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Toronto Mayor John Tory attended the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) and Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (CASO) organized by TAAFI I x CASO Animation VFX Job Fair yesterday at George Brown College’s Waterfront Campus, Toronto.
TAAFI, a not- for profit oprganization, founded in 2002, hostsindustry-related public events and film festivals with an aim to aim to connect animation artists and expose them to unique opportunities.
CASO is also not-for-profit association with a platform where Ontario's animation and visual effects industry can have a competitive edge in the world.
This job fair was attended by John Tory including over 1000 participants from than 25 animation studio to mark the industry’s rapid growth within the city.
Tory greatly applauded the hospitality of George Brown Campus Waterfront Campus for hosting this unique event and added that he felt proud to have been given a chance to attend it.
Talking about his awakening experience in India, Tory said India was one among the best countries in the world to have achieved technological advancement in the field of computer animation.
Tory had very optimistic opinion about the digital media and in particular about computer animation.
He felt proud of Toronto's great achievements in this field and said,“ You do not have to go anywhere from Toronto. You can access any part of the world with digital computer animation.”
Regarding diversity of Toronto, Tory said that people around the world were aware that Toronto was different and with its high calibre of training and education produces role models,
While addressing the large gathering of students and professionals Tory said, Toronto’s animation program is “one of the top schools of the world, if not the top school”.
Toronto, a diverse city, offers a variety of jobs in the current field and added one does not know where the opportunities would take them. Tory said the media has the expertise and the knowledge of legacy leading to great expansion in their careers.
At present over 7,000 artists are employed, which comes to 300 percent increase since 2011. TAAFI and CASO are expecting an additional 30 percent growth in this industry.
TAAFI I x CASO Animation VFX Job Fair was a free and unique recruitment fair connecting top studios with Canada's best animation, visual effects, gaming students and professionals from across Ontario and Toronto and its near by cities, popularly known as GTA.
This event consisted a studio and recruiting booths where job seekers could register, an Interview Zone, where recruiters meet one-on-one with potential candidates, set-up with 12 round tables, each with four chairs, and high-speed WiFi, and The Presentation Zone for inspirational and informative talks for attendees and recruiters.
Tory concluded his presentation speech by wishing all the students and professionals best of luck in their varied chosen fields.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#EarthDayCanada, #EcoKids, #EarthPLAY, #HometownHeroesAwards, #EarthDayNetwork, #DebDoncaster
Keeping with the theme of 2017 Earth Day, Environmental and Climate Literacy, Canada celebrated Earth Day yesterday by its message to people across the country to get outside to connect with nature, media reports said.
Founded in 1990, Earth Day Canada (EDC) is a national charity with a vision to inspire and support to connect people of all ages across the country to interact with the natural environment and build strong communities, Earth Day Canada reports said.
In the year 2016, 25th Anniversary Earth Flag was signed by over 250,000 students and public officials across Canada, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
EDC works closely with school-aged children and youth through our EcoKids program and new EarthPLAY initiative campaigns via our Hometown Heroes Awards to foster commitment to make our planet healthier.
A recent UNICEF study ranked Canada 24th out of 29 countries with regards to children’s health and happiness; 20 percent of them were considered obese; and about 70 percent of Canadian youth get outside for less than an hour each day, said Deb Doncaster, President of EDC.
Doncaster continued to say that EDC is working hard to bring back adventure playgrounds, which would motivate kids get outside to remain active, happy and healthy and foster in them a deeper sense of community.
The theme for Earth Day 2017 is Environmental and Climate Literacy.
For Earth Day 2017, Earth Day Network is launching toolkits as resources to give schools, colleges, and community groups across the world to hold their own teach-ins for Environmental and Climate Literacy or other Earth Day events with a goal to achieve global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020.
This goal, said Earth Day Network, is not only a huge undertaking, it is critical and timely and added they are dedicated to see that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen.
Earth Day Network said the signing of the Paris Agreement is one step towards alleviating the impacts of climate change.
United States Environmental Protection Agency had been created towards the end of 1970 and the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts had all passed.
In 1990, Earth Day went global, organising 200 million people in 141 countries to bring environmental issues onto the world stage and promoted recycling efforts worldwide.
This also helped pave the way for the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.
Now, Earth Day is the largest secular celebration in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, said Earth Day Network.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#$10 Commemorative Banknote, #Canada, #BankOfCanada, #StephenPoloz, #indigenousCanadian, #Inuit, #Algonquin
The $10 commemorative banknote for Canada's 150th anniversary was unveiled on Friday at the Bank of Canada in Ottawa, media reports said.
The commemorative banknote, reported CBCNews, was created only for the fourth time in Canada's history. Previous commemorative notes created were: a $25 note for King George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935, a centennial dollar bill in 1967 and a more recent $20 note commemorating Queen Elizabeth II becoming Canada's longest-ruling monarch.
Stephen Poloz, Governor of Bank of Canada and Ginette Petitpas Taylor, parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance made the announcement and they showed the bill at the bank's headquarters in Ottawa Friday.
Poloz thought the plan to print 40 million notes would be sufficient for every Canadian to keep one.
Featured portraits at the front of the bill are: Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and fellow Father of Confederation Sir George-Étienne Cartier, Canada's first female member of Parliament, Agnes MacPhail, and James Gladstone, Canada's first Indigenous senator and member of the Kainai (Blood) Tribe.
Front of the note also featured images of Parliament’s Hall of Honour, the names of all the provinces and territories and a depiction of the Memorial Chamber Arch in the Peace Tower of Parliament’s centre block.
For the first time an indigenous Canadian and a woman other than the Queen are featured on the country’s currency.
Reverse of the bill portrayed a variety of Canadian vistas, based on public feedback on what Canadians wanted to see on the bill, said Poloz and added new $10 bill’s motive is to inspire in the citizens of Canada a sense of pride in its accomplishments as a nation.
Included in the landscapes were: Lions and Capilano Lake from British Columbia, fields of Prairie wheat, the Canadian Shield as seen in Quebec, a view of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Bonavista in Newfoundland and Labrador and the northern lights as they appeared in Wood Buffalo National Park.
For the first time some security features are present in the note, said the Bank of Canada. Maple leaves that appear to be printed in 3D, below the owl illustration, are in fact flat to the touch.
The bill’s novel feature is its magnetic ink that changes colour, when tilted, from blue to green.
Blessings from Inuit and Algonquin people, were included in the ceremony, before and after the note was presented to the public.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Image of the new $10 bill: courtesy Bank of Canada