Ottawa, ON, 23 March 2007 (CBNS)

One day about three years ago, while reviewing statistics for his website, Dan Jones noticed a spike in hits from Australia. Curious, he posted a note on his site asking how his new-found visitors were finding his blog, which he writes from his home in Ottawa, Ontario.

Stirling, ON, 19 March 2007 (CBNS)

An organic solution to the serious threat that mite infestation poses to North American honeybees has won a Bahá’í farmer the Premier of Ontario’s inaugural award for agricultural innovation.

David VanderDussen, of Stirling, Ontario, received the very first Premier’s Award for Agri-Food Innovation Excellence from Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs Leona Dombrowsky in a ceremony that took place at Queen’s Park on 8 March 2007.

New York, New York, 13 March 2007 (CBNS)

Two Canadian Bahá’í girls joined about 200 other youth from around the world at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women to study the question of gender equality.

Sophie Turbide, of les Îles de la Madeleine, Québec, and Jasmine Aleck, of Westbank, British Columbia, were among 11 other Bahá’í girls coming from such areas as Alaska, Brazil, India, Italy, and Tanzania to attend the Commission, which took place from 26 February to 9 March 2007.

Toronto, ON, 22 February 2007 (CBNS)

The Director for the Advancement of Women for the Bahá’í Community of Canada, along with two Bahá’í girls, are set to attend this year’s Commission on the Status of Women.

The Commission on the Status of Women, which is the principal United Nations agency dedicated to promoting equality between women and men, has focused each year on areas of concern that were identified at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995. Its theme this year is the elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child.

Owen Sound, ON, 9 February 2007 (CBNS)

By any measure, 28-year-old Steph Smith is a sports nut.

Among the sports Smith regularly participates in are downhill skiing, ice hockey, softball, soccer, track and field, swimming, and bowling. She scooped up three silver medals in skiing events at the provincial Special Olympics in Owen Sound, Ontario, this past weekend, a tally she can add to the dozens of medals she has picked up in previous meets. And she was named provincial Athlete of the Year in 2002.

Gatineau, QC, 31 January 2007 (CBNS)

Approximately 200 people came together to mark World Religion Day at city hall in Gatineau, Québec, earlier in January.

The program, which took place on 21 January 2007, consisted of three parts: devotions, addresses by representatives of various faith groups on the topic of religious unity, and artistic presentations. Participants included members of the Bahá’í, Buddhist, Christian, First Nations, Hindu, Muslim, and Sikh communities. Simultaneous translation into English and French was provided for the audience.

Toronto, ON, 24 January 2007 (CBNS)

The outcry in the Middle East over an Egyptian court ruling against a Bahá’í couple has drawn the attention of several media outlets in Canada, including two Arab-language newspapers.

Iqaluit, NU, 19 January 2007 (CBNS)

Within Iqaluit’s population of around 5200, a unique friendship has been developing among a group of neighbours with considerably different backgrounds.

What is remarkable about this friendship is that it has developed not through a hobby or a sport or a club, but rather through prayer.

The group—which comprises individuals of Inuit, French-Canadian, English-Canadian, Indian, Persian, and Russian backgrounds—gathers every week in a home in Nunavut’s capital to say prayers from different religions and in different languages.

Gander, NL, 15 January 2007 (CBNS)

An innovative online learning resource and an enthusiasm for sharing knowledge has earned a Gander, Newfoundland, teacher the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement.

Grade 5 teacher and long-time Bahá’í Jim Cornish accepted the honour in a ceremony held on 11 January 2007 at the Gander Academy, where he teaches. In attendance were fellow teachers, school administrators, the Gander mayor, the local Member of Canadian Parliament, and almost 400 students.

Blood Reserve, AB, 28 November 2006 (CBNS)

A champion pow-wow dancer, respected role-model for youth, and eager promoter of the Bahá’í Faith died last week. Earl Healy, a prominent member of the Blood Tribe in Alberta, passed away on 21 November 2006 at the age of 69.

One of Earl Healy’s most dedicated activities was sharing his understanding of the Bahá’í Faith with fellow aboriginals around the world and discussing the religion’s affinity to aboriginal spirituality.