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The Third Annual Iranian Heritage Day: A Cultural Explosion

TORONTO – The Third Annual Iranian Heritage Day proudly presents a cultural mosaic of Iranian classical, folklore, popular and contemporary music, dance and art including the Baarbad Ensemble, the Niaz dance group and more. This year will feature two electrifying premiere music and dance showcases called The Flight of Poupak and Longing for Freedom All…

MPP Moridi’s Post-Budget Breakfast Forum

  Richmond Hill – On May 7, 2013, MPP Reza Moridi hosted a post-budget forum, consulting with constituents and community stakeholders regarding the Ontario 2013 Budget – A Prosperous and Fair Ontario. The Ontario 2013-14 budget reflects the needs of Ontarians and provides positive solutions to the challenges they face. Through consultations with the public,…

Leading Persian Musicians, Kereshmeh Ensemble, Connect East and West at The Museum of Anthropology

The renowned Vancouver ensemble’s performance celebrates MOA’s upcoming Safar/Voyage exhibition VANCOUVER, BC – One of Canada’s leading Persian classical music groups, Kereshmeh Ensemble, performs at UBC Museum of Anthropology (MOA) on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7:30pm. The accomplished ensemble will feature guest artist and legendary Iranian musician, Hossein Behroozinia, along with guest musicians Hamed…

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne Talks to Ethnic Media

By Azim Ahmed Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke to the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada this week, giving her thoughts on the importance of the ethnic media, and her plans for improving transit in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Wynne, representing the provincial Liberal party, took office on February 11th of this…

How To Pay Your Bills And Invest, Too!

Armenoohi Gharakhanian BSc. BA. , Financial Consultant ___ There’s no doubt about it, making ends meet is tough. And getting ahead? – Well, for many Canadians, that’s a desperate dream for tomorrow when every day brings the reality of mortgage payments, car loans, lease payments, large credit card balances, and other demands on your hard won…

RICHMOND HILL RECOGNIZED FOR COMMUNITY PROFILE MARKETING EFFORTS

Town recognized by professional organization (EDCO) for Community Economic Development Profile RICHMOND HILL – Richmond Hill was recently honoured by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO) for its Community Economic Development Profile. The Award of Merit was presented during the 56th Annual EDCO conference held in London, Ontario on February 7, 2013. EDCO is…

Letter to the Editor: Returning applications and freezing programs – Is this really cutting a backlog?

Dear editor, There is more than meets the eye to the Conservative Government’s boastful claim about cutting the immigration backlog. In fact, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney reduced the backlog by freezing programs, returning applications, and not accepting new ones. Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration always forgets to mention his real record. Last year, he…

Nowruz in City Council

 Markham is set to become the first municipality in the region to formally declare an annual day called Persian New Year, or Nowruz, and Ward 2 Thornhill Councillor Howard Shore could not be prouder. “I’m very proud of the fact that Markham is one of the most diverse cities in Canada,” says Shore, who was…

CBSA seizes over 38 kilograms of opium at Toronto Pearson International Airport

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced a significant seizure of opium and heroin at Toronto Pearson International Airport. On January 28, 2013, border services officers conducted an examination on a shipment arriving from the Middle East. An X-ray examination revealed anomalies within the shipment of children’s toys. Approximately 38 kilograms of opium and 3…

Kids, Parents Alike Take a Way Basketball Lessons Courtesy of Raptors

The Raptors first-ever free basketball clinic targeted specifically to Iranian youth spurred on a lot of excitement for those in attendance, earlier this month. While overall attendance fell a tad shorter – 18 children participated out of a cap of about 35 – parents and children alike were awash in basketball fever at the Air…

Raptors put on a Show for Iranian crowd at Air Canada Centre

The fourth and most recent installment of the Toronto Raptors Iranian night proved to be rousing event. With Toronto Raptor star Rudy Gay hosting his former (only traded last month) team Memphis Grizzlies – a formidable team in its own right – the Air Canada Centre (ACC) was completely sold out. This meant discounted tickets…

Mesopotamia

Acclaimed exhibition makes its North American debut at the ROM during its international tour (Toronto, Ontario – February 20, 2013) The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) hosts Mesopotamia in its premiere North American engagement from June 22, 2013 to January 5, 2014. The internationally touring exhibition of the ancient civilization is presented in Toronto by the British…

Justin Trudeau and Our Immigration System

TORONTO- As part of the Liberal Party of Canada’s leadership race, Justin Trudeau participated in the third all candidates debate last Saturday in the GTA. Justin spoke passionately about the need for Canada to keep our immigration system open not just for workers but for families too. He also reaffirmed that one of Canada’s greatest…

New Look, New Feel: Your New Bank Notes

BANK OF CANADA OTTAWA, Feb. 19, 2013 /CNW/ – During the holidays you may have received some jewellery or a new mobile phone. Just as you treat these valuable items with respect and care, the same goes for your currency. Canada’s new polymer bank notes are easy to verify, remarkably durable and extremely low maintenance….

Canada Issues Record Number of Visitor Visas in 2012 Close to 1 million Visitor Visas Approved

Ottawa, February 20, 2013 — Canada issued a record number of visitor visas in 2012 with almost 1 million visas approved, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, announced Wednesday. “The Government is committed to attracting an increasing number of visitors to Canada…

Overseas Orientation Program Celebrates 20,000 Graduates

Ottawa, February 12, 2013 – More than 20,000 people are arriving in Canada better prepared for the labour market, thanks to the Canadian Immigrant Integration Program, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney announced this week.. “Our Government is committed to helping newcomers succeed” said Minister Kenney at an event celebrating the graduates today….

The Toronto Raptors Iranian Night

Raptors Coach Talks to Salam Toronto about Iranian Basketball For the fourth straight year, the Toronto Raptors are recognizing the importance of the burgeoning Iranian-Canadian community. In addition to hosting “Iranian Night” on February 20th in a game against the Memphis Grizzlies – where fans can get a discount on tickets by entering the promo…