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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…

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

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 Ontario. The final tally resulted in 56% of delegates voting for Ms. Wynne and 44% for Ms. Sandra Pupatello. Wynne said she plans to reconvene the Legislature on February…

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

Twenty-one different Iranian artists from Ontario will feature their work for one week this March at a gallery in downtown Toronto. Founded by Iranian-Canadian artist Mr. Gholamhossein Nami in 2008, the Nami Iranian-Canadian Centre for the Arts (NICCA), with a membership of over 40 artists, will be presenting its first group art project titled ‘Walls’….

Noctilucent Clouds Imaged by Astronaut Chris Hadfield

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, they form at the edge of much larger polar mesospheric clouds. Polar mesospheric clouds form at an altitude of 76 to 85 kilometers, near…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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

Iran’s state-owned English-language news network, Press TV, claimed this week that Alberta protection services abduct and traffic Aboriginal children for profit. In the video report, headlined “Alberta takes aboriginal kids from parents at high rate” – Press TV’s Calgary correspondent Joshua Blakeney interviewed two anonymous “native Canadian” woman with veils covering their faces. The women…

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

  Protesting Iran’s treatment of political prisoners, a group of Iranians held a one-hour candlelight vigil last Sunday at North York’s Mel Lastman Square. The vigil, called on by Reza Pahlavi, son of former Shah of Iran, was created “to show support for all political prisoners in Iran,” according to Reza Pahlavi’s website. “For too…

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

Iranians applying for Canadian visas to be fingerprinted and photographed

  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 28, 2012, requires visitors from 29 selected countries to hand over their biometric information if applying for temporary resident visa,…

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

Canada has expanded its sanctions against Iran as international pressures to engage the Islamic Republic on its nuclear program remain futile, Foreign Minister John Baird said Tuesday. Baird said an additional 98 entities supporting Iran’s nuclear program have been added to the list of designated persons highlighted in the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Act (SEMA)….

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…