World Sikh Organization of Canada Offers Services Free Across Canada

Date: April 6, 2010

Time: 12:00pm

We would like to thank all of you for attending this Press Conference today, which is being held by the World Sikh Organization of Canada.

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WSO Saddened by Violence at Sikh Lehar Centre

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 5, 2010) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is deeply saddened by the violence that took place in Brampton, Ontario at the Sikh Lehar Centre on Friday evening. In a clash at the Centre, several individuals were injured after a demonstration against controversial preacher Prof. Darshan Singh turned violent.

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Canadian Sikhs Applaud NDP leader for his Convictions

Mr. Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP has chastised the government of Canada for inviting ‘a divisive and controversial Indian politician, Kamal Nath "...accused of participating in, orchestrating, inciting and leading angry mobs in Delhi in November 1984."

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Fraser Health Authority Apology to Sikh Community Not Enough

Ottawa – March 25, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is disturbed to learn that for the second time in the last two years, reports have emerged of a Sikh patient’s beard having been cut at a Fraser Health Authority (FHA) facility. Adherents of the Sikh faith maintain uncut hair as a symbol of the faith, signifying acceptance of God’s will. According to reports, an elderly Sikh patient’s beard was cut by a FHA nurse shortly before his death. Although FHA has apologized for the incident, hollow apologies without corrective measures to ensure such incidents are not repeated, are not enough to satisfy the Sikh community.

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Response of Some Politicians to Sikh Community’s Concerns Disappointing

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(March 23, 2010) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is deeply disappointed by the response of some federal and provincial politicians to the concerns of the Sikh community about the visit of Indian cabinet minister Kamal Nath to Canada. Mr. Nath has been implicated in leading a mob that attacked Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, a prominent Sikh shrine, and burnt several Sikhs alive. While the Sikh community welcomes the statement by NDP Leader Jack Layton acknowledging the Sikh community's concerns and urging his caucus to not attend events featuring Mr. Nath, other federal and provincial leaders have shown an unacceptable ignorance of the human rights concerns of the Sikh community.

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WSO Condemns Outrageous Vandalism of Guelph Sikh Society Gurdwara

Ottawa – March 20, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) condemns the acts of vandalism at the Guelph Sikh Society Gurdwara. On early Friday morning, vandals threw bricks through the front window of the Gurdwara. This attack follows weeks of controversy surrounding attempts to rezone a piece of land to build a new Gurdwara to accommodate the growing Sikh community in Guelph. The Sikh community in Guelph has recently faced increasingly intolerant and often racist comments opposing the move.

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WSO Calls for Principled Discussion on Religious Accommodation

Ottawa – March 17, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) calls for a fair and principled discussion on the issue of religious accommodation. Recent events in Quebec, specifically the case of Naema Ahmed, a niqab-wearing woman who was asked to leave her French Class in Montreal have once again raised the issue of the accommodation of religious attire and specifically the niqab. It is essential that issues involving religious accommodation be considered in light of the Canadian Charter and human rights law, and not based on personal biases and xenophobia.

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Canada Visit of Minister Implicated in 1984 Anti-Sikh Violence Unacceptable - WSO

Ottawa – March 12, 2010: The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is gravely concerned to learn that Mr. Kamal Nath, Indian Minister of Road Transport and Highways, who has been implicated in leading the November 1984 anti-Sikh violence in New Delhi, has been invited to speak by the Canada-India Business Council on March 23, 2010 in Toronto. Anti-Sikh violence across India in November 1984, took the lives of thousands of Sikhs. The perpetrators of the violence have not been prosecuted to this day.

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WSO Condemns Brutal Beheading of Sikh in Pakistan

Ottawa – February 22, 2010: The World Sikh Organization (WSO) condemns the brutal murder of a Sikh in the North West of Pakistan on Sunday by the Taliban. Jaspal Singh, who had been abducted several weeks ago along with several other Sikhs, was beheaded after his family was unable to pay the ransom demanded for his release. At least two other Sikhs remain in the captivity of the Taliban. It has been reported that Taliban militants in the tribal belt and in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province, have begun imposing Islamic tax or "jiziya" on non-Muslims living in a Muslim-dominated area. In May 2009, hundreds of Sikhs were driven from their homes and several Sikh houses were razed by the Taliban after the community refused to pay the jiziya.

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WSO Encourages Sikhs to Familiarize Themselves with Olympic Kirpan Accommodation Policy

Ottawa – (February 5, 2010) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) reminds the Sikh community to become familiar with the guidelines accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games. It is important that all Sikh spectators at the Olympics who wear the kirpan strictly abide by the guidelines.

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