#QuebecCitymosqueShooting; #CanadaMuslimCommunity; #4thAnniversary
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting today was observed today by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other members of Parliament and to call for action to fight against racism and discrimination that targets Canada's Muslim community.
Quebec City mosque shooting. Image credit: Wikipedia
"The duty to remember is the duty of honor and respect. Four years ago, six Canadians united by their faith fell victim to the bullets of a killer. This was an act of terrorism inspired by Islamophobia," Conservative MP Gérard Deltell said in the House of Commons, reported by CBC News..
"Islamophobia and all phobias based on religious beliefs have no place and must be condemned without any conditions. These forms of violence have no place in Canada. Your memory will be preserved forever; we will not forget you ever."
Yesterday Trudeau announced that Jan. 29 will become an official day of remembrance for the victims of the attack and a time to call for action against Islamophobia, defended people's right to worship free from violence.
"Every year on this day, we will honor the victims, and we will recommit ourselves to fighting the discrimination and hate that took them from us," Trudeau said Friday from outside Rideau Cottage. "No one should ever be afraid because of the way they pray. Not in Canada. And not anywhere around the world.
27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette entered the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire just before 8 p.m., killing six and injuring five others.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reportedly said that legislation is being drafted by his party to target white supremacist organizations and other hate groups, but did not provide any further details.
#Toronto; #ConsGenOfIndiaToronto; #72ndRepublicDayIndiaObservance
Toronto, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): The Consulate General of India, Toronto office celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on 26th January 2021 at 10 am with the virtual Flag Hoisting ceremony by Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, Toronto.
Flag Hoisting Ceremony by Apoorva Srivastava
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by Srivastava's speech.
Apoorva greeted all Indians, Indo-Canadians, and friends of India on the auspicious occasion of the 72nd Republic Day of India on 26th January.
She then said that 71 years ago on 26th Jan, our constitution came into effect. This enlightened our foundation of the Republic, and guides not only our governance but also forms the aspiration of our vision of liberty, justice, and equality for all Indians.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched all our lives, said Apoorva, and that no one is immune and we are all in this together. While 2020 was the year of the virus. and 2021 is the year of vaccine and of hope.
She added that she is extremely proud of the Indians and the Indo-Canadian community here in Canada for working at the forefront during the pandemic and supporting the community.
She would like to take this opportunity, she said in congratulating each and every member of the diaspora on India's Republic day and added that being global citizens and born in India, they would always remain special.
Throughout the pandemic, the consulate had continued to serve the community whether by facilitating providing emergency evacuation or by continuing to provide regular consular services in most trying conditions, and added that the consulate would continue to do its best in serving the community and build a deeper bond between the two nations.
Apoorva ended her greetings by once again wishing everyone on this auspicious occasion of the 72nd Republic Day of India hoping that all of us remain safe and healthy and wished long-live India-Canada friendship.
#Canada; #Covid19AnniversaryInCanada, #GrimPicture; #PossibilityOfThirdWave
Canada/IBNS: Canada marks the first year since the arrival of first case of virus causing COVID-19 was confirmed in Canada when a patient came to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital after returning from Wuhan, China.
Covid19 in Canada. Image credit: Pixaby
Although Canada has applied the lessons learned during the first wave of novel coronavirus to the second wave, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, especially in long-term care homes due to concerns of inadequate protections.
The virus is also disproportionately impacting people of color.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious diseases specialist of Toronto's University Health Network says deaths in Ontario's long-term care homes last spring could be prevented.
"What's more tragic is how it's unfolding in the second wave, because there certainly could have been steps taken between wave one and wave two to significantly protect the most vulnerable population among us," said Bogoch in an interview, CBC News reported.
The second wave of the pandemic shows signs of receding the number of infected people, but people are being warned possibility of rising in new case numbers if public health restrictions and guidelines are not followed.
There is also a growing fear that the second wave of the pandemic, could either be prolonged due to highly contagious variants of the coronavirus or could bring a more widespread third wave before the majority of the population gets vaccinated.
Thousands of new infections are being reported every day across the country which make Canada's health officials fear the decrease in the average daily number of deaths will not be seen for weeks.
The past month alone has seen about 200,000 Canadians have contracted COVID-19.
#PanoramaIndia; #IndianCultureAndHeritage; #VirtualCelebration; #India72ndRepublicDay; #TwoLegendsOneNight; #KavitaKrishnamurtiSubramanium; #DrLSubramaniam; #SumeetaKohli; #Covid19Guidelines; #PanoramaIdolCompetition;
Toronto/Canadian-Media: India’s 72nd Republic Day would be celebrated virtually on Sunday, January 31 2021 by Panorama India, with the support of the Consulate General of India, Toronto, featuring over 8 hours of culture and programming.
Panorama India announced that this year's celebrity judge for the 12th annual Panorama Idol will be Mrs. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramanium presented by SBI Canada Bank.
Public Voting will open Saturday, January 30 at 12 pm and closes Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 3 pm. To vote please go to www.panoramaindia.org
“This year Panorama Indian teenagers can participate. All must register by January 20 and then on Saturday, January 30 there will be a live digital contest held for each group. It is exciting as it’s a way for young kids can participate in the celebrations” said Vaidehi Bhagat, executive director of community relations and sponsorship.
The highlight headline segment of the event is "Two Legends One Night” featuring an exclusive chat with the power couple from the world of music and art Mrs. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L Subramaniam.
“The Republic Day celebration is important as it is our community’s celebration. We have artists performing across GTA and some across Canada, over 45 community organizations are engaged in the folk dance and other segments. For the first time, we have a very special segment where our seniors are participating in the celebrations. Panorama India has gone fully digital and I am so grateful for the response from the community. We work hard to ensure most if not all, states and languages are represented during the celebration,” said chairperson Sumeeta Kohli.
The entire event will adhere to the current COVID-19 guidelines and regulations laid by the provincial government and it is expected to be one of the significant Indian cultural programs celebrated virtually outside of India.
Keeping in mind the importance of community engagement, this year's digital event would enable the involvement and engagement of everyone. This year the community can vote to participate as the 4th judge for the Panorama Idol Competition which will air both on Saturday, January 30, 2021, and Sunday, January 31, 2021, during the Republic Day celebration. The voting lines will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday and close at 3 p.m. on Sunday to enable everyone to vote and show their support.
“We have had an overwhelming response from our community. We have over 100 plus artists performing in our segments and many Indian states are represented in our Folk-Dance segment,” Anusha Iyer, Panorama India’s Director of Programming said.
“We feel honored to be able to achieve a large-scale digital distribution of the event. We are going live on our social media channels, Facebook, and YouTube as well as many of the local favorite channels on Cable and IPTV. A full list will be available on our social media channels closer to the event.” said Tanvir Kaur, Director, Digital Media, Panorama India.
We want to thank our sponsors and partners for supporting us to be able to deliver such a large-scale event. Panorama India is proud to host all events for free and this is only possible with the support of sponsors such as SBI Bank Canada our Diamond Sponsor, HSBC Bank, ICIC Bank, and Kotamarti Group “said Janak Bhawnani, vice-chair finance & sponsorship and Sanjay Agarwal, vice-chair sponsorship and vendor management.
About Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam
Both the luminaries are musical legends and have enthralled the audiences globally with their musical brilliance. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, a recipient of the coveted Padma Shri among several other accolades, is not just a revered playback singer across the globe, but she has also sung with orchestras as a soloist, collaborated with Western artists, and has diversified her singing styles by giving her voice to over 20,000 songs in different languages. She is a true representative of national integration.
About Dr. L Subramaniam
Dr. L Subramaniam, who is also known as the “God of Indian Violin”, is the only musician who has performed Carnatic and Western Classical Music, composed for major Orchestras, scored for films and ballets, and collaborated with the greatest musicians of diverse genres globally.
Saturday, January 30th, 2021
11:00: AM Panorama Idol 2021 Grand Finale Presentation “Premiere Presentation”
2:00 PM “Live” Digital Art Contest
Sunday, January 31st, 2021
11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
• Patriotic Segment
• Panorama Idol 2021 Grand Finale
• Folk Dance and Senior Spotlight
• Two Legends One Night with Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L Subramaniam
• Closing ceremony announcing Panorama Idol and Art Competition winners.
A not-for-profit umbrella organization, Panorama India strives to flourish the ties between India and Canada by nurturing India's culture and heritage, providing a platform for all Indian cultural associations, groups, and individuals to showcase their arts and culture.
Panorama India fosters a better understanding between India and Canada and is proud to build bi-lateral relations with India and Canada through culture.
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