On COVID-19 National Observance Day, Canada PM says"We will come out of this pandemic a more resilient country"
#Canada, #NationalDayforCovid19, #WHO, #Covid19Pandemic
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: While reflecting today on the year that has passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID‑19 a pandemic, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau declared Mar 11 as the National Day of Observance for COVID-19.
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Trudeau said, "We honor every individual who lost their life to this disease, and we stand with the people they loved as they continue to cope with this unimaginable loss. Together, we also recognize all who have been impacted by the pandemic, and we reaffirm our commitment to work as Team Canada to beat this virus."
Trudeau said that more than 22,000 Canadian families have lost a loved one, and health care and front line workers have risked their lives keep others safe and healthy and many people have lost their jobs and businesses.
Trudeau acknowledged the heavy toll that the global pandemic has taken and continues to take, both here at home and abroad, Trudeau said to date, more than 2.6 million people have died globally from COVID-19, including 22,000 Canadians.
"We honor their memory, and renew our commitment to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to keep people safe and supported through this crisis...take this opportunity to thank our front line workers who have been working tirelessly every single day to keep us safe and healthy. We owe these everyday heroes an immense debt of gratitude, and we will continue to offer the support they need."
Trudeau said although the past year has been difficult, better days are ahead both nationally and globally and added,
"We will come out of this pandemic a more resilient country in a stronger global community.”
#72ndIndiaRepublicDay; #PanoramaIndia; #SeniorsParicipation; #LiveVendorFair; #DigitalLiveArtCompetition; #FolkDance; #TwoLegendsOneNight
Toronto/Canadian-Media: Panorama India, with the support of Consulate General of India, Toronto observed the virtual 72nd anniversary of India's Republic Day 'in true Canadian style' as Sumeeta Kohli, Chairman of Panorama India said, during the weekend from Jan 29 - Jan 31, featuring over 8 hours of culture and programming with strict adherence to the current COVID-19 guidelines and regulations laid by the provincial government of Ontario.
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Live-streaming of these platforms was held on Sat and Sun on 20+ platforms including social media channels, Facebook, and YouTube as well as many of the local favorite channels on Cable and IPTV., the details of which could be found on the Panorama India website.
Recipient of the coveted Padma Shri among several other accolades, Kavita Krishnamurti Subramanium presented by SBI Canada Bank was selected by Panorama India to be this year's celebrity judge for the 12th annual Panorama Idol, a premiere episode of which was held on Saturday at 11 am.
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During the grand finale, the celebrity legend Krishnamurti taught the finalists by singing. All the 12 contestants competing in the India idol have put together a special concert as a tribute for the Republic Day.
Keeping in mind the importance of community engagement, Panorama India enabled this year's digital event involvement of community members by allowing them to vote as the 4th judge for the Panorama Idol Competition which was aired both on Sat, Jan 30, 2021, and Sun, Jan 31.
The live Digital Art Contest organized by Tullika Creations was held at 2:00 PM on Saturday participated by junior as well as adult contestants.
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Digital Art Contest. From Kindergarten to Grade 2. Image credit: Screenshot
Digital Live Art Contest. Grade 9 to Grade 12. Image credit: Screenshot
The opening ceremony of the actual Republic was held on Sunday at 11 am with the official national anthem of Canada followed by the National Anthem of India.
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This was followed by Ontario's Premier Doug Ford wishing best wishes to all Indo-Canadian communities, Indians, and friends of India in Canada on the observance of the 72nd anniversary of India's Republic Day by Panorama India and said, "Ontario is proud to have a vibrant Indian community that we can continue to celebrate."
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There were special greetings by Panorama India's panel of judges for this event.
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Other special messages were by Panorama's brand ambassadors including Renu Kundan, Simrin Rameshraj, Ajay Sharma, Omkar Bhalerao, and Shrijeet Chaudhuri
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This was followed by greetings from celebrities Shreya Talpade, Indian actor, Salil Ankola, Indian actor and former cricketer, Sonali Kulkarni, Indian actress, and writer, and Amit Behl, Indian actor, and Joint Secretary of CINTAA.
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Folk-Dance segment which then followed was represented by multiple dances by 18+ to represent different layers of all the Indian states. All the images included are credited to screenshot.
Other special features of this virtual event were the participants of seniors in multiple languages and relaying of special emotional messages from ex-servicemen who worked in India, whom Panorama India considered as legends and celebrities. All the images included in are credted as screenshots.
One of the most significant parts of the celebration was 'Two Legends One Night with Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L. Subramaniamwas during which Sumeeta Kohli had an hour-long chat with both of them.
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Yet another special feature of this event was a live digital vendor fair from 9 am - 7 pm on Sunday facilitating live chat with anyone interested. Some vendors launched special programs for the first time in Canada.
The virtual observation of the 72nd anniversary of India's Republic Day by Panorama India closed with the announcement of Winner of Panorama Idol, and winners of Digital Art Competition organized by Tullika Creations.
#QuebecCitymosqueShooting; #CanadaMuslimCommunity; #4thAnniversary
Ottawa/Canadian-Media: The fourth anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting today was observed today by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other members of Parliament and to call for action to fight against racism and discrimination that targets Canada's Muslim community.
Quebec City mosque shooting. Image credit: Wikipedia
"The duty to remember is the duty of honor and respect. Four years ago, six Canadians united by their faith fell victim to the bullets of a killer. This was an act of terrorism inspired by Islamophobia," Conservative MP Gérard Deltell said in the House of Commons, reported by CBC News..
"Islamophobia and all phobias based on religious beliefs have no place and must be condemned without any conditions. These forms of violence have no place in Canada. Your memory will be preserved forever; we will not forget you ever."
Yesterday Trudeau announced that Jan. 29 will become an official day of remembrance for the victims of the attack and a time to call for action against Islamophobia, defended people's right to worship free from violence.
"Every year on this day, we will honor the victims, and we will recommit ourselves to fighting the discrimination and hate that took them from us," Trudeau said Friday from outside Rideau Cottage. "No one should ever be afraid because of the way they pray. Not in Canada. And not anywhere around the world.
27-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette entered the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre on Jan. 29, 2017, and opened fire just before 8 p.m., killing six and injuring five others.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh reportedly said that legislation is being drafted by his party to target white supremacist organizations and other hate groups, but did not provide any further details.
#Toronto; #ConsGenOfIndiaToronto; #72ndRepublicDayIndiaObservance
Toronto, Jan 26 (Canadian-Media): The Consulate General of India, Toronto office celebrated the 72nd Republic Day of India on 26th January 2021 at 10 am with the virtual Flag Hoisting ceremony by Apoorva Srivastava, Consul General of India, Toronto.
Flag Hoisting Ceremony by Apoorva Srivastava
The flag hoisting ceremony was followed by Srivastava's speech.
Apoorva greeted all Indians, Indo-Canadians, and friends of India on the auspicious occasion of the 72nd Republic Day of India on 26th January.
She then said that 71 years ago on 26th Jan, our constitution came into effect. This enlightened our foundation of the Republic, and guides not only our governance but also forms the aspiration of our vision of liberty, justice, and equality for all Indians.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched all our lives, said Apoorva, and that no one is immune and we are all in this together. While 2020 was the year of the virus. and 2021 is the year of vaccine and of hope.
She added that she is extremely proud of the Indians and the Indo-Canadian community here in Canada for working at the forefront during the pandemic and supporting the community.
She would like to take this opportunity, she said in congratulating each and every member of the diaspora on India's Republic day and added that being global citizens and born in India, they would always remain special.
Throughout the pandemic, the consulate had continued to serve the community whether by facilitating providing emergency evacuation or by continuing to provide regular consular services in most trying conditions, and added that the consulate would continue to do its best in serving the community and build a deeper bond between the two nations.
Apoorva ended her greetings by once again wishing everyone on this auspicious occasion of the 72nd Republic Day of India hoping that all of us remain safe and healthy and wished long-live India-Canada friendship.
#Canada; #Covid19AnniversaryInCanada, #GrimPicture; #PossibilityOfThirdWave
Canada/IBNS: Canada marks the first year since the arrival of first case of virus causing COVID-19 was confirmed in Canada when a patient came to Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital after returning from Wuhan, China.
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Although Canada has applied the lessons learned during the first wave of novel coronavirus to the second wave, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, especially in long-term care homes due to concerns of inadequate protections.
The virus is also disproportionately impacting people of color.
Dr. Isaac Bogoch, Infectious diseases specialist of Toronto's University Health Network says deaths in Ontario's long-term care homes last spring could be prevented.
"What's more tragic is how it's unfolding in the second wave, because there certainly could have been steps taken between wave one and wave two to significantly protect the most vulnerable population among us," said Bogoch in an interview, CBC News reported.
The second wave of the pandemic shows signs of receding the number of infected people, but people are being warned possibility of rising in new case numbers if public health restrictions and guidelines are not followed.
There is also a growing fear that the second wave of the pandemic, could either be prolonged due to highly contagious variants of the coronavirus or could bring a more widespread third wave before the majority of the population gets vaccinated.
Thousands of new infections are being reported every day across the country which make Canada's health officials fear the decrease in the average daily number of deaths will not be seen for weeks.
The past month alone has seen about 200,000 Canadians have contracted COVID-19.
#PanoramaIndia; #IndianCultureAndHeritage; #VirtualCelebration; #India72ndRepublicDay; #TwoLegendsOneNight; #KavitaKrishnamurtiSubramanium; #DrLSubramaniam; #SumeetaKohli; #Covid19Guidelines; #PanoramaIdolCompetition;
Toronto/Canadian-Media: India’s 72nd Republic Day would be celebrated virtually on Sunday, January 31 2021 by Panorama India, with the support of the Consulate General of India, Toronto, featuring over 8 hours of culture and programming.
Panorama India announced that this year's celebrity judge for the 12th annual Panorama Idol will be Mrs. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramanium presented by SBI Canada Bank.
Public Voting will open Saturday, January 30 at 12 pm and closes Sunday, January 31, 2021, at 3 pm. To vote please go to www.panoramaindia.org
“This year Panorama Indian teenagers can participate. All must register by January 20 and then on Saturday, January 30 there will be a live digital contest held for each group. It is exciting as it’s a way for young kids can participate in the celebrations” said Vaidehi Bhagat, executive director of community relations and sponsorship.
The highlight headline segment of the event is "Two Legends One Night” featuring an exclusive chat with the power couple from the world of music and art Mrs. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L Subramaniam.
“The Republic Day celebration is important as it is our community’s celebration. We have artists performing across GTA and some across Canada, over 45 community organizations are engaged in the folk dance and other segments. For the first time, we have a very special segment where our seniors are participating in the celebrations. Panorama India has gone fully digital and I am so grateful for the response from the community. We work hard to ensure most if not all, states and languages are represented during the celebration,” said chairperson Sumeeta Kohli.
The entire event will adhere to the current COVID-19 guidelines and regulations laid by the provincial government and it is expected to be one of the significant Indian cultural programs celebrated virtually outside of India.
Keeping in mind the importance of community engagement, this year's digital event would enable the involvement and engagement of everyone. This year the community can vote to participate as the 4th judge for the Panorama Idol Competition which will air both on Saturday, January 30, 2021, and Sunday, January 31, 2021, during the Republic Day celebration. The voting lines will open at 12 p.m. on Saturday and close at 3 p.m. on Sunday to enable everyone to vote and show their support.
“We have had an overwhelming response from our community. We have over 100 plus artists performing in our segments and many Indian states are represented in our Folk-Dance segment,” Anusha Iyer, Panorama India’s Director of Programming said.
“We feel honored to be able to achieve a large-scale digital distribution of the event. We are going live on our social media channels, Facebook, and YouTube as well as many of the local favorite channels on Cable and IPTV. A full list will be available on our social media channels closer to the event.” said Tanvir Kaur, Director, Digital Media, Panorama India.
We want to thank our sponsors and partners for supporting us to be able to deliver such a large-scale event. Panorama India is proud to host all events for free and this is only possible with the support of sponsors such as SBI Bank Canada our Diamond Sponsor, HSBC Bank, ICIC Bank, and Kotamarti Group “said Janak Bhawnani, vice-chair finance & sponsorship and Sanjay Agarwal, vice-chair sponsorship and vendor management.
About Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam
Both the luminaries are musical legends and have enthralled the audiences globally with their musical brilliance. Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, a recipient of the coveted Padma Shri among several other accolades, is not just a revered playback singer across the globe, but she has also sung with orchestras as a soloist, collaborated with Western artists, and has diversified her singing styles by giving her voice to over 20,000 songs in different languages. She is a true representative of national integration.
About Dr. L Subramaniam
Dr. L Subramaniam, who is also known as the “God of Indian Violin”, is the only musician who has performed Carnatic and Western Classical Music, composed for major Orchestras, scored for films and ballets, and collaborated with the greatest musicians of diverse genres globally.
Saturday, January 30th, 2021
11:00: AM Panorama Idol 2021 Grand Finale Presentation “Premiere Presentation”
2:00 PM “Live” Digital Art Contest
Sunday, January 31st, 2021
11:00 AM Opening Ceremony
• Patriotic Segment
• Panorama Idol 2021 Grand Finale
• Folk Dance and Senior Spotlight
• Two Legends One Night with Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam and Dr. L Subramaniam
• Closing ceremony announcing Panorama Idol and Art Competition winners.
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#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.
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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.
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“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.
#Alberta; #AlbertaCultureDays; #Virtual&InpersonEvents; #September
Alberta, Aug 31 (Canadian-Media): Online or in-person Alberta Culture Days events, Alberta’s largest celebration of arts, heritage, diversity and community spirit, would be celebrated this September, by approximately 99 organizations funded by the Alberta government, media reports said.
Alberta Culture Days. Twitter handle
September also being the Month of the Artist in Alberta, and funding will help many local artists performing at Alberta Culture Days would be financially supported through the many events featuring local talent.
More than $300,000 will support a variety of activities in communities across the province, including traditional dancing, live performances, arts and crafts, festivals and more.
“Alberta Culture Days demonstrates our vibrant arts, culture, diversity and community spirit. I invite all Albertans to put on a mask and attend the wide array of in-person events happening across the province. And with many options online, anyone, even those abroad, can experience Alberta from the safety and comfort of their own home,” said Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women in a news release.
Five Feature Celebration Sites which received funding for three days of free, family-friendly events and online activities include: Brooks Public Library, Chinese Benevolent Association of Edmonton, Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement, Stettler Friends of the Library Society; Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc., Calgary
Funding from Alberta government was also provided to a total of 73 host celebration sites for up to two days of activities, and 21 pop-up celebration sites for one day.
Free admission and special programming is also being offered by provincially operated historic sites and museums open year round, including the Royal Alberta Museum and Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, from September 25 to 27. Visitors are required to reserve their tickets online in advance, to accommodate reduced capacity.