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Toronto, June 30 (Canadian-Media): Canada's 150th birthday was celebrated at a picnic in High Park this afternoon by more than 200 Syrian newcomers who were joined by Toronto Mayor John Tory and Arif Virani, Member of Parliament for Parkdale-High Park, Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park), media reports said.
"Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with some of the people who have so recently made this city their home is fitting," said Mayor Tory. "I'd like to congratulate COSTI on their milestone as well and to thank them for the support they have shown in this settlement effort."
Approximately six thousand Syrian newcomers, since 2015, have settled in Toronto.
Toronto Newcomer Office, in partnership with COSTI -- a community-based multicultural agency -- had been working as part of its Refugee Resettlement Program to provide increased supports and services to new Torontonians and their sponsors.
COSTI -- founded in 1952 by the Italian community and had been helping immigrants settle in their new home for the last 65 years – had been helping frame the society of the city, province and country and had been providing employment, language training, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance.
The new Torontonians present enjoyed a lunch with Mayor Tory and children's activities.
“We are honoured to be working together with the City of Toronto Newcomer Office to successfully integrate newcomers to the city and to partner for this special occasion,” said Mario J. Calla, Executive Director of COSTI. “It’s an opportunity for us to reconnect with our clients and to mark both Canada’s 150th anniversary and COSTI’s 65th anniversary.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, June 13 (Canadian-Media): John Oldring, ex-Alberta politician, aged 64, from Calgary, Alberta had become the oldest Canadian to climb Mount Everest on May 25, media reports said.
From other countries, there were older persons to climb Everest. Yuichiro Miura of Japan, 80, reached the summit in 2013.
Min Bahadur Sherchan from Nepal had managed to summit the mountain in 2008 when he was 76.
Oldring came to know that he was the oldest Canadian to summit Everest only after coming down.
“We probably had one of the best days of the year to summit on,” Oldring told the Red Deer Advocate, 680News reports said.
“Any climb that I’ve been on, I always known I’ll be oldest. So my theory is I make sure I always train the hardest, train the smartest and climb as smart and efficiently as I can. I don’t want to be the person who holds the team back and I never have been,” said Oldring, 680News reports said.
For Oldring it was the second Everest attempt.
In 2015, his team, when climbing the Khumbu Icefall on the Nepali slopes of Mount Everest, was struck by an earthquake of 7.8-magnitude that left all of them in a total whiteout.
Although the eight-member team survived, at least 22 people died, down at the base camp, and many were injured, but he was determined to try again.
So far seven people, said Oldring, had died on Everest.
After reaching the mountain top they could see the curvature of the earth through clear, blue skies, said Oldring.
But due to poor visibility, while standing on the top of Everest, they couldn’t see the other mountains.
“I hadn’t reached the summit yet. The job wasn’t done,” said Oldring, 680News reports said..
After a nine-hour climb from Camp, his team reached the summit at 8:15 a.m.
“It was fabulous. Everest is so big. You just can’t appreciate the scale at all. It’s truly amazing,” said Oldring, 680News reports said..
Oldring and his team had climbed the top of Everest very quickly and although they were not short of time, they knew the peak was a death zone, Oldring said, and spent only about 15 minutes on top of the world.
“But…you always have to remind yourself a successful climb is getting down the mountain, not just getting up it. So you don’t spend a lot of time up there,” said Oldring, 680News reports said..
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, June 12 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory recognized five local safety projects at the Mayor's Community Safety Awards, at Toronto City Hall, on June 10, media reports said.
"Congratulations to the winners of the Community Safety Awards," said Mayor Tory. "We recognize and celebrate your leadership and the dedication you've shown to building safe communities in Toronto."
Tory was joined, said the News release report, by Inspector Chris Boddy, Community Response Unit Manager, Toronto Police Service and Lena Demarco, Regional Director, Community Affairs, Bell Canada.
A cheque for $1,000 from Bell Canada, a long-time sponsor of the awards, was given to each winner in honour of their work for improving safety in Toronto.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase the work happening in neighbourhoods across the city," said Inspector Boddy. "We're all responsible for safety in our communities, and these projects have made a wonderful contribution."
The winners of the Mayor's Community Safety Awards were:
Aboriginal Walkabout Program: In this program three police officers with several elders from Toronto's Aboriginal community walk along Yonge Street and its adjacent laneways, alleyways and parks to report and prevent negative behaviours that can impact local businesses. Officers and elders encourage the Aboriginal community along the way while engaging them in conversation. With this approach members of the Aboriginal community are motivated as they see elders collaborating with police toward a common goal of keeping people safe.
Ephraim's Place: This program concentrates on residents of Jane-Sheppard communities in providing youth with programs and services to impart skills for their secured and future success. The program also brings positive personal changes and in community transformation. The program’s Project HEARTcore, is a free after-school program for youth from Grades 9 to 12 to encourage them to help others and get involved in positive ways.
Support and Knowledge for Young Women (SKY): This project enhances awareness around sexual violence and provide support in healing. Youth learn skills around negotiating consent and healthy relationships. It also provides a safe space for disclosure and counselling. Participants learn valuable skills and knowledge to navigate difficult situations and gives them access to supportive community resources and services.
Chalkfarm Safe Walk Program: Local parents and volunteers, in this program, escort local children to Chalkfarm Public School in the morning and back home or to local community programs in the afternoon. The program serves to build relationships between residents with local service providers as well as with teachers at the school, Toronto Police Service and others.
Surveillance of the Body: A Public Drawing Class For Body Conscience LGBTTIQQ2SA Youth: This project, traditionally associated with commercial art and design practices, serves to reach LGBTTIQQ2SA youth who often feel left behind or isolated.
It also provides a platform to teach them to build positive self-image, be in control of their minds and their bodies, and to combat violence aimed towards them. It creates safe space for growth and contributes to the development of young leaders and the peers that support them.
Following two projects that received honorary mentions were also recognized at the event.
The Forgiveness Project: This project was created to teach youth about forgiveness and conflict management. The project ultimately became a book series and a travelling art exhibit working with people affected by crime, including perpetrators, and discusses motives of forgiveness.
Impact 'N Communities Violence Intervention Ambassadors Project: The Violence Intervention Ambassador Project (VIA), through training and workshops, teaches young people to develop leadership skills and tools needed in dealing with violence in their communities and their neighbourhoods.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, June 6 (Canadian-Media): A Seniors Special Precursor Event to International Day of Yoga Celebration would be held on June 12, 2017 in Etobicoke, Ontariao, a press release reports said.
The event will be held at Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (Canada) at 80 Brydon Dr., Etobicoke, ON, M9W 4N6 between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Ambassador Dinesh Bhatia, Consul General of India, Toronto, Honorary Patron and Satish Thakkar, Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) and Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla, send their invitation to attend this event.
The practice of yoga underlining the adage ‘It’s never too late to start yoga’ will be commenced by Hazel McCallion, the former Mayor of Mississauga.
Dr. Madan Bali, 93-year-old yoga master from Montreal and the Chairman of the Indo Canadian Seniors Foundation of Quebec, will be recognized and honoured for his lifelong dedication to the practice of yoga.
We are attaching the flyer for the event. Your participation in this seniors’ event would be highly appreciated. We ask you to share the event information with your friends and families.
Please RSVP by June 07, 2017, to Bharti at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your participation at this seniors event.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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