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Iranian-Canadian nominated for top under-30 entrepreneur award

This week, the first annual Fuel Awards will announce its winner online, and Iranian-Canadian Arash Afrooze has a real opportunity to win. The Fuel Awards, presented by Rogers, celebrates Canada’s best and brightest young business people under the age of 30, identifying forward-thinking role models for youth and illustrating the benefits of entrepreneurship. [caption id="attachment_1567"...

Jamal is one of twelve finalists that will be competing for first place at Guitar Idol III in London, England. He hangs his first guitar on his wall in his room and considers it a highly sentimental instrument. Both of Jamal’s parents are artists and of his three brothers, two are also artists.

Maneli Jamal’s journey guides him to near-idol status

Maneli Jamal calls himself a nomad; a title many Iranians throughout the world can identify with. [caption id="attachment_1580" align="alignright" width="257" caption="Jamal is one of twelve finalists that will be competing for first place at Guitar Idol III in London, England. He hangs his first guitar on his wall in his room and considers it a highly sentimental instrument. Both of Jamal’s...

Faisal Rahman is a community activist and Counsellor for youth at ICNA (Islamic Circle of North America) in Mississauga

Community Members On ‘Honour Killings’ in Wake of Recent Deaths

With the current trial in Kingston, Ontario of Mohammad Shafia, his son Hamed Shafia and wife Tooba Mohammad Yahya involving the deaths of Shafia and Yayha’s daughters and a fourth woman believed to be Shafia’s first wife, discussion has led to the role of honour killings in middle-eastern societies. [caption id="attachment_1447" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Faisal Rahman is a...

'Salam Ay Hamsedaye Man' is a play created by performing artist and social activist Gloria Yazdani. It portrays a story of freedom and hope under an encompassing Iranian backdrop - Photos by Nomadic Lights

The Role of Hope and Creating a Better Future for Children in Iran

Exclusive interview with Creator and Director Gloria Yazdani. Gloria Yazdani considers herself both a performing artist and a social activist, and convincingly demonstrates that the two are often fully intertwined through her latest play, ‘Salam Ay Hamsedaye Man’, coming up on Saturday November 19th 8pm, Armenian Youth Centre Theatre (Highway 401 and Victoria Park Avenue). [caption...

Grape bud to raisin

Grapes are first born as grape buds, which happen to be quite sour. They then receive a sufficient amount of sun before ripening and turning into what are known as grapes, subsequently turning sweet during the process. Now if you dry these grapes under specific conditions, they turn into raisins which are extremely sweet. There is an old Iranian expression describing a type of people as those...

Salam Toronto’s Mohsen Taghavi, one of the 10 “human books” in Vaughan Public Libraries’ human library collection, shared with his reader Sabi Ahsan about how he launched the first weekly community Persian-English newspaper in Canada

Vaughan Public Libraries’ Human Books Features Salam Toronto’s Own

On Saturday October 22nd, Salam Toronto Editor-in-Chief Mohsen Taghavi and nine other individuals took part in a creative program by Vaughan Public Library’s (VPL) Maple Branch titled “The Human Library”, which was open to the general public.   [caption id="attachment_1202" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Christine Oosterhof, one of the 10 “human books” in Vaughan...

There are currently more than 30 professional Iranian-Canadian associations in Ontario including the Iranian Women's Organization of Ontario, Iranian-Canadian Lawyers Association and the Canadian Society of Iranian Engineers and Architects.

Iranian-Canadians launch provincial legal association

The Iranian-Canadian community in Ontario just got better enabled after the launch of the Iranian Legal Professionals of Ontario (ILPO) last Thursday. [caption id="attachment_1179" align="alignright" width="253" caption="Aird & Berlis LLP partner Atoosa Mahdavian (left) and Gardiner Roberts LLP associates and Behrouz Amouzgar (right) and Babak Nahiddi (not in the photo) founded the...

Yonge Street subway extension task force approved

A Thonhill councillor has officially been named to a task force created by the city of Vaughan to find solutions on how to fund the Yonge Street Subway extension. Vaughan’s ward 5 councillor Alan Shefman is the first to be appointed to the task force that was approved last week by the city of Vaughan. Shefman sasys he’s currently in the process of assembling the group. The task force will...

Is it Persia or Iran?

“One well developed village is worth a thousand defective cities.” During a recent conversation with an English speaking friend, who was an Iranian culture and heritage enthusiast, Salam Toronto’s bilingual news reporting manner was mentioned. “IsPersiathe same thing asIran?”, she asked softly, to which I confidently responded “yes”. “I don’t know why I preferPersia”, she...

York Region Transit strike leaves commuters looking for alternative

Salam Toronto spoke to Union 1587 president Ray Doyle and YRT general manager Rick Leary to get a better understanding of why workers have decided to go on strike. More than 500 York Region transit workers went on strike last Monday, leaving tens of thousands of commuters looking for alternate travel arrangements. The strike affects 85 bus routes being operated by companies contracted to supply...

Dr. Sandy Buchman received his MD degree from McMaster University and completed his Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Toronto

Ontario breast cancer screenings more accessible and readily available

Iranians are not at any more risk for contracting cancer than other Canadians, says Dr. Sandy Buchman, a veteran Family Practitioner and Palliative Care Physician. [caption id="attachment_735" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Dr. Sandy Buchman received his MD degree from McMaster University and completed his Family Medicine Residency training at the University of...

Hassan Rasouli was a mechanical engineer in Esfahan, Iran. His wife, Parichehr Salasel was a physician with her own practice in Esfahan

Family defends their right to keep husband alive

One and a half years after immigrating to Canada, the Rasouli-Salasel family find themselves about to face the Supreme Court of Canada in a case that has put end-of-life decisions in the forefront. [caption id="attachment_644" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Hassan Rasouli was a mechanical engineer in Esfahan, Iran. His wife, Parichehr Salasel was a physician with her own practice in...

Richmond Hill Councillor expenses golf equipment

Richmond Hill Councillor Carmine Perrelli is under scrutiny after an investigation by the Liberal newspaper exposed him expensing over $1,000 towards golf equipment. The Liberal obtained the purchase information for Perrelli’s corporate expenses through a Freedom of Information Act request that was released last week. The golf equipment purchase Perrelli is on the hot seat for includes...

A question for Mr. Rob Ford

It’s Saturday noon, at the intersection of Major Mackenzie and Keele, north west of Toronto, Maple Community Centre and Library. Question: How many people would you guess are present in the building? Inside, the kids are in power. Children of all ages, together with their guardians, are busy flipping through books in every corner of the library. Teenagers are in power in other parts of the...

Police seek Farsi speaking suspects in home invasion

York Regional Police’s Hold-Up Unit is investigating a Richmond Hill home invasion that took place on October 13, and asks for anyone with information to contact them. Three men, all described as Farsi-speaking Middle Easterners, confronted an adult female and forcefully entered the Gaby Court home (near Bathurst St. and Major Mackenzie Dr.) at around 8p.m., Thursday. One suspect was armed...

Controversy surrounding construction of Islamic mosque in Markham

The impending construction of a new mosque on 16th Avenue has caused a backlash of concern from area residents who have voiced their opinions through the internet, the municipality and local media. [caption id="attachment_385" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This is an artists concept drawing of the new mosque in Markham."][/caption] Late last month, the Islamic Society of...

Long live Canadian modesty

Marx and Engels began their Communism Manifesto by: “A spectre is hauntingEurope…..” The Globe and Mail on its Tuesday’s, October 11th, cover page, printed the following headline: “FromEurope, A Growing Shadow” Theories of Carl Marx and Fredrick Engels were an attempt to explain the dark sides of mankind’s history up to then and offer a way out. However, over time, these theories...

How the Moridi campaign won Richmond Hill

Despite having a tough opponent, newly appointed Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi won the riding for the second straight term. Moridi won by gaining 4,000 votes (a total of 18,040 votes) more than the runner up, PC candidate Vic Gupta. Lawyer and Moridi campaign lead volunteer, Behrouz Amouzegar, said Gupta “wasn’t an easy person to go against.” “Tim Hudak canvassed with Vic Gupta...

Re-elected Dr. Moridi gives post-election thoughts

With the glow of last week’s Liberal provincial election victory still basking, Dr. Reza Moridi stated with business-like focus that “there is a lot of work to be done.” Moridi surely would be forgiven for enjoying – for one night at least – the victory, as he has managed to increase the margin of victory from his first election campaign in 2007 despite challenges from the Conservative...