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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

May 10
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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.

 
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 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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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
March 27
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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 12
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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)

February 26
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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
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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
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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

 
January 28, 2019
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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
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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 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

 برای دریافت ترجمه فارسی اینجا را کلیک کنید

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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     published this page in News 2 months ago

 

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

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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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