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Toronto, Feb 15 (Canadian-Media): February 14, 2018 as Toronto's first annual Safe City Day was declared yesterday by Toronto Mayor John Tory, media reports said.
"February is Heart Month, and what better day to declare a day of reflecting on the heart than February 14," Tory was reported to state. "When I realized how many people could be saved in Toronto if bystanders stepped up quickly to help in a medical emergency, I knew we should draw more attention to learning CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators."
Members of the public, City Council members and City staff had an opportunity between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. yesterday to try Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) -- a life-saving technique -- and to become familiar with using an automated external defibrillator (AED).
After Toronto was declared a Safe City by City Council in 1998, TPS now trains about 7,500 people annually in first aid, CPR and AED use.
"Toronto Paramedic Services' Safe City program trains residents in first aid, CPR and how to use an AED," said Toronto Paramedic Services (TPS) Chief Gord McEachen. "There are approximately 2,000 sudden cardiac arrests every year in the city of Toronto, most of them in public places, where early CPR intervention from a bystander can make a difference in saving someone's life. You are the strongest link to helping to save someone's life after they suffer a sudden cardiac arrest."
TPS reportedly maintains more than 1,500 public access defibrillators in public places across the city, including TTC subway stations, community centres, swimming pools, skating rinks and some schools.
Members of public are reportedly encouraged to help paramedics save a life when encountering an apparent cardiac-arrest emergency by calling 911 and get an AED or send someone to get an AED, start CPR, activate the AED as soon as possible and follow the voice prompts. and continue CPR until paramedics arrive.
"Thanks to my friends Bayete, David and Gerald, who started CPR and used the AED on me when I suffered my cardiac arrest on November 23, 2017, I am standing here today celebrating with all of you," John Turco, a cardiac arrest survivor was reported to state.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#69thRepublicDay, #DineshBhatia, #JohnTory, #DipikaDamerla, #'ConnectwithyourRoots', #'KnowyourGoaProgramme' #Punjab, #India, #Brampton, #Toronto, #Canada
Toronto, Feb 12 (Canadian-Media): A grand Cultural Event was organized yesterday by Panorama India with the support of the Consulate General of India in Toronto at Pearson Conventional Centre in Brampton, Ontario to celebrate the 69th Republic Day of India, media reports said.
Dignitaries present in the event were: Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India, Toronto, senior officials from the Consulate, John Tory, Mayor of Toronto; MP Rob Oliphant; Dipika Damerla, Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs in the Cabinet of Premier Kathlaneen Wynne; MPP Bob Delaney; MPP Amrit Mangat & Rajesh Gupta, President & CEO, State Bank of India, Canada.
Bhatia congratulated and appreciated the efforts of Panorama India towards organising events like the India Independence Day Parade and Republic Day Celebrations.
He announced that the winner of Panorama Idol (the biggest and one of its kind event for the Indian Diaspora in a foreign country), would get a trip to India under Government of India's 'Know your India Programme'.
In his speech, Bhatia also highlighted the remarkable of Punjab State Government's initiative 'Connect with your Roots' and Goa State Government,s initiative 'Know your Goa Programme' and added these offer great inspiration to youth of Indian origin settled abroad to know their motherland.
Bhatia concluded by saying that the Republic Day celebrations are a depiction of unity in diversity of India.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Feb 10 (Canadian-Media):Despite some progress in recent years, achieving equality and parity in science remains an important challenge for policy-makers and the scientific community at large. This commemoration will examine the need for policy changes at all levels, to address the gender imbalance that exists in scientific fields, as well as in other areas including technology, engineering, mathematics and cutting-edge, innovative technologies.
The role that women in science can play at all levels has become a priority on the science agendas of many national and international political institutions. Although the number of female science graduates has increased, true equality and parity in science has not yet been achieved.
Over the past 25 years, the United Nations and its agencies have realized the gender-gap in science; however, the advancement of women and girls in science has not only stalled, but the international community is seeing a recidivist slide backwards.
The question to be asked is "Why?" Why have there been so few female scientists chosen to speak at high-level events, or selected to take part in international decision-making bodies, or to deal with policy formulation?
In striving towards equality, peace and prosperity and towards universal sustainable development, we must recognize the role of women in science in achieving implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The role of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development in suggesting policy recommendations to Heads of State and Government, as well as to parliamentarians, will be highlighted, the significant role of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), as the responsible UN entity serving as the Secretariat for the Commission, will be discussed, and similar to neglected areas of science and the official UN bodies that deal with them will be presented. The role of the scientific diaspora will also be discussed.
The 2018 International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum (IDWGS-2018) aims to mobilize women in science expertise from a wide range of disciplines that can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. It will explore innovative ways to measure and assess data produced by International Organizations. The Forum will also provide a unique opportunity for policy-makers and women in science experts to propose International Framework and Action Plan for Equality and Parity in Science.
The purpose of this Forum is to harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move equality and parity in science for sustainable development into the mainstream discourse. It is anticipated that this will spark sustained public demand for lasting political action in support of an ambitious outcome from the 2030 Development Agenda process and other declarations and Outcome Documents of other UN fora.
The Forum Planning Committee has made every effort to ensure that perspectives from north/south, gender, youth, older persons, indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, global geographic areas, expert constituencies, and international networks are included.
Welcoming the efforts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the International Telecommunication Union and other relevant organizations in supporting women scientists and in promoting the access of women and girls to and their participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels, United Nations decided on Dec 2015 to proclaim 11 February of each year the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
"We need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators." — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres was reported to state.
Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science.
Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be excluded from participating fully in science. According to a study conducted in 14 countries, the probability for female students of graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Doctor’s degree in science-related field are 18%, 8% and 2% respectively, while the percentages of male students are 37%, 18% and 6%.
In order to achieve full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls, and further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
#BlackHistoryMonth, #Toronto, #Ontario, #Canada, #CanadianNegroWomen’sAssociation, #OntarioBlackHistorySociety, #JohnTory
Toronto, Feb 6 (Canadian-Media): Through efforts of many individuals and organizations such as the Ontario Black History Society that Toronto in 1979, became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, media reports said.
Black History Month is observed during February each year and is an opportunity for the City of Toronto to recognize the past and present contributions that African Canadians make to the life of Toronto in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights.
Black History Month 2018 Facebook page
Toronto Area Member of Parliament Jean Augustine in 1995, reportedly introduced a motion which was passed unanimously by the House of Commons to recognize Black History Month across Canada.
Each year, the City of Toronto is proud to support events and exhibits scheduled for Black History Month, inviting members of the public to explore and celebrate the heritage, traditions and culture of African-Canadians.
"In Toronto, February is a month in which we celebrate the many successes and achievements of Black Canadians while also remembering and recognizing the sacrifices that have been made by countless members of our Black community," Toronto Mayor John Tory was reported to state.
"Torontonians of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to experience the many free programs and events taking place this month, and to learn more about the vibrant and distinct history of Toronto's Black residents."
John Tory: Facebook page
Black History Month is an opportunity for the City of Toronto to recognize the past and present contributions that African Canadians make to the life of Toronto in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, economic development, politics and human rights.
In 2018 Black History Month Events are organized by: Toronto Public Library, Mackenzie House, Scarborough Museum, Toronto Archives, Community, Recreation Centres and Civic Centres will showcase free programming and events for adults and children across the city and will include art and poster displays, movie nights, Black history presentations and more.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)