Guru Nanak & the Sikh Ideal of Activism

Guru Nanak was the founder of the Sikh faith and today as Sikhs across the world, including here in Canada, celebrate his Gurpurab (birth anniversary) it is a great opportunity to reflect on what a revolutionary and activist Guru Nanak was. 

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WSO at Parliamentary screening of The Widow Colony

On Tuesday night, WSO legal counsel, Balpreet Singh spoke on a panel about 1984 after a screening of the documentary film “Widow Colony” on Parliament Hill.  The showing was sponsored by NDP MPs Jinny Sims and Jasbir Sandhu. 

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Why 1984 Still Matters...

As we come upon the anniversary of the November 1984 genocide of Sikhs across India, it is no secret that 1984 still matters and Sikhs still remember.

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WSO on Parliament Hill

On October 24th and 25th, WSO representatives were on Parliament Hill for two days of meetings with MPs of all three major Canadian parties.

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Remembering S. Jaswant Singh Khalra

We remember S. Jaswant Singh Khalra on the anniversary of his disapperance.  We reflect here on his work, his death his legacy and how the uproar over his abduction caused ripples in Canada.

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A Recap of WSO’s Annual June 2011 Human Rights Events

On Sunday June 12, the World Sikh Organization of Canada’s series of June human rights events  concluded with the WSO’s Surrey Inter-community dinner at the Punjab Banquet Hall.  Earlier events had taken place in Ottawa, Brampton and Edmonton. 

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Greyhound Canada Clarifies its Kirpan Policy

By Balpreet Singh, legal counsel WSO

Ever since I was denied entry to the Toronto courthouse on a high school class trip because of my kirpan, I’ve had in interest in human rights law and addressing the issues faced by Sikhs who wear their articles of faith.  I’ve dealt with various issues over the years including restrictions on the kirpan on Via Rail and more recently at the Quebec National Assembly.  Recently I had the opportunity to deal with  a similar issue on Greyhound buses.

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Lazy reporting causes ethnic media controversy

Another day, another trivial story on how politicians are exploiting the “ethnic” vote.

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News media understand the kirpan

As disappointed as we were that Quebec’s National Assembly voted unanimously to ban kirpans from government buildings yesterday, we were also impressed with the thoughtful coverage by reporters in a variety of media.

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