(from left to right) Brandon Silver, Project Manager Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights (RWCHR), Karen McKye, Secretary, National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, Elizabeth Wright, National Assembly, Professor Irwin Cotler, Véronique Malka, Executive Director RWCHR, Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs, Baha’i Community, Corinne Box, Director of Government Relations, Baha’i Community of Canada

The National Spiritual Assembly welcomed former Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler, to the Reception Centre adjacent to the Baha’i Shrine in Montreal on the 7th of September to convey to him the gratitude of the Baha’i community for his unwavering defence of the Baha’is in Iran over more than 25 years in public life. Professor Cotler retired from political office this past year.

Toronto, Ontario, 2 August 2016 (CBNS)

The Canadian Bahá’í National Centre property was purchased more than 40 years ago before the City of Toronto expanded to the northern suburbs of Markham, Richmond Hill and beyond, surrounding the administrative centre of the Bahá’í Community in Canada. Today, the 22-acre property remains a thriving green space around the National Centre building. In addition to a large woodlot, lawns, flower beds and shrubbery that adorn the property, a golf course to the west and municipal parks to the east and north surround the building.

The introduction to a recent 'thought piece' published on
Toronto, Ontario, July 29, 2016 (CBNS)

The Baha’i Community of Canada has relaunched a section of its website that includes a series of statements and discussion papers on issues in the public discourse.

Dr. Farzam Arbab will deliver the Balyuzi Lecture
Montreal, Quebec, 30 June 2016 (CBNS)

The 40th Association for Bahá’í Studies conference will take place in Montreal, QC from August 11-14.

The annual conference is a space where participants can critically reflect on their professions and fields of interest in relation to Bahá’í thought and teachings.

A children’s class featured in the film “The Baha’is”. © Westwind Pictures
Toronto, Ontario, 9 May 2016 (CBNS)

VisionTV will broadcast an introductory documentary on the Baha’i Faith on May 23rd at 9pm EST. Titled “The Baha’is”, the one-hour film illustrates the impact of the Baha’i Faith on the lives of several Baha’is across Canada. The documentary explores some of the fundamental Baha’i teachings, summarizes the history of the Baha’i Faith, and interviews several Baha’is from across Canada.

Enough! campaign logo
New York, 29 April 2016 (CBNS)

In observance of the eighth anniversary of the arrest and incarceration of seven Iranian Baha’i leaders, the Baha’i International Community is launching a global campaign calling for their immediate release.

Taking the theme “Enough! Release the Baha’i Seven,” the campaign will emphasize the fact that, under Iran’s own national penal code, the seven are now overdue for conditional release.

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada, elected at the convention.
Calgary, 26 April 2016 (CBNS)

Delegates from across Canada elected their national governing council, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Canada, for the coming year over the past weekend in Calgary. The National Assembly consists of nine members elected out of all adult members of the Baha’i community in Canada.

The Canadian Interfaith Conversation logo
Toronto, Ontario, 29 March 2016 (CBNS)

A number of Canadian faith communities, including the Baha’i Community of Canada, have responded positively to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action. In a "Statement on the Importance of Truth and Reconciliation and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples", the Canadian Interfaith Conversation responded formally to the Commission’s 48th “Call to Action” addressed to Canada’s religious and interfaith communities, asking that they respond by March 31st.

The Shrine of Baha'u'llah near Akka, Israel
Toronto, Ontario, 12 November 2015 (CBNS)

This is the first year that Baha’is around the world will celebrate two of their most important holy days on consecutive days, November 13 and 14. The first day commemorates the birth of the Bab, the Herald of the Baha’i Faith, and the second, the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Speakers at the Symposium (l to r) Janet Grinsted, Douglas Martin, Gerry Van Kessel . © Baha'i Community of Canada
Toronto, Ontario, 1 October 2015 (CBNS)

“You will be scattered like gems across the country.” That is what Mina Sanaee recalled Douglas Martin telling her when he visited Baha’i refugees in Pakistan in the early 1980s.