#AskCanadianSikhs- When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out

Ottawa (April 3, 2018):  Following the success of the social media hashtag campaign “#AskCanadianSikhs”, The World Sikh Organization of Canada will be hosting a series of events in Edmonton, Surrey and Brampton from April 6-8,  entitled, “#AskCanadianSikhs:  When Canadian Sikhs Spoke Out”.  The panels will feature prominent UK journalist Sunny Hundal as well as public relations and media specialists. Hundal writes a bi-monthly column for the Hindustan Times and for the UK’s Independent. The panels will be moderated by WSO Board Member Jaskaran Sandhu. 

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WSO Welcomes Alberta Turban Accommodation for Sikh Motorcyclists

Calgary (March 29, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes today’s announcement by the Alberta Government to accommodate turbaned Sikh motorcyclists in the province.  As of April 12, 2018, turbaned Sikh motorcyclists will be exempted from helmet requirements.

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WSO Shocked by Racist Attack on Ottawa Sikh

Ottawa (March 27, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply disturbed by the attack on a Sikh man last Friday night in Ottawa.  Two suspects, described as white males by police, approached the Sikh male, threatening to cut his beard and hair.  The two suspects then made racial slurs and threatened the Sikh with a knife.  The suspects proceeded to assault the man, dragging him on the ground and then ripped his turban from his head and stole it along with his phone and bus pass. 

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WSO Open Letter to Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey on Coverage of Sikh Canadians

In an open letter to Postmedia CEO Paul Godfrey (posted below), and copied to the editors of the Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen and National Post, WSO President Mukhbir Singh expressed his concern at recent coverage of the Sikh community in Postmedia newspapers.  The Sikh community has been disappointed by recent opinion pieces making harmful generalizations and stereotypes about the community, including the argument that Sikhs are "overrepresented" in Canada's democracy and asking readers to "reflect on whether the inordinate influence the [Sikhs] now enjoy is good for democracy.”

WSO will continue to be a strong advocate for Canadian Sikhs and ensure the community is not silenced or marginalized by misleading and irresponsible reporting.  

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India-Canada Framework May Put Sikh Lives at Risk: WSO

Ottawa (February 26, 2018): The World Sikh Organization is deeply concerned by the recent announcement of the Framework for Cooperation on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism between Canada and India (‘Framework’). The Framework, announced on Friday after the meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, formalizes “increased collaboration between the law enforcement and security agencies of both countries” and will “develop exchanges and facilitate effective cooperation in the fields of security, finance, justice, and law enforcement, including, where appropriate, at the operational level.”

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WSO Rejects Allegations of Rising Radicalism Against Canadian Sikhs

Ottawa (February 23, 2018):  Following up to and during Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to India, a number of media sources reported allegations of “rising Sikh radicalism in Canada”. In response to these allegations, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he “will not crack down on those advocating peacefully for an independent Sikh state because that is a freedom of speech issue.”

 

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WSO's One Billion Rising Event Completes 5th Amazing Year!

Ottawa (February 21, 2018):  For the fifth year in a row, Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada joined to take part in the One Billion Rising movement by providing care packages, treats and baked goods to approximately 1500 women and children in shelters in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.   Handmade Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages. 

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WSO Disappointed by Quebec Kirpan Ruling

Ottawa (February 20, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by a ruling of the Quebec Court of Appeal upholding the Quebec National Assembly’s prohibition on the kirpan.

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WSO Rejects Indian Allegations of Sikh Radicalism Ahead of Trudeau Visit

Ottawa (February 16, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada strongly rejects allegations of rising Sikh radicalism in Canada.  These allegations have been reported in the Indian media prior to Prime Minister Trudeau’s visit to India, scheduled to begin tomorrow.  It has also been reported that the allegation of “rising Sikh radicalism in Canada” will be raised with Prime Minister Trudeau during the visit.

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WSO Calls for Full Investigation of Tytler Recordings

Ottawa (February 6, 2018):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls for a full and thorough investigation into the recently released recordings of Indian political leader Jagdish Tytler.  Tytler, who is accused of having orchestrated the 1984 Sikh Genocide can be heard in the recordings referring to the killing of 100 Sikhs.

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