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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)
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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)