WSO Condemns Racist Vandalism of Calgary Gurdwara

Calgary (December 24, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns the racist vandalism of the Sikh Society of Calgary that took place early on Thursday morning.  The racist graffiti included a swastika and profanity. 

In January 2015, a gurdwara in Edmonton was spray-painted with racist graffiti and earlier this year, racist-anti Sikh posters were posted at the University of Alberta.

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WSO Condemns Anti-Semitic Vandalism in Ottawa

Ottawa (November 17, 2016): WSO condemns the vandalism of three Jewish centers in Ottawa that have been spray-painted with swastikas and hate messaging.  Most recently, the Machzikei Hadas synagogue was defaced with anti-Semitic graffiti last night. 

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WSO Congratulates Sabi Marwah on Senate Appointment

Ottawa (October 31, 2016):  WSO offers its congratulations to Sarabjit (Sabi) Singh Marwah on being appointed Canada's first Sikh senator.

Marwah, who recently retired as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer for Scotiabank and is a founding member of the Sikh Foundation of Canada, has long been a mentor to up and coming Sikh professionals and has worked on several Sikh cultural initiatives. 

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Sikh Community Remembers Jim Prentice

Edmonton (October 14, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses sincere condolences on the passing of former Alberta premier, Jim Prentice.

WSO Vice President for Alberta Tejinder Singh Sidhu said today, "Jim Prentice was a devoted public servant and was dedicated to the service of Alberta and all of Canada.  Alberta's Sikhs will fondly remember the instrumental role he played in helping establish the Dashmesh Culture Centre gurdwara here in Calgary.  Jim took time away from his personal life to ensure that the growing Sikh community had a place to gather and worship and provided his services without any cost.  He will be sorely missed.  Our prayers are with the Prentice family at this difficult time and with the families of the others that lost their lives in last night's crash."

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WSO Concerned by Racist Graffiti Found at Fatal Alberta Motel Fire

Edmonton (October 13, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization expresses its grave concern after reports that a fatal fire at an Alberta motel may be connected to racist graffiti found at the scene.

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WSO Helps Resolve Edmonton High School Kirpan Issue

Edmonton (October 6, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has helped Sahib Singh Bains return to high school in Edmonton after he was told his kirpan was a weapon and would not be permitted in class.

Sahib Singh, 16, is an initiated or amritdhari Sikh and wears the Sikh articles of faith including the kirpan. Last week, a teacher noticed a bulge underneath Sahib Singh's shirt.  When confronted, he confirmed that he wears a kirpan.  Sahib Singh was later approached by his school's principal who told him that the kirpan is a restricted weapon and he would have to turn the kirpan over to him immediately.

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WSO Calls for Immediate Release of Kashmiri Activist

Ottawa (September 20, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada expresses its concern at the detention of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez.  Parvez was arrested one day before he was scheduled to travel to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.  (Geneva)  where he was to raise concerns about Indian security forces' human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.  On Tuesday, a local court in Srinagar set aside his detention order and issued directions for his immediate release, however, police have refused to free him.

The WSO calls on Indian authorities to follow the rule of law and immediately release Parvez.

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WSO Condemns Racist Posters at University of Alberta Targeting Sikhs

Edmonton (September 19, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada condemns racist posters distributed by the group “Immigration Watch Canada” targeting Sikhs at the University of Alberta. 

The poster titled “FU*K YOUR TURBAN” features a picture of a turbaned Sikh man and states, "If you're so obsessed with your third-world culture, go the fu*k back to where you came from!"

Approximately a dozen posters appeared earlier today on the University of Alberta campus but have now been taken down by campus security.

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Second Annual Sikh Youth Leadership Institute Held in Ottawa

Ottawa (August 17, 2016): The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its second annual  Sikh Youth Leadership Institute (SYLI) in Ottawa this past weekend. After taking part in a rigorous application process, twenty Sikh youths between the ages of 18-25 were selected to take part in the program. The attendees came from coast to coast, including Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and British Columbia. Two-thirds of this year's participants were Sikh women. 

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WSO Statement on Sentencing of Perpetrator of Quebec City Sikh Attack

Ottawa (June 30, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada calls the sentencing of Gabriel Royer Tremblay a strong message that hateful and racist attacks will not be tolerated.

Royer Tremblay was sentenced to ten months in prison for his attack on Supninder Singh Khera  in Quebec City over the Easter weekend earlier this year.  Khera, who was visiting from Toronto, was the victim of an unprovoked attack after being taunted for wearing his turban.

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