B.C. EVENTS: For the week of Saturday, March 17



(These are FREE listings. Submit your event at EditorVoice@gmail.com)




South Asian Seniors: Filing Income Tax Returns Free


Vedic Seniors Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey informs South Asian Seniors that during the tax filing period we can help you to file your income tax returns for the year 2017 free of cost through the community volunteer program of Canada Revenue Agency from now to April 30 if you are living in Surrey / Delta. The eligibility criteria are: 1. Single individual with annual income limit up to $30,000. 2. Couples with annual income up to $40,000. 3. Three persons’ income $42,500. 4. Four persons’ income $45,000, 5. Five persons’ income $47,500. 6. Add $ 2,500 for additional members. Interest income not over $ 1,000 and this income will be included as total eligibility. With no investment income, no rental income, no business or partnership income and no capital gain or loss. Sin# card and photo identity will be required to prove the documents. If you are eligible, contact Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further information.


MOSAIC: Tax Clinic


Need help to prepare your tax return? Volunteers can help you prepare your income tax and benefit return if you have modest income and a simple tax situation. Must be a permanent resident and filing for 2017 only. Call for more information and eligibility. Registration is required. Language support available. Dates: March 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at MOSAIC Head Office, 5575 Boundary Road, Vancouver. Contact: Katherine 604-254-9626


South Asian Seniors: Arthritis, Diabetes, High Cholesterol


Vedic Senior Parivar Centre of Vedic Hindu Cultural Society Surrey invites South Asian adults / senior members as well as non-members to attend a presentation – Eliminate Conditions of Arthritis, Diabetes & High Cholesterol – by Dr. Holly Fourchalk, a naturopathic practitioner, on Sunday, March 18, 2-3:30 p.m., at Shanti Niketan Hall of Lakshmi Narayan Hindu Temple, 8321 140th Street, Surrey. There will be a question and answer session. Tea and light snaks will be served. Call Surendra Handa, coordinator, at 604-507-9945 for further details.


PICS & KPU: Learn English


Community Adult Literacy Program (CALP): PICS in partnership with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey is offering Free English language classes for newcomers, Canadian citizens and work permit holders. Classes run every Monday and Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants learn about the Canadian work culture such as resume writing, cover letter, job search, interview skills and work expectations through English. Qualified teacher Gita, who is certified to teach English as a Second Language and is highly experienced, entices students to practice English communication while working in pairs or group activities. Hands-on computer activities, visits to the WorkBC centre and presentations by guest speakers are part of the curriculum. Daily news events and other topics of interest to the students are part of the daily routine. Free on-site childcare is available for students with children. Call Eva Touzard at 604-596-7722, ext. 138, to register.


Surrey Board of Trade: ICBC & Money Laundering


Join members of the Surrey Board of Trade for a conversation with Attorney General David Eby on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue). Eby will discuss the changes to ICBC and comment on the B.C government’s efforts to crackdown on money laundering in the province. Event: Breakfast with David Eby. Registration: 7:30 a.m. Program: 8- 9:30 a.m. Admission: Members: $50 + GST ; General Admission: $65 + GST.


Surrey Board of Trade: Youth Leadership


Searching for youth leadership – Top 25 Under 25 Awards. Do you know an individual that is 25 years old or younger that is doing great things in Surrey? They could be running their own business, volunteering, working on a community or school project that has made a significant difference. The Surrey Board of Trade Nomination deadline for the 7th Annual Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards is Friday, March 23. * Must be working on / worked on a business or community project in Surrey (including students) and / or; * Must be working in the Surrey business community and / or; * Must be contributing / have recently contributed to a business or community related project in Surrey and; * Must be 25 years of age or younger prior to April 26, 2018. The nomination form is available on website. www.businessinsurrey.com. If you have any questions about the nomination form or process, contact: Melissa Peel: melissa@businessinsurrey.com or 604-634-0347. The selected winners will be recognized at Surrey’s Top 25 Under 25 Awards event on Thursday, April 26 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel (15269 104th Avenue, Surrey), from 5:30-8 p.m. (admission is free).


MOSAIC Culture Connection


Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Join us for this culture connection activity which takes places every Friday. Connect with other people and learn more about the Canadian culture. This will be conducted in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Friday, March 23, 6-8 p.m. at MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200 7134 King George Boulevard. Contact: Attif at 778-591-9334 / aihsan@mosaicbc.org


Detoxifying Masculinities: A South Asian Conversation


Saturday, March 24, 1-4 p.m. Room A122a, Langara College, 100 49th Avenue, Vancouver. The forum will address three main concerns: how the family reproduces and normalizes masculine aggression; how society endorses these views of masculinity; and why today it is crucial for young men to overcome the toxic masculinity and sexism prevalent within our communities. The #metoo campaign has made the issue of toxic masculinities a mainstream concern across the globe. But the recent local convictions of the killers of Maple Batalia, Jassi Sidhu, and Amanpreet Kaur Bahia focus our attention on the ongoing and structural problem of sexism and toxic masculinity within the South Asian community. Presentation by the panelists we will be followed by small group discussion to maximize participation. Organized by SANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy) and supported by Langara College.



International Day Against Racism and Bigotry March


The annual International Day Against Racism and Bigotry March will be held in Vancouver on Saturday, March 24 at 1 p.m., starting at Thornton Park (Main Street SkyTrain Station). Well-known academic and activist Sunera Thobani will speak at march on Islamophobia and White Supremacy. Speakers will address the failure of the Canadian justice system in the murder of Colten Boushie, Tina Fontaine, and Tony Du, the mass shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City that killed six and wounded 19 people, the alarming increase in hate crime since 2015, the danger of right wing populism / fascism and the failure of the justice system to protect people.


South Asian Film Education Society


Presents a film screening and discussion of “Lipstick Under My Burkha” on Sunday, March 25, 2-5 p.m. Directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and starring Ratna Pathak Shah and Konkona Sen Sharma. Four women set on a journey to break free from conservative society toward freedom and happiness This is a free public screening. https://twitter.com/LipstickMovie. Language: Hindi / Urdu (with English subtitles). Running time: 117 min. Venue: Room 4955 – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings, Vancouver.


Canadian Citizenship Test Preparation


In English with Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi language support. Join us for a 2-day workshop to prepare for Canadian citizenship. The session will be facilitated by MOSAIC staff. We will talk about topics such as Canada’s history, symbols, government and geography, as well as the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. March 28 & 29, 1:30-4:30 p.m. þ MOSAIC Surrey Office, #200 7134 King George Boulevard. Contact: Attif at 778-591-9334 / aihsan@mosaicbc.org


Dr. M.R. Rajagopal’s Visit


The BC Centre for Palliative Care and Victoria Hospice are co-presenting the BC premiere of the feature-length documentary film, Hippocratic: 18 Experiments in Gently Shaking the World, based on the extraordinary life and work of Dr. M.R. Rajagopal. The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Rajagopal. The palliative care doctor from India will be in B.C. to talk about his humanitarian work and for the screening of Hippocratic. Date: Tuesday, April 10. Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: Park Theatre, 3440 Cambie Street, Vancouver. Tickets: $16 per person, available at: https://tickets.demand.film/event/3792


CBC Vancouver: Science Fair


This spring, CBC Vancouver launches its first-ever Science Fair on Sunday, May 27. Grades six and seven students from across B.C. and the nation are invited to submit their best hypothesis centred on the themes environment and / or technology for a chance to present their project at CBC Vancouver headquarters, 700 Hamilton Street. When: Sunday, May 27, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at CBC Vancouver, 700 Hamilton Street in the atrium and room 700. Why: To engage junior students in a community-based Science Fair. In order to apply, interested students are asked to submit a short 100-word hypothesis about their concept for the science fair project, along with key application information on the website at www.cbc.ca/cbcsciencefair by April 15 at 11:59 p.m. PST. The grand prize is a special CBC Vancouver Science Fair trophy, a $750 gift card from Best Buy, and a spot in one of Simon Fraser University’s Science Al!ve Summer Camps. In addition, Johanna will feature the winner’s project on her CBC TV segment Science Smart. More information: www.cbc.ca/cbcsciencefair.



(For more events, visit the “Events” section of our website at voiceonline.com)