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PERSIAN www.PersianTribune.ca • Volume 1, Issue 1

TRIBUNE

Miss Universe Canada 2012

Sahar Biniaz

Cyrus the Great of Persia Skiing in Iran? Journey of an Immigrant Artist

The Group of Seven and Canadian Art

5 Wines of Portugal Persian Police Officer Gives Back


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Volume 1, Issue 1

7 History

9

Cyrus the Great of Persia

9 Art

The Group of Seven and Canadian Art

12 Art

An Artist Journey Artist Shamsi Shahrokhi

14 Life

Persian Police Officer Gives Back

12

16 Main Feature

7

Sahar Biniaz Miss Universe Canada 2012

20 Pets

Pets Pet Owning is Not For Everyone

Front Cover and all interior photos of Sahar Biniaz photographed by Porus Vimadalal

22 Tourism Skiing in Iran? 4

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24 Wines

5 Wines of Portugal

26 Food Recipe Estamboli Polo

29 Real Estate 2012 Predictions

30 Health

Western Weight Problems What Can Be Done

34 Book Review

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

39 Sports

The City of Nations

40 Home Design

Always Look After the Feng Shui in Your Main Door

43 Politics

Climate Conference

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PERSIAN 16

TRIBUNE

Volume 1, Issue 1

7 History

9

Cyrus the Great of Persia

9 Art

The Group of Seven and Canadian Art

12 Art

An Artist Journey Artist Shamsi Shahrokhi

14 Life

Persian Police Officer Gives Back

12

16 Main Feature

7

Sahar Biniaz Miss Universe Canada 2012

20 Pets

Pets Pet Owning is Not For Everyone

Front Cover and all interior photos of Sahar Biniaz photographed by Porus Vimadalal

22 Tourism Skiing in Iran? 4

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24 Wines

5 Wines of Portugal

26 Food Recipe Estamboli Polo

29 Real Estate 2012 Predictions

30 Health

Western Weight Problems What Can Be Done

34 Book Review

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace

39 Sports

The City of Nations

40 Home Design

Always Look After the Feng Shui in Your Main Door

43 Politics

Climate Conference

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PERSIAN

Letter from Editor

As a community grows so does its need for more services, especially in the area of media. This need is not only for more media outlets but for more variety and functionalities.

TRIBUNE

Newspapers and magazines are said to be among the first media outlets to appear in every community abroad. It seems it is by the birth of this first print media that a community is formed, shaped and recognized.

Volume 1, Issue 1 Publisher:

Iranian Canadians in Ontario call Canada HOME for more than thirty years and currently there are more than twenty media outlets such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs that are serving this dynamic community.

Persian Tribune Inc.

Editor-in- Chief: Kiumars Rezvanifar Shaadi Aryan

Creative Director:

Courtney Boyden

Isaac Lotz

VP of Sales and Marketing:

Art Director:

Sima Aryan

Account Executives: Mehri Rahimian Bobby Boroujerdi Manijeh Sari Amir Amirsolaimani

By: Mehdi Zohouri

We are now witnessing the third generation of Iranian Canadian professionals who have been born outside Iran. Due to their high degree of education, they are employed in the top levels in the corporate, medical and academic fields.

Kerry Brownell

Unfortunately a majority of this new generation do not have the perfect command of their parent’s language. In most cases they neither read nor write Farsi which makes English their language of choice. This trend and important issue has been experienced in the past by other communities in Canada such as Italian and Portuguese to name a few.

Graphic Designers: Shadi Raoufi Mark Kowalski

Web Management:

Persian Tribune magazine is the first entirely English language monthly magazine published for the Iranian community in Canada to reach out to this new demographic.

Ramin Emadi

Contributing Writers: David Akhlaghi Reza Akhlaghi Sarvenaz Barghgir Dr. Elaine Chin Jasmin Jackman Dr. Davod Kafai PC Blair McQuillan Doris Pontieri Aryana Rezvanifar Dolly Sidhu Shamsi Shahrokhi Mike Ulmer Bryon Wilfert Mehdi Zohouri

This publication’s mandate is to introduce this new generation of Iranian Canadians with informative topics about Iran and Persian art, culture and history. It also would like to be a platform for discussion about issues and topics that are of interest and concern to this group of readers. Showcasing Canadian cultural and historical topics are also an integral part of this magazine’s mission, where it will discuss social and political issues that affect all Canadians. It is my sincere pleasure to present to you the first issue of the PERSIAN TRIBUNE magazine. I hope you enjoy it and please remember that we all look forward to your comments and suggestions at contact@persiantirbune.ca Kiumars Rezvanifar Editor-In- Chief

Persian Tribune magazine is published twelve times a year by Persian Tribune Inc. It is distributed free of charge in libraries, business and cultural centers in GTA. Persian Tribune magazine is an independent publication and its contents imply no endorsement of any product or service. Opinions expressed are those of the writers. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission from the publisher. Address: Persian Tribune magazine 25 Valleywood Drive, Suite 12, Markham, ON. L3R 5L9 Tel: (905)763-1061 Fax: (905)763-8972 Email: contact@persiantribune.ca visit us at www.persiantribune.ca All rights reserved.

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Cyrus the GREAT of Persia

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census, there were about 120,000 Iranians and Iranian descendants living in this country. Presently the unofficial number of the Iranian community members living in GTA reaches to more than 120,000 and they are considered among highly educated and affluent Canadians.

Associate Editor: Managing Editor:

HISTORY

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Almost every culture has been depicted as monstrous in a movie at some point in time. More than one movie has depicted American culture as violent and corrupt, English culture has been portrayed as arrogant and imperialistic in more than a few movies, and who can forget the Russian villains from the James Bond movies, and so on. So why are so many Iranians upset or even angry about the depiction of the Achaemenid Empire (popularly known as the Persian Empire) as an imperialist horde of monsters in the movie 300 (Warner Brothers Pictures, 2006)? There is probably more than one answer to this question but one of the answers has to be that the 300 paints a very negative picture of a time period in Iranian history that is cherished and highly idealized by most Iranians. Sure it was a long time ago, but it was, arguably, the beginning of Iranian culture. It was a period when Iranian culture influenced many others from Asia to Europe, while at the same time displaying great tolerance towards other cultures. Frank Miller, the creator of 300, explains the movie takes many liberties with historical facts. It is also told from the perspective of a Spartan soldier. The Spartan, like any good story teller, exaggerates the events to make the Iranians look as bad as imaginable while describing the actions of the Spartans, his own side, as heroic beyond belief [Dark Horse Presents no.1, 2011]. While I really enjoyed 300 as an action

movie, I found its portrayal of Iranians and Iranian history disappointing. Then again as a historian I find most historical movies to be disappointing. However instead of wasting more time mentioning 300 in an article dedicated to Iranian history, I will instead provide a small glimpse into the true nature of Frank Miller’s evil empire. The Achaemenid Empire was created when Cyrus (Kourosh in Farsi) unified the Medes and Persians (both Iranian) around 550 BCE. As the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, Cyrus the Great’s legacy gives us insight into the nature of his Empire and one of Cyrus’ greatest legacies, the Cyrus Cylinder. The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient document that describes Cyrus’ conquest of Babylon. In it, there is no declaration that commits the conquered people to slavery and that leaves their wealth open to pillaging. It grants religious freedom and freedom for peoples enslaved by the Babylonians. This is why many, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [Parazit interview October 26, 2011], c o n s i d e r t h e Cyrus Cylinder to be the first declarations of human rights. One of the groups freed by Cyrus the Great were the Jews. Not only did the Persian Emperor free the Jews, he played an important role in the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. His policies and actions made Cyrus the only non-Jewish person to be considered “anointed by god” or a messiah by the Jewish people [Isaiah 45:1-6 and Isaiah 45:13].

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PERSIAN

Letter from Editor

As a community grows so does its need for more services, especially in the area of media. This need is not only for more media outlets but for more variety and functionalities.

TRIBUNE

Newspapers and magazines are said to be among the first media outlets to appear in every community abroad. It seems it is by the birth of this first print media that a community is formed, shaped and recognized.

Volume 1, Issue 1 Publisher:

Iranian Canadians in Ontario call Canada HOME for more than thirty years and currently there are more than twenty media outlets such as newspapers, magazines, radio and television programs that are serving this dynamic community.

Persian Tribune Inc.

Editor-in- Chief: Kiumars Rezvanifar Shaadi Aryan

Creative Director:

Courtney Boyden

Isaac Lotz

VP of Sales and Marketing:

Art Director:

Sima Aryan

Account Executives: Mehri Rahimian Bobby Boroujerdi Manijeh Sari Amir Amirsolaimani

By: Mehdi Zohouri

We are now witnessing the third generation of Iranian Canadian professionals who have been born outside Iran. Due to their high degree of education, they are employed in the top levels in the corporate, medical and academic fields.

Kerry Brownell

Unfortunately a majority of this new generation do not have the perfect command of their parent’s language. In most cases they neither read nor write Farsi which makes English their language of choice. This trend and important issue has been experienced in the past by other communities in Canada such as Italian and Portuguese to name a few.

Graphic Designers: Shadi Raoufi Mark Kowalski

Web Management:

Persian Tribune magazine is the first entirely English language monthly magazine published for the Iranian community in Canada to reach out to this new demographic.

Ramin Emadi

Contributing Writers: David Akhlaghi Reza Akhlaghi Sarvenaz Barghgir Dr. Elaine Chin Jasmin Jackman Dr. Davod Kafai PC Blair McQuillan Doris Pontieri Aryana Rezvanifar Dolly Sidhu Shamsi Shahrokhi Mike Ulmer Bryon Wilfert Mehdi Zohouri

This publication’s mandate is to introduce this new generation of Iranian Canadians with informative topics about Iran and Persian art, culture and history. It also would like to be a platform for discussion about issues and topics that are of interest and concern to this group of readers. Showcasing Canadian cultural and historical topics are also an integral part of this magazine’s mission, where it will discuss social and political issues that affect all Canadians. It is my sincere pleasure to present to you the first issue of the PERSIAN TRIBUNE magazine. I hope you enjoy it and please remember that we all look forward to your comments and suggestions at contact@persiantirbune.ca Kiumars Rezvanifar Editor-In- Chief

Persian Tribune magazine is published twelve times a year by Persian Tribune Inc. It is distributed free of charge in libraries, business and cultural centers in GTA. Persian Tribune magazine is an independent publication and its contents imply no endorsement of any product or service. Opinions expressed are those of the writers. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission from the publisher. Address: Persian Tribune magazine 25 Valleywood Drive, Suite 12, Markham, ON. L3R 5L9 Tel: (905)763-1061 Fax: (905)763-8972 Email: contact@persiantribune.ca visit us at www.persiantribune.ca All rights reserved.

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Cyrus the GREAT of Persia

According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census, there were about 120,000 Iranians and Iranian descendants living in this country. Presently the unofficial number of the Iranian community members living in GTA reaches to more than 120,000 and they are considered among highly educated and affluent Canadians.

Associate Editor: Managing Editor:

HISTORY

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Almost every culture has been depicted as monstrous in a movie at some point in time. More than one movie has depicted American culture as violent and corrupt, English culture has been portrayed as arrogant and imperialistic in more than a few movies, and who can forget the Russian villains from the James Bond movies, and so on. So why are so many Iranians upset or even angry about the depiction of the Achaemenid Empire (popularly known as the Persian Empire) as an imperialist horde of monsters in the movie 300 (Warner Brothers Pictures, 2006)? There is probably more than one answer to this question but one of the answers has to be that the 300 paints a very negative picture of a time period in Iranian history that is cherished and highly idealized by most Iranians. Sure it was a long time ago, but it was, arguably, the beginning of Iranian culture. It was a period when Iranian culture influenced many others from Asia to Europe, while at the same time displaying great tolerance towards other cultures. Frank Miller, the creator of 300, explains the movie takes many liberties with historical facts. It is also told from the perspective of a Spartan soldier. The Spartan, like any good story teller, exaggerates the events to make the Iranians look as bad as imaginable while describing the actions of the Spartans, his own side, as heroic beyond belief [Dark Horse Presents no.1, 2011]. While I really enjoyed 300 as an action

movie, I found its portrayal of Iranians and Iranian history disappointing. Then again as a historian I find most historical movies to be disappointing. However instead of wasting more time mentioning 300 in an article dedicated to Iranian history, I will instead provide a small glimpse into the true nature of Frank Miller’s evil empire. The Achaemenid Empire was created when Cyrus (Kourosh in Farsi) unified the Medes and Persians (both Iranian) around 550 BCE. As the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, Cyrus the Great’s legacy gives us insight into the nature of his Empire and one of Cyrus’ greatest legacies, the Cyrus Cylinder. The Cyrus Cylinder is an ancient document that describes Cyrus’ conquest of Babylon. In it, there is no declaration that commits the conquered people to slavery and that leaves their wealth open to pillaging. It grants religious freedom and freedom for peoples enslaved by the Babylonians. This is why many, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [Parazit interview October 26, 2011], c o n s i d e r t h e Cyrus Cylinder to be the first declarations of human rights. One of the groups freed by Cyrus the Great were the Jews. Not only did the Persian Emperor free the Jews, he played an important role in the building of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. His policies and actions made Cyrus the only non-Jewish person to be considered “anointed by god” or a messiah by the Jewish people [Isaiah 45:1-6 and Isaiah 45:13].

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The Jewish people were not the only ones who praised Cyrus, the Greek soldier-philosopher, Xenophon (a student of Socrates), wrote the book Cyropaedia, otherwise known as the Education of Cyrus, because he considered Cyrus to be the ideal leader. His book was meant to be used as a guide for future leaders and many leaders did study the book, from Alexander the Great to Caesar to Queen Elizabeth the Ist of England. The Greek historian Herodotus, considered by many to be the father of Western history, when discussing Cyrus the Great’s reign stated that “Cyrus was merciful and always worked for their well-being”[Histories, Book 3 (89)].

e m p e r o r w h o p r o c l a i m e d a t t h e pinnacle of power 2500 years ago that he would not reign over the people if they did not wish it and [he] promised not to force any person to change his religion and faith and guaranteed freedom for all. [Nobel Lecture, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2003] n Mehdi Zohouri is a teacher who was born in Iran and raised in Canada. He has a Master degree in History, a B.A. in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. When he is not teaching he goes on canoe trips.

ARTS

SEVEN By: Doris Pontieri

The Group of

and Their Importance in Canadian Art

It is very difficult for modern humans living in a democracy to justify military occupations and expansionist empires. Yet the Achaemenid Empire, for all its faults, has left a legacy that includes religious tolerance, freeing of slaves and ideal leadership, thanks in no small part to Cyrus the Great. I will end this article by leaving you with what is in my opinion the best description of Cyrus the Great’s legacy, as spoken by Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: I am an Iranian. A descendent of Cyrus the Great. The very

Kathleen Wynne, mpp Don Valley West

Congratulations to Persian Tribune on its inaugural publication

The Group of Seven, founded in 1920 started by artists sharing a frustration with the lack of initiative shown by Canadian Artist as it seemed that so much work was imitative of traditional art. Their outspoken comments often aroused the ire of the art community, but they stood behind their words and this shone through in their works. The Group of Seven was an organization of self-proclaimed modern artists. The original members, who met and became friends between 1911 and 1913 in the city of Toronto were, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Franz Johnston, J.E.H. MacDonald and F.H. Varley. Lawren Harris was the only member of the group who was not making a living as a commercial artist as he was independently wealthy. Many people are not aware that Tom Thomson, another commercial artist, was included as a friend of the rest, but since he died in 1917 he never became a member of the Group. As a Canadian artist, I am proud to be associated with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Gallery in Kleinburg and the rich history carried by them, including the famed Group of Seven. At this time, Eric Brown, director of the National Gallery

Constituency Office: 795 Eglinton Ave East, Unit 101 Toronto, ON M4G 4E4 416-425-6777 www.kathleenwynne.onmpp.ca

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The Jewish people were not the only ones who praised Cyrus, the Greek soldier-philosopher, Xenophon (a student of Socrates), wrote the book Cyropaedia, otherwise known as the Education of Cyrus, because he considered Cyrus to be the ideal leader. His book was meant to be used as a guide for future leaders and many leaders did study the book, from Alexander the Great to Caesar to Queen Elizabeth the Ist of England. The Greek historian Herodotus, considered by many to be the father of Western history, when discussing Cyrus the Great’s reign stated that “Cyrus was merciful and always worked for their well-being”[Histories, Book 3 (89)].

e m p e r o r w h o p r o c l a i m e d a t t h e pinnacle of power 2500 years ago that he would not reign over the people if they did not wish it and [he] promised not to force any person to change his religion and faith and guaranteed freedom for all. [Nobel Lecture, Oslo, Norway, December 10, 2003] n Mehdi Zohouri is a teacher who was born in Iran and raised in Canada. He has a Master degree in History, a B.A. in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Education from Lakehead University. When he is not teaching he goes on canoe trips.

ARTS

SEVEN By: Doris Pontieri

The Group of

and Their Importance in Canadian Art

It is very difficult for modern humans living in a democracy to justify military occupations and expansionist empires. Yet the Achaemenid Empire, for all its faults, has left a legacy that includes religious tolerance, freeing of slaves and ideal leadership, thanks in no small part to Cyrus the Great. I will end this article by leaving you with what is in my opinion the best description of Cyrus the Great’s legacy, as spoken by Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: I am an Iranian. A descendent of Cyrus the Great. The very

Kathleen Wynne, mpp Don Valley West

Congratulations to Persian Tribune on its inaugural publication

The Group of Seven, founded in 1920 started by artists sharing a frustration with the lack of initiative shown by Canadian Artist as it seemed that so much work was imitative of traditional art. Their outspoken comments often aroused the ire of the art community, but they stood behind their words and this shone through in their works. The Group of Seven was an organization of self-proclaimed modern artists. The original members, who met and became friends between 1911 and 1913 in the city of Toronto were, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Franz Johnston, J.E.H. MacDonald and F.H. Varley. Lawren Harris was the only member of the group who was not making a living as a commercial artist as he was independently wealthy. Many people are not aware that Tom Thomson, another commercial artist, was included as a friend of the rest, but since he died in 1917 he never became a member of the Group. As a Canadian artist, I am proud to be associated with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection Gallery in Kleinburg and the rich history carried by them, including the famed Group of Seven. At this time, Eric Brown, director of the National Gallery

Constituency Office: 795 Eglinton Ave East, Unit 101 Toronto, ON M4G 4E4 416-425-6777 www.kathleenwynne.onmpp.ca

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of Canada, became increasingly interested in the Group and became a strong advocate for their collective works. Brown began buying several pieces of the Group’s paintings for the gallery’s collection before the actual establishment of the Group of Seven and was instrumental in bringing these works to the prestigious Wembley Art exhibition in England. The British press reports approved this new body of work and this gave Brown the assurance that the Group had a significant impact on the International Art scene of the time.

“The Group rebelled against the constraints of 19th-century naturalism and successfully established a relationship between art and nature that was new and innovative.” Franklin Carmichael Autumn Hillside -1920 Oil

Arthur Lismer Isles of Spruce 1922 -1922 Oil

A.Y. Jackson The Pimple, Evening - 1918 Oil

J E H MacDonald Algoma -1920 Oil

Lawren Harris Island Off Greenland, Arctic Sketch XIX - 1930 12 x 15 Oil

The Group’s first exhibition was in 1920 at the Art Gallery of Toronto and it was only after this showing that they considered themselves to be landscape artists which was not how they began.

The Group rebelled against the constraints of 19th-century naturalism and successfully established a relationship between art and nature that was new and innovative. This new, emotionally charged art became less about how things looked and more about how nature felt. As a teacher of art, I try to instruct my students to let go of the safety art, allowing the painting to embody the feelings of the artist who created it. As we look at the works of the Group of Seven, we can easily recognize their work because they shifted emphasis away from similitude and their paintings developed along similar lines since they often painted together. Although their early work was heavier and more colourful, a visit to the north shore of Lake Superior in 1921 gave Harris a different outlook and he simplified the compositions of his work and painted with more subtle colours. MacDonald, Carmichael and Varley followed in the footsteps of Harris with this somewhat stylized adaption, but Harris took this method further than the rest and by the mid-1920s his work was defined as simple forms which led him into the eventual direction of abstraction, the only one of the Group who followed that path. With the support of the National Gallery and through self-promotion the Group’s influence on the art of the period spread during the 1920s. In 1926, A.J. Casson became a member as Franz Johnston had resigned. The Group began to invite other artists to join them as they referred to themselves as a national school of painters, so in keeping with this, in 1930 Edwin Holgate Montréal and in 1932 L.L. Fitzgerald from Winnipeg became member of the group which gave them a more national base

Franz Johnston The Fire Ranger - 1921 Oil

Frederick H Varley Stormy Weather Georgia Bay 1920 Oil

The face of Canadian landscape art was forever changed by the influence of the famed Group of Seven through their work and teachings. As a relatively young country in the arts, we are fortunate to have had these artists who not only broke barriers, but paved the way for new Canadian artists to reach out and take risks, bringing emotion to the canvas. n

“Doris Pontieri is an award winning Canadian artist and art teacher. Her work is featured in many galleries in Canada and U.S. She is one of the top featured artists at the McMichael Art Show & Sale”. 10

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of Canada, became increasingly interested in the Group and became a strong advocate for their collective works. Brown began buying several pieces of the Group’s paintings for the gallery’s collection before the actual establishment of the Group of Seven and was instrumental in bringing these works to the prestigious Wembley Art exhibition in England. The British press reports approved this new body of work and this gave Brown the assurance that the Group had a significant impact on the International Art scene of the time.

“The Group rebelled against the constraints of 19th-century naturalism and successfully established a relationship between art and nature that was new and innovative.” Franklin Carmichael Autumn Hillside -1920 Oil

Arthur Lismer Isles of Spruce 1922 -1922 Oil

A.Y. Jackson The Pimple, Evening - 1918 Oil

J E H MacDonald Algoma -1920 Oil

Lawren Harris Island Off Greenland, Arctic Sketch XIX - 1930 12 x 15 Oil

The Group’s first exhibition was in 1920 at the Art Gallery of Toronto and it was only after this showing that they considered themselves to be landscape artists which was not how they began.

The Group rebelled against the constraints of 19th-century naturalism and successfully established a relationship between art and nature that was new and innovative. This new, emotionally charged art became less about how things looked and more about how nature felt. As a teacher of art, I try to instruct my students to let go of the safety art, allowing the painting to embody the feelings of the artist who created it. As we look at the works of the Group of Seven, we can easily recognize their work because they shifted emphasis away from similitude and their paintings developed along similar lines since they often painted together. Although their early work was heavier and more colourful, a visit to the north shore of Lake Superior in 1921 gave Harris a different outlook and he simplified the compositions of his work and painted with more subtle colours. MacDonald, Carmichael and Varley followed in the footsteps of Harris with this somewhat stylized adaption, but Harris took this method further than the rest and by the mid-1920s his work was defined as simple forms which led him into the eventual direction of abstraction, the only one of the Group who followed that path. With the support of the National Gallery and through self-promotion the Group’s influence on the art of the period spread during the 1920s. In 1926, A.J. Casson became a member as Franz Johnston had resigned. The Group began to invite other artists to join them as they referred to themselves as a national school of painters, so in keeping with this, in 1930 Edwin Holgate Montréal and in 1932 L.L. Fitzgerald from Winnipeg became member of the group which gave them a more national base

Franz Johnston The Fire Ranger - 1921 Oil

Frederick H Varley Stormy Weather Georgia Bay 1920 Oil

The face of Canadian landscape art was forever changed by the influence of the famed Group of Seven through their work and teachings. As a relatively young country in the arts, we are fortunate to have had these artists who not only broke barriers, but paved the way for new Canadian artists to reach out and take risks, bringing emotion to the canvas. n

“Doris Pontieri is an award winning Canadian artist and art teacher. Her work is featured in many galleries in Canada and U.S. She is one of the top featured artists at the McMichael Art Show & Sale”. 10

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ARTS

My thesis was on a new painting technique which I invented and named “Heat Drawing”. This process is performed by applying any type of heat emitting object, including light bulbs and heated screwdrivers, as painting instruments on heat sensitive papers, such as subway transfers. I transform subway transfers which are daily overlooked papers into art. To me, heat is a symbol of energy; the unstoppable energy that moves objects forward along its path. In addition, the TTC transfer tickets and parking lot tickets are a metaphor for moving forward.

Following One’s Desire:

The Journey of an Immigrant Artist

This unique method of drawing was quickly recognized within OCAD and opened the door to many opportunities. I was referred by OCAD to demonstrate my Heat Drawing technique on City TV’s Breakfast Television in May of 2003. I have also appeared in various Persian television programs in Toronto, the Iranian satellite, and various web sites. I was

I have always dreamed of being an artist ever since my childhood where I used to decorate the walls of my room with my ink drawings. I grew up in Tehran, Iran and received my Bachelor of Art in my birth city, Tehran from Allameh Tabatabaie University. Once the war broke out between Iran and Iraq in 1980, I quit my day job and decided to stay home. My oldest son was 1 year old at the time and I was pregnant with my second son. Fear of bombardment and escaping from the capital city while I was pregnant was like a bad dream. Fear of war caused me to become more serious about doing what I enjoy the most in life. Therefore, I took my love for art more seriously and started training with several well known Iranian Artists. Now I had peace of mind and had forgotten the fear of war, bombardment and destruction. The war eventually ended in 1988, two years after I gave birth to my lovely daughter. 12

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I n 1 9 9 7 a f t e r h av i n g e x h i b i t e d my a r t i n a f e w c o m mu n i t y exhibitions, I decided to enroll in the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University to fulfill my dream of being a successful artist. Going to OCAD was the best event in my life in Canada and helped me to forget the difficulties of life. As a mature immigrant student I had trouble fitting in, due to the difference in my age with the rest of the students and studying in a language which was not my mother tongue. However, it was rather interesting for me to notice that three generations were studying side by side in the classes, students as young as my children, people my age, and students as old as my mother. This fact made me feel calmer, yet I had to work harder to express myself. I strived to be a top graduate and through my final thesis I achieved that goal when I graduated from OCAD in 2003.

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• Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as an Iranian Art Community Representative, at the 2011 Tirgan Festival in Toronto to display & autograph selected work used in the RBC promotional material. I continue to create new works of art using contemporary drawing and painting methods, Heat Drawing, and a combination of both, representing different themes originated from my various inspirations in my old and new culture, dealing with issues of representation, belonging and identity; nature; human life; and multiculturalism.

By: Shamsi Shahrokhi

In 1991, along with my family, I immigrated to Canada; a new world where I had to start everything over again. I became a student once more as I took English lessons to improve my comprehension of the English language. The first year of my immigration was the hardest time in my life. Living in a new country with a different c u l t u r e and without any friends and relatives, carrying the responsibilities of being a mother of three young children and the feeling of loneliness was very hard to adjust to. My art was the only vehicle that enabled me to express my feelings, a n d ke p t m e q u i t e o c c u p i e d f o r s o m e t i m e. My homeland and culture became memories, which I always relate to my artwork. I combine my love of visual art with my Persian culture and will continue to do so.

Vortex Art Competition hosted by the Blue Man Group in Toronto; Second Prize Award winner of the Latcham Gallery’s 2007 Annual Juried Exhibition in Stouffville, Ontario; Jurors’ Award at Art Gallery of Peel’s 34th Annual Juried Show in Brampton, Ontario; Jurors’ Merit Award, in the 2008 Annual York Region Juried Exhibition at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham; Second Prize Award in the 10th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto; and Recipient of the 2011 Ontario Arts Council Grant to host a solo exhibition at the McKay Art Centre of Unionville in Markham.

As a Torontonian who also has an ethnic background, I have attempted to display Toronto’s cultural diversity through my art. It captures the various unique faces which I have seen while traveling on Toronto’s underground subway system. I have used the subway transfer tickets as my medium and a metaphor for the city of Toronto. Each ticket has a different and unique face portrayed on it, which reveals multiculturalism in Toronto.

determined and focused on displaying my Heat Drawing series in various galleries and exhibitions and gradually experienced motivating results. Some of my achievements include: • Acknowledgements from the Honorable Mike Colle, former Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; the former Mayor of Toronto, Mr. David Miller; Honorable Hazel McCallion, the Mayor of Mississauga and Mrs. Susan Kadis, former Member of Parliament for Thornhill. • Community Arts Ontario selection of work for the cover of the spring 2007 issue of “Community Arts Matters!” (CAM) newspaper of Ontario. • OCAD University’s Dorothy Hoover Award in 2003; 1st Prize Award amongst 225 works at the 6th National Biennial Competition of Art and Paper in Ottawa, collected by the National Bank of Canada in 2004; Juror’s Merit Award at the 2005 Juried Exhibition of Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario; Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 First Annuala

Finally, having been a student of art most of my life, and not withstanding that we always continue to be students of life, I am now an Art Instructor for the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. I have been teaching there since 2007, and also teach privately at my own studio in Thornhill. I maintain a part time teaching practice as a way to share knowledge and ideas. I really love being surrounded by creativity, and love the privilege of occasionally inspiring people. It gives me great pleasure to witness the transfer of knowledge to my students and later learning about their future successes. I see myself as an artist first and a teacher second. Every day I am thankful for what I have achieved and owe it to my love for art. It was my desire for art that got me through the hard times in life and it was my dedication to art that brought me to where I am right now. My journey shall continue along with my love for art, to take me to different stages of life. n You can contact Shamsi Shahrokhi directly at her email address at: hamsih@rogers.com To view more of her work visit: www.ar tisticpick.com

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My thesis was on a new painting technique which I invented and named “Heat Drawing”. This process is performed by applying any type of heat emitting object, including light bulbs and heated screwdrivers, as painting instruments on heat sensitive papers, such as subway transfers. I transform subway transfers which are daily overlooked papers into art. To me, heat is a symbol of energy; the unstoppable energy that moves objects forward along its path. In addition, the TTC transfer tickets and parking lot tickets are a metaphor for moving forward.

Following One’s Desire:

The Journey of an Immigrant Artist

This unique method of drawing was quickly recognized within OCAD and opened the door to many opportunities. I was referred by OCAD to demonstrate my Heat Drawing technique on City TV’s Breakfast Television in May of 2003. I have also appeared in various Persian television programs in Toronto, the Iranian satellite, and various web sites. I was

I have always dreamed of being an artist ever since my childhood where I used to decorate the walls of my room with my ink drawings. I grew up in Tehran, Iran and received my Bachelor of Art in my birth city, Tehran from Allameh Tabatabaie University. Once the war broke out between Iran and Iraq in 1980, I quit my day job and decided to stay home. My oldest son was 1 year old at the time and I was pregnant with my second son. Fear of bombardment and escaping from the capital city while I was pregnant was like a bad dream. Fear of war caused me to become more serious about doing what I enjoy the most in life. Therefore, I took my love for art more seriously and started training with several well known Iranian Artists. Now I had peace of mind and had forgotten the fear of war, bombardment and destruction. The war eventually ended in 1988, two years after I gave birth to my lovely daughter. 12

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I n 1 9 9 7 a f t e r h av i n g e x h i b i t e d my a r t i n a f e w c o m mu n i t y exhibitions, I decided to enroll in the OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University to fulfill my dream of being a successful artist. Going to OCAD was the best event in my life in Canada and helped me to forget the difficulties of life. As a mature immigrant student I had trouble fitting in, due to the difference in my age with the rest of the students and studying in a language which was not my mother tongue. However, it was rather interesting for me to notice that three generations were studying side by side in the classes, students as young as my children, people my age, and students as old as my mother. This fact made me feel calmer, yet I had to work harder to express myself. I strived to be a top graduate and through my final thesis I achieved that goal when I graduated from OCAD in 2003.

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• Sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as an Iranian Art Community Representative, at the 2011 Tirgan Festival in Toronto to display & autograph selected work used in the RBC promotional material. I continue to create new works of art using contemporary drawing and painting methods, Heat Drawing, and a combination of both, representing different themes originated from my various inspirations in my old and new culture, dealing with issues of representation, belonging and identity; nature; human life; and multiculturalism.

By: Shamsi Shahrokhi

In 1991, along with my family, I immigrated to Canada; a new world where I had to start everything over again. I became a student once more as I took English lessons to improve my comprehension of the English language. The first year of my immigration was the hardest time in my life. Living in a new country with a different c u l t u r e and without any friends and relatives, carrying the responsibilities of being a mother of three young children and the feeling of loneliness was very hard to adjust to. My art was the only vehicle that enabled me to express my feelings, a n d ke p t m e q u i t e o c c u p i e d f o r s o m e t i m e. My homeland and culture became memories, which I always relate to my artwork. I combine my love of visual art with my Persian culture and will continue to do so.

Vortex Art Competition hosted by the Blue Man Group in Toronto; Second Prize Award winner of the Latcham Gallery’s 2007 Annual Juried Exhibition in Stouffville, Ontario; Jurors’ Award at Art Gallery of Peel’s 34th Annual Juried Show in Brampton, Ontario; Jurors’ Merit Award, in the 2008 Annual York Region Juried Exhibition at the Varley Art Gallery of Markham; Second Prize Award in the 10th Annual Juried Drawing Exhibition at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto; and Recipient of the 2011 Ontario Arts Council Grant to host a solo exhibition at the McKay Art Centre of Unionville in Markham.

As a Torontonian who also has an ethnic background, I have attempted to display Toronto’s cultural diversity through my art. It captures the various unique faces which I have seen while traveling on Toronto’s underground subway system. I have used the subway transfer tickets as my medium and a metaphor for the city of Toronto. Each ticket has a different and unique face portrayed on it, which reveals multiculturalism in Toronto.

determined and focused on displaying my Heat Drawing series in various galleries and exhibitions and gradually experienced motivating results. Some of my achievements include: • Acknowledgements from the Honorable Mike Colle, former Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; the former Mayor of Toronto, Mr. David Miller; Honorable Hazel McCallion, the Mayor of Mississauga and Mrs. Susan Kadis, former Member of Parliament for Thornhill. • Community Arts Ontario selection of work for the cover of the spring 2007 issue of “Community Arts Matters!” (CAM) newspaper of Ontario. • OCAD University’s Dorothy Hoover Award in 2003; 1st Prize Award amongst 225 works at the 6th National Biennial Competition of Art and Paper in Ottawa, collected by the National Bank of Canada in 2004; Juror’s Merit Award at the 2005 Juried Exhibition of Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario; Grand Prize Winner of the 2006 First Annuala

Finally, having been a student of art most of my life, and not withstanding that we always continue to be students of life, I am now an Art Instructor for the Varley Art Gallery of Markham. I have been teaching there since 2007, and also teach privately at my own studio in Thornhill. I maintain a part time teaching practice as a way to share knowledge and ideas. I really love being surrounded by creativity, and love the privilege of occasionally inspiring people. It gives me great pleasure to witness the transfer of knowledge to my students and later learning about their future successes. I see myself as an artist first and a teacher second. Every day I am thankful for what I have achieved and owe it to my love for art. It was my desire for art that got me through the hard times in life and it was my dedication to art that brought me to where I am right now. My journey shall continue along with my love for art, to take me to different stages of life. n You can contact Shamsi Shahrokhi directly at her email address at: hamsih@rogers.com To view more of her work visit: www.ar tisticpick.com

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“You could say it was in my blood,” she said, noting that in Iran both of her grandfathers served in the military and her father was a police officer. “I knew becoming a police officer was something I wanted to do. I wanted to help people and serve the community.”

“I am proud to say that my friend is currently leading a very productive life,” Alikhani said. “He has now become involved as a reservist in the military. It was great to watch this young person grow and turn his life around. As you can imagine, his parents are very pleased.”

In 2001, Alikhani began to realize her dream when she was hired by York Regional Police to work as a special constable in the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket. Her role was to transport prisoners to and from the courthouse, in addition to guarding them while they waited to make their appearance before a judge. The following year, she was sworn in as a police constable and became the first Persian female to work as a York Regional Police officer.

Alikhani said her friendship with the teen is an example of how officers can work with youth and make a real difference in how their future.

“I was absolutely elated when I received my badge,” she said. “It was one of the proudest and most memorable moments of my life.” Alikhani worked as a uniform patrol officer at #2 District Headquarters in the Town of Richmond Hill until 2006, when she briefly joined the Community Oriented Response Unit. In 2007, she became a school liaison officer in Community Services. Her tireless work with youth was soon evident, as Alikhani could always be counted on to volunteer for basketball, volleyball and dodge ball games. She was recognized as the School Officer of the Year in Richmond Hill during her first year in Community Services. However, it was not her willingness to join in fun and games that won her the award. It was something much more meaningful.

Persian Police Officer Gives Back

Just months after becoming a school liaison officer, Alikhani arrested a 15-year-old youth for a drug offence. The teen had a troubled background and Alikhani knew he was heading down the wrong path in life.

By: PC Blair McQuillan

York Regional Police Detective Constable Maryam Alikhani always knew she wanted to serve the community, however, she wasn’t always sure what career path would best facilitate her desire to help others.

“His brother had died in police custody,” she explained. “Needless to say, he was ver y anti-police. I soon came to realize that he wasn’t really a bad person. He was a very likeable individual at hear t and I ended up befriending him.”

“I was absolutely elated when I received my badge,” she said. “It was one of the proudest and most memorable moments of my life.”

“To be honest, I originally wanted to be a social worker,” Alikhani said. “I studied sociology, but when it came time to start thinking about a master’s degree, that line of work wasn’t really calling out to me.”

Alikhani, who was born in Iran and came to Canada in 1987 at the age of eight, decided a career in law enforcement would be the best choice for her.

In the years following their first meeting, Alikhani and the teen remained in contact. She acted a mentor, supplying guidance and advice to him whenever he required it.

“As police officers, we don’t often see the positive impact we’ve made on a person’s life,” she said. “In many cases, we make an arrest or offer advice and then move on to the next case. We hope that we’ve made a difference and that something positive will come out of our efforts, but we never really know. The friendship I have with this young man is something I really treasure because I have seen first-hand how I have affected his life.” In addition to her work within the schools, Alikhani liaised with members of the Persian community to assist with dances, New Year’s celebrations and after-school programs for trouble youth.

Canadian Ethnic Media Association CEMA supports the principles of Canadian citizenship, multiculturalism and the right of free expression without ethnocentric bias.

“I also launched a series of presentations for members of the Persian community who were new to Canada,” she said. “We would cover topics such as the Criminal Code of Canda and the Safe Schools Act in an effort to help people understand laws and the legal system in their new home. For me, it’s very important to keep giving back to the community.” Alikhani said that one of the advantages of her Persian heritage is that she has been called upon as a resource in major criminal investigations throughout her career.

for information visit www.canadianethnicmedia.com

“My knowledge of our heritage and the language has opened many doors for me,” she said. “Since the beginning of my career, I have had the opportunity to assist with some very important investigations in units including Major Fraud and Drugs and Vice. As a result, I have been able to gain insight into how senior officers conduct investigations and I was able to apply this knowledge throughout the course of my own career.” In 2010, Alikhani left #2 District Headquarters and took a position in the Criminal Investigations Bureau at #3 District Headquarters in the Town of Georgina. “I really enjoyed working as a school liaison officer, but when the opportunity to work in the Criminal Investigations Bureau presented itself, I decided it was time to take my career in a new direction,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed the investigative side of policing and I am now involved in interesting and challenging cases every time I come to work.” As for the future, Alikhani said she plans on working in the Sexual Assault or Child Abuse Unit, when her time in the Criminal Investigations Bureau reaches a conclusion. “Policing is a profession which truly allows you to positively affect a person’s life when they are at their most vulnerable,” she said. “I became

a police officer to help people and to seek justice for victims of crime. I feel that if I pursue these avenues during my career then I can make a difference.” Alikhani said she loves her career and takes great pride in what she has accomplished. For those who are interested in becoming a police officer, Alikhani has a few simple words of advice. “Just go for it,” she said. “A career in policing is unlike any other job you’ve ever experienced.” n For more information on becoming a York Regional Police officer, please visit www.yrp.ca and click on Recruiting.

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“You could say it was in my blood,” she said, noting that in Iran both of her grandfathers served in the military and her father was a police officer. “I knew becoming a police officer was something I wanted to do. I wanted to help people and serve the community.”

“I am proud to say that my friend is currently leading a very productive life,” Alikhani said. “He has now become involved as a reservist in the military. It was great to watch this young person grow and turn his life around. As you can imagine, his parents are very pleased.”

In 2001, Alikhani began to realize her dream when she was hired by York Regional Police to work as a special constable in the Ontario Court of Justice in the Town of Newmarket. Her role was to transport prisoners to and from the courthouse, in addition to guarding them while they waited to make their appearance before a judge. The following year, she was sworn in as a police constable and became the first Persian female to work as a York Regional Police officer.

Alikhani said her friendship with the teen is an example of how officers can work with youth and make a real difference in how their future.

“I was absolutely elated when I received my badge,” she said. “It was one of the proudest and most memorable moments of my life.” Alikhani worked as a uniform patrol officer at #2 District Headquarters in the Town of Richmond Hill until 2006, when she briefly joined the Community Oriented Response Unit. In 2007, she became a school liaison officer in Community Services. Her tireless work with youth was soon evident, as Alikhani could always be counted on to volunteer for basketball, volleyball and dodge ball games. She was recognized as the School Officer of the Year in Richmond Hill during her first year in Community Services. However, it was not her willingness to join in fun and games that won her the award. It was something much more meaningful.

Persian Police Officer Gives Back

Just months after becoming a school liaison officer, Alikhani arrested a 15-year-old youth for a drug offence. The teen had a troubled background and Alikhani knew he was heading down the wrong path in life.

By: PC Blair McQuillan

York Regional Police Detective Constable Maryam Alikhani always knew she wanted to serve the community, however, she wasn’t always sure what career path would best facilitate her desire to help others.

“His brother had died in police custody,” she explained. “Needless to say, he was ver y anti-police. I soon came to realize that he wasn’t really a bad person. He was a very likeable individual at hear t and I ended up befriending him.”

“I was absolutely elated when I received my badge,” she said. “It was one of the proudest and most memorable moments of my life.”

“To be honest, I originally wanted to be a social worker,” Alikhani said. “I studied sociology, but when it came time to start thinking about a master’s degree, that line of work wasn’t really calling out to me.”

Alikhani, who was born in Iran and came to Canada in 1987 at the age of eight, decided a career in law enforcement would be the best choice for her.

In the years following their first meeting, Alikhani and the teen remained in contact. She acted a mentor, supplying guidance and advice to him whenever he required it.

“As police officers, we don’t often see the positive impact we’ve made on a person’s life,” she said. “In many cases, we make an arrest or offer advice and then move on to the next case. We hope that we’ve made a difference and that something positive will come out of our efforts, but we never really know. The friendship I have with this young man is something I really treasure because I have seen first-hand how I have affected his life.” In addition to her work within the schools, Alikhani liaised with members of the Persian community to assist with dances, New Year’s celebrations and after-school programs for trouble youth.

Canadian Ethnic Media Association CEMA supports the principles of Canadian citizenship, multiculturalism and the right of free expression without ethnocentric bias.

“I also launched a series of presentations for members of the Persian community who were new to Canada,” she said. “We would cover topics such as the Criminal Code of Canda and the Safe Schools Act in an effort to help people understand laws and the legal system in their new home. For me, it’s very important to keep giving back to the community.” Alikhani said that one of the advantages of her Persian heritage is that she has been called upon as a resource in major criminal investigations throughout her career.

for information visit www.canadianethnicmedia.com

“My knowledge of our heritage and the language has opened many doors for me,” she said. “Since the beginning of my career, I have had the opportunity to assist with some very important investigations in units including Major Fraud and Drugs and Vice. As a result, I have been able to gain insight into how senior officers conduct investigations and I was able to apply this knowledge throughout the course of my own career.” In 2010, Alikhani left #2 District Headquarters and took a position in the Criminal Investigations Bureau at #3 District Headquarters in the Town of Georgina. “I really enjoyed working as a school liaison officer, but when the opportunity to work in the Criminal Investigations Bureau presented itself, I decided it was time to take my career in a new direction,” she said. “I’ve always enjoyed the investigative side of policing and I am now involved in interesting and challenging cases every time I come to work.” As for the future, Alikhani said she plans on working in the Sexual Assault or Child Abuse Unit, when her time in the Criminal Investigations Bureau reaches a conclusion. “Policing is a profession which truly allows you to positively affect a person’s life when they are at their most vulnerable,” she said. “I became

a police officer to help people and to seek justice for victims of crime. I feel that if I pursue these avenues during my career then I can make a difference.” Alikhani said she loves her career and takes great pride in what she has accomplished. For those who are interested in becoming a police officer, Alikhani has a few simple words of advice. “Just go for it,” she said. “A career in policing is unlike any other job you’ve ever experienced.” n For more information on becoming a York Regional Police officer, please visit www.yrp.ca and click on Recruiting.

Photos: Det. Cst. Alikhani and Det. Will McCue 14

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The Miss Universe Canada pageant took place this May in Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre and Iranian Canadian Sahar Biniaz was crowned winner. Sahar’s name may sound familiar to many because she won 1st runner- up in Miss Universe Canada 2008 and came back four years later to win her current title. She is an inspiration to Iranian Canadians since she has demonstrated so much perseverance and determination throughout her entire life. Sahar is a talented, beautiful, young Iranian woman. She is not only Miss Universe Canada, but also an actress with guest star appearances in the TV series Blade, the popular Sci-Fi program Sanctuary and the recently released movie Santa Paws. She is currently the lead actress in the upcoming feature film Ambrosia, which is said to be released this summer. There is no doubt that she will represent Canada in the best possible way this December at Miss Universe 2012. Persian Tribune had the opportunity of having an exclusive interview with her. During our interview Sahar was candid, sincere and an overall pleasure to speak with. She even shared a secret with us about her inspiration to participate in the Miss Universe Pageant. What did you enjoy most overall about the Miss Universe Canada Pageant? What I enjoyed most was the representation of multiculturalism that exists in Canada through the contestants.

myself so lucky to be Canadian and thankful that I have the opportunity to make all my dreams a reality. Who is the main influence in your life? My older brother is the person who has influenced me most in my life. He has always pushed me to new heights, for example; he pushed me into a swimming pool and said there was a shark. When I got out of the pool and saw that there was no shark he said that I had to swim or not survive. He has always taught me to be independent and stand up for myself. Who inspired you to get involved with pageants? I got into pageant life on my own and the decision was triggered after a trip to Thailand in 2005 when my mother and I decided to go to the Miss Universe Pageant. In 2008 I was the first runner up and learned that although it is important to remember that is not enough to have a great state of mind for winning but also you must be strong enough to be able to lose and walk away with no regrets. I later got into the acting business and my agent did not think it was a good idea for me to try Miss Universe again but I knew that it was something I wanted to do. Therefore, I followed my dream since I believe that if you have dreams and goals you should not rely on other people to make them an actuality on your behalf because you will be waiting forever.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family. I have always dreamt about one day being Miss Universe and in a feature film. However, with my life in Iran and all the limitations that are implicated this would forever remain just a dream. In Iran there are rules and regulations which make it impossible to play a full range of characters and parts as a female. This is why I consider

By: Shaadi Aryan

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Sahar Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2012 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (Bluma Appel Theatre) in Toronto on Saturday, May 19th, 2012. She will represent Canada in Miss Universe 2012 Pageant to be held this December. 16

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The Miss Universe Canada pageant took place this May in Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre and Iranian Canadian Sahar Biniaz was crowned winner. Sahar’s name may sound familiar to many because she won 1st runner- up in Miss Universe Canada 2008 and came back four years later to win her current title. She is an inspiration to Iranian Canadians since she has demonstrated so much perseverance and determination throughout her entire life. Sahar is a talented, beautiful, young Iranian woman. She is not only Miss Universe Canada, but also an actress with guest star appearances in the TV series Blade, the popular Sci-Fi program Sanctuary and the recently released movie Santa Paws. She is currently the lead actress in the upcoming feature film Ambrosia, which is said to be released this summer. There is no doubt that she will represent Canada in the best possible way this December at Miss Universe 2012. Persian Tribune had the opportunity of having an exclusive interview with her. During our interview Sahar was candid, sincere and an overall pleasure to speak with. She even shared a secret with us about her inspiration to participate in the Miss Universe Pageant. What did you enjoy most overall about the Miss Universe Canada Pageant? What I enjoyed most was the representation of multiculturalism that exists in Canada through the contestants.

myself so lucky to be Canadian and thankful that I have the opportunity to make all my dreams a reality. Who is the main influence in your life? My older brother is the person who has influenced me most in my life. He has always pushed me to new heights, for example; he pushed me into a swimming pool and said there was a shark. When I got out of the pool and saw that there was no shark he said that I had to swim or not survive. He has always taught me to be independent and stand up for myself. Who inspired you to get involved with pageants? I got into pageant life on my own and the decision was triggered after a trip to Thailand in 2005 when my mother and I decided to go to the Miss Universe Pageant. In 2008 I was the first runner up and learned that although it is important to remember that is not enough to have a great state of mind for winning but also you must be strong enough to be able to lose and walk away with no regrets. I later got into the acting business and my agent did not think it was a good idea for me to try Miss Universe again but I knew that it was something I wanted to do. Therefore, I followed my dream since I believe that if you have dreams and goals you should not rely on other people to make them an actuality on your behalf because you will be waiting forever.

Tell us a little about yourself and your family. I have always dreamt about one day being Miss Universe and in a feature film. However, with my life in Iran and all the limitations that are implicated this would forever remain just a dream. In Iran there are rules and regulations which make it impossible to play a full range of characters and parts as a female. This is why I consider

By: Shaadi Aryan

Photo by AllumSki.com

Sahar Biniaz was crowned Miss Universe Canada 2012 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (Bluma Appel Theatre) in Toronto on Saturday, May 19th, 2012. She will represent Canada in Miss Universe 2012 Pageant to be held this December. 16

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We have heard that you like to help the homeless in downtown eastside Vancouver. Tell us a little more about that. Helping out with the homeless is a personal decision I made once when I was walking there and saw all these hungry homeless people. I dialed 911 and asked if it was okay for me to go hand out food and so ever since then every two weeks I would make sandwiches and go hand them out in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. This gave me a sense of feeling humble and I got to meet and know a lot of the people there. One of the things I heard from one of the homeless people really hit me and it was that he said, “I messed up my life and now it’s too late”. This brought tears to my eyes because we all mess up in life as human beings and it is ok, but we just have to get up and keep going.

You clearly have both beauty and brains. Do you think this causes people to set some challenging expectations for you? It is definitely challenging and how I choose to take that challenge depends on me. I want to show that I fulfilled my duties and make a positive difference in a way, whether it is I raise the donor ratio or inspire a girl who is struggling with school and bullying, just as I once did. That is what makes me happy and that is what I hope to accomplish with my title as Miss Universe Canada. How long have you been in Canada and did you find any challenges or adjustments you had to make? I have been in Canada for fourteen years and I was bullied a lot since I did not fit in. I had “poofier” than the average girl and I did not know how to put my outfits together. In fact, in grade eight I was beaten up by two girls in the bathroom because I stood out so much. However, I chose to be constructive in regards to this incident. I didnot allow it to be a detrimental obstacle in my journey, but it influenced me in a positive way and encouraged me to improve myself. Today, it is rather ironic and nice to see that I have come a long way and am being admired in fashion magazines and blogs for something I was once being once ridiculed for by my peers. This just goes to show that everyone makes mistakes and has flaws but we can learn and grown from them. What was it like growing up in Iran? I was actually born in India and grew up in Tehran, Iran. Although I am very proud to call Canada my adopted home, where I live with my mother, sister and brother; I loved growinvg up in Iran with my older sister and brother. It is a beautiful country that is rich with culture and history. In fact, I go back every couple of years and visit my family and my father who still lives there.

Besides being involved with pageants, what did you want to be as a child? I wanted to be an actress which is something that I am doing now. I have a feature film coming out in the end of June named Ambrosia. This year is very special to me since I accomplished three of my ambitions; Miss Universe, the release of Ambrosia and going to one country for the first time per year. What does your family think about your success? I have a secret to share with you. My mother is extremely happy and proud of me. This is really special to her. This is something she always wanted to do but grandfather was a sergeant in the army and he did not allow her to do this. I think that something wonderful about having children is that if you miss out on a couple of things then you can live through your children, if they end up sharing those dreams of course. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live this dream for myself and for my mother. 18

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What are your thoughts on the Iranian culture as a whole? I love the Iranian culture, food and most of all the people. Iranian people are strong and educated. I hope that through the media the general public will recognize that the political issues with Iran have nothing to do with the people of Iran. I appreciate and am very pleased to see media sources such as Persian Tribune trying to portray a more positive image of Iran than the usual mainstream Western focus on the challenges and problems. This promotes a negative connotation to be linked with Iran which is incredibly unfair.

Is it true that you have a firearm license? Yes, my sister and I both do. She decided she was going to get hers first and I followed. I really enjoy having a balanced lifestyle and believe that it in beneficial in becoming a well rounded person. I love the idea of being able to go from a shooting range to being dressed up elegantly for a dinner in the evening.

food and language of the people of a country you are visiting, to show that you value them and so that they can relate and welcome you with ease. Is the SOS Children’s Villages Foundation your charity or the pageants? This charity is both mine and the pageants. A charity that I am personally passionate about is Organ Donation. I lost my cousin at the young age of twenty-five in a horrible car accident and his heart was used to give another girl a second chance at life. It is deeply upsetting that eighty-five percent of people agree with organ donation however, only eighteen percent are actually donors themselves. I really hope to increase these numbers and bring awareness to this issue. How does one become an organ donor? The process is different in every province, but I would encourage people to do the research for themselves and apply online. It is a wonderful way to make a huge difference without spending a penny.

What is your favorite Persian dish? I like all the Persian foods but my favorite is “ubgoosht” which is heavy meat stew and is really popular with the hikers that want to catch up on any missed nutrients. I also like Persian music and songs by Delkash never fail to give me goose bumps while bringing back memories of Iran.

As a public figure in the Iranian Canadian community, what is your responsibility towards other Iranians around the world? I am honored and have accepted that I have this tremendous responsibility. I was so motivated by all my wonderful fans for their kind support on twitter and facebook while I was touring around the world. I wish to inspire others to follow their dreams. Especially those in Iran, they may feel as if they are restricted in regards to the regime, but the best thing they can do is to simply continue to work on themselves and strive to achieve their goals.

What languages do you speak? I speak Farsi, English and am currently in the process of leaning Spanish. I am learning Spanish to prepare for my trip to South America to work with the SOS Children’s Villages Foundation. I believe it is very important to have a basis about the culture,

Do you mind telling us a little about your education and schooling? I studied business then went on to graduate from Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles for performing arts. I was in California for a couple of years on and off. I love the weather there and that is the only thing I would change about Vancouver.

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Are there any other hobbies you have besides mountain climbing and riding motor cycles? No, those are my favorite hobbies and I really hope that one day I can climb Everest because I really enjoy hiking and I also work with an organization called Take a Hike Foundation. Take a Hike Foundation allows children who do not succeed and benefit with a normal school system to grow, get a better self esteem and rid themselves of any aggression through hiking and the outdoors. As Miss Universe Canada what are the duties you have been assigned this year? My duties this year include but are not limited to, going to South America and working with the SOS Children’s Villages and going to Sweden along with many other countries to bring more awareness to the charity internationally. Over all, being a good ambassador and representing our country in the best way possible. If you had a message for you generation what would it be? My message for my generation is stimulated by my experiences and what my own mother would always tell me. It is a Persian saying, “khastan tavanestan ast” which is basically the Iranian equivalent of “when there is a will, there is a way”. n

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We have heard that you like to help the homeless in downtown eastside Vancouver. Tell us a little more about that. Helping out with the homeless is a personal decision I made once when I was walking there and saw all these hungry homeless people. I dialed 911 and asked if it was okay for me to go hand out food and so ever since then every two weeks I would make sandwiches and go hand them out in Downtown Eastside Vancouver. This gave me a sense of feeling humble and I got to meet and know a lot of the people there. One of the things I heard from one of the homeless people really hit me and it was that he said, “I messed up my life and now it’s too late”. This brought tears to my eyes because we all mess up in life as human beings and it is ok, but we just have to get up and keep going.

You clearly have both beauty and brains. Do you think this causes people to set some challenging expectations for you? It is definitely challenging and how I choose to take that challenge depends on me. I want to show that I fulfilled my duties and make a positive difference in a way, whether it is I raise the donor ratio or inspire a girl who is struggling with school and bullying, just as I once did. That is what makes me happy and that is what I hope to accomplish with my title as Miss Universe Canada. How long have you been in Canada and did you find any challenges or adjustments you had to make? I have been in Canada for fourteen years and I was bullied a lot since I did not fit in. I had “poofier” than the average girl and I did not know how to put my outfits together. In fact, in grade eight I was beaten up by two girls in the bathroom because I stood out so much. However, I chose to be constructive in regards to this incident. I didnot allow it to be a detrimental obstacle in my journey, but it influenced me in a positive way and encouraged me to improve myself. Today, it is rather ironic and nice to see that I have come a long way and am being admired in fashion magazines and blogs for something I was once being once ridiculed for by my peers. This just goes to show that everyone makes mistakes and has flaws but we can learn and grown from them. What was it like growing up in Iran? I was actually born in India and grew up in Tehran, Iran. Although I am very proud to call Canada my adopted home, where I live with my mother, sister and brother; I loved growinvg up in Iran with my older sister and brother. It is a beautiful country that is rich with culture and history. In fact, I go back every couple of years and visit my family and my father who still lives there.

Besides being involved with pageants, what did you want to be as a child? I wanted to be an actress which is something that I am doing now. I have a feature film coming out in the end of June named Ambrosia. This year is very special to me since I accomplished three of my ambitions; Miss Universe, the release of Ambrosia and going to one country for the first time per year. What does your family think about your success? I have a secret to share with you. My mother is extremely happy and proud of me. This is really special to her. This is something she always wanted to do but grandfather was a sergeant in the army and he did not allow her to do this. I think that something wonderful about having children is that if you miss out on a couple of things then you can live through your children, if they end up sharing those dreams of course. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live this dream for myself and for my mother. 18

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What are your thoughts on the Iranian culture as a whole? I love the Iranian culture, food and most of all the people. Iranian people are strong and educated. I hope that through the media the general public will recognize that the political issues with Iran have nothing to do with the people of Iran. I appreciate and am very pleased to see media sources such as Persian Tribune trying to portray a more positive image of Iran than the usual mainstream Western focus on the challenges and problems. This promotes a negative connotation to be linked with Iran which is incredibly unfair.

Is it true that you have a firearm license? Yes, my sister and I both do. She decided she was going to get hers first and I followed. I really enjoy having a balanced lifestyle and believe that it in beneficial in becoming a well rounded person. I love the idea of being able to go from a shooting range to being dressed up elegantly for a dinner in the evening.

food and language of the people of a country you are visiting, to show that you value them and so that they can relate and welcome you with ease. Is the SOS Children’s Villages Foundation your charity or the pageants? This charity is both mine and the pageants. A charity that I am personally passionate about is Organ Donation. I lost my cousin at the young age of twenty-five in a horrible car accident and his heart was used to give another girl a second chance at life. It is deeply upsetting that eighty-five percent of people agree with organ donation however, only eighteen percent are actually donors themselves. I really hope to increase these numbers and bring awareness to this issue. How does one become an organ donor? The process is different in every province, but I would encourage people to do the research for themselves and apply online. It is a wonderful way to make a huge difference without spending a penny.

What is your favorite Persian dish? I like all the Persian foods but my favorite is “ubgoosht” which is heavy meat stew and is really popular with the hikers that want to catch up on any missed nutrients. I also like Persian music and songs by Delkash never fail to give me goose bumps while bringing back memories of Iran.

As a public figure in the Iranian Canadian community, what is your responsibility towards other Iranians around the world? I am honored and have accepted that I have this tremendous responsibility. I was so motivated by all my wonderful fans for their kind support on twitter and facebook while I was touring around the world. I wish to inspire others to follow their dreams. Especially those in Iran, they may feel as if they are restricted in regards to the regime, but the best thing they can do is to simply continue to work on themselves and strive to achieve their goals.

What languages do you speak? I speak Farsi, English and am currently in the process of leaning Spanish. I am learning Spanish to prepare for my trip to South America to work with the SOS Children’s Villages Foundation. I believe it is very important to have a basis about the culture,

Do you mind telling us a little about your education and schooling? I studied business then went on to graduate from Stella Adler Academy in Los Angeles for performing arts. I was in California for a couple of years on and off. I love the weather there and that is the only thing I would change about Vancouver.

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Are there any other hobbies you have besides mountain climbing and riding motor cycles? No, those are my favorite hobbies and I really hope that one day I can climb Everest because I really enjoy hiking and I also work with an organization called Take a Hike Foundation. Take a Hike Foundation allows children who do not succeed and benefit with a normal school system to grow, get a better self esteem and rid themselves of any aggression through hiking and the outdoors. As Miss Universe Canada what are the duties you have been assigned this year? My duties this year include but are not limited to, going to South America and working with the SOS Children’s Villages and going to Sweden along with many other countries to bring more awareness to the charity internationally. Over all, being a good ambassador and representing our country in the best way possible. If you had a message for you generation what would it be? My message for my generation is stimulated by my experiences and what my own mother would always tell me. It is a Persian saying, “khastan tavanestan ast” which is basically the Iranian equivalent of “when there is a will, there is a way”. n

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PETS

PET Owning is not for Everyone By: Dr. Davod Kafai, DVM, Ph.D. This is always an issue for those who have children at home asking, and let’s admit it most of the time begging, to bring a pet home. For a family who has never had a pet before, such a decision is definitely not going to be easy as it isn’t a simple question of “Shall we get a cat, or a dog?” There are numerous criteria that should be considered before getting an animal companion. I hope to go through some of the important decisive factors in

becoming a pet owner. In the past, people have used animals in many different ways to make their lives easier: larger animals, like horses and bulls, have been used for transportation or plow fields; livestock were raised in farms to feed families; and dogs have been used for hunting as well as for security. You may consider that raising animals at home used to be vital to our everyday lives. Today, we keep smaller animals that range far beyond just cats and dogs (birds, reptiles, rodents, fish, etc), whose main goal are to become our companions though our relationship with our pets are much more complex. Today’s pets provide people with therapeutic benefits as they ease our loneliness, reduce our stress, as well as promote social interactions, and encourage exercise and playfulness all the while giving us unconditional love and affection. With all these benefits it is no doubt tempting to race over to the nearest pet store, breeder, or animal shelter to bring home a furry animal companion of your own. But, of course, pet ownership also comes with many responsibilities that should not be undertaken lightly.

your family and the new furry addition healthy. This entails but isn’t limited to: annual vaccinations; spaying or neutering; and cleaning the animal as well as developing cleanly habits such as washing your hands before and after playing with your pets. Not to mention costs that will occur with having a pet on food, toys, grooming, and the aforementioned cost for veterinary bills. Children, elders, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risks of getting sick from animals. In this situation, households with such family members should adopt the habit of washing hands thoroughly before and after contact with their pets, cleaning their pets and keeping them healthy, keeping the animal’s vaccines up to date, perform regular deworming, supervising young children with pets, preventing people from kissing your pets or putting their hands or other objects in their mouths after touching animals, and avoiding changing litter boxes during pregnancy. I always advise people who want to have a pet for the first time to consult a veterinarian, talk to a friend who has a pet, read some magazines and books, research online, and thus educate yourself first. If you are still unsure whether you can raise an animal companion and would like to have some experience prior to having a pet, you can consider fostering pets from shelters, taking care of a friend’s pet for a short time, or volunteering at shelters or veterinary clinics to get an idea. n

Adding a new member to the family entails significant changes in one’s daily life that you must consider your lifestyle to influence your choice in a pet. Factors such as the pet’s activity level, having small children and elderly family members at home, other existing animals in the household, your home environment, and finally but perhaps most importantly the time commitment required for the pet are crucial to deciding whether you can raise a new pet. Given that those criteria are favorable to getting a pet, you must also consider the extra attention you must give to keep both 20

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PET Owning is not for Everyone By: Dr. Davod Kafai, DVM, Ph.D. This is always an issue for those who have children at home asking, and let’s admit it most of the time begging, to bring a pet home. For a family who has never had a pet before, such a decision is definitely not going to be easy as it isn’t a simple question of “Shall we get a cat, or a dog?” There are numerous criteria that should be considered before getting an animal companion. I hope to go through some of the important decisive factors in

becoming a pet owner. In the past, people have used animals in many different ways to make their lives easier: larger animals, like horses and bulls, have been used for transportation or plow fields; livestock were raised in farms to feed families; and dogs have been used for hunting as well as for security. You may consider that raising animals at home used to be vital to our everyday lives. Today, we keep smaller animals that range far beyond just cats and dogs (birds, reptiles, rodents, fish, etc), whose main goal are to become our companions though our relationship with our pets are much more complex. Today’s pets provide people with therapeutic benefits as they ease our loneliness, reduce our stress, as well as promote social interactions, and encourage exercise and playfulness all the while giving us unconditional love and affection. With all these benefits it is no doubt tempting to race over to the nearest pet store, breeder, or animal shelter to bring home a furry animal companion of your own. But, of course, pet ownership also comes with many responsibilities that should not be undertaken lightly.

your family and the new furry addition healthy. This entails but isn’t limited to: annual vaccinations; spaying or neutering; and cleaning the animal as well as developing cleanly habits such as washing your hands before and after playing with your pets. Not to mention costs that will occur with having a pet on food, toys, grooming, and the aforementioned cost for veterinary bills. Children, elders, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are at greater risks of getting sick from animals. In this situation, households with such family members should adopt the habit of washing hands thoroughly before and after contact with their pets, cleaning their pets and keeping them healthy, keeping the animal’s vaccines up to date, perform regular deworming, supervising young children with pets, preventing people from kissing your pets or putting their hands or other objects in their mouths after touching animals, and avoiding changing litter boxes during pregnancy. I always advise people who want to have a pet for the first time to consult a veterinarian, talk to a friend who has a pet, read some magazines and books, research online, and thus educate yourself first. If you are still unsure whether you can raise an animal companion and would like to have some experience prior to having a pet, you can consider fostering pets from shelters, taking care of a friend’s pet for a short time, or volunteering at shelters or veterinary clinics to get an idea. n

Adding a new member to the family entails significant changes in one’s daily life that you must consider your lifestyle to influence your choice in a pet. Factors such as the pet’s activity level, having small children and elderly family members at home, other existing animals in the household, your home environment, and finally but perhaps most importantly the time commitment required for the pet are crucial to deciding whether you can raise a new pet. Given that those criteria are favorable to getting a pet, you must also consider the extra attention you must give to keep both 20

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TOURISM

TOCHAL Located north of Tehran, Tochal ski complex is the closest ski resort to this city. It is accessible by catching a cable car in the northern neighborhoods of Tehran, which makes this ski area a popular place for daytrip skiers. With a vertical climb of 6,063 feet and height of 12,270 feet, the four mile cable car ride from Tehran to Tochal is one of the longest and the highest in the world. It takes 40 minutes to reach the resort from the base station. Tochal is the least developed ski resort around Tehran and offers fewer runs than others. It has 5 ski lifts, 1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, and 2 surface lifts. Even though there is no snowboarding park at the peak, it is a popular resort with snowboarders who make up 30 percent of the skiers.

ITA Due to the high altitude of Tochal, the ski season at this resort is longer than any other resorts around Tehran and because of dry weather in this region the snow quality is one the best. n

Photos by Kamran Photo Gallery

By: Kiumars Rezvanifar It seems to those who haven’t been to Iran that this country is flat and consists of vast deserts with arid hot weather. But in reality, many are surprised to learn that in fact Iran is a land of many climates and geographical characteristics. Stretching in northern Iran is Alborz, a mountain range with its high peak, Mt. Damavand (5610 M). The wet and humid climate caused by the Caspian Sea in northern Iran is the reason for the lush green landscapes and dense forests. The desert lands in central Iran and other major mountainous regions have great influence on the weather pattern in that country.

ABALI Abali ski resort is located 70 Km north east of Tehran and is the closest ski slope to Mt. Damavand, the highest peak in Iran. Abali ski slopes are the birth place of modern skiing and the base of the winter sport in Iran. In 1953 it was the first ski slope in Iran to have installed a mechanical ski lift. This slope is situated at an altitude of 2650 meters and with a vertical drop of 250 meters, it offers very nice slopes for beginners as well as intermediate skiers. Abali has 9 Ski lifts (1 Tele-Cabin, 5 Dish Tele-Skis, 3 Hammer-Tele-Skis) with the highest lift at 2650 meters. Ski season at this slope varies from December to March with the snow depth of 1 to 2 meters.

So in winter the climate in the southern regions remains hot enough to swim in the Persian Gulf while it get so cold in northern Iran that snow falls and it is cold enough to ski. The snowfall in the north is so dense that there are several ski slopes around the capital Tehran that have been compared to the ski slopes in Europe and North America. In this report, we will introduce you to several famous ski slopes near Tehran and maybe this could be the ultimate answer to the question that the Iranians are always being asked in North America: “Do you have any snow in Iran??????” ” 22

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DIZIN The Dizin ski complex is situated in the Alborz Mountain just 43 miles north of Tehran and was established in 1969. It is the first ski resort in Iran which has been officially recognized by the International Ski Federation for its capacity in administering official and international competitions. With the high altitude of 3550 meters, Dizin is the 40th highest ski resort in the world. Due to this high elevation, the ski season in this resort normally begins in November and lasts to the end of May, longer than most European ski resorts. The great powdery snow quality at Dizin makes this resort a rival to many European and Rocky Mountain ski slopes. Dizin has 23 ski runs and the ski lifts include 3 Tele -Cabins, 2 ski lifts, 7 Dish Tele-Skis and 1 Hammer Tele-Ski. SHEMSHAK Shemshak ski resort is only a 45 minute drive north east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. After the Dizin ski complex, it is the second largest ski area in Iran which came to operation in 1958.

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Shemshak has two main slopes that lie at an altitude of 2250 to 3050 meters above sea level. The light powder snow at these high elevations and a vertical drop of 500 meters, have made this resort a popular skiing destination with the more experienced and advanced skiers. This ski resort has two ski lifts, three Dish Tele-Skis, and two Hammer Tele-Skis.g.

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TOURISM

TOCHAL Located north of Tehran, Tochal ski complex is the closest ski resort to this city. It is accessible by catching a cable car in the northern neighborhoods of Tehran, which makes this ski area a popular place for daytrip skiers. With a vertical climb of 6,063 feet and height of 12,270 feet, the four mile cable car ride from Tehran to Tochal is one of the longest and the highest in the world. It takes 40 minutes to reach the resort from the base station. Tochal is the least developed ski resort around Tehran and offers fewer runs than others. It has 5 ski lifts, 1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, and 2 surface lifts. Even though there is no snowboarding park at the peak, it is a popular resort with snowboarders who make up 30 percent of the skiers.

ITA Due to the high altitude of Tochal, the ski season at this resort is longer than any other resorts around Tehran and because of dry weather in this region the snow quality is one the best. n

Photos by Kamran Photo Gallery

By: Kiumars Rezvanifar It seems to those who haven’t been to Iran that this country is flat and consists of vast deserts with arid hot weather. But in reality, many are surprised to learn that in fact Iran is a land of many climates and geographical characteristics. Stretching in northern Iran is Alborz, a mountain range with its high peak, Mt. Damavand (5610 M). The wet and humid climate caused by the Caspian Sea in northern Iran is the reason for the lush green landscapes and dense forests. The desert lands in central Iran and other major mountainous regions have great influence on the weather pattern in that country.

ABALI Abali ski resort is located 70 Km north east of Tehran and is the closest ski slope to Mt. Damavand, the highest peak in Iran. Abali ski slopes are the birth place of modern skiing and the base of the winter sport in Iran. In 1953 it was the first ski slope in Iran to have installed a mechanical ski lift. This slope is situated at an altitude of 2650 meters and with a vertical drop of 250 meters, it offers very nice slopes for beginners as well as intermediate skiers. Abali has 9 Ski lifts (1 Tele-Cabin, 5 Dish Tele-Skis, 3 Hammer-Tele-Skis) with the highest lift at 2650 meters. Ski season at this slope varies from December to March with the snow depth of 1 to 2 meters.

So in winter the climate in the southern regions remains hot enough to swim in the Persian Gulf while it get so cold in northern Iran that snow falls and it is cold enough to ski. The snowfall in the north is so dense that there are several ski slopes around the capital Tehran that have been compared to the ski slopes in Europe and North America. In this report, we will introduce you to several famous ski slopes near Tehran and maybe this could be the ultimate answer to the question that the Iranians are always being asked in North America: “Do you have any snow in Iran??????” ” 22

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DIZIN The Dizin ski complex is situated in the Alborz Mountain just 43 miles north of Tehran and was established in 1969. It is the first ski resort in Iran which has been officially recognized by the International Ski Federation for its capacity in administering official and international competitions. With the high altitude of 3550 meters, Dizin is the 40th highest ski resort in the world. Due to this high elevation, the ski season in this resort normally begins in November and lasts to the end of May, longer than most European ski resorts. The great powdery snow quality at Dizin makes this resort a rival to many European and Rocky Mountain ski slopes. Dizin has 23 ski runs and the ski lifts include 3 Tele -Cabins, 2 ski lifts, 7 Dish Tele-Skis and 1 Hammer Tele-Ski. SHEMSHAK Shemshak ski resort is only a 45 minute drive north east of Tehran in the Alborz mountain range. After the Dizin ski complex, it is the second largest ski area in Iran which came to operation in 1958.

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Shemshak has two main slopes that lie at an altitude of 2250 to 3050 meters above sea level. The light powder snow at these high elevations and a vertical drop of 500 meters, have made this resort a popular skiing destination with the more experienced and advanced skiers. This ski resort has two ski lifts, three Dish Tele-Skis, and two Hammer Tele-Skis.g.

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WINES

Vinho Verde

5 WINES OF PORTUGAL By: David Akhlaghi, Executive Director at The Wine Cave

With all the recent focus on things like Chardonnay and white Rhône blends, it’s easy to overlook the fact that not every region or variety is so widespread to warrant two weeks of intense inspection. By that same token, there can be a propensity to over do the focus on those wines that have big followings at the expense of the little guys. Not to call Portugal a little guy, but wine wise they sort of are. That doesn’t mean that Portuguese wines aren’t worth checking out. They can be exceptional and because they are not hugely popular, they can also be great values. Today let’s swing through Portugal and pick out some wines to get any budding oenophile excited about discovering Portugal’s great vinous treasures.

For popularity, no other Portuguese table wine can match Vinho verde. This is the name of the wine as well as the region. Contrary to what we tend to find on shelves here in the U.S., Vinho Verde is produced in red, white, and even rosé iterations. The success of Vinho Verde stems as much from the wine’s price - it is awfully affordable - as its character: light, refreshing and with a hint of fizz. Vinho Verde is so affordable because it is produced from less ripe grapes, resulting in unmatched freshness and modest alcohol levels, perfect for summer sipping.

Two to try: 1) Casal Garcia 2) Quinta da Aveleda

Dao

My final stop today is in the Dao, centered in Portugal’s north and just south of the Douro. With such close proximity to the center of Port production, it’s no surprise to find Touriga nacional here. What may be surprising, and certainly contributes to the character of the wines, is the prominence that Tinta Roriz has here. That’s Tempranillo when it’s planted cross the border! The Tinta tends to lighten up the character of the Dao wines, proving to be the perfect foil for the earthier, more tannic Touriga nacional. These are lovely wines on release, with many having been aged for several years in barrel and in bottle at the winery. Earthy and lightly spicy, they are classic European table wines and particularly adaptable on the table.

Two to try: 1) Cardeal Dao 2) Porta dos Cavaleiros Dao

Palmela

Talk about under-recognized regions. With a name as familiar as Palmela, it’s a bit surprising that this region has not become more well known in the states. This region is home to one of the world’s great dessert wines, and no it’s not Port. I’m talking about their reds wines at the moment. Palmela is a region with a rich assortment of indigenous vines, which generally produce a nice, medium-bodied and red-fruited style of wine. The Castelao grape is one of the stars of the region, though you are as likely to find a little Cabernet here as other important reds such as Alfrocheiro and Trincadeira.

Two to try: 1) Dona Ermelinda Palmela 2) Bacalhoa Vinhos Garrafeira Palmela

Setubal

Douro

The Douro is home to Portugal’s most famous wine, the dessert wine known fittingly enough as Port. What people don’t always realize is that there is a thriving table wine industry in the Douro as well. Using the same grapes that form the basis of Port, mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, many wineries produce exciting, character-filled reds that are rich, muscular and spicy. These are some of the most exciting wines in Portugal, filled with a uniquely Portuguese flavor!

Two to try: 1) Porca de Murca 2) Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro

Since we are down in Palmela on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, it is fitting that we look at Palmela’s neighbor:Setubal. This is the land of fortified muscat wines, and they can be fabulous. Muscatel de Setubal, as the wines are known, are wood-aged Muscats that are capable of aging well though they do show classic orange, apricot and floral notes from release. It is a rather unique style of wine and one dominated by a single producer: Jose Maria da Fonseca, who is credited with developing this style of wine. It’s a rare treat and a great and, until recently, very affordable choice for a celebratory wine, especially if you were born in a global craptastic vintage like 1965!

Two to try: 1) JM da Fonseca Moscatel de Setubal 2) Bacalhoa Moscatel de Setubal David Akhlaghi • david@winecave.ca • winecave.ca

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WINES

Vinho Verde

5 WINES OF PORTUGAL By: David Akhlaghi, Executive Director at The Wine Cave

With all the recent focus on things like Chardonnay and white Rhône blends, it’s easy to overlook the fact that not every region or variety is so widespread to warrant two weeks of intense inspection. By that same token, there can be a propensity to over do the focus on those wines that have big followings at the expense of the little guys. Not to call Portugal a little guy, but wine wise they sort of are. That doesn’t mean that Portuguese wines aren’t worth checking out. They can be exceptional and because they are not hugely popular, they can also be great values. Today let’s swing through Portugal and pick out some wines to get any budding oenophile excited about discovering Portugal’s great vinous treasures.

For popularity, no other Portuguese table wine can match Vinho verde. This is the name of the wine as well as the region. Contrary to what we tend to find on shelves here in the U.S., Vinho Verde is produced in red, white, and even rosé iterations. The success of Vinho Verde stems as much from the wine’s price - it is awfully affordable - as its character: light, refreshing and with a hint of fizz. Vinho Verde is so affordable because it is produced from less ripe grapes, resulting in unmatched freshness and modest alcohol levels, perfect for summer sipping.

Two to try: 1) Casal Garcia 2) Quinta da Aveleda

Dao

My final stop today is in the Dao, centered in Portugal’s north and just south of the Douro. With such close proximity to the center of Port production, it’s no surprise to find Touriga nacional here. What may be surprising, and certainly contributes to the character of the wines, is the prominence that Tinta Roriz has here. That’s Tempranillo when it’s planted cross the border! The Tinta tends to lighten up the character of the Dao wines, proving to be the perfect foil for the earthier, more tannic Touriga nacional. These are lovely wines on release, with many having been aged for several years in barrel and in bottle at the winery. Earthy and lightly spicy, they are classic European table wines and particularly adaptable on the table.

Two to try: 1) Cardeal Dao 2) Porta dos Cavaleiros Dao

Palmela

Talk about under-recognized regions. With a name as familiar as Palmela, it’s a bit surprising that this region has not become more well known in the states. This region is home to one of the world’s great dessert wines, and no it’s not Port. I’m talking about their reds wines at the moment. Palmela is a region with a rich assortment of indigenous vines, which generally produce a nice, medium-bodied and red-fruited style of wine. The Castelao grape is one of the stars of the region, though you are as likely to find a little Cabernet here as other important reds such as Alfrocheiro and Trincadeira.

Two to try: 1) Dona Ermelinda Palmela 2) Bacalhoa Vinhos Garrafeira Palmela

Setubal

Douro

The Douro is home to Portugal’s most famous wine, the dessert wine known fittingly enough as Port. What people don’t always realize is that there is a thriving table wine industry in the Douro as well. Using the same grapes that form the basis of Port, mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, many wineries produce exciting, character-filled reds that are rich, muscular and spicy. These are some of the most exciting wines in Portugal, filled with a uniquely Portuguese flavor!

Two to try: 1) Porca de Murca 2) Quinta do Vale Meao Meandro

Since we are down in Palmela on the Atlantic Coast of Portugal, it is fitting that we look at Palmela’s neighbor:Setubal. This is the land of fortified muscat wines, and they can be fabulous. Muscatel de Setubal, as the wines are known, are wood-aged Muscats that are capable of aging well though they do show classic orange, apricot and floral notes from release. It is a rather unique style of wine and one dominated by a single producer: Jose Maria da Fonseca, who is credited with developing this style of wine. It’s a rare treat and a great and, until recently, very affordable choice for a celebratory wine, especially if you were born in a global craptastic vintage like 1965!

Two to try: 1) JM da Fonseca Moscatel de Setubal 2) Bacalhoa Moscatel de Setubal David Akhlaghi • david@winecave.ca • winecave.ca

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FOOD RECIPE Khoresht (sauce) Directions: Melt butter in a 3-quart pot. Add meat, onions, and seasonings and sauté until meat is brown. Add tomato sauce, water, green beans and lemon juice and let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour on medium heat or until beans are tender and the meat absorbs most of the juice. Cook rice as directed below. When you come to step 6 of the directions for the rice, put ¼ of the rice in the pot, place ¼ of the sauce over the rice, and alternate until all of the rice and sauce are layered. (makes 4-5 servings ) Polo (Rice) Ingredients: 2 ½ cups of rice 2 ¼ tbsp. salt 2 tbsp. salt ¼ cup butter (melted) 2 qts. Water ¼ cup vegetable oil

Estamboli Polo

a recipe from the Persian Mom’s Kitchen

Like many other cultures, there is a variety of tasty dishes on the Persian kitchen menu. But one thing for sure, there isn’t such a thing as “fast food” or “fast cooking” in the Persian cooking! All of the dishes are prepared like cuisine and they consist of all of the food groups. Even preparing the side dishes and salads require time, patience, and special attention or “love” as it is being called by the cooks in this culture. Most of the Iranian dishes are consist of Polo (rice) and Khoresht (sauce) which are cooked separate and served in different platters. Estamboli Polo is one delicious dish that polo and the khoresht are prepared in different pots but mixed and cooked together in one pot. In one way you can say that this dish is an introductory recipe to the art of Persian cooking. Try it and without any doubt you will enjoy it and as we always say in Farsi “NOOSHE JAN”! Khoresht (sauce) Ingredients: 3 ½ tbsp butter 1 ½ lb. ground beef or stew beef, cut into 1/2 “ cubes 1/2 tsp. salt 2 medium onions (finely chopped) 3 cups fresh green beans (cut in half) 1/4 tsp. pepper 3/4cup tomato sauce 1/3 cup water 2 tbsp. lemon juice 2 1/2 cups basmati rice 1 ¾ tbsp. salt 2 qt. water 2 tbsp. salt ½ cup melted butter

2) Boil 2 quarts of water and add 2 ¼ tablespoons of salt. 3) Pour off the water in which the rice has been soaked. Add rice to the boiling water and boil it for 10-12 minutes. (stir rice with spoon once or twice to prevent the grains from sticking together.). 4) Pour the rice and water into a strainer and rinse with cold water. 5) Put vegetable oil into the bottom of the pot in which you cooked the rice. 6) Take a spoonful of rice at a time and put it in the pot, distributing it evenly. Allow it to mount into the shape of a cone. 7) Pour the ½ of the melted butter over the rice, along with 1/8 to ¼ cup of water, distributing it evenly. 8) Put paper towel over the pot and cover. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes on medium heat and cook for 35-40 minutes on low fire. Note: If the rice is cooked at the right temperature, the rice will form a crust at the bottom of the pot which will become crisp and turn golden brown, while the rest of the rice remains white. The Persian name for this crust is “Tah-deeg”. Don’t worry if this does not happen on your first try. Just remember like other things, the mastering in making a perfect Tah-deeg comes with practice. By the way Tah-deeg is the best part of the Polo and is very popular with the Iranians as long as it is not totally burned. n

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Polo (rice) Directions: 1) Wash rice 3 - 4 times in lukewarm water and then soak in cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt. Use enough cold water to cover the rice. This rice should be soaked overnight or if you are in a hurry soak rice minimum 1 or 2 hours.

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FOOD RECIPE Khoresht (sauce) Directions: Melt butter in a 3-quart pot. Add meat, onions, and seasonings and sauté until meat is brown. Add tomato sauce, water, green beans and lemon juice and let simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour on medium heat or until beans are tender and the meat absorbs most of the juice. Cook rice as directed below. When you come to step 6 of the directions for the rice, put ¼ of the rice in the pot, place ¼ of the sauce over the rice, and alternate until all of the rice and sauce are layered. (makes 4-5 servings ) Polo (Rice) Ingredients: 2 ½ cups of rice 2 ¼ tbsp. salt 2 tbsp. salt ¼ cup butter (melted) 2 qts. Water ¼ cup vegetable oil

Estamboli Polo

a recipe from the Persian Mom’s Kitchen

Like many other cultures, there is a variety of tasty dishes on the Persian kitchen menu. But one thing for sure, there isn’t such a thing as “fast food” or “fast cooking” in the Persian cooking! All of the dishes are prepared like cuisine and they consist of all of the food groups. Even preparing the side dishes and salads require time, patience, and special attention or “love” as it is being called by the cooks in this culture. Most of the Iranian dishes are consist of Polo (rice) and Khoresht (sauce) which are cooked separate and served in different platters. Estamboli Polo is one delicious dish that polo and the khoresht are prepared in different pots but mixed and cooked together in one pot. In one way you can say that this dish is an introductory recipe to the art of Persian cooking. Try it and without any doubt you will enjoy it and as we always say in Farsi “NOOSHE JAN”! Khoresht (sauce) Ingredients: 3 ½ tbsp butter 1 ½ lb. ground beef or stew beef, cut into 1/2 “ cubes 1/2 tsp. salt 2 medium onions (finely chopped) 3 cups fresh green beans (cut in half) 1/4 tsp. pepper 3/4cup tomato sauce 1/3 cup water 2 tbsp. lemon juice 2 1/2 cups basmati rice 1 ¾ tbsp. salt 2 qt. water 2 tbsp. salt ½ cup melted butter

2) Boil 2 quarts of water and add 2 ¼ tablespoons of salt. 3) Pour off the water in which the rice has been soaked. Add rice to the boiling water and boil it for 10-12 minutes. (stir rice with spoon once or twice to prevent the grains from sticking together.). 4) Pour the rice and water into a strainer and rinse with cold water. 5) Put vegetable oil into the bottom of the pot in which you cooked the rice. 6) Take a spoonful of rice at a time and put it in the pot, distributing it evenly. Allow it to mount into the shape of a cone. 7) Pour the ½ of the melted butter over the rice, along with 1/8 to ¼ cup of water, distributing it evenly. 8) Put paper towel over the pot and cover. Cook for 12 - 15 minutes on medium heat and cook for 35-40 minutes on low fire. Note: If the rice is cooked at the right temperature, the rice will form a crust at the bottom of the pot which will become crisp and turn golden brown, while the rest of the rice remains white. The Persian name for this crust is “Tah-deeg”. Don’t worry if this does not happen on your first try. Just remember like other things, the mastering in making a perfect Tah-deeg comes with practice. By the way Tah-deeg is the best part of the Polo and is very popular with the Iranians as long as it is not totally burned. n

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Polo (rice) Directions: 1) Wash rice 3 - 4 times in lukewarm water and then soak in cold water with 2 tablespoons of salt. Use enough cold water to cover the rice. This rice should be soaked overnight or if you are in a hurry soak rice minimum 1 or 2 hours.

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REAL ESTATE

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For Delivery & Reservations Call (416) 782-0505 • Order online at www.IlFornaro.com

Celebrate Your Special Occasion At Il Fornaro! Impress your guests on your special occasions by choosing Il Fornaro. Where you and your

Real estate predictions for 2012 By Sarvenaz Barghgir

As we turn the page on another year in Toronto real estate, experts are trying to forecast what 2012 will bring. It’s easier said than done and nobody has a crystal ball. Analysts have predicted Toronto’s real-estate apocalypse every year for the past six years however our markets have proven to be stronger each year. There are so many factors involved that affect prices that no single person can form a complete analysis in the space of a forum thread. Most people either go very deep into one or two factors and ignore the rest, or some people recognize many factors but don’t understand each one well. Nevertheless, here are basis of an approach I used to come up with 0redictions of my own. Housing prices soared in 2011. In November, the average sale price of a home was 10 per cent higher than a year earlier. I don’t expect prices to fall, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them rise one to two per cent overall. Mortgage rates are still low and there will be transactions aplenty, and I think the Toronto market needs to catch its breath for a year.

High ceilings will never make up for the lack of outdoor space, and the soft-lofts of the mid-2000s, with floor-to-ceiling windows but no outdoor space, have fallen out of favor in the past couple of years. Buyers are paying huge premiums for large terraces (400 square feet and up), where they can throw a Canada Day barbecue for 20 of their closest friends. Condo owners with 1,200-plus square-foot patios are spending $50,000 to $100,000 to create urban oases. In Toronto if people are going to endure the cold, snowy winters, they’re going to want to live it up when the weather is good. Standard condominiums in the resale market saw a more modest increase due to a healthier supply that was created by newer units coming online. However, demand for older units has increased as they are generally larger in size and preferable to people downsizing from houses and used to more space. Considering the better than average economy in Toronto and low interest rates we can predict that housing and condo market is going to take off even more in 2012 as soon as March Break is over. Most of the demand would be on larger spacy units with large terraces. n

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variety of traditional and authentic dishes seasoned

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to perfection. Add to that the warm and relaxed atmosphere, attentive, friendly and professional staff and create a memorable experience to your guests. With up to 100 seats there is no better place to celebrate your weddings, Bar-Bat Mitzvas, birthdays, anniversaries

Outstanding House in a quite prestige’s cres (Bayview and Yorkmills), with 5 BRs on a 82 feet frontage lot offered $ 2,588,000! l Magnificent 3 BR condo in heart of Yonge and Eglinton(tridel) ,More than 2200 sqf Offered at $1,518,800 l Victorian-Style Custom Built Home on 1.24 Acre in the quaint Hamlet of Lemonville ,6+1 BR Offered at $1,180,000! l Large 4 Br apartment in a luxury Condominium (Yonge and Finch) Approx 2000 Sqf Offered at $908800! l Large 3 Br apartment in a outstanding High rise(Yonge and Sheppard)Approx 1800 Sqf Offered at$ 758,800! l Large 2 Br apartment in a Luxury low rise (Yonge and Yorkmills)Approx 1200 Sqf Offered at $608000 l

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REAL ESTATE

Open 7 days a week Sun - Thurs 3pm - 10pm Fri - Sat 3pm - 11pm

1954 Avenue Rd. Toronto, ON

Il Fornaro Pizza, Pasta, Wine & Grill

The only wood-burning oven on Avenue Road!

For Delivery & Reservations Call (416) 782-0505 • Order online at www.IlFornaro.com

Celebrate Your Special Occasion At Il Fornaro! Impress your guests on your special occasions by choosing Il Fornaro. Where you and your

Real estate predictions for 2012 By Sarvenaz Barghgir

As we turn the page on another year in Toronto real estate, experts are trying to forecast what 2012 will bring. It’s easier said than done and nobody has a crystal ball. Analysts have predicted Toronto’s real-estate apocalypse every year for the past six years however our markets have proven to be stronger each year. There are so many factors involved that affect prices that no single person can form a complete analysis in the space of a forum thread. Most people either go very deep into one or two factors and ignore the rest, or some people recognize many factors but don’t understand each one well. Nevertheless, here are basis of an approach I used to come up with 0redictions of my own. Housing prices soared in 2011. In November, the average sale price of a home was 10 per cent higher than a year earlier. I don’t expect prices to fall, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them rise one to two per cent overall. Mortgage rates are still low and there will be transactions aplenty, and I think the Toronto market needs to catch its breath for a year.

High ceilings will never make up for the lack of outdoor space, and the soft-lofts of the mid-2000s, with floor-to-ceiling windows but no outdoor space, have fallen out of favor in the past couple of years. Buyers are paying huge premiums for large terraces (400 square feet and up), where they can throw a Canada Day barbecue for 20 of their closest friends. Condo owners with 1,200-plus square-foot patios are spending $50,000 to $100,000 to create urban oases. In Toronto if people are going to endure the cold, snowy winters, they’re going to want to live it up when the weather is good. Standard condominiums in the resale market saw a more modest increase due to a healthier supply that was created by newer units coming online. However, demand for older units has increased as they are generally larger in size and preferable to people downsizing from houses and used to more space. Considering the better than average economy in Toronto and low interest rates we can predict that housing and condo market is going to take off even more in 2012 as soon as March Break is over. Most of the demand would be on larger spacy units with large terraces. n

guests can enjoy an evening of unforgettableand delicious food

Looking to sell or buy a

experience. We offer a wide

home or condo ?

variety of traditional and authentic dishes seasoned

then call the leader in Real Estate

to perfection. Add to that the warm and relaxed atmosphere, attentive, friendly and professional staff and create a memorable experience to your guests. With up to 100 seats there is no better place to celebrate your weddings, Bar-Bat Mitzvas, birthdays, anniversaries

Outstanding House in a quite prestige’s cres (Bayview and Yorkmills), with 5 BRs on a 82 feet frontage lot offered $ 2,588,000! l Magnificent 3 BR condo in heart of Yonge and Eglinton(tridel) ,More than 2200 sqf Offered at $1,518,800 l Victorian-Style Custom Built Home on 1.24 Acre in the quaint Hamlet of Lemonville ,6+1 BR Offered at $1,180,000! l Large 4 Br apartment in a luxury Condominium (Yonge and Finch) Approx 2000 Sqf Offered at $908800! l Large 3 Br apartment in a outstanding High rise(Yonge and Sheppard)Approx 1800 Sqf Offered at$ 758,800! l Large 2 Br apartment in a Luxury low rise (Yonge and Yorkmills)Approx 1200 Sqf Offered at $608000 l

Sutton Group New Standard Realty Inc., Brokerage 360 Highway 7 East, Unit L1 Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3Y7 DIR: 416.908.8692. barghgir@gmail.com

Your# 1 Real estate Sales Broker

Sarvy Barghgir Independently Owned & Operated

B r o k e r

Not Intended to Solicit Buyers or Sellers Currently Under Contract With a Broker

and any other occasion. 28

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HEALTH

a. Genetics: Our testing can reveal your genetic predisposition to obesity as well as your risk factors to developing health risks. It is well documented that genetics accounts for 40 to 70 per cent of a person’s obesity risk. The goal of this test is to give you information that will help you By: Dr. Elaine Chin, M.D., M.B.A. modify your behavior. We can tell you which foods, Many of us want to lose a few nutrients and types of physical activity are good for kilos to look good and feel better. your specific genetic makeup. But why do we really need to do it? But there’s an even more b. Hormones: Did you know if you are stressed out important reason to do it: To and in a ‘fight or flight’ mode, your body will be high in cortisol and hold on to your weight? If you have high insulin stay healthy. levels you are eating too much sugar (carbohydrates). And Being overweight or obese will increase your risk for if you have high leptin levels your portion sizes are too diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Just losing 10% of our big - your body is trying to tell you to eat less!

How to avoid western weight problems

body weight can reduce the chance of getting diabetes by 25%.

c. Food allergies: It is critical to understand your food Today, three million Canadians have diabetes, and six million sensitivities as this could be causing adverse reactions in have prediabetes, and many don’t even know it! Once the process your body and hindering you from weight loss. of diabetes begins the damage to organs, there is no reversing it. Controlling sugar levels with diet and medications will only slow d. Nutrient deficiency: Being deficient in an important the rate of damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart and other organs. supplement like vitamin D could hinder insulin function, Here’s another worrisome trend: Study after study has shown which is critical in fat storage. Omega 3 fatty acids act that ethnic communities who adopt a more western lifestyle and as a natural anti-inflammatory nutrient, a nutrient that diet also adopt its higher risks of heart attack and diabetes, and is critical in preventing org an damage in diabetes. begin to reflect the unhealthy statistics of their new country B vitamins are important to proper metabolic function and regulation. of residence.

“Studies show that ethnic communities who adopt a more western lifestyle and diet also adopt its higher risks of heart attack and diabetes.”

1) One size doesn’t fit all. A weight loss strategy is unique to each person, and losing weight is not all about will power. There are many things going on with your body that can help or hinder the weight loss process. In my medical practice, we perform scientific tests that have helped many clients be successful in their weight loss. These tests can help our health team figure out why your body is not performing normally/metabolically as it should. Here are the tests we conduct. 30

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This is our scientific weight loss program. Customized weight loss, one on one. We unlock and decipher the body’s secrets. We put that information directly into your hands, empowering you to improve your life.

Dr. Elaine Chin immigrated with her parents to Toronto in 1969 when she was 5 years old from Hong Kong. Today she’s an inter nationally recognized exper t in the field of personalized preventative medicine. A regular contributor to Macleans, Canadian Business, Chatelaine and CityNews, she is also a sought after speaker for medical meetings and cor porate executive retreats. She ear ned her MD (1988) and MBA (1994) degrees at the University of Toronto. She enjoys travelling and playing golf, tennis and skiing with her 13 year old son.

Alpha Q u a l i t y

2) Accountability is necessary – We all know how difficult it is to stick on a weight loss program. It’s critical to understand your inputs (food) and outputs (activity level). At our clinic, we have built in a food, activity and sleep monitoring system into our program to keep you on track. It’s a combination of a device and application. We access this system and track your food choices and weight loss progress with you so that it is a true combined effort of staying in touch and giving you feedback. We support your efforts throughout your program with weekly touch points in person or by phone.

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PARVAZ Travel

We don’t want your extra weight you’ve acquired to kill you. But most certainly, we want you to look fit, healthy and feel fabulous, and full of energy! n

Alpha High School is conveniently located at 6120 Yonge St, #200 and more importantly, it is eminent for providing quality education while tending to individual students edifications. It is a private co- educational school which offers credit courses for secondary students from grades 9-12 who are working towards obtaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Alpha High School presents a large selection of credit courses that are approved and accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education. In addition to classes, one-on-one tutoring

If you, your loved ones or friends have gaining a bit too much weight around the front and back of your body, it’s time to lose some of it.

Here’s what we know about weight loss today.

3) It takes a team to create positive outcomes – We’ve realized that an expert team of professionals that includes a physician and naturopathic doctor, weight loss coach, and dietician, is required. Together their knowledge provides a complete picture of where you are at in all aspects of your life. Only then can we create the necessary behaviour changes to help your body and mind achieve the weight loss you desire. We’ve done whatever it takes including supporting a good cry session to taking you grocery shopping!

with a qualified teaching staff is available six days a week to encourage students with upgrading their grades or simply allows them to fast track in preparation for college or university. At Alpha, students are placed in a welcoming environment with the caring attention of a highly professional staff. This combination not only promotes an eager attitude towards learning but also towards succeeding. For more information do not hesitate to call the Administration Offices of Alpha High School at (416) 661-4446. n

Alpha High School E d u c a t i o n

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4 Private co-educational school 4 Courses for secondary students at grades

(9-12) working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma

4 Credits approved by the Ontario Ministry of

6120 Yonge Street, Suite 200 North York, Ontario M4M 3W7 (416) 661 4446

Education

4 Variety of choice, ranging from College &

University Writing courses to ESL English classes

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HEALTH

a. Genetics: Our testing can reveal your genetic predisposition to obesity as well as your risk factors to developing health risks. It is well documented that genetics accounts for 40 to 70 per cent of a person’s obesity risk. The goal of this test is to give you information that will help you By: Dr. Elaine Chin, M.D., M.B.A. modify your behavior. We can tell you which foods, Many of us want to lose a few nutrients and types of physical activity are good for kilos to look good and feel better. your specific genetic makeup. But why do we really need to do it? But there’s an even more b. Hormones: Did you know if you are stressed out important reason to do it: To and in a ‘fight or flight’ mode, your body will be high in cortisol and hold on to your weight? If you have high insulin stay healthy. levels you are eating too much sugar (carbohydrates). And Being overweight or obese will increase your risk for if you have high leptin levels your portion sizes are too diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Just losing 10% of our big - your body is trying to tell you to eat less!

How to avoid western weight problems

body weight can reduce the chance of getting diabetes by 25%.

c. Food allergies: It is critical to understand your food Today, three million Canadians have diabetes, and six million sensitivities as this could be causing adverse reactions in have prediabetes, and many don’t even know it! Once the process your body and hindering you from weight loss. of diabetes begins the damage to organs, there is no reversing it. Controlling sugar levels with diet and medications will only slow d. Nutrient deficiency: Being deficient in an important the rate of damage to your eyes, kidneys, heart and other organs. supplement like vitamin D could hinder insulin function, Here’s another worrisome trend: Study after study has shown which is critical in fat storage. Omega 3 fatty acids act that ethnic communities who adopt a more western lifestyle and as a natural anti-inflammatory nutrient, a nutrient that diet also adopt its higher risks of heart attack and diabetes, and is critical in preventing org an damage in diabetes. begin to reflect the unhealthy statistics of their new country B vitamins are important to proper metabolic function and regulation. of residence.

“Studies show that ethnic communities who adopt a more western lifestyle and diet also adopt its higher risks of heart attack and diabetes.”

1) One size doesn’t fit all. A weight loss strategy is unique to each person, and losing weight is not all about will power. There are many things going on with your body that can help or hinder the weight loss process. In my medical practice, we perform scientific tests that have helped many clients be successful in their weight loss. These tests can help our health team figure out why your body is not performing normally/metabolically as it should. Here are the tests we conduct. 30

Persian Tribute Issue June 2012.indd 32-33

This is our scientific weight loss program. Customized weight loss, one on one. We unlock and decipher the body’s secrets. We put that information directly into your hands, empowering you to improve your life.

Dr. Elaine Chin immigrated with her parents to Toronto in 1969 when she was 5 years old from Hong Kong. Today she’s an inter nationally recognized exper t in the field of personalized preventative medicine. A regular contributor to Macleans, Canadian Business, Chatelaine and CityNews, she is also a sought after speaker for medical meetings and cor porate executive retreats. She ear ned her MD (1988) and MBA (1994) degrees at the University of Toronto. She enjoys travelling and playing golf, tennis and skiing with her 13 year old son.

Alpha Q u a l i t y

2) Accountability is necessary – We all know how difficult it is to stick on a weight loss program. It’s critical to understand your inputs (food) and outputs (activity level). At our clinic, we have built in a food, activity and sleep monitoring system into our program to keep you on track. It’s a combination of a device and application. We access this system and track your food choices and weight loss progress with you so that it is a true combined effort of staying in touch and giving you feedback. We support your efforts throughout your program with weekly touch points in person or by phone.

• PERSIANTRIBUNE

PARVAZ Travel

We don’t want your extra weight you’ve acquired to kill you. But most certainly, we want you to look fit, healthy and feel fabulous, and full of energy! n

Alpha High School is conveniently located at 6120 Yonge St, #200 and more importantly, it is eminent for providing quality education while tending to individual students edifications. It is a private co- educational school which offers credit courses for secondary students from grades 9-12 who are working towards obtaining their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Alpha High School presents a large selection of credit courses that are approved and accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education. In addition to classes, one-on-one tutoring

If you, your loved ones or friends have gaining a bit too much weight around the front and back of your body, it’s time to lose some of it.

Here’s what we know about weight loss today.

3) It takes a team to create positive outcomes – We’ve realized that an expert team of professionals that includes a physician and naturopathic doctor, weight loss coach, and dietician, is required. Together their knowledge provides a complete picture of where you are at in all aspects of your life. Only then can we create the necessary behaviour changes to help your body and mind achieve the weight loss you desire. We’ve done whatever it takes including supporting a good cry session to taking you grocery shopping!

with a qualified teaching staff is available six days a week to encourage students with upgrading their grades or simply allows them to fast track in preparation for college or university. At Alpha, students are placed in a welcoming environment with the caring attention of a highly professional staff. This combination not only promotes an eager attitude towards learning but also towards succeeding. For more information do not hesitate to call the Administration Offices of Alpha High School at (416) 661-4446. n

Alpha High School E d u c a t i o n

I n c .

4 Private co-educational school 4 Courses for secondary students at grades

(9-12) working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma

4 Credits approved by the Ontario Ministry of

6120 Yonge Street, Suite 200 North York, Ontario M4M 3W7 (416) 661 4446

Education

4 Variety of choice, ranging from College &

University Writing courses to ESL English classes

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Thanks to United Way funding, over 800 seniors a year can access support programs and a network of friends - in their language. The Seniors Diversity Outreach Program, run by Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS), reduces isolation and keeps seniors healthy.

Give. Volunteer. Act. www.york.unitedway.ca

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Thanks to United Way funding, over 800 seniors a year can access support programs and a network of friends - in their language. The Seniors Diversity Outreach Program, run by Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS), reduces isolation and keeps seniors healthy.

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Roya Hakakian is the Iranian-American poet/journalist and author of the book “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace”, in which she puts on display the Mykonos affair. The affair led to the subsequent arrest and prosecution of suspects by German prosecutors, whose tireless and fearless efforts culminated in the trial of suspects and indictment of Iran’s top leadership. “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace” is remarkable from a number of perspectives. First and foremost, it reads like a riveting international thriller that keeps the reader glued to its pages irrespective of the reader’s knowledge of Iranian affairs. But what makes it all more interesting is the fact that it is a non-fiction work in which all characters and events are real with no depiction of imaginary scenes by the author. The book reads like a Scheherazade story in which the author, chapter by chapter, manages to keep her readers captivated as events surrounding the murder become more intriguing and the sophistication of perpetrators exposed along the way. Another striking aspect of the book is the widespread use of similes and metaphors that are capable of communicating the emotional and psychological contexts in which events unfold.

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian Book Review By: Reza Akhlaghi “Number seven,” he said to the agent beside him”. These were the words uttered by Parviz Dastmalchi, a survivor and witness to an assassination that shook Europe and the continent’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Parviz was asked by the German police in Meckenheim to identify suspects in a shooting that had taken place two months earlier at a Berlin restaurant whose name, Mykonos, became synonymous with the Iranian leadership’s campaign of assassinations across Europe.

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Hakakian’s success does not lie only in offering an enjoyable read. For anyone interested in international affairs, she brings to the fore a highly significant case as “it [Mykonos] was the first time since World War II that a German court would consider the crimes of a foreign government”.

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Central to Hakakian’s efforts in the illustration of events is the unyielding character of the chief prosecutor, Bruno Jost, and his firm determination to ensure the independence of his country’s legal system against all odds, in particular the increasing trade ties between Iran and Germany in the 1990s. Despite many threats, pressure from German officials, and relentless procrastination by the defense team in preventing the court from reaching a verdict, Jost pursued the case. For Bruno Jost “to yield to the [German] chancellery and the foreign ministry struck the chief federal prosecutor as a violation of the independence of his office”. Nearly four years of perseverance by Jost and his team–who were aided by Parviz Dastmalchi and Shohreh Dehkordi, widow of one of the murdered guests at Mykonos–culminated in the indictment of Iran’s top leadership including former president Hashemi Rafsanjani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The court also issued an arrest warrant for Ali Fallahian, Iran’s minister of intelligence at the time. n

On the night of September 17, 1992, armed men stormed into the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin and assassinated four guests who were members of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, including Sadegh Sharafkandi, the group’s leader. The bold operation, at the time a great success for Tehran in inching closer to the elimination of its key opponents outside the country, unmasked the façade that was known as the emerging “moderate” Iran. 34 • PERSIANTRIBUNE Persian Tribute Issue June 2012.indd 36-37

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BOOK REVIEW

Roya Hakakian is the Iranian-American poet/journalist and author of the book “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace”, in which she puts on display the Mykonos affair. The affair led to the subsequent arrest and prosecution of suspects by German prosecutors, whose tireless and fearless efforts culminated in the trial of suspects and indictment of Iran’s top leadership. “Assassins of the Turquoise Palace” is remarkable from a number of perspectives. First and foremost, it reads like a riveting international thriller that keeps the reader glued to its pages irrespective of the reader’s knowledge of Iranian affairs. But what makes it all more interesting is the fact that it is a non-fiction work in which all characters and events are real with no depiction of imaginary scenes by the author. The book reads like a Scheherazade story in which the author, chapter by chapter, manages to keep her readers captivated as events surrounding the murder become more intriguing and the sophistication of perpetrators exposed along the way. Another striking aspect of the book is the widespread use of similes and metaphors that are capable of communicating the emotional and psychological contexts in which events unfold.

Assassins of the Turquoise Palace by Roya Hakakian Book Review By: Reza Akhlaghi “Number seven,” he said to the agent beside him”. These were the words uttered by Parviz Dastmalchi, a survivor and witness to an assassination that shook Europe and the continent’s relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Parviz was asked by the German police in Meckenheim to identify suspects in a shooting that had taken place two months earlier at a Berlin restaurant whose name, Mykonos, became synonymous with the Iranian leadership’s campaign of assassinations across Europe.

Roya Hakakian

Hakakian’s success does not lie only in offering an enjoyable read. For anyone interested in international affairs, she brings to the fore a highly significant case as “it [Mykonos] was the first time since World War II that a German court would consider the crimes of a foreign government”.

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Central to Hakakian’s efforts in the illustration of events is the unyielding character of the chief prosecutor, Bruno Jost, and his firm determination to ensure the independence of his country’s legal system against all odds, in particular the increasing trade ties between Iran and Germany in the 1990s. Despite many threats, pressure from German officials, and relentless procrastination by the defense team in preventing the court from reaching a verdict, Jost pursued the case. For Bruno Jost “to yield to the [German] chancellery and the foreign ministry struck the chief federal prosecutor as a violation of the independence of his office”. Nearly four years of perseverance by Jost and his team–who were aided by Parviz Dastmalchi and Shohreh Dehkordi, widow of one of the murdered guests at Mykonos–culminated in the indictment of Iran’s top leadership including former president Hashemi Rafsanjani and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. The court also issued an arrest warrant for Ali Fallahian, Iran’s minister of intelligence at the time. n

On the night of September 17, 1992, armed men stormed into the Mykonos restaurant in Berlin and assassinated four guests who were members of an Iranian Kurdish opposition group, including Sadegh Sharafkandi, the group’s leader. The bold operation, at the time a great success for Tehran in inching closer to the elimination of its key opponents outside the country, unmasked the façade that was known as the emerging “moderate” Iran. 34 • PERSIANTRIBUNE Persian Tribute Issue June 2012.indd 36-37

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Always Look After the Feng Shui of Your Main Door by: Dolly Sidhu

One of the most important part of a home is the main door. This is the Kou, or mouth of yang chi. It is where the good fortune energy of your home enters and accumulates. The main door of a home is the door that you must use frequently to get into and out of your house or apartment. It is important and should be protected. The main door has to be energized. First of all ensure that your main door is not afflicted in any way. Then proceed to energize the front main door to bring you an abundance of success in simple ways. Remember, your door must not be afflicted. If your door is afflicted, everything you do to energize will not work as it is being hit by bad energies. Simple Energizing Tips Tapping your success direction is probably the best way of making your main door work for you. This method is based on the Eight Mansions Kua formula. Kua Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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If your door faces South, use a bright light shining down towards the main door or place a live money plant at the side of the door to activate the energy. Plants will add strong energy to the area as wood produces fire. If your door faces North, place a 6 rod- metal wind chime in that corner. A wind chime will add yang energy to the sector and still balance well with the element of the North. If your door faces East or Southeast, place a water feature near it. The water should be on the left-hand side of the door as you look out. Make sure the water is flowing inwards towards the house. If your door faces West or Northwest, place golden rocks near the door. This creates the golden mountain here. If your door faces Northeast or Southwest, place a chandelier near the main door. The crystals and lights will attract in good fortune chi for the residents. For further information, please contact Dolly Sidhu, Master Feng Shui Consultant at World Of Feng Shui 905 660 8899 or www.wofs.ca World Of Feng Shui: 3175 Rutherford Road, # 6, Vaughan ON L4K 5Y6 • 905.660.8899 www.wofs.ca 40

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HOME DESIGN TM

Always Look After the Feng Shui of Your Main Door by: Dolly Sidhu

One of the most important part of a home is the main door. This is the Kou, or mouth of yang chi. It is where the good fortune energy of your home enters and accumulates. The main door of a home is the door that you must use frequently to get into and out of your house or apartment. It is important and should be protected. The main door has to be energized. First of all ensure that your main door is not afflicted in any way. Then proceed to energize the front main door to bring you an abundance of success in simple ways. Remember, your door must not be afflicted. If your door is afflicted, everything you do to energize will not work as it is being hit by bad energies. Simple Energizing Tips Tapping your success direction is probably the best way of making your main door work for you. This method is based on the Eight Mansions Kua formula.

"The Year of the Water Dragon 2012".

Best Design of door Best Colour for door Rectangular Green, brown Earth, Ochre Square Red, Maroon Triangular Wavy Black, Blue Square Earth, Ochre

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The best Direction Southeast Northeast South North Northeast (Men) Southwest (Women) West Northwest Southwest East

Round Round Square Rectangular

White White Earth. Ochre Green, Brown

If your door faces South, use a bright light shining down towards the main door or place a live money plant at the side of the door to activate the energy. Plants will add strong energy to the area as wood produces fire. If your door faces North, place a 6 rod- metal wind chime in that corner. A wind chime will add yang energy to the sector and still balance well with the element of the North.

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If your door faces East or Southeast, place a water feature near it. The water should be on the left-hand side of the door as you look out. Make sure the water is flowing inwards towards the house. If your door faces West or Northwest, place golden rocks near the door. This creates the golden mountain here.

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If your door faces Northeast or Southwest, place a chandelier near the main door. The crystals and lights will attract in good fortune chi for the residents.

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Climate Change

POLITICS

Conference

By: Bryon Wilfert

As a member of the Board of Directors of GLOBE International, I had the opportunity to attend the climate change talks in South Africa in December. GLOBE represents parliamentarians from the G8 + 5 countries and reports back to their respective parliamentarians with specific recommendations on dealing with climate change. They also report to world leaders - as they did in Durban, South Africa at the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change. As cross-party legislators we were disappointed at the governmental response to climate change. The international community must strengthen efforts to address climate change with greater urgency and ambition to deliver th e a g r eed o b j ective o f l i m i ti n g g l o b a l aver a g e temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. As legislators, we are developing, passing and overseeing the implementation of climate change related legislation. Far from acting as a brake on development or economic growth, we believe that strengthening legislation together, and consistently, will make our economies more competitive and resilient by strengthening energy security, improving resource efficiency, creating jobs in new industries and improving air quality, health and, food security. Long-term and credible legislation, in particular pricing carbon, is essential to create investment opportunities for low carbon solutions and we are already beginning to see that those countries with strong legislative frameworks are attracting greater inward investment on clean energy. So the Conservative governments decision to pull out of the only international treaty on climate change - Kyoto Protocol and the only country to do so, is not only an embarrassment 40

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As a Canadian I was embarrassed that the government took such reckless action and by the comments made to me so were many representatives from countries around the world. Canadians deserve better. This type of politics may play well to the Conservative political base but the vast majority of Canadians consistent have indicated they support our Kyoto participation. GLOBE called for a legal form for a post-2012 agreement. In particular, we have urged governments from developed countries to commit to a second period of the Kyoto Protocol or take on comparable targets in line with a reduction of at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and fulfilling obligations in relation to the provision of finance and technology support. We also called on the major developing countries to fulfill existing voluntary pledges to tackle climate change between now and 2020 and to consider strengthening those pledges. Finally we have urged all countries to begin negotiations as soon as possible on an internationally legally blinding instrument for the period after 2020 that gives the international community a reasonable chance at limiting global average temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and equity, taking into account respective capabilities. We can not afford to do any less. Future generations are depending on us to do the right thing. n

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but demonstrates a lack of leadership on this important issue. The international response has been swift and unanimous in denouncing this lack of leadership and commitment to a multiple-lateral process which the world needs. Even American states (43 so far) are meeting or exceeding Kyoto targets.

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Climate Change

POLITICS

Conference

By: Bryon Wilfert

As a member of the Board of Directors of GLOBE International, I had the opportunity to attend the climate change talks in South Africa in December. GLOBE represents parliamentarians from the G8 + 5 countries and reports back to their respective parliamentarians with specific recommendations on dealing with climate change. They also report to world leaders - as they did in Durban, South Africa at the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change. As cross-party legislators we were disappointed at the governmental response to climate change. The international community must strengthen efforts to address climate change with greater urgency and ambition to deliver th e a g r eed o b j ective o f l i m i ti n g g l o b a l aver a g e temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. As legislators, we are developing, passing and overseeing the implementation of climate change related legislation. Far from acting as a brake on development or economic growth, we believe that strengthening legislation together, and consistently, will make our economies more competitive and resilient by strengthening energy security, improving resource efficiency, creating jobs in new industries and improving air quality, health and, food security. Long-term and credible legislation, in particular pricing carbon, is essential to create investment opportunities for low carbon solutions and we are already beginning to see that those countries with strong legislative frameworks are attracting greater inward investment on clean energy. So the Conservative governments decision to pull out of the only international treaty on climate change - Kyoto Protocol and the only country to do so, is not only an embarrassment 40

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As a Canadian I was embarrassed that the government took such reckless action and by the comments made to me so were many representatives from countries around the world. Canadians deserve better. This type of politics may play well to the Conservative political base but the vast majority of Canadians consistent have indicated they support our Kyoto participation. GLOBE called for a legal form for a post-2012 agreement. In particular, we have urged governments from developed countries to commit to a second period of the Kyoto Protocol or take on comparable targets in line with a reduction of at least 80 percent from 1990 levels by 2050 and fulfilling obligations in relation to the provision of finance and technology support. We also called on the major developing countries to fulfill existing voluntary pledges to tackle climate change between now and 2020 and to consider strengthening those pledges. Finally we have urged all countries to begin negotiations as soon as possible on an internationally legally blinding instrument for the period after 2020 that gives the international community a reasonable chance at limiting global average temperature rise to a maximum of 2 degrees Celsius, in accordance with the principles of common but differentiated responsibility and equity, taking into account respective capabilities. We can not afford to do any less. Future generations are depending on us to do the right thing. n

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but demonstrates a lack of leadership on this important issue. The international response has been swift and unanimous in denouncing this lack of leadership and commitment to a multiple-lateral process which the world needs. Even American states (43 so far) are meeting or exceeding Kyoto targets.

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season SEPT 26 Queen for a Day (to Oct. 7) O C T 17 Shirley Jones O C T 19 Steve Patterson O C T 22 The Velveteen Rabbit O C T 23 CAL: Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” O C T 26 Jennifer Warnes N OV 13 Tap Kids N OV 14 Michelle Wright N OV 15 Vicki Lawrence N OV 24 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie N OV 27 Wingfield’s Progress D E C 22 Jason McCoy D E C 31 NewYear’s Eve

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