The Indo-Canadian Report with Wojtek Gwiazda


The Indo-Canadian Report is heard Wednesdays to Fridays across India at 7:10am and 9:10pm (Delhi time) as part of RCI's English language program “The Link” with Marc Montgomery. The Report focuses on Canada-India relations, as well as the large Indo-Canadian community in Canada.  
 
The Report's Wojtek Gwiazda looks at all aspects of the relationship between the two countries, and looks at the immigrant community. Whether it's business or social questions, culture or entertainment, you'll find it on the Indo-Canadian Report. 
 
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Below you'll find descriptions of what's in each edition of the Indo-Canadian Report, starting with the most recent one. To your right are the audio files for the specific date. 
Underlined texts connect to websites.
 
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Indo-Canadian Report for July 1, 2008 
New Study: India's Disappearing Daughters 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a new study of India's continuing crisis of unwanted female children. Put out by ActionAid and Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the study is the result of five-year research project in five Indian states. IDRC's Navsharan Singh explains how the research was done, and talks about the results which suggest the dropping ratio of girls to boys continues to fall dramatically. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 27, 2008 
In the News: Blackberry - Farmworkers - Hockey 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at what's getting covered by the media in India and Canada this week. Among the stories: a cabinet shuffle in the Canadian government, more on the Blackberry issue in India, a study on exploited Indo-Canadian farm workers, and an Indo-Canadian gets drafted to play with the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 26, 2008 
Ajit Jain, Senior Editor, India Abroad 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to Ajit Jain, the senior editor of the newspaper India Abroad. He tells Wojtek about the challenges of reporting from Canada for the past 25 years, about changes in the Indo-Canadian community, and the changing relationship of India and Canada since the 1980s. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 25, 2008 
South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about MOSAIC – the South Asian Heritage Festival of Mississauga - that just wrapped up on the weekend in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga. The festival's founder Arshad Mahmood tells Wojtek about why the festival was started, the disastrous beginning in 2006, and the huge success this past weekend.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 20, 2008 
New association to protect South Asians' health 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on next week's launch of the South Asian Pharma Network Association (SAPNA). Ajay Bhatia is one of the founding directors of SAPNA. He tells Wojtek about the urgent health situation faced by Indo-Canadians and other South Asians in Canada because of heart and other coronary diseases. He explains how his association hopes to help the community cope with the challenge. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 19, 2008 
"India Calling 2008" delegation in Canada 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a large Indian delegation that's now visiting Canada. Organized by the Indian Merchants' Chamber, “India Calling 2008” delegation members are visiting the cities of Toronto and Vancouver this week. Business consultant Murray Jans was one of the members of the Canadian steering committee for the visit, and talks to Wojtek about the varied makeup of the delegation, and the Canadian reaction to the event.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 18, 2008 
News: Cda-India research accord /Air India film 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at two of the news stories that are getting covered by the media in India and Canada this week: a $17 million agreement between India and Canada for 10 research and development projects, and the television premiere this Sunday of the documentary film “Air India 182”. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 13, 2008 
Indian delegation at Global Petroleum Conference 
Wojtek Gwiazda has a report on the Indian delegation at the Global Petroleum Conference, which is on this week in Canada. A.K. Balyan is the Director of Business Development and Human Resources for ONGC – India's number one oil and gas company, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. The ONGC director was the head of the 25-member delegation at the Petroleum Conference in Canada's oil capital, Calgary. He talked to Wojtek about the delegation, and India's oil and gas priorities worldwide. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 12, 2008 
Coming of age of an Indo-Canadian girl 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about "Fish Eyes" a play on the coming of age of an Indo-Canadian teenage girl, and the actor and playwright who wrote it. Actor, dancer and writer, Anita Majumdar talks about how and why “Fish Eyes” was written, about her exploration of the Indo-Canadian identity, and about the next play, in a planned trilogy. Website: www.fish-eyes.com Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 11, 2008 
Cdn Padma Shri recipient on food sustainability 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to Dr Joseph Hulse, who's just received one of India's highest civilian honours, the Padma Shri award. Dr Hulse has been involved with India since the 1960s, and is an expert in food, nutrition, and food sustainability. He talked to Wojtek about receiving the award, and about his involvement with food research and cooperative agricultural programs. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 6, 2008 
mybindi.com is a window to South Asian community 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the very popular South Asian website mybindi.com which is based in Canada's biggest city Toronto. Mybindi's Editor-in-Chief and CEO, Syerah Virani, explains how she got involved with the website, the way it cooperates with the community, and how she sees the future of the community. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 5, 2008 
"Deportation" latest CD from the group LAL 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the protest music group, LAL from Toronto, which has just released its latest CD “Deportation” with PTR Music. Wojtek talks to the group's lead singer Rosina Kazi, about being South Asian, being political and about the experience of touring in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for June 4, 2008 
Association promotes South Asian lawyers interests 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about an association that promotes the interests of Indo-Canadian and other South Asian lawyers, in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Tax lawyer, Ron Choudhury, is the president and a founder of SABA, the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto. He talks about how the Association was started, and some of its activities. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 30, 2008 
Controversy, judges and BlackBerry woes 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at what's getting covered by the media in India and Canada this week, including the Gujjar protests near Delhi, the discussions between BlackBerry maker RIM and Indian authorities over security concerns over encrypted messages, and a meeting of Supreme Court Judges from India and Canada. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 29, 2008 
"Warrior Boyz" - new film doc on Indo-Cdn gangs 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about "Warrior Boyz" a new documentary film about Indo-Canadian street gangs. The film has its world premiere at the DOXA Documentary Film Festival this Saturday. The film's director, Baljit Sangra, talks about how the film was made, and the challenges she faced making it. Film's website here
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 28, 2008 
Punjabi edition of iconic Hockey Night in Canada 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about an historic first: the iconic television sports show, Hockey Night in Canada, was presented in a Punjabi version on Saturday night. Play by play announcer Parminder Singh talks about how he and commentator Harnarayan Singh work out the Punjabi terms for the on-going coverage, and the unexpected reaction within Canada's Punjabi community.  
Punjabi edition Facebook group here.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 23, 2008 
Bollywood evenings - window on Indian culture 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to a Canadian woman whose love of Bollywood films has resulted in an annual event in Montreal of Indian dance, music, and poetry called Party Bollywood. Caroline Tabah is the founder and director of these evenings. She talks to Wojtek about how and why she fell in love with Bollywood films and Indian culture, and decided to share it with other Montrealers. This Saturday, the fourth edition of the evenings, is the second time the event closes the Montreal Asian Heritage Festival.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 22, 2008 
Media stories: an apology, an oil deal, a doctorate 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at some of the stories covered this week by the media in India and Canada, including coverage of the apology for the Komagata Maru incident in 1914, when a boat full of passengers from Punjab was refused entry to Canada. Wojtek also tells us about reports that ONGC Videsh is buying out an unnamed Canadian oil company. And he ends off with the story of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar receiving an honorary doctorate from a Canadian university. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 21, 2008 
Young Indo-Canadian professionals networking 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about some young Indo-Canadian professionals who have organized monthly networking meetings. Kundan Joshi, Director of the Young Professionals Committee of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce talks about networking meetings, workshops and the rising membership of the Committee across Canada, and plans for the future. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 16, 2008 
Freedom of expression in the Indo-Cdn community 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at the issue of "freedom of expression" in the Indo-Canadian community with a man who's been threatened and beaten for speaking out. Ujjal Dosanjh is now a Canadian Member of Parliament with the Official Opposition Liberal Party. He was a federal Minister of Health, and a Provincial Premier. He's also been a critic of extremism in the Indo-Canadian community. In an interview with Wojtek, he talks about the challenges he and others face within the community. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 15, 2008 
First ever Cdn Twenty20 Cricket Championship 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the first ever Canadian Twenty20 Cricket Championship this weekend just north of Toronto at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club. Atul Ahuja, the CEO of Cricket Canada, the governing body for cricket in Canada, talks about the decision to hold a Twenty20 championship, and what he hopes will be the future of cricket in Canada. Website: www.canadiancricket.org 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 14, 2008 
Cdn record holder planning 12 day Bollywood shoot 
A report from Victor Nerenberg: Suresh Joachim is on a quest. He wants to set 500 world records during his lifetime. So far, the 39-year-old Sri Lankan-born resident of Toronto has accumulated 53, recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. The citations include the longest radio broadcast, the furthest distance travelled on escalators (up AND down), and the longest wedding bouquet - 60-metres long - at his own wedding. His current challenge? To produce a Bollywood movie in India in record time: script-to-screen in 12 days.  
Websites: www.sureshjoachim.org www.sureshjoachim.net 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 09, 2008 
Pilots wanted 
India's aviation industry is enjoying an unprecedented growth spurt. New airlines are popping up all the time, and hundreds of new aircraft are on order. That means jobs for aspiring pilots and other air crew in the years ahead. Canadian-based CAE, a world leader in aircraft simulation and flight training, is expanding its activities in India to meet the demand for skilled aviators. A report from Victor Nerenberg. Website: http://www.cae.com 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 08, 2008 
Parliamentarians unite 
Government and business leaders have their contacts and relationships, but now Canadian parliamentarians of all stripes are establishing their own connections with their counterparts in India. Patrick Brown, recently named President of the Canada-India Parliamentary Association, talks to Victor Nerenberg about why it was formed and what it hopes to accomplish. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 07, 2008 
National shame 
Recent birth statistics indicate that the practice of aborting female fetuses persists in India. In fact, the ratio of female-to-male births is on the decline, prompting the Indian prime minister to declare the practice India's “national shame”. Moreover, there are signs that it is occurring within Indo-Canadian communities as well. Victor Nerenberg (sitting-in for Wojtek Gwiazda) speaks with Raminder Dosanjh, an outspoken opponent of female feticide. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 02, 2008 
India tops in heart disease 
As India enjoys the fruits of economic growth, it also suffers from one of its unintended consequences. As affluence spreads, heart disease isn't far behind. RCI's Victor Nerenberg (sitting-in for Wojtek Gwiazda) talks to a leading medical researcher about a new study on India's capacity to deal with the rising epidemic. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for May 01, 2008 
Small but vital 
It started with a summer festival back in 1970, but today the India School of Dance, Music and Theatre is training 150 students in South and North Indian classical dance and music in brand new, spacious studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Executive Director Pamela Rebello talks with Victor Nerenberg (sitting-in for Wojtek Gwiazda). 
Your comments? Website: http://www.indiaschool.ca/ 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 30, 2008 
Digging for tsunamis 
Victor Nerenberg (sitting-in for Wojtek Gwiazda) talks to Canadian geoscientist Alan Ruffman about a dig along the Indian Ocean shores. With funding from the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, scientists from Canada and India will be digging trenches in search of the geological record of major tsunamis, much like the catastrophic one in 2004. Mr. Ruffman says that by knowing the history it'll be easier to prepare for any similar events in the future. 
Your comments? Website: Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 25, 2008 
"Stealing Nasreen" - a doomed love triangle 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to author Farzana Doctor about her novel "Stealing Nasreen" which focuses on a doomed love triangle in the Indo-Canadian community of Toronto. She tells Wojtek about how the novel was written, the themes of the story, and the second novel she's working on.  
Your comments? Website: www.farzanadoctor.com 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 24, 2008 
Cdn Internet web deal with Indian Premier League 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the Canadian company behind the DLF Indian Premier League's new interactive cricket website. Live Current CEO Geoffrey Hampson, just back from the website's launch in India last Friday, talks about the deal with India's Board of Control of Cricket and the League. The League's website is already carrying games, team videos, photos and statistics, and is aimed at a worldwide audience. Your comments? 
Websites: www.IPLT20.com www.cricket.com 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 23, 2008 
Hot Docs, Vaisakhi parades, Cda-India relations 
Wojtek Gwiazda focuses on some of the stories getting coverage in the Indian and Canadian news media this week, including the Indian presence at North America's largest documentary film festival Hot Docs. Wojtek also looked at media coverage of Vaisakhi parades in Canada, the coverage of Canada-India relations, and the Chanchlani Global Indian Award presentation in Toronto last Friday. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 18, 2008 
Cdn PM, former Indian Prez, a new Indian award 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the “CIF Chanchlani Global Indian Award”. This is the first year for the annual award from the Canada India Foundation (CIF) and will be presented this Friday in Toronto by Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and former Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam. CIF's Chair of Media and Public Relations, Manoj Pundit, tells Wojtek about the goals of the Foundation and the objectives of the award. Live webscast of award ceremony here. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 17, 2008 
First time visit to India inspires five part TV series 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to Indo-Canadian television news anchor and journalist, Robin Gill, about her plans to report on Canadian influences in India. Gill has just been awarded a media fellowship from the Asia Pacific Foundation to go to India to do a series of television reports for Canada's Global TV. In her interview with Wojtek she talked about how going to India for the first time this year led to the planned series. And she talks about her reactions to India, and her parents' reaction to her trips. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 16, 2008 
BBC's Daniel Lak on India's past, present and future 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to BBC journalist Daniel Lak about his new book "India Express: The Future of a New Superpower". The Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker was the BBC's South Asia correspondent for 12 years. Now back in Toronto, he's written a book that goes from the call centres to slums, covers the agonies of partition, and the growing pains of democracy, but concludes with an optimistic confidence in the problem solving capabilities of India's people. The book will be officially launched in Canada in May, in India in August. Daniel Lak's blog: www.lakwords.blogspot.com 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 11, 2008 
Reflections and suggestions on Canada-India trade 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to former Canadian High Commissioner to India, Peter Sutherland, about how good Canadians are at doing business with India. Sutherland is now Senior Business Advisor on Asia for Aird & Berlis LLP, and a vice-chairman of the Canada-India Business Council. He says Canadians have to increase their trade efforts with India, that the Canadian government must have more regular ministerial meetings with India, and that Indian businesses have been more active in Canada in the last 18 months, then Canadians in India. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 10, 2008 
Tragedy, a list of notables, and a comic viewpoint 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at some of the Indo-Canadian stories that are making headlines this week in the media, including stories on Indo-Canadian immigration, the headless remains of a retired Indo-Canadian man, a list of notable Indo-Canadians, and the humour of Indo-Canadian comic Russel Peters, who hosted Canada's annual national music awards, the Junos. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 9, 2008 
"Slide to Freedom" Cdn blues meets Indian classical 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about what happens when North American roots/blues music meets Indian classical in a CD called "Slide to Freedom". Canadian musician Doug Cox talks about teaming up with veena players Salil and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, and tabla player Ramkumar Mishra, the recording of the CD, and the Canadian concert tour that starts this week. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 4, 2008 
South Asians Canada's largest visible minority 
Wojtek Gwiazda focuses on the South Asian community which, for the first time in Canada's history, has become the largest visible minority group in the country. A new report by Canada's data gathering agency, Statistics Canada, shows South Asians now make up 4 per cent of Canada's population, and in a few Canadian cities as much as half of the population. Most South Asians trace their roots to India. Full report here (PDF). Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 3, 2008 
21st Century Visions Stitched by Indian Women 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a unique art exhibition in Canada of embroidery called "Embroidered Narratage: Visions of the 21st Century Stitched by Indian Women". Curator Skye Morrison talks about the two groups of Indian women who produced the work in Bihar and Jharkhand, and about the tradition of narrative textiles that tell not only traditional stories, but contemporary ones as well. More information on the exhibition here
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for April 2, 2008 
Diversity at Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about Toronto's ReelWorld Film Festival, this week starting it's 8th annual edition. Hayet Benkara, the festival's Programming Director, talks about the goal of the festival to get away from cultural stereotypes, and showcase films that explore diversity. She also talks about a number of the films from Indian-born filmmakers based in India and Canada. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 28, 2008 
Singer-songwriter Shobha - "Work in Progress" 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about singer-songwriter Shobha who just won a national songwriting contest this month in Toronto. Shobha talks about her Indian ancestry, her roots in Canada's Atlantic port city of Halifax, putting out her first CD "Work in Progress", and plans for concerts in Canada and the United States. And her wish to finally visit India, for the very first time. Website: www.myspace.com/shobhamusic 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 27, 2008 
Canadian businessman released from Indian prison 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the release of a Canadian businessman from an Indian prison whose imprisonment got lots of media coverage this week both in Canada and India. On Wednesday, Montreal businessman Saul Itzhayek was released from a Motihari prison in Bihar after serving 10 months of a three-year sentence. Wojtek talks about the details of the case, and the efforts of Itzhayek's family to get his release. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 26, 2008 
Urban Myths & Modern Fables - Visual arts show 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about an international exhibition of new works by South Asian visual artists that just opened last week in Toronto. Organized by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and the Doris McCarthy Gallery (University of Toronto Scarborough) the exhibition features 11 artists from around the world. Curator and SAVAC Executive Director, Haema Sivanesan, talks about the exhibition's theme “Urban Myths & Modern Fables” and about the variety of approaches of the artists to working in the diaspora in the west, and the impact of world events such as the Iraqi war on the artwork. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 21, 2008 
Canadian Member of Parliament visits India 
An Indo-Canadian businessman travelled to Hyderabad, India this week. He was born in Hyderabad but immigrated to Canada 18 years ago. Well, a lot has changed in Hyderabad since he was a boy. On this week's trip he invited his Canadian Member of Parliament to go with him. On this edition of the Indo-Canadian report, David Blair catches up to them to find out what the two are doing in Hyderabad. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 20, 2008 
Taslima Nasreen may come to Canada 
An exiled Bangladeshi writer may be heading to Canada. Taslima Nasreen is the physician-turned-author who had to leave Bangladesh because of death threats over her writings. Islamic fundamentalists in her home country have threatened to kill her for her views on women's rights and the role of religion. For her protection she has been living in India. But now she has left India and some reports say she is heading to Canada. David Blair tells us why she left India on this edition of the Indo-Canadian Report. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 19, 2008 
Blackberry negotiates with India 
The Canadian company that makes the Blackberry mobile phone and text message unit has been negotiating with the Indian Government. The company wants to stave off a possible shutdown of its service in India because of concerns that terrorists may communicate with each other using the Blackberry mobile units. David Blair brings us an update on this story we told you last week on the Indo-Canadian report. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 14, 2008 
Canada's trade with India 
The Canadian Government has released its latest trade figures. While Canada still does more trade with the United States than any other country in the world, the figures reveal a growing relationship with India and other countries. On today's Indo-Canadian report, RCI's David Blair looks at the growing economic ties between the two countries. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 13, 2008 
Text message shutdown in India 
The inventor of the “Blackberry” mobile phone and text messaging device is under threat of a complete shutdown in India. The Indian Government thinks the Blackberry might be used by terrorists for text communication in that country. The Canadian company that makes the Blackberry wants to protect its technological secrets while the Indian Government wants to be able to read what people are texting to each other. David Blair tells us what the Blackberry makers are doing to ensure ongoing service in India while satisfying the security needs of the Government. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 12, 2008 
Canadian technology in Indian schools 
One Canadian company has developed a technology that is changing the way educators teach in the classroom. Smart Technologies has brought its “Smart Board” to India. It replaces the traditional chalk board (or black board) with a technology that integrates a computer screen, the internet and other software in an interactive format on a large projection screen. David Blair tells us how the Canadian company thinks these Smart Boards can revolutionize the education system in India. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 7, 2008 
This week's stories in Indian and Canadian media 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at some of the stories that the media is covering in India and Canada: a call from the Indian government for Canadian investment in India's mining sector, more developments in the Air India bombing story, differences of opinion about a refugee claimant facing deportation, and the increasing interest of young Indo-Canadians in speaking Punjabi and Hindi. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 6, 2008 
Canadian wins at championships in India 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to a Canadian who won three gold medals and a bronze at an International equestrian championship in India. Toronto born Akaash Maharaj explains how he ended up being the only Canadian to qualify to compete at the International Tent Pegging Championships in Oman in 2007 and in India in 2008. He talks about how he got involved in this cavalry sport, and about the experience of the competition in Imphal in Manipur this past January. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for March 5, 2008 
City of Bhangra Festival in Vancouver this week 
It's bhangra time in Canada's Pacific coast city of Vancouver. Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society's “City of Bhangra Festival” that's on this week. VIBC Society Director and co-founder Sukhi Ghuman, talks about the beginnings of the festival, the mix of cultures at this year's events, and the Society's desire to share the bhangra art form with mainstream Canadian society.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 29, 2008 
Alien Chatter: Indian tabla and jazz piano duo 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the music of “Alien Chatter”. The duo of Satnam Singh Ramgotra on tabla and percussions, and Rodney Lee on jazz piano, has released their second CD “Invasion”. It's a blend of Indian classical, meeting jazz and electronica. Ramgotra, who's originally from the Canadian prairie city of Saskatoon, talks about the beginnings of Alien Chatter, the music the duo plays, and about Ramgotra's latest work with Dionesis Savvoupolos in Athens. Alien Chatter will have two concerts in Budapest this March, and one in Athens in April. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 28, 2008 
More Indo-Cdns/South Asians in trucking industry 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at the growing presence of Indo-Candians and other South Asians in Canada's trucking industry. In an interview, Manan Gupta, Editor and Publisher of Road Today Magazine talks about his tri-lingual publication aimed at South Asian truckers, and takes a look at recent changes in the industry. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 27, 2008 
New India-Canada air travel agreement 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a new partnership between India's and Canada's largest private air carriers, Jet Airways and Air Canada. Jet Airways Vice President for Canada and the Eastern and Mid-Western United States Peter Luethi talks about the agreement that, as of Thursday, will allow travelers to connect directly to not only Toronto, but also Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal from India on Jet Airways. Travelers of both companies will now also be able to accumulate frequent flier points on their respective air travel plans for the entire journey between both countries.  
Jet Airways' press release here. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 22, 2008 
Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) which re-opened this past Saturday. Curator Dr Deepali Dewan talks about the six year preparation of the collection, the valuable Gujarati door found behind a wall of the Museum, and the landmark initiative of Toronto's South Asian community that made the Gallery a possibility. Photos 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 21, 2008 
Trade, air flights, and South Asian artifacts 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about some of the stories in the news in the last few days involving Canada-India relations, and the Indo-Canadian community. Wojtek focuses on a Canadian trade mission to India, a Jet Airways agreement with Air Canada, and the reopening of a South Asian Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 20, 2008 
Reflections on the Air India bombing inquiry 
As the Canadian inquiry into the Air India bombing of 1985 wraps up, Wojtek Gwiazda talks to one of the lawyers of the families of the victims of the bombing. Norm Boxall, co-counsel for most of the families at the Major Commission, talks about the inquiry and about the personal impact of working with the family members. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 15, 2008 
Mini-fest of South Asian experimental film/videos 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the 4th annual Monitor screening of South Asian experimental films and videos that will take place next week in Toronto. Monitor 4 is the fourth annual edition of this series. This year's curator Oliver Husain explains how the idea of village and identity influenced his choices. The series is sponsored by the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) and the Toronto film collective, the Pleasure Dome
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 7, 2008 
Heart disease, strokes and air pollution 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at the connection between heart disease, strokes, and pollution, and it's impact on Indo-Canadians. Dr Marco Di Buono, Director of Research at the Heart and Stroke Foundation in the province of Ontario, explains the results of a new study released last week. It shows 69 per cent of deaths from short-term exposure to air pollution comes in the form of heart disease and stroke. Dr Di Buono also discusses the double impact of air pollution on Indo-Canadians and South Asians who are already susceptible to the diseases. Website for more information: www.heartandstroke.ca 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 6, 2008 
Gangs - who joins and why? 
In part two of our series on gang violence Wojtek Gwiazda looks at who joins criminal gangs and why. In an interview with Indira Prahst, an instructor of Race And Ethnic Relations at the Sociology Department of Vancouver's Langara College, Wojtek discusses the situation young South Asians find themselves in when they arrive in Canada, and the things parents can do help their children stay away from the gangs. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for February 1, 2008 
Vancouver forum on gang violence 
Wojtek Gwiazda focuses on gang violence, the Indo-Canadian community and a forum to discuss it that was held Wednesday night in the city of Vancouver. Wojtek interviewed Indira Prahst, the organizer of the forum and an Instructor on Race and Ethnic Relations at the Sociology Department at Vancouver's Langara College. She talked about the organization of the forum, and the perceptions of Canadians towards gang violence and the Indo-Canadian community. Next week: who gets involved in the gangs and why, and how young people can be helped to avoid them. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 31, 2008 
Questions about Canadian in Motihari prison 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a Canadian businessman who's been in an Indian prison for eight months, and how the media in Canada and India are covering it. Montreal businessman Saul Itzhayek was sentenced to three years in prison for crossing into India from Nepal with an expired visa. He says he was tricked into crossing the border by Indian border agents, refused to give the bribe they wanted and was arrested. His imprisonment in India has some Canadians complaining not enough is being done to free him by Canadian authorities. Others are calling for consumer and business boycotts of India. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 30, 2008 
artsNOW's Arti Chandaria supports arts & culture 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a Toronto-based newsletter called "artsNOW" that focuses on South Asian arts and culture in Canada and around the world. Editor Arti Chandaria started the e-mailed newsletter four years ago, as part of her continuing effort to support arts and culture in the community, and bring it more into mainstream Canadian society. In an interview with Wojtek, she talks about the roots of her passion in Bombay, the contradictions she found in Canada when she arrived, and the changed reality of South Asian artists in Canada's biggest city Toronto. To get her newsletter send an e-mail to: arti-chandaria@rogers.com Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 25, 2008 
A contemporary dancer with power and content 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to Montreal dancer and choreographer Roger Sinha days after his return from a trip to India. The well known dancer and choreographer talks about the speed with which things can get done in India, how dance itself can convey a lot of power and content, how he's decided to go back to India more often, and two organisations he's involved with Attakkalari in Bangalore and Sapphire Creations in Kolkata. Sinha also unveiled part of a new spoken text that will form the basis of a solo performance this May in Montreal.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 24, 2008 
Indo-Canadians and negative news  
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a spate of negative news stories on the Indo-Canadian community in the Canadian media. The stories involved the coming extradition to the U.S. of a drug kingpin, an Indo-Canadian Senator from Ottawa who may have over billed a Catholic missionary order for legal work, American ultrasound clinics catering to Indo-Canadian couples who want to know the gender of their unborn, and the killing of a two year old girl by a father who apparently was upset at having a third girl child. Wojtek also looked at some attempts by members of the community to change attitudes and to fight stereotyping of the community. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 23, 2008 
Canadian Nano partner - World is Flat  
Wojtek Gwiazda has more on a Canadian connection to the much talked about Indian car, the Tata Nano. Three years ago, Joe Repovs, the Chairman and CEO of Toronto-based Samco Machinery picked up Thomas Friedman's “The World is Flat” in an airport. One month later he was in India. Three years later Samco is producing the structural elements of the floor of each and every Nano. In the interview Repovs describes the initial planning of the Nano, Samco's involvement, and the impact of the Nano launch on Samco. Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 18, 2008 
Dealing with parent-teenager conflicts  
Wojtek Gwiazda talks about the challenges faced by Indo-Canadian parents and teenagers once they arrive in Canada. In an interview with Ravinder Bains, Director of Service, Peel Children's Aid Society, Wojtek discusses some of the initial challenges upon arrival and ways of coping with family conflicts. (Repeat broadcast)  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 17, 2008 
Canadian media covers the Tata Nano launch 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us how the Canadian media has covered India's people's car - the Tata Nano. The launch got a fair bit of coverage, along with concerns about pollution and other issues. Wojtek presents some excerpts of Canadian radio and television reports. And mentions some little known Canadians connections to the Nano. Correction: The Samco executive referred to in the report should have been Chairman & CEO Joe Repovs. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 16, 2008 
Facebook most popular social I-network in Canada 
Canada's Internet users have adopted Facebook more than any other country in the world. In an interview with Brian F. Singh, Founder and Managing Director of Zinc Research, Wojtek Gwiazda finds out how and why the social networking utility has become so popular in Canada, and looks at how Indo-Canadians and other immigrants are using this popular social networking tool. Wojtek also announces the Indo-Canadian Report is now on Facebook. Click here to check it out. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 11, 2008 
Punjabi dance competion in Toronto suburb 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a Punjabi dance competition that starts Saturday in the Toronto suburb of Brampton. Bhangra Masti 2 will see 15 teams from North America competing in three categories: Traditional, Co-ed/Modern, and a first, Girls Only category. In an interview, competition organizer Maninder Dhillon explains how the teams were chosen, and how popular the event has become.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 10, 2008 
Cdn Foreign Affairs Minister in India this week 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the visit of Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier to India at the end of this week. Wojtek talks to Deepak Obhrai, a government MP and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister who's with the Minister on this trip, about the purpose of the visit and the Indian officials they will meet. The visit starts Thursday night and ends Saturday afternoon. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 9, 2008 
Professional cricket coming to Canada 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on how the Canadian Cricket Association is planning to bring professional cricket to Canada. In an interview, Atul Ahuja the first CEO of the 115-year association, talks about plans to set up corporate funded professional teams across Canada, and international television broadcasts of the matches aimed at Africa and Asia.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 4, 2008 
Latest news in Canadian and Indian media 
Wojtek Gwiazda looks at what the media in Canada and India are covering in Indo-Canadian news: reaction to the events in Pakistan and Kenya, a trip to India of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, an Indo-Canadian protest against a hospital, a bone marrow transplant and an attempt to revive cricket in Canada. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for January 3, 2008 
Indo-Cdns promote Atlantic port city of Halifax 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the Halifax Business Council of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. The Council is the newest chapter of the Chamber, and it's concentrating on promoting shipping between India and Canada's historic Atlantic port city of Halifax. In an interview, the Halifax Council's Chairman, Venkatesh Thyagarajan listed some of the advantages of the Halifax port, the fact that it's quicker to get to Halifax than to Vancouver from India, and some of the new Council's plans for the New Year. 
Your comments? 
 
 
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Indo-Canadian Report for December 21, 2007 
Last I-C Report for 2007 looks back, and ahead 
On the last edition of the Indo-Canadian Report for 2007, Wojtek Gwiazda looks back at some of the stories the Report has covered this year such as Canada's Air India inquiry, a media campaign to stop street gangs, and an audio memory project of Toronto's Little India. He's got an update on the Indian Electronica Festivals in India. He'll also tell us about some of the reports he's lining up for January. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 20, 2007 
Delhi Indian Electronica Festival still on, but where? 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the Indian Electronica Music Festivals in New Delhi and Mumbai starting this week. From Delhi on a cell phone, Toronto-based festival organizer Qasim Virjee talks about the festivals in India, the past two years of the festivals in New York, London and Toronto, and the sudden cancellation (twice) of venues in Delhi. The Friday show will probably be held Saturday, December 22, but where? Check at www.indianelectronica.com for time and place. The Mumbai part of the festivals is on December 28 and 29, at the Blue Frog. 
UPDATE: Delhi event cancelled. Mumbai on - at Blue Frog. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 19, 2007 
Fast growth for ICICI Bank Canada  
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the ICICI Bank Canada. India's second largest bank has had historic growth in Canada in its first four years. The bank's Canadian President and CEO Hari Panday describes what services the bank is concentrating on, and how it's followed the Indian diaspora to the cities of Toronto and Vancouver.  
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 14, 2007 
Deportation delayed Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about an unusual delay in the deportation of a Sikh refugee claimant this week when 2,000 people surrounded the taxi of a man about to be deported from Canada. See video here
A tragedy remembered Wojtek also tells us about a remarkable first report from Canada's Air India Commission of Inquiry. Called “The Families Remember”, the 211-page book quotes the testimony of the families of the victims of the Air India bombing of 1985, and the rescuers off the coast of Ireland where the plane crashed. The book is online at the Commission's website: www.majorcomm.ca  
Among the personal stories and statements, there's Lata Pada's summation of the pain of the victims' families: 
 
Imagine facing happiness with the inevitable "if only". 
Imagine not ever seeing them again. 
Imagine never feeling complete again.
 
 
Your comments? 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 13, 2007 
Dealing with parent-teenager conflicts 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks about the challenges faced by Indo-Canadian parents and teenagers once they arrive in Canada. In an interview with Ravinder Bains, Director of Service, Peel Children's Aid Society, Wojtek discusses some of the initial challenges upon arrival and ways of coping with family conflicts.  
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 12, 2007 
Wanted: word poetry for Roger Sinha dance project 
Montreal dancer Roger Sinha wants submissions from writers for his next dance project “Thread”. Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the project, about the new directions Sinha is taking, the trip to India to search for innovation at Attakkarlari a dance and digital arts group in Bangalore, and what the dancer hopes to do with “Thread” when it premieres in Montreal in the spring of 2008. To submit a spoken word text for the dance, go to Sinha's website www.sinhadanse.com 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 7, 2007 
Makeup flattering for any shade of skin 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about how three Indo-Canadian women have developed cosmetics for women of all colours, and now are expanding throughout Canada, the United States, and next year into India. Wojtek talks to Vasanti Cosmetics CEO Monal Patel about the company which started off with makeup for South Asians in Toronto. 
Your comments? 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 6, 2007 
Media coverage of Air India bombing inquiry 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about how the media in Canada and India is covering the ongoing Air India bombing inquiry in Ottawa. The Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Air India bombing of 1985 is looking at everything from charitable status for banned terrorist entities to lack of cooperation between police and intelligence forces in Canada. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for December 5, 2007 
Manishi Sagar: Entrepreneur with a big heart 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to a successful Indo-Canadian entrepreneur who took initial setbacks in Canada and turned them into a successful business, as well as a charitable foundation. Manishi Sagar, President and CEO of the Kinderville Group talks about Indian credentials not being recognized when she arrived in Canada, her pioneering work in increasing academic content in her bilingual (English and French) daycare and school facilities in Canada, and about future plans abroad. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 30, 2007 
Fighting stress with breathing techniques 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about how some Indo-Canadians are returning to traditional meditation and breathing techniques to deal with modern stress. Wojtek talks to Maninder Dhillon, an Art of Living teacher in the Toronto suburb of Brampton, about breathing exercises such as Sudharshan Kriya. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 29, 2007 
Not enough toilets a serious problem 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the global need for toilets: 2.6 billion people don't have access to toilets. And he talks to the only Canadian delegate at this month's World Toilet Summit in New Delhi, filmmaker Ari Grief. They discussed the issue, the summit, the World Toilet Organization, and the impact of Dr Bindeshwar Pathak and his Sulabh International Social Service Organisation on Grief's mission to create the Canadian Toilet Organisation. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 28, 2007 
Indo-Canadian stories in Canadian media 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about some of the stories getting coverage in the Canadian media concerning the Indo-Canadian community. Among the stories: the continuing Canadian inquiry into the Air India bombing investigation, the death of an Indo-Canadian man in a Brampton hospital, the Santa Claus parade in Vancouver, and news that entrepreneur Manishi Sagar has been named one of Canada's 100 most powerful women. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 23, 2007 
Punjabi dancers at Brampton's Santa Claus parade 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a new tradition that started this year: Punjabi dancing at the annual Santa Claus parade in the Toronto suburb of Brampton. Invited by a city councilor, the Canadian Punjabi Dance Academy decorated a 48-foot long truck float with Christmas decorations and a stage for their students to perform traditional Punjabi dances, as onlookers smiled and danced along.  
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 22, 2007 
Intimidation in the Indo-Canadian Community 
Wojtek Gwiazda has more about fear and intimidation in the Indo-Canadian community before and after the Air India bombing of 1985. Wednesday's testimony at the Commission of Inquiry into the Air Indian Bombing here. Web search tips - Wojtek also has some tips on using the search functions on our web page: using the control button and the letter F (or on Apple computers the command button and F ). 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 21, 2007 
Fear still in community after Air India bombings 
Wojtek Gwiazda has an update on Canada's Air India bombing inquiry, and reports on the fear that hangs over potential witnesses in the Indo-Canadian community. The Commission of Inquiry last week heard from the son and daughter-in-law of an Indo-Canadian newspaper editor who was murdered in Canada before he could testify at a trial. Commission website: www.majorcomm.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 16, 2007 
inDance's Hari Krishnan man with a mission 
Wojtek Gwiazda meets up with Indo-Canadian dancer and choreographer Hari Krishnan to talk about dance, the mixing of traditional and contemporary dance, Indian and Canadian audiences, and Krishnan's latest dance project "Recipes for Curry". Websites: www.indance.ca - recipesforcurry.com 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 15, 2007 
Canadian Diwali celebrations and messages 
Wojtek Gwiazda has more on Diwali celebrations in Canada. He visits one of North America's oldest “Little Indias” in Toronto for a Diwali festival, shares a video message from the Premier of the Pacific province of British Columbia and members of the provincial government, and talks to Kam Rathee, the President and Executive Director of the Canada-India Business Council, who is organizing the Council's Fourth Annual Diwali Corporate Dinner. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 14, 2007 
Indian High Commissioner on Indo-Cda relations 
Wojtek Gwiazda talks to India's High Commissioner to Canada about relations between India and Canada. His Excellency Rajamani (R.L.) Narayan discusses economic trade and political relations, the profile of Indo-Canadians in Canada, and the issue of Canadian visas for Indian students. High Commission's website: www.hciottawa.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 9, 2007 
Happy Diwali! Celebrations across Canada 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the Diwali celebrations across Canada, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper's comments at a celebration in Ottawa at the Parliament Buildings. Wojtek also talks about the Indo-Canadian Report's webpage: www.rcinet.ca/icr 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 8, 2007 
Canada's Immigration Minister in India 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a press briefing given by Canada's Immigration Minister Diane Finley from Delhi. The minister is on a 10-day visit to India to discuss policies on immigration to Canada. The minister answered questions from Wojtek and members of the Indo-Canadian media in a telephone conference call. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 7, 2007 
Indian Electronica website promotes music 
Wojtek Gwiazda meets up with a Toronto DJ and web designer who promotes Indian Electronica music around the world. Qasim Virjee's website indianelectronica.com is not only a website, but a forum for musicians, a record company and the organizer of festivals in Toronto, New York, London and Mumbai. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 2, 2007 
Tata executive in Canada to promote India 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about an executive with India's giant Tata Group who's in Canada to promote India and Indian business. Tata Executive Director Alan Rosling gave two talks this week as part of an Indian government outreach program. More information: Canadian Institute of International Affairs www.ciia.org 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for November 1, 2007 
Diwali celebration at Canada's Parliament today 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about today's Diwali celebrations at Canada's Parliament. Organized by government Member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai ever since he was an opposition MP, the celebration is now in its eighth year, and is attended by Canada's Prime Minister, Official Opposition Leader, Members of Parliament, members of the Indo-Canadian community, and India's High Commissioner to Canada. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 31, 2007 
Tehelka investigation of Gujarat 2002 violence 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on an Indian news weekly's investigation of communal violence in India, and how it's been covered in India and Canada. Tehelka Magazine's six month investigation and special issue “The Truth: Gujarat 2002” causes controversy in India, but almost no reaction in Canada. Tehelka's website with text and videos, in English and Hindi: www.tehelka.com 
YouTube site: www.youtube.com/tehelkatv 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 26, 2007 
Social and family support lacking for heart patients 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a new study which concludes Indo-Canadians and other South Asians who suffered from heart diseases, are not getting the social and family support they need. Lead researcher and York University graduate student Keerat Grewal explains the results of their survey of three Toronto area hospitals, and its possible impact. Multilingual resources in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu at: www.heartandstroke.ca/multilingual 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 25, 2007 
Indo-Canadians host multi-ethnic business event 
The Quebec Business Council of the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) is hosting a multi-ethnic chambers of commerce event this week in Montreal. Wojtek Gwiazda talks to the Chair of the Council, Manuj Grover, about the event, and the efforts of the ICCC to promote trade between Canada and India.  
ICCC website: www.iccc.org 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 24, 2007 
Toronto's DesiLit bookclubs - anthologies 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about the two Desi Lit Book Clubs in the Toronto area. The founder of the DesiLit chapter in Toronto, Zenia Wadhwani, explains how the book clubs were formed, the books they read, and the South Asian anthologies she herself has edited. More information: www.desilit.org - look for Toronto chapter.  
To join: desilit-toronto-subscribe@yahoogroups.com  
For anthologies: www.masalatrois.com 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 19, 2007 
Special fundraiser - Dance world premiere 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about two events this week. A fundraiser in Ottawa called The Maharaja's Ball which shares Indian culture with mainstream Canadian society, while this year raising funds for palliative care. And Recipes for Curry! The world premiere of four dance choreographies presented by Toronto-based Hari Krishnan and his dance company inDANCE
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 18, 2007 
University Profs in Canada, Students in India 
Wojtek Gwiazda tells us about a Canadian university that's about to start courses for Indian students in India via a live television connection to a professor in Canada. The Faculty of Communications and Culture at the University of Calgary is offering the Communications Certificate program for the first time to students who want to stay in India, but get a Canadian university certificate. The Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Culture, Kathleen Scherf, explains how the program works. The deadline for applications is December 15. Website:http://www.comcul.ucalgary.ca/pdcl 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 17, 2007 
Dramatic testimony at Air India Inquiry 
There was dramatic testimony this week in Ottawa at the Commission of Inquiry into the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. Wojtek Gwiazda reports on how a witness feared for her life if she testified at a trial, and told the national security agent who interviewed her she'd commit suicide if she was forced to testify. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 12, 2007 
Tough questions at Air India Inquiry 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on Canada's Air India Commission of Inquiry. The head of the Commission, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice John Major had some tough questions for a Canadian government lawyer as she cross examined a witness who questioned the efficiency of the government's battle against terrorist fund-raising in Canada. Website to see and hear testimony: www.cpac.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 11, 2007 
Air India - Radio controversy - Tabla record 
Wojtek Gwiazda has an update on the ongoing Canadian inquiry into the Air India bombing investigation. He talks about new developments in the controversy over a radio commentary at a private radio station in Vancouver. And tabla musician and teacher, Jagjit Singh Batalvi has broken a world record by playing a tabla for 110 hours.  
Website: jagjitsingh.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for October 10, 2007 
Indo-Canadians and Ontario provincial election 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the participation of Indo-Canadian politicians in the election campaign of Canada's most populous province of Ontario. In the report he focuses on the western suburban cities of Mississauga and Brampton where many Indo-Canadians live, and talks to the editor of the South Asian Focus newspaper, Sunil Rao. Newspaper's website: www.southasianfocus.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 28, 2007 
Indo-Canadian foster parents needed 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on the Peel Children's Aid Society search for foster parents for children in the Indo-Canadian community. In the report, the Director of Service of the Society, Ravinder Bains, explains the challenges the Society faces in taking care of the well being of children in three Toronto suburbs that are home to many South Asians. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 26, 2007 
Anti-gang media campaign 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a media campaign against gang violence. Created by a number of young people in the entertainment industry in the Pacific coast province of British Columbia, the campaign uses provocative images, sounds and information. Spurred by the situation in the Indo-Canadian community, the campaign by the advocacy group “A Community That Cares” tries to reach young people in all ethnic communities.  
Websites: www.acommunitythatcares.com 
Anti-gang website: www.stayout.ca 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 21, 2007 
Canadian health warning: Indian toothpaste 
Wojtek Gwiazda reports on a Canadian health warning on Neem Active toothpaste made in India that raises as many questions as it answers. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 7, 2007 
Indian films at Toronto film fest - Audio memory 
Wojtek talks about the four Indian films at Toronto's International Film Festival. And he has another of the audio memories from Toronto's “Little India”, this one involving the Naaz Theatre that showed Indian films in the 1970s. 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 6, 2007 
Jet Airways in Canada - Audio memory 
Wojtek talks about the new Jet Airway flights from Toronto to Delhi, a Health Canada health risk warning involving toothpaste from India, and a tragic accident before a Sikh wedding on Canada's Pacific coast. He also presents another of the audio memories from the “Big Stories, Little India” art installation organized by SAVAC – the South Asian Visual Artists Collective and Murmur 
 
 
Indo-Canadian Report for September 5, 2007 
The first Report - Little India audio memory 
The first of a regular new feature with Wojtek Gwiazda. In this edition of the Report, Wojtek explains why the Report has been started. He also talks about an art installation in Toronto's Little India called “Big Stories, Little India”. Organized by SAVAC – the South Asian Visual Artists Collective and Murmur the installation presents visual and audio portraits of the Indo-Canadian community in one of North America's oldest Little Indias. 
 




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