2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipients announced during  celebrations in Ottawa

Danny Michel receives two awards for his innovation on his spectacular album Khlebnikov 
Fred Penner, Stephen Fearing, Leeroy StaggerLuc de Larochellière,  Ken Yates, Twin Flames and Kobo Town awarded for their music
Gerry Strong receives the Slaight Music Unsung Hero award 

OTTAWA-Canadian Folk Music Awards (#CFMA2017) were awarded during the first evening of celebrations at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa. The 13th anniversary event was hosted by musicians Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante) in a bilingual evening filled with music including performances by 2017 nominees MAZTwin FlamesBeyond The PaleBEYRIESKobo Town and Danny Michel. Ten awards were handed out throughout evening. 

Danny Michel was honoured twice during the evening for his latest album Khlebnikov which received the Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award. He was also awarded the Producer of the Year Award along with his collaborator Rob Continue reading “2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipients announced during  celebrations in Ottawa”

Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada to co-present major exhibitions detailing the impact of humans on Earth

#AnthropoceneProject unveils new works by the artist collective of Edward Burtynsky, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier

TORONTO and OTTAWA – Next fall, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) will co-present Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography, and new experiential technologies. Co-produced with MAST Foundation, Bologna, Italy, the exhibition is a component of the multi-disciplinary   Anthropocene Project from the collective of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. Organized by the artists in partnership with the three organizations, Anthropocene will run at the AGO and NGC simultaneously from September 2018 through early 2019.

The Anthropocene Project is based on the research of an international group of scientists making a case to formally change the name of the present geological epoch from Holocene to Anthropocene – the “Human Epoch”. Continue reading “Art Gallery of Ontario and National Gallery of Canada to co-present major exhibitions detailing the impact of humans on Earth”

Female-driven comedies take the spotlight

Wexford Plaza and Suck It Up open across Canada on December 1, 2017

Wexford Plaza is a slice-of-life dark comedy starring Reid Asselstine in her breakout role as the charming and vulnerable Betty, a strip-mall security guard. The film perfectly depicts how in a world of connectivity, isolation is rapidly growing.

A lonely female security guard (Reid Asselstine) who works at a dilapidated strip mall. Isolated and friendless, a glimmer of hope appears when a charming bartender shows Betty kindness, leading to an unexpected sexual encounter. Although Betty and her deadbeat paramour are well meaning in their intentions, their behaviour ends up causing both of their lives to unravel. Wexford Plaza is about two losers who are earnestly trying to improve their condition, but ultimately become deluded by their dreams.

Hailed as “a major talent to watch” by the LA TimesWexford Plaza was directed by Torontonian Joyce Wong and was produced by Matt Greyson and Harry Cherniak.

The film had its World Premiere in the Festa Mobile Section of the 2016 Torino Film Festival and has since premiered for North America at the 2017 Slamdance Film Festival. Wexford Plaza was awarded the Comcast Narrative Feature Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival.  Continue reading “Female-driven comedies take the spotlight”

Agarwals Based in Canada celebrate 20th Year Anniversary Gala

 –Staff Reporter, Mississauga

 Agarwals Based in Canada (ABC) celebrated their 20th Anniversary Gala on Nov. 11th with much ado and a lot of aplomb! The atmosphere was alive with laughter, friendships and celebrations at the Lakeshore Convention Centre in Mississauga.  

 The sold-out crowd of 425 guests in Mississauga was especially graced by the presence of special dignitaries: MPP Dipika Damerla and The Honorable Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie. They both encouraged and thanked the  organization for their involvement in the mainstream community as well as for their role in promoting the youth of the Indian diaspora. 

 Other highlights of the evening included the cutting of the cake by the founder members present and the video message of the couple now residing in BC. What started as a coalition of four couples in a basement, has in 20 years, grown to an organization with a few hundred members.

 The in- house musical performance by ABC members of all ages from five to 50 years depicted a montage of the various events that ABC organizes, a well -deserved tribute to its growth and its journey through the twenty years. The evening was adequately punctuated by professional performances, by the flute and shehnai maestro, Sahil Khan and the fire and banner performances of Illuminair Entertainment.

The cherry on top of this night was the signature Diwali Puja, the launch of the organization’s first ever crafted magazine and the institution of the “Distinguished Community Leadership and Excellency Award”  Continue reading “Agarwals Based in Canada celebrate 20th Year Anniversary Gala”

Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women

Yellow Brick House with support of the City of Markham’s Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Regional Councilor Nirmala Armstrong  proudly hosted Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017. at the Markham Civic Centre, Council Chambers.

At this significant event, Markham will be the first city in York Region to proclaim Dec 6th as the National Day of
Remembrance and Action to End Violence Against Women marking the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique
massacre in Quebec. In addition, the event will reflect on violence against women and recognition of the community
supporting Yellow Brick House Markham Shelter Bed/Living space Campaign.

“It takes an immense amount of courage and strength to rebuild a life,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti, “but with the help of the dedicated professionals at the Yellow Brick House, adversity is turned into triumph. By empowering women and children, they are creating a brighter future.” “I stand strong against the issue of Violence Against Women,” says Regional Councilor Nirmala Armstrong, “and have come together with our community to understand the impact that this issue has had on many women and families within the City of Markham. Continue reading “Invisible No More: End Violence Against Women”

Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life

New Action Plan Provides More Fairness for Seniors in Brampton and Enhances Support Across the Province

Every person in Brampton-Springdale and across the province should benefit from the opportunities that Ontario has to offer, no matter their age. That’s why the province is taking action to make sure that all seniors are able to access the support they need at every stage of their life.

Earlier today, MPP Harinder Malhi was at Flower City Seniors Centre in Brampton West to share the, Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors. The plan empowers people to make the choices that are right for them when it comes to their care, their independence and how they access government services — whether that’s finding ways to keep up an active lifestyle or getting the support needed to live at home longer.

The number of seniors in Ontario is forecast to double to 4.6 million within the next 25 years — and Ontario aims to become the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on areas that seniors say they care about most, including living independently for as long as possible and staying connected through social, recreational and volunteer activities. To ensure communities like Brampton-Springdale are ready for the changing realities of an aging population, the plan also substantially expands the number of long-term care (LTC) beds across the province, while increasing staffing levels and support for LTC home residents. Continue reading “Ontario Supporting Seniors to Live Their Best Life”

 It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence

Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women recognize that by working in a spirit of collaboration, they have an opportunity to help advance gender equality across Canada.

Last week, at the  35th annual meeting of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women in Toronto, the Ministers worked collaboratively to advance the key priorities affecting women and girls in Canada.

The Ministers had the opportunity to discuss many issues of importance, including the low reporting rates of sexual assaults across Canada. Ministers recognized the efforts taken by law enforcement and community groups to find ways of working together to better support survivors of sexual violence. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Waterloo Regional Police, representing the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia were invited to present on best practices for supporting survivors to report sexual assault. The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting. Third party reporting is a process where a survivor may anonymously report a sexual assault through a community-based organization. 

The Government of Canada also shared details on It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence and a proposed survey on gender-based violence. Ministers will continue to monitor trends in supporting survivors of sexual violence. Continue reading ” It’s Time: Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence”

4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi Tomorrow 

A high level delegation led by the Canadian International Trade Minister, Mr. François-Philippe Champagne is visiting India to attend the 4th Annual Ministerial Dialogue (AMD) scheduled to begin tomorrow in New Delhi. The Indian delegation will be led by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu.

In the current round of the Ministerial Dialogue, India and Canada would be focusing on some of the key commercial drivers to enhance the India-Canada partnership. Efforts would be made to work towards the expeditious conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) for a progressive, balanced, and mutually beneficial agreement covering both goods and services. Considering the high potential for bilateral trade, the trade ministers of both countries are likely to discuss issues to explore ways of expediting the early conclusion of the CEPA and the Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). They would also explore options for Indian interests in addressing the Temporary Foreign Workers Programme (TWFP) of Canada, which is affecting the movement of Indian professionals seeking short term visas, address equivalence by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for Indian organic product exports and exploring two way investment opportunities.  Continue reading “4th India-Canada Annual Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi Tomorrow “

Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care

Ontario has approved a major hospital expansion project at the Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care and reduce wait times in Brampton.

Dr. Eric Hoskins Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, was joined by Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West, and Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale, at the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness today to announce the major expansion.

The next phase of redevelopment at Peel Memorial will add more inpatient services, including complex continuing care and rehabilitation for patients and their families.

The province is also making 37 additional beds available at the Brampton Civic Hospital this year, including six more beds announced last month. This investment is part of over 2,000 additional beds and spaces being made available across the province this year.

This support builds on recent health care investments in Brampton, including the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness, which opened in April and offers services to reduce wait times at nearby emergency departments such as urgent care, same-day surgeries, programs for new mothers and mental health supports.

Investing in hospitals is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, Continue reading “Peel Memorial Centre to increase access to care”

ANNUAL SIKH REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY HONOURS CANADIAN SOLDIERS

Minister of National Defence, Harjit Singh Sajjan delivers keynote address

KITCHENER, ON – The annual Sikh Remembrance Day Ceremony was held on, Sunday, November 5 at the military grave of Canadian World War I hero, Private Buckam Singh in Kitchener Ontario. This year, chief guests included Canada’s Minister of National Defence, The Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan and Major-General Simon Hetherington, Commander Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Centre Headquarters.

Almost 300 people including Canadian Forces soldiers, cadets, police officers, Royal Canadian legionnaires, veterans and elected officials from all levels of government gathered for the ceremony, weathering the rain at the only military grave in Canada of a Sikh soldier from the world wars.

Defence Minister Sajjan observed that it was 1914 when the ship Komagata Maru and its 300 South Asian passengers were turned away from Canada by force, yet one year later Buckam Singh enlisted in 1915. “It just goes to show the dedication he had for Canada, for doing the right thing and for a sense of service.”

“We owe our gratitude and our prosperity to the giants who give their lives for this country. Pvt. Buckam Singh is representative of all those who have served not only in the past but of those who are serving today. Pvt. Buckam Singh and all those who gave everything for us gave us a gift – a gift of freedom, a gift of prosperity,” remarked Minister Sajjan. Continue reading “ANNUAL SIKH REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONY HONOURS CANADIAN SOLDIERS”