CBC: Turbans banned on Quebec soccer fields

Balpreet Singh, legal counsel for the the World Sikh Organization for Canada, said young Sikhs in Quebec are being unfairly punished.

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Montreal Gazette: Quebec won’t allow turbans in soccer despite ruling from Canadian body

“I am worried that a whole generation of Sikhs living in Quebec will not be allowed to play soccer because of religious beliefs,” said Singh, the Quebec vice-president of the World Sikh Organization of Canada.

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Globe and Mail: Small ceremonial swords to be allowed in B.C. courthouses

“This decision is incredibly important to us,” said Sukhvinder Vinning, executive director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. “As law-abiding citizens, we go to the courthouse to fulfill our civic duties. But in order to fill that duty, we have to compromise our Sikh code of conduct by leaving our kirpan behind.

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News 1130: Khalsa Sikhs allowed to carry kirpans in BC courtrooms

Prem Vinning with the World Sikh Organization is happy with the move and called it an open dialogue with the province. “There is a training video that has been created by the WSO with the BC Sheriff’s Office so that people can be trained in the courthouses.”

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The Province: Sikhs hail kirpan agreement for B.C. courts

“It’s a relief,” said Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning, executive director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada. “I can focus on being a good civic citizen and I don’t have to worry about compromising my faith, so that’s a huge burden that’s been lifted.” Having to testify in court can be a stressful situation, and for Sikhs having to remove the kirpan made it worse, said Vinning. “To take it off, that’s a painful thing to ask,” she said. “It eats away at a person.” “[It was like] kind of being torn in two ... practicing Sikhism and being a good citizen.” The kirpan, as part of the Sikh code of conduct, is supposed to be worn — sheathed — at all times. The kirpan itself symbolizes the Sikh duty to stand against injustice. “It’s very sacred, it’s an extension of who we are — we wear it all times,” said Vinning. “Taking it off – it’s hard.” So the government and WSO worked together to create the new policy.

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The Suburban-Montreal: World Sikh Organization concerned about police racism allegations

“The allegations being made against Sgt. Bigras are very serious and shocking to the Sikh community,” Mukhbir Singh, WSO vice-president, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, told The Suburban in an electronic mail message.

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The Province: ANTI-VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN: Sikhs to celebrate Valentine’s Day by delivering sweets to women’s shelters

Sikhs will be baking or buying treats and Surrey’s Guru Nanak gurdwara’s free kitchen and the World Sikh Organization of Canada will deliver them to local women’s shelters on Thursday.

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Montreal Gazette: Alberta brings in policy to allow Sikhs to wear kirpan religious knives in court

"Alberta is the first province wide adoption of a uniform policy with respect to the kirpan," Balpreet Singh, spokesman for the World Sikh Organization of Canada said Monday from Toronto. "The accommodation procedure ensures courthouse security is maintained while allowing Sikhs to wear the kirpan according to the requirements of their faith."

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Toronto Star: Sikh driver settles beard dispute with limo company

“Mostly, when there’s a settlement, it’s at least some time before you actually arrive at the hearing,” said Balpreet Singh, a lawyer with the World Sikh Organization of Canada, which was given access as an intervenor in the case.

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The Province: Surrey Rape Vigil: ‘It’s a man’s problem, it’s not a woman’s problem’

And while it may seem far off for a nation overseas to implement that change, Sukhvinder Kaur Vinning, Executive Director of the World Sikh Organization of Canada said everyone must “stand in solidarity.” “The reality is it’s (up to) the citizens there,” she said. “(But this) gives people in India strength … when they know their neighbours won’t turn away.” “They’re not alone.”

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