Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, locatedat 61 Claireville Drive, Toronto,celebrated Hindu Heritage Month, on November 25 and 26, in support of this initiative of the Government of Ontario. Visitors to the Mandir were greeted by volunteer tour guides and enjoyed the experience of arti, Abhishek and the Hindu Heritage Exhibition.

Special guests during the Hindu Heritage Month celebrations included:

  • The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science

His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj inspired the creation of the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir and many other mandirs around the world, including BAPS Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi, to promote and preserve Hindu heritage and values for generations to come.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s 97th birth anniversary was also celebrated on Sunday November 26.

Devotees and the community came together to commemorate the many years Pramukh Swami Maharaj had dedicated to promoting Hindu heritage and guiding the lives of individuals all over the world. Children and youths rehearsed for weeks before the festival, practicing devotional songs and traditional dances to share their enthusiasm and appreciation for Pramukh Swami Maharaj. They also prepared skits and speeches reminiscing on the influence that Pramukh Swami Maharaj has had on individuals. Continue reading “Hindu Heritage Month Celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir”

Ontario Action Plan for Seniors 

By; Bob Delaney, Member of Provincial parliament, Mississauga-Streetsville

About one in 9 of Ontario’s seniors lives in Mississauga and Brampton. Today, Ontario’s services to them just took a progressive step forward. Ontario unveiled the Aging with Confidence plan.

Aging with Confidence is a major overhaul and expansion of many programs aimed at serving seniors. It includes $15 million investment in housing in the next two years; unlocking surplus Ontario-owned land; new mixed-use housing development; a free high-dose flu vaccine targeted at protecting seniors from the seasonal flu; 5,000 new long-term care beds in the next four years; more care to long-term care residents; and expanding house calls to include nurses, social workers, therapists and other providers.

Social interaction

Social interaction is something seniors frequently ask about. Aging with Confidence supports learning and mentorship between youth and seniors. Youth volunteers can also assist seniors with their grasp of today’s information technology. Seniors continue to embrace the web at rapid rates. Seniors can get help with on-line protection and etiquette, how to access information, completing electronic forms, as well as today’s staple tasks: e-mail, social media and how to best use a mobile phone.

The number of seniors in Ontario will double to 4.6 million in the next generation. Ontario will continue to be the best place in the world to grow older. Aging with Confidence focuses on what seniors say they care about most: living independently; staying connected; social, and active. Continue reading “Ontario Action Plan for Seniors “

Free bus tour for Brampton newcomers

December registration now open

BRAMPTON, ON –  Residents new to Brampton are invited to participate in the award-winning Newcomer Bus Tour community program this December.

Tours will take place on December 5 and 7, departing at 6 pm, starting from and returning to the Brampton Library’s Chinguacousy Branch at 150 Central Peel Drive. The tour takes participants on a 3-hour trip around Brampton that showcases the City’s facilities, services, and history, as well as the festive holiday lights.

Registration is now open and is extended to those residents who have moved to Brampton after January 1, 2014. Space is limited, so please contact the Brampton Library at 905.793.4636, or visit any Brampton Library branch. More information is available at www.brampton.ca/recreation.

 Brampton’s Newcomer Bus Tour, which has been operational since 2009, is made available through a partnership between the City of Brampton, Brampton Transit and Brampton Library. In March of this year, the Newcomer Bus Tour program received the Upstart Innovation Award from the American Library Association, which recognizes creative and innovative library programs.

These family-friendly tours introduce new residents to City facilities and places of interest, including heritage areas, parks, libraries, community centres, and public transit services. Continue reading “Free bus tour for Brampton newcomers”

Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

Just Announced! City of Brampton’s Headliner and Opening Act for Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!

BRAMPTON, ON: On November 17, at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, the City of Brampton announced The Sheepdogs will be the headliner for this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration in downtown Brampton. Special guests, Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act.

 Save the date  Sunday, December 31, from 5:30 pm to 12:30 am, as the New Year’s Eve Celebration is an exciting annual event for the whole family.

 The City of Brampton is excited to share this incredible roster of musical talent for this year’s FREE New Year’s Eve concert in Garden Square. Come to downtown Brampton to ring in 2018 with this all-Canadian concert line-up!

 The program includes musical performances by a number of Brampton locals including Guinness World Record holder for World’s Youngest DJ, Brandan Duke the DJ, indie rock band The Downturns and Canadian rapper, Pryde.

 The fun goes beyond Garden Square! This year, there will be a children’s dance party in the City Hall Atrium, craft station in the Conservatory and skating at Gage Park’s open air rink. Warm up at a fire pit while roasting marshmallows. The gazebo in the park is where we’ll be rocking out from 5:30 pm with music and an emcee to get the party started. Continue reading “Delhi 2 Dublin will be the opening act for City of Brampton’s Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration!”

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”

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”

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”