Toronto, Apr 21 (Canadian-Media): The City of Toronto will virtually commemorate the second anniversary of the Yonge Street Tragedy that happened on April 23, 2018. This year’s commemoration will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety.
In remembrance of the people who lost their lives, survivors and all those impacted by the tragedy, the City will live stream a statement by Mayor John Tory at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Later in the evening, there will be a virtual vigil led by community groups, We Love Willowdale and Willowdale Interfaith Coalition.
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook
To mark the time of the incident, flags on Nathan Phillips Square and Mel Lastman Square at North York Civic Centre will be lowered to half-mast at 1:30 p.m. for the remainder of the day. The Toronto Sign will also be dimmed just before sunset.
We Love Willowdale and Willowdale Interfaith Coalition, two community groups in North York, will lead a virtual vigil at 6 p.m. on the We Love Willowdale Facebook page. This vigil will bring together the community, provide support for those impacted and offer a space for people to interact and leave messages.
As this commemoration may bring back painful and traumatic memories, those who require support or counselling are advised to call 211 to access support from the Ontario Psychological Association who is offering free mental health services.
To help keep our community safe during the COVID-19 crisis, residents are respectfully requested to adhere to public health orders and refrain from gathering to lay flowers or other memorabilia at the incident sites.
The City recognizes the challenges the current pandemic and physical distancing measures poses to individuals experiencing trauma as a result of this tragedy. People are encouraged to continue to take care of one another and connect with loved ones, friends, and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone who may be impacted.
The City of Toronto will live stream Mayor John Tory’s commemorative statement on the City of Toronto YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecityoftoronto.
The community-led virtual vigil can be accessed on the I Love Willowdale Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveWillowdale/.
More information about the City’s virtual commemoration can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/commemoration-of-the-yonge-street-tragedy/.
Toronto, Sep 5 (Canadian-Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2018 which was held in Toronto, Ontario from Aug 17 - Sep 3 among labour dispute did not lessen the charm of the exhibition or the enthusiasm of the people, media reports said.
The official ceremony of the 140th year of the CNE was held in front of the historic Princes’ Gates on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10 AM.
The sign of CNE at the front of the exhibition, displayed for the second time this year did not lose its charm. The volunteers who tirelessly worked to make CNE, a success in spite of the labour dispute, are being showcased in front of the sign.
CNE sign at the entrance showcased with volunteers
The place was full of hustle and bustle and although we went to the exhibition early in the morning, the flow of people with their children entering the exhibition continued with full enthusiasm. The rides as usual were a big charm for the families with small children, although it did not deter the zeal of the elders.
The exhibition being held during the summer vacation of schools witnessed large crowds of children of all ages.
Raj, a seven-year old child, when asked, said visiting CNE 2018 was the best event of his school vacation. His parents said that they had promised him to bring him to the exhibition two more times this year.
The international stage, which showcased the aeriel acrobatics and other the sky skating, which was showcased on demand, was thronged with people. The show was to start at 2 pm but we thought to grab the seats a liitle earlier and were there at 1 pm but were amazed to see most of the seats being occupied.
Due the large population of the spectators who were either seated, standing on the sides of the seating arrangement and all the vacant spaces filled with families seated on the floor, the CNE staff decided to open the show at 1:30 pm itself.
The aerial acrobatic show's novelty feature this year was the changing faces of the man every 5 seconds. The international hall was full of applause and cheering.
The food as usual was a big attraction of the CNE. One of our friends from the Senior Club, Sham Sadana, who was at the exhibition, said the main attraction for him for the last many years that he had been coming to CNE was to try food from every stall.
This year CNE's TELUS Asian Market was a new feature and was filled with lines of families waiting for their turn.
Sand sculpting was showcased on demand and attracted huge spectators. Along with this, another interesting feature was the butter toys.
Flower and vegetable competition also attracted large spectators. Eliza, who was a botony student was fascinated and had contacted some staff members to have more historical perspectives of the plants.
Flip Flop Sculptures, new this year, was presented with a cause. Abandoned flip flops retrieved from the Indian Ocean are transformed into whimsical animal sculptures by Kenyan artisans with great creativity inside the Enercare Centre, Hall A.
NEW – Nook of Gnomes – Six whimsical giant garden gnomes are ready to greet CNE visitors as they enter Heritage Court. These legendary spirits known for their small stature have been super-sized to stand at 12 feet and six feet tall.
Other new attractions this year were: Legend of the Silk Road Come to Light, Indoor Lantern Festival, Giant Garden Gnomes, Star-Studded Concert Series, Silent Disco – Dance, and the US Air Force Thunderbirds Air Show for their only performance outside of the USA this year and much more.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
May 9 (Canadian-Media): The publication of a new book entitled 'An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto's Natural Parkland' was announced today by the City of Toronto. The book describes about the natural parkland and ravine system with which more than 4,000 hectares across the city are covered, media reports said.
Robert Burley, the photographer and six accomplished writers, including Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels were responsible for the production of this book as well as for an associated photographic exhibition. They collaborated to celebrate Toronto's natural parklands and highlighting their important role by providing residents access to forests, wetlands, beaches, bluffs, creeks and rivers, a news release said.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said, "Robert Burley has beautifully captured the natural parts of our city that offer Torontonians respite. As our city continues to grow, it is important that we take the time to enjoy these spaces and protect them for future generations."
The exhibits of these photographs and stories complement other important City initiatives such as the beautiful natural o the mouth of the Don River, the creation of Rouge National Urban Park and the present planning for the future Rail Deck Park.
"An Enduring Wilderness is part of an ongoing conversation we are having with the residents of Toronto about the importance of ravines and natural parklands to our quality of life," said Jennifer Keesmaat, the City of Toronto's Chief Planner. "There's a balance we work to maintain between urban intensification and maintaining and creating those green spaces that are necessary for a high quality of life."
Janie Romoff, General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation said "Our parks and ravines are our common grounds, and we have shared responsibility to care for, protect and restore these natural spaces. The City's upcoming Ravine Strategy aims to guide the use, management, enhancement and protection of our ravine system today and into the future."
The book is available for purchase through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (torontoparksandtrees.ca) and at local bookstores for $56.50 (including HST). A portion of the purchase price goes to the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Copies are also available for loan from local branches of the Toronto Public Library.
An exhibition of photos from the book is currently taking place as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival (bit.ly/2pfP9r3). The exhibit runs through May 26 at the John B. Aird Gallery, 900 Bay St. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Macdonald Block (southwest corner of Bay and Wellesley Streets). The building and the gallery are wheelchair accessible.
The following free panel discussions taking place at the John B. Aird Gallery this month are open to the public:
• Tuesday, May 9, 5 to 6 p.m.: Enduring Photographs: Robert Burley in conversation with Toronto's Photo Laureate Geoffrey James
• Saturday, May 13, 1 to 3 p.m.: Toronto's Natural Parklands in the new Millennium: the role of natural parklands in building a great city
• Saturday, May 20, 1 to 3 p.m.: Enduring Wilderness/Nature in the City: Exploring the complex relation
Ottawa, Apr 28 (Canadian-Media): On the National Day of Mourning, Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau called attention to workers in Canada and around the world who have lost their lives, suffered illness, or been injured on the job, media reports said.
On this day, all who had lost his lives or suffered injuries or illnesses on work due to work-related tragedy are remembered.
In a statement issued, Trudeau said: "Ending harassment and violence in the workplace requires a culture change, one that we all – businesses, employers, employees, organizations, and governments – need to actively support. Businesses that take care of employees foster healthy environments that attract and retain the best talent.
"Employers that lead by example encourage their employees to reach their full potential, and help their businesses succeed. Employees also make a difference by following workplace best practices, creating a more positive environment for the entire team."
Regarding the action of the Canadian government, the PM said: "The Government of Canada is doing its part. We are taking action to reduce work-related dangers and harassment, and tohelp prevent on the job accidents, injuries, and illnesses. Budget 2018 proposes $34.9 million over five years to ensure that federally regulated workplaces, including Parliament, are free from harassment and any type of violence. This will mean more resources for training and education, more timely complaints investigations, and effective enforcement."
Trudeau also said his government has proposed $50.4 million over five years to address sexual harassment in the workplaces in the country.
"These funds will boost legal aid across the country to support victims of workplace sexual harassment, and help develop a national outreach program to better inform workers – especially those most vulnerable – about their rights and how they can get support if they have experienced harassment."
Trudeau has emphasised on occupational health and safety.
He said: "From banning asbestos, to modernizing our compliance and enforcement regime under the Canada Labour Code so that there are real and public consequences for violating workplace standards, we are deeply committed to making workplaces safer and more productive for everyone."
Regarding the day, Trudeau said: "The National Day of Mourning calls attention to workers in Canada and around the world who have lost their lives, suffered illness, or been injured on the job."
#WorldDownSyndromeDay, UnitedNations, WhatIBringToMyCommunity, #SeetheAbility” #DownSyndromeInternational, #CanadianDownSyndromeSociety,
Ottawa, Mar 21 (Canadian-Media): World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD), 21 March, is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations (UN) since 2012.
Down syndrome (DS) is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition that results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.
The growth and development of the individual depends to large extent on adequate access to health care, appropriate research, early intervention programmes and inclusive education.
The UN General Assembly "invites all Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Down Syndrome Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of Down syndrome".
This year marks the 13th anniversary of WDSD and the global theme is What I Bring To My Community.
All people with DS are encouraged with opportunities to contribute to the community and live valued lives.
Down Syndrome International (DSi) encourages people all over the world to choose their own activities and events on WDSD to help raise awareness of DS, and how people with DS play a vital role in our lives and communities.
For this purpose DSi created this dedicated website as a single meeting place where the global community can share their experiences and advertise their activities (see WDSD World Events) and participate in DSi’s WDSD initiatives, including our WDSD Call To Action, the WDSD Global Video Event, the WDSD Conference at UN Headquarters, New York, the WDSD event at UN Geneva, the LOTS OF SOCKS campaign and the WDSD Awards.
Canadian Down Syndrome Week (CDSW) is our week to show the world that Canada values all people as fully participating citizens. It is our week to celebrate people with Down syndrome and teach others to “See the Ability.”
Created by the Canadian Down Syndrome Society (CDSS), CDSW will be celebrated in place of National Down Syndrome Awareness Week, every November 1 to 7.
CDSS’s annual “See the Ability” billboard is also unveiled to celebrate National Down Syndrome Awareness Week.
The name change to ‘Canadian Down Syndrome Week’ is aimed at celebrating the great efforts of Canadians in our incredible community.
CDSW provides a unity to our message and furthers our mission, “To empower Canadians with Down syndrome and their families.” It also allows us to differentiate ourselves from other awareness initiatives, and celebrate the uniquely Canadian experience of people with Down syndrome.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#InternationalWomen'sDay, #HarinderMalhi, #KathleenWynne, #PressforProgress, #Ontario'sGender-basedViolenceStrategyand, #Ontario'sStrategyforWomen'sEconomicEmpowerment, #paytransparency, #Women'sEconomicEmpowermentStrategy, #Gender-basedViolenceStrategy,
Ottawa, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): Today, Harinder Malhi, Minister of the Status of Women, issued the following statement:
"As Ontario's Minister of the Status of Women, I am pleased to recognize International Women's Day, a day where the world stands together to support women's equality and empowerment. International Women's Day is an important recognition of the remarkable women, both past and present, who have helped build our society. It is also a moment to acknowledge the work that remains to ensure all women can benefit from a fair and equal society.
The theme for this year's International Women's Day is Press for Progress. This is a call to action for everyone to press forward and lead the way towards positive change, and build on the progress of the many activists, advocates and allies who came before us.
Over the past two weeks, our government has pressed for progress by launching two major strategies -- It's Never Okay: Ontario's Gender-based Violence Strategy and Ontario's Strategy for Women's Economic Empowerment.
The Gender-based Violence Strategy builds on our long-standing leadership and commitment to create a province free from domestic and sexual violence. The strategy will help survivors and families get the support they need, as well as help to prevent violence by intervening early.
Women's Economic Empowerment Strategy is the first comprehensive strategy of its kind in Canada. Premier Kathleen Wynne this week launched the sweeping action plan along with new legislation that makes Ontario the first province to tackle pay transparency as part of our plan for a fairer, better Ontario. This strategy will help build a more inclusive economy by removing systemic barriers and biases so that all women can find economic success no matter what path they choose.
As minister of Ontario's first standalone Ministry of the Status of Women, I want to reaffirm our government's commitment to ending gender based violence and to achieving gender equality. Our government remains committed to pursuing gender equality every day of the year, but International Women's Day is an important reminder of all the work still ahead of us."
Canada: City of Toronto named one of Canada's best diversity employers for the third consecutive year
City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, best diversity employers, Mediacorp Canada Inc., John Tory, Peter Wallace
Toronto, Mar 3 (Canadian-Media): The City of Toronto was named yesterday one of Canada's best diversity employers for the third consecutive year for its exceptional workplace diversity and inclusion programs by Mediacorp Canada Inc. -- in a 2018 Canada's Best Diversity Employers magazine insert in The Globe and Mail, media reports said.
Mediacorp Canada Inc, Canada's largest specialty publisher of quality employment periodicals, manages Canada's Top 100 Employers project and the Eluta.ca job search engine, which is used now reportedly by more than 5.4 million Canadians annually.
"Being a leading organization, the City of Toronto makes diversity and inclusion an important part of creating positive workplaces," Toronto Mayor John Tory was reported to state. "I'm proud of our Toronto Public Service and the high quality services and programs we provide to Toronto residents, businesses and visitors."
John Tory: Facebook page
Five groups of employees who were recognized as leaders by the annual competition were those who created inclusive workplaces and programs for women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal Peoples and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender peoples.
"Creating an environment where members of the Toronto Public Service are treated equitably is what we continuously strive for to make the City of Toronto a great place to work," Peter Wallace, Toronto City Manager was reported to state. "Being an employer of choice means working to embed equity and diversity in all of our programs and initiatives, whether internally for staff or externally to the community we serve."
The criteria used by the editors to determine this year's winners f rom employers who applied for the Canada's Top 100 Employers national competition were reportedly diversity and inclusiveness initiatives..
A short list of employers with unique initiatives was reportedly compiled and the candidates' programs were compared to programs of other employers in the same field.
The finalists chosen reportedly represented the diversity leaders in their industry and their region of Canada.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
JohnTory, #SafeCityDay, #CPR, #automatedexternaldefibrillators, #TorontoParamedicServicesSafeCityprogram, #GordMcEachen
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.