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In Canada, Sikh Bikers raise over $60k for Canadian Cancer Foundation

Sikh bikers in Canada rode a total of 12,000 kilometres and raised funds for the Canadian Cancer Foundation

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  • Sikh bikers in Canada rode a total of 12,000 kilometres to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Foundation
  • $60k will go towards research, prevention plans and in assisting people towards their fight against cancer
  • One of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door

“This is a totally committed and passionate group of community members,” said Allan Mugford, Canadian Cancer Foundation’s regional director. He quoted these words in appreciation towards the Sikh bikers in Canada who rode a total of 12,000 kilometres to raise funds for the agency and they completed their tour on Sunday, July 17. The fundraising effort left everyone stunned and amazed as they raised over 60,000 dollars for the noble cause.

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The group of bikers toured their way through British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec, before turning around in Montreal for a noble cause. This tour gathered the attention of many citizens and more than 70 individuals and groups made donations to support the cancer charity. The 24 members made their way into Surrey, Canada, where they not only raised awareness and garnered people’s interest into their virtuous journey but also attempted to build bridges between various communities, mentioned indiandiaspora.com.

Canada motorbike group. Image source: ndtv
Canada motorbike group. Image source: ndtv

The huge sum of money will go towards the research, prevention plans as well as in assisting people towards their fight against this deadly disease. The funds will also be used for paediatric cancers and children undergoing chemotherapies. “We thought about those kids that are in need  of that money and so that gave us energy and we kept fighting through it,” said one of the 24 riders, Charnjit Dhadda. One of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door.

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This agenda was hugely successful and the founder of the Club, Harjinder Singh Thind was quoted saying to CTV news that, one of the major reasons and purposes of this 12,000 km trip across the nation was to build relations between the mainstream community and the Sikh living next-door. “Every city we went to the Sikh community, the non-Sikh communities, everyone was cooperative of us,” he said to CTV news. Along this journey these bikers met the supportive member of different communities and their journey was documented with the help of local TV channels and radio stations where they shared their story.

The ride was in partnership with Canadian Cancer Foundation.

– prepared by Karishma Vanjani of Newsgram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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An Indian Origin Woman Minister in the Government of British Columbia

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

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British Columbia, the Canadian province that is a leader in technology and has one of the fastest growing tech ecosystems in the world
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From Canada, that boasts of a first Indian-origin Defence Minister in Harjit Singh Sajjan, here is the story of another Indian-origin woman migrant who has risen to become a minister in the government of the British Columbia — the Western-most province of the country known for its tech prowess globally.

Meet Jinny Jogindera Sims, who was born in Jalandhar in Punjab and migrated at age nine to England where she got a B.Ed degree at the University of Manchester.

Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens’ Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.

In a conversation with IANS, when asked about Canada’s inclusive nature and how emigrants like her can make it to the top in different fields including political power, pat came her reply: “If you ask me is there more we can do, my answer will be absolutely. We need to do more on aboriginals and the nations’ ethnic communities”.

“We need to do more. Inclusivism and racism is not a one-time issue. We need to do more for their education and other issues. We need to do it all the time”.

Asked about Indians and attracting the talent in the growing tech sector of British Columbia, Sims said Indians have made a name for themselves in the tech and other sectors and are in the forefront.

“I have been to India as an MP to various cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata. Looking at the skills and talent and amazing companies, India is important in the tech sector. We are looking at new cooperation with Indian tech companies,” she emphasised.

As member of the British Columbia legislative assembly, she is a minister representing the Liberal Party in the government headed by Premier John Horgan.

The 65-year-old mother of two, who now heads the Ministry of Citizens' Services of British Columbia, is quite passionate about her job.
Then, Sims and her husband moved to Canada in 1976. The first woman President of British Columbia’s largest teachers’ union, she was elected to the Canadian Parliament in 2011. Pixabay

Asked about her ministry’s work, Sims said her department has gone more digital in delivering services to citizens and that has brought its own problems.

Cyber crime, fake news and other related problems faced by the countries across the world are also her main problems.

“Digital economy is growing. More and more people are getting sophisticated and trying to commit cyber crimes. We are engaged more with businesses that are worried that more people are trying to get information online through Internet bandits.

“We are telling businesses to build extra layers of security. It is like when we construct a home, we have doors and windows which we close for security. Likewise, businesses have to build layers of security like Next-Gen anti-virus solutions and firewalls,” the minister stressed.

She said her ministry is very agile on cyber security and has become smarter with time.

“They (cyber-criminals) have got technology and are, all the time, trying to get into our systems. Nearly 300,000 systems were affected which is mind-boggling. It also shows we have to be extra-cautious, building firewalls and constantly monitoring them,” Sims said.

Asked about the problem of data stealing and stalking over social media platforms, Sims said the government’s role in this is limited.

As a mother and a grandmother, she would only advise that schools and parents have to tell children on the newer risks arising from the use of Internet.

“Parents can limit the children from accessing Internet. We can teach and guide them on cyber security. Businesses also have a responsibility,” Sims added.

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The identity cards issued by her government for accessing citizens’ services have high-security features and cannot be breached for extracting personal details.

“Our ID cards, personal details are never shared with anyone. There is nothing that goes out from our portal,” she noted.

Asked if she was aware of the controversy surrounding the Aadhaar card in India, the minister said, “a little bit”. (IANS)