ICC Calls for Canada to Send Insulin to Iran Amidst Shortage

See below a letter that ICC President Soudeh Ghasemi sent to the Canadian Ministers of Health, Foreign Affairs, and International Development asking them to help Iranians who are struggling to get access to insulin amidst a massive shortage in the country:

Dear Honourable Ministers,

My name is Soudeh Ghasemi, and I am the President of the Iranian Canadian Congress, a non-profit, non-religious, and non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing the interests of the Iranian Canadian community in Canada.

As you may know, Iran has been under suffocating sanctions imposed by the US Trump administration for years, with sanctions, only intensifying during the COVID-19 crisis. Though sanctions have always threatened Iranians' access to life-saving medication, the situation now is reaching disastrous proportions.

Earlier this week, we learned through social media that tens of thousands of Iranian diabetics cannot access life-sustaining insulin. Supplies are low, and the costs are skyrocketing.

As such, we call on the Minister of International Development, working with the Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs, to immediately work to supply insulin to Iran. The situation is dire, and Iranians need insulin. Canada must help.

Sincerely,

Soudeh Ghasemi

President

Iranian Canadian Congress

References:

www.rferl.org/amp/there-is-no-insulin-desperate-iranians-tweet-calls-for-life-saving-drug/30905516.html

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.businessinsider.in/politics/world/news/trump-is-waging-a-quiet-war-against-civilians-in-iran-as-the-coronavirus-pandemic-drags-on/amp_articleshow/78847720.cms

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1X82IM


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Further to previous communications, we would like to update the members of the organization on the motion brought against the ICC and its Board of Directors. 

We confirm that the Motion brought by the Applicants Babak Payami, Shayan Moin, Kamnoosh Shahabi, and Mehrdokht Hadi ("Payami et al.") was heard earlier this week on November 2, 2020, before the Honourable Justice Cavanagh. 

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On October 27th, 2020, a case conference was held before The Honourable Justice Hainey, the judge who has been case-managing the matter between ICC and the Applicants (Payami et al) since September 9, 2019. Present at the case conference were Atoosa Mahdavian, counsel for the Applicants, Dan Fridmar, counsel for ICC, Mitchel Wine, counsel representing the 8 Directors and Marvin Huberman, the Court-Appointed Monitor. 

The purpose of the case conference was for ICC Counsel to request an adjournment of the Applicants’ Motion scheduled for November 2, 2020 for, among other things, an order removing the Board, an order restraining the ICC from holding the Special General Meetings (SGM) and other relief as set out in the motion materials. 

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As mentioned in our previous communications, the ICC Board was requisitioned by a petition from approximately 230 members to hold an SGM as soon as possible. The petition specifically referred to a hearing on November 2nd and stated that the members signing the SGM requisition would like their voices to be heard before this hearing. In order to fulfil our duty under Section 295 of the Corporations Act and to provide members the opportunity to voice their opinions on the direction of the organization, the Board decided to hold the Member-requisitioned SGM for October 31st, 2020. 

Yesterday, on October 27th, 2020, in a case conference Justice Hainey instructed the ICC board to postpone the SGM until after a motion(supplementary motion material here) brought by applicants Babak Payami, Kamnoosh Shahabi, Mehrdokht Hadi, and Shayan Moin ("Payami et al.") scheduled November 2nd, 2020 is heard. The Honorable Judge stated that this instruction is to preserve the status quo before the scheduled hearing on November 2nd.  

The Board therefore has no choice but to postpone the SGM called by members until after November 2nd, 2020. The same instructions also apply to the SGM called by the board which was scheduled for November 1st, 2020. 

The ICC Board continues to be committed to allowing the membership to have their say on the organization’s affairs and fulfil its legal obligations to members’ requisitions. As such, we encourage all members to stay tuned for further updates on when this SGM will be held.

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Board of Directors

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