WSO Calls on Sikh Community to Support Haiti Relief Effort

Ottawa – January 17, 2010:  The World Sikh Organization offers condolences to the victims of the tragic earthquake in Haiti and their loved ones. WSO encourages the Sikh community to offer its full assistance and support to the relief effort taking place.  The earthquake, which registered 7.0 on the Richter scale, has left Haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest nation, in ruins and the dead numbering in the tens of thousands. 

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WSO Expresses Concern Over Nanakshahi Controversy

Ottawa – January 6, 2010: The World Sikh Organization (WSO) expresses concern over the recent process of amending the Sikh community’s Nanakshahi calendar. The Nanakshahi calendar marks the major Gupurabs or Sikh holidays which are celebrated with enthusiasm and fervor worldwide. The current Nanakshahi calendar was researched and developed over a period of several years and finally announced in 2003. The calendar has received acclaim and acceptance from the wider Sikh community as it established fixed dates for important Gurpurabs and eliminated the yearly conjecture and guessing about these days.

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WSO Expresses Deep Concern Over Ludhiana Violence

Ottawa – (December 18, 2009) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) expresses deep concern over the violence that occurred in Ludhiana earlier this month and the role of Punjab’s political leadership and the administration .

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World Sikh Organization of Canada Celebrates 25 Years and Announces New Executive

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2009) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada celebrated 25 years of service to the Sikh community in its Biennial Convention held on December 12th and 13th, 2009 in Mississauga Ontario. Sikhs from all across Canada assembled to focus on WSO's history and achievements as well as to shape the direction of WSO's advocacy going forward. The event culminated with the selection of WSO's newest President and Executive for the 2009-2011 term. Prem Singh Vinning of Surrey British Columbia, a well known businessman and dedicated member of WSO for the past 25 years, has been selected to head the organization. Mr. Vinning grew up in the UK and moved to Canada in 1976 and has since been actively involved in the local community at the grassroots level.

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Vanoc permits Sikhs to wear kirpans at 2010 Winter Games venues

VANCOUVER (October 15, 2009) – To ease access to 2010 VancouverOlympic and Paralympic Games events for those adhering to Sikh religious tenets, the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU) has developedguidelines that enable the wearing of the kirpan as an article of faith for initiatedor Amritdhari Sikhs.

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Une nouvelle directive de sécuritépermet aux sikhs Amritdhari deporter le kirpan sur les sites desJeux d’hiver de 2010 à Vancouver

VANCOUVER (15 octobre 2009) – Dans le but de faciliter l’accès des personnes deconfession religieuse sikhe aux activités entourant les Jeux olympiques etparalympiques de 2010 à Vancouver, le Groupe intégré de la sécurité –Vancouver 2010 (GIS V2010) a élaboré une directive qui permet aux sikhs initiér ouAmritdhari de porter le kirpan comme « marque de foi ».

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World Sikh Organization Welcomes 2010 Olympics Accommodation Policy

Ottawa – (October 15, 2009) The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) welcomes the announcement of guidelines by the Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit (V2010 ISU) accommodating the kirpan at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympics Games.

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WSO Announces Hiring of Full Time Legal Counsel

Ottawa – (October 13, 2009): The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Balpreet Singh Boparai as full time legal counsel. Balpreet Singh is a graduate of the University of Ottawa Law School and was called to the bar in 2009, after articling with a well known human rights law firm in Toronto.

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India Must be Held Accountable for Manipur Fake Encounter

(Ottawa, August 07, 2009) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) condemns the continuing human rights violations and fake encounter killings being carried out by security forces in India.  Tehelka Newsmagazine in its August 8, 2009 edition has published photographs of the broad daylight murder of 27 year old Chongkham Sanjit in a fake encounter by Indian Security Forces in the state of Manipur.  While Manipur police commandos claimed that the dead man, whom they accused of being a member of a banned separatist group, was armed and killed in an encounter, Tehlka’s photographs show Indian commandos approaching the unarmed Mr. Sanjit, taking him into a pharmacy and then emerging with his lifeless corpse.  This execution took place only 500m away from the state’s legislative assembly. 

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Telus Centre Refusal to Accommodate Kirpan Unacceptable

Ottawa-August 4, 2009:  The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) expresses concern and disappointment that numerous Sikhs were denied entry into the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary because of their wearing of the kirpan during the Gurdas Mann concert on August 2, 2009.  Instead of accommodating the kirpan, Telus Convention Centre management chose to cancel the show, disappointing thousands of concertgoers. 

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