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دوره هشتم - 2016

گزارش مجمع عمومی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا - مشهود ناصری

انتخابات کنگره ایرانیان - مهدی شمس

May 30, 2017
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Final Report: ICC Election Committee 2017 & Election Results

posted by Iranian Canadian Congress | 2399.40sc May 30, 2017 Here is the final report from the 2017 Election Committee of the Iranian Canadian Congress:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

The ICC Election Committee is proud to announce the following:

A successful and transparent election was held on Sunday, May 28, 2017 with polls open from 11am to 4:00pm;

1) Online voting: was administered for the first time this year through an online software, election buddy, which was chosen by the ICC Board of Directors (the Board) from Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 9am to Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 2pm in accordance with the ICC by-laws:

The software was secured with no access by the Board or anyone else prior to the commitment of the online vote. The software is also designed so that no changes can be made to the voting process once the vote has been initiated. A total of 295 members were eligible for online voting and sent instructions for doing so. Of those 295 members, 190 voted. The result of the online vote was only known to the one (1) Election Committee member in charge of administering the online vote until the completion of the vote count on the day of the AGM. 2) Voting the day of the AGM:

By the start of voting on the day of the AGM, we were advised by the Board that the ICC had 498 members as of the cut of date of eligibility on May 25th, 2017: An additional 20 members renewed their membership on the day of the AGM; As those who voted online where not eligible to vote again in person, of the 518 members eligible to vote in the 2017 election, only 328 were eligible to vote in person. A total of 180 people voted in person or by proxy on the day of the AGM. 3) Outcome of the Election.

The ICC had 518 members eligible to vote in this years AGM. Of the 518, 190 voted online with another 180 voted in person or by proxy the day of the AGM. The result of the voting process was as follows:
 i. Motion 1: Acclamation of Board Members – 355 for; 7 against.
ii. Motion 2: Federal registration of the ICC – 355 for and 9 against.

4) Irregularities raised: The Election Committee had 2 formal complaints raised to it. The first dealt with a new issue for the Board and the Election Committee around online voting; the decision of the Election Committee with respect to same is available here. The second complaint dealt largely with issues the committee felt was outside of its jurisdiction and mandate. No additional irregularities were raised by way of the formal complaint process in place for the day of the AGM.

5) Destruction of IDs and proxy forms: Please note the personal information of those who voted by way of a proxy will be destroyed by the Election Committee. The committee thanks voters for trusting the committee with their personal information in our efforts to safeguard against any concerns of irregularity that may have been raised.

We thank the members of our community, the Board, and our wonderful volunteers for helping make this election a success.

Respectfully yours,

ICC Election Committee 2017 (Pantea Jafari, Emily Houdi, Poyan Nahrvar)

May 30, 2017

 

May 28, 2017
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ICC President's Report- 2017

Here you can find a copy of the annual President's Report prepared by the 2016-2017 ICC President Bijan Ahmadi:

Click here to review 2017 President's Report. 

May 28, 2017
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EC Announcement - Elections Procedures

Dear ICC Members,

The Election Committee would like to welcome you to participate in the 2017 Iranian

Canadian Congress elections.

The elections will be held on May 28 th , 2017 from 11am – 4pm at the North York Civic

Centre - Chamber.

Please take note of the following important details:

1. Eligibility to vote:

a. Only the following members are eligible to vote on the day of the AGM:

i. Those who became a member by the previously announced deadline of midnight on May 25, 2017;

ii. Those who were members from May 16, 2016 to May 28, 2017 and renew their membership on the day of the AGM;

iii. Those who have not voted online; and

b. Who present a valid ONTARIO ID.

2. Absentee/Proxy voting:

a. If you have yet to cast your vote but are unable to vote in person on the day of the AGM, you may authorize a proxy to vote on your behalf in person.

You will have to provide the proxy with:

i. a copy of your valid Ontario ID; and

ii. the following proxy form dully executed by you:

http://www.iccongress.ca/election-update- 2017-ec- proxy

b. Please note proxy voters do not need to be ICC Members.

3. What is being voted on:

a. The following two motions appear on the ballots voted on online and to be voted on the day of the AGM:

i. For the four (4) nominees to be acclaimed to the four (4) positions available for the ICC Board of Directors; and

ii. For the ICC, who is presently incorporated as a provincial organization, to seek registration as a Federal Organization.

Election Committee 2017- Rules of Engagement

b. To learn more about the candidates please click:

http://www.iccongress.ca/list_of_icc_board_candidates_2017_including_their_bios_nomination_statements.

4. Quorum: Please note that quorum for initiating the AGM is fifty (50) per cent of the ICC members plus one (1). The total number of members whom must vote

in order to meet this quorum will be finally determined by the number of expired members who renew their membership on the day of the AGM.

5. Noting Irregularity

A formal complaint regarding the live voting process on the day of the AGM or the ballot count must:

a. Fill out an official complaint form available at the site of the AGM and the counting stations thereafter;

b. Attach proof of the complaint and list of any witnesses;

c. Supported by and filed on behalf of at least one of the four (4) candidates running for a position; and

d. File same with a member of the Election Committee or by emailing it to electioncommitteeicc@gmail.com within one (1) hour of the completion of the vote count.

We hope this provides you with the information you need to actively participate in the

2017 ICC Election. Should you have any further questions related to the elections proceedings please contact the Elections Committee at electioncommitteeicc@gmail.com.

Regards,

Elections Committee 2017

 

May 25, 2017
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Important: Deadline for Membership Registration and Renewals

Here is a final call from the ICC board secretary regarding membership deadlines:

Dear ICC Members,

 

If you'd like to vote in the upcoming ICC Annual General Meeting on Sunday May 28th, 2017 please note that registration deadline is tonight before midnight (May 25, 2017 by 11:59PM).

Please note that on the day of the AGM, only those whose membership have expired since the last ICC AGM will be able to renew their membership (expiration dates between May 16, 2016 to May 28, 2017). If you have any doubt, we suggest you renew using the online membership form before the deadline tonight. 

New members joining on the day of the AGM will be allowed to attend the General Meeting but will not be able to vote. Once again the deadline for new members to register is tonight before midnight. After midnight we will close the online registration till after the AGM.

Online Membership Form: www.iccongress.ca/joinICC

 

Sincerely,

Mehran Farazmand

Board Secretary

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

May 28, 2017
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The ICC Responds to Michael Petrou’s Opinion Piece on CBC

Please find attached the letter that the ICC's Public Relations and Communications Chair Tayaz Fakhry wrote on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress responding to an opinion piece published by Michael Petrou on CBC's website . 

Attention: CBC News Comment Editor, Robyn Urback, and CBC Contributor, Michael Petrou

 

On May 15th, 2017, an opinion piece by Michael Petrou, entitled “What does Canada get out of restoring diplomatic ties with Iran?” was published on your networks. In it, Petrou severely downplays the benefits of restoring diplomatic ties with Iran, suggesting that re-engagement may only result in “more convenient travel for Iranian Canadians and their relatives ... and the possibility of modest trade and business deals down the road.” In fact, the benefits of re-engagement with Iran are significantly more pronounced.

It is Iranian-Canadians themselves who have suffered disproportionately in the years since the former government broke diplomatic relations and instituted strict sanctions on Iran. When relations were broken in 2012, Iranian-Canadians suddenly found themselves unable to access consular services and were faced with considerable difficulty when attempting to acquire visitor visas for their relatives still living in Iran. Ironically, Iranian-Canadians have had to travel to Washington, DC, where Iran maintains an Interests Section, to access consular services--an option that now makes them vulnerable to United States President Trump’s travel restrictions. Petrou’s reference to the opportunity for “more convenient travel” is therefore quite an understatement. It is disparaging to the hundreds of thousands of dual citizens who are at risk of not being able to renew their student visas, work visas, or passports, or are unable to see aging relatives at home as a result.

The sanctions imposed on Iran also created often insurmountable barriers for honest and hard-working Iranian-Canadians. Many business owners who were dependent on the trade between Iran and Canada for their livelihood suddenly found their legitimate business activities rendered illegal. Additionally, banks refused to deal with those who had or were perceived to have any financial links to Iran (whether personal or business), due to the supposed legal risks. This even resulted in the closure of the bank accounts of Iranian-Canadians, including Canadian citizens, for no reason other than their nationality.

In his opinion piece, Petrou also sorely understates the economic benefits of re-engagement with Iran. Canadian businesses at large have not been able to access Iran’s untapped market of 80 million people. This is no small figure. A 2016 study found that Canada lost between 1.18 and 4.69 billion dollars in the years between 2010-2014 in exports as a result of sanctions on Iran. In the meantime, Canada’s G7 and NATO allies have been re-engaging with Iran both politically and economically since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was put into effect by the P5+1 and the EU. As sanctions eased on Iran, many international businesses, especially European companies, entered the Iranian market, while Canadian companies have been lagging behind due to our lack of relations and the uncertainties surrounding SEMA. For example, in the first nine months of 2016 alone, the European Union's trade with Iran has increased by 63 per cent. Several major contracts have been signed over the past 12 months, including major deals with Boeing and Airbus, worth billions.

Petrou also claims that re-engagement with Iran cannot help Canada “hold Iran to account on human rights.” It is quite clear, however, that without establishing diplomatic and economic relations, Canada cannot achieve any of its goals in Iran. Nader Hashemi, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies, University of Denver (March 29th, AEFA Committee), states that sanctions “prevent Canada from playing a more constructive role in terms of supporting Iranian civil society and the pro-democracy movement within Iran.” The Iranian Canadian Congress therefore maintains its position that to advocate for human rights in Iran and around the world, Canada must implement a policy of constructive engagement through diplomacy. In order to be effective, Canada must be fair and unbiased in promoting respect for human rights around the world; singling out countries like Iran for human rights concerns through the imposition of sanctions and diplomatic isolation while ignoring the human rights violations of other countries, including close allies, weakens Canada’s influence and image abroad.

We also ask that you publish this letter in the same manner as that of Mr. Petrou in the interests of journalistic fairness and balance.

Sincerely,

Public Relations Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) Tayaz Fakhri

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress

 

May 23, 2017
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Election Committee 2017: Updates and Announcements

On this page you can find updates and announcements from the Election Committee 2017:

Update on ICC Election: May 23, 2017
 
By way of an update, please note that there are two (2) motions to be voted on at the AGM: one seeks authorization to register the ICC federally and the other seeks to fill the open seats on the ICC board with the exact number of candidates who are running for those positions, i.e. by acclamation.  This is because two of the six individuals running for a seat on the ICC Board withdraw their candidacy.
 
The membership registration deadline to vote online has closed; the vote is presently occurring and will close at 2pm on Saturday, May 27, 2017.  The deadline for new members to register to vote in person is midnight on Thursday, May 25, 2017; expired members can renew their membership up to and including the day of the AGM until 2pm to still vote.  In-person voting will take place from 11am to 4pm the day of the AGM, on Sunday, May 28, 2017. 
 
Correction: EC Email Address May 23, 2017
 
The correct email address for the Election Committee 2017 is: electioncommitteeicc@gmail.com

 

May 20, 2017
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The ICC Calls on Canadian Government to Re-Engage with Iran in the Wake of Rouhani's Victory

The Iranian people have spoken. They have stated loud and clear that they support dialogue and engagement with the international community.

The Iranian Canadian Congress recognizes the victory of President Hassan Rouhani in Iran’s 12th presidential election. The victory of President Rouhani, whose government instigated and negotiated the nuclear agreement (JCPOA), shows that the Iranian people support dialogue and engagement with the international community. By participating in this historic election, Iranians have demonstrated that they are committed to build a brighter future for their country through civic engagement and gradual but consistent improvement.

At this crucial time, we call on the international community and in particular the Canadian government to hear the voice of the Iranian people and their desire to re-engage with the international community in a mutually beneficial and peaceful manner. Specifically, we once again ask the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau to re-engage with Iran by re-establishing formal diplomatic relations and facilitate reopening of embassies in both countries.

Contact Info: 

Email: info@iccongress.ca

Tel: 647 539 4344

May 23, 2017
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AGM Update: 4 Board Nominees + Online Voting

Here is a quick update about the upcoming AGM and the Board Elections:

Dear Members of the ICC, 

 

Board Nominees: Please note that Yasamin Dadashi and Mohsen Khaniki decided to withdraw their nomination for the ICC Board of Directors and in a letter to the ICC Members endorsed the remaining 4 nominees. The remaining nominees are as following in alphabetical order:

Bijan Ahmadi, Soudeh Ghasemi, Hooman Shirazi, Morvarid Zare Zadeh. (Click here to review their bios/nomination statements)

Given that there are only four candidates nominated for four available positions a motion has been introduced on your online and in person voting ballots for the mentioned four individuals to be elected by acclamation to the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress. 

Online Voting: The Election Committee has sent out all the online voting ballots to members of the ICC who are eligible to vote online. Online voting is only available for members whose identity have been verified by the ICC Board Secretary. The online voting deadline is May 27, 2017 02:00 pm Eastern Time.  

Letter from Mohsen Khaniki and Yasamin Dadashi:

Here is the Farsi letter sent to the ICC Board from Mr. Khaniki and Ms. Dadashi withdrawing their nomination and endorsing the 4 remaining nominees:

 

حضور محترم اعضا و هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانان کانادا،

در این دوره از انتخابات کنگره ایرانیان کانادا٬ این افتخار را داشتیم تا در کنار جمعی از فعالین و چهره‌ های خوش نام جامعه‌ ایرانیان کانادا٬ برای مشارکت در هیت مدیره‌ی این نهاد در دوسال آینده کاندید شویم. پس از شنیدن برنامه ها و اهداف دیگر دوستان٬ که همه از بستر اتحاد و خیر خواهی برای کنگره و جامعه‌ی ایرانیان کاناداست٬ تصمیم گرفتیم در این دوره از انتخابات به احترام همت این عزیزان٬ از کاندیداتوری خویش انصراف دهیم. هرچند بی شک در سال و سال های پیش رو در کنار این عزیزان و کنگره خواهیم بود و هیچ کمکی را در راستای فعالیت های امید وار کننده‌ی این سازمان دریغ نخواهیم کرد.

ما بر این باوریم که مشارکت در این نهاد برای پیشرفت جامعه بزرگ ایراینان کانادا امری حیاتی است. ضمن آرزوی موفقیت برای هیات مدیره‌ کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در سال پیش رو٬ از همه‌ی اعضای کنگره درخواست داریم تا روز یک شنبه ۲۸ ماه می، در مجمع عمومی سالیانه حضور پیدا کنند؛ و از اعضای کامیونیتی که تا امروز عضو رسمی این نهاد نشده اند دعوت میکنیم، از طریق لینک های مربوطه عضو کنگره شوند تا همه در کنار هم، برای آینده‌ی بهتر این جامعه همراه باشیم.

با احترام

یاسمین داداشی

محسن خانیکی

 

May 12, 2017
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Election Update: Election Committee and Proxy Voting - AGM 2017

Here is an update about the upcoming AGM and Board Elections:

Election Committee

The following individuals have been appointed to the Election Committee for the upcoming AGM and Board Elections on May 28, 2017. The election committee will administer and monitor the online voting process from May 20-27 and the voting process on May 28th. 

Pantea Jafari, Emily Hoody, and Pouyan Nahrvar.

All three members have previous experience with election administration. We are grateful for their help in this process.   

Legal Counsel

The ICC Board of Directors has retained Mr. Esmaeil Mehrabi from Mehrabi Law Office as legal counsel to advise the board for the AGM and elections procedure. This is an additional step that the board has taken to ensure that all applicable laws and regulations are followed during the AGM and the board elections. 

Here you can find info about proxy voting in the upcoming AGM on May 28, 2017:

Proxy Voting

Any member who cannot attend the Annual General Meeting in person may vote through a proxy by filling out the proxy form and attaching a copy (digital or paper copy) of his/her photo ID to the form. The proxy holder shall present the signed form along with the copy of the photo ID of the person he/she is representing to the election officers at the Annual General Meeting. 

Click here to download the 2017 Proxy Form. 

The proxy voting process is according to the Ontario Corporations Act (article 84.1) and the proposed Non-Profit Corporations Act (article 64.1). 

May 9, 2017
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ICC's Response to CIJNews & Shabnam Assadollahi’s Defamatory Piece

Please find attached the letter that the ICC's Public Relations and Communications Chair Tayaz Fakhry wrote on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress to the CIJNews protesting a defamatory piece regarding Iranian Canadians published by the Institute's contributor Dr. Shabnam Assadollahi. The article was published by CIJNews on March 28th, 2017. 

Attention: CIJNews editor-in-chief Jonathan D. Halevi and CIJNews Contributor Shabnam Assadollahi.

 

On March 28st, 2017, a letter from Shabnam Assadollahi titled “Urgent Plea from an Iranian dissident re: Bill S- 219” was published on your media outlet.   

Shabnam Assadollahi alleges that the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a lobby group for the Iranian government. These accusations are false and defamatory. The ICC is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-religious grassroots organization that serves to safeguard and advance the interests of Iranian-Canadians.

The Iranian Canadian Congress is supported by a large community of Canadians from Iranian background who believe in the power of diplomacy and peace. Despite Assadollahi’s claim that only a small number of Iranian-Canadians oppose Bill S-219 and support economic and diplomatic engagement with Iran, a parliamentary petition initiated by the Iranian Canadian Congress received nearly 16,000 signatures from Iranian-Canadians nationwide imploring the Canadian government to re-establish formal diplomatic relations with Iran. In recent months thousands  of our community members have contacted their senators and demanded that they vote against Bill S-219. The strong opposition towards the bill in the community is fueled by the intention to establish diplomacy, peace and reengagement between Iran and Canada.

Furthermore, sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran will primarily harm Iranian-Canadians. An estimated 300,000 Iranian-Canadians will be deprived of consular services and representation by Canadian officials in Iran, and exposed to further discrimination by financial institutions in Canada.

A lack of diplomatic engagement in addition to sanctions on Iran will also prevent Canadian businesses from benefiting from the enormous business opportunities that exist in trade with Iran. For example, in the years between 2010-2014, Canadian businesses lost between $1.18 and $4.69 billion due to sanctions on Iran.

The Iranian Canadian Congress maintains its position that to advocate for human rights in Iran and around the world Canada must implement a policy of constructive engagement through diplomacy and dialogue. Additionally, Bill S-219 ignores the universal nature of human rights and our obligation as a member of the international community to be fair and unbiased in promoting respect for human rights around the world. Bill S-219 ignores gross violations of human rights by other countries in the region and around the world, some of whom have violated multiple UN resolutions. Respect for human rights is a universal obligation and should not be affected by political bias or become a currency for special interests and political maneuvering. Additionally, passing Bill S-219 will create a legislative precedent that may lead to subsequent bills for imposing similar sanctions on other human rights violators, some of which are Canada’s allies and trade partners in the region. This action will have significant and lasting impacts on Canada’s relations with its partners around the world and its impact has to be considered and analyzed thoroughly.

The ICC believes that in order to achieve peace, safety and prosperity for all Canadians, and to safeguard the interests of Canada in the Middle East, Bill S-219 should be rejected..

We ask CIJNews to post this response in the same manner in which Assadollahi’s piece was posted in order to fairly represent the voices of Canadians from Iranian heritage, the vast majority of whom justifiably oppose Bill S-219. We also ask that the CIJNews editorial team take special care not to publish defamatory and baseless accusations and negative portrayals of ethnic minority communities and the non-profits that advocate on their behalf. This type of divisive rhetoric causes disunity in Canadian society and threatens the multicultural nature of our country.


Sincerely,
 

Tayaz Fakhry

Public Relations & Communications Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress

 

May 7, 2017
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7 می 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان

جهت اطلاع باید اظهار دارم که عدم پرداخت ده دلار حق عضویت، نباید کناره گیری من از این نهاد تلقی گردد. با مشاهده بی قانونی ها، عدم جوابگوئی، و عدم احترام به حقوق اعضاء توسط هییت مدیره، اینجانب راه حلی جز مهاجرت از کنگره ایرانیان و پیوستن به "انجمن اعضای کنگره ایرانیان" نیافتم. باشد که روزی این نهاد در اختیار آنهائی قرار گیرد که برای منافع کامیونیتی خدمت میکنند و نه اهداف خویش. پیشنهاد میکنم و سعی خواهم نمود که در بازبینی اساسنامه معیار تشخیص عضویت افراد از آنی که هست تغییر کند.

با تشکر - مهدی شمس، عضو مستقل کنگره ایرانیان و یکی از پایه گزاران "انجمن اعضای کنگره ایرانیان"

 

List of ICC Board Candidates 2017 Including Their Bios & Nomination Statements

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Here is a full list of candidates for the 4 available positions on the ICC Board of Directors 2017 including their bios and nomination statements*. 

Here is the list in alphabetical order of 6 nominees who meet all the eligibility requirements stated in the ICC by-laws:

  Bijan Ahmadi

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Nomination Statement

Dear Friends, 
 
After much consultation with my colleagues and many of our active members at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), I have decided to run in the upcoming ICC elections to continue my involvement with the Board of Directors. I believe the ICC is at a critical juncture, and I see it as my duty to continue serving the organization to ensure its long term growth and success.
Upon joining the ICC as a member and volunteer three years ago, I soon realized that the organization was in need of serious reforms. In the first two years, first as a volunteer and then as the public relations director, I focused my efforts on community outreach to attract supporters and volunteers and to encourage the younger generation to participate in the ICC.  
Over the past 12 months, I have had the honour of serving as the President of the ICC. With the help of my talented team, we were able to significantly improve the work of the organization, expand our reach within the community, and effectively advocate for the interests of Iranian Canadians at the highest levels of the Canadian political system. 
I believe the positive results of our work speaks for itself. In only 12 months, the number of supporters in our audience network has increased from 4,000 to nearly 10,000 people nationwide. For the first time in the decade-long history of the organization, the ICC has recruited local volunteer teams in all major cities and provinces across the country.  
Today, the ICC is stronger than ever before in its ability to serve our community. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure the ICC stays on its path toward long term success. I believe that I have the skills, the experience, and a proven track record to lead the ICC in the right direction in this critical moment in the history of our community. I therefore ask for your vote of confidence on May 28th so that I can continue serving our community as a member of the ICC board. 
 
Sincerely,
Bijan Ahmadi

Yasamin Dadashi

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Nomination Statement

Yasamin Dadashi moved to the UK after completing her undergraduate degrees in Tehran to continue her studies. She obtained a masters degree and a PhD in Human Factors and has been working as a consultant in England and Canada for over ten years. 

Yasamin serves as the executive director of Omid Foundation Canada, a registered charity organization  committed to strengthening the social, emotional and economic opportunities of disadvantaged young women in Iran. She found out about Omid Foundation after she watched a documentary about their work. She was so impressed by the work of the foundation that she decided to support them. Together with a few friends, she started organizing fundraising events for Omid Foundation in Toronto and now after three years, Omid Foundation Canada has successfully been working to raise awareness and funds in the Iranian-Canadian Community in Toronto and Vancouver.

Yasamin hopes to bring her experience in non-profit work to the board of the Iranian Canadian Congress to further expand and strengthen the organization. 


Soudeh Ghasemi

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Nomination Statement

After immigrating to Canada from Iran in late 2004, I further pursued my education and career and I
currently hold Charted Professional Accountant designation. I am fluent in both Farsi and English
allowing me to better connect with my fellow Iranian-Canadians. I have been working in different areas
of accounting and finance for the past seven years including teaching at the Seneca College.
Previously I served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the OMID foundation Toronto chapter, a
registered charity, that empowers disadvantaged young women in Iran. I have also been heavily involved
with the Liberal Party of Canada during the federal election for the Markham-Thornhill, Willowdale and
Richmond Hill area. I joined the UN Habitat in 2016 and worked closely with the Executives of the
organization to promote and introduce the New Urban Agenda to the leaders of countries across the globe
during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
 
I am compassionate about giving back to the community and have volunteered my time as the Vice
President of the Iranian Canadian Congress for the past two years. I am a strong advocate of promoting and protecting the rights, freedoms and interests of all Iranians in Canada while encouraging Iranian-Canadians to achieve unity in order to reach our common goals. During this process, I was able to mobilize our community members around important issues which affects a large number of community members, encouraged them to raise their concerns and to be a part of a democratic process. As a result
ICC is now a strong voice for our community. I hope to maintain this initiative if elected for the second term as a board member of the Iranian Canadian Congress.

Mohsen Khaniki

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 Nomination Statement

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Hooman Shirazi 

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Nomination Statement 

Hooman Shirazi is an IT professional and the founder of the consulting firm Shirazi Brothers Inc., with
more than 16 years ‘experience. He holds a B.Eng. Hon. in Computer Engineering (Software) from Sheikh Bahaei University, Esfahan, Iran and a Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa in Engineering
Management (2013). Hooman has a broad array of experience across the IT industry, including
consulting for communications firms, Microsoft, the Government of Canada, and AON.
Hooman has always been deeply engaged in social, cultural, and political activities. During his years at
University in Iran, he was elected as a Student Representative for four years and was a founding
member of a Literature and Cultural Society. After moving to Canada, Hooman has volunteered
extensively in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal supporting various community initiatives. At the
University of Ottawa, Hooman had the privilege to organize numerous talks and events. Hooman
traveled to Stockholm, Sweden in 2011 to present the Tirgan Festival and he was part of Tirgan advisory board in Tirgan 2012, as well as Iran's day in Montreal.
 
Since 2013, Hooman has been involved with the Liberal Party as a volunteer in Willowdale. He was one
of the organizers during the 2015 election, campaigning for one of Canada’s first two Iranian-Canadian
MPs: Ali Ehsassi. Hooman currently serves as an Iranian Public Advisor with MPs Ehsassi and Jowhari,
working to engage the broader Iranian-Community across Canada. Hooman was also an organizer of the
event for Iranian's MPs in Ottawa and Montreal to engage with Iranian-Community community across the Canada in 2016. Hooman helped organize Nowrouz 1395 on Parliament Hill -- the first time the Iranian New Year was celebrated in Canada's Parliament. In March 2016, Hooman was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Liberal Party’s Willowdale Electoral District Association.
 
Hooman has been a member of the Iranian Canadian Congress since 2012, and he has been actively working as a project advisor in the professional committee. 

 Morvarid Zare-zadeh

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Nomination Statement

Morvarid staunchly values and believes in one’s engagement and participation, in the
active furtherance, and serving of one’s Community.
As a BSc. Spec. Hons. Kinesiology and Health Sciences student at York University, she
worked in fostering Student Success, Community Engagement, and Leadership Development. She
has led the Iranian Students Association at York for 4 years, as the Director of External Affairs,
Vice-President, and is currently leading the Executive Board of Directors, as the President.
Morvarid has experience working with the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) as former
Planning and Communications Intern. This position provided her with comprehensive knowledge
and hands-on experience in identifying and recognizing; community needs and concerns, as well
equipped her, to assist ICC Board of Directors in a number of projects, events, and initiatives;
serving the community.
Morvarid has worked at the Student Community and Leadership Development, and the
Health Aid Network. She has volunteered with Mackenzie Health Hospital - Elder Life Program
for 5 years; with Free the Children, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Foundation, and
Peace by PEACE (Playful Exploration of Active Conflict Resolution Education).
At the York Federation of Students (YFS) - Local 68 of the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS), Morvarid served as Bethune College Director, and was elected 2 consecutive
years as the Faculty of Health Director. She advocated for social, academic, and political rights of
students; as well as working on a number of local and national campaigns led by both YFS and
CFS.
Within the Faculty of Health (FoH), she worked with Student Caucus, Office of Student
Academic Services Advisory Committee, Curriculums Committee, Council, and Tenure and
Promotions Committee.
Morvarid has been the recipient of the Faculty of Health Distinguished Student
Leadership Award, as well as the Simorgh Achievement Award for her dedication and
contributions to the Iranian Canadian Community. 
 
May 2, 2017
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ICC to the Gatestone Institute: Defamatory and discriminatory article regarding Iranian Canadians by Dr. Rafizadeh

Please find attached the letter that the ICC's Public Relations and Communications Chair Tayaz Fakhry wrote on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress to the Gatestone Institute protesting a defamatory and discriminatory article regarding Iranian Canadians published by the Institute's contributor Dr. Rafizadeh. The article by Rafizadeh was published by Gatestone Institute on April 27th, 2017. 

Attention: Gatestone Institute editorial board, President Nina Rosenwald, Contributor Majid Rafizadeh

 On Thursday, April 27th, 2017, an opinion piece by Majid Rafizadeh was published by the Gatestone Institute. In this piece, Rafizadeh makes dangerously discriminatory and xenophobic statements, questioning the loyalty of Canadians of Iranian descent to their countries and undermining the sanctity of their citizenship, while also making defamatory comments about the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

 Rafizadeh’s piece is divisive, defamatory, and dangerous. Given the rising Islamophobic and xenophobic climate in the Western world, as well as the feelings of suspicion and fear surrounding Iran, it is highly irresponsible of Rafizadeh to paint citizens of Iranian heritage as disloyal and to question their citizenship. Such a narrative feeds into a hostile and suspicious environment--an environment that recently fuelled the tragic killings of two Indian men mistaken for Iranians by a white supremacist in the United States and recent racial attacks in Saskatoon, Canada, as well as another in London, Ontario against members of the Iranian-Canadian community.

 In an equally unacceptable fashion, Rafizadeh makes baseless and defamatory statements about the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-religious organization serving to safeguard and advance the interests of Iranian-Canadians. He accuses the ICC of being a lobby organization for a foreign government without any evidence whatsoever. The Iranian Canadian Congress is a volunteer-run grassroots organization and we came to our positions, including our opposition to Bill S-219, after a long series of consultations and surveys of the community on whose behalf we advocate. The fact is that Bill S-219 would harm the interests of Iranian-Canadians, harm Canada’s economic and diplomatic interests in the region, and directly contradicts the Canadian government’s stated policy of re-engaging with Iran, a fact recognized by Global Affairs Canada itself.

 The Gatestone Institute’s publication has the possibility of stoking discrimination towards individuals of Iranian heritage as a whole. Furthermore, it is a clear case of defamation against the Iranian Canadian Congress and disparages the reputation and character of its board of directors. We ask that the Gatestone Institute refrain from publishing defamatory material against our community and our organization and take greater care in the future as to what it publishes on its channels. We also ask that the Gatestone Institute act more responsibly and assure that it does not publish discriminatory pieces which jeopardize the safety of minority ethnic groups by ostracizing them and questioning their belonging in the bodies-politic of their countries.  


Sincerely,
 

Tayaz Fakhry

Public Relations & Communications Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress

April 20, 2017
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Letter from ICC President to Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose about her comments on Iran

During Question Period in the House of Commons on April 11, 2017 leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Hon. Rona Ambrose asked for restoration of sanctions on Iran. ICC President Bijan Ahmadi sent the following letter on behalf of the ICC to Ms. Ambrose to formally express our objection:

Click here to send an email to Rona Ambrose and tell her that you are against sanctions on Iran.

 

Date: April 21, 2017

Kind Attention: Honourable Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

 

During Question Period at the House of Commons on April 11th, 2017, you, as the leader of the Official Opposition, criticized the federal government for easing some of Canada’s sanctions on Iran in February 2016 and called for restoration of sanctions on Iran. On behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress I am writing to express our objection to your remarks, which advocate for perpetuation of the failed policies of diplomatic and economic disengagement from Iran initially implemented by your predecessor, former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  

 Canada’s decision to ease sanctions on Iran came as a result of the multilateral nuclear agreement between P5+1 countries and Iran or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its ratification in the UN Security Council. According to UNSC Resolution 2231, all UN member states shall comply with the terms of the agreement and lift nuclear related sanctions on Iran. In February 2016 the Government of Canada under Prime Minister Trudeau followed its international obligations under the terms of the JCPOA and lifted some of its sanctions on Iran. Since then, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has consistently found that Iran has fully complied with the terms of the JCPOA, most recently in February 24th, 2017. Therefore, your remarks on April 11th calling on the Government of Canada to restore its sanctions on Iran are in contradiction with Canada’s international obligations.  

 As a responsible member of the United Nations and a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Canada must not only comply with the JCPOA but must also play a leading role and encourage all parties to respect the nuclear agreement, an agreement which has significantly allayed the potential for conflict and nuclear proliferation in the Middle East region.

 Furthermore, the policies of disengagement and sanctions implemented by the previous federal government harmed Canadians’ economic interests generally, and Iranian-Canadians specifically.

 Canadian businesses at large have not been able to access Iran’s untapped market of 80 million people. A 2016 study found that Canada lost between 1.18 and 4.69 billion dollars in the years between 2010-2014 in exports as a result of sanctions on Iran. 

Iranian-Canadians have suffered disproportionately in the years after the former government broke diplomatic relations with Iran, closed the Canadian embassy in Tehran and, against all international norms, expelled Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. When relations were broken in 2012, Iranian-Canadians suddenly found themselves unable to access consular services and were faced with considerable difficulty when attempting to acquire visitor visas for their relatives still living in Iran. A formal parliamentary petition asking the federal government to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran has gathered nearly 16,000 signatures from across Canada, while a counter petition sponsored by MP Peter Kent advocating for continuation of the policy of disengagement and withdrawal gathered only 600 signatures.

 For Canada to be a constructive player in the world, it needs to promote respect for human rights, peace and stability through dialogue and engagement. Disengaging from Iran effectively eliminates any positive influence Canada might be able to have in Iran and significantly reduces our influence in the region.

 We therefore ask you and your party to take the above into account, reconsider your policies towards Iran and cease advocating for demonstrably failed policies which have harmed Canadian businesses, Iranian-Canadians, and Canada’s international standing.

 Sincerely, 

Bijan Ahmadi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress

 CC: Minister Chrystia Freeland, Parliamentary Secretary Matt DeCourcey, MP Hélène Laverdière, MP Elizabeth May, MP Majid Jowhari, MP Ali Ehsassi.  

Take Action: Click here to send an email to Rona Ambrose and tell her that you are against sanctions on Iran.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bijan Ahmadi, ICC President response:

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017 1:35 PM, Bijan Ahmadi <ahmadibi@gmail.com> wrote:
 
Mr. Shams, 
 
As responded earlier: 
 
- Currently the ICC does not have a plan to get involved in the internal nomination races at the provincial level. 
- We have limited resources and have to prioritize our activities accordingly.  
- The ICC will get involved during the general election in a non-partisan manner and according to its bylaws including Article 1 that outlines the objectives/mission of the organization.
  
Regards,
Bijan Ahmadi  

ایمیل شماره 14

سه شنبه 25 آپریل 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان،

با تشکر از پاسخگوئی شما

جناب بیژن احمدی، در ایمیل ارسالی خود بدون آنکه توضیح داده و یا دلایل خود را مطرح نماید به سه نکته زیر اشاره میکند:
1- کنگره حمایت از کاندیدا ها را در برنامه خود ندارد.
2- به علت نبود امکانات میبایست فعالیت های خود را اولویت بندی کند.
3- به اساسنامه ای اشاره میکند که حمایت از کاندیدا ها را از وظایف کنگره میداند.

از این نکات میتوان این برداشت را داشت که کنگره در صورت داشتن امکانات مخالفتی با حمایت از دو کاندیدای ایرانی نخواهد داشت. از آنجائیکه اینجانب در چنین فعالیت هائی تجربه های لازم را دارا میباشم، و با تعداد کافی افرادی که بخواهند به کار داوطلبانه در این زمینه بپردازند آشنائی داشته، در صورتیکه کنگره اطلاع رسانی در این زمینه را به عهده بگیرد آمادگی خود را برای انجام کلیه امور اجرائی، زیر نظر هییت مدیره اعلام میدارم.

از آن نظر که زمان زیادی باقی نمانده است، خواهشمندم هر چه سریعتر پاسخ دهید.

با تشکر - مهدی شمس

April 23, 2017
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ایمیل شماره 13

23 آپریل 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان،

طبق بند پنج ماده اول اساسنامه کنگره ایرانیان، حمایت از کاندیدا های ایرانی در انتخابات کشوری، استانی و شهری از وظایف این نهاد میباشد. متاسفانه در حمایت از اردشیر زارع زاده و پیتر کوشمان، دو کاندیدای کانسرواتیو که قرار است در انتخابات درون حزبی در ماه می به رقابت با دو کاندیدای کره ائی بپردازند، تا به امروز فعالیتی در این نهاد دیده نشده است. با اینکه چندین بار این سئوال از طریق سوشیال مدیا مطرح شده، تا به امروز جز یک پاسخ چند کلمه ای نا مفهوم جواب دیگری دریافت نشده است. از آنجائیکه رئیس و نایب رئیس کنگره به حزب لیبرال وابسته میباشند سوء تفاهماتی نیز در اذهان عمومی پیرامون این موضوع بوجود آمده است. انتظار دارم که این مورد را در جلسه آینده هییت مدیره مطرح نموده و اینجانب را از حاصل گفتگو ها مطلع سازید.

قابل ذکر است که پاسخ هییت مدیره نه تنها در بازنگری اساسنامه که متاسفانه امسال متوقف شده اثراتی خواهد داشت، بلکه سابقه ای نیز برای سیاست های اتخاذی هییت مدیره های آینده در این زمینه به حساب خواهد آمد.

با تشکر - مهدی شمس

 

 
 
 
April 20, 2017
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ICC: AGM and Nomination Notice

Notice for the Annual General Meeting of the Iranian Canadian Congress and call for nomination: 

NOTICE FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE IRANIAN CANADIAN CONGRESS AND CALL FOR NOMINATION

When: Sunday May 28, 2017, 2PM

Where: Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street)

 

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

Notice is hereby given to all members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ICC will be held on Sunday May 28th, 2018 at 2PM in North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber in North York, Ontario (5100 Yonge Street) to conduct the following:

  • Provide a report about the annual activities and performance of the organization.
  • Election for 4 new board members for the ICC Board of Directors.* 

According to the procedure provided in the bylaws the ICC is facilitating online voting this year from May 20 to May 27th. For more information about the nomination process and voting procedure please review this email carefully and send us an email at info@iccongress.ca if you have any questions. 

Nomination Procedure: ICC members interested to run for a position on the Board of Directors shall follow these steps:

Step 1: Review the eligibility requirements for board nominees (as per the ICC by-law):

Must have been a member in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the AGM;

Must be 21 years or older;

Must be a Canadian Citizen;

Must have lived in Canada for at least 5 years in aggregate;

Must pass a criminal background check.

Step 2: If you meet the eligibility requirements, to announce your intention to run send an email to info@iccongress.ca and submit all required nomination documents before May 4th, 2017, 11:59PM. To meet the bylaw requirements all nominees shall submit the following documents to the ICC together with their nomination email:

  • A biography and/or nomination statement in maximum 300 words. English bio is required, Farsi bio is optional. Please provide your bio in a word file.  
  • A passport size photo in digital format. The photo has to be passport style - clear and formal. 
  • A certificate of police clearance. 
  • Proof of Citizenship. 

Membership cut-off date

ONLY members of the Iranian Canadian Congress are eligible to attend at the Annual General Meeting and vote for the election of new Board members. Therefore, those who become member of the ICC by the end of May 18th,2017 (11:59PM) are eligible to vote for the online election and those who become member of the ICC by the end of May 25th, 2017 (11:59PM) are eligible to vote in person on May 28th, 2017.

Membership Registration

You can sign up for ICC membership or renew your membership only in one of the two following ways: 

  1. Online at www.iccongress.ca/joinicc or
  2. In person with the secretary of the board. For in person registration please email us at info@iccongress.ca.


Proxy Voting
 

Members who are unable to vote themselves can assign a proxy representative to vote for them. We will send you the proxy form and instructions in a separate email in the next few weeks.  

In the coming weeks we will provide you more information about the online voting procedure and the upcoming AGM including early voting hours on the day of the AGM.

Federal Registration 

The Board of Directors of the ICC hereby is providing notice to all members that during the coming AGM the board will be introducing a motion to the AGM requesting approval from members to register the organization at the federal level to facilitate the expansion of the ICC in regions and provinces outside of Ontario. While the ICC is a national organization based on its by-laws, the organization was originally registered provincially in Ontario. In the last 12 months the ICC has expanded its activities and has recruited local volunteer teams in major cities and provinces across Canada including BC and Quebec. To facilitate this expansion we are aiming to register the organization at the federal level as well. During the AGM you will have a chance to vote on this issue. 

* Note that due to their personal and work schedules Mr. Ali Bangi and Mr. Behzad Jazizadeh will not continue their involvement with the ICC Board of Directors after the end of their 1st year term.

The following is an informal Farsi translation of the AGM notice. Please note that the English notice is the formal and legal reference.

 اعلامیه‌ی رسمی مجمع عمومی سالیانه‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و فراخوان نامزدی در انتخابات هیات مدیره

زمان: یکشنبه ۲۸ ماه مه، ۲۰۱۷ ساعت ۲ بعدازظهر

مکان: سالن اجتماعات شهرداری نورت یورک، واقع در ۵۱۰۰ خیابان یانگ

 

اعضای محترم کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

 

بدین‌وسیله به آگاهی می‌رساند که مجمع عمومی سالیانه‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا ساعت ۲ بعدازظهر روز یکشنبه ۲۸ ماه مه ۲۰۱۷ در سالن اجتماعات شهرداری نورت یورک برای رسیدگی به موارد زیر برگزار خواهد شد

گزارش فعالیت و عملکرد کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در ۱۲ ماه گذشته -

 *برگزاری انتخابات برای جایگزینی ۴ عضو هیأت مدیره که دوره‌ی ماموریت آنان پایان می‌یابد -


امسال برای اولین بار و بر اساس آنچه که در اساسنامه‌ی کنگره پیشبینی شده است، انتخابات آنلاین از تاریخ می ۲۰ تا می ۲۷ برگزار خواهد شد. اگر قصد نامزدی دارید این ایمیل را با دقت بخوانید و تاریخ‌های مهم را یادداشت کنید و اگر سوالی دارید به info@iccongress.ca ایمیل بفرستید. 
 

:شرایط نامزدی برای عضویت در هیات مدیره به استناد اساسنامه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا به شرح زیر است 

الف) عضویت در کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای حداقل یک سالِ کامل که زمان آن بلافاصله پیش از تاریخ انتخابات پیش رو محاسبه می‌گردد؛

ب)  حداقل ۲۱ سال و یا بیشتر سن داشته باشند؛

ج) شهروند کانادا باشند؛

د) حداقل (یا در مجموع) ۵ سال در کانادا ساکن بوده باشند؛

ه) بایستی دارای سوء پیشینه نباشند؛ 

همگی اعضای علاقمند به عضویت در هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا که دارای شرایط فوق هستند می‌بایست تا تاریخ ۴ ماه مه، ۲۰۱۷ پیش از ۱۱:۵۹ شب، قصد عضویت خود را در هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا به همراه مدارک زیر به آدرس ایمیل کنگره ارسال کنند

Info@iccongress.ca

خلاصه‌ای از سوابق و دلایل علاقمندی برای عضویت در هیأت مدیره در حداکثر ۳۰۰ لغت -
 یک عکس جدید در اندازه‌ی پاسپورت -

- گواهی عدم سوء پیشینه از اداره‌ی پلیس

- گواهی اثبات شهروندی
 

توجه*

 تنها اعضای کنگره می‌توانند در مجمع عمومی شرکت کرده و رای دهند. از این رو آنهایی که تا پایان روز ۱۸ام ماه مه ۲۰۱۷ به عضویت کنگره در آمده و یا عضویت خود را تمدید کنند می‌توانند در انتخابات آنلاین شرکت نمایند و آنهایی که تا پایان روز ۲۵ام ماه می ۲۰۱۷ به عضویت کنگره در آمده و یا عضویت خود را تمدید کنند می‌توانند در انتخابات حضوری در روز ۲۸ام ماه مه در مجمع عمومی شرکت کنند

برای عضویت هم می‌توانید به نشانی اینترنتی مقابل رفته و عضویت خود را به صورت آنلاین تمدید کنید: www.iccongress.ca/joinicx.
یا اینکه برای تمدید عضویت به صورت حضوری ایمیلی به info@iccongress.ca بفرستید. ثبت نام برای عضویت تنها از دو طریق ذکر شده امکان پذیر است. 

در روزها و هفته‌های آینده اطلاعات بیشتر و دقیق‌تری از انتخابات آنلاین و مجمع عمومی امسال به شما ارائه خواهیم کرد. 

به علاوه در این مجمع عمومی هیات مدیره طرحی را برای تصویب به مجمع عمومی اعطا خواهد کرد که به موجب آن کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در سطح فدرال کانادا نیز همچون سطح استانی فعلی به ثبت برسد تا امکان رشد و توسعه‌ی کنگره میسر شود.

 

* لازم به توضیح است که دو عضو هیات مدیره‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا آقایان علی بانگی و بهزاد جزی‌زاده به دلایل شخصی و کاری پس از اتمام سال اول خود در این هیات مدیره همکاری خود را ادامه نخواهند داد. به همین دلیل این انتخابات برای ۴ صندلی برگزار خواهد شد. 

هیأت مدیره‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا 

Regards,

Board of Directors
Iranian Canadian Congress

 

April 10, 2017
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Global Affairs Canada Confirms ICC’s Position on Sanctions Against Iran

Global Affairs Canada states its position that Bill S-219 (Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act) would hinder the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Iran.

The Iranian Canadian Congress has expressed its concerns about Bill S-219 since the bill was first introduced to the Senate. We have explained how Bill S-219 would harm Iranian-Canadians, Canada’s economic interests, and Canada’s standing in the world.

We have also consistently asserted that this bill directly contradicts the Government’s stated intention to re-engage with Iran by placing legislative and diplomatic hurdles before this process. In a recent letter to members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Global Affairs Canada has agreed with our position regarding S-219.

In this letter from Assistant Deputy Minister for Europe, Middle East and Maghreb Alex Bugailiskis, Global Affairs states its position that Bill S-219 would hinder the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Iran.  

"From the perspective of Global Affairs Canada, Bill S-219 would likely hinder the reestablishment of "normal" diplomatic relations with Iran for two reasons: 1) It would constrain the discretion and therefore the capacity of the Government to re-engage with Iran, and, 2) Iran would likely respond negatively to its introduction."

Ms. Bugailiskis also asserts that

“Ultimately, Bill S-219 would therefore limit the capacity of the Government of Canada to pursue and eventually conclude a complex process to re-establish diplomatic ties with Iran.”

It is therefore clear that Bill S-219 would effectively bar re-engagement with Iran and perpetuate the failed and harmful policies of the previous government with respect to Iran.

Unfortunately some of the members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee ignored the opinion of Global Affairs Canada and other expert advice provided against S-219 and voted for the bill*.

With the opposition already formed in the Senate against S-219 we have a golden opportunity to block this bill at the Senate Chamber. Currently we are contacting all Honourable Senators to once again ask them to take into account all evidence and expert advice provided in opposition to the bill and vote against Bill S-219 when it comes for a vote at the Senate Chamber. We need all supporters of peace and diplomacy to help us and take action against these proposed sanctions on Iran. In the next few days we will issue an announcement about next steps that can be taken by community members.

If you’d like to support our advocacy campaign, please consider donating to the ICC or joining us as a member: www.iccongress.ca/fundraising

 

* The following honourable senators voted against the motion introduced by Senator Woo for the Committee to recommend the Senate not to proceed with bill S-219: Raynell Andreychuk, Percy E. Downe,  Leo Housakos, Thanh Hai Ngo, Victor Oh, Marc Gold, David M. Wells, Lynn Beyak. Note that Senator Downe and Senator Gold both mentioned that they are against the bill but did not support Senator Woo’s motion. For more info please watch the following video of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee meeting on March 29, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz9lBD3s8S4

 
April 6, 2017
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ICC has launched an advocacy campaign against the new proposed sanctions bill in the Senate of Canada. Donate to the ICC and help us to advance the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.

Dear Friends, 


As we all know, sanctions against Iran and the lack of an embassy harm the Iranian-Canadian community.

  • ICC has launched an advocacy campaign against the new proposed sanctions bill in the Senate of Canada.
  • Donate to the ICC and help us to advance the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.

Over the past few months, we have organized an effective advocacy campaign against the new proposed sanctions bill on Iran. The ICC believes that the proposed bill will block the path of re-engagement between Canada and Iran and also further complicates the problems ordinary Iranian-Canadians encounter due to sanctions on Iran, including not having an embassy in OttawaClick here to learn more about our position on S-219.

We were able to mobilize thousands of Iranian Canadians from across Canada to take action and contact their Senators to ask them to reject Bill S-219. Through the grassroots support and the hard work of our policy associates and advisers we have been able to persuade several ranking members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to publicly stand against the proposed bill. Click here to watch the video of members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee speaking against Bill S-219.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Chamber for further discussion and for a final vote. We have a golden opportunity to block this bill in the Senate and we have a step-by-step plan to do this.

To defeat this bill we need to take our campaign to next level and connect with all 101 Senators in Ottawa to ensure that they have enough information about Bill S-219 (the Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act) and persuade them to vote against the bill at the final stage. We need financial resources to:

  • Expand our grassroots campaign and mobilize a greater number of Iranian Canadians against Bill S-219.
  • Connect with stakeholders in Ottawa. 
  • Provide Senators with expert opinions against the proposed sanctions bill. 

The Iranian Canadian Congress relies on the energy and passion of its volunteers. With the help of these volunteers we have been able to keep our operation expenses at minimum. However, for us to run professional and effective advocacy campaigns we need access to greater financial resources.

 

Click here to donate to the Iranian Canadian Congress. 
 

Any amount of donation is much appreciated. 

Please donate generously and share this online fundraising page with your network: 
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April 5, 2017
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ایمیل شماره دوازده

6 آپریل 2017

جناب تایاز فخری عزیز،
با تشکر از ایمیل شما، سئوال زیر برای من مطرح شده اند که انشاالله با کمک شما جواب داده خواهند شد:

1- خواهشمندم در رابطه با زیر پا گذاشتن قوانین مربوط به ناظرین بیشتر توضیح داده و نکات مورد نظر را نام ببرید.

2- قصد من تهدید سازمان نبوده، بلکه این اولین قدم در جهت اقدام قانونی در رابطه با حذف اطلاعات سال های 2012 و 2013 از سایت کنگره میباشد. معمولن قبل از مراجعه به مراجع قانونی میبایست طرف مخاطب را از مورد مربوطه مطلع ساخت، و این فرصت را به او داد تا رفع مشکل کند. این کاری بود که من کرده ام. پس تهدیدی در کار نیست. آیا اقدام قانونی علیه این نهاد و مدیرانش عمل غیر قانونی میباشد که نیاز به تنبیه داشته باشد؟

3- من هیچ سایتی را تصاحب نکرده ام. طبق قوانین موجود سایتی را خریداری کرده و از آن استفاده میکنم. اگر این عمل غیر قانونی میباشد فکر کنم بهترین راه اقدام قانونی علیه من میباشد. من فکر میکنم متهم کردن اینجانب از طرف شما و بیژن احمدی به "دزدی" نه تنها غیر اخلاقی، بلکه غیر قانونی میباشد. زمانی هم که مورد "اخلاق" پیش میاید من فکر نکنم شما و یا بیژن در جایگاهی قرار گرفته اید که درس اخلاق دهید و یا ، قضاوت کنید، حکم دهید و مجری آن گردید. سلب حق مسلم من به عنوان یک عضو از حضور به عنوان ناظر در جلسات هیت مدیره نیز غیر قانونی میباشد. 

4- در ضمن این یاد آوری را هم کرده باشم که اینجانب کاندیداتوری خود را جهت انتخابات امسال اعلام داشته ام. چون جنابعالی و دیگر اعضای غیر منتخب نیز 
میبایست امسال در رای گیری شرکت کنید، این حرکت شما تعرض به حقوق یکی از کاندیدا ها و دادن امتیاز به کاندیدا های دیگر از جمله خود شما تلقی خواهد شد.

مهدی شمس - کاندیدای انتخاباتی 2017 کنگره ایرانیان

 


5 آپریل 2017
جناب شمس،
ممنون بابت ایمیل شما.
اما با تصمیم هیات مدیره شما به دلایل مختلف تا اطلاع ثانوی از امتیاز شرکت در جلسات هیات مدیره به عنوان ناظر برخوردار نخواهید شد. این دلایل عبارتند از:
1- زیر پا گذاشتن قوانین مربوط به ناظرین،
2- تهدید سازمان به شکایت قانونی،
3- تصاحب غیراخلاقی وبسایتی با نام مشابه کنگره. 

با تشکر از شما،
تایاز فخری

April 01, 2017
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Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs with ICC Presentation of Bill S219

Here the Transcript of this Standing (OTTAWA, Thursday, February 9, 2017) is available from the Senate of Canada's Website:

Senators, during this morning's meeting we will continue our examination of Bill S-219, An Act to deter Iran-sponsored terrorism, incitement to hatred, and human rights violations.

Here with us are Mr. Bijan Ahmadi, President, Iranian Canadian Congress; and Mr. Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair, also from Iranian Canadian Congress.

Welcome. Thank you for being with us today. We will hear your presentation and then the members of the committee will ask questions.

Bijan Ahmadi, President, Iranian Canadian Congress: Honourable senators, we would like to thank you for inviting us today to discuss Bill S-219. Given that this bill will disproportionately affect Iranian-Canadians, it is important for our community to be part of the consultation process. This is why we appreciate being here with you today.

The Iranian Canadian Congress, or ICC, is a grassroots, non-partisan and non-profit community organization that seeks to safeguard and advance the interests of Canadians of Iranian heritage, a population estimated at 300,000 nationwide.

My colleague and I are here on behalf of the ICC to present to you our views and concerns regarding Bill S-219, the non-nuclear sanctions against Iran act, and explain why the Senate should reject this bill in its entirety.

The ICC is deeply concerned about this bill, which we see as not only contrary to the government's stated policy of re-engagement with Iran but also an obstacle to Canada meeting its international obligations. Make no mistake, if enacted into law this bill will kill any possibility of re-engagement with Iran.

The present government has repeatedly stated its intention to re-engage with Iran and to reopen the Canadian mission in Tehran in a step-by-step approach. To this end, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion repeatedly stated in the House of Commons that “we'll engage with Iran step by step with open eyes.”

After more than a year of delicate and difficult negotiations with Iran, our diplomats are beginning to make some headway in re-engagement with Iran. These are extremely challenging negotiations for our diplomats and both sides have concerns that need to be addressed. Canada requires assurances from Iran about the safety and security of our diplomats and Iranian officials have stated that they require assurances from Canada regarding the judicial immunity of their diplomats and common diplomatic assets.

Instead of aiding in these difficult negotiations, Bill S-219 is a step in the wrong direction. This bill not only leaves in place current obstacles in the path of re-engagement but also raises more barriers by introducing more legal and bureaucratic complexities to the process. This is not the time for our legislature to impose seemingly ideological and symbolic restrictions on these negotiations. We must allow our diplomats to negotiate freely instead of forcing parameters and restrictions on already delicate diplomatic talks.

The merits of diplomacy with Iran have been well proven. Another potentially catastrophic war in the Middle East was averted when world powers concluded the nuclear deal, JCPOA, over a year ago. Canada must play its part and give diplomacy a real chance and its full support.

However, the deleterious effects that this bill has on our country's diplomatic processes are only one part of why this bill is not in Canadians' best interests. Bill S-219 endorses sanctions and a lack of diplomatic relations with Iran, the negative effects of which on both Canadian businesses and Iranian-Canadians have been well-documented. We will now go into some of these issues.

Iranian-Canadians have suffered disproportionately in the years after the former government broke diplomatic relations and instituted strict sanctions on Iran. When relations were broken in 2012, Iranian-Canadians suddenly found themselves unable to access consular services and were faced with considerable difficulty when attempting to acquire visitor visas for their relatives and family members still living in Iran. Ironically, Iranian-Canadians have had to travel to Washington D.C, where Iran maintains an Interests Section, to access consular services, an option which opens them up to President Trump's travel ban. Most importantly, the absence of a Canadian diplomatic mission in Iran has left Canadians visiting Iran vulnerable and without access to consular services in times of need.

The other policy endorsed by this bill, the sanctions imposed by SEMA, created often insurmountable barriers for honest and hard-working Iranian-Canadians. Many business owners who were dependent on the trade between Iran and Canada for their livelihood suddenly found their legitimate business activities rendered illegal. Additionally, banks refused to deal with those who had or were perceived to have any financial links to Iran, whether personal or business. This even resulted in the closure of the bank accounts of Iranian-Canadians, including Canadian citizens, for no other reason than because they hold Iranian citizenship as well.

For example, the bank account of an Iranian engineering student in Quebec was closed with only $700 in the bank account. When he approached the bank he was only told that his account was closed because he had an Iranian passport.

Even today, after the government eased some of it sanctions on Iran in February 2016, some financial institutions are still applying the same rules and we have received several reports from ordinary Iranian-Canadians who have been subjected to discrimination by banks.

Bill S-219 essentially endorses and seeks to perpetuate the policies that have caused so much suffering in the Iranian-Canadian community. Not only will it derail diplomatic negotiations between Canada and Iran, depriving the community of the benefits of consular services and diplomatic representation, but it will also increase uncertainty and risk for financial institutions, further complicating the problem of banking discrimination and increasing the numbers of Iranian-Canadians denied fundamental banking services.

It is because of the suffering caused by these policies that an official parliamentary e-petition initiated by our organization asking the government to re-establish relations and re-engage with Iran has gathered nearly 16,000 signatures from across Canada.

It is widely known that Canada has disagreements with Iran over its regional policies and has concerns over human rights conditions in Iran, and these concerns have been reaffirmed countless times by Canadian officials. Therefore, Bill S-219 does not add any value in terms of informing the government of human rights concerns they have not already committed themselves to discuss with their Iranian counterparts.

One major concern the Canadian government has in terms of human rights is the status of Canadian dual nationals arrested in Iran. In this respect, engagement allows Canadian diplomats to voice our concerns with Tehran and advocate for our citizens directly.

For example, following former Minister Dion's meeting last September with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Zarif, and through the involvement of Italy and Oman, countries that both have diplomatic relations with Iran, Dr. Homa Hoodfar was released and returned to Canada. This case shows how diplomacy and constructive engagement are the only ways in which Canada can effectively represent and protect its dual nationals. In fact, in a panel discussion in Toronto last week, Dr. Hoodfar herself stated that she supports the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran. Having an embassy in Iran, she said, “is an important factor for protecting dual nationals and also for having a channel of communication with Iran,” adding, “I want to add my voice to those who support having an embassy in Iran.” Dr. Hoodfar emphasized that if the Canadian embassy was open at the time of her arrest, it could have helped to resolve her case more quickly.

We still have a Canadian-linked prisoner in Iran, Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian permanent resident who has been in prison for the past eight years. Through re-engagement with Iran, Canadian diplomats will have the opportunity to directly advocate for Mr. Malekpour's release with the Iranian authorities.

Pouyan Tabasinejad, our policy chair, will now talk about the effect of sanctions and lack of diplomacy on Canada's businesses and its international standing.

Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair, Iranian Canadian Congress: Thank you for having us here. I'll just pick up where Bijan left off.

Sanctions and the lack of diplomacy have not only harmed Iranian-Canadians, as my colleague stated, but also Canadian businesses at large, which have not been able to access Iran's untapped market of 80 million people.

To give you a sense of the amount of opportunity the Canadian economy is losing as a result of this policy, a 2014 study found that Canada lost between $850 million and $2.7 billion a year in exports as a result of these sanctions on Iran. In the meantime, Canada's G7 and NATO allies have been re-engaging with Iran both politically and economically since the JCPOA was put into effect.

As sanctions have been eased on Iran, many international businesses, especially European companies, have entered the Iranian market, while Canadian companies have been lagging behind because of our lack of relations and the uncertainties surrounding our sanctions regime, otherwise known as SEMA.

For example, in the first nine months of 2016 alone, the European Union's trade with Iran has increased by 63 per cent. Several major contracts have been signed over the past 12 months, including major deals with Boeing and Airbus, worth billions.

After Canada eased sanctions on Iran in February 2016, Canadian business leaders and representatives, including the President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, have shown considerable optimism towards trade with Iran. There are opportunities for Canada in Iran in a variety of sectors, including aerospace, railroads, oil and gas, and technologies. These are all sectors where Canadian businesses excel and can benefit significantly from trade with Iran.

This fact has been corroborated by Canadian companies themselves. By way of example, in an interview with the Canadian press in October 2016, the CEO of Bombardier said that the Montreal-based plane and train maker sees opportunities to sell rail services and jets, including the C Series airliners, to Iran.

Canada must encourage its businesses to enter the Iranian market rather than legislating against these activities with Bill S-219, which only increases uncertainties and puts our companies at legal risk. Re-engagement with Iran will not only benefit Canadian businesses, but it will also increase Canada's influence in the world.

As we enter, perhaps, the most challenging international environment since the Cold War with the election of the new U.S. administration, our country has the unique opportunity to position itself as a global leader by playing a part in solving perhaps some of the most important challenges in international relations today; namely, nuclear non-proliferation and stability in the Middle East. By pursuing a path of diplomacy and engagement with Iran, Canada can position itself as an unbiased diplomatic broker in the world and gain influence beyond that accorded to it by its status as a middle power.

In sum, we repeat that this bill is nothing but an attempt to derail the process of re-engagement. It is endorsing the same failed policies which have harmed Iranian-Canadians, Canadian businesses and our international standing as an impartial promoter of dialogue.

We therefore ask honourable senators to reject this bill in it is entirety and safeguard the interests of Canadians and Canadian businesses, and build Canada's international standing and advance the cause of world peace.

The Acting Chair: Thank you, Mr. Ahmadi and Mr. Tabasinejad, for your presentations.

Senator Housakos: Thank you to the witnesses for being with us today.

First and foremost, I want to highlight the tremendous contribution and success of the Iranian-Canadian community in Canada. We're very fortunate to have the few hundred thousand Canadians of Iranian descent who have made a great contribution in science, academia and business. They are Iran's loss and our gain.

I listened attentively to your comments. Before I get into my question, I want to highlight my point of view that, as far as I'm concerned, the biggest harm to the Iranian-Canadian community is an extremist Islamic fundamentalist government in Iran.

Canada has had a long history of engagement with nations and individuals that don't share the same values that we do, but in this particular instance, you're talking about a government that has systematically abused and disregarded fundamental human rights. The list is long. They have no respect for the fundamental rule of law. They have continuously been belligerent in a region that is already explosive in supporting state-run terrorism. They have called for the destruction of the democratic State of Israel on an ongoing basis.

When you take that into context, where is the silver lining you see of the potential between us engaging in a diplomatic relationship with a country that has shown no impetus to respect the rules and way of life that we respect, not to mention the fact that they don't believe in fundamental freedom of religion? We cherish fundamental freedoms in this country.

You talk about the economic risks, the economic losses to the Iranian-Canadian business community and our business community at large, but where do you draw the line? How far do we go in compromising the beliefs and fundamental principles of human rights and other fundamental rules of law that we respect as Canadians? Where do we trade in our principles for commercial gain?

We do it on a regular basis, I agree. There are a number of countries that don't share our values, yet we engage in trade. Where do you place that line with Iran and Canada?

Mr. Ahmadi: Thank you, honourable senator, for your question and also for your remarks recognizing the contributions of the Iranian-Canadian community to Canada's multicultural society.

That's a great question. Honestly, if we only talk to those people who agree with us, agree with our values, look at the world from our perspective and respect those values, we will end up talking to very few countries. Let's not forget that even during the Cold War we maintained our relations with the Soviet Union.

Having diplomatic relations, as former Minister Stéphane Dion had repeatedly mentioned before as well during his time, it does not mean that Canada and Iran agree with each other.

There are concerns, as you mentioned, regarding regional policies and human rights issues and by no means are we talking about compromising our values. What we're talking about is that engagement is a better way, is a better strategy to address these concerns. Whether it is about human rights issues or regional policies of Iran that we do not agree with, it is better to re-engage with Iran diplomatically to create a channel of communication with that government so that we can sit directly across the table from them and talk to them about these disagreements that we have.

Senator Housakos: I appreciate that. As I said, engagement is fundamental, but you have to have check marks along the way. So when you set those check marks from a Canadian perspective, and we're a Canadian parliamentary committee, where do you draw that line? We are going to show goodwill by engaging, but what are our expectations and what are the timelines of those expectations, when it comes to issues of democracy, human rights, of imprisoning prisoners in Iran without due process, not to mention just brutal physical abuse of people who oppose the regime?

Time and time again you see international figures and Iranians who stand up for fundamental human rights and freedom of speech in Iran being persecuted and tortured. It's hard to engage with a nation that is as brutal as that. So if we start the process of engagement, and the government has already taken that position, you as a Canadian, especially of Iranian descent, where do you draw the line? What are your expectations from Iran's point of view?

Mr. Ahmadi: Our expectation is first for our government to change the policy of the past, which was to isolate Iran and not to talk to them at all, and to re-engage with Iran. The alternative is to maintain the status quo. That approach, that strategy, it's now evident that it hasn't produced any positive results with respect to human rights, with respect to regional disagreements that we have with Iran.

So what we expect our government to do is to re-engage with Iran. The issue with this bill is this bill will block that opportunity of re-engagement with Iran. So instead of imposing, through parliamentary restrictions, these bureaucratic and legal complexities to a process that is already difficult with Iran, we better leave this with our diplomats in Global Affairs Canada to allow them to talk directly to Iran and actually put in place those benchmarks and conditions that you are talking about, and ask for those assurances and reassurances that we need about safety of our diplomats and our dual nationals, about all these issues.

These issues have to be addressed in these negotiations directly by our diplomats instead of specific restrictions imposed on these negotiations by Parliament. This bill will impose these restrictions and will only derail the negotiations that are already ongoing.

 [Translation]

Senator Saint-Germain: I must join Senator Housakos in congratulating you for your vitality as a community, and I too want to welcome you here this morning. I heard what you have to say, and have been touched by the example of the young Iranian student’s meager savings of $700 being frozen due to the abusive over-application of the rules. This example, which, regrettably, is a real one, is not due to the sanctions imposed by Canada, but rather to the fact that Canadian institutions and organizations are ill-informed. I think the issues here are related to a need for better information regarding the presence of the Iranian community, and Iranian-Canadians. Could this problem not have been fixed by something other than legislation? In other words, the example you give is, in my opinion, not related to the legislation. That would be my comment on that.

As for the second case, regarding the diplomatic channels and resuming trade, practically speaking, the issue at this time is to find a solution that would ensure that Iranian-Canadians and Iranians in Canada do not have sanctions imposed on them. Do you not believe that diplomacy, in this respect, is very limited?

[English]

Mr. Tabasinejad: I will answer the banking question. Your question was, if I understand correctly, whether Canadian institutions are merely misinformed. That's the main issue here.

We have been in contact with Canadian banks about why exactly they're rejecting Iranians. It's happening on a daily basis. We're talking about Canadians who have been here almost all their lives and they're still having these issues and for very small sums of money.

There is obviously the issue of misinformation, and they don't know, unfortunately, exactly what the rules are. The problem is there is a lot of uncertainty. From the bank's point of view, it's about risk, legal and financial risk, which is tied together.

We believe that this bill introduces more uncertainty. As the banks might be reconsidering allowing Iranian-Canadians to be banked again, reversing the process of de-banking, this bill introduces more uncertainty and more risk from that perspective. It's not about human rights. It's about business and money, and it's all about a legal risk from them. So from our perspective this bill introduces more legal risk for Iranian-Canadians and opening them up to more discrimination by banks.

Mr. Ahmadi: I will try to answer your second question. I have to repeat what I mentioned about the previous question. There are two ways in front of us: One is to re-engage with Iran and through diplomatic means and channels we address the concerns about dual nationals, about the human rights conditions in Iran and about disagreements over Iran's regional policies. The second approach is the approach that we have been taking about in the previous years under a former government that was established to isolate Iran and not to talk to Iran and not to have any diplomatic dialogue.

Our European allies are following the first route. The United States, for the nuclear agreement, followed the first path and talked to Iran and that resulted in the nuclear agreement. There were the sanctions, but if there were no long-term negotiations between the P5+1 countries, it would not have resulted in the JCPOA, the international agreement. Therefore, what we are suggesting here is that the only path that will result — because we tested the other path, the path of trying to isolate and not talk. So we have to give the other path now a chance as well and see how that will help. We believe, based on what our EU partners are doing, that we will have better and more positive results.

If I may add one more thing, it's about Iran's human rights record. It is significant that we do not ignore completely any improvement, very slow but promising improvements and steps that have been taken by modern factions in Iran towards improving human rights conditions in the country. Unfortunately, many times these small steps are being ignored.

The proposal of a bill of citizens' right by President Rouhani and ongoing efforts in the Iranian Parliament to remove the death penalty for drug-related crimes are examples of attempts by moderate forces to improve respect for human rights in Iran. These improvements have been confirmed by Ahmed Shaheed, who was the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights at the United Nations. Therefore, if we allow the path of diplomatic engagement, if we give it a chance, it may result in better improvements. We will have a chance to sit across from Iranian authorities and address the differences and the concerns that we have on different issues.

Senator Saint-Germain: A small question: Will it be enough? Can we add other means? If it's not legislation, it might be something else. In the meantime, people will continue to have their human rights infringed. Isn't there more that can be done at the same time?

Mr. Ahmadi: First of all, let's not forget that we are already doing a major action with respect to human rights, which we have been doing for several years now, and that is through the UN path, basically addressing some of the human rights concerns with Iran through the UN resolution that Canada introduces.

However, if that is not completed or complemented with negotiations, with engagement and talks, it will not bring a positive result. It will just be an action in the UN, and then there is no talk by Canada with Iran to ask for improvements so that the issues raised in that UN resolution can be addressed. That, I believe, is the next action.

However, the bill in front of us is not about these actions. It's about legal complexities attaching more conditions to SEMA sanctions, which — and this is a very important point — may actually make us non-compliant with UN Resolution 2231, which was passed in the United Nations Security Council after the JCPOA was signed.

So it is only asking for conditions to be added to those SEMA sanctions, and this bill will essentially derail any path of re-engagement, and that's our main issue. We do not have disagreements about benchmarks or addressing human rights concerns, but these issues can be addressed through diplomatic means and through Global Affairs Canada instead of through restrictions from Parliament.

Another important issue I would like to address is that we believe our parliamentarians should be very concerned about the precedent or kind of double standard that this bill will create. The conditions or issues that are mentioned even in the name of this bill, or under the specific provisions, are actually issues and concerns that you can find in many other countries besides Iran.

In the region, let's bring up the example of Saudi Arabia. We actually closed, I believe, a $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Therefore, it's very dangerous and risky to put together a bill that other countries with which we have friendly relations — not only relations, but friendly relations — meet some of these violations and concerns that are in the bill. If we actually want to pursue this bill, I believe we have to rewrite it and include all those other countries besides Iran that meet the same issues. Otherwise it is a double standard; it will set a precedent that in the future we may actually be required to put forward the same kind of bill and impose the same kinds of restrictions on other countries as well.

I say again that we have friendly relations with many of these countries; it's not only that we have diplomatic relations with them. Here we are trying to establish relations, not just diplomatic relations, with Iran. Thank you.

Senator Woo: Thank you very much for your presentations. I'm from British Columbia, and Vancouver in particular. I live on the North Shore, where there's a very large community of Iranian-Canadians, so this bill is an issue that they will be watching very closely.

I want to make a clarification and see if you agree. Many of the problems that Iranian-Canadians face currently, of course, have to do with the current implementation of the SEMA regulations. This bill is an addition to those regulations; it increases the number of prohibitions and the number of identified organizations that would be affected. We can't solve all of the problems that you have identified, even if we reject this bill in its entirety. Just a point of clarification.

I want to get to the nub of the issue. I'm a big fan of engagement, and your central point is this: If we pass this bill, we will jeopardize — in fact, we will jettison, we will totally sink the ship of engagement with Iran. I want you to tell us in more detail and with more reasoning why you believe this is the case.

Can we not walk and chew gum at the same time? Is it not possible for us to poke the Iranians in the eye with this bill and still have them come to us and say, “Yeah, we'll open an embassy both ways and we'll continue to have this path of diplomatic re-engagement”?

Mr. Ahmadi: Thank you for your good question, Senator Woo. We actually received a couple of communications from your constituents from British Columbia as well. There's a large Iranian-Canadian population in British Columbia, and especially in Vancouver, and they were concerned about this bill specifically.

With regard to your question, I would like to mention a couple of points. Maybe some of them I'm repeating, but I will make some clarifications.

The ongoing negotiations are difficult and there are already barriers in front of these negotiations, based on public information that is available from both governments. On one side, Canada, we have concerns. Specifically, if we want to reopen our mission in Iran, we have concerns about the safety of our diplomats. On the side of Iran, this past week the spokesperson for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said that they are open to re-engage with Canada, but they have concerns about the judicial immunity of their diplomats and any diplomatic asset that they need to bring to Canada, for example, to reopen the embassy or a consular office.

This bill sends the wrong signal, and that's the main issue. It sends the wrong signal to these negotiations. Simply, the message to Iran is that instead of trying to resolve the barriers that already exist — these barriers already exist through some of the restrictions imposed by, I believe, a previous Parliament. Instead of that, we are imposing further and additional barriers. That is one issue.

The other issue, which I touched on briefly, is that attaching these additional sanctions that are suggested in Bill S-219 will make our SEMA sanctions non-compliant with UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which is another problem that Iran will have with this bill. I can get into more detail about that if you would like.

The third point is that I wish we had more leverage in these negotiations with Iran, but we should not overestimate our leverage with Iran. If Canada had more leverage, we would be able to impose more restrictions or ask for more, but we don't have it here.

The international community is engaging with Iran, politically and economically. Iran is doing business with our European allies, so they are not dependent on business with Canada. Therefore, they can afford to continue with the status quo without relations. In fact, I warn that we should expect Iran to suspend negotiations if this bill is passed, because they can afford to actually play this a bit tough and basically make an example that if these restrictions happen, we do not want to engage with a country.

Senator Cordy: Thank you very much for being here. I think I quoted you yesterday at the meeting regarding a letter, when it was actually written by Maziar Sairafi, who at the end said, “For your information, here's the name of the president,” and I said the letter was from you. But basically, you've said the same things that he said.

Thank you very much for being here. It's helpful to hear from the Canadian-Iranian community and the ramifications that you feel would be brought on them if this bill is in fact passed.

Our witness yesterday made an excellent point in that there's a big difference between the Iranian people and the Iranian government, which supports terrorism and certainly commits human rights violations, but don't extend that to punish all the Iranian-Canadians or all the Iranian people. Thank you very much for what you've told us.

Our witness yesterday, who was personally tortured in Iran, also felt that closing of the embassies was very harmful to helping people in Iran, so she certainly made the same point that you've made.

Will this bill make it more difficult for Iranian-Canadians? You've already said it will block re-engagement. You've already said that Iran already has dealings with a lot of other countries, so if Canada is left out, then they will not get that concerned about it, but it will certainly hurt Iranian-Canadians. So how do we find a solution — and this is a follow-up to Senator Woo's question — to the human rights violations by the Government of Iran without causing difficulties for the people of Iran and for Iranian-Canadians?

I'll just ask another question. This committee dealt a few weeks ago with the Magnitsky bill, which was drawn up because of an incident in Russia, but the bill itself is not specific to Russia. It actually talks about human rights violations overall whereas this bill is specific only to Iran.

Do you feel that the Magnitsky bill would, in fact, cover any of the people in Iran who are committing violations?

Mr. Ahmadi: Unfortunately, I'm not aware of the details of the — I believe it's called the Corrupt Foreign Public Officials Bill. I'm not fully aware of all the details, but again the main concern we have with this bill, Bill S-219, regardless of each of the provisions — and there are actually concerns with each of the provisions, at least some of them — however, in entirety our issue is that this will block re-engagement.

If we cannot re-engage with Iran, we have to continue with the status quo, with the strategy that the former government implemented, and that strategy definitely did not address the concerns that, for example, the witness yesterday brought up and all the concerns about the human rights conditions in Iran and regional policy disagreements.

Another issue I would like to add is that a lot of times they say that the Iranian government and the Iranian people are different. Well, these re-engagements, these relations are between the governments. There are ways, through cultural exchanges, through university and research exchanges, for people to communicate, but even those, when there is no at least diplomatic relationship, at least diplomatic communication between those two countries, those areas are affected significantly as well.

So at least there has to be some level of engagement between these two governments so that then people can actually talk to each other more and engage with each other more.

We have many Iranian students here, not dual nationals, but Iranian national students here in Canada. Those are good ways to engage with people of Iran. Cultural exchanges are very good ways to engage with Iran, with the people of Iran, but there has to be some level of diplomatic engagement with Iran.

With respect to one issue that you mentioned about human rights, we believe that Prime Minister Trudeau, when he travelled to China, the approach that he was talking about — I don't remember the exact quote — in China about addressing the issues of human rights is the path forward, and not to address not only about Iran, but about all countries, Saudi Arabia, other countries, many countries that have human rights violation issues.

First of all, I believe that we need to address this double standard because it actually hurts our opportunity and our power in influencing change. So that's one thing.

Prime Minister Trudeau said it very well, that we have to recognize that there are human rights issues even in Canada and then communicate our human rights concerns with these countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and many other countries that have human rights violations.

So we believe in that approach. We believe that engagement and communicating these concerns are the best way moving forward.

Senator Cordy: I wonder if you could expand a little bit. You touched on that if this bill is passed it wouldn't be in compliance with a UN resolution. I don't remember the number of the UN resolution, but I wonder if you would expand on that a little bit.

Mr. Ahmadi: Sure. Remaining sanctions on Iran under SEMA, according to information from Global Affairs Canada, are aimed at restricting Iran's access to sensitive goods from Canada, especially with respect to nuclear technology and the development of ballistic missiles.

Based on information provided from Global Affairs, these restrictions are based on UN-Iran regulations. After UN Security Council Resolution 2231 approved the implementation of JCPOA, Canada followed its international obligations and modified its sanctions on Iran in February 2016.

This issue was actually brought up by some of the witnesses before as well. Canada was not involved in JCPOA negotiations between P5+1 countries; however, there is an issue, and that is the nuclear agreement was confirmed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231 in July 2015. As it states in the resolution:

Member states are obligated under Article 25 of the Charter of the United Nations to accept and carry out the Security Council's decisions.

UNSC calls upon all member states, regional organizations to implement, basically, the provisions of JCPOA and refrain from actions that undermine implementation of commitments under the JCPOA.

Whether the remaining sanctions, even those that right now exist, even these remaining sanctions, whether or not they are fully in compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2231 is a matter that may actually require further investigation. I know there is a review of SEMA, I believe it was either completed recently or is still ongoing, and it may require legal experts to look at it. However, it's evident that based on information from the Government of Canada that each of the remaining sanctions under SEMA are based on requirements of the UN Security Council decision about nuclear or ballistic missile technology. Therefore, additional conditions that are proposed under Bill S-219 to be attached to SEMA sanctions are not compliant because they are not in UNSC 2231.

Senator Beyak: Thank you, gentlemen, for being here. I want to say that I share all of Senator Housakos's comments about the Iranian people. The people are completely different from the government, and I think every Canadian recognizes that.

A prominent Liberal, Warren Kinsella, wrote an amazing column two days ago about the anti-refugee, anti-immigrant sentiment that's sweeping the planet and how we have to have objective debates. I would encourage everyone to read his column. It says we need to talk; we need to not make it political. Let's be people.

He said there are three questions that we have to ask, and I would like to ask your organization, with full disclosure and no controversy, do you want sharia law in Canada, yes or no? Do you believe in the equality of men and women in Canada under the Charter, yes or no? And do you believe in the State of Israel? He says it's imperative that Canadians, two thirds of them, want us to be more vigilant in who we talk to, how we associate with nations who support terror and have human rights problems, and whether we want those values to come to Canada.

Please read the column. And those answers are a yes or no. I understand sharia law, I understand the Charter, and I support the State of Israel. So your answers are a yes or no. Thank you.

Mr. Ahmadi: Could you please repeat the three questions? I want to write them down.

Senator Beyak: Do you believe in sharia law in Canada? Do you believe in the equality of men and women in Canada under our Charter? And do you support the State of Israel? Thank you.

Mr. Ahmadi: Honourable senator, this is a very surprising question that has nothing to do with the proposed bill, but I will gladly answer that.

I believe this is not an issue even for our organization to respond. It's a very personal question. Our organization believes in the law that we have in Canada, so it's not sharia law. We believe in the Canadian legal system and Canadian law.

About equality of women and men, definitely, there is no question about that. It is actually in the constitution of our organization that we believe in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It's in the constitution of our organization, the Iranian-Canadian Congress. And your third question was supporting Israel?

Senator Beyak: Yes.

Mr. Ahmadi: In what respect do you mean that question? That's a very general question.

Senator Beyak: As a state, the State of Israel.

Mr. Ahmadi: The State of Israel is recognized by international organizations, United Nations. We do not have any agenda or mission to even question that. Do I as a person support all the policies of the current Government of Israel? I cannot even say that about the Government of Canada, my government, that I support all the policies of the current Government of Canada, while I agree with many of them, and definitely I will answer this as an individual, not as our organization.

I do not agree with some of the policies of the current Government of Israel, but your question is about the State of Israel. There is no question about that. Yes, the State of Israel is recognized under international law.

Senator Beyak: Thank you. It was relevant, chairman, to the bill that we're looking at today because of the feelings of Canadians in Mr. Kinsella's column, that two thirds of Canadians want us to be more vigilant about the organizations that we speak with, whether their values and beliefs are shared by Canadians and whether this kind of a bill helps or hurts the belief of the people that we are talking to.

Senator Marwah: Thank you again for coming to speak to us. You certainly provided a different perspective, particularly from the view of Iranian-Canadians.

I have two questions, so maybe I'll just go over one first. What percentage of Iranian-Canadians does your organization represent? Would there be another point of view amongst other Iranian-Canadians?

Second, in recent periods it's obvious at least to me that Iran has been moving on a continuum to re-engage with the world and re-engage with the West in particular, maybe not the world but certainly re-engage with the West. You are a lot closer to what's happening on the ground in Iran. As Iranian-Canadians, do you see a shift in human rights? You mentioned some very modest shifts in human rights, but do you see other shifts in their rhetoric, in their recognition of rule of law? Do you see any other changes in whichever direction or do you see no change?

Mr. Ahmadi: About your first question, same as all different communities, our community is not a monolithic community as well. There are different perspectives and different views. The Iranian Canadian Congress is the political advocacy organization in the Canadian-Iranian community that aims to advance the interests of the community. There is no way for us to say exactly by percentage point what is the percentage of people we represent, but we can say that we are one of the major organizations and the only organization that works with respect to advocacy for the rights of Canadian-Iranians in Canada.

There was a parliamentary petition that we prepared and submitted to the House of Commons. A copy of it is with, I believe, the clerk of the committee. The copy can be provided to you. That petition is about the specific issue of re-engaging with Iran, re-establishing relations, and it outlines these issues we talked about of how the policy of isolation has affected our community.

We received nearly 16,000 signatures, and that put us in the top 10 electronic petitions of the House of Commons, all of them that exist on the website of the Parliament of Canada today. Those signatures are from all across Canada, so that shows how this request, how this action has huge support in our community. A large number of Iranian-Canadians support this policy, and we have been able to reach out to them and ask them to take action regarding this issue.

There was a second question, I believe, as well.

Mr. Tabasinejad: We also undertook a series of open consultations with members or leaders of the community on non-profit organizations, academics, et cetera. What we found — and it spurred us on to make this petition — is that in every single consultation this issue was the first issue, as far as they were concerned.

We didn't make this petition willy-nilly. We wanted to make sure this was something that was supported by our community and by our constituents. What we found consistently when we talked to large numbers of Iranian-Canadians is that they supported this action. I think the number of signatures of this petition received in the end kind of speaks for itself, because this was a petition that was only sponsored through our own networks, Iranian networks, and it's more or less self-explanatory.

The Acting Chair: Thank you. I would like to let the members of the committee know that the petition to the government from the organizations represented by Mr. Ahmadi and Mr. Tabasinejad is available to us here only in English. We are supposed to have bilingual copies so that we can distribute to all members. Members, if you want it, let us know and then the page will give you the petition.

Senator Ataullahjan: I want to get back to what Senator Housakos said and your response to him where you say that we should let the diplomats and the bureaucrats handle the talks that are going on.

As parliamentarians, there are things that we can say and we can do that the diplomats and the bureaucrats might not be able to. Is it my understanding that we should start talking to Iran without having any conditions attached? I agree with you that we should be raising those issues with countries that we're friends with who have similar issues, because we are Canada and known throughout the world for our stance on human rights. Is that the sense I'm getting from you?

Mr. Ahmadi: We believe that this bill will basically block any opportunity of re-engagement with Iran. That's what I have repeated a couple of times, and the reason is that is the main reason why we are against this bill and why we're requesting you to reject this bill. It will not allow us to move forward anymore and to re-engage with Iran.

With respect to the conditions, the Government of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, they have the powers and the authority needed under current law and regulations to address the issues, to bring up these concerns that we have with Iran in diplomatic conversations. They do not need any more restrictions. There is no special authority that this bill is providing to the Government of Canada that they are, for example, even asking for it or that they need to be able to re-engage with Iran.

So step one is to re-engage with Iran, to communicate these concerns that we have with them. We have very capable diplomats. They have the authority. They have the power they need under current regulations and laws, and they will be able to address these issues in these negotiations.

Senator Ataullahjan: In regard to Senator Beyak's question about sharia law, don't you feel it's a dead issue? As a Muslim, I don't know anyone who wants sharia law, especially the women. We are very happy with the laws of the land. In the community, I don't think there's that conversation taking place anywhere. That's my sense. I don't know what your sense is. I just want to put that on the record.

Mr. Ahmadi: Did we say anything that was about sharia law that brought up this question?

Senator Ataullahjan: No, Senator Beyak had asked about sharia law. I want to put it on the record that, as a Muslim, it's a dead conversation. I don't hear anyone asking for sharia law in Canada. Is that your experience also?

Mr. Ahmadi: That is our experience. Our organization, we have to note, is a non-religious organization, so we do not get engaged in conversations and issues that are related to religion. Especially in the Iranian-Canadian community that we interact with, we do not see any sort of appetite for sharia law and for this issue.

Mr. Tabasinejad: I'm not saying that there was any ill intention behind the question, but it makes me uncomfortable when these types of questions are asked from people that come from Muslim communities. It comes from certain strains of Islamophobia, et cetera. It makes me uncomfortable when such questions are asked.

Senator Beyak: I would like to respond. I just wanted to respond to that, because I agree with you. I have three best friends who are Muslim, a woman and three men, four of them all together, who told me those three questions are absolutely pertinent to the discussions that we have to have in Canada, the objective discussion, because there is a huge commitment to sharia law still in Canada. It went to the Government of Ontario just a couple of years ago. They voted on it, and they say the reformed Muslims who want to come to Canada and be Canadians don't want sharia law in Canada. So it's a very important question. I'm very pleased that Senator Ataullahjan put it on the record. Thank you, senator.

Senator Bovey: I want to thank you very much for coming and for your presentation. I have to say I was pleased to hear you talk about cultural and university exchanges. It won't be a surprise to anybody in this room that I feel those are very beneficial and indeed Universities Canada has been here in Ottawa this week. Many of them I spoke to spoke of the importance of global exchanges like this.

That said, I want to take our question and flip it another way. You talked a bit about the human rights issues. If Bill S-219 was approved, what do you think the sanctions might really achieve? Would they serve to improve the situation for citizens in Iran? If you could address this, I think it would give the other side to today's conversation.

Mr. Ahmadi: If this bill is enacted, as we said, we believe that the path of re-engagement with Iran — that's the first achievement — will be blocked and most likely we will not be able to re-engage with Iran.

In terms of sanctions, we know that sanctions are only effective when there is international consensus on any issue that that sanction is addressing. Therefore, even if we implement these sanctions, there is no international consensus at this point to impose sanctions on Iran. Therefore, as one of the previous witnesses in favour of this bill even mentioned, these are symbolic sanctions being proposed.

I do not believe it's only symbolic. I believe there actually might be an intention to block the path of re-engagement by bringing up these bureaucratic complexities and legal complexities, and it will basically block the path of re-engagement.

The other issues that will be created are the problems that have been created for Iranian-Canadians. Pouyan, my colleague, talked about the banking issue, about the access to consular services, both here for Iranian-Canadian dual nationals and for Canadians who travel to Iran to have access to consular services at times of need. If that path of re-engagement is blocked, we will not be able to provide the services and these issues will remain for our community.

With respect to the issue of engagement between people, universities and cultural exchanges, I will relate a personal experience I had. I was talking to a charitable organization in Canada that does work with different countries. As sanctions are now eased, I was trying to convince them maybe there can be some cooperation with charitable organizations in Iran. Many charitable and non-profit organizations are active in Iran. Iran has a very strong civil society that is active, and it has been around for a very long time, probably 100 years or more. The civil society has been active; the civic society has been engaged.

The charitable organization simply told me that because of all these restrictions that exist right now, even though those sanctions might not be specifically on humanitarian issues, the cost, the complexity of engaging with Iran is too high at this point so maybe we have to revisit it at a later time. So these are the issues and problems.

Mr. Tabasinejad: To answer your question directly about the effect of sanctions on Iranians themselves, I think most observers would agree it has been nothing but disastrous for Iranian civilians. It might constitute a human rights violation, and I'm citing a 2013 report by the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights that said that sanctions have disastrous effects on Iranian citizens and violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Access to medicine was reduced; prices went up very high to the point that it was unaffordable for large segments of the population. Just disastrous, horrible implications for Iranians, so we shouldn't fool ourselves in any sense that this is good for Iranian people because it's not.

Senator Cools: I would thank the witnesses for appearing before us, especially for the clarity of mind as well as their remarkable objectivity and dispassionate dialogue in the face of a bill which could be described as offensive.

I hate to tell colleagues, but I have no intention to support it, none whatsoever, and I'm not open to persuasion on this point.

I would like you to know, gentlemen, that I was brought to the Senate by Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Trudeau the elder. Like William Pitt the elder and William Pitt the younger, there is Trudeau the younger. I was brought here by the elder, and I had the opportunity of knowing this man and have deep respect for him.

Whatever his failings may have been and whatever his shortcomings were, it does not matter. The world viewed Mr. Trudeau as an agent of international dialogue, and Mr. Trudeau personally believed that unless you keep doors open and keep conversations going, you will not be able to influence anyone, any other country.

I'm a lot older than you, and I'm older than most of you here, but I remember very clearly when Mr. Trudeau broke the barriers and opened the doors with China, and that was a huge issue at the time. Many were afraid and shocked. Maybe the Red Communists were going to come and take over Canada or something, but it succeeded and China has taken a good place, I believe, in the world.

I want to be crystal clear that I disagree with the previous government's termination of diplomatic relationships with Iran. I thought it was short-sighted and ill-considered, and I wish it had never happened.

Diplomacy is a strange animal. They say money is a coward; it flees in the face of challenges, but not diplomacy. Diplomacy is supposed to be there like a steady hand ready to reach out to the moment when there is an opportunity to dialogue because dialogue, at the end of the day, will avoid disaster and even wars.

This bill is troubling. When we get into the details of studying, that will become a lot clearer, but the major point I want to make on the bill is that this bill is not properly the subject of a statute of Canada.

The Acting Chair: Question, please. We have two more senators.

Senator Cools: Senator, I must tell you, I don't have to ask questions. Committee meetings and these hearings are not question and answer periods. They are for commentary as well, so I encourage you to be generous. Thank you.

I wanted to make those points to you. The Parliament of Canada is the Parliament of Canada, not the Parliament of the world. And in our constitutional system, these decisions are the exclusive purview of what we call the Royal Prerogative powers. This means that the foreign minister — the King or the Queen's Minister of Foreign Affairs, never mind the change to Global Affairs, they're all called foreign ministers — trenched on that prerogative and was, quite frankly, out of order, in my view.

I hope I haven't spoken too strongly, and I hope I haven't shocked some of you, but we must make it our business to stay on the ground that is ours, and our business. Our jurisdiction as the Parliament of Canada, is purely domestic. The Parliament of Canada has no jurisdiction internationally, and these bills are coming before us seeking international jurisdiction. We can't give it to them because we don't have it to give to them.

Senator Dawson: I was a member of Parliament with Trudeau the elder, so I totally agree with his approach. I agree with the witness that there is a double standard with this bill. If we start naming Iran, if we were to name every country with which we have questions of conflict, we'd have a long list. That being said, that's more a question not to you but to the chair.

 [Translation]

Basically, I have the electronic petition, because I asked for it. As far as I’m concerned, when a private organization appears before a committee, it does not show a lack of respect if its documents are distributed in one language only. However, when it’s a government organization, we must insist on bilingualism.

I do not want to speak on behalf of all of my francophone colleagues, but, for me, distributing a document can still be done even if the document is in one language only, when all committee members consent to it. I believe that you would have received consent in this case, especially since we are talking about an online petition which is already available on the parliamentary Website in French. I simply wanted to make this observation, because we often miss out on information. Honestly, we’re talking about a petition with 15,000 names, which is relevant to our discussion.

I also wanted to reiterate the fact that there is a double standard, and I find it worrisome that some people are going on about all of the countries for which we would think about adopting legislation. As Senator Cools said, that lies outside of Parliament’s mandate.

The Acting Chair: Thank you, Senator Dawson. We have taken your comments under advisement.

 [English]

Mr. Ahmadi: I agree with you. We printed the electronic petitions. They're available on the website of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages. My assistant was printing it. She was under the belief that it would print both languages, however when I brought it here, I realized that it's only in English and not available in French. However, I fully agree with you that it has to be available and has to be provided in both official languages. Thank you.

The Acting Chair: Thank you, sir.

Senator Gold: This committee has heard evidence that individuals supported by the government or its institutions have engaged in serious human rights violations. We have had this evidence.

We've also heard that, as a government, we need to engage and talk. Indeed, one of the victims of human rights violations was of the same view before this committee. Should Canada have the tools to take action against individuals who may have perpetrated serious human rights abuses against their citizens, Iranian citizens, in areas like their ability to come to Canada or visas to come to Canada or how we might deal with their assets, whether real property or other in Canada?

You'll appreciate I'm asking a question that is not directly addressed by the legislation. I want to know whether your organization, which represents Iranian Canadians, believes that those individuals in Iran who may have committed gross human rights violations should be immune or free from any possibility that Canada would limit their access to the country or the use of their assets once here.

Mr. Ahmadi: Thank you for your question. First of all, there is already another bill in front of this committee which addresses this question specifically. We're not aware of the details. We didn't study the details of that bill and we do not have the legal expertise that is required to say, for example, that international law already has some authority with respect to bringing people who have committed serious human rights violations to justice. There are already international laws with respect to that. But we do not have the legal expertise to comment on this issue that much.

I believe that the issue should be with the details. Any bill that includes your suggestion, we must look at the details. Is what we’re asking for evidence-based? Or is it only based on reports from a couple of non-profit organizations? If it's evidence-based and fact-based and if those actions, sanctions or bans, et cetera, are not going to affect the people instead of those individuals, then the answer can be yes. As I said, it really needs to be studied with all the details before we can really comment and provide our opinion.

Senator Housakos: From the beginning, throughout the process, I think a couple of senators have tried to get an answer to this question. You have not given one.

Your argument about the importance of engagement is understood. Can you tell me what your benchmark is? At what point do you decide to disengage with a party or a state when things are not obviously heading towards the direction that you think, that happy medium? When you engage with someone, you want to meet at a certain point. Can you define that point? At what point do you disengage?

Mr. Ahmadi: I understood your question completely, but I believe we need to think about that double standard with respect to your question. If we really want to talk only to people we agree with and meet our benchmarks and our values, then we have to disengage and break our relations with many of the countries that have serious human rights violation issues. That will be the first step if we want to follow the strategy that you're suggesting or the strategy that the former government implemented.

The benchmarks have to be decided by our foreign affairs ministry and our diplomats. In the negotiations, they will be able to set these benchmarks. Our European allies are already talking to Iran about human rights. They are having these conversations. Canada will have an opportunity to join our allies in these conversations about human rights and raise our concerns with them. We believe that is a better path instead of the status quo of not being engaged with Iran.

The Acting Chair: Thank you for your presentations Mr. Ahmadi and Mr. Tabasinejad. You can see that the honourable senators are interested in this subject. I thank all senators. The meeting is adjourned.

(The committee adjourned.)

 

April 01, 2017
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The Iranian Canadian Congress Calls for Prosecution of Hate Crime on Mr. Akhgar

Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) about the hate crime on Mr. Akhgar:

Kind Attention: Honourable Premier Brad Wall, Honourable Minister of Justice Gordon Wyant Q.C., Police Chief Clive Weighill, Chief Federal Prosecutor Christine Haynes

 

Today, the Iranian Canadian Congress is expressing its outrage over the incident of racial abuse that Mohammad Ahkgar experienced earlier this month on March 12th, 2017. We call on the concerned officials in Saskatchewan to prosecute this matter as a hate crime. 

 

At this crucial juncture where division and hatred threaten our Canadian way of life, officials across the country, including governments at all levels, police forces, and the judiciary, must take bold and clear action to protect our multicultural values and show that such hatred has no place in our country. 

 

We await appropriate responses from the Premier's office, the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, the Saskatoon Police, and Saskatchewan's Chief Federal Prosecutor. 

 

Sincerely,

Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress


For more details on the incident please visit here.

 

March 29, 2017
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Letter from ICC President to Members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee

Here is the final letter from ICC President Bijan Ahmadi to members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade ahead of their vote on Bill S-219 (Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act):

Kind Attention: Honourable Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Date: March 28, 2017

Honourable Senators,

 

On Wednesday March 29th, 2017 the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade is expected to commence clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-219, the Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act. As has been brought to your attention in a previous letter by my colleague, several Canadian experts who have requested to present their views regarding S-219 were not provided the opportunity to testify, while the steering committee decided to invite 3 witnesses from a single American organization that has officially endorsed Bill S-219, the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD). Unfortunately, the Committee Chair has rejected our request to delay clause-by-clause consideration to allow for the invitation of Canadian experts who have requested to present their opinions about this bill. With this in mind, on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) I would like to once again ask you to vote against the entirety of Bill S-219 during the Committee meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

As we discussed during our presentation to the committee on Feb 9, 2017, the ICC is deeply concerned about the consequences of Bill S-219. We believe that the proposed bill should be rejected in its entirety as it contradicts the stated foreign policy of the federal government of Canada, imposes unnecessary limitations on the authorities of our Foreign Affairs Ministry, and blocks the path of reengagement between Canada and Iran.

In essence, Bill S-219 seeks to continue the same failed policies of economic and diplomatic disengagement from Iran that the previous Canadian government under former Prime Minister Harper endorsed and enacted. The ICC’s position on this Bill S-219 can be divided into five main points:

  1. Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harms Iranian-Canadians, a population estimated at 300,000 countrywide, by: depriving them of consular services, exposing them to further discrimination by banks, and depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran.
  2. Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harm Canada’s economy; Canadian businesses have lost a figure estimated at between $1.18 and $4.69 billion in the years between 2010-2014 due to sanctions on Iran.
  3. Bill S-219’s prevention of economic re-engagement with Iran puts Canada outside of the mainstream of the international community and our allies. Specific provisions of Bill S-219 may even constitute a violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 which formalized the Iran nuclear agreement. The UNSC resolution clearly states that countries shall lift sanctions on Iran in return for Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA.
  4. The Iranian Canadian Congress maintains its position that to advocate for human rights in Iran and around the world Canada must implement a policy of constructive engagement through diplomacy and dialogue.
  5. Bill S-219 ignores the universal nature of human rights and our obligation as a member of the international community to be fair and unbiased in promoting respect for human rights around the world. Bill S-219 ignores gross violations of human rights by other countries in the region and around the world, some of whom have violated multiple United Nations resolutions. Respect for human rights is a universal obligation and should not be affected by political bias or become a currency for special interests and political maneuvering. Additionally, our parliamentarians should be aware that passing Bill S-219 will create a legislative precedent that may lead to subsequent bills for imposing similar sanctions on other human rights violators, some of which are Canada’s allies and trade partners in the region. This action will have significant and lasting impacts on Canada’s relations with its partners around the world and its impact has to be considered and analyzed thoroughly.

For the reasons outlined above, on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress I request that you vote against Bill S-219 during the next session of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and support a motion for the Committee to recommend that the Senate not proceed with this bill.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Bijan Ahmadi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

March 29, 2017
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Letter from ICC President to Members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee

Here is the final letter from ICC President Bijan Ahmadi to members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade ahead of their vote on Bill S-219 (Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act):

Kind Attention: Honourable Members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Date: March 28, 2017

Honourable Senators,

 

On Wednesday March 29th, 2017 the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade is expected to commence clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-219, the Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act. As has been brought to your attention in a previous letter by my colleague, several Canadian experts who have requested to present their views regarding S-219 were not provided the opportunity to testify, while the steering committee decided to invite 3 witnesses from a single American organization that has officially endorsed Bill S-219, the Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD). Unfortunately, the Committee Chair has rejected our request to delay clause-by-clause consideration to allow for the invitation of Canadian experts who have requested to present their opinions about this bill. With this in mind, on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) I would like to once again ask you to vote against the entirety of Bill S-219 during the Committee meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, March 29th, 2017.

As we discussed during our presentation to the committee on Feb 9, 2017, the ICC is deeply concerned about the consequences of Bill S-219. We believe that the proposed bill should be rejected in its entirety as it contradicts the stated foreign policy of the federal government of Canada, imposes unnecessary limitations on the authorities of our Foreign Affairs Ministry, and blocks the path of reengagement between Canada and Iran.

In essence, Bill S-219 seeks to continue the same failed policies of economic and diplomatic disengagement from Iran that the previous Canadian government under former Prime Minister Harper endorsed and enacted. The ICC’s position on this Bill S-219 can be divided into five main points:

  1. Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harms Iranian-Canadians, a population estimated at 300,000 countrywide, by: depriving them of consular services, exposing them to further discrimination by banks, and depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran.
  2. Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harm Canada’s economy; Canadian businesses have lost a figure estimated at between $1.18 and $4.69 billion in the years between 2010-2014 due to sanctions on Iran.
  3. Bill S-219’s prevention of economic re-engagement with Iran puts Canada outside of the mainstream of the international community and our allies. Specific provisions of Bill S-219 may even constitute a violation of the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 which formalized the Iran nuclear agreement. The UNSC resolution clearly states that countries shall lift sanctions on Iran in return for Iran’s compliance with the terms of the JCPOA.
  4. The Iranian Canadian Congress maintains its position that to advocate for human rights in Iran and around the world Canada must implement a policy of constructive engagement through diplomacy and dialogue.
  5. Bill S-219 ignores the universal nature of human rights and our obligation as a member of the international community to be fair and unbiased in promoting respect for human rights around the world. Bill S-219 ignores gross violations of human rights by other countries in the region and around the world, some of whom have violated multiple United Nations resolutions. Respect for human rights is a universal obligation and should not be affected by political bias or become a currency for special interests and political maneuvering. Additionally, our parliamentarians should be aware that passing Bill S-219 will create a legislative precedent that may lead to subsequent bills for imposing similar sanctions on other human rights violators, some of which are Canada’s allies and trade partners in the region. This action will have significant and lasting impacts on Canada’s relations with its partners around the world and its impact has to be considered and analyzed thoroughly.

For the reasons outlined above, on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress I request that you vote against Bill S-219 during the next session of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, and support a motion for the Committee to recommend that the Senate not proceed with this bill.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

Bijan Ahmadi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

March 26, 2017
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Urgent Action Alert: Senate Committee Votes on Sanctions Against Iran this Wednesday

 

We have been notified that the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade is expected to vote on Bill S-219: Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act. during their session on Wednesday March 29th, 2017. We need your help!

Please call the Senators who are members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee and ask them to vote against Bill S-219 in its entirety on Wednesday. Here you can find the contact info of the 15 members of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. Please update us about the responses you receive by emailing us at info@iccongress.ca. You can find suggested discussion points at the end of this page.

Last Name, First Name Phone Number Email (Please call first) Party Affiliation
Bovey, Patricia 1-613-995-9176 Patricia.Bovey@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Cordy,Jane 1-613-995-8409 jane.cordy@sen.parl.gc.ca Liberal
Dawson,Dennis 1-613-995-3978 dennis.dawson@sen.parl.gc.ca Liberal
Downe,Percy 1-613-943-8107 percy.downe@sen.parl.gc.ca Liberal
Gold,Marc 1-613-995-9211 marc.gold@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Marwah,Sabi 1-613-947-6809 sabi.marwah@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Saint-Germain,Raymonde 1-613-995-9204 raymonde.saint-germain@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Woo,YuenPau 1-613-995-9244 YuenPau.Woo@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Cools,Anne 1-613-992-2808 anne.cools@sen.parl.gc.ca Non-affiliated
Andreychuk,Raynell 1-613-947-2239 raynell.andreychuk@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative
Ataullahjan,Salma 1-613-947-5906 salma.ataullahjan@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative
Oh,Victor 1-613-943-1880 senator.oh@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative
Patterson,DennisGlen 1-613-992-0480 dennis.patterson@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative
Housakos,Leo 1-613-947-4237 Leo.Housakos@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative
Ngo,ThanhHai 1-613-943-1599 thanhhai.ngo@sen.parl.gc.ca Conservative

 

Suggested discussion points:

  • Bill S-219 seeks to continue the same policies of economic and diplomatic disengagement from Iran that the previous Canadian administration endorsed and enacted.
  • The proposed bill derails government’s efforts to reengage with Iran by placing legislative obstacles on the diplomatic path and conditions on the government’s ability to control its sanctions regulations. 
  • Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harms Iranian-Canadians, a population estimated at 300,000 countrywide, by: depriving them of consular services, criminalizing their legitimate business activities, exposing them to further discrimination by banks, and depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran.
  • Sanctions and diplomatic disengagement from Iran harms Canada’s economy.

 

March 26, 2017
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Letter to Committee Chair Senator Andreychuk: Consistent Bias in the Proceedings on Bill S-219

The ICC has sent the following formal complaint letter to the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Senator Andreychuk:

Kind Attention: Honourable Senator Raynell Andreychuk, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. 

This letter is written on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) to complain about the proceedings on Bill S-219, the Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act. We believe that there has been a clear and consistent bias shown in favour of the Bill both in terms of the witnesses called before the Committee and the procedures leading to the clause-by-clause consideration.

Since Bill S-219 was introduced by Senator Tkachuk, multiple witnesses with pro-sanctions and anti-diplomacy views have been invited, while expert witnesses with opposing views were very limited. Particularly egregious is the invitation of three (3) members from one organization, the known hawkish American think-tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The Iranian Canadian Congress is aware that a number of Canadian experts on foreign affairs and Iran with diverse views have requested to present before the Committee as witnesses but have not been chosen, while, as mentioned, multiple witnesses have been called from the FDD. This is an unacceptable course of action which deprives the Committee of expert Canadian perspectives while privileging foreign views which do not have Canadians’ best interests at heart.

Lastly, our view is that the the common Senate procedure is being ignored by scheduling the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-219 on the same day as a witness testimony, once again by a witness from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on March 29th, 2017. According to Senate Procedure in Practice (June 2015):

clause-by-clause consideration of a bill does not take place at a meeting during which witnesses on the bill are heard...committees tend to avoid this practice, ensuring that senators have adequate opportunity to reflect on the testimony of witnesses and to prepare amendments if they so wish.

This matter is especially concerning in the case of Bill S-219 and the meeting scheduled on March 29th, 2017; once again, the invited witness in this meeting is from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and will be speaking in favor of the bill. Committee members should have time to consider the different testimonies and reflect on the facts that will be provided before moving into clause-by-clause consideration, rather than moving into the clause-by-clause consideration immediately after a witness has spoken in favour of the Bill.

We therefore ask that the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade delay the clause-by-clause consideration of Bill S-219 until after more Canadian experts on Iran and Canadian foreign policy are provided the opportunity to present their diverse views to the Committee about this bill. Secondly, we ask that the Standing Committee follows common procedure and not schedule the clause-by-clause consideration of this Bill on the same day as the presentation of witness testimony. It is vital for the integrity of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to take these actions to ensure a fair and unbiased review process for Bill S-219, an important bill whose ambitions reach far beyond our borders.

 

Sincerely,

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Policy Chair

Iranian Canadian Congress

CC: Honourable Senators of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

 

March 23, 2017
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Quebec National Assembly passed a unanimous motion to pay tribute to Nowruz

On March 21st, 2017 the Quebec National Assembly passed a unanimous motion to pay tribute to Nowruz.

The motion was introduced by Mr. Khadir (Mercier), together with Mrs. Weil, Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Mrs. Poirier (Hochelaga-Maisonneuve), Mr. Sklavounos (Laurier-Dorion), and Mrs. Ouellet (Vachon).

Congratulations to the Iranian Canadian community in Quebec and the many activists and organizations who have advocated for the recognition of Nowruz in the QC Assembly. We also take this opportunity to sincerely thank members of the QC Assembly who have introduced the motion and all of the members for unanimously supporting this motion.

Radio-Canada reporter Bahador Zabihiyan has posted a video of the proceedings. Click here to watch this video. 

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مارچ 21
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با سلام و تشکر از اینکه جیره جوابگوئی به سئوالات را افزوده اید.

تایاز جان، شما همیشه به دیگران معترض هستید که گوش نمیدهند و یا توجه به نکات ندارند. من برای بار سوم از شما میپرسم که چرا من را به عنوان ناظر در جلسه اخیر مطلع نکردید. شما به پاسخ اخیر خود توجه کن و متوجه میشوی که مانند دور اول به سئوال جواب نمیدهی. من فکر کنم باید سئوالات خود را یک به یک برای شما بفرستم که سوء تفاهمی پیش نیاید. با تشکر. مهدی شمس

 
1- در رابطه با سئوال چهارم دلیل عدم دعوت از ناظرین را در آخرین جلسه مورخ ششم مارچ اعلام ننموده اید. از آن نظر که اینجانب مایل هستم در کلیه جلسات هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر حضور داشته باشم، خواهشمندم اینجانب را از تاریخ برگزاری آنها مطلع سازید.

 
1- اینکه شما علاقمندید برای همه جلسات هیات مدیره حاضر شوید چیز بسیار خوبی است، اما ما یک روال منطقی و طبیعی برای این کار تهیه دیده ایم که طی آن برای هر جلسه جداگانه تصمیم گرفته می شود. شما نمی توانید برای همه جلسات از الآن یک ایمیل زده و انتظار داشته باشید که ما شما را هر بار مطلع کنیم. این وظیفه هیات مدیره و هماهنگی روابط عمومی نیست که یک عضو را هر بار برای جلسات مطلع کند. در صورت تمایل شما، اگر امکان دارد پیش از هر جلسه ایمیل بزنید به محض گرفتن ایمیل شما در فهرست علاقمندان برای آن جلسه قرار می گیرید و 5 نفر اول امکان حضور در جلسه را خواهند یافت. پس اگر شما یک بار ایمیل بزنید تنها یک بار در نوبت قرار می گیرید و برای جلسات بعدی دوباره باید اقدام کنید. با این شرایط اگر علاقمندید در جلسه بعدی شرکت کنید به من اعلام کنید تا شما را در نوبت قرار دهیم.

 

March 21, 2017
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ICC sends Nowruz cards to MPs and Senators

338 Members of Parliament and 101 Senators receive Nowruz greeting cards from the Iranian Canadian Congress.

Celebrated by nearly 500,000 Canadians, Nowruz (the Iranian/Persian new year) is an occasion for revival, reconciliation, neighbourliness, and an appreciation of diversity, friendship, and unity among people and communities - all of which are among fundamental values of Canada's multicultural society.

Every year. politicians from across Canada send their Nowruz greeting messages to Iranian Canadians and the other communities celebrating Nowruz. This year, we at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) have decided to return the favour and send all 338 Members of Parliament and 101 Senators Nowruz greeting cards to wish them a great year ahead and also provide more information about the rich history and tradition of Nowruz.

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 19 مارچ 2017
هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو
خواهشمندم به سئوالات زیر پاسخ داده شود. از آن نظر که تاکید دارید سئوالات از طریق ایمیل ارسال شوند، انتظار دارم که شما نیز از پاسخگوئی از طریق تلفن خودداری کرده و از همان طریق ایمیل پاسخ سئوالات را بدهید.
 
در رابطه با سئوالات هشتم مارچ و پاسخ های دریافتی در تاریخ  یازدهم مارچ
1- در رابطه با سئوال چهارم دلیل عدم دعوت از ناظرین را در آخرین جلسه مورخ ششم مارچ اعلام ننموده اید. از آن نظر که اینجانب مایل هستم در کلیه جلسات هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر حضور داشته باشم، خواهشمندم اینجانب را از تاریخ برگزاری آنها مطلع سازید.
2- در رابطه با پروتوکل حضور ناظرین در جلسات هییت مدیره به تصمیمات اتخاذ شده سال قبل رجوع میدهید. مغایرت هائی میان آن تصمیمات و آنچه شما در ایمیل خود ارائه میدهید وجود دارند. اگر ممکن است روشن سازی نمائید. متن تصمیمات اتخاد شده در چهارم نوامبر سال قبل در رابطه با ناظرین چنین است:
5. Format of the Meetings
Bijan Ahmadi proposed the following motion:
Meetings of the board to be held once every two weeks with one meeting held in person and the other held via Skype.
The board to allow 5 observers to attend the in person meetings without having the right to interrupt the meetings, to record them or release any information to third parties about the board meetings prior to the release of the official approved minutes.
Note: the original motion suggested meetings to be held in person but once a month. The frequency of the meetings in the original motion was amended to twice a month, one in person and one via skype as mentioned above.
Motion passed unanimously.
 
متن ارسالی شما:
December 3rd 2015 -
As an observer, you should follow the following protocol:
 
1. You should not interfere with the discussion by making comments, asking questions, talking to other observers, applauding to a comment you hear from any board member, objecting to any comment made, etc.
 
2. You cannot use any audio or video equipment of any sort to record the proceedings.
 
3. In the meeting, occasionally issues are discussed that relate to individual members of the organization or the community at large. It is very important for the observers to keep these matters in confidence.
 
 
3- به سئوال پنجم من در رابطه با حذف سی ثانیه از فیلم حضور هییت مدیره در مجلس سنا، جواب داده نشده است. آیا منظور شما اینست که حذف سی ثانیه این فیلم که به نحوی میتوان گفت نوعی سانسور میباشد در جهت منافع کامیونیتی بوده است؟ این منافع را چه کسانی تعیین میکنند؟ بخصوص که هییت مدیره در این رابطه از افراد تقاضا نموده که با نوشتن نامه به نمایندگان به مخالفت با این لایحه بپردازند. آیا حذف این بخش از فیلم تحریف اطلاعات و به نحوی تعرض به حقوق افراد و غیر قانونی میباشد؟

 
4- در رابطه با لیست اونت ها در سایت کنگره آیا بهتر نیست که ردیف بندی را از لحاظ زمانی معکوس نمود؟ همانطور که در
صفحات نیوز آخرین آنها در صفحه اول قرار دارند.
 
5- از آن نظر که موضوع سایت iccongress.com توسط تایاز فخری در صفحه آی سی سی فوروم مطرح شده است، همانطور که آنجا نیز پیشنهاد نموده ام، اگر این مورد در همان صفحه بصورت مطلبی جداگانه مطرح گردد، اینجانب نظرات، پاسخ به سئوال و پیشنهاد ایشان را خواهم داد.
 
سئوالات جدید من:
6- دلیل مراجعه هییت مدیره به نیروهای انتظامی جهت جلوگیری از تظاهرات یک نفره من در تاریخ سوم دسامبر در مخالفت با لابیگری کنگره به نام اعضاء چه بوده است؟
7- عدم اجرای ضوابط اساسنامه در رابطه با غیبت اعضای هییت مدیره در جلسات چیست؟  بهزاد جزی زاده (7)، درنا مژدمی (9) و علی بانگی (12). بخصوص که با تغییراتی که در هییت مدیره بوجود آمده است، و تقسیم وظایفی که شده است به نظر میاید که بهزاد جزی زاده و علی بانگی استعفا داده اند.
8- مهران فرازمند چندین بار متعهد شده است که صورتجلسات سال گذشته را تکمیل کند ولی متاسفانه تا به امروز اینکار صورت نگرفته است. دلیل آن چیست و چه زمانی اینکار انجام خواهد شد ؟
9- بیژن احمدی متعهد شده بود که اطلاعات سال های 2012 و 2013 را به تدریج در سایت کنگره اضافه کند. تا به امروز این امر صورت نگرفته است، دلیل آن چیست و چه زمانی اینکار انجام خواهد شد؟
10- کدامیک از اعضای هییت مدیره به اطلاعات شخصی اعضاء، بخصوص ایمیل آنها دسترسی دارند؟
11- از آن نظر که مشخص شده است "افسانه براتی" شخصیت جعلی بوده است، و ایشان مدعی بود که عضو کنگره است، این سئوال پیش آمده که آیا در زمان عضو گیری از افراد کارت شناسائی خواسته میشود؟ آیا این فرد عضوی از کنگره میباشد؟
12- سایت های  
www.iccongress.online   و   www.iccongress.net   که هم اکنون در اختیار کنگره میباشند در تاریخ 31 جولای2016   توسط چه کسی خریداری شده اند؟ آیا آنها به نام کنگره خریداری شده اند؟ در هیچ یک از جلسات کنگره در این رابطه گفتگو به عمل نیامده است. دلیل آن چیست؟
13- کنترل پانل سایت اصلی کنگره در اختیار چه کسی میباشد؟
14- آیا ارتباطات میان اعضای هییت مدیره از طریق ایمیل های شخصی صورت میگیرند و یا ایمیل های وابسته به سایت؟
15- اگر ارتباطات از طریق ایمیل های وابسته به سایت صورت میگیرند آیا این ایمیل ها به عنوان اسناد متعلق به این نهاد تلقی میشوند؟ آیا قرار است در پایان این دوره حذف گردند و یا نگهداری خواهند شد؟ چه کسی این شبکه را مدیریت میکند؟
16- آیا اعضای هییت مدیره حق کپی کردن این ایمیل ها را خواهند داشت؟
17- در پایان تقاضا دارم اعلام دارید که آیا هیچیک از جلسات هییت مدیره تا به امروز ضبط صوتی شده اند، یا خیر؟ در صورتیکه ضبط صوتی به عمل آمده نوار های آن در اختیار چه کسی میباشند؟
 
از آن نظر که طرح این سئوالات در جهت ثبت و مستند سازی نحوه فعالیت های هییت مدیره میباشد خواهشمندم به سئوالات با دقت بیشتری پاسخ داده شود.
 
با تشکر - مهدی شمس

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19 مارچ 2017

تایاز عزیز،

سئوالات من شخصی و یا از سر کنجکاوی نیست. از سال 2012 تا به امروز نیاز بوجود آوردن کمیته نظارت بر عملکرد هییت مدیره حس شده و در هر چهار بازبینی اساسنامه در نظر گرفته شده است. ولی متاسفانه نه تنها بازبینی اساسنامه سرانجامی نداشته ، بلکه قطع هم شده اند. من به این نتیجه رسیده ام که یکی از راه های نظارت بر عملکرد هییت مدیره توجه به فعالیت های آنان، پاسخگو کردن آنها، و ثبت وقایع میباشد. من به تنهائی اینکار را آغاز و در جهت نهاد سازی این ارگان ادامه خواهم داد.
 
متاسفانه امسال نیز تمام اعضای هییت مدیره بصورت برابر در فعالیت ها مشارکت ندارند. از اینرو بار بیشتری بر دوش آنهائی قرار میگیرد که خود شرایط را اینچنین فراهم کرده، و از کسانی برای مشارکت در هییت مدیره دعوت کرده اند که صلاحیتی برای اینکار ندارند. با وصف این جوابگوئی به همه سئوالات من نیاز به کمتر از یکساعت وقت دارد. البته اگر پاسخ دهنده فردی مطلع و صادق بوده، و سعی نکند سیاستمدارانه عمل نموده و بدون آنکه رد پائی از خود بگذارد از روی رفع تکلیف  به سئوالات پاسخ دهد. اگر شما ندانید که دو سایت جدید در اختیار کنگره میباشد، اگر ندانید که چه کسی و به چه نامی آنها را خریداری کرده، و یا اینکه از کدام سیستم ایمیلی جهت ارتباطات استفاده میکنید، اینها نشان از عدم اطلاع و احساس مسئولیت شما میباشد. بگذریم که هفت نفر از شما بدون انتخابات در سمت حفظ حقوق و منافع اعضاء نشسته اید ولی با وصف این میبایست احساس مسئولیت بیشتری کنید. وگرنه به حقوق و اعتماد اعضاء خیانت کرده اید.
 
 متاسفانه اعضای عادی کنگره هیچگونه قدرت تصمیم گیری و اجرائی ندارند. همانطور که شما هر زمانی که صلاح میدانید صورتجلسات، فیلم ها، ضبط برنامه ها، دعوت از ناظرین، مدت زمان حضور آنها را تصمیم گیری کرده و به اجرا میگذارید. با این بخش نیز میتوانید به سلیقه خود عمل کرده، به هر سئوالی و در هر فاصله زمانی که میخواهید جواب دهید.
با تشکر از همین حداقل جوابگوئی شما
 
مهدی شمس

ا سلام مجدد،

با تشکر از ایمیل دوباره و درد‌دل‌های شما به عنوان یک عضو باسابقه. 
چون سوال جدیدی مطرح نشد من در طول مدت هفته‌ی آینده به دم سؤال مهمتر پاسخ خواهم گفت. 
متشکرم،
تایاز 

Tayaz Fakhri
Chair - Public Relations & Communications
Iranian Canadian Congress
Direct: 647 968 4758

 

 

March 17, 2017
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ICC to Toronto Sun: Discriminatory and Irresponsible Piece by Candice Malcolm

Please find attached the letter that the ICC's Policy Chair Pouyan Tabasinejad wrote on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress to the Toronto Sun protesting a discriminatory and irresponsible piece by Sun contributor Candice Malcolm. Toronto Sun published this letter on March 16, 2017. 

Attention: Toronto Sun editor-in-chief Adrienne Batra, Deputy editor Kevin Hann, Candice Malcolm
 
 
The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-religious organization whose mandate is to safeguard and advance the interests of Canadians of Iranian ancestry. 

On Wednesday March 8th, 2017, the Toronto Sun published an opinion piece by Candice Malcolm entitled “Iranian official boasts of 'guerilla movement' within the U.S.

In this opinion piece, Malcolm insinuates that Iranian immigrants and dual citizens are a veritable fifth column in the United States and abroad who will betray their countries. She further accuses Iranian immigrants of abusing “immigration policies to thwart our national security and send terrorists and spies into North America.” Ms. Malcolm’s accusations are categorically false and defamatory against Canadians of Iranian heritage; Canadians of Iranian heritage and Iranian immigrants in Canada, a population estimated at over 300,000 nationwide, are hardworking people who are significantly contributing to Canada’s multicultural society and to every aspect of its social, cultural, political and economical spheres. Furthermore, the divisive and xenophobic narrative in Ms. Malcolm’s article is not only false, but also constitutes a clear danger to the safety of Iranian immigrants and Canadians of Iranian heritage across the world and in Canada in particular.

In the wake of the wave of Islamophobic and Iranophobic incidents in the United States and Canada, including the Kansas shooting of two Indian men by a white supremacist terrorist who believed that he was shooting Iranians, the publishing of this material is extremely irresponsible. Narratives such as those put forth by this article threaten the unity and multicultural foundations of Canadian society. The Iranian Canadian Congress therefore asks the Toronto Sun and Ms. Malcolm to act responsibly and refrain from promoting bigotry and racism against members of any minority and ethnic community, including Iranian Canadians. We also request that the Toronto Sun publish this statement as a piece in the same forum in which they published Ms. Malcolm’s piece. 

 
 
Sincerely,
 
Pouyan Tabasinejad
Policy Chair
Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March09, 2017
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To improve our communications and outreach activities the Board of Directors has decided to appoint Tayaz Fakhri as the new chair of the Public Relations and Communications Committee. Our PR committee is responsible for communications, media relations and outreach activities. 
 
 
If you would like to contact Tayaz, please email him at communications@iccongress.ca.
 
Sincerely, 
 
ICC Board of Directors

 

ایمیل شماره هفت

هشتم مارچ 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو

خواهشمندم به سئوالات زیر پاسخ داده شوند:
1- چرا فیلم جلسه گردهمائی پرسش و پاسخ که طبق تعهد شما قرار بود حداکثر یک هفته بعد از برگزاری منتشر گردد تا به امروز یعنی بیش از یکماه هنوز پخش نشده اند؟
2- در سابق هر عضوی که عضویتش به پایان میرسید از طریق ایمیل مطلع میشد ولی امسال فقط به اعلامیه ای در یکی از نشریات اکتفا شده است. خواهشمندم در این رابطه توضیح داده شود.
3- از تاریخ 30 ژانویه2017 چندین بار تقاضای شرکت در جلسات هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر را با فرستادن ایمیل اعلام نموده ام. ایمیلی جهت تائید طبق روال همیشگی دریافت نکرده ام. خواهشمند است دلیل آن را توضیح دهید.
4- آیا از تاریخ 30 ژانویه 2017 هییت مدیره جلسه ای داشته است؟
5- سی ثانیه اول فیلم مربوط به حضور هییت مدیره که در آن رئیس جلسه لایحه 219 را که شامل ماهییت تروریستی رژیم جمهوری اسلامی، اشاعه نفرت و نقض قوانین حقوق بشری است را اعلام میکند، حذف شده است. خواهشمندم دلیل آنرا اعلام کنید.
 

با تشکر - مهدی شمس
 

On Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:09 AM, Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca> wrote:


جوابیه هییت مدیره به سئوالات
 

جناب آقای شمس،

 
اول ازهمه باید عنوان کنم ممنونم ازایمیل شما و امیدوارم پاسخ من نقاط ابهام وتاریک را روشن کند.

 
اما در مورد سوالات شما همان‌طور که درتلفن عرض کردم به صورت خلاصه توضیح می‌دهم:
۱- فیلم جلسه‌ی گردهمایی که در آن روزخودم به دل سفر شخصی امکان حضور در آن را متأسفانه نداشتم، قرار است به زودی در دسترس من قرار بگیرد. داوطلب دانشجویی که کمک کرد این ویدئو ضبط شود مشغول امتحانات بود و تا امروز فایل را در اختیار داشت. ان شاءالله مسئله به زودی حل شود.

 
۲- همان‌طورکه درشبکه‌های اجتماعی توسط دیگراعضا عنوان شد، اطلاعیه برای شفاف‌سازی از روند عضویت مجدد است برای کسانی که دسترسی به ایمیل ندارند یا ممکن است به هردلیلی اطلاعیه‌های دیگر را نبینند یا تماس میسر نشود.

 
۳- با تغییرات اخیر هیات مدیره امیدوارم که شاهد گفتگوی سریعتر با اعضا باشیم و من مطلبی که در جلسات قبل حضور شما برای پروتکل حضور ناظرین در سال گذشته تصویب شده بود را نیز پایین ایمیل عینا آورده‌ام.  

 
۴- بله. هیات مدیره یک جلسه هفته‌ی گذشته برگزار کرده است که به زودی صورت‌جلسه‌اش را منتشر خواهیم کرد.

 
۵- ریشه‌ی اختلاف، آن طور که من می‌فهمم در فهم دو طرف از رسالت کنگره و در نحوه‌ و علت و فلسفه‌ی اطلاع‌رسانی کنگره است. کنگره با توجه به اساس‌نامه‌اش رسالتی به غیر از آگاهی‌رسانی ژورنالیستی دارد که همانا تلاش برای دفاع از منافع ایرانیان کانادایی است. برای همین کنگره کمیته‌ای به نام «روابط عمومی و مشارکت جمعی» دارد که تعریف و چهارچوبش با آنچه انجام گرفته مغایرتی ندارد. برای اطلاعات بیشتر به متن اساس‌نامه‌ی کنگره که در لینک آوردم مراجعه کنید و همین طور در زمینه‌ی اختلاف این دو مفهوم بیشتر تعمق و تحقیق کنید.

 
۶- در مورد قدیمی‌تر ایونت‌های وبسایت کنگره مشکل را همان‌طور که وعده دادم حل کردم. شما از این پس در ذیل بخش news می‌توانید به تمام برنامه‌های پیشین کنگره از دوره ی سال گذشته (اینجا) دسترسی داشته باشید.

 
۷- در مورد قدیمی‌تر برنامه‌ی ونکوور نیز بر طبق وعده و به دلیل اهمیت این اتفاق اطلاعات بیشتری در وبسایت ثبت شد. از این رو در اینجا فیلم این برنامه همراه با توضیحاتی تکمیلی و گزارش جلسه آورده شده است.

 
این هم پروتکل مصوب سال گذشته برای حضور در جلسات به عنوان ناظر:
 

December 3rd 2015 -

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1. You should not interfere with the discussion by making comments, asking questions, talking to other observers, applauding to a comment you hear from any board member, objecting to any comment made, etc.

 

2. You cannot use any audio or video equipment of any sort to record the proceedings.

 

3. In the meeting, occasionally issues are discussed that relate to individual members of the organization or the community at large. It is very important for the observers to keep these matters in confidence.


 
در آخر همان‌طور که گفتم امیدوارم پس از این شامل سرعت عمل بیشتری در راستای تحقق «کنگره‌ی کارآمدتر» باشیم و همین طور شخصا و دوستانه از شما می خواهم که در جهت نشان دادن حسن نیت خود، دامنه ی وبسایت iccongress.com را در اختیار کنگره قرار دهید تا موجب آشفتگی افکار اعضای جدید و علاقمندان نشوید. شما با این کار به من و روابط عمومی کنگره و به اهداف خودتان برای تسریع و دقت بیشتر در آگاهی رسانی در مسائل کنگره کمک بزرگی می کنید. من نیز از حق شما و سایر اعضا برای داشتن وبسایتی مستقل با نشانی جز نام کنگره، به شکل تمام قد دفاع می کنم. 

 
شاد باشید،
تایاز فخری
March 06, 2017
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Renew your membership with the ICC

On Feb 22, 2017 an email was sent to individuals whose ICC membership have expired. Here is more info about this and an extension in the timeline:

Important note: If your membership has expired after May 15, 2016, you should renew your membership online or in person with the ICC secretary by end of March 14, 2017 for your membership to be considered continuous for the requirements of Article 5, Section 2 of the ICC by-laws. 

The initial announcement sent via email had the deadline on March 7, 2017. We are extending the deadline for a week to end of March 14, 2017 for individuals who would like their membership with the ICC to be considered continuous as per the by-law requirements in Article 5. 

Click here to renew your membership online and make a donation to support ICC campaigns.

Annual membership fee is $10. Additional donation is optional. 

Your membership date is available on the receipt provided to you at the time of registration (online or in person). If you have any question about your membership with the ICC, please email us at info@iccongress.ca. Our board secretary will be more than happy to assist you. 

 

February 21, 2017
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Letter to Minister Goodale: ICC is Concerned About Bill C-23, The Preclearance Act.

Here is a letter from the ICC to Minister Goodale about Bill C-23, The Preclearance Act. 

Kind Attention: Honourable Ralph Goodale

Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

 

Dear Minister Goodale,

 The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan organization whose mandate is to defend and advance the interests of Canadians of Iranian descent. We are writing to convey to you our views on Bill C-23, the Preclearance Act. The Congress is very concerned about the negative repercussions Bill C-23 will have on Canadians who attempt to cross the US-Canada border and urges your government to remove those parts of the Bill which endanger the dignity and safety of Canadians.

We believe that this Bill is against the interests of all Canadians, especially those with dual nationality status from countries like Iran, under any circumstances, but especially so in view of the new US administration’s xenophobic rhetoric. According to our analysis, this bill will allow discrimination and unlawful detention of Canadians by US authorities at the border, and may especially affect immigrant communities from Muslim majority countries, such as the Iranian-Canadian community.  

This Bill denies Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents the right to walk out of interviews conducted by border guards and return to Canada at their discretion. This means that border agents can ask deeply personal questions and conduct unreasonable searches of Canadians without any recourse for those individuals. Failure to answer such questions or submit to these searches will put travelers into undesirable and even dangerous situations, including detention by U.S. authorities. Such actions and the privileges given to U.S. border agents may even be considered a violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which the Canadian government has a duty to safeguard and protect.

We therefore ask you and your Government to withdraw or amend the particular provisions of the proposed Bill C-23 that endow the above named excessive powers to U.S. border agents on Canadian soil and protect all Canadians’ rights and dignity at the border.

 

Sincerely,

Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair,
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress
February 21, 2017
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Pouyan Tabasinejad, ICC's Policy chair on Vancouver Coop Radio With Alnoor Gova


Pouyan Tabasinejad, Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress, did an interview on Feb 20th, 2017 with Rational on Vancouver Coop Radio with Alnoor Gova about the proposed Bill S-219 "Non Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act" that is being considered in the Senate of Canada.

 Here is the interview:

 

February 18, 20
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ایمیل شماره 6
شنبه 18 فوریه 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو

در تاریخ 18 ژانویه ایمیلی جهت درخواست شرکت در جلسه بعدی هییت مدیره ارسال نمودم. نه تنها رسید دریافت ایمیل که بصورت اتوماتیک ارسال میشد را دریافت نکرده بلکه ایمیلی هم جهت اطلاع رسانی از جلسه بعدی دریافت نکردم. تقاضا دارم در رابطه با نکات زیر توضیحات لازم را داده و اینجانب را از جلسه بعدی مطلع ساخته تا بتوانم در آن به عنوان ناظر شرکت داشته باشم.

1- صورت جلسه 30 ژانویه تا این تاریخ هنوز انتشار نیافته است.
2- آیا بعد از این جلسه هییت مدیره جلسه دیگری نیز داشته است.
3- قرار بود که لیست اونت های کنگره در سایت اضافه گردند که تا این تاریخ اینکار صورت نگرفته است.
4- قرار بود که اطلاع رسانی در رابطه با گردهمائی ونکوور به سایت کنگره اضافه گردد که تا این تاریخ اینکار صورت نگرفته است.
5- تا به امروز چندین بار تقاضا نموده ام که ضوابط ومقررات در رابطه با شرکت ناظرین در جلسات هییت مدیره برایم فرستاده شده که اینکار هنوز صورت نگرفته است.
6- قرار بود که صورتجلسات سال گذشته تکمیل گردنند که اینکار هنوز صورت نگرفته است.
7- قرار بود که ظرف یک هفته فیلم جلسه پرسش و پاسخ در دسترس همگان قرار گیرد که اینکار نیز صورت نگرفته است.
9- گزارش عملکرد ششماه کنگره هنوز منتشر نشده است.
با تشکر مهدی شمس

 

 

February 10, 2017
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The ICC Urges Senators to Reject Bill S-219, the Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act

On Feb 9, 2017 the ICC’s President, Bijan Ahmadi, and Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejad, appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to present the concerns of the ICC regarding the proposed “Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act” or bill S-219. 

Here is the presentation by the representatives of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) opposing the proposed bill S-219 (Non Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act) at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs: 

 

February 08, 2017
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ICC Representatives at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs

Watch the presentation by the ICC representatives at the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs regarding the proposed "Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act". 

On Feb 9, 2017 the ICC’s President, Bijan Ahmadi, and Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejad, appeared before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to present the concerns of the ICC regarding the proposed “Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act” or bill S-219.

Click here to watch the video.

The ICC is deeply concerned about the proposed “Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act”, which we see as not only contrary to the Government’s stated policy of re-engagement with Iran, but also as an obstacle to Canada meeting its international obligations. If enacted into law, we believe this bill will block any possibility of re-engagement with Iran and the reopening of the embassies. 

We are up against strong lobbies that are pushing for the approval of this bill. Blocking this bill will be an uphill battle but we have a strong plan in place and we believe that with involvement and support of Iranian Canadians across Canada we will be successful. Please stay tuned. An action alert will be issued very soon with instructions and details. Our work has just started!

حضور بیژن احمدی و پویان طبسی نژاد در کمیته روابط خارجی سنای کانادا برای بیان مخالفت کنگره ایرانیان کانادا با قانون پیشنهادی "تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران". کنگره ایرانیان کانادا کمپینی را در اعتراض به این قانون آغاز خواهد کرد

February 05, 2017
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ایمیل شماره 5

5 فوریه 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو

از آن نظر که آخرین صورتجلسه هنوز منتشر نشده است و وقت جلسه آینده اعلام نشده، خواهشمند من را از زمان تشکیل جلسه بعدی مطلع ساخته تا بتوانم به عنوان ناظر در آن شرکت داشته باشم.
یکبار دیگر تقاضا میکنم که شرایط حضور ناظرین در جلسات هییت مدیره را برای من ارسال دارید.
با تشکر - مهدی شمس
February 02, 2017
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Official response from the U.S. Consulate

On January 28, 2017, a day after President Trump signed the travel ban, the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) requested the U.S. Consulate in Toronto to provide a written and official clarification about the impact of the executive order on Iranian Canadians. Here is the official clarification including the details we have received from the U.S. Consulate in Toronto:
 
 
On January 27, President Trump signed an Executive Order today temporarily suspending entry into the United States of foreign nationals from seven countries under section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under this order, visa issuance to nationals of the countries of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen has been suspended effective immediately until further notification.
 
Landed immigrants of Canada, including those from restricted countries, can apply for a visa to the United States, if the individual presents a valid passport and proof of landed immigrant status, to a consular officer. A valid, non-expired, Canadian Permanent Residence card is the only acceptable proof of landed immigrant status.
 
Likewise, Canadian permanent residents, including those from restricted countries, may apply for admission to the United States, if the individual presents a passport with a valid immigrant or nonimmigrant visa, proof of their landed immigrant status, and only if the travel both originates in Canada and is through a land border or a pre-clearance location. A valid, non-expired, Canadian Permanent Residence card is the only acceptable proof of landed immigrant status.
 
Canadian citizens are visa exempt and may apply directly at a U.S. port of entry for admission to the United States. Canadian citizens that are dual nationals of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen are permitted to apply for admission to the United States, as long as they present a valid Canadian passport. Please note that all determinations regarding eligibility to be admitted are determined by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Entry. Further information for Canadian citizens may be found at https://help.cbp.gov.
 
Regards,
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January 27, 2017
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The next board meeting is on Monday Jan 30th, 7PM at ICC Office.
 1
) For the first 45 minutes to one hour we will discuss the events for the next couple of months and prioritize our tasks, will talk about policy panels and discuss Feb 5th event.
2)  After these items we will have an in camera (private) meeting in which observers will be kindly asked to leave. In this in camera session board members would like to discuss performance reviews internally

3) and also to prepare for the Q&A session. 

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18 ژانویه 2017

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هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان

- از آن نظر که قصد دارم در جلسه آینده هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر حضور پیدا کنم، خواهشمندم اینجانب را از زمان برقراری آن مطلع سازید. لطفن سعی شود که اینبار اطلاع رسانی چند روز زودتر صورت بگیرد. در ضمن اگر دستور جلسه نیز به اطلاع ناظرین برسد بهتر میباشد.

- همانطور که در جلسه گذشته قول آن داده شد خواهشمندم شرایط حضور ناظرین را در جلسات هییت مدیره برای اینجانب ارسال دارید.

- در جهت بهبود جلسات چند پیشنهاد دارم. ابتدا دستور جلسه مشخص و برای هر موضوع  زمان بندی در نظر گرفته شده و رعایت شوند. در صورتجلسات نیز بجای اینکه فقط  تائید آورده شود مناسب تر خواهد بود که کلیه موارد دستور جلسه ذکر گردند. اگر در صورتجلسات نیز نام پیشنهاد دهنده هر موضوعی آورده شود بهتر میباشد.

با تشکر - مهدی شمس

 

January 18, 2017
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ICC warns TD customers about denial of online access to their accounts in Iran

 

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) warns individuals visiting or planning to visit Iran about denial of online access to their TD accounts

 

Over the past month, the Iranian Canadian Congress has learned from its constituents and its own sources that TD customers visiting Iran have been unable to access their accounts online while in the country. Additionally, the ICC’s repeated attempts to communicate with TD itself to clarify and rectify this issue have been ignored by the institution. We therefore warn any individual who is visiting or may visit Iran in the future to make plans to use other banking services; to the ICC’s knowledge, other major Canadian banks’ online services are currently accessible from Iran.

The Iranian Canadian Congress continues to pursue the banking file with the goal of preventing discrimination against Iranian-Canadians by financial institutions. If you or anyone you know has been denied banking services because of their Iranian nationality or income, then we encourage you to contact us.

 

Email: info@iccongress.ca

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) warns individuals visiting or planning to visit Iran about denial of online access to their TD accounts

 

January 11, 2017
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2017-2018 Massey College Iranian Series

 

Here you can find info about the 2017-2018 Massey College Iranian Series:

The 2017-2018 Massey College Iranian Series invites distinguished academic talent to explore a multiplicity of topics on Iranian history, art, and culture, to help better understand the dynamics between Iran and Canada today. The series will also feature events celebrating Iranian cinema, visual arts, and culinary tradition, which will be open to the university community and the wider public.

The series will host its inaugural event on the evening of January 19th, 2017 with a screening of the 2007 documentary, ‘Tehran Children,’ followed by a discussion about the 1943 Tehran Conference and Iran’s role in shaping post-war settlement.

Click through here for more information about the film.

Click here to register for the event. 

January 11, 2017
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ICC Bids Farewell to Outgoing Ministers and Welcomes Incoming Ministers

 

Here is a statement from the ICC Board of Directors welcoming new ministers appointed to Global Affairs and Immigration:

We at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Hon. Chrystia Freeland and Hon. Ahmed Hussen on their new roles as the new Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, respectively. We also thank former Ministers Hon. Stéphane Dion and Hon. John McCallum for their hard work and dedication to building a more inclusive and welcoming environment in Canada and wish them luck in their future endeavors.
 
Specifically, we would like to thank Hon. Stéphane Dion for the time and effort he dedicated towards adopting a fresh approach towards Canada-Iran relations and for working to secure the release of Dr. Homa Hoodfar. We would also like to thank John McCallum for his work on the proposed immigration and citizenship Bill C-6 and the settlement of Syrian refugees in Canada.
 
Finally, the ICC looks forward to working with the newly appointed Ministers. We ask Minister Chrystia Freeland to continue the policy of re-engagement with Iran in the hopes of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Iran and reopening the embassies of both countries in Tehran and Ottawa. We also request Minister Ahmed Hussen to continue pursuing proposed changes under Bill C6 until it is passed into law and to pursue additional measures to help skilled immigrant workers better integrate into the Canadian job market.
 
 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors,

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

January 08, 2017
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16,000 signatures from across Canada for diplomacy with Iran

 

Here is a statement from the Board of Directors about ICC's parliamentary petition for Canada-Iran relations:

Dear Friends,

 

Nearly 16,000 people from across Canada have signed the formal parliamentary petition initiated by the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) urging the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran, including re-opening embassies in both countries, as a matter of utmost importance.

On September 7th, 2012, the former Government of Canada (under Prime Minister Stephen Harper) broke diplomatic relations with Iran, closed its embassy in Tehran, and expelled all Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. After 4 years it is now evident that this policy of severing diplomatic relations with Iran has failed, not bringing any meaningful results in advancing the interests of Canada in the Middle East while constituting a considerable burden for the Iranian-Canadian community.

Over the past 4 years, Iranian-Canadians have suffered disproportionately as a result of this suspension of diplomacy. In 2012, Iranian-Canadians suddenly found themselves unable to access consular services and were faced with considerable difficulty when attempting to acquire visitor visas for their relatives still living in Iran. Most importantly, the absence of a Canadian diplomatic presence in Iran has left Canadians visiting Iran vulnerable and without access to consular services in times of need.

Diplomatic rapprochement at this point will not only assure that Canada stands in solidarity with its allies, many of whom have started re-engaging with Iran after the signing of the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but also will bolster Canada’s historical role of advancing peace and protecting the rights of its citizens through diplomacy and constructive engagement.

We’d like to thank MP Majid Jowhari for sponsoring the ICC’s parliamentary petition and we are grateful for his support of renewed relations between Canada and Iran. We also thank the thousands of Canadians who have signed the petition and helped us to spread the word and gather support for this cause. Special thanks to Salam Toronto PublicationsHamyaari in Vancouver and Atash for helping us in informing the community about this initiative.

With the unprecedented level of support we have seen for this cause, the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) will continue its advocacy for Canada-Iran relations and the reopening of the embassies with more vigor than ever.

Please make sure to follow our communication channels on social media and our website so that you can keep updated on developments and help in achieving this goal:

Sign up as a member and become a decision maker in the ICC.

Donate $25, $50 or $100 to the ICC to support our future activities.

Follow our Facebook page.              

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Join our volunteer team.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

 

January 08, 2017
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Defamatory op-ed in Vancouver Sun about Iranian Canadians

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Vancouver Sun published a defamatory op-ed by Douglas Todd on December 31, 2016. Here is the complaint letter from the ICC Board to the Editor in Chief of the Vancouver Sun regarding this op-ed: 

Kind Attention: Mr. Harold Munro, Editor in Chief at The Vancouver Sun

Dear Mr. Munro,

This letter is regarding an op-ed by Douglas Todd published by your paper on December 31st 2016, entitled “Iranian-Canadians still fear theocratic regime” which the Iranian Canadian Congress considers to be discriminatory. The op-ed asserts, based on claims by unidentified sources and without providing substantial evidence, that members of the Baha’i faith are “harassed by some non Baha’i Iranians in Canada” and that “a significant portion” of Iranian- Canadians are “anti-Baha’i.” Todd himself writes that he is unable to find any Iranian-Canadian Baha’i “who will talk on the record about persecution in Canada,” though this does not prevent him from making defamatory remarks like these about the Iranian-Canadian community. In fact, the Director of Public Affairs of the Baha’i Community of Canada, Dr. Gerald Filson, indicated to us that he attempted to discourage the publication of Mr. Todd’s op-ed, asserting that his sweeping claims about the community were not accurate.

As his evidence, Todd makes reference to interviews with two Iranian-Canadians who express concerns that “recent” immigrants from Iran “are more religiously extreme” than those who left Iran in the 1980s. The publication of these cherry-picked comments as fact are divisive, irresponsible, and constitute discrimination against recent arrivals from Iran and against the community generally. Moreover, the fact that the Sun has decided to publish these views points to an unfortunate willingness by your paper to serve as a platform for defamatory and discriminatory remarks about a minority ethnic community.

Considering the rising tides of discrimination and Islamophobia in Canada and the world, the publication of Mr. Todd’s unsubstantiated and biased op-ed is doubly irresponsible as such rhetoric can serve as a tool to create divisions amongst Canadians and weaken the multicultural spirit of our country on the eve of its 150th anniversary. News outlets such as yours have an ethical responsibility to ensure that your reporters and journalists do their research and due diligence and prevent the publication of baseless and divisive claims not only in its articles but also in the op-eds it chooses to publish.

The Iranian Canadian Congress therefore requests that the editorial board of the Vancouver Sun attempt to rectify the issues that we have pointed to above by printing this letter as an op-ed in the same manner in which your outlet published Mr. Todd’s piece.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors,

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

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8 ژانویه 2017

خدمت هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو

بهزاد جزی زاده - سرپرست کمیته مشارکت

در تاریخ 27 دسامبر 2016 چند سئوال مشخص پیرامون گردهمائی ونکوور ارسال نمودم. متاسفانه یا اینکه من در بیان روشن نبودم و یا اینکه مسئولین آنطور که باید به سئوال توجه نکرده اند. از این رو سئوال خود را روشن تر بیان میکنم:

1- در اطلاعیه مطبوعاتی که هییت مدیره به نشریات فرستاده است، به غلط "داوطلبین محلی" را برگزار کننده این گردهمائی اعلام کرده اند. در صورتیکه کنگره ایرانیان بخش انتاریو اینکار را کرده است. تاکید من بر برگزار کنندگان میباشد. علت اینکار چه بوده است؟ آیا این یک اشتباه میباشد؟

2- آیا این برگزاری از اهمیت لازم برخورد نبوده است که در صفحه نیوز از آن اطلاع رسانی و یا اثری باقی بماند؟ من در رابطه با صفحه اونت هیچ سئوال و هیچ مشکلی ندارم. آیا مشکلی وجود دارد که از این گردهمائی در صفحه نیوز اثری باقی بماند؟

پوستر این سئوال را در صفحه لتس تاک به اشتراک گذاشته ام. از آن نظر که این سئوال افرادی دیگری نیز میباشد و گفتگو پیرامون آن به نحوی تشویق افراد به مشارکت میباشد، خواهشمندم در صورت امکان جواب خود را بصورت کامنت به مشارکت بگذارید.

 این هم لینک مربوطه

با تشکر مهدی شمس

 

December 31, 2016
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هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو
در پی به حقیقت پیوستن شفافیت آنطور که من از آن برداشت میکنم قصد آن دارم که در جلسات هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر شرکت داشته باشم. از این رو:
1- خواهشمندم زمان، مکان و دستورات جلسه را به اطلاع اینجانب برسانید.
2- در اولین جلسه هییت مدیره که به تاریخ بیستم ماه می 2016 برگزار شد قرار بر این گردید که تصمیم گیری در رابطه با فیلم برداری از جلسات به بعد موکول گردد. حدود شش و ماه و نیم از آن تاریخ میگذرد. پیشنهاد مینمایم این مورد را در دستور کار جلسه بعدی قرار داده و در این رابطه گفتگو به عمل آید. در ضمن خاطر نشان میسازم که صورتجلسه شماره یک در سایت کنگره اشکال فنی داشته و قابل دسترسی نیست.
3- یکی از کاستی ها فعلی تاخیر در انتشار صورتجلسات میباشد. آخرین صورتجلسه منتشر شده مربوط به جلسه 19 سپتامبر 2016 میباشد. از آن تاریخ به بعد که حدود سه ماه و نیم میباشد صورتجلسه ای منتشر نشده است. فیلمرداری از جلسات و انتشار آنها میتواند در این امر کمک بزرگی باشد. اینجانب میتوانم بصورت داوطلب در این امر کمک نمایم.
4- راه حل بعدی میتواند نوار صوتی باشد که در این رابطه نیز من آمادگی خود را جهت همکاری اعلام میدارم.
5- به هر حال قصد آن دارم که با حضور در جلسات گزارشی تهیه نموده و آنرا در اسرع وقت، به فاصله یک و یا دو روز، در اختیار همگان قرار دهم. در این رابطه اگر با ضبط صوتی جلسات موافقت شود کار من ساده تر خواهد شد، گزارش ها میتوانند دقیقتر تهیه شوند، و مرجعی برای رفع سوء تفاهمات و اختلافات باشد.
 
با تشکر - مهدی شمس

ایمیل دریافتی از هییت مدیره:

January 03, 2017

Dear Mr. Shams, we will inform you about our upcoming board meeting. We still don't have an exact date and time scheduled for the next meeting. Will keep you posted.

Sincerely,
ICC Communications

December 31, 2016
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مهدی جان در مورد اول، همه پست‌ها و محتوای اونها خلاصه یا با جزئیات در موارد خاص به اطلاع همه اعضای هیات مدیره می‌رسه. ما دائم در حال ارتباط از طریق ایمیل هستیم و با مکانیزم‌هایی که طراحی کرده‌ایم این ارتباط رو بهینه کردیم. دسترسی به وبسایت در اختیار بیژن و بهزاد به عنوان مسئول روابط عمومی هیات مدیره بوده و برای کمک به اونها من درخواست دادم و من هم این دسترسی رو دارم تا کارها سریع‌تر و بهتر انجام بگیره. ۱۰۰٪ مطمئن نیستم ولی فکر می‌کنم همین‌ها دسترسی به وبسایت داریم. تقسیم کار هم که طبیعیتا انجام دادیم.

 
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December 29, 2016
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Automated Call Dec 29, 2016

Here is info about the automated call sent from the ICC on Dec 29, 2016

Please note that the ICC sent an automated call to members and supporters of the organization who are subscribed in our call list. Here is the English version of the message. If you'd like to be unsubscribed form receiving future automated calls, please email us at info@iccongress.ca.

This is Bijan Ahmadi from the Iranian Canadian Congress. English message will follow. 

We would like to remind you that the deadline for signing the parliamentary petition about Canada-Iran relations is January 5th. Please visit iccongress.ca/epetition to sign this formal request. So far 12500 people from across Canada have signed this petition.

On behalf of the ICC board I wish you a wonderful new year.

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December 27, 2016
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27 دسامبر 2017

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان - بخش انتاریو

در رابطه با گردهمائی ونکوور به نظر میاید که اطلاعیه آن از سایت کنگره حذف شده است. در شهرما این هفته نیز در صفحه 90 گزارشی بدون نام گزارشگر به چاپ رسیده است. در پاراگراف آخر چنین عنوان شده است: " این جلسه توسط داوطلبین محلی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در ونکوور و با کمک گروه های دانشجوئی ایرانی برنامه ریزی و برگزار شد."

چند سئوال برای من مطرح شده است که امیدوارم با توضیحات و اقدامات لازم رفع سوء تفاهم شود:
1- دلیل حذف اطلاعیه این گردهمائی از سایت کنگره چیست؟
2- آیا متن چاپ شده در نشریه شهرما توسط هییت مدیره تهیه شده است؟ آیا این متن گمراه کننده نیست؟ آیا برگزار کننده این گردهمائی کنگره ایرانیان بخش انتاریو نبوده است؟
3- اگر این گزارش از طرف هییت مدیره به نشریه شهرما فرستاده شده است آیا هییت مدیره لازم نمی بیند که با تماس با این نشریه آنرا تصحیح نماید؟

 

با تشکر - مهدی شمس

ایمیل دریافتی از هییت مدیره در پاسخ به این سئوال:

January 03, 2019

Mr. Shams,

Thanks for writing to us.

1) Our website has a technical problem in the event section. The link is active but the website doesn't show the past events. It only shows upcoming events. You can see that other past events don't show up on that page too. We will try to fix the problem. However, you can find a good archive of all our past events on our Facebook page with all the details. You can also find the active website link here for the Vancouver event here: www.iccongress.ca/discussion_session_with_icc_and_mp_majid_jowhari_vancouver

2) We prepare and send press releases to media about the work of the organization. This is a regular media relations practice in any organization.

3) The Iranian Canadian Congress organized the event in Vancouver with the help of our local team of volunteers and some of the Iranian Canadian student organizations. The first step in establishing a local or regional chapter is to put together a team of volunteers interested to help the organization. Over the past 6 months we have spent a lot of time to find interested volunteers in Vancouver and we are happy that now there is a team of volunteers there working for the ICC. We hope that in near future we can establish local teams in other Iranian Canadian populated cities as well. This is a long process and it takes a lot of time and energy but we need our members to be patient and to support us through this process. On our part we are doing our best.

Regards, Behzad Jazizadeh Communications & PR

December 27, 2016
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Message from the ICC Board

Here is a holiday greeting message from the ICC Board of Directors. The message includes some of the highlights of the organization's achievements in the second half of 2016. 

Dear members and supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 From all of us at the Iranian Canadian Congress, we would like to wish you a joyous holiday season and a Happy New Year! We had a great year in 2016 and we look forward to the new challenges and opportunities 2017 will bring.

As we approach the end of the year, we reflect upon the accomplishments of the Iranian Canadian Congress in the second half of 2016, since the last Annual General Meeting in May. Here we are happy to share few of the highlights with you:

1)      For the first time to identify and prioritize our activities, we launched a three-month community consultation process that provided us the input for putting together our list of priority policies and shaped our position on various issues that affect Iranian Canadians ever since.

2)      During summer of 2016, for the first time we launched a successful internship program. The program provided 6 Iranian Canadian university students the opportunity to develop their skills while helping their fellow community members.

3)      Held a forum for representatives of 20 Iranian Canadian non-profit organizations which resulted into collaborations between some of these organizations and the ICC. Collaboration of the ICC with Tirgan during the summer internship program and the support provided by multiple organizations for the Simorgh Gala are two successful examples in the past 6 months.

4)      Through a successful partnership with ASL19 a first of its kind web application was developed and added to the website of the ICC for monitoring news related to Iran in the House of Commons.

5)      To highlight and celebrate the contributions of our community to Canada’s multicultural society we hosted the first annual Simorgh Gala. A prestigious and unique event participated by 400 guests including politicians and elected officials from the three major Canadian political parties and all levels of government.

6)      To encourage the culture of volunteerism and community work, as part of the Simorgh Gala we recognized 7 community leaders and activists who have dedicated their lives to build a stronger Iranian Canadian community.

7)      With the help of local volunteers for the first time in the decade long history of the ICC we have established a local team in Vancouver and earlier in December we successfully hosted a first discussion session with our community members there. 

8)      By implementing a successful communication and outreach plan we have doubled our network of supporters in the past six months and significantly expanded our reach in Iranian Canadian populated cities outside of the GTA.

9)      Based on the community consultation process and our list of priority policies we planned and executed a strong advocacy campaign to urge the Government of Canada to reestablish diplomatic relations with Iran and facilitate reopening of the embassies in Tehran and Ottawa. As part of the campaign we met with members of parliament and officials at Global Affairs Canada, connected with Canadian media, and launched a formal parliamentary petition to the House of Commons that has so far received 12,000 signatures from across Canada.

10)   In the past six months over 50 volunteers have helped us in various events and initiatives. Their help strengthened the organization and helped us to achieve significant accomplishments.

As the Iranian Canadian Congress enters its 10th year of operation, we are proud that with your support this organization is on the right path to become an influential and strong body for advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.

 

December 13, 2016
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Letter to TD Bank: Access to Online Banking in Iran

Here is a letter from our Policy Chair to TD Bank regarding complaints we have received about TD's restriction on access to online banking in Iran. 

To TD Corporate and Public Affairs,
 
The mandate of the Iranian-Canadian Congress (ICC) is to advance the interests of Iranian-Canadian community. 
 
We have received complaints from members of our community regarding the fact that they cannot access their online banking services in Iran (we have attached a screenshot of this denial to this email). We request a response from TD regarding this issue; we and our advisers have analyzed Canadian sanctions laws in regards to banking and found no reason whatsoever for your institution to limit online services to your customers. We ask that you respond to this email within the week, as this case is of utmost importance to our constituents. 
 
Sincerely,
-- 
Pouyan Tabasinejad
ICC Policy Chair
December 10, 2016
ICC in Vancouver: Discussion Session with MP Majid Jowhari.
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DISCUSSION SESSION WITH ICC AND MP MAJID JOWHARI IN VANCOUVER

کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای اولین بار در ونکوور:

جلسه گفت و گو با کنگره ایرانیان کانادا همراه با نماینده فدرال مجید جوهری 

از عزیزان جامعه ایرانی ونکوور دعوت میکنیم که در اولین جلسه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در ونکوور روز شنبه ۱۰ دسامبر، ۲۰۱۶ از ساعت ۲-۴ بعدازظهر شرکت کنند. مهمان ویژه این جلسه نماینده مجلس فدرال کانادا آقای مجید جوهری خواهد بود

محل جلسه

Fletcher Challenge Theatre

Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

 

محور گفت و گو ها در این جلسه در رابطه با موضوعات زیر است

کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و نقش این سازمان در تشویق مشارکت مدنی ایرانیان در کانادا

تجدید روابط کانادا و ایران و نقش جامعه ایرانی کانادایی

مشکلات جامعه مهاجر ایرانی کانادایی و سیاست های دولت فدرال برای رفع این مشکلات

مشارکت جامعه مهاجر ایرانی کانادایی در صحنه سیاسی و اجتماعی کانادا

از علاقمندان به شرکت در این جلسه خواهشمندیم برای شرکت در جلسه ثبت نام کنند

شرکت در این جلسه برای عموم آزاد و رایگان است

در بخش پرسش و پاسخ حاضرین همچنین فرصت خواهند داشت سوالات و نظرات خود را در رابطه با سیاست های دولت فدرال کانادا با آقای مجید جوهری در میان بگذارند

 

Information Session with the Iranian Canadian Congress and MP Majid Jowhari

For the first time the Iranian Canadian Congress hosts an information session for the Iranian Canadian community in Vancouver. Our special guest in this session is Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari. During this session our panelists will be discussing the following topics:

-          Iranian Canadian Congress and its role in promoting civic engagement in our community.

-          Canada-Iran relations and the role of our community.

-          Challenges and priorities of Iranian immigrants in Canada and federal policies to resolve these challenges.

-          Engagement of the Iranian Canadian diaspora in the Canadian political system.

Date and Time: Saturday December 10th, 2016 from 2-4PM.

Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Please RSVP. 

WHEN
December 10, 2016 at 2pm - 4pm
WHERE
Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Canada
Google map and directions

Will you come?

 
 

 

December 08, 2016
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Iran in Parliament: Review of the Special Economic Measures Act

Iran in Parliament: Review of the Special Economic Measures Act

Here is an update from the ICC about ongoing conversation in the House of Commons regarding Canada's sanction laws and regulations:

In recent weeks, there have been discussions in the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee of issues related to Iran. In particular, committee members have been reviewing Canada's sanction laws and regulations under Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). Make sure you use ICC's "Iran in Parliament" web app to follow these discussions, including comments by MP Michael Levitt and MP Hélène Laverdière.

Messages to Canadian Representatives

We thank MP Laverdière for raising the issue of Iranian students whose bank accounts have been closed by Canadian banks without reason.

In response to his comments on Iranian sanctions and his endorsement of maintaining sanctions on Iran, we also would like to invite MP Michael Levitt to review reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the compliance of Iran with the P5+1 nuclear agreement. These reports have repeatedly confirmed that Iran has been complying with the terms of the agreement and that the international agency is working with cooperative Iranian authorities to resolve any ongoing issues.[1] We also remind MP Levitt that imposing new sanctions on Iran while the country is complying with the terms of the JCPOA is in contradiction with the policy of constructive engagement that Minister Dion has championed since the Liberal government came to power in 2015.    

SEMA Under Review

In light of the fact that sanctions laws under SEMA are presently under review in House of Commons, the Iranian Canadian Congress emphasizes its position that the lack of diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have created significant problems for many Iranian Canadians and have not served Canada’s strategic interests in the region. The unilateral Canadian sanctions (i.e. those outside of the scope of the UN Security Council) imposed on Iran through SEMA and the absence of a diplomatic mission in Iran have put Canadian businesses in a disadvantageous position compared to their European competitors in the Iranian market. Since international rapprochement with Iran began with the implementation of the nuclear deal in 2015, Canadian companies have been unable to reap the full rewards of this the opening of Iran to international companies. Bombardier is a good example of a Canadian business that can significantly benefit from entering the Iranian market both in the aerospace and in the transportation and rail industry.

The implementation of Canadian sanctions against Iran, in particular unilateral sanctions under SEMA, have not only negatively impacted Canadian companies, but also constitute a burden for many individuals in the Iranian Canadian community. Iranian students, Canadian permanent residents from Iran, and seniors, among others have all been unjustly denied services due to Canada’s sanction rules and the unfair implementation of the sanctions by some financial institutions.

We welcome the policy of reengagement with Iran that Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Dion have emphasized both during the federal election campaign and during the last year that the Liberal government has been in power. We urge Global Affairs Canada to continue the dialogue with Iran and to take needed steps to re-establish diplomatic relations and facilitate the reopening of embassies between the two countries.

The Iranian Canadian Congress is looking forward to the report by the Foreign Affairs Committee on their review of SEMA. We hope to see recommendations in this report that can help in resolving some of the implementation and administration problems that currently exist with SEMA.

 

December 02, 2016
Sponsors of Simorgh Gala 2016  

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Award recipients were recognized in the following categories: Community Service: Tina Tehranchian, Houshang Shans, Ahmad Tabrizi. Arts & Culture: Soheil Parsa. Simorgh Young Leaders: Yasamin Dadashi, Shadi Mousavi Nia, Morvarid Zareh Zade.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the first annual Simorgh Gala:

Gold Sponsors

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Electronics Manufacturing - STIM

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Royal Bank

Silver Sponsors

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My City Dental

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ASGARIAN GROUP

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Mazinani
Law Offices


 

 

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صرافی کیش

psiphon.ca

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Atlas Cable
Contractors

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Mahshid Yousefi
 Real Estate

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Bronze Sponsors

- Town of Richmond Hill
- Caplan’s Appliances
- Farah Jahed

- Optimal Solution
- Richard Funt, Royal LePage Partners Realty
- Super Parsian, Persian Fine Food

Supporters

Companies

Supporting Organizations

In-Kind Sponsors

Arivano, Creative Agency

Arts by Nessa, Design and Decor

CanIran, Printing

Pooya Miri, Photographer

November 28, 2016
Honorary Co-Chairs of Simorgh Gala 2016

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Honorary Co-Chairs of Simorgh Gala 2016

We are delighted to have MP Majid Jowhari, MP Ali Ehsassi and and Mr. Kiavash Najafi as our honorary co-chairs for Simorgh Gala 2016:

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Majid Jowhari, Members of Parliament for Richmond Hill

Born in Iran and immigrating to Canada at the age of 18, Majid quickly learned the importance of hard work and the promise of a better life. He earned a Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Engineering from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and Master’s degree in Business Administration from York University before pursuing a career in business and management consulting. Extensive international travel instilled in him a deep appreciation of global diversity. Most recently, he spent over 7 years as owner, CEO, and managing director of his own management consulting firm.

Elected to the House of Commons in 2015, Majid is proud to bring a unique perspective to our most important federal institution. Majid is a long-time resident of Richmond Hill with his wife Homeira and two children.

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Kiavash Najafi, Former Press Secretary for the official opposition (NDP)

Kiavash Najafi is a progressive political strategist and communicator living in Ottawa. He was born and raised in Iran, migrating to Canada with his family in 1999. Soon after his arrival, he began volunteering with the New Democratic Party (NDP) and a number of community organizations focused on fighting poverty, promoting human rights and opposing Canada's involvement in the Iraq war. He began working for the NDP in 2006 and became a trusted foreign policy advisor for party leader Jack Layton. He coordinated Layton's campaign in support of jailed Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari. As assistant to NDP MP Paul Dewar, he advised the party through its strong support for engagement and human rights in Iran. Kiavash also served as the Press Secretary for the official opposition from 2013 to 2015. Kiavash currently works as the Director of Policy and Communications for a union of public service professionals.

 

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Ali Ehsassi, Member of Parliament for Willowdale

Previously, Ali has worked as a lawyer in the private sector and as a civil servant at the provincial and federal levels. His extensive professional experience gives him the knowledge to get things done in government.

Born in Geneva and raised in New York City and Tehran, Ali settled in North York with his family in his early teens. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A.), attended the London School of Economics (M.SC.) and received degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B) and Georgetown University in Washington, DC (LL.M).

In Willowdale, Ali has been a strong advocate for increased federal support for local infrastructure needs. These investments would not only reduce many of our local issues, but also create conditions for future economic growth.

Ali sits on the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations.

 

 

November 28, 2016
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Discussion session with ICC and MP Majid Jowhari in Vancouver

کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برای اولین بار در ونکوور:

جلسه گفت و گو با کنگره ایرانیان کانادا همراه با نماینده فدرال مجید جوهری 

از عزیزان جامعه ایرانی ونکوور دعوت میکنیم که در اولین جلسه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در ونکوور روز شنبه ۱۰ دسامبر، ۲۰۱۶ از ساعت ۲-۴ بعدازظهر شرکت کنند. مهمان ویژه این جلسه نماینده مجلس فدرال کانادا آقای مجید جوهری خواهد بود

محل جلسه

Fletcher Challenge Theatre

Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

 

محور گفت و گو ها در این جلسه در رابطه با موضوعات زیر است

کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و نقش این سازمان در تشویق مشارکت مدنی ایرانیان در کانادا

تجدید روابط کانادا و ایران و نقش جامعه ایرانی کانادایی

مشکلات جامعه مهاجر ایرانی کانادایی و سیاست های دولت فدرال برای رفع این مشکلات

مشارکت جامعه مهاجر ایرانی کانادایی در صحنه سیاسی و اجتماعی کانادا

از علاقمندان به شرکت در این جلسه خواهشمندیم برای شرکت در جلسه ثبت نام کنند

شرکت در این جلسه برای عموم آزاد و رایگان است

در بخش پرسش و پاسخ حاضرین همچنین فرصت خواهند داشت سوالات و نظرات خود را در رابطه با سیاست های دولت فدرال کانادا با آقای مجید جوهری در میان بگذارند

 

Information Session with the Iranian Canadian Congress and MP Majid Jowhari

For the first time the Iranian Canadian Congress hosts an information session for the Iranian Canadian community in Vancouver. Our special guest in this session is Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari. During this session our panelists will be discussing the following topics:

-          Iranian Canadian Congress and its role in promoting civic engagement in our community.

-          Canada-Iran relations and the role of our community.

-          Challenges and priorities of Iranian immigrants in Canada and federal policies to resolve these challenges.

-          Engagement of the Iranian Canadian diaspora in the Canadian political system.

Date and Time: Saturday December 10th, 2016 from 2-4PM.

Location: Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Please RSVP. 

WHEN
December 10, 2016 at 2pm - 4pm
WHERE
Fletcher Challenge Theatre, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre
515 W Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 5K3
Canada
Google map and directions

Will you come?

 
 
 
October 27, 2016
ICC Pub Night (4)
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October 19, 2016
Simorgh Gala 2016
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ABOUT SIMORGH GALA:

The Iranian Canadian Congress is presenting the first annual Simorgh Gala to celebrate the contributions of the Iranian Canadian community to Canada’s multicultural society and recognize the hard work and dedication of our community leaders, the movers, and shakers; those who have passionately worked for many years to improve the lives of their fellow community members and helped to enrich the quality of life and culture of the community at large.

Guests will enjoy a delectable dinner while enjoying the celebration of the Simorgh award recipients, notable presenters as well as featuring performances from some of the very best entertainers and musicians in our community. Several dignitaries from the three levels of government (federal, provincial and municipal) and from different Canadian political parties will be present at this gala.

‘Simorgh’, this ancient bird of Persian mythology symbolizes many qualities. Although the stories of this bird are symbolic and profound at the same time, the message is simple; unity and love. As Attar beautifully explains in ‘The Conference of the Birds’, it was the solidarity among the birds that gave them the courage to survive and find their way.

Join us in this first Simorgh Gala to celebrate our community’s achievements and thank those who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of our community.

List of honorary guests, dignitaries and Simorgh Award recipients will be announced soon.

ADMISSION: $150 per person • For tickets or to reserve your table please call 647-539-4344 or email info@iccongress.ca. • Each table fits 8 people. • Only tickets purchased together are guaranteed to be sited on the same table (max 8 per table).

LOCATION: York Mills Gallery, 1885 Leslie Street (York Mills & Leslie).

DATE & TIME: Friday, December 2nd, 2016 Reception starts at 6:30PM. Formal program starts at 8PM.

A MEMORABLE NIGHT:

A night to indulge in a delectable culinary experience. One of Toronto’s premier catering companies, CaterTrendz, will serve our guests at the Simorgh Gala. The CaterTrendz brand encompasses urban hip, nouveau chic, and classical elegance. • A variety of hor d'oeuvres will be served during the reception. • Guests will enjoy a delightful 3-course meal while enjoying the celebrations. • Open bar will be available during the night.

ENTERTAINMENT: We’ve organized a memorable night for you; this is going to be a special evening you don’t want to miss! A night to unwind, mingle, and enjoy your time with your friends and family. A night to take a stroll down memory lane through a wonderful music performance that covers top 10 all time favourite Persian songs. A night to get your groove on and dance to a customized playlist of top oldies and new Persian pop songs. And a night with the theme and stories of ‘Simorgh’, this antique bird of Persian mythology.

We have arranged some of the very best entertainers and musicians in our community to perform at the Simorgh Gala. • Mehran Aminian, a remarkable Toronto-based composer & vocalist will be accompanied by a group of talented local musicians to perform a set of beautiful, all time favourite, nostalgic songs that we all have memories with. • DJ Kasra will take over later during the night, with a special playlist of dance music, which is tailored especially for that night, to put the final touch to the event.

NOTES: • Formal dress code in effect. • Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. For more info please email info@iccongress.ca or call our office at 647-539-4344. • Age limit: no children under age of 12.

FOR MORE INFO CONTACT US: Email: info@iccongress.ca Phone: 647-539-4344 Click here to join the Facebook event page. Eventbrite - Simorgh Gala

WHEN December 02, 2016 at 6:30pm - December 03, 2016 WHERE York Mills Gallery 1885 Leslie St Toronto, ON M3B2M3 Canada

 

October 10, 2016
ICC requests moratorium on citizenship revocation without the right to appeal
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ICC requests moratorium on citizenship revocation without the right to appeal

Here is a letter from the ICC to Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship:

The ICC requests an immediate moratorium on the practice of citizenship revocation without the right to appeal. 

Honourable John McCallum,

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 

Dear Minister McCallum, 

As you know, in recent weeks several Canadian Senators and civil liberties organizations have expressed their concerns about cases of citizenship revocation based on provisions of a law introduced by the previous government’s Bill C-24, also known as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, which allows for an individual’s citizenship to be revoked on the basis of misrepresentation in their citizenship process. While many of the unfair provisions of Bill C-24 are being reversed through the new Bill C-6, introduced by your Government and passed in the House of Commons, unfortunately the provisions of the law (C-24) which allows for citizenship to be revoked without the ability on the part of the accused to appeal the decision have not been reversed or amended.

While the Iranian Canadian Congress believes that the revocation of citizenship generally sets a dangerous precedent which violates the integrity of Canadian citizenship and ignores the harsh realities that immigrants and refugees face on their journey to Canada, we agree with the concerned Senators and the civil liberties organizations that the denial of the right to appeal this serious decision is particularly problematic and in need of immediate reform.

The Iranian Canadian Congress therefore requests your Government and the Ministry of Immigration and Citizenship to impose an immediate moratorium on the practice of the revocation of citizenship without the right to appeal and to support an amendment that would allow those who are subjected to such a law to appeal any decision in which their citizenship would be revoked. We believe that the current law poses a serious threat to the ideals of equality and justice upon which our contemporary Canadian society is built and that it is your responsibility to eliminate this threat. 

Sincerely,
Pouyan Tabasinejad
Policy Chair
Iranian Canadian Congress

October 07, 2016
Iranian Canadian Ambassadors
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October 04, 2016
Statement regarding Saeed Malekpour
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Statement regarding Saeed Malekpour

Here is a statement from the ICC Board of Directors about Saeed Malekpour on the eighth anniversary of his arrest:

The ICC calls for the release of Saeed Malekpour and asks the Government of Canada to advocate for his release through diplomacy and dialogue. 

The Iranian Canadian Congress once again calls for the release of Saeed Malekpour and asks the Government of Canada to follow up on his case to secure his release. Saeed Malekpour has been imprisoned in Iran since 2008. According to Amnesty International, Malekpour created software which was used, reportedly without his knowledge or permission, for posting pornographic images online.

Malekpour is a Canadian Permanent Resident and lived in Canada from 2003 to 2008, when he was arrested in Iran while visiting his ailing father. While we acknowledge that Malekpour’s status as a Permanent Resident and not a citizen is a hurdle in Canada’s advocating on his behalf, the fact that Malekpour lived in Canada for 5 years before his arrest and would very likely have become a Canadian citizen by now makes him in all respects a Canadian which the Government of Canada should protect and aid.

The Iranian Canadian Congress therefore asks the Canadian government to follow up this case and to engage in direct diplomatic dialogue with Iranian authorities to secure Mr. Malekpour’s release. 

 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

Posted September 30, 2016
August 22 - 12 Board Meeting
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September 29, 2016
First-of-its-Kind Website Application Tracks Iran Affairs in Canadian Parliament
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First-of-its-Kind Website Application Tracks Iran Affairs in Canadian Parliament

Here is a joint statement from ASL19 and the Iranian Canadian Congress:

ASL19 is launching a first-of-its-kind application on the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) website that enables citizens to see what Canadian Members of Parliament (MPs) are saying about Iranian affairs. The application will meet the needs of the Iranian-Canadian community to stay in touch with issues discussed by their elected representatives in the House of Commons. In particular, the application allows visitors to explore discussions on issues uniquely affecting Iranian Canadians, such as Iran-Canada relations, discussions related to re-opening the embassies and Canada’s sanctions on Iran.

Interested citizens can begin browsing through the content at: http://www.iccongress.ca/iraninparliament​. The application supports searches by subject tags, including both Iran-related issue tags (e.g. Iran embassy) as well as the names of particular MPs. The MP tags are further indexed by Members who are themselves Iranian-Canadian, or those who represent ridings with significant Iranian-Canadian constituencies based on latest numbers from Statistics Canada. The application makes it easier to locate Parliamentary and committee proceedings of Iranian interest, including both past and ongoing documentation. It does this by filtering transcripts from the website ​www.openparliament.ca​ through specific tags. Additionally, users will effortlessly be able to find the contact information of their MPs in order to contact them directly around issues.

“Apps like these help facilitate political participation from Iranian-Canadians. It’s an easy way for them to learn what is being discussed at Canada’s Parliament on issues that are important to them such as the re-opening of the embassies in both countries. This platform could also be used by other communities who want to monitor different issues.” - Ali Bangi, Co-Director (ASL19) and ICC board member.

The application is the first effort to take customized steps that improve access to information for a particular cultural and national group in Canada. For the Iranian-Canadian community, it is critical that they be able to monitor government discussions on issues. Citizens will be able to determine for themselves whether their MPs have followed through with what they have
proposed and the positions that they have taken over time. In this way, the website feature supports citizen engagement and improves the accountability of government representatives.


ASL19​, Farsi for Article 19, is a technology group working towards practical responses for online access to information challenges. Our work helps citizens assert their fundamental rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Read more at ​www.asl19.org​.


Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)​ is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organization, established in 2007, to represent the interests of Iranian-Canadians and encourage their participation in the Canadian society. More info at ​www.iccongress.ca

Click here to try the application.

September 29, 2016
ICC Pub Night (3) : A Conversation With Mehrdad Ariannejad
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September 27, 2016
Statement regarding Prof. Homa Hoodfar's release
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Statement regarding Prof. Homa Hoodfar's release

Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) about Prof. Hoodfar's release:

The Iranian Canadian Congress is very happy to learn that Professor Homa Hoodfar was released from detention yesterday and is on her way back to Canada. We congratulate Prof. Hoodfar’s family for this great news. After meeting with government and elected officials on multiple occasions regarding Professor Hoodfar’s arrest, the ICC recognizes the hard work that went into her release. We take this opportunity to thank Minister Dion, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra and all officials at Global Affairs Canada who worked tirelessly on Homa’s case.

Professor Hoodfar’s case once again shows the power of dialogue to achieve positive results for Canada and its citizens, and signals that continued diplomatic engagement with Iran is not only possible but also highly desirable. As mentioned by the Prime Minister in his statement on Professor Hoodfar’s release, Canada secured this release by working with Oman, Italy, and Switzerland, all of whom have a formal diplomatic presence in Iran unlike Canada. While this international cooperation should no doubt be appreciated, a direct diplomatic channel with Iran would have made it easier for Canada to advocate for individuals such as Professor Hoodfar. Nevertheless, the Iranian Canadian Congress sincerely thanks all those involved in these discussions under difficult circumstances, including Canadian officials, members of the Government active on this case, and Canada’s international partners.  

INTERVIEW WITH CTV NEWS:

ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi, talked to CTV News on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) about Prof. Homa Hoodfar's release and Canada-Iran relations. Bijan Ahmadi: "this case highlights the importance of diplomacy and dialogue". Click here to watch the interview.

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September 27, 2016
Interview with CTV News: Prof. Hoodfar's release and Canada-Iran relations
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Interview with CTV News: Prof. Hoodfar's release and Canada-Iran relations

Interview with CTV News about Prof. Hoodfar`s release and Canada-Iran relations. 

Yesterday ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi, talked to CTV News on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) about Prof. Homa Hoodfar's release and Canada-Iran relations. Bijan Ahmadi: "this case highlights the importance of diplomacy and dialogue".

 

Click here to watch the full interview.

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September 24, 2016
Save the date: Dec 2, 2016
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Save the date: Dec 2, 2016

Stay tuned for more details.

 

September 20, 2016
Iran-Canada meet at the UN
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Iran-Canada meet at the UN

Minister Dion and Foreign Minister Zarif met on Sept 20th, 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly. Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress:

 

Positive signs for the future of Canada-Iran relations

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) welcomes the news that Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion and Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad-Javad Zarif met in New York today (September 20, 2016) at the United Nations. The Iranian Canadian Congress continues to encourage direct dialogue between the two countries in hopes of permanently re-establishing diplomatic relations and the exchange of embassies. We also reiterate our belief that such direct high-level discussions offer the best opportunity to advocate for the release of Iranian-Canadians Professor Homa Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour. Over the past two weeks, Canadians from across the country have shown that they support diplomacy and dialogue, with the ICC’s official parliamentary petition asking the Canadian government for renewed relations with Iran gathering more than 7500 signatures so far. We once again ask all Canadians who support peace and diplomacy to sign this petition (petition e-553) and to share it with your friends and family!

September 14, 2016 - Posted September 19,
ICC at Parliamentary Press Gallery: Iran-Canada Relations
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ICC at Parliamentary Press Gallery: Iran-Canada Relations

The Iranian Canadian Congress held a press conference yesterday in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. Member of Parliament Majid Jowhari, ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi and our Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejead took part in this press conference to discuss the formal petition to the House of Commons, initiated on the 4-year anniversary of Canada’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran, urging the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and to facilitate reopening of the embassies in Ottawa and Tehran.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO ON CPAC.  

For more info and to sign the e-petition visit:www.iccongress.ca/irancanada

 

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September 09, 2016

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سه راه ساده برای کمک به درخواست نامه رسمی به پارلمان در رابطه با تجدید روابط ایران و کانادا
  

سه راه ساده برای کمک به درخواست نامه رسمی به پارلمان در رابطه با تجدید روابط ایران و کانادا

چطور میتوانید به ما برای اطلاع رسانی در رابطه با درخواست نامه رسمی به پارلمان در رابطه با تجدید روابط ایران و کانادا کمک کنید؟

 

اول

اگر درخواست را هنوز امضا نکرده اید اینجا را کلیک کنید و درخواست نامه رسمی را در وبسایت پارلمان کانادا امضا کنید. براساس مقررات مجلس، اطلاعات شخصی شما محرمانه بوده و در دسترس عموم نخواهد بود

دوم

اخبار مربوط به این درخواست را در شبکه ارتباطی خود به اشتراک بگذارید: برای این کار می توانید لینک زیر را در صفحات خود و گروه های مرتبط در شبکه های اجتماعی از جمله فیسبوک  اشتراک گذاشته و از همه بخواهید آن را امضا کنند

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سوم

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September 07, 2016
ICC: We urge the Government of Canada to re-establish relations with Iran and reopen the embassies
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ICC: We urge the Government of Canada to re-establish relations with Iran and reopen the embassies

On the anniversary of Canada’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) has submitted a formal electronic petition to the House of Commons asking the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and facilitate the reopening of the embassies in Tehran and Ottawa. 

On September 7th, 2012, the Government of Canada (under Prime Minister Stephen Harper) ceased all diplomatic relations with Iran, closed its embassy in Tehran, and expelled all Iranian diplomats from Ottawa. After 4 years it is now evident that this policy to sever all diplomatic relations with Iran has failed, not bringing any meaningful results in advancing the interests of Canada in the Middle East.

Over the past 4 years, Iranian-Canadians (a population estimated at 300,000) have suffered disproportionately as a result of this suspension of diplomacy. Iranian-Canadians suddenly found themselves unable to access consular services (such as power of attorney, passport renewal, and the acquiring of birth and death certificates), and were faced with considerable difficulty when attempting to acquire visitor visas for their relatives still living in Iran. Most importantly, the absence of a Canadian diplomatic presence in Iran has left Canadians visiting Iran vulnerable and without access to consular services in times of need. Canada’s absence in Iran has limited its ability to communicate with Iranian authorities and advocate for the release of Canadian citizen Prof. Homa Hoodfar and Canadian resident Saeed Malekpour, members of the Iranian Canadian community who are in prison in Iran.

On the anniversary of Canada’s decision to cut diplomatic ties with Iran the ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi, has submitted a formal electronic petition to the House of Commons on behalf the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) with the unanimous approval of the Board of Directors asking the Government of Canada to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and facilitate the reopening of the embassies in Tehran and Ottawa. The ICC has worked on the preparation of this formal request with MP Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill) and the petition is formally sponsored by him. 

Diplomatic rapprochement at this point will not only assure that Canada stands in solidarity with its allies, many of whom have started re-engaging with Iran after the signing of the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action last year, but also will bolster Canada’s historical role of advancing peace through diplomacy and constructive engagement. We encourage all Canadians as well as members of the Iranian Canadian community who support peace and diplomacy to sign this petition and share it with their networks. 

Posted September 02, 2016
August 08 - 11 Board Meeting
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August 30, 2016
The ICC is extremely concerned about Prof. Hoodfar’s health condition
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The ICC is extremely concerned about Prof. Hoodfar’s health condition

Here is a statement from the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC):

Date: August 30, 2016

For Immediate Release 

The Iranian Canadian Congress is extremely concerned about Professor Hoodfar’s health condition. 

The Iranian Canadian Congress is deeply concerned about the recent news from Prof. Hoodfar’s family about her declining health condition. According to information from her family, Professor Hoodfar had to be hospitalized and her health condition has been deteriorating since her arrest on June 6th, 2016.

Once again we demand Homa Hoodfar’s immediate release. We also urge the Government of Canada to pursue this case with urgency and utmost care, and to take all available measures towards ensuring Dr. Hoodfar's good health and release from prison.

The Iranian Canadian Congress is closely monitoring these developments and will continue to communicate with Global Affairs Canada and with the family of Dr. Hoodfar here in Canada to ensure that the case is given appropriate attention by both the Canadian government and the greater public.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress 

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August 26, 2016
Summer Social Mixer
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July 25 - 10th Board Meeting
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Posted August 25, 2016
Quarterly Progress Report
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Quarterly Progress Report

Here is ICC's quarterly progress report from ICC President, Bijan Ahmadi:

We are working on creating a strong and memorable past and building a promising future. 

Dear members and supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

The current Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress, commenced their work upon election to office following the last Annual General Meeting on May 15th, 2016. In support of my initial promise, I will be providing quarterly updates to members and supporters of ICC, with information in regards to the development and progress of our work and actions thus far.

Needless to say, each and every member of the new ICC Board of Directors is working tirelessly, with great dedication, and passion, to lead, build, and shape this organization into a professional, powerful, and influential entity, for our Iranian Canadian community. Collectively, the passed brief 3 months have been promising, and fruitful in setting a great foundation for our work. Predominantly our focus was on consultation and planning, identifying our long-term priorities, and recruiting professional talent to various ICC departments.

As always, we welcome and invite you to please provide us with your feedback about this report. You can always contact us via email or call our office (Click here for contact info). For those of you who live in Toronto, and would like to meet with us in person to discuss the details of this report, or provide us your feedback about ICC activities, we have scheduled special office hours for the coming week, for 3 days on Aug 29 at 6-8PM, Aug 30 at 3-5PM , and Aug 31 at 6-8PM. You are more than welcome to join us on any of these days. Due to our office building’s policies and rules, and the limited space, we kindly ask that you send us an email, a day in advance, letting us know about the time that you will be attending our office open house (email: info@iccongress.ca).

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION PROCESS

In this process we consulted with community members, activists and experts to identify key challenges and priorities of the Iranian Canadian community. The feedback collected in the consultation process helped us in preparing a short-term and long-term action plan for the works of ICC.

As part of the Consultation and Planning process, we met with Iranian Canadian elected officials and political activists, in all three leading political parties in Canada. We had the pleasures of consulting with Members of Parliament Majid Jowhari, Ali Ehsassi, Hon. Reza Moridi, former federal candidate and conservative activist Michael Parsa, and former federal candidate and NDP activist Mehdi Mollahasani.

Further, in this process we organized a roundtable discussion with representatives of 20 active Iranian-Canadian non-profit and charity organizations, to hear the perspectives of these leading organizations with respect to the challenges and priorities of our community. In addition, two public consultations were organized and an online consultation form was launched to provide accessibility to fellow Iranian-Canadians interested in participating in our consultation process from near or far parts of Canada.

To complete and conclude our Consultation and Planning process, we sent out online consultation forms to Iranian-Canadian experts across Canada to provide us with their inputs, ideas, and contributions around solutions in addressing the identified issues and challenges of our community.

PLANNING AND PRIORITIZATION

One of the challenges ICC has continuously faced over the recent years has been the lack of direction and lack of focus. To address this challenge, the Board of Directors conducted extensive reflections and deliberations to prepare a comprehensive action plan, and list of priorities based on the inputs from the consultation process, directions of our by-laws, and thorough research of the works of comparable organizations. In this action plan we have defined the priorities that ICC will be working on, and each department’s position and part in addressing these priorities.

I extend my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to our Board of Directors for the hundreds of hours of time, and the efforts they fulfilled in the last 3 months on the Consultation and Planning process. Especially ICC’s outreach director, Tayaz Fakhri, for the time, determinations, and energy he spent on the consultation process with different stakeholders.

OUR PRIORITIES

In this report I will be summarizing the priorities of the departments of Policy, and Culture, and also provide a high level explanation about some of our organizational priorities.

Policy priorities:

As it has been announced in the statement published by our Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejad, the ICC will be actively advocating for the following issues:

  • Accreditation of foreign trained professionals.

  • Re-establishing relations between Canada and Iran.

  • Resolving banking restrictions negatively affecting Iranian Canadians.

  • Combatting racism and discrimination.

  • Increasing participation of Iranian Canadians in Canadian political parties.
  • Granting permanent residents voting rights in municipal elections.

Cultural priorities:

While ICC is the only, or among the only, organizations with a mandate to advance the interests of the Iranian-Canadian community through advocacy, there are several actively successful Iranian-Canadian non-profit organizations across the nation whose work and aspirations are hearted on the Iranian arts and culture.

It is a pleasant blessing to be witnessing such great abundance, success, and prosperity surrounding cultural events and initiatives organized frequently in Toronto, and other Iranian-Canadian populated cities, including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. A continuous challenge for ICC has been building a unique value proposition in the field of culture, exclusive of creating redundancy, and inefficiency by doing similar work that other great Iranian-Canadian cultural organizations are doing.

This challenge led us to rethink our approach to the cultural elements and components of our work. We strongly believe that in alignments with the by-laws of the organization, the Cultural priorities of ICC shall be focused on Image Building for our community. Constructed on this pronouncement, we have identified our cultural mandate and priority as:

  • Promoting Iranian culture and values and upholding the prestige, dignity and success of Iranian Canadians.

Furthering this mandate, our Culture Department under the leadership of Dr. Dorna Mojdami, is planning and developing several exciting initiatives that will be announced upon finalization. A cultural initiative that has already been announced is the Nowruz Stamp Project, a project also supported by other community groups. The Iranian Canadian Congress is proud to support this proposal, and will do its part in advocating for the Canada Post to prioritize issuing the Nowruz stamp in 2017 or 2018.  

It is important to note that the ICC continues consultations with various stakeholders, to identify other priorities, and to build consensus and support around the challenges that must be addressed in our community.

Professional work & working professionally:

In strengthening the Iranian Canadian Congress and transitioning it into an influential organization for the Iranian-Canadian community, our focus is to ensure that we are strong in two core areas: knowledge and grassroots support.

In the core area of knowledge, we have recruited dedicated, passionate, and professional volunteers with an academic and educational background, and extensive experience in their respective fields that is associated with the work of various departments at ICC.

Under the leadership of our Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejad, and with the new additions to our policy team we have built a strong team of policy associates, analysts and advisors, whose works and initiatives, provide our executive team and our community at large, with research and analysis regarding public policy issues. The analysis provided by our policy team forms the backbone of the advocacy work of the Iranian Canadian Congress for its priorities.   

In the core area of grassroots support, our Public Relations (PR) department has the mandate to grow the network of supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress across Canada. In the preceding 3 months, the PR team under leadership of Behzad Jazizadeh, and with the assistance of Ali Bangi, has been working on enhancing ICC’s communication infrastructure that will support our prospective initiatives.

A noteworthy accomplishment in our foundation setting has been the launching of our first ever Summer Internship Program. As part of the Canada Summer Jobs Program, we were able to obtain the necessary funds for hiring six summer interns. Three of our dedicated and passionate interns have been working on the Communications, Consultation and Planning projects and initiatives of the ICC, and one of our interns, a student with a Political Science background has been working with the operations of our Policy Department.

Expanding ICC’s reach in the community:

At ICC we believe that working in unity, and connecting to fellow community leaders, and actively engaged community organizations, is an important goal of ours, and a deep heart value. In alignment with this goal and objective, building our network of affiliate organizations is of especial importance. We continue extending our invite to active, engaged, and leading community non-profit organizations, to build and expand the diversity of our ideas, and unity of work.

With great joy, in recruiting our summer interns we were able to assist and collaborate with one of our affiliate organizations, Tirgan. This cooperation resulted in two of our hired summer interns to work on Tirgan projects. This is a successful example of the sharing of resources, collaborative efforts, and supports that we are able to offer to our affiliates.

We are not limiting our scope of collaboration with other organizations only to Canada. We have been researching successful Iranian non-profit organizations outside of Canada and are very interested to learn from their experiences and explore collaboration opportunities with them. The agreement to share experiences and learnings with the Iranian Community In Germany is an example of this work.

Another wonderful accomplishment in expanding our reach in the community has been the opening of a permanent office space for the operations of the ICC. As of early August, ICC’s permanent office opened its doors to the inquiring community members, thus far we are happy to announce that it has been very active in connecting us with our fellow Iranian-Canadian community members. We hope this opportunity continues to connect us to our community and provide a centralized location for our operations, and addressing community needs.

LACK OF FINANCIAL RESOURCES IS OUR MAIN CHALLENGE

It goes without say that a successful and sustainable organization requires within its operations planning; a strong and well thought Financial Plan/Model. It is this very plan that leads to the furthering of an organization’s accomplishments and achievements, and smooth operations.

An unfortunate challenge for ICC in recent years has been lack of a financial plan for its operations. The inherited financial and operational instability of the organization limits our capabilities. After the transition period, and receiving the financial books and accounts of the organization, the current Administration and Finance Department (Formed by Soudeh Ghasemi, Mojtaba Adibrad, Mehran Farazmand and I) started its work on reviewing the financial reports of the recent years and preparing a financial plan for resolving the operational challenges of the organization. With careful considerations, and from scratch, we have developed a finance and fundraising plan/model that will be utilized as the organization builds connections with its dedicated, passionate, and engaged potential donors, sponsors, supporters, and contributors. Aligned with previous activities, we will pursue a “grassroots model” in our fundraising approach.

The visions, goals, and accomplishments of ICC aims to encompass our community in entirety, and the responsibility to participate in building its strength and stability is in the hands of each and every single community member that it is working for. Hence, in addition to reaching out to successful business owners, we invite each and every member to financially contribute and assist in building a stronger organization, one brick at a time. Every contribution, regardless of its amount or size, and every donation enables us to get one step closer to the objective of building a strong and influential organization that can work towards advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.

OUR POLICY ACTIONS THUS FAR

Re-establishing relations between Canada and Iran:

As you know the Iranian Canadian Congress has announced its official position to advocate for re-engagement between Canada and Iran and reopening of embassies in Tehran and Ottawa. A position, that is in complete alignment with the feedback we have received in the consultation process and the objectives, mission, and the mandate of our organization.

Advocacy for the needs and the interests of Iranian-Canadians are at the heart of what we do at the ICC. In alignment with our responsibilities of maintaining and continuing this advocacy, on the anniversary of the Iran nuclear deal with P5+1 countries we launched a PR/Policy campaign to highlight the position of our organization regarding Canada-Iran relations and also raise awareness about the troubles and difficulties that have been created for many in our community because of the lack of relations and closure of the embassies.

As part of this campaign the ICC issued a statement, which was sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In the statement we emphasized on our position, and asked the government of Canada to expedite the process of re-establishing relations with Iran. Further on this matter, in an interview with Radio Canada, I repeated the position of the Iranian Canadian Congress in this regards, and discussed the challenges and troubles that the lack of relations, and the closure of embassies have created for many Canadians, especially the Iranian-Canadian community.  

Moreover, in an opinion piece by our Policy Team in New Canadian Media we have provided analysis of the successes of the nuclear deal a year after, and the successes of our allied countries in re-establishing their relations with Iran, and expanding bilateral relations in advancing peace and their interests in the region. On that note, we have had a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Alghabra, and discussed the process of re-establishing relations with Iran.

As we go forward in the imminent months, and in regards to this very important and critical topic, we have an action plan to continue building on our advocacy work, for the benefits of our community. We strongly believe that the closure of the embassy, and severing of all diplomatic ties by the former government was a mistake. This failed policy has created countless problems for many Iranian Canadians, with no positive attainment.

Prof. Homa Hoodfar & Saeed Malekpour:

As we speak about community and advocacy, it goes without say that the new board has also been incredibly active in ensuing the cases of Canadian linked prisoners in Iran. Since our board started its work, we connected with the family of Saeed Malekpour in Canada, and have coordinated our efforts with them.

Further, when the news of the arrest of Prof. Homa Hoodfar was released, the Iranian Canadian Congress was quick to respond and demand her immediate release. Approximately a week following the news of Prof. Hoodfar’s arrest, I had a tele-meeting with Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra. We have also communicated our concerns with the Department of Global Affairs, and the office of Hon. Stephane Dion. Both Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra, and the officials at the Department of Global Affairs, have reassured us that the case of Prof. Hoodfar is on their top priority and that Canada is taking all measures possible to secure Ms. Hoodfar’s release.

The ICC takes matters of safety, security, and protection of individual rights, of our community members, with great gravity and seriousness. We will continue working on the cases of both Prof. Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour until their release from prison.

Accreditation of foreign trained professionals:

Another of ICC’s priorities is to advocate for the development and enhancement of the process of evaluating foreign trained professionals. Many Iranian professionals encounter substantial difficulties for their accreditation when they move to Canada, as well as seeking and obtaining suitable jobs that fit their education and profession. We have had meetings with a group of Iranian Canadian dentists who had reached out to us initially, requesting ICC’s assistance in the matter. Further, we are discussing this matter with other Iranian-Canadian professional organizations, to identify difficulties and challenges in the evaluation process for various fields. Subsequently with the supports of these organizations, we will communicate the problematic extents, and our recommendations to the provincial and federal governments.

Combating racism and discrimination:

The racist attack against a member of our community in London, Ontario, back in June was a wake up call for our community that racism still exists, and is an ever-real problem. The Iranian Canadian Congress was quick to react to this alleged racial attack, and in discussion with the office of the Mayor of London, elected City Councillors, London Police Services, and media, condemned this attack and demanded the elected officials, and law enforcement, to take immediate action against this hateful act, and to prioritize combating racism and discrimination. Further, we have communicated our concerns about the increase of these incidents in London, Ontario, with elected officials and media as well. We will continue to communicate with officials at all levels of government the need to allocate adequate resources to combating racism and discrimination. Furthermore, urge and embolden that law enforcement needs to act strong against hate crime.

MOVING FORWARD

The past 3 months have fashioned and conceded great successes for the Board of Directors, and the organization. We have been effective in setting a strong foundation for our forthcoming works and actions, while working in close connection and collaboratively with our community, and in alignment with the mandate and visions of the Iranian Canadian Congress. As we go forward, with every step, we are working on creating a strong and memorable past and building a promising future.

 Sincerely,

Bijan Ahmadi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) 

برای دریافت گزارش فارسی فعالیت سه ماهه هیات مدیره ۲۰۱۶-۲۰۱۷ شما را به خواندن مصاحبه چاپ شده در سلام تورنتو دعوت میکنم. برای مطالعه ی این مصاحبه اینجا را کلیک کنید.  

Posted August 23, 2016
گزارش سه ماهه- گفت و گو سلام تورنتو با بیژن احمدی رئیس هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا
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Posted August 17, 2016
July 18 - 9th Board meeting
Posted August 15, 2016
Aug 26: Meet + Network + Get Involved - Social Mixer
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Aug 26: Meet + Network + Get Involved

As you may already know the first Summer Social Mixer of the Iranian Canadian Congress is happening on Friday, August 26th, 2016, at the Gallery Room of The Spoke Club (600 King Street West, Toronto).

The Iranian Canadian Congress momentously values and appreciates the important role young professionals and young leaders play in the building and furthering of our community. This event hopes to provide an opportunity for young Iranian-Canadians to network and socialize in a welcoming and interactive environment with like-minded professionals and activists.

This event is also an opportunity for you, a supporter, and active member of our community, to contribute to strengthening of your organization and financially support the ICC, in providing its services, and work for the betterment of our community.

Click here to purchase your ticket now and support your organization! 

The evening will commence with hors d’oeuvres reception from 8:00 PM, followed by a brief welcoming speech, with ample time being given for networking and conversing for the rest of the evening. Additional information about the event, together with details about how to get to the venue at the Spoke Club, is provided on the event page.      

We hope that you can delight us with your presence, in the event that you are unable to attend, and will be joining us in spirit, you are still able to provide your support and make your contributions through donations. We rely on kind and generous financial support of individuals like you to be able to do our work. Please use this form to make your donation. 
 
We are grateful for your involvement and support and look forward to seeing you at the event  
 

Yours sincerely,
Board of Directors
Iranian Canadian Congress

Posted August 15, 2016
Petition: Nowruz Stamp
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PETITION: NOWRUZ STAMP

Please sign this petition and call on Canada Post's Stamp Advisory Committee to prioritize the inclusion of Nowruz Stamp in Canada Post's 2017 Stamp Program.

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To the Attention of:

Stamp Advisory Committee

Canada Post Corporation

2701 Riverside Drive, Suite N1070

Ottawa, ON, K1A 0B1

We, the undersigned, are submitting this petition as members of the Iranian Canadian community to support the inclusion of commemorative Nowruz Stamp in Canada Post's 2017 or 2018 Canadian Stamp Program. 

  • Nowruz, "[The] New Day" in Persian, marks the beginning of spring with over 3000 years of colourful traditions. It is a time of great joy and family festivities celebrated by over 300 million people around the world.
  • Nowruz is one of UNESCO's intangible stances of cultural heritage of humanity, Nowruz is a non-religious non-political holiday that is shared by people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Nowruz is celebrated by almost 500,000 Canadians every year on March 21, a tradition we inherited from our ancestors.
  • Nowruz is a chance of revival, reconciliation, neighborliness, and contribution to diversity, friendship, and unity among people and communities - all of which are among fundamental values of Canadian society.
  • Nowruz Day Act, Bill C-342,  that was passed in 2009 in the Parliament of Canada respected Nowruz as a cultural heritage that exemplifies Canada’s great respect in multiculturalism and social diversity.

We urge the Stamp Advisory Committee at Canada Post to prioritize this matter and include Nowruz Stamp in its 2017 or 2018 Canadian Stamp Program. 

August 14, 2016
ICC Representatives Meet with Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra
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ICC Representatives Meet with Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra

A brief report about the meeting between ICC representatives and Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra on :

Since the arrest of Prof. Homa Hoodfar the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) has been in contact with the office of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), Mr. Omar Alghabra. Bijan Ahmadi, The President of ICC, and Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra had a phone conversation back in June 17, 2016 about the cases of Prof. Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour. On Monday August 8th, 2016 Bijan Ahmadi, and ICC Policy Chair, Pouyan Tabasinejad, met with Mr. Alghabra. The discussions were centred on the cases of Canadian linked prisoners in Iran, Prof. Homa Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour, and also the process of re-establishing diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran.

ICC representatives once again extended their gratitude to Parliamentary Secretary Omar Alghabra, and his team, for their efforts in pursuing the cases of Homa Hoodfar and Saeed Malekpour and their timely responses to the ICC's follow ups and requests.

 

August 04, 2016
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گزارشی از جلسات هم‌فکری و نیازسنجی کنگره‌ ایرانیان کانادا- (قسمت دوم) - تایاز فخری - سلام تورنتو
 
Posted August 04, 2016
توافقنامه همکاری بین جامعه ایرانیان آلمان و کنگره ایرانیان کانادا
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توافقنامه همکاری بین جامعه ایرانیان آلمان و کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

به دنبال گفت و گوها و رایزنی های انجام شده بین کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و جامعه ایرانیان آلمان، دو نهاد برای تبادل نظرهای بیشتر و انتقال تجربیات به یکدیگر، توافقنامه امضا کردند

به دنبال گفت و گوها و رایزنی های انجام شده بین کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و جامعه ایرانیان آلمان، دو نهاد برای تبادل نظرهای بیشتر و انتقال تجربیات به یکدیگر، توافقنامه امضا کردند.

هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان با انتشار بیانیه، جزییات این توافقنامه را به قرار زیر ذکر کرد

انجام گفت وگوهای۶ ماهه: هیات مدیره دو سازمان توافق کردند هر ۶ ماه یک بار جلسه ی گفت و گویی را برای تبادل نظر و تبادل تجربیات از طریق تلفن و یا ویدئو کنفرانس در زمان مناسب برای هیات مدیره های دو سازمان ترتیب دهند. اولین گفت و گو بین دو سازمان در سه ماهه ی آخر سال ۲۰۱۶ برگزار خواهد شد. این جلسات ۶ ماهه برای آگاهی دو نهاد از فعالیت های یکدیگر، تبادل تجربیات، و گفت و گو در رابطه با همکاری های احتمالی انجام میشود.

اطلاع رسانی متقابل در رابطه با فعالیت های دو سازمان به مخاطبان از اخبار و فعاليت هایی که هر نهاد به تشخيص خود برای آگاهی مخاطبانش جالب و مفيد می داند و ثبت اطلاعات دو سازمان در وبسایت های یکدیگر


دربـاره سازمـان «جامعـه ایرانیـان در آلمان»

هدف جامعه ایرانیان در آلمان دفاع از منافع مادی و معنوی ايرانيان و افزايش نفوذ و توان آنان درعرصه های اقتصادی، اجتماعی، فرهنگی و سياسی در جمهوری فدرال آلمان است. 
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درباره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا
کنگره ایرانیان کانادا سازمانی است غیرانتفاعی، غیر مذهبی و غیر حزبی که به همت جمعی از فعالان اجتماعی از سال 2007 میلادی پایه گذاری و شروع به فعالیت نموده است. هدف اصلی بانیان این حرکت، ایجاد ساختاری برای هماهنگ سازی صدای همه ایرانیان مهاجر (با هر باور سیاسی، مذهبی و اجتماعی) در پیگیری حقوق و منافعشان از طریق ارتباط موثر با سیاست گذاران کانادا در سطوح ملی و استانی بوده است. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در طی این سالها مسیر پر فراز و نشیبی را طی نموده و امروز به عنوان یکی از فراگیرترین سازمان های اجتماعی جامعه ایرانیان در کانادا محسوب میشود. بخش اعظم اعضای کنگره در محدوده تورنتوی بزرگ و شهرهای همجوار آن زندگی می کنند.
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Posted August 02, 2016
سرپرست روابط عمومی - معضل صفحه فورم کنگره ایرانیان
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Posted August 04, 2016
گزارشی از جلسات هم‌فکری و نیازسنجی کنگره‌ی ایرانیان کانادا- (قسمت دوم)- تایاز فخری - سلام تورنتو
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Posted ـ July 28, 2016
گزارشی از جلسات هم‌فکری و نیازسنجی کنگره‌ی ایرانیان کانادا- (قسمت اول)- تایاز فخری - سلام تورنتو
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Posted August 02, 2016
July 11 - 8th Board meeting
Posted August 01, 2016
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A full time office to serve you better

Here is an announcement from the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress:

Dear friends,

An integral part of community work is the commitments, investments, supports, and involvements of each and every member within that very community. We at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) take great joy and pride in being committed to working tirelessly and continuously for the betterment and unity of our community, one accomplishment at a time.

A longstanding, and continuous challenge for ICC has been a lack of an official, and permanent office space for the organization’s centralized operational work. In alignment with the plans and goals of the new Board of Directors to build a professional organization with adequate operational resources and following 3 months of extensive and thorough explorations and preparations, as of August 1, 2016 the ICC has now a full time and permanent office space. Located at the heart of North York, at Yonge and Sheppard (45 Sheppard Avenue, Unit 900).

This initiative has been made possible by the initial donations of the members of the Board of Directors; however, to continue our work we need your help and financial support. We hope that you will join us and take part in enabling us to build professional and operational resources necessary for the organization. Here is how you can financially support your organization:

  • Click here to donate to ICC via our website. Any contribution helps. The payments are processed through PayPal secure online system.

  • If you have a business, sponsor our upcoming networking event for young professionals on Aug 26, 2016 at the Spoke club. Standard sponsorship package is $300. Please reply to this email or call us at 647-539-4344 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 

  • Pay for a month’s office rent: $850. Please reply to this email or call us at 647-539-4344 to make your donation.

We hope to have your support, and through this initiative and achievement enhance and further our work towards stronger community connections, addressing community needs and concerns, and establishing a stronger presence for Iranian Canadians.

Sincerely,

Board of Directors,

Iranian Canadian Congress

Posted July 29, 2016
Meet Our Summer Interns

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The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is pleased to introduce its 6 summer interns hired through the Canada Summer Jobs Program. We extend our gratitude to Member of Parliament Ali Ehsassi, and his office for their continuous guidance and assistance for familiarizing us with this government based program and the application process for this grant. This is the first year that ICC has initiated its summer internship program. We hope this initiative provides our interns the opportunity to further their growth as active and engaged young leaders.

2016 Summer Interns

Maneli Bagherzadeh Ahangar – As the new Policy Intern, student in Hons. Political Science, and a graduated Paralegal, Maneli is passionate about politics, public policy and global affairs. She has actively volunteered in numerous non-profit human rights organizations in the community. She is interested in areas of philosophy, history, literature, and enjoys traveling, watching movies and swimming in the ocean.

Morvarid Zare-Zadeh – As the new Planning and Communications Intern, student in Spec. Hons. Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Morvarid is passionate about leadership development, community engagement, cross-cultural, and diverse volunteer work in the non-profit sector. She values character building opportunities, community building, perseverance, growth, collaboration, integrity, drive, and initiative. She enjoys debating, writing, learning, coffee, nature, traveling, and organizing cultural events.

Soroush Ghafari – As the new Graphics and Media Intern, and 3rd year student in Media Production, Soroush is dedicated to ongoing learning and professional development, handling projects from pre to post-production level and elevating new ideas through imaginative and original media.

Zarene Sepehripour – As the new Copywriting and Communications Intern, student in Creative Advertising at Humber College, Zarene is passionate about community work, women’s rights, animal rights, and traveling. She enjoys gardening, yoga, and art history. She has traveled to over 25 different countries, and is always looking forward to the next great adventure.

Tania Ghazinejad - As part of the ICC Affiliate Partnership Program  Tania works closely with Tirgan, one of ICC affiliate organizations. As a student in Ethics and Social Sciences, she is passionate about community involvement and volunteering. Tania holds a great interest for the field of law, the non-profit sector, and legal structuring.

Nasim Bayat - As part of the ICC Affiliate Partnership Program Nasim works closely with Tirgan, one of ICC affiliate organizations. As a student in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Nasim is passionate about operational affairs and marketing. She enjoys volunteering, and working with nonprofit organizations. She has extensive volunteering experiences with organizations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation, North York General Hospital, and Tirgan Festival.


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