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 →
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. (…)
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
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 →
(…) 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 →
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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 →
(…) 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 →