WSO Welcomes Ontario Ban on Carding

(Ottawa – March 23, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes Ontario's ban on random stopping of citizens by police, a practice known as carding or street checks. Ontario Community Safety Minister Yasir Naqvi, making the announcement yesterday, noted that the changes will be effective January 1, 2017 and are designed to be the "first right-based framework surrounding police interactions in Ontario's history".

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WSO Helps Create Kirpan Accommodation at Canadian NHL Arenas

1958364_10154011027955001_259875040_n.jpgOttawa (March 16, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada has worked with NHL hockey arenas across Canada to implement kirpan accommodation procedures for Sikh guests. 

Beginning in the 2015-16 NHL season, arenas were instructed to introduce airport-style security screening of guests, including walk-through metal detectors.  The WSO began working with arenas across Canada on creating a suitable accommodation for Sikh guests that would balance security with freedom of religion and the Sikhs' obligation to wear the kirpan.

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WSO Convention Passes Torch to Next Generation

Mukhbir SinghOttawa – (March 2, 2016) The World Sikh Organization of Canada held its biennial convention on Saturday February 27, 2016, in Mississauga, Ontario, where for the first time in its 32-year history a Canadian born Sikh was selected to lead the organization. Mukhbir Singh was unanimously chosen to serve as President for the next two years.

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Sikhs Deliver Valentines Care Packages to Shelters Across Canada

12687910_573929786097264_2064011335622378838_n.jpgOttawa (February 15, 2016):  Sikhs across Canada, in partnership with the World Sikh Organization of Canada and community organizations 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, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.   Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children accompanied the packages. 

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WSO Calls on Portugal to Not Extradite Sikh Activist

Ottawa (February 8, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada wrote last week to the Portuguese Ambassador to Canada regarding the extradition of Paramjeet Singh Saini.  Saini, a permanent resident of the UK, was arrested in Portugal at the request of Indian authorities who are now demanding his extradition in relation to a 2009 murder.  The WSO has called on Portugal to return Saini to his family in the UK as he faces well-founded threats of torture and even death if returned to India.

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WSO & Interfaith Partners Express Support for Office of Religious Freedoms

Ottawa (January 22, 2016):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada, on behalf of Canadian Sikhs, has joined with Canada’s Jewish and Ahmadiyya Muslim communities in expressing support for the Office of Religious Freedom in a joint letter to the Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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WSO Statement on the Passing of Manmeet Singh Bhullar

The World Sikh Organization of Canada is shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of MLA Manmeet Singh Bhullar today. 

Dr. Amritpal Singh Shergill said today, " Our deepest condolences to Manmeet's wife and family.  Words simply cannot do justice to the loss we are feeling and the void his passing has created. 

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WSO Concerned by Ongoing Arrest & Detention of Sikhs in Punjab

Ottawa (November 22, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada is deeply concerned by the ongoing arbitrary arrest and detention of Sikhs across Punjab in recent days.  Sikhs who attended the Sarbat Khalsa gathering held on November 10 2015 or who were involved in the mass protests against the desecration of Sri Guru Granth Sahib are being arrested by the Punjab Police and detained under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including sedition and apprehension of breach of peace. 

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Trudeau Cabinet Reflects Diversity of Canada: WSO

Ottawa (November 4, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada extends its heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his taking of office and to all of today's appointees to the federal cabinet. 

Today was a historic day for Canada.  Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet for the first time includes an equal number of men and women, and is the most diverse and inclusive group in recent history.

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Sikhs Across Canada to Commemorate Jaswant Singh Khalra

Surrey (October 23, 2015):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada and Sikhs across Canada will gather to remember the 20th anniversary of the murder of Jaswant Singh Khalra on Tuesday October 27, 2015.  

Khalra, a Sikh human rights activist, researched and uncovered the illegal murder and cremation of thousands of young Sikhs by Indian security forces during the 80s and early 90s. On September 6, 1995 after returning from a trip to Canada where he made his evidence public, Khalra was abducted by the Punjab Police from his home. After being in held in custody and tortured for almost two months, he was murdered in custody on October 27, 1995. Superintendent of Police from Tarn Taran, Ajit Sandhu had said “if 25,000 have disappeared, it will be easy to make one more disappear too.”

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