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WSO Makes Submissions on Quebec’s Bill 21 Ban on Religious Symbols

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has submitted its legal brief on Quebec’s Bill 21, "An Act respecting the laicity of the State", to the Quebec National Assembly’s Committee of Institutions. The Bill would ban the wearing of “religious symbols” for government employees in positions of authority such as judges, police officers, jail guards, teachers, principals and others.

WSO Expresses Disappointment Over Tabling of Quebec “Secularism” Bill

The World Sikh Organisation of Canada is deeply disappointed by the tabling of Bill 21- An Act respecting the laicity of the State today by the Coalition Avenir Quebec government banning the wearing of religious symbols.

Sikhs Urge Dialogue to Promote Their Inclusion in Quebec

World Sikh Organization of Canada today called upon the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec to work far harder to implement concrete measures to break down systemic barriers that make it difficult for Sikhs, and other minorities, to play their full role in Quebec society.

What was need to write book on Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha? [Bhai Ajmer Singh at Montreal]

This is video recording of speech of Bhai Ajmer Singh at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, LaSelle, Montreal, Quebec on September 20, 2017. 

Sikh author Bhai Ajmer Singh to Address Montreal Sikh Sangat on Aug. 19 & 20

Sikh author Bhai Ajmer Singh, who is presently visiting Canada, will address the Sikh sangat at Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, LaSalle, Montreal (Quebec) on August 19 and 20.

Quebec Court denies helmet exception for Sikh workers

As per media reports a Quebec judge has ruled Dastar (turban)-wearing Sikh truck drivers must wear hard hats (helmets) in the workplace, disallowing any exception in safety standards.

Man who attacked Toronto Sikh man in Quebec City gets 10 months in jail

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has called the sentencing of Gabriel Royer Tremblay a strong message that hateful and racist attacks will not be tolerated.

Dera Pardon Issue: Ontario and Quebec Sikh bodies, Gurduara Committees take vital initiative

In their attempt to represent Ontario and Qubec Sikh diaspora’s dissent against Jathedars’ decision to withdraw Hukumnama against controversial Dera Sauda Sirsa chief, Sikh organizations and Gurduara Committees of Ontario and Quebec took a vital initiative by passing three resolutions rejecting so-called pardon to dera chief.

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

The World Sikh Organization of Canada has offered its congratulations to the Parti libéral du Québec for its resounding win in tonight’s provincial election.

Andrew Cash, NDP MP for Davenport (Ontario)

NDP Multiculturalism Critic Andrew cash reacts to the tabling of the Charter of values

Ottawa, Canada (November 09, 2013): On November 08, 2013 in response to the Charter of Values being tabled in Quebec, Multiculturalism Critic Andrew Cash (Davenport) reaffirmed the NDP’s commitment to protect minority religious rights.

Quebec bans religious symbols

Quebec’s so-called Charter of values: Sikh body seeks Canadian PM Harper’s intervention

Amritsar, Punjab (November 09, 2013): The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) has termed the move by Canada’s Quebec province to ban religious symbols as “unjust” and appealed to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to intervene in the matter.

Quebec bans religious symbols

Parti Quebecois plays politics with Fundamental Freedoms: WSO

Ottawa (November 07, 2013): The World Sikh Organization is gravely concerned by the Parti Quebecois’ introduction today of the much criticized secular charter. Bill 60, previously referred to as the “Charter of Quebec Values”, was tabled today as the “Charter Affirming The Values Of Secularism And The Religious Neutrality Of The State, As Well As The Equality Of Men And Women, And The Framing Of Accommodation Requests”.

Tom Mulcair, the leader of NDP, with others

Sikh soldiers fought for our freedom and we’ll fight to protect theirs: NDP

Ottawa, Canada (September 19, 2013): As per a press release (dated: September 18, 2013), a copy of which is sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) by Amneet Singh (Press Secretary of New Democratic Party - NDP), [w]hile addressing growing concern about the PQ Charter of Values in Quebec, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised to fight against institutionalized discrimination in honour of Sikh Veterans.

Canadian minister wears a rumaal with Sikh symbol Khanda on new Twitter photo

Ontario, Canada (September 16, 2013): It is generally believed it's unlikely to be mere coincidence, Minister of Employment, Social Development & Multiculturalism Jason Kenney has changed his Twitter photo to one of him wearing a headcover/headscarf with “Khanda”, a Sikh symbol.

PQ’s Charter of Values Unnecessary & Discriminatory: World Sikh Organization of Canada

Ottawa, Canada (September 10, 2013): The World Sikh Organization of Canada is disappointed by the Parti Quebecois’ announcement today of its “Charter of Quebec Values.”

Sikh Doctor Says Quebec Will Lose Ethnic Physicians If It Goes Ahead With Racist Proposal

Montreal (August 31, 2013): Quebec will lose public employees including doctors if the government insists on banning religious symbols in the workplace, says a physician from Montreal’s Sikh community, reported Canadian Press.

Sikh children playing soccer

Canadian Sikh body welcomes the lifting of Quebec Soccer Turban Ban

Ottawa (June 15, 2013): It was announced today by the Quebec Soccer Federation (QSF) that it will immediately lift its ban on the wearing of turbans by Sikh players. The World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes the long overdue move and hopes Sikh children who had previously been excluded will now be given the chance to rejoin their friends on the pitch.

Dilpreet Singh plays in a pick-up soccer game in Montreal. The Quebec Soccer Federation has lifted its ban on the wearing of turbans in organized games.

Quebec Soccer Federation officially lifts ban from Sikh turbans/ patkas/ keskis

Quebec/ Canada (June 15, 2013): According to a CTV news: “[a]dopting an apologetic tone, the Quebec Soccer Federation has lifted its ban on players wearing turbans, patkas and keskis on the pitch”. QSF director general Brigitte Frot reportedly announced the reversal of the contentious ban during a news conference on the morning of June 15, 2013.

World Sikh Organization of Canada welcomes clear turban directions from FIFA

WSO President Prem Singh Vinning said, “while it has been our position from the outset that the accommodation of the turban should not hinge on FIFA rules but instead on our Canadian rules and law and on our tradition of diversity and acceptance, this announcement is certainly good news. It is now absolutely clear that there should be no restriction on the wearing of the turban by Sikh players.”

Turban Ban on Soccer players in Quebec – FIFA Statement on head covers

Zurich, Switzerland (June 14, 2013): It is learnt that Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has sent a letter to the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) on 13 June 2013 to inform the CSA that: Following communication between the CSA and FIFA, the matter related to Law 4 – The Player’s Equipment, the use of head covers and the situation arisen within the CSA has been presented to the members of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) for discussion.

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