Canadian Bahá'í News Service

Birth of Baha’u’llah celebrated in Canadian Parliament

OTTAWA, 30 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

On November 27th, Canadian Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corps, and others from civil society joined representatives of the Baha’i community for a reception on Parliament Hill to honour the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah. The gathering was held in the Commonwealth Room in the Centre Block of Parliament, next to the House of Commons Chamber.

“The Cost of Discrimination” screened by All-Party Parliamentary Group

OTTAWA, 27 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

On November 22nd, the Raoul Wallenberg All-Party Parliamentary Caucus for Human Rights hosted a screening of the film, “The Cost of Discrimination,” near Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The film draws parallels between life under apartheid in South Africa and the Iranian authorities’ treatment of the Baha’i religious minority. The event was co-sponsored by the Baha’i Community of Canada, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, and the University of Ottawa’s Human Rights Research and Education Centre.

Baha’i House of Worship in Chile wins award for “structural artistry”

LONDON, UK, 23 NOVEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

The recently opened Baha’i House of Worship in Santiago, Chile, has been ranked among the best-engineered buildings in the world. The building received an award for “Structural Artistry” from the Institution of Structural Engineers (ISE). Based in Great Britain, the ISE has been recognizing excellence in structural engineering for 50 years.

The award citation noted the following:

Ontario Legislature marks the bicentenary of Baha’u’llah’s birth

TORONTO, 30 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

“The fact that this bicentenary is being celebrated globally is a reminder of the transformative impact of Baha’u’llah’s teachings on the lives of individuals, families, communities and neighbourhoods, across Canada and worldwide,” said Hon. Reza Moridi, Ontario Minister of Research, Innovation and Science.

Thousands to gather across Canada to celebrate historic bicentenary

TORONTO, 20 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

From St. John’s, Newfoundland to Port Alberni, British Columbia, from Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to Whitehorse in the Yukon, Baha’is and their friends have been preparing for months to celebrate a momentous occasion with millions around the globe: the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet and Founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Baha'is receive message of greetings from National Chief

OTTAWA, 19 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

In honour of the bicentenary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, Perry Bellegarde, issued the following statement of thanks and appreciation:

Greetings to the Baha’i Community of Canada!

It is my honour as National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations to send my best wishes to the Baha’is of Canada and the entire Baha’i community around the world on the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. This is a milestone worth celebrating!

6 Degrees Citizen Space builds bridges, breaks down walls

TORONTO, 6 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

"A wall can be a sea, a wall can be a desert, but the most difficult wall is the wall in our hearts. We are all human beings here,” said Regina Catrambone, co-founder of the Migrant Offshore Aid Station.

This was one of the comments made in a three-day “Citizen Space” convened by the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) at the Art Gallery of Ontario, from September 25-27, 2017.

“We Are All One”: Thousands join Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, 3 OCTOBER 2017, (CBNS)

Namwayut, ‘Namwayut, ‘Namwayut.”

On Sunday September 24, 2017, local Baha’is and their friends joined 50,000 people of all backgrounds at the 2017 Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, situated on the traditional shared territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), Tsleil-Waututh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nations.

Service is a path to more united communities

VANCOUVER, 21 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

Every week, a growing group of newcomers to Canada gather at the Wesbrook Welcome Centre at the University of British Columbia to learn words and concepts that help them think about how to contribute to their new community. This group is one of several across the Greater Vancouver Area (GVA) run by a volunteer facilitator, coordinated and supported by the Colibri Learning Foundation.

2017 CBC Massey Lectures call for a new spirit of human rights

TORONTO, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017, (CBNS)

UN prosecutor and human rights scholar Payam Akhavan is sharing what he calls a “surprising message of hope” through the CBC Massey Lectures this year. Akhavan describes his five-part lecture series and book In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey as “part memoir, part history, and part call to action.”

One of Seven Unjustly Imprisoned Baha'i Leaders Released Today

GENEVA, 18 SEPTEMBER 2017, (BIC)

Mahvash Sabet, one of the seven members of the former leadership group of the Baha’is in Iran who were imprisoned due to religious beliefs, has been released after completing her unjust 10- year prison sentence.