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دوره دهم - 2018

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1 May 07 ICC Calls On Canadian Government to Continue its Commitment to Iran Nuclear Agreement  
2 May 11 Letter from 10 Canadian Organizations on Iran Nuclear Agreement  
3 May 16 Appointment of Executive Officers and Department Chairs  
4 May 30 We are hiring: ICC Summer Internship  
5 June 06 Ontario: Go Vote on June 7  
6 June 12 Liberal and Conservative MPs Voted To Abandon Diplomatic Talks With Iran  
7 June 19 Watch Live: ICC's First Parliamentary Briefing to Discuss Canada's Iran Policy  
8 June 21 Video: Panel Discussing Canada's Iran Policy  
9 June 26 ICC is Concerned about Maryam Mombeini and Asks For Her Immediate Return to Canada  
10 June 28 ICC President Writes to Conservative MP Erin O'Toole Regarding His Defamatory Comments
Video Published by ICC
 
11 July 21 ICC Condemns Violent Attack on Iranian-Canadian Artist Saye Sky  
12 August 01 Freeland: JCPOA is essential for ensuring regional and global security  
13 September 11 ICC Opposes Use of the Notwithstanding Clause To Change Electoral Boundaries in Toronto  
14 September 22 ICC Condemns Terrorist Attack in Ahvaz #PrayForAhvaz  
  September 28 Fundraising - 2018 Fundraising event  
15 October 10 ICC to Minister of Public Safety: Defamation Campaign Against Iranian-Canadian Activists Has Put Their Safety and Security in Danger  
16 October 17
October 17 · 
Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on processing times for Iranian applications
Video IC Journal
 
17 October 16
October 16 · 
US Senator Lindsey Graham is a racist Iranophobe. We are proud of our Iranian heritage.
 IC Journal
 
18 October 19 New Report On Khavari's Investments in Canada - IC Journal  
  October 30 ICC's petition asking for Canada to open a Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Iran  
  October 26
October 26 at 6:00 PM
**ICC Testified at the House of Commons Immigration Committee**
Video IC Journal
 
19 November 04 ICC’s Statement on US Sanctions against Iran  
20 November 23 Response from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada  
  November 23 Social Mixer Photos  
       

2018 ICC Facebook Activities

October 5
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WHERE DO CANADA'S POLITICAL PARTIES STAND ON IRAN?

WHERE DO CANADA'S POLITICAL PARTIES STAND ON: IRAN?

As part of the ICC's Federal Election Initiative, the ICC has reached out to Canada's political parties and their candidates to discover their policies on the following ICC priority policies: Canada’s Iran Policy, Accreditation of Foreign Trained Professionals, Combatting Racism and Discrimination. The first of this series is Canada's Iran Policy. Below, we describe the policies of each party, either from their own communications with the ICC or through their actions and most recent public statements, focusing on diplomatic relations and the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA.

The Liberal Party: Justin Trudeau

 

Summary: The Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau promised to reopen the embassies in 2015, but have not fulfilled the promise after 4 years of being elected. Despite the fact that the Prime Minister and most of the Liberal caucus voted for the Conservative Motion condemning Iran and freezing any efforts to re-establish relations with Iran, Liberal MP Rob Oliphant recently said that the Liberal government is still committed to reestablishing relations with Iran on condition that Iran respects “international standards”. Richmond Hill Liberal MP Majid Jowhari sponsored a parliamentary petition instigated by the ICC calling for the government to reestablish relations with Iran in 2016.

Prime Minister Trudeau promised during the 2015 election campaign that he would reopen the embassy if elected. However, he did not deliver on this promise during the first 4 years of his mandate. In a recent interview with the Iranian Canadian Journal former Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rob Oliphant said: the Liberals are still committed to diplomacy with Iran however, they expect the Iranian government to respect “international standards”.

In September 2016, Liberal MP Majid Jowhari (Richmond Hill) sponsored a parliamentary petition initiated by the ICC calling for re-engagement with Iran and re-opening of the embassies. The petition gathered nearly 16,000 signatures in few months from across Canada.

June 2018 Conservative Motion Against Iran: Nearly all Liberal MPs, including the Prime Minister, voted for a Conservative motion condemning Iran and calling on the Government of Canada to halt all negotiations for re-establishing diplomatic relations with Iran. Iranian-Canadian Liberal MPs Majid Jowhari and Ali Ehsassi were among the Liberals who were not present during this vote.  Richmond Hill MP Majid Jowhari also released this statement supporting the re-establishment of relations with Iran.

Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions: The Liberal government of Prime Minister Trudeau supported the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) and lifted most of Canada’s sanctions against Iran upon signing of the agreement and pursuant to the UN Security Council resolution 2231. The Liberal government has also provided $11.5 million in voluntary contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) specifically to support the Agency’s work with respect to its mandate in monitoring and verifying Iran’s implementation of its JCPOA commitments. In a response to the ICC, Minister Freeland’s office said: “our government believes that the JCPOA, which was agreed to with Iran in 2015 and endorsed by the UN Security Council, is essential for ensuring regional and global security.”

The NDP: Jagmeet Singh

 

Summary: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere, and her successor Guy Caron have consistently supported reestablishing of relations with Iran. They have also supported the Iran Deal and along with the Greens party's Elizabeth May, were the only national party to vote against the Conservative motion calling on the government to abandon relations with Iran. NDP MP Helene Laverdiere presented a petition signed by 15,000 Canadians and instigated by the ICC calling on the government to reestablish relations with Iran.

Iran-Canada Relations: Since the NDP leadership race when the ICC reached out to him, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh supported the reopening of the Iranian and Canadian embassies in Ottawa and Tehran. Further, at the ICC's 2016 Simorgh Gala, Leader Singh reasserted this position, asserting that the government of PM Trudeau needed to follow through on his promise to the Iranian Canadian community.

In 2019, NDP MP Helene Laverdiere presented a petition signed by 15,000 Canadians and instigated by the ICC calling on the government to reestablish relations with Iran.

Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions: NDP has expressed its support for the Iran nuclear agreement. NDP critic to Minister of Foreign Affairs Helene Laverdiere called on the Government of Prime Minister Trudeau in the House of Commons to do more along with EU allies to protect the nuclear agreement after Trump’s withdrawal.

June 2018 Conservative Motion Against Iran: When the Conservatives' motion on Iran came to the floor in June 2018, all the NDP members voted against it. 

In a response to the ICC about their policy on Iran the NDP said:

New Democrats believe that Canadian interests are best served by a strong and principled foreign policy based on human rights, multilateralism, and the best interests of global peace and security. We are also very concerned about the current state of international affairs, and, in particular, about relations between neighbouring states in the Middle East and their various allies. At the same time, we also recognize the sovereignty of Iran over their own political, cultural, economic, and social affairs.

We believe that Canada can, and must, be a force for good in this dangerous world. As such, New Democrats believe that the first step in improving relations between our countries is the resumption of normal diplomatic relations, including the re-opening of embassies in both countries, so that both countries can resume constructive dialogue and engagement and so that citizens of both countries can receive timely and effective consular support from their respective governments.

 

The Conservative Party: Andrew Scheer

 

Summary: The Conservative Party has consistently opposed relations with Iran. Apart from introducing the 2018 motion condemning Iran and asking the Canadian government to commit to keeping relations severed, the Conservative Party have also opposed the Iran Nuclear Deal or JCPOA.

Iran-Canada Relations: Though we have not received any communications from the Conservative Party (despite numerous requests), their position seems to remain the same as in 2012 when they closed the embassy. Over the past 4 years the Conservatives on numerous occasions criticized the Trudeau government for promising re-engagement with Iran. 

Conservative MP Peter Kent launched a petition against re-opening of embassies, which only gathered 607 signatures.

Former Conservative MP Tony Clement also launched a petition against Iran calling on the Trudeau government to continue listing Iran as a state sponsor of terror.

Aside from introducing the June 2018 motion condemning Iran and asking the government to halt diplomatic negotiations with Iran, the party's leader Andrew Scheer has recently announced that if elected their party will follow the Trump administration’s steps against Iran, including designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity.

Iran Nuclear Deal and Sanctions: The Conservatives did not endorse the Iran nuclear agreement and criticized the Trudeau government for adhering to the agreement and lifting Canada’s sanctions on Iran after the JCPOA was signed.

 

October 5
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October 5
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October 18
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The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) has received multiple reports over the past few days about a smear campaign linked to Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) against Iranian-Canadian MP and Richmond Hill candidate Majid Jowhari. 

MEK is an extremist Iranian opposition group that was listed in Canada as a terrorist entity as late as 2012. According to multiple reports the organization has dubious sources of funding and links to Saudi Arabia

On social media, fake accounts associated with MEK have distributed false information about Mr. Jowhari. Seemingly, the only reason behind the targeting of Mr. Jowhari by the MEK is that, aligned with PM Trudeau's promise in 2015 to re-engage with Iran and reopen the embassies, Mr. Jowhari supported this promise as well and presented the views of his constituents to the Canadian government. Time and again we have also witnessed that the majority of Canadian-Iranians also support diplomacy and peace with Iran and are against policies of sanctions and war. 

The ICC is extremely concerned about the MEK-linked smear campaign against a Canadian citizen running for public office. We are monitoring the situation carefully and will communicate our concerns with Canadian officials. 
   
We once again encourage all members of the Iranian-Canadian community to participate in the federal elections on October 21st and vote for the party or candidates who represent their views. 

 

October 10
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Letter From 6 Canadian Organizations on the Push for War with Iran

Find below a letter from 6 Canadian civil society and pro-peace organizations to Canada's major parties regarding worrying push towards war with Iran on the international stage:

Attention:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Chrystia Freeland

Leader of the Official Opposition, Hon. Andrew Scheer

Shadow Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Erin O'Toole

Leader of the New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh

Foreign Affairs Critic of the New Democratic Party Guy Caron

Leader of the Bloc Quebecois Yves-François Blanchet

Leader of the Green Party of Canada Elizabeth May

Dear Party Leaders

We are a group of Canadian non-profit organizations who are concerned by the growing momentum toward war against Iran by the United States President Donald Trump and who are calling on the Canadian government to take a stand against war on Iran. 

After leaving the Iran Deal (or JCPOA), the Trump administration has systematically inflamed tensions in a push for war. We even learned that Trump called for a military strike on Iran on June 20th, only to cancel it at the last minute. 

We have seen this story before. The same individuals who led the world to war against Iraq are now trying to do the same against Iran. Canada needs to stand up for peace and work with our allies to support the Iran Deal. 

As such, we ask that Canada:

  1. Speak publicly against the Trump administration's push towards war against Iran;

  2. Support the Iran Deal by joining our European allies in allowing Iran to circumvent unilateral US sanctions which have harmed the Iranian people by depriving them of medicine and other vital goods;

  3. Act as an intermediary between Iran and the United States in order to prevent war and broker a peace plan

We hope that you agree that this matter is extremely urgent and important. We therefore ask you to respond to these issues as soon as possible.

Sincerely, 

The undersigned organizations:

  • The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

  • Canadian Council of Muslim Women (CCMW)

  • Canadian Peace Congress (CPCon)

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

  • Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) 

  • Association of Progressive Palestinian Canadians (APPC)
     

 

October 9
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The ICC Launches Its Election Centre!

 

The 2019 Federal Election is coming up and the ICC has launched the ICC Election Centre to answer all of your questions!

Wondering how to vote at advanced polls? Wondering how to check if you're registered? Wondering how to vote as a student?

Then check out the ICC's Election Centre here for these answers and more!

 

 

October 5
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ICC ELECTION CENTRE

WELCOME TO THE ICC'S ELECTION CENTRE!

As part of the ICC's effort to increase Iranian-Canadians' political awareness and involvement in advance of the Federal Election, we are happy to provide this page for the Iranian-Canadian community to use as a resource to learn how to vote and get involved.

How Do I Vote (in Person)?

If you want to vote on Election Day or on Advance Polling days, you should make sure to check if you are registered to vote by clicking here

If you want to vote before October 15th, you may click on this link to find one of 500 voting locations near you.

Can I Vote by Mail?

As a Canadian citizen, you may vote by mail, but you must register to do so before October 15th at 6PM. Click here for more information.

Can I Vote in Person at My Local Elections Canada Office?

If you are not able to vote on Election Day or on any of the advance polling days, you have the right to vote in person before October 15th at your local Elections Canada Office. The regular hours are 9:00AM to 9:00PM Monday to Friday and Noon to 4PM on Sundays. Click here to find your local office.

How Do I Vote in Advance Polls?

If you are registered with Elections Canada at your current address, you should have received your voter registration card in the mail. Click here to find more information on registration and click here to find more information on advance polling.

I'm a Post-Secondary Student. How Do I Vote on Campus? Where Does My Vote Get Counted?

As a student, you have access to over 115 Elections Canada campus locations. Click here to find these locations.

Also as a student, your vote gets counted at "your primary place of residence". Usually, this is where your ID lists as your address. Find more information here.

How Do I Find Out More About Canadian Federal Politics?

The ICC is preparing a series of events and resources to help the Iranian-Canadian community inform itself in advance of the Federal Election. The first is our Community Roundtable on the Federal Election on October 13th at 3 PM at the North York Civic Centre's Committee Room #3. Find our Facebook event here!

Wondering where Canada's political parties stand on Iran? Check out the ICC's summary of the three major national parties' positions here!

The ICC also has a series of priority policies developed after a series of consultations that it is communicating to politicians and candidates. Find them here and stay posted for more information about them.

 

 

October 5
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 04:21:39 p.m. EDT
Subject: Join Us In Toronto October 13th: Community Federal Elections Roundtable

 
medi --
In advance of the Federal Election, the Iranian Canadian Congress is hosting a Community Roundtable at 3-5PM on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at Committee Room #3 of the North York Civic Center, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Topic: Canadian Federal Elections 2019 -- Who should we vote for?

This session will be a discussion among community members. We invite Iranian-Canadian supporters of all Canadian political parties to participate and tell us why we should vote for their party. If you are still undecided, come to this event and share with us your priorities and issues you care about in this federal election. 

To speak at this roundtable, you do not need to register beforehand. Just prepare your comments and come to the event on October 13th to participate in this open discussion about the federal elections.

 

What: Community Roundtable: Federal Elections 2019

When: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 3-5PM

Where: North York Civic Center, 5100 Yonge Street, Toronto - Committee Room #3 

RSVP at Facebook Event Link Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/681676448908167/

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

ant to know more about the Canadian Federal Election and how to vote? Check out the ICC's Election Centre here!


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

 
September 30
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Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:iccelectionscommittee2019@gmail.com
Cc:Icc4all Info,Iccma Info
Sep. 30 at 5:29 p.m.

Dear Marvin J. Huberman

It’s a joy to have finally a fair election in the Iranian-Canadian Congress (ICC) under your scrutiny. At the same time, it is sad to realize that a successful and well-educated community needs an outsider to enforce the basic rules.

My name is Medi Shams, an ICC member since 2012. I would like to bring your attention to the following past and present issues and ask for your clarification.

I participated in 2013, 2014, and 2016 ICC elections as a candidate. In 2014 the ICC board of directors introduced the requirement of a Police Certificate for candidates. As I believed this was a wrong interpretation of the ICC’s by-laws, I didn’t provide the requested certificate and I could participate in the election. The same scenario repeated in the 2016 election. Last year I was eliminated from the election as for the third time I didn’t provide a police certificate as I believe it shouldn’t be required.

The second issue that I would like to bring your attention is the requirement of a short biography from the candidate that the board of directors made mandatory to be in English last year. This was also a new arbitrary change that I opposed and I don’t think should be applied.

I believe these arbitrary rulings found their ways in a democratic organization such as ICC by those who have in mind their political agenda related to Iran and to discourage public participation. Your attention to this sensitive point is crucial for the community engagement in our only democratic organization ICC.

The third issue is related to this year's election. As you may know, recently two board members, Bijan Ahmadi and Hooman Shirazi resigned on the 15th and 23rd of August. Curiously, only the resignation of Bijan Ahmadi is announced by the board on the ICC website and social media. Despite that Bijan Ahmadi resigned before Hooman Shirazi, Shirazi was replaced by an appointed member Amir Moazzami and this contrary to what is recommended by the ICC by-laws. The by-law recommends that the appointed member should be a runner-up in the last election. You may notice on the 2018 final election report there were four non-elected candidates recognized by the election committee as runners. I believe the appointment of two of these individuals as a replacement for the two resigned board members could affect the election.

The fourth and the last point is regarding the text of an e-mail that you recently sent to the current and past members of the ICC that is not shared on the website. There are important points in this email that I believe should be on the website not just for the records, but also for people who currently visit the site and may participate in elections.

I would appreciate it if you could bring some clarification on these matters.

Regards,

Medi Shams who has the intention to run in this year's election.

 
September 30
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BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ICC

USE THIS ONLINE FORM TO REGISTER FOR MEMBERSHIP OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. 

ICC members are the backbone of the organization. The most important step for anyone who is interested to get involved in the ICC is to sign up for the annual membership. Using this simple online form you can sign up for ICC membership. The annual fee for regular members (18 and older) is $10. Once you fill out the form and pay the membership due you will receive a confirmation email including receipt of your payment. After submitting the membership form to verify your identity you might be asked by the Board Secretary for your valid government issued photo ID. Your annual membership has to be renewed in 12 months from the date of registration.  

If you encounter any difficulty with the online form or if you'd like to register in person with the board secretary, please email us at  iccelectionscommittee2019@gmail.com

Important Notes:

- According to the Ontario Corporations Act, any person can ask for the membership registry, which includes members' addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers, as long as they provide a signed affidavit as required by the section 307 of the Act. 

- Every person must register and pay her/his membership fee. Do not fill out this online membership registration form for someone else.  

Pre-paid credit cards cannot be used for membership payment. 

- There are only two valid methods for ICC membership registration: signing up through this online form or registering in person with the secretary of the ICC board. For in person registration please send an email to: iccelectionscommittee2019@gmail.com 

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

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP

ICC youth membership is available for those between ages of 14-18. There is no annual membership fee for youth members. Youth members are encouraged to join the Youth Engagement Committee where they can work with their peers on related projects and volunteer for different organizations. If you are at least 14 years old and below 18, click here to join as a youth member.

 

September 22
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UPDATE FROM THE CANADIAN RED CROSS ON IRAN FLOOD RELIEF

Earlier this year from mid-March to April Iran was hit by unprecedented rainfall and floods that impacted approximately 10 million people in all of the country’s 31 provinces. 

 

In response, the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) immediately contacted the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Minister of International Development requesting assistance for the flood victims in Iran. 

 

Shortly thereafter, the Canadian Red Cross launched a campaign to raise donations for the flood victims in Iran and provided a dedicated platform for the Iranian Canadian Congress to raise donations as well. Based on the final report from the Canadian Red Cross, $150,000 was raised for providing emergency assistance to flood victims in Iran. 

 

According to the latest report published by the Canadian Red Cross the funds were used towards the following items:

  • 296,000 people were provided with emergency shelter.
  • 29,000 people received health interventions, including psychosocial support. 
  • 216,000 food parcels were delivered to people impacted by the floods. 

Click here to check out the latest report from Canadian Red Cross about their work in Iran.

 

The Canadian government also provided additional $250,000 to support Canadian Red Cross campaign for Iranian flood victims. 

 

We would like to once again thank all those who supported this campaign to help provide emergency assistance to flood victims in Iran. 

 

September 20
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Important Message From ICC and Independent Monitor

Please click on this link for an important message from the Iranian Canadian Congress and the Independent Monitor

 

https://mailchi.mp/…/important-information-2019-agm-and-ele…

 

MONITOR LETTER

Documents Pertaining to the ICC's Annual General Meeting and Legal Application

Please find below the documents referred to in the email to ICC former and current members from independent monitor Marvin J. Huberman.

Joint Statement

Joint Letter - English

Joint Letter - Persian

Legal Application Documents

Application Record

Responding Application Record

Reply Application Record

Cross Examination Transcript -- Pouyan Tabasinejad

Cross Examination Transcript -- Soudeh Ghasemi

 

 

September 20
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From:
 Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Friday, September 20, 2019, 10:40:19 p.m. EDT
Subject: Important Information - 2019 AGM and Election

 
Important Message Regarding the ICC
2019 AGM and Election

My name is Marvin J. Huberman. I am a lawyer and a commercial arbitrator. On September 9, 2019, I was appointed by the Superior Court of Justice to be the independent monitor overseeing the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the ICC and the election of the Board of Directors.

I would ask you all to visit this website set up by the ICC and to review the joint letter (in both English and Persian). It has very important information on a number of topics, including: 1) the court application initiated by Mr. Payami, Ms. Hadi, Ms. Shahabi and Mr. Moin in March 2019 and the settlement reached in September 2019; 2) my role as independent monitor; and, 3) the upcoming Annual General Meeting and board of directors election to be held Sunday November 3, 2019. Please note that anyone who wishes to review the documents filed in court by the parties in this lawsuit are also available at the same website.

For those that are not currently members of the ICC who wish to join I will be sending out an email early next week showing you how to join the ICC through its website. 

Please click the following link if you wish to unsubscribe from this list and you will no longer receive emails regarding the ICC.  

Sincerely

Marvin J. Huberman, LL.B., LL.M., FCIArb, FAIADR

September 14
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CHANGES IN ICC BOARD

In the last month, there has been a new change in the ICC board of directors. Hooman Shirazi, who was elected onto the ICC board in 2017, announced his intention to resign from the board.

ICC President Ms. Soudeh Ghasemi, upon learning of Mr. Shirazi’s resignation and the difficulties this this empty seat posed to the organization and the reaching of quorum, received recommendations to fill the vacancy (those who ran in the previous election withdrew their candidacy and were not technically runners-up, as confirmed by legal counsel), as per Section 12 of the ICC bylaws:

For the vacancy of a director who is not also an officer, all vacancies shall initially be filled by appointing the runner-up in the immediately preceding election and if such runner-up is not willing or available to accept the appointment, by appointing the next willing and available individual among the unsuccessful candidates in the preceding election with the highest number of votes. Should no such candidate be available or willing to accept the appointment, then within 21 days of the vacancy the members of the board of directors, except the president, may submit names of candidates to fill the vacancy, provided each candidate meets the qualifications for serving on the board. The board president shall, within 30 days of the vacancy, and after consultation with the other officers, appoint one of the submitted candidates to fill the vacancy.

Ms. Ghasemi received the name of Amir Moazzami, a volunteer with the ICC, through a recommendation by the board. She accepted this recommendation and Amir Moozzami was appointed to fill Mr. Shirazi’s position on the board until the upcoming AGM. 

We welcome Mr. Moazzami to the board and thank him for filling the position.

 

September 04
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IRANIAN CANADIAN CONGRESS (ICC) DISAPPOINTED AT GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO PETITION SIGNED BY NEARLY 16K IRANIAN-CANADIANS

On August 21st, 2019, Foreign Minister Freeland responded to the ICC's Parliamentary petition e553. This petition was signed by over 15,000 Canadians and asked for Prime Minister Trudeau to fulfill his promise to Iranian Canadians and reestablish diplomatic relations with Iran. 

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is deeply disappointed with the Canadian government’s answer to the ICC’s petition and strongly believes that the current policy of the government does not protect the safety of Canadians abroad as the “top priority for Government of Canada” as indicated in the response letter. 

Canadian officials have said that they are concerned about consular cases in Iran, including Iranian-Canadian Maryam Mombeini who is banned by Iranian authorities from leaving the country. However, many Iranian-Canadians and experts -- including Dr. Homa Hoodfar, who was imprisoned in Iran --  have repeatedly explained that having an embassy in Iran will help Canadian citizens who need consular support at times of emergency. 

In July 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland herself pointed out to the importance of establishing relations with Iran in order to be able to advocate for consular cases of its citizens or permanent residents in Iran. She said: “It's important for us to have lines of communication for many reasons. One of them being, we have some difficult consular cases in Iran and to have any hope of solving them we need to be able to talk to the government of Iran... It's essential to have relations, diplomatic relationship, to have a conversation not only with countries who are your friends and who share your values but also with the countries with whom you disagree. So we are definitely on the path to re-engage with Iran...”

Despite the Liberal government’s policy shift on this important issue for our community, the ICC’s position remains the same as we still strongly believe that the best way to advance the interests of the 400,000 Iranian-Canadians and to protect Iranian-Canadians in Iran including Maryam Mombeini is to have diplomatic relations with Iran. Therefore, we continue to advocate for re-engagement with Iran and look forward to working with the new government to resolve this long-standing issue for our community.

 

August 20
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ICC Wishes Bijan Ahmadi The Best In His Future Endeavours

Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

We'd like to inform you that Bijan Ahmadi has decided to leave the ICC Board of Directors on Aug 15, 2019. Bijan has served the ICC as a volunteer in different positions since 2015. After he was elected to the board by members of the ICC in 2015, he served as the PR director. In 2016, he was appointed by the board as the President of the ICC and served for two years in this position, afterwards serving as a board member and adviser. Bijan was steadfast in his dedication to the mission and the mandate of the ICC and he dedicated countless hours as a volunteer to further the goals of the ICC and the Iranian-Canadian community.

 

Under his leadership, the organization grew its reach and audience network from approximately 2000 people to currently over 20,000 people nationwide. He led the transformation of the ICC into a strong advocacy organization that's known by many Canadian politicians and political parties as an organization that stoutly defends the rights of Iranian-Canadians.

On leaving the organization, Bijan said:

"I am leaving the ICC board due to personal and professional reasons and because of projects I am getting involved with in other non-profit organizations. Some of these projects are related to the upcoming federal elections. These projects are not necessarily aligned with the work of the ICC and therefore I believe it's best that I leave the board. I am confident that the present board will continue to lead the ICC to greater heights. Without a doubt I will remain dedicated to the organization as an active member"

We thank Bijan Ahmadi for his leadership and work for the ICC and wish him best of luck in his future endeavours.

 

 
 
August 09
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From:
 Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To: khaniki.mo@gmail.com <khaniki.mo@gmail.com>; Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>; Bijan Ahmadi <ahmadibi@gmail.com>; ICC President <president@iccongress.ca>

Cc: Iccma Info <info@iccma.ca>; Icc4all Info <info@icc4all.com>; Shahram Tabe <shahramtabe@yahoo.ca>

Sent: Friday, August 9, 2019, 06:42:45 p.m. EDT

 

Subject: Iranian Canadian Congress admin identity request

 

Dear Soudeh Ghassemi, ICC President

You may be aware that ICJ commenced against me a legal proceeding on July 22, 2019. On different locations on social media Iranian Canadian Congress/Admin commented and/or replied to people. Two of ICC current board of directors, Bijan Ahmadi and Mohsen Khaniki, are among the plaintiffs. It is primordial for my case to know the identity of the Iranian Canadian Congress (admin). As I have to file my statement of defence in a very short time I would appreciate your fast reply. Failure to disclose the requested information constitutes cooperation with the plaintiffs and will have legal consequences.

Mehdi Shams - ICC member

August 01
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Thursday, August 1, 2019, 12:05:27 p.m. EDT
Subject: Update from the ICC Board

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), 

We understand that there are many questions that ICC members are having about the organization, particularly the annual general meeting (AGM) and when it will be held. We want to inform you that we will provide more information about the ongoing legal application with which the ICC is involved and the upcoming AGM very soon. 

The ICC board is committed to holding AGM 2019 at the earliest possible date. We also assure our members that the board is doing all it can and to the best of its ability to preserve the interests of the organization and its members. 

Sincerely, 

The Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress


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

 

July 19
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From: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>
To: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>; ICC Secretary <secretary@iccongress.ca>; ICC President <president@iccongress.ca>; ICC Treasurer <treasurer@iccongress.ca>; Bijan Ahmadi <ahmadibi@gmail.com>; Sholeh Khalili <sholeh.khalili@gmail.com>; Hooman Shirazi <shirazi.hooman@gmail.com>
Cc: Iccma Info <info@iccma.ca>; Icc4all Info <info@icc4all.com>; Shahrvand News <news@shahrvand.com>; Iranstar Info <info@iranstar.com>; info@shahrema.org <info@shahrema.org>; Salamtoronto Info <info@salamtoronto.ca>; Mohammad Tajdolati <tajdolati@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, July 19, 2019, 05:03:04 a.m. EDT
Subject: Re: Petition: Canadian Leaders Must Condemn the MEK

 

هییت مدیره (سابق) کنگره ایرانیان

دیگر واقعن بس است.

متاسفانه باید اعلام دارم که هر چه بیشتر میگذرد از رفتار افرادی که این نهاد را بصورت غیر قانونی در انحصار خود قرار داده اند، و هر روز لطمات بیشتری بر آن وارد میسازند، بیشتر و بیشتر شرمسار میگردم.

1-    تقاضا دارم اعلام کنید که آیا این ایمیل را فقط به 91 عضو کنگره فرستاده اید و یا اینکه با تمام کسانی که ایمیل آنها را در اختیار دارید تماس گرفته اید؟

2-    آیا شما به نمایندگی 91 عضو این کنگره این پتیشن را تهیه و ارسال نموده اید و یا اینکه ادعای سخنگویی از طرف کامیونیتی را دارید؟

3-    از آنجهت که در مراجع قضایی کانادا عدم قانونمندی شما به اثبات رسیده، و در برگزاری مجمع عمومی در محدود زمانی تعیین شده کوتاهی کرده اید، شما، هییت مدیره سابق این نهاد مشروعیت خود را از دست داده اید. در نتیجه استفاده از نام و امکانات این نهاد غیر قانونی بوده و پیگرد قانونی خواهد داشت.

4-    اینجانب مهدی شمس یکی از اعضای این نهاد از طریق این ایمیل به شما اخطار قانونی میدهم که هر فعالیتی که با نام این نهاد صورت بگیرد تعرض به حقوق اینجانب بوده و حق اقدامات قانونی علیه شما را برای خود محفوظ میدارم.

5-    در ضمن وظیفه خود میدانم که با دولتمردانی که شما در این پتیشن مخاطب قرار داده اید تماس گرفته و آنها را از وخامت وضعیت این نهاد، غیر قانونی بودن شما، و شرایط نا امنی را که برای همه ما مهاجرین ایرانی در کانادا بوجود آورده اید مطلع سازم.

مهدی شمس – یکی از 91 عضو کنگره ایرانیان

June 28
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ICC VP TO MINISTERS: STOP FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN CANADIAN ELECTIONS BY PRO-WAR GROUPS INCLUDING MEK

 

The following letter was sent to the Minister of Democratic Institutions Hon. Karina Gould and the Minister of Public Safety Hon. Ralph Goodale from the ICC VP Pouyan Tabasinejad on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), warning them about foreign interference by pro-war groups including the cult group MEK:

Honourable Ministers Karina Gould and Ralph Goodale,

 

I am writing this letter to you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress, a non-profit and non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to defending the interests of the Iranian Canadian community, a population estimated at 300,000 across the country.

 

This letter is to inform you of a coordinated effort by foreign governments and foreign funded organizations to disrupt and influence Canadian politics and political discourse. We have come to these conclusions after a series of events came to light after they were uncovered by journalists. It is our position that these efforts constitute election interference in advance of the federal election in October, and that this effort must be immediately investigated and addressed by the Ministries for Democratic Institutions as well as that for Public Safety.

 

Firstly, as the ICC wrote earlier this month, activists connected to a formerly designated foreign terrorist organization Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK) engaged in a coordinated effort to prevent award-winning pro-peace Iran analyst and former Georgetown professor Trita Parsi from testifying before the Canadian Parliament. This not only included emails and other communications to members of the committee from noted MEK affiliates and figures such as Shahram Golestaneh (head of Iran Democratic Association, a noted MEK front in Canada), but also a massive Twitter campaign targeting Canadian politicians.

 

It should be noted that numerous outlets have uncovered the MEK's ability to engage in coordinated campaigns using thousands of fake accounts to manipulate social media platforms, and the effort to disinvite Dr. Parsi seems to follow these patterns. We also note that the MEK is noted as being funded extensively by foreign governments, especially Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, the committee and the chair Anita Vandenbeld decided to succumb to this pressure and disinvited Dr. Parsi less than 24 hours before his testimony. Our efforts to gain an understanding of the thinking of the committee on this have not been answered to date. Since then, it has become clear that foreign-funded organizations and fake social media accounts were an integral part of the campaign to push Dr. Parsi out, as shown below.

 

Secondly, it has come to light recently that the Trump administration has provided millions of dollars in funding to an organization which has attacked pro-peace American activists, journalists, independent analysts and human rights advocates critical of Trump’s policy in the Middle East. This foreign funded project was also involved in the campaign to influence the witness list in the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on International Human Rights and, most recently, the disinvitation of Mr. Parsi from the committee. Also concerning for us is that this organization, Iran Disinformation Project, may have also amplified attacks on Canadian activists and civil society organizations.

 

Lastly, over the past week, The Intercept uncovered the fact that a Twitter account with more than 30,000 followers and whose works were published in mainstream outlets, including 61 times in Forbes alone, was in reality a fake identity run by MEK operatives in Albania. Further, this account was followed, amplified, and was amplified by Canadian politicians and influential commentators on foreign policy, including sitting Senator Linda Frum and influential commentator Terry Glavin. This fake account was also leading the smear campaign against Trita Parsi and was an important part of getting Dr. Parsi disinvited from the House of Commons subcommittee.

 

What we are therefore seeing is the uncovering of a network of operatives, many of whom are connected to the violent cult MEK, funded by and located in foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia, engaging in sophisticated and coordinated disinformation campaigns to shape Canadian politics in advance of the coming federal election by attacking Canadian civil society. Most concerningly, not only are these campaigns extremely adept at manipulating social media; they are actually influencing the real life agenda in Canada's Parliament.

 

We therefore ask you to immediately investigate the above facts as well as any related issues and campaigns conducted by such individuals. The integrity of Canada's democratic institutions must be vigorously defended against such brazen attacks by foreign governments and terrorist organizations.
 
We are eagerly awaiting your reply to these urgent and serious concerns.

Sincerely,
Pouyan Tabasinejad
Vice President
Iranian Canadian Congress
June 24
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, June 24, 2019, 12:23:45 p.m. EDT
Subject: Tell Your MP: No War With Iran!

 
medi
 
As we all know, last week, after months of ripping up the Iran Deal and imposing crippling sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration came within 10 minutes of a military strike against Iran. As a result, the threat of war with Iran is higher than ever.

In response, the Canadian government has stayed silent -- while our allies in the EU and around the world are standing up for peace. In fact, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau even stated the other day that he is “concerned with the escalation by Iran, repeating Trump's pro-war line!

Furthermore, at a time when our focus should be on preventing war, some MPs, including Liberal MPs, have sided with Trump and called for more sanctions on Iran!

Obviously, we are all concerned about this. Canada should stand up for peace and diplomacy – not fall in line with Trump and his warmongering.

That is why we're asking you to use this tool to call your MPs and tell them that you oppose war with Iran.

Many of you have participated in our email campaigns before. This time, we need to make sure Canadian parliamentarians hear our voice. That is why we are asking you to call their offices. 

Canada must not only condemn the Trump administration's push for war and try to de-escalate tensions in the region through diplomacy – we must also work with our European allies to support the Iran deal and ensure that Iranian civilians are protected from Trump's crippling sanctions. 

Click here to call your MP and tell them you oppose war: https://iccongress.good.do/CallMPNoWar/


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

 

June 18
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 03:12:13 p.m. EDT
Subject: Join us: Rally for Peace. No War With Iran

 
JOIN US: RALLY FOR PEACE. NO WAR WITH IRAN

Over recent weeks many Iranian-Canadians have been concerned as the drums of war are sounding more and more loudly. With Donald Trump’s reckless policies and the warmongers in the White House, more than ever before we need to stand together despite all our differences and call for peace. 

Our message is clear: No War With Iran.

We have been asked by our members to mobilize a rally for peace in Toronto (and possibly Montreal and Vancouver).

We need your help to be able to organize this:

If you agree with holding this rally and will participate, please follow the link below and fill out the form:

https://www.iccongress.ca/NoWar

If you'd like to help in organizing the rally, please make sure you mention in the form that you are available to volunteer.

Share this link with your network:
https://www.iccongress.ca/NoWar

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

June 7
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
Sent: Friday, June 7, 2019 10:08 AM
To: Arsalan Kahnemuyipour <a.kahnemuyipour@utoronto.ca>
Subject: Defending Your Rights in the Canadian Parliament

Dear Friends, 

 

The mission of the Iranian Canadian Congress is to advance the interests of the Iranian-Canadian community. As part of this mission we monitor the discussions and activities in the Canadian parliament and get involved to defend our community's interests when there is a study or a piece of legislation that can affect our community. In the past 2 years our executives have testified at the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and Committee on Canadian Heritage. In 2018, with your help we successful campaigned and defeated the Iran sanctions bill S219 (Non-nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act) in the Canadian Senate.

During this past month (May 2019) the ICC team submitted two written testimonies to the Canadian parliament:

Trump’s sanctions against Iran violate the rights of Iranian people: On May 9, 2019 Bijan Ahmadi, ICC board member, submitted a written testimony to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Canadian Parliament about the impact of US sanctions on Iranian people. You can read the full text here

Online Hate and Discrimination: Iranian-Canadian peace advocates have been victim of online hate, smear campaigns and Islamophobic tropes. Aligned with our priority to combat discrimination in all forms we have submitted a brief to the House of Commons on Justice and Human Rights outlining examples of online hate in the Iranian-Canadian community and explaining the impact on our people. Especially in this brief our team put together examples from the experience of one of our board members Saman Tabasinejad who faced an Islamophobic smear campaign when she was running as a candidate in the last Ontario provincial election. Read the full text here.  

To continue our work and expand our focus we need your financial support. Please visit our website and donate generously to your organization.

Click here to donate to the Iranian Canadian Congress.

 

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

May 31
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2019, 08:00:30 a.m. EDT
Subject: ICC Legal Committee

 
Dear Friends, 
We are pleased to announce the founding of a new initiative, the Iranian Canadian Congress Legal Committee.

The policy team at the ICC has decided to launch this initiative to fulfill a need in the community for legal services that would otherwise be too costly. The ICC Legal Committee will undertake a variety of activities, including: giving policy advice for the ICC’s policy advocacy, staffing legal clinics, and giving pro bono legal services for Iranian-Canadian individuals and non-profits.

In return for their service, lawyers (and legal professionals) will receive the satisfaction of contributing to the community’s well-being and an opportunity to gain legal experience in interesting and rewarding cases and situations.

So if you or someone you know is a lawyer (or a legal professional) certified to practice in Canada or a law student in Canada, join the ICC Legal Committee by emailing info@iccongress.ca with a short bio and a brief description of your legal expertise.

Sincerely,
Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

May 30
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Letter to House Subcommittee on International Human Rights

Here is a letter from ICC VP Pouyan Tabasinejad to members of the Canadian Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights:

Honourable members of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights, 

This month starting on May 13th, a series of events occurred that amounted to nothing less than the politicization of the House of Commons Subcommittee on International Human Rights.

Firstly, even before this week, the committee showed a bias in their witness selection, heavily favoring pro-sanctions and pro-war advocates on a study which was made to analyze the human right situation in Iran, which is rapidly deteriorating due to unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States. The already precarious integrity of this study was further damaged when one of the few pro-peace voices -- Trita Parsi, a noted expert on Iran and pro-peace advocate -- had his invitation rescinded by the committee less than 24 hours before he was scheduled to testify after a coordinated action to bring pressure to bear on committee members. Furthermore, we were extremely concerned to learn that this rescinding was instigated at least in part by individuals associated with the MEK organization and its front in Canada, the “Iran Democratic Association,” as media outlets suggested that Shahram Golestaneh, a noted MEK affiliate, sent a letter to the chair of the committee asking for Dr. Trita Parsi to be removed.

Secondly, we are extremely disappointed to see that committee members are allowing the committee to act as a platform to attack Canadian civil society organizations with transparent falsehoods. At the committee and at the instigation of MP Michael Levitt, Shaparak Shajarizadeh stated yesterday that the "Iranian Canadian Council" had attacked her on social media. Based on her social media posts after the testimony, Ms. Shajarizadeh meant the "Iranian Canadian Congress". This assertion is absolutely false; at no time has the ICC ever written anything about Ms. Shajarizadeh (in relation to her committee testimony or at any other time). Whether Ms. Shajarizadeh has been misled, misquoted, or knowingly engaging in such falsehood, we believe that this is the direct result of the politicization of the Subcommittee on International Human Rights.

Testimony at the committee should not be a political issue; all legitimate points of view should be heard and allowed to speak. We note that at no point has the ICC attempted to remove witnesses who presented before the committee, even when they are as divisive and illegitimate as the FDD's Mark Dubowitz, noted advocate of war and sanctions against Iran, who has repeatedly been invited to present before the committee, nor Maryam Rajavi the head of the MEK cult, an organization that was listed as a terrorist group in Canada till 2012. We ask that all sides of the issues at hand act with similar restraint and respect for a diversity of opinions and views in order to prevent the further politicization and erosion of legitimacy of the committee's work. Specifically, we look to the committee members and the chair, Anita Vandenbeld, for leadership on this issue. 

Sincerely, 

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Vice President

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

May 30
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Are You A Lawyer? Volunteer for the ICC Legal Committee

Here is an announcement from the Iranian Canadian Congress:

We are pleased to announce the founding of a new initiative, the Iranian Canadian Congress Legal Committee.

The policy team at the ICC has decided to launch this initiative to fulfill a need in the community for legal services that would otherwise be too costly. The ICC Legal Committee will undertake a variety of activities, including: giving policy advice for the ICC’s policy advocacy, staffing legal clinics, and giving pro bono legal services for Iranian-Canadian individuals and non-profits.

In return for their service, lawyers will receive the satisfaction of contributing to the community’s well-being and an opportunity to gain legal experience in interesting and rewarding cases and situations.

So if you or someone you know is a lawyer (or a legal professional) certified to practice in Canada or a law student in Canada, join the ICC Legal Committee by emailing info@iccongress.ca with a short bio and a brief description of your legal expertise.

 

May 16
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:01:07 p.m. EDT
Subject: Action Alert: No War With Iran

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,
Over the past few weeks many Iranian-Canadians have been concerned as the drums of war are sounding more and more loudly. Donald Trump’s reckless policy against Iran is moving US closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East. This time with Iran!

It is crucial for our leadership in Canada to stand up for peace and dialogue. Unfortunately, Canada has thus far been missing in action on this important issue. Please contact your parliamentarians and ask them to support peace and diplomacy with Iran. Our message is simple: "No Sanctions, No War!"

Click here to email your MPs and tell them: No Sanctions, No War!

We need to stand together and advocate for peace.

Please share the following link with your network: http://iccongress.ca/iran

 

همراه هم و یک صدا بگوییم: نه به تحریم، نه به جنگ! گروه های حامی تحریم و جنگ تلاش میکنند با فشار و لابی سیاسی در اتاوا، دولت کانادا را نیز با سیاست های دولت ترامپ علیه ایران همراه کنند. همراه هم ما ایرانیان مخالف تحریم و جنگ میتوانیم صدای خود را به گوش مجلس و دولت کانادا برسانیم. اینجا را کلیک کنید و متن پیشنهادی را برای نمایندگان خود ارسال کنید و از آنها بخواهید از صلح و دیپلماسی با ایران حمایت کنند

 

- Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

May 13
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, May 13, 2019, 02:35:12 p.m. EDT
Subject: Action Alert: No Sanctions, No War

 

ACTION ALERT: NO SANCTIONS, NO WAR!

 

Over the past few weeks many Iranian-Canadians have been concerned as the drums of war are sounding more and more loudly. Donald Trump’s reckless policy against Iran is moving US closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East. This time with Iran!

It is crucial for our leadership in Canada to stand up for peace and dialogue. Unfortunately, Canada has thus far been missing in action on this important issue.

Furthermore, pro-sanctions and pro-war lobby groups have been active in Ottawa, pushing for Canada to follow Trump’s policy against Iran.

We need to stand together and advocate for peace.

Please contact your parliamentarians and ask them to support peace and diplomacy with Iran. Our message is simple: "No Sanctions, No War!"

Use this simple tool to contact your Member of Parliament and Senators and tell them that you expect them to stand up against war and sanctions. Let's stand together and do our part today.

Click here to email your MPs and tell them:

No Sanctions, No War!

Please share the following link with your network: http://iccongress.ca/iran

- Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

May 10
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Friday, May 10, 2019, 09:56:14 p.m. EDT
Subject: Trump’s misguided policy on Iran threatens the JCPOA

 

Statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress:

Trump’s misguided policy against Iran threatens the future of the Iran nuclear agreement (JCPOA)

Last week, the Trump administration imposed further pressure on Iran by removing two civil nuclear cooperation waivers related to purchase of enriched uranium and heavy water from Iran. By removing these two waivers the Trump administration essentially made it impossible for Tehran to continue its full compliance with the JCPOA. As a result and after a year since US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and imposition of several rounds of maximum pressure sanctions that have caused tremendous damage to the Iranian economy, Iran has decided to reduce its commitments under the JCPOA and provide a 60-day period to EU, Russia and China to help Iran against US unilateral sanctions that are in violation of UNSC 2231.

Trump’s misguided policy on Iran over the past year has undermined this landmark non-proliferation agreement; he has made  unprecedented and dangerous decisions such as designating a formal military branch of Iran’s armed forces, the IRGC, as a terrorist organization. These decisions of the US administration have escalated tensions in the region and have put us on the path to another catastrophic war in the Middle East region.

Now more than ever, it’s important for responsible nations around the world including Canada to work together to prevent a regional military conflict that will have disastrous consequences for the world.

Unfortunately, Canada has thus far been missing in action on this important issue, even while the region would benefit considerably from Canadian advocacy for peace and multilateralism. We therefore call on the Canadian government to start working with our EU partners to help Iranian people in facing US unjust sanctions and to ensure the survival of the JCPOA.



Iranian Canadian Congress

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May 10
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Help protect our community

Here is a letter to ICC members and supporters from the ICC VP Pouyan Tabasinejad:

Dear Friends, 

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I am the Vice President of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

Over the past three years, I have been proud to be part of the astonishing growth of the ICC into a staunch and powerful defender of the Iranian-Canadian community. Because of the ICC’s efforts, politicians and officials are learning that the Iranian-Canadian community can no longer be ignored.

However, there are far too many regressive forces inside and outside the community, from the far-right to pro-sanctions lobby groups like the MEK, who do not want the Iranian-Canadian community to be strong and independent. They would like to keep us silent, especially in advance of the federal election in October. 

That is why I am asking you to donate to the ICC. Now more than ever, your donation is needed to help protect our community from those who would like to hold us back, who want to prevent us from advocating for peace and diplomacy with Iran and for ending anti-Iranian discrimination. 

Donate to the ICC using this simple and convenient link, and help us continue to defend your interests.

 Sincerely,

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Vice President
Iranian Canadian Congress

 

May 10
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Trump’s misguided policy against Iran threatens the future of the JCPOA

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

Trump’s misguided policy against Iran threatens the future of the JCPOA

 

Last week, the Trump administration imposed further pressure on Iran by removing two civil nuclear cooperation waivers related to purchase of enriched uranium and heavy water from Iran. By removing these two waivers the Trump administration essentially made it impossible for Tehran to continue its full compliance with the JCPOA. As a result and after a year since US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and imposition of several rounds of maximum pressure sanctions that have caused tremendous damage to the Iranian economy, Iran has decided to reduce its commitments under the JCPOA and provide a 60-day period to EU, Russia and China to help Iran against US unilateral sanctions that are in violation of UNSC 2231.

Trump’s misguided policy on Iran over the past year has undermined this landmark non-proliferation agreement; he has made  unprecedented and dangerous decisions such as designating a formal military branch of Iran’s armed forces, the IRGC, as a terrorist organization. These decisions of the US administration have escalated tensions in the region and have put us on the path to another catastrophic war in the Middle East region.

Now more than ever, it’s important for responsible nations around the world including Canada to work together to prevent a regional military conflict that will have disastrous consequences for the world.

Unfortunately, Canada has thus far been missing in action on this important issue, even while the region would benefit considerably from Canadian advocacy for peace and multilateralism. We therefore call on the Canadian government to start working with our EU partners to help Iranian people in facing US unjust sanctions and to ensure the survival of the JCPOA.

 

May 09
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From: Pouyan Tabasinejad, ICC VP <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11:09:21 p.m. EDT
Subject: Help protect our community

 
Dear Friends,

 

My name is Pouyan Tabasinejad and I am the Vice President of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC).

Over the past three years, I have been proud to be part of the astonishing growth of the ICC into a staunch and powerful defender of the Iranian-Canadian community. Because of the ICC’s efforts, politicians and officials are learning that the Iranian-Canadian community can no longer be ignored.

However, there are far too many regressive forces inside and outside the community, from the far-right to pro-sanctions lobby groups like the MEK, who do not want the Iranian-Canadian community to be strong and independent. They would like to keep us silent, especially in advance of the federal election in October. 

That is why I am asking you to donate to the ICC. Now more than ever, your donation is needed to help protect our community from those who would like to hold us back, who want to prevent us from advocating for peace and diplomacy with Iran and for ending anti-Iranian discrimination. 

Donate to the ICC using this simple and convenient link, and help us continue to defend your interests.

 Sincerely,

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Vice President

 

May 01
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 01:46:04 p.m. EDT
Subject: Report from the Canadian Red Cross

 

Canadian Red Cross has raised over $320,000 so far for the Iran Floods Appeal.

 

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

At the request of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) and based on the emergency appeal from the International Federation of Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross launched an emergency appeal to raise donations for flood victims in Iran in early April. Based on latest information from the Canadian Red Cross so far they have collected a total of $320,000 for the Iran floods appeal.

Around $70,000 of this amount is from individual donations and $250,000 from the Government of Canada. We would like to thank the Government of Canada for providing this support to the Canadian Red Cross for flood victims in Iran. You can read the request we sent to Minister Monsef on April 10, 2019 here.

Based on info from the Canadian Red Cross the funds will be sent to the International Federal of Red Cross for transfer to Iran. These donations will help the Red Cross teams to provide shelter, basic needs and livelihood support in response to this disaster.

You still have time to donate to the Canadian Red Cross Iran Floods Appeal through the following link: http://www.redcross.ca/Iran/ICC

 

 برای مطالعه گزارش فارسی ژورنال ایرانیان کانادا درباره کمک های جمع آوری شده توسط صلیب سرخ کانادا اینجا را کلیک کنید

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

April 22
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From: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To: Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2019, 01:55:05 p.m. EDT
Subject: Re: Membership Issue

 

هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان

همانطور که در ایمیل های قبلی ام اعلام کرده ام، من هنوز منتظر هستم که ترتیب ملاقات اینجانب با یکی از اعضای هییت مدیره برای پرداخت ده دلار حق عضویت داده شود. 

با تشکر - مهدی شمس

 

 

 

April 13
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Saturday, April 13, 2019, 10:42:39 a.m. EDT
Subject: Reminder: Canadian Red Cross Iran Floods Appeal

 
You can now donate to the Canadian Red Cross to help the flood victims in Iran!

The Canadian Red Cross has accepted our request to launch an emergency appeal to raise donations for flood victims in Iran. These donations will help the Red Cross teams to provide shelter, basic needs and livelihood support in response to this disaster in Iran.

Click here to donate to the Canadian Red Cross dedicated fund for the Iran floods

Simply use the form available here on the website of the Canadian Red Cross to donate to the dedicated fund created for helping the flood victims in Iran. All your donations go directly to the Canadian Red Cross.

 

Please share the following link with your friends and family and ask them to donate as well:

http://www.redcross.ca/Iran/ICC

 

کمک مالی خود را از طریق وبسایت صلیب سرخ کانادا به حساب ویژه کمک به سیل زدگان ایران ارسال کنید 
http://www.redcross.ca/Iran/ICC

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

April 11
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 04:02:19 p.m. EDT
Subject: Help Flood Victims in Iran Through the Canadian Red Cross

 

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

The Canadian Red Cross has accepted our request to launch an emergency appeal to raise donations for flood victims in Iran. These donations will help the Red Cross teams to provide shelter, basic needs and livelihood support in response to this disaster in Iran.

Please follow these two simple steps to help the flood victims in Iran through the Canadian Red Cross:

Step 1: Click here to donate to the Canadian Red Cross dedicated fund for the Iran floods

Simply use the form available here on the website of the Canadian Red Cross to donate to the dedicated fund created for helping the flood victims in Iran. All your donations go directly to the Canadian Red Cross.

Step 2: Click here to join the Iranian Canadian Aid Committee to help with raising donations for the flood victims in Iran:

A group of members and volunteers of the ICC have created an independent, non-profit and non-political committee to help in reaching out to the community and raising donations for the Canadian Red Cross Iran Floods Appeal. Their aim is to help raise $200,000 for the Canadian Red Cross for the flood victims in Iran. The long term goal of the Iranian Canadian Aid Committee (IC AID) is to establish a network across Canada that can mobilize our community to help Iranians at times of need and emergency such as natural disasters. If you are interested to join their team and help them raise donations for the flood victims, please visit their website at ICAID.CA and register through their sign up page.

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

April 11
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Response from the Canadian Red Cross

Here is the official response we received from the Canadian Red Cross to the request the ICC sent them for opening an appeal to help the flood victims in Iran.

At the request of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) and based on the international call for assistance the Canadian Red Cross has launched an appeal to assist the flood victims in Iran. Please use the following page on the Red Cross website to donate to them directly: www.redcross.ca/Iran/ICC

 Here is the official response the ICC received to its initial letter:

 Dear Soudeh Ghasemi 

On behalf of the Canadian Red Cross we thank you for your time in contacting us regarding the response to the flash floods in Iran. At this time the Canadian Red Cross has opened a funding appeal in response to the floods to assist the individuals affected across Iran.

Currently the Iranian Red Crescent has been on the forefront of relief efforts, with approximately 17,000 responders assisting over 332,000 individuals and providing temporary shelter to a further 160,000 people.

When an emergency is too severe for local support systems to adequately respond, the global Red Cross response can be quickly activated. There are local volunteers being mobilized across the areas affected by the floods to support the needs of vulnerable communities.  The Red Cross and Red Crescent movement is working to coordinate international emergency relief efforts and get help to people in affected areas as quickly as possible.

Canadians wishing to support those affected can make a financial donation to the Iran Floods appeal by visiting our website at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office. Funds raised through this appeal will enabled the Red Cross and Red Crescent to provide shelter, basic needs and livelihood support in response to this disaster.

In the event that any members of your organization are searching for channels through which to contact family members in Iran we have provided the contact information for the international committee of the Red Cross  restoring family links here below:

 What do I do if I’m looking for family members in the affected area?

If the person you are trying to contact is a Canadian citizen, please contact Foreign Affairs Canada by calling 1-800-605-5499.

People who are looking for family members (who are not Canadian citizens) who have been displaced because of the flooding are encouraged to visit the ICRC Family Links website at

http://www.familylinks.icrc.org/.

 We sincerely thank you and your organization the Iranian Canadian Congress for their support to the Canadian Red Cross. Should you have further questions regarding this funding appeal please do not hesitate to reach out directly

 Best Regards,

Alexandre Rochefort-Boone 
Donor Experience Associate

Canadian Red Cross

 
April 11
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, April 15, 2019, 07:00:27 a.m. EDT
Subject: Reminder: Join the Iranian Canadian Aid Committee

 
Dear Friends,

 

A group of members and volunteers of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) have established an independent, non-profit and non-political committee to help in reaching out to the community and raising donations for the Canadian Red Cross Iran Floods Appeal. Their aim is to help raise $200,000 for the Canadian Red Cross for the flood victims in Iran. The long term goal of the Iranian Canadian Aid Committee (IC AID) is to establish a network across Canada that can mobilize our community to help Iranians at times of need and emergency such as natural disasters. If you are interested to join their team and help them raise donations for the flood victims, please visit their website at ICAID.CA and register through their sign up page. 

www.icaid.ca

در صورتی که علاقمند به همراهی برای جمع آوری کمک های بیشتر برای سیل زدگان از طریق صلیب سرخ کانادا هستید، از طریق لینک زیر به کمیته مستقلی که برای این منظور آغاز به کار کرده بپیوندید 
http://www.icaid.ca

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

April 10
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ICC: We Request the Government of Canada to Help Flood Victims in Iran Through Canadian Red Cross

Here is a letter from the ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi to the Minister of International Development Maryam Monsef:

The Canadian Red Cross has accepted ICC's request and has launched an appeal for flood victims in Iran. The ICC has also requested the federal government to help. Here is a letter from the ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi to the Minister of International Development Maryam Monsef requesting the Government of Canada to help the flood victims in Iran through the Canadian Red Cross.

Request for Disaster Relief Fund to Help Flood Victims in Iran

Dear Honourable Maryam Monsef,

 

I am contacting you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) regarding the ongoing floods in Iran.

Since March 16 the flash rains have begun in Iran initially in northern provinces and continued the following days in other provinces. At least 23 out of 31 provinces across Iran are affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, and about 1905 cities and villages have been struggling with floods in recent weeks. The disaster, which has so far killed 70 people and injured at least 790 persons, has left aid agencies struggling to cope; and forced 98,000 people to move to emergency shelters. It is reported that the flooding has caused landslides and swept away bridges. Nearly 12,000 kilometers of roads, which is more than a third of the country's network have been damaged; leaving some villages entirely cut off.

On April 7th the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have started an emergency appeal seeking support to help the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to provide shelter, basic needs and protection to the victims of this natural disaster, requesting 5.1 million Swiss Francs funding to assist 30,000 households (150,000 people). Please find attached a Copy of The Emergency Appeal.

As indicated in this report, “The first needs assessment was conducted immediately after the onset of the disaster, assisted by IRCS helicopters and boats. IRCS evaluated at-risk communities, which are sheltered in public evacuation centers such as stadiums, halls, and mosques.” Also, it is indicated that “with technical support from the IFRC, the IRCS will select affected people based on the key principles of impartiality, neutrality, and humanity. In addition, the selection process will follow the Code of Conduct guideline for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in disaster relief”.

The international community has responded to this humanitarian crisis by sending equipment and basic needs.  So far German Red Cross, and Turkish Red Crescent sent special rescue equipment, tents, and basic needs. Red Cross organizations in neighboring countries such as Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, as well as the United Kingdom and the European Union have offered help. Also, countries like Switzerland, France, Kuwait, and Russia are joining the cause by sending humanitarian aids and necessary equipment.

We sent a letter to the Canadian Red Cross requesting their support to help the victims of this natural disaster, by sending aid to provide basic needs, shelter, and protection; and they are currently exploring different options to raise funds to help the victims. Considering the fact that Canada is one of the leaders in the international community for standing up for human rights and offering humanitarian aid, we request the Government of Canada to provide immediate funds to help disaster relief efforts and the flood victims in Iran through the Canadian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

Iranian-Canadians have strong family ties in Iran, and they have been anxiously following the news about the floods on a daily basis since the mark of the Persian New Year.

We at the Iranian Canadian Congress have been reached by many community members, who are looking for ways to help their loved ones.  We appreciate the statement released by Global Affairs Canada expressing solidarity with Iranian people in these difficult times. Iranian-Canadians hope their government not only to sympathize with them in their words but also in action. Such action would be greatly welcomed and appreciated by the people of Iran and by over 300,000 Iranians across Canada.

You may find a comprehensive report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies attached. Meanwhile, should you require additional information, we at the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) would be more than happy to assist.  

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be any help, and we truly appreciate your time and consideration in advance.

Kind regards,

Soudeh Ghasemi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress
Tuesday April 9, 2019
April 08
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, April 8, 2019, 02:24:23 p.m. EDT
Subject: ICC: Letter to the Canadian Red Cross

 
Dear Friends,

 

Here is a letter from the ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi to the Canadian Red Cross requesting that they support the flood victims in Iran:

متن درخواست کنگره ایرانیان کانادا از صلیب سرخ کانادا برای کمک به سیل زدگان در ایران

Kind Attention: Conrad Sauvé, President of the Canadian Red Cross

 
I am contacting you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress regarding the ongoing floods in Iran.
 
The flash rains began on March 16 in northern provinces of Iran and continued the following days in other provinces. At least 23 out of 31 provinces across Iran are affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, and about 1905 cities and villages have been struggling with floods in recent weeks. The disaster, which has so far killed 70 people and injured at least 790 persons, has left aid agencies struggling to cope and forced 98,000 people to move to emergency shelters. On April 7th the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have started an Emergency Appeal seeking support to help the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to provide shelter; livelihoods and basic needs to the victims of this natural disaster (Copy of Emergency Appeal). So far German Red Cross, and Turkish Red Crescent have responded by sending equipment and basic needs. Other countries like Switzerland, France, Kuwait are also joining the cause by sending humanitarian aids, and necessary equipment.

 
We would like to ask the Canadian Red Cross to join the  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help victims of this natural disaster. Based on reports there is a high shortage of emergency relief facilities and equipment in the country, we request that the Canadian Red Cross help the victims, by sending aid to provide basic needs, shelter, and protection. Also, there are thousands of Iranian-Canadians who are looking for ways to help and at the Iranian Canadian Congress, we are ready to help in any way possible. We are ready to help in promoting any fundraising appeal in our community for this cause. Such action would be greatly welcomed and appreciated not only by the people of Iran but also by over 300,000 Iranians across Canada.
We appreciate your time and consideration in advance.
Kind Regards,
Soudeh Ghasemi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

April 08
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ICC: We Request the Canadian Red Cross to Help Flood Victims in Iran

Here is a letter from ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi to the Canadian Red Cross:

Kind Attention: 

Conrad Sauvé, President of the Canadian Red Cross,

I am contacting you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress regarding the ongoing floods in Iran.
 
The flash rains began on March 16 in northern provinces of Iran and continued the following days in other provinces. At least 23 out of 31 provinces across Iran are affected by heavy rainfall and flooding, and about 1905 cities and villages have been struggling with floods in recent weeks. The disaster, which has so far killed 70 people and injured at least 790 persons, has left aid agencies struggling to cope and forced 98,000 people to move to emergency shelters. On April 7th the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have started an Emergency Appeal seeking support to help the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to provide shelter; livelihoods and basic needs to the victims of this natural disaster (Copy of Emergency Appeal). So far German Red Cross, and Turkish Red Crescent have responded by sending equipment and basic needs. Other countries like Switzerland, France, Kuwait are also joining the cause by sending humanitarian aids, and necessary equipment.

 
We would like to ask the Canadian Red Cross to join the  International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to help victims of this natural disaster. Based on reports there is a high shortage of emergency relief facilities and equipment in the country, we request that the Canadian Red Cross help the victims, by sending aid to provide basic needs, shelter, and protection. Also, there are thousands of Iranian-Canadians who are looking for ways to help and at the Iranian Canadian Congress, we are ready to help in any way possible. We are ready to help in promoting any fundraising appeal in our community for this cause. Such action would be greatly welcomed and appreciated not only by the people of Iran but also by over 300,000 Iranians across Canada. 
 
We appreciate your time and consideration in advance. 
 
Kind Regards,
 
Soudeh Ghasemi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress
  • April 01
     

    Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

    To:Iranian Canadian Congress
    Cc:Iccma Info
    Apr. 1, 2018 at 4:29 p.m.
     
    هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان
    خواهشمندم به مراتب زیر توجه نموده و سریعن اقدامات لازم را به عمل آورید:

    1- 
     کناره گیری فوری دو نفر از کاندیداهای انتخاباتی از هییت مدیره.
    - مطمئن شما هم با من عقیده هستید که حضور دو تن از کاندیدا ها در هییت مدیره باعث بوجود آمدن تضاد منافع و نابرابری میان کاندیدا ها خواهد بود.
    2- انتشار فوری بیوگرافی های به زبان فارسی کاندیدا ها
    - مطمئنن آگاه میباشید که الزام ارائه بیوگرافی به زبان انگلیسی جدیدن متداول شده و غیر قانونی میباشد. شاید لازم به اثبات نباشد که زبان مورد استفاده در مجمع عمومی زبان رسمی یک نهاد تلقی میشود، حتی اگر این نهاد در کانادا مشغول به فعالیت است. در ضمن آگاهی داریم که در تمام گردهمائی های کنگره و جلسات هییت مدیره زبان مورد استفاده فارسی میباشد. دو مورد را نیز از یاد نبریم که بخشی از اعضای کامیونیتی و کنگره را سالمندان و افرادی که به زبان انگلیسی تسلط کافی ندارند تشکیل میدهند. حتمن شما هم به خاطر دارید که در مجمع عمومی های سال های گذشته و در جلسات مناظره کاندیدا به عدم سخنگوئی به زبان فارسی اعتراض هائی شده است. عدم انتشار بیوگرافی اینجانب که به زبان فارسی تنظیم شده است به گونه ائی تعرض به حقوق یکی از کاندیدا بوده و غیر قانونی میباشد.    
    3- درخواست ارائه مدارک بعد از انتخابات و فقط از کاندیداهای موفق
    متاسفانه با گذشت زمان عدم اعتماد در کنگره ایرانیان که بیشتر حاصل رفتار های غیر قانونی و تفرقه انگیز هییت مدیره ها میباشند در حال گسترش است. شاهد هستیم که اخیرن با افزایش رفتار های غیر قانونی، هییت مدیره ها سعی دارند با مته به خشخاش گذاشتن و به اصطلاح رعایت مفاد اساسنامه به گونه ائی تصویری از قانونمندی خود در اذهان عمومی بوجود آورند. اخیرن شاهد هستیم که از کاندیدا ها گواهی شهروندی و گواهی عدم سوء پیشینه درخواست میشود. حتی اگر اساسنامه را به گونه ائی تلقی کنیم که ارائه این مدارک الزامی میباشد، درخواست آنها فقط از کاندیدا هائی که در انتخابات موفق میگردند معقول تر به نظر میاید. خواهشمندم به این نکته نیز توجه شده و اقدامات لازم به عمل آید.
    4- ممنوعیت شرکت در انتخابات کاندیدائی که قصد دارد در انتخابات پارلمانی شرکت کند
    از آنجائیکه هییت مدیره بر خلاف اساسنامه انتخابات امسال را یکماه زودتر برگزار کرده و قبل از تشکیل هییت مدیره جدید تصمیم گرفته است که در انتخابات  استانی فعال باشد، پذیرش نامزدی یکی از کاندیدا ها اگر قصد داشته باشد در انتخابات استانی شرکت کند، برخلاف اساسنامه است. بخصوص که یکی از اعضای خانواده این فرد در هییت مدیره کنونی عضویت داشته و کاندیدای انتخاباتی سال آینده کنگره نیز میباشد. به نظر میاید که این افراد با کمک هییت مدیره قصد دارند که این نهاد را به دفتر کمپین انتخاباتی مبدل سازند.  
    5- مجاز بودن حضور افراد غیر عضو در مجمع عمومی به عنوان ناظر
    متاسفانه با گذشت زمان و از میان رفتن حسن نیت که بیشتر حاصل رفتارهای ناخوشایند هییت مدیره ها بوده، در سال های اخیر از حضور افراد غیر عضو در مجمع عمومی به عنوان ناظر ممانعت به عمل میاید. خواهشمندم به این نکته توجه کرده و طوری برنامه ریزی شود که افراد عادی هم مجاز باشند که بصورت ناظر در مجمع عمومی حضور داشته و از آن بهره مند گردند.
    6- عدم آغاز انتخابات و یا هر گونه رای گیری قبل از به حد نصاب رسیدن حضوری در مجمع عمومی
    متاسفانه در سال های اخیر متداول شده است که انتخابات و رای گیری لوایح قبل و بدون رسیدن به حد نصاب حضوری در مجمع عمومی اجرا گردد. لازم به تذکر است که این امر بر خلاف اساسنامه و غیر قانونی بوده و فرایند های آن فاقد اعتبار میباشند. خواهشمندم امسال به این نکته توجه شده و آنطور که اساسنامه معین کرده است رفتار شود.
    7- اعلام تعداد اعضای کنگره
    از انجائیکه تعداد اعضای کنگره عامل اصلی نحوه برگزاری انتخابات و نتایج آن میباشد، آگاهی از آن برای کاندیدا ها بسیار پر اهمیت است. خواهشمندم هر چه سریعتر تعداد اعضای کنونی کنگره اعلام گردد.
     
    مهدی شمس – کاندیدای انتخاباتی و عضو احتمالی هییت مدیره سال آینده

 

April 02

Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To:Medi Shams
Apr. 2, 2018 at 1:23 a.m.
 
Please make sure you send us the missing documents by end of April 3rd. We will publish the Farsi statements later as well but for now please provide us your: 

 
- English bio. 
- Police clearance certificate. 
- Proof of citizenship. 

 

April 02

 

Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To:Admin ICC
Apr. 2, 2018 at 6:56 p.m.
هییت مدیره کنگره ایرانیان
دوستان،
هدف مخالفت و یا لجبازی نیست. اگر ما بخواهیم کورکورانه برداشت های خود را از اساسنامه پیاده کنیم شاید برای خود و این نهاد مشکلات حقوقی بوجود آورده و بحقوق اعضاء نیز متعرض گردیم. خواهشمندم دوباره اساسنامه را مطالعه کنید:
The Nominees and directors shall meet the following criteria:
(a) Except for the nominees at the first meeting of the members, they must have been regular members in good standing for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the election.
(b) They must be 21 years old or older
(c) They must be Canadian citizens
(d) They must have lived in Canada for at least five years in aggregate
(e) 
They must have not been convicted of a criminal offence.
و مشاهده کنید که شما اساسنامه را چگونه به اعضاء نمایش داده اید:
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.
به شما توصیه میکنم یک مشورت حقوق بکنید. در این سازمان و برای کاری که اعضاء انجام میدهند نیاز به گواهی عدم سوء پیشینه نیست و شما حق ندارید از آنها این مدرک را بخواهید.
از اینکه باعث شدید اطلاعات حقوقی من بیشتر شود متشکرم. بزودی این اطلاعات را در اختیار همگان قرار خواهم داد.
 
با تشکر - مهدی شمس - عضو احتمالی هییت مدیره آینده

 

April 03

Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>

To:Medi Shams
Apr. 3, 2018 at 1:41 a.m.
 
As requested earlier please send us the missing documents by end of April 3rd, 2018. 

 

April 02

On Monday, April 2, 2018 1:23 AM,
Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca> wrote:

 

Please make sure you send us the missing documents by end of April 3rd. We will publish the Farsi statements later as well but for now please provide us your: 


 
- English bio. 
- Police clearance certificate. 
- Proof of citizenship. 

 

March 27
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From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 10:42:31 a.m. EDT
Subject: Correction: ICC Nowruz Gathering Tomorrow March 28

 
CORRECTION: THE NOWRUZ GATHERING OF THE ICC IS TOMORROW MARCH 28. WE MADE A MISTAKE IN THE PREVIOUS EMAIL SENT. APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.  

Dear Friends,


In recent days many have asked us about ways to help the flood victims in Iran. We have talked to the Paradise Charity Group and they are launching a campaign soon to raise donations for the flood victims in Iran. Paradise is a registered Canadian charity and we have a great experience working with them in the past for helping the victims of the Kermanshah earthquake

A representative from Paradise Charity will be at our Nowruz gathering this Thursday night in Toronto to provide more info and to collect donations. Paradise provides tax receipts for your donations as well. For those outside of Toronto or anyone who cannot make it to the event, we will soon provide more information about this campaign and how you can send your donations to Paradise Charity. 

INFO ABOUT THE ICC NOWRUZ GATHERING:
 

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 7-10PM. (A representative from Paradise will be present from 8:30PM)
Location: Trio Restaurant, Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto
No ticket is needed. Admission is free. 
For more info about the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/262161381382843/

 

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March 27
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 09:31:14 a.m. EDT
Subject: Help Flood Victims in Iran. ICC Nowruz Gathering in Toronto

 
Dear Friends,


In recent days many have asked us about ways to help the flood victims in Iran. We have talked to the Paradise Charity Group and they are launching a campaign soon to raise donations for the flood victims in Iran. Paradise is a registered Canadian charity and we have a great experience working with them in the past for helping the victims of the Kermanshah earthquake

A representative from Paradise Charity will be at our Nowruz gathering this Thursday night in Toronto to provide more info and to collect donations. Paradise provides tax receipts for your donations as well. For those outside of Toronto or anyone who cannot make it to the event, we will soon provide more information about this campaign and how you can send your donations to Paradise Charity. 

INFO ABOUT THE ICC NOWRUZ GATHERING:
 

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2019
Time: 7-10PM. (A representative from Paradise will be present from 8:30PM)
Location: Trio Restaurant, Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto
No ticket is needed. Admission is free. 
For more info about the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/262161381382843/

 

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March 27
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

Help Flood Victims in Iran at the ICC Nowruz Gathering

Here is an announcement from the Iranian Canadian Congress:

Dear Friends,


In recent days many have asked us about ways to help the flood victims in Iran. We have talked to the Paradise Charity Group and they are launching a campaign soon to raise donations for the flood victims in Iran. Paradise is a registered Canadian charity and we have a great experience working with them in the past for helping the victims of the Kermanshah earthquake

A representative from Paradise Charity will be at our Nowruz gathering this Thursday night in Toronto to provide more info and to collect donations. Paradise provides tax receipts for your donations as well. For those outside of Toronto or anyone who cannot make it to the event, we will soon provide more information about this campaign and how you can send your donations to Paradise Charity. 

INFO ABOUT THE ICC NOWRUZ GATHERING:

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 7-10PM. (A representative from Paradise will be present from 8:30PM)
Location: Trio Restaurant, Novotel Hotel, 3 Park Home Avenue, Toronto
No ticket is needed. Admission is free. 
For more info about the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/262161381382843/
 

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress

March 20
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 10:26:41 a.m. EDT
Subject: Happy Nowruz! ICC Nowruz Social Mixer on March 28

 
Dear medi --

 

Happy Nowruz! May 1398 bring happiness and prosperity to you, your family and loved ones.

 

برآمد باد صبح و بوی نوروز    به کام دوستان و بخت پیروز 
مبارک بادت این سال و همه سال   همایون بادت این روز و همه روز
 
از طرف کنگره ایرانیان کانادا٬ فرارسیدن نوروز ۱۳۹۸ شمسی را به شما تبریک عرض میکنیم. امیدوار هستیم که سال جدید سالی پر از مبارکی برای ایرانیان سرتا سر جهان و ایرانیان مقیم کانادا باشد. در سال گذشته تلاش کردیم تا با حمایت و همراهی شما عزیزان صدای جامعه ایرانیان کانادا را به گوش مسئولین کشوری و استانی کانادا برسانیم و پیگیر حقوق و خواسته های جامعه ایرانی کانادا در سر تا سر کشور عزیزمان کانادا باشیم. امیدوار هستیم در سال جدید٬ همراه با شما و با حمایت جامعه ایرانی کانادایی بتوانیم با توان بیشتر در این مسیر گام برداریم و در کنار هم آینده ای روشن و پر از صلح را برای فردای ایرانیان کانادا رقم بزنیم.
 
همچینین شما را به گردهمایی نوروزی کنگره در روز پنج شنبه ۲۸ مارس ۲۰۱۹ دعوت میکنیم. برای اطلاعات بیشتر به این لینک مراجعه کنید. 
 
نوروز مبارک
روابط عمومی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا 
 

 

For our members and supporters in Toronto:

We would like to invite you to our Nowruz Social Mixer on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 PM.
 

Location: Trio Restaurant, Novotel North York
Admission is free

Click here to check out the event page on Facebook. 

Join us for an evening of drinks and conversation to celebrate Nowruz and arrival of spring. It's going to be a great night of meeting fellow members of the Iranian Canadian community.

 

Sincerely,

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

March 16
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Pouyan Tabasinejad, ICC VP <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 01:29:34 p.m. EDT
Subject: Petition Reminder: Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

The ICC launched a petition on March 11th calling on the Government of Canada to investigate cases of individuals charged with corruption in Iran who flee to Canada. Nearly 16,000 people have signed the petition already. Clearly, the Iranian community deeply cares about this issue. 

The ICC will submit the petition to the Government of Canada and responsible officials on Monday March 18, 2019. If you have already signed the petition, we thank you for your support and ask you kindly to share the petition with your network and ask them to join us in this important call. 

If you haven't signed the petition yet, please visit the following link and sign the petition before Monday:

Click here to sign: Canada Must Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha.

Through our media outreach we have also been able to once again put this matter on the media agenda:

Click here to watch ICC Policy Advisor Bijan Ahmadi's interview with Euronews Persian reporting about the follow ups we have done so far and the difficulties we have encountered in our work. We are also talking to legal experts to better understand the options we might have to pursue this matter if the government does not take proper action.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari was a former Iranian banker who fled to Canada after a massive $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light in 2011. In another case that has recently came into light, it is reported that Marjan Sheikholeslami Aleagha, who is being indicted in Iran in a massive ($10 billion) corruption case, has moved to Canada and has invested in properties and started businesses.

While these individuals have been able to move to Canada and invest their money freely, many ordinary Iranian-Canadians have been unfairly singled out in the immigration process and have been subject to banking restrictions because of their nationality and country of origin.

Our government and law enforcement agencies must prevent Canada from becoming a safe haven for corrupt money. This problem is not limited to Iran and Iranians. Our government must act now. Click on the following link to sign the petition and please share the petition with your network: https://www.iccongress.ca/petition


Sincerely, 

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Vice President

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

March 12
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

Petition: Canada Must Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha

Please sign the following petition urging the Government of Canada to immediately investigate the cases of individuals charged with corruption in Iran who flee to Canada.

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

Please sign the following petition urging the Government of Canada to immediately investigate the cases of individuals charged with corruption in Iran who flee to Canada. Over 4,000 people have signed the petition already. Join us and ask the Canadian government to act now:

Click here to sign: Canada Must Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari was a former Iranian banker who fled to Canada after a massive $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light in 2011. Our community and the Iranian Canadian Congress have raised concerns about the case of Khavari on several occasions both during the former government of Prime Minister Harper and during the time of the current Liberal government. However, Iranian-Canadians have never received any response, nor has the government taken any action on this issue.

In another case that has recently came into light, it is reported that Marjan Sheikholeslami Aleagha, who is being indicted in Iran in a massive ($10 billion) corruption case, has moved to Canada and has invested in properties and started businesses.

While these individuals have been able to move to Canada and invest their money freely, many ordinary Iranian-Canadians have been unfairly singled out in the immigration process and have been subject to banking restrictions because of their nationality and country of origin.

Our government and law enforcement agencies must prevent Canada from becoming a haven for corrupt money. This problem is not limited to Iran and Iranians. Our government must act now. Click on the following link to sign the petition and please share the petition with your network: https://www.iccongress.ca/petition

 Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

March 11
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, March 11, 2019, 10:22:49 p.m. EDT
Subject: Petition: Canada Must Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

Please sign the following petition urging the Government of Canada to immediately investigate the cases of individuals charged with corruption in Iran who flee to Canada. Over 4,000 people have signed the petition already. Join us and ask the Canadian government to act now:

Click here to sign: Canada Must Investigate Khavari and Marjan Aleagha.

Mahmoud Reza Khavari was a former Iranian banker who fled to Canada after a massive $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light in 2011. Our community and the Iranian Canadian Congress have raised concerns about the case of Khavari on several occasions both during the former government of Prime Minister Harper and during the time of the current Liberal government. However, Iranian-Canadians have never received any response, nor has the government taken any action on this issue.

In another case that has recently came into light, it is reported that Marjan Sheikholeslami Aleagha, who is being indicted in Iran in a massive ($10 billion) corruption case, has moved to Canada and has invested in properties and started businesses.

While these individuals have been able to move to Canada and invest their money freely, many ordinary Iranian-Canadians have been unfairly singled out in the immigration process and have been subject to banking restrictions because of their nationality and country of origin.

Our government and law enforcement agencies must prevent Canada from becoming a haven for corrupt money. This problem is not limited to Iran and Iranians. Our government must act now. Click on the following link to sign the petition and please share the petition with your network: https://www.iccongress.ca/petition

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

March 07
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Pouyan Tabasinejad, ICC VP <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 10:22:29 p.m. EST
Subject: Join Us: The IC Vote Campaign

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 


With 7 months left until the next federal election, the Iranian Canadian Congress is busy making sure the views of Iranian-Canadians are represented in the upcoming election -- and we need your support!

With a population over 300,000 nationwide, the participation of Iranian-Canadians in the election is crucial. Our analysis of past election results shows that Iranian-Canadian votes can be decisive in dozen of important ridings across the country, especially in the key provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta.

It's only through voting and participation in the elections that we will be able to protect the interests of our community and can ensure that political parties listen to our demands and care about our community.

Click here to donate to the IC Vote Campaign.

Help us to strengthen our community's voice in Canada.

The ICC's plan for the upcoming election is:

Step 1: Iranian-Canadians Election Platform: Developing a platform of priorities and issues that are important for Iranian Canadians through public consultation with members and supporters of the ICC and the community at large.

Step 2: Communicating the priorities of the ICC with all Canadian political parties. 

Step 3: Raising awareness in our community about the upcoming election and the importance of their participation. 

Step 4: Get-Out-the-Vote (GOTV) in the weeks leading to the federal election in October 2019. Our focus will be on ensuring that Iranian-Canadians, especially in key ridings, come out and vote. 

How can you help this campaign:

We have launched a campaign to raise $20,000 that will be dedicated for the IC Vote campaign. Use the form on this page to donate to us and encourage your friends and family to donate as well: www.iccongress.ca/ICvote
 

Your donation will help us to organize events, prepare and distribute educational materials and launch a digital campaign to raise awareness about the election. We will organize and mobilize in at least three provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, and Quebec.

 

Sincerely, 

Pouyan Tabasinejad

Vice President

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

 

March 07
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:16:41 p.m. EST
Subject: ICC: Stop Quebec's Unjust Bill 9

 
Last week the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) sent the following letter to the Quebec officials about Bill 9: 

 

To:

Quebec Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion Simon Jolin-Barrette

CC:

Premier Ministre du Québec François Legault;

Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Ahmed Hussen;

MP for Richmond Hill Majid Jowhari;

MP for Willowdale Ali Ehsassi;

Immigration Critic for the New Democratic Party Jenny Kwan

 

Dear Mr. Jolin-Barrette,

 

I am writing you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan organization committed to safeguarding the interests of the Iranian-Canadian community in Canada, a population estimated at 300,000 across our country.

Over the past month, the ICC has been very concerned over the Quebec government’s plan to purge nearly 20,000 immigration applications. As you may know, many Iranian immigrants call Quebec home and we have received numerous communications from members of Quebec’s Iranian community whose applications will be purged by your government’s plans.

These individuals, like many immigrants to Canada, are highly educated, eager, and valuable members of society. To purge their applications, often after years of residency and integration into Quebec society, constitutes a grave injustice not only to these individuals but also to Quebec itself. Quebec, like all of Canada’s provinces and territories, is built on the contributions of immigrants, and to deny these individuals the opportunity to continue contributing to Quebec will harm the province’s social and economic development. Furthermore, the lives of these individuals will be harmed to such an extent by purging their applications that it undermines Canada and Quebec’s character as an open and accepting society.

We therefore call on your government to put a halt to these plans. We ask that you process these applications and ensure that immigrants are given the opportunity to continue to contribute to Quebec’s prosperity in the future. 

Sincerely,

Saman Tabasinejad

Policy Chair

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

February 27
 
From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 12:22:24 p.m. EST
Subject: Important Notice to ICC Members

 
THIS IS A REMINDER ABOUT AN EARLIER NOTICE SENT LAST MONTH ON jAN 15, 2019:

 

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

Based on the Bylaws of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), established at the time of the organization’s inception (back in 2007), all the information collected by the ICC, including but not limited to ICC’s membership list as well as the personal information of ICC members are protected under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). 

Under PIPEDA as well as the ICC Bylaws, individuals’ information (including but not limited to their personal information) is protected by the organization (ICC) and such information cannot be disclosed to anyone or any third party without obtaining each individual’s (member’s) consent.

However, members of the organization have the right to request access to the list of members according to the Ontario Corporate Act. Therefore to comply with our bylaws and applicable provincial and federal regulations upon a member filing a request we should provide her/him with the information of members who have provided the ICC prior consent for release of their information.

Please note that starting from JAN 15, 2019 anyone joining the ICC can make the decision as to whether they want the ICC to disclose their information to another member or not. If you are a current member and you would like the ICC to disclose your name and contact information to other members upon their written request, please download the consent form from here, complete the form, sign it and email it back to the ICC Board Secretary: secretary@iccongress.ca or send it to the ICC office (mailing address is available here). If you need help to fill out the form, please reply to this email and one of our volunteers will help you. 

 

We would like to again reassure you that your information is fully protected and that we will not release your information to any other individual or third party (including other ICC members) without your consent. YOUR PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT TO US. 


Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

February 26
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

ICC: Stop Quebec's Unjust Bill 9

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) calls on the Quebec government to halt their unjust plans under Bill 9 to purge nearly 20,000 immigration applications.

To:

Quebec Ministre de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion Simon Jolin-Barrette

CC:

Premier Ministre du Québec François Legault;

Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada Ahmed Hussen;

MP for Richmond Hill Majid Jowhari;

MP for Willowdale Ali Ehsassi;

Immigration Critic for the New Democratic Party Jenny Kwan 

Dear Mr. Jolin-Barrette, 

I am writing you on behalf of the Iranian Canadian Congress. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is a non-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan organization committed to safeguarding the interests of the Iranian-Canadian community in Canada, a population estimated at 300,000 across our country.

Over the past month, the ICC has been very concerned over the Quebec government’s plan to purge nearly 20,000 immigration applications. As you may know, many Iranian immigrants call Quebec home and we have received numerous communications from members of Quebec’s Iranian community whose applications will be purged by your government’s plans.

These individuals, like many immigrants to Canada, are highly educated, eager, and valuable members of society. To purge their applications, often after years of residency and integration into Quebec society, constitutes a grave injustice not only to these individuals but also to Quebec itself. Quebec, like all of Canada’s provinces and territories, is built on the contributions of immigrants, and to deny these individuals the opportunity to continue contributing to Quebec will harm the province’s social and economic development. Furthermore, the lives of these individuals will be harmed to such an extent by purging their applications that it undermines Canada and Quebec’s character as an open and accepting society.

We therefore call on your government to put a halt to these plans. We ask that you process these applications and ensure that immigrants are given the opportunity to continue to contribute to Quebec’s prosperity in the future.

 Sincerely,

Saman Tabasinejad

Policy Chair

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)

February 25
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

CBC must reflect diverse opinions on Iran

The ICC Policy Chair sent the following letter to the CBC:

On Monday Feb 11, 2019 CBC aired their News Now program with Jennifer Hall and the segment focused on the 40th anniversary of the 1979 revolution in Iran. The CBC presumably intended to provide insight into the revolution and politics regarding Iran – however they only interviewed one Iranian-Canadian with specific partisan views to provide commentary on this complex issue.

During this interview Mr. Shahrooz shared his personal opinion on Iran. In response to a question regarding Canada's policy on Iran, Mr. Shahrooz advocated for sanctions, and pressure on Iran. Mr. Shahrooz also said that the federal government of Prime Minister Trudeau realized that diplomacy with Iran is not possible and as a result decided not to re-engage with Iran. This is Mr.Shahrooz’s own speculation and not reflective of fact or any formal position from the Government of Canada. Indeed, Mr. Shahrooz is on the public record advocating for sanctions against Iran since at least 2012, when Mr. Shahrooz advocated for such views at the Canadian Senate, a fact that was never mentioned or addressed by Ms. Hall.  

In 2016, the House of Commons launched an E-Petition (E-553 Iran) that called on the Government of Canada to establish diplomatic relations with Iran and re-open embassies in both countries. This petition garnered around 16,000 signatures – for a comparison, in a counter-petition launched by Samira Mohyeddin, who works for the CBC as well, calling on the Canadian government not to re-engage with Iran was only signed by 607 people.

Canada is home to over 300,000 Iranian-Canadians. The complexity of the community and their views cannot be encapsulated by one person – especially one who does not represent what is very clearly a very widespread desire of re-engagement with Iran in the community.

Interviewing one individual from the Iranian-Canadian community to provide insight on Iranian political affairs, Iran-Canada relations, diplomacy and sanctions, and other important topics does not meet standard journalistic practices; it provides a skewed and inaccurate depiction of Iranian-Canadian community and fails to represent diverse opinions. Furthermore, there was no fact checking nor any corrections on misleading, incomplete, or false information about the effect of US sanctions on Iran and its widely noted negative impact of the lives of Iranian people, including in terms of food, medicinal, and consumer goods shortages, as stated by the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran.

The CBC Journalistic Standards and Practices clearly states:

“Our programs and platforms allow for the expression of a particular perspective or point of view. This content adds public understanding and debate on the issues of the day.

When presenting content (programs, program segments, or digital content) where a single opinion or point of view is featured, we ensure that a diversity of perspective is provided across a network or platform and in an appropriate time frame.

When we choose to present a single point of view:

  • it is clearly labeled, and

  • it does not misrepresent other points of view.

Our value of impartiality precludes our news and current affairs staff from expressing their personal opinions on matters of controversy on all our platforms.”

We are extremely concerned to see Canada’s public broadcaster ignore their responsibility to provide balanced coverage of both Iran and the Iranian-Canadian community and instead give an exclusive platform to one individual with a specific point of view.

The CBC must take balanced reporting especially seriously when covering racialized ethnic communities and important international political events and issues. Our public broadcaster must uphold journalistic integrity in these moments rather than abrogate it.

We therefore ask that the CBC commits to providing a balanced approach on Iran and the Iranian-Canadian community and provides us with their plans to do so in the future. We also ask that the CBC demonstrates measures so that the political opinions of their producers do not influence their coverage of the Iranian-Canadian community; Canada's public broadcaster cannot act as a mouthpiece for the political opinions of partisan individuals with known political biases. We believe that this issue is of crucial importance not only for the accurate reporting of the views of a minority community by Canada's public broadcaster, but also for international peace and stability at a moment when extremist governments are advocating for instability and war.

We note that we expect this important issue be addressed by the CBC, and are prepared to take this complaint to the CBC Ombudsman's office, copied on this email, if our issues are not adequately addressed at the editorial level.

 Sincerely,

Saman Tabasinejad
Policy Chair
Iranian Canadian Congress
February 18
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

Video: Canada's Role in the Middle East and Its Iran Policy

Panel discussion in Ottawa on Canada's Iran policy and its role in the Middle East:

The Iranian Canadian Congress was pleased to support the policy panel organized by The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy* on Parliament Hill about 'Canada's Role in the Middle East and Its Iran Policy'. This panel discussion on Feb 13, 2019 in Ottawa was an opportunity to raise awareness among policy makers and the diplomatic community about the importance of peace and diplomacy with Iran.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO OF THE SESSION.

Panelists:

Dennis Horak: Former Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former Canadian diplomat in Iran.

Peggy Mason: Former Canadian Ambassador in the UN for Disarmament.

Amirhossein Barmaki: Head of the UN OCHA in Iran.

Bijan Ahmadi: Executive Direct of the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy and former president of the Iranian Canadian Congress.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO OF THE SESSION.

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) 

* The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy is a Canadian non-profit and non-partisan foreign policy think tank dedicated to promoting peace, diplomacy and dialogue. For more info visit their website at www.peacediplomacy.org

 
February 17

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Sunday, February 17, 2019, 04:49:06 p.m. EST
Subject: Video: Canada's Role in the Middle East and Its Iran Policy

 
Dear Friends,

 

The Iranian Canadian Congress was pleased to support the policy panel organized by The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy* on Parliament Hill about 'Canada's Role in the Middle East and Its Iran Policy'. This panel discussion on Feb 13, 2019 in Ottawa was an opportunity to raise awareness among policy makers and the diplomatic community about the importance of peace and diplomacy with Iran.

Click here to watch the full video of the session.

Panelists:

Dennis Horak: Former Canadian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and former Canadian diplomat in Iran.

Peggy Mason: Former Canadian Ambassador in the UN for Disarmament.

Amirhossein Barmaki: Head of the UN OCHA in Iran.

Bijan Ahmadi: Executive Direct of the Institute for Peace & Diplomacy and former president of the Iranian Canadian Congress.

Click here to watch the full video of the session.

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

* The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy is a Canadian non-profit and non-partisan foreign policy think tank dedicated to promoting peace, diplomacy and dialogue. For more info visit their website at www.peacediplomacy.org

 

February 02

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 06:30:59 p.m. EST
Subject: Reminder: Community Consultation About 2019 Election Priorities

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

Here is a reminder about the community consultation process the ICC launched last week. Please follow the link below to send us your ideas and suggestions. Deadline for this first step is Feb 8, 2019. 

We are excited to announce we have started our 2019 Federal Election Consultation! The ICC and its policy team will be holding an intensive consultation process which will include a series of online surveys, in person consultation sessions, as well as lectures about the topics you have expressed interest in!

What do you prioritize as we enter the 2019 Federal Election? This could be anything from changes in our tax system, economic policies, immigration, democratic institutional reform, foreign policy, environmental/climate change initiatives, child-care, to Canada's health-care system, etc.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

Please write in the space provided what you want to see from your federal government. Tell us, as an Iranian-Canadian, what are the issues and problems that you want the federal government to address?

This is the first step in our consultation process. In this first step we want to hear all your ideas and suggestions with no filter and in no particular order. 

Your input will help us to put together a strong and diverse platform of policy priorities that are important for Iranian-Canadians.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

January 28

 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>
To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2019, 04:35:00 p.m. EST
Subject: Community Consultation: 2019 Election Priorities

 
Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

We are excited to announce we have started our 2019 Federal Election Consultation! The ICC and its policy team will be holding an intensive consultation process which will include a series of online surveys, in person consultation sessions, as well as lectures about the topics you have expressed interest in!

What do you prioritize as we enter the 2019 Federal Election? This could be anything from changes in our tax system, economic policies, immigration, democratic institutional reform, foreign policy, environmental/climate change initiatives, child-care, to Canada's health-care system, etc.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

Please write in the space provided what you want to see from your federal government. Tell us, as an Iranian-Canadian, what are the issues and problems that you want the federal government to address?

This is the first step in our consultation process. In this first step we want to hear all your ideas and suggestions with no filter and in no particular order. 

Your input will help us to put together a strong and diverse platform of policy priorities that are important for Iranian-Canadians.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

 

Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

January 28, 2019
ICC WEB     ICC Facebook

Community Consultation: 2019 Election Priorities

What are the issues and problems that you want the federal government to address?

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress,

 

We are excited to announce we have started our 2019 Federal Election Consultation! The ICC and its policy team will be holding an intensive consultation process which will include a series of online surveys, in person consultation sessions, as well as lectures about the topics you have expressed interest in!

What do you prioritize as we enter the 2019 Federal Election? This could be anything from changes in our tax system, economic policies, immigration, democratic institutional reform, foreign policy, environmental/climate change initiatives, child-care, to Canada's health-care system, etc.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

Please write in the space provided what you want to see from your federal government. Tell us, as an Iranian-Canadian, what are the issues and problems that you want the federal government to address?

This is the first step in our consultation process. In this first step we want to hear all your ideas and suggestions with no filter and in no particular order. 

Your input will help us to put together a strong and diverse platform of policy priorities that are important for Iranian-Canadians.

Please click here for the online consultation form.

 Sincerely, 

Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) 

January 15
 

From: Iranian Canadian Congress <info@iccongress.ca>

To: medi shams <medishams@rogers.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 11:48:58 a.m. EST
Subject: Privacy Policy- Notice to All Members

 
Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

 

Based on the Bylaws of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), established at the time of the organization’s inception (back in 2007), all the information collected by the ICC, including but not limited to ICC’s membership list as well as the personal information of ICC members are protected under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). 

Under PIPEDA as well as the ICC Bylaws, individuals’ information (including but not limited to their personal information) is protected by the organization (ICC) and such information cannot be disclosed to anyone or any third party without obtaining each individual’s (member’s) consent.

However, members of the organization have the right to request access to the list of members according to the Ontario Corporate Act. Therefore to comply with our bylaws and applicable provincial and federal regulations upon a member filing a request we should provide her/him with the information of members who have provided the ICC prior consent for release of their information.

Please note that starting from today anyone joining the ICC can make the decision as to whether they want the ICC to disclose their information to another member or not. If you are a current member and you would like the ICC to disclose your name and contact information to other members upon their written request, please download the consent form from here, complete the form, sign it and email it back to the ICC Board Secretary: secretary@iccongress.ca or send it to the ICC office (mailing address is available here).   

 

We would like to again reassure you that your information is fully protected and that we will not release your information to any other individual or third party (including other ICC members) without your consent. YOUR PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT TO US.


Sincerely, 

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

 

January 15
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ICC Privacy Policy- Notice to All Members

Here is a notice from the Board of Directors to all members of the Iranian Canadian Congress:

Dear Members of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

Based on the Bylaws of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC), established at the time of the organization’s inception (back in 2007), all the information collected by the ICC, including but not limited to ICC’s membership list as well as the personal information of ICC members are protected under the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). 

Under PIPEDA as well as the ICC Bylaws, individuals’ information (including but not limited to their personal information) is protected by the organization (ICC) and such information cannot be disclosed to anyone or any third party without obtaining each individual’s (member’s) consent.

However, members of the organization have the right to request access to the list of members according to the Ontario Corporate Act. Therefore to comply with our bylaws and applicable provincial and federal regulations upon a member filing a request we should provide her/him with the information of members who have provided the ICC prior consent for release of their information.

Please note that starting from today anyone joining the ICC can make the decision as to whether they want the ICC to disclose their information to another member or not. If you are a current member and you would like the ICC to disclose your name and contact information to other members upon their written request, please download the consent form from here, complete the form, sign it and email it back to the ICC Board Secretary: secretary@iccongress.ca or send it to the ICC office (mailing address is available here).   
 

We would like to again reassure you that your information is fully protected and that we will not release your information to any other individual or third party (including other ICC members) without your consent. YOUR PRIVACY IS IMPORTANT TO US.
Sincerely, 

Board of Directors 

January 13
 

From: Medi Shams <medishams@rogers.com>

To: Hooman Shirazi <shirazi.hooman@gmail.com>; ICC President <president@iccongress.ca>; info@icc4all.com <info@icc4all.com>; Admin ICC <info@iccongress.ca>; Mohsen Khaniki <mohsen@khaniki.ca>; Pouyan Tabasinejad <p.tabasi@gmail.com>; Sholeh K <sholeh.khalili@gmail.com>; saman@tabasinejad.ca <saman@tabasinejad.ca>; Bijan Ahmadi <ahmadibi@gmail.com>
Cc: info@iccma.ca <info@iccma.ca>; info@icc4all.com <info@icc4all.com>
Sent: Sunday, January 13, 2019, 11:46:47 a.m. EST
Subject: چند تقاضا

 

13 ژانویه 2019

با سلام و تبریک سال نو به عزیزان در هییت مدیره
طبق روال همیشگی ماهی یکبار با شما عزیزان تماس گرفته تا تقاضا های خود را مطرح کنم.

-         یکبار دیگر تمایل خود را جهت حضور در جلسات هییت مدیره به عنوان ناظر مطرح میکنم. از طریق گزارش هومن شیرازی مطلع شده ام که جلسات هییت مدیره با غیبت های متوالی اعضاء مواجه بوده و بصورت منظم برگزار نمیگردند. شاید هم دلیل عدم پاسخگوئی شما به این علت بوده است. چه خوب میشد که صادقانه موضوع را با من در میان میگذاشتید.

 

-         شاید هم دلیل عدم ارائه صورتجلسات برای مدت بیش از دو سال همین مورد غیبت اعضای هییت مدیره بوده است. باید اینرا در نظر داشته باشید که پنهان کاری غیبت اعضای هییت مدیره غیر قانونی بوده و میبایست طبق اساسنامه با آن برخورد شود. به نظر میاید در این مورد اقلیت و اکثریتی وجود نداشته و هر نه عضو هییت مدیره در پنهان کاری موافقت دارند.

 

-         نکته جدید و مهمی که میخواهم در این ایمیل مطرح کنم اطلاعات شخصی اعضاء و حامیان کنگره میباشد که گویا به رقم های قابل توجهی رسیده اند. تقاضا دارم اعلام کنید که از سال 2015 که بیژن احمدی و سوده قاسمی در هییت مدیره حضور داشته اند چه کسانی این اطلاعات را در اختیار داشته اند، به چه گونه از آن ها نگاهداری شده و میشود. بخصوص که بار ها از حضور ده ها داوطلب بدون آنکه آنها را معرفی کنید نام برده شده است. لطفن نام داوطلبانی که به این اطلاعات دسترسی داشته اند را اعلام کنید.

 

-         لازم میبینم که تمام کسانی که این اطلاعات را در اختیار داشته اند شهادت نامه (افیدیویت) کتبی را ارائه دهند که اولن از این اطلاعات جز در رابطه با فعالیت های کنگره استفاده ننموده و در هنگام پایان سمت خود آنها را تحویل و از کامپیوتر های شخصی خود حذف کرده اند.

 

-         در پایان از هومن شیرازی عزیز تقاضا دارم که از ارسال پاسخ های فرمایشی خوداری کند. اگر واقعن قصد پیگیری دارد جوابگوئی را به بعد از آن موکول نماید.

 

-         در پایان یکبار دیگر تقاضا دارم که اطلاعات حذف شده مربوط

به سال های 2012 و 2013 را به سایت کنگره برگردانید.

با تشکر و احترام مهدی شمس

 

 

January 08
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The government of Prime Minister Trudeau has said that it supports the nuclear agreement with Iran and does not agree with Trump's irresponsible withdrawal from the agreement. However, the government has not taken any concrete steps in preserving the nuclear agreement. Furthermore, the anti-Iran lobby groups have increased their activities in Ottawa in recent months trying to convince the federal government to support Trump's pressure and sanctions campaign against Iran.  We believe Canada must support peace and diplomacy with Iran.  Sanctions, coercive tactics and foreign imposed regime change policies have proved to be disasterous and destablizing in the Middle East.   Join us and ask your Members of Parliament to support peace and diplomacy with Iran.

 UPDATE:

وال استریت ژورنال در گزارش اخیر خود اعلام کرد که جان بولتون مشاور امنیت ملی آمریکا چند ماه پیش از وزارت دفاع درخواست کرده برنامه

 خود برای حمله نظامی به ایران را به کاخ سفید ارائه دهد. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا ضمن ابراز نگرانی شدید نسبت به این اقدام بویژه توسط فردی که سابقه طولانی در حمایت از جنگ در خاورمیانه دارد بار دیگر بر لزوم بازگشت به دیپلماسی به جای تحریم و جلوگیری از خشونت در خاورمیانه تاکید میکند. رئیس جمهور آمریکا با خروج غیر قانونی از برجام خاورمیانه را با درگیری و بی ثباتی بیشتر مواجه کرده است.

ما در کانادا چه کاری میتوانیم انجام دهیم؟

گروه های حامی تحریم و جنگ سعی میکنند با فشار و لابی سیاسی در اتاوا دولت کانادا را نیز با سیاست های دولت ترامپ علیه ایران همراه کنند. همراه هم ما ایرانیان مخالف تحریم و جنگ میتوانیم صدای خود را به گوش مجلس و دولت کانادا برسانیم. از طریق لینک زیر متن پیشنهادی را برای نمایندگان خود ارسال کنید و از آنها بخواهید از صلح و دیپلماسی با ایران حمایت کنند:www.iccongress.ca/iran

 

As parliament goes back into session, I am writing to urge you to take 2019 as an opportunity to stand up against the illegal sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump administration and to ensure Canada supports diplomacy and constructive engagement with Iran.

The current sanctions placed on Iran by the United States are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. These sanctions hurt ordinary Iranian civilians as well as many Iranian-Canadians. The Iranian currency, the Rial, lost its value significantly since Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions on the country. The drop in currency value and staggering levels of inflation constitute tremendous economic pressure and hardships for the people of Iran.

Furthermore, these US sanctions have severely impacted Iranians’ access to life-saving medicine. The US has listed several Iranian pharmaceuticals in their sanctions list. This, along with banking sanctions severely limits Iran’s ability to even purchase medicine and humanitarian goods. Reputable Iranian civil society organizations, independent activists and academics are warning about the devastating impact of the sanctions on those who need medical care in Iran. Many of these patients are children - including children who are living with cancer but cannot access or cannot afford the treatment they need to fight for their lives.

As my representative in the Parliament of Canada I request that you urge the Federal Government to:

- Support the efforts of our European allies in preserving the nuclear agreement with Iran and join the EU special payment system to facilitate lawful trade and financial transactions with Iran.

- Publicly speak against Trump’s pressure and sanctions campaign against Iran on the world stage and support UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

- Support diplomacy with Iran on the world stage.

- Fulfill the Government’s promise to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran in order to provide consular services to Iranian-Canadians and adequately advocate for the release of Iranian-Canadians held in Iran.

- Refrain from imposing any additional sanctions against Iran and oppose efforts of the pro-sanctions lobby groups in Ottawa that support President Donald Trump’s irresponsible withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal and his destabilizing policies towards Iran.

- Facilitate the transfer of humanitarian goods including medicine and medical equipment from Canada to Iran.

- Work with the United Nations and Iranian civil society organizations to ensure that US sanctions do not block Iranians' access to humanitarian goods, including medicine and healthcare needs.
 

Canada Must Support Peace and Diplomacy With Iran

As parliament goes back into session, I am writing to urge you to take 2019 as an opportunity to stand up against the illegal sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump administration and to ensure Canada supports diplomacy and constructive engagement with Iran.

The current sanctions placed on Iran by the United States are in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. These sanctions hurt ordinary Iranian civilians as well as many Iranian-Canadians. The Iranian currency, the Rial, lost its value significantly since Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the nuclear agreement and reimpose sanctions on the country. The drop in currency value and staggering levels of inflation constitute tremendous economic pressure and hardships for the people of Iran.

Furthermore, these US sanctions have severely impacted Iranians’ access to life-saving medicine. The US has listed several Iranian pharmaceuticals in their sanctions list. This, along with banking sanctions severely limits Iran’s ability to even purchase medicine and humanitarian goods. Reputable Iranian civil society organizations, independent activists and academics are warning about the devastating impact of the sanctions on those who need medical care in Iran. Many of these patients are children - including children who are living with cancer but cannot access or cannot afford the treatment they need to fight for their lives.

As my representative in the Parliament of Canada I request that you urge the Federal Government to:

- Support the efforts of our European allies in preserving the nuclear agreement with Iran and join the EU special payment system to facilitate lawful trade and financial transactions with Iran.

- Publicly speak against Trump’s pressure and sanctions campaign against Iran on the world stage and support UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

- Support diplomacy with Iran on the world stage.

- Fulfill the Government’s promise to re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran in order to provide consular services to Iranian-Canadians and adequately advocate for the release of Iranian-Canadians held in Iran.

- Refrain from imposing any additional sanctions against Iran and oppose efforts of the pro-sanctions lobby groups in Ottawa that support President Donald Trump’s irresponsible withdrawal from the Nuclear Deal and his destabilizing policies towards Iran.

- Facilitate the transfer of humanitarian goods including medicine and medical equipment from Canada to Iran.

- Work with the United Nations and Iranian civil society organizations to ensure that US sanctions do not block Iranians' access to humanitarian goods, including medicine and healthcare needs.
 

December 01, 2018
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Response From MP Hélène Laverdière Regarding A Defamatory Article in Shahrvand By Shahram Tabe Mohammadi

On Nov 29, 2018 Shahrvand weekly paper published a defamatory report by Shahram Tabe Mohammadi. This report includes defamatory and baseless accusations against the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) and other hardworking volunteers and activists who support peace and diplomacy with Iran and advocate against Trump's sanctions on Iran. Since the author was reporting these accusations as a result of his meeting with the NDP Foreign Affairs Critic MP Hélène Laverdière in Montreal, the ICC Vice President Pouyan Tabasinejad contacted MP Laverdière's office on Friday and she personally responded to him.

Unfortunately Shahrvand Publications has a reputation of publishing defamatory reports and articles about hard working members of the Iranian-Canadian community and against the ICC. In previous occasions, Shahrvand even refused to publish responses to the accusations against us. We have sent the original response from MP Hélène Laverdière to Shahrvand and asked them to follow basic standards of ethics and publish it immediately. 

Here is the complete email from the NDP Foreign Affairs Critic MP Hélène Laverdière to the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC):


هلن لوردیر: من به هیات مدیره و اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا اطمینان میدهم که نظرات مطرح شده در مقاله (نوشته شهرام تابع محمدی در شهروند) به هیچ عنوان بیانگر نظر من یا حزب نیو دموکرات نیست

من و همکارانم خواهان ادامه همکاری با کنگره ایرانیان کانادا هستیم

ما به تلاش خود و فشار به دولت کانادا برای تجدید رابطه دیپلماتیک با ایران ادامه میدهیم تا راهی برای تشویق اصلاحات و یافتن راه حل های سیاسی برای اختلافات دو کشور ایجاد شود 

Dear Pouyan, 

I am writing to you to address the concerns regarding the online article published in Shahrvand, written by Shahram Tabe.

I was asked to take a meeting by a constituent in Montreal, and so I met with Mr. Tabe in Montreal on November 17. I accepted the meeting under the auspice of learning more about the Iranian Canadian community. It was never my understanding that this meeting would result in the publication of an article about our meeting.

I want to strongly reassure the board and members of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) that the opinions expressed in this article in no way reflect my views, or the views of the NDP.

My colleagues and I absolutely wish to continue our work with the ICC. New Democrats stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Iran in their aspirations for freedom, peace, democracy and the rule of a just law. We will continue to stand with them and speak out when their voices are unfairly silenced. We will continue to push the Canadian government to restore diplomatic relations with Iran, in order to provide a foundation for encouraging reforms and the finding of political solutions to address disagreements between our countries. Condemnations of the Iranian regime cannot replace a strong diplomacy.

I understand that the article also makes accusations against members of the ICC who have run as NDP candidates federally and provincially. Again, I cannot express strongly enough that this article does not represent the views of the NDP. The views expressed in the article about NDP candidates are the author’s views and his views alone.

You are all welcomed members of the New Democratic Party of Canada. I am honoured to stand with you and work with you for democracy, peace and justice. 

Sincerely,

Hélène Laverdière

MP for Laurier—Sainte-Marie

 

November 23, 2018
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Response from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Here is a letter from the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) regarding the processing times for Iranian Permanent Resident (PR) applications:

Dear Iranian Canadian Congress:

I am writing with regard to the processing times for Iranian permanent resident applications. You recently brought this issue to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's (IRCC's) attention, and further to the statement I issued on October 17, 2018,1 appreciate the opportunity to reach out to you with an update on this issue.

I would first like to assure you that IRCC takes the concerns you raised very seriously. The Government of Canada is committed to—and takes pride in—ensuring the safety and security of Canadians through immigration procedures that are applied in a fair and non-discriminatory manner.

As part of routine application processing, all applicants, including citizens of Iran, must undergo security screening as a means of keeping Canada and Canadians safe from threats. Security screening was one of the factors that resulted in a notably higher processing time than average for Iranian nationals last fiscal year.

In order to identify areas of improvement and find efficiencies in the security screening process, IRCC continues to work in close collaboration with public safety partners, including the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). To address the long security screening timelines that have affected applications from all nationalities, CBSA and IRCC have enhanced their processes to improve performance. These efforts have shown a marked improvement on the overall processing times for Iranian permanent resident applications. Notably, in 2015 the average wait time for Iranian permanent resident applications was 32.6 months longer than for citizens of all other countries. By July, the difference was down to 10.5 months.

While processing times for security screening have improved, I would note that there are other factors that can affect an application's processing time, including the complexity of a case, delays associated with requests for additional information from the applicant (such as medical examinations), how easily information can be verified, and whether an application is complete. However, as each application is handled on a case-by-case basis, there is no one simple explanation for how long applications can take.

Once again, I appreciate you bringing this matter to my attention, and I acknowledge that it can be frustrating for anyone hoping to immigrate if their application is taking longer than expected.

Moving forward, IRCC will continue to make every effort to manage the applications it receives in the most efficient and effective way, while ensuring that our immigration program remains universal and non-discriminatory; applicants from around the world will continue to be assessed against criteria that do not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. This principle of non-discrimination is consistent with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it reflects Canada's tradition of fairness and natural justice and our nation's multicultural character.

Yours sincerely,

Ahmed Hussen, P.C, M.P.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

 

November 06, 2018
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بیانیه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در مورد تحریم های آمریکا علیه ایران کنگره ایرانیان کانادا
November 06, 2018

 

 روز پنجم نوامبر دولت ترامپ تحریم ها علیه ایران را باز خواهد گرداند. اقدامی که تخلفی آشکار از برنامه جامع اقدام مشترک (برجام) و قطعنامه 2231 شورای امنیت سازمان ملل محسوب می شود. بازرسان آژانس بین المللی انرژی هسته ای در آگوست 2018 اعلام نمودند که ایران علیرغم تخلف آمریکا هنوز به توافق هسته ای پایبند است. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا اقدام دولت آمریکا در نقض آشکار قطعنامه 2231 شورای امنیت سازمان ملل و بی توجهی به دستور موقت صادره از سوی دیوان بین المللی دادگستری لاهه را محکوم می نماید. به موجب دستوراین دیوان، "طرفین می بایست از هر اقدامی که ممکن است اختلاف جاری نزد دیوان را تشدید یا تطویل نموده یا حل و فصل آن را پیچیده کند، خودداری نمایند".

تصمیم یک جانبه و غیر دیپلماتیک تخلف از برجام، اقدامی نامتعارف و غیر معمول در سطح جامعه بین المللی محسوب می شود. اعضای اتحادیه اروپا و سایر اعضای دایم شورای امنیت سازمان ملل (بریتانیا، فرانسه، چین و روسیه) هنوز از این توافق حمایت می کنند و نگرانی های خود را به دولت آمریکا اعلام نموده اند.

توافقنامه برجام یک نقطه عطف و نمونه درخشانی در تاریخ دیپلماسی جهانی است که نشان می دهد صلح و پایداری جهانی چگونه از طریق دیپلماسی محقق می شود. بازگرداندن تحریم های غیرقانونی نه تنها در تقابل با توافقنامه چندجانبه هسته ای است، بلکه سنت خطرناکی برای توافقات بین المللی آینده بجا می گذارد. اجرای قریب الوقوع تحریم های غیرقانونی موجب تضعیف پایه های نظم جهانی است. نظمی که سازمان ملل متحد و دیگر نهادهای بین المللی برآن استوار هستند.

بعلاوه، تحریم های قریب الوقوع آمریکا نه تنها غیرقانونی بلکه مغایر با حقوق پایه ای مردم ایران نیز هستند. در 22 آگوست 2018، آقای ادریس جزایری گزارشگر ویژه شورای حقوق بشر سازمان ملل متحد اعلام کرد: "این تحریم های مخرب و ظالمانه به اقتصاد و پایه پولی ایران صدمه زده و میلیونها تن از ایرانیان را به سمت فقر سوق می دهد".

یکی از اثرات بزرگ این تحریمها بر مردم عادی ایران به بخش سلامت مربوط می شود. در حال حاضر، گزارشات بسیاری از سوی پزشکان و بیماران در مورد کمبود داروهای نجات بخش به گوش می رسد. تحریمها موجب می شود شرکتهای اروپایی و آمریکایی تامین کننده داروهای خاص و تجهیزات پزشکی در فروش این اقلام به ایران با مشکل روبرو شوند. بعلاوه تحت تاثیر تورم ناشی از محدودیتهای تحریمهای ترامپ، حتی آن دسته از اقلامی که صدورشان به ایران ممکن می شود با قیمتهایی سرسام آور به دست بیماران می رسد. بنابراین بسیار واضح است که تحریمها شهروندان عادی ایران را هدف قرار داده و زندگی هزاران نفر را در معرض خطر قرار می دهد.

ما از دولت کانادا درخواست میکنیم که همراه با جامعه بین المللی:

1. با تحریم های غیرقانونی و غیر مسئولانه آمریکا مقابله کند.

2. اقدامات لازم را در حمایت از سایر کشورهایی که به تعهدات برجام و الزامات مندرج در آن توافقنامه پایبند باقی مانده اند انجام دهد.

3. در جهت کاهش عوارض منفی تحریم ها از جمله کمبود دارو و تجهیزات پزشکی در ایران تلاش نماید.

November 04, 2018
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ICC’s Statement on US Sanctions against Iran

Here the ICC’s Statement on US Sanctions against Iran

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On November 5th, 2018, the Trump administration will reinstate sanctions on Iran, violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution 2231. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors reported in August 2018 that Iran is still in compliance with the nuclear agreement despite this move by the US. The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) denounces the move by the US Administration to violate UNSC resolution 2231 and the provisional ruling of the International Court of Justice, the latter which stated, “both parties must refrain from any action which might aggravate or extend the dispute before the Court or make it more difficult to resolve.”

 This unilateral and undiplomatic decision to illegally violate JCPOA is overwhelming unpopular with the International Community.  Members of the European Union and the remaining members of the UN Security Council (the United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia) are still in support of the deal and have voiced their concerns to the Trump administration.

 The JCPOA is a landmark diplomatic agreement and a shining example of how diplomacy can ensure and promote international peace and stability. The reinstatement of these illegal sanctions does not only defy the multilateral nuclear agreement but also sets a dangerous precedent for future international agreements. The US’s impending enforcement of illegal sanctions undermines the very rules-based international order that the United Nations and other international agencies are founded upon.

 Furthermore, the pending US sanctions are not only illegal but also violate the basic human rights of the Iranian people. On August 22nd, 2018 the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Mr. Idriss Jazairy, stated that “[t]hese unjust and harmful sanctions are destroying the economy and currency of Iran, driving millions of people into poverty.”  

One of the largest impacts that the sanctions will have on ordinary Iranians regards the healthcare sector. Currently, doctors and patients are reporting shortages on life-saving medicine. The sanctions would prevent European and US companies that provide the advanced medicine and equipment needed for certain treatments from selling these products to Iran. Additionally, even those goods that are making it into Iran are being sold at hugely inflated prices due to a sharp currency downturn after Trump’s decision to pull out of the deal. It is therefore abundantly clear that sanctions hurt ordinary Iranians and put thousands of lives at risk.

 We call upon Canada to work with the rest of the International Community to:

  1. Stand against the illegal and irresponsible reinstatement of sanctions by the US.
  2. Implement measures to support the remaining parties of the agreement and other countries who are committed to the terms of the JCPOA.
  3. Work to alleviate the medicine and medical equipment shortage in Iran that has been predicted by Iranian health practitioners and international organizations to worsen with these newest sanctions.

 

October 19, 2018
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New Report On Khavari's Investments in Canada

Here is a statement from the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) regarding Mahmoud Reza Khavari:

A new report by the IC Journal has revealed the extent of Khavari's family investments in Canada. Mahmoud Reza Khavari was a former Iranian banker who fled to Canada after a massive $2.6 billion financial fraud came to light in 2011. He was tried in absentia in Iran. In December 2017, Khavari was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Interpol issued a warrant for Mahmoud Reza Khavari as well. 

The ICC has discussed the concerns of Iranian-Canadians regarding Mahmoud Reza Khavari with Canadian officials and members of parliament on multiple occasions. We once again call on the Canadian government and the Minister of Justice to extradite Mahmoud Reza Khavari to Iran for him to serve his sentence and if his extradition to Iran is not possible, we call on the Minister of Justice to open an investigation on Mr. Khavari using the full extent of the Canadian law including provisions of the of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Actand Freezing Assets of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.

 Click here to read the report by the IC Journal.


گزارش جدیدی از سرمایه گذاری های خاوری در کانادا منتشر شده. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا درباره این موضوع بیانیه ای را منتشر کرده که متن کامل این بیانیه انگلیسی در این صفحه موجود است. کنگره ایرانیان کانادا بار ها نگرانی ایرانیان را در رابطه با محمود رضا خاوری با مقامات کانادایی درمیان گذاشته

ما بار دیگر از مقامات کانادا درخواست میکنیم که محمود رضا خاوری که محکوم به اختلاس است به ایران بازگردانند. و اگر امکان استرداد او به ایران وجود ندارد از وزیر دادگستری کانادا درخواست داریم که با استفاده از قوانین کانادا علیه اختلاس و پول شویی این فرد را مورد تحقیق قرار دهند

October 17, 2018
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Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on processing times for Iranian applications

Since December 2017 the ICC has been actively involved with the Iranians students facing delays and met with officials from the Ministry of Immigration and Ministry of Public Safety to discuss this problem.  We are glad to announce that over 80% of the the original 400 Iranian applicants who were impacted by the delays have been approved

Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on processing times for Iranian applications

Ottawa, October 17, 2018—The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today issued the following statement:

“Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is committed to delivering quality client service across its global network by improving processing efficiencies for all of our programs and services.

 “Recognizing that processing times for Iranian permanent resident applications have been longer than the international average, we have made significant improvements. For example, in 2015, the average wait time for Iranian permanent resident applications from individuals residing in Iran was 32.6 months longer than for citizens of all other countries. By July 2018 the difference was down to 10.5 months. In addition, as of May 1, 2018, the average processing time for outstanding Iranian security screenings for permanent resident applications was in line with all other nationalities. From January 1 to June 31, 2018, 3,657 Iranian citizens were approved for permanent residency in Canada.

“The reality is that processing times are complex. Every application is handled on a case-by-case basis and there’s no one simple explanation for how long it takes. Any application can be subject to longer processing times regardless of the country of origin. Security screening was one, but not the only factor that resulted in higher processing time than average for Iranian nationals last year.

“My department continues to work in close collaboration with public safety partners to identify areas of improvement and find efficiencies in the security screening process. To address long security screening timelines which can affect all nationalities, the Canada Border Services Agency has improved its performance through process enhancements.

“We hope that Iranian applicants will continue to seek out Canada and apply to join the ever growing community of Iranian-Canadians. We’ll continue work to ensure that our processing systems are as effective as possible".

 

October 10, 2018
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نامه به وزیر امنیت کانادا: کمپین دروغ پردازی و افترا امنیت فعالین ایرانی-کانادایی را بخطر انداخته است

جناب رالف گودل وزیرمحترم امنیت عمومی کانادا

هدف از نگارش این نامه، اعلام نگرانی در مورد به جریان افتادن کمپین خطرناکی است که بر علیه سازمان ما، کنگره ایرانیان کانادا، و علیه فعالین طرفدار صلح در جامعه ایرانیان کانادا به راه افتاده است. این جریان نه تنها اقدام به دروغ پراکنی در مورد اعضای جامعه ایرانی کانادایی و کنگره ایرانیان کانادا می نماید، بلکه بانیان آن با طرح اتهامات بی اساس و بدنام سازی، ایمنی و امنیت فعالین ایرانی کانادایی را در معرض خطر قرار می دهند.

در آخرین اقدامشان، سازمان دهندگان این جریان دروغ پرداز نامه ای به جناب نخست وزیر ترودو و رهبران احزاب مخالف ارسال نمودند تا با تکرار اظهاراتی غیرواقعی، اقدام به مخدوش کردن اعتبار کنگره ایرانیان کانادا نمایند. در این نامه، اینان  کنگره ایرانیان کانادا را که سازمان غیرانتفاعی کانادایی و داوطلبانه است به وابستگی به نهادهای دولتی کشور ایران و لابی برای دولت ایران متهم نموده اند. این اتهامات و دروغ پراکنی ها بدون ارائه هیچ مدرکی صورت گرفته است و ما این ادعاهای بی اساس و نادرست را قویا رد و محکوم می کنیم.

ضمنا، دلایلی موجود است که نشان می دهد این جریان از خارج از کانادا منشا گرفته و هدایت می شود. اصل نامه آنان نخستین بار در وبسایت یک سخنران موسوم به "امام توحیدی" در استرالیا منتشر شده است. رسانه های استرالیا بطور گسترده ای در مورد پیشینه سوال برانگیز این فرد محمد توحیدی (که خود را "امام توحیدی" مینامد) و ارتباطات وی با افراد تندرو گزارش داده اند.

متاسفانه، اتهامات بی اساس مطرح شده توسط این جریان بطور مداوم از طریق نشریه محلی "شهروند" پخش میشود و کسانی چون سناتور محافظه کار لیندا فرام و نماینده محافظه کار اوتول این اتهامات رابه ابزاری برای حمله به دولت ترودو و سیاست تجدید روابط سازنده با ایران (که از سوی حزب لیبرال اعلام شده) تبدیل کردند. این دو سیاستمدار نیز،علیرغم پیگیری رسمی سازمان ما، دلیل و مدرکی برای این ادعاهای بی پایه خود علیه جامعه ایرانی-کانادایی ارائه ننمودند. طرح اینگونه اتهامات و تکرار و ارجاع ناشیانه به آنها توسط دو سیاستمدار کانادایی موجب خسارت جدی به جامعه ایرانیان کانادا در زمانه ای است که تنفر و نژادپرستی رو به فزونی گرفته است.

اطلاعات نادرستی که این جریان دروغ پرداز پخش نموده است موجب تاسف و نگرانی اعضا، فعالان و داوطلبان کنگره ایرانیان کانادا گردیده است و زمینه ساز تهدید علیه آنان به صورت حمله و خشونت کلامی و تهدید حضوری یا تهدید از طریق شبکه های اجتماعی گشته است.

ما از وزارتخانه متبوع شما و نهادهای امنیتی و مجری قانون در آن وزارتخانه درخواست داریم تا در اسرع وقت فعالیتهای افراد درگیر در این جریان دروغ پرداز را مورد تحقیق و تفحص قرار دهند. بطور خاص، ما خواهشمندیم نقش شهروند استرالیایی "محمد توحیدی" (معروف به "امام توحیدی") در راه اندازی این جریان دروغ پرداز و تهدیدکننده علیه سازمان ما و جامعه ایرانیان کانادا مورد تحقیق و بررسی قرار گیرد.

به پیوست، متن نامه منتشر شده مذکور و اسامی امضاکنندگان آن که سازمان دهندگان این جریان علیه کنگره ایرانیان کانادا و فعالین صلح طلب جامعه ایرانیان کانادا هستند ارسال می شود.  ما آماده همکاری کامل با آن سازمان یا هر نهاد امنیتی کانادا در پاسخگویی به سوالات احتمالی و ارائه مدارک و شواهد در مورد افراد درگیر در این جریان دروغ پرداز هستیم.

ما به عنوان یک سازمان غیرانتفاعی کانادایی، خود را ملزم به دفاع از حقوق اعضای جامعه خود بر مبنای منشور حقوق و آزادی های کانادا می دانیم. ما از حق خود برای ابراز و ارائه نقطه نظراتمان در مورد سیاستهای کانادای عزیزمان دفاع خواهیم نمود و اجازه نخواهیم داد یک جریان تندرو و دروغ پرداز صدای جامعه ما را خاموش سازد.

با کمال احترام،

سوده قاسمی

رئیس کنگره ایرانیان کانادا

رونوشت:

- جناب آقای جاستین ترودو نخست وزیر محترم کانادا

- جناب آقای اندرو شیر، رهبر محترم حزب محافظه کا

- جناب آقای جگمیت سینگ ، رهبر محترم حزب دموکراتیک نوین

- سرکار خانم الیزابت می، رهبر محترم حزب سبز

- جناب آقای پیتر هاردر، سناتور محترم

- جناب آقای یان پائوو، سناتور محترم

- جناب آقای لاری اسمیت، سناتور محترم

- جناب آقای علی احساسی، نماینده محترم مجلس

- جناب آقای مجید جوهری، نماینده محترم مجلس

- سناتور لیندا فرام

- جناب آقای ارین اوتول، نماینده محترم مجلس

- جناب آقای گارنت جنس، نماینده محترم مجلس

- مجله شهروند

October 10, 2018
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ICC to Minister of Public Safety: Defamation Campaign Against Iranian-Canadian Activists Has Put Their Safety and Security in Danger

The following letter was sent to the Minister of Public Safety Hon. Ralph Goodale on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC):

To the Honourable Minister Ralph Goodale, 

We are writing you today to communicate our serious concern regarding an orchestrated and dangerous campaign of defamation against our organization, the Iranian Canadian Congress, and peace advocates in our community. Not only is this campaign designed to spread falsehoods about members of the Iranian-Canadian community and the Iranian Canadian Congress, but the baseless accusations and defamation spread widely by individuals leading this campaign have put the safety and security of Iranian-Canadian activists in danger.

In their most recent action, organizers of this defamation campaign sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and leaders of the opposition parties in an attempt to discredit the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) by repeating these defamatory comments. In their letter they accuse the ICC, a Canadian non-profit and volunteer-based organization, of being controlled by certain government entities in Iran and of being a lobby organization for the Iranian government. In their letter they do not provide any evidence to support their serious claims. We categorically reject these false and baseless accusations.  

Furthermore, we have seen evidence that this campaign is being directed from outside of Canada – the letter itself was originally published and promoted on the website of a preacher in Australia, Imam Tawhidi, who first asked individuals to join the defamation campaign as signatories to the letter. It is widely reported by Australian media that this individual, Mohammad Tawhidi (commonly known as Imam Tawhidi), has a controversial history and ties to radical figures. 

Unfortunately, the baseless accusations published in this defamation campaign, distributed through a local paper called Shahrvand Publications, have been referenced by Conservative Senator Linda Frum and Conservative MP O'Toole to attack the Trudeau Government and the Liberal Party of Canada’s stated policy of constructive engagement and diplomacy with Iran. Again, both parliamentarians did not offer a single piece of evidence to support their claims, even when our organization asked them formally to publish their evidence. Not only have these accusations and allegations been repeated without providing evidence, but their reference by these two Canadian parliamentarians constitutes a grave danger to our community in a time when racial hatred and xenophobia is on the rise.  

The false information distributed through this defamation campaign has resulted in ICC members and executives, who all work on a volunteer basis, and hardworking activists in our community being threatened and verbally harassed in public and in social media. 

We call on your Ministry, and the security and law enforcement agencies under your Ministry’s supervision, to immediately investigate the activities of the individuals involved in this defamation campaign. Specifically, we ask you to investigate the role of the Australian citizen Mohammad Tawhidi (AKA Imam Tawhidi) in leading this campaign of defamation and verbal harassment against our organization and our community and seriously consider lodging a complaint with the Australian government regarding their citizen's attempt to sow discord in Canadian civil society.  

Attached you can find the content of the recently published letter and the names of the individuals who have signed the letter as leaders of this defamation campaign against the ICC and peace activists in the Iranian-Canadian community. 

We are ready to fully cooperate with your department or any of the Canadian security agencies to answer any question you may have or to provide further evidence about the activities of the individuals involved in this defamation campaign. 

As a Canadian non-profit community organization, we are dedicated to defending the rights of our community members as defined under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We will defend our right to promote and present our opinions with respect to the policies of our beloved Canada and we will not allow an extreme defamation campaign to silence our community's voice.  

Sincerely, 

Soudeh Ghasemi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress

برای دریافت ترجمه فارسی این نامه اینجا را کلیک کنید

 ICC:

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of The Official Opposition

Mr. Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada

Ms. Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Hon. Senator Peter Harder

Hon. Senator Yuen Pau Woo

Hon. Senator Larry Smith 

Hon. Senator Linda Frum

Hon. MP Erin OToole

MP Garnett Genuis

MP Ali Ehsassi

MP Majid Jowhari

Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Parliament of Canada

Shahrvand Publication

 

September 22, 2018
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ICC Condemns Terrorist Attack in Ahvaz #PrayForAhvaz

The ICC condemns the terrorist attack in Ahvaz. Stand with people of Iran and condemn these attacks on social media using the following hashtag #PrayForAhvaz

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) condemns the terrorist attack in Ahvaz, Iran. At least 25 people have been killed and 60 injured in this attack carried out by a terror group called Al-Ahvazi on Sept 22, 2018. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and wish speedy recovery for those injured.

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September 11, 2018
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ICC Opposes Use of the Notwithstanding Clause To Change Electoral Boundaries in Toronto

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

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is deeply concerned over Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s stated intention to invoke the Notwithstanding Clause to block a court ruling against changes to the City of Toronto’s electoral boundaries (Bill 5) in middle of an election campaign. We are also concerned about the changes on grounds that it would negatively impact the injection of greater diversity in Toronto City Council.

 

In his ruling Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba emphasized that Bill 5 has infringed on citizens’ constitutionally given rights to freedom of expression and effective representation.  As a Canadian organization dedicated to the protection of the Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the ICC opposes the wholly unjustified use of the Notwithstanding Clause in the case of Bill 5 to evade these important obligations of the Charter.

 

Governments must not use this clause to invalidate judicial rulings on the unconstitutionality of their laws and actions, except in extraordinary cases and with robust justifications. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is in place to protect the rights of citizens and residents of our country; to invoke the Notwithstanding Clause without due cause sets a serious precedent that puts the future of these constitutionally guaranteed privileges in grave danger.

 

Secondly, Toronto City Council, like many legislatures around our country, is deeply unrepresentative of the diversity of the constituency it represents. In a city with a majority population (51%) of people of colour, Toronto City Council only holds about 10% councillors of colour. Premier Ford’s sudden changes to the electoral boundaries and election rules through Bill 5 have negatively impacted many municipal candidates across the City of Toronto. As noted by experts, candidates from minority groups and communities of colour suffer these impacts disproportionately, thus furthering the problem of diversity on City Council.

 

For these reasons the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) opposes Premier Doug Ford’s actions regarding Toronto’s municipal election. We call on all Members of Ontario’s Parliament to vote against the new version of Bill 5 that Premier Ford is planning to introduce to the legislature.

August 01, 2018
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Freeland: JCPOA is essential for ensuring regional and global security

Here is a response from the office of Hon. Chrystia Freeland regarding Canada's Iran policy and the recent motion passed against Iran in the House of Commons:

Dear Iranian Canadian Congress,


Thank you for writing to Chrystia regarding Canada’s relationship with Iran.

I want to assure you that Canada supports an effective rules-based international order, and that our government believes that the JCPOA, which was agreed to with Iran in 2015 and endorsed by the UN Security Council, is essential for ensuring regional and global security. While the JCPOA is not perfect, it has helped to curb a real threat to international peace and security.


Chrystia, in her capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, has issued a public statement reaffirming our support for the JCPOA. Additionally, the G7 Foreign Ministers, while meeting in Toronto recently, agreed that they are “committed to permanently ensuring that Iran’s nuclear program remains exclusively peaceful, in line with its Non Proliferation Treaty obligations and its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

Canada has also provided $11.5 million in voluntary contributions to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) specifically to support the Agency’s work with respect to its mandate in monitoring and verifying Iran’s implementation of its JCPOA commitments. Canada is one of the leading contributors to the IAEA.


Nevertheless, our government places extremely high value on ensuring safety and providing consular assistance for Canadians in distress abroad. Our support of the recent motion proceeds deep shock and concern at the death of Canadian citizen Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami as our government continues to demand answers regarding his death and detention from the Iranian government. We are also outraged that his widow, Mrs. Maryam Mombeini, a Canadian citizen, has been barred from leaving Iran.


Present discussions with the Government of Iran are focused on ensuring Maryam Mombeini’s return home and on the death of Professor Seyed Emami. Minister Freeland also continues to raise the consular case of Saeed Malekpour who has been in prison in Iran for years directly with Iran’s Foreign Minister and with their UN Permanent Representative.


As we continue to work closely with our allies and partners to hold Iran to account, a key component of continued diplomacy must include the safety and well-being of our citizens.


Thank you again for your engagement on this important issue.

Warm regards,

Miranda S.

Office of the Hon. Chrystia Freeland

July 30, 2018

July 21, 2018
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ICC Condemns Violent Attack on Iranian-Canadian Artist Saye Sky

Here is a statement from the ICC on the attack on Saye Sky:

The Iranian Canadian Congress was deeply saddened to learn that a member of our community was attacked in an apparent hate crime in Toronto on July 15th, 2018. Saye Sky was subjected to a brutal transphobic attack due to his gender identity. The ICC has reached out to Saye and offered its support. We call on law enforcement officials to stand against this hateful attack and apprehend and punish those responsible.

 

June 28, 2018
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ICC President Writes to Conservative MP Erin O'Toole Regarding His Defamatory Comments

Here is a letter from the ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi to Conservative MP Erin O'Toole regarding his baseless accusations against the ICC and the Iranian-Canadian community in the House of Commons. 

Video Published by Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) on Jun 27, 2018

Mr. O’Toole,

 

I am writing you this email as the President of the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC). 

Last week on June 20th, you stood in the House and attacked the Iranian Canadian Congress and the panel that we hosted on Iran-Canada relations. Specifically, you called us “a regime-friendly Iranian lobbying group.” 

The Iranian Canadian Congress is a grassroots, non-partisan, and non-religious Canadian organization which is supported by thousands of Iranian-Canadians across the country as their only voice in Canadian politics. Your characterization of the ICC as a foreign lobbying group is not only disingenuous, but also constitutes discrimination against Iranian-Canadians. Furthermore, to use your platform as a shadow Minister during Question Period to attack a community organization in this manner makes this incident doubly unacceptable. 

Despite your views, Iranian-Canadians are Canadians and deserve to have their voices heard in Parliament and elsewhere, including through parliamentary meetings. We therefore ask you to publicly retract your comments and apologize not only to the ICC, but also to the Iranian-Canadian community at large, in the form of a public letter posted on your social media channels. 

If you have any questions about our organization's activities and positions in the future, we ask you to approach us directly rather than directing accusations against us in our country's House of Commons. 

Sincerely, 

Soudeh Ghasemi
President
Iranian Canadian Congress

 

June 26, 2018
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ICC is Concerned about Maryam Mombeini
and Asks For Her Immediate Return to Canada

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

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) is very concerned about recent news of Ms. Maryam Mombeini's health condition in Iran.

The ICC asks the Iranian government and judiciary to ensure Ms. Maryam Mombeini's health and safety and to allow her return to her family in Canada.

Unfortunately, Canada's lack of diplomatic relations with Iran has limited its ability to advocate on behalf of its citizens in Iran. Nevertheless, we ask the Canadian government to advocate for Ms. Mombeini's safe return to her family through existing diplomatic channels, including through Italy as Canada's designated Protective Power in Iran.

 

June 21, 2018
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Video: Panel Discussing Canada's Iran Policy

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) held its Parliamentary Briefing Session on Canada's Iran Policy on Tuesday night. Parliamentarians, political staffers, officials and representatives of several diplomatic missions participated in this session in Ottawa. 

Specifically the panel had an extensive discussion on the motion adopted by the House of Commons last week against Iran. We were pleased to have three distinguished experts with us:

Dr. Thomas Juneau:  Professor of School of Public and International Affairs, Former Analyst with Canada’s Department of National Defence.

Ms. Peggy Mason: President of Rideau Institute, Former Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN. 

Dr. Omid Milani: Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, Member of Human Rights Research and Education Centre. 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE FULL VIDEO.

This is the first briefing session organized by the ICC on Parliament Hill. These briefings are a key opportunity to educate policy makers and their staff about pressing issues for our community. The panel last night was a success based on the positive feedback we received from policymakers who attended the event.  

 

June 19, 2018
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Watch Live: ICC's First Parliamentary Briefing
to Discuss Canada's Iran Policy

Tonight for the first time the ICC is hosting a parliamentary briefing in Ottawa. Tune in at 7PM to watch the event live. 

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

 

Tonight for the first time the ICC is hosting a parliamentary briefing in Ottawa. The event tonight will focus on Canada's Iran policy. You can watch the full session live on our Facebook page at 7PM (EST) tonight. Facebook link: www.facebook.com/iccongress 

We are pleased to have three distinguished experts with us for this event, which aims to cover important policy issues such as Canada-Iran relations, nuclear non-proliferation, human rights, Canada's sanction regime on Iran, regional conflicts in the Middle East and the future of the Iran nuclear deal after US withdrawal. 

PANELISTS:

Dr. Thomas Juneau:  Professor of School of Public and International Affairs, Former Analyst with Canada’s Department of National Defence.

Ms. Peggy Mason: President of Rideau Institute, Former Canada’s Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN. 

Dr. Omid Milani: Professor of Law at the University of Ottawa, Member of Human Rights Research and Education Centre. 

Parliamentarians, officials and members of foreign policy community in Ottawa will be in attendance and participate in discussions during the Q&A.  

TUNE IN AT 7PM (EST) TONIGHT AND WATCH THE PANEL AND THE Q&A LIVE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ICCONGRESS

These briefings are a key opportunity to educate policy makers and their staff about pressing issues for our community. We hope with your support we can continue hosting these sessions on Parliament Hill. Please tune in tonight to watch the discussion.

 

June 12, 2018
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Liberal and Conservative MPs Voted To
Abandon Diplomatic Talks With Iran

Find below a statement from the ICC regarding today's vote at the House of Commons on Iran:

Today is a sad day for supporters of diplomacy and peace in Canada. In an unexpected and disappointing move, the vast majority of Liberal MPs in the House, including the Liberal leadership and Prime Minister Trudeau himself, stood with the Conservative Party and voted for a motion that asks the Federal Government to abandon its policy of reestablishing relations with Iran. The NDP and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May voted against this motion in the House.

We believe that this action is harmful not only to the interests of Iranian-Canadians generally who continue to suffer the lack of diplomatic and consular services, but especially to the ongoing consular cases of Canadians in Iran. Prime Minister Trudeau promised the Iranian-Canadian community that he would re-establish diplomatic relations with Iran and open the embassies between the two countries.

Many Iranian-Canadians supported Liberal candidates in the previous Federal election because the lack of diplomacy deprived them of consular services in Canada and prevented them from having diplomatic representation when visiting Iran. In fact, it has been noted not only by Liberal government members, including fomer Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion among others, but also by former Canadians imprisoned in Iran such as Prof. Homa Hoodfar, that Canadian consular cases would be helped, not hindered, by the existence of diplomatic relations with Iran. It is unfortunate that the government is now buying into the false notion that existing consular cases constitute an argument against diplomacy with Iran.

We now see that the Liberal government’s promise to the Iranian-Canadian community is officially broken. We would like to thank the NDP and the Green Party’s Elizabeth May for voting against the motion.

In the next hours we will publish the full list of MPs who have voted for the motion.

 

Notes:

Please click here to review the statement from MP Majid Jowhari about his position on this motion. 

Iranian-Canadian MPs Majid Jowhari and Ali Ehsassi and several other MPs were not present or abstained in the House of Commons during the vote. We will provide a full report and a list of votes soon. 

 

June 06, 2018
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Ontario: Go Vote on June 7

The next Ontario election is this Thursday June 7, 2018. This is an important election for people of Ontario and all diverse communities living in this province. With your vote you will shape the future of the province. Go out and vote on June 7 and please encourage your friends and family members to vote too.

Here you can find useful info about the upcoming elections:

Use the following link from Elections Ontario to find your voting station: 
https://voterinformationservice.elections.on.ca

Click on the name of each party to review their platform: PC | NDP | Liberal | Green

Recent province wide opinion polls: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/onvotes/poll-tracker/

Riding level projections are subject to change but here is the most reliable source we found: 

http://www.calculatedpolitics.com/project/2018-ontario/

 

May 30, 2018
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We are hiring: ICC Summer Internship

If you are a student looking for a summer internship position, please review the list of positions available below.

Here you can find positions available:

Communications Intern

Paid summer internship, Mid-June to end of August 2018, Full time position.

Location: ICC Office, Unit 900, 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto.

Application deadline: June 7, 2018

We are recruiting a communications intern to support our PR and Policy teams at the Iranian Canadian Congress. This position requires a good deal of thoughtful analysis and independent judgment, as well as flexibility to perform a variety of duties. We are looking for a passionate, self-driven and positive individual who can work independently and as part of a team.  

The Iranian Canadian Congress is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organization that aims to uphold the interests of Iranian-Canadians and encourage their participation in the Canadian society. ICC values its interns for their strong sensibility and promotes their professional development during the internship. You’ll be an integral part of the team, involved in doing the following:

  • Researching, writing, and distributing press releases to targeted media

  • Collating and analysing media coverage

  • Writing and editing reports, articles, briefs, etc. 

  • Assisting with planning and writing for the organization’s media presence

You need to have the following:

  • Full-time student status both during previous and next academic year

  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills  

  • Understanding of basic principles of marketing and communications

  • Strong  research skills

  • Attention for details, professionality and sensibility in writing

  • Working knowledge of different social media channels

  • Students studying political science are encouraged to apply for this position.

  • Familiarity with the Canadian political system is a plus. 

  • Knowledge of Farsi (Persian) language is a plus.

Please note as the budget for this internship position is provided through a government grant (Canada Summer Jobs) there are additional eligibility requirements noted below:

  • Be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; 
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

We’d love to have you join the team. To apply, send your resume and a sample of your written work to info@iccongress.ca. Due to time constraints, only candidates who meet our requirements will be contacted.

 

May 16, 2018
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Appointment of Executive Officers and Department Chairs

Here is an announcement from the ICC Board of Directors:

Dear Members and Supporters of the Iranian Canadian Congress, 

On May 15, 2018 during the first meeting of the 2018-2019 Board of Directors the following board members were appointed as new Executive Officers and Department Chairs:

President: Soudeh Ghasemi

Vice President: Pouyan Tabasinejad

Treasurer: Babak Amin Tafreshi

Secretary: Younes Zangiabadi

Chair of the Culture Committee: Sholeh Khalili (Dolatabadi)

Chair of the Public Relations Committee: Mohsen Khaniki 

The board decided to table the appointment of the Policy Chair to the next meeting. 

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Iranian Canadian Congress

May 16, 2018

May 11, 2018
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Letter from 10 Canadian Organizations on Iran Nuclear Agreement

Letter from 10 Canadian civil society and pro-peace organizations to Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland regarding Trump's decision on Iran Nuclear Agreement:

 

 

MAY 10, 2018

The Right Honourable Justin P.J. Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Freeland,

We, the undersigned NGOs, are writing to convey our concerns regarding the Trump Administration’s irresponsible decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran Nuclear Deal. We believe that Canada must defend the Iran Nuclear Deal as an important victory for international diplomacy, peace and non-proliferation.

In 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau said that Canada was “back” on the world stage as a constructive and cooperative force in the world. Since its creation, the Iran Deal 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.

Now is when Canada needs to show that it is truly “back” as a force for good in the world by supporting the JCPOA. We must stand unequivocally on the side of peace, constructive engagement, and diplomacy.

Since the implementation of the nuclear agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has, on several occasions, verified Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA. In a recent statement the IAEA has also rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent allegations against Iran.  

Just as Canada helped maintain the Paris Agreement despite the Trump administration’s withdrawal, we can once again stand on the side of international cooperation by supporting the JCPOA in the face of another Trump administration withdrawal.

We the signatories of this letter therefore ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, to comply with Resolution 2231 adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council formalizing the Iran nuclear agreement and to work with European allies to ensure survival of the Iran Nuclear Deal regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may take in undermining this historic agreement.

 

Sincerely, 

The undersigned organizations:

  • Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)
  • Peggy Mason, President of the Rideau Institute and former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the UN
  • Science for Peace
  • The Group of 78
  • Independent Jewish Voices Canada
  • Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
  • Toronto Coalition to Stop the War (TCSW)
  • Canadian Voice of Women for Peace
  • Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War (HCSW)
  • Canadian Peace Congress
May 07, 2018
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ICC Calls On Canadian Government to Continue its
Commitment to Iran Nuclear Agreement

Here is a press release on Iran Nuclear Agreement and the expected announcement from the Trump Administration:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) calls on the Government of Canada to continue its commitment to the Iran nuclear agreement regardless of the course of action the Trump Administration may take.

Toronto May 7, 2018

The Trump Administration is expected to announce its decision on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran Nuclear Agreement, on May 8, 2018. Analysts, experts and world leaders have warned about possible US withdrawal from the agreement. At this crucial juncture the Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC) calls on the Government of Canada to remain committed to the JCPOA and defend the Iran Nuclear Deal as an important victory for international diplomacy, peace and non-proliferation.

Since its creation, the Iran Deal 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.

Since the implementation of the nuclear agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has, on several occasions, verified Iran’s full compliance with the JCPOA. In a recent statement the IAEA has also rejected Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent allegations against Iran.  

In an online survey conducted by the ICC in October 2017 of 1100 Iranian-Canadians over 90% of respondents expressed their strong support for the nuclear agreement. The majority of respondents believed that in the event that the US Trump administration withdraws from the nuclear agreement with Iran, the Canadian government should remain committed to the nuclear agreement.

We ask the Government of Canada to publicly express its firm commitment to the JCPOA, to comply with Resolution 2231, adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council and which formalizes the Iran nuclear agreement, and to work with European allies to ensure survival of the Iran Nuclear Deal regardless of the course of action that the Trump Administration may take in undermining this historic agreement.

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March 29, 2019

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE ICC

USE THIS ONLINE FORM TO REGISTER FOR MEMBERSHIP OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. 

ICC members are the backbone of the organization. The most important step for anyone who is interested to get involved in the ICC is to sign up for the annual membership. Using this simple online form you can sign up for ICC membership. The annual fee for regular members (18 and older) is $10. Once you fill out the form and pay the membership due you will receive a confirmation email including receipt of your payment. After submitting the membership form to verify your identity you might be asked by the Board Secretary for your valid government issued photo ID. Your annual membership has to be renewed in 12 months from the date of registration.  

If you encounter any difficulty with the online form or if you'd like to register in person with the board secretary, please email us at info@iccongress.ca.  

Important Notes:

- Please read this important notice about the ICC privacy policy. 

- Every person must register and pay her/his membership fee. Do not fill out this online membership registration form for someone else.  

Pre-paid credit cards cannot be used for membership payment. 

- There are only two valid methods for ICC membership registration: signing up through this online form or registering in person with the secretary of the ICC board. For in person registration please send an email to: info@iccongress.ca. The ICC does not accept membership registration through any other method.  

- Privacy: according to the ICC bylaws Article 7, Section 7 members' information are private and confidential with the Secretary of the ICC Board of Directors and in compliance with with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. 

YOUTH MEMBERSHIP

ICC youth membership is available for those between ages of 14-18. There is no annual membership fee for youth members. Youth members are encouraged to join the Youth Engagement Committee where they can work with their peers on related projects and volunteer for different organizations. If you are at least 14 years old and below 18, click here to join as a youth member.

اعضای کنگره ایرانیان کانادا صاحبان اصلی این سازمان هستند. از طریق این فرم اینترنتی به راحتی میتوانید برای عضویت در کنگره ثبت نام کنید. حق عضویت سالیانه برای اعضای ۱۸ سال به بالا ۱۰ دلار در سال میباشد. پس از تکمیل فرم عضویت ایمیل تاییدیه را دریافت خواهید کرد. توجه داشته باشد که عضویت شما باید ۱۲ ماه پس از ثبت نام تجدید شود

پس از ارسال فرم ثبت نام اینترنتی ایمیلی را همراه با رسید پرداخت دریافت میکنید. برای تایید نهایی عضویت پس از ثبت نام آنلاین لطفا کپی کارت شناسایی رسمی عکس دار خود را به ایمیل کنگره ارسال کنید

info@iccongress.ca

در صورت برخورد با مشکل فنی و یا اگر علاقمند به ثبت نام حضوری هستید لطفا از طریق ایمیل با کنگره ایرانیان کانادا تماس بگیرید

.توجه کنید که تنها ثبت نام از طریق فرم اینترنتی در این صفحه و یا حضوری با هماهنگی دبیر کنگره معتبر میباشد

توجه کنید که هر فرد باید خود فرم ثبت نام را پر کند و حق عضویت سالیانه را پرداخت کند

 

March 29, 2019

JOIN ICC MEMBERSHIP TODAY!

Help Strengthen Our Community's Voice in Canada!

NEW: With recent changes in the bylaws ICC members living in any city or province now have equal rights.

Each member regardless of the city or province they live in will have one vote in future ICC elections.

Join ICC today and help us build a national organization that advocates for the interests of Iranian-Canadians.

ICC members are the backbone of the organization and the main decision makers. ICC Members have voting rights as per the bylaws and through their vote and election of the board members they set the mandate and the policy agenda of the organization. The most important step for anyone who is interested to get involved in the ICC is to sign up for the annual membership. Using this simple online form you can sign up for ICC membership or renew your membership. The annual fee for regular members (18 and older) is $10. Any additional donation is much appreciated. 

Once you fill out the form and pay the membership due you will receive a confirmation email including receipt of your payment. Your annual membership has to be renewed in 12 months from the date of registration.   

If you encounter any difficulty with the online form or if you'd like to register in person with the board secretary, please email us at info@iccongress.ca.  

Important Notes:

- Every person must register and pay her/his membership fee. Do not fill out this online membership registration form for someone else.  

Pre-paid credit cards cannot be used for membership payment. 

- There are only two valid methods for ICC membership registration: signing up through this online form or registering in person with the secretary of the ICC board. For in person registration please send an email to: info@iccongress.ca. The ICC does not accept membership registration through any other method.  

- Privacy: according to the ICC bylaws Article 7, Section 7 members' information are private and confidential with the Secretary of the ICC Board of Directors and in compliance with with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Please read this important notice about the ICC privacy policy.  

June 04, 2018
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ABOUT ICC

The Iranian Canadian Congress is a non-profitnon-partisan, and non-religious organization, established in 2007, to represent the interests of Iranian Canadians and encourage their participation in Canadian society.

The Iranian Canadian Congress is actively advocating for the following priority issues:

  • Improving the accreditation process of foreign trained professionals
  • Re-establishing relations between Canada and Iran
  • Eliminating banking restrictions negatively affecting Iranian Canadians
  • Combating racism and discrimination
  • Granting Permanent Residents (PR) voting rights in municipal elections
  • Increasing the participation of Iranian Canadians in Canada's political parties

VISION

The ICC's vision is 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 for the betterment of Iranian Canadians in social, political and culture spheres.


MISSION

Advocacy: advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community.

Education: providing knowledge, resources and tools necessary to enable informed participation of our community in the political system.

Community Building: engaging Iranian Canadians in community work and connecting Iranian Canadian non- profit organizations with one another to encourage cooperation and coordination.

Image Building: promoting Iranian culture and values and upholding the prestige, dignity and success of Iranian Canadians.


OBJECTIVES 

  • To uphold the interests of the Iranian Canadian community and their well being in social, economic, political and cultural spheres.
  • To build mechanisms for cooperation between Iranian-Canadians and the Canadian society to promote and strengthen cross-cultural harmony and to advance tolerance, understanding and goodwill among all segments of the multicultural Canadian society.
  • To build an environment for participation, and effective engagement of community members and build membership and teamwork to serve the community.
  • To assist as a link between various Iranian Canadian communities and organizations dispersed across Canada .
  • To identify, present and promote the leaders of the Iranian-Canadian community who can be a voice for the community and to assist them in becoming prominent members of the Canadian society in all levels of civic life including Municipal, Provincial and Federal level.
  • To promote and celebrate Iranian culture, values, languages and history and uphold the prestige, dignity and good name and success of Iranian-Canadians and their descendants.
  • To channel the resources and aspirations of Iranian-Canadians towards finding their place in the Canadian society and their full integration into the fabric of Canadian civic life.
  • To support other public and private organizations that provide community related services to those in need in the Iranian Community.

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June 04, 2018
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پیوندهای مفید

ضرورت ایجاد پایگاه‌های داده‌ی مختلف

یکی از فعالیت‌های کنگره در سال گذشته تلاش در راستای ایجاد پایگاه‌های مفید داده برای اعضا و شهروندان ایرانی-کانادایی بوده است. گام موثری که می شود به عنوان یکی از نمونه‌های عملی از خدماتی که کنگره قادر به ارائه آن است، هم شمرده شود. نیاز به ایجاد پایگاه داده و مستند کردن اطلاعات مفید اجتماع ایرانی-کانادایی در مهاجرت یکی از نیازهای مبرم زیرساختی ماست که به علت پایه‌ای بودن، فاقد متولیانی است که آن را به عهده بگیریند و متاسفانه از آن غفلت شده است. ما در تلاشیم تا با خدمتی کوچک در این راستا به شکل‌دهی الگوی مناسب سازمانی کنگره ایرانیان کانادا در سال‌های آینده و به اعضا و افراد جامعه مهاجرمان کمک بکنیم. با امید اینکه این قدم‌های کوچک ادامه‌دار و این پایگاه‌های داده گسترده و غنی‌تر شوند و توسط هیات‌مدیره‌های بعدی به‌روز شوند

روابط عمومی کنگره‌ی ایرانیان کانادا - ۲۰۱۶ / ۲۰۱۷

کدام پایگاه داده؟

تنوع و گستردگی بسیار نیازها برای پایگاه‌های داده های اجتماعی متنوع تلاش برای برآورده کردن این نیاز را در یک اجتماع به وسعت ایرانیان کانادایی غیرممکن می کند. اما ما در چندین مورد مختلف تلاش‌هایی را برای راه‌اندازی پایگاه داده‌های اجتماعی را شروع کرده‌ایم که در زیر می‌بینید. این نکتته ضروری است که تمام اطلاعات پایگاه داده‌های زیر تا تاریخ اول آوریل ۲۰۱۷ به‌روز می‌باشد


ایران در پارلمان کانادا

اولین قدم در راستای راه اندازی این پایگاههای داده مفید در واقع همان اطلاعات مربوط به تکرار مسائل مرتبط با ایران در پارلمان کانادا بود که پیش از این نسبت به آن اطلاع رسانی کرده بودیم، به دلیل اهمیت آن به صورت یک تب جدا در وبسایت کنگره موجود است: به قسمت ایران در پارلمان کانادا (اینجا) سر بزنید.

راهنمایی: داده های این پایگاه داده همان طور که پیش از این اطلاع رسانی شده بود، با کمک شرکت اصل۱۹ به صورت خودکار از وبسایت های مرتبط با پارلمان کانادا جمع‌آوری شده‌اند و به صورتی قابل جستجو با کلیدواژه های مفید و مرتبط در دسترس شما هستند.

این پایگاه داده برای خبرنگاران و کسانی که علاقمند به بازتاب مسائل سیاسی مربوط به ایران در سیاست داخلی و خارجی کانادا هستند جذاب است


استادان ایرانی-کانادایی

دومین کار بزرگ ما جمع آوری فهرستی ۵۵۵ نفره از اساتید ایرانی کانادایی در دانشگاههای مختلف کاناداست. یکی از ویژگی های این فهرست به غیر از به روز بودن آن این است که قابلیت مشارکت خوانندگان برای تغییر و افزایش اساتید را دارد. کافی است که بر روی بخش مربوطه رفته و کامنتی در صفحه گذاشته شود.

ویژگی دیگر این فهرست اطلاعات و جزییات مربوط به اساتید است که به غیر از اطلاعات تماس جزییات مربوط به مباحث و پژوهشهای مورد علاقه اساتید را هم ثبت کرده است

راهنمایی: برای استفاده از این فایل اکسل بر روی صفحات مختلف در ذیل فایل کلیک کنید تا به رشته‌ی دلخواه خود بروید. این پایگاه داده به خصوص برای دانشجویان و تازه مهاجرین بسیار مفید است


 پایگاه داده سازمان‌های غیرانتفاعی ایرانی در کانادا

این پایگاه داده اطلاعات تماس، وبسایت و توضیحات کمی از خدمات ارائه شده توسط سازمان‌های غیرانتفاعی را در بر می‌گیرد که با ایرانیان کانادایی کار می‌کنند یا به آنها خدمات می‌رسانند. به دلیل تعدد و گستردگی این سازمانها این پایگاه داده هنوز نتوانسته‌ایم این اطلاعات را به شکل فراگیری از همه‌ی شهرهای کانادا جمع‌آوری کنیم و برای همین این پایگاه داده نیز نیاز به مشارکت خوانندگان خصوصا در شهرهای مختلف کانادا دارد. آنچه که این پایگاه می‌آید یک فهرست حداقلی با محوریت بیشتر شهر تورنتو است که اطلاعات آن را آسان‌تر گردآوری کرده‌ایم.

این پایگاه داده برای شهروندان ارشد، تازه مهاجران و طیف وسیع‌تری از ایرانیان کانادایی مفید خواهد بود


پایگاه داده رسانه‌های ایرانی-کانادایی

این پایگاه داده اطلاعات تماس، شبکه‌های اجتماعی و وبسایت رسانه‌های پرتعداد ایرانی کانادایی در شهرهای مختلف کانادا را در بر می‌گیرد. این پایگاه اطلاعاتی برای بخش وسیعی از شهروندان و سازمان‌های اجتماعی فعال دیگر که نیازمند ارتباط با رسانه‌های فارسی زبان هستند مفید است


پایگاه داده سازمان‌ها و موسسات خدمت‌رسانی کانادایی

این پایگاه داده متعلق به سازمان‌های دیگر خدمت‌رسانی کانادایی است که در شرایط اضطراری برای همه‌ی شهروندان از جمله شهروندان ایرانی کانادایی هم مفید خواهد بود


پایگاه داده سازمان‌های مشابه کنگره در ملیت‌های دیگر

این پایگاه داده اطلاعات مفیدی از دیگر ملیت‌ها و اقوام حاضر در کانادا و سازمان‌های مدافع منافع آنها که مشابه کنگره‌ی ایرانیان کانادا عمل می‌کنند را در اختیار علاقمندان قرار می‌دهد. اطلاعات بیشتری از شبکه‌های اجتماعی آنها و اساس‌نامه‌ی آنها نیز در صورت وجود در اختیار علاقمندان قرار داده‌ایم


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