#MinisterRodriguez; #Holocaust; #Naziregime; #NationalHolocaustMonument; #Ottawa; #antisemitism
Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, Minister Rodriguez issued the following statement on the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.
Today in Canada and around the world, we honour the memory of more than 6 million Jewish men, women, and children who were murdered in the Holocaust, and of countless others who suffered the horrors and atrocities committed by the Nazi regime.
In 2005, January 27 was designated the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, by Soviet troops in 1945.
In 2017, the Government of Canada unveiled the National Holocaust Monument, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, to honour the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi-era crimes and to salute the courage and resilience of Holocaust survivors who chose Canada as their home. We must always remember the invaluable contribution of these survivors in shaping the inclusive society we know today whose strength is built on diversity and openness.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, I encourage Canadians to assume their collective responsibility to fight antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms, and never let intolerance and hatred take root in our communities. May we reflect on the powerful lessons learned from one of the darkest chapters in human history in order that we may never forget.
#HolocaustRemembranceDay; #ChrystiaFreeland; #anti-SemiticNaziregime;
#SecondWorldWar; #ElieWiesel; #InternationalHolocaustRemembranceAlliance;
Ottawa, Jan 27 (Canadian-Media): Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Today, we mourn the murder of six million Jews by the brutal and anti-Semitic Nazi regime during the Second World War, including the 1.1 million killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, liberated 74 years ago today.
“We also pay tribute to the Holocaust survivors who have so bravely shared their horrific stories, not simply to leave an enduring record of the atrocities suffered by the Jews of Europe during the Shoah but to ensure that all generations take to heart the lessons of what has been described as ‘the immense, terrifying madness that had erupted in history,’ by Elie Wiesel, author, political activist, Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor.
“As a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance [IHRA], Canada continues to work with Israel, the United States, the EU and other partners to learn from the Holocaust and to improve education about genocide. Through the IHRA, we have worked to produce an internationally accepted definition of anti-Semitism, and we will continue working to combat this evil wherever it is found.
“We also remind ourselves today that the Holocaust did not begin with genocide. It started with a slow erosion of rights and the normalization of prejudice as an acceptable social behaviour. The mass extermination of Jews and the murder of millions of others, including the Romani, persons with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ2 community, by the Nazis still resonates as a shocking example of what can happen when the seeds of hate are left to proliferate.
“We must never forget this terrible chapter in human history and we must never let it repeat itself. Nor can we stand idly by when human rights are violated, wherever that may be. There can be no place in the world for violence, intolerance, genocide or persecution.
“Today and all days, we commit to never again allow such hatred to grip the world. We denounce all forms of discrimination and in the name of all victims, survivors and descendants, we firmly reject any denial of the Holocaust.”
#CurbGunviolence, #CityofToronto, #YouthGangPreventionFund; #NationalCrimePreventionStrategy; #JohnTory; #BillBlair
Toronto, Dec 21 (IBNS): An announcement of Youth Gang Prevention Fund (YGPF) in the Toronto City Hall yesterday by Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime, and Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders was welcomed by John Tory, Mayor of Toronto, media reports said.
Approximately $6.76 million in Public Safety funding would received by the City of Toronto over a five-year period for the Community Healing Project (CHP) from YGPF, reportedly part of the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS) to curb gun violence.
CHP is reportedly a proven peer-support model addressing the root causes of youth gang involvement and increases protective factors for young people exposed to community violence.
Tory thanked the federal government on behalf of all Toronto residents and said, the federal government and said,
"This is a key step forward to implement our plan to curb gun violence in the city, and we look forward to continue working with our partners to support young people, families, and neighbourhoods.”
As part of the announcement Toronto Police Service will also receive up to $400,000 in Public Safety funding over a two-year period to enhance the Neighbourhood Officers Program in eight priority neighbourhoods in Toronto.
This program is reportedly expected to reach 1,350 young people over the five years certify 250 young people Peer Healers and allow staff to expand the program from 10 communities per year to 20.
Over the two years 360 at-risk youth will participate in the program and develop skills like emotional intelligence, peer relationship building, gang avoidance, online safety/awareness, wellness, career planning, and building relationships with the Toronto police.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#Sep11,2001Terroristattack; #JustinTrudeau, #Canada, #fallensoldiers, #NationalDayofService
Ottawa, Sept 11 (Canadian-Media): Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today paid tribute to the fallen soldiers on the 17th anniversary of one of the deadliest terrorists attacks in the history of United States on Sept 11th, 2001, media reports said.
Today is also observed as the National Day of Service in Canada and Trudeau said in his statement issued today that this deadliest attack "will remain ingrained in our memories for generations" which had taken the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent victims, including 24 Canadians."
On behalf of Canada, Trudeau offered his deepest condolences " to all those who lost loved ones, and live with pain and grief that will never completely go away."
Recognizing the "incredible bravery of first responders who...raced into smoke and flames...firefighters, police officers, military personnel, and ordinary people."
“On this National Day of Service, we honour those first responders, and all those who have sacrificed so much – before and since – in service to their neighbours and country", said Trudeau and added, “Communities across Canada banded together to help a country...stricken by grief...opened their arms...joining an outpouring of generosity across North America."
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I encourage Canadians to take part in acts of service today to remember those who lost their lives, and to honour the selflessness shown by so many on 9/11,” said Trudeau.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
JohnTory; #TorontoSafe; #gunviolence; #DougFord
Toronto, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory made the following statement on Gun violence, media reports said.
“I want to thank Premier Ford and Ministers Mulroney and Tibollo for their commitment to invest more than $25 million over four years to combat gun violence in our city, something we all agree is an urgent and pressing need.
I also welcome news about the creation of specialized legal teams at provincial courthouses and new bail compliance officers. For months, I have been urging my federal and provincial counterparts to toughen up bail for gun offenders and so this move today by the provincial government is particularly gratifying.
I want to add a particular thank you to Minister Mulroney for her immediate agreement to consider the matter of bail in response to my letter of July 4, 2018.
While we await exact details of the funding, it is our understanding that the province is requesting the City of Toronto and the Government of Canada match these new amounts. I have already been in touch with City officials and initial indications are they have the delegated authority from Council to flow funding now that will allow the City to match the provincial contribution for the remainder of 2018. The decision as to whether to match the balance of the funds will be up to the next Council following our election.
I am committing today that should I hold office as Mayor, I will bring the request for matching funds to Council at the first available opportunity and urge my colleagues to support it.
I want Toronto to remain one of the safest big cities in the world. The safety and security our citizens enjoy is what has always distinguished us from other large urban centres and I’m determined to keep it that way.
That’s why in June I led City Council in approving $2.7 million to immediately deploy more police resources on to our streets. The plan also included $13.7 million for community-based prevention initiatives this year and next, as well as significant investments in technology to assist our frontline police officers. Council also made an urgent plea to the federal government to consider banning the sale and possession of handguns in the City of Toronto and to consider tougher sentencing and bail provisions for gun offenders. Those requests are being actively considered and we look forward to a further response.
I have always believed that any solution to gun violence requires a balanced approach including: more community programming that prevents young people from getting involved in gangs and gun violence in the first place; more police officers in neighbourhoods; and stricter controls on guns and tougher justice for gun traffickers.
Once again I thank Premier Ford and the government of Ontario for joining with us to fight gun violence and help keep our neighbourhoods safe.”
#Gunviolence, #Ontario, #DougFord, #TorontoPolice
Ottawa, Aug 9 (Canadian-Media); Ontario Premier Doug Ford today joined Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Michael Tibollo and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney to announce Ontario Government for the People's investment of $25 million in new funding to fight gangs and guns, media reports said.Gun violence, Ontario, Doug Ford, Toronto Police
This new funding of $25 million is in addition to the $76 million already being provided to support the Toronto Police Service.
"It's time to get serious about fighting guns and gangs," said Premier Doug Ford, "With today's announcement, we are sending a clear message to the violent criminals carrying out gun violence on our streets. We are letting them know that we are coming for them. We are giving our police the cutting-edge tools that they need to fight drug gangs and gun criminals in 2018."
City of Toronto and the federal government were also asked to each do their part by matching Ontario's investment.
"We are calling on them to step up and do their part," said Ford. "The Feds must do more and the city must step forward, because we all have a part to play in keeping our communities safe."
$7.6 million, of this provincial funding will be invested in assigning one legal SWAT team per courthouse to be located at each of Toronto's provincial courthouses.
A Crown Attorney will lead each team, with a mandate to ensure violent gun criminals are denied bail and remain behind bars.
A new team of bail compliance officers, would further support these teams on ensuring that those gun criminals who are out on bail are not violating any of the terms of their release.
"Those who commit violent gun offences belong behind bars, and not on bail," said Mulroney. "These new resources will help keep the worst offenders off the streets and keep our neighbourhoods safe."
"The senseless gun violence we are seeing in Toronto needs to stop and the status quo will not cut it," said Tibollo. "We're proud to partner with our police officers and ensure they have the tools they need to crack down on crime and help restore public safety across the city."
Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders and members of the Toronto Police Service were also extensively consulted.
It was also also announced by the Ford Government to dedicate $18 million in funding to provide additional digital, investigative and analytical resources necessary for fighting drug gangs and gun criminals in 2018.
"Part of our strategy to address gun violence in the city includes partnering with the provincial government for a collaborative and meaningful response," said Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders.
"With today's announcement, Premier Ford and his government have listened to our concerns and have invested in the Toronto Police Service, giving us the ability to be surgical with apprehending those who use guns and ensuring the courts have the resources they need to deal with violent criminals."
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#ChrystiaFreeland; #Canada, #Georgia; #Russia, #tragicWar; #ASteptoaBetterFuture
Ottawa, Aug 7 (Canadian-Media): Chrystia Freeland, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement, media reports said.
“In the 10 years since the tragic war between Russia and Georgia, more than 100,000 Georgians remain displaced and thousands continue to live under Russian occupation. Russia’s continued occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia violates international law and infringes on Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Residents in the occupied regions and along the line of contact continue to suffer as the victims of crimes and human rights violations, including kidnappings, restricted movement, and extrajudicial killings.
“Russia must abide by its obligations under the Ceasefire Agreement of August 12, 2008, and the Agreement on Implementing Measures of September 8, 2008 in order to reach a peaceful and sustainable solution to this conflict. We also call on Russia to allow the European Union Monitoring Mission access to the Georgian territories in which it exercises de-facto control.
“Canada welcomes the Government of Georgia’s new peace initiative, ‘A Step to a Better Future’, directed at improving the humanitarian and socio-economic conditions of residents in Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions.
“Canada has been unequivocal in our condemnation of Russia’s pattern of unacceptable international behaviour. We will continue to work with our international partners to hold Russia to account for its deplorable and unlawful behaviour.
“Canada stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Georgia, in support of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
#Toronto; #JohnTory; #TorontoFoundation; #DawaNet; #TorontoStrongFund; #Danforthshooting; BarbaraHall; #IslamicReliefCanada; #MobileGivingFoundationCanada
Toronto, Jul 2 (Canadian-Media): The #TorontoStrong Fund will open a designated account for donations to the victims of the July 22 shooting on the Danforth. This fund will ensure that the generous outpouring of philanthropic support is collected and distributed to those affected in an accountable and transparent manner. The entirety of these donated funds will be distributed to the victims through a process established following the April 23 van attack on Yonge Street and informed by models and best practices from around the world.
The #TorontoStrong Fund is a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation, advised by a volunteer steering committee. Following the van attack, the fund raised approximately $3.5 million to help support the 26 killed and injured. This account is still actively accepting donations until August 31.
Mayor John Tory announced the new philanthropic effort with Danforth councillors Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), along with former Mayor Barbara Hall, who is acting as the pro bono #TorontoStrong Fund Administrator and who will stay on to allocate and distribute philanthropic donations to the victims of the shooting on the Danforth.
The fund will also be co-ordinating with existing community-led fundraising initiatives and GoFundMe to look for opportunities to collaborate and unite in an effort to provide city-wide support for victims.
In addition to co-ordinating the collection and distribution of donations, the #TorontoStrong Fund is working to aggregate existing support mechanisms for victims of major violent events, and identify gaps and make recommendations for future efforts to combat violence and support local communities.
"No city should have to experience the grief and tragedy that Toronto has faced in these two incidents," said Mayor Tory. "The #TorontoStrong Fund was established to ensure that people have a transparent, accountable way to express their support for those killed and injured, and to learn from these events so we can provide help to those who need it."
"The #TorontoStrong Fund has developed a model to help support the victims of senseless tragedy through philanthropic action," said Hall. "This fund will provide some much needed support to those who have lost loved ones, sustained life-altering injuries and heartbreaking loss in a thoughtful, impactful and accountable manner."
"Tragedies like this unite our neighbourhood and our city in grief," said Councillor Fletcher. "The community is committed to coming together in the face of violence and to support these victims and their families."
"The support that this community has already received is truly incredible," said Councillor Fragedakis. “The Danforth neighbourhood is heartbroken, but coming together as a community to support these victims in this difficult time is essential.”
Those interested in supporting the #TorontoStrong Danforth Fund can donate online at http://www.torontofoundation.ca/torontostrong or by cheque. Donations can also be made using the Rogers-initiated cross-carrier text-to-donate campaign through the Mobile Giving Foundation Canada. Text TORONTO to 80100 donate $5, $10, $20 or $25. After texting 80100, donors will receive a text asking them to indicate the amount they wish to donate, as well as a confirmation text.
The fund will be partnering with Islamic Relief Canada and DawaNet to ensure that the funds raised through their joint effort, which involves more than 50 Muslim organizations across Canada, will flow directly to this co-ordinated campaign to support the victims.
To learn more about the #TorontoStrong fund and to contribute, visit http://www.torontofoundation.ca/torontostrong/
#UnitedNations; #Yemeniportcity; #LiseGrande; #HumanitarianResponsePlan; #AdamaDieng; #HumanitarianResponsePlan; #PreventionofGenocide
Ottawa, June 15 (Canadian-Media): United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners are rushing to provide life-saving aid to thousands of vulnerable families of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida which was under attack from Saudi-led coalition forces on Thursday, media reports said.
It was feared by the humanitarian partners that destruction of The Yemeni port city of Hodeida, the main entry through which essential elements of aid could be provided, would lead to the deaths of thousands of people due to starvation and lack of medical supplies.
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, Thursday evening, said any events leading to the closure of the port would a "disasterous impact on the ability of humanitarian agencies to deliver assistance to a population that desparately needs it."
“Starvation of civilians as a method of war is a war crime and was condemned by the Security Council in resolution 2417 of 24 May 2018" Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen said in a statement.
"It seems that the first test of this resolution is Yemen: the Yemeni port (of Hodeida) is a lifeline for the delivery of aid and the Coalition’s air strikes can kill many more people over time through famine and hunger when damaging such civilian infrastructure,” added Dieng.
But substantial aid programmes have already been by arranged humanitarian agencies and front-line partners in the city.
Every day 50,000 litres of safe drinking water are being distributed and health teams have been helping to halt the spread of cholera and other life-threatening diseases.
Essential Aids to Yemen
Humanitarian partners have been preparing for a possible assault for weeks, said Grande and about 63,000 metric tonnes of food, tens of thousands of emergency kits, nutrition supplies, establishment of medical teams, water and fuel had been arranged in advance.
“Dozens of UN staff are in the city helping to deliver food, water and health services,” said Grande in statement. “We estimate that 600,000 civilians are in the city – many of whom are dependent on assistance to survive.”
A request for $3 billion, through the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan, had already been made by the UN and partners to support 22.2 million people in need across Yemen.
“Under international humanitarian law, parties to the conflict are obliged to do everything possible to protect civilians and ensure they have access to the assistance they need to survive,” said Grande.
$1.5 billion, to date, half of resources necessary for the year, had been received.
#JohnTory, #gunviolence; CityofToronto; #ChiefMarkSaunders; #CrimeStoppers
Toronto, May 31 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor John Tory released today the following statement on gun violence:
"The incidents of gun violence we have seen in our city in the past few days are shocking and can in no way be accepted or brushed aside.
As Mayor, I am troubled by every act of violence in our city regardless of where it happens.
This morning, I spoke to Chief Mark Saunders about last night's murder and other recent acts of violence in our city. I have been assured that Toronto Police are doing everything possible to bring the perpetrators of these despicable crimes to justice. Police are also deploying additional resources where they believe they will be most effective. I will be following up with him and relevant City officials in the days to come to ensure that we are doing everything possible to reduce the number of these incidents and assist with law enforcement.
I know we are all committed to ensuring Toronto continues to be a safe city. I encourage anyone who has information that could help solve these crimes to call police or Crime Stoppers and help us ensure we catch those who would threaten our city's safety."