Category Archives: South/Southeast Asian community

Gurpreet Singh: Sham secularism of Indo Canadian politicians exposed, NDP MP Jinny Sims among them

by GURPREET SINGH on AUG 24, 2014 at 4:36 PM
  • NDP MP Jimmy Sims (second from left) and former B.C. Liberal MLA Dave Hayer (far right) pose with Aditya Tawatia (second from right), Vancouver convenor of the OFBJP in Canada, and Vijay Jolly (far left), a BJP leader in Delhi.

Indo Canadian politicians who’ve been known for their strong secularist views will find it hard to explain their presence at a dinner in Surrey hosted by supporters of the ruling Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party of India.

On the occasion of India’s Independence Day on August 15, the Overseas Friends of the BJP (OFBJP) held an event at the Bombay Banquet Hall in Surrey where various elected and nonelected officials belonging to different political parties were present.

The venue was completely packed and organizers claim that close to 800 people showed up. Continue reading

COQUITLAM: Couple pays $35,000 to the Dhadwals over “racist” remarks

Racist signs directed at neighbours who cut down trees cost Coquitlam couple $35,000

Published: November 22, 2013


Offensive protest signs and racist comments made during a battle between neighbours over three trees that were pruned and then had to be cut down has resulted in a Coquitlam couple being ordered to pay $35,000 in damages.

The dispute between the Demenuks and Dhadwals began when the Dhadwals, while building a new home, pruned and cut the roots of three large trees on the property boundary.

The Dhadwals had complied with municipal bylaws but the cutting of the roots endangered the trees and the two Douglas firs and the cedar tree were eventually ordered to be cut down.

The Demenuks sued the Dhadwals to recover for the loss of the trees and the Dhadwals filed a counter claim, alleging they had been defamed by the protest signs and had suffered aggravated damages arising in part from the racist comments. Continue reading

Surrey’s Punjabi radio stations facing CRTC ban

Surrey’s Punjabi radio stations facing CRTC ban

Published: September 19, 2014


The three Punjabi radio stations that will be the focus of the CRTC’s hearing in October. Facebook photo


SURREY — Two radio stations operating out of Surrey could be slapped with mandatory cease-and-desist orders come October.

According to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Radio India and Radio Punjab have offices in the city, but do not hold licenses to operate in Canada. Signals have been transmitting from Washington state, but their frequencies can be heard across the Lower Mainland.

In a notice of hearing, the CRTC states Radio India has an agreement with the licensee of KVRI 1600 AM in Blaine, Wash. Meanwhile, Radio Punjab is linked to New Age Media Ltd., the licensee of KRPA 1110 AM in Oak Harbour, Wash. A third radio station, Sher-E-Punjab, has studios in Richmond, but has an arrangement with BBC Broadcasting Inc., the licensee of KRPI 1550 AM in Ferndale, Wash.

The CRTC argues the broadcasting companies are skirting format and content regulations under the Broadcasting Act.

The CRTC will host a hearing on Oct. 15 in Gatineau, Que., allowing the stations to show cause as to why the commission should not issue the ban.

“Once we receive whatever documents, we’ll analyze them and come up with a decision. I don’t know how long it will take,” said Patricia Valladao, manager of media relations for the CRTC. Continue reading

VANCOUVER: Family of murderer Ninderjit Singh payS $150,000 so he could obtain illegal documents in the United States

Family of Vancouver teen’s killer paid $150,000 to help him flee country, says crown counsel

Published: March 27, 2013

Ninderjit SIngh

A photo illustration show how one-time fugitive Ninderjit SIngh changed his appearance over the 12 years he was hiding out in the U.S. after shooting and killing ex-girlfriend Poonam Randhawa. PNG files


The family of murderer Ninderjit Singh colluded with him in his efforts to evade police, paying $150,000 so he could obtain illegal documents in the United States.

After Singh fatally shot Vancouver teen Poonam Randhawa, he fled to California, where he eluded police for the next 12 years.

At his sentencing hearing Wednesday, Crown counsel Sandy Cunningham said that while in New York state, Singh obtained the necessary documents to become a different person.

“His family paid $150,000 to obtain the illegally forged identification,” Cunningham told B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Butler. Continue reading

Surrey mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode proud to be “South Asian” first, then “Canadian”

Q & A: Surrey mayoral candidate Barinder Rasode discusses upcoming campaign trail

Published: September 20, 2014

Barinder Rasode announces her official bid for Surrey Mayor Saturday at SFU’s Grand Hall in Surrey, B.C. Kim Stallknecht/PNG


After months of speculation, Surrey city councillor Barinder Rasode finally confirmed her bid for mayor in the upcoming election at a crowded celebration at SFU Surrey’s Grand Hall Saturday afternoon. While she is yet to release her official platform, Vancouver Desi caught up with the now official mayoral candidate to find out about the upcoming campaign trail.

1. Why should people vote for you?

I love Surrey, and I am passionate about making our city a better place to live and work. I’m prepared to make the tough decisions and take action to fix some of the long-standing issues in Surrey. We have made a lot of progress, but we have also learned some valuable lessons.

We need to make public safety our number one priority –- if we don’t fix Surrey’s crime problem, then all of the progress that we have made is in jeopardy.

We need to get people and goods moving across our city, because right now our economy is literally stuck in traffic. One hundred thousand people will move to Surrey over the next ten years, so we have to take action now to fix our transit and transportation issues, and start managing our growth in a responsible way. Continue reading

Christie Blatchford deplores lack of “kindness” in Canadian immigration policy

Christie Blatchford is a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster.

Christie Blatchford: Canada shows lack of kindness in deporting harmless Pakistani woman

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 | September 16, 2014 7:57 PM ET
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Jamila Bibi was whisked away by two Canadian Border Services Agency officers early Tuesday morning at the Saskatoon airport, set for deportation to her native Pakistan.

Evan Radford/Postmedia NewsJamila Bibi was whisked away by two Canadian Border Services Agency officers early Tuesday morning at the Saskatoon airport, set for deportation to her native Pakistan.

When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon Star PhoenixTuesday, I thought of only one thing, and that is, how Canada looks from the air.

I’ve flown across this country probably more than the average bear, most recently this summer from Prince George, B.C., to Moncton, N.B., when the shooting of four Mounties overtook the trial I was covering.

Lucky me, in the course of doing my job, I’ve seen Canada in all four seasons from the air. The only constant is how marvelously empty the country is, most of it.

Yet Canada couldn’t wait to deport Ms. Bibi, an unsophisticated woman from a village in Pakistan, Tuesday morning from the airport in Saskatoon. She and her friend and ally, Sahana Yeasmin, at whose restaurant Ms. Bibi had been working, said a tearful goodbye.

Ms. Bibi had been faithfully checking in weekly for the past 22 months, just as she had been ordered to do, and it was at one of these recent check-ins that authorities abruptly decided to remove her, despite a United Nations order to put the proceeding on hold until it was properly investigated.

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Jamila Bibi and Sahana Yeasmin, her friend and employer, cry at the Saskatoon airport as Bibi awaits deportation to Pakistan.

Her lawyer, Bashir Khan of Winnipeg, says she doesn’t know when she was born, but guesses she’s probably in her early 60s. He is enraged by her treatment, and so am I.

Ms. Bibi was sent back to a country where generally, women and girls are treated appallingly, where as the most recent report of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women notes, child and forced marriage, “karo-kari” (a local term that covers a wide variety of allegedly immoral female behaviour and which empowers family members to commit an honour killing), stove-burning and acid throwing, marriage to the Koran, and polygamy all persist.


OTTAWA: Michael Lumahang drowned while trying to help rescue 12-year-old boy from river

Boy, 12, rescued by 24-year-old man but another man drowns while trying to assist

CBC News Posted: Aug 24, 2014 10:29 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 24, 2014 1:57 PM ET

Family members say Michael Lumahang, 39, drowned after trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River on Saturday. (Facebook)

Family members have identified Michael Lumahang of Ottawa as the man who drowned while trying to help rescue a 12-year-old boy from the Ottawa River.

Family members of Michael Lumahang, including his wife, above, await news of the Ottawa man Saturday night near the Ottawa River. (CBC)

​Ottawa paramedics say they responded to a report of someone drowning at Bate Island near the Champlain Bridge just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

When they arrived, paramedics treated a 12-year-old boy for mild hypothermia.

Police said two men were fishing when they saw the boy in the water. They said a 24-year-old man rescued the boy and was uninjured.

A 39-year-old man also jumped in the water to help with the rescue, but he disappeared. The police marine and dive unit found his body on Sunday at about 6:35 a.m.

Family members have identified the man as Michael Lumahang, 39, who lived in Ottawa but was originally from Manila, Philippines.

EDMONTON: Tam Van Ho charged with hit-and-run

Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, August 16, 2014 6:51PM MDT


Officials said Tam Van Ho, 28, has now been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

The incident happened on July 20 at 100 Avenue and 117 Street.

Surveillance video of the suspect showed him entering Steamworks Bathhouse around 2 a.m. that morning and leaving around 4:24 a.m.

He then entered a BMW Z6 parked behind the Jewish Seniors Centre.

The victim was sleeping on the ground in the area when he was pushed and dragged along the ground by the vehicle.

He sustained non-life threatening injures.

Police said Ho turned himself in on Aug. 15.

He has since been released on a promise to appear.

With files from Julia Parrish

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Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava wins the Fields Medal

Canadian-born professor wins math’s highest honour

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Thu Aug 14 2014

A 39-year-old Canadian-born mathematician has won a prestigious award often described as the Nobel Prize in math.

Princeton University math professor Manjul Bhargava, who was born in Hamilton, received the Fields Medal on Wednesday in Seoul.

The medal, which is math’s highest honour, was first awarded in 1936 and was named after another Canadian mathematician — John Charles Fields, who was also born in Hamilton. Continue reading

Filipino community fears that days of pathway to permanent residency for foreign nannies are numbered

Judith Gonzales came to Canada in 2001 under the live-in caregiver program, seen here with the two girls she cared for while her own children were in the Philippines. Today, she works in corporate marketing. 

Judith Gonzales came to Canada in 2001 under the live-in caregiver program, seen here with the two girls she cared for while her own children were in the Philippines. Today, she works in corporate marketing.

By:  Immigration reporter, Published on Tue Jul 22 2014

Ottawa’s recent rhetoric about an “out-of-control” live-in caregiver program has prompted outrage in some quarters — and fear that the days of a pathway to permanent residency for foreign nannies are numbered.

Critics of the government’s approach, including some Conservative loyalists, warn that the growing Filipino Canadian vote could also be at stake in next year’s federal election if the government removes access to immigration from the live-in caregiver program (LCP) — 90 per cent of those participating are from the Philippines. Continue reading