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Maz Jobrani: I Hope We Don’t Go Into War

» Iranian-American Comedian/Entertainer gears up for Toronto trip; discusses Parya fundraiser, his thoughts on the situation in Iran, and meeting President Obama  With the Parya Foundation Fundraising Dinner taking place this Saturday, January 14th, one of its most anticipated guests/performers will undoubtedly be Maz Jobrani, the highly successful Iranian-American comedian and actor who will serve…

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…

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

Office of Religious Freedoms under scrutiny

  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 under recent scrutiny for its application and purpose. Foreign Minister John Baird defended the office by “dismissing criticism the new office could lead to an uncomfortable mix…

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,…

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

Memphis Grizzlies re-sign Iranian centre Hamed Haddadi

    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 games last season for the Grizzlies. The 26-year-old native of Ahvaz, Iran, has spent the past three seasons…

Yazdanfar loses certification for two years

Toronto-based cosmetic surgeon Behnaz Yazdanfar will have her certificate suspended for two years. Once the two-year suspension expires, Dr. Yazdanfar will only be able to practice as a surgical assistant in a hospital setting under the supervision of a College-approved surgeon. Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons found Dr. Yazdanfar incompetent after a botched liposuction…

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

The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal made by two Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre doctors to take an Iranian-Canadian patient off of life support. Last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada granted leave (permission) to appeal to Hassan Rasouli’s doctors. The two Sunnybrook doctors, Brian Cuthbertson and Gordon Rubenfeld, believe consent is not…

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…

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…

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…

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…

York Region transit strike may linger over holidays

  Residents of York Region continue to hear opposing messages from the government and transit unions on ending the nine-week strike. Amalgamated Transit Union 1587 President Ray Doyle, alongside members of the union, sat in on last Thursday’s York Regional council meeting hoping to address council. After interrupting the session a few times asking for…

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…

Child Pornography: Report or Get Fined

  Last Thursday, December 8th, 2011, Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General announced 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 Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister…

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…

Iranian-Canadian youth organization looking for help

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 founded in 2003 after the deaths of several Iranian-Canadian youth as a result of gang violence which prompted Saremi to launch an organization focused on helping ease the…