The Canadian Ismaili Muslim community welcomed popular Indian composers Salim-Sulaiman to Calgary last week, the first stop of a Canadian concert tour to celebrate His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee. The final concert takes place this Saturday in Brampton.
Two of India’s most respected composers, Salim and Sulaiman Merchant, will be performing live in Brampton on Saturday, March 17. The pieces to be performed at this final concert will include a combination of Bollywood music and devotional songs in a unique mix that connects mind and matter, body and soul. Using music – a universal language that transcends faith, ethnicity and nationality – the performance is designed to uplift, inspire, and unite.
The performance is part of a global series of Jubilee Concerts organized in celebration of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee or 60th year of leadership of the Ismaili Muslim Community. Past concerts venues have included Moscow, Mumbai, Dar-es-Salaam, Houston and Atlanta, with upcoming concerts in Hyderabad, Dhaka and Sydney.
Over the past six decades, the Aga Khan has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. In the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment, he has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.
The sibling duo, the pride of the global Ismaili community, has directed songs for over one hundred films as well as many TV shows and records incorporating cinematic, folk, electronica and sufi influences to their music. Continue reading “Canadian Ismaili Muslims Welcome India’s Popular Music Duo Salim-Sulaiman to Toronto!!”
The public has spoken! With over 5,500 people voting in the Toronto Zoo’s “Help Us Name Our Baby Rhinos” promotion, names for the greater one-horned rhino and white rhino have emerged as favourites. “Kiran”, meaning “ray of light” in Hindi,has been confirmed as the name for the Toronto Zoo’s male greater one-horned rhino calf! “Theodore”, starting with a “T” for dad Tom, has been confirmed as the name for the Toronto Zoo’s male white rhino calf! The Zoo’s Wildlife Care Keepers chose potential names for both the calves and the Toronto Zoo asked the public to vote online to help decide on the BEST name for each calf.
“By encouraging the public to assist us in naming our baby rhinos, it allows us to engage the community in a fun way,” says Maria Franke, Curator of Mammals, Toronto Zoo. “At the same time, it also allows us to bring forward the plight that all rhino species face in the wild. We hope that we have educated and empowered people to help the Toronto Zoo generate funds for conservation efforts to save these majestic animals.”
Theodore was born on December 24, 2017, to mother Zohari and father Tom. Kiran was born on January 4, 2018, to mother Ashakiran (affectionately known to her keepers as “Asha”) and father Vishnu.
Theodore’s birth is very important for white rhinoceros conservation as the species is currently listed as Near Threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Continue reading “TORONTO ZOO’S TWO TINY RHINOS HAVE NAMES!”
The City of Toronto and Ryerson University have partnered to create ShapeLab: Toronto’s Innovation and Co-Creation Pilot. ShapeLab is a hands-on learning opportunity in which students, municipal staff, faculty members and other professionals co-create innovative solutions to Toronto’s pressing urban issues.
As a new pilot program, ShapeLab’s inaugural city-building initiative will be the King Street Transit Pilot area. The ShapeLab initiative encourages Ryerson students to shape public space along King Street through citizen engagement and by creating opportunities for a more interactive and vibrant streetscape. The resulting public space installations are meant to complement those that will be installed as a result of the already announced “Everyone is King” campaign.
“A partnership like this that provides academic and professional development for students while improving public space is a win-win for the city and for the neighbourhoods along King Street,” said Mayor John Tory. “The students will be challenged to create streetscape enhancements that encourage people to engage with and make good use of the public space along King, while at the same time understanding the real-life challenges of designing for Toronto’s streets.”
The initiative invites all Ryerson students and graduates to submit their ideas for public activations at a Design Challenge that takes place in March, in which four interdisciplinary student teams will be selected to participate in the 2018 ShapeLab and move their ideas into action. Continue reading “City and Ryerson University partner to create ShapeLab”
–by Lachman Balani
For the first time in Canada, the recently concluded annual Canadian International Auto Show showcased a car from Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg.
And they pulled out all the stops by bringing in not just any of their high-performance models but THE highest performance and fastest car in the world today- the Agera RS! It was definitely the show stopper! This beauty broke the world record in going from 0-400 km/h in 33.29 seconds! It also achieved the highest speed ever on a public road, namely 457.94 km/h!
The Canadian International auto show has in recent years accelerated in grandiosity by bringing not just everyday cars like the Civic Honda, the Chevrolet Cruze or the ubiquitous SUVs , pickups, jeeps and trucks but has gone beyond by bringing in exotic cars, flashy cars and concept cars (yet to be manufactured ). Each year brings in more and more audience participation because of these snazzy hot rods pandering to the fancies of the public.
There were sports cars from McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari. Maserati, Mercedes and many others including Porsche which was this year’s feature occupying a whole room to itself by celebrating 70 years of wonder and telling its story from 1948, when their first road car was made, to today. Continue reading “Koenigsegg- the fastest car- first time in Canada!”
Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home.
Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer’s home if the consumer has contacted the business ahead of time and invited them into their home for the purpose of entering into a contract. Contracts that are in violation of the new rules relating to door-to-door contract solicitation will be considered void, and consumers will be able to keep the goods and services with no obligations.
The new rules will apply to:
- Air cleaners
- Air conditioners
- Air purifiers
- Duct cleaning services
- Water filters
- Water heaters
- Water purifiers
- Water softeners
- Water treatment devices
- Bundles of these goods and services
In addition, businesses will be required to keep a record of how contact with the consumer entering the contract was made, and all contracts signed in the home for these goods and services will also have a 10-day cooling-off period, allowing consumers to cancel the contract for any reason without penalty. Continue reading “Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1st”
The City of Mississauga’s iconic sports complex, currently called the Hershey Centre, will soon bear a new name and logo. The multi-purpose sports arena and entertainment venue will undergo a name change just shy of its 20th anniversary. Hershey Canada Inc. decided not to renew the naming rights agreement set to expire on June 30, 2018.
“The City has a great long-standing business relationship with Hershey Canada. We understood that this was a difficult business decision for the company,” said Shari Lichterman, Director, Recreation. “We’d like to thank Hershey Canada for their partnership over the last two decades and wish them well with their future ventures.”
Hershey Canada’s decision not to renew prompted the City to look for a new sponsor late last year. Paramount Fine Foods (Paramount) expressed interest and opted to purchase the naming rights through a new ten-year agreement.
Lichterman added, “We’re excited to be working with Paramount on this agreement. With final approval from Council, we look forward to fostering this partnership and the opportunities it will bring to the city. As we approach the July 1 transition date, we will begin to update signage, websites and other facility assets to help local sports clubs, residents and fans around the city adjust to a new name.” Continue reading “Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1”
Annual Black History Month festival takes on vital issues facing Toronto’s Black community through dialogue, photography and film, comedy, a spectacular vogue ball and more.
Each February, communities across the country take part in events to honour and explore the heritage, traditions and culture of Black Canadians. While Black History celebrations may originate in the 1970s, it was not until December 1995 that Canada officially recognized Black History Month. Twenty-three years ago, this first Canada-wide Black History Month was commemorated in Toronto with the inauguration of Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba Festival.
The longest-running Black History Month celebration in Toronto, the Kuumba Festival takes its name from the Swahili word for “creativity”, a component that is central to Harbourfront Centre’s long-standing commitment to providing relevant artistic, cultural, educational and recreational experiences.
“The history of the Black community is one of resistance, resilience, social justice, freedom, hope and love, and for some Canadians that history is still a part of their everyday life,” explains Laura McLeod. “Our goal is that Kuumba 2018 will continue the festival’s legacy as a forum for challenging perceptions, shaping conversations and providing learning opportunities designed to strengthen our understanding and appreciation for our fellow Canadians”.
Continue reading “Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre Celebrates Black History Month”
Report Native Frog, Toad and Turtle Sightings with the Adopt-A-Pond App!
Even though there is snow on the ground, World Wetlands Day falls every year on February 2nd, and the Toronto Zoo celebrated this annual date with the official launch of the Adopt-A-Pond App! After extensive design, testing and tweaking, the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Programme is proud to announce the official launch of a new citizen science app that will take our Turtle Tally and FrogWatch programmes to the next level!
The Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme works to design and deliver impactful conservation-focused research, restoration, and outreach that highlights the importance of saving Canada’s sensitive wetland species and their habitats. This app is the next step in reaching out to engage more Canadians in protecting local biodiversity through citizen science.
Biologists from the Toronto Zoo and the team at LBC IT Solutions Inc, with the support of Environment Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program, Continue reading “Toronto Zoo is Celebrating World Wetlands Day with a NEW Adopt-A-Pond App!”