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International Basketball Federation’s (FIBA) lifts ban on religious headwear

IN a game-changing move, FIBA, the world governing body for basketball, unanimously approved a new rule Thursday that will lift its ban on observant Sikhs and others wearing religious head coverings. For three years, the Sikh Coalition helped lead an advocacy campaign to fix a FIBA policy that forced observant Sikhs off the court in international competition. “There is zero ... Read More »

Surrey boxer wins national competition in Quebec

SURREY’S Eric Basran, 18, won his final match of the Canadian National Boxing Championship, making him the 2017 title holder for elite men in the 56-kg category. Photos: contributed Basran, a member of Team B.C. who represents the Queensborough Boxing Club, won his first two matches 3-0 against Kevin Chauvette of Quebec and Giovan Major of the National Team. The ... Read More »

Toronto Star’s National Affairs Columnist calls Harjit Sajjan’s false claim “a scandal about nothing”

DEFENCE Minister Harjit Sajjan has at least one prominent journalist coming to his rescue. Thomas Walkom, National Affairs Columnist of Toronto Star, in a piece titled “Harjit Sajjan ‘architect’ fuss a scandal about nothing,” says: “In the end, Defence Minister Harjit’s Sajjan’s sin is grammatical. He has described himself as “the” architect of a 2006 Canadian-led mission against the Taliban ... Read More »

PICS Spring Garden Gala raises more than $150,000

PROGRESSIVE Intercultural Community Services Society’s (PICS) annual fundraising event, The Spring Garden Gala, to raise funds for PICS Diversity Village, a complex care home to be built in Cloverdale, was a resounding success with the Society raising more than $150,000. More than 600 people attended the event which was beautifully themed on the concept of spring. Tabla and sitar players ... Read More »

Expanded early intervention support for Surrey youth

THE City of Surrey has announced an increase in funding and expansion of the Yo Bro | Yo Girl Youth Initiative in Surrey elementary and secondary schools. “The City of Surrey understands how programs like Yo Bro | Yo Girl can be the catalyst for kids to find a whole new path and that is central to our new approach ... Read More »

Sikhism included in Idaho classrooms

THE Idaho Department of Education has moved to include accurate information about Sikhs in its social studies content standards. This decision ensures that 250,000 students enrolled in Idaho public schools from grades 6 through 9 will gain a better understanding of Sikhs. “We commend the Idaho Department of Education for recognizing the importance of including Sikhs in its content standards,” ... Read More »

Harjit Sajjan had made the ‘arhictect of Operation Medusa’ claim in 2015 also

MAINSTREAM media on the weekend reported that Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan had actually made the ‘architect of Operation Medusa’ claim once before. Last week Sajjan was forced to apologize after mainstream media exposed his false claim in his keynote address “Conflict Prevention and Peacekeeping in a Changing World” on April 18 to ‎Observer Research Foundation in New Delhi during his ... Read More »

I sell dreams, peddle love to millions: Shah Rukh at TED Talks

Vancouver (PTI): Shah Rukh Khan has become synonymous with the phrase “dreams come true” in Indian cinema and the actor says he believes love is the emotion that inspires and keeps one from failing. On Friday, in his first address at the TED Talks, which was laced with his signature wit and humour, the Bollywood superstar proclaimed that he sells dreams ... Read More »

Protect yourself—tax scams can be costly

Have you received a suspicious email, telephone call, letter, or text message claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)? If the organization or individual is asking for personal information such as your social insurance number, credit card number, bank account number, or passport number, this is a scam. Keep these facts in mind The Canada Revenue Agency will ... Read More »

Record attendance tops 400,000 at 19th Annual Surrey Vaisakhi Parade

ORGANIZERS of the Surrey’s Khalsa Day Parade (Vaisakhi Nagar Kirtan) on Saturday said they are thrilled to announce that in excess of 400,000 guests of all cultures and religions came together to celebrate a peaceful, family-oriented day full of performances, live music, and decorative floats. This was the 19th year of this spectacular event, the largest Vaisakhi parade in the ... Read More »