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Montréal, 16 April 2018 (CBNS)

Thanks to a Radio-Canada television series called “Deuxième chance” [Second Chance], two Bahá’í women from Saguenay, originally from Iran, had an emotional reunion with old friends they had not seen for thirty years or so. Through hard-to-believe accounts and reunions, the programme tells stories of immigration, assistance and mutual help, involving ordinary people.

VICTORIA, 2 APRIL 2018, (BWNS)

Prof. Jeremy Webber, Dean of Law at the University of Victoria, looked out at a packed room. Government officials, Indigenous and religious leaders, students and academics, and members of the community had gathered for a symposium on reconciliation between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of the country.

The event sought to promote greater understanding about a fundamental question relating to reconciliation, raised by Prof. Webber in his opening remarks: “How should we approach engagement with religion and spirituality in the process of reconciliation?”

TORONTO, 19 MARCH 2018, (CBNS)

On March 21st, millions of people across the world will take another step in moving to the rhythms of a new calendar. In Canada, some 35,000 will be celebrating the Baha’i New year, called “Naw-Ruz”, with their friends and neighbours.

Many cultures with Indo-European roots mark the Spring Equinox with ancient traditions associated with the celebration of this time. In the Baha’i calendar, Naw-Ruz marks the beginning of the year.

TORONTO, 27 FEBRUARY 2018, (CBNS)

The period of Ayyam-i-Ha in the Baha’i calendar is described as days of “hospitality, charity and gift-giving.” One group of friends in Toronto participated in a few activities this past weekend to honour the occasion.

VANCOUVER, 9 FEBRUARY 2018, (CBNS)
On February 1st, 2018, more than 50 community members gathered at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, located on the territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, to explore the journey to reconciliation through spirituality, arts and action. The event was organized by members of the Vancouver Baha’i community, in collaboration with the civil society group, Reconciliation Canada.
TORONTO, 2 FEBRUARY 2018, (CBNS)

Doris McLean, a well-loved member of the Baha’i community and a “keeper of culture” from the Carcross/Tagish First Nation has passed away at the age of 77.

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada called Mrs. McLean a “pillar of the Baha’i community as well as the peoples of the Yukon,” and “a strong and bright light that has illumined the northern horizons.”

OTTAWA, 30 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

On November 27th, Canadian Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, and others from civil society joined representatives of the Baha’i community for a reception on Parliament Hill to honour the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. The gathering was held in the Commonwealth Room in the Centre Block of Parliament, next to the House of Commons Chamber.

OTTAWA, 27 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

On November 22nd, the Raoul Wallenberg All-Party Parliamentary Caucus for Human Rights hosted a screening of the film, “The Cost of Discrimination,” near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The film draws parallels between life under apartheid in South Africa and the Iranian authorities’ treatment of the Baha’i religious minority. The event was co-sponsored by the Baha’i Community of Canada, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre.

TORONTO, 24 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

On November 12th, the New Generation Interfaith Initiative, a group formed under the auspices of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, held their first gathering, “Renewed Engagement: Forging New Paths for Our Interfaith Conversation.” 

LONDON, UK, 23 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

The recently opened Baha’i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has been ranked among the best-engineered buildings in the world. The building received an award for “Structural Artistry” from the Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE). Based in Great Britain, the ISE has been recognizing excellence in structural engineering for 50 years.

The award citation noted the following:

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