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OPP report lowest Civic Holiday long weekend fatality rate in two decades

Ontario Provincial Police AURORA, ON, /CNW/ - It was a busy long weekend for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) as they stepped up enforcement across the province on roads, waterways and trails. On roads, the OPP was counting on motorists to comply with the Move Over law and they also looked for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, those in violations of seat belt laws and motorists who...

Statement by Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau on Eid-al-Fitr

OTTAWA– Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, made the following statement ton Eid-al-Fitr: “As the holy month of Ramadan comes to a close, on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, I’m delighted to extend my warmest greetings to members of the Muslim community as you celebrate Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is a time to cultivate a spirit of peace, forgiveness and unity....

NDP CALLS ON CONSERVATIVES TO RESTORE HEALTH CARE FOR VULNERABLE REFUGEES

OTTAWA – New Democrats are calling on the new Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to reverse his predecessor’s mean-spirited cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). “Since these cuts were announced, the NDP has been standing with Canadian doctors, lawyers and former refugees to condemn this cruel and short-sighted decision, and urge the Conservative government to end its...

RCMP rescue family when their boat ran aground after fireworks

RICHMOND, B.C. _ Richmond RCMP say their marine unit rescued a family when the vessel the six people were in became stranded on a rock jetty as they returned from last weekend's fireworks festival. Police say the Richmond RCMP's marine unit was heading home after helping with water patrols during the fireworks display when crew members saw a flashlight on an area jetty. The eight-metre long...

High Hopes!

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto : Vancouver Pars National Ballet (VPNB) Performing Iranian folklor dances at Tirgan Festival, Saturday - July 20, 2013.Vancouver Pars National Ballet was established in 1989 and is committed to preserving and perpetuating the forgotten and lost tradition of Iranian folklore dances. Dancers of the VPNB who performed at Tirgan Festival 2013:Azita Sahebjam (director),...

Tirgan 2013 Highlights

[caption id="attachment_17873" align="alignright" width="300"] Tirgan2011- One of the events with huge audiences -Photo by Salam Toronto[/caption] 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...

FOUR LILIAN TO BURSARIES VALUED AT $8,000 EACH WILL BE AWARDED THIS FALL – APPLY BY AUGUST 30, 2013

Vancouver, British Columbia Ashton College understands the importance of finding a rewarding career. This is why it believes it is important to award Lilian To Bursaries, valued at $8,000 each, to four outstanding immigrants each year. Over the past eight years, in partnership with Canadian Immigrant Magazine, over forty Lilian To Bursaries have been awarded. These bursaries have provided...

6th Annual Markham-Unionville Community BBQ & Food Drive a Resounding Success

MARKHAM – On Sunday afternoon, July 14th, hundreds of local residents gathered at Armadale Park to participate in the 6th Annual Markham-Unionville Community BBQ & Food Drive, hosted by Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan and MP John McCallum, and celebrate the summer season. This year marked the largest turnout ever for this much anticipated annual event which draws residents from...

Connecting Business with Research for a Competitive Edge

Ontario Launches Collaboration Voucher Program Ontario is launching a new Collaboration Voucher program to give companies a competitive edge by connecting businesses with research institutions. Through the program, eligible companies can apply for vouchers which can be redeemed for access to the expertise and knowledge at Ontario universities, colleges and research hospitals to help make their...

Canada to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by end of 2014

Edmonton, July 3, 2013 — Canada has made an initial commitment to resettle up to 1,300 Syrian refugees this year and next Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “The Government of Canada is deeply concerned about the crisis in Syria and was ready to respond immediately to those identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees...

Helping People in York Region Find Work

Ontario is seeking to negotiate key funding agreements with the federal government to ensure job-seekers in York Region have the training and support they need to build and strengthen their skills to find and keep jobs. Employment Ontario’s employment service network is delivering strong results. With the help of community-based organizations across the province, and in York Region, 64 per...

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 the...

Canada Day at Queen’s Park

THE CANADA DAY celebration at Queen’s Park is one of the highlights of the day when Ontarians, and all Canadians, show their national pride and community spirit. Every year thousands gather at Queen’s Park to celebrate the richness and cultural diversity of our province. This year, Queen’s Park will be again at the heart of the Canada Day celebration in Toronto. The Ontario government...

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Torture aims to take away the victim’s personality and their dignity. The United Nations has condemned torture by human beings on their fellow human beings. Torture is a crime under international law. It is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity. On 12 December 1997, by...

HINES AND TRIDEL ANNOUNCE ANTICIPATED LAUNCH OF AQUALINA AT BAYSIDE TORONTO

New Condominium Part of $1.1 b Mixed-Use Development Located on the Waterfront in Downtown Toronto [caption id="attachment_17142" align="alignright" width="300"] Aqualina at Bayside Toronto[/caption] Toronto, June 5, 2013 – Tridel, Canada’s leading condominium developer and international real estate firm Hines, today released details of their new condominium development called Aqualina at...

Iranian Heritage Days at the ROM

Enjoy Iranian culture, dance, music and dining on May 25 and 26 Toronto - Come out and celebrate Iranian heritage and culture at its finest. On Saturday May 25, 2013 from 11:00 am to 5:00pm the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will celebrate Iranian Heritage Day through music, dance, dining and hands-on activities. In partnership with the Toronto Iranians Community Group, the ROM is proud to...

The Third Annual Iranian Heritage Day: A Cultural Explosion

[caption id="attachment_16947" align="alignright" width="300"] Persian Pop Music Performed at Iranian Heritage Day 2012[/caption] TORONTO – The Third Annual Iranian Heritage Day proudly presents a cultural mosaic of Iranian classical, folklore, popular and contemporary music, dance and art including the Baarbad Ensemble, the Niaz dance group and more. This year will feature two electrifying...

MPP Moridi’s Post-Budget Breakfast Forum

  Richmond Hill – On May 7, 2013, MPP Reza Moridi hosted a post-budget forum, consulting with constituents and community stakeholders regarding the Ontario 2013 Budget – A Prosperous and Fair Ontario. The Ontario 2013-14 budget reflects the needs of Ontarians and provides positive solutions to the challenges they face. Through consultations with the public, the Ontario government...

Reducing Auto Insurance Premiums for Ontario Drivers

  New Ontario Government Reduces Costs, Cracks Down on Fraud, and Passes Savings onto Consumers The new Ontario government is proposing a strategy that would reduce auto insurance premiums by 15 per cent on average. To achieve this reduction, the government will introduce legislation that would, if passed: Require a premium reduction of 15 per cent on average. Require insurers to...

Leading Persian Musicians, Kereshmeh Ensemble, Connect East and West at The Museum of Anthropology

The renowned Vancouver ensemble’s performance celebrates MOA’s upcoming Safar/Voyage exhibition VANCOUVER, BC – One of Canada’s leading Persian classical music groups, Kereshmeh Ensemble, performs at UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. The accomplished ensemble will feature guest artist and legendary Iranian musician, Hossein Behroozinia, along with...

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Talks to Ethnic Media

By Azim Ahmed Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada this week, giving her thoughts on the importance of the ethnic media, and her plans for improving transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Wynne, representing the provincial Liberal party, took office on February 11th of this year, taking over after Dalton McGuinty’s resignation....

How To Pay Your Bills And Invest, Too!

[caption id="attachment_16248" align="alignleft" width="209"] ARMENOOHI GHARAKHANIANBSc. BA.Financial Consultant[/caption] Armenoohi Gharakhanian BSc. BA. , Financial Consultant ___ There’s no doubt about it, making ends meet is tough. And getting ahead? – Well, for many Canadians, that’s a desperate dream for tomorrow when every day brings the reality of mortgage payments, car loans,...

RICHMOND HILL RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY PROFILE MARKETING EFFORTS

Town recognized by professional organization (EDCO) for Community Economic Development Profile RICHMOND HILL - Richmond Hill was recently honoured by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) for its Community Economic Development Profile. The Award of Merit was presented during the 56th Annual EDCO conference held in London, Ontario on February 7, 2013. EDCO is comprised of more...

Letter to the Editor: Returning applications and freezing programs – Is this really cutting a backlog?

Dear editor, There is more than meets the eye to the Conservative Government's boastful claim about cutting the immigration backlog. In fact, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney reduced the backlog by freezing programs, returning applications, and not accepting new ones. Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration always forgets to mention his real record. Last year, he returned the...

Nowruz in City Council

 Markham is set to become the first municipality in the region to formally declare an annual day called Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and Ward 2 Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore could not be prouder. “I’m very proud of the fact that Markham is one of the most diverse cities in Canada,” says Shore, who was elected to Markham’s Town Council in 2010. “And this recognition of the...

The city of Markham is proclaiming the first day of Spring as Persian New Year

The city of Markham with the assistance of Councillor Howard Shore (Markham-Thornhill Ward 2)  is proclaiming March 20th or the first day of Spring as Persian New Year (Nowruz). Accordingly, the Council would like to invite members of the Iranian community to come to the Markham Civic Centre on March 19th to attend General Council at 7 pm to 9 pm to hear this proud proclamation and show support...

CBSA seizes over 38 kilograms of opium at Toronto Pearson International Airport

[caption id="attachment_15832" align="alignright" width="300"] Opened package of suspected contraband[/caption] The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced a significant seizure of opium and heroin at Toronto Pearson International Airport. On January 28, 2013, border services officers conducted an examination on a shipment arriving from the Middle East. An X-ray examination revealed...

Kids, Parents Alike Take a Way Basketball Lessons Courtesy of Raptors

[caption id="attachment_15704" align="alignright" width="300"] The kids gather for a picture. Total attendance was 14 kids, well below capacity.[/caption] The Raptors first-ever free basketball clinic targeted specifically to Iranian youth spurred on a lot of excitement for those in attendance, earlier this month. While overall attendance fell a tad shorter – 18 children participated out...

Raptors put on a Show for Iranian crowd at Air Canada Centre

[caption id="attachment_15709" align="alignright" width="300"] As part of the festivities, Iranian children wearing Tirgan shirts had the privilege of walking on the basketball court during halftime.[/caption] The fourth and most recent installment of the Toronto Raptors Iranian night proved to be rousing event. With Toronto Raptor star Rudy Gay hosting his former (only traded last month) team...

Anger Balloon: Shadi Mousavi Nia’s speech at IC Youth Organization’s 6th annual fundraising gala

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This is the second time that I have the chance to speak at IC Youth Organization’s fundraising gala. My last year’s presentation was about the obstacles that youth immigrants face and how cultural organizations can help them. We discussed that many immigrant teens feel lonely, depressed and of course homesick when they first come to a new and foreign land....

Mesopotamia

Acclaimed exhibition makes its North American debut at the ROM during its international tour [caption id="attachment_15650" align="alignright" width="228"] Statue of Ashurnasirpal IIDolomite, magnesiteNimrud, northern IraqNeo-Assyrian883 – 859 BCEThe Trustees of the British Museum©[/caption] (Toronto, Ontario – February 20, 2013) The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its...

Justin Trudeau and Our Immigration System

TORONTO- As part of the Liberal Party of Canada’s leadership race, Justin Trudeau participated in the third all candidates debate last Saturday in the GTA. Justin spoke passionately about the need for Canada to keep our immigration system open not just for workers but for families too. He also reaffirmed that one of Canada's greatest strengths is that there is a clear path to...

New Look, New Feel: Your New Bank Notes

BANK OF CANADA OTTAWA, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - During the holidays you may have received some jewellery or a new mobile phone. Just as you treat these valuable items with respect and care, the same goes for your currency. Canada’s new polymer bank notes are easy to verify, remarkably durable and extremely low maintenance. Unlike jewellery or a phone, they don’t need to be polished or have...

Canada Issues Record Number of Visitor Visas in 2012 Close to 1 million Visitor Visas Approved

Ottawa, February 20, 2013 — Canada issued a record number of visitor visas in 2012 with almost 1 million visas approved, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, announced Wednesday. “The Government is committed to attracting an increasing number of visitors to Canada as part of our plan...

Overseas Orientation Program Celebrates 20,000 Graduates

Ottawa, February 12, 2013 – More than 20,000 people are arriving in Canada better prepared for the labour market, thanks to the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced this week.. “Our Government is committed to helping newcomers succeed” said Minister Kenney at an event celebrating the graduates today....

The Toronto Raptors Iranian Night

Raptors Coach Talks to Salam Toronto about Iranian Basketball For the fourth straight year, the Toronto Raptors are recognizing the importance of the burgeoning Iranian-Canadian community. In addition to hosting “Iranian Night” on February 20th in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies - where fans can get a discount on tickets by entering the promo code “IRAN” when making their purchase -...