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Munk debates Iran’s nuclear ambitions

Four influential figures of international foreign policy will be in Toronto on Nov. 26 to debate the issue of a nuclear Iran. The event, hosted by the Aurea Foundation, will debate whether or not a nuclear armed Iran should be tolerated. “To encourage far-ranging discussion of an issue of global significance, the tenth semi-annual Munk Debate will table the motion: be it resolved the...

Protest challenges Canada’s immigration policy

A group of 200 protestors marched the streets of downtown Toronto last weekend, ending up at the Royal York Hotel to criticize the Harper government’s immigration policies, according to several reports. “Organizers say the rally, which began with a march through downtown Toronto, was to protest against what they call Ottawa’s ‘racist’ immigration policies,” the CBC reported....

It is unclear whether a Ontario Superior court will allow the Bennett family to seize Iran’s property in Canada but, for now, they remain frozen.

Ontario judge orders restraining order on Iran’s property in Canada

[caption id="attachment_13719" align="alignright" width="300"] It is unclear whether a Ontario Superior court will allow the Bennett family to seize Iran’s property in Canada but, for now, they remain frozen.[/caption] An Ontario judge has issued a restraining order against Iran’s property in Canada which included its Embassy in Ottawa, two former cultural centers and a diplomatic...

Kenney announces foreign student citizenship fast track

“Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced that he wants to admit more foreign students currently studying in Canada as permanent residents and potential citizens, though he also plans to maintain Canada’s overall immigration level at the same tally that’s been in place since 2007 — between 240,000 to 265,000 people,” according to a CBC report. Kenney said last Wednesday that...

Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow is shown receiving the “Peace Pole” by members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Oct. 17, 2012

Richmond Hill Monument to include Farsi inscription

[caption id="attachment_13703" align="alignright" width="200"] Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow is shown receiving the “Peace Pole” by members of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Oct. 17, 2012[/caption] The Town of Richmond Hill will unveil a “Peace Pole” monument next week beside the Central Library at Major Mackenzie Drive, where it will permanently reside. The monument,...

Hague tribunal judges killings in wake of Islamic revolution

  “A tribunal set up by victims of political crimes committed in the wake of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution began hearings Thursday in a bid to highlight killings ignored by international justice,” AFP reported last Thursday. The tribunal, which has no judicial authority, attracted top lawyers and judges with hopes that it will force the United Nations “to set up a commission of...

Ontario updates HPV guidelines for women

Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program is encouraging women to follow updated cervical cancer screening guidelines and to be tested for the preventable form of cancer. The updated Provincial screening guidelines recommend starting Pap tests at age 21 and repeating them every three years until age 70 for all women who are or ever have been sexually active. “Screening is the only way to...

Minister Kenney Commends Canada Border Services Agency on Immigration Fraud Conviction

Ottawa, October 30, 2012 Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, made the following statement on the sentence issued by a Winnipeg Provincial Court Judge to Bradley Jacobson, a former immigration consultant in Winnipeg. Mr. Jacobson pled guilty to three offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and three offences under the Criminal Code. He...

My Uncle Rafael, a comedy that follows a 71-year-old Iranian-born Armenian (Rafael) who is thrown into a reality television show aimed at trying to save a dysfunctional American family from falling apart

My Uncle Rafael’s Toronto Premiere This Friday

[caption id="attachment_13501" align="alignright" width="196"] In an interview with Vahik Pirhamzai, star of the upcoming film My Uncle Rafael, he encouraged young Iranian and Armenian actors to create instead to accepting minor, typecast roles. “I said ‘no’ (to roles) in my life more than I said ‘yes.’ I picked what is right for me. I think it’s time for our generation to be more...

Discussion on Canada-Iran relations at University of Ottawa

The Iranian Law Student Society in collaboration with the Canadian Lawyers Association for International Human Rights (CLAIHR) will host a panel discussion titled “Iran-Canada Relations: Canada’s Legal and Diplomatic Options in Dealing with Iran” at the University of Ottawa next week. Panelists include former Canadian ambassador to Iran John Mundy, Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, and former...

Iranian-Canadian MPP urges UN chief to intervene on Sotoudeh imprisonment

Richmond Hill MPP Reza Moridi sent a letter (below) to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon this week to urge the UN to intervene “to ensure the security and safety of Nasrin Sotoudeh the freedom of her family to travel outside Iran.” Sotoudeh is an Iranian lawyer who represented imprisoned Iranian opposition activists and politicians following Iran’s disputed 2009 presidential...

US, Iran one-on-one denied by both sides

A day after The New York Times reported that the US and Iran agreed in principle to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, both US and Iranian officials denied the report. “The United States and Iran have agreed in principle for the first time to one-on-one negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, according to Obama administration officials, setting the stage for what...

MACKENZIE HEALTH FOUNDATION’S 25TH ANNUAL GALA

RICHMOND HILL, ON – Mackenzie Health Foundation (formerly York Central Hospital Foundation) is celebrating their 25th annual Gala – ‘The Silver Anniversary Ball’ - with performances by internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, and producer Matt Dusk. ‘The Silver Anniversary Ball’ will be held in support of purchasing a second Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner for Mackenzie...

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird

Baird slams Iran’s human rights record at Quebec assembly

[caption id="attachment_13365" align="alignright" width="300"] Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird[/caption] Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird lashed out at Iran’s religious intolerance at the Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union hosted in Quebec this week. Baird denounced Iran’s persecution of people of the Christian and Bahai faiths and criticized its...

Letters to the Editor: Tax payers’ money

This letter is in response to Markham-Unionville MP John McCallum’s Oct. 18 letter to the editor published in Salam Toronto titled “New TV season means taxpayer-funded government ads.” Mr. McCallum’s letter criticized the current Conservative government’s use of taxpayer money to fund political advertisements. Dear Editor, Mr. John McCallum’s letter on your last week’s issue,...

Letters to the Editor: Kent does not respect Canada’s democracy

Dear Editor, [caption id="attachment_13358" align="alignright" width="159"] Senator James Cowan[/caption] MP Peter Kent and the Conservative government do not respect our democracy – they do not respect the views of Canadians. They have no interest in hearing from Canadians. They have decided that they know what is best - and they are going to impose their will upon...

Mazi Khalighi was born in Shiraz, Iran and was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He received acclaim for his short film titled Foreign Soil, which premiered at the 2007 Reel World Film Festival and was nominated in the category of Outstanding Canadian Short Film.

Iranian-Canadian filmmaker releases politically-inspired anti-war short film

[caption id="attachment_13352" align="alignright" width="200"] Mazi Khalighi was born in Shiraz, Iran and was raised in Mississauga, Ontario. He received acclaim for his short film titled Foreign Soil, which premiered at the 2007 Reel World Film Festival and was nominated in the category of Outstanding Canadian Short Film.[/caption] Not since the American Civil War of 1861 has North America...

Principal and founder of Future Skills High School Hassan Mirzai is an Iranian-Canadian who started tutoring computer courses from his basement and gradually expanded the business to where he now faces the opportunity to start a full-fledged private school in Richmond Hill which will cater to international students.

Looking to the future: Hassan Mirzai on cusp of fulfilling dream

  [caption id="attachment_13346" align="alignright" width="300"] Principal and founder of Future Skills High School Hassan Mirzai is an Iranian-Canadian who started tutoring computer courses from his basement and gradually expanded the business to where he now faces the opportunity to start a full-fledged private school in Richmond Hill which will cater to international...

Lance Armstrong loses legacy

Lance Armstrong’s cycling legacy has been wiped off of the record books after the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced that the famed cyclist’s seven Tour de France titles along with his storied career are illegitimate. “Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said at a news conference. The one-time hero...

Vaughan subway extension delayed

The construction of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension Project - that will extend the Spadina subway line to the City of Vaughan – will be delayed one year. The extension was to be completed by December 2015 until TTC officials announced the delay last Monday. According to yorkregion.com, TTC representative Joanna Kervin told members of Vaughan’s priority and key initiatives...

City strikes down hookah parlour licensing

The debate over licensing Toronto businesses that offer water pipe smoking has been struck down. “Toronto's licensing and standards committee has struck down a city staff proposal to introduce a licensing system for water pipe establishments,” the CBC reported this week. A city staff report recommending licensing hookah bars in Toronto introduced regulations including “cleaning and...

Statement from Mike Schreiner, Green Party leader, on the resignation of Premier McGuinty

“I want to thank Dalton McGuinty for his years of service to the people of Ontario. It is not an easy job leading this great province for almost a decade. There is no question that Mr. McGuinty is a dedicated politician and public servant. I appreciate the sacrifices that the Premier and his family have made over the years. Public life demands a great deal of families, and I know family is...

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER ON THE RESIGNATION OF ONTARIO PREMIER DALTON MCGUINTY

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the occasion of Dalton McGuinty announcing his resignation as Premier of Ontario: “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Premier Dalton McGuinty for his contributions to Ontario and to Canada during his time as leader of the province. “Our two governments have worked together to serve Ontarians, from...

Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar said Canada should not have closed its embassy in Tehran and instead should build diplomacy with as many countries as possible

Dewar seeks new direction for Canada’s foreign affairs policy

Canada’s foreign affairs policy needs a change of direction says Ottawa Center MP Paul Dewar. And it should be in the form of “robust diplomacy.” Dewar, the Opposition’s foreign affairs critic, addressed Canadian International Council (CIC) stakeholders on Canada’s role in the world last Wednesday. Being denied a seat at the East Asia Summit last month as well as Prime Minister...

Letter to the Editor: New TV season means taxpayer-funded government ads

Dear Editor, For Canadians the return of new primetime TV this fall means more than new episodes of the Big Bang Theory and Amazing Race. It also means being treated to an exhaustive barrage of taxpayer-funded ads from the Government of Canada. That’s not to say the government only advertises on TV, far from it. But high cost advertising space on these shows seem to be favourite ad...

MP Costas Menegakis Reminds Citizenship Applicants that New Language Rules Come Into Effect November 1, 2012

(Richmond Hill, Ontario) - Richmond Hill MP Costas Menegakis wants people to know that most citizenship applicants will soon be required to provide up-front objective evidence of their language ability at the time they apply beginning November 1, 2012. The change was recently announced by Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney. Currently, Citizenship and...

Pharmacists Can Now Give Flu Shots, Renew Prescriptions

Ontarians can now receive more health services directly from pharmacists including the publicly funded flu shot and getting their prescriptions renewed. Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the additional services pharmacists can deliver this week at the University of Toronto’s Leslie Dan School of Pharmacy. In addition to giving the flu shot, pharmacists can now also: • Renew or adapt...

Reports said about 500 people were rallied outside of Queen’s park on October 6 as part of an international day of action on the 11th anniversary of the war against Afghanistan.

Protesters oppose war against Iran

  [caption id="attachment_12950" align="alignright" width="300"] Reports said about 500 people were rallied outside of Queen’s park on October 6 as part of an international day of action on the 11th anniversary of the war against Afghanistan.[/caption] Hundreds of protesters rallied around Queen’s Park last Saturday to oppose a looming war with Iran. A reported 800 Toronto protesters,...

First Nations chief to visit Iran

[caption id="attachment_12955" align="alignright" width="300"] Former Manitoba First Nations chief Terrence Nelson is not representing any specific group while visiting Iran and is promoting several First Nations issues.[/caption] A former First Nations chief has received criticism in Canada after announcing that he plans to visit Iran in the coming weeks to discuss resource development and...

The Iran Job receives rave reviews

A documentary film about the pursuit of a pro basketball career in Iran by American Kevin Sheppard will be making its theatrical debut in New York City this Saturday. The Iran Job, directed by Till Schauder, follows Sheppard as he tries to help his team, A.S. Shiraz, make the playoffs and subsequently become championship contenders. The film also touches on Sheppard’s relationship with...

Toronto ranked #3 city overall in Cities of Opportunity

London and New York finish in virtual tie for first place overall  TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Toronto finishes in third place in Cities of Opportunity 2012, dropping one place from last year in the fifth edition of a global study by PwC of 27 centres of finance, commerce and culture. Toronto ranks ahead of global cities like Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong and Tokyo and impressively ranks in...

SHURMAN: ONTARIO NEEDS ACTION TO CREATE JOBS, NOT NAVEL GAZING

QUEEN’S PARK – In the past nine years, the McGuinty Liberals have failed to implement action-oriented policies that would actually encourage job creation. Instead, they continue to drive away investments and businesses through reckless overspending and managerial incompetence, Ontario PC Finance Critic Peter Shurman said this week. “The McGuinty Liberals’ solution to their...

Ontario Strengthening Protections for Animals

Ontario is proposing legislative amendments to improve care for marine mammals at aquariums and zoos and strengthen animal welfare enforcement. Recent reports on the care and treatment of marine mammals have raised concerns over the welfare of these species. The McGuinty Government takes these concerns seriously, that’s why it is launching a three-point plan that will: •Propose...

VAUGHAN TO REVIEW MASTER PLAN FOR PARKS, RECREATION AND LIBRARIES

VAUGHAN, ON – The City of Vaughan is looking at how its parks, recreation and library facilities are provided to the community through the review of the Active Together Master Plan. The City is currently soliciting public input for the review and update of this plan, last revised in 2008. Working with Monteith Brown Planning Consultants, an internationally-recognized recreation consulting...

More Room for Riders on Stouffville Line

The Provincial Government is making it easier for commuters along the Stouffville GO line to take public transit. Construction is underway to extend the train platforms at the Stouffville and Mount Joy stations to accommodate three new 12-car trains recently added along the line. The new trains run during the morning and afternoon rush hour periods, providing riders with 320 more seats per...

HAVE TWO WAYS OUT!

> Develop and practice home fire escape plans during Fire Prevention Week VAUGHAN, ON - Vaughan Fire and Rescue is urging families in the City of Vaughan to practice their home fire escape plan as part of Fire Prevention Week. Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7–13, 2012. This year’s theme is “Have Two Ways Out”. When the smoke alarm sounds, everyone must know where to go –...

Mirvish, Gehry propose triple-tower condo development on King St.

David Mirvish made headlines in Toronto this week after announcing his vision to redesign a significant part of downtown’s King St. West district. The Canadian art collector/dealer, theatre producer and son of the late "Honest" Ed Mirvish, has teamed up with renowned architect Frank Gehry to remake the entertainment district with three towers as high as 85 storeys. A 60,000 square-foot museum...

Iran’s rial plummets

Iran’s Rial drastically dipped against the U.S. dollar last Monday, taking its loss in value to more than a quarter over the past week according to a Reuters report. Many analysts have suggested that the economic sanctions imposed over Iran’s nuclear program caused the fall through the inability to earn foreign exchange and that reserves of hard currency may be running low. “The rial...

Iran, Canada compete in World University Wrestling Championships

The Tenth World University Wrestling Championship started this week in Kuortane, Finland. Both men (GrecoRoman and free style) and women (free style) will be competing between October 2 and 7. Canada and Iran will both have a full team at the competition and will likely have several key match ups against each other. The competition is hosted by Fédération Internationale du Sport...