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Surjit Singh Flora

Journalist, Photographer, Poet, and writer

Surjit Singh Flora ,veteran journalist and freelance writer. Popular media commentator on current affairs.
Canada's Spirit Of Tolerance Is Why I Chose To Call It

Canada's Spirit Of Tolerance Is Why I Chose To Call It Home

I chose Canada because of the wonderful and helpful Canadians I had met along my life's journey so far. They were extremely nice, kind and tolerant of my language difficulties when first coming from India in 1989 and helped me learn to speak and read English very quickly.
06/14/2017 02:52 EDT
Is Jagmeet Singh Ready For His Great Political 'Close

Is Jagmeet Singh Ready For His Great Political 'Close Up'?

Singh, a 38-year-old criminal defense lawyer and fellow turbaned Sikh, seems poised to rock and roll his way to the leadership of the federal NDP party in the hopes he can rock federal politics itself and roll Justin Trudeau in the ultimate charm offensive showdown -- the next federal election.
05/16/2017 09:12 EDT
I Love My

I Love My Mom

On May 14 we all celebrate Mother's Day. Take her out for dinner, giving her roses, gifts, show her how much we care and
05/12/2017 04:55 EDT
Sajjan's Fall From Grace Is Hard For Canadian Sikhs Like

Sajjan's Fall From Grace Is Hard For Canadian Sikhs Like Me

As a Sikh myself, I admit to reacting to Sajjan's appointment as defence minister with some pride. He was considered a decorated, brave warrior and a role model. As a government minister he came across as a member of cabinet the prime minister could rely on to do their job and get results. This makes his graceless fall all the more disappointing.
05/04/2017 10:20 EDT
Patrick Brown Needs To Step Up And Show He Can Lead

Patrick Brown Needs To Step Up And Show He Can Lead Ontario

Time is quickly running out for this Liberal government. Since the 2014 election, the gaffes and examples of Liberal mismanagement have been stacking up like cordwood and Ontario's voters are ready to vote for anyone else but Wynne. Witness the gains from the Tories.
04/12/2017 10:55 EDT
We Need To Talk About The Mayor Of

We Need To Talk About The Mayor Of Brampton

Religious accommodation has been a fixture of life in Canada for years. Sikhs have worn Kirpans, Muslim women the Hijab, and for the most part Canadians have accepted diversity and gotten on with their lives. While we must all defend the rights of our fellow citizens regardless of race, creed or colour, I believe politicians like our own Mayor need to remember their own public record before they wade in on any issue.
03/29/2017 04:00 EDT
Is Kevin O'Leary Ready For His

Is Kevin O'Leary Ready For His 'Close-Up'?

While it may be tempting to draw parallels between his entry into the race and the path to the White House travelled by Mr. Trump, I suspect at some point soon Kevin O'Leary will realize that he is not Donald Trump, and this is not the United States
03/28/2017 07:59 EDT
Refugees Crossing Over From The U.S. Are Breaking The

Refugees Crossing Over From The U.S. Are Breaking The Law

Canada has a compassionate, principled approach to both immigration and refugees. Our government's inability to control this developing situation may ultimately do harm to our current refugee system, ultimately causing Canadians to have a lack of faith in the system, and ultimately in the government that is charged with managing it.
03/21/2017 11:05 EDT
My Canadian Immigrant Story Begins With The Loss Of My

My Canadian Immigrant Story Begins With The Loss Of My Father

Today, I'm 47 years old and Canada has been my home for almost 28 years. To this day, whenever I experience difficulties in life or in my career, I feel sadness and regret at not having my father me to help me through the difficult times.
03/14/2017 02:07 EDT
Canada Needs Substance, Not Symbolism In Response To

Canada Needs Substance, Not Symbolism In Response To Hate

While I feel debating Motion 103 is a well-meaning act in the face of unspeakable violence and tragedy, racism affects a broad spectrum of people and it is short-sighted of our government to single out Islamophobia in their motion.
03/10/2017 05:43 EST