Global News - Sikh community receives ‘outpouring of support’ after racist posters found at University of Alberta

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Just one day after at least a dozen disturbing posters were spotted on the University of Alberta campus, political and cultural leaders along with Canadians in general are rallying behind the Sikh community.

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Toronto Star Anti-Sikh posters show up on University of Alberta campus

Edmonton university condemns racist posters placed at a dozen sites, as campus organizers plan a pro-diversity event in response.

 

A screenshot of a racist Sikh poster on the University of Alberta campus posted by Laura Porter to the Overheard at the University of Alberta group. 
screenshot of a racist Sikh poster on the University of Alberta campus posted by Laura Porter to the Overheard at the University of Alberta group.  (FACEBOOK - LAURA PORTER)  

The University of Alberta moved quickly this week to remove racist posters that showed up on campus featuring the image of a Sikh man in a marigold-yellow turban and the words: “If you’re so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the f--- back to where you came from!” 
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National Post- Liberals plan for huge influx of refugees, immigrant spouses at expense of skilled foreign workers

Lee Berthiaume, Ottawa Citizen | March 8, 2016 | Last Updated: Mar 9 8:49 AM ET

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has cut the number of skilled foreign workers it will allow into Canada this year to make room for a huge influx of Syrian refugees, immigrant spouses and children.

Immigration Minister John McCallum says the reduction in economic immigrants is a “temporary pause” that will have minimal impact on Canada’s well-being and prosperity. But the move has nonetheless raised concerns from business groups about the Liberals’ long-term plans for immigration.

At the same time, the government could face a backlash from some ethnic communities for not letting more immigrant parents and grandparents into Canada to be reunited with their families.

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Toronto Star- Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters

Valentine's care packages bring a little love to women's shelters

Sikh community delivers cupcakes, chocolates and cards made by children, just to ‘say someone cares.’ 

Sarpreet Kaur, a volunteer with the World Sikh Organization, delivers boxes of cupcakes, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards made by children from the Sikh community, to a women's shelter.

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Sarpreet Kaur, a volunteer with the World Sikh Organization, delivers boxes of cupcakes, chocolates and Valentine's Day cards made by children from the Sikh community, to a women's shelter.

There were no bouquets of red roses, but on Valentine’s Day dozens of pink boxes wrapped with white ribbons showed up at Nellie’s Women’s Shelter instead. 

Each care package included chocolates and cupcakes, topped with handmade cards authored by elementary school children. 

“You are great,” reads one Valentine. “You are beautiful,” said another. 

All were addressed to the same recipients: Women and children who call the downtown shelter home, many of whom are victims of violence, poverty and homelessness.

 

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Ottawa Citizen- Faith groups call on Liberals to keep Office of Religious Freedom

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/politics/faith-groups-call-on-liberals-to-keep-office-of-religious-freedom

The Liberal government is facing pressure to keep the Office of Religious Freedom open, after representatives from three influential faith groups wrote Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion on Friday asking him not to scrap it.

The open letter from organizations representing Jewish, Sikh and Ahmadiyya Muslim Canadians underscores the potential political cost of shuttering the three-year-old office, which the previous Conservative government established with much fanfare.

 

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Rabble: Advocacy groups ramp up campaign to repeal Bill C-51

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Globe & Mail: New Defence Minister leads Sikhs’ rise to prominence in Parliament

IAN BAILEY - VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail

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Mississauga News: Peel board provides guide to revised sex ed curriculum

By Mileena Sobreira-Yousufy

The Peel District School Board is providing a “factual” guide for parents regarding the controversial sex education curriculum.

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Toronto Star: Peel board’s sex-ed guide gets help from faith, community groups

By:  Education Reporter, Published on Tue Nov 03 2015

It was created to counter the misinformation about sex-ed, and has the blessing of local faith and community groups.

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Toronto Sun: Punjab violence worries GTA Sikhs

BY TORONTO SUN

FIRST POSTED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 08:40 PM EDT | UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 08:42 PM EDT

Sikhs in the Greater Toronto Area are worried about the violence now rocking Punjab, the northern Indian state many of their family members call home.

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