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Dalai Lama and Nobel Laureates at Peace Summit in Vancouver

(September 24, 2009) – The Dalai Lama will be in Vancouver, September 27-29, 2009 to attend the Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue organized by Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. Joining the Dalai Lama will be six Nobel laureates including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, and Mairead Maguire. Other luminaries include former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, musician and activist Sir Bob Geldoff, and Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada. The Vancouver Peace Summit: Nobel Laureates in Dialogue, will include a series of dialogues focusing on the themes of peace, education, creativity and well-being, and women and peace-building. 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit from Social Media on Vimeo. Governor General Michaëlle Jean will open the summit. The Summit’s dialogues, which will be webcast, are: World Peace through Personal Peace, Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace, Educating the Heart, and Women and Peace-building. In Sunday’s afternoon dialogue, Nobel Laureates in Dialogue: Connecting for Peace, four Nobel Peace Laureates – including the Dalai Lama, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire and Betty Williams – will discuss their own motivations, their experiences of connecting for change, and their perspectives on our human responsibilities at the present time. At this session, TED.com Prize winner, Karen Armstrong will speak on the Charter for Compassion, which will be unveiled on November 12. The peace summit will run from Sunday Sept. 27 to Tuesday...

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The Word On The Street Celebrates 20 Years This Sunday

(September 24, 2009) – The Word On The Street will be offering plenty of special activities and events in celebration of its 20th festival this coming Sunday, September 27, 2009. Every year on the last Sunday of September, in Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax, The Word On The Street unites the country in a national celebration of literacy and the written word. Annually attracting more than 200,000 visitors to its Queen’s Park location, The Word On The Street in Toronto is the largest book and magazine festival in Canada. Margaret Atwood will be headlining the Scotiabank Bestsellers Stage from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. It’s the first coast-to-coast book event in celebration of the release of her new book, The Year of the Flood. Her appearance will be broadcast live to the sister events in Halifax and Vancouver, with audiences in each city posing questions to her, streamed live at www.openbooktoronto.com. She will also be engaging in LongPen signings for these events. The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics are only a few months away. In celebration, The Word On The Street is hosting two Olympic athletes in partnership with Cheerios! Paralympian Josh Cassidy and rower Janine Hanson will be appearing in the Cheer Tent on KidStreet. To celebrate The Word On The Street’s 20th festival, there will be two Literacy Murals at Queen’s Park: one beside Literacy Lane and the...

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‘Racing to good works’ – Muslim Americans answer the call to serve

By Salma Hasan Ali (September 23, 2009) – This year, 11 September was proclaimed the National Day of Service and Remembrance, symbolically concluding a nationwide summer of service movement, United We Serve. This programme was launched by US President Barack Obama to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities, and Muslim Americans stepped up to the challenge. Since 11 September fell during Ramadan this year, it was a perfect opportunity for Muslim Americans to reclaim the day as one of commitment to one another and to our country. Muslim Americans Answer the Call is a nationwide grassroots response to mobilise every single Muslim American in a united effort for community service. The Qur’an says: “Race one another in good works” (Qur’an 5:48). And since the campaign continued through Ramadan, many of us felt there was no better way to show our faith than in action. Beginning 22 June, the group committed to completing 1,000 community service projects, and we surpassed 3,000. Projects ranged from partnering with the Salvation Army, an organisation dedicated to relieving poverty, to preparing thousands of meals for the homeless in our nation’s capital, to working with publishers to provide textbooks for under-funded schools on Native American reservations. Last week I attended Fast2Feed, an interfaith iftar dinner marking the end of the daily fast, at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC. The event...

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff extends Eid greetings to Muslims

(September 21, 2009) – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Michael Ignatieff, spoke to the large gathering of Muslims on Sunday, September 20, 2009, at the CNE Direct Energy Centre in Toronto and extended Eid greetings on behalf of his party: “As you gather with your family and friends to mark the end of Ramadan, please accept my warmest wishes for a joyful holiday. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of a month of prayer and reflection for Muslims. It’s a time to help those in need and to give thanks for the strength and perseverance that define the month of Ramadan. On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada, I want to extend my best wishes to all Muslims, in Canada and around the world, as you celebrate Eid...

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Congratulations, you made it!

By Yahya Abdul Rahman (September 20, 2009) – Congratulations, you made it! You have successfully completed the fast of the month of Ramadan. Whether this is your first complete Ramadan fast or your 50th, you have done a wonderful thing because the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has stated that, “whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” One thing you have learned during this month of fasting is that sometimes it can be quite hard. Some days you did not feel like fasting or praying as you were tired. But you overcame your desires and now today, on this first day of Eid, you are celebrating with millions and millions of other Muslims. This makes you feel happy and proud, doesn’t it? You also feel a sense of accomplishment because, despite the difficulties you encountered along the way, you did not give up and have won the victory over your desires. One of the main lessons which Ramadan teaches us is that if we want to accomplish something important or worthwhile it takes effort. Sometimes things can become really difficult and challenging but when we keep focused on our goal then eventually we will achieve that which we set out to do. These lessons not only apply to Ramadan but to anything we...

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