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Refusal to Exempt Ontario Sikhs From Motorcycle Helmet Law Disappointing: WSO

Toronto, Canada: The World Sikh Organization of Canada has expressed disappointment over the recent decision of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to not provide an exemption from helmet requirements for Sikh motorcyclists in the province. WSO Ontario Vice President Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria said today, “Sikhs in Ontario have been calling for a helmet exemption for turbaned Sikh motorcyclists for several years now. ...

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New York Sikhs feel “under siege” in wake of multiple brutal attacks, Congressman Crowley

Queens, N.Y, US: As per information available, a top US Congressman Joe Crowley, who had spearheaded the effort to encourage the Department of Justice and FBI to begin tracking and quantifying hate crimes against Sikhs, called on Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton to develop a comprehensive action plan to address the ...

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York University students condemn ‘blatantly racist flyers’ that surfaced around campus

Toronto, Canada: York University students condemned “blatantly racist flyers” that surfaced around the university campus and surrounding areas last week. The university has been pulling down these posters, the CBC reported. The flyers were believed to have been distributed by Immigration Watch Canada, a group that advocates dramatic reduction of immigrants in the country, according to the York Federation of Students. ...

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Congressman Crowley Strongly Condemns Attack on Sikh Businessman

New York, USA: Congressman Joseph Crowley, a staunch opponent of hate crimes committed against Sikhs, condemned the attack on a Queens Sikh businessman who was injured after being run down by a pickup truck outside his office last week. Last Wednesday, Crowley joined with advocates and the Sikh American community in Queens to rally behind the victim and call for justice. ...

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Turban row: US lawmakers appeal to basketball body

Washington, USA: A bipartisan group of 20 influential American lawmakers has asked the international basketball federation (FIBA) to end its discriminatory policy against Sikh players who wear the turban, an article of faith. “There is no evidence showing that a turban has been dangerous during basketball games or other popular sports events. In fact, there are many examples of Sikhs who ...

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