Canada Visit of Minister Implicated in 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence Unacceptable - WSO

Ottawa – March 12, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is gravely concerned to learn that Mr. Kamal Nath, Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways, who has been implicated in leading the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in New Delhi, has been invited to speak by the Canada-India Business Council on March 23, 2010 in Toronto. Anti-Sikh violence across India in November 1984, took the lives of thousands of Sikhs. The perpetrators of the violence have not been prosecuted to this day.

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WSO Condemns Brutal Beheading of Sikh in Pakistan

Ottawa – February 22, 2010: The World Sikh Organization (WSO) condemns the brutal murder of a Sikh in the North West of Pakistan on Sunday by the Taliban. Jaspal Singh, who had been abducted several weeks ago along with several other Sikhs, was beheaded after his family was unable to pay the ransom demanded for his release. At least two other Sikhs remain in the captivity of the Taliban. It has been reported that Taliban militants in the tribal belt and in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, have begun imposing Islamic tax or "jiziya" on non-Muslims living in a Muslim-dominated area. In May 2009, hundreds of Sikhs were driven from their homes and several Sikh houses were razed by the Taliban after the community refused to pay the jiziya.

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WSO Encourages Sikhs to Familiarize Themselves with Olympic Kirpan Accommodation Policy

Ottawa – (February 5, 2010) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) reminds the Sikh community to become familiar with the guidelines accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games. It is important that all Sikh spectators at the Olympics who wear the kirpan strictly abide by the guidelines.

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WSO Calls on Sikh Community to Support Haiti Relief Effort

Ottawa – January 17, 2010:  The World Sikh Organization offers condolences to the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti and their loved ones. WSO encourages the Sikh community to offer its full assistance and support to the relief effort taking place.  The earthquake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, has left Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest nation, in ruins and the dead numbering in the tens of thousands. 

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WSO Expresses Concern Over Nanakshahi Controversy

Ottawa – January 6, 2010: The World Sikh Organization (WSO) expresses concern over the recent process of amending the Sikh community’s Nanakshahi calendar. The Nanakshahi calendar marks the major Gupurabs or Sikh holidays which are celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor worldwide. The current Nanakshahi calendar was researched and developed over a period of several years and finally announced in 2003. The calendar has received acclaim and acceptance from the wider Sikh community as it established fixed dates for important Gurpurabs and eliminated the yearly conjecture and guessing about these days.

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WSO Expresses Deep Concern Over Ludhiana Violence

Ottawa – (December 18, 2009) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) expresses deep concern over the violence that occurred in Ludhiana earlier this month and the role of Punjab’s political leadership and the administration .

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World Sikh Organization of Canada Celebrates 25 Years and Announces New Executive

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada celebrated 25 years of service to the Sikh community in its Biennial Convention held on December 12th and 13th, 2009 in Mississauga Ontario. Sikhs from all across Canada assembled to focus on WSO's history and achievements as well as to shape the direction of WSO's advocacy going forward. The event culminated with the selection of WSO's newest President and Executive for the 2009-2011 term. Prem Singh Vinning of Surrey British Columbia, a well known businessman and dedicated member of WSO for the past 25 years, has been selected to head the organization. Mr. Vinning grew up in the UK and moved to Canada in 1976 and has since been actively involved in the local community at the grassroots level.

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World Sikh Organization Welcomes 2010 Olympics Accommodation Policy

Ottawa – (October 15, 2009) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes the announcement of guidelines by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU) accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games.

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Une nouvelle directive de sécuritépermet aux sikhs Amritdhari deporter le kirpan sur les sites desJeux d’hiver de 2010 à Vancouver

VANCOUVER (15 octobre 2009) – Dans le but de faciliter l’accès des personnes deconfession religieuse sikhe aux activités entourant les Jeux olympiques etparalympiques de 2010 à Vancouver, le Groupe intégré de la sécurité –Vancouver 2010 (GIS V2010) a élaboré une directive qui permet aux sikhs initiér ouAmritdhari de porter le kirpan comme « marque de foi ».

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Vanoc permits Sikhs to wear kirpans at 2010 Winter Games venues

VANCOUVER (October 15, 2009) – To ease access to 2010 VancouverOlympic and Paralympic Games events for those adhering to Sikh religious tenets, the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU) has developedguidelines that enable the wearing of the kirpan as an article of faith for initiatedor Amritdhari Sikhs.

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