WSO Appears at Supreme Court for TWU Appeal

Ottawa (December 6, 2017). – On December 1st, the World Sikh Organization of Canada presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal Trinity Western University appeal ( Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, et al. and Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada). The TWU case revolves around the decision of the BC and Ontario law societies not to accredit graduates from Trinity Western University's law program because of the university's community covenant. Continue reading

WSO Concerned by Alleged Abduction & Torture of UK Citizen by Indian Police

Ottawa (November 15, 2017):   The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply concerned by emerging reports about the treatment received by Jagtar Singh Johal, a UK resident, upon his arrest by the Indian state police in Punjab. Johal, 30, a resident of Dumbarton, UK was allegedly abducted by plain-clothes officers of the Punjab Police on November 4 in Punjab while shopping with his wife.  He was forced into a van after having a black hood placed over his head.  Johal has not been charged with any crime but remains in police remand.  It is believed that his arrest is connected to his activities on social media highlighting the Sikh genocide and the running of a website.  Continue reading

WSO Holds Biennial Convention in Surrey

Ottawa (November 14, 2017):   The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its biennial convention on Saturday November 11, 2017 at the Punjab Bhavan in Surrey, British Columbia.  Delegates from across Canada attended the convention to reflect on the successes of the past two years and to chart a course for the future.  Continue reading

WSO Helps Resolve Kirpan Accommodation at Regina's Evraz Place

Ottawa (November 8, 2017):  The WSO has helped implement a kirpan accommodation policy at Regina’s Evraz Place after a group of Sikhs were denied entry because of their kirpans this past summer.  On August 6, 2017, Simarjit Singh Bajwa and his family and friends were stopped from entering Evraz Place in Regina where the annual Queen City EX was being held.  The EX includes rides, foods and stalls.  Security at Evraz Place spotted the kirpans worn by the group and told them that they considered the kirpan a ‘weapon’ and would not allow them on the premises.  Despite their attempts at explaining the religious significance of the kirpan, and offering to conceal the kirpan under their clothing, Simarjit Singh and those with him were not permitted to enter. Continue reading

Sikhs Can Wear Small Kirpans on Flights Under New Transport Canada Rules

Ottawa (November 6, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the decision by Transport Canada allowing blades of up to 6cm in length on domestic and international flights in Canada.  As of November 27, 2017, kirpans with blades of up to 6cm will be permitted on Canadian flights.  Earlier this year, the WSO had reached out to Transport Canada encouraging the adoption of the international standard so that Sikhs wearing the kirpan could be accommodated. Continue reading

WSO Appears at Supreme Court for Highwood Appeal

Ottawa (November 2, 2017). – Today, the World Sikh Organization of Canada presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark case in Highwood Congregation v. Wall, a case questioning whether courts can judicially review membership decisions taken by private religious associations. Continue reading

WSO Disappointed by Quebec Niqab Ban

Ottawa – October 18, 2017:   The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by the passing of Bill 62 in Quebec’s National Assembly earlier today.  The law forces Muslim women who wear the niqab to uncover their faces to deliver or use public services.  The ban applies to public services such as doctors, transit services and schools.  Continue reading

WSO Launches Sikh Family Helpline Across Canada

Brampton (October 10, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is excited to launch the Sikh Family Helpline across Canada, today on October 10, 2017, which is being marked as World Mental Health Day. The Sikh Family Helpline is a peer-to-peer non-emergency helpline servicing the Sikh community in Canada in Punjabi and English.  Recognizing a lack of resources for culturally appropriate resources for families facing challenges such as addiction, abuse and mental health issues, the Sikh Family Helpline’s mission is to promote health and wellness for individuals and families in the Sikh community by closing current gaps in access to resources and increasing community awareness and activism.   Continue reading

WSO Congratulates Jagmeet Singh on Historic NDP Leadership Victory

Ottawa: (October 1, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada congratulates Jagmeet Singh on being elected the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP).  Jagmeet Singh is the first racialized person and first Sikh to be elected leader of a federal party in Canada. Continue reading

BC Sikhs Join Walk For Reconciliation

Vancouver (September 26, 2017):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada and members of the BC Lower Mainland Sikh community took part this weekend in the second Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Hosted by Reconciliation Canada and the City of Vancouver, approximately fifty thousand participants came out to be part of the reconciliation process. Continue reading