Category Archives: Sikh community

OTTAWA: Jagtar Gill murdered on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home

Jagtar Gill’s relatives struggling to cope with her death. 43-year-old mother of 3 found stabbed to death at her family’s Barrhaven home

Sikh community offer tearful goodbye for Jagtar Gill 

Still searching for answers into city’s first homicide

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Clutching a framed photograph of murder victim Jagtar Gill to her chest, Gurpreet Kaur Chahal was in tears as she walked into the Sikh temple on Friday.

“We’re just giving our emotional support to the family,” said Chahal. “We’re doing our best wherever we can.”

The 43-year-old mother was slain on her 17th wedding anniversary, in her upscale Barrhaven home on Jan. 29. Gill had been home alone when her family returned, after buying cake and flowers, to find her dead on the living room floor.

“The community is shaken at this incident. How did it happen? Why did it happen? Everybody’s scared in their own home, because we’re not safe in our home. It happened in broad daylight,” said Chahal.

An estimated 300 people gathered to remember Gill on Friday; first at a private service at a Nepean funeral home, followed by a prayer gathering at a nearby Sikh temple. Continue reading

Quebec Charter of Values: Will it trigger national debate on multiculturalism and religious accommodations?

Quebec’s charter: Canada still has work to do on multiculturalism

Experts and GTA residents say it’s time for a national discussion on religious freedom as Quebec prepares to consider its “charter of values.”

Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, an emergency room physician at Etobicoke General Hospital, wishes everyone could see past his turban to who he truly is: a Canadian, born and raised, who happens to be Sikh.

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Dr. Gurjit Bajwa, an emergency room physician at Etobicoke General Hospital, wishes everyone could see past his turban to who he truly is: a Canadian, born and raised, who happens to be Sikh.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Sep 07 2013
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Sitting in the quiet cafeteria at Etobicoke General Hospital, Dr. Gurjit Bajwa doesn’t give off the impression of a man who just pulled a near 10-hour shift the previous day in the ER, where he was so busy he barely had time to go to the bathroom.

He’s animated, articulate and mostly in a good mood. But he’s frustrated.

His arms crossed, Bajwa, born and raised in Etobicoke, says he wants everyone to see past a part of his attire as crucial as his stethoscope: his turban. He wants them to see him for who he is: a human being, a Canadian who is also a Sikh.

Part of his frustration stems from the proposed Charter of Quebec Values, set to be presented on Monday. If passed, it would prohibit public-sector workers in that province from wearing what Bajwa has on his head every day, along with other religious symbols such as hijabs, yarmulkes and visible crucifixes.

The proposal highlights the need for a wider national discussion on religious accommodation and multiculturalism, Bajwa says.

“The issue has definitely not been settled in Canada. It keeps coming up again and again,” said the 42-year-old father of three, who, during his decade at the hospital, has been asked almost weekly by a patient where he’s from and how he’s enjoying Canada. (…)

B.C.: Sikhs bring ethnic conflict into Canada

A billboard on the Queensborough Bridge that displays a disturbing image of the 1984 Sikh massacre is drawing complaints from citizens concerned the message may incite violence.
The Khalsa Diwan Society in New Westminster paid $2,000 for the ad, which depicts an elderly Sikh man being beaten by Indian police next to the caption: “Sikhs remember 1984 genocide.”
Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/critics-fear-billboard-portraying-sikh-massacre-could-incite-violence-1.1337040#ixzz2XBDloTIF

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CTV British Columbia
Published Friday, June 21, 2013 10:17PM PDT
Last Updated Friday, June 21, 2013 10:44PM PDT

A billboard on the Queensborough Bridge that displays a disturbing image of the 1984 Sikh massacre is drawing complaints from citizens concerned the message may incite violence.

The Khalsa Diwan Society in New Westminster paid $2,000 for the ad, which depicts an elderly Sikh man being beaten by Indian police next to the caption: “Sikhs remember 1984 genocide.”

Temple spokesman Sukhpreet Singh told CTV News the billboard was intended to remind people of the violence committed against innocent Sikhs after Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was murdered by her Sikh bodyguards. Continue reading

Sikh kids who want to play soccer wearing turbans should play in their own yards: Quebec Soccer Federation

Sikh kids who want to play soccer wearing turbans should play in their own yards: Quebec Soccer Federation
Canadian Press | 13/06/03 | Last Updated: 13/06/03 4:03 PM ET

The Quebec Soccer Federation upheld their ban on turbans Sunday. They responded by saying that if Sikh kids want to play soccer, they can play in their yards.

MONTREAL – The Quebec Soccer Federation says if Sikh kids want to play soccer while wearing a turban there’s an easy solution: they can play in their own yard. Continue reading

Calgary’s Sikh community: No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu for beating niece who refuses to marry man of their choice

No criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu

Calgary man sentenced to 90 days for beating niece over marriage refusal
5:33 pm, February 8th, 2013

Credits: STUART DRYDEN/CALGARY SUN/QMI AG

KEVIN MARTIN | QMI AGENCY
CALGARY — Beating his niece for refusing to marry the man of his choice has landed a Calgary man a 90-day jail term.

But the three adult children of Gurbachan Bandesha were spared a similar fate Friday, as Justice Marsha Erb granted them conditional discharges.

The discharges, which will mean no criminal records for Kamaldip and Balsher Bandesha and their sister, Jasvir Sidhu, will be conditional on them completing 18 months of probation. Continue reading

Alberta to allow Sikhs to wear religious dagger in court

Sikh wearing kirpan banned from Calgary court in 2008

The Canadian Press

Posted: Jan 28, 2013 12:56 PM MT

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013 12:54 PM MT

Alberta has come up with a policy to allow Sikhs to wear a ceremonial religious dagger called a kirpan in courthouses.

Under the Justice Department policy, a person must tell security officers they have a kirpan and wear it in a sheath, under clothing.

The blade of the kirpan can be no longer than 10 centimetres.

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Ontario: Harinder Takhar makes final pitch for Premier’s job

Harinder Takhar resigned as government services minister on Thursday and announced his intention to join the race to replace Premier Dalton McGuinty.

Torstar Network
Jan 26, 2013 – 10:29 AM
Harinder Takhar makes final pitch: ‘Ontario can do better for everyone’

(…) Liberal leadership candidate Harinder Takhar made his final pitch for the Premier’s job today with an acknowledgement he’s not a household name in Ontario.
“Who is this guy? What is he all about?” Takhar asked rhetorically as he took the stage at Maple Leaf Gardens for his speech to about 2,200 convention delegates in Toronto this weekend to choose a successor to Dalton McGuinty. Continue reading

Pro-Khalistan militancy on Canadian soil protected by the Charter

Canadian Sikhs Applaud PM Harper’s Stand On Free Speech And Telling India To Stop Crying About “Khalistan” Free Expression In Canada

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012 | Posted by  thelinkpaper.ca admin

The Indian government has consistently raised concerns of “Sikh extremism” in Canada with their Canadian political counterparts. The Canadian Sikh community has always responded that no signs of such extremism exist and that India’s allegations are nothing but baseless accusations. This time the Prime Minister responded with a similar statement that Canada is competent in monitoring its internal affairs and has a close watch on any forms of violent threat. However, mere dialogue on the topic of Khalistan cannot be classified as “extreme” as all Canadians are granted the freedom of expression and political association by the Charter. Continue reading

Chief Supt. Dan Malo, of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said police still coping with the fallout from Gurmit Singh Dhak’s execution outside Metrotown mall

Police still coping with fallout from fatal Metrotown shooting two years ago
By Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun October 17, 2012 7:02 PM

(…) The brazen Burnaby mall execution of Gurmit Singh Dhak two years ago was the “flashpoint” for a series of tit-for-tat shootings across the Lower Mainland, the head of the B.C.’s anti-gang agency said Wednesday. Continue reading