#Canada; #CanadaHistoryWeek; #CanadaEnvironment&Culture;
Gatineau/Canadian-Media: Established in 2014 to promote Canadian history as well as civic engagement and mutual respect among Canadians, Canadian History Week 2020 being observed on November 23 to 29, 2020, is a time to reflect, learn and share, media reports said.
Canada History week. Image credit: Twitter handle
This year’s theme, “Exploring the history of Canada’s environment and climate,” highlights historic achievement in conservation and preservation, climate science and activism, as well as Indigenous environmental stewardship in Canada.
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault on his message to the nation said, "During this week and throughout the year, I encourage you to take time to discover the stories, the people and the major events that influenced the course of Canada’s environmental and climate history. You can view a digital magazine and three videos that highlight important environmental stories from Canada’s past, and share what you have learned through social media using the hashtag #HistoryWeek2020."
Situated in Gatineau, Quebec, with roots stretching back to 1856, Canadian Museum of History, one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a centre of museological excellence, shares its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad.
Canadian History Museum. Image credit: Wikipedia
In addition to its ongoing exhibitions, including the spectacular Grand Hall and First Peoples Hall, each year the Museum presents a number of outstanding exhibitions focusing on Canadian and world history and civilizations. These exhibitions include those developed by the Museum as well as many produced by other Canadian or international institutions.
#Canada; #JustinTrudeau; #RemebranceDay
Ottawa, Nov 11 (Canadian-Media): The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Remembrance Day:
“Today, on Remembrance Day, we honour the brave Canadians in uniform who have served, and continue to serve, our country in times of war, conflict, and peace. To those who have been injured in the line of duty, who have lived with the physical and mental scars of war, and who have made the ultimate sacrifice – we remember. We also honour their family members – parents, siblings, children, and spouses – who have given up time with their loved ones, in the name of our country.
“In the face of hardship and fear, our veterans and service members have always shown immense courage and selflessness. From Vimy Ridge and Juno Beach to Korea, Cyprus, and Afghanistan, their commitment to protecting the rights of others and to defending the principles of peace, freedom, and democracy has never faltered. These ordinary Canadians became honoured heroes and made extraordinary sacrifices to ensure a better, safer, and brighter future for people in Canada and around the world.
“We honour all those who risked their lives for our freedom and those we lost in service of their country this year, including Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, Master Corporal Matthew Cousins, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Captain Kevin Hagen, Captain Brenden Ian MacDonald, Captain Jennifer Casey, and Corporal James Choi. Like those who have gone before them, those who may have been facing their own battles, and those whose names Canadians may not know, they gave their lives in service of a better Canada.
“Even if we are not able to gather in person today, we can still take the time to honour and remember our veterans and the fallen, especially this year as we mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. To show our gratitude and respect for the depth of their sacrifice, we hold them close to our hearts in the form of a poppy. Everyone is also invited to watch the ceremony taking place at the National War Memorial, which is being livestreamed on Facebook today, and to consult the online resources to mark this day.
“This year, we should also highlight that the global COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted veterans and their families and the organizations that serve them. Yesterday, we announced $20 million in new funding to create a temporary Veterans Organizations Emergency Support Fund. This investment will provide much needed financial support to veterans organizations that have been hit hard by the pandemic.
“At 11:00 a.m. today, I encourage all Canadians to observe two minutes of silence, and solemnly remember all those who have fought for us and our country. We owe them an immeasurable debt of gratitude for helping to make Canada the prosperous, free, and secure country we enjoy.
“Lest we forget.”
#Manitoba; #MADD; #ImpairedDriving; #ProjectRedRibbon; #Law&Order
Manitoba, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): Manitoba's Justice Minister Cliff Cullen announced today that Manitoba is observing Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Canada and Project Red Ribbon on the commitment made to drive safe and sober to promote the message that death and injuries resulting from impaired driving are preventable.
Image: MADD. Image credit: Twitter handle
“Our government would like to thank Manitobans on their personal commitment to drive sober,” said Cullen. “Great strides have been made to reduce impaired driving including implementing our Immediate Roadside Prohibition. However, it continues to be a deadly problem on our roads and recognizing Project Red Ribbon helps to keep the sober driving message top of mind.”
In the time that Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP) came into effect in Manitoba in Dec 2019, which implemented consequences to impaired driving at the time of the offence, to the end of September 2020, 782 drivers were removed from the road under the IRP legislation.
In 2020 to date, there have been at least 81 traffic collisions related to impaired driving, and at least 18 people killed and eight people seriously injured.
“Safe driving is everyone’s responsibility and impaired driving is completely preventable,” Cullen added. “Project Red Ribbon helps to share the message to drive sober throughout the holidays and the year.”
An average of four people are killed every day, said MADD Canada, in crashes where there is the presence of alcohol and/or drugs, with approximately 60,000 Canadians being injured every year. The financial and social costs exceed $20 billion a year.