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Toronto, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): A week after the horrendous van attack in north Toronto in which 10 people were killed, building of a permanent memorial of the tragic incident is under consideration, media reports said.
Thousands have visited makeshift memorials that sprang up in Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square .
Don Peat, a spokesman for Toronto's mayor, says John Tory thanks everyone who had attended makeshift memorials that sprang up in Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square to pay their respects and leave messages of love and support.
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Peat says Tory will be speaking with the community and the local councillor to instal a permanent recognition of the tragic event.
Tory is reportedly also encouraging people to continue to visit the memorial sites.
Peat says city staff have promised they will treat the memorials respectfully and with great care.
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Ottawa, Apr 12 (Canadian-Media): Canadians across the country are wearing sports jerseys today to show support for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, media reports said.
The initiative #JerseysforHumboldt was first proposed by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia on Facebook as a way to honour the Saskatchewan junior hockey team.
On April 6, the Humboldt Broncos were headed north to Nipawin, Sask., for a playoff game when their bus collided with a semi-truck at a remote intersection near Tisdale, Sask. Sixteen passengers have died and 13 others were injured.
The movement then spread throughout the country and now thousands of Canadians are taking part in “Jersey Day,” by wearing a sports jersey or wearing a green ribbon.
People took to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to show their support
Toronto Mayor John Tory officially proclaimed Apr 12 as Jersey Day in the City of Toronto to honour the players and families affected by last week's tragic bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, media reports said.
He is encouraging Torontonians to take part in Jersey Day to demonstrate their support for those that have been affected.
"We are all heartbroken by this tragedy. This is a small but important way for everyone, including City of Toronto staff, to demonstrate their support for all those who have been affected," said Mayor Tory. "It is so far geographically between Toronto and Humboldt, Saskatchewan, and yet we are part of the same country that celebrates hockey, that celebrates its young people, and that celebrates its small towns and big cities.
"I hope we will encourage lots of people to take part in Jersey Day as a way of sending yet another signal to Humboldt to say we are with you."
City of Toronto staff have been encouraged by the Interim City Manager Giuliana Carbone to participate in Jersey Day by wearing a hockey jersey to work on Thursday.
Those who don't have a hockey jersey are encouraged to wear green and gold, the colours of the Humboldt Broncos.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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#InternationalAcademiesofEmergenc Dispatch, #IAED, #Jerry Overton
Toronto, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Paramedic Services' Communications Centre (TPSCC)'s Chief Gord McEachen will be awarded the "Accredited Centre of Excellence" certification by Jerry Overton, Chair of the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) tomorrow at 1 P.M at 4330 Dufferin St.,Toronto, Ontario, media reports said.
IAED, located in Salt Lake City, Utah in United States, was established in 1988 and establishes the highest standard of communications centre protocols for the delivery of 911 emergency medical care.
Every three years, IAED receives applications for accreditation from communications centres around the world and Toronto Paramedic Services will be receiving this industry honour for the fourth time.
Certificates of excellence during the accreditation audit would also be awarded to twenty-two emergency medical dispatchers and call-takers.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Apr 3 (Canadian-Media): For the first time in Canada, the Prime Minister Justin Trueau had released a statement in 2017 to observe the diversity, role and value of caregivers on April 4, National Family Caregiver Day, media reports said.
Today during the observance of Family Caregiver Day (FCD), proclaimed by Toronto City Council in January 2017, Toronto residents were reportedly encouraged to recognize the contribution of caregivers and appreciation for their efforts on social media using the hashtag #Careitforward.
FCD was observed today at Toronto City Hall by Toronto Mayor John Tory, Councillor Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee, and Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's), Toronto's Seniors Advocate, and recognized the important roles caregivers play in caring for family and friends in need of support.
The event was also joined by ENRICHES Collaborative, Family Caregiver Voice and over twelve other partner organizations.
"Family caregivers represent almost 30 per cent of Toronto’s population, providing unpaid care to family members and friends who need help due to a health condition, a disability or challenges related to aging," said Tory. "Caregiving is rewarding but it can also be emotionally, physically and financially stressful. This event allows us to give these everyday heroes some of the recognition that they deserve."
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FCD event was reportedly kicked off by Carole Ann Alloway, author and co-founder of Family Caregivers Voice and a moving accounts of what it's like to provide support for their loved ones was given by two caregivers.
"This event is a wonderful opportunity for Toronto to come together in support of this often invisible and vulnerable group of individuals that is such a crucial component to the wellbeing of our Toronto community," said Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Chair of the ENRICHES Collaborative Steering Committee and Director of the Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training at Sinai Health System.
Attendees had an opportunity to participate in a mentoring session with experts in the caregiver profession, visit the interactive technology booth, and hear from a panel of speakers about caregiving supports.
The event was live-streamed to allow caregivers in different locations to participate and participants had a chance to view magic and comedy by Broadway star Mark Correia.
"Many of us will be informal caregivers for family members, friends or neighbours at some point in our lives," said Councillor Matlow. "This event is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to learn more about programs and services available in the community as well as to be a source of support for one another."
In honour of the day, the Vanier Institute of the Family -- a national, independent, charitable organization dedicated to understanding the diversity and complexity of family life in Canada -- is holding the North American Private Premiere of our film the Caregivers' Club in Ottawa, Ontario.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)