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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Images of Terror: Remembering November 1984 Through Photographs

They say a picture speaks a thousand words.  The iconic picture of a Sikh being stoned and beaten on the streets of Delhi in November 1984 is in many ways representative of the terror and carnage that took place twenty eight years ago.  How could the thousands of Sikhs who were attacked and killed have ever known that members of their own government were organizing mobs, providing them with municipal lists and kerosene and leading them on a murderous spree that lasted almost an entire week?

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Tracking Pakistan's Forgotten Gurdwaras

“Please give your Khalsa the gift of free visitation to, and service and upkeep of Sri Nankana Sahib and other Gurdwaras and places associated with the Guru from which the Panth (community) has been separated” – Sikh daily Ardaas (prayer)

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CATSA Clarifies Aiport Turban Policy

After being contacted by a Sikh whose turban was aggressively patted down during security screening at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, the World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) has been in contact with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a clarification on screening procedures for the turban in Canadian airports.

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1000 Days to Go - WSO Joins G8 Faith Leaders to Call for Action on MDGs

As 1000 days remain to achieve the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), WSO President Prem Singh Vinning joined faith leaders from the other G8 countries in calling on G8 Heads of Government to increase efforts to meet the set targets. 

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WSO Receives Bhullar Update from German Ambassador

After sending an urgent appeal to the Canadian, German and Indian governments last week to save Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar's life, WSO has received a reply from German Ambassador Werner Wnendt in which he has stated, "[o]n April 12, 2013, the same day the Supreme Court of India has refused to relief Prof. Bhullar from the death penalty, the Federal President, Joachim Gauck, has talked to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in order to plead his case. Germany will continue to talk to India on the highest level about this case."

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Canada's Forgotten Sikh Inmates

By Balpreet Singh (Legal Counsel, WSO)

Bhaji, even Sikhs make mistakes….”

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Marking Sikh Environment Day


Once again this year on March 14th, the Gurpurb of Sri Guru Har Rai, Sikhs across the world will be marking Sikh Environment Day. This initiative was started by EcoSikh, a US & India based organization.  The Sikhs highest temporal authority, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, now officially recognizes March 14th as Sikh Environment Day and encourages Sikhs all over the world to participate in this initiative which promotes environmental awareness about issues facing our world.

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