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Yu Darvish

Whirling Darvish

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 with an ERA of less than 2.00….

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…

Current Iranian Embassy in Ottawa

Will Iran get its wish and have more consulates in Canada?

Iran wants Canada to let it open more consulates across the country, but the current Canadian policy of ‘Controlled Engagement’ with Iran is blocking that, according to Embassy Magazine. With only one embassy/consulate in all of Canada, Iranian officials argue that with such a growing community spread across a large country, there is a need…

Canada bans burqa

Effective immediately, Canadians will have to remove face veils like the Islamic niqab or burqa while taking the oath of citizenship, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced last Monday in Montreal. Kenney said concerns from citizenship judges that some Muslim women wearing the garments may not be reciting the oath in the ceremony prompted him to…

Possible Iranian-Canadian involvement in Bangladeshi murder

The mysterious death of Hassan Sayeed Sumon in a Bangladeshi prison on December 4th could have implications for an Iranian resident living in British Columbia, according to a story in the Dhaka, Bangladesh-based publication Weekly Blitz. The Weekly Blitz reported that Sumon was allegedly suffocated via rope in his prison cell, where he was serving…

U.S urges Canada to crackdown on Iran shipping prohibited technology

According to cables leaked by WikiLeaks, Washington wants Ottawa to prosecute Iranian procurement agents, who are sending banned military and mechanical goods to their homeland from Canada, says a Globe & Mail report. Three years ago, Canadian intelligence officials had apparently “blocked” U.S entreaties to arrest an individual suspected of shipping anti-tank missiles back to…

Pirhamzei takes Iranian, Armenian cultures to Hollywood

Iranian-American filmmaker Vahik Pirhamzei has taken his Armenian ancestry to Hollywood. The first American movie starring an Iranian-born lead character, My Uncle Rafael, follows a 71-year-old Armenian (Rafael) who is thrown into a reality television show based on trying to save a dysfunctional American family from falling apart. As the writer, co-producer and starring actor…

Federal Conservatives update on super-visa and democratic reform

During this past Saturday’s media roundtable featuring Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, along with Minister of State for Democratic Reform Tim Uppal, the federal Conservatives discussed two major pieces of reform. One of them has been passed, the other is one they are hoping will before the end of this calendar…

Federal Minister of Citizenship Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, says multiculturalism can work in Canada if all Canadians strike a balance between showcasing all that is good about their cultural backgrounds, yet also successfully integrating into Canadian society.

Roundtable discussion with Federal Conservative Ministers

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration fires back at Ontario Liberals:  “I’m not going to take any lectures from a government that has not made this a priority like we have.” With a war of words between the Ontario Minister of Immigration and his federal counterpart hotly brewing, the latter, the Honourable Jason Kenney was in…

Mojtaba suffered a cut across his throat by the alleged suspect after being verbally and physically assaulted.

Iranian Seneca student physically and verbally assaulted

A 29-year-old Iranian immigrant, who fled his native country to Canada for fears of being persecuted for his sexuality, found himself the victim of an alleged assault late last month. The Seneca College student, Mojtaba, who chose not to reveal his last name, was allegedly attacked on November 25 by another student after an altercation…

What Jason Kenney has in store for Canada

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism shared a series of new information about the all new Super Visa program with ethnic media this week. Salam Toronto managed to participate in both a teleconference and a Brampton meeting with Mr. Kenney to raise some questions in this regard. Those who have experienced the process…

Ontario Minister ‘Disappointed’ with Federal Government’s Settlement Funding

Last week, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration (CIC) Minister Jason Kenney made an announcement that the Harper Government would be re-distributing settlement funding for newcomers, with the goal of spreading the funding to the 11 provinces and territories. Because Ontario’s share of immigrants has slightly decreased in ratio since 2005, this mean’s Ontario’s settlement agencies would…

Iranian-Canadians discuss latest conflict between Iran and the West

Over the last few months, Canadians have witnessed a harsher tone from the Canadian government towards Iran and more specifically their nuclear program.   Last week, Canada, along with the U.S. and the UK, imposed strict financial sanctions in an attempt to isolate the regime. Last Sunday, days after the imposed sanctions, Iran’s parliament approved…

Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird.

How newly imposed sanctions on Iran affect Iranian-Canadian Community

Last week, Salam Toronto published an article titled “Canada blocks all transactions with Iranian banks” where it was reported that Canada had imposed more sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran. Salam Toronto has received numerous inquiries regarding how the sanctions affect the Iranian-Canadian community. We have contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International…

Thornhill Conservative MPP Peter Shurman at the press conference last Thursday, November 24th, at Queen’s Park, a day before tabling the bill. Shurman spoke to Salam Toronto on Tuesday and said he believes the only way the strike will get settled is with provincial intervention and that there is little time to do so since legislature will be rising in a week for winter break. (Photo by Salam Toronto)

YRT strike continues despite efforts in Queen’s Park

There is no end in sight for the York Region Transit (YRT) strike. The saga continued after signs of hope emerged last week when three of York Region’s Conservative MPPs tabled back-to-work legislation in Queen’s Park to no avail. The rejected private member’s bill failed to pass second reading after the NDP and Liberal party…

A role model for the world

Canada has always been a role model for the world. The question is whether it can maintain this status. Historically, Canada has been an example of peace, co-existence and a nation which chooses discussion and democracy to achieve its goals, as opposed to violence and force. We have witnessed many major events take place during…

The property tax revenue is estimated to be one per cent of $350 million which equals to $35 million annually.

Seventy five storey signature residential to change Toronto’s skyline

  Representatives from BUILD TORONTO and Tridel announced a partnership to develop a 75-storey condominium building in downtown Toronto last Tuesday. The proposed “signature residential development”, called TEN YORK, is aptly named after its location, which will be in the Harbourfront neighbourhood. “It will link the downtown to its waterfront and literally change the city’s…

Canada blocks all transactions with Iranian banks

This past Monday, Canada joined Britain and the United States to impose new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran in the wake of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report published two weeks ago. The IAEA report, published on November 8th by Director General Yukiya Amano, suggested that Iran carried out tests “relevant to…