As a follow-up to the Fulcrum article on the same topic, The Charlatan, Carleton University’s student newspaper, ran an article about the denial of higher education to Baha’is in Iran and the greater campaign by Iran’s government to destroy the Iranian Baha’i community . The article quotes Sam Benoit as chair of the Carleton CABS and Tahirih Naylor as a representative for the office of governmental relations for the Bahá’í Community of Canada. Both describe the restrictions on higher education for Bahá’ís in Iran – including the Iranian government’s numerous attempts to shut down the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education, an “Open University” organized by the Bahá’ís of Iran.
Learn more about Iran’s campaign to deny higher education to Baha’is.
Visit the University of Ottawa CABS website for more resources, including photos from Dr. Payam Akhavan’s Nov. 17th talk on the situation of the Baha’is of Iran.
visit the Elections Canada website to find out when and where to vote today.
MartinsQuest.com has the following announcement on Tahirih Naylor’s upcoming move to New York City:
On Sunday January 22nd, just 17 months after we helped her unload her things into her apartment on Laurier, we will be having an all-inclusive going-away party for Tahirih at Saffron’s Persian Restaurant at 6:30pm and then chilling afterward at Anisa’s. Clear your schedule and come out since she wants to see everyone there! Dinner starts at 6:30pm
Tahirih’s tireless work for the National Spiritual Assembly’s Office of Governmental Affairs brought her to Ottawa, and her devotion has landed her a position with the Baha’i International Community, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that both encompasses and represents the world-wide membership of the Bahá’í Faith. Apparently, I knew this before anyone else did. Go figure. Make sure to join us at Saffron’s tomorrow to wish Tahirih well in this next chapter of the unfolding story of her life.
Update: Dinner was awesome and the after-party at Anisa’s was delightfully wolfy. Check out the “official” photos on Martin’s smugmug site.
Ottawa Senators: 3
Anaheim Mighty Ducks: 4
Dan Jones: 1
So after narrowly surviving the worst day ever at work, I joined several of my colleagues from work at the newly christened Scotiabank Place (previously the Corel Centre) at my first ever NHL hockey game, starring the Ottawa Senators vs. the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. We had a VIP room (or whatever you call it) all to ourselves – like a hotel room that gives onto the rink. It was heated, catered and everything, with comfy couches and a private washroom. I felt like a little kid at Disneyland or something. it was awesome (and I kept on saying so throughout the evening – just so it was clear). I even caught a hot dog from Spartacat (the Senators’ mascot), and it was wrapped in a signed Senators bandanna. I traded it for a blanket from a colleague whose kids are way bigger hockey fans than I am – I’m not picky. The hot dog was great. Sure, the Sens didn’t win in the end, but it was a good game, and it was fairly won.
Check out the pictures on flickr.