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Balpreet Singh's activity stream


  • #AskCanadianSikhs- When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out

    Ottawa (April 3, 2018):  Following the success of the social media hashtag campaign “#AskCanadianSikhs”, The World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting a series of events in Edmonton, Surrey and Brampton from April 6-8,  entitled, “#AskCanadianSikhs:  When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out”.  The panels will feature prominent UK journalist Sunny Hundal as well as public relations and media specialists. Hundal writes a bi-monthly column for the Hindustan Times and for the UK’s Independent. The panels will be moderated by WSO Board Member Jaskaran Sandhu. 

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  • WSO's One Billion Rising Event Completes 5th Amazing Year!

    Ottawa (February 21, 2018):  For the fifth year in a row, Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada joined to take part in the One Billion Rising movement by providing care packages, treats and baked goods to approximately 1500 women and children in shelters in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.   Handmade Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages. 

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  • WSO Disappointed by Quebec Kirpan Ruling

    Ottawa (February 20, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by a ruling of the Quebec Court of Appeal upholding the Quebec National Assembly’s prohibition on the kirpan.

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  • WSO Rejects Indian Allegations of Sikh Radicalism Ahead of Trudeau Visit

    Ottawa (February 16, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada strongly rejects allegations of rising Sikh radicalism in Canada.  These allegations have been reported in the Indian media prior to Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to India, scheduled to begin tomorrow.  It has also been reported that the allegation of “rising Sikh radicalism in Canada” will be raised with Prime Minister Trudeau during the visit.

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  • WSO & Interfaith Partners Hold Successful Event

    Surrey BC. The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) took part in Celebrating Our Differences: Creating Positive Change in a Divided World on Sunday January 28th. Celebrating Our Differences shared songs, stories and teachings from many faiths and spiritual paths. It kicked off a series of events in Surrey celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week, a yearly worldwide UN observance where faith communities and interfaith groups come together to showcase the work they do for the common good of all.

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  • WSO Appears at Supreme Court for TWU Appeal

    Ottawa (December 6, 2017). – On December 1st, the World Sikh Organization of Canada presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal Trinity Western University appeal ( Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, et al. and Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada).

    The TWU case revolves around the decision of the BC and Ontario law societies not to accredit graduates from Trinity Western University's law program because of the university's community covenant.

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  • WSO Helps Resolve Kirpan Accommodation at Regina's Evraz Place

    Ottawa (November 8, 2017):  The WSO has helped implement a kirpan accommodation policy at Regina’s Evraz Place after a group of Sikhs were denied entry because of their kirpans this past summer. 

    On August 6, 2017, Simarjit Singh Bajwa and his family and friends were stopped from entering Evraz Place in Regina where the annual Queen City EX was being held.  The EX includes rides, foods and stalls.  Security at Evraz Place spotted the kirpans worn by the group and told them that they considered the kirpan a ‘weapon’ and would not allow them on the premises.  Despite their attempts at explaining the religious significance of the kirpan, and offering to conceal the kirpan under their clothing, Simarjit Singh and those with him were not permitted to enter.

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  • Sikhs Can Wear Small Kirpans on Flights Under New Transport Canada Rules

    WhatsApp_Image_2017-11-06_at_10.47.03_PM.jpegOttawa (November 6, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the decision by Transport Canada allowing blades of up to 6cm in length on domestic and international flights in Canada.  As of November 27, 2017, kirpans with blades of up to 6cm will be permitted on Canadian flights.  Earlier this year, the WSO had reached out to Transport Canada encouraging the adoption of the international standard so that Sikhs wearing the kirpan could be accommodated.

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  • WSO Appears at Supreme Court for Highwood Appeal

    Ottawa (November 2, 2017). – Today, the World Sikh Organization of Canada presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark case in Highwood Congregation v. Wall, a case questioning whether courts can judicially review membership decisions taken by private religious associations.

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  • WSO Congratulates Jagmeet Singh on Historic NDP Leadership Victory

    Ottawa: (October 1, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada congratulates Jagmeet Singh on being elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP).  Jagmeet Singh is the first racialized person and first Sikh to be elected leader of a federal party in Canada.

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  • WSO Launches Sikh Family Helpline Across Canada

    Brampton (October 10, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is excited to launch the Sikh Family Helpline across Canada, today on October 10, 2017, which is being marked as World Mental Health Day.

    The Sikh Family Helpline is a peer-to-peer non-emergency helpline servicing the Sikh community in Canada in Punjabi and English.  Recognizing a lack of resources for culturally appropriate resources for families facing challenges such as addiction, abuse and mental health issues, the Sikh Family Helpline’s mission is to promote health and wellness for individuals and families in the Sikh community by closing current gaps in access to resources and increasing community awareness and activism.  

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  • published WSO Disappointed by Quebec Niqab Ban in Press Releases 2017-10-18 16:57:35 -0400

    WSO Disappointed by Quebec Niqab Ban

    Ottawa – October 18, 2017:   The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by the passing of Bill 62 in Quebec’s National Assembly earlier today.  The law forces Muslim women who wear the niqab to uncover their faces to deliver or use public services.  The ban applies to public services such as doctors, transit services and schools. 

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  • BC Sikhs Join Walk For Reconciliation

    Vancouver (September 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada and members of the BC Lower Mainland Sikh community took part this weekend in the second Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Hosted by Reconciliation Canada and the City of Vancouver, approximately fifty thousand participants came out to be part of the reconciliation process.

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  • WSO Holds 3rd Annual Sikh Youth Leadership Institute in Ottawa

    Ottawa (August 17, 2017): The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its third annual Sikh Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI) in Ottawa this past weekend. After taking part in a rigorous application process, twenty Sikh youths between the ages of 18-25 were selected to take part in the program. The attendees came from coast to coast, including Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. More than half of this year's participants were Sikh women.

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  • WSO Calls for Rejection of Italian "Modified" Kirpan Proposal

    Ottawa (July 4, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has called on the Sikh community and Sikh authorities to reject the proposed Italian "modification" of the kirpan.  

    According to reports, an Italian delegation seeking approval of a modified kirpan met with Jathedar Gurbachan Singh on June 26, 2017, seeking the Akal Takhat's blessings for the modified design.  The modified kirpan would be produced in Italy, and issued to Sikhs with an individualized serial number and "license".  The proposed kirpan would be flexible and does not appear to have a tip or edge.  Only these modified kirpans could be worn by Sikhs in Italy.  

    The WSO's President, Mukhbir Singh has written to Jathedar Gurbachan Singh and SGPC President, Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar, encouraging them to strongly reject any attempt to re-design the kirpan or have the kirpan produced and issued by Italian authorities.  

    The text of his letter is as follows (Punjabi version follows English):

    Singh Sahib G. Gurbachan Singh

    Jathedar, Sri Akal Takhat Sahib

    Sri Amritsar, Punjab

    Dear Jathedar Sahib,

    We are writing to express our concern with respect to the recent presentation by an Italian delegation led by S. Sukhdev Singh Kang of a “specially designed” kirpan for approval by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib.

    The kirpan being presented for approval is reportedly made of a flexible material and appears to have a rounded tip and no edge.  Each kirpan is to be prepared in Italy, marked with a serial number, issued to Sikhs by the government, and will be accompanied by a “license”. 

    This type of interference in the Sikhs’ right to wear the kirpan is unprecedented and unacceptable.  No government has the right to “issue” a kirpan to Gursikhs and furthermore, any government alteration or interference with the shape or attributes of a kirpan is intolerable.  Acceptance of this model will have severe and negative repercussions for Sikhs across the world.

    In Canada, as you may be aware, Sikhs have worked towards the accommodation of the kirpan in public spaces such as hospitals, schools, courtrooms and hospitals.  While agreements have included limits on size or required that the kirpan be worn underneath the clothes, no attempt to alter or regulate the shape or attributes of the kirpan has ever been accepted by Sikhs. Though the process has taken years, the kirpan is now widely accepted and accommodated in Canada. 

    The Italian government’s attempt to design and issue kirpans to Sikhs on the pretext that the kirpan is too much like a “weapon” is a legally flawed argument.  Workers who have a “good reason” to have tools like knives or blades are permitted to carry them by the authorities, however, the Italian court has ruled that Sikhs have not established a good reason to wear the kirpan.  This is a fundamentally flawed and incorrect conclusion that must be legally challenged.  Accepting this decision and allowing the Italian government to interfere in the Sikhs’ right to wear the kirpan is the wrong approach and cannot be permitted.  The WSO is prepared to assist Italian Sikhs in challenging the restrictions on the kirpan.

    We are writing to inform you that Canadian Sikhs reject the Italian proposal to design and distribute the kirpan. Accepting such interference would have long term negative repercussions for Sikhs across the world.  We expect the Singh Sahibans and Jathedar of Sri Akal Takhat Sahib to strongly and clearly reject this proposal. 

    With best wishes and regards,

    Mukhbir Singh
    President
    World Sikh Organization of Canada

     

    ਸਿੰਘ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਬਚਨ ਸਿੰਘ
    ਜਥੇਦਾਰ, ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ
    ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਸਰ ਸਾਹਿਬ, ਪੰਜਾਬ

    ਮਾਨਯੋਗ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ ਗਿਆਨੀ ਗੁਰਬਚਨ ਸਿੰਘ ਜੀ,
    ਸਾਨੂੰ ਇਹ ਜਾਣ ਕੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਦੁਖ ਹੋਇਆ, ਕਿ ਇਟਲੀ ਤੋਂ, ਸ: ਸੁਖਦੇਵ ਸਿੰਘ ਕੰਗ ਦੀ ਅਗਵਾਈ ਹੇਠ, ਇਕ ਵਫ਼ਦ ਨੇ, ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਪਹੁੰਚ ਕੇ, ਇਕ ਖਾਸ 'ਤੇ "ਨਵੀਂ ਬਣਤਰ" ਦੀ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਵਾਸਤੇ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ ਲੈਣ ਲਈ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ।

    ਪਤਾ ਲਗਾ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਜਿਸ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ ਲਈ ਦਰਖਾਸਤ ਕੀਤੀ ਜਾ ਰਹੀ ਹੈ; ਇਹ ਕਿਸੇ ਕੋਮਲ, ਲਚਕਦਾਰ ਲੋਹੇ ਨਾਲ ਬਣਾਈ ਗਈ ਹੈ 'ਤੇ ਇਸ ਦੀ ਨਾਂ ਤਾਂ ਕੋਈ 'ਨੋਕ' ਹੈ 'ਤੇ ਨਾਂ ਹੀ ਕੋਈ 'ਧਾਰ'। ਹਰ ਇਕ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ, ਇਟਲੀ ਵਿਚ ਬਣਾਈ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ, ਪਛਾਣ ਲਈ ਹਰ ਇਕ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਤੇ ਵੱਖਰਾ ਨੰਬਰ ਉਕਰਿਆ ਜਾਵੇਗਾ, ਹਰ ਇਕ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ ਇਕ ਖਾਸ ਸਨਦ ਜਾਂ ਸਰਟੀਫ਼ਿਕੇਟ ਵੀ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ 'ਤੇ ਇਹ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ, ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵਲੋਂ, ਮੁਹਯਾ ਕਰਵਾਈ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ।  ਸਿਰਫ ਇਹ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਹੀ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਦਿਤੀ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ।

    ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਪਹਿਨਣ ਦੇ ਬੁਨਿਆਦੀ ਹੱਕਾਂ ਵਿਚ, ਇਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਦਖਲ-ਅੰਦਾਜ਼ੀ, ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਕਦੇ ਵੀ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਈ 'ਤੇ ਇਹ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਕਦੇ ਵੀ ਮੰਜੂਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ, ਕੋਈ ਹੱਕ ਨਹੀਂ, ਕਿ ਉਹ ਗੁਰੂ ਦੇ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ, ਉਨ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੇ ਕਕਾਰ ਵਜੋਂ, ਇਹ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ 'ਇੱਸ਼ੂ' ਕਰੇ। ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਕੱਕਾਰਾਂ ਦੀ ਬਣਤਰ ਜਾਂ ਆਕਾਰ ਵਿਚ, ਕਿਸੇ ਵੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵਲੋਂ ਤਬਦੀਲੀ ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਕੋਸ਼ਿਸ਼, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਬਰਦਾਸ਼ਤ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਵੇਗੀ। ਇਸ ਪੇਸ਼ਕਸ਼ ਦੀ ਪ੍ਰਵਾਨਗੀ, ਦੁਨੀਆ ਭਰ ਵਿਚ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਲਈ ਬੇਹੱਦ ਪਰੇਸ਼ਾਨੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਕਾਰਨ ਬਣ ਜਾਵੇਗੀ। 

    ਆਪ ਜੀ ਨੂੰ ਪਤਾ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ, ਕਿ ਕਨੇਡਾ ਵਿਚ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ ਬਹੁਤ ਹੀ ਸ਼ਿੱਦਤ 'ਤੇ ਮਿਹਨਤ ਨਾਲ, ਹਸਪਤਾਲਾਂ, ਸਕੂਲਾਂ, ਕਚਿਹਰੀਆਂ 'ਤੇ ਹੋਰ ਖੁੱਲੀਆਂ, ਸਾਰਵਜਨਕ ਥਾਂਵਾਂ ਵਿਚ, ਗੁਰਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਲਈ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਧਾਰਨ ਕਰਨ ਦਾ ਹੱਕ ਹਾਸਲ ਕੀਤਾ ਹੈ। ਭਾਂਵੇਂ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਦੀ ਲੰਬਾਈ 'ਤੇ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਧਾਰਨ ਕਰਨ ਦੇ ਤਰੀਕਿਆਂ ਉਪਰ, ਦੋਹਾਂ ਧਿਰਾਂ ਨੇ, ਸੁਲਝੇ ਹੋਏ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ, ਰੱਜ਼ਾਮੰਦੀ ਕੀਤੀ ਹੈ; ਪਰ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ, ਕਦੇ ਵੀ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਦੀ ਬਣਤਰ, ਆਕਾਰ ਜਾਂ ਹੋਰ ਵਿਸ਼ੇਸ਼ਤਾਂਵਾਂ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਕੋਈ ਵੀ ਪਾਬੰਦੀ ਜਾਂ ਦਬਾਅ ਨਹੀਂ ਬਰਦਾਸ਼ਤ ਕੀਤਾ । ਭਾਂਵੇਂ ਇਸ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ ਵਿਚ ਕਈ ਸਾਲ ਲਗ ਗਏ, ਪਰ ਅਜ, ਕਨੇਡਾ ਭਰ ਵਿਚ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਨੂੰ ਮਾਨਤਾ ਪ੍ਰਾਪਤ ਹੈ।

    ਇਟਲੀ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਦੀ ਬਣਤਰ ਜਾਂ ਆਕਾਰ ਵਿਚ ਤਬਦੀਲੀ ਕਰ ਕੇ, ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ, 'ਇੱਸ਼ੂ' ਕਰਨ ਦੀ ਵਿਉਂਤ; ਇਸ ਬਹਾਨੇ ਨਾਲ ਕਿ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਇਕ ਹਥਿਆਰ ਦਾ ਭੁਲੇਖਾ ਪਾਉਂਦੀ ਹੈ; ਕਾਨੂੰਨ ਦੇ ਪੱਖੋਂ ਇਕ ਖੋਖਲੀ ਦਲੀਲ ਹੈ। ਵਰਕਰਾਂ ਨੂੰ, ਲੋੜ ਮੁਤਾਬਕ, ਚਾਕੂ ਜਾਂ ਹੋਰ ਤਿੱਖੀ ਧਾਰ ਵਾਲੇ ਔਜ਼ਾਰ, ਆਪਣੇ ਨਾਲ ਲਿਜਾਣ ਦੀ ਪੂਰੀ ਖੁੱਲ ਹੈ; ਪਰ ਇਟਲੀ ਦੀਆਂ ਕੋਰਟਾਂ ਨੇ ਨਤੀਜਾ ਕੱਢਿਆ ਹੈ ਕਿ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੇ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਪਹਿਨਣ ਦੇ ਪੱਖ ਵਿਚ, ਕੋਈ ਮੱਨਣਯੋਗ ਦਲੀਲ ਨਹੀਂ ਪੇਸ਼ ਕੀਤੀ। ਇਸ ਸਿੱਧਾੰਤਕ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਗਲਤ ਅਤੇ ਬੇਬੁਨਿਆਦ ਫ਼ੈਸਲੇ ਨੂੰ, ਕਾਨੂੰਨੀ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ ਚੈਲੰਜ ਕਰਨਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ ਹੈ। ਇਸ ਫ਼ੈਸਲੇ ਨੂੰ ਸਹਿਜ-ਸੁਭਾਅ ਮੱਨ ਲੈਣਾ ਅਤੇ ਇਟਲੀ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਨੂੰ ਬਿਨਾ ਰੋਕ-ਟੋਕ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਦੇ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਪਹਿਨਣ ਦੇ ਹੱਕ ਵਿਚ ਦਖਲਅੰਦਾਜ਼ੀ ਕਰਨ ਦੇਣਾ; ਇਕ ਗਲਤ ਰਾਹ ਇਖਤਿਆਰ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੋਵੇਗਾ 'ਤੇ ਇਹ ਨਹੀਂ ਹੋਣ ਦੇਣਾ ਚਾਹੀਦਾ। ਕਨੇਡਾ ਦੀ ਵਿਸ਼ਵ ਸਿੱਖ ਸੰਸਥਾ, ਇਟਲੀ ਦੇ ਸਿੱਖ ਭਾਈਚਾਰੇ ਨੂੰ, ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਤੇ ਲਾਈਆਂ ਜਾ ਰਹੀਆਂ ਪਾਬੰਦੀਆਂ ਵਿਰੁਧ ਵਾਜਬ ਕਾਰਵਾਈ ਕਰਨ ਲਈ, ਮੁਨਾਸਬ ਸਹਾਇਤਾ ਦੇਣ ਲਈ ਤਿਆਰ ਹੈ।   

    ਅਸੀਂ, ਆਪ ਜੀ ਨੂੰ, ਇਸ ਚਿੱਠੀ ਰਾਹੀਂ, ਸੂਚਤ ਕਰਨਾ ਚਾਹੁੰਦੇ ਹਾਂ, ਕਿ ਕਨੇਡਾ ਦੇ ਸਿੱਖ, ਇਟਲੀ ਦੀ, ਨਵੀਂ ਬਣਤਰ ਦੀ ਕਿਰਪਾਨ 'ਤੇ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਵੱਲੋਂ ਇਸ ਨੂੰ ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਵਿਚ ਵੰਡਣ ਦੇ ਉਪਰਾਲੇ ਦਾ ਖੰਡਨ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਨ। ਧਾਰਮਕ ਮਸਲਿਆਂ ਵਿਚ, ਇਸ ਤਰ੍ਹਾਂ ਦੀ ਸਰਕਾਰੀ ਦਖਲਅੰਦਾਜ਼ੀ ਨੂੰ, ਸਹਿਜੇ ਹੀ ਮੱਨ ਲੈਣ ਨਾਲ, ਦੁਨੀਆਂ ਭਰ ਵਿਚ, ਸਿੱਖਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਨਵੀਆਂ ਚੁਣੌਤੀਆਂ ਦਾ ਸਾਹਮਣਾ ਕਰਨਾ ਪਵੇਗਾ 'ਤੇ ਗਲਤ ਨਤੀਜੇ ਭੁਗਤਣੇ ਪੈਣਗੇ।

    ਅਸੀਂ ਆਸ ਕਰਦੇ ਹਾਂ ਕਿ ਸਮੂਹ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਾਹਿਬਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਸ੍ਰੀ ਅਕਾਲ ਤਖਤ ਸਾਹਿਬ ਦੇ ਜੱਥੇਦਾਰ, ਇਸ, ਕਿਰਪਾਨ ਸੰਬੰਧੀ ਤਜਵੀਜ਼ ਨੂੰ, ਸਪੱਸ਼ਟ ਤੌਰ ਤੇ, ਕਠੋਰ ਸ਼ਬਦਾਂ ਰਾਹੀਂ, ਖੰਡਤ ਕਰਨਗੇ।

    ਦਾਸ,

    ਮੁਖਬੀਰ ਸਿੰਘ
    ਮੁਖ ਸੇਵਾਦਾਰ
    World Sikh Organization of Canada


  • WSO General Counsel Palbinder Kaur Shergill Appointed to Supreme Court of BC

    Ottawa (June 23, 2017)  - The World Sikh Organization of Canada congratulates The Honourable Madam Justice Palbinder Kaur Shergill Q.C. on her appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in New Westminster.  Justice Shergill is the first turbaned Sikh to be appointed to the judiciary in Canada.   She had served as general legal counsel for the WSO since 1991 on a pro bono basis.

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  • WSO Disturbed By Sikh Player's Allegations of Racism at Vancouver Football League

    Surrey (May 16, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disturbed by allegations of racism made by a young Sikh player at the Vancouver Mainland Football League (VMFL).  Arjun Singh Sran, 15, was subject to racist taunts and bullying during a game. Although repeated attempts have been made to have address the issue, the VMFL has failed to properly investigate or hold those responsible accountable.

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  • WSO Calls for Inquiry Into Punjab Human Rights Abuses

    Ottawa (May 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls for a full commission of inquiry into human rights abuses that took place in Punjab in the 80s and 90s. 

    The death today, of KPS Gill, former Director General of the Punjab Police during the 80s and 90s marks the loss of an opportunity to pursue justice and accountability for the thousands of victims of police and state atrocities in Punjab.  Gill lead a campaign of state violence designed to crush militancy and dissent in Punjab in the early-1990s and was colloquially known by many as the “Butcher of the Punjab”.  Under his command, the Punjab Police and Indian security forces engaged in widespread abuses and operated with impunity.  He was implicated in the extrajudicial murders of several prominent activists, including human rights advocate Jaswant Singh Khalra.

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  • WSO Welcomes Exemption for Alberta Sikhs from Mandatory Helmet Law

    Calgary (April 12, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the exemption for turbaned Sikh Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) riders from helmet requirements in Alberta’s amendments to the Traffic Safety Act and Off-Highway Vehicle Regulation. 

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  • WSO Releases Report on Bullying of Sikh Students in Peel Region

    Brampton (April 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada released a report today on issues faced by Sikh students in Ontario’s Peel District School Board (PDSB). The report, titled “The Experience of Sikh Students in Peel”, is based on survey results of over 300 young people between the ages of 5 and 17 who identify as Sikhs. The report aims to bring a better understanding of the challenges faced by Sikh students in Peel, a region that has one of the highest proportions of Sikhs in Canada. The report finds that 27% of Sikh students surveyed reported being bullied for their Sikh identity.  This figure is down from 2011, when in a similar survey conducted by WSO found over 40% of Sikh students reported being bullied. 

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