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OTTAWA, 24 MAY 2017, BAHA'I WORLD NEWS SERVICE

As the people of Canada prepare to celebrate 150 years since the confederation of their country, there has been a wide-ranging national conversation about the past, present, and future of relations between its diverse citizens.

VANCOUVER, 23 MAY 2017, (CBNS)

On May 23, Bahá’ís will celebrate the anniversary of the Declaration of the Báb: the moment their religion began.

TORONTO, 12 MAY 2017, (CBNS)

Today, the Baha’i International Community launched “a global campaign calling for the immediate release of the seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, unjustly imprisoned now for nine years.” Canadian Baha’is are participating in the campaign by social media. The hashtag for the campaign is #releaseBahai7now.

TORONTO, 5 MAY 2017, (CBNS)

During the weekend of April 27-30, Baha’i delegates representing every province and territory of Canada participated in the Baha’i National Convention in Toronto.  The 171 delegates elected the national governing council of the Baha’is of Canada, the National Spiritual Assembly. They also deliberated on plans and actions of the Baha’i community. 

 

SAKAGEEWIN, MANITOBA, 27 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)

On April 12, the non-profit organization Reconciliation Canada brought together 60 Indigenous and non-Indigenous people with different religions and beliefs to explore the spiritual dimension of the process of reconciliation. Three Baha’is were invited to attend the gathering at Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba.

Toronto, 25 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)
For the 12 day period of the Festival of Ridvan, the Premier of Ontario issued a personal statement to the Baha'i Community, recognizing the significance of these holy days, and expressing an appreciation for the Baha'i community in that province. The text and a photo of the greeting are included here.
 
"On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I am delighted to extend warm greetings to members of the Bahá'í community as you celebrate the Festival of Ridván.
 
TORONTO, 24 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)

On April 20, Canadians across the country celebrated the first of twelve days of the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan (pronounced RIZ-von). The Ridvan Festival, the most significant amongst the Baha’i holy days, begins with the first day that marks the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's declaration as the “One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind”.

TORONTO, 5 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named the Baha’i House of Worship of South America winner of the Innovation in Architecture Award for 2017.  One of the most important Canadian architectural awards, the announcement states:

“A luminous worship space designed and built with the creative use of computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, and custom glass, has won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture Award for 2017."

VANCOUVER, 29 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

Baha’i representatives were among those participating in the inaugural gathering of the “Spirited Citizenship” tour held in Vancouver on 28 March. Around 40 new and old friends of the Faith Alliance Network, youths and adults, from a variety of faith communities and organizations were in attendance. This tour, which concludes at the end of the month, will trace its way from Vancouver across the country to Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg.

TORONTO, 23 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

The Alberta and Quebec governments, among others, greeted the Baha’is on their Naw-Ruz (New Year) this year.

The Quebec Natonal Assembly passed a unanimous motion:

"That the National Assembly mark the first day of spring, celebrated as a New Year by Quebecers, and Quebeckers from Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan, and by the Bahá'ís. "

In Alberta , the Baha’i New Year was acknowledged in the Alberta Legislature by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Sherwood Park Annie McKitrick.

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