Federal Office of the Religious Freedoms Established

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By A Correspondent

Canada is recognized globally for its leadership on human rights issues, and takes principled positions to promote Canadian values of pluralism and tolerance throughout the world.

On February 19, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the establishment of the Office of Religious Freedom within the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, which will be dedicated to promoting freedom of religion or belief around the world.

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Vehicle Safety Standards Strengthened

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The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, on February 14, announced important safety regulations requiring new vehicles in Canada to include shoulder belts in the rear centre seat.

"Ensuring the safety of Canadian families is very important to our government. That's why our government is enhancing vehicle safety standards to better protect the travelling public," said Minister Lebel.

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Ontario’s Focus on Common Ground of Strong Economy...

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... Fair Society, Effective Legislature
Throne Speech Emphasizes New Jobs, Strong Communities and Healthy, Engaged Citizens

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The new Ontario government is working toward a stronger province that will create good jobs and build strong communities across the province.

The Honourable David C. Onley, Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor, delivered the government’s Speech from the Throne in the legislature on February 19. David C. Onley is Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor. He represents Her Majesty the Queen of Canada.

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Celebrating Success: Canadian Historical Recognition Program

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Members of the Chinese, Italian, South Asian, Jewish, Ukrainian and other communities joined Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney on February 18 to celebrate the success of the Community Historical Recognition Program.

“The Government of Canada is committed to recognizing and educating Canadians about the experiences of those pioneers who overcame such heavy burdens,” said Minister Kenney. “Their experiences mark an unfortunate period in our nation’s history. We must ensure that they are never forgotten.”

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Minister Michael Chan on The Ontario Perspective on Immigration

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By Denise Hansen *

Immigration was a priority matter during the meeting of Canada’s premiers in Halifax, at the end of 2012. Provincial leaders argued for more control over immigration, urging the federal government to increase immigration quotas allotted to provinces, as well as to allow provinces more flexibility in choosing immigrants selected for the provincial nominee program (PNP).

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Toronto Strengthens ‘Access Without Fear’ Policy

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Over one hundred Torontonians, including undocumented immigrants denied city services, were in City Hall on February 22 for a nail-biting, marathon debate, to see Toronto vote on ensuring accessible services to people without full immigration status or papers. In doing so, Toronto City Council became the first city in Canada to pass an Access Without Fear policy at the municipal level.

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Sikh Community’s One Billion Rising Seva Initiative a Success

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On February 14, the World Sikh Organization of Canada along with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) and several Gurdwaras united to join One Billion Rising by providing treats to the residents of 15 women’s shelters in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland.

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ANOKHI’S 10TH Anniversary: ‘All-Star’ Event To Remember!

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ANOKHI’s 10th Anniversary milestone event took place this past Saturday February 2nd, 2013 at the award-winning Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto to a packed house, comprising ofc elebrities, sponsors, media and the public, who came from far and wide to participate.

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Suhaag Show Amazes All!

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Wow! That was the general feeling of the 7,000 awe-struck patrons who attended last weekend’s 16th Year Anniversary SUHAAG Show presented by Chevrolet, in association with Brita. Showcasing the best and most glamorous in wedding couture, the 2013 Suhaag Show saw record attendance at the Toronto Congress Centre this past Sunday. Choc a bloc with prospective brides and grooms and their parents, show attendees were completely mesmerized by the grandeur on display.

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INDIA: News Briefs

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'Oil refineries, shipyards on terrorists' radar', asserts Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran: Vital installations, including oil refineries and shipyards, have constantly been on terrorists' radar, with the Government on February 26 admitting inputs to this effect. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said in the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament), "The government has received reports/threat inputs indicating plans of terrorists to target important vital installations, including oil refineries and shipyards". Times of India, February 27, 2013.

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Repeating Bomb Blasts And Repeated Failures Of Prevention

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By S. Mohammed Irshad *

Hyderabad blast was shocking news to the nation. It really took the public memory back to previous blasts in the country. The media reports become a repetition of the previous incidents, just hours after the incident. Sometimes, the public failed to identify whether the channels showing the previous blast's pictures or not, the language of explanation were also seemed repetitive.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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