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EDMONTON: Raymanpreet Singh Uppal, brother of minister of state for multiculturalism, arrested in a drug bust

Cabinet minister’s brother arrested in drug bust

MP Tim Uppal, the minister of state for multiculturalism, says anyone convicted of drug crimes should ‘face the full force of the law.’

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Edmonton MP and minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal says he learned of his brother's arrest on drug charges through the media.

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Edmonton MP and minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal says he learned of his brother’s arrest on drug charges through the media.

By: The Canadian Press Published on Thu Dec 04 2014

EDMONTON — A junior federal cabinet minister’s brother has been arrested in a drug bust.

Tim Uppal, minister of state for multiculturalism, says he found out about his brother’s arrest through the media.

Uppal, who is the MP for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, also says that anyone found guilty of drug offences should — quote — “face the full force of the law.” Continue reading

KITCHENER, ON: Sikh community celebrates Sikh Remembrance Day


Metroland News Service Royal Military School cadet Sarab Jot Singh, Gurjanb Singh and Resham Singh Rana of the Golden Triangle Sikh Association salute after laying a wreath during Sikh Remembrance Day ceremonies at Mount Hope Cemetery.

KITCHENER — Pte. Buckam Singh may not have had the right to vote, but he still fought and died for his adopted country.

Eight years after his gravesite was discovered in Kitchener’s Mount Hope Cemetery, hundreds gathered around his final resting place to pay tribute to the Sikh soldier, whose story was lost to history for decades.

Pte. Singh, who came to Canada as a teenaged farm labourer, enlisted in the First World War, was wounded in battle and died in 1919 in a Kitchener military hospital, was buried here without ceremony shortly after the war ended. Continue reading

Surrey family doctor Dr. Parmjit Sohal named Canada’s Family Physician of the Year for B.C.

In an interview, he talks about his passion for family medicine and helping members of his community

 BY TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN NOVEMBER 7, 2014 4:06 PM
Surrey’s Dr. Parmjit Sohal doctor named family physician of the year for B.C.

Dr. Parmjit Sohal, shown at his office in Surrey, said being named Canada’s Family Physician of the Year for B.C. was ‘the ultimate honour.’

Photograph by: Jason Payne , VANCOUVER SUN

Surrey family doctor Dr. Parmjit Sohal has been named Canada’s Family Physician of the Year for B.C. by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The college selects one doctor from each province to receive the prestigious award. Sohal is an expert in the treatment and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease with a focus on the South Asian community and has had numerous studies published on the subject. The college says he has “set the standard as a dedicated family doctor and a caring member of his community.”

Since 1997, Sohal has been a family physician in Surrey and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of B.C. He also teaches at Surrey Memorial Hospital. He took a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to The Vancouver Sun about his passion for family medicine and helping members of his community, many of whom suffer from diabetes. The following interview has been edited for length and space.

Q: This is a prestigious award. How do you feel about being named physician of the year?

A: Oh this really means a lot to me. I’m really honoured to receive this award. Any family doctor would love to receive an award from the college, but to receive Physician of the Year is the ultimate honour. I’m just so pleased and humble and honoured.

Q: The focus of your research is in diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the South Asian community. What drew you to specialize in this area?

A: The South Asian community, my community, has a very high rate of diabetes. The risk of diabetes is three to five times higher in this community compared with the regular population. The area of Surrey where I practise (medicine) is dominated by South Asians and almost two-thirds of the diabetes patients here are South Asian, so that’s a huge problem on the economy and health care system. If I can do something to raise awareness in this ethnic community and make a difference in the lives of people who have diabetes then that would be very good for my community.

Q: Why are these particular diseases so prevalent in the South Asian community?

A: They are genetically predisposed and when they come to these western societies, countries like Canada or the U.S. or England, they are living in an environment where there is a lack of physical activity, and they may have a lack of knowledge of diabetes. They may not have the cultural or linguistic care they need and may not go to the doctor regularly. Some new immigrants don’t understand what is available out there. So it is very important to provide the culturally relevant material so they can understand these things. Also a lot of people don’t know they have diabetes. I think if people are in this high-risk category they should be screened at a younger age (than 40) and more frequently. There are no clear-cut guidelines for primary care physicians. Even at age 20, the risk of diabetes is higher in this population.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/Surrey+Parmjit+Sohal+doctor+named+family+physician+year/10363486/story.html#ixzz3IRRHgFoI

ABBOTSFORD, B.C.: Harwindip Singh Baringh killed in apparent drive-in shooting

Neighbours heard up to six shots fired as a young man was killed in Abbotsford Thursday evening.
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CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, October 3, 2014 2:34AM PDT
Last Updated Friday, October 3, 2014 8:05PM PDT

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Witnesses found the victim, identified as 18-year-old Harwindip Singh Baringh, slumped over the steering wheel of a dark SUV.

“The passenger-side door was open. Car was just sitting there running, guy bleeding everywhere,” Daniel Lockhart said. “He honestly seemed like he was alive for the first 10 or 15 minutes.”

Police on scene of an apparent drive-by shooting that ended the life of a male believed to be in his late teens.

Abbotsford police received a flurry of 911 calls but the suspect was gone before officers arrived in the residential neighbourhood.

Baringh was pronounced dead at the scene.

A crowd of people formed outside after the shooting, and neighbour Raj Gill said the victim’s family was among them.

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A motive hasn’t been established in the killing, but investigators believe it was targeted.

Const. Ian MacDonald said it appears Baringh was killed in a drive-by shooting.

“Witnesses indicated that two vehicles left the area at a high rate of speed,” MacDonald said. “We searched the area for any other victims and any other suspects that might be involved in this shooting.”

Officers are searching for a white Acura TL and a dark-coloured sedan. No arrests have been made.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to help probe the shooting, which marked the third case IHIT took on in just 24 hours in the Lower Mainland.

Anyone with information on the killing is asked to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-4448 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

With files from CTV Vancouver’s Michele Brunoro

Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/victim-of-deadly-abbotsford-shooting-id-d-as-teenager-1.2036895#ixzz3FHvDUyiB

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ABBOTSFORD, B.C.: Ongoing conflict between two Indo-Canadian groups in the Fraser Valley leaves young Sikh man dead

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Teen Shot To Death In Abbotsford’s Ongoing Conflict Between Two Indo-Canadian Groups

Police on scene of an apparent drive-by shooting that ended the life of an Indo-Canadian in his late teens.

Homicide investigators in the Lower Mainland have been busy of late with murders taking place all over the lower mainland and now in the Fraser Valley with this latest killing of young Indo-Canadian which the LINK has learned is Herman Biring, the son of Sukhjivan Singh Biring “Thakra”,  who is also known as a promoter of Punjabi shows in the Abbotsford area.

By R. Paul Dhillon

With News Files

ABBOTSFORD – A drive-by shooting in Abbotsford left a young man dead, who sources out of Abbotsford say is an Indo-Canadian in his late teens

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Sources tell the LINK that Herman Biring is the victim of ongoing conflict between two Indo-Canadian groups in the Fraser Valley, which police had earlier warned would get more violent and feared people dying as a result of the continuing escalation

Police responded to the area around Sparrow Drive and Goldfinch Street in the city just after 8 p.m.

They found a male, believed to be in his late teens, slumped over inside a dark coloured SUV and suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, reported CTV News.

He was pronounced dead on scene. Continue reading

OTTAWA: Minister of State for Multiculturalism Tim Uppal allegedly victim of racist remarks

Josh Elliott, CTVNews.ca 
Published Wednesday, September 10, 2014 7:57AM EDT

Canada’s multiculturalism minister says he and his wife were victims of a racist remark uttered by a player at a tennis court in Ottawa.

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“A woman leaving the tennis court looked at me and my wife and said ‘Are they members? Why can’t they play in the day – they don’t have jobs,’” he tweeted.

Tim Uppal

In this file photo, Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Tim Uppal speaks with the media on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013. (The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld)

A number of Twitter users retweeted and replied to the comment, expressing their outrage.

Read more:http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/multiculturalism-minister-target-of-racist-remark-1.1999964#ixzz3Cx47HNvF

MONTREAL: D.A.D.’s Bagels owner Kashmir Singh Randhawa loses business in favour of Dollarama

Landlord casts out D.A.D.’s Bagels in favour of Dollarama expansion, Randhawa says

By Tracey Lindeman, CBC News Posted: Aug 31, 2014 12:42 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 01, 2014 11:01 AM ET

When a Dollarama opened next door to D.A.D.’s Bagels a few years ago, Kashmir Singh Randhawa knew his days were numbered.

“I played the waiting game,” Randhawa said.

Now the waiting is over. His beloved bagel shop is closing today.

He and wife Kuldeep established their Notre-Dame-de-Grâce bagel shop 20 years ago at the corner of Sherbrooke Street West and Wilson Avenue.

They made bagels the old-fashioned way, in a wood-burning oven. Over time, their menu grew to include samosas and other staples of Indian homemade cuisine.

The community around D.A.D.’s Bagels grew as well. Randhawa said he came to be known as a father figure of NDG, with some people even calling him “granddaddy.”

“We’re a family,”  he said.

He said he supported the community for many years, donating food to the NDG Food Depot and holding fundraisers for various charitable organizations with a mission he deemed worthwhile. The community responded, and D.A.D.’s Bagels became a neighbourhood institution.  Continue reading

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

BY  ,OTTAWA SUN

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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.

JACQUES GALLANT / TORONTO STAR

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

Read more: http://bc.ctvnews.ca/critics-fear-billboard-portraying-sikh-massacre-could-incite-violence-1.1337040#ixzz2XBB9racB

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

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