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”
Ottawa (Ontario), Nov 11 (Canadian-Media): The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement today, on the centennial of the first Remembrance Day, media reports said.
“On 11 November 1919, Canada first marked Armistice Day, commemorating the agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, 11 November 1918, at 11 a.m. Since then, Canadians gather on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to honour and remember those who served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.
On Remembrance Day, we extend our deepest thanks to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. We thank Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the families that supported them from home, and all those who have served in the cause of peace and freedom. It is also important to remember the long tradition of service of the many Indigenous peoples, whether they came from First Nations, Inuit, or Métis communities.
Today, we ask Canadians to take a moment to reflect on the incredible sacrifices made by generations of Canadians, both past and present. At cenotaphs and memorials across the country, let us pause to remember and honour their service, courage and valour. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their protection and preservation of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.
#MarkhamArtsCouncil; #AnnualFundraisingGala; #AnAffairWithTheArts
Funds raised will be used to support Arts and Cultural programs facilitated by MAC
Markham, Oct 29, (Canadian-Media): Markham Arts Council (MAC) is all set to launch their Annual fundraising gala - An Affair With The Arts - on Friday, November 8, 2019 in Markham.
The Gala will be an evening of splendour, commencing with a Cocktail reception, presentation of Local Art, Live Entertainment, Silent Auction, Raffle and Door prizes and a sumptuous
Taking place at the Crystal Fountain at 60 McDowell Gate, Markham, ON. L6G 1B5, the Black Tie Event will be a dazzling event attended by dignitaries, Business entrepreneurs, professionals, artists, Corporations and members of the community.
“I’m proud to serve as the Honorary Chair for this important fundraising event,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Arts and Culture are key to creating a strong and vibrant community, giving us a better understanding of each other and of the world around us. I congratulate the team at The Markham Arts Council for their exceptional leadership on this initiative, and for their commitment to the enhancement of the Arts in Markham.”
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
The Gala promises to present live performances, a Silent Auction, and a Visual Art Show. A souvenir program book will also be released at the gala.
“The theme for this year’s Gala is An Affair With The Arts at the Wonders of The World. The theme will be highlighted throughout the event in the form of visual and performing arts,” said Deepti Aurora, Chair of MAC and co-chair of the Gala Committee along with Councillor Amanda Collucci.
Deepi Aurora, Chair MAC (top) & Councillor Amanda Collucci (bottom)
All funds raised from the gala will be used towards supporting Arts and Cultural programs facilitated by the Markham Arts Council.
“Markham Arts Council is celebrating its 15th year anniversary in 2019,” said Aurora who has raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as CNIB, AWIC, Lions Club and The Scarborough Hospital. “The vibrant art scene in the City of Markham would not be possible without the incredible support of our business and corporate partners. The Markham Arts Council thanks you for helping to make Arts and Culture an important part of our community.”
Markham Mayor with MAC Board Directors
ABOUT MARKHAM ARTS COUNCIL (MAC)
Markham Arts Council serves the City of Markham and enriches the lives of its citizens by educating, developing and supporting a vibrant cultural community that champions the arts, while promoting the work of professional and emerging literary, visual and performing artists. For more information, contact (905) 947-9054
or visit Website: www.markhamartscouncil.com.
Oakville, Oct 28 (Canadian-Media): Lakeshore Convention Centre, 806 Southdown Road Mississauga glittered with festivities and light during the celebration of the 6th annual Oakville Diwali Gala 2019 on Sept 20 in support of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
The glamorous evening presented by Oakville Diwali Gala was attended by more than 400 guests to enjoy Lights, Camera, Auction. The chief aim of this festival was to benefit the expansion of the surgical program and putting essential equipment in the hands of OTMH caregivers, and giving patients access to new surgical procedures to facilitate them with optimal patient experience.
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada in his letter also extended his "warmest greetings to everyone attending the Diwali Fundraising Gala, hosted by the Oakville Hospital Foundation...for supporting this worthy cause...making a difference in the health and well-being of your fellow citizens."
Mary McPherson, CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation, in her welcome message said, "this year's community support from Oakville Diwali will help us enhance OTMH's surgical department...that helps heal them and we applaud you for your leadership."
Rekha Sharma, Chair, Oakville Diwali, in her message to the gatherings reminded them of the words of John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you, - ask what you can do for your country" and added, "With your support and our efforts...making patient experience more pleasant."
From Left to right: Arti Nagpal, Mary McPherson & Rekha Sharma
Oakville's Mayor Rob Burton's letter of greetings and best wishes to the organizers of Oakville Diwali and guests read, "Diwali symbolizes victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, light over darkness...Oakville Diwali continues to be an important event in support of Oakville Hospital Foundation and Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital."
The red-carpet gala with high-end entertainment started at around 7 P.M. with cocktails from the open bar with tasty appetizers and followed by sumptuous Indian family-style dinner by The Host.
Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital/Facebook
The celebration of Oakville Diwali in a Bollywood meets Hollywood style evening presented an exciting performances by Canada’s #1 Bollywood Dance Company, Broken Dance, which specializes in creating unique choreography and shows.
Also included in the fundraising efforts were: "Pop the balloon" in the Balloon Burst to win some excellent gifts and the Live Auction for the chance to win an adventurous trip, and many more elite prizes!
Balloons cost $75 each and included the chance to win one of three exclusive gift certificates to Knar Jewellery valued at $1,000, $1,500 .$2,500. This event was sponsored by Knar Jewellery.
The proceeds donated from the event was announced, which totalled to over $140,000.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#KeyToTheCityOfToronto; #JohnTory; #RobbieRobertson
Toronto, Sept 6 (Canadian-Media): Robbie Robertson, a Canadian musician, songwriter, film composer, producer, actor and author was presented yesterday a with a Key to the City at a press conference held at Toronto International Film Festival Bell Lightbox in recognition of his enduring contribution to music and the arts in Canada and around the world, media reports said.
John Tory presenting Key to the City to Robbie Robertson
The Key to the City, the highest honour that the City can grant to an individual or a group awarded to the inspiring individuals who have contributed significantly to civic life.
The Key to the City was presented to Robertson prior to the world premiere of the film "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band," the opening film of TIFF.
Robertson is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is best known for his work as lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band.
"Robbie Robertson has inspired Torontonians for decades with his music and incredible talent for songwriting. A Canadian music legend, he has contributed to the establishment of a musical genre known as Americana. It's a point of pride for our city to witness Robbie's enduring influence on artists here and around the world. For his contribution to Toronto's arts and culture industry, I am proud to present a Key to the City to Robbie Robertson, " said John Tory.
Oakville, Sept 2 (Canadian-Media): Oakville’s largest South Asian gala, Oakville Diwali Gala 2019, would be held in Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) on Sept in support of OTMH, media reports said.
More than 400 guests are expected to attend this gala to enjoy a glamorous evening as Oakville Diwali presents Lights, Camera, Auction! This year’s event will directly benefit the expansion of the surgical program, putting essential equipment in the hands of OTMH caregivers.
“Oakville Diwali has become an important event for the Oakville Hospital Foundation both for the funds it raises and for the awareness the event brings to our community hospital. We are immensely grateful to the passionate volunteer committee behind Oakville Diwali. Without them and our generous sponsors, this event could not be possible.” said Mary McPherson, CEO Oakville Hospital Foundation
What: 6th Annual Oakville Diwali Gala
When: Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 6:30 pm – 12:00 am
Where: Lakeshore Convention Centre, 806 Southdown Road Mississauga, ON L5J 2Y4
Who: Oakville Diwali committee, in support of the Oakville Hospital Foundation
The red-carpet gala will bring high-end entertainment, cocktails from the open bar combined with tasty appetizers followed by sumptuous Indian family-style dinner by The Host.
“For four-years, CPS Flooring has supported the Oakville Diwali gala. Giving back to a community I belong to and that supports my business is the best way to say thank you. This year, I am happy to support the 6th annual Oakville Diwali gala. Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital is where my neighbors, loved ones and customers go when they need care close to home. I believe every individual and business should do what they can to support world-class community healthcare,” said Doug Kurtin, President, CPS Flooring.
Also included are other fundraising efforts such as Pop the balloon in the Balloon Burst to win some excellent gifts and place your bids in the Live Auction for the chance to win an adventurous trip, and many more elite prizes!
Everybody is encouraged to donate for this noble cause with heart and soul for Cause within a Cause and help a seriously injured person to recover and change his life forever.
“Having fundraised over a million dollars in five years for Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Oakville Diwali is all set for their 6th Annual Gala Dinner. Come and celebrate Oakville Diwali in a Bollywood meets Hollywood style evening. Enjoy exciting performances by Canada’s #1 Bollywood Dance Company, Broken Dance. Do not forget to bring your dancing slippers to dance away the night until you drop with DJ Jiten’s music.”– Rekha Sharma, Chair, Oakville Diwali.
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INDIVIDUAL $250 | TABLE $2,500 | CORPORATE TABLE $3,500 (includes valet parking)
We thank our partners for their generous support: CPS Flooring, CN, Scotia Wealth Management, SIGMA Group, and MUKTA Advertising.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Hallsworth at Oakville Hospital Foundation by phone: (905) 845-2571 Ext.: 6250
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Event website: www.OakvilleDiwali.com | #OakvilleDiwali2019
Toronto, Aug 22 (Canadian-Media): Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) 2019 officially started in front of the historic Princes’ Gates on Friday, August 16, 2019.
An 8-foot tall glorious CNE Sign, featuring a Canadian maple leaf, situated at Prince’s Gates once again returned to CNE 2019.
Two of the several new features seen were a travelling exhibition of “50 Greatest Photographs”; animation of 15 lanterns of "Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light" with the feature of Augmented Reality accessible on one's device via the Shadow Factory app
The travelling exhibition of “50 Greatest Photographs” in Arts, Crafts & Hobbies Pavillion, which showcases some of the celebrated photographs from National Geographic magazine from its 131-year history, is the only Canadian venue to date.
Besides viewing the exhibited photographs, visitors also learn about the stories behind the photos as well as about the photographers themselves.
App of "Legends of the Silk Road Come to Light" animated downloaded feature of Augmented Reality accessible on your own device is yet another feature which attracts several visitors.
The Coca-Cola Coliseum of CNE has been transformed this year into a magical maze of luminous lantern installations.
This series of 16 illuminated synthetic silk sculpture installations were positioned throughout the Coca-Cola Coliseum.
New this year is that fifteen of the 17 lanterns will be animated with an Augmented Reality dimension that can be accessed on your own device via the Shadow Factory app!
The internationally renowned breakdance crew performance on the international stage from August 16 to 25 is yet another new feature.
CNE 2019 also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Canadian International Air Show and welcoming back the Royal Air Force acrobatic team, and the Red Arrows, who performed at the CNE back in 2002.
Also new this year is the “Under $6 in the 6” value food menu offering
items like deep-fried Mars bars.
An Oktoberfest event has been added this year to the food events such as the Craft Beer Fest and Food Truck frenzy.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
With growing zeal of Toronto's Indian diaspora, Panorama India Day Festival & Grand Parade to exceed last year's number
#PanoramaIndiaCelebratedIndiaDayFestival&GrandParade, #ConsulateGeneralOfIndiaToronto, #Floats
Toronto, Aug 19 (Canadian-Media): Panorama India's India Day Festival and Grand Parade, with support from Consulate General Of India, Toronto was held yesterday at Nathan Phillips Square, downtown, Toronto, Ontario.
From L-R: Anu Srivastava, Lara Dutta, Shaifullah Khan, Mrs. Khan, Nina Tangri, Rajan Sawhney
The all day event from 10 am to 10 pm to celebrate India’s culture and heritage presented patriotic songs and dance performances and included an international bazaar with varied kiosks exhibiting fashion, jewellery, handicrafts, Indian cuisine. There was a Live concert by renowned Punjabi superstar Garry Sandhu and a parade of several floats with Bollywood actress and Miss Universe 2000 Lara Dutta, the grand marshall of the parade.
The event started with the speech of Anu Srivastava, Chair/President of Panorama India who said to the audience that this year's gathering in India Day Festival and Parade, supported by the Consulate General of India, Toronto is expected to exceed last year's number. This celebration marks the rich cultural heritage of India with several floats and the presence of 400 local artists from various diverse range to depict the diversity in unity of India's heritage. She acknowledged the hard work of all her staff, contributions of various community organizations, public relations personnel, and the volunteers with their dedication. She extended her special thanks to the Toronto Police volunteers for being responsible for maintenance of law and order in the present event.
Saifullah Khan, acting Counsel General of India, Toronto said to the audience that the growing zeal that Toronto's Indian diaspora are presenting, this year's gathering in India Day Festival and Parade is expected to exceed last year's number. Indian population in Canada has grown to 1.9 million which is about 5.6 percent of the total population in Canada, with the largest number of Indians from Punjab followed by Gujarat and then the rest of the communities. Panorama India connects to a a rich cultural heritage, with multicultural dance performances, patriotic songs, classical music and with wide variety of Indian cuisine. He conveyed to the large gatherings the message from President of India, which stated that People of India are simple and that the Indian diaspora in Canada are the true representation of Indian simplicity.
Member of parliament, Nina Tangri greeted the audience on this auspicious event on behalf of Doug Ford, premier of Ontario. She said Canada, with nearly 700,000 people with roots in India, is the best place to live and work. She also said that India is one of the fastest growing economy of the world.
Member of Legislative Assembly of Calgary north-east, Rajan Sawhney greeted the audience on behalf of Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta and said if she was not proud to be an Albertan, she would definitely think of settling down in Ontario. She praised the work of all the participants of the culture program and congratulated the large gathering for their unwavering patriotism and added they should always keep alive the rich cultural heritage of India.
Lara Dutta, renowned Bollywood actress and recipient of Miss Universe 2000 award, greeted all the Torontonians and said she is full of gratitude for their love in inviting her for this ceremony from all the way from Mumbai. She always feels at home whenever she comes to Toronto. Nineteen years back when she was crowned as Miss Universe India 2000. During the announcement her name was not mentioned; instead it said the winner of 2000 Miss Universe contest goes to India. This was an incredible moment for her and she was filled up with immense pride. At this announcement all the Indians present stood up and paid homage to India. Before concluding her speech she thanked all the elders for their blessings and for the younger generation born and brought up in Canada but with roots of India she said, "India is not a country that is poised to be great, it is well on its way to greatness."
After the conclusion of all the speeches, official magazine of Panorama India was launched followed by the parade with the several floats.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)