#OrissaSocietyOfCanada; #Orissa, #India,#Toronto, #Canada; #BoitaraBandana; #CelebrationOfBoitaraBandana; #MaritimeTradition; #MaritimeTraditionOfOrissa
Toronto, Nov 19 (Canadian-Media): A festival “Boita Bandana” remembering the rich maritime tradition of province of Orissa, India was celebrated by Orissa Society of Canada in Etobicoke, Ontario on Nov 16.
The celebration included stunning performance of Kuna Tripathy, a renowned celebrity from Odia film industry and Satyabrata Ratho, finest quizmaster, Producer and Director of "Prelude".
Boita Bandana. Image credit: Pinterest.com
The mega cultural night also witnessed screening of international award-winning short film “Bajirout”.
Member of Parliament from Brampton North Ruby Sahota felicitated Kuna Tripathy and thanked him for coming to Canada to support the Odia community.
Four prominent members Prof. Bibhuti Mohanty, Mr. Sunit Rout, Mr. Jyoti Maharana, & Ms. Smita Mohanty along with the Odisha Sports Association Canada organizers Asutosh Acharya, Satya Das, Subrat Nayak, Swadhin Purohit and Santosh Panda from the Odia community received Showcase Odisha award for their contribution in different fields to the Odia community in Canada.
Showcase Odisha award being granted to the Odia community in Canada.
Showcase Odisha award is an initiative by "Prelude" to recognize Odia achievers across the globe.
There were other cultural programs like Odisi dance, Sambalpuri folk dance and fashion show to entertain more than 500 audiences.
Famous Odisi dance
All the board of directors of Orissa Society of Canada including its president Mr. Subrat Nayak and other board members - Kamalakanta Behera (Secretary) Bibhuti Prusty, Madan Singh, Jeebitesh Das, Siba Patro Asutosha Acharya, Pravat Sahoo had put a lot of effort to make the program a very successful one.
( left to right) Siba Patro-Dir of Events; Pravat Sahoo-Dir of sponsorship;
Kamalakanta Behera-Sec; Asutosh Acharya-Cult Dir; Jeebitesh Das-Dir Prog; Subrat Nayak-Pres OSC; Madan Singh-Treasurer; Bibhuti Prusty-Dir Finance
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Ottawa, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): Government of Canada observes November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month and National Radon Action Month to remind Canadians that both lifestyle choices and environmental factors can affect the health of our lungs, media reports said.
National Cancer Awareness Month Canada. Image credit: www.lungcancercanada.ca
Lung Cancer Awareness Month teaches us about the signs and symptoms of this disease, and the actions needed to prevent it.
“There are many things you can do to lower your risk of lung cancer,” says Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer. “The best way to prevent lung cancer is to not smoke..Second-hand smoke is also a significant risk factor. Smokers should avoid smoking indoors or in enclosed spaces, and non-smokers should avoid areas where people are smoking.”
Lung cancer in Canada (along with colorectal, breast and prostate cancers) is one of the four types that make up close to 50% of all cancer cases diagnosed in Canada and has a devastating impact on individuals and their families.
According to Health Canada, Symptoms of lung cancer do not appear until the disease is already at an advanced stage and may include problems breathing (shortness of breath, wheezing, or a persistent, worsening cough), chest pain (especially when breathing deeply or coughing), coughing up blood, frequent or persistent chest infections, fatigue and unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite.
Consultation of a health professional is inevitable if one experiences any of these symptoms consistently. In addition, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care recommends that adults 55-74 years of age with a 30 pack-year smoking history, be screened for lung cancer using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT).
November is the National Radon Action Month in Canada to raise awareness of often overlooked health risk of radon gas and its preventive measures.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas with no colour, smell or odour, says Health Canada, that comes from the ground and is found in all homes. Although at low levels, it does not pose a significant health risk but built up over time and prolonged exposure to elevated levels can cause lung cancer.
In most homes, high levels of radon can be reduced by more than 80 percent for the same cost as replacing a furnace or air conditioner. A certified radon mitigation professional under the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) can find you the best way to reduce the radon level in your home.
Fortunately, radon can be detected using a simple and inexpensive test through a community health organization or from a certified radon professional.
#LouisRielDayInCanada; #Indigenous; #LousRiel; #MétisPeople
Ottawa, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): Indigenous leaders and community representatives were joined by elected officials and staff from City of Toronto to raise the flag of the Métis Nation of Ontario and proclaimed November 16 as Louis Riel Day in Toronto to honour the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada, media reports said.
Louis Riel is remembered as a great Métis leader, a founder of confederation, a political and spiritual leader and a staunch advocate for minority rights.
Louis Riel. Image credit: Courtesy of Govt of Canada Indigenous
Today, Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community. Louis Riel Day is acknowledged every year on November 16 across Canada as is the anniversary of the Red River Resistance and Riel’s unjust execution in 1885 for defending the rights of the Métis people.
This year marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of Louis Riel and the 150th anniversary of the Red River Resistance, led by Riel.
Canada's Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, issued the following statement today on the observance of Louis Riel Day.
Carolyn Bennett. Image credit: Facebook page
“On Louis Riel Day, Canadians join the Métis Nation in honouring the life of Louis Riel. As a leader, activist and key contributor to Canadian Confederation, Louis Riel’s legacy lives on to this day and reminds us of the importance of social justice, Métis culture and heritage in Canadian society.
We also recognize that November 16th is a dark day in this country’s history as it marks the anniversary of his execution. We know that the actions of a past repressive colonial government were driven by racism and fear - fear of a different culture and a unique way of life. We cannot forget this as we continue to work towards a Canada that values inclusivity and equality for all.
The Government of Canada thanks the Métis Nation for their dedication to preserving and promoting the legacy of Louis Riel. Today, Canada and the Métis Nation are committed to building a strong, collaborative relationship based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
In honor of this day, Canadians from coast to coast to coast are encouraged to learn more about Métis history and culture as we all continue on this joint journey of reconciliation.”
#GuruNanakDevJi; #550thBirthAnniversaryOfGuruNanakDevJi; #Sikhism
Toronto, Nov 12 (Canadian-Media): Commemoration of the 550th birth anniversary of the first Guru and founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev Ji, is being observed all across the globe, media reports said.
Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Image credit: Pinterest
Born on the full moon day in 1469, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was a poet, a religious teacher and a social reformer and upheld the cause of women, downtrodden, and the poor.
His teachings are timeless and as relevant today as they were 500 years ago. The deeds of
He rejected the path of renunciation and with faith in 'One' Omnipotent God he devoted his life to the service of mankind.
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji:
“Today, Sikhs in Canada and around the world will gather to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism.
“Guru Nanak Dev Ji devoted his life’s work to the fight against discrimination and persecution. He taught people to embrace diversity, welcome others into their communities, and practice selfless service. Canadian Sikhs continue to embody these values and help build a better Canada each day.
“To celebrate the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, families and friends will come together to reflect on his life and honour his teachings of compassion, unity, and equality. His message inspires us all to champion inclusion and embrace the differences that make us strong.
“On behalf of our family, Sophie and I wish all those celebrating the birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji a day filled with joy and peace.”
On this auspicious occasion, Anil Shah, Chair of Canada India Foundation extended the warmest greetings to all Sikhs across the world and said, "I urge everyone to emulate and practice the values preached by him”
Ottawa (Ontario), Nov 11 (Canadian-Media): Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense, Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defense, and Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement today, on the centennial of the first Remembrance Day, media reports said.
Lawrence MacAulay. Image credit: Facebook page
“On 11 November 1919, Canada first marked Armistice Day, commemorating the agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, 11 November 1918, at 11 a.m. Since then, Canadians gather on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month to honour and remember those who served Canada, past and present, in times of war, military conflict and peace.
On Remembrance Day, we extend our deepest thanks to those who gave their lives in the service of their country. We thank Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the families that supported them from home, and all those who have served in the cause of peace and freedom. It is also important to remember the long tradition of service of the many Indigenous peoples, whether they came from First Nations, Inuit, or Métis communities.
Today, we ask Canadians to take a moment to reflect on the incredible sacrifices made by generations of Canadians, both past and present. At cenotaphs and memorials across the country, let us pause to remember and honour their service, courage and valour. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their protection and preservation of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today."