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Iranians, a Truly Peace Loving People

Iran has been all over the news in recent days. Talks of more sanctions, the terrorizing of a nuclear scientist on the streets of Tehran, the concern for possible closing of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulfand the letter from President Obama. Negativity followed by more negativity, all until Asghar Farhadi took centre stage at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards to tell the world that his...

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Newly-wed Nazanin Afshin-Jam: Fighting injustice is what I was born to do!

Just days before her wedding to Canadian Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Nazanin Afshin-Jam gives exclusive interview to Salam Toronto [caption id="attachment_3552" align="alignright" width="214" caption="Photo From facebook/Peter Mackay"][/caption] Nazanin Afshin-Jam wears many hats. She is a public speaker, a model, a songwriter, an actress, a pilot, an academic, a former Miss World Canada...

A Silent Voice

Legendary Iranian poet Siavash Kasraie once said that his “ears are the landing pad for silent voices.” Iranian-Canadian Human Rights Activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam says that she wants to “continue being a voice for the voiceless.” My ears however are ringing these days.   We hear Iran’s name too often now a days. It comes in different shapes or forms, for better or for worse,...

Minister Baird meeting with Abdulrahman Hamid Mohammed Al-Husaini, Iraq’s Ambassador to Canada, on December 21, 2011

Office of Religious Freedoms under scrutiny

  [caption id="attachment_3355" align="alignright" width="188" caption="Minister Baird meeting with Abdulrahman Hamid Mohammed Al-Husaini, Iraq’s Ambassador to Canada, on December 21, 2011"][/caption] The Office of Religious Freedoms, the newest addition to Canada’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which serves “to protect and promote religious freedom around the world”, has been...

We’re all on the same train

It used to be 50%, then down to 40% and now even lower to 30%. Industrialized and modern nations’ share of the global economy is now down to 30%. Where has it gone? Well it now belongs to those developing countries and their emerging economies. Countries like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and etc. Recently, Globe & Mail published an article written by Michael Ignatieff which...

The seven-foot-two Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA.

Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Iranian centre Hamed Haddadi

    [caption id="attachment_3380" align="alignright" width="201" caption="The seven-foot-two Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA."][/caption] The Memphis Grizzlies have re-signed Hamed Haddadi, bringing back the Iranian centre. Haddadi is the first Iranian ever to play in the NBA. The seven-foot-two reserve centre averaged 2.4 points with 2.2 rebounds in 31...

Yazdanfar loses certification for two years

[caption id="attachment_3227" align="alignright" width="223" caption="Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons’ prosecution lawyers argued that Yazdanfar’s certification be removed permanently but ultimately handed a two-year ban instead."][/caption] Toronto-based cosmetic surgeon Behnaz Yazdanfar will have her certificate suspended for two years. Once the two-year suspension expires,...

Hassan Rasouli shown surrounded by his daughter and wife who both continue to express that he has shown signs of recovery despite his doctors’ diagnosis that he is in a permanent vegetative state.

Supreme Court to hear the Rasouli case

[caption id="attachment_3152" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Hassan Rasouli shown surrounded by his daughter and wife who both continue to express that he has shown signs of recovery despite his doctors’ diagnosis that he is in a permanent vegetative state."][/caption] The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal made by two Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre doctors to take an...

Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’

It's the end of year, businesses booming, Santa Clause vrooming. Iranians celebrating Yalda, the longest night of year, Christians celebrating Christmas, finishing up the final month of year. I spent some time watching TV on Christmas eve, flicking the remote, cruising through channels, taking interest in whatever came my way, be it news, a parade or a carnival. CBC's The National of course...

Experts weigh in on domestic violence and honour killings in community

Iranian psychiatrist and Pakistani social services leader give answer to whether these issues pertain only to immigrants With the recent surge of mainstream media coverage surrounding alleged ‘honour killings’ within a Canadian immigrant family, many have begun to question whether this particular issue, as well as domestic abuse at large, is a pandemic unique to those from West Asian and...

Iran denied Vancouver Consulate

Iran’s request to open a consulate in Vancouver was denied last week. The proposed consulate was to serve the regions 120,000 Iranian-Canadian population. According to the Charge d’Affairs of Iran’s Ottawa embassy Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, many Iranians have business interests or family members in Iran and must use Iranian travel documents to enter the country. Iran’s embassy in Ottawa is...

Texas wins Darvish sweepstakes

Japanese-Iranian pitching prospect Yu Darvish may be playing for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball next year. The Rangers were the highest bidders in the Darvish sweepstakes. They offered $51.7 million to the 25-year-old Darvish just to have the rights to negotiate a contract with the star pitcher. The team now has 30 days to negotiate a contract. If no contract can be negotiated, the...

York Region transit strike may linger over holidays

  [caption id="attachment_2864" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Strikers walked to York Region’s Administrative Centre and sat in on the council meeting last Thursday hoping to convince council to force a third party arbitrator and to express their growing frustrations with negotiations. (Photo by Salam Toronto)"][/caption] Residents of York Region continue to hear opposing...

The Canadian Canoeing Experience

By this point in the 21st century, you probably have witnessed thousands of people fiddling with their smart phones in coffee shops, busses or even while driving, checking emails, sending text messages and whatever else these phones are capable of these days. Soon, you will witness these individuals giving vocal commands to their phones as opposed to using their fingers. There will be no need to...

Child Pornography: Report or Get Fined

  [caption id="attachment_2640" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General announced last Thursday, December 8th, that Bill C-22, An Act respecting the mandatory reporting of Internet child pornography by persons who provide an Internet service, has come into force. Nicholson was accompanied by Robert Goguen, M.P. for...

All eyes are on our community

Ottawa’s Embassy Newspaper quoted statistics prepared by census Canada recently: “six to seven thousand Iranians immigrate to Canada annually.” We know most of them choose Toronto as their place of residence. A friend who attended a recent Iranian concert estimated the attendees at about 2000, among which he barely saw any familiar faces. Isn’t that something? Our community is...

Iranian-Canadian youth organization looking for help

[caption id="attachment_2622" align="alignright" width="300" caption="ICYSG founder and chair Shahram Saremi said the organization needs more than double the current financial support in order to offer planned services."][/caption] The Iranian-Canadian Youth Support Group (ICYSG) is in need of its own support in order to expand its services, says founder and chair Shahram Saremi. ICYSG was...

Yu Darvish

Whirling Darvish

[caption id="attachment_2613" align="alignright" width="151" caption="Yu Darvish"][/caption] A Japanese-Iranian baseball player has made headlines of late after he showed interest in playing in North America’s Major League. Yu Darvish, 25, has been a national sensation in Japan while playing for the Nippon-Ham Fighters setting a record in his native country for having five straight seasons...

Protect what makes your business unique

A small business spends time and capital on developing its reputation and goodwill. Often its goodwill and reputation are symbolized by brand assets such as logos, trade-names, or trade-marks. For example, nothing symbolizes Nike more than its Swoosh symbol.  Although developing brand assets for a new business requires an initial investment, the mere creation of these assets does not bring any...