Brampton celebrates Canada 150 with Canadian rockers Big Wreck and more

BRAMPTON, ON – The City of Brampton is thrilled to be celebrating Canada Day Saturday,
July 1, at Chinguacousy Park. From noon to 10 pm, join the party that includes free, fun activities for all,
Lumberjack Shows, multi-platinum selling Big Wreck and so much more.

“Celebrate our Nation’s Confederation at Brampton Celebrates Canada 150 in Chinguacousy Park,”
said Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “This celebration attracts residents and visitors from across the province. A
great lineup of local and national artists and activities for the entire family ensures this year’s event will
be better than ever. I invite you to join us in celebrating our nation’s vibrant culture and diversity and
make this Canada Day a memorable one.”

After a day filled with exciting entertainment, Big Wreck will hit the Main Stage at 8:25 pm. The band,
after achieving huge success across Canada and the US, released their fifth and latest studio album
Grace Street earlier this year. Grace Street is described as an album that continues to build on the
creative momentum of their two previous Juno-nominated releases Ghosts and Albatross.

The event, sponsored in part by RBC and CIBC, will feature a Main Stage, hosted by Khaled Iwamura
of The entertainment lineup also includes Yukon Blonde whose latest album On
Blonde was released in 2015. The album’s tone is an exercise in pop pleasures, ranging from spiky
guitar-driven tracks to irrepressible sing-alongs such as the lead single “Saturday Night”. Continue reading “Brampton celebrates Canada 150 with Canadian rockers Big Wreck and more”

World’s largest online meditation on the 3rd International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017

St. John’s, NL, Canada:  Under the motto “Peace in One´s World”, the German not-for-profit “Samarpan Meditation Deutschland Stiftung” Foundation is undertaking a world record attempt in the world’s largest online meditation on the third International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017 at 11:30 am (EDT). The meditation is led by the founder of the foundation, meditation master H.H. Shree Shivkrupanand Swami from India. The broadcast takes place via live stream on the Internet via the website where there is further information on the login and on which, one can also be registered in advance. The event is welcome by the yoga minister of the Republic of India.

“If we want peace in our world, first we have to be peaceful from within. When we work to become peaceful from within and with us many, many people, then the peace within all of us will permeate around in our world.” says Dr. Veeresh Gadag, a trustee of ‘Shree Shivkrupanand Swami Foundation Canada / La Foundation Shree Shivkrupanand Swami Canada’ – the Canadian Chapter and a registered not-for-profit Organization in Canada. Dr Veeresh Gadag together with Dr. Shirish Nathwani and Dr. Kate McKenzie the other two Trustees in Canada would like to warmly invite everyone to participate in this global peace campaign.

With the worldwide online meditation, the foundation would like to draw attention to the precious knowledge of meditation. Meditation is part of many different faiths and religions. Which method is practiced is not important here – the wish of the foundation is that as many people as possible learn about the positive effect of meditation. Continue reading “World’s largest online meditation on the 3rd International Yoga Day of the United Nations on 21 June 2017”

Little India: Village Of Dreams: A film by Nina Beveridge

World Broadcast Premiere –TVO –9:00 PM ,July 1, 2017  Little India: Village of Dreams will be available across Canada day after broadcast on

 A storied Toronto South-Asian ‘hood serves as a metaphor;For a New Canadian “next-generation” experience

 Once accurately described as “Little India,” the stretch of Gerrard Street in Toronto’s East End that sprung up around a now-defunct Bollywood cinema, has morphed over a half-century into a “little subcontinent.”

As depicted in Nina Beveridge’s intimate documentary Little India: Village Of Dreams, premiering on TVO July 1 at 9:00pm, the stresses of Old World conflicts and New World challenges have reshaped the neighbourhood. As a result, Little India is now pan-South Asian, with shops and restaurants representing Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepalese and Sri Lankan cultures (alongside gentrified Westernized coffee shops, galleries and health food stores).

Behind the storefronts, family dramas play out. Little India: Village Of Dreams introduces the patriarchs and matriarchs of Little India’s businesses, but focuses on the Millennials and Gen-Xers who feel the lure of Canadian life and conflicted loyalty to their parents’ legacies.

“I love it and I hate it,” says Ronak Diwan, of working in the Paan snack shop started by his father Raju. Henna artist Sumaiyah Shah edges away from her mother’s salon business to collaborate on an events company with her husband. Meanwhile, her athletically-inclined sister Aysha Khan makes plans to join the Toronto Police.

Others embrace their legacy – literally in the case of style-conscious Chandan Singh, whose very name was attached by his parents to the traditional wedding apparel store Chandan Fashion. Harleen Khorana’s red hair and pale complexion almost compels her to prove her “Indian-ness” by dedicating herself to her parents’ store Kala Kendar. And – still mourning the death of his father – Adam Sayani emerges in front of our eyes as a boyish community leader, sharing, with his mother Gulshan, the operation of the famous and popular Lahore Tikka House.

“While making this movie I developed a deep appreciation for the strength of the South Asian family unit,” says Director Beveridge. “I believe it helps their children spring forth with confidence into a new world of Canadian opportunity. They all live together, they work together, they reinforce each other. There’s a collective mindset at work.” Continue reading “Little India: Village Of Dreams: A film by Nina Beveridge”

Garden Promenade, Ottawa-Gatineau’s New Garden Attraction marks the Launch of Garden Days across Canada

The Canadian Garden Council today announced the  2017 launch of Garden Days ushering in 10 days of national celebration that draw attention to Canada’s garden culture in both its public and private contexts, history, innovations and environmental stewardship.   Over 20 Garden Days activities are taking place in Ottawa with hundreds programmed across the country.

“Garden Days champions the garden experience sector’s contributions to the well-being of Canadians; the sustainability of our communities; and promotes the joys and benefits of gardens, gardening, urban and municipal landscapes as well as green infrastructure. In our role as the national umbrella body for provincial and national garden organizations, we are pleased to support a new garden attraction in our nation’s capital.  The Garden Promenade exemplifies how Canadian cities can leverage garden attractions for increased visitation, community well-being, and economic growth.”  — Michel Gauthier, Executive Director, Canadian Garden Council

At the morning event at the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new Forecourt Garden in Ottawa, the Council also launched Ottawa/Gatineau’s newest garden attraction the – Garden Promenade – connecting and promoting 40 gardens and over 70 different garden experiences in the Capital.

With garden visits being the 10th most frequent activity enjoyed by pleasure travellers not to mention its appeal for 66% of tour participants, who also are likely to take in the arts, heritage and culinary experiences, as well as Canada being cited as a highly-favoured garden experience destination by international visitors, it’s expected that these tourists along with local garden enthusiasts will make up the anticipated 200,000 visitors to the Garden Promenade in its first year.  The significant potential of garden attractions to draw tourists from near and far was underscored at the North American Garden Tourism Conference, held in Toronto last March, when Destination Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Canadian Garden Council to engage tourism-ready garden experiences and development of actions, tools and best practices to market Canada’s Garden Tourism offerings around the world. Continue reading “Garden Promenade, Ottawa-Gatineau’s New Garden Attraction marks the Launch of Garden Days across Canada”

Connecting More People with Disabilities to Job Opportunities

Province Releases Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities

Ontario is taking action to break down employment barriers for people with disabilities by launching a new strategy to connect more people with disabilities to rewarding jobs and more employers to new talent to help grow their businesses.

Tracy McCharles, Minister Responsible for Accessibility, alongwith Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Community and Social Services, were in Toronto to make the annoucement.

Access Talent, Ontarioès Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities will help increase employment for people with disabilities and connect businesses to talent by:

  • Supporting the development and employment goals of students and young people, including the launch of a new pilot through the Ontario Disability Support Program to provide individualized and coordinated services and supports.
  • Engaging employers as partners and champions through an online platform that will connect businesses, people with disabilities, and the public to share advice and lessons learned.
  • Streamlining employment and training services to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers through the introduction of a new Supported Employment program at Employment Ontario.
  • Establishing the government as an accessibility leader by raising awareness and changing attitudes through public education.

Increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities and connecting businesses to new talent are part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “Connecting More People with Disabilities to Job Opportunities”

Ontario Plans High Speed Rail for the Toronto-Windsor Corridor

Project will Connect People and Create Good Jobs

High speed rail cuts down on travel times, gives people more low-carbon transportation options, and creates new opportunities for workers and businesses. Ontario is supporting economic growth in Southwestern Ontario and across the province by moving forward with high speed rail along the Toronto-Windsor corridor, becoming the first province to undertake a rail transformation of this magnitude.

Premier Kathleen Wynne, Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, and Deb Matthews, MPP for London North Centre, were in London yesterday, to announce that the province is moving ahead with preliminary design work on the project and investing $15 million in a comprehensive environmental assessment. Ontario will establish a new governing body to oversee the ambitious work required to design and implement high speed rail.

The announcement comes as the province releases a new report by David Collenette, Ontario’s Special Advisor on high speed rail. In 2015, Mr. Collenette was asked to assess the project’s feasibility. After extensive consultations, his report has concluded that there is a business case for high speed rail along the Toronto-Windsor corridor and that there are opportunities to engage the private sector in financing and delivering the project. Continue reading “Ontario Plans High Speed Rail for the Toronto-Windsor Corridor”

WILDLIFE RESCUE opens May 18 at the Ontario Science Centre

Wildlife populations around the world are under stress due to pollution, deforestation and habitat encroachment, with species becoming endangered and some on the brink of extinction. A new exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre aims to educate visitors abour animal recovery, conservation and emergency response through inspiring stories of survival.

Wildlife Rescue draws visitors into exotic and familiar environments alike, by exploring the rehabilitation of a variety of species and revealing how we, as individuals, can make a difference. Wildlife Rescue runs from May 18 to September 4, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre.

“Human activity is a leading cause of stress and extinction of wildlife populations. We urgently need to learn how to share our environment with other animal species,” said Dr. Maurice Bitran, CEO and Chief Science Officer, Ontario Science Centre. “Wildlife rescue presents compelling stories about animal rescue and wildlife restoration and the dedicated people behind them.” Continue reading “WILDLIFE RESCUE opens May 18 at the Ontario Science Centre”

The 65th Canadian Tulip Festival Launches its 11-Day Celebration

May 12 – 22, 2017; Four Locations Celebrate Everything Tulip

Hundreds of artists, photographers, florists and local performers Millions of tulips blooming inside and out

Ottawa, Canada, May 12, 2017: The Canadian Tulip Festival opened its four venue-doors today, inviting the community, visitors and the world-at-large to come and join the Festival in celebrating its 65th anniversary. For 11 days, four Ottawa locations will host one of the biggest tulip garden parties in the world:

 Lansdowne Park Tulip Gallery – The Friendship, Floral and Art Tulip Experiencepresented by CapitalTek, features an indoor display of over 10,000 tulips in bloom, over 200 floral, art and photography exhibits and installations, an artisan marketplace, dozens of performers on stage, plus family programming and crafts created by hundreds of local school children; ByWard Tulip Park(ing) – The Urban Tulip Experience presented by Sterling Ford showcases the stylized tulips by Pop-artist Bex,  creator of the Festival’s One Tulip One Canada flag icon and the first ever wrap of Ottawa’s ByWard Market parkade with tons of interactivity and “urban tulip” photo opportunities; Tulips on the Garden Promenade – The City Tulip Tour Experienceconnects Ottawa and Gatineau’s best tulip displays with a host of escorted and self-guided tour opportunities and Commissioners Park, at Dow’s Lake , Canada’s most renowned tulip garden display. Continue reading “The 65th Canadian Tulip Festival Launches its 11-Day Celebration”

Ontario Honours Outstanding Young Volunteers

Three Youth Recognized for Exceptional Service to Others Three remarkable youth  received the Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers, the highest honour a young person can achieve for volunteer contributions to the province. This year’s honourees contributed to their communities in unique ways: Joshua Austin of Orangeville challenged discrimination and advocated for LGBTQ youth and young people dealing with mental illness. Christopher McCormick of Sudbury volunteered thousands of hours to various causes and showed exceptional leadership qualities. Justin Tiseo of London grew a high school charity effort into a leading city-wide cancer fundraising event. The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of … Continue reading Ontario Honours Outstanding Young Volunteers

New book and photo exhibition celebrate Toronto’s natural parklands

The City of Toronto today announced the publication of a new, hardcover coffee-table book entitled An Enduring Wilderness: Toronto‘s Natural Parkland. The book celebrates the natural parkland and ravine system that covers more than 4,000 hectares across the city.

The book and an associated photographic exhibition are the result of a collaboration by photographer Robert Burley and six accomplished writers, including Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels. Together, they document and celebrate Toronto‘s natural parklands and the important role they play in offering residents access to forests, wetlands, beaches, bluffs, creeks and rivers.

“Robert Burley has beautifully captured the natural parts of our city that offer Torontonians respite,” said Mayor John Tory. “As our city continues to grow, it is important that we take the time to enjoy these spaces and protect them for future generations.” Continue reading “New book and photo exhibition celebrate Toronto’s natural parklands”