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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WSO & Interfaith Partners Hold Successful Event

Surrey BC. The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) took part in Celebrating Our Differences: Creating Positive Change in a Divided World on Sunday January 28th. Celebrating Our Differences shared songs, stories and teachings from many faiths and spiritual paths. It kicked off a series of events in Surrey celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week, a yearly worldwide UN observance where faith communities and interfaith groups come together to showcase the work they do for the common good of all.

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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.

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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. 

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