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TORONTO, 24 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)

On April 20, Canadians across the country celebrated the first of twelve days of the Baha’i Festival of Ridvan (pronounced RIZ-von). The Ridvan Festival, the most significant amongst the Baha’i holy days, begins with the first day that marks the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's declaration as the “One Who was to be the Bearer of a new Message for humankind”.

TORONTO, 5 APRIL 2017, (CBNS)

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) has named the Baha’i House of Worship of South America winner of the Innovation in Architecture Award for 2017.  One of the most important Canadian architectural awards, the announcement states:

“A luminous worship space designed and built with the creative use of computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, and custom glass, has won the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Innovation in Architecture Award for 2017."

VANCOUVER, 29 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

Baha’i representatives were among those participating in the inaugural gathering of the “Spirited Citizenship” tour held in Vancouver on 28 March. Around 40 new and old friends of the Faith Alliance Network, youths and adults, from a variety of faith communities and organizations were in attendance. This tour, which concludes at the end of the month, will trace its way from Vancouver across the country to Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg.

TORONTO, 23 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

The Alberta and Quebec governments, among others, greeted the Baha’is on their Naw-Ruz (New Year) this year.

The Quebec Natonal Assembly passed a unanimous motion:

"That the National Assembly mark the first day of spring, celebrated as a New Year by Quebecers, and Quebeckers from Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Tajikistan, and by the Bahá'ís. "

In Alberta , the Baha’i New Year was acknowledged in the Alberta Legislature by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Sherwood Park Annie McKitrick.

CALGARY, 22 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

A group of Baha’i youth from Calgary recently contributed to a process of envisioning Canada’s future over the next 50 years.

The consultation was spearheaded by ImagiNation 150, a non-profit organization that is holding discussions with youth groups from across country in honour of Canada’s Sesquicentenary.

TORONTO, 17 MARCH 2017, (CBNS)

Baha’is throughout Canada are inviting their friends and neighbours to festive community celebrations on March 20. For Baha’is, this is New Years Day and a holy day on which work is suspended.

The observance of holy days occupies a central place in every religion. Practically every day of the year has, at some point in history, been proclaimed as a holy day for one—and often several—of Canada’s diverse religious communities.

TORONTO, 23 FEBRUARY 2017, (CBNS)

From sunset on February 24 to sunset of February 28, Baha’is and their friends in more than 100 000 localities in virtually every country around the world will be celebrating the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (or the “Days of Ha”).  The days mark a special time in the year intended by Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, for good cheer, charity, giving praise to God, and often includes giving gifts.

TORONTO, 30 JANUARY 2017, (CBNS)

In response to reports that a gunman opened fire in a mosque in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on Sunday night, killing six people and wounding several others, the following statement was made by Dr. Gerald Filson, Director of Public Affairs for the Baha’i Community of Canada:

Panelists and moderator for "Positive Narratives to Promote Pluralism and Inclusion"
New York, 20 January 2017, (CBNS)

Director of Government Relations for the Baha’i Community of Canada, Corinne Box, participated in a recent High-Level Forum on Combatting Anti-Muslim Discrimination and Hate that was hosted at the UN Headquarters in New York.  She was invited to participate by the Government of Canada.

The event, which brought together people of many faiths and backgrounds, representatives from several nations and international bodies, and individuals working in a variety of sectors, saw a unified response emphasizing the need to focus on our common humanity.

OTTAWA, 1 DECEMBER 2016, (CBNS)

Baha’i youth were among those participating in a recent “Faith of Millennials 150” conversation held in Ottawa.

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