#CanadianMulticulturalismDay, #Confederation, #CanadianCharterofRightsandFreedoms, #JustinTrudeu, #DavidJohnston, #Montréal, #Vancouver, #Toronto, #MélanieJoly
Toronto, June 28 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Multiculturalism Day as June 27 was proclaimed by the Government of Canada on November 13, 2002 and since then each year June 27 is observed as Canada’s Multiculturalism Day (CMD) which has given us the opportunity to celebrate the country’s diversity equality, and mutual respect for all the cultures in Canada, media reports said.
“Today, Canadians from coast to coast to coast join together to celebrate the multiculturalism and openness that make us who we are as a country”, said Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trueau.
“Canadians come from every corner of the world, speak two official languages and hundreds more, practice many faiths, and represent many cultures. Multiculturalism is at the heart of Canada’s heritage and identity – and as Canadians, we recognize that our differences make us strong.
“Canada’s strong tradition of multiculturalism…helped Canada attract some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial people from around the world.”
“This year, we mark both the 150th anniversary of Confederation and the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These milestones remind us of the values that unite us – openness, inclusion, and deep respect for our differences. Whoever we are, wherever we come from, these values bring us together as equal members of this great country.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating a happy, fun, and educational Multiculturalism Day. I invite Canadians to take part in the many activities happening across the country, and I ask all of us to work even harder to protect and promote multiculturalism. Today, and every day, let us celebrate the differences that make Canada strong, diverse, inclusive, and proud,” Stated Trudeau.
Approximately 200,000 immigrants each year from all parts of the world choose Canada, due by its quality of life and its reputation as an open society that welcomes newcomers and values diversity.
“In Canada, there is a place for everyone, and therein lie the strength and richness of our country.” Stated David Johnston, Governor General of Canada On Canada’s Multicultarism Day
Cultural, ethnic and linguistic makeup of 32 million citizens in Canada reflect its diversity.
“The values and principles of inclusive diversity are also enshrined in key legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
“Together, we will succeed in building an open and caring country. May you all enjoy a wonderful Canadian Multiculturalism Day full of celebration!” stated Johnston.
According to official reports, in 1971, Canada was the first country to adopt a multiculturalism policy and in 1988, this vision became a law with the Canadian Multiculturalism Act.
“The values and principles of inclusive diversity are also enshrined in key legislation such as the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms”, stated Johnson.
Approximately 200,000 immigrants a year from all parts of the globe, according to official reports, continue to choose Canada due to its quality of life and its reputation for welcoming newcomers and valuing diversity.
“Canadian culture is as multi-faceted as our country and the people who inhabit it. The great diversity of Canada's population has helped shape our laws, institutions and traditions, and is a continued source of strength, stated Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, on Canada’s Multiculturalism Day.
In 2006 there were 6.3 million visible minorities in Canada and one in five people in Canada were born outside this country, Statistics Canada’s reports said.
Statistics Canada’s reports also project that by 2017, there will be about 8.5 million people by Canada’s 150th birthday, who are visible minorities and approximately 7.7 million immigrants would be living in our diverse nation.
“Today we mark Canadian Multiculturalism Day—a celebration of the many multicultural groups and communities that strengthen and enrich our social fabric. It is an opportunity to reflect on our past, including the many waves of immigrants that have made Canada their home, and to celebrate the rich diversity of our society.
“This year's events are especially exciting as we celebrate Canada 150…Our Government is proud to support Canadian Multiculturalism Day events all across the country, including major celebrations in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto.”
“I invite all Canadians to take part in these events and discover the many cultures and communities that have helped make Canada a great place to live” stated Joly.
Canada’s Multiculturalism Day was celebrated by Canadians from different provinces and cities throughout our country.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#WorldDaytoCombatDesertification, # UnitedNationsConventiontoCombat Desertification, #Canada, #Marie-ClaudeBibeau
Toronto, June 18 (Canadian-Media): World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) was declared by the United Nations General Assembly to be "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" (WDCD) on June 17 in 1994 .
Since then WDCD is being observed on June 17 each year all across the world to promote public awareness of land degradation and to draw awareness to the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in countries affected by serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.
During the observance of WDCD in Canada yesterday, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, stated,
“Today, on World Day to Combat Desertification, Canada and the global community recognize the serious issues of desertification, drought, and land degradation. Climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing the world, is making these issues more acute. Canada recently re-established its support for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) by rejoining the Convention, which is key to our commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
UNCCD is the only international agreement, bound by law, linking environment and development to sustainable land management. with special empahasis on dryland such as arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found.
In 2007 the 10-Year Strategy of the UNCCD (2008-2018) was adopted with their goals to "to forge a global partnership to reverse and prevent desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected areas in order to support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability."
According to the UNCCD, in sub-Saharan Africa, due to degradation of an estimated 75 percent of the land and 10 million hectares every year, farmers experience lost income of more than $4 billion annually.
The situation is even worse for woman farmers, who often have access only to less fertile land.
The UNCCD is committed to encouraging the participation of local people in combating desertification and land degradation. The UNCCD secretariat facilitates cooperation between developed and developing countries, particularly around knowledge and technology transfer for sustainable land management.
Bibeau continued her statement, “Every year, the cumulative effects of overgrazing, over-cultivation, deforestation, poor irrigation combined with increasing extreme weather events have serious implications worldwide for poverty eradication, stability and sustainable development.
“Canada is committed to improving the living conditions of the world's most vulnerable people, including women and girls, and to addressing the serious implications of desertification.”
The UNCCD Secretariat invited Country Parties, United Nation’s organizations, civil society organizations, international and non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders to the Convention to increase the impact of WDCD and to educate the public about effective methods of achieving land degradation neutrality (LDN) on 17 June each year
In the next few decades, desertification could reportedly create as many as 135 million climate refugees.
Bibeau ended her statement by pledging, “Canada will continue to seek opportunities for constructive progress on the environment, to bring a positive approach to global conversations about climate change and to work with others to find workable solutions.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#WorldOceansDay, #TheOceanProject, #WorldOceanNetwork, #UnitedNationsGeneralAssembly, #Ban Ki-moon, #BuenosAires, #GabriellaSchauber
Toronto, June 8 (Canadian-Media): World Oceans Day (WOD) is observed each year on June 8th to celebrate the ocean, inspire more involvement in helping to conserve this resource we all depend on, encouraging solutions to plastic pollution and preventing marine litter for a healthier ocean and a better future, media reports said.
Since 2002, The Ocean Project -- a collaborative organization – had been partnering with hundreds of organizations, including World Ocean Network, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to promote WOD globally.
As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, WOD is now officially recognized by the UN as 8 June each year.
Over the years, the global network of partners around the world has grown approximately to 2,000 organizations, including aquariums, zoos, museums, youth groups, the maritime industry, governments, the tourism sector, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses and many others.
This year’s theme for the WOD is: Our Oceans, Our Future.
“We have to ensure that oceans continue to meet our needs without compromising those of future generations. They regulate the planet’s climate and are a significant source of nutrition. Their surface provides essential passage for global trade, while their depths hold current and future solutions to humanity’s energy needs,” said Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The United Nations Conference entitled “Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development” will be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with WOD.
This year, South East Asia (S.E.A.) Aquarium is also organizing a month of conservation-themed activities with the aim to raise awareness to ocean conservation with a renewed focus on plastic pollution.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an internationally awarded documentary of a film screening of Racing Extinction, will be hosted by World Oceans Day Argentina, in which a team of artists and activists expose the world of threatened species, with revolutionary images that transform the way you see the planet.
WOD recognized youth as the leaders of change and that their engagement was crucial in solving environmental problems around the world. Governments and international bodies need a youth perspective, with a united voice in the world, to inspire and convince people to take action on an issue.
WOD Youth Advisory Council member, Gabriella Schauber, from Canada said, “For as long as I can remember, I have held a passion for the ocean and the amazing wealth of life that thrives within, and have engaged myself both inside and outside the classroom. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to be a long-time volunteer and staff at the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre…Each of these experiences have helped me foster my passion for the oceans, for the welfare of the animals that call the oceans home, and for the role of youth in initiating change. My passion for animals and welfare has permeated my education as well…It is clear that the oceans need our help. There are many issues...identifying the issues, brainstorming and processing tangible solutions, and acting to implement them is what is needed today.
It has become increasingly apparent that we cannot leave the fate of the health of our oceans and its inhabitants to government or international bodies alone. Each and every action made by members of the general public…It is important to remember that despite the fact that issues facing the oceans are huge in scale and many steps are needed by many stakeholders to create change on a global scale, small ripples of change and progress made by youth around the world in their communities is just as and if not more meaningful!”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#StreetARToronto; #VIBE Arts, #Sean Martindale; #johnTory
Toronto, June 7 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory was joined City of Toronto staff, representatives from StreetARToronto and VIBE Arts, and collaborating artist Sean Martindale as well as residents of Bendale Acres long-term care home this morning and officially unveiled a six-storey mural on the Bendale Acres building in Scarborough, media reports said.
"It's great to see initiatives like this one come to fruition, with a not-for-profit organization having brought local artists, youth and members of the senior population together to work collaboratively with City staff," said Mayor John Tory. "The result is an impressive public mural for the community to enjoy."
The City of Toronto's StreetARToronto program funded VIBE Arts worked with Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services to create the large outdoor mural.
StreetARTToronto. Image credit: Facebook page
The intergenerational art project was a collaboration between youth, Bendale Acres residents, the community and professional artist Sean Martindale.
Staff and youth volunteers from VIBE Arts assisted Bendale Acres residents in creating art projects to represent their life interests using different media and techniques, including painting, collage, clay sculpting, print-making and stencil-making. Each participating resident was given a theme for the session that took them through a therapeutic as well as creative journey as they completed their pieces of art.
Vibe Arts. Image credit: Facebook page
The resident art pieces served as inspiration for the artist, Sean Martindale, in creating the mural that celebrates life and includes symbols of fleur-de-lis, maple leaves, rainbows, hearts, acorns, music notes, peace symbols, various flowers and plant life, and fish – all surrounding a huge tree that stretches up the entire side of the home.
Martindale is an internationally recognized and award-winning interdisciplinary artist and designer. His playful works question and offer alternatives for existing public spaces, infrastructure and materials found in the urban realm. His work activates public space to encourage engagement and prompt conversation and interaction.
Long-Term Care Homes and Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. An initiative of the Public Realm Section of the City's Transportation Services Division.
VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school based arts education.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#WorldEnvironmentDay, #panCanadianapproach, #JustinTrudeau
Toronto, June 6 (Canadian-Media): On World Environment Day, which was observed yesterday, we are encouraged to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to us. media reports said.
This year’s theme for the World Environment Day was “Connecting People to Nature.” on this day we are reminded to take action to conserve and protect our nature.
This year's host country is Canada, where there will be lots of official celebrations.
World Environment Day coincides with Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations and represents a sense of identity the Canadian people draw from their natural heritage.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on World Environment Day:
“Today, we join the global community to celebrate World Environment Day – an opportunity to connect with nature and to recommit ourselves to build a cleaner, more sustainable world for generations to come. This year, Canada will host the official global celebrations for the first time. We are proud to celebrate our shared environment, and to work with our partners around the world to leave a cleaner, healthier planet for all our children.
“The theme for this year’s World Environment Day, ‘Connecting People to Nature,’ encourages us to get outdoors, appreciate the healthy ecosystems that contribute to our well-being, and do our part to protect the planet we share...Canada has taken strong steps to protect the environment and promote clean economic growth. We adopted the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, launched the Oceans Protection Plan, and continue to support developing countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change. Despite this progress, we have much more work to do. Our Government is committed to work with people around the world and at home, including young people and Indigenous Peoples, to find concrete, effective solutions to environmental issues.
“Today, I ask all Canadians and everyone around the world to remember we share one planet. Climate change does not recognize borders, and few challenges have ever been so global in scale. Our children's future depends on our immediate and collective response.”
Citizens, everywhere, are encouraged to discover their natural environment, appreciate the benefits of clean air and water and healthy ecosystems.
Canada’s environmental accomplishments to date are: The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, is our plan developed with the provinces and territories and in consultation with Indigenous peoples with the aim to reduce emissions and grow the economy.
Our plan includes a pan-Canadian approach to achieve carbon pollution reductions across all sectors of our economy.
Apart from carbon pollution reduction, the pan-Canadian approach aims to increase technology development and adoption to ensure Canadian businesses are competitive in the global low-carbon economy as well as drive innovation and growth to meet our emissions-reduction target and grow the economy.
Conservation targets plans with an aim of protecting at least 17 percent of the country’s terrestrial areas and inland waters by 2020
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of World Environment Day 2017: Facebook page