Category Archives: Contribution to mainstream Canada

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

1st Chinese-Canadian in NHL inducted to B.C. Hall of Fame

In March 1948, Larry Kwong played one shift late in the third period for the New York Rangers in a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the old Montreal Forum. He was the first person of colour to play in the NHL. In March 1948, Larry Kwong played one shift late in the third period for the New York Rangers in a game against the Montreal Canadiens at the old Montreal Forum. He was the first person of colour to play in the NHL. (Larry Kwong ) Continue reading

Minister Jason Kenney urges Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement

Jason Kenney: “Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities.”

Immigration Minister Urges Canadians To Honor Blacks In Law Enforcement
By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 6, 2013 10:47 PM PST

Observing February as Black History Month, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney Tuesday called upon all Canadians to recognize the achievements of black Canadians in law enforcement.

“Black Canadians have made significant contributions to all areas of Canadian life, and this year we are focusing our celebration on the contributions of past black pioneers and present leaders who have done so much to serve and protect our communities,” Minister Kenney said while speaking at the Canadian War Museum, according to a press release made by the Immigration office. Continue reading

Hassan: Canadian government should have power to revoke citizenship of terror suspects

 

Conservative MP Devinder Shory

Hassan: Canadian government should have power to revoke citizenship of terror suspects
By Farzana Hassan, Special to QMI Agency
Friday, February 8, 2013 5:54:35 EST PM

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Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has stated what many have been thinking for some time: He has proposed that Canadian passport holders who commit acts of terror abroad or in Canada may have their citizenship revoked.

The scope of the private member’s Bill C-425 proposed by Conservative MP Devinder Shory will therefore be expanded to include the right of the Canadian government to revoke citizenship of individuals with dual nationalities who commit terror abroad or against Canada. Continue reading

Montreal: Philippines-born artist Lani Maestro receives 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award

 

WAYNE GLOWACKI/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Manila-born artist Lani Maestro with her neon installation at Plug In ICA.

Philippines-born artist wins prestigious Canadian award
November 25, 2012

Visual artist Lani Maestro.

Montreal artist Lani Maestro, born and raised in the Philippines, received the 2012 Hnatyshyn Foundation Visual Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation, Nov. 19, 2012. The prestigious award is a $25,000 prize for outstanding achievement by a Canadian artist. The awards ceremony, followed by a reception, took place at the Bourgie Hall at the Musee des beaux-arts in Montreal. Continue reading

Thanh Hai Ngo and Tobias Enverga first Canadian Senate members of Vietnamese and Filipino origin

Tobias Enverga

December 31, 2012

Thanh Hai Ngo

Updated: December 31, 2012 | 5:39 pm
Canada’s Senate more diverse with first members of Filipino and Vietnamese heritage
By Staff
Torstar News Service
Senator Thanh Hai Ngo came to Canada after the fall of Saigion in 1975.

A banker with a university degree from the Philippines, Tobias Enverga moved to Toronto in 1981 and started at the bottom, in the Bank of Montreal’s mailroom.

Enverga describes himself as just an ordinary guy, who had never been an active Conservative party member or campaign fundraiser. Continue reading

Metro Morning host Andy Barrie “humbled” by Order of Canada

 

Born in Baltimore, Barrie got his first taste of broadcasting at the age of nine, when he was asked to wake up campers every morning over a public-address system at a summer camp.

Andy Barrie ‘humbled ‘ by Order of Canada
CBC News Posted: Dec 30, 2012 6:02 PM ET Last Updated: Dec 31, 2012 6:27 AM ET
CBC Toronto’s former longtime Metro Morning host Andy Barrie has been named a recipient of the Order of Canada.

He was awarded the distinction, “For his achievements in Canadian broadcasting, as the voice of a diverse Toronto, and for his advocacy on behalf of those living with Parkinson’s disease.” Continue reading

Kenney wishes Canadian citizen Santa Claus good luck as he prepares to set off on epic round-the-world voyage

Kenney wishes Santa Claus good luck

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22 December 2012


Canadian citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has issued a statement from his ministerial department Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) wishing Canadian citizen Santa Claus good luck as he prepares to set off on an epic round-the-world voyage.

Mr Claus became a Canadian citizen on 20th December 2010 at a special ceremony presided over by Mr Kenney. This was good news for Mr Claus who was able to enter Canadian airspace that year without the need to obtain a visa for the first time. Continue reading

Ragu Kanagalingam gives back volunteering with Santa Claus Fund

 

Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.

Santa Claus Fund: Budding engineer gives back
Published on Sunday December 16, 2012

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Ragu Kanagalingam, 26, received gifts from the Santa Claus Fund as a kid in St. James Town. This year, he decided to become a volunteer himself.
Laura Kane
Staff Reporter

As a boy growing up in St. James Town, Ragu Kanagalingam didn’t know much about Christmas.

His parents had emigrated from Sri Lanka when he was a toddler, and the tree-decorating, carol-singing and stocking-stuffing had always seemed foreign. And since money was tight, big gifts were out of the question. Continue reading

Muslim Naznin Lakha delivers Santa Claus Fund boxes as a way to give back

Nick Kozak/for the Toronto Star
Naznin Lakha of Oakville, Ont., an Indian Muslim who came to Canada from Uganda as a political refugee in 1973, delivers Santa Claus Fund boxes as a way to give back.

Santa Claus Fund: A Muslim refugee’s first Christmas started a tradition of giving
Published on Saturday November 24, 2012

Josh Tapper
Staff Reporter

They were untrammeled but destitute, a family of seven political refugees living in a Vancouver motel at the onset of their first Canadian winter.

Before arriving in October 1972, Naznin Lakha’s family had been given 90 days to flee their homeland of Uganda, gripped at the time by the repressive rule of Idi Amin. They were ethnic Indians and religious Muslims emigrating from a predominantly black, Christian African country. Continue reading