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#AskCanadianSikhs the Podcast

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A monthly podcast from the World Sikh Organization of Canada, covering current affairs, politics, and media from the Sikh Canadian perspective.
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#15 - WSO's Recap of 2020

#AskCanadianSikhs the Podcast

#22 - Sikh Genocide, #TheyLiveHere Campaign, Canadian Federal Cabinet, Alberta Municipal Elections
Welcome back to another exciting episode of the #AskCanadianSikhs podcast with our co-hosts Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal and Harman Singh Kandola. This month we discuss what November means to Sikhs, how WSO is commemorating the #SikhGenocide of 1984 with their #TheyLiveHere campaign, and we talk politics: from our speculations of the future cabinet and the Municipal elections in Calgary and Edmonton. Listen now and be informed on issues that are important to Canadian Sikhs. Podcast is now available on all major platforms. #AskCanadianSikhs #NeverForget1984 #Sikhs #Cdnpoli #Alberta #Edmonton #Calgary #Politics
November 2, 2021
Episode #21 Federal Elections, Modi Visits the US, Hudson Institute’s Khalistan Report and UK’s West Midland 3 Case
This month, Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal welcomes back Jaskaran Singh Sandhu to do a post mortem on the 2021 Federal Election, discuss the big Narinder Modi visit with Joe Biden in the USA, unpack the very devious and dangerous implications of the Hudson Institute’s Khalistan Report and do a deep dive into what happened in the UK with the West Midland 3 case.
October 5, 2021
#20 - WSO Updates, Canadian Sikh Election Guide
Dr. Jaspreet Kaur Bal and Harman Singh Kandola are back with a new episode on the World Sikh Organization and the upcoming election from a Canadian Sikh perspective.  We bring our listeners the 2021 Canadian Sikh Election Guide, where we talk about the top five issues concerning Canadian Sikhs during this election period, how we constructed this guide, and why it is crucial to put a Sikh lens on voting.
September 7, 2021
#19 - Afghan Sikhs, Kar Sewa and Islamophobia
We are back with another jam-packed episode. This month we will discuss Afghan Sikhs, Kar Sewa in India, spy software, Canada's relationship with India and Islamophobia.
August 3, 2021
#18 - Kirpan Ban in Australia, Bill 21, Increased Hate Crimes, Canada Day
This month #AskCanadianSikhs the Podcast introduces a new co-host Harman Kandola. Harman is the WSO Vice President of Alberta and will be putting a legal lens into our conversations. This month, we sit down to talk about the kirpan ban in Australia, give an update on Bill 21, the London Ontario attack on the Afzaal family and the increase in Canadian hate crimes, and reflect on Canada day as Canadian Sikhs.
July 6, 2021
#17 - Special Episode - Covid 19 Vaccines
We are excited to be back and bringing you a very special and extremely important episode this month on Covid 19 and the vaccines. Jaspreet Bal talks with Dr. Amrita Sukhi and Dr. Ripudaman Minhas about what Covid - 19 is, what the different vaccine are, how they are being rolled out and why we should take them. For more information regarding Dr. R. Minhas's work, please follow Be sure to follow WSO on Twitter Instagram Facebook and LinkedIn
May 14, 2021
#16 - Godi Media, Farmer's Protest, Nav Bhatia, US Politics
Jaskarn Sandhu and Jaspreet Bal are back with a new episode this month and new resolutions. We will do a recap of the month, talk about Godi media coming into the mainstream, Farmer's protest, and discuss Nav Bhatia returning his award to the Canada India Foundation. We will also be joined with Shabd Singh from The One podcast to discuss US politics.
February 9, 2021
#15 - WSO's Recap of 2020
Jaskarn Sandhu and Co-host Jaspreet Kaur are back for a recap of 2020. They will be sharing their favourite parts from 2020 and talking about WSO's achievements. Balpreet Singh will also give legal updates from the year.
December 29, 2020
#14 - Learning+Unlearning - Sexual Violence and The Sikh Community
We have a special #AskCanadianSikhs episode with special guests Kim Dhillon and Deepa Matoo, moderated by SYLI alumni Simona Singh and Harleen Padda. In this episode, we explore the stigma around sexual violence and the Sikh community. 
December 3, 2020
#13 - Live from our Zoom Webinar - Criminalizing Dissent in India
The WSO's Director of Administration, Jaskaran Sandhu, sits down with world-renowned investigative journalist, Rana Ayyub, for a fireside chat discussing criminalizing dissent in India.
September 8, 2020
#12 - UAPA, Criminalizing Dissent in India, Sikhs & Black Lives Matter
Jaspreet Kaur and Jaskaran Sandhu host this month's episode. We will discuss the unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Criminalizing dissent in India, the different angles from a Sikh perspective with the Black Lives Matter and an update on the Afghan Sikh situation. 
August 31, 2020
#11 - Live from our Zoom Webinar - June 1984: Impact at Home & Abroad
We hosted a webinar on June 1984: Impact at Home & Abroad. Our speakers include Giani Sarwan Singh, Mallika Kaur, Sawinder Singh and Gian Singh Sandhu. The panel was moderated by our own, Guntaas Kaur. 
July 6, 2020
#10 - Live from our Zoom Webinar - Fighting COVID-19: Sikhs + PPE
A live recording of an #AskCanadianSikhs webinar discussion on Sikhs and PPE. We are joined by health care professionals who are fighting COVID-19... beard on!
May 27, 2020
#9 - COVID-19, Indian Interference...Again, and #SaveAfghanSikhs
Jaspreet Kaur, Tejinder Singh, and Jaskaran Sandhu speak about the Sikh community's response to COVID-19, as well as Jaspreet Kaur's personal story escaping India's COVID-19 lockdown.  We also touch upon recent news of Indian government interference in Canada....again.  Finally, we touch upon the #SaveAfghanSikhs campaign and the situation for Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. 
April 29, 2020
#8 -Wet'suwet'en, Delhi is Burning, International Students
Another jam-packed show looking at the Wet'suwet'en solidarity movement from a Sikh lens. Also, why is Delhi burning and why you shouldn't be surprised. We interview scholar Mallika Kaur about the narratives to watch in India right now surrounding the pogroms in Delhi 2020. We talk to journalist Gurpreet Singh on recently being threatened at a panel on Hindu nationalism. And, finally, we interview Jaspreet Singh on the experience of international students in Canada.
March 3, 2020
#7 - Montreal Police, Sikhs Ruined a War Movie, Brampton vs CAA, Sikh Minorities in Pakistan & more!
A jam-packed show covering the Montreal Police's challenge in becoming more diverse, why Sikhs were trending in the UK over the movie 1917 and a racist Lawrence Fox comment, Mayor Patrick Brown comments on India's CAA and faces the wrath of Hindu Nationalist, we welcome Balpreet Singh to speak about Sikh minorities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, an interview with Tejinder Singh as the new WSO president, and finally we welcome Steven Purewal of Indus Media Foundation to speak about Sikh involvement in WWI and the Lawrence Fox comments on 1917.
February 5, 2020
#6 - India vs. the New Yorker, Bill 21, and Sunny Hundal on the UK elections and Indian Media
This month's episode is hosted by Jaskaran Sandhu and Jaspreet Bal. We cover the recent New Yorker piece on the rise of Hindu Nationalism in India, the CAA and NRC. We have Balpreet Singh on to discuss Bill 21 and other recent legal issues Sikhs are facing, and finally we have Sunny Hundal on to discuss the UK elections and BJP interference, as well as his experience working in the Indian media and what his thoughts are on the Rana Ayuub profile in the New Yorker.
January 6, 2020
#5 - Election Debrief, Don Cherry and Legal + Media Round-Up
We are back! After a long hiatus over the summer break and then the federal election, the #AskCanadianSikhs podcast is back with regular programming. This month's show is co-hosted by Jaspreet Kaur and guest co-host Kirpa Kaur. We discuss the recent federal election, Don Cherry's comments, and Balpreet Singh joins to discuss recent legal and media updates impact Sikh Canadians across the country. 
November 25, 2019
#4-03 - Part 3 and Finale of a Special Series on Quebec's Bill 21
This week we cover the French and English media's reaction to Bill 21, and our analysis of the coverage on Bill 21, religious minorities and more.  This is the final part of the Special Series on Quebec's Bill 21.
July 18, 2019
#4-02 - Part 2 of a Special Series on Quebec's Bill 21
For Part 2 of our Special Series on Quebec we are joined by Jennifer Guyver to explore what  Bill 21 means for diversity, inclusion and racism in Canada.   Jennifer is a PhD candidate in the School of Religious Studies at McGill University. Her fields of research are secularism in Quebec, religion and human rights, and the philosophy of Charles Taylor. She has been avidly advocating for the cause and writing many op-eds and articles in the media concerning secularism and what is happening in Quebec. We are also once again joined by Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) and Amrit Kaur (VP Quebec, WSO), and moderated by Jaskaran Singh Sandhu (ED, WSO).
July 2, 2019
#4 - Part 1 of a Special Series on Quebec's Bill 21
We are in Montreal for a special series on Quebec's Bill 21, with special guests Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf), Rev. Diane Rollert (Coalition Inclusive Quebec), Sameer Zuberi (NCCM) and Amrit Kaur (VP Quebec, WSO), and moderated by Jaskaran Singh Sandhu (ED, WSO). We explore how we got here with Bill 21, what secularism means in Quebec, the plight of minorities in the province, and what can be done next. Watch this space for further installments of this Special Series in the coming days.
June 20, 2019
#3 - Terror Report, Indian Elections, Indian Interference, Nagar Kirtans & Khalsa Aid's Lapata Exhibit
This month we talk about the Terror Report being kind of fixed, Indian elections and the Punjab staying Modi-Mukt (Editor's Note: this episode was recorded before the Indian elections results were declared), new examples of Indian interference in Sikh Canadian affairs, a bomb threat and pictures of soldiers at Nagar Kirtans, and finally we speak to the Canadian director of Khalsa Aid about their publicly acclaimed Lapata exhibit in Vancouver!
May 28, 2019
#2a - BONUS - Live from PAMA, the KaursVote's Sikh Women In Politics Panel
On April 6, 2019, the WSO held a panel conversation with Sikh women working in the backrooms of politics as campaign managers, advisers, and staffers, across the political spectrum and levels of government. We discussed the challenges and successes that Sikh women face in politics, and how the Sikh community can better support women in the political space. This event was part of the 2019 Ontario Sikh Heritage Month programming at PAMA! KaursVote is a new initiative by the World Sikh Organization of Canada.
May 15, 2019
#2 - Quebec's Religious Symbols Ban, White Nationalist, and Election Interference
This month we talk about Quebec's religious symbols ban bill, Bill 21, and its impact on Sikh Quebecois, the rise of white nationalist and supremacists in Canada, and the very real fear of foreign interference in the upcoming Canadian federal elections. 
April 5, 2019
#1a - BONUS - Live from Surrey City Hall: WSO Panel on the Terror Report
BONUS episode! Live from Surrey City Hall, a WSO panel, featuring Dr. Jasjit Singh, dissecting the Public Safety Canada's terror report which included Sikhs as a top 5 threat to Canada. 
March 22, 2019
#1 - Jagmeet Singh, National Security, SNC-Lavalin and Sikh Study Chairs
A monthly podcast covering current affairs from a Sikh Canadian perspective. This month we talk about Jagmeet Singh's historic victory, national security and the terror report, the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the Government of India influencing University Sikh Studies across North America.
March 6, 2019