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Toronto, Oct 19 (Canadian-Media): MUKTA Advertising is excited to be promoting partner for the 2nd Annual Cancer Warrior Foundation Diwali Dinner and Dance Gala on November 2, 2018 at Apollo Convention Centre from 6:30 pm onwards, media reports said.
Cancer Warrior Foundation Canada (CWFC) headed by Navneet Sharma, the organization is trying to raise awareness for breast cancer in the South Asian community. CWFC plans to Celebrate Life with Lights and promises not only unique entertainment but also a special bond in the community that unites with breast cancer survivors, proving that love and faith can truly light up the place.
“The Master of ceremony is a man with super powers & contagious smile Tushar Unadkat, who will rock the evening with beautiful diva Amitha Jocie Mundenchira & Mr Jake Dheer will join too as icing on a cake,” testifies Navneet Sharma, Founder of CWFC.
Navneet Sharma, a well-known public figure in the South-Asian community is applauded for her stupendous dedication towards creating awareness about Breast Cancer. A financial advisor, TV Host and a mom of two lovely boys, Sharma represents a small proportion of those diagnosed with breast cancer – women under the age of 40. Sharma was diagnosed with cancer in January 2017, at the age of 36. While she has since fought and survived the battle, she hopes to provide motivational support for those who are going through this challenging journey.
Sharma talks effervescently about the event preparation that includes a special performance by breast cancer survivors, live singing, raffles and much more. "There is great energy in our office where we all meet and organize the event. I want to all of you to come to meet us and support a meaningful cause. Your support and love would mean so much those going through this deadly disease." she says.
In 2017, through her motivational speaking, social outreach, and fundraising event Cancer Warrior Canada Foundation raised over $18,000 with over 500+attendees.
Asper Canadian Cancer Society stats 1 in 8 women gets breast cancer in their lifetime. To eradicate this stigma of breast cancer we need to support the researches to save our future generations. Cancer Warrior in association with Bright Run supports breast cancer research at the Juravinski Cancer Centre and the Escarpment Cancer Research Institute both these research centers are associated with Hamilton Heath Sciences Foundation. In recent years there have been many improvements in the treatment and care of patients with breast cancer. However, there is still much more that needs to be done. Advancements are made based on the knowledge gained through research year by year.
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A unique opportunity to learn about the journey of some of the most successful South Asians In Ontario
#SouthAsiansInOntario; #TelevisionSeries; #SONYPicturesInternational’sSouthAsianHindiChannel; #ATN-SONY
STORIES OF SUCCESSFUL LEADERS TO BE PRESENTED ON ATN-SONY TELEVISION
Toronto, Canada (Oct 15, 2018): Some of the biggest names from South Asian community in Ontario will be available for a photo op and interviews on one platform at a launch event of a TV series on October 15, 2018 between 5:30 and 6:30 pm at the Holiday Inn, near Pearson Airport in Mississauga, media reports said.
Pavi Binning, President of Wittington Investments, holding company of Weston Group that owns Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, PC Financials, Holt Renfrew and more;
Steve Gupta, President & CEO of Eastons Group of Hotels
Ali Kizilbash, President and CEO of TWI foods, which owns the famous Crispy brand of food products
Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance
Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
Mary Ann (Domitrovic) Yule, President & CEO of HP Canada Raza Hasan, Chief Risk Officer, HSBC
Jai Kalra, Creator and Host of the Stories of Success, Kahaniyan Kaamyabi Ki, and a renowned actor from Indian Film and Television Industry who has appeared in Bollywood films and Indian television dramas, popularly known for playing the role of Vikram Shergill in Bade Achhe Lagte Hain.
These leaders as well as other renowned names from the South Asian Diaspora will be part of a 14 episode Television Series on SONY Pictures International’s South Asian Hindi Channel, ATN-SONY.
The one hour episode on these leaders will broadcast at Primetime on Sundays at 6 PM with repeat broadcast on Primetime Saturdays at 6 PM on ATN-SONY beginning November 2018.
WHAT: Launch Event of 14 episode Television Series on ATN-SONY
WHERE: Holiday Inn Toronto, International Airport, 970 Dixon Road, Toronto, M9W 1J9.
WHEN: Monday, October 15, 2018 from 5:30 PM– 6:30 PM
WHY: To gather on a single platform to launch the Television Series about their journey and success stories
ABOUT THE LEADERS:
1. Mr. Steve Gupta, President & CEO, Easton’s Group of Hotels and The Gupta Group. Easton’s Group of Hotels operates 29 hotels in GTA under the flagship chains of hotels such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Westin and many more.
2. Mr. Pavi Binning, President, Wittington Investments which is the holding company of Weston Family that own high street brands such as Loblaws, Shoppers Drugmart, No Frills, Holt Renfrew and many more
3. Mr. Carl Rodrigues, Founder, President & CEO, SOTI Inc., an IT company based out of Mississauga with global operations in more than 100 countries
4. Mr. Ali Kizilbash, Founder, President, TWI Foods, owns the famous Crispy Brand. It is a front runner in ethnic markets with its product lines of Crispy Naan Breads, Cake Rusks, Flatbreads, cookies and many more. They have won many recognition including one of the best export companies of Ontario
5. Mr. Raj Kothari, Vice-Chair PwC Canada is one of the first partners of South Asian origins on Bay Street. In an illustrious career, Raj is the Vice Chair of PwC Canada and sits on prestigious boards likes Aga Khan Foundation, Toronto General and Western Hospital and many more
6. Ms. Adrienne Batra, Editor in Chief, Toronto Sun
7. Ms. Lata Pada, Recipient of Order of Canada for her contribution to Indian Classical Dance. She was also awarded the Pravasi Bhartiya Samman, an honor given to Oversees Citizens of India
8. Mr. Raman Dua, President & Founder of Savemax — Savemax is one o the leading real estate brokerages in Mississauga and Brampton area with sales of over $2 billion since their inception 9 years ago.
9. Mr. Gaurav Upadhya, Chief Actuary, Forestors Financials
10. Mr. Rahul Bhardwaj, CEO & President, Institute of Corporate Director, Canada and ex-CEO of Toronto Foundation
11. Mr. Surjit Babra, CEO & Founder, Skylink Capital Corp. 12. Dr. Y. Raja Rampersaud, MD, FRCS(C), Spine Surgeon and Professor, University of Toronto, Divisions of Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery
About SONY SET TELEVISION:
• One of the most followed South Asian Network through Asian Television Network (ATN) amongst the South Asian Diaspora in Canada.
ATN SONY is currently available in more than 120,000* households in Canada through ATN (*estimates provided by the Network)
SONY Picture Television International and Channels include SONY Pictures Network (India), Animax, AXN, PIX, HBO Europe and SONY Movie Channel
• One of the leading channel networks with South Asian diaspora globally, especially the affluent South Asian community in American Geography. • One of the most watched channels in India and South Asian Diaspora
Toronto, Oct 10 (Canadian-Media): Canada-India Project for Research and Innovation (CIPRI), York Centre for Asian Research & Community Conversation, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University in partnership with Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) in Canada organized a community conversation on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar's Ideology, Philosophy and Teachings on Oct 6 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 519 Kaneff Tower, York University (Keele Campus). The whole event was organized under the leadership of Dr Nivedita Das Kundu, Director of CIPRI.
AIM is a global non-profit organization dedicated to continuing Ambedkar’s mission, "Unite Educate & Agitate." Ambedkar's words were: "I like the religion that teaches liberty, equality and fraternity.
Tribute to Dr Ambedkar was paid by the CIPRI Students Group, present faculty members of the York University, and all the community leaders and the community members present.
Professor Dawn Bazely, project investigator of CIPRI, in her welcome address said that she was excited to unveil the teachings, philosophy and ideology of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, whom she called India's founding parent.
Prof Dawn Bazely (centre), Dr Nivedita on left and Prof Arun Prabha on the right
The reason she called Ambedkar as India's founding parent is because he was responsible for uplifting and advancement of causes of women not only in India but also in other countries of the world.
While in Shanti Niketan, New Delhi, she said she had held a Wikipedia Workshop to make the teachers pull out the names of two women scientists. Consequently last week two prestigious noble prizes, one in Physics and the other in Chemistry, were awarded to two women scientists.
As a science Professor, Dawn said she was greatly concerned about the status of women, and their contributions.
Professor Emirates Arun Prabha Mukherjee, who had spent the major part of her life studying the philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar remarked that there was a need for keeping more books on Ambedkar in the libraries.
Arun Prabha Mukherjee
In the early years she had read that Ambedkar, suffered from great discrimination being from lower class of the society. However, with whatever resources available to him, as a child, he tried his best to learn and was able to acquire higher education.
Braving all the odds, Ambedkar was able to find justice not only for himself but he was responsible for emancipation of the downtrodden society of India.
He eventually became the first law minister of India after India’s independence from British rule and worked tirelessly to create constitutional rights for India's marginalized people.
Dr. Ambedkar fought for civil rights and struggled against caste and untouchability.
After reading about all injustice with which he was treated, Arun Mukherjee was greatly touched and wanted to raise awareness about this unjust system which was once prevalent in India.
While speaking of Ambedkar's philosophy, Remesh Sangha, MP Liberal, Brampton, in his speech said that Ambedkar believed more in building libraries for people of India than in building statues of great men of India.
Ramesh Sangha, MP Liberal, Brampton
This was when he found that many statues of great men which were destroyed and efforts were being made for their reconstruction.
He pointed out how in earlier days India did not allow advancement of women and many of them were barred from getting higher education. At that time Ambedkar had provided great inspiration for the education of women, providing better opportunities for women in jobs. But, Sangha said that even when women were successful in getting higher education, they had difficulty finding suitable jobs.
If they successfully entered the work force, they still had to suffer great physical and mental abuses at the work place. Even the pay scales for men and women on the same post varied and Ambedkar fought to empower the women in the Indian society.
Mr. Ramesh Sangha handing over Certificates from House of Commons to Dr. Nivedita
Ambedkar was reportedly the first Indian to pursue a doctorate in economics abroad. He believed that industrialisation and agricultural growth could enhance the Indian economy. Ambedkar advocated national economic and social development, stressing education, public hygiene, community health, residential facilities as the basic amenities for all the citizens of India.
Sangha also recognized the good community work done by CIPRI with the support from York University, focussing on India and Canada’s possible collaborations in research and innovations and acknowledged CIPRI’s efforts and presented certificates to CIPRI research team members from House of Commons, Canada.
The event was followed by the speech of Dr. Nivedita Das Kundu.
Dr Nivedita Das Kundu
Nivedita said Dr. Bihmrao Ramji Ambedkar popularly known as Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar was the principal architect of the Indian constitution and an emancipator of the poor and deprived. Dr. Ambedkar continued Nivedita, was not only crusader against the caste system and a valiant fighter for the cause of the down trodden but also was a great statesman and a National Leader of India. Dr. Ambedkar was a hope for the millions of depressed, oppressed and exploited people.
Nivedita said that Dr. Ambedkar's mission was to challenge the ideological foundation of graded system of caste hierarchy that denied equality, freedom and human dignity to minorities as well as, women in Indian Society.
He developed Indian constitution and tried to bring the equality by the rule of law in India. Dr. Ambedkar left behind vast writings, teachings and valuable speeches and it is our duty to remember his teachings and think through his ideas, his vision, and his methods to bring change in ourselves and in the society as a whole.
Dr. B.R. Ambedkar is the father of Indian democracy, in the true sense. When we look at the life, thoughts, and mission of Dr. Ambedkar, said Nivedita, he wanted to bring “total” revolution in India which will encompass all the aspects of human life; social, political, economic, cultural, intellectual, artistic, and scientific. When the whole India was fighting against the slavery from the external sources, he stood there to fight against internal slavery that was undergoing.
To him India’s political freedom would have been useless, unless and until it attains social justice inside its boundaries. As we know, from ancient time women were not given proper treatment. Women's societal positioning was never at par with men.
They were denied of even basic rights. He was the great Indian leader to break down the barriers in the way of advancement of women in India. Being a pioneer of social justice, he worked for the women empowerment.
Dr. Ambedkar's contribution towards women rights in India was immense. Dr. Ambedkar said “I measure the progress of society by the progress women has made in it”. Dr. Ambedkar fought for grunting women equal rights as their male counterparts to inherit the property of their parents and equal status in marriage and guardianship to women. He was the advocator for the liberation of women and gender equality in India and made efforts to bring changes via Law.
Due to Dr.Ambedkar's efforts today women in India are now holding high positions in all fields including in Academics, teaching, Engineering, Medical, Army, Air Force, Navy, Police, Administration, and Politics. While he was a Minister of Labour, he framed many laws Specifically for Women in India.
While concluding her speech; Nivedita said that Dr. Ambedkar was the leader who shaped the modern India. As Dr. Ambedkar mentioned that women irrespective of their caste, class and religion should try to understand their rights and duties, protection and safeguards for their empowered, knowing the fundamentals and practicing them in life will be a tribute to Dr. Ambedkar. We should try to reach not only to Indo-Canadian Community but also to other community in general and spread his teachings among other nationalities too while we are in the multi-cultural society in Canada.
On behalf of Dr Ambedkar International Mission (AIM) Canada, Toronto Arun Kumar Gautam, president of AIM welcomed all who were responsible for organising this “Community Conversation: Dr B. R. Ambedkar’s ideology, philosophy and teachings.”
Arun Kumar Gautam
Thanked Dr Ambedkar’s Mission in Scarborough and York University for its deep commitment to social justice. Arun Gautamadded that, the Indian community in Canada appreciates this initiative of the York University to host Community Conversation on Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s Ideology, Philosophy and Teachings”.
Gautam, continued his speech mentioning that Dr B. R. Ambedkar (1891-1956), “The Symbol of Knowledge,” was a jurist and constitutional theorist, a scholar, economist, thinker, genius, visionary leader, writer, journalist, institution builder, and revivalist of Buddhism.
An architect of the Indian Constitution, Bharat Ratna (India’s highest civilian honour) awardee, said Gautam, Ambedkar had undauntedly fought for social justice and equality which affected the lives of a large number of Indians.
As a great nationalist, Ambedkar dedicated his life protecting the equality of most vulnerable through reforms in social, political, legal, religious and institutional areas.
He wanted radical change and believed that law can punish an individual but not the society as a whole which has the religious sanctions for discrimination and inequality.
Dr. Ambedkar is seen as a champion of Dalit rights. In fact, his quest for justice was rather comprehensive. His battle was for the reclamation of human dignity and justice.
Canada and India, said Arun Gautam are multicultural, multi-religious and multi-ethnic countries. There are many similarities in the constitutions of Canada and India. The violation of human rights of men, women, and children are important international issues. The international peace and development can’t be achieved without protection of human rights.
Ambedkar’s birth anniversary is celebrated in many countries of the world every year. It would not be out of place to mention that the 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr B. R. Ambedkar was celebrated on April 13, 2016 in the UNO, New York.
The event was celebrated first time in the UNO, as ‘Global Harmony Day’ for combating inequalities to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Since then the event has been celebrated there every year. Dr. Ambedkar was a great scholar in multiple disciplines, and his writings and speeches and work have inspired many on several issues, particularly on the problems of discriminated groups and social institutions, like the caste system, not only in India, but in many countries around the world.
Besides constitution-making and the issue of untouchables, Dr Ambedkar also made contribution on policy making, particularly those related to the reorganization of states, water and power policy, labour policy, and economic policy. Thus Dr Ambedkar had made fundamental contribution in the nation building.
Arun Gautam's speech was followed by the speech of Bhram Dutt, from AIM Canada.
Bhram Dutt at the podium
Dutt pointed out that though Ambedkar graduated from Columbia University, he came from an underprivileged community.
Dutt said that Ambedkar had acquired great knowledge and was the founder of his own independent ideology and worked for social integration among the caste ridden society in India.
He wanted a mobile society based on liberty, equality and fraternity. He took affirmative actions in the constitution of India for provisions for the reservations for the poor/ backward classes.
He inspired, and worked for the betterment of women, and submitted a bill known as Hindu Code Bill (HCB) in the Parliament of India. HCB aimed to codify and reform Hindu personal law in India, the first essential first step towards unifying the nation. However, He resigned from the cabinet as a Law Minister when the HCB bill was not passed .He created awareness among the poor and backwards classes. Due to his tireless efforts many people from underprivileged classes have reached to respectable and higher positions in the Indian society.
Amdekar had drafted the Constitution of India, providing various constitutional guarantees, protections of civil liberties, religious freedom, abolition of untouchability, and outlaw of discrimination.
He also argued for social and economic rights for women and gained support for introducing the system of reservations for members of backward castes in jobs associated with civil services, schools, and colleges.
The inspirational recitation by the children of AIM followed which moved the hearts of the audience.
The inspirational recitation by the children of AIM
The recital of the children highlighted how women in India were barred from getting higher education and even if they were educated they could not get job opportunities.
They pointed out that inter-caste marriage was still an enigma plaguing the Indian society. Widows could not be remarried. Their was still discrimination in caste, colour and religion in every field of life, be it in education, in politics, in career. But, the work of Ambedkar had brought about a revolutionary change in the status of the women in all fields of life.
The children said that they felt fortunate that their mother could get higher education and could become a dentist in India.
They pointed out that at present due to the tireless efforts of leaders like Dr.Ambedkar women have entered all the fields of life, even in Astronomy or in space science which earlier was totally man's territory.
Group photo session followed the above speech.
During the event a was momento presented by AIM to some of the organising committee members.
A momento presented by AIM to some of the organising committee members
Nivedita (ctre), Arun Prabha, left & Dawn Bazley right Nivedita (ctre), Gautam & Sangha left, Dutt & CIPRI student right
Group Photo Ambedkar Day Celebration
CIPRI Student Research Team made concluding remarks and thanked all the participants and audience both; this was followed by the delicious food and an opportunity to mingle with the community members who all culminated community conversations about the life, teachings and philosophy of Dr. Ambedkar.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Oct 8 (Canadian-Media): Doug Ford Premier of Ontario issued the following statement today on Thanksgiving Day:
"Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
It's a time to be thankful for the good things in our lives.
This year, I am thankful for the work of Ontario's first responders, who are there to protect us when we're in harm's way.
To them, and to all the people of this great province — from my family to you and yours — happy Thanksgiving."
From: Public Health Agency of Canada
Oct 1, 2018 Ottawa, ON Public Health Agency of Canada
October 1 is National Seniors Day, an occasion to celebrate older adults across Canada and to recognize the important contributions they make to our families, communities and country.
Seniors are an important part of Canadian society. They make up the fastest growing demographic in the country. As Minister of Health and someone with an ageing parent myself, I am committed to the health and social well-being of older Canadians. We need to celebrate Canada’s seniors and support them so that they can live healthy, active and independent lives.
The Government of Canada works with the provinces, territories and other partners and stakeholders in areas such as chronic disease prevention, surveillance, research and innovation. We are advancing key priorities such as age-friendly communities, mental health promotion and injury prevention, and we are working to address challenges like elder abuse and dementia.
Through a $75 million investment in the Healthy Seniors Pilot Project in New Brunswick, we will better understand the impacts of ageing on our population, including the different challenges faced by older Canadian women and men. Earlier this year, I held a National Dementia Conference and hosted the first meeting of a new Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia. Our consultations, including what we heard at the conference and the advice provided from the Advisory Board, will be important contributions to a National Dementia Strategy. We will also be investing $20 million over five years, and $4 million per year ongoing, for community-based projects that promote the well-being of people living with dementia, and their caregivers.
We also continue to work with the provinces, territories and stakeholders to help communities become more age-friendly. We want our communities to be inclusive and to help seniors live safe, healthy and active lives. Currently, there are more than 1,200 communities in Canada working to become more age-friendly, reduce injuries, and facilitate healthy, supportive environments for older adults.
This National Seniors Day, I encourage you to show your appreciation to a senior in your life. Without Canada’s seniors, we wouldn’t have the country we have today.
I wish you all a happy, healthy National Seniors Day.
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Health
Employment and Social Development Canada
October 1, 2018 Gatineau, Quebec Employment and Social Development Canada
“Every year on October 1, Canada celebrates National Seniors Day by honouring its seniors, and by highlighting their valuable contributions to our families, workplaces, communities and society.
The growth of Canada’s senior population is accelerating. That is why our government is placing this group in the forefront and prioritizing a series of strategic objectives including: increasing seniors’ access to affordable housing; improving seniors’ income security; promoting healthy aging and improving access to healthcare services; and fostering the social inclusion and engagement of seniors.
All seniors should be able to retire in safety and dignity. That is why, starting in 2019, Canada Pension Plan benefits will start to increase to reach one third of people’s average work earnings. This initiative follows measures that have already been implemented, such as the increase in the Guaranteed Income Supplement for the most vulnerable single seniors and restoring the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 67 to 65. We have also made significant investments in affordable and accessible housing and in home care so that our seniors can live in their community for as long as possible.
Through to the New Horizons for Seniors Program, we are working with local governments, establishments and organizations to highlight our seniors’ talents, knowledge, skills and experiences and to ensure that they remain active, informed and engaged in their communities. This program encourages volunteerism and mentorship, and helps combat senior isolation.
On National Seniors Day, I also invite you to visit the Seniors in Canada Facebook page and to join the conversation using the hashtag #NationalSeniorsDay. It’s the perfect opportunity to show our thanks to seniors in Canada and highlight their significant contribution. Whether it is through small gestures or a big display of love, there are many ways to tell the seniors in our lives we appreciate what they have done and continue to do for us.”
– The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Seniors
#NationalTreeDay; #TreeCanada; #MichaelRosen; #JimCarr; #BytownMuseum; Toronto; Canada
OTTAWA, Sept. 26, (Canadian-Media): In celebration of its 25th anniversary on National Tree Day today, Tree Canada, the nation's leading national tree planting charity, planted its 82 millionth tree in Canada, media reports said.
National Tree Day/Twitter
"As Tree Canada celebrates our 25th year of growing greener, healthier places for Canadians to live, we look forward to 25 more years of playing a leading role in the preservation of Canada's urban forest across the country," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.
To mark its 25th anniversary, Tree Canada, which is the driving force for the establishment of National Tree Day, will plant with a ceremonial tree planting near the Bytown Museum at 1 Canal Lane, just below Parliament Hill.
The event would start at about 12:15 p.m. and will feature special guests including Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Joyce Murray, MP Vancouver Quadra and Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney.
"Throughout Canada's history, our trees and forests have helped to define us as a nation and shape us as a people. On this day – National Tree Day – I would like to commend Tree Canada for the remarkable work they have done for 25 years to promote our nation's forests," said Carr.
"Growing in size every year, National Tree Day helps remind Canadians of the importance of trees — how they beautify our communities, naturally cool our cities in the summer, and combat climate change, and help improve human health,"
Tree Canada been has engaging, over the past twenty years, communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment as well as educating them to give technical expertise and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees.
An investment of more than $1 million had been announced, by Tree Canada had announced, help to restore the forests destroyed by the devastating Fort McMurraywildfires last year.
As the largest urban forest organization in the country, Tree Canada also celebrated its 150th anniversary of Confederation with 150 tree-planting initiatives in communities in every province and territory across the country.
Until October 1st, Canadians can take The National Tree Day Challenge at nationaltreeday.ca for their chance to win a trip to Banff, Alberta.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#OakvilleDiwaliGala; #OakvilleTrafalgarMemorialHospital, #OakvilleHospitalFoundation, #Toronto, #Canada, #MaryMcPherson, #RekhaSharma; #ArtiNagpal
Toronto, Sep 18 (Canadian-Media): An eclectic display of things and events pertaining to Indian culture and lifestyle welcomed visitors to the Lakeshore Convention Center in Mississauga, Ontario on Friday.
They had come to attend the fifth Annual 2018 Oakville Diwali Gala, Oakville's largest South-Asian gala, which also included a fund-raising event in support of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
Diwali is a Indian festival of lights usually celebrated in October/November depending on the Hindu calendar.
Traditional lamps or diya, a symbol of Diwali, was one of the key displays outside the Convention Center.
Diyas displayed outside convention centre
Other displays outside the convention centre were Sarees & Punjabi suits (Traditional dresses for Indian women), shawls, Elephant display and candles.
Displays of sarees, shawls and punjabi suits outside convention centre
The stage of dining hall was fully decorated and to start with a fire play was demonstrated by a young man followed by a fun play called Chuni Off and Chunni On.
Decorated stage with fun and fire works displayed
A silenct auction was part of the evening program and was conducted to raise funds for the OTMH.
This fun event was preceded by the messages given to the community by Mary McPherson, Chief Executive Officer of Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF); followed by the messages by Rekha Sharma and Arti Nagpal, Chair and Co-Chair respectively of Oakville Diwali.
Arti Nagpal, Mary McPherson, Rekha Sharma (from left to right)
In her message to the community, McPherson's said she had an amazing committee. Both Rekha sharma and Arti Nagpal had worked very hard and added that OHF felt extremely honoured to partner with Oakville Diwali committee (ODC).
She added since its the opening in 2015, OTMH has been caring for growing populations in Oakville and the surrounding communities.
This year, continued McPherson, OTMH's surgical department will be greatly benefited by the community support from Oakville Diwal, which would facilitate OTMH in lauching the greatest campaign, ever since its opening, to fund 77 pieces of surgical equipment and to add a new operating room.
Rekha Sharma, in her opening speech said that People of diverse communities live together in Oakville.
On behalf of the Planning & Organizing committee of Oakville Diwali, Rekha and Arti welcomed everyone to the "largest celebration of Diwali Gala at this largest city of Oakville hospital."
They continued, Diwali which celebrates lighting of diyas, "signifies good over evil, light over darkness, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance" and added that this festival is celebrated with a lot of fanfare with family prayer and fire works by Hindus, Budhas, Sikhs, Jains all over the world.
This year’s theme, they said was: Rang Mahal literally means Palace of Colours.
Rekha and Arti said that OD has boldly attempted to show to the spectators the rich vibrant culture of India.
Rekha said that after retiring as counsellor and teacher of high school for 20 years, she thought it was time for her to give back to community.
So last year she joined the ODC as a vounteer and this year was selected as a chair.
She did not realize, continued Rekha, it would be such a difficult task as chair.
She had to work sometimes continuously for 12 hours writing hundreds of letters, asking for donations, educating the public about the fund-raising events, and many a times she did not have time to lay food on the table.
Nevertheless, she added, she enjoyed working for a cause and specially for Oakville community.
Both Rekha and Arti thanked sponsors for sponsoring, caring and donors for investing in the hospital, physicians from this hospital and other hospitals, other friends and families who were present, and board of directors for all their valuable advice, encouragement and support.
They said that no organization can do it all alone and thanked all the sponsors, donors and all the media partners for their support.
The event that evening, they added, would be fun-filled and said, we mustbring strong communities together, let investing the future of health for the Oakville hospital.
In the end, Rekha said that "let us celebrate what we have dreams and achieved together."
After the delicious and moth-watering food, the dancers hit the floor with their dances and singing.
In the background there was a performance by a young girl on a musical instrument, in a round closed glass, accompanied by her singing.
Performance on an musical instrument in a closed circular glass
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Images courtesy: Asha Bajaj
September 16, 2018
TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced its award winners at the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox today, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. The 43rd Festival wraps up this evening.
IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood. The jury remarked, “The film was masterfully executed, layered with bold ideas, rich textures, and nuanced character observations played by an unforgettable cast.”
“The film successfully explored complex personal and political themes with compassion for its characters. By employing the intimate prism of a Tunisian family, the film was evidently made with a sense of maturity that points to a bright future from Meryam Joobeur.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.
The jury awarded an honourable mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film goes to Sandhya Suri’s The Field. The jury noted, “The film is striking for its aesthetic lyricism, tender performances, and powerful emotional impact.”
“It's a unique and refreshing glimpse into female desire set in rural India that demonstrated a scope greater than its short format.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.
The jury gave honourable mentions to Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février). The jury remarked it was selected, “For its warm portrayal of a young woman trying to reconnect with her distant heritage after her father’s untimely death, and for the way the film demonstrates how genuine human connections best develop between two individuals when they stand on common ground.” This award carries a cash prize of $15,000, made possible by the City of Toronto. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.CANADA GOOSE® AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
The Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles). The jury said it was chosen, “For its true-to-life depiction of a young woman’s quest to find meaning and hope in a world that has constantly disappointed her.” This award carries a cash prize of $30,000 and a custom award, sponsored by Canada Goose®. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES)
For the 27th year, the Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. This year’s jury is comprised of Jury President Lesley Chow (Australia), Andrés Nazarala (Chile), Astrid Jansen (Belgium), Pierre Pageau (Canada), James Slotek (Canada), and Viswanath Subrahmanyan (India).
The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly, which the jury called “a pastoral and traditional bucolic film, capturing the familiar angst and anxiety a young adult woman undergoes in order to have her say in the scheme of things in a predominately male-driven patriarchal society.”
“Through her spectacular and deft narrative, nuanced understanding of the dilemmas women face, and a pitch-perfect performance by Hazel Doupe, this film is a triumph of free spirit.”
Honourable mention goes to Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower.
The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Guy Nattiv for Skin, which the jury called “a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It's raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”
Honourable mention goes to Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man.NETPAC AWARD
As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema for the seventh consecutive year, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema sections goes to Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife.
Jury members include Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji), Meng Xie (China), and Gülin Üstün (Turkey). The jury remarked, ”Ash Mayfair's debut feature The Third Wifesignalled the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language, and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past for contemporary audiences augur well for the future of Vietnamese and world cinema.”
The jury gave honourable mention to Bai Xue’s The Crossing. The jury said, “Bai Xue's storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist's emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.”EURIMAGES’ AUDENTIA AWARD
The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund present the third Audentia Award for Best Female Director, selected by the jury comprised of Anne Frank, Reinaldo Marcus Green, and Kerri Craddock. The award goes to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian's Fig Tree.
“Fig Tree is a stunning and illuminating debut,” the jury remarked. “Based on her own experiences, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes us on an unsentimental journey and shows us the tragic effects of civil war on ordinary people. Confidently directed with grit and compassion, Fig Tree is a beautifully rendered, big-hearted story about a Jewish teenage girl’s attempt to save those she loves, but it’s also an intimate coming-of-age story of self-discovery and female empowerment.” This award carries a €30,000 cash prize.
Awarding an honourable mention to Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix, the jury said: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenixfocuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.”TORONTO PLATFORM PRIZE PRESENTED BY AIR FRANCE
This is the fourth year for Platform, the Festival’s juried programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. The Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of award-winning filmmakers Mira Nair, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong, who unanimously awarded the Toronto Platform Prize Presented by Air France to Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things.
The jury said, “This is a deeply moving drama from a director who shows great skill in his ability to weave together multiple genres with social and political critique, while telling a story that remains intimately human at its core. For us, this film has a spirit that always feels beautifully close to real life.”
“Over the course of the Festival, we’ve had the privilege of watching 12 films that left us excited with the feeling that the future of directors’ cinema is in such capable hands. The great joy of being on the Platform Jury has been participating in a competition celebrating emerging visions that are bold, daring, innovative, and sometimes even challenging. The great difficulty, however, has been selecting only one director to win the Toronto Platform Prize. After much contemplation and thorough discussion, we all agreed together upon one prize winner and one honourable mention.”
Awarding an honourable mention to Emir Baigazin’s The River, the jury said: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.”
The Toronto Platform Prize offers a custom award and a $25,000 cash prize, made possible by Air France.
TIFF presents a free screening of Toronto Platform Prize winner Cities of Last Things at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:15pm, on September 16. Tickets to this free screening are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible. GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
This year marked the 41st year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Peter Farrelly for Green Book. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The first runner-up is Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. The second runner-up is Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.
The Festival presents free screenings of Green Book at TIFF Bell Lightbox tonight. Tickets are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain. The first runner-up is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. The second runner-up is Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Free Solo, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The first runner-up is Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything. The second runner-up is John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm.
For additional information and details on awards criteria please contact the Press Office.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2019.