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Join in the Diwali celebration this year

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Known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali unites people from around the world in a celebration of the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and hope over despair. Many South Asians celebrate and this year it is on October 19.  No matter your faith, everyone can share in the joy of Diwali by coming together with family and friends.

 

Here, Anjum Choudhry Nayyar, award-winning journalist and editor-in-chief of Masalamommas.com, gives her advice and tips for those celebrating for the first time this year.

 

Sharing the light. True to its name, Diwali is a time when those celebrating the occasion decorate their homes with lit diyas and other festive lights. Light is a symbol of unity and an invitation for everyone to share in the joy of the festival. If you’re attending a Diwali celebration, consider taking a personally designed diya or another light source as a gift to the host. It is also customary to celebrate with neighbours with some backyard fireworks.

 

Get cooking. A meatless celebration, Diwali is known for its sweets, snacks and savoury treats. Mithai and samosas are among the many food items that are typically prepared, along with sweets such as mohanthal and patishapta. These may sound difficult to make, but finding the ingredients is as easy as visiting your local Real Canadian Superstore or No Frills locations where you can pick up authentic South Asian brands along with the rest of your groceries at low prices.

 

Prepare your home. The lead up to Diwali includes a thorough cleansing of the home, so why not use it as an opportunity for a fall cleaning? Take inventory of what you need and what you can part with. It’s a Diwali ritual to clean and decorate with flowers and candles or even fresh paint. During Diwali, celebrants pay particular attention to the rangoli, which is the entrance to a home, and often decorate it with vibrant colours or flowers. A bright potted plant at your front door is the perfect Diwali addition.

Sukhwant Thethi Nominated as Ontario Liberal Candidate in Brampton South

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Hundreds Of Supporters Joined By Premier Wynne And Provincial And Federal Ministers To Rally Around Newest Ontario Liberal Candidate
BRAMPTON — Community leader Sukhwant Thethi was nominated today to stand as the Ontario Liberal candidate for Brampton South in the next provincial election.
Thethi accepted the nomination surrounded by his family, hundreds of local supporters, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Minister of Finance Charles Sousa, Ontario Minister of Seniors Dipika Damerla and federal Minister Navdeep Bains. In his speech to supporters, Thethi spoke passionately about his experiences as a new Canadian, the Ontario Liberal plan that is building a better, fairer province and the shameful things that Patrick Brown’s PCs are saying about Sikh candidates behind closed doors.
“I moved here in 1995 from India and waited tables. From an immigrant waiting tables to a successful banker standing here to run to be a Member of Provincial Parliament — this is what Canada is all about!” Thethi said. He added, “I look at Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal plan and I see the policies that will help even more people realize their dreams and seize opportunity, just like I did. As the father of two daughters in university, I know that by making college and university tuition free, the Ontario Liberal plan is going to help hundreds of thousands of young people secure their future.” Referring to the recent actions Ontario’s Liberal government has taken to deliver faster, better health care, new transit, a higher minimum wage and better protections for all workers, Thethi said “This Premier and her team are implementing a plan that supports our families and creates more fairness for people in Brampton and across Ontario.”
In enthusiastically welcoming Thethi to the team, Premier Wynne touched on aspects of Thethi’s life story, saying “Sukhwant knows what it is like to work your way to a better life in a new country. And I know how valuable it is to bring his perspective and ideas to Queen’s Park. One third of our team of Liberal MPPs were born outside of Canada. Every day I see how their different experiences help us in our quest to make life better for Ontario families. Sukhwant will be a strong voice for Brampton and a great help as we continue to fight for fairness and build Brampton up with the new transit, hospitals, schools and university campus that this exciting, growing community needs.”
Thethi also took aim at the recent Conservative nomination controversy in Hamilton, telling supporters it is now clear that Patrick Brown and his PCs will say anything to win votes from South Asians. Thethi was referring to an admission by the Conservative Party president that the PC Party blocked a turbaned Sikh candidate from winning the nomination in Hamilton because he was seen as “not reliable” and the “wrong demographic.” Thethi strongly condemned this as yet another incident that shows the PCs are not the inclusive party they claim to be, saying “Patrick Brown and his Conservatives pretend to reach out to the South Asian community when they want our votes, but this reveals their true colours. This is the kind of Conservative prejudice we must oppose. Whether you are a Sikh Canadian or a Muslim Canadian or someone whose family has been here for generations, there is no right or wrong demographic. We are all Canadians.”

Jewish and Muslim Liberal MPs issued this statement today:

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As Canadians, we rise and fall together. Polarization doesn’t only hurt targeted groups, it hurts all Canadians.

As Parliamentarians, we feel it is our responsibility to rally Canadians around our shared values of human rights, equality and respect for each other. It is our duty to speak out and set an example for Canadians in confronting stereotypes and prejudice, and advancing understanding and education.

We are horrified by reports that two Imams in Montreal and Toronto called for the death of Jews during sermons. We condemn such behaviour and call on the mosques’ administration to take appropriate action. We are equally troubled by reports of hate notes posted outside identifiable Jewish homes in Toronto this past weekend, as well as deeply concerning accounts from university campuses of Jewish students being targeted and vilified. Anti-Semitism is real and we must stand together against it.

We are also united in condemning Islamophobia and supporting Motion 103. Three weeks ago, six Muslim Canadians were killed during their prayer service at a Quebec mosque. Since the attack, there have been troubling incidents of mosque vandalism and a protest with hateful slogans outside a Toronto mosque. As Parliamentarians we recognize this rise in Anti-Muslim sentiment as Islamophobia.

We respect and defend Canadians’ right to freedom of speech and peaceful protest, and Motion 103 does nothing to change speech laws in Canada, contrary to falsehoods being circulated. We believe the best way to counter hate is through free and open dialogue and as such we also want to exercise our right to speak out against intimidating Canadians, including children, when they’re visiting their place of worship.

Motion 103 sends a message of solidarity to all those affected by religious and other forms of systemic discrimination and calls on the Heritage Committee to study and make recommendations to respond to them.

Religious, ethnic, gender and sexual orientation discrimination is a threat to our diversity and social cohesion. We call on all Canadians to lead by example. Words matter.

The overwhelming majority of Canadians reject guilt by association and stigmatization. That is why we must redouble our efforts to promote education and understanding.

We take pride in the countless Canadian stories of interfaith groups coming together to make our communities better.

We must continue to defend a Canada that is based on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms respecting the rights and responsibilities of all. Diversity is our strength.

Members/ Député(e)s :

Hon./L’ Hon. Jim Carr, Winnipeg South Centre/ Winnipeg-Centre-Sud.

Hon./L’Hon. Karina Gould, Burlington.

Hon./ L’Hon. Ahmed Hussen, York South — Weston/ York-Sud — Weston.

Hon./L’Hon. Maryam Monsef, Peterborough — Kawartha.

Omar Alghabra, Mississauga Centre/ Mississauga-Centre.

Julie Dabrusin, Toronto — Danforth.

Ali Ehsassi, Willowdale.

David Graham, Laurentides — Labelle.

Anthony Housefather, Mount Royal/Mont-Royal.

Majid Jowhari, Richmond Hill.

Iqra Khalid, Mississauga — Erin Mills.

Michael Levitt, York Centre/ York-Centre.

Yasmin Ratansi, Don Valley East/ Don Valley-Est.

Dan Ruimy, Pitt Meadows — Maple Ridge.

Marwan Tabbara, Kitchener South — Hespeler/ Kitchener-Sud — Hespeler.

Arif Virani, Parkdale — High Park.

Salma Zahid, Scarborough Centre/ Scarborough-Centre.

Indo-Canadians to mark India’s 68th Republic Day

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Ottawa, Jan 12 (IANS) To mark India’s 68th Republic Day, an umbrella body of Indo-Canadian community organisations here will host a one-day entertainment event in Brampton.

Panorama India has been hosting this event for the last several years to promote India’s cultures and heritage, reported Mississauga online daily on Wednesday.

JUSS KAUR BRINGS GORGEOUS, MEDITATIVE ARTWORK TO MISSISSAUGA

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Exhibition In Celebration of Sikh Heritage Month

MISSISSAUGA: Kenyan-born artist Juss Kaur is bringing her distinctive, meditative artwork to Mississauga this month for an exhibition in honour of Sikh Heritage Month.

Senator Salma Ataullah Jan , consul general of Pakistan ASGHAR ali Golo , Imtiyaz Patel, Mpp Helena Jaczek, Shaista Ali, Ahsan Ali, Mpp Reza Moridi, Mpp shafiq Qaadri

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LimeLite Café’s grand opening 0n Friday, September 18th, 2015 was attended by who’s who of the Greater Toronto Area

Vaughan, ON:  LimeLite Café is opening its doors to Canada with its renowned concept from Dubai serving classic international cuisine, inspirational ambiance and great service.   The restaurant with its signature dishes ranging from kebab rolls to pasta and sweet spot dessert recipes in a great atmosphere pleases all.  LimeLite’s concept first developed in Dubai UAE,  quickly became a must visit hotspot on the famous Sheikh Zayed Road. 

Bill C-24 Two-Tier Citizenship Regime Unconstitutional, Says Lawsuit

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Law Allowing Immigrants and Dual Nationals to be Stripped of Citizenship is Discriminatory, Anti-Canadian, allege rights groups.

TORONTO: The BC Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (CARL) have launched a constitutional challenge to the new Citizenship Act, a federal law relegating over one million Canadians to second-class status.
The lawsuit argues that the new Citizenship Act, in force since the passage of Bill C-24, creates a two-tier citizenship regime that discriminates against dual nationals, whether born abroad or in Canada, and naturalized citizens. These Canadians will now have more limited citizenship rights compared to other Canadians, simply because they or their parents or ancestors were born in another country.