2007 Feature Story Honoured as Best of its Kind
A July 12th, 2007 Feature Story by Salam Toronto titled 'Speak Up! York Regional Police is eager to listen to your concerns' has been selected by York Regional Police as the 'Best Feature Story - Print'.
Salam Toronto is a weekly Persian-English newspaper serving the Greater Toronto Area, the only bilingual publication of its kind in the area. Since its inception in 2002, the paper has been serving the Iranian-Canadian community of Southern Ontario with feature stories and articles in both languages in both print and on its website, www.salamtoronto.ca.
Presented on May 22nd during the York Police Media Appreciation and Awards Night, the story by Salam Toronto's Sallya Aleboyeh highlights the importance of a community's relationship and communication with its police force.
At the awards presentation, Salam Toronto's Editor-in-Chief Mohsen Taghavi spoke to the audience, saying, "A few days ago, Premier Dalton McGuinty said the ratio of people with post-secondary education in Ontario is the highest among all regions in the western world. With the hard work of the York Region Police under the leadership of Chief Armand La Barge, I wouldn't be surprised to hear someday soon that York region is named as the safest region in the western world."
The award-winning story also looked for ways in which the Police and Iranian community can help combat crime, as discussed at a conference last July held by York Regional Police. The issue of hate crimes against members of the Iranian community was brought up at this conference, as many officers were unaware of this specific problem up until that point. As a result, it was concluded that Iranians needed to voice their opinions and concerns more loudly, as well as report any instances of unjust treatment.
The story went on to observe the accessibility and approachability of the Police Officers as friendly and open, stating that as a community Iranians should utilize them as a resource more often. In addition, the growing presence of Persian officers was highlighted, with eight on the force at the time of the story.
Other winners in the Print category were Rob Lamberti and Chris Doucette from the Toronto Sun for Best News Story for a Print (daily), and Percta Lam of Sing Tao Daily for Best Story in Multicultural Print.
"By publishing our main stories in English, as well as in Persian, we at Salam Toronto are doing our best to bring our communities closer together," Taghavi continued in his speech at the awards presentation. "We hope to continue to play a significant role in making York Region a safer place."
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