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    Silence of Federal Leaders on Passing of Bill 21 'Deafening': WSO

    Ottawa (June 19, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is shocked by the silence of Canadian federal leaders over the passing of Bill 21- An Act respecting the laicity of the State by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government banning the wearing of religious symbols.  Bill 21 restricts the wearing of ‘religious symbols’ by public servants in positions of authority such as police officers, judges, prosecutors and also school teachers and principals, among others.  The Government of Quebec has also invoked the notwithstanding clause, allowing it to override freedom of religion protections enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. 
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    Passing of Bill 21 a Sad Day for Quebec & Human Rights: World Sikh Organization

    la version française suit ci-dessous... Montreal (June 17, 2019):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply saddened by the passing of Bill 21- An Act respecting the laicity of the State by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government banning the wearing of religious symbols.  The Bill was passed in a rare late-night vote on Sunday after the Government of Quebec invoked closure to prematurely end debate.  The Government of Quebec has also invoked the notwithstanding clause, allowing it to override freedom of religion protections enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. 
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    35 Years Later

    This past week, at our annual Brampton Community Dinner and Ottawa Parliamentary Reception, we remembered the 35th anniversary of the Indian army invasion of the Darbar Sahib Complex, a direct attack on our identity and sovereignty (we will be hosting our Surrey Community Dinner later this week).
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    April Showers Bring May Flowers

    April was a tumultuous month.We saw the WSO, gurdwara committees, and individuals across Canada raise their concerns, as a collective, about the Public Saftey Canada Terror Report, and how it maligned our community.
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