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One small planet, too many unknowns

What type of future is awaiting us? Will there appear a division in the European Union? WillChinabecome the world’s biggest super power? Will theU.S.economy shrink even more, and poverty rates continue to grow? What will come next? There are too many unknowns to think of. Some say war is the answer; the one tool that…

No end in sight for transit strike

Negotiations have stalled between YRT/Viva contractors and their unions with no resolution in sight for the strike that has entered its fourth week. A letter sent to York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch by union presidents Bob Kinnear (ATU 113) and Ray Doyle (ATU 1587) stated that “the gap between the union and the…

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. If it weren’t for Canada accepting his claim for refuge in 2002, Jamal said he wouldn’t be where he is today, on the cusp of stardom. “It was because of Canada that I started playing the acoustic guitar in…

Arash Afrooze (left), Maz Jobrani (right) and Maneli Jamal (bottom)

Three young minds, opportunities of a life time

  We were informed that Maz Jobrani, well-known Iranian-American comedian will be in attendance and performing at President Obama’s New Year’s party this year taking place on December 2nd. Maz Jobrani is to be present at Parya Trillium Foundation’s Annual Gala Fundraiser in Toronto, taking place in the next few months. We previously published a…

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. This week, Salam Toronto spoke to…

'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)….

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…

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.   A human library is a phenomenon that has been occurring for years, and is where the books…

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.   Law students and professionals alongside some members of the Iranian-Canadian community filled the Sheraton hotel’s Pinnacle room in downtown Toronto to celebrate the launch. The organization will provide mentoring for law students…

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….

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…

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. The family moved to Canada in April, 2010. Four months later, in August, Hassan Rasouli felt that the hearing in his right…

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…

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…

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…

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. Late last month, the Islamic Society of Markham (ISM) was given the green light by Town of Markham’s development services committee to build…

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…