Happy Canada Day!

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) wishes all Canadians a very happy Canada Day.

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Canadian Sikhs mark tragic Air India anniversary

Ottawa - Beginning June 21, one of the largest Sikh congregations in Canada, the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, BC will be holding a special memorial to mark the 25th anniversary of the tragic Air India bombing.

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World Sikh Organization supports compensation for families of Air India victims

Ottawa:  The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) supports the Major Commission’s recommendations that the government of Canada provide compensation for the families of the victims of the bombing of Air India Flight 182. It also applauds the measures for improved airport security and cooperation between CSIS and the RCMP.

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Human Rights group recognizes the Hon. Jack Layton’s fearless advocacy

Ottawa - On June 3, The World Sikh Organization of Canada recognized NDP leader Jack Layton for his work to advance human rights in Canada and abroad.

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World Sikh Organization of Canada hosts Indian human rights advocate

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes Indian journalist, author, and human rights advocate Manoj Mitta as the guest speaker at their annual Parliamentary Dinner on Thursday June 3, 2010.

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World Sikh Organization of Canada supports Alberta student’s right to don kilt

Ottawa – May 25, 2010 The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) supports Alberta’s Hamish Jacobs, 19, in his bid to wear a formal kilt to his high school graduation ceremony. The WSO sent a letter of support for the young man to the Superintendent of Westwind School Division, who will be hearing Mr. Jacobs appeal of the school district’s graduation dress code on June 1.

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Canadian Sikhs Wonder: Are Some Canadians More Equal Than Others?

Ottawa – (May 13, 2010): Canadian Sikhs are wondering, why the double standard? While violence and looting in Montreal last night after the victory of the Montreal Canadiens over the Pittsburgh Penguins has been attributed to a “small” group of 500 individuals, the entire Canadian Sikh community has been smeared by certain politicians and media as violent and prone to extremism due to the irresponsible comments and actions of a few.

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Rise in Extremism or Rise in Hysteria? Canadian Sikhs Setting the Record Straight

It has been a tough month for Canadian Sikhs. The festival of Vaisakhi is supposed to be a time of celebration – when Sikhs have a public opportunity to share their values and explain their faith to their fellow Canadians. Instead, numerous incidents have occurred in recent weeks shifting the focus away from the Sikh principles of equality, compassion, freedom of expression, and religious freedom. Fuelled by misinformation and irresponsible leadership, public hysteria has grown over a supposed increase in extremism in the Sikh community. Here are the myths and realities behind the current controversy.

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WSO Condemns Facebook Threats Against MP Ujjal Dosanjh

Ottawa – (April 23, 2010): The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) condemns threatening comments that have been posted on the social-networking website Facebook against MP Ujjal Dosanjh. Any threats, whether direct or indirect to any individual are unacceptable and cannot be tolerated. We live in a society where freedom of expression is guaranteed and all individuals have the right to peacefully express their views. Mr. Dosanjh is an elected politician and despite any differences of opinion with his positions, it is unacceptable that any person would make any threats to him. Such comments go against the principles of the Sikh faith and against our values as Canadians.

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Sikh Canadians Horrified by Violence: World Sikh Organization of Canada

Ottawa – (April 19, 2010): The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) joins the Sikh community in Canada in expressing horror and disappointment over a recent incident at Brampton’s Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Centre, in which several individuals were injured during a fight.

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