#CNE2020Cancelled; SecondWorldWar; Canada'sLargestFair; #Covid19OubteakFear
Toronto, May 13 (Canadian-Media): The cancellation of 2020 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), scheduled to run from Aug 21 to Sept 7 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, due to the fear of COVID-19 spread, has marked the the first time since the Second World War that CNE, Canada's largest fair will not be held, media reports said.
CNE. Image credit: FacebookPage
John Kiru, president of the Canadian National Exhibition Association in collaboration with provincial and municipal governments took decision on May 7 to cancel the event for 2020.
Although both Ontario Premier Doug Ford and Toronto Mayor John Tory acknowledged the loss of $128 million for the Ontario economy CNE brings each year, they appreciated the decision of Kiru to cancel this fair this year.
"Safety always comes first at the CNE...We stand in solidarity with the collective effort to curb this global pandemic, and we will all do our part to ensure it happens," said Kiru in a statement.
The Canadian International Air Show for 2020 show, which typically takes place on Labour Day weekend during the final three days of the CNE, has also been cancelled.
The CNE annual fair which started its first edition in 1879, was last cancelled when the fairgrounds were converted to a military training and recruitment centre from 1942 to 1945.
The event remained closed in 1946 to give time for the military to move out.
#ConsulateGeneralOfIndiaToronto; #Toronto, #ConsularCamps; #Indo-Canadians; #Indians
Toronto, Feb 26 (Canadian-Media): Regular consular camps every month at various locations in GTA and beyond are being organized by the Consulate General of India, Toronto for general briefing, including consultation, and acceptance of various services, including Attestation of documents, Visa applications, Passport applications, PCC, Surrender Certificate, Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) applications, and PCC with required documents and fee at the camps itself, Consulate General of India Toronto reported.
Image credit: Website: cgitoronto.gov.in
Orgnization of regular camps at various locations each month would enhance its outreach to the members of Indo-Canadian and Indian community in the Consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of India, Toronto.
A second such Consular Camp of 2020 would be organized on Saturday, 29 February 2020 from 10.00 AM to 2.00 PM at the Hindu Heritage Centre, 6300 Mississauga Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 1A7.
Hindu Heritage Centre Mississauga. Image credit: Facebook
The choice of Mississauga by the Consulate is owing to the fact that a sizeable number of our community reside in Mississauga.
Dates for future camps will be announced in due course and publicized through Consulate’s website, Media and community organizations.
Such consular camps have been organized by the Consulate in the past also, the latest was on 18 January 2020 at Nanaksar Gurdwara Sahib, Brampton.
The community highly appreciates this public-friendly approach of the Consulate to provide service at the door-step of the applicants.
Members of the Indo-Canadian and Indian community are requested by the Consulate to take advantage of the camp being organized in Mississauga on Saturday, 29 February 2020
#DeadlyShooting, #Quebec; #IslamicCulturalCentre; #Islamophobia; #Hatred
Ottawa, Jan 29 (Canadian-Media): In today's statement on the third anniversary of the shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Quebec City, Ontario Premier Drug Ford said that the country stands today with the Muslim community in remembering the tragic and fatal shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec three years ago, which killed six innocent people and injured 19 others, media reports said.
Deadly shooting in Quebec. Image credit: Twitter
Ford continued to say that Islamophobia and hatred have no place in Ontario and that it condemn such acts of hate and violence and continue o defend the right of every person in Ontario to worship and practice their faith, free of fear and violence.
#To the families of the victims and to our fellow Muslim-Canadians, please know that we support you as we join you in mourning and honouring the memory of those we lost to this senseless act of terror," said Ford.
#IYPH2020; #HealthyPlants; #CombatingPests; #SDGs; #UnitedNations
Ottawa, Jan 16 (Canadian-Media): Canada's participation in the United Nation’s International Year of Plant Health (IYPH) 2020, is a reminder to us that food security and the wellbeing of all Canadians depend on healthy plants provide us with 80 percent of the food we eat and 98 percent of the oxygen we breathe, media reports said.
“Plants provide the core basis for life on Earth and they are the single most important pillar of human nutrition. But healthy plants are not something that we can take for granted,” said FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu who launched the Year on the sidelines of the UN agency’s Council meeting.
Invasive species and other plant pests which damage our crops, ecosystems, forests and natural habitats, are detrimental to human health.
A unique opportunity is being offered to the Canadians to to take a more active role to make a commitment to promote and preserve plant health for generations to come by bringing awareness how to identify and report invasive pests.
The Government of Canada's partnership with domestic and international partners to build awareness about the International Year of Plant Health and helping to protect Canada’s plant resources is already in progress.
The International Year of Plant Health has four main themes: helping to end hunger, reducing poverty, protecting the environment and boosting economic development.
Over $23.8 billion per year in exports is generated by Canadian crop industries, and the contribution of forest industry to the Canadian economy is $24.6 billion.
Policies and actions to promote plant health are fundamental for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) -- a collection of 17 global goals that act as a road map for helping to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by the year 2030 -- in particular those aimed at reducing poverty, hunger and threats to the environment.
“On this International Year and throughout this Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, let us dedicate the necessary resources and increase our commitment to plant health. Let us act for people and planet,” said António Guterres, UN Secretary-General in a message read out at the event.
Canadians should report pests to the CFIA through inspection.gc.ca/pests or on social media @InspectionCan; getting involved with the #PlantHealth and #IYPH2020 conversations on social media to raise awareness about plant protection; and visiting science.gc.ca for more details and activities.
#Montreal#MontrealMassacre; #MontrealMassacre30thAnniversary; #ÉcolePolytechnique; #14WomenShotToDeath
Ottawa, Dec 6 (Canadian-Media): 30th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre about the unforgettable killing of 14 young women in École Polytechnique is being all across Canada today with speeches by the political leaders in the House of Commons, media reports said.
This observance also threw light on an ongoing debate over gun control measures in Canada.
Liberals promised to follow through on their election promise to take action to curb gun violence, in Thursday's throne speech, including a ban on "military-style" firearms and to allow municipalities and communities to ban handguns.
"Year after year, headline after headline, Canadians have seen first hand the devastating effects of gun violence. Too many lives lost, too many families shattered. It is time to show courage and strengthen gun control," Gov. Gen. Julie Payette said Thursday, reading from the throne speech.
The Liberal platform also promises to protect the rights of hunters and farmers, by not bringing back the long-gun registry.
#OrissaSocietyOfCanada; #Orissa, #India,#Toronto, #Canada; #BoitaraBandana; #CelebrationOfBoitaraBandana; #MaritimeTradition; #MaritimeTraditionOfOrissa
Toronto, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): A festival “Boita Bandana” remembering the rich maritime tradition of province of Orissa, India was celebrated by Orissa Society of Canada in Etobicoke, Ontario on Nov 16.
The celebration included stunning performance of Kuna Tripathy, a renowned celebrity from Odia film industry and Satyabrata Ratho, finest quizmaster, Producer and Director of "Prelude".
(From left to right) Kuna Tripathy, Ruby Sahota and Satyabrata Ratho/Twitter
The mega cultural night also witnessed screening of international award-winning short film “Bajirout”.
Member of Parliament from Brampton North Ruby Sahota felicitated Kuna Tripathy and thanked him for coming to Canada to support the Odia community.
Four prominent members Prof. Bibhuti Mohanty, Mr. Sunit Rout, Mr. Jyoti Maharana, & Ms. Smita Mohanty along with the Odisha Sports Association Canada organizers Asutosh Acharya, Satya Das, Subrat Nayak, Swadhin Purohit and Santosh Panda from the Odia community received Showcase Odisha award for their contribution in different fields to the Odia community in Canada.
Showcase Odisha award being granted to the Odia community in Canada.
Showcase Odisha award is an initiative by "Prelude" to recognize Odia achievers across the globe.
There were other cultural programs like Odisi dance, Sambalpuri folk dance and fashion show to entertain more than 500 audiences.
Famous Odisi dance
All the board of directors of Orissa Society of Canada including its president Mr. Subrat Nayak and other board members - Kamalakanta Behera (Secretary) Bibhuti Prusty, Madan Singh, Jeebitesh Das, Siba Patro Asutosha Acharya, Pravat Sahoo had put a lot of effort to make the program a very successful one.
( left to right) Siba Patro-Dir of Events; Pravat Sahoo-Dir of sponsorship;
Kamalakanta Behera-Sec; Asutosh Acharya-Cult Dir; Jeebitesh Das-Dir Prog; Subrat Nayak-Pres OSC; Madan Singh-Treasurer; Bibhuti Prusty-Dir Finance
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): Government of Canada observes November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Radon Action Month to remind Canadians that both lifestyle choices and environmental factors can affect the health of our lungs, media reports said.
National Cancer Awareness Month Canada/Facebook
Lung Cancer Awareness Month teaches us about the signs and symptoms of this disease, and the actions needed to prevent it.
“There are many things you can do to lower your risk of lung cancer,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer. “The best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke..Second-hand smoke is also a significant risk factor. Smokers should avoid smoking indoors or in enclosed spaces, and non-smokers should avoid areas where people are smoking.”
Lung cancer in Canada (along with colorectal, breast and prostate cancers) is one of the four types that make up close to 50% of all cancer cases diagnosed in Canada and has a devastating impact on individuals and their families.
According to Health Canada, Symptoms of lung cancer do not appear until the disease is already at an advanced stage and may include problems breathing (shortness of breath, wheezing, or a persistent, worsening cough), chest pain (especially when breathing deeply or coughing), coughing up blood, frequent or persistent chest infections, fatigue and unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite.
Consultation of a health professional is inevitable if one experiences any of these symptoms consistently. In addition, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends that adults 55-74 years of age with a 30 pack-year smoking history, be screened for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).
November is the National Radon Action Month in Canada to raise awareness of often overlooked health risk of radon gas and its preventive measures.
National Radon Action Month in Canada/Facebook
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas with no colour, smell or odour, says Health Canada, that comes from the ground and is found in all homes. Although at low levels, it does not pose a significant health risk but built up over time and prolonged exposure to elevated levels can cause lung cancer.
In most homes, high levels of radon can be reduced by more than 80 percent for the same cost as replacing a furnace or air conditioner. A certified radon mitigation professional under the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) can find you the best way to reduce the radon level in your home.
Fortunately, radon can be detected using a simple and inexpensive test through a community health organization or from a certified radon professional.
#LouisRielDayInCanada; #Indigenous; #LousRiel; #MétisPeople
Ottawa, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous leaders and community representatives were joined by elected officials and staff from City of Toronto to raise the flag of the Métis Nation of Ontario and proclaimed November 16 as Louis Riel Day in Toronto to honour the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada, media reports said.
Louis Riel is remembered as a great Métis leader, a founder of confederation, a political and spiritual leader and a staunch advocate for minority rights.
Louis Riel/Courtesy of Govt of Canada Indigenous
Today, Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community. Louis Riel Day is acknowledged every year on November 16 across Canada as is the anniversary of the Red River Resistance and Riel’s unjust execution in 1885 for defending the rights of the Métis people.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Louis Riel and the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance, led by Riel.
Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today on the observance of Louis Riel Day.
“On Louis Riel Day, Canadians join the Métis Nation in honouring the life of Louis Riel. As a leader, activist and key contributor to Canadian Confederation, Louis Riel’s legacy lives on to this day and reminds us of the importance of social justice, Métis culture and heritage in Canadian society.
We also recognize that November 16th is a dark day in this country’s history as it marks the anniversary of his execution. We know that the actions of a past repressive colonial government were driven by racism and fear - fear of a different culture and a unique way of life. We cannot forget this as we continue to work towards a Canada that values inclusivity and equality for all.
The Government of Canada thanks the Métis Nation for their dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of Louis Riel. Today, Canada and the Métis Nation are committed to building a strong, collaborative relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
In honour of this day, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are encouraged to learn more about Métis history and culture as we all continue on this joint journey of reconciliation.”
#GuruNanakDevJi; #550thBirthAnniversaryOfGuruNanakDevJi; #Sikhism
Toronto, Nov 12 (Canadian-Media): Commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, is being observed all across the globe, media reports said.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji/Twitter
Born on the full moon day in 1469, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a poet, a religious teacher and a social reformer and upheld the cause of women, downtrodden, and the poor.
His teachings are timeless and as relevant today as they were 500 years ago. The deeds of
He rejected the path of renunciation and with faith in 'One' Omnipotent God he devoted his life to the service of mankind.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji:
“Today, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will gather to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
“Guru Nanak Dev Ji devoted his life’s work to the fight against discrimination and persecution. He taught people to embrace diversity, welcome others into their communities, and practice selfless service. Canadian Sikhs continue to embody these values and help build a better Canada each day.
“To celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, families and friends will come together to reflect on his life and honour his teachings of compassion, unity, and equality. His message inspires us all to champion inclusion and embrace the differences that make us strong.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji a day filled with joy and peace.”
On this auspicious occasion, Anil Shah, Chair of Canada India Foundation extended the warmest greetings to all Sikhs across the world and said, "I urge everyone to emulate and practice the values preached by him”