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VANCOUVER, 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

Every week, a growing group of newcomers to Canada gather at the Wesbrook Welcome Centre at the University of British Columbia to learn words and concepts that help them think about how to contribute to their new community. This group is one of several across the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA) run by a volunteer facilitator, coordinated and supported by the Colibri Learning Foundation.

TORONTO, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan is sharing what he calls a “surprising message of hope” through the CBC Massey Lectures this year. Akhavan describes his five-part lecture series and book In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey as “part memoir, part history, and part call to action.”

GENEVA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, (BIC)

Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has been released after completing her unjust 10- year prison sentence.

TORONTO, 15 AUGUST 2017, (CBNS)

On August 6th, Baha’is across Canada participated in a National Day of Prayer and Mindfulness, which was initiated by Dave Courchene, an Elder at Turtle Lodge, Manitoba, on behalf of the National Council of Indigenous Elders.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, 7 AUGUST 2017, (CBNS)

The Association for Baha’i Studies—North America is holding its 41st annual conference in Anaheim, California, from August 10-13, 2017.

In the News

MONTREAL, 13 SEPTEMBER 2017, MONTREAL GAZETTE
Forced out of their home country in the lead-up to the Khomeini takeover, their inclusive Bahá’i faith decreed unsound in the rising tide of fundamentalism, the Akhavans escaped a fate that many of their relatives and closest friends did not.
7 SEPTEMBER 2017, IRAN PRESS WATCH
Today at The Association of Friends of Persian Culture Conference in Chicago, three-thousand participants, Bahá’í and non-Bahá’í compatriots, stood alongside one another, talked about the beautiful culture of Iran and embraced each other.
TORONTO, 9 SEPTEMBER 2017, TORONTO STAR
How the shocking death of a fearless teenage girl in Iran gave purpose to the life of a young boy in Canada. Excerpt from Payam Akhavan’s new book.
BATTAMBANG, CAMBODIA, 1 SEPTEMBER 2017, (BWNS)
ome 2,500 people have gathered this morning at a conference to mark the historic dedication of the local Baha'i House of Worship in Battambang.
LONDON, UK, 15 AUGUST 2017, THE GUARDIAN
Hossein Amanat was forced to flee country after being put on a death list and says his children have never seen the monument