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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….

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

The death sentence of Iranian-Canadian computer programmer Saeed Malekpour has been suspended, his lawyer told Iran’s Mehr News Agency this week. Up until last Sunday, Malekpour, a permanent resident of Canada, was on death row at Tehran’s Evin Prison on charges of designing pornographic websites. According to Amnesty International, the 37-year-old was found guilty in…

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…

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

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 treatment. The SCC granted leave to appeal to Hassan Rasouli’s physicians, Brian Cuthbertson and Gordon Rubenfeld, in December of last year. The decision has the potential to set…

“Nuclear Weapon Capable Iran”

discussed in Roy Thompson Hall, organized by University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs This week’s Munk Debates in Toronto tried to resolve the highly controversial issue of whether the world should tolerate an Iran with nuclear weapons capability. The tenth semi-annual debate attracted an audience of about 3,000 that filled Toronto’s Roy Thompson…

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…

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…

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),…

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…

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

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 at 215 Wynford Dr., near Eglinton Ave. E and the Don Valley Parkway. Det. Mike Carbone held a news conference last Monday to…

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,…

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

The Town of Richmond Hill unveiled a “Peace Pole” monument, with inscriptions in four different languages including Farsi, outside the front of Richmond Hill Central Library last week. The monument, representing the commitment the Town has made to peace in recent years, was presented to Mayor David Barrow by the Richmond Hill Rotary Club last…

“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

  Salam Toronto was among ten recipients of The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada’s (NEPMCC) newspaper awards in a ceremony that took place last Friday at the Lieutenant Governors Office in Queen’s Park. Editor-in-Chief Mohsen Taghavi accepted the award for best editorial, free expression, concept and visual presentation, in the newspaper category….

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…

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 Dear Friend, Community Leader and Stakeholder, I am writing to you as the Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism and person responsible for Community and Stakeholders Outreach. I am writing to wish you a happy International Day of Tolerance. Please find attached my statement for the International Day of Tolerance. Please share it with…

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…

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…

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…