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Toronto, May 31 (Canadian-Media): As part of Paramedic Services Week, Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Gord McEachen will host a Canadian citizenship ceremony on June 1 at 10 am at 4330 Dufferin St., media reports said.
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The event would be presided over by Citizenship Judge Albert Wong.
Over 50 new Canadians will take the Oath of Citizenship at this event
Toronto Paramedic Services would host this ceremony for the fifth time as part of Paramedic Services Week.
This important event recognizes the cultural diversity of the city and also introduces new Canadians to the process of calling 911 in a medical emergency.
With the support of translation services, Toronto's emergency medical dispatchers can respond to 911 calls in over 240 languages.
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Ottawa, May 30 (Canadian-Media): Observance of National AccessAbility Week, May 27-June 2, is the appropriate time to establish workplace needs to be more at the forefront of conversations in Canada, media reports said.
National AccessAbility looks at establishing workplace policies and implementing processes that drive accessibility and broaden talent pools.
This year, the federal government is scheduled to bring into effect its long-anticipated legislation to address these challenges and advance accessibility standards for people with disabilities across the country.
However, the reality is that private organizations also have a responsibility to build accessibility into their business practices and decision-making processes and fostering an environment where disabilities are no longer considered limitations.
The number of people who identify as having a disability in Canada is on the rise.
Various reasons, such as workplaces that are physically inaccessible or have discriminatory hiring practices are disabling factors for many people to hold a job or work at a company.
Canadians with disabilities face every day unique challenges when performing various activities, such as using public transportation, navigating communication technologies, seeking employment and doing daily tasks at work.
Kristy Duncan, Canada's Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, launches National AccessAbility Week.
Her staement is as follows:
"As Canada's Minister responsible for persons with disabilities, it's my pleasure to launch the second annual National AccessAbility Week, which is taking place from May 27 to June 2...time to celebrate the contributions of individuals, communities and workplaces...Our government is taking an important step and will be introducing accessibility legislation that will help eliminate barriers that people with disabilities still face in sectors under federal jurisdiction...By enabling people with disabilities to be fully engaged in Canadian society, we are building a stronger and truly inclusive Canada."
Discussions about making workplaces accessibility should centre on individual abilities versus disabilities and each other’s differences need to be celebrated.
Companies can and should encourage and improve products, services and customer interactions among employees, colleagues and leaders to engage in diverse perspectives and keep accessibility top of mind.
The more people are included in accessibility conversations, the more they are able to improve outcomes within the company, for everyone.
Conversely, when accessibility policies are only implemented as a matter of compliance, companies miss out on massive amounts of talent and create silos.
Accommodating employees with different needs in the workplace has many interpersonal benefits, such as increasing individual feelings of accomplishment, improving interactions with co-workers and generating positive overall company morale.
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Toronto, May 29 (Canadian-Media): Newcomers to Toronto were welcomed today at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto during the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day to celebrate their contributions, media reports said.
Toronto Newcomer Day was sponsored by Tim Hortons, Metroland Media, Chatr and HSBC Canada.
Toronto Mayor John Tory, joined by Council's Newcomer Advocates Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) as well as City of Toronto staff, proclaimed today as Newcomer Day.
This afternoon's program included fusion band Moskittos Bar, Indigenous cultural performer Cylene Morrison, musician Ruben Esguerra from Bogata and African dance company Lua Shayenne.
In partnership with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, a citizenship ceremony for 39 new Canadians was held on Nathan Phillips Square.
An information fair, participated by more than 80 community agencies and City of Toronto divisions was held to share information about resources to help newcomers settle in Toronto.
“Every year we welcome new Torontonians from all over the world," said Tory. “Today we celebrate the amazing contributions newcomers make to this city and embrace many cultures and languages.”
“Toronto is proof that individuals from different backgrounds can come together to create vibrant communities,” said Councillor Karygiannis. "It is important that newcomers know how to access City and community services to settle and thrive in Toronto."
“Diversity not only enriches the community, it brings to light new perspectives on the world,” said Councillor Shan. "It is what defines Toronto's identity as a multicultural and lively city."
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Toronto, May 11 (2018) City of Toronto was presented this afternoon with the “Canadian Music City of the Year” award at the 2018 Live Music Industry Awards at Canadian Music Week, media reports said.
Josh Colle, Councillor and Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council, accepted the award on behalf of the City of Toronto.
“Our job at City Hall is to help look after the ecosystem that produces the next generation of artists and provide the structure and support for them to develop,” said Toronto Mayor John Tory. “I am absolutely committed to the music industry and to the role City Hall is meant to play in creating a music-friendly city.”
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“We are extremely proud of what Toronto’s musicians and music businesses have accomplished in the last year, and we continue our efforts in working to support our artists and our music industry whenever and however we can,” said Councillor Colle.
Items on which City of Toronto had focused, over the last year, to support the city’s music community included: launching new programs and expanding existing ones to provide 200 performance opportunities for local emerging artists like YYZ Live, City Hall Live, playing music on 311 and programming at Union Station in 2018; supporting the creation of a waterfront music hub with a new location for the Remix Project to help young people facing barriers get started in the music industry; hosting a second music sponsorship event bringing together 150 grassroots music organizhations with corporations involved in sponsoring music events;
Other items City of Toronto focused are: hosting a session on applying for music grants with eight public sector funding organizations together with artists, promoters and festival operators; hosting a dialogue about improving public safety at music events with the music community, City divisions and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario; will be supporting an industry-led “music passport” aimed at drawing more people out to local venues; implementing a process for the City’s music staff to be notified when new residential developments are planned anywhere within 120 metres of a music venue.
To date, the City’s music staff has provided comments on over 30 development applications to help planners and developers can mitigate potential conflicts with nearby venues.
Most recently at Canadian Music Week earlier this week, the Mayor announced that we will begin a consultative process with the music community, including grassroots musicians, on identifying a permanent music or festival site on City land.