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    WSO Expresses Concern Over Indian Interference in Canada

    Ottawa (April 17, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has written to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale over concerns regarding the interference of Indian interests in Canada and within the Sikh community. Last week, Germany laid charges against individuals for spying on the Sikh and Kashmiri communities and providing information to India’s foreign intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).  This is the third-time German authorities have charged individuals for spying on behalf of India in the recent past.  Charges had earlier been laid against a Ranjit Singh in March 2014 and one “T.S.P.” in September 2016.  It also came to light that the same Ranjit Singh who was charged in 2014 for spying was named on April 1, 2019 as a facilitator and handler of a cell of “Babbar Khalsa” militants who were arrested in Mohali, Punjab. Those arrested are all below the age of 30 and were reportedly radicalized by Ranjit. It was alleged by the Punjab Police that “Ranjit Singh is the mastermind who was providing help to the accused and was motivating them to eliminate the targets.”
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    Changes to 2018 Terror Report a Welcome First Step

    Ottawa (April 12, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the changes to the 2018 Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada.  In an update this evening, the title “Sikh (Khalistani) Extremism” has been removed and replaced with “Extremists who support violent means to establish an independent state within India”.  In a statement issued on April 7, 2019, Minister Goodale had acknowledged that “the language used to describe some threats unintentionally maligned certain communities….and is not in line with the values of the Government of Canada”.
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    Growing - February 2019 Update

    During the last weekend of January, the WSO's Executive Committee met in Calgary to discuss our strategy in 2019 and beyond.Roughly 6 years ago we began what has become a very successful succession planning and transition, as we brought on more youth and women into the organization. It was around this time we also launched new initiatives like the Sikh Youth Leadership Institute. 
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    Vancouver Sun Removes "Sikh" from Kabaddi Story

    The Vancouver Sun has removed references to "Sikhs" in the January 4, 2019 article by Douglas Todd entitled “Half of Indian athletes who came to Canada failed to go home”.  WSO had written in to request the change. Originally the piece included the following passages: “While some Sikhs in Canada are unhappy with the way kabaddi athletes pay consultants to help them jump Canada’s visa and immigration queues, federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says in a government document that the special visa program for the mostly Punjabi athletes “provides benefits” to Canada"
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  • Upcoming events

    Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 06:30 PM
    Accelerator Centre in Waterloo, ON, Canada

    Tech Sikhs

    Tech Sikhs, a Sikh networking and panel conversation event on the innovative space, in the heart of Canada's leading tech community!

    We will also be joined by Ash Singh (Entrepreneurship and Digital Transformation Professor), Harleen Kaur Jolly (CEO at Ground News), and Suneet Singh Tuli (Co-Founder, Datawind) for a panel conversation on their journey through the innovation sector as Sikhs.

    Light refreshments will be served.

     

    Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 01:00 PM
    The Genesis Centre - 1000 Voices Room in Calgary, AB, Canada

    Sikh Women in Politics (Calgary)

    A panel conversation with Sikh women working in the backrooms of politics as campaign managers, advisors, and staffers, across the political spectrum and levels of government.

    We will discuss the challenges and successes that Sikh women face in politics, and how the Sikh community can better support women in the political space.

    This event is part of Sikh Heritage Month!

    KaursVote is a new initiative by the World Sikh Organization of Canada.

     


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