April's Letter From The Director

On March 21, WSO Board Members and Executives from across the country came together in Surrey, BC. The purpose of the meeting? To re-energize the WSO, re-focus our priorities, and re-engage the community.

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Remembering Rajni Kothari: Author of 'Who Are the Guilty?'

Today we remember Shri Rajni Kothari, who passed away today in New Delhi at the age of 86.  Kothari was well known and respected for his work in the fields of human rights, political science and public service.  For the Sikh community, Kothari will be best remembered for raising his voice for justice in the case of the 1984 anti-Sikh genocide.  As the then President of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, he had the fortitude and courage to write a forthright and probing report on the events of November 1984 which continues to be one of the most reliable accounts of what happened.  The report “Who Are the Guilty?” gave a description of the massacres that took place and was a damning indictment of those politicians who orchestrated the violence.  

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WSO: Celebrating 30 Years

December 2014 commemorates a special milestone. The WSO of Canada was founded on Dec 2, 1984.  For 3 decades we have been the voice of Canadian Sikhs. Through your invaluable support, we have helped shape Canadian law and culture, making this country one of the best places on earth.  As we reflect upon the past, we are reminded of the incredible progress that we have made, and the challenges that lie ahead in an increasingly interconnected world.

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A Soldier's Uniform: A Canadian Sikh Perspective

By Mukhbir Singh (WSO VP for Quebec and Eastern Canada)

Remembrance Day has particular significance for Canadians this year as we remember not only the sacrifices of soldiers who died in the World Wars but also those soldiers who recently died in the line of duty.  Canadians were shocked by the attacks last month on Canadian Forces members Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent who died after being struck by a vehicle in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was gunned down while standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

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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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