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May 03, 2018
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Final Report: Election 2018

Here is the final election report from the 2018 ICC Elections Committee:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

The ICC Election Committee (the “Committee”) is pleased to announce the following:

A successful and transparent Election was completed on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

According to ICC Bylaws and similar to the 2017 Election, the 2018 ICC Election was administered in two parts:

Online Voting

Online voting was administered for the second time through an online software, ELECTIONBUDDY, from Sunday April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm to Saturday April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm

ELCTIONBUDDY is a popular and secured software used by many non-profit organizations for their elections. The software is designed in a way that it involves a secured Sockets Layer (SSL) connection encryption feature, which provides high integrity and allows for no access by anyone else prior to the commitment of the online vote. The software is also designed so that no change can be made to the voting process once the vote has been initiated.  

Ballot #1 - Election of the six (6) ICC Board Members + Bylaw Exemptions for 4 Candidates’ Nomination Eligibility (Membership and Citizenship Exemptions)

Online Voting for Ballot #1 opened on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm and was closed on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Ballot # 2 - Bylaws Amendments and Approval of the Code of Conduct

Online Voting for Ballot #2 opened on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm and was closed on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

A total of 629 members were eligible to vote online for Ballot #1 and a total of 698 members were eligible to vote online for Ballot #2. Both Ballots (#1 and #2) along with instructions were provided to members via email. Of those 629 members eligible for Ballot #1, 337 voted and of those 698 members eligible for Ballot #2, 260 voted.

The result of the online vote was only known to the one (1) Committee member in charge of administering the online vote until the completion of the vote count on the day of the AGM.

In-Person Voting

In-Person voting was held on Sunday, April 29, 2018 with polls opening from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and extended for two (2) more hours from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in a nearby location due to unforeseen circumstances (the Toronto Strong Vigil for the victims of the recent van attack). Accordingly, the initial three hour In-Person Voting window was increased to seven (7) hours in total.

The In- Person election also involved 2 Ballots:

Ballot #1 (Blue Ballot) - Election of the six (6) ICC Board Members + Bylaw Exemptions for 4 Candidates’ Nomination Eligibility (Membership and Citizenship Exemptions)  

Ballot # 2 (Pink Ballot) – Bylaws Amendments and Approval of the Code of Conduct

By the start of the voting on the day of the AGM, we were advised by the Board that the ICC had 957 members as of the cut off date of eligibility on April 23, 2018.

No memberships were renewed on the day of the AGM.

As those who voted online were not eligible to vote again in person, of the 957 members eligible to vote in the 2018 election, only 620 were eligible to vote In-Person.

A total of 188 people voted in person or by proxy on the day of the AGM.

Outcome of the Election

The ICC had 957 members eligible to vote in this year’s, 2018 AGM. Of the 957, a total of 525 voted. 337 online; and 188 In-Person or by Proxy on the day of the AGM.

The result of the voting process was as follows:

Ballot #1: Bylaw Exemption for 4 candidates (“Exemption Motion”) – 427 Members Voted “Yes” (297 online + 130 in person) and 31 Members Voted “No”. Therefore the Bylaw Exemption Motion was passed by affirmative vote (427 votes), which is more than 2/3 of the members voting for this election. (2/3 of 525 = 350)

Once the Exemption Motion was passed and all 10 Candidates were declared eligible, the Committee started to count the votes for the 10 Candidates and the following results were established according to the First – Past –The – Post Voting Method adopted by the ICC Bylaws:

Rank

Name

Online Vote

In Person Vote

Total Votes #

% of the total votes casted

Result

1

Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi)

286

163

449

85.5%

Elected

2

Pouyan Tabasinejad

284

157

441

84.0%

Elected

3

Saman Tabasinejad

279

151

430

81.9%

Elected

4

Mohsen Khaniki

272

155

427

81.3%

Elected

5

Babak Amin Tafreshi

261

162

423

80.6%

Elected

6

Younes Zangiabadi

267

152

419

79.8%

Elected

7

Mahboob Bolandi

52

14

66

12.6%

 

8

Mehrdokht Hadi

46

9

55

10.5%

 

9

Shayan Moin

42

8

50

9.5%

 

10

Reza Sepehr-Esfahani

38

8

47

8.0%

 

Ballot #2 Bylaw Amendments and Approval of the Code of Conduct passed as per following table:

Amendment
#

Online

Yes

Online

No + Abstain

In Person

Yes

In Person

No + Abstain

Total Yes Votes

% of the total votes casted

1

224

36

170

15

441

89.3%

2

200

60

166

19

431

84.9%

3

231

29

169

14

439

91.1%

4

227

33

165

19

435

90.1%

5

229

31

169

16

440

90.5%

6

236

24

173

12

439

93.2%

7

233

27

174

12

437

93.1%


 

8

(Approval of the Code of Conduct)


 

217


 

43


 

168


 

17


 

423


 

91.0%

Attention: For more information regarding the Bylaw Amendments and the Code of Conduct, please refer to the ICC website.

Election Turnout

Total number of ICC members in Ontario as of April 23, 2018: 957

Total number of voters in the 2018 ICC Election: 525

2018 Election Turnout (Percentage of Ontario members voted in the 2018 Election): 54.9% 
 

Past Election Turnouts:
2014 and before: Data not available.

2015: 58.2%

2016: 54.5%

2017: 71.4%

 

Irregularities or Complaints Noted and Reviewed 

  • At the very start of the Online Voting Process and once the Committee sent Ballot #1 to all eligible voters, the Committee received a notice for 26 undeliverable ballots from ELECTIONBUDDY. The Committee immediately raised this issue with the Board. Upon the Board’s investigation, it was discovered that the issue was caused because of expired/invalid emails originally provided by the members.
  • On the day of the AGM, April 29, 2018 at 1:55 am, the Committee received an unexpected email from one of the candidates, regarding the intention of four of the candidates to withdraw from the election. In receiving this email, the Committee immediately informed the ICC Board.
  • The ICC Board received individual confirmations from each of the 4 later around 10:30AM on April 29, 2018.   
  • Given the circumstances on the day of the AGM, receiving the Board’s approval at 10:30 am, while online voting was completed and in-person voting was underway, the Committee had no choice but to carry on with the election as planned, and with minimal modifications. The ballots remained in the same format and the names of all candidates including the 4 candidates remained in display. Only a note was placed on the list of names, informing the voters of the initial email received by the Committee regarding the intention of the Group of Four (4) candidates’ withdrawal.
  • Since the Group of Four (4) candidates’ formal withdrawal was confirmed while the in-person voting was in process and the ballots remained in the same format, the Committee decided to read all votes casted. 
  • As there was a modification in the voting hours due to the Toronto Strong Vigil held at Mel Lastman Square and voting hours were extended from 3 to 7 hours in two locations (10:00 am to 3:30 pm at North York Civic Centre and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 7 Lorraine Drive), the Committee assigned volunteers to remain at North York Civic Centre until 5:00 pm to direct potential voters to 7 Lorraine drive for voting.
  • In the beginning of the In-Person Voting process, some voters were refused as they provided their Ontario Health Card as their IDs. This issue was brought to the attention of the Committee and it was immediately resolved as the issue was in the implementation of the Committee’s policy on IDs and the refused voters were allowed to cast their ballot. Prior to the In-Person Voting the Committee decided to accept Ontario Health Card as a form of Identification and proof of residency in Ontario.
  • Finally, please note that the Committee will destroy the personal information of all members who voted by way of a proxy.

The Committee appreciates all members for trusting the Committee with their personal information in our efforts to prevent irregularities and safeguard the integrity of the election.

We thank all members for their participations, the Board and our wonderful Volunteers for helping make this election a success.

Yours truly,

2018 ICC Election Committee (Mashoud Nasseri, Ramin Faraji, Sadie R. Etemad)

May 2, 2018

 

April 29, 2018
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2018 Reports

Here you can find the reports that will be presented at the AGM 2018:

 

 

 

 

April 28, 2018
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Final Reminder: AGM & Board Elections 2018

Here is an announcement from the Election Committee: 

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC),

 

This is a final reminder to all members in Ontario regarding the 2018 ICC Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Board Elections scheduled for tomorrow, Sunday April 29, 2018.

 

-       In-Person voting: from 10 am to 3 pm

Location: North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge Street, North York

-       General Meeting starts at 1:00 pm

Location North York Civic Centre, Council Chambers, 5100 Yonge Street, North York

 

On Sunday, in order to cast your vote in person, you need to present us with your government issued Photo Identification (ID), otherwise we are unable to assist you.

 

If you are also intending to be a proxy for another member, please ensure that

 

  • the individual is a current ICC member  
  • The member provided you with a copy of his/her photo ID (digital copy or printed copy)

 

It is crucial to remember that only ICC members can act as proxies and vote on behalf of other ICC members. Furthermore, each ICC member can only act as a proxy of maximum three (3) other ICC members.

Please note that for any member who cannot participate earlier during the day we are providing Additional voting hours from 5-7pm at a close by venue (the Party Room at 7 Lorraine Drive, North York, major intersection: Yonge and Finch).  

We appreciate your diligent attention to the above timelines and procedural rules; and we look forward to your active participation in this election and AGM. 

 

Yours truly,

2018 Election Committee

April 28, 2018

  •  published this page in AGM 2018 3 days ago

 

April 27, 2018
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Announcement # 3: FAQ Re: Online Voting

FAQ about online voting prepared by Election Committee 2018:

Q1. Who has received the ballots through online voting?  

Only individuals with valid and renewed membership by April 15, 2018 @11:59 pm have received the ballots online.

Valid Membership = Individuals who have signed up as members and their information has been verified by the Secretary of the Board. 

The first ballot (Ballot #1) was sent on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm

The second ballot  (Ballot #2) was sent on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm  

If your membership was expired and have not been renewed by April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm you would not have received the ballots online. If the Board Secretary was unable to verify your membership, you would not have received the ballots online.

Q2. Can a person who is not a member of ICC receive an online ballot and vote online?

Absolutely Not!  

The online ballot is ONLY sent to ICC members whose memberships were valid and renewed by April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm

Q3. What should I do, if I am a member, but I have not received my online ballot?

Please contact the ICC through info@iccongress.com and attend the in person voting on April 29th, 2018 or vote by assigning a proxy.

Q4. When I vote, does anyone can see the content of my vote?

Absolutely Not!

The Election Committee, who is in charge of the administration of the online voting, can see that you have voted, but NO ONE can see the content of your vote even after the vote count. The system will tally the votes and provide the Election Committee with the results ONLY. 

Q5. When I receive my ballot how much time do I have to cast my vote online? 

You can cast your vote online until April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Q6. Can I change my vote online after casting my ballet electronically? 

Absolutely Not!

The system does not allow a return to the ballots.

Q7. How does the Election Committee ensure that people would not vote twice, once online and another time in person?

Once Online Voting ends, the Election Committee reconciles (crosses off) the names of the members who have voted online and produces a new list for the In-Person voting at the AGM.

Q8. I have received my online ballot, but can I vote in person?

Absolutely! As long as you haven’t casted your ballot online.

Q9. In light of the changes to the in-person voting schedule, can the Election Committee change the closing time of the online voting, and end it sooner than initially planned?

No!

Although it would have been convenient to close the online voting to be more inline with the new timelines, the robust security structure of election software being used (Election Buddy) does not allow the election administrator to change the election parameters and interfere with the process, once the election has started.

Q10. What is the level of voters’ anonymity settings within Election Buddy?

This is a secret ballot – the voters cannot be linked to their choices.  This option is commonly required by organization bylaws or governing legislature.

Q11. How does Election Buddy tally the votes?

 Ballot #1 (Board election)

Election Buddy uses a simple counting algorithm, which is compatible with a Plurality Voting System (First-Past-The-Post System). Election Buddy counts all ballots and the candidate or candidates with the highest percentage of votes win.

According to the ICC bylaws, the Board election is based on Plurality Voting (Also known as, First-Past-The-Post System: whoever receives the most votes wins), where voters select 1 to 6 options.  This system is commonly used throughout North America for civic, state, provincial and federal elections.

In a Plurality Voting System (First-Past-the-Post) with more than 2 candidates, candidates do not require to obtain the majority of the votes (50 +1%) to win the election. As a result, in this case (this election), running a multi-seat election (6 directors are elected from 10 candidates) the candidate with the highest percentage will win the first seat, the second-highest percentage wins the second seat, and so on until all seats are filled.

The above calculation is based on the assumption that the bylaw exemption motion is passed by affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of members voting.  

Ballot #2 (Bylaw Amendments)

The bylaw Amendments ballot is set on a referendum basis, where voters select one of the listed options (Yes/No/Abstain).  Based on the ICC bylaws amendments are passed by affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of members voting. The code of conduct is passed by 50%+1 affirmative vote of members voting.

 


From:
 Kaveh Shahrooz <kshahrooz@gmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:42:51 p.m. EDT
Subject: Fwd: Important: Change in Time for Voting and General Meeting on Sunday April 29

 
Section 93 of the Ontario Corporations Act:

 
Shareholders’ meetings
 

93 (1) Subject to subsection (2) and in the absence of other provisions in that behalf in the by-laws of the company,

(a) notice of the time and place for holding a meeting of the shareholders shall, unless all the shareholders entitled to notice of the meeting have waived in writing such notice, be given in writing 10 days or more before the date of the meeting to each shareholder entitled to notice of the meeting;

(a.1) if notice under clause (a) is given by mail, it shall be sent by prepaid mail to the shareholder’s last address as shown on the company’s books;

(b) no shareholder in arrear in respect of any call is entitled to vote at a meeting;

(c) all questions proposed for the consideration of the shareholders at a meeting of shareholders shall be determined by the majority of the votes cast and the chair presiding at the meeting has a second or casting vote in case of an equality of votes;

(d) the chair presiding at a meeting of shareholders may, with the consent of the meeting and subject to such conditions as the meeting decides, adjourn the meeting from time to time and from place to place;

(e) the president or, in his or her absence, a vice-president who is a director shall preside as chair at a meeting of shareholders, but, if there is no president or such a vice-president or if at a meeting neither of them is present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for the holding of the meeting, the shareholders present shall choose a person from their number to be the chair;

(f) unless a poll is demanded, an entry in the minutes of a meeting of shareholders to the effect that the chair declared a motion to be carried is admissible in evidence as proof of the fact, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, without proof of the number or proportion of votes recorded in favour of or against the motion. 2017, c. 20, Sched. 7, s. 23.

Notice

(2) The by-laws of the company shall not provide for fewer than ten days notice of meetings of shareholders and shall not provide that notice may be given otherwise than individually.


 
_______________________________
Kaveh Shahrooz
416.432.4191

 

April 26, 2018
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Important: Change in Voting Hours on Sunday April 29

Here is an important announcement from the ICC Board of Directors:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

Earlier this afternoon we have been informed by the Facility Management at North York Civic Centre that because of the Vigil that's organized at Mel Lastman Square this Sunday night for victims of the Toronto van attack they are closing the building at 4PM. Due to this unforeseen change after careful consideration and consultation with the Election Committee we are changing the voting time and the time for the General Meeting on Sunday as following:

Early voting from 10AM-3PM

General Meeting starts at 1PM

Date and location remain the same: Sunday April 29, 2018. North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress


 

Update: Additional voting hours 5-7PM 

After careful consideration of the circumstances and based on the recommendations from the Election Committee we are providing additional voting hours later in the afternoon on Sunday April 29, 2018 to accommodate all members interested to vote: 

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Party Room at 7 Lorraine Drive, Toronto (Major intersection: Yonge and Finch). 

 

 

April 26

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
Date: Thu, Apr 26, 2018 at 7:50 PM
Subject: Important: Change in Time for Voting and General Meeting on Sunday April 29
To: Kaveh Shahrooz <kshahrooz@gmail.com>


 

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

Earlier this afternoon we have been informed by the Facility Management at North York Civic Centre that because of the Vigil that's organized at Mel Lastman Square this Sunday night for victims of the Toronto van attack they are closing the building at 4PM. Due to this unforeseen change after careful consideration and consultation with the Election Committee we are changing the voting time and the time for the General Meeting on Sunday as following:

Early voting from 10AM-3PM

General Meeting starts at 1PM

Date and location remain the same: Sunday April 29, 2018. North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

 

April 25, 2018
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ICC Statement About the Toronto Van Attack

Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress about the Toronto Van Attack:

The Iranian Canadian Congress was extremely saddened to hear that the death toll from Monday's attack has risen to 10 individuals. We once again send our condolences to the victims' families.

We also thank law enforcement and first responders for their professional and effective response to this tragedy in an area that is home to many members of our community.

To support the victims and their families we encourage you to support the #TorontoStrong Fund established by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Foundation. For more info visit: https://torontofoundation.ca/torontostrong/

 

 

 

 

April 21, 2018
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Election Announcement: Online Voting Starts Sunday April 22, 2018

Here is an announcement from the Election Committee 2018:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC),

 

The Election Committee is pleased to announce the following information with regards to ONLINE VOTING of the 2018 ICC Elections.

As you know, starting 2017, ICC members have the option to cast their votes online. Facilitating online elections is mandated by the ICC bylaws (Article 5.1)

Similar to 2017, this year, you have the option to cast your votes online prior to the April 29, 2018 AGM according to the following procedure:

  • Voting for the election of the six (6) ICC Board Members and the approval of the bylaw exemption for nomination eligibility of some of the nominees will start on Sunday April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm. ICC members in Ontario can vote for ICC Board Elections. 
  • Voting for the Bylaw Amendments and the approval of the Code of Conduct proposed by the Board will start on Tuesday April 24, 2018 at 2PM. All ICC members can vote for the bylaw amendments and the Code of Conduct. 
  • You will receive two (2) separate emails from Election Buddy for the above ballots; and
  • Online Voting for both ballots close on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 6:00 pm.
  • Please note that only members who joined the ICC by the deadline of April 15, 2018 @ 11:59 pm and whose identity and residency have been confirmed by the ICC Board Secretary are eligible to participate in the Online Voting process and will receive the ballots. 

Members who have joined the ICC between April 16, 2018 and April 23, 2018 @ 11:59 pm shall be able to cast their votes at the AGM (April 29, 2018) in person or by proxy.

Unfortunately, members who have joined the ICC on and after April 24, 2018, will not be able to participate in the 2018 ICC elections.

For further information, you may refer to the document here (Online Voting and Privacy setup) containing security features adopted by the administration team to ensure fair and secure online voting.

Yours truly, 

2018 Election Committee

 

 

اعضا محترم کنگره ایرانیان کانادا
 
همانطور که اطلاع دارید از انتخابات سال ۲۰۱۷ اعضا کنگره امکان رای دادن از طریق آنلاین را پیدا کردند. اساس نامه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا ایجاد امکان برای شرکت در رای گیری بصورت آنلاین را لازم دانسته است
 
کمیته انتخابات برگزاری بخش آنلاین انتخابات ۲۰۱۸ کنگره ایرانیان را  بدین شرح به اطلاع  میرساند
 
انتخابات برای انتخاب ۶ عضو هیات مدیره در روز یکشنبه ۲۲ آپریل ساعت ۲ بعد از ظهر شروع خواهد شد 
شما برگه رای آنلاین خود را از طریق ایمیل دریافت خواهید کرد. در انتخابات هیات مدیره تنها اعضای ساکن انتاریو شرکت در رای گیری آنلاین دعوت میشوند
انتخابات برای تغییرات اساسنامه و آیین نامه پیشنهادی در روز ۲۴ آپریل ساعت ۲ بعد از ظهر شروع خواهد شد. همه اعضای کنگره برای شرکت در این انتخابات دعوت میشوند. برگه رای مربوط به تغییرات اساس نامه را نیز از طریق ایمیل دریافت خواهید کرد
توجه: رای گیری برای هر دو برگه رای آنلاین (انتخابات هیات مدیره و تغییرات اساس نامه)در تاریخ ۲۸ آپریل ساعت ۶ بعد از ظهر خاتمه می یابد
 
اعضایی که در رای گیری آنلاین شرکت نمیکنند و یا تا پایان مهلت مقرر ۲۳ اپریل ۲۰۱۸ عضو کنگره شده اند میتوانند در رای گیری در مجمع عمومی سالیانه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در روز یکشنبه ۲۹ اپریل از ساعت ۲ تا ۵ بعد از ظهر در نورت یورک سیویک سنتر (۵۱۰۰ خیابان یانگ) برگزار می شود شرکت کنند
 
با تقدیم احترام
کمیته انتخابات ۲۰۱۸
 
(توجه: نسخه انگلیسی این اطلاعیه مصداق رسمی این اطلاعیه اس

 

 

April 20, 2018
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انصراف سورنا اعلام نگردید.  این تذکر فقط در پایان لیست کاندیدا ها اضافه شده.

 

Note: Sorena Zahiri withdrew his nomination on April 20th, 2018. 

April 18, 2018
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Announcement #1 from the Election Committee

Here is the first public announcement from the Election Committee 2018:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC),

 

The Election Committee would like to welcome you to participate in the 2018 ICC Elections.

The election will be held at the ICC’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, April 29, 2018. You can vote anytime from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm at North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber (5100 Yonge Street, Toronto). The General Meeting is scheduled to start at 3PM.

Please take a note of the following important details:

Eligibility to Vote

For the Election of the Board of Directors and Bylaw Exemptions for Nominee Eligibilities:

  • ICC membership by the deadline of:
    • April 15, 2018 for online voting. 
    • April 23, 2018 for in person voting (This is the final renewal or registration deadline).
  • Member Residents of Ontario only.

For the Bylaw Amendments and Code of Conduct proposed by the Board:

  • ICC membership by the deadline of:
    • April 15, 2018 for online voting  
    • April 23, 2018 for in person voting (Final renewal or registration deadline)
  • All Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress. 
  • Note: Members of the ICC outside of Ontario may only vote for the bylaw amendments through online voting. 

Voting Timelines

  • Online Voting: April 22-April 28, 2018
  • In-Person Voting: April 29, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Absentee/Proxy Voting

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

In order for your proxy to vote on your behalf, you will have to provide your proxy with the following:

  • A copy of your Valid Government Issued ID; and
  • A Proxy Form dully executed by you.

You can find the Proxy Form that you need to dully execute through the below link: https://www.iccongress.ca/proxy2018

What is being voted on:

The following matters are placed on the agenda and require your vote:

  • Bylaw exemption for nomination eligibility of some of the nominees;
  • Election of 6 new Board members, which each Board member will be elected for a 2-year term;
  • Amendments to the ICC Bylaws proposed by the Board;
  • Code of Conduct proposed by the Board;

Attention: For more details on the candidates and what is being voted on, please visit ICC AGM webpage:

https://www.iccongress.ca/agm2018

Noting Irregularity

In circumstances of noticing any irregularities with regards to the voting process and ballot counts on the day of the AGM April 29, 2018, the ICC Election Committee appreciates your formal complaints according to the following procedure:

  • An official Complaint Form shall be filled out. An official Complaint Form will be available on site at the AGM and the counting stations thereafter.
  • Proof of complaint shall be attached to the Complaint Form;
  • The complaint shall be supported and filed on behalf of one (1) of the candidates running for positions; and
  • The complaint shall be filed with a member of the Election Committee. The complaint can also be emailed to the Election Committee: icc.agm2018@gmail.com.

Once complaints are submitted in accordance with the above procedure, all complaints shall be effectively processed and addressed by the Election Committee in due course.

We hope that the above guidelines would provide you with the information that you need to actively participate in the 2018 ICC Elections.

In conclusion, we would like to highly encourage all ICC members to actively participate in the 2018 ICC Election.

برای دریافت ترجمه فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید

The English version of this election announcement is the official version.


Yours truly,

Election Committee 2018

Email: icc.agm2018@gmail.com

 

 

April 18, 2018
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Meeting With Government Officials on Delayed Iranian Applications

Here is a report about the joint meeting ICC had with the officials from Ministry of Immigration and Ministry of Public Safety:

On Thursday April 12, 2018 representatives of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) together with Mr. Vincent Valaď, representing a group of impacted applicants, met with officials from Ministry of Immigration and the Ministry of Public Safety to discuss significant delays Iranian applicants face in their immigration process. Bijan Ahmadi (President), Mohsen Khaniki (PR Director) and Younes Zangiabadi (Policy Associate) were present in the meeting on behalf of the ICC. The Vice President of the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Director of International Network for Europe, Middle East, and Africa were in attendance as well.

The ICC communicated the following points with the officials at the meeting:

  • Around 300 Iranian in-land applicants (mostly students and recent graduates) have approached the ICC in recent months as they are facing long and extended delays in their PR application process.
  • Across different immigration streams Iranian applicants are waiting for significantly longer period of time in compare to the average wait time stated by the IRCC.
  • While IRCC representatives have said in recent media interviews that 80% of overall applicants receive the results of their applications within the average processing time, based on public data and self report data Iranian applications represent a disproportionate volume of the 20% of the delayed applications. Self reported data shows that over 50% of Iranian PR applicants experience significant delays.
  • The problem is not limited to Iranian in-land applicants and Iranian students here in Canada. Iranian outland applicants, visa applicants, citizenship applicants are also facing significant delays.
  • There have been frequent complaints regarding the delay in processing Iranian applications at Canadian visa offices including the Paris visa office.
  • Public data and self reported data point out to a possible and concerning trend of Iranian applications being targeted and singled out for extra security screening causing significant delays in the processing of these applications.
  • Looking at the number of approved Iranian PR applications it’s also clear that the number of approved PRs for Iranians have dropped significant since 2014. While there has been no drop in the number of applications from Iran, the number of PR admissions from Iran in 2017 is the lowest number for the period of time we looked at since 1996.

Vincent Valaď informed the Ministers’ staff and officials that he is representing more than 200 Iranian citizens (collective inland and collective outland) and that he just sent two demand letters on behalf of the 2 groups in reference to the excessive delays that his clients are experiencing. He explained the profile of the members of the two collectives and mentioned the serious prejudice his clients are experiencing, urging the officials to take urgent measures to end the excessive delays.  

The following comments were made by officials from the Ministry of Immigration and the Ministry of Public Safety present in the meeting:

  • Officials from both ministries emphasized and repeated multiple times during the meeting that there has been absolutely no policy change with respect to reviewing Iranian applications.
  • Officials from the CBSA mentioned that they are responsible for the security screening component of the immigration applications. They mentioned that there are delays across the system because of resource allocation, prioritization and inefficiencies in their internal processes.
  • The CBSA VP stated that he has instructed his team to review to security screening process and to urgently come up with a solution to resolve the problem. The ICC representatives and Vincent Valaď insisted the CBSA to commit to a specific timeline. They refused to provide a timeline but committed to resolving the problem and the delays.
  • One of the Policy Directors attending from the Ministry of Immigration mentioned that there is a need to further look into the drop in the number of PR admissions from Iran. He said that the self reported data or the public data we have provided must be broken down into different streams and the impact of special programs for asylum seekers must be taken into account. He agreed to look into this matter and provide us with clarification and accurate data.
  • The officials repeatedly mentioned that they cannot treat one group of applicants differently. The ICC representatives and Vincent Valaď clarified for them that Iranian applicants are not looking for any special treatment but rather a fair and consistent process that would not target them and delay their applications for much longer than the average it takes for processing applications from other nationalities.
  • The Director for National operations mentioned that they have been dealing with lack of resources and increasing volume of applications in visa offices including the Paris visa office. He mentioned that they are allocating more staff to the visa offices this summer to deal with the increased volume of applications.
  • In response to the ICC request for the Ministry of Immigration to open a Visa Application Centre in Iran the Director of International Network said that they do not have any plan to open a Visa Centre in Iran at the moment and it is a matter that requires coordination with Global Affairs Canada.

Here is the list of demands that the ICC communicated with the officials during the meeting:

  • Complete the review of the current delayed in-land visa, study, work permits, PR and citizenship applications of Iranians in 30 days.
  • Revise security screening policy for Iranian applications and resolve any systematic problems leading to the current delays.
  • Investigate the reason of the significant drop in the approval rate of Iranian PR applications and resolve any systematic problem causing the drop.
  • Restore the PR admission rates of Iranians to the 2014 numbers consistent with approval rate for applicants from other countries.
  • Any extra security screening singling out Iranians shall be removed immediately.
  • The government shall come up with a better plan to accommodate outland Iranian visa and PR applications. Opening a Visa Application Centre in Iran will facilitate the application process for Iranian applicants living in Iran.

The ICC representatives and Vincent Valaď both clearly communicated with the officials that legal options are also available to address this issue impacting Iranians.

 

Click here to review the information package including data and graphs presented to the officials.

 

 

April 18, 2018
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Proxy Form 2018

Here you can find the proxy form for the ICC AGM and Elections 2018:

If you have to cast your vote, but are unable to vote in person on the day of the AGM, you may authorize a proxy to appear in person and vote on your behalf. (Assign a trusted person to appear and vote on your behalf.)

In order for your proxy to vote on your behalf, you will have to provide your proxy with the following:

  • A copy of your Valid Government Issued ID; and
  • A Proxy Form dully executed by you.

Click here for the the Proxy Form. 

Attention: Your Proxy must be a member of the ICC. Each member may only vote as a proxy holder for maximum of 3 (three) other ICC members*.

 


* Please note that the ICC bylaws and the applicable corporate laws do not put any limit for the number of proxies a person is allowed to hold. However, the ICC Elections Committee has decided to limit the number to 3 in an effort to limit the use of proxy to only necessary cases. After careful consideration and in order to avoid irregularities, the Election Committee has decided to limit the proxy eligibility to ICC Members ONLY.

 

 

April 14, 2018
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ICC Policy Report: Recommendations to Address Problems of Foreign Trained Professionals in Ontario

Here is a report from the ICC Policy Committee: 

Though Canada has a skill-based immigration system, employment outcomes for skilled professionals who come to Canadian provinces like Ontario are recognized by analysts and stakeholders alike as poor, creating detrimental economic and social effects. In 2010, only 32% of new immigrants to Ontario were able to have their credentials recognized. Lack of credential recognition combined with discriminatory labour practices are thought to contribute to larger trends; for example, that newcomers make approximately 60% of the salary of a Canadian-born worker. Furthermore, these inferior employment outcomes for foreign trained professionals are estimated to lose Ontario’s economy as a whole over $15.2 billion annually, equivalent to 2% of our province’s GDP. [1]

This report, completed by the Policy Committee of the Iranian Canadian Congress, makes a series of recommendations for the Ontario government to address the issue of the inferior employment outcomes of immigrants. Many of these recommendations are taken from provinces outside of Ontario and other immigrant receiving countries. Specifically, we make recommendations that seek to address labour market discrimination, financial difficulties of immigrant professionals, the lack of transparency of accrediting institutions, and social difficulties of labour market integration. These recommendations include:

  • Establishing incentive and auditing regimes to combat discriminatory hiring and labour practices;
  • Increasing the financial assistance and loans available to immigrant professionals;
  • Increasing provincial government oversight of the various accreditation bodies in Ontario, including:
    • The establishment of an independent ombudsman who has the power to issue binding resolutions;
    • Increased legislative involvement in the accreditation process;
  • Providing immigrant professionals with social supports including childcare and counselling.

Click here to review the full report from the ICC Policy Committee.

 

April 14

 

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:Iranian Canadian Congress,Mashoud Nasseri,Hooman Shirazi,Reza Sepehr Esfahani,Mehry Hadi
Cc:Iccma Info
Apr. 14, 2018 at 12:40 p.m.
 
با سلام
به چند مورد بی دقتی و یا تخلف اگر عمدن صورت گرفته باشند مواجه شدم که مایلم توجه عزیزان را به آن جلب نمایم.

 
1-      چرا از امکان گذاشتن کامنت در صفحه اونت ممانعت به عمل آمده است؟ این موارد که به اونت مربوط میشوند را من نتوانستنم در آنجا به اشتراک بگذارم. 
2- چرا فقط اعضاء میبایست مجاز باشند در اونت شرکت کنند؟ اگر فردی قبل از اینکه بخواهد به عضویت این نهاد در آید بخواهد با کاندیدا ها و این نهاد آشنائی پیدا کند، اشکالش کجاست؟
3- چرا در توضیح اونت امکان عضو شدن در محل ذکر نشده و فقط عضویت از طریق آنلاین اعلام شده است؟
4- چرا فقط  رسانه و هییت مدیره میبایست مجاز باشند که از مناظره فیلمبرداری کنند؟ این گردهمائی کاندیدا هاست. فیلمبرداری برای همه میبایست آزاد باشد و اینجانب با دوربینی که تمام سال هییت مدیره جلوی آنرا گرفت در این مناظره حضور خواهم داشت. اگر ممانعتی به عمل آید آنرا به جانبداری از کاندیداهای خودی به حساب خواهم آورد.
با تشکر - مهدی شمس

 

April 14

Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To:Medi Shams
Apr. 14, 2018 at 12:48 p.m.
 
Same as all ICC events our team will prepare and publish the full video of the event without edits and publish it through its channels. 

 
  

 
2018-04-14 12:40 GMT-04:00 Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>:
 

 

April 14

 

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:Iranian Canadian Congress,Mashoud Nasseri,Reza Sepehr Esfahani,Mehry Hadi,Hooman Shirazi
Cc:Iccma Info
Bcc:Mohammad Tajdolati,Kavoos Soofi
Apr. 14, 2018 at 2:01 p.m.
 
با سلام مجدد
 آیا این صحیح و اخلاقی است زمانی که یک ایمیل به چند نفر فرستاده میشود و آنها هم  ذینفع و یا در رابطه با موضوع میباشند فقط به یک نفر جواب داده شود؟
خواهشمندم به جواب هییت مدیره به من که ضمیمه این ایمیل است توجه شود.
همانطور که انتظار داشتم هییت مدیره سانسور را حتی در زمان انتخابات که به نحوی جانبداری و مداخله در انتخابات میباشد ادامه میدهد. مابقی این بخش را به کاندیدا ها و یکی از افراد کمیته انتخابات که ایشان هم با داشتن سمت مجری مناظره کاندیدا ها همزمان با عضویت در کمیته انتخابات ضوابط و عدم جانبداری را زیر پا گذاشته میسپارم.
تا آنجائیکه به من مربوط میشود فردا با دوربین خود در محل برگزاری مناظره حضور خواهم داشت و هرگونه ممانعت از فیلمبرداری خود را تعرض به حقوق مسلم خود خواهم دانست.

 
در ضمن کوتاهی کاندیدا ها را نسبت به این موارد را کوتاهی از دفاع از حقوق اعضاء تلقی خواهم کرد.
با تشکر - به امید دیدار تا فردا
مهدی شمس

 

 

April 14

ICC President <president@iccongress.ca>

To:Medi Shams
Apr. 14, 2018 at 2:56 p.m.
 
Mr. Shams,

 
A full video will be published by the ICC few days after the debate and anyone can use any part of the video they'd like. 

 
Reporters from our community media will be able to cover the event as well. 

 
We will not be able to accomadate cameras from attendees. 

 
Please respect the rules so everyone can enjoy the event. 

 
Regards
Bijan Ahmadi

 

April 14

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:ICC President
Apr. 14, 2018 at 6:27 p.m.
 
Dear President,
To defend my rights and protect democracy and freedom of speech will be part of tomorrow event that we will enjoy together.
Thanks for your reply and see you tomorrow.
Medi Shams - Eliminated candidate 2018 

 

April 12, 2018
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Reminder: Membership Registration

A quick reminder about acceptable methods of membership registration:

There are only two valid methods for ICC membership registration:

  • Signing up through the online form on the ICC website at www.iccongress.ca/joinICC

  • Or registering in person with the secretary of the ICC board. For in person registration please send an email to: info@iccongress.ca. For in person registration you can attend the upcoming ICC Elections Forum on April 15th, 2018 from 3-6PM at the North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber (5100 Yonge Street, Toronto). The board secretary will be available to help you register in person. You will be asked to show your valid photo ID for in person registration.  

The ICC does not accept membership registration through any other method.

 

April 11, 2018
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Introducing Election Committee 2018

Here is an announcement from the ICC Board of Directors:

According to the ICC bylaws (Article 5.3) the board shall appoint 3 members to form the Election Committee. The Election Committee will be in charge of administration of the election process. The board is pleased to introduce members of the ICC Election Committee 2018:

Ms. Sadie Etemad, Mr. Mashoud Nasseri, Mr. Ramin Faraji 

The appointed members come from diverse professional backgrounds and have the knowledge and the experience to conduct a transparent, accurate and successful election. We thank them for agreeing to be part of the committee to conduct the upcoming board elections.  

 

Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

April 11, 2018

April 10, 2018
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Pre-paid credit cards will not be accepted for membership payments

A quick clarification regarding online membership registration:

During the past 24 hours few people registered for membership using pre-paid credit cards for payments and even using similar email addresses and phone numbers in the online form. To verify the identity of the individual registering and ensure about accuracy of the membership information we cannot accept pre-paid credit cards for membership payments. Payments by Pre-paid cards undermine the integrity and accuracy of our membership registration process. Therefore we request everyone to complete their own registration forms and make the payment with their personal credit cards. 

 

April 11, 2018
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Less than a week to sign up for online voting

If you'd like to vote ONLINE in the upcoming ICC Annual General Meeting, you have to register for ICC membership by end of April 15. 

Dear Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,


The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is the only organization advocating for the interests of Iranian-Canadians and it does this work based on the mandate provided by its members. Members of the organization through their vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of board of directors set the agenda and priorities of the organization. 

The upcoming AGM of the ICC is scheduled for April 29, 2018. Members of the organization may vote online from April 22-28 or in person on April 29th, 2018 (AGM info here). If you'd like to vote online, you should register as a member by end of April 15, 2018. 

Click Here to Join ICC Membership and Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice in Canada. 

ICC's mission:

- Building a united and engaged Iranian-Canadian community. 
- Advocating for the interests of Iranian-Canadians. 
- Informing elected officials of our community's priorities. 
- Raising awareness in Canadian media about issues important for Iranian-Canadians.
- Highlighting contributions of Iranian-Canadians to Canada's multicultural society. 

 

Here is the link to the online membership registration form: www.iccongress.ca/joinICC

 

April 07, 2018
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سوالات متداول در رابطه با انتخابات هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

پاسخ برخی از پرسش های متداول در رابطه با انتخابات هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا را میتوانید در این صفحه مطالعه کنید

چند نفر در این انتخابات برگزیده خواهند شد؟

در انتخابات پیشرو افراد جدیدی برای ۶ کرسی خالی در هیات مدیره انتخاب خواهند شد. هر فرد برای مدت دو سال در هیات مدیره انجام وظیفه خواهد کرد. هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا از ۹ نفر تشکیل شده است

انتخابات در چه تاریخی و کجا برگزار میشود؟

انتخابات آنلاین از روز ۲۲ آوریل، ۲۰۱۸ تا ۲۸ آوریل، ۲۰۱۸ برگزار میشود. اعضای سازمان ایمیلی را برای شرکت در انتخابات آنلاین دریافت خواهند کرد

انتخابات حضوری و جلسه مجمع عمومی سازمان روز یکشنبه ۲۹ آوریل، ۲۰۱۸ در سالن اجتماعات شهرداری نورت یورک (۵۱۰۰ خیابان یانگ) برگزار خواهد شد. جلسه مجمع عمومی ساعت ۳ بعدازظهر آغاز خواهد شد. ساعت دقیق رای گیری در روزهای آینده اعلام خواهد شد

چه افرادی میتوانند در این انتخابات شرکت کنند؟

اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا که در انتاریو زندگی میکنند و پیش از مهلت نهایی اعلام شده ثبت نام کرده باشند میتوانند در انتخابات هیات مدیره شرکت کنند

مهلت ثبت نام برای عضویت چه تاریخی ست؟

مهلت ثبت نام عضویت برای افرادی که علاقمند به شرکت در انتخابات آنلاین هستند پایان روز ۱۵ آوریل، ،۲۰۱۸

مهلت ثبت نام عضویت برای افرادی که علاقمند به شرکت در انتخابات حضوری هستند پایان روز ۲۳ آوریل، ۲۰۱۸

ثبت نام یا تجدید عضویت چگونه انجام میشود؟

به صورت آنلاین از طریق لینک زیر میتوانید برای عضویت ثبت نام کنید و یا عضویت خود را تجدید کنید. حق عضویت سالیانه ۱۰ دلار است

www.iccongress.ca/joinICC

آیا غیر از رای آنلاین و رای حضوری راه دیگری هم برای شرکت در انتخابات هیات مدیره وجود دارد؟

بله، اعضا میتوانند از طریق پر کردن فرم رای وکالتی فردی را به عنوان وکیل خود انتخاب کنند. این فرد همراه با فرم کامل و امضا شده شما و کپی کارت شناسایی عکس دار شما میتواند از طرف شما روز ۲۹ آوریل، ۲۰۱۸ در رای گیری به طور حضوری شرکت کند و رای شما را از طرف شما به صندوق بیاندازد

چه افرادی مجری و ناظر انتخابات هیات مدیره هستند؟

طبق اساس نامه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا هیات مدیره فعلی سازمان وظیفه دارد کمیته انتخابات را برای اجرا و نظرات بر انتخابات هیات مدیره شکل دهد. این کمیته از سه نفر از اعضای کنگره تشکیل شده که هیچکدام نباید از اعضای خانواده کاندیداهای حاضر در انتخابات باشند. هیات مدیره به طور معمول سه نفر از افراد با تجربه که دانش لازم در اجرا و مدیریت انتخابات را دارند برای چنین مسئولیتی انتخاب میکند. اعضای کمیته انتخابات باید به طور مستقل انتخابات را اجرا و نظارت کنند و پس از شمارش آرا نتایج نهایی را ارائه دهند. هیچکدام از اعضای هیات مدیره نباید در کمیته انتخابات نقشی داشته باشند تا کمیته انتخابات به طور مستقل از هیات مدیره بتواند فعالیت اجرا و نظرات بر انتخابات را انجام دهد.

منبع: اصل ۵، بخش ۱-۴، اساس نامه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

نقش هیات مدیره در طول انتخابات چیست؟

طبق اساس نامه اعضای هیات مدیره سازمان به عنوان افرادی که برگزیده و مورد اعتماد اعضای سازمان هستند اعضای کمیته انتخابات را انتخاب میکنند. همچنین هیات مدیره باید ساز و کار انتخابات (به عنوان مثال اجاره محل، تهیه نرم افزار آنلاین و تهیه هرگونه ابزار مورد نیاز برای اجرای انتخابات) را در اختیار کمیته انتخابات قرار دهد

دبیر کنگره، طبق مسئولیت تعریف شده برای وی در اساس نامه، وظیفه نگهداری از مدارک عضویت و لیست اعضا را بر عهده دارد. دبیر کنگره وظیفه دارد لیست اعضای کنگره که میتوانند در انتخابات شرکت کنند را تهیه و در اختیار کمیته انتخابات قرار دهد. تهیه لیست همواره با هماهنگی کمیته انتخابات صورت میگیرد. در صورت هرگونه سوال و یا مشکلی در رابطه با عضویت فرد رای دهنده کمیته انتخابات از دبیر کنگره در رابطه با عضویت رای دهنده پرسش خواهد کرد. به عنوان مسئول مدارک عضویت سازمان تشخیص و تعیین عضویت فرد و تاریخ عضویت بر عهده دبیر کنگره است

در جلسه مجمع عمومی سازمان هیات مدیره مسئول برگزاری مجمع است و رئیس هیات مدیره مدیریت جلسه را برعهده خواهد داشت

منبع: اصل ۵، بخش ۱-۴، اساس نامه کنگره ایرانیان کاناد

 

April 5

 

From: Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>; Mehry Hadi <mehry_hadi@yahoo.com>; Reza Sepehr Esfahani <rsesfahani@hotmail.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018, 12:14:49 p.m. EDT
Subject: Final Notice: Deadline For Missing Nomination Documents Midnight April 5, 2018

 
This is our final notice for missing nomination documents:
 

 
Here is a public announcement from the ICC Board of Directors regarding final deadline extension for receiving complete nomination documents (New deadline: end of tonight, April 5th, 2018):
 

 
For police clearance certificate please note that we need a current/recent certificate (a basic police record check). Current clearance certificate should be dated preferably after the AGM notice and for the Iranian Canadian Congress. We accept the certificate if it's for another purpose but completed in 2018.  

 
We have to treat all candidates equally and ensure compliance with the legal requirements in the ICC bylaws. Since the AGM notice was published, with the extensions, you had around 3 weeks now to complete nomination applications. We will not be able to accept nominations of anyone with incomplete applications or missing documents after midnight of April 5th, 2018. 

 

 
Regards,
ICC Board of Directors

 

March 30, 2018 (version 3 with modifications)
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Nominees for the Board of Directors- ICC Elections 2018

Here is a list of nominees for the ICC Board of Directors:

The following 7 nominees meet all eligibility requirements. Here is the list in alphabetical order: 

 

Mahboob Bolandi
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

Mahboob ​has a great passion for entrepreneurship, and community activities. He loves to make new acquaintances, connect people to each other and help them grow in their social and professional life. He has worn many hats in his career, as a result he has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary social and professional projects and to navigate complex challenges. Some of his most recent careers and involvements are listed below:

- Founder and President: Karafarin Canada, 2016-Present

- President of 30th Board of Directors: MOHANDES, 2014-PresentVice

- President: Sharif University of Technology Association-Toronto, 2015-Present

- Founder and CEO: Texers Inc., 2014-Present

- Senior Adviser at Funding Department: Tirgan Festival, 2015​-Present

- Member of PINs Advisory board: TRIEC, 2017-Present


Sholeh Khalili

Bio/Nomination Statement

Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi) has immigrated to Toronto,Canada with her husband and two daughters since 1991. With her relocation Sholeh  brought a wealth of knowledge, training and over seventeen years experience in early childhood education. 

Academically, Sholeh holds a BA in Sociology from the National University of Iran, as well as an Early Childhood Education Diploma from the Canadian Mothercraft Society. 

She is the co author of a series of books for kindergarten children entitled “Gamhaye Nakhostin” meaning “first steps” covering material on phonics, sound and picture association. Her books are still widely used across Kindergartens in Iran and have been reprinted in over 25 editions since their first publication. 

In a professional setting since her arrival in Toronto, Sholeh continued her work in early childhood education initially as an early childhood educator within the YMCA from 1994-2003, followed by the position as one of the directors for the YMCA Scarborough region from 2003 to 2009. Since 2009 Sholeh has held the role of Senior Director, YMCA Greater Toronto Child Care Centre adding to a total of over twenty four years of contribution and service to the YMCA. 

Additionally and within the YMCA, Sholeh organised the “Peace March” for a number of years and served as a member of the “Peace Medallion Ceremony Committee” for many years. Sholeh had also been the Co-Chair of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

As well as her professional contribution within the YMCA in her field of expertise, Sholeh has been equally active in her Iranian community service work on many levels including organising fundraising events of “Mahak” an organisation for helping children diagnosed with cancer in Iran. Additionally, Sholeh is an enthusiastic contributor to “Karnameh” – an Intellectual Centre for teaching performing arts to adults.

Sholeh has also been a regular contributor to the Iranian newspapers.

Adding to her community service contribution, Sholeh has been actively involved in the Iranian Canadian Congress since June 2008 and has served this organisation as a board member and as a vice president for almost four years. In this regard, Sholeh advocates a united Iranian community supporting and upholding a voice of peace and prosperity for all. Sholeh campaigns for a united Iranian Canadian Community entitled to a strong voice with an opportunity to grow and become a strong community that can influence the process of decision making across Canada based on the principle that “the similarities that unite us are much greater than the differences that separate us.” 

Above all, Sholeh is an advocate of basic human rights and justice for all.


Mohsen Khaniki

Bio/Nomination Statement
 
Mohsen is a young student activist.  Beside his active involvement as a volunteer and board member in the ICC for the past 3 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University.   
 

Reza Sepehr-Esfahani
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

I would like to nominate myself for member of the ICC Board of Directors. With many years of professional experience and community leadership skills, both from Iran and here in Canada, I believe that I have the ability to fulfill my duties as an ICC director. My goal is to foster ICC development for improving unity of Iranian-Canadians, and to make ICC resourceful in facilitating the integration of our community in Canadian society.

Since I joined the ICC at the end of 2015, I have enthusiastically engaged with many ICC activities. I have supported planning and organizing several successful events to progress the ICC’s development.  

My education includes a Doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from University of Ahwaz and University of Tehran. In Iran, I worked as an academic lecturer and the university Vice President of Research for more than eight years. Also, as a veterinary practitioner, I have successfully operated my own clinic.

In 2001, I immigrated to Canada with my wife and two daughters and began a new chapter of my life. Since then, I have pursued my professional career in several public and private organizations including Canadian Food Inspection Agency, University of Ottawa, and a Public Animal Health Laboratory. Additionally, as a professional interpreter, I have served the Iranian and Afghani communities in Ottawa. Due to personal interest, I completed a flight training program (PPL) at the Ottawa airport. In 2009, I moved to Guelph with my family to study a Masters program in Food Safety at the University of Guelph. While studying, I worked as an instructor and researcher. After the completion of my studies, I have worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, and food manufacturing companies in Ontario. Also, I continue to work as a professional interpreter in Guelph and cities in the GTA and southern Ontario. Furthermore, I have been employed as an Election Officer for several Provincial and Federal elections both in Ottawa and Guelph.

Above all, I have developed a strong passion for engaging in my communities. These are highlights of my previous leadership experiences:
Guelph:
  • Vice-President External, Graduate Students Association (GSA) at University of Guelph
  • Chief Executive Officer, Iranian Students Association at University of Guelph (ISAUG)
  • Executive Board Member, Iranian Canadian Community of Guelph (ICCG)
  • Executive Health & Safety Officer, TAs & Sessional Lecturers CUPE3913, University of Guelph
Ottawa:
  • Active Member of Persian Arts & Cultural Society of Ottawa (PACSO)
  • Coordinator and Active Member of Parents Council in Farsi International School
Iran:
  • Residence Executive Member

Farsi statement available here. 


Pouyan Tabasinejad
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I hold a Master of Arts Degree in History and another in Immigration Studies and I am currently pursuing my PhD at the Schulich School of Business at York. I ran for Federal Parliament in 2015 in the riding of Willowdale.

I have served as the Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress for the past two years. As Policy Chair, I led the policy committee to launch a number of campaigns, including for the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Canada, combatting banking discrimination against Iranian-Canadians, and advocating for foreign trained immigrant professionals. I also mobilized the policy committee to delay the Iran sanctions bill, Bill S-219, a bill which I and my colleague Bijan Ahmadi spoke against in the Senate of Canada. In my capacity as Policy Chair, I have also presented before the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee and the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage.


Saman Tabasinejad
 
Bio/Nomination Statement
My name is Saman Tabasinejad. I have a Bachelors of Arts in both political science and anthropology from Carleton University and recently completed my Masters research in Anthropology at McGill University, where my research focused on middle-class Tehrani women and dress. For the past two years I have been on the executive of Roofs for Refugees, an organization that pairs newly arrived refugees with homes with reasonable rents. In the past, I have worked with immigrant communities in an organizing capacity as well as teaching English. I have also served as a policy associate for the Iranian Canadian Congress since January. 

Sorena Zahiri Shadbad
 
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

I am writing this statement to announce my intention to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

I began volunteering for the Iranian Canadian Congress over a year ago because I embrace the vision and mission of the ICC, to build an active and influential Iranian Canadian community which is politically engaged at all levels of government and socially involved in Canada's multicultural society. Iranian Canadians have contributed immensely to this great country, but they have yet to achieve the level of political influence that is commensurate with their contributions.

Within the last year, I have been assisting the ICC in its advocacy for economic and political re-engagement with Iran and its encouragement of Canadian lawmakers to reverse Canada’s policy of disengagement with Iran in favour of constructive diplomacy. It has been shown that sanctions and diplomatic disengagement with Iran harm Iranian Canadians by not only depriving them of consular services in Canada, but also depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran, impairing Canada’s ability to protect dual nationals. Working for the ICC has granted me the opportunity to become informed about such realities and enabled me to see the real-life consequences of foreign policy on the every-day lives of ordinary people in our community.

I believe that my experience as a Policy Associate, along with my academic training in politics and international affairs, make me a worthy candidate to join ICC’s Board of Directors.


Nomination of the following 4 individuals is pending on approval of 1-year membership exemption:

The following members have submitted their nomination. However, they do not meet the 1-year membership requirement set out in the ICC bylaws (Article 5.2.I). Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individuals regarding their nomination eligibility (Exemption from Article 5.2.I). For transparency about our membership records the last membership renewal for each of the following individuals are included in the information below:
 

Mehrdokht Hadi

Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Software Quality Assurance Analyst. I have a BSc degree in Mathematics – Operational Research from Tehran University. I immigrated to Canada in 1998. I am married and have two children.

I have always been involved in social and cultural activities in the Iranian Canadian community. I have been involved with fundraising for Soheil Parsa’s Modern Times Stage theatre company since 2010. I have been a Trustee member with Tirgan since its inception in 2006/7. I actively helped in the founding of the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto and was involved with the organization’s cultural committee in 2005-6. I have worked as a volunteer with the Nowruz festival organized by Mr. Kamal Taravati in the past two years.

In addition to the above, I have been involved in several other social, cultural and fundraising activities in the Iranian Canadian community since I immigrated to Canada.

I first became a member of the Iranian Canadian Congress in 2009. I became more involved with ICC in 2012 and in particular in the past 2-3 years. I have been a member of ICC for much of the past few years, with the exception of some periods when my membership expired. I am ready to build on my background and experience to help ICC become a unifying force in the Iranian Canadian community.

- Membership registration/renewal on March 26, 2018. 
 
 

Babak  Amin Tafreshi
 
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Bob A.Tafreshi, I've landed in Canada in April 2004. My goal is to work towards building a united and stronger Iranian-Canadian community. I graduated  from Karadj university and carry Bachelors degree in Engineering. I am a Master Electrician since 2011. I'm sure my extended 25 years of experience (More than 15 years experience in management, leadership and coordination) can help me in successfully contributing to the ICC as a board member. In my professional life I have worked as a product manager, project manager, plant manager, vice president and president of organizations in different fields both in Iran and in Canada. Also I'm completely familiar with volunteer work. I was part of the Board of Directors of the Mansion of Avondale in Willowdale community from 2015-2017. 

I am ready to use my knowledge and experience in the ICC Board to work towards my objective of building a strong and united community. 
 
- Membership registration/renewal on Feb 24, 2018. 
 

Shayan Moin

Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Chemical Engineer by profession and studied Polymer Engineering in Tehran Polytechnic. I hold a master of Polymer Engineering from Azad University. I also studied Management and have the certificate to teach management courses from FIDIC (Switzerland).

I am a serial entrepreneur and have vast experience in Manufacturing Industry, Consulting and International trading as well as conducting management courses in Iranian Society of Consulting Engineers. I have been active in non-profit organizations. I was an active member of the board of Young professional forum of ISCE (from 2004 to 2010), and have been a member of the board of IC Network  for 4 years.

I moved to Canada in 2010 and now work with GreenFlow Financial.

I believe that my experience and expertise can bring great value to the board of ICC.

- Membership registration/renewal on March 29, 2018. 


The following nomination is pending on approval of the Canadian Citizenship exemption:

The following member has submitted his nomination. However, he does not meet the Canadian Citizenship requirement set out in the ICC bylaws (Article 5.2.I). Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individual regarding his nomination eligibility (Exemption from Article 5.2.I).
 
Younes Zangiabadi
 

Younes Zangiabadi is a graduate of political science from York University. He is currently a business development representative at FormAssembly where he works with governments, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and the United Nations in areas of data governance and streamlining internal processes. He is originally from Iran but left the country at the age of 17 to further his education in the West. As a student activist, Younes produced a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by the President Trump's Executive Order known as the Travel Ban. Younes previously worked for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) where he was involved in various joint UN-Government projects mainly about Emergency Response Preparedness, Disaster Management, and Passive Defense in Iran. Younes is also passionate about Iran's domestic and foreign affairs and he occasionally writes about different subjects regarding Iran on Huffington Post from a young Iranian perspective. 

 

April 04, 2018
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Notice: Final Deadline For Submission of Nomination Documents

Here is an announcement form the ICC Board: 

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

As part of the notice of AGM and in compliance with the ICC bylaws we have requested any member interested to run for the ICC board to provide us with the required nomination documents. Some of the nominees did not provide the required documents by the nomination deadline and requested an extension. To accommodate this request the Board of Directors decided to provide all nominees extension till end of April 3rd, 2018. Unfortunately we are still missing documentation from 3 of the potential nominees who have expressed their intention to run in the upcoming ICC Board Elections. Without documentation it is impossible for us to ensure compliance of their nomination with the legal requirements in the ICC bylaws. In good faith and in an effort to increase participation in the election process we are providing a final extension. We have already communicated with the 3 nominees who have yet to provide their documents that the final deadline for complete their nomination process and submit all required documents is end of tomorrow April 5th, 2018. 

 

Regards,

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March 30, 2018
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Proposed Bylaw Amendments and Code of Conduct

Here is an announcement from the Board of Directors:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

The Board of Directors of the ICC has approved a number of changes to the bylaws of the organization in an effort to foster transparency and accountability in the operation of the organization and encourage participation of Iranians across Canada in the organization. Board members have considered each change carefully. The need for many of these changes and reforms have been discussed in the ICC for several years now.

The Board of Directors has also prepared an approved a Code of Conduct for directors, volunteers, employees and advisers. Click here to download the proposed code of conduct. The code of conduct has been prepared based on earlier version adopted by the ICC Board initially in 2008 and then later unanimously approved by the board of directors in June 2017. We believe it’s necessary for the ICC to adopt a Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct that will allow us to ensure a safe, ethical and professional environment for all individuals working at the ICC while working for the interests of our community. The Code of Conduct is a resolution at the AGM and requires affirmative vote of 50%+1 of the members at the Annual General Meeting.

Here is a list of amendments that the board will propose for approval at the upcoming Annual General Meeting on April 29, 2018 considering the procedure set in Article 13 of the bylaws. The bylaw amendments require affirmative vote of at least ⅔ of members voting at the Annual General Meeting.   

  • Article 5, Section 2

    • Any member of the ICC who holds Permanent Residency status and meets the other eligibility requirements for nomination (as set out in the bylaws) shall have the right to run for a position on the Board of Directors. However, nominees who do not hold Canadian citizenship may only be elected for maximum of one position on the board of directors (out of 9). A board member with PR status shall not hold any of the four executive positions on the ICC Board (Executive Roles: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary).   

    • Nominees must have been regular members in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the election. A nominee who does not meet the one-year membership eligibility shall have the right to request exemption from this requirement at the General Meeting of members. Such exemption requires the affirmative vote of at least 50%+1 of the members at the General Meeting.  

  • Article 3, Section 1

    • The organizational structure of the ICC consists of the National Board of Directors, which is composed of 9 board members.

    • The Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress will be considered the National Board of Directors. Any member of the ICC in any city or province in Canada shall have the right to vote for the National Board of Directors through in person voting at the AGM, online voting or through a proxy.

    • The references to the Regional Board of Directors in the bylaws will be amended to the National Board of Directors. The references to National Board of Director remain in place, where applicable.

  • Article 6

    • A quorum for the Special General Meeting shall be 50% of members in good standing or 100 members, the lesser of the two.  

    • The Board of Directors has the right to call for a Special General Meeting with a vote of majority of the Board Members at anytime with a 30-day advance notice to members.

    • Quorum for the Annual General Meeting remains the same.

  • Article 8

    • The Board of Directors shall have the right to create Local Committees for each city or province. Each Local Committee shall consist of 10 members.

    • Local Committees shall have the responsibility to work on issues and priorities identified by the Board of Directors.

    • The Local Committee shall consist of the following members:

      • The Chair of the Local Committee, who shall be a member of the Board of Directors residing in the local area (city or province) that the local committee represents. If a board member living in the local area is not available to take the position, the board has the authority to appoint a member of the ICC who resides in the local area as the Chair of the Local Committee.

      • The Vice-Chair and 8 ICC members who reside in the local area that the Local Committee represents.

  • Article 11, Section 1

    • The ICC shall keep all physical documents at its principal office or a safe virtual space for the electronic documents and transfer all documents to the following board of directors within maximum 7 business days upon completion of the elections of the new board of directors. Documents and properties are including financial documents, access information, office access, databases, social media files, audio/video files of the ICC events, if available, as properties of the organization.

  • Article 11, Section 4

    • The ICC Board of Directors shall present an annual financial report at the Annual General Meeting of the members. If the annual revenue of the organization is more than $150,000, the ICC Board of Directors shall provide an audited financial statement prepared by an independent auditor. If the annual revenue of the organization in any given fiscal year is less than or equal to $150,000, the ICC shall hire a Chartered Accountant to prepare the Annual Financial Statements of the organization.

Note: Currently the ICC is going through a transition from a provincially registered non-profit organization in Ontario to a federally registered non-profit organization. As a result of this transition certain changes might be required to comply with the applicable federal law. Once the transition is completed the ICC Board of Directors shall consult legal professionals to ensure the bylaws comply with the applicable federal laws. Any further update or amendment to the bylaws will be proposed for approval by the membership.   

 

March 30, 2018 (version 3 with modifications)
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Nominees for the Board of Directors- ICC Elections 2018

Here is a list of nominees for the ICC Board of Directors:

The following 7 nominees meet all eligibility requirements. Here is the list in alphabetical order: 

 

Mahboob Bolandi
Bio/Nomination Statement

Mahboob ​has a great passion for entrepreneurship, and community activities. He loves to make new acquaintances, connect people to each other and help them grow in their social and professional life. He has worn many hats in his career, as a result he has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary social and professional projects and to navigate complex challenges. Some of his most recent careers and involvements are listed below:

- Founder and President: Karafarin Canada, 2016-Present

- President of 30th Board of Directors: MOHANDES, 2014-PresentVice

- President: Sharif University of Technology Association-Toronto, 2015-Present

- Founder and CEO: Texers Inc., 2014-Present

- Senior Adviser at Funding Department: Tirgan Festival, 2015​-Present

- Member of PINs Advisory board: TRIEC, 2017-Present

* Missing documents to be submitted by end of April 3rd, 2018.


Sholeh Khalili

Bio/Nomination Statement

Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi) has immigrated to Toronto,Canada with her husband and two daughters since 1991. With her relocation Sholeh  brought a wealth of knowledge, training and over seventeen years experience in early childhood education. 

Academically, Sholeh holds a BA in Sociology from the National University of Iran, as well as an Early Childhood Education Diploma from the Canadian Mothercraft Society. 

She is the co author of a series of books for kindergarten children entitled “Gamhaye Nakhostin” meaning “first steps” covering material on phonics, sound and picture association. Her books are still widely used across Kindergartens in Iran and have been reprinted in over 25 editions since their first publication. 

In a professional setting since her arrival in Toronto, Sholeh continued her work in early childhood education initially as an early childhood educator within the YMCA from 1994-2003, followed by the position as one of the directors for the YMCA Scarborough region from 2003 to 2009. Since 2009 Sholeh has held the role of Senior Director, YMCA Greater Toronto Child Care Centre adding to a total of over twenty four years of contribution and service to the YMCA. 

Additionally and within the YMCA, Sholeh organised the “Peace March” for a number of years and served as a member of the “Peace Medallion Ceremony Committee” for many years. Sholeh had also been the Co-Chair of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

As well as her professional contribution within the YMCA in her field of expertise, Sholeh has been equally active in her Iranian community service work on many levels including organising fundraising events of “Mahak” an organisation for helping children diagnosed with cancer in Iran. Additionally, Sholeh is an enthusiastic contributor to “Karnameh” – an Intellectual Centre for teaching performing arts to adults.

Sholeh has also been a regular contributor to the Iranian newspapers.

Adding to her community service contribution, Sholeh has been actively involved in the Iranian Canadian Congress since June 2008 and has served this organisation as a board member and as a vice president for almost four years. In this regard, Sholeh advocates a united Iranian community supporting and upholding a voice of peace and prosperity for all. Sholeh campaigns for a united Iranian Canadian Community entitled to a strong voice with an opportunity to grow and become a strong community that can influence the process of decision making across Canada based on the principle that “the similarities that unite us are much greater than the differences that separate us.” 

Above all, Sholeh is an advocate of basic human rights and justice for all.


Mohsen Khaniki

Bio/Nomination Statement
 
Mohsen is a young student activist.  Beside his active involvement as a volunteer and board member in the ICC for the past 3 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University.   
 

Reza Sepehr-Esfahani
Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.
* Missing documents to be submitted by end of April 3rd, 2018.
Pouyan Tabasinejad
Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I hold a Master of Arts Degree in History and another in Immigration Studies and I am currently pursuing my PhD at the Schulich School of Business at York. I ran for Federal Parliament in 2015 in the riding of Willowdale.

I have served as the Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress for the past two years. As Policy Chair, I led the policy committee to launch a number of campaigns, including for the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Canada, combatting banking discrimination against Iranian-Canadians, and advocating for foreign trained immigrant professionals. I also mobilized the policy committee to delay the Iran sanctions bill, Bill S-219, a bill which I and my colleague Bijan Ahmadi spoke against in the Senate of Canada. In my capacity as Policy Chair, I have also presented before the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee and the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage.


Saman Tabasinejad
Bio/Nomination Statement
My name is Saman Tabasinejad. I have a Bachelors of Arts in both political science and anthropology from Carleton University and recently completed my Masters research in Anthropology at McGill University, where my research focused on middle-class Tehrani women and dress. For the past two years I have been on the executive of Roofs for Refugees, an organization that pairs newly arrived refugees with homes with reasonable rents. In the past, I have worked with immigrant communities in an organizing capacity as well as teaching English. I have also served as a policy associate for the Iranian Canadian Congress since January. 

Sorena Zahiri Shadbad
 
Bio/Nomination Statement

I am writing this statement to announce my intention to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

I began volunteering for the Iranian Canadian Congress over a year ago because I embrace the vision and mission of the ICC, to build an active and influential Iranian Canadian community which is politically engaged at all levels of government and socially involved in Canada's multicultural society. Iranian Canadians have contributed immensely to this great country, but they have yet to achieve the level of political influence that is commensurate with their contributions.

Within the last year, I have been assisting the ICC in its advocacy for economic and political re-engagement with Iran and its encouragement of Canadian lawmakers to reverse Canada’s policy of disengagement with Iran in favour of constructive diplomacy. It has been shown that sanctions and diplomatic disengagement with Iran harm Iranian Canadians by not only depriving them of consular services in Canada, but also depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran, impairing Canada’s ability to protect dual nationals. Working for the ICC has granted me the opportunity to become informed about such realities and enabled me to see the real-life consequences of foreign policy on the every-day lives of ordinary people in our community.

I believe that my experience as a Policy Associate, along with my academic training in politics and international affairs, make me a worthy candidate to join ICC’s Board of Directors.


Nomination of the following 4 individuals is pending on approval of 1-year membership exemption:

The following members have submitted their nomination. However, they do not meet the 1-year membership requirement set out in the ICC bylaws (Article 5.2.I). Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individuals regarding their nomination eligibility (Exemption from Article 5.2.I). For transparency about our membership records the last membership renewal for each of the following individuals are included in the information below:
 

Mehrdokht Hadi

Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Software Quality Assurance Analyst. I have a BSc degree in Mathematics – Operational Research from Tehran University. I immigrated to Canada in 1998. I am married and have two children.

I have always been involved in social and cultural activities in the Iranian Canadian community. I have been involved with fundraising for Soheil Parsa’s Modern Times Stage theatre company since 2010. I have been a Trustee member with Tirgan since its inception in 2006/7. I actively helped in the founding of the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto and was involved with the organization’s cultural committee in 2005-6. I have worked as a volunteer with the Nowruz festival organized by Mr. Kamal Taravati in the past two years.

In addition to the above, I have been involved in several other social, cultural and fundraising activities in the Iranian Canadian community since I immigrated to Canada.

I first became a member of the Iranian Canadian Congress in 2009. I became more involved with ICC in 2012 and in particular in the past 2-3 years. I have been a member of ICC for much of the past few years, with the exception of some periods when my membership expired. I am ready to build on my background and experience to help ICC become a unifying force in the Iranian Canadian community.

* Membership registration/renewal on March 26, 2018. 
* Missing documents to be submitted by end of April 3rd, 2018.
 

Babak  Amin Tafreshi
Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Bob A.Tafreshi, I've landed in Canada in April 2004. My goal is to work towards building a united and stronger Iranian-Canadian community. I graduated  from Karadj university and carry Bachelors degree in Engineering. I am a Master Electrician since 2011. I'm sure my extended 25 years of experience (More than 15 years experience in management, leadership and coordination) can help me in successfully contributing to the ICC as a board member. In my professional life I have worked as a product manager, project manager, plant manager, vice president and president of organizations in different fields both in Iran and in Canada. Also I'm completely familiar with volunteer work. I was part of the Board of Directors of the Mansion of Avondale in Willowdale community from 2015-2017. 

I am ready to use my knowledge and experience in the ICC Board to work towards my objective of building a strong and united community. 
 
* Membership registration/renewal on Feb 24, 2018. 
 

Shayan Moin

Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Chemical Engineer by profession and studied Polymer Engineering in Tehran Polytechnic. I hold a master of Polymer Engineering from Azad University. I also studied Management and have the certificate to teach management courses from FIDIC (Switzerland).

I am a serial entrepreneur and have vast experience in Manufacturing Industry, Consulting and International trading as well as conducting management courses in Iranian Society of Consulting Engineers. I have been active in non-profit organizations. I was an active member of the board of Young professional forum of ISCE (from 2004 to 2010), and have been a member of the board of IC Network  for 4 years.

I moved to Canada in 2010 and now work with GreenFlow Financial.

I believe that my experience and expertise can bring great value to the board of ICC.

* Membership registration/renewal on March 29, 2018. 


Mehdi Shams
Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.  
* Missing documents to be submitted by end of April 3rd, 2018.
* Membership registration/renewal on March 11, 2018. 

The following nomination is pending on approval of the Canadian Citizenship exemption:

The following member has submitted his nomination. However, he does not meet the Canadian Citizenship requirement set out in the ICC bylaws (Article 5.2.I). Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individual regarding his nomination eligibility (Exemption from Article 5.2.I).
 
Younes Zangiabadi

Younes Zangiabadi is a graduate of political science from York University. He is currently a business development representative at FormAssembly where he works with governments, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and the United Nations in areas of data governance and streamlining internal processes. He is originally from Iran but left the country at the age of 17 to further his education in the West. As a student activist, Younes produced a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by the President Trump's Executive Order known as the Travel Ban. Younes previously worked for the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) where he was involved in various joint UN-Government projects mainly about Emergency Response Preparedness, Disaster Management, and Passive Defense in Iran. Younes is also passionate about Iran's domestic and foreign affairs and he occasionally writes about different subjects regarding Iran on Huffington Post from a young Iranian perspective.


Some of the nominees have not provided all required supporting documents. They have been asked to submit all required documents (in compliance with the ICC bylaws) latest by end of April 3rd, 2018. We will update our list accordingly.  

 

April 04, 2017
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook 

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 12:33:00 a.m. EDT
Subject: Your ICC membership is expiring

 
Dear medi,

Your ICC Annual Membership is set to expire on: May 05, 2017. 

Please click on the following link to renew your membership: http://iraniancanadiancongress.nationbuilder.com/joinicc?recruiter_id=1885

 

Thank You!

Iranian Canadian Congress
http://www.iccongress.ca/

 

March 31, 2018 (modified)
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook 

Nominees for the Board of Directors- ICC Elections 2018

Here is a list of nominees for the ICC Board of Directors:

The following 7 nominees meet all eligibility requirements. Here is the list in alphabetical order: 

 

Mahboob Bolandi*

Bio/Nomination Statement

Mahboob ​has a great passion for entrepreneurship, and community activities. He loves to make new acquaintances, connect people to each other and help them grow in their social and professional life. He has worn many hats in his career, as a result he has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary social and professional projects and to navigate complex challenges. Some of his most recent careers and involvements are listed below:

- Founder and President: Karafarin Canada, 2016-Present
- President of 30th Board of Directors: MOHANDES, 2014-PresentVice
- President: Sharif University of Technology Association-Toronto, 2015-Present
- Founder and CEO: Texers Inc., 2014-Present
- Senior Adviser at Funding Department: Tirgan Festival, 2015​-Present
- Member of PINs Advisory board: TRIEC, 2017-Present

Sholeh Khalili

Bio/Nomination Statement

Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi) has immigrated to Toronto,Canada with her husband and two daughters since 1991. With her relocation Sholeh  brought a wealth of knowledge, training and over seventeen years experience in early childhood education. 

Academically, Sholeh holds a BA in Sociology from the National University of Iran, as well as an Early Childhood Education Diploma from the Canadian Mothercraft Society. 

She is the co author of a series of books for kindergarten children entitled “Gamhaye Nakhostin” meaning “first steps” covering material on phonics, sound and picture association. Her books are still widely used across Kindergartens in Iran and have been reprinted in over 25 editions since their first publication. 

In a professional setting since her arrival in Toronto, Sholeh continued her work in early childhood education initially as an early childhood educator within the YMCA from 1994-2003, followed by the position as one of the directors for the YMCA Scarborough region from 2003 to 2009. Since 2009 Sholeh has held the role of Senior Director, YMCA Greater Toronto Child Care Centre adding to a total of over twenty four years of contribution and service to the YMCA. 

Additionally and within the YMCA, Sholeh organised the “Peace March” for a number of years and served as a member of the “Peace Medallion Ceremony Committee” for many years. Sholeh had also been the Co-Chair of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

As well as her professional contribution within the YMCA in her field of expertise, Sholeh has been equally active in her Iranian community service work on many levels including organising fundraising events of “Mahak” an organisation for helping children diagnosed with cancer in Iran. Additionally, Sholeh is an enthusiastic contributor to “Karnameh” – an Intellectual Centre for teaching performing arts to adults.

Sholeh has also been a regular contributor to the Iranian newspapers.

Adding to her community service contribution, Sholeh has been actively involved in the Iranian Canadian Congress since June 2008 and has served this organisation as a board member and as a vice president for almost four years. In this regard, Sholeh advocates a united Iranian community supporting and upholding a voice of peace and prosperity for all. Sholeh campaigns for a united Iranian Canadian Community entitled to a strong voice with an opportunity to grow and become a strong community that can influence the process of decision making across Canada based on the principle that “the similarities that unite us are much greater than the differences that separate us.”

Above all, Sholeh is an advocate of basic human rights and justice for all.


Mohsen Khaniki

Bio/Nomination Statement
 
Mohsen is a young student activist.  Beside his active involvement as a volunteer and board member in the ICC for the past 3 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University.   
 

Reza Sepehr-Esfahani*

Bio/Nomination Statement

English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.


Pouyan Tabasinejad

Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I hold a Master of Arts Degree in History and another in Immigration Studies and I am currently pursuing my PhD at the Schulich School of Business at York. I ran for Federal Parliament in 2015 in the riding of Willowdale.

I have served as the Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress for the past two years. As Policy Chair, I led the policy committee to launch a number of campaigns, including for the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Canada, combatting banking discrimination against Iranian-Canadians, and advocating for foreign trained immigrant professionals. I also mobilized the policy committee to delay the Iran sanctions bill, Bill S-219, a bill which I and my colleague Bijan Ahmadi spoke against in the Senate of Canada. In my capacity as Policy Chair, I have also presented before the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee and the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage.


Saman Tabasinejad

Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Saman Tabasinejad. I have a Bachelors of Arts in both political science and anthropology from Carleton University and recently completed my Masters research in Anthropology at McGill University, where my research focused on middle-class Tehrani women and dress. For the past two years I have been on the executive of Roofs for Refugees, an organization that pairs newly arrived refugees with homes with reasonable rents. In the past, I have worked with immigrant communities in an organizing capacity as well as teaching English. I have also served as a policy associate for the Iranian Canadian Congress since January. 


Sorena Zahiri Shadbad

 
Bio/Nomination Statement
 

I am writing this statement to announce my intention to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

I began volunteering for the Iranian Canadian Congress over a year ago because I embrace the vision and mission of the ICC, to build an active and influential Iranian Canadian community which is politically engaged at all levels of government and socially involved in Canada's multicultural society. Iranian Canadians have contributed immensely to this great country, but they have yet to achieve the level of political influence that is commensurate with their contributions.

Within the last year, I have been assisting the ICC in its advocacy for economic and political re-engagement with Iran and its encouragement of Canadian lawmakers to reverse Canada’s policy of disengagement with Iran in favour of constructive diplomacy. It has been shown that sanctions and diplomatic disengagement with Iran harm Iranian Canadians by not only depriving them of consular services in Canada, but also depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran, impairing Canada’s ability to protect dual nationals. Working for the ICC has granted me the opportunity to become informed about such realities and enabled me to see the real-life consequences of foreign policy on the every-day lives of ordinary people in our community.

I believe that my experience as a Policy Associate, along with my academic training in politics and international affairs, make me a worthy candidate to join ICC’s Board of Directors.


Nomination of the following 3 individuals is pending on approval of 1-year membership exemption:

The following members have submitted their nomination. However, they do not meet the 1-year membership requirement set out in the ICC bylaws. Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individuals regarding their nomination eligibility.
 

Mehrdokht Hadi*

 
Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Software Quality Assurance Analyst. I have a BSc degree in Mathematics – Operational Research from Tehran University. I immigrated to Canada in 1998. I am married and have two children.

I have always been involved in social and cultural activities in the Iranian Canadian community. I have been involved with fundraising for Soheil Parsa’s Modern Times Stage theatre company since 2010. I have been a Trustee member with Tirgan since its inception in 2006/7. I actively helped in the founding of the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto and was involved with the organization’s cultural committee in 2005-6. I have worked as a volunteer with the Nowruz festival organized by Mr. Kamal Taravati in the past two years.

In addition to the above, I have been involved in several other social, cultural and fundraising activities in the Iranian Canadian community since I immigrated to Canada.

I first became a member of the Iranian Canadian Congress in 2009. I became more involved with ICC in 2012 and in particular in the past 2-3 years. I have been a member of ICC for much of the past few years, with the exception of some periods when my membership expired. I am ready to build on my background and experience to help ICC become a unifying force in the Iranian Canadian community.


Babak  Amin Tafreshi

Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.

Mehdi Shams*

Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.  

 

Membership and Bylaw Eligibility Under Review:

The following individuals have submitted their nomination. However, their membership record and/or their nomination eligibility  is under review (for compliance with the ICC bylaws). They have have been asked to provide documentation. We will update this list in the next few days.  

Shayan Moin*, Younes Zangiabadi


* Note: The nominees marked have not provided all required supporting documents. They have been asked to submit all required documents (in compliance with the ICC bylaws) latest by end of April 3rd, 2018. We will update our list accordingly.  

 

March 30, 2018
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook 

Nominees for the Board of Directors- ICC Elections 2018

Here is a list of nominees for the ICC Board of Directors in alphabetical order (based on last name):

The following 6 nominees meet all eligibility requirements: 

Mahboob Bolandi*

Bio/Nomination Statement
 
Dear friends at ICC Board of Directors,

Hereby I declare my interest to run for ICC BOD Election 2018.
 
A few words about me:
 
Mahboob ​has a great passion for entrepreneurship, and community activities. He loves to make new acquaintances, connect people to each other and help them grow in their social and professional life. He has worn many hats in his career, as a result he has a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary social and professional projects and to navigate complex challenges. Some of his most recent careers and involvements are listed below:

Sholeh Dolatabadi

Bio/Nomination Statement

Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi) has immigrated to Toronto,Canada with her husband and two daughters since 1991. With her relocation Sholeh  brought a wealth of knowledge, training and over seventeen years experience in early childhood education. 

Academically, Sholeh holds a BA in Sociology from the National University of Iran, as well as an Early Childhood Education Diploma from the Canadian Mothercraft Society. 

She is the co author of a series of books for kindergarten children entitled “Gamhaye Nakhostin” meaning “first steps” covering material on phonics, sound and picture association. Her books are still widely used across Kindergartens in Iran and have been reprinted in over 25 editions since their first publication. 

In a professional setting since her arrival in Toronto, Sholeh continued her work in early childhood education initially as an early childhood educator within the YMCA from 1994-2003, followed by the position as one of the directors for the YMCA Scarborough region from 2003 to 2009. Since 2009 Sholeh has held the role of Senior Director, YMCA Greater Toronto Child Care Centre adding to a total of over twenty four years of contribution and service to the YMCA. 

Additionally and within the YMCA, Sholeh organised the “Peace March” for a number of years and served as a member of the “Peace Medallion Ceremony Committee” for many years. Sholeh had also been the Co-Chair of the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign.

As well as her professional contribution within the YMCA in her field of expertise, Sholeh has been equally active in her Iranian community service work on many levels including organising fundraising events of “Mahak” an organisation for helping children diagnosed with cancer in Iran. Additionally, Sholeh is an enthusiastic contributor to “Karnameh” – an Intellectual Centre for teaching performing arts to adults.

Sholeh has also been a regular contributor to the Iranian newspapers.

Adding to her community service contribution, Sholeh has been actively involved in the Iranian Canadian Congress since June 2008 and has served this organisation as a board member and as a vice president for almost four years. In this regard, Sholeh advocates a united Iranian community supporting and upholding a voice of peace and prosperity for all. Sholeh campaigns for a united Iranian Canadian Community entitled to a strong voice with an opportunity to grow and become a strong community that can influence the process of decision making across Canada based on the principle that “the similarities that unite us are much greater than the differences that separate us.”

Above all, Sholeh is an advocate of basic human rights and justice for all.


Mohsen Khaniki

Bio/Nomination Statement
 
Mohsen is a young student activist.  Beside his active involvement as a volunteer and board member in the ICC for the past 3 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University.   
 

Pouyan Tabasinejad

 
Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I hold a Master of Arts Degree in History and another in Immigration Studies and I am currently pursuing my PhD at the Schulich School of Business at York. I ran for Federal Parliament in 2015 in the riding of Willowdale.

I have served as the Policy Chair of the Iranian Canadian Congress for the past two years. As Policy Chair, I led the policy committee to launch a number of campaigns, including for the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between Iran and Canada, combatting banking discrimination against Iranian-Canadians, and advocating for foreign trained immigrant professionals. I also mobilized the policy committee to delay the Iran sanctions bill, Bill S-219, a bill which I and my colleague Bijan Ahmadi spoke against in the Senate of Canada. In my capacity as Policy Chair, I have also presented before the Senate Foreign Affairs and International Trade Committee and the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage.


Saman Tabasinejad

Bio/Nomination Statement

My name is Saman Tabasinejad. I have a Bachelors of Arts in both political science and anthropology from Carleton University and recently completed my Masters research in Anthropology at McGill University, where my research focused on middle-class Tehrani women and dress. For the past two years I have been on the executive of Roofs for Refugees, an organization that pairs newly arrived refugees with homes with reasonable rents. In the past, I have worked with immigrant communities in an organizing capacity as well as teaching English. I have also served as a policy associate for the Iranian Canadian Congress since January. 


Sorena Zahiri Shadbad

 
Bio/Nomination Statement
 

I am writing this statement to announce my intention to run for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

I began volunteering for the Iranian Canadian Congress over a year ago because I embrace the vision and mission of the ICC, to build an active and influential Iranian Canadian community which is politically engaged at all levels of government and socially involved in Canada's multicultural society. Iranian Canadians have contributed immensely to this great country, but they have yet to achieve the level of political influence that is commensurate with their contributions.

Within the last year, I have been assisting the ICC in its advocacy for economic and political re-engagement with Iran and its encouragement of Canadian lawmakers to reverse Canada’s policy of disengagement with Iran in favour of constructive diplomacy. It has been shown that sanctions and diplomatic disengagement with Iran harm Iranian Canadians by not only depriving them of consular services in Canada, but also depriving them of representation by Canadian officials in Iran, impairing Canada’s ability to protect dual nationals. Working for the ICC has granted me the opportunity to become informed about such realities and enabled me to see the real-life consequences of foreign policy on the every-day lives of ordinary people in our community.

I believe that my experience as a Policy Associate, along with my academic training in politics and international affairs, make me a worthy candidate to join ICC’s Board of Directors.


Nomination of the following 3 individuals is pending on approval of 1-year membership exemption:

The following members have submitted their nomination. However, they do not meet the 1-year membership requirement set out in the ICC bylaws. Consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous board elections, members will be asked at the AGM whether they accept to provide exemption to the following individuals regarding their nomination eligibility.
 

Mehrdokht Hadi*

 
Bio/Nomination Statement

I am a Software Quality Assurance Analyst. I have a BSc degree in Mathematics – Operational Research from Tehran University. I immigrated to Canada in 1998. I am married and have two children.

I have always been involved in social and cultural activities in the Iranian Canadian community. I have been involved with fundraising for Soheil Parsa’s Modern Times Stage theatre company since 2010. I have been a Trustee member with Tirgan since its inception in 2006/7. I actively helped in the founding of the Iranian Association at the University of Toronto and was involved with the organization’s cultural committee in 2005-6. I have worked as a volunteer with the Nowruz festival organized by Mr. Kamal Taravati in the past two years.

In addition to the above, I have been involved in several other social, cultural and fundraising activities in the Iranian Canadian community since I immigrated to Canada.

I first became a member of the Iranian Canadian Congress in 2009. I became more involved with ICC in 2012 and in particular in the past 2-3 years. I have been a member of ICC for much of the past few years, with the exception of some periods when my membership expired. I am ready to build on my background and experience to help ICC become a unifying force in the Iranian Canadian community.


Babak  Amin Tafreshi

Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.

Mehdi Shams*

Bio/Nomination Statement
English bio will be uploaded upon the nominee submitting the file.  

 

Membership and Bylaw Eligibility Under Review:

The following individuals have submitted their nomination. However, their membership record and/or their nomination eligibility  is under review (for compliance with the ICC bylaws). They have have been asked to provide documentation. We will update this list in the next few days.  

Shayan Moin*, Reza Sepehr Esfahani*, Younes Zangiabadi

 

March 29

Mar. 29, 2018 at 7:23 a.m.

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:Bijan Ahmadi,Mehran Farazmand,Tayaz Fakhri,Mojtaba Adibrad,Soudeh Ghand 6 more...

Mar. 29, 2018 at 7:24 a.m.

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان
متاسفانه عدم اعتماد، حسن نیت، صداقت و صمیمیت، چنان بر کنگره ایرانیان مسلط شده است، که بیشتر نیرو ها در رودرروئی ها، شک و تردید به یکدیگر تلف میگردند. بخصوص با مشاهده رفتار های غیر قانونی و غیر اخلاقی اعضای هییت مدیره که در اکثریت قرار گرفته اند، با تنها عضوی که سعی میکند به رسالت نمایندگی، که اعضاء با رای خود به ایشان سپرده اند، متعهد بماند، این فکر بوجود میاید که هییت مدیره آینده توان و نیت تحمل مخالفی را در میان خود ندارد.

از اینرو، اینجانب که قصد دارم در انتخابات امسال به عنوان کاندیدا شرکت کنم، لازم می بینم که از هم اکنون از حقوق خود و دیگر کاندیدا ها که شناخت کمتری از این نهاد دارند، تا جای امکان حفاظت کنم.
- به همین دلیل ایمیل اعلام آمادگی شرکت در انتخابات امسال را تا آخرین دقایق زمان مقرر، که ساعت 11:59 دقیقه امروز پنجشنبه  29 آپریل تعیین شده است، ارسال نخواهم کرد.
- به همه آنهائیکه قصد دارند در این انتخابات به عنوان کاندیدا شرکت کنند، پیشنهاد میکنم اینچنین عمل کنند.
- در ضمن این را حق خود میدانم که بدانم که چه کسانی ایمیل های در این رابطه را دریافت میکنند.
- لازم می بینم که هییت مدیره، بلافاصله بعد از زمان مقرر، اسامی کسانی را که اعلام آمادگی کرده اند اعلام کند.

منتظر پاسخ و اطلاع رسانی شما قبل از پایان موعد مقرر امروز هستم.
با تشکر - مهدی شمس، عضو احتمالی هییت مدیره سال آینده  

 

·         Soudeh Ghasemi <soudeh.gh@gmail.com>

To:Medi Shams

Cc:Bijan Ahmadi,Mehran Farazmand,Tayaz Fakhri,Mojtaba Adibrad,Hooman Shiraziand 5 more...

Mar. 29, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

Hello Mehdi Shams,

 

Please refrain using my personal email for future correspondences. 

 

Regards,

Soudeh Ghasemi, CPA, CGA

 

mehran farazmand <mehran_farazmand@yahoo.com>

To:Medi Shams,Soudeh Ghasemi

Cc:Bijan Ahmadi,Tayaz Fakhri,Mojtaba Adibrad,Hooman Shirazi,Pouyan Tabasinejadand 4 more...

Mar. 29, 2018 at 8:58 a.m.

سلام خوبی آقا مهدی؟ من روزها را گم کرده ام و شما ماهها را. فکر کنم امروز 29 مارس است نه 29 آوریل

 

 

·         Bijan Ahmadi <ahmadibi@gmail.com>

To:Medi Shams,Iranian Canadian Congress

Mar. 29, 2018 at 9:25 a.m.

- Please make sure you exactly follow the instructions provided in the AGM notice including the deadlines. 

- The board follows the ICC bylaws in conducting the AGM and the Board Elections. 

 

Regards,

- Bijan Ahmadi 

 

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:mehran farazmand

Mar. 29, 2018 at 5:36 p.m.

با سلام

خیلی متشکر که با خبرم کردی. این تغییر یکماهه در برگزاری انتخابات باعث شده که در ما قدیمی ها اختلال های زمانی بوجود آید. پس امروز روز آخر میباشد. آیا میشه پارتی بازی کرد؟ به نظر میاد که بیژن فکر کرده که توطئه هائی در کار است. جالبه که سه نفر جواب میدهند و هیچکدام به دو سئوال مطرحه شده توجه ائی نمیکند؟

میتونم بدونم که چه کسانی ایمیل های اعلام آمادگی را دریافت میکنند؟ متاسفانه عدم اعتماد به حدی رسیده که آدم به خودش هم شک میکنه.

با تشکر - مهدی

 

 

March 29

From: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To: mehran farazmand <mehran_farazmand@yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 05:36:30 p.m. EDT
Subject: Re: Two requets

 
با سلام
خیلی متشکر که با خبرم کردی. این تغییر یکماهه در برگزاری انتخابات باعث شده که در ما قدیمی ها اختلال های زمانی بوجود آید. پس امروز روز آخر میباشد. آیا میشه پارتی بازی کرد؟ به نظر میاد که بیژن فکر کرده که توطئه هائی در کار است. جالبه که سه نفر جواب میدهند و هیچکدام به دو سئوال مطرحه شده توجه ائی نمیکند؟
میتونم بدونم که چه کسانی ایمیل های اعلام آمادگی را دریافت میکنند؟ متاسفانه عدم اعتماد به حدی رسیده که آدم به خودش هم شک میکنه.
با تشکر - مهدی

 

March 25, 2018
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook 

 

 

Trump is on the Path to War With Iran

More than ever before it is necessary for our community to advocate for peace and diplomacy.

John Bolton: "The inconvenient truth is that only military action...can accomplish what is required. Time is terribly short, but a strike can still succeed." (1)

Mike Pompeo: "It is under 2,000 sorties to destroy the Iranian nuclear capacity. This is not an insurmountable task for the coalition forces.” (2)
 

 

As we were celebrating Nowruz, important changes happened in the Trump Administration. First, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was replaced by Mike Pompeo. Shortly thereafter, National Security Advisor H.R McMaster was replaced by John Bolton. While Tillerson and McMaster were both considered moderate in their approach to foreign relations, both John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are on record advocating publicly for aggression and military actions against Iran.
 

Since the last US elections the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) has warned the Canadian government on multiple occasions about the dangerous policies the Trump administration have implemented. The ICC was among the leading Canadian organizations raising its voice against the discriminatory Trump travel ban (the Muslim Ban) and ensuring that Canadian-Iranians and Canadian PR holders are not impacted. 

On October 11, 2017 as the world was waiting for Trump administration's decision about the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) we authored a letter signed by 10 Canadian civil society organizations asking the Canadian government to show leadership by supporting the nuclear agreement and committing to diplomacy with Iran. A few days later (on Oct 13th) Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland issued a statement in support of the nuclear agreement and announced Canada's commitment to provide additional funding for the International Atomic Energy Agency work related to the Iran nuclear agreement. 

We have a challenging and dangerous time ahead of us. With Bolton and Pompeo at the White House the voices of war seem to be louder than ever before. We need to organize and make sure that our voice is heard by policy makers across Canada. Responsible and peaceful countries like Canada must advocate for peace and diplomacy with Iran. Canada has the strength, the experience and the relationship with the US to do this. It is only in this way that we believe that Canada can help the world avoid another disastrous war in the Middle East.  

To help us: Join the ICC to support our efforts in building a coalition for peace with Iran in Canada. 

More than ever before it is necessary for our community to advocate for peace and diplomacy.

Click here to join ICC membership and help us strengthen our community’s voice in Canada.

 

References:

(1) https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/opinion/to-stop-irans-bomb-bomb-iran.html

(2) http://abcnewsradioonline.com/politics-news/sen-elect-tom-cotton-put-an-end-to-iran-nuclear-talks.html

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March 24, 2018
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Reminder: Nomination Deadline and Clarification Regarding Membership Requirement

Here is an announcement from the ICC Board of Directors regarding the upcoming AGM on April 29, 2018:

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC),

 

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the ICC will be held on Sunday April 29th, 2018 at 3PM in North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber in Toronto, Ontario (5100 Yonge Street). During this meeting the ICC executives will provide a report about the annual activities of the organization. Also during this AGM 6 new board members will be elected for the ICC Board of Directors. For more information about the AGM and the nomination procedure please click here to review the AGM Notice.

Please note that the nomination deadline is March 29, 2018, 11:59PM. 

Clarification regarding nomination requirements:

During recent days we have received questions about the nomination requirements. According to the ICC bylaws nominees must meet certain requirements. One of the requirements is that a board nominee must have been a member in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the AGM. The Board of Directors of the ICC would like to clarify that consistent with the practice of the ICC in previous years if a nominee does not meet the 1 year membership requirement we will accept a motion proposed by the nominee to request membership for an exception/exemption. In this process the nomination of the person who does not meet the bylaw membership requirement will be pending on approval from the membership. For this exemption motion to pass it requires an affirmative vote of at least two-thirds (2/3) of the members voting in the AGM. 

Membership Registration

ONLY members of the ICC are eligible to attend at the Annual General Meeting and vote for the election of new board members. You can sign up for ICC membership or renew your membership online at www.iccongress.ca/joinICC 

For membership cut-off dates please refer to the AGM notice. 

Online Voting

According to the procedure provided in the bylaws the ICC is facilitating online voting from April 21-April 28. 

  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at info@iccongress.

 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors
Iranian Canadian Congress

 

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March 22, 2018
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Video: Community Roundtable About Increasing Participation of Iranian-Canadian Women

Full video of the ICC Community Roundtable about increasing participation of Iranian-Canadian women in Canada.

Thanks to frameless.ca for sponsoring the videography of the event. Click on the following link to watch the full video on Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsY2ZnLypIg

 

March 22, 2018
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Together let’s make 1397 a great
year for our community. Happy Nowruz!

Here is a Nowruz message from the ICC President Bijan Ahmadi:

TOGETHER LET’S MAKE 1397 A GREAT YEAR FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

Happy Nowruz!

 

On behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress I would like to wish you a happy Nowruz. May 1397 bring happiness and prosperity to you, your family and loved ones.

During the past year with your help and support we have come a long way in strengthening the voice of our community in Canada. Nowruz is a good opportunity to reflect on our achievements together and plan for the year ahead.

More than ever before our community is organized and meaningfully engaged in Canada’s social and political life. Through our work in raising awareness about important public policy issues, we have enabled thousands of Iranian-Canadians to take action and connect with their elected representatives about causes that are important to our community.

We have ensured that the federal government remains committed to diplomacy with Iran and gained bipartisan support for engagement. While facing strong opposition from pro-sanction and pro-isolation lobbies, we have ensured that the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau remains committed to reengagement and diplomacy with Iran. We have also been able to gain the support of the New Democratic Party of Canada and its leadership for renewal of relations with Iran and the reopening of the embassies.

We have successfully prevented imposition of sanctions that negatively impact Iranian-Canadians. With your support we have been able to so far block and delay the vote on Bill S219 (Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act). We believe that these sanctions only hurt ordinary Iranian-Canadians and block the path of diplomacy between Canada and Iran.

We have done extensive work related to policies that impact Iranian newcomers. During the past year we have also focused on two important issues that impact Iranian newcomers. We have done extensive research about the foreign trained professionals accreditation process and we are in midst of sharing our list of recommendations with major political parties in Ontario. We will ask them to present their plan before the upcoming provincial elections for addressing problems our foreign trained professionals encounter in their credential evaluation process. We are also raising awareness about unreasonable extended wait times Iranian students are facing in their immigration process to ensure they are treated fairly and that they can stay in Canada and contribute to this great country.

Working in collaboration with other Canadian organizations to advocate for our common interests. During this past year the ICC for the first time joined forces with other Canadian organizations in raising awareness about important issues that would impact our community as well. We led an initiative in preparing and publishing a joint statement with 9 other civil society and pro peace organizations asking PM Trudeau to commit to the nuclear deal with Iran. We joined the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in raising our objection to some of the provisions of Bill C51 and finally we joined tens of organizations that stood against some of the provisions of the Preclearance Act that in our opinion would negatively affect our community.

For the first time in the Parliament of Canada we talked about discrimination that our community members face in Canada and we proposed solutions to overcome these problems. While our multicultural Canada is much better in comparison to most other countries, we need to acknowledge that discrimination still exists in Canada. As part of the study initiated in the House of Commons on anti-discrimination motion M103, representatives of the ICC presented in front of the House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage and provided a list of recommendations on how Canadian policy makers may combat discrimination against minority communities.  

We have a challenging year ahead. The voices of hate, division and war seem to be louder than ever before. We need to organize and make sure that our voice is heard by policy makers in Canada. More than ever before it is necessary for our community to advocate for peace, dialogue, inclusion, and tolerance. The ICC is the only organization that work to safeguard the interests of Iranian-Canadians in Canadian social and political life. Join us as a member to be one of the shareholders of the organization. As a member you will have voting rights and through your vote in the Annual General Meetings you will set the priorities and the policy agenda of the organization.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN ICC MEMBERSHIP AND HELP US STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY’S VOICE IN CANADA.

 

Sincerely,

Bijan Ahmadi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress

Note: the next Annual General Meeting is scheduled for April 29, 2018Click here to review the notice of AGM. 

 

March 22, 2018
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March 22, 2018
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March 17, 2018
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نامه یکی از اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا: معترضین به کنگره ایرانیان کانادا چه میخواهند؟

آقای مهندس حسین شریف یکی اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا مطلب زیر را برای ما ارسال کردند. ایشان این مطلب را در پاسخ چند نوشته، که در هفته های اخیر علیه فعالیت های کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در هفته نامه شهروند (تورنتو) منتشر شده بود، نوشته اند. به گفته ایشان هفته نامه شهروند بر خلاف اصول روزنامه نگاری و با وجود پیگیری های ایشان تا این لحظه از انتشار پاسخ آقای شریف به مطالب منتشر شده امتناع کرده است. بر این اساس روابط عمومی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا تصمیم گرفت که نوشته این عضو کنگره ایرانیان کانادا را منتشر کند و آن را با شما همراهان کنگره ایرانیان کانادا به اشتراک بگذارد تا با اینکار اعتراض خود را به سانسور مطلب یکی از اعضای کنگره توسط هفته نامه شهروند اعلام کنیم. 

از مدیران هفته نامه شهروند (تورنتو) درخواست میکنیم که با احترام به اصول اخلاقی و و رسالت حرفه ای خود در کار رسانه ای نظرات گوناگون را بازتاب دهند و یا با شفافیت کامل خود را به عنوان یک رسانه حزبی برای تبلیغ عقاید گروهی و جناحی خود معرفی کنند. 

این مطلب بازگو کننده نظرات نویسنده است. 

 

معترضین به کنگره ایرانیان کانادا چه میخواهند؟

در هفته های اخیر و بخصوص در روزهای نزدیک به جشن سالانه سیمرغ کنگره ایرانیان کانادا (جمعه ۲ فوریه) عده ای از هموطنان که مخالف فعالیتهای و برنامه های کنگره ایرانیان کانادا هستند، به حملات گفتاری و نوشتاری خود علیه کنگره افزودند.

آقای رضا بنائی یکی از آنها بود که در نامه ای که در یکی از نشریات فارسی زبان –شهروند شماره ۱۶۸۷- به چاپ رسانده، در آن به هر دروغی متوسل شده تا کنگره ایرانیان را پشتیبان جمهوری اسلامی معرفی کند. او که خود چند سال پیش (سال ۲۰۱۴-۲۰۱۵) به طور انتصابی به ریاست کنگره ایرانیان کانادا رسیده بود در این نامه این سازمان را "گروه موسوم به «کنگره ایرانیان کانادا»" مینامد و مراسم کنگره ایرانیان که در جهت قدردانی از فعالین جامعه ایرانیان کانادا با نام سیمرغ برگزار شده را " پارتی شبانه" میخواند که توسط یک "گروه چند ده نفره طرفداران و لابی‌گران جمهوری اسلامی" برگزار شد.

سقراط چه خوب گفته که دروغ از حقارت نشات میگیرد و حقارت از جهالت.

ضیافت سیمرغ  Simorgh Gala که از جمله اهداف آن "تعامل بیشتر جامعه ایرانی کانادایی  با احزاب کانادا و قدر دانی از فعالین جامعه ایرانی" است، برای دومین سال با حضور چند صد نفر( متجاوز از ۳۵۰ نفر) و با حضور سیاستمداران شناخته شده در شورای شهر ریچموند هیل، اعضای پارلمان کانادا و همچنین رهبر حزب نیودمکرات -که نامه آقای بنایی با لحنی توهین آمیز خطاب به ایشان نوشته شده- برگزار گردید. در سخنانی جگمیت سینگ رهبر حزب نیودمکرات در ادامه درخواستش از دولت به تعهدی که سه سال پیش نسبت به بازگشایی سفارت های ایران و کانادا کرده بود و هنوز به آن عمل نکرده از جمله گفت: «ما دنیای بهتر را با دیالوگ می سازیم. دنیای بهتر با نشنیدن دیگری و قطع ارتباطات ایجاد نمی شود. دنیای بهتر با ارتباطات ایجاد می شود. "
پیام آقای جاستین ترودو نخست وزیر کانادا درابتدای مراسم خوانده شد. آقای ترودو ا ین جشن را “فرصتی عالی برای بزرگداشت سهم چشمگیر ایرانی ـ کانادایی ها در پیشرفت کانادا” دانست.

لطفا نامه آقای بنایی را خوانده و خودتان آنرا با گزارش این مراسم که در یک نشریه دیگر -سلام تورنتو ۸ فوریه- چاپ شده مقایسه کنید.

اما جدای از خلاف گویی نامه  آقای رضا بنایی بنظر میرسد ایشان با وجود اینکه یک سال به طور انتصابی ریاست کنگره ایرانیان را بر عهده داشته اند حتی یکبار هم اساسنامه آنرا نخوانده اند و کوچکترین اطلاع یا اهمیتی برای وظایف کنگره به عنوان یک سازمان غیر حزبی که برای بهبود شرایط زندگی ایرانیان کانادا تلاش میکند قائل نیستند. بی دلیل نبود که ایشان بدون توجه به اساس نامه سازمان و وظیفه خود به عنوان ریاست کنگره در جریان انتخابات داخلی حزب لیبرال در ویلودیل از کاندیدای ایتالیایی تبار در مقابل دو کاندید ایرانی تبار فعالانه حمایت میکرد.

گفته شده در جریان اعتراض ۳ تن از اعضا هیات مدیره کنگره به این اقدام رئیس وقت کنگره آقای بنایی هزاران دلار صرف وکیل -دفتر حقوقی میندن گروس- شد تا  نظر زیر ارائه گردد:

"از نظر ما عملكرد آقاى بنائى در تاريخ ٣٠ سپتامبر ٢٠١٤ هنگاميكه ايشان از كانديداى ايتاليايي – كانادايى رقيب كانديداهای ايرانى-كانادايى حمايت كردند در تضاد با وظائف قانونى ايشان به عنوان مدير و مسئول کنگره قرار دارد. عليرغم اينكه آقاى بنائى در ظرفيت شخصى خود اين حق را دارند كه از هر فردى كه مايلند حمايت كنند به واسطه مقامشان به عنوان رئيس هيئت مديره و يكى از مديران کنگره ایشان ملزم به رعایت وظايف قانونى قید شده در بالا در قبال سازمانی که آن را نمایندگی می کنند هستند."

اما در مخالفت با کنگره و ضیافت سیمرغ در دوم فوریه آقای رضا بنائى تنها نیست.

در جمعه شب ۲ فوریه گروه کوچکی حدود ۱۰ نفر در محل برگزاری جشن سیمرغ به تظاهرات به اصطلاح افشاگرانه علیه کنگره پرداختند و مخالفت خود را با موجودیت و فعالیتهای کنگره ابراز کردند. فیلم گزارش این تظاهرات در فضای مجازی گذاشته شده است.

قبل از هر چیز باید بگویم که انتقاد، ابراز مخالفت و تظاهرات امری قانونی و پذیرفته شده و یکی از مواهب جامعه دمکرات کانادا است.


متاسفانه سخنان و گزارش های این گروه معترض از جشن سیمرغ سراسر کذب و همراه با تهمت و توهین است. در این گزارش ها و شعار های این عده کنگره به عنوان لابی جمهوری اسلامی و برگزار کننده جشن که هزینه اش را جمهوری اسلامی پرداخته است معرفی میشود. این گروه حتی بر خلاف آگاهی خودشان که هزینه محل اجاره جشن با پول بلیط شرکت کنندگان که من یکی از آنها بودم پرداخته شده است به دروغی غیر اخلاقی متوسل میشوند تا بگویند که کنگره لابی جمهوری اسلامی است.


شاید اینها همه به دروغ مصلحت آمیز معتقد هستند یا معتقدند که هدف وسیله را توجیه میکند؟!


از اینهم سخیفتر مخالفت این گروه نه تنها اعضا و هیئت مدیره کنگره را مورد هدف قرار داده است، بلکه حتی به خانواده شان هم تهمت های دروغ و ناروا بسته اند که این خود نشانه ضعف منطق و عمل غیر اخلاقی این گروه معترض است.

راستی اینها چه میخواهند؟ در یک کلام حرف آنان این است که چرا کنگره مانند یک حزب و گروه سیاسی برانداز بر علیه جمهوری اسلامی عمل نمی کند. این گروه به عمد یا سهوا نادیده میگیرند که کنگره یک سازمان غیر انتفاعی، غیر مذهبی، غیر حزبی، داوطلبانه و سراسری است که برای هماهنگی وجوه مشترک ایرانیان مهاجر به کانادا و پیگیری حقوق و منافعشان به وجود آمده است. آیا این افراد با تفاوت کار صنفی و غیر حزبی با فعالیت های یک سازمان سیاسی و حزبی آشنا نیستند؟ کافی است این گروه سری به سایت کنگره بزنند و در سرلوحه وظایف کنگره مطالب زیر را ببینند:

The Iranian Canadian Congress 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 Canadian society.


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 پیشبرد منافع جامعه ایرانی-کانادایی و تشویق جامعه ما به مشارکت در جامعه کانادا بوده است.

انصافا کدام یک از فعالیتهای جاری کنگره از این اهداف سر باز زده است؟ بنظر میرسد که این گروه از ساده ترین اصل یک سازمان صنفی و غیر حزبی کاملا بی اطلاع هستند. برای مثال در یک سندیکای کارگری که از منافع کارگران حمایت میکند اعضایش غیر از کارگر بودن میتوانند همه نوع سلیقه و اعتقاد مذهبی و سیاسی داشته باشند. یک گروه میتوانند نماز خوان و مذهبی باشند، یک گروه افکار چپ داشته باشند، یک عده هم لیبرال و غیره. نمیتوانی به نمازخوان بگویی مرتجع، به چپگرا بگویی عامل بیگانه، به لیبرال بگویی وطن فروش و غیره و سندیکا را از درون متلاشی کنی! از یک سندیکا نمیتوان وظیفه یک حزب سیاسی را انتظار داشت. این گروه معترض به کنگره انتظار دارند که کنگره به مانند یک حزب سیاسی عمل بکند و بر این باورند که اگر کنگره با ما هم عقیده نباشد باید کمر به نابودیش ببندیم.

تا آنجا که من برداشت کرده ام این گروه به دو دلیل عمده دروغ گویی، تهمت زدن، و دشنام گویی را علیه کنگره ایرانیان شروع کرده وهمچنان ادامه میدهند:

دلیل ۱- پشتیبانی کنگره از باز گشائی سفارتخانه ها و عادی کردن روابط دیپلماتیک بین کانادا و ایران

از نظر اینجاب به عنوان یکنفر از نزدیک به ۱۶,۰۰۰ نفری که پتیشن (طومار) پارلمانی کنگره در این زمینه را امضا کرده، این اقدام کنگره بر اساس وظایف تعریف شده در اساسنامه کنگره و در جهت منافع مشترک ایرانیان مهاجر به کانادا بوده و قابل تقدیر است.

این گروه خوب میدانند که قطع ناگهانی روابط کانادا با ایران در سال ۲۰۱۲ با دستور آقای استفان هارپر نخست وزیر دولت محافظه کار بدون هیچ زمینه منطقی بطور ضرب الاجل و بیسابقه در روابط بین الملل انجام گرفت. یاد آور میشوم سفارت خانه های ایران و عراق در تمام طول جنگ ۸ ساله هیچوقت بسته نشدند. سفارتخانه های آمریکا و شوروی در تمام دوران جنگ سرد همیشه فعال بودند, هرچند که دیپلماتهای جاسوس به عنوان عناصر نامطلوب اخراج میشدند.

سفارتخانه ها متعلق به ملتها هم هستند، دکان بقالی نیستند که یک شبه با ذکر دلایل واهی بسته شوند. این اقدام ناگهانی آقای هارپر بلافاصله مورد انتقاد شدید دیپلماتهای برجسته کانادا و آقای کن تیلور سفر پیشین کانادا در ایران قرار گرفت. دلیل قطع روابط در آن زمان احتمال حمله به سفارتخانه کانادا بدنبال حمله به سفارتخانه انگلستان در تهران اعلام شد. لازم به ذکر است چند سال است که روابط انگلستان در حد سفیر با ایران مجددا برقرار است.

البته در مورد کانادا بعدها در تحلیل ها معلوم شد دولت آقای هارپر تحت تاثیر لابی های پنهان دست راستی و همچنین امکان بستن قرار داد چند ملیاردی فروش اسلحه به عربستان سعودی، چنین با عجله و خارج از عرف دست به چنین کاری زده است.

راستی چرا پیگیری و تلاش برای تجدید روابط بین کانادا با ایران که وعده انتخاباتی دولت لیبرال آقای ترودو نیز هست، از وظایف مسلم کنگره ایرانیان کانادا ا میباشد که به خوبی هم آنرا در حد توانش انجام داده است؟ سالهاست هزاران ایرانی و ایرانی تباران که نیازمند خدمات کنسولی هستند باید با صرف وقت و هزینه های غیر ضروری به کشور های دیگر سفر بکنند. چرا ما باید برای انجام نیازهای کنسولی, امور تحصیلی و حقوقی مان تا این درجه با مشکلات روبرو شویم؟ چه کسانی از نبود روابط بین دو کشور سود میبرند؟ مسلما نه هموطنانمان در ایران و نه مهاجران ایرانی تبار در کانادا.

همزمان با پتیشن کنگره در تشویق دولت لیبرال کانادا به عمل به وعده انتخاباتیش در سال گذشته، پتیشن دیگری در همان زمان با پشتیبانی پیتر کنت نماینده محافظه کار تورن هیل در مخالفت با بازگشایی سفارت ها به جریان افتاد. پتیشن کنگره نزدیک به ۱۶,۰۰۰ و پتیشن مخالف تنها حدود ۶۰۰ امضا جمع آوری کرد. با اینحال پس از نزدیک به سه سال از وعده آقای ترودو بنظر میرسد چشم انداز روشنی حداقل برای آینده نزدیک برای برقراری مجدد رابطه حتی در پایینترین سطح دیده نمیشود.

دلیل ۲: تلاش کنگره برای جلوگیری از تصویب لایحه S-219  

این لایحه که عنوانش "تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران" است در صورت تصویب در واقع شرایطی را فراهم خواهد آورد که موانع بیشتری برای تجدید روابط بین کانادا با ایران بوجود خواهد آورد. تصویب این لایحه بر پیچیده گی گفتگو برای برقراری روابط اثرات منفی خواهد گذاشت.

ولی این خود وزارت خارجه کانادا است که با لایحه S-219 و وضع تحریم های غیرهسته ای علیه ایران موافق نیست. در آپریل سال گذشته دستیار معاون وزارت امور خارجه کانادا در امور اروپا و خاورمیانه در نامه ای به سناتورهای عضو کمیته روابط خارجی سنا گفت که «از دیدگاه وزارت امور خارجه کانادا، تصویب لایحه 219-S به احتمال زیاد برقراری روابط دیپلماتیک با ایران را مانع می شود.»

یکی از اقدامات چشمگیر کنگره در بهار سال گذشته، حضور نمایندگان این سازمان در کمیته روابط خارجی سنا و مطرح کردن دلائل منطقی شان بر غیر ضروری و مضر بودن تصویب این لایحه بر منافع جامعه ایرانی کانادایی بود. در این جلسه همه دیدیم که سناتور محافظه کار  لین بی یک که اکنون بخاطر دفاع از فاجعه جدا کردن فرزندان بومیان کانادا از والدینشان در دهه های گذشته از حزب محافظه کار اخراج شده است یکی از کسانی بود که بر تصویب این لایحه اصرار میورزید.

اکنون با توجه به دو دلیل بالا سوال من از گروه معترض اینست که چگونه توضیح میدهند که افکارو خواسته هایشان تا این حد به دست راستی ترین همکاران آقای هارپر و این سناتور نژاد پرست نزدیک است؟

 

با سپاس و احترام

حسین شریف

ریچموند هیل، آنتاریو

 

March 15, 2018
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ICC AGM 2018 and Nomination Notice

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

When: Sunday April 29, 2018, 3PM

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 April 29th, 2018 at 3PM 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 6 new board members for the ICC Board of Directors. 

According to the procedure provided in the bylaws the ICC is facilitating online voting from April 21-April 28. For more information about the nomination process and voting procedure please review this announcement 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-laws):

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 March 29, 2018, 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 members of the ICC by the end of April 15, 2018 (11:59PM) are eligible to vote in the online election and those who become member of the ICC by the end of April 23, 2018 (11:59PM) are eligible to vote in person on April 29, 2018.

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.

If you have any question about your membership status, 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  

Note: The Board of Directors decided (with a unanimous vote of all directors) to hold the AGM earlier in compare to last year to ensure that the organization is able to organize activities regarding the upcoming provincial elections during the month of May.

 

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 ۲۹ ماه آوریل، ۲۰۱۸ ساعت ۳ 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 ۳ بعدازظهر روز یکشنبه ۲۹ ماه آوریل ۲۰۱۸ 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 ۶ عضو هیأت مدیره که دوره‌ی آنان پایان می‌یابد -

طبق اساسنامه‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا، انتخابات آنلاین از تاریخ ۲۱ تا ۲۸ آوریل 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 ۲۹ مارس، 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 روز۱۵  آوریل ۲۰۱۸ به عضویت کنگره در آمده و یا عضویت خود را تمدید کنند می‌توانند در انتخابات آنلاین شرکت نمایند و آنهایی که تا پایان روز۲۳ آوریل ۲۰۱۸ به عضویت کنگره در آمده و یا عضویت خود را تمدید کنند می‌توانند در انتخابات حضوری در روز۲۹ آوریل 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/joinicc.
یا اینکه برای تمدید عضویت به صورت حضوری با هماهنگی دبیر کنگره 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، فرم رای وکالتی و مجمع عمومی امسال به شما ارائه خواهیم کرد. 

هیأت مدیره‌ی کنگره ایرانیان کاناد

 

March 01, 2018
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March 08, 2018
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CANADIAN VISA APPLICATION CENTRE IN IRAN

Sign up using the form below to get notified as soon as the Iranian Canadian Congress launches its campaign for opening Visa Application Centres in Iran.

As many Iranian-Canadians know, the lack of consular services in Canada and Iran since former prime minister Stephen Harper's breaking of diplomatic ties with Iran in 2012 has been harmful to the Iranian-Canadian community. One of the most important problems since closure of the embassies is that lack of access to an embassy or visa office in Tehran have disrupted the visa processes of many Iran-based relatives of Iranian-Canadians who must travel to third countries such as Turkey to obtain their visa in order to visit their family here in Canada.

Iranian-Canadians number 300,000 in Canada and Iran is one of the top source countries for residency and visa applications. Yet, Iran is not a country that hosts a Visa Application Centre. Canada needs to have a Visa Application Centre in Iran, not only to serve one of its biggest source countries for applications, but also to help Iranian-Canadians reunite with their family members and loved ones overseas. 

The Government of Canada has announced in February 2018 that they intend to expand the Visa Applications Centres (VACs) network to 149 locations around the world. The Iranian Canadian Congress is planning an advocacy campaign to ask the Government of Canada to open Visa Applications Centres (VACs) in Iran while they are negotiating with Iran to re-establish diplomatic relations and reopen the embassies. Please sign up using the form below to get updates as soon as we launch our campaign for Visa Application Centres in Iran. 

 

February 23, 2018
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یک سالگی کمپین کنگره ایرانیان کانادا علیه لایحه تحریم ایران در سنای کانادا

"مقاله ای از بیژن احمدی، رئیس کنگره ایرانیان کانادا، درباره کمپین این سازمان در مخالفت با لایحه "تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران


سال قبل در چنین روزهایی در ماه فوریه بود که پویان طبسی نژاد و من به نمایندگی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در کمیته روابط خارجی سنای کانادا حاضر شدیم تا در مخالفت با "لایحه تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران" صحبت کنیم. خوشحالم که با گذشت یک سال از آن روز و به واسطه تلاش های کنگره ایرانیان کانادا تصویب این لایحه که به گفته ناظران و کارشناسان انتظار میرفت خیلی سریع انجام شود قدم به قدم به تاخیر افتاده است. طرفداران و طراحان این لایحه خود در نوشته هایشان در نشریات کانادا به نقش موثر کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در رابطه با کند شدن مسیر  این لایحه اعتراف کرده اند. این کمپین یک ساله در مخالفت با لایحه تحریم کنگره ایرانیان کانادا را در سطح سیاسی کانادا مطرح کرد و توانایی جامعه ایرانی کانادایی را در تاثیر گذاری بر روند قانون گذاری در کانادا نشان داد. از طریق کمپین کنگره ایرانیان کانادا برخی از اساتید ایرانی کانادایی مخالفت خود را با این لایحه اعلام کردند. هزاران ایرانی-کانادایی از غرب تا شرق کانادا با سناتور های خود برای اولین بار تماس گرفتند و از آنها خواستند که با این لایحه مخالفت کنند. حاصل این فعالیت ها این بوده که بسیاری از سناتور های سرشناس و با تجربه کانادا مخالفت خود را با این لایحه به طور عمومی اعلام کردند و در جلسه علنی سنا علیه این لایحه سخنرانی کرده اند. 

اما چرا کنگره ایرانیان کانادا با لایحه تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران مخالف است؟ 
در جلسه کمیته سنا که حدود یک ساعت طول کشید دلایل مخالفت کنگره ایرانیان کانادا با لایحه تحریم S219 را توضیح دادیم. اما متاسفانه برخی از موافقین این لایحه به جای توضیح دلایل خود برای طرفداری از این لایحه سعی کردند با ارائه اطلاعات نادرست به تخریب کمپین کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و تخریب داوطلبین این سازمان بپردازند. به عنوان مثال گفتند که کنگره با این لایحه مخالف است چون موضوع نقض حقوق بشر در ایران را مطرح میکند. نه تنها این گفته دروغی بیش نیست بلکه در همان جلسه سنا ما چندین بار در رابطه با اهمیت موضوع حقوق بشر در ایران صحبت کردیم و از زندانیان ایرانی-کانادایی نام بردیم و از لزوم پیگیری شرایط آنها سخن گفتیم.  

 

وظیفه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در قبال جامعه ایرانی-کانادایی ست. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در مسائلی که تنها به سیاست داخلی ایران مربوط میشود دخالت نمی کند. از این رو دلایل ما در مخالفت با لایحه تحریم S219 از طریق کنگره ایرانیان کانادا نیز به طور کامل و مستقیم مربوط به جامعه ایرانی-کانادایی ست. به طور مختصر به این دلایل اشاره میکنم:


اول- هدف اصلی و نتیجه تصویب لایحه تحریم ایران جلوگیری از تجدید رابطه کانادا و ایران و بازگشایی سفارت ها ست: هر فردی که اخبار روند مذاکرات ایران و کانادا و پیچیدگی های این مذاکرات را دنبال کرده باشد متوجه این نکته خواهد بود که این لایحه نتیجه ای جز افزایش موانع در راه تجدید روابط دو کشور نخواهد داشت. خوشبختانه چند هفته پس از حضور کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در کمیته روابط خارجی سنا و مطرح کردن این موضوع از طرف ما، یکی از سناتور های کانادا در نامه ای نظر وزارت امور خارجه کانادا را در این رابطه جویا شد. وزارت امور خارجه کانادا هم در نامه ای رسمی آنچه ما گفتیم را تایید کرد و گفت تصویب لایحه S219 برای روند تجدید روابط کانادا و ایران مشکل ساز خواهد بود و همچنین اختیارات وزارت امور خارجه کانادا را در این مذاکرات محدود خواهد کرد.


دوم- مشکلاتی که ایرانیان در کانادا به دلیل تحریم ها با آنها مواجه هستند: بعد از توافق هسته ای ایران و ۵+۱ و تصویب این توافق نامه در شورای امنیت سازمان ملل از طریق قطع نامه ۲۲۳۱ کانادا هم مانند سایر کشور ها بسیاری از تحریم های ایران را کاهش داد. کاهش تحریم ها مشکلاتی را که برخی مؤسسات از جمله مؤسسه های بانکی و مالی برای ایرانیان کانادا ایجاد میکردند کاهش داد اما از بین نبرد. برخی بانک ها همچنان قوانین سخت گیرانه ای اعمال میکنند. هر ماه در کنگره ایرانیان کانادا چندین مراجعه کننده داریم که حساب بانکی آن ها بدون هیچ دلیل منطقی بسته شده. بسیاری از این افراد ایرانیان تازه وارد، دانشجویان و حتی سازمان های غیر انتفاعی و خیریه ایرانی-کانادایی هستند. ممکن است داستان دانشجوی ایرانی را که تنها با داشتن ۷۰۰ دلار موجودی حساب وی مسدود شد را به یاد داشته باشید. اما به هر روی با کاهش تحریم ها تعداد افرادی که با این مشکلات مواجه هستند یا تعداد مؤسساتی که قوانین سختگیرانه در مقابل ایرانیان اعمال میکنند کاهش چشمگیری داشته. تصویب تحریم های جدید یا ایجاد موانع حقوقی بیشتر از طریق لایحه S219 نه تنها مشکلات تازه واردین یا سازمان های خیریه ای را که امروز با مسدود شدن حساب مواجه هستند حل نمیکند بلکه با بالا بردن ریسک حقوقی برای بانک ها ممکن است دوباره به شرایط سال ۲۰۱۲ بازگردیم، زمانی که بانک ها حساب های صد ها یا حتی ممکن است هزاران ایرانی-کانادایی را بدون ارائه هیچ دلیل منطقی بستند.


ممکن است فردی بگوید که ایجاد محدودیت بانکی برای ایرانیان در متن لایحه S219 نیست. باید توجه داشت که در سال ۲۰۱۲ هم بانک ها بستن حساب ایرانیان را بر اساس متن قانون تحریم کانادا انجام نمی دادند. در آن زمان هم تحریم کانادا علیه ایران شامل بستن حساب های ایرانیان در کانادا نبود اما بدلیل پیچیدگی قوانین تحریم و افزایش ریسک حقوقی برای بانک ها آنها تصمیم گرفتند که سیاست های بسیار سختگیرانه ای را در رابطه با ایرانیان اتخاذ کنند و بشکلی میتوان گفت ترجیح میدادند بسیاری از ایرانیان مشتری آنها نباشند زیرا کنترل مداوم آنها با قوانین پیچیده تحریم برای بانک ها بسیار دشوار و پرهزینه بود.


سوم- تصویب تحریم ایران ناقض توافق هسته ای یا متزلزل کننده این توافق است: کانادا به عنوان کشوری حامی صلح و کشوری  مسئول و خوش نام در جامعه جهانی باید به تصمیمات شورای امنیت و همچنین تعهدات خود در قالب پیمان منع گسترش سلاح های هسته ای پایبند باشد. در قطع نامه ی ۲۲۳۱ شورای امنیت از همه ی کشور های عضو سازمان ملل درخواست شده که از هر نوع رفتاری که ناقض این توافق باشد خودداری کنند. افزایش تحریم ایران از طرف کانادا و ایجاد مانع برای تجدید روابط دیپلماتیک به نوعی ناقض این بخش از قطع نامه ۲۲۳۱ است. از طرف دیگر آژانس انرزی اتمی در گزارش های متعددی پایبندی ایران به تعهدات خود در برجام را تایید کرده. بر اساس گفته وزیر امور خارجه کانادا خانم فریلند بخش قابل توجهی از هزینه آژانس برای بازرسی و اجرای برجام را کانادا تامین کرده است بنابرین تصویب تحریم که ناقض برجام و قطع نامه ۲۲۳۱ است در شرایطی که آژانس انرژی اتمی اجرای برجام از طرف ایران را تایید کرده بر خلاف تعهدات بین المللی کانادا و بر خلاف منافع کشور کانادا ست. امروز جامعه بین المللی سیاست ها و رفتار دولت آقای ترامپ در رابطه با برجام را غیر منطقی و غیر مسئولانه میداند. رفتار های غیر مسئولانه آقای ترامپ و تیم جمهوری خواهان در کنگره در زمینه برجام تصویب تحریم های جدید و اجرایی نکردن تعهدات آمریکا در مقابل ایران بوده که امروز توافق هسته ای را با یک بحران روبرو کرده است. ما به عنوان ایرانیان-کانادایی باید با توجه به منافع کانادا سیستم سیاست خارجی این کشور را از اهمیت برجام برای صلح و ثبات جهانی به ویژه در منطقه خاورمیانه که کانادا نیز در آن منافع راهبردی اساسی دارد آگاه کنیم.


همچنین با وجود تمامی مشکلات، برجام توانسته تجارت بین ایران و اروپا را به طور چشمگیری افزایش دهد. حتی شرکت آمریکایی بویینگ قرارداد مقدماتی را با ایران امضا کرده. به عنوان ایرانیان-کانادایی و در جهت منافع اقتصادی کانادا و با حضور حدود ۳۰۰ هزار ایرانی در این کشور، کانادا نیز باید بتواند رابطه اقتصادی خود را با ایران افزایش دهد نه آنکه با تصویب تحریم های جدید و موانع بیشتر شرکت های کانادایی و ایرانی را از هر نوع فعالیت اقتصادی نا امید کنند. تحریم و جلوگیری از فعالیت اقتصادی بین دو کشور در جهت منافع کانادا و منافع ایران نیست.


لایحه تحریم S219 (که به نام لایحه تحریم های غیر هسته ای علیه ایران شناخته میشود) تنها در جهت منافع لابی های تحریم است که هدف اصلی آنها به هیچ عنوان دفاع از دموکراسی و حقوق بشر نیست بلکه فشار اقتصادی بر ایران برای رسیدن به اهداف سیاسی خود است و متاسفانه منافع سیاسی و اقتصادی و راهبردی کانادا هیچ اهمیتی برای این گروه ها و لابی های طرفدار تحریم ندارد.


به عنوان یک شهروند و خارج از حوزه مسئولیت کنگره ایرانیان کانادا دلایل دیگری نیز برای مخالفت با این لایحه وجود دارد. به عنوان مثال به نظر من تحریم هوشمند و غیر هوشمند تنها به اقتصاد ایران و در نتیجه آن مردم ایران آسیب میرساند و هیچ کمکی به خواست های مردم ایران برای آزادی سیاسی و اجتماعی یا بهبود شرایط اقتصادی نخواهد کرد. همچنین به نظر من نقض و زیر پا گذاشتن برجام خطرناک است و این روند همچنان که در ماه های گذشته دیده ایم میتواند بار دیگر خطر جنگ را افزایش دهد. شما نیز ممکن است دلایل دیگری برای مخالفت با تحریم علیه ایران داشته باشید اما کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در حوزه مسئولیت و وظیفه خود که دفاع از جامعه ایرانی-کانادایی ست فعالیت خود را در رابطه با این لایحه آغاز کرد و تا امروز نیز بسیار موفق توانسته جلوی تصویب این لایحه را بگیرد. اگر این لایحه در سنا نیز تصویب شود با تمام توان در مقابل آن در مجلس نمایندگان خواهیم ایستاد.
 


بیژن احمدی

رئیس کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

 

February 20, 2018
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Statement from the ICC regarding Aseman Airlines Plane Crash

Here is a statement from the ICC regarding the Aseman Airlines Plan Crash:

The ICC is extremely saddened to hear about the tragedy on Aseman Airlines Flight EP3704. This flight crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from Tehran heading for Yasouj. 66 people were aboard the aircraft. Many analysts have observed that these crashes occur in Iran with higher frequency due to the fact that Iranian airlines have been prevented from getting access to needed replacement parts and new aircraft due to the sanctions on Iran. This forces Iranian airlines to fly older aircraft that are more likely to fail during flights.

Unfortunately, even in Canada we have politicians and lobbying groups who are attempting to prevent aircraft sales to Iran and are advocating for additional sanctions on Iran that only hurt the Iranian people. On the same week as the crash, Senator Linda Frum condemned potential Canadian aircraft sales by Bombardier to Iranian airlines on the Senate floor. We call on the Canadian government and all parliamentarians to refrain from imposing any restrictions on potential sales of Canadian aircraft or Canadian parts to Iranian commercial airlines.

 

January 26, 2018
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Statement from the ICC regarding Mr. Seyed-Emami's death

ICC: We call on the Iranian government to immediately investigate Mr. Seyed-Emami's death and call on the Canadian government to follow up on this request with their Iranian counterparts. We call for complete transparency and accountability in this process.

Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) regarding the death of Iranian-Canadian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami:

The ICC has been made aware that Iranian-Canadian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami has died while in custody in Iran. According to Mr. Seyed-Emami's son, his father was arrested by Iranian authorities on Jan. 24, and that his mother had been informed of Emami’s death on Feb. 9.   

On behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), we extend our condolences to Mr. Seyed-Emami's family. We call on the Iranian government to immediately investigate Mr. Seyed-Emami's death and call on the Canadian government to follow up on this request with their Iranian counterparts. The rights of all prisoners must be protected in accordance with the rule of law. The health and safety of prisoners are the responsibility of the authorities. Mr. Seyed-Emami's death should be investigated and the results transparently communicated to the public and to the family of Mr. Seyed-Emami. We call for complete transparency and accountability in this process. The ICC will keep monitoring the developments regarding this case and is trying to connect with Mr. Seyed-Emami's family.  

 

February 09, 2018
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بیانیه اعضای هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در محکومیت موج تهدید و دروغ پراکنی

بیانیه اعضای هیات مدیره سازمان پیرو اخبار جعلی منتشرشده راجع به رییس هیت مدیره کنگره

 

بیانیه اعضای هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در محکومیت موج تهدید و دروغ پراکنی

دروغ پراکنی و تهمت، ما را از راه خود باز نخواهد داشت  

 

اعضای محترم،همراهان و مخاطبان محترم کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

 

در هفته های اخیر موج جدیدی از دروغ پراکنی، تهمت و توهین توسط عده ای قلیل علیه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و اعضای هیات مدیره این نهاد آغاز شده است. این گروه کوچک و تندرو اینبار با هدف قرار دادن و حملات شخصی به رئیس کنگره ایرانیان کانادا -بیژن احمدی و خانواده‌ او- قصد دارند که وی را که یکی از تاثیر گذارترین افراد در پیشرفت و ایجاد تغییرات اساسی در کنگره در طول سال های اخیر بوده از فعالیت بازدارند. بیژن احمدی در اواسط ماه ژانویه ۲۰۱۸ در جلسه هیات مدیره با ذکر جزییات اطلاع داد که اخیرا تهدیدهایی را دریافت کرده که از ایشان خواسته شده فعالیت های خود برای پیگیری موضوع تجدید روابط بین کانادا و ایران را در کنگره ایرانیان کانادا قطع کند. چند روز پس از رد این تهدیدها٬ موج دروغ پراکنی علیه ایشان و سایر اعضای هیات مدیره از رسانه های دیگری نیز آغاز شد. این بار این گروه ها به جای شب نامه های محلی در تورنتو از رسانه خشونت طلب "آمد نیوز" یاری جستند و با تهمت های نخ نما به تخریب وی پرداختند

 

همچنین در هفته های پیش از برگزاری جشن سیمرغ کنگره ایرانیان کانادا، این افراد با ارسال نامه های بی نام و نشان برای مقامات دولتی و مسئولین محل برگزاری جشن سعی در ایجاد اخلال در برنامه این سازمان را داشتند. خوشبختانه جشن سیمرغ ۲۰۱۸ با وجود تمامی این بی اخلاقی ها٬ موفق، با شکوه و با حضور پر رنگ سیاست‌مداران کانادایی از دولت های فدرال و شهری و از احزاب مختلف کانادا برگزار شد

 

ما اعضای هیات مدیره کنگره ایرانیان کانادا با قاطعیت رفتار های غیر اخلاقی و غیر قانونی این افراد در تهدید و دروغ پراکنی در رابطه با داوطلبین و فعالین اجتماعی را محکوم میکنیم و از عموم جامعه ایرانی کانادایی نیز دعوت میکنیم که با مشارکت خود در مقابل این دروغ پراکنی‌ها و تهمت‌ها بایستند و اجازه ندهند که عده ای قلیل برای پیشبرد منافع شخصی و اهداف سیاسی مسموم خود سابقه درخشان جامعه ما را در کانادا خدشه دار کنند و چهره ای خشن و به دور از اخلاق را از جامعه ایرانیان در کانادا بگسترانند

 

بار دیگر تاکید میکنیم که تا زمانی که در این سازمان حضور داریم به عهد و پیمان خود با اعضای این مجموعه پایبند هستیم و ذره ای از فعالیت های خود در جهت پیشبرد منافع جامعه ایرانی کانادایی عقب نشینی نخواهیم کرد. دروغ، تهمت و افترا نه تنها ما را از مسیرمان دور نخواهد کرد بلکه دلیلی بر استمرار فعالیت های آزادی طلبانه در راستای منفعت حداکثری جامعه مان خواهد بود

 

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فوریه ۹، ۲۰۱۸

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پویان طبسی نژاد - تایاز فخری - درنا مجدمی - سوده قاسمی - مجتبی ادیبراد - محسن خانیکی - مهران فرازمند

 

January 26, 2018
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۲۰۱۸

لیست افراد و سازمان های نامزد سیمرغ ۲۰۱۸

در بین ۳۲ نامزد سیمرغ ۲۰۱۸ فعالینی از ونکوور، مونترال، کلگری، و اتاوا هم حضور دارند

جشن سیمرغ کنگره ایرانیان کانادا روز دوم فبریه ۲۰۱۸ در سالن Chateau le parc برگزار خواهد شد. در سیمرغ امسال، بنا به روال سال گذشته از افراد و سازمان هایی که در جامعه ایرانی کانادایی فعالیت میکنند قدر دانی خواهیم کرد. کمیته فرهنگی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا،اواخر سال  ۲۰۱۷ به طور عمومی  دعوت کرد تا افراد یا سازمان هایی را که فکر میکنید شایسته‌‌ی قدردانی هستند را نامزد دریاف ۴ جایزه سیمرغ کنید. به لطف شما همراهان کنگره،۳۲ فعال و سازمان فرهنگی و اجتماعی توسط شما نامزد دریافت جایزه سیمرغ ۲۰۱۸ شدند و اطلاعات و سابقه فعالیت هایشان را برای مرور توسط کمیته مستقل داوری ارسال کردند. مفتخریم که امسال ایرانیان خارج از تورنتو ی بزرگ نیز از جشن سیمرغ استقبال کردند و در بین ۳۲ نامزد سیمرغ فعالینی از شهرهای ونکوور، مونترال، کلگری، و اتاوا هم حضور دارند. کمیته مستقل داوری برای انتخاب فرد و موسسه پیشگام در هر گروه تشکیل شده. هیچ یک از اعضای هیات مدیره و یا مسئولین اجرایی  کنگره در این کمیته دخالتی ندارند. اعضای این تیم داوری شب جشن سیمرغ معرفی خواهند شد.  بی شک، جامعه ایرانیان کانادا،  قدردان تک تک افراد و سازمان هایی ست که برای پیشرفت جامعه ما تلاش میکنند. منتخب هر گروه  شب ۲ فبریه در جشن سیمرغ توسط کمیته داوری اعلام خواهد شد

لیست افراد و سازمان های نامزد سیمرغ ۲۰۱۸

بخش اول: پپیشگام در خدمت رسانی به جامعه ایرانی کاندایی

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شهاب انصاری

شهره صباغ پور

فریبا بشیری

پانته‌آ جعفری

مشهود ناصری

لیوسا کیلانی

سام ابراهیمی

محبوب بلندی

امیر باجکیان

فریده یگانه

 

بخش دوم: پیشگام در فرهنگ و هنر

نیما رحمانی

سینا گیلانی

شیلا نهاور

شمسی شاهرخی

امیر سلطانی

 

بخش سوم: موسسه غیرانتفاعی یا خیریه برتر سال

Persica Management and Quality Association (PMQA)

The First Institute of Canadian Inventors (FICI)

Iranian Women's Organization of Ontario (IWOO)

Behnam Foundation of Canada

Paradise Charity Group

 

بخش چهارم:‌  جوان پیشگام- زیر ۳۵ سال

تینا حسامی

شیما موسوی

یونس زنگی آبادی

اینا راستیان

امیلی هودی

مهرک هزاوه

مهراز جوادیان

سلمان سلیمانی دشتکی

سنا رخ صفت

درسا دهداری

برای اطلاعات بیشتر در رابطه با جشن سیمرغ به وبسایت زیر مراجعه کنید
www.SimorghGala.ca

 

January 18, 2018
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ICC Board Appoints Mohsen Khaniki as the PR & Communications Chair

Announcement from the ICC Board of Directors:

Based on the decision of the ICC Board of Directors Mr. Mohsen Khaniki is appointed as the Chair of the ICC's Public Relations & Communications Committee. This appointment is effective immediately. 


About Mohsen: Mohsen is a young student activist. Beside his active involvement as a volunteer in the ICC for the past 2 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University. We hope that with Mohsen's involvement in the leadership of the ICC we significantly increase our outreach to Iranian-Canadian students.   

 

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January 12, 2018
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Student Tickets For Simorgh Gala 2018

Discounted Simorgh tickets are available for students:

STUDENT TICKETS

With the generous donation of our supporters, we are able to offer limited number of discounted tickets for students at $75 per ticket for Simorgh Gala 2018. Students tickets are not available online. To purchase your student tickets, please call Mohsen at 416-832-9851 or email info@iccongress.ca You need to have a valid Canadian or Iranian student ID to purchase a student ticket.

January 10, 2018
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Important Updates: Simorgh Gala 2018

Here you can find important updates regarding changes in the program for Simorgh Gala 2018:

CHANGES IN OUR PROGRAM

In light of the recent protests in Iran and the deaths of approximately 21 fellow Iranians during these protests the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress has decided to cancel the comedy show by Max Amini for Simorgh Gala 2018.

NEW PERFORMERS

We will have two amazing Iranian-Canadian bands performing at the Simorgh Gala 2018:

Fariba Davoodi and the 'Avaye Sharghi' ensemble, including Koroush Babaei, Araz Nayeb Pashai and Sardar Mohammadjani.

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Iranian-Canadian pop artist Milad Jalaeian and his band will be playing their own pieces as well as some all-time Persian favourites.

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If you purchased your tickets before January 11th, 2018 and you have any concerns regarding the above-mentioned changes in the program, please contact us at info@iccongress.ca. We apologize for any inconvenience. However, we believe these changes were necessary in light of recent circumstances. We will offer a full refund until January 18, 2018 to anyone who purchased tickets on or before the date of this announcement: January 11, 2018.

STUDENT TICKETS

With the generous donation of our supporters, we are able to offer discounted tickets for students at $75 per ticket. Students tickets are not available online. To purchase your student tickets, please call Mohsen at 416-832-9851 or email info@iccongress.ca You need to have a valid Canadian or Iranian student ID to purchase a student ticket.

TICKET PRICES WILL REMAIN $150 

While we have made changes to the program, ticket prices remain at $150. Tickets will not be available at the door and, similar to last year, we expect the event to be sold out. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW. 

January 07, 2018
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Statement from the ICC regarding protests in Iran

Here is a statement from the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) regarding recent protests in Iran.

The ICC strongly supports the rights of Iranian people to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

In recent days there have been protests in several cities in Iran. As an organization that is committed to the values enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress strongly supports the rights of Iranian people to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly. We believe in the right of all Iranian people to peacefully demonstrate and communicate their views and demands with their government. We hope that the legitimate demands of the protesters are addressed and that the protests result in improved conditions for all concerned. Freedom to protest is a basic human right and must be protected and respected by all governments; however, violence or endangering the security and safety of others by any group, individual or entity should be condemned by all and we are extremely saddened about the loss of life and violent clashes happening in Iran. Time and again it has been demonstrated, whether in the Middle East region or otherwise, that violence does not lead to progress or improvements in the social and economic well-being of the people.   

In the days since the protests began, some politicians and political groups in Canada and abroad who have for years advocated for sanctions and aggression against Iran have tried to exploit these protests to justify their anti-Iranian policies. We should make no mistake; the policies of sanctions and aggression have only hurt ordinary Iranians by negatively impacting the Iranian economy. These efforts constitute nothing but an attempt to cynically exploit people’s legitimate demands to advance these groups' own political agenda. In addition to internal factors and economic mismanagement in Iran, decades of sanctions by Western governments, especially the United States, have significantly harmed the Iranian economy and the lives of ordinary Iranians. Time and again, the people of Iran have demonstrated to the world that they want to engage constructively with the international community and that they reject isolation, violence and war. 

We believe that it is important for the international community to respect the rights of Iranians to determine the direction of their own country in the pursuit of their social and economic vision for the future.


 
Sincerely, 
 
Board of Directors
Iranian Canadian Congress

About the ICC: The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-profit, non-religious and non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the interests of Iranian-Canadians. In accordance with its bylaws the ICC's focus is on political affairs in Canada as they impact Iranian-Canadians.

 

December 20, 2018
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Announcement From the ICC Board of Directors

Here is an announcement from the ICC Board of Directors:

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

This is to inform you that Ms. Morvarid Zare has resigned as a director and officer of the ICC. In her resignation letter she mentioned that she decided to resign due to heavy load of work and academics. You can find a copy of her resignation letter here. Morvarid's resignation was submitted to the board of directors on December 12, 2017- effective immediately.

We ask that you join us in thanking Morvarid for her contributions and efforts during her time in the ICC board and wishing her the very best in her future endeavours.

After consultation among the ICC board members it was decided that consistent with the guidelines and parameters provided in our bylaws the vacant sit to be filled with one of the candidates/nominees in the last Annual General Meeting of the ICC. With the unanimous support of the ICC Board, we are pleased to announce appointment of Mr. Mohsen Khaniki as a director of the ICC. Mohsen Khaniki was a candidate during the ICC AGM 2017. He withdrew his nomination to support the other candidates few days before the AGM. During the consultation among board members all directors believed that while Mr. Khaniki withdrew his candidacy before the AGM, to comply with the spirit and intent of the bylaws, appointing the candidates/nominees of the immediate preceding AGM is a more transparent process instead of appointing other individuals.

Mohsen is a young student activist. Beside his active involvement as a volunteer in the ICC for the past 2 years he has been active in the Iranian Students' Association at York University (ISAYU) and currently sits on the executive board of the association. Mohsen is also the co-founder of Human Capital of Iran, a student run group that aims to raise awareness about the contributions of the Iranian diaspora. One of the projects of the Human Capital of Iran was a short documentary called "Iranians Non-Grata" that uncovers the personal stories of prominent Iranian students who have been affected by President Trump's Executive Order known as the Muslim Ban or the Travel Ban. Mohsen studies Finance at York University. We hope that with Mohsen's involvement in the leadership of the ICC we significantly increase our outreach to Iranian-Canadian students.   

Mr. Khaniki's term starts effective immediately and according to the bylaws ends at the next AGM. 

Please join us in welcoming Mohsen to the ICC Board. 

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Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

December 20, 2017 

 

December 09

 

From: Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 03:05:43 p.m. EST
Subject: Re: پیشنهاد همکاری در جهت فیلمبرداری از گردهمائی 10 دسامبر

 
Dear Mr. Shams, 

 
Thank you for your kind email. 

 
Please kindly note, as per the information shared on the event page, recording of the event is solely done by ICC, as well as invited media representatives. The Media Protocol for tomorrow’s Community RoundTable is as provided below: 

 
**Media Protocol**

 
The Public Relations Department of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) will publish an uncut, complete and raw version of the videos in less than one week after the session and upload the video in the Youtube channel of the ICC. All socially responsible and professional media could use the footage freely and based on the Creative Commons protocol. 

 
Local media representatives have been invited to cover this event. 

 
Invited media representatives are welcome to record the speeches and the Q&A section, however if any individual asks not to be recorded, all media reps shall comply with such request and not record that specific person. 

 
Please note: Opinions expressed by speakers or attendees at the ICC Community Roundtables do not necessarily represent the position of the Iranian Canadian Congress.

 
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the event. 

On Dec 9, 2017, at 4:54 AM, Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com> wrote:

 
دوستان عزیز در هییت مدیره،
یکبار دیگر قرار داد یکطرفه و تعهد اخلاقی خود، در اینکه ضبط گردهمائی 5 نوامبر را بدون سانسور در اختیار همگان قرار دهید، زیر پا گذاشته اید. از آن نظر که به نظر میاید مشکلات فنی با شما سازگار نبوده و  باعث آن شده اند که تا به امروز حتی یکبار ضبط برنامه ائی را بصورت کامل منتشر نکنید، دوست دارم که در این بخش با شما همکاری کرده و در ضبط گردهمائی 10 دسامبر سهیم باشم.
حال که در رابطه با منافع کامیونیتی به گفتگو خواهیم نشست، چقدر خوب میشد که شما نیز مانند من، آزادی بیان را پایه و یکی از مهمترین آنها به حساب می آوردید. و بهترین راه حمایت از آنرا مشارکت دادن تعداد بیشتر افراد، چه در گفتگو ها، چه در انتشار و آگاهی یافتن از آنها، و بخصوص در بنا ساختن نظامی که نتوان به هیچ عنوان خدشه ای به آزادی و دموکراسی وارد نمود، میدانستید.
ایکاش که اینبار قصد آن داشته باشید که در کمال صدق و خلوص به ضبط و پخش گردهمائی روز یکشنبه همت کنید. برای اثبات آن و جلوگیری از هر گونه بی اعتمادی بیشتر که اینبار نیز اشکلات فنی ممکن است بوجود آورند، خواهشمند است که به اینجانب اجازه فیلمبرداری و یا حداقل ضبط صوتی داده شود.
با امید اینکه بالاخره دریابیم که حمایت از منافع کامیونیتی بدون صمیمیت و صداقت امکان پذیر نیست.
 
با تشکر – مهدی شمس – عضو انجمن اعضای کنگره ایرانیان

 

December 05, 2017
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ICC Provided Written Submission to Senate Committee on Preclearance Act Bill C23

The Policy Committee of the Iranian Canadian Congress provided the following statement and outlined the concerns of the ICC in regard to the changes to the Preclearance Act Bill C-23, which is currently being discussed before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense.

Kind Attention: Honourable Senator Gwen Boniface, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence.
CC: Honourable Senators of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence.

We are writing this statement on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress in regard to Bill C-23, which is currently before the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a grassroots non-profit, non-partisan, and non-religious organization that seeks to advance and defend the interests of the Iranian-Canadian community. Bill C-23, otherwise known as the Preclearance Act, 2016, which amends the previous the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance (2015), has been brought to our attention due to concerns in our community over how this bill would affect it. We believe that our views can provide useful information to the Committee’s deliberations as the Iranian-Canadian community is uniquely positioned to be affected by the provisions of the Bill.

We begin by stating that we applaud the spirit of the bill, which desires to quicken the flow of goods, services, and people by circumventing the long lines and hassles of border crossings and thereby strengthening our nation’s economy and reduce travel time for Canadian and American travelers. However, we at the ICC must express certain reservations and concerns on elements of Bill C-23. These include, but are not limited to, the fundamental changes to the withdrawing process, the protection of individual’s privacy, and the expansion of the preclearance agents’ powers.

Thus, as Iranian-Canadians are facing, and have faced, increasing travel restrictions and scrutiny by US officials in recent years, it is our position that the Senate must ensure that the individual rights of Iranian-Canadians, along with all Canadians, are protected and that Bill-C23 does not infringe on these rights. Below, we will describe our reservations about some of the Bill’s provisions, especially as they relate to withdrawing, privacy, and the expansion of US Officers’ rights.

Withdrawing

Currently enshrined in the act of 2015 is the right that “allows a traveller bound for the United States to withdraw from the preclearance process, unless the traveller is detained.” This means that any individual has the right to leave the preclearance area at any time, refuse to answer any questions, and the individual is not obligated to provide a reason.

Under Bill C-23, while the individual can still withdraw from the preclearance process and area, they are now obligated to complete the questioning process, which includes providing a reason for withdrawing (30a), and the individual must provide a photo id (if they had not as of then provided one) or consent to have their photo taken (30b). There are many legitimate reasons why one would choose to withdraw from the preclearance process, such as aggressive tactics from border guards, leading questions, personal questions, or simply the desire to leave, reasons which this provision of the Bill does not take into account.

Another aspect of the withdrawing process will also change under the new bill and is a cause for concern for those who are crossing the border. Under the Preclearance Act 1999, s 16(3), “the refusal by a traveller to answer any question asked by a preclearance officer does not in and of itself constitute reasonable grounds for the officer to suspect that a search of the traveller is necessary for the purposes of this Act or that an offence has been committed under section 33 or 34.” (emphasis added)

Bill C-23 removes such provisions and instead states that, “with respect to a traveler who is withdrawing from preclearance”, the preclearance officer is allowed to visually and physically examine conveyance used by the traveler (without opening or entering it) and record and retain information obtained from the traveler.

Furthermore, if a preclearance officer has reasonable grounds to suspect that a traveler who is withdrawing from preclearance has committed an offence, they can examine, search and detain goods in the traveler’s possession and conduct a frisk search of the traveler and detain the traveler for the purposes of a strip search.

A key issue is how such reasonable grounds are defined in the bill. According to Bill C-23, if the withdrawing traveler or any traveler has concealed goods or anything that would present a danger to human life or safety or if the search is necessary for the purposes of maintaining the security of or control over the border, then the officer has reasonable grounds. Our concern is that both of these provisions are broad may be easily abused in the event of withdrawal.

Therefore, Bill C-23 proposes to remove the provision where withdrawing does not constitute reasonable grounds of suspicion. This allows preclearance officers possibly intrusive powers on any and all individuals who decide to withdraw from the preclearance process; in fact, the act of withdrawing itself becomes “reasonable grounds.” With the rise of discriminatory instances against Iranians in both Canada and the United States, and the current political climate between Iran and the two countries, removing the safeguards for withdrawing, allows preclearance officers the ability to racially profile Iranian-Canadians with no restrictions or recourse for Iranian-Canadians.

With the existing laws of the Preclearance Act of 1999, if an Iranian-Canadian traveler feels intimidated and/or racially profiled, they would have the right to withdraw from the process. However, with the current revisions of Bill C-23, Iranian-Canadians in that situation would not only be denied that right, but could also be subjected to additional invasive screening by the same officer because of their desire to withdraw. Thus, it is our opinion that the safeguards enshrined in the Preclearance Act of 1999 should remain in order to protect the rights and dignity of Iranian-Canadians in preclearance zones.

Privacy

Beyond withdrawing rights, Bill C-23 also alters individual’s privacy rights that were protected by thePreclearance Act of 1999. Previously, preclearance officers must destroy specified passenger information within 24 hours after the officer obtains it and they must take reasonable measures to protect specified passenger information that is under the officer’s control from unauthorized use and disclosure.

Preclearance Act of 1999, s 32(1)(A) and s 32(2)

However, Bill C-23 removes the time limitation and states that:

“No person is permitted to disclose or use information obtained from a traveller after their withdrawal from preclearance except for the purpose of maintaining the security of or control over the border between Canada and the United States or as otherwise authorized by law. 

Preclearance Act of 1999, s 33:1 (emphasis added)

The issue at hand is twofold: by removing the time limit, the information collected can be held indefinitely. This is of intense concern for our community as their information could be kept by the US government without any recourse by community members. Additionally, in conjunction with the expanded surveillance powers granted recently to the Canadian government, the Preclearance act, and Preclearance zones, could become another avenue for collecting, analyzing and storing the private information of Canadians. This is because the clause “as otherwise authorized by law” could be interpreted by Canadian law to allow for increased data collection. This will further continue the trend of compromising the privacy rights and safety of Canadians by allowing increasingly intrusive governmental surveillance by our own Government. 

Thus, these privacy provisions of Bill C-23 can potentially be used to target people of certain racial (or even political) backgrounds. In our view, this is extremely alarming as any Iranian-Canadian (or indeed any Canadian) who chooses to utilize the preclearance zones are potentially allowing both the US and Canadian governments free reign on their personal information. As a community that is facing rising discrimination in both Canada and the US, these changes to the individual’s privacy rights can heighten racial tensions in Canada, especially at the expense of the Iranian community, and can erode the trust between Canadian citizens and their government. Therefore, it is imperative that the government ensures that individuals’ privacy rights are protected and that all Canadians of different racial-backgrounds feel safe in utilizing preclearance zones.

Expansion of US Officers’ Rights

Bill C-23 will move to significantly increase US preclearance officers’ powers on Canadian soil and will bring into play US laws in these areas. Currently, the Preclearance Act prohibits US officers from doing body searches of people in preclearance on Canadian soil without having a Canadian officer being notified and present. Yet one of Bill C-23 propositions is that any Canadian in a Canadian preclearance perimeter in the United States “must comply with any requirement that is prescribed by regulation.” (27:1; 27:1b)

The vague wording of provision 49 of the bill should draw concerns from not only the public but the federal government itself. Provision 49 begins by clearly delineating what US officers are not permitted to do: “A border services officer or other public officer is not permitted, in a preclearance area or preclearance perimeter, to exercise any powers of questioning or interrogation, examination, search, seizure, forfeiture, detention or arrest.” However, Bill C-23 s49 (1) then provides a broad and ambiguous caveat: “except to the extent that such powers are conferred on the officer by the laws of the United States.” Therefore, the provision which seems to be limiting the powers of the officers are in fact granting the officers the right to exercise US laws on Canadian soil.

The ramifications of such changes can vary in severity and is intimately ties to individual US administrations. Currently, under the new Trump administration, laws such as the Muslim (or Travel) Ban, could be applied on Canadians in preclearance areas. For while Canada and US do have plenty of common interests, they also have competing interests, especially when it comes to the protection of Canadian citizens. There is a growing trend by US lawmakers to use controversial means secure their borders, a trend which may have undesirable impacts on preclearance areas for Canadians if Bill C23 is passed. Again, this is especially concerning to our community since individuals of Iranian background have been specifically targeted by the US administration’s policies, including the Muslim (or Travel) Ban.

Concluding Remarks

The spirit of Bill C-23 is to provide a quicker process for the flow of goods and traffic between Canada and the United States of America, with a view to provide economic benefits to both nations. As Canadians, the ICC wholeheartedly supports the goals of Bill C-23 to strengthen our economy; however, we cannot accept Bill C-23 in its entirety as a careful examination of the bill has revealed problematic provisions, as outlined above. It is the federal government’s duty to ensure that the rights of all Canadians, regardless of race and national origin, are secure and that they are not ignored. However, in Bill C-23’s current manifestation, there are multiple provisions that do not safeguard these rights but rather serve as another avenue for surveillance, the collection of private information, and possible unfair treatment by US officials. As the Iranian-Canadian community is currently facing growing numbers of discriminatory attacks and negative portrayals in mainstream media, we are deeply concerned that the changes proposed in Bill C-23 can be utilized by preclearance officers in racial profiling and as a method to collect private information on community members. Without any safeguards or checks, the benefits of C-23 become overshadowed by the potential misuses of the Bill. Thus, as one community of many in Canada, it is our duty as citizens to voice our concerns of the Bill C-23 and ask that these provisions are carefully scrutinized, and if needed altered, by the Senate to ensure that all Canadians, present and future, can live in a strong and free Canada.

Sincerely,
Pouyan Tabasinejad
Policy Chair, Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

Andrew Lee
Policy Associate, Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

On Behalf of
The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

Submitted to members of the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defence on Nov 26, 2017.

December 01, 2017
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Max Amini Will be the Star Performer at Simorgh Gala 2018

Successful Iranian-American comedian Max Amini will be the star performer at the ICC's Simorgh Gala 2018 on February 2, 2018. 

We are delighted to announce that Iranian-American comedian Max Amini will have a special show at our Simorgh Gala 2018 on February 2, 2018.

We are finalizing a great line up for the night which will be announced one by one as we get closer to the event. 

For more information about the event and to purchase your tickets visit: www.iccongress.ca/simorgh_gala

Here is Max Amini's bio:

 small-photo-max-amini.jpgMAX AMINI, born in Tucson Arizona, from a Persian heritage was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. As an actor, Max has over 50 film and television credits including NBC’s Heroes, regular appearances on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia, and a leading role in the upcoming feature film Beyond Paradise. 

While in college Max launched his stand up comedy career in 2002. He quickly built a reputation as one of the fastest growing comedians in the Los Angeles comedy circuit. In 2006 the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood recognized Max’s brilliant performances, hard work, and dedication to his craft and made him a resident comic. In 2009 Max was chosen as one of the finalists for NBC’s Diversity Showcase. He would later use this experience to develop a stand-up comedy tour in 2010 named “Exotic Imports” featuring second-generation Americans coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. His tour was very successful and sold out across the country.

Max is now headlining his own shows and has taken his tours internationally selling out around the world in Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, Dubai, Sweden, Kula Lumpur… Demanding to see Max in action fanspush Max to add additional shows on his world tours to accommodate his fan base. While his international popularity grows, his online presence also persists with his YouTube channel garnering over 10 million views today.

Through an array of eccentric impressions and novel story telling, Max expresses his comedy by delivering a strong message about family ties, cultural aspects, and social topics. What really sets Max apart from most comedians is his uncanny ability to improvise and create on the spot. This makes him unique as an entertainer that it’s not uncommon for an audience member to sit through two Max Amini shows in one night and find two totally different performances.

November 26, 2017
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Simorgh Achievement Awards 2018

Nominate yourself or someone else for the Simorgh Achievement Awards 2018:

The Simorgh Gala is an event organized by the Iranian Canadian Congress that celebrates the contributions of the Iranian-Canadian community to Canada. During this annual gala the Iranian Canadian Congress recognizes individuals/organizations who have dedicated their lives to building a flourishing Iranian-Canadian community by awarding them the Simorgh Achievement Awards. 

This year we have a new process for nomination and selection of the award recipients. For the first time we are engaging the public in the nomination process and we are forming an independent awards committee for improved transparency and fairness. Please review this page carefully to find out how you can nominate yourself or another individual or a non-profit or charity organization for one of the 4 Achievement Awards that will be given away on Feb 2, 2018 at the Simorgh Gala. 

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Leadership in Community Service

Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community and demonstrated successful leadership by working with not-for-profits or charities and/or volunteering her/his time and expertise to build a brighter future for her community.

  • Leadership in Arts and Culture

Awarded to an individual who has made significant impact on the Iranian-Canadian community through her/his artistic or cultural work or has successfully helped in introducing Iranian arts and culture in the Canadian society through her/his work.

  • The Rising Star (Under 35 young leadership award)

Awarded to a young individual under 35 that has made outstanding contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community in her/his career and/or in her/his community work and has demonstrated a continued commitment to serving the Iranian community. 

  • The Iranian-Canadian Non-Profit/Charity of the Year.

Awarded to a Canadian non-profit or registered charity organization that has made outstanding contributions to the Iranian-Canadian community or has provided significant and necessary services to the Iranian-Canadian community in their work during the past year. 

NOMINATION PROCESS

You can nominate yourself or someone else (or a non-profit organization) for one of the Award categories above. Note that each individual can only be nominate for one award category and organizations can only be nominated for their one specific award category. You can nominate multiple individuals (or multiple organizations) for the Simorgh Achievement Awards but you have to complete one separate nomination form for each person/organization you are nominating. To complete the nomination form click on the following link:

Click here to complete the nomination form.

  • Deadline: All nomination forms must be submitted by end of December 31st, 2017. 
  • If you are nominating someone else, the person/organization that you are nominating will be contacted by the Awards Committee and they must accept your nomination before being considered as a nominee. 

AWARDS SELECTION 

To improve the transparency and fairness in the process the Iranian Canadian Congress for the first time is forming an independent Awards Committee consisting of experts, long time community activists and previous recipients of the Simorgh Awards to evaluate the nomination applications and select the final award recipients for each category. The Awards Committee works independent of the ICC Board of Directors and only members of the Awards Committee will have the right to vote or comment in the evaluation process. 

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

The final award recipients for each category will be announced at the Simorgh Gala 2018 on February 2nd, 2018. For more information about the Simorgh Gala or to purchase your tickets to the event please visit the following page: 

Click here for more information about the Simorgh Gala 2018 and to purchase your tickets.

November 14, 2017
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Support Earthquake Victims in Iran

Join us on Monday November 20th, 2017 to donate and show your support for the victims of the recent earthquake in Iran.

کنگره ایرانیان کانادا از جامعه ایرانی کانادایی بزرگ شهر تورنتو دعوت میکند که روز دوشنبه ۲۰ ماه نوامبر برای کمک مالی به زلزله زدگان در ایران و همدردی با آسیب دیدگان در سالن اجتماعات شهرداری نورت یورک از ساعت ۷-۹ شب به ما بپیوندید
اگر نمی توانید در این جلسه حضور داشته باشید راههای پیشنهادی برای ارسال کمک های مالی خود برای زلزله زدگان را میتوانید در ادامه این متن پیدا کنید

 

We stand today with heavy hearts mourning the lives lost in the recent earthquake in Iran. The lives lost and heartbreaking images of the victims of the earthquake have left millions of Iranian worldwide in agonizing pain. 


Let us unite together on Monday November 20th, 2017 at 7PM at North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber (5100 Yonge Street). We will gather to raise donation for registered charities that are helping the victims of the earthquake and to show our support for our fellow Iranians in Kermanshah and the impacted region. 

DONATIONS

Since the first hours after the earthquake happened in Iran the ICC executives have reached out to several organizations to figure out the best possible ways for Iranian-Canadians to donate and support the victims of the earthquake in Iran. The ICC only works with registered Canadian charities that are helping the earthquake victims through their partnering NGOs and charities in Iran. Here you can find information about Canadian Charities we will donate the proceeds of the event to. If you cannot make it to our event on Monday, please consider donating to these charities. 

PARADISE CHARITY GROUP
Registered Canadian Charity. Tax receipts will be issued for all donations above $20. 

Their representatives will be present on Monday November 20th at the ICC event to collect your donations and to provide you with more information.Alternative ways to donate if you cannot attend the event on Monday:

 

  • E-transfer to paradisecharity@gmail.com
  • Scotiabank: Transit #45922 Account #0072311
  • RBC: Transit #00888 Account #1017086

Once you send the donation please contact them to confirm at paradisecharity@gmail.com or 905 482 2822. 
https://paradisecharity.org/

We are still waiting for information from the Canadian Red Cross and couple of other charity organizations. As soon as we have confirmed information we will share it with you here and update our list.

November 08, 2017
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Survey on Discrimination faced by Iranian-Canadians

 

 

Introduction 

         Our organization recently completed an online survey of more than 600 Iranian-Canadians on racism and discrimination faced by them in their daily lives. A large majority of respondents (65%) report experiencing discrimination personally. Respondents cited discriminatory experiences in their workplace, in social settings, and at border crossings and air travel. Importantly, many of these experiences are tied to, and a result of, hostile and antagonistic policies and rhetoric against Iran on the international stage. 

Incidence of Discrimination 

            Currently, Iranian-Canadians experience high rates of discrimination, with 65% of polled individuals reporting to have personally experienced discrimination because of their ethnicity or country of origin. When asked if they have had experience with discrimination, 65% of respondents responded yes to this question and 21% of respondents responded no, with 14% of respondents indicating that they were not sure. Clearly this means that Iranian-Canadians face a significant degree of discrimination in Canada, with a clear majority reporting that they had personal experience with discrimination. Taking this into account, it is important to determine what forms this discrimination takes. 

Where and How do Iranian-Canadians Experience Discrimination? 

            Specifically, Iranian-Canadians cite significant challenges with discrimination in employment/business settings, in social settings, and by airlines or airport security. 50% of respondents signalled that they had experienced employment/business discrimination while 44% indicated that they had experienced discrimination in social settings, while 27% report discrimination during air travel. These findings show that discrimination in employment and business are significant issues for Iranian-Canadians, as is discrimination faced at the social level and in travel. This is a concerning finding, as it indicates that Iranian-Canadians’ livelihoods, social well-being, and right to travel freely is threatened by discrimination against them. It is important at this point to determine the type and reasons behind the discrimination that Iranian-Canadians experience. 

Categories of and Reasons Behind Discrimination 

            Iranian-Canadians define the reasons behind the discrimination they face as an intersection of different prejudices, but the biggest cause is seen as anti-Iranian sentiment, or Iranophobia. Largely, our respondents categorized their experiences of discrimination as Iranophobia (i.e. discrimination specifically targeting Iranians, or anti-Iranian sentiment), Islamophobia, racism, and xenophobia, with Iranophobia being the largest selection, by 49% of respondents. This result shows that Iranians are not only facing discrimination facing other Muslim-majority and racialized groups, but are also facing a discrimination specific to them (i.e. anti-Iranian sentiment or Iranophobia). Upon exploring this issue further, we found that Iranian-Canadians believe that there is an international dimension to this specifically anti-Iranian sentiment. 

The International Dimension of Anti-Iranian Discrimination 

            Importantly, 77% of polled respondents indicated that policies and rhetoric against Iran on the international stage, including by the Canadian government and its officials, resulted in an increase in the discrimination experience by Iranian-Canadians in their day-to-day lives. This is an important result when taken in combination with the fact that respondents saw specifically anti-Iranian discrimination as the biggest reason behind the discrimination they face.

 Conclusions 

            The results above show that discrimination is a significant issue facing the Iranian-Canadian community. Iranian-Canadians feel discrimination in employment, business, socials settings, and travel. They feel that this discrimination specifically targets them because they are Iranian, though typical racism, xenophobia, and Islamophobia also contribute. They feel that this discrimination is to a significant extent caused by the treatment of Iran on the world stage, especially by the Canadian government’s policies and rhetoric. We believe that these are important findings that need to be addressed by Canadian governments. Specifically, the Canadian government should explore how its rhetoric and policies regarding a specific country affect the discrimination that Canadians who are affiliated with that country experience in Canada. 

November 04

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:Iranian Canadian Congress,Tayaz Fakhri,Mojtaba Adibrad,Hooman Shirazi

Nov. 4, 2017 at 2:21 p.m.

روابط عمومی کنگره ایرانیان

بنا به اطلاع رسانی هییت مدیره گردهمائی 5 نوامبر که فردا برگزار میگردد:
1- بصورت کامل ضبط  صوتی و تصویری خواهد شد.
2- کلیه ویدئو های آن بدون هیچ کم و کاست ظرف یک هفته در دسترس همگان قرار خواهند گرفت.
3- کلیه افراد کامیونیتی حق دارند از فیلم های به اشتراک گذاشته به صلاحدید خود استفاده نمایند.

در اینصورت دیگر دلیلی وجود نخواهد داشت که از فیلمبرداری جلسه توسط افراد جلوگیری شود. از این رو تقاضا دارم:
- به اینجانب مهدی شمس که در چند سال اخیر از بیشتر فعالیت های کنگره گزارش و فیلم تهیه کرده ام، اجازه داده شود که از جلسه فردا فیلمبرداری نمایم.
- چنانچه با این خواسته موافقت نمیشود، حداقل اجازه دهید که از چلسه ضبط صوتی به عمل آورم که اولن مجبورم نباشم که به مدت سه ساعت نوت برداری کرده و در ثانی گزارش تهیه شده ام از دقت بیشتری برخوردار باشد. این نکته را نیز در نظر داشته باشیم که امکان فیلمبرداری توسط افراد مستقل براعتبار گزارشات هییت مدیره خواهد افزود.

با تشکر – مهدی شمس

-  این ایمیل را برای مجتبی ادیب راد، هومن شیرازی، تایاز فخری که همگی با فیلمبرداری از جلسات موافق میباشند ارسال میکنم. 

Hooman Shirazi <shirazi.hooman@gmail.com>

To:Medi Shams

Cc:Iranian Canadian Congress,Tayaz Fakhri,Mojtaba Adibrad

Nov. 4, 2017 at 5:38 p.m.

با درود مهدي عزيز 

ضمن تشكر از زحمات همكاران محترم در كنگره ايرانيان براي برگزاري اين جلسه گفتگو ، از نظر من فيلمبرداري از جلسه هيچ مشكلي ندارد و اميدوارم همواره شرايطي فراهم باشد كه همگان با صبر و تحمل بِه نظرات يكديگر احترام بگذاريم و در جهت أهداف مشتركمان كه همان سرافرازي كاميونيتي إيراني است قدم برداريم .

 

بدرود

هومن شيرازي 

·         Tayaz Fakhri <tayaz.fakhri@gmail.com>

To:Hooman Shirazi

Cc:Medi Shams,Iranian Canadian Congress,Mojtaba Adibrad

Nov. 4, 2017 at 5:48 p.m.

سلام مهدی جان،
از نظر من هم کاملا موافقم که هیچ مشکلی نباید وجود داشته باشه. ولی مجبوریم در برگزاری برنامه‌ی فردا به قواعدی که به صورت دموکراتیک و با خرد جمعی تصمیم گرفتیم متعهد باشیم. بنابراین فیلم‌برداری ممکن نیست. برای ضبط صوتی شاید ممکن می‌بود اگر زودتر مطرح کرده بودی. الان ممکنه کار سخت باشه با توجه به اینکه مدت کمی تا برنامه باقیه و ما هیات مدیره رو نمی‌تونیم در این فرصت یک‌روزه جمع کنیم و تصمیم جدیدی بگیریم. 

من تلاشم رو می‌کنم ولی قولی نمی‌دم.

ممنونم

تایاز

 

2017-11-04 17:38 GMT-04:00 Hooman Shirazi <shirazi.hooman@gmail.com>:

Tayaz Fakhry,

MBA Graduate 2013

Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To:medishams@rogers.com

Nov. 4, 2017 at 5:57 p.m.

Dear Mr. Shams, 

Thank you for your kind email and inquiry, as well as your interest in attending tomorrow’s scheduled Community Roundtable. 

Please kindly note, the media protocol for this event, approved by the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress, states that: 

**Media Protocol**

Photography and videography during tomorrow’s event not be permitted (unless done by invited media representatives). 

As well that the Public Relations Department of the Iranian Canadian Congress publish a complete unedited version of the videos within one week after the session, and via the Youtube channel of the ICC. 

Note- Should individuals attending wish not to be recorded, they are to inform ICC via email: info@iccongress.ca prior to the event, or at any time during the event.

As such, unfortunately, we are unable to approve your request, given that it is at conflict with the approved protocol. 

Thank you again for your email. 

We look forward to seeing you at the event 

 

October 31, 2017
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Senator Frum Must Apologize to Iranian-Canadians

On October 26, 2017 during the debate on Bill S219 (Non-nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act) Senator Linda Frum said the following about Iran and Iranians:"Bill S-219 is grounded in a moral and ethical purpose, and that is to monitor one of the most maligned nations in the world and to calibrate our nation’s sanctions accordingly."

Senator Frum's discriminatory and anti-Iranian comment is a disrespect to the Iranian-Canadian community, one of the largest and fastest growing immigrant communities in Canada. It is estimated that over 300,000 Iranian-Canadians live across Canada. These individuals are an integral part of the Canadian multicultural fabric. In every city and province in Canada the positive contributions of the Iranian-Canadian community are evident. Iranian-Canadians are proud of their culture, their heritage and their ethnic and national origin. 

Senator Frum must retract her comments publicly in the Senate of Canada and apologize to the Iranian-Canadian community. 

We call on members and supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress to contact their Senators and ask them to keep Linda Frum accountable for her discriminatory comments against Iranians. 

Follow this link to email your Senators: www.iccongress.ca/S219

Sentor Frum must realize that while this kind of charged and irresponsible rhetoric is becoming a part of the daily politics south of the border, here in our multicultural and diverse Canada we do not accept this language.  

- Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 
October 23, 2017
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ICC Meets With Ontario Provincial Ministers Concerning Foreign Trained Professionals

During the months of September and October, executives of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) engaged in discussion with Ontario provincial ministers concerning problems with recent immigrants to Canada, particularly foreign trained professionals from Iran. Specifically, executives of the ICC met with Hon. Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Hon. Chris Ballard, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Hon. David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. 

Within these meetings, the ICC executives discussed the struggles that recent immigrants face when arriving to Canada with professional degrees from their home country. The ICC executives emphasized that although many immigrants are able to immigrate to Canada on account of their professional degree, due to complications associated with international degree evaluations, many of these foreign trained professionals are unable to enter the job market in Ontario. Furthermore, newly immigrated foreign trained professionals may struggle with paying the costly fees of training and evaluation exams. As a result, many of these immigrants are unable to receive the training they require to pass these evaluation exams, leaving them unable to pursue their professional careers in Ontario. While there are government funded loan programs available to newly immigrated individuals, the funding amount is relatively low and does not cover any significant portion of the costs associated with the evaluation process in many professional fields. The aforementioned provincial ministers expressed their interest to work on this issue to improve the process workings of the professional regulatory bodies.

Furthermore, in response to our email inquiry, Hon. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation, and Science, suggests that his recommendation is to provide adequate information concerning international degree evaluation processes to foreign trained professionals in their home country before making the decision to immigrate to Canada. Part of his email is as follows:

“I have spoken to former federal Immigration Ministers and the current provincial Immigration Minister on this issue and suggested that our embassies in foreign countries should educate the immigration applicant on the professional licensing process here so that they will know about such major hurdle they have to overcome upon arrival at Canada.  By knowing the licensing process, some of those professionals may decide not to come to Canada.” Full text of his response is available here.

In the upcoming months, the ICC plans to continue meeting with the Ontario government officials and representatives of opposition parties to highlight problems of foreign trained professionals regarding access to training and degree evaluation processes. As the next provincial election is scheduled for June 2018, the ICC is committed to addressing this issue to members of Ontario political parties in order to construct a healthy dialogue concerning this issue and make clear that this is a pressing problem within the Iranian-Canadian community.

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ICC executives pictured with Hon. Stephen Del Duca (centre).

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ICC executives pictured with Hon. Laura Albanese (centre).

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ICC executives pictured with Hon. Chris Ballard (centre).

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ICC executives pictured with Hon. David Zimmer (centre).

October 14, 2017
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Trump is Wrong on Iran. Support the Iran Deal.

Email your MPs & Senators: Trump is Wrong on Iran. Canada Must Support Peace, Diplomacy, and the Iran Deal

In another confrontational speech full of false information, President Trump announced a new combative and irresponsible policy towards Iran. Let’s be clear, his policy of aggression, sanctions and confrontation will undermine the successful multilateral nuclear agreement (JCPOA) that was reached between P5+1 countries and Iran and further destabilize the Middle East region. Furthermore, Trump’s new Iran policy will only negatively impact the lives of ordinary Iranian people. 

What can we do in Canada?

The change in US policy can have significant impact on Canada’s policy towards Iran as well. The Trump Administration, as mentioned in the president's speech, will try to convince allies to implement similar policies toward Iran. There is already a bill in the Senate of Canada that seeks to expand Canada’s sanctions on Iran. As Iranian-Canadians , together we need to raise our voices and tell our government officials, Members of Parliament and Senators that Trump is wrong on Iran. We want Canada to be a promoter of peace and dialogue, to stand with other responsible nations around the world including our EU allies to keep the nuclear agreement alive, and to abide by the United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 which formalized and endorsed the 2015 nuclear agreement. 

Join this campaign and use our simple tool here to email your MPs and Senators and tell them that You want Canada to promote peace and stability in the region through constructive engagement and diplomacy in collaboration with our allies.

October 11, 2017
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Press Release: Civil Society Groups Issue Joint

Letter to PM Trudeau on Iran Nuclear Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS ISSUE JOINT LETTER TO PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU URGING HIM TO SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT

“We ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.”

 

October 11, 2017. Today, 10 Canadian civil society organizations issued a joint letter to the The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

The JCPOA was the result of 12 years of diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the United Nations Security Council through the passage of Resolution 2231. 

In recent months President Trump has expressed his intention to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran. During his confrontational speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017, President Trump once again signalled his intention to withdraw from the agreement and called the deal an "embarrassment" for the United States.  His statements in the UNGA regarding the nuclear agreement has been a cause for concern for other signatories to the agreement and for the people of Iran. 

“We the signatories of this letter  respectfully ask that your Government work with its European partners and make it a foreign policy priority for Canada, as a responsible member of the international community and a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to do all that it can to prevent the United States from unilaterally withdrawing from the JCPOA, and persuade the United States Government to uphold its responsibilities as outlined in the agreement. Furthermore, we ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.” 

The full letter including list of signatories is available here     

October 11, 2017
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ICC With Civil Society Groups Issue Joint Letter To Prime Minister Trudeau Urging Him to Support Iran Nuclear Agreement

Ten Canadian civil society organizations issued a joint letter to the The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing their concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

OCTOBER 11, 2017

The Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau, P.C., M.P.

Prime Minister of Canada

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A2 

Dear Prime Minister,

We, the undersigned NGOs, are writing to convey our concerns regarding the possibility of an imminent decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the international nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). As you are certainly aware, in recent months President Trump has expressed his intention to exit the nuclear agreement with Iran. During his confrontational speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 19, 2017, President Trump once again signalled his intention to withdraw from the agreement and called the deal an "embarrassment" for the United States.  His statements in the UNGA regarding the nuclear agreement has been a cause for concern for other signatories to the agreement and for the people of Iran.

The JCPOA was the result of 12 years of diplomatic negotiations between the P5+1 countries and Iran. This agreement was subsequently ratified by the United Nations Security Council through the passage of Resolution 2231.

The JCPOA is considered by most knowledgeable observers as a monumental victory for international diplomacy, cooperation, and multilateralism. Since its creation, it has been endorsed by more than 90 nations as a vital path towards peace and stability in one of the most volatile regions of the globe. Many experts have gone further to posit that the JCPOA successfully averted another catastrophic conflict in the Middle East.

In strict adherence to the JCPOA, Iran has significantly limited its nuclear program and has agreed to one of the most thorough inspection regimes in history by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), with the goal of assuring the international community about the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. In return, major sanctions which were imposed on Iran and which had caused significant damage to the Iranian economy and to the daily lives of Iranian people have been lifted. Since the implementation of the nuclear agreement, the IAEA has, on 8 different occasions, verified Iran’s full compliance with the provisions of the JCPOA. Furthermore, in accordance with the agreement, the IAEA will continue to inspect and monitor Iran’s nuclear program on a regular basis.

We the signatories of this letter  respectfully ask that your Government work with its European partners and make it a foreign policy priority for Canada, as a responsible member of the international community and a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to do all that it can to prevent the United States from unilaterally withdrawing from the JCPOA, and persuade the United States Government to uphold its responsibilities as outlined in the agreement. Furthermore, we ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, and to comply with Resolution 2231 of the United Nations Security Council, regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may choose to adopt.

 

The undersigned organizations

- Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

- Science for Peace

- Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

- Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute and former Canadian Ambassador for

   Disarmament to the UN

- The Group of 78

- Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War

- Canadian Voice of Women for Peace

Independent Jewish Voices Canada

- Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (TCSW)

- Canadian Peace Congress

October 10, 2017
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Press Release: Iran Nuclear Agreement from the Perspective of Canadian-Iranians

Results of Iranian Canadian Congress' survey reveals a strong support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement among Canadian-Iranians.

PRESS RELEASE

CONTACT

Morvarid Pearl Zare

PR & Communications Chair

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

Email:Communications@iccongress.ca

Telephone: 416-569-0576 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Iran Nuclear Agreement from the Perspective of Canadian-Iranians

A survey by the Iranian Canadian Congress reveals strong support for the Iran Nuclear Agreement among Canadian-Iranians.

 Toronto, ON – the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) conducted an online survey from October 4 to October 8, 2017 to gauge the opinion of the Canadian-Iranians regarding the historic nuclear agreement reached between Iran and the P5+1 on July 14, 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Results: Respondents overwhelmingly support the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

According to the survey of 1100 Iranian-Canadians, over 90% of the respondents are in support of the Iran Nuclear Agreement. About 95% of the respondents believe that in the event that the US Trump administration withdraws from the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Canadian government should abide by the nuclear agreement and therefore not to follow the US. While Canada is not a party in P5+1, because the deal was ratified in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), all UN members, including Canada, are obliged to abide by the UNSC Resolution 2231. With respect to the positive impact of the nuclear deal on the lives of Iranians, over 80% of respondents believe that the nuclear agreement has positively impacted the lives of Iranian people. About 11% of the respondents were unsure about whether the deal has improved the lives of Iranian people and 7% of the respondents believed that there have been no improvements. Based on comments from respondents some people expected that the sanctions relief after the deal would result into immediate economic improvements; however, in reality the improvements have been slower than initially expected, according to some expert observers. Secondly, some experts believe that the US has not delivered on its promises and its obligations with respect to the deal signed. For example, Iranians still encounter difficulties in accessing the international banking system due to US sanctions.    

Full survey results: https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-6QX5V2B78/

October 09, 2017
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The ICC's Policy Committee is Recruiting Volunteers

The ICC's Policy Committee is looking for volunteers!

Those who are interested in gaining experience with politics, advocacy, and policy research in an exciting and fast paced environment should apply!

 

Volunteers should have most or all of these experiences and education:

  • Education in Immigration, Public Policy, or Political Science
  • Previous experience in politics and/or advocacy for non-profit or community organizations.
  • Experience in writing policy statements, analyses, and briefs
  • Proficiency in English writing 
  • Knowledge of Farsi, and ability to translate between English and Farsi is an asset
  • Involvement in politics at professional or volunteer capacity, at any political level, for any entity
  • Passion for political issues and the policy priorities of the ICC

If you meet the above requirements and are interested in being a volunteer for the Policy Committee, please send us an email including your resume, sample of written work, and a brief summary of why you want to work with the ICC policy team to info@iccongress.ca and policy@iccongress.ca by October 20th, 2017

October 04, 2017
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ICC Fundraising Reception - Sponsor Recognition

On September 29th, the Iranian Canadian Congress' Fundraising Reception was held to support the efforts and initiatives of ICC. With a wonderful turnout, we are happy to announce that the event was a huge success.

This success is owed to the participation and contributions of our dedicated and passionate members and supporters who are the pillars of this organization, and most importantly, our generous and supportive sponsors, without whose invaluable support this event would not have been made possible.

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the lives of Iranian-Canadians by promoting and protecting their rights and interests and encouraging their participation in Canadian society. Through widespread consultation, the ICC identifies issues of importance to the Iranian-Canadian community and attempts to advance such issues through continued engagement with Canadian policymakers.

We would like to take this opportunity and recognize the generous contributions of our sponsors. ICC immensely values and greatly appreciates the kind and invaluable support of community centred businesses and sponsors who enable us to the work that we do, and made our Fundraising Reception a fruitful and successful event. 

 

Fundraising Reception Sponsors:

Al Parsai - Parsai Immigration Services 

Arash Jazayeri - Rogerson Law Group

ARSO Smart Home Automations  

Aseman Travel 

Ava Skin Clinic

Behrouz Amouzgar - Lexpand 

Chateau Le Parc 

Dr. Shahnaz Azimzadeh MD CCFP 

Mahshid Yousefi, Sales Representative-HomeLife/Bayview Realty Inc.