Toronto, Jun 21 (Canadian-Media): An Interactive Open House Session, was held by the Consulate General of India, Toronto with the Indian and Indo-Canadian community organizations on 19 June 2018 at Etobicoke.
The Session was well attended by representatives of over 100 organizations registered with the Consulate as well by the local media, particularly the Indian vernacular media in various languages.
Dinesh Bhatia addressing the gathering
Consul General Dinesh Bhatia addressed the gathering of over 275 people present in a packed hall and said that in when he joined the office in 2015 he requested that the Indian as well as Indo-Canadian community should be expanded.
Bhatia added he was proud that at present there are more than 1200 Indian as well as Indo-Canadian associations registered with the Consulate, some of them in GTA (Greater Toronto Area) and some in other provinces since consulate has the jurisdiction not only in Toronto, Ontario but in seven other provinces in Canada.
Bhatia answered the queries from the community members as well as from media, during the session and took note of their suggestion on various consular and community matters.
Bhatia also said that the Consulate was able to resolve the main grievance of the Indian as well as Indo-Canadian community that they felt disconnected with the consulate by providing ceremonies/observances like Diwali celebration, Indian Independence Day celebrations, organizing of various Yoga camps as well as observance of birth anniversaries of various renowned leaders.
In his address, he highlighted the efforts made by the Consulate in the last two years to reach out to the community as well as to provide smooth and prompt services the Consulate.
Bhatia said that the community members should regularly check their website: http://www.cgitoronto.ca for any concerns they have and requested the audience to send their sugggestions to further improve the website.
The introduction of counsular camps was a new initiative undertaken by the Consulate in various cities in Ontario including Oakville, Brampton and Mississauga as well in Winnipeg, Manitoba which has a large number of Indo-Canadian population.
Another important initiative by the Consulate was the weekly report newsletter which highlights Bhatia's involvement with Indian, Indo-Canadian as well as with other communities outside Canada.
There were questions from the audience regarding the efforts made by the Consulate to help the new immigrants, specially youth, in their education endeavours.
Bhatia said that there are links in their website which provides the necessary information for educational concerns of people of all ages including kids, youth as well as adults.
Discussions also took place on deepening the relations and coordination between the community and the Consulate as well as to connect younger Indian-origin generation with their roots back in India, through culture and language.
The Consul General also unveiled the forthcoming India Day Parade to be held on 19 August 2018 to commemorate India’s Independence Day. The Parade will be organised by Panorama India. The last year 2017 India Day Parade was attended by over 60,000 people in which the Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty participated as the Parade Marshal.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#JohnTory; #NationalPollinatorWeek; #EricGold; #CityofToronto; #metallicgreensweatbee; #Toronto'sofficialbee; #RedpathWaterfrontFestival; #PollinatorProtectionStrategy
Toronto, June 18 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory today proclaimed June 18 to 24 as National Pollinator Week (NPW) in the City of Toronto, media reports said.
NPW would be celebrated, said Tory, with community art project, in which local artist Eric Gold would reportedly participate in the creation of a painting of Toronto's official bee, the metallic green sweat bee.
Residents are being invited to join the community art project which will take place under the Live Green Toronto tent in the Family Fun Zone at the Redpath Waterfront Festival on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24 from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission to the festival would reportedly be free.
"Pollinators are part of a healthy, sustainable Toronto," said Tory. "The City is committed to raising awareness of the importance of pollinators and working with the community to support them."
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook page
"This community art project is a fun way to celebrate our efforts to support pollinators in Toronto," said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee. "I encourage Toronto residents to learn about Toronto's official bee and participate in this project."
A large photo of Toronto's official bee would be divided by artist Eric Gold into 100 small segments.
Each Participant will receive a segment and would be provided with a blank piece of paper and be asked to paint what they see.
This process allows for individual expression, and each piece will be a unique work of art that then creates the whole.
Toronto City Council selected the metallic green sweat bee, whose latin name is Agapostemon virescens, as Toronto's official bee earlier this year with a goal of raising awareness of Toronto's diverse native bee community, .
The selection of the green sweat bee was based on the fact that it was common and easy to recognize.
Also unlike other types of bees, green sweat bee welcomes other bees and shares communal nests in the ground.
Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and more than 100 species of butterflies and other pollinators.
Some species are in decline due to habitat loss and other stressors.
City Council, earlier this year, adopted a Pollinator Protection Strategy to identify a set of guiding principles.
It came out with six priorities and 30 actions that the City and community can take to protect pollinators, such as the metallic green sweat bee.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#NationalPublicServiceWeek; #Canada; #JustinTrudeau; #G7Summit; #Phoenixpaysystem
Ottawa, June 10 (Canadian-Media): On National Public Service Week, which runs from June 10 to 16, 2018, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement, media reports said.
Justin Trudeau. Image credit: Official
“This week we celebrate Canada's public servants, whose hard work and dedication make a difference each day in the lives of Canadians.
“Canada’s Public Service has earned recognition worldwide – thanks to the leadership, passion, and commitment our public servants show every day. Whether helping those affected by the spring flooding across the country, welcoming the world to Canada during the G7 Summit, or supporting Canadians abroad, public servants are there time and again to deliver the essential services we rely on.
“Public servants continue to show unwavering professionalism as they face unacceptable hardships caused by the implementation of the Phoenix pay system. The government will continue to work diligently to make sure every employee gets the pay they are owed. As outlined in Budget 2018, we have added significant resources to boost processing capacity, improve support for employees within departments, and begin work on a new pay system. Working together with our public service labour partners, we are committed to resolving outstanding pay system issues as quickly as possible.
“From bringing new initiatives to life, to carrying out ongoing services, federal public servants continue to set an example for service excellence around the world. In communities across Canada, public servants are finding innovative solutions to the challenges we face, and tackling the issues that matter most to Canadians – from promoting diversity and inclusion, to growing economies that work for everyone.
“To all public servants, I say thank you. You play a vital role to keep our democracy healthy, strengthen communities, and grow the middle class. I look forward to continuing to work with you to build a Canada where everyone has access to quality services and a real and fair chance to succeed.”