on Iran. The German city of Nuremburg has been producing the...

Nikki Jafari

Trade show connects Iranian Canadian entrepreneurs

[caption id="attachment_6237" align="alignright" width="105" caption="Nikki Jafari"][/caption] Last Sunday, the Iranian-Canadian community in Halifax networked with each other during the second annual Iranian Trade Show. The event and exhibition, founded by Nikki Jafari, featured 50 exhibitors from large, established companies like Quest Realty and Cresco Developments and smaller businesses...

Omnibus Crime Bill twist

Canada’s omnibus crime bill, C-10, is expected to become law this week after it goes through a final vote. Maclean’s magazine has reported that the bill “will amend the State Immunity Act to allow lawsuits to be brought against countries that engage in or support terrorism.” The article goes on to say that “the amendments will also permit Canadian courts to consider enforcing the...

Iran’s economy battered by sanctions

The Canadian Government continued its support for refugees early this week by celebrating a joint agreement with the Anglican Church that sponsored approximately 50 refugee families to Canada from countries such as Afghanistan, Somalia and Iran. The initiative was launched in April 2009 and has brought about 150 refugees to Canada through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the...

Canada Wheat Board mulls Iran sale

Canada Wheat Board’s CEO Ian White told Reuters last week that the board sells wheat to Iran when they need it. “We’ve often sold wheat to Iran and right now I wouldn’t be able to comment on whether there’s much going or not,” White told Reuters. A U.S. industry newsletter had White sourced, saying the board was talking to the Canadian government about a possible sale to Iran. White...

Iranian-Canadian wrestler advances to CIS nationals

[caption id="attachment_5190" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Daniel Oloumi"][/caption] An Iranian-Canadian wrestler won a silver medal in last weekend’s CanWest Wrestling Championship in Regina Saskatchewan. University of Alberta’s Daniel Oloumi finished the tournament in the 130 kg weight class with three wins and one loss. The top three finalists in the weight class finished...

Kavoos Soofi’s deportation stopped

Pro-democracy activist Kavoos Soofi was granted stay on his deportation that was to take place on February 7. Kavoos was ordered to be detained without bail until he was to be deported back to Iran. He gained the support of the Iranian-Canadian community to keep him in Canada after fears that his life would be in danger if sent back to Iran because of his activism background. His supporters wrote...

Man allegedly smuggled Iranian siblings to Canada

The trial of a French citizen who allegedly smuggled two Iranians to Canada will take place in Richmond, British Columbia, this week according to cbc.ca. Mikael Jim Prone will face a Richmond provincial court after arriving on the same Air China flight to Vancouver with the two Iranians. The two unnamed passengers claim to be siblings who received Israeli passports in Iran, which they used to fly...

Iranian-Canadian family dies in tragic crash

While on their way from Edmonton to California, an Iranian-Canadian family crashed into a semi and lost their lives as a result. The crash took place north of Kamloops, B.C., in the town of Barriere. A coroner identified the victims as driver Behnam Shokri, 47, front passenger Shirin Hamedi Khorasani, 37, and their children sitting in the back seat, Daniel Shokri, 6, and Delina Shokri, 3. The...

دکتر رامین جهانبگلو: دموکراسی در ایران؟ با تحریم و بمباران؟

The looming Iran crisis

Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo: World, and especially Canada and Canadians, should not go to war against Iran even if all other reasonable alternatives are exhausted  On Sunday, January 22nd 2012, The Iranian-Canadian Congress hosted a panel discussion on the aftershock resulting from increasing Canadian sanctions and international pressure on Iran. Among the five panellists speaking on the issue was...

Iranian-Canadian caught with opium at Calgary airport

Hassan Jaleh, 46, of North Vancouver, was caught last week with 3 kg's of opium stuffed in two suitcases at the Calgary International Airport. Jaleh was caught after border agents suspected him to be suspicious after reading his body language. Opium is known as a key substance in making heroin. He has been charged with importation and possession of opium. "Agents are specifically trained to...

Costas Menegakis, Conservative Richmond Hill MP on the left, and John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Canada expands sanctions on Iran

[caption id="attachment_4520" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Costas Menegakis, Conservative Richmond Hill MP on the left, and John Baird, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs"][/caption] Responding to reports of further human rights violations against Iranian citizens, including against citizen Saeed Malekpour, the Harper Administration is invoking this extra step under the Special...

Rumi’s poetry inspires Iranian-Canadian musician to create a Rumi Ensemble

Saeed grew up in a musical family, as the son of a musician with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra. But before fully discovering Mowlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s famed works of poetry recently, Saeed still had moments of ‘artist block’ Since then, however, he has reached new levels of musical inspiration. Eight months ago, he started Canada’s first Rumi Ensemble in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the...

Canada to clarify sanctions on Iran

[caption id="attachment_4075" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Multiculturalism, and Citizenship, Jason Kenney - Photo by Salam Toronto"][/caption] Canada’s federal government is set to clarify how it will deal with investor-class immigration after applications have been stuck in limbo due to the sanctions Canada imposed on Iran, according to a CBC...

Iranian-American reality show set for March

A reality television show featuring six successful Iranian-Americans living in California will be premiering on channel Bravo on March 11. “Shahs of Sunset” will follow six “passionate socialites” living with social, professional and cultural pressures. Ryan Seacrest, host of “American Idol,” is producing the show. Four of the five stars of the show work in real estate in the pricey...

Sheridan College professor Farzad Rayegani

Iranian-Canadian received prestigious award

[caption id="attachment_3654" align="alignright" width="118" caption="Sheridan College professor Farzad Rayegani"][/caption]     Sheridan College professor Farzad Rayegani was recently designated as an Engineers Canada Fellow by Engineers Canada. The award is given in recognition of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada. Dr. Rayegani has been a...

York Region discusses $40 million makeover

Bruce Cudmore of EDA consultants presented the South Yonge Street Corridor Study last week to York Region’s transportation services committee. The study is an attempt to revitalize the stretch of Yonge Street between Steeles Ave. and Bantry Ave. The $40 million makeover was presented to generate business, support transit and enhance urban design, Cudmore said. The proposed improvements include...

Saeed Malekpour receives death sentence, again

  Reporters Without Borders recently reported that Iran’s supreme court has confirmed Iranian-Canadian website designer Saeed Malekpour’s death sentence. His family said the court took the decision under pressure from the Revolutionary Guards. Malekpour, 35, was arrested on 4 October 2008 while visiting his ailing father and was sentenced to death in January 2011 on charges of...

Afshin-Jam and MacKay Canada’s hottest power couple

    According to Macleans magazine, the recent marriage of Nazanin Afshin-Jam and federal Defense Minister Peter MacKay has described the “power couple” as the “hottest” in Canada. “Meet the beauty queen, musician, pilot and human rights campaigner who just made the defence minister—and Ottawa—a lot more exciting,” writers Cathy Gulli and Charlie Gillis  wrote in the...