July 2015


CAI Communication Emails



It’s a long road from Grand Prairie to Ramallah, but sometimes it takes quite a journey to get to where you’re meant to be. Amber Fares, the Lebanese-Canadian filmmaker recently premiered her documentary on the first all-female racing team in the Middle East, the Palestinian ‘Speed Sisters’, at this year’s Hot Docs Film Festival, and the Canadian Arab Institute had the opportunity to speak with her about her life and what led her to chronicle this inspiring story....[READ ON]



Why I Wanted to Become a Parliamentary Intern

My name is Lyan Khazanchi. I am a student at York University, one semester away from graduating in Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, an interdisciplinary program that seeks to create professionals who can critically engage with the various dimensions of communication...[READ ON]




Ya Canada Strikes All the Right Chords!

With over forty-one thousand hits (to date) on You Tube and ample traditional and online media coverage of Miriam Khalil’s recording of O Canada in Arabic, CAI’s gift to Canadians on Canada Day was an overwhelming success.  The icing on the cake were social media mentions by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and a number of Canadian missions to the Middle East. Feeling proud! 



Contemporary Arab Art Arrives in Canada

The Canadian Arab Institute is proud to partner with the spectacular Aga Khan Museum in Toronto in promoting the art exhibit, Home Ground: Contemporary Art from the Barjeel Art FoundationThe exhibit will showcase the work of 12 Arab artists who “examine how private life is shaped by current political events,” through works in photography, installation, sculpture, painting, and more. The exhibit starts this Saturday July 25 and will run until January 3, 2016.  




Your Voice Will be Heard in 88 Days

CAI’s voter-education campaign, Your Voice, has been going full-tilt in its outreach programs with our partners. Most recently, Your Voice participated in thePan Am torch relay celebration in Etobicoke with the Arab Community Centre of Toronto, where community members learned about the importance of the vote and participation in the democratic process. The campaign also kicked off a Democracy Talks series which engages small groups in intimate discussions and creative exercises raising appreciation of the fundamentals of democracy and political engagement. 

Stay tuned for more exciting activities coming up such as a video contest on Instagram and a CAI-produced animated film. Meanwhile, here’s what you have to do:Get involved!




How You Can Help Settle Syrian Refugees in Canada
The Canadian Arab Institute, a founding member of Lifeline Syria, calls on Canadians to support this community-based initiative to welcome and support 1,000 Syrian refugees in the GTA over the next two years.  This drive, which will recruit, train and assist private sponsors, is in support of a pledge made this year by the Canadian government to relocate 10,000 of the most vulnerable Syrian refugees to Canada over three years.
Lifeline Syria will provide opportunities for ordinary people to respond to a great humanitarian crisis, and will assist Syrian families in the Greater Toronto Area to be reunited with their friends and family.  “Sponsoring a refugee family from Syria will probably be something you will be proud of for your whole life,” states Lifeline Syria’s website.
You can support this worthy initiative in a number of ways

  • Bring forward cases of Syrians who need to be sponsored
  • Become a member of a sponsoring group (attend an information session to learn how)
  • Provide donations of goods and/or services that can be used by arriving families
  • Volunteer to help families with translation, appointments, orientation, and cultural support
  • Provide pro bono services to Lifeline Syria to increase capacity

Register for a public information session taking place in Mississauga on August 20, 2015, 6-8 PM or contact Lifeline Syria.  



The Canadian Arab Institute would like to celebrate three Canadian Arabs athletes who won medals at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. Congratulations!  


Mohammed Ahmed, the long distance runner, won the gold medal for the 10,000 meter race. He represented Canada in the 10, 000 meter races at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the 2013 World Championships in Athletics. 


Joelle Bekhazi helped the Canadian women's water polo team win their third silver medal at the Pan Am Games.Bekhazi was also part of two major medal-winning teams in 2009 as Canada captured a first-ever silver in the FINA Water Polo World League followed by silver at the FINA World Championships.


Samir El- Mais, also known as "Sweet Samy," earned the gold medal for heavyweight boxing. A five-time National Team member and four-time Canadian Heavyweight Champion, Samir seized the Canadian Heavyweight Championship in Novia Scotia in 2010 and brought Canada's first boxing golden medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.