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Toronto, Ontario, 17 August 2007 (CBNS)

The Association for Bahá’í Studies conference completed its first day of talks, and Dr. Haleh Arbab capped the day with a snapshot of where she sees the various streams of Bahá’í activity worldwide heading.

Ottawa, Ontario, 8 August 2007 (CBNS)

On the heels of the ABS conference, another major Canadian conference is scheduled for the second half of 2007, this one focusing on society’s response to global climate change.

The 11th annual conference of the International Environment Forum, a Bahá’í-inspired organization, takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, on the weekend of 12 to 14 October 2007.

Toronto, Ontario, 3 August 2007 (CBNS)

With less than two weeks to go until the Association for Bahá’í Studies conference in Toronto, Ontario, over 1200 people are expected to attend the four-day long event.

The annual conference brings together scholars, students, and interested participants to analyze and discuss global issues from a spiritual perspective. This year’s main theme looks at what insights scholarship can bring to social advancement at the community level.

Winnipeg, Manitoba, 13 June 2007 (CBNS)

A choir from Winnipeg, Manitoba, that draws its lyrics from the writings of the Bahá’í Faith has been selected to perform in the official Canada Day program on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The Abha Voices choir, made up of residents of Winnipeg, will travel to Ottawa on Canada Day weekend, along with one choir from each of the other provinces and territories, to participate in the festivities.

Ottawa, ON, 14 May 2007 (CBNS)

Abdu’l-Missagh Ghadirian, a professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal and a Bahá’í, was among the mental health experts who looked at how humanity’s “quest for meaning” implicates families, faith communities, and health care systems.

That was the theme of the 3rd International Conference on Spirituality and Mental Health that took place at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, from 3 to 4 May 2007.

Ottawa, ON, 10 May 2007, (CBNS)

The Ottawa Bahá’í community opened the doors of its new centre located on McArthur Avenue in a ceremony that took place on 25 April 2007.

Among the guests attending the event to dedicate the building were Ottawa mayor Larry O’Brien, Member of Parliament Mauril Bélanger, local city councillors, and representatives of other faith groups.

Toronto, ON, 1 May 2007 (CBNS)

Over 150 delegates from across Canada gathered at the Toronto Bahá’í Centre this past weekend, 27 to 29 April 2007, to elect the national governing body of the Bahá’ís of Canada, the National Spiritual Assembly.

The elections were part of the annual National Convention during which locally elected delegates consulted with the National Spiritual Assembly about issues of importance to Bahá’ís, particularly community activities centred on the moral and spiritual development of children and youth.

Ottawa, ON, 30 April 2007 (CBNS)

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with two Bahá’í representatives on 16 April 2007 to discuss the deteriorating situation of the Bahá’ís in Iran and Egypt.

Karen McKye, Secretary-General of the Bahá’í Community of Canada, and Susanne Tamas, Director of the Bahá’í community’s Office of Governmental Relations, briefed the Minister on recent developments that point to systematic attempts on the part of Iranian and Egyptian authorities to suppress the rights of their countries’ Bahá’í communities.

Toronto, ON, 18 April 2007 (CBNS)

Since the Egyptian Supreme Administrative Court judgment on 16 December 2006, effectively denying Bahá’ís their identity cards (see story), several Canadian city dailies have published stories on the concerns of Egyptian-Canadian Bahá’ís.

Nobleton, ON, 18 April 2007 (CBNS)

“How we think about what our businesses do is really important. Why are they there? What is important to the organization? Our concept of that really does matter because it affects how everybody thinks, feels, and acts in the organization,” Lawrence Miller told a group of two dozen people that gathered in the town of Nobleton, Ontario, on 31 March 2007 for the first annual conference of the Canadian Bahá’í Business Forum.

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