Calgary (March 12, 2019): The World Sikh Organization of Canada is delighted to welcome the arrival of the first Sikh and Hindu refugee families from Afghanistan to Canada. The first two refugee families arrived this afternoon in Calgary. Today’s arrivals are the result of the tireless work of Manmeet Singh Bhullar who championed this cause prior to his tragic passing in November 2015. The arriving refugees have been sponsored through private applications that were spearheaded by the Manmeet Singh Bhullar Foundation with support from the World Sikh Organization of Canada, community groups and individuals carrying on the tireless work of Manmeet Singh Bhullar. By utilizing the private sponsorship stream, individuals donate the costs of refugee sponsorship, maintaining legal responsibility to ensure settlement supports are provided to refugees.read moreOttawa (March 12, 2019): A complaint initiated by the World Sikh Organization of Canada has resulted in the Canadian Air Transport & Safety Agency (CATSA) issuing an operational advisory and remedial training to airport screeners with respect to the screening of the kirpan. In November 2017, Transport Canada allowed blades of up to 6cm in length on domestic and international flights in Canada. Sikh passengers can wear small kirpans with blades of up to 6cm on all flights out of Canada, except those to the US. Sikh passengers may be screened while wearing the kirpan and are not required to remove it when passing through security. Sikh passengers should be offered the option of a private search area. While the kirpan will be visually inspected, it can continue to be worn on the person during screening. The kirpan can be held away from the body when the screener scans the area.read more
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.read moreThe 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"read more
Join us for a Sikh networking event at Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto, where we will be joined by Pavi Binning (President, Wittington Investments), Rani Turna (Partner, PwC), and Puneet Mann (Scotiabank) about what it takes to succeed as a Sikh in the professional world.
This event is open to students and young professionals in the Sikh community looking to network with other Sikh professionals from various industries, including senior executives.
This event is an initiative of the WSO's Sikh Mentorship Program.
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