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Possible Deportation to Iran for Teacher’s Assistant to Special Needs Youth May Be Averted

According to a breaking report, 28 year old Sepehr Hajipour was scheduled for deportation to Iran on February 8th, 2013. Hajipour is a teacher’s assistant for youth with special needs, being hired by the Toronto District School Board to help 14-21 year old youth with special needs after it had been impressed with his volunteer service to them. “The teachers, staff, students, and families...

Over The Cloud

Dear Readers, I would like to share a true story with you. Ever since I was a little girl Probably beginning at age four or five my mother would tell us stories about travelling by horses and living in the mountains during the summer times. There were not just stories to me there were the explanation for many things about her family roots and mine too. I never had the chance to see this place...

Newly appointed Premiere of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, began talks with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford this week and plans to reconvene legislature on February 19, 2013

History made after Wynne becomes first female Premiere of Ontario

[caption id="attachment_15286" align="alignright" width="300"] Newly appointed Premiere of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, began talks with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford this week and plans to reconvene legislature on February 19, 2013[/caption] History was made last week after Kathleen Wynne became both the first female Leader of the Liberal Party of Ontario (LPO), and subsequently, the Premiere of...

The opening reception for the ‘Walls’ Gallery (presented by NICCA) will take place on Friday March 8th, 2013 (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) at the Distillery District’s Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane) and will run for one week

Twenty Walls, Twenty Iranian Artists

[caption id="attachment_15282" align="alignright" width="231"] The opening reception for the ‘Walls’ Gallery (presented by NICCA) will take place on Friday March 8th, 2013 (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) at the Distillery District’s Arta Gallery (14 Distillery Lane) and will run for one week[/caption] Twenty-one different Iranian artists from Ontario will feature their work for one week this March...

Noctilucent Clouds Imaged by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

[caption id="attachment_15180" align="alignright" width="300"] Noctilucent clouds, also known as “night shining” clouds imaged by Chris Hadfield. Image credit: NASA[/caption] What a perspective! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield captured this stunning image of noctilucent clouds above the Pacific South Ocean on January 5th, 2013. Also known as “night shining”, or noctilucent clouds,...

Iranian filmmaker to produce response Affleck’s ‘Argo’

Days after actor and director Ben Affleck’s film Argo won the Golden Globe award for Best Drama, an Iranian filmmaker announced the production of his own version of the 1979 US hostage crisis. “Iranian filmmaker and actor Ataollah Salmanian is slated to represent the story as an appropriate response to Ben Affleck’s blockbuster and ahistoric film, Argo,” Mehr News Agency reported....

Report released on Helping Canadians with Disabilities Find Jobs

Ottawa, Ontario— The Government of Canada has partnered with Canadian business leaders to identify successes and best practices in the employment of people with disabilities, as well as the barriers faced by employers in employing people with disabilities. Today, the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of...

TD to be taken to court by Iranian-Canadian

An Iranian-Canadian man from Montreal is taking TD Bank Group to court over the closure of his business accounts and mortgage, according to a report on iPolitics.ca. According to the report, Hossein Pourshafiey is taking legal action “after the bank refused services to him in October for allegedly violating Canadian sanctions against Iran.” Hossein Pourshafiey and his Montreal-based...

Iranian Canadian searches for bone marrow match

A 24-year-old Iranian-Canadian is searching for a match that will help save her life. Diagnosed with Leukemia last September, Shahrzad Jabbarian has received support from the Iranian-Canadian community throughout the Greater Toronto Area to find her a bone marrow donor. An information and testing session has been organized and will take place on January 19, 2013 in Richmond Hill. The...

Ontario Reaches New Agreement with OPSEU

The Ontario government has reached a tentative two-year collective agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). The negotiated agreement was reached by both sides coming to the table and working co-operatively. The centrepiece of the agreement is a commitment to implement a two-year wage freeze as part of the government's ongoing effort to restore fiscal balance to the...

Canadian Diplomat involved in Iran hostage crisis dies at 88

John Sheardown, the former Canadian diplomat who helped six Americans escape Iran during the hostage crisis of 1979, died in hospital last Sunday night. He was 88. Mr Sheardown, who served as the chief immigration officer in Iran, played a pivotal role in the so-called “Canadian Caper” by providing shelter when CIA operatives posed as members of a film production company to rescue US...

Canada to help US assess Iranian influence in Latin America

The United States, Mexico and Canada are teaming up to analyze the threat of Iran’s influence in South America. The Countering Iran in the Western Hemisphere Act, which passed last December, calls for the US State Department to develop a strategy within 180 days to “provide for a comprehensive strategy to counter Iran’s growing hostile presence and activity in the Western Hemisphere, and...

Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit.

Canada/Iran blame game continues

[caption id="attachment_14692" align="alignright" width="300"] Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit.[/caption] Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for...

Cities that were involved in the vigil included: Washington DC, Scottsdale, Arizona, Los Angeles, London, UK, Brussels, Belgium, Stockholm, Sweden, Vienna, Austria, Frankfurt and Hamburg Germany, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Charlotte, Oslo, Zurich, The Hague, Plano, New York City, Kayseri, Ottawa, and Paris.

Iranian’s hold vigil for political prisoners

  [caption id="attachment_14689" align="alignright" width="300"] Cities that were involved in the vigil included: Washington DC, Scottsdale, Arizona, Los Angeles, London, UK, Brussels, Belgium, Stockholm, Sweden, Vienna, Austria, Frankfurt and Hamburg Germany, Dallas, Atlanta, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, Charlotte, Oslo, Zurich, The Hague, Plano, New York City, Kayseri, Ottawa,...

Letter to the Editor: Minister Kenney again falls short for the economy

Dear Editor, While Immigration Minister Jason Kenney and the Conservative Party like to talk about the economy, once again his handling of the immigration system leaves much to be desired. Canada has a long-standing shortage of skilled workers: some businesses cannot get enough skilled trades workers to keep up with growing demand and keep the economy moving. To fight this, past Liberal...

For Iranian foreign nationals, the Regulations will be enforced on December 7, 2013.

Iranians applying for Canadian visas to be fingerprinted and photographed

  [caption id="attachment_14498" align="alignright" width="300"] For Iranian foreign nationals, the Regulations will be enforced on December 7, 2013.[/caption] Starting in 2013, Iranian visitors applying for a visa in Canada will have to be fingerprinted and photographed. The newly enforced legislation, which stemmed from amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act on June...

Foreign Minister John Baird announced last Tuesday that, as a result of Iran’s failure to comply with international pressure over its nuclear program, Canada has imposed tougher sanctions to “further isolate Iran from the global financial system.”

Canada expands and changes sanctions imposed on Iran

[caption id="attachment_14503" align="alignright" width="300"] Foreign Minister John Baird announced last Tuesday that, as a result of Iran’s failure to comply with international pressure over its nuclear program, Canada has imposed tougher sanctions to “further isolate Iran from the global financial system.”[/caption] Canada has expanded its sanctions against Iran as international...

Yalda Night has been officially added to Iran's List of National Treasures in a special ceremony in 2008.

Yalda Comes to Life. Celebrating a Night of Iranian Culture and Tradition

The Mithraists believed that this night is the night of the birth of Mithra, the Persian angel of light and truth [caption id="attachment_14426" align="alignright" width="300"] Yalda Night has been officially added to Iran's List of National Treasures in a special ceremony in 2008.[/caption] As the cold weather slowly marks its return, Torontonians await the coming of Winter holidays. One of...

Pan Am Games Committee reaches out to GTA

The Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee officially announced the formation of its Community Engagement Council (CEC) this week. The CEC will aim to network with “community leaders across the region to help maximize participation in the Games by individuals, families, businesses and communities,” a media release said. The council is chaired by former Paralympian and current...

Town hosts Christmas celebration for Richmond Hill seniors

The Town of Richmond Hill will host their annual Christmas celebration for senior citizens this Friday at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Mayor David Barrow and members of Council host the event every year in “appreciation of the valuable contribution made my seniors who live in Richmond Hill,” a media release said. Music by rock ‘n’ roll group The Lincolnaires will...

According to his lawyer, Saeed Malekpour, who is serving a prison sentence in Iran for designing and moderating adult content websites, recently learned that his death penalty has been lifted.

Malekpour’s death sentence ‘suspended’, lawyer tells Mehr news

[caption id="attachment_14398" align="alignright" width="300"] According to his lawyer, Saeed Malekpour, who is serving a prison sentence in Iran for designing and moderating adult content websites, recently learned that his death penalty has been lifted.[/caption] The death sentence of Iranian-Canadian computer programmer Saeed Malekpour has been suspended, his lawyer told Iran’s Mehr News...

Mashoud Nasseri

Nasseri: Palestine deserves to be recognized by Canada

After Canada voted against Palestine’s bid for non-member observer state status at the United Nations last week, an Iranian-Canadian citizen voiced his displeasure through a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird. Activist and Salam Toronto contributor Mashoud Nasseri wrote a scathing letter on Nov. 30 to Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird saying he disagrees with Canada’s...

Iranian-Canadian and partner endow $1 million to protect Arctic

A Vancouver couple - Iranian-born Sima Sharifi and Swiss-born Arnold Witzig – have made a commitment to endow an annual $1-million prize to be awarded to projects benefiting the people and the environment of the Canadian Arctic. “The Arctic Inspiration prize will be awarded for the first time next month in Vancouver at the ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, an annual gathering of about...

Since October 2010, Hassan Rasouli has been in a coma at Sunnybrook Hospital after surgery to remove a brain tumour ended in a meningitis infection.

Supreme Court to hear end of life appeal next week

[caption id="attachment_14368" align="alignright" width="300"] Since October 2010, Hassan Rasouli has been in a coma at Sunnybrook Hospital after surgery to remove a brain tumour ended in a meningitis infection.[/caption] The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) will hear an appeal made by two Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre doctors that argue consent is not need to disconnect end-of-life...

“Nuclear Weapon Capable Iran”

discussed in Roy Thompson Hall, organized by University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs [caption id="attachment_14257" align="alignright" width="300"] “We can manage a nuclear Iran; just as we managed a nuclear Soviet Union, communist China, North Korea, and Pakistan,” said Nasr. (Left)“(Iran) will be deterred by Israel’s 200 to 500 nuclear weapons. They will be deterred by...

Letter to the editor: Let’s stand together on violence against women

Dear editor, Every year on December 6 Canadians wear white ribbons and observe a minute of silence to show their support for ending violence against women. The occasion, informally known as White Ribbon Day, marks the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Massacre, in which fourteen women were singled out for their gender and murdered. While Canada has made important progress since...

Canada leads UN human rights resolution against Iran

The United Nations General Assembly passed a Canada-led resolution this week on “the Situation of Human Rights in Iran,” according to a UN website. The resolution passed the Assembly’s Third Committee by a vote of 83 to 31, with 68 abstaining. This is the 10th year that Canada led this now-annual resolution, along with 42 other state co-sponsors. The resolution will proceed to the...

PETER SHURMAN, MPP – THORNHILL, PRESENTS ONTARIO TRILLIUM GRANT TO NEW YOUTH CENTRE

MPP Welcomes ‘Pathways for Children, Youth and Families’ to Thornhill (Thornhill) – Peter Shurman, MPP for Thornhill,this week welcomed Pathways for Children, Youth and Families of York Region to Thornhill. Joined by staff and volunteers at the Dufferin Clark Community Centre, Shurman participated in the grand opening of the Pathways’ Home Base Vaughan Youth Drop-In Centre, and presented...

Federal Government Invests in Local Publishers

TORONTO, November 21, 2012 – An investment in arts and culture in Toronto will help boost the regional economy. Chestnut Publishing Group and CCNM Press Inc. will continue to produce educational books for readers everywhere, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Chungsen Leung, Member of Parliament (Willowdale), on behalf of the Honourable James...

Mystery surrounding death of woman who fell from apartment

An investigation into the death of a Toronto woman who fell from an apartment building in North York last week found that the incident was not an act of crime. Hasti Honarpisheh, 19, fell from her Yonge St. apartment on Nov. 14, Toronto Police confirmed. Toronto Police Constable Wendy Drummond said information on the incident is minimal because it is not a criminal matter. “At this...

Toronto Police say Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, whose body was found in her apartment last Saturday, was killed.

Elderly Persian woman Toronto’s 51st homicide victim

[caption id="attachment_14059" align="alignright" width="168"] Toronto Police say Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, whose body was found in her apartment last Saturday, was killed.[/caption] An elderly Persian woman, whose body was found with obvious signs of trauma in her upscale apartment last Saturday, was murdered, Toronto Police say. Manijeh Bostani-Khamsi, 78, lived alone in her apartment...

Expanding Opportunities for Youth in At-Risk Communities

Ontario is expanding the After School Program in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods and to York, Peel, Durham and Halton regions as part of the Youth Action Plan. This expansion will help 2,100 more children and young people in 64 locations get the chance to participate in fun, safe, supervised activities that focus on: •Physical activity, recreation and sport to encourage active...

The Peace Pole monument has the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most common languages used in Richmond Hill; English, Cantonese/Chinese, Farsi and Russian.

Monument commemorates Town’s commitment to peace

[caption id="attachment_14053" align="alignright" width="300"] The Peace Pole monument has the inscription “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in the four most common languages used in Richmond Hill; English, Cantonese/Chinese, Farsi and Russian.[/caption] The Town of Richmond Hill unveiled a “Peace Pole” monument, with inscriptions in four different languages including Farsi, outside the...

“Salam Toronto Editor-in-Chief, Mohsen Taghavi, receiving the award from Ontario Lieutenant Governor Mr. David C. Onley.” Mr. Mohsen Taghavi is a professional journalist with over 32 years of experience and worked as an editor with the major daily newspapers in Iran from 1980 to 1997. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and after working with other ethnic publications, moved on to launch Canada’s first Persian-English weekly newspaper, Salam Toronto, in 2000. On March 31, 2007, the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA) elected Mr. Taghavi as a Board Member. He was the first OCNA Board Member representing a newspaper published in a language other than English or Friench. Mr. Taghavi is a honourary member of the Board of Directors with the Council. He sees Canada as a role model and, with his editorials, encourages his readers to integrate into the Canadian mainstream. As a journalist, he takes every opportunity to promote and reflect the Canadian values.

Salam Toronto Wins Ethnic Media Award

  [caption id="attachment_13877" align="alignright" width="300"] “Salam Toronto Editor-in-Chief, Mohsen Taghavi, receiving the award from Ontario Lieutenant Governor Mr. David C. Onley.”Mr. Mohsen Taghavi is a professional journalist with over 32 years of experience and worked as an editor with the major daily newspapers in Iran from 1980 to 1997. He migrated to Canada in 1997 and...

Canada Condemns Iran’s Torture, Killing of Blogger

November 13, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird issued the following statement: “Canada condemns the torture and death in detention of Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti, who was arrested earlier this month for criticizing the Islamic Republic of Iran on Facebook. “Canada once again urges Iran to comply with its international and domestic human rights obligations and to cooperate...

The United Nation' (UN) International Day for Tolerance is annualy observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance

A letter from Jim

November 14, 2012 [caption id="attachment_13888" align="alignright" width="300"] The United Nation' (UN) International Day for Tolerance is annualy observed on November 16 to educate people about the need for tolerance in society and to help them understand the negative effects of intolerance[/caption] Dear Friend, Community Leader and Stakeholder, I am writing to you as the Liberal...

Iranian blogger’s death draws global attention

The death of a detained Iranian blogger has gained global scrutiny after allegations of torture surfaced this week. The reformist news websites Kaleme and Saham News first reported Sattar Beheshti’s death on Tuesday Nov. 5, according to CJFE. Mr. Beheshti allegedly received death threats after writing anti-regime blogs online. International human rights groups like Reporters Without...

Toronto man struck by three different vehicles in Richmond Hill

A 30-year-old Toronto man was hit by three different cars, including a police vehicle, last week in a bizarre incident that ended up being probed by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). The fatal incident happened on Nov. 1 when the man was struck by a car around Yonge St. near Stouffville Rd. at 3 a.m., according to Yorkregion.com. The driver of the car that hit the man...

Moridi endorses Wynne for Provincial leadership

Kathleen Wynne received the endorsement of Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi in her bid to become the next Premiere of Ontario. Mr. Moridi announced his support at the Connecting with the Community meeting at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. Ms. Wynne grew up in Richmond Hill and said she is proud to have Mr. Moridi’s support, according to a Yorkregion.com...