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Toronto, Jun 30 (Canadian-Media): City of Toronto’s Canada Day all ages event would be celebrated on July 1 starting at 9 a.m. by Torontonians virtually with livestream shows throughout the day, including music performances, culinary showcases, comedy, dance, recognition of frontline workers and more, media reports said.
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Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, all in-person Canada Day events have been cancelled to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
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The City is joined by municipalities across Canada in hosting a national, virtual Canada Day.
"I encourage everyone to participate in our virtual Canada Day and connect as a city. This Canada Day is unlike any other, but it is still an ideal time for us to come together and show our Canadian pride," said Toronto Mayor John Tory.
John Tory. Image credit: Facebook Page
The Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast would be served at 9 to 10 a.m. included with greetings from Chief Laforme of Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and would feature a socially distanced breakfast by MLSE Executive Chef Chris Zielinski and Mayor John Tory.
Virtual dance demonstrations 'Keep Rockin You' for easy to learn hip hop moves can be enjoyed with participants.
Kim Mitchell debuts his new song "Wishes" live from the legendary El Mocambo.
From 2 to 5 p.m. a virtual kaleidoscope of Toronto artists and neighbourhoods would showcase a Culture Jam with more than 35 performances in total by Kardinal Offishall, d’bi.young anitafrika, Lua Shayenne Dance Company, Marissa Magneson, Lucas Silveira and more.
7 to 8 p.m would be devoted to the Ready for Prime Time segment including a live performance from July Talk with James Bayley and Kyla Charter from iconic music venue the El Mocambo, along with performances by Haviah Mighty and Gordon Lightfoot.
Participants can sing along to Neil Young’s "Lotta Love" led by Choir! Choir! Choir! and can download the lyrics to learn the song.
CN Tower Canada Day Light Show at 10 p.m. will be livestreamed set to the music of a diverse group of Canadian artists.
Co-produced by Harbourfront Centre, the virtual event gets additional support from programming partner TO Live including special project partnership of CN Tower and MAKERS.
Canada Day 2020 is also sponsored by Toronto Regional Real Estate Board, Tim Hortons, Bell and promotional partners CityTV and TTC. Special thanks to venue partner the El Mocambo.
In its commitment to to providing an accessible event, the City of Toronto would make available captioning on all Canada Day 2020 streaming and broadcast services.
Ottawa, Jun 18 (Canadian-Media): National Public Service Week (NPSW), observed this year from June 14 to 20, recognizes the many contributions of federal public servants who proudly serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast, media reports said.
“As we navigate this pandemic, it has given me a great sense of pride to see Canada’s world-class public service continue to rise to challenges...Our public servants make up a talented, skilled and diverse workforce, and during this week, I hope we can take the time to recognize their ongoing contributions,” Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board in a news release.
Jean-Yves Duclos. Image credit: Twitter handle
National Public Service Week: Serving Canadians Better Act was enacted by Canadian parliament in 1992.
Over 257,000 public service employees work throughout the country and around the world delivering a myriad of services to Canadians.
This week has been an opportunity to acknowledge the work of the Public Service of Canada, and federal public servants have been reflecting on the major achievements of the past year.
The Public Service of Canada is internationally reputed for its service excellence and take pride in serving their country and its people, particularly in a time when their work is valued most.
In light of any physical distancing measures, public servants have been encouraged to virtually take part in activities in their organization and region.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, public servants continue to deliver programs and services to Canadians Canada’s Emergency Response Benefit and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy.
They have been collaborating between local, provincial, territorial and public sector partners, as well as those in other countries, to minimize the health, economic and social impacts of COVID-19.
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Ottawa, Jun 7 (Canadian-Media): The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Day.
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“Today, we thank former and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces for their unwavering dedication, courage, and selflessness, as they regularly put themselves in harm’s way to protect our country, our values, and our way of life.
“Whether deployed far from home on combat or peace support operations, or on disaster relief efforts across the country, Canadian Armed Forces personnel have always answered the call to serve. And today is no different. As the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the health and safety of our grandparents, parents, and seniors, Canadians in uniform have stepped up once again to help out in long-term care facilities and seniors’ residences. When we needed them most, they were there for us, serving with compassion and professionalism. In these challenging times, it is comforting to know that we can always rely on members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
“This year has been difficult for all Canadians, and those in uniform have endured several tragedies. Together, we mourned the loss of six Canadian Armed Forces members in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter accident near Greece, and the loss of a member of the Snowbirds family in British Columbia shortly thereafter. The deaths of these brave Canadian heroes are a reminder of how much they sacrifice, so that we can live in safety and enjoy the freedoms and values we cherish.
“As we honour our military members, we also thank their families and loved ones. Military families make tremendous sacrifices, face unique challenges, and provide an enduring source of strength and support for our armed forces. Thank you.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I thank the past and present members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families for their unwavering commitment. The life we enjoy as Canadians is made possible through the service and sacrifice of those who stand ready to defend us and the values we hold dear.”
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Ottawa, June 5 (Canadian-Media): Canadian Environment Week observed by the Government of Canada from May 1 through June 6 celebrates an important milestone to raise awareness and protect the environment, media reports said.
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“This year’s Canadian Environment Week was a celebration of our nature and a reflection on the importance of safeguarding our environment. Even...during the COVID-19 pandemic, I witnessed the special relationship Canadians share with their natural environment...that makes Canadian Environment Week so important and helps ensure the health and well-being of Canadians today and for generations to come,” Wilkinson said.
Canadians' continuous practice of physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in this year's virtual observation of the Environment Week.
Jonathan Wilkinson, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change commemorated this week the 2020 edition of Canadian Environment Week by participating in various virtual events.
On June 2, Wilkinson was joined by the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, to welcome six new members to the international Powering Past Coal Alliance, including the Quebec-based Desjardins Group.
Hundreds of investors and climate-policy experts from all over the world attended this virtual announcement. Canada is taking a leadership role on the world stage in phasing out coal power which is good for human health, the environment, and the economy.
On June 4, Wilkinson was joined by young leaders from Leading Change Canada to discuss the importance of continued youth engagement in developing solutions and ideas to protect our nature and act on climate change.
As the country works toward social recovery and better public health, young voices are needed more than ever to help the country build a stronger and more resilient economy.
World Environment Day is observed every year on June 5, and Montréal was selected as this year’s North America host city.
Minister Wilkinson announced more than 60 nature conservation projects under development during his participation in a virtual event organized by Montréal’s Space for Life and by the United Nation’s Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.
These projects, said Wilkinson, protect biodiversity from coast to coast to coast and help Canada achieve its target of protecting 25 percent of its lands and 25 percent of its oceans by 2025.
Nearly half of these projects are led by Indigenous people and working toward creating Indigenous protected and conserved areas.
All projects are available to view on the new Canada Target 1 Challenge map.
Science plays a critical role in the protection of our environment.
Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists, throughout Canadian Environment Week, are connected with kids across the country through Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, an organization that teaches kids about science, conservation, and exploration through virtual field trips.