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OTTAWA, Sept. 26, (Canadian-Media): In celebration of its 25th anniversary on National Tree Day today, Tree Canada, the nation's leading national tree planting charity, planted its 82 millionth tree in Canada, media reports said.
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"As Tree Canada celebrates our 25th year of growing greener, healthier places for Canadians to live, we look forward to 25 more years of playing a leading role in the preservation of Canada's urban forest across the country," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.
To mark its 25th anniversary, Tree Canada, which is the driving force for the establishment of National Tree Day, will plant with a ceremonial tree planting near the Bytown Museum at 1 Canal Lane, just below Parliament Hill.
The event would start at about 12:15 p.m. and will feature special guests including Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, Joyce Murray, MP Vancouver Quadra and Ottawa City Councillor Catherine McKenney.
"Throughout Canada's history, our trees and forests have helped to define us as a nation and shape us as a people. On this day – National Tree Day – I would like to commend Tree Canada for the remarkable work they have done for 25 years to promote our nation's forests," said Carr.
"Growing in size every year, National Tree Day helps remind Canadians of the importance of trees — how they beautify our communities, naturally cool our cities in the summer, and combat climate change, and help improve human health,"
Tree Canada been has engaging, over the past twenty years, communities, governments, corporations and individuals in the pursuit of a greener and healthier living environment as well as educating them to give technical expertise and resources to plant and care for urban and rural trees.
An investment of more than $1 million had been announced, by Tree Canada had announced, help to restore the forests destroyed by the devastating Fort McMurraywildfires last year.
As the largest urban forest organization in the country, Tree Canada also celebrated its 150th anniversary of Confederation with 150 tree-planting initiatives in communities in every province and territory across the country.
Until October 1st, Canadians can take The National Tree Day Challenge at nationaltreeday.ca for their chance to win a trip to Banff, Alberta.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Sep 18 (Canadian-Media): An eclectic display of things and events pertaining to Indian culture and lifestyle welcomed visitors to the Lakeshore Convention Center in Mississauga, Ontario on Friday.
They had come to attend the fifth Annual 2018 Oakville Diwali Gala, Oakville's largest South-Asian gala, which also included a fund-raising event in support of Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH).
Diwali is a Indian festival of lights usually celebrated in October/November depending on the Hindu calendar.
Traditional lamps or diya, a symbol of Diwali, was one of the key displays outside the Convention Center.
Diyas displayed outside convention centre
Other displays outside the convention centre were Sarees & Punjabi suits (Traditional dresses for Indian women), shawls, Elephant display and candles.
Displays of sarees, shawls and punjabi suits outside convention centre
The stage of dining hall was fully decorated and to start with a fire play was demonstrated by a young man followed by a fun play called Chuni Off and Chunni On.
Decorated stage with fun and fire works displayed
A silenct auction was part of the evening program and was conducted to raise funds for the OTMH.
This fun event was preceded by the messages given to the community by Mary McPherson, Chief Executive Officer of Oakville Hospital Foundation (OHF); followed by the messages by Rekha Sharma and Arti Nagpal, Chair and Co-Chair respectively of Oakville Diwali.
Arti Nagpal, Mary McPherson, Rekha Sharma (from left to right)
In her message to the community, McPherson's said she had an amazing committee. Both Rekha sharma and Arti Nagpal had worked very hard and added that OHF felt extremely honoured to partner with Oakville Diwali committee (ODC).
She added since its the opening in 2015, OTMH has been caring for growing populations in Oakville and the surrounding communities.
This year, continued McPherson, OTMH's surgical department will be greatly benefited by the community support from Oakville Diwal, which would facilitate OTMH in lauching the greatest campaign, ever since its opening, to fund 77 pieces of surgical equipment and to add a new operating room.
Rekha Sharma, in her opening speech said that People of diverse communities live together in Oakville.
On behalf of the Planning & Organizing committee of Oakville Diwali, Rekha and Arti welcomed everyone to the "largest celebration of Diwali Gala at this largest city of Oakville hospital."
They continued, Diwali which celebrates lighting of diyas, "signifies good over evil, light over darkness, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance" and added that this festival is celebrated with a lot of fanfare with family prayer and fire works by Hindus, Budhas, Sikhs, Jains all over the world.
This year’s theme, they said was: Rang Mahal literally means Palace of Colours.
Rekha and Arti said that OD has boldly attempted to show to the spectators the rich vibrant culture of India.
Rekha said that after retiring as counsellor and teacher of high school for 20 years, she thought it was time for her to give back to community.
So last year she joined the ODC as a vounteer and this year was selected as a chair.
She did not realize, continued Rekha, it would be such a difficult task as chair.
She had to work sometimes continuously for 12 hours writing hundreds of letters, asking for donations, educating the public about the fund-raising events, and many a times she did not have time to lay food on the table.
Nevertheless, she added, she enjoyed working for a cause and specially for Oakville community.
Both Rekha and Arti thanked sponsors for sponsoring, caring and donors for investing in the hospital, physicians from this hospital and other hospitals, other friends and families who were present, and board of directors for all their valuable advice, encouragement and support.
They said that no organization can do it all alone and thanked all the sponsors, donors and all the media partners for their support.
The event that evening, they added, would be fun-filled and said, we mustbring strong communities together, let investing the future of health for the Oakville hospital.
In the end, Rekha said that "let us celebrate what we have dreams and achieved together."
After the delicious and moth-watering food, the dancers hit the floor with their dances and singing.
In the background there was a performance by a young girl on a musical instrument, in a round closed glass, accompanied by her singing.
Performance on an musical instrument in a closed circular glass
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Images courtesy: Asha Bajaj
September 16, 2018
TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® announced its award winners at the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox today, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. The 43rd Festival wraps up this evening.
IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood. The jury remarked, “The film was masterfully executed, layered with bold ideas, rich textures, and nuanced character observations played by an unforgettable cast.”
“The film successfully explored complex personal and political themes with compassion for its characters. By employing the intimate prism of a Tunisian family, the film was evidently made with a sense of maturity that points to a bright future from Meryam Joobeur.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.
The jury awarded an honourable mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.IWC SHORT CUTS AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM
The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film goes to Sandhya Suri’s The Field. The jury noted, “The film is striking for its aesthetic lyricism, tender performances, and powerful emotional impact.”
“It's a unique and refreshing glimpse into female desire set in rural India that demonstrated a scope greater than its short format.” The award offers a $10,000 cash prize, made possible by IWC Schaffhausen.
The jury gave honourable mentions to Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.CITY OF TORONTO AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FIRST FEATURE FILM
The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février). The jury remarked it was selected, “For its warm portrayal of a young woman trying to reconnect with her distant heritage after her father’s untimely death, and for the way the film demonstrates how genuine human connections best develop between two individuals when they stand on common ground.” This award carries a cash prize of $15,000, made possible by the City of Toronto. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.CANADA GOOSE® AWARD FOR BEST CANADIAN FEATURE FILM
The Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles). The jury said it was chosen, “For its true-to-life depiction of a young woman’s quest to find meaning and hope in a world that has constantly disappointed her.” This award carries a cash prize of $30,000 and a custom award, sponsored by Canada Goose®. The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.THE PRIZES OF THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILM CRITICS (FIPRESCI PRIZES)
For the 27th year, the Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. This year’s jury is comprised of Jury President Lesley Chow (Australia), Andrés Nazarala (Chile), Astrid Jansen (Belgium), Pierre Pageau (Canada), James Slotek (Canada), and Viswanath Subrahmanyan (India).
The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly, which the jury called “a pastoral and traditional bucolic film, capturing the familiar angst and anxiety a young adult woman undergoes in order to have her say in the scheme of things in a predominately male-driven patriarchal society.”
“Through her spectacular and deft narrative, nuanced understanding of the dilemmas women face, and a pitch-perfect performance by Hazel Doupe, this film is a triumph of free spirit.”
Honourable mention goes to Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower.
The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Guy Nattiv for Skin, which the jury called “a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It's raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”
Honourable mention goes to Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man.NETPAC AWARD
As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema for the seventh consecutive year, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema sections goes to Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife.
Jury members include Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji), Meng Xie (China), and Gülin Üstün (Turkey). The jury remarked, ”Ash Mayfair's debut feature The Third Wifesignalled the emergence of a young female director-writer whose aesthetic sensibilities, cinematic language, and extraordinary ability to illuminate the past for contemporary audiences augur well for the future of Vietnamese and world cinema.”
The jury gave honourable mention to Bai Xue’s The Crossing. The jury said, “Bai Xue's storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist's emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.”EURIMAGES’ AUDENTIA AWARD
The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund present the third Audentia Award for Best Female Director, selected by the jury comprised of Anne Frank, Reinaldo Marcus Green, and Kerri Craddock. The award goes to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian's Fig Tree.
“Fig Tree is a stunning and illuminating debut,” the jury remarked. “Based on her own experiences, Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian takes us on an unsentimental journey and shows us the tragic effects of civil war on ordinary people. Confidently directed with grit and compassion, Fig Tree is a beautifully rendered, big-hearted story about a Jewish teenage girl’s attempt to save those she loves, but it’s also an intimate coming-of-age story of self-discovery and female empowerment.” This award carries a €30,000 cash prize.
Awarding an honourable mention to Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix, the jury said: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenixfocuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.”TORONTO PLATFORM PRIZE PRESENTED BY AIR FRANCE
This is the fourth year for Platform, the Festival’s juried programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. The Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of award-winning filmmakers Mira Nair, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong, who unanimously awarded the Toronto Platform Prize Presented by Air France to Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things.
The jury said, “This is a deeply moving drama from a director who shows great skill in his ability to weave together multiple genres with social and political critique, while telling a story that remains intimately human at its core. For us, this film has a spirit that always feels beautifully close to real life.”
“Over the course of the Festival, we’ve had the privilege of watching 12 films that left us excited with the feeling that the future of directors’ cinema is in such capable hands. The great joy of being on the Platform Jury has been participating in a competition celebrating emerging visions that are bold, daring, innovative, and sometimes even challenging. The great difficulty, however, has been selecting only one director to win the Toronto Platform Prize. After much contemplation and thorough discussion, we all agreed together upon one prize winner and one honourable mention.”
Awarding an honourable mention to Emir Baigazin’s The River, the jury said: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.”
The Toronto Platform Prize offers a custom award and a $25,000 cash prize, made possible by Air France.
TIFF presents a free screening of Toronto Platform Prize winner Cities of Last Things at TIFF Bell Lightbox, 9:15pm, on September 16. Tickets to this free screening are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible. GROLSCH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
This year marked the 41st year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Peter Farrelly for Green Book. The award offers a $15,000 cash prize and custom award, sponsored by Grolsch. The first runner-up is Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. The second runner-up is Alfonso Cuarón’s ROMA.
The Festival presents free screenings of Green Book at TIFF Bell Lightbox tonight. Tickets are now available online, by phone, and in person. This screening is Rush eligible.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain. The first runner-up is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. The second runner-up is Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.
The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Free Solo, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The first runner-up is Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything. The second runner-up is John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm.
For additional information and details on awards criteria please contact the Press Office.
The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2019.
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Oakville, Ont, Sep 4 (Canadian-Media: Oakville Diwali committee plans the 5th Annual Oakville Diwali Gala, in support of OTMH (Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital) with more than 500 guests making it the largest South Asian gala. Diwali, The Festival of Lights & Joy, is celebrated by millions all around the world. Culturally and spiritually rooted within the South Asian community, its signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge of ignorance, and hope over despair.
5th Annual Oakville Diwali Gala
The theme of 2018 Oakville Diwali is RANG MAHAL (Palace of Colours), promising a colorful evening with an array of razzmatazz entertainment. Activities include both Silent and Live Auction, Cause-Within-A-Cause, Mike D’Urzo Canada’s # 1 Magician, Elena the Harp Lady who plays harp in a balloon, Brant the Fire Guy who is a fire eater, Sanskriti Arts presents Bollywood style dance, Exclusive Raffles, Live Music, DJ, dancing and more. This event features a gourmet dinner by The HOST and an open bar.
What: 5th Annual Oakville Diwali Gala
When: Friday, September 14th, 2018 | 6:30 pm — 12:00 am
Where: Lakeshore Convention Centre, 806 Southdown Road, Mississauga L5J 2Y4
“The 2018 fundraiser will directly benefit the expansion of the surgical unit, putting essential equipment in the hands of OTMH caregivers,” said Mary McPherson, the CEO of Oakville Hospital Foundation.
“More equipment, more surgeons, and a new operating room are the reasons why Oakville Hospital Foundation has launched a $3 million campaign to expand and enhance Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital’s surgical department. It is the Foundation’s largest campaign since the Hospital opened in 2015. The campaign will fund 77 pieces of surgical equipment and outfit a tenth operating room set to open this year,” adds Ms. McPherson with positivity.
“In past four years of fundraising efforts, the community has successfully raised $750k and feel optimistic to reach the 1 Million mark this year,” said Ms. Rekha Sharma, Event Chair with a hope.
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