Upcoming WSO June Events- Remembering 1984

WSO will be holding events across Canada in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Indian Army assault on Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) in Amritsar. This year, we will be sharing video presentations on 1984 and having a photo exhibit of the tragic assault.

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International Women's Day: 5 Sikh Women Making a Difference

Today people around the world are marking International Women's Day.  As Sikhs, we are fortunate to have and celebrate the forward-thinking teachings of the Sikh Gurus who affirmed the complete equality of men and women.  But, while Sikh history is filled with inspirational Sikh women from Bibi Nanaki to Mata Khivi to Mata Sahib Kaur to Mata Bhag Kaur, our community today still has considerable work to do in order for women to take their rightful places in leadership roles. 

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WSO Provides Training Session for Hudson's Bay in Toronto

On Friday August 2, the World Sikh Organization of Canada provided a training session at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto for Hudson’s Bay managers and employees on the Sikh faith and the law of accommodation in Canada.  WSO legal counsel Balpreet Singh delivered a presentation focused on Sikh beliefs, Sikh articles of faith, Canadian jurisprudence on accommodation and a question & answer session.

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Regulatory Changes to Flying With Cremated Remains

WSO has been contacted by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) about regulatory changes to airport screening of cremation containers (urns) when flying.  As many Sikh families do travel with cremated remains, the below will be of particular importance.  Punjabi version follows the English. 

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Surjit Singh Reveals Chilling Abuses by Punjab Police

Last week Punjab Police sub inspector Surjit Singh made the sensational disclosure that he and other members of the Punjab Police had engaged in the extrajudicial killings of Sikh youth in the late 80s and early 90s on the orders of senior officers. 

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On the Quebec Soccer Turban Ban...

By Mukhbir Singh (WSO Vice President- Quebec/Atlantic)

My name is Mukhbir Singh. and I was born and raised in Montreal. I am currently the Vice-President (Quebec & Atlantic Canada) of the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) and a director of the Sikh Community Centre of Montreal.

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The Turban & Quebec Charter...In Cartoons...

With the recent controversy over the proposed Quebec Charter of Values, it has been interesting to see how the debate has played out in editorial cartoons.  Several have featured Sikhs and the turban and been quite funny and insightful.  A collection of some of these recent cartoons can be seen below:

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In Canada we call that democracy...Not Extremism

Today a Globe and Mail reporter called to investigate rumours she’d heard about a supposed rise in “Sikh extremism.” At first we were confused and then we remembered theCanadian trade mission to India. As is often the case, someone in India was probably whispering in her colleague’s ear.

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WSO To Host Annual Human Rights Events in June

The World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting human rights events across Canada in the month of June, including their annual Parliamentary Dinner in Ottawa on Monday  June 3rd in Ottawa.  This year’s keynote speaker will be leading Punjab human rights activist Rajvinder S. Bains.

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Understanding the Bhinder Decision: A legal perspective

By Balpreet Singh (Legal Counsel, WSO)

Punjabi Version follows English

Recently, I have received several inquiries about the Bhinder case that was decided by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1985. Apparently, some individuals have suggested to the Punjabi media that S. Karnail Singh Bhinder had in fact “won” the case but that neither he nor the community had known of this before. Further it has also been suggested that since 1985 the Bhinder case has been used against the community in turban cases even though the Supreme Court of Canada had “allowed” the turban in place of the hard hat.  This information is incorrect.

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