WSO Partners with KarmaGrow to Build One Acre Community Farm

Gurpreet Somal, Jaskaran Sandhu, Gursharn Gill, Kulwinder GillGurpreet Somal, Jaskaran Sandhu, Gursharn Gill, Kulwinder GillBrampton (April 22, 2014) - The World Sikh Organization of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of a fresh initiative in partnership with KarmaGrow. KarmaGrow is working to alleviate food insecurity by building and maintaining community gardens and farms in order to provide food banks with a sustainable source of fresh produce. The WSO is working alongside Sikhs Serving Canada (“SSC”), Khoobsurat Klothing, GG Fabrication, Region of Peel, Ecosource, Good Food Brampton, Knights Table and the KarmaGrow team in order to build a one acre community farm in Caledon East.

Jaskaran Singh Sandhu, KarmaGrow’s Co-Founder and a WSO Board member, started with a simple idea. “Food banks are often short of fresh vegetables, land is often underutilized, people are always looking for ways to give back – KarmaGrow is here to bring all these elements together in order to ‘Harvest Good’. At every point in the foundation and building process I have been amazed at the community’s willingness and capacity to help. All of our partners have jumped at the opportunity to assist in any way possible. A perfect example of that is the WSO. The WSO was our first partner, and helped to secure the farm land we will be using for our pilot project. We are thrilled to be building a one acre vegetable farm with 100% community driven support.”

Kirpan to be accommodated at Canadian Missions Across the World

Brampton (April 14, 2014) – The World Sikh Organization of Canada is pleased to announce the release of accommodation guidelines for the kirpan in Canadian embassies and consulates across the world.   The WSO has worked with the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to develop these guidelines.

The kirpan is an important article of faith worn by amritdhari or initiated Sikhs which represents spiritual wisdom and the duty to stand against injustice.

World Sikh Organization of Canada Offers Congratulations to Parti Libéral du Québec

 Montreal  (April 7, 2014):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada offers its congratulations to the Parti libéral du Québec for its resounding win in tonight’s provincial election.  

The result affirms what Sikhs living in Quebec have always believed, that the people of  Quebec are fair minded and share their vision of an inclusive society which respects people of all faiths and backgrounds.

WSO Quebec Vice President Mukhbir Singh said,The Sikh community in Quebec and across Canada would like to thank the people of Quebec for unequivocally voicing their support for an inclusive and respectful vision of Quebec society.  Today’s result is a rejection of the politics of division.  Quebeckers want to focus on the real issues such as the economy and building a stronger Quebec.  The strategy of trying to divert attention from these real issues by targeting minorities has resoundingly been thwarted.”

WSO at Supreme Court of Canada for Loyola Appeal

WSO counsels Balpreet Singh & Palbinder K. ShergillWSO counsels Balpreet Singh & Palbinder K. ShergillOttawa (March 28, 2014)- Earlier this week, the World Sikh Organization of Canada presented oral arguments at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark case of Loyola High School, et al. v. Attorney General of QuebecThis case  deals with the right of a Catholic school to teach the Christianity portion of the mandatory Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) curriculum, from a faith-based perspective

The WSO was granted intervener status in the case by the Supreme Court of Canada on January 16, 2014 to present arguments on the question of whether religious freedoms for a collective/corporate body are protected under the Canadian and the Quebec charters.  

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Sikh Environment Day & New Year

Today is the first day of the Sikh Nanakshahi Calendar and is marked as a “new year” by Sikhs around the world.  March 14th is also Sikh Environment Day.  This initiative was started by EcoSikh, a US & India based organization.  The Sikhs' highest temporal authority, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, now officially recognizes March 14th as Sikh Environment Day and encourages Sikhs all over the world to participate in this initiative which promotes environmental awareness about issues facing our world.

The WSO along with Sikh bodies across the world are marking the day with environmental outreach and education projects.  In the coming weeks, the WSO will be unveiling a project for this summer, in partnership with local Sikh organizations and gurdwaras, which will raise awareness about preserving the environment and will also give something back to the community.  The project will be about connecting with our 'roots'.  Stay tuned!

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International Women's Day: 5 Sikh Women Making a Difference

Today people around the world are marking International Women's Day.  As Sikhs, we are fortunate to have and celebrate the forward-thinking teachings of the Sikh Gurus who affirmed the complete equality of men and women.  But, while Sikh history is filled with inspirational Sikh women from Bibi Nanaki to Mata Khivi to Mata Sahib Kaur to Mata Bhag Kaur, our community today still has considerable work to do in order for women to take their rightful places in leadership roles. 

On this International Women's Day, we recognize five Sikh women who are changing the world around them and inspiring others to do the same. Read more »

Sikh Community’s One Billion Rising Initiative Serves 22 Shelters Across Canada

One Billion Rising-Montreal groupOne Billion Rising-Montreal groupOttawa (February 17, 2014):  On February 14, the World Sikh Organization of Canada joined with Sikh communities across Canada to take part in the One Billion Rising movement by providing care packages, treats and baked goods to over 800 women in 22 women’s shelters in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.   Each package was accompanied by Valentine’s cards prepared by Sikh children and students from local Khalsa schools and gurdwaras. 

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.  

Last year, WSO and Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen (GNFK) launched the event in Vancouver and in response to the tremendous support provided by the community, grew the event this year to include Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

Sikhs Across Canada to Mark February 14th By Serving at Women’s Shelters

Ottawa (February 12, 2014):  After successfully delivering baked goods, valentines cards and chocolates to women’s shelters last year, Sikh communities across Canada, with the assistance of the World Sikh Organization of Canada along with Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen and local gurdwaras and Khalsa schools will once again be joining the One Billion Rising movement to make February 14, 2014 a “day of action” to volunteer and serve at women’s shelters.

One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS.  Join activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

WSO Calls on India to Hold Inquiry into 1984 Attack on Sri Darbar Sahib

Ottawa (February 4, 2014):  In the wake of the British Government’s investigation into Britain’s role in advising India on planning the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) at Amritsar in 1984, the World Sikh Organization of Canada calls on the Government of India to conduct a similar inquiry into the attack and reiterates its call for the British Government to conduct a full parliamentary inquiry. 

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague revealed on Tuesday that Britain was consulted in the planning of the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib but its advice had limited impact and the British advice on how to avoid loss of life was ignored. 

WSO Welcomes AAP Moves to Secure Justice

CM KejriwalCM KejriwalOttawa (January 30, 2014):  The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes recent moves by the Aam Admi Parti (AAP) in calling for the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the 1984 Sikh genocide and recommending the release of Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar who has been languishing in prison for close to 20 years. 

On Wednesday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met with Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and asked him to order a SIT probe into the 1984 genocide of Sikhs.   Thousands of Sikhs were killed in Delhi and across India following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984.  There have been very few convictions of those responsible for the killings and many senior Congress leaders implicated in leading the mobs have escaped prosecution. 

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