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Toronto, July 22 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory had Joined members of Scarborough community on Saturday at the Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Hindu Temple Om Vin-Eye- A-Gar!'s 17th Annual Chariot Festival to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi -- one of the widely celebrated Hindu festivals in India -- on 22nd and 23rd of this month In Kennedy, at Scarborough Ontario, media reports said.
Tory had a chance to meet Arnold ChanLib, MP for Scarborough-Agincourt. Deputy Government House Leader, Soo Wong, Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, Han Dong, MPP for Spadina, Kathleen Wynne, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party & Premier of Ontario. Mary Ng, Member of Parliament for the diverse and dynamic riding of Markham-Thornhill.
"Real honor to have been able to be part of Sri Varasiththi Vinaayagar Hindu Temples Of Toronto 's Annual Chariot Festival with the John Tory and Kathleen Wynne. This my 4th year of attending the event. Thank you to all organizers and volunteers and very importantly my good friend Ganesan Sugumar who all worked hard to organizing this great event in Scarborough--Agincourt," said Arnold in the facebook account of John Tory.
Ganesh Chaturthi celebration started as a public event by the founder of the Maratha Dynasty Shivaji (1630-1680) in Pune. But in the year 1893, with the purpose of bringing people together, Lokmanya Tilak transformed this domestic festival into a well-organized and widely celebrated festival.
Ganesh Chaturthi, which is celebrated all over India, is concentrated in states such as Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, where it is celebrated with great enthusiasm.
Cultural and religious programs of Indian communities -- are organized which adds grandeur to the festival -- who instal Ganesha Idol, sing Aarti, and distribute Prasad.
But since Indians have settled all over the world, this festival has become globally recognized.
Besides India, other countries such as Canada, Australia, Singapore, Mauritius, Cambodia, Thailand, Burma, USA, UK and Fiji celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi and governments of few above mentioned countries have declared a public holiday for that day.
Celebrations in Toronto, the capital of Canada, where Indians reside in large numbers with limited resources are prearrange by numerous Marathi associations in Toronto.
Vancouver, in British Columbia, is another Canadian city in Canada, with large Indian community, that celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi with grandeur.
The faith behind the Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is that Lord Ganesha will offer his blessing and bring good fortune and prosperity to his devotees.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, July 16 (Canadian-Media): World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) was globally celebra todayd (July 15), with this year’s theme being “Skills for the Future of Work’, media reports said.
United Nations (UN) General Assembly -- with the aim of creating greater awareness of the importance of technical, vocational education, and training specially among youth all across the world -- declared 15 July as WYSD in the year 2014 and since then July 15 is being globally observed every year as a WYSD
Young people were more had greater chance of unemployment than adults and are exposed labor market inequalities with low quality jobs, said United Nations Organization (UNO) adding that women also suffered underemployment and under-paid.
recent International Labour Organization (ILO) publication, “Global Employment Trends for Youth 2015” reported that an estimated 71 million young people were unemployed in 2015 (13.1 percent) and added that youth unemployment rate is expected to increase 2017 in most regions.
“As the Canadian Member organization to WorldSkills International, Skills/Competences Canada is fortunate to liaise with trade and technology industry experts from around the world. The Skills Movement in Canada will be enhanced through globalized alliances which emphasize the importance and value of these careers to youth. By hosting the WorldSkills Competition in Canada, our youth, educators and industry partners will see firsthand that careers in trades and technology are valued, respected and critical to both economic and social prosperity not only in Canada but in the entire global marketplace,” said Terry Cooke, Official Delegate for Canada.
WorldSkills Internationalal, a not for profit global agency, recognized WYSD on 15 July 2017 and uses #SkillsForAll and #WYSD, to raise awareness on the importance of youth developing skills.
Structural unemployment -- meaning skills offered by workers do not match with skills demanded of employees by employers -- is one of the main reasons of unemployment globally and impacts economies development, said UNO.
Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth said although much needs to be done -- like changes policies in education and in workers’ rights and protections – there are a number of resources, five among these most important, which are available for skills development.
Memrise, a language learning app which combines memory techniques with entertaining content to make learning fun.
SDG Academy, offering high-quality free content, in the field of sustainable development, from a global faculty of experts .
Khan Academy combines instructional videos with practice exercises on a personalized learning dashboard offers subjects like maths, science, computer programming, history, economics, and more where learning takes place at your own pace.
Coursera, partners with top universities and organizations and offers global access to online courses in various fields of education
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Ottawa, July 15 (Canadian-Media): Parks Day is being celebrated in Canada on July 15 and offers opportunities to all to discover Canada's natural beauty and connect with their heritage, Parks Canada said.
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Parks Canada offers free visits this year to its heritage of national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation -- to commemoration Canada's 150th year of Confederation -- that include 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas and one national urban park.
"As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the government is inviting Canadians to experience the natural beauty of our country and learn more about our heritage. With free admission to Parks Canada places in 2017, it's a great time to head outdoors with family and friends on Parks Day, have some fun, and create amazing memories that will connect you with nature," said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
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Extensive natural systems and cultural heritage areas are managed by Parks Canada and it is encouraging visitors to plan their trips -- by consulting Parks Canada's website, or downloading the NEW Parks Canada's Mobile App -- to discover new and exciting destinations in 2017 for a list of hidden places and parks.
Parks Canada is responsible for protecting and presenting nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, such as Canada's national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas.
Minister McKenna, and the Honourable Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament for Kings—Hants, announced last week that they were investing $925,000 in Grand-Pré National Historic Site in Nova Scotia.
Indigenous Mi’kmaq people greeted people in peace and friendship in Grand-Pré and formed an alliance with the Acadians and created one of the first treaties in Canadian history.
Today the Landscape of Grand-Pré is also recognized as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
"As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Government of Canada is proud to invest in the protection and conservation of Grand-Pré National Historic Site. Through infrastructure investments at Parks Canada places, we are creating middle class jobs and sustained economic growth, while ensuring high-quality and meaningful visitor experiences for years to come. I encourage Canadians to visit Parks Canada destinations across Nova Scotia as part of Canada 150 to experience the province's natural and cultural treasures," said Minister McKenna.
"This year, we are proudly celebrating both Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of national historic sites across the country. Our government is committed to preserving and protecting our historic places and this investment is a further confirmation of that. This funding will go a long way to ensuring that all Canadians can experience Grand-Pré to its fullest for generations to come."
On July 6, Parks Canada and University of Alberta celebrated Mountains 101 to celebrate the achievements of the University of Alberta's Mountains 101 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in interdisciplinary mountain studies.
This course had been completed so far by more than 3,000 people from across Canada and around the world.
"Mountains, in large part, define Alberta, and Mountains 101 has been a successful innovation in taking the knowledge of mountains resident at the University of Alberta and giving it, literally, to the world. With more than 18,000 students from 140 countries registered in the program, Mountains 101 has successfully demonstrated the ability of the University of Alberta to extend its educational reach across the globe," said Kerry Mummery, Dean, Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation
McKenna, will participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the official opening of the new Point Wolfe Beach Trail in Fundy National Park in New Brunswick. She will be accompanied by Alaina Lockhart, Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, July 12 (Canadian-Media): the City of Toronto (Toronto and its adjoining cities) and the City of Chicago, US are participating in a cultural exchange to commemorate Canada's 150th birthday and the "Year of Public Art" being celebrated in Chicago, that will result in creating a piece of street art in both cities, media reports said.
"This venture is an exciting project for both cities. It will promote and increase awareness of street art and its role in enhancing the vitality of our streets capes. Street art that is seen on a daily basis can trigger beautification, social transformation and economic benefits," said Toronto Mayor John Tory in a News release.
Justus Roe, Chicago-based abstract artist will arrive in Toronto, in collaboration with the STEPS Initiative, and transform Roncesvalles Foot Bridge that connects west-end communities of Toronto to the waterfront -- the popular pedestrian and cycling thoroughfare -- with his work of art.
STEPS, based on three core values of culture, community engagement and city-building is an award-winning, Toronto-based public arts organization that will provide -- through a series of community painting days -- opportunities for local artists and Parkdale youth .
"Public art transforms a place from being a mere place, to a place of joy," said Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park). "I am thrilled that our neighbourhood gateway to the lake is becoming an important piece of public art."
On his arrival to Toronto on 13th July, Roe will get required assistance in the completion of the mural before the end of this month.
Toronto artist who will reportedly travel to Chicago will soon be announced.
Toronto city's StART program would co-ordinate with this Toronto project will receive support by the Economic Development and Culture Division.
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StreetARToronto, or StART, an innovative pro-active program of Transportation Services' Public Realm Section, was launched in 2012, with the aim to increase awareness beauty to neighbourhoods across Toronto added by street art to counteract the harmful effects on communities due to graffiti vandalism.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, July 5 (Canadian-Media): Canada History Week (CHW) from July 1 – July 7 is being celebrated throughout the country with opportunities to learn more about the people and events that have shaped the great nation, media reports said.
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Department of Canadian Heritage, in June 11, 2013, officially launched July 1 – July 7 to be celebrated as CHW and since then July 1 – July 7 is celebrated every year as CHW in Canada.
The main motive of this celebration is to provide Canadians -- from the youngest to the oldest -- with an opportunity to participate in history-related activities organized by museums, historical societies and cultural organizations and learn about Canadian history.
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement on Canada Day:
“Today, we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We come together as Canadians to celebrate the achievements of our great country, reflect on our past and present, and look boldly toward our future.
“Canada’s story stretches back long before Confederation, to the first people who worked, loved, and built their lives here, and to those who came here centuries later in search of a better life for their families. In 1867, the vision of Sir George-Étienne Cartier and Sir John A. Macdonald, among others, gave rise to Confederation – an early union, and one of the moments that have come to define Canada.
“In the 150 years since, we have continued to grow and define ourselves as a country. We fought valiantly in two world wars, built the infrastructure that would connect us, and enshrined our dearest values – equality, diversity, freedom of the individual, and two official languages – in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These moments, and many others, shaped Canada into the extraordinary country it is today – prosperous, generous, and proud.
“At the heart of Canada’s story are millions of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. They exemplify what it means to be Canadian: ambitious aspirations, leadership driven by compassion, and the courage to dream boldly. Whether we were born here or have chosen Canada as our home, this is who we are.
“Ours is a land of Indigenous Peoples, settlers, and newcomers, and our diversity has always been at the core of our success. Canada’s history is built on countless instances of people uniting across their differences to work and thrive together. We express ourselves in French, English, and hundreds of other languages, we practice many faiths, we experience life through different cultures, and yet we are one country. Today, as has been the case for centuries, we are strong not in spite of our differences, but because of them.
“As we mark Canada 150, we also recognize that for many, today is not an occasion for celebration. Indigenous Peoples in this country have faced oppression for centuries. As a society, we must acknowledge and apologize for past wrongs, and chart a path forward for the next 150 years – one in which we continue to build our nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship with the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation.
“Our efforts toward reconciliation reflect a deep Canadian tradition – the belief that better is always possible. Our job now is to ensure every Canadian has a real and fair chance at success. We must create the right conditions so that the middle class, and those working hard to join it, can build a better life for themselves and their families.
“Great promise and responsibility await Canada. As we look ahead to the next 150 years, we will continue to rise to the most pressing challenges we face, climate change among the first ones. We will meet these challenges the way we always have – with hard work, determination, and hope.
“On the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we celebrate the millions of Canadians who have come together to make our country the strong, prosperous, and open place it is today. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Canada Day.”
As Canada celebrated its 150th birthday in 2017, Canada History Week provided a great opportunity for all Canadians to learn about their past and their identity.
The few things that teach us about Canadian history during Canada History Week Are:
Heritage Minutes which highlights, in a series of short video clips, us about key events throughout Canadian history.
Canada: An award-winning CBC TV series that recounts Canada’s history through the “eyes of the people who lived it.”
The War of 1812: An important turning point in Canada’s identity as a nation.
There are 950 historical sites in Canada in both urban and rural settings that teach us about important landmarks in Canadian history.
The Canadian War Museum: is a useful resource for those interested in learning about Canada’s military past and how it shaped our country.
The Canadian Museum of History: We learn here about history, archaeology, ethnology, and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.
The Canadian Museum of Immigration: teaches us about Canada’s immigration history.
The Virtual Museum of Canada: Brings together Canadian museum collections and “riches in a variety of thought-provoking and instructive contents” in an interactive space.
Library and Archives Canada: Preserves important “documentary heritage” of Canada and acts as a “source of enduring knowledge accessible to all.”
The National Battlefields Commission: Throws light, through various activities and exhibitions, on important military achievements in Canadian history.
National Film Board of Canada (NFB): The NFB documents more than 13,000 titles concentrating on 75 years of Canadian history.
Parks Canada: Teaches Canada’s human, geographic and natural history.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)