Prime Minister concludes visit to the United States

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded his visit to Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. During his visit, the Prime Minister met with several political and business leaders to underscore the importance of the Canada-US relationship, and create more opportunities for Canada’s middle class.

In Chicago, the Prime Minister met with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel to discuss the importance of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as climate change, cross border tourism, and the energy sector. He also spoke to students at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, where he stressed the importance of civic duty, youth engagement, gender equality, and multiculturalism.

In San Francisco, Prime Minister Trudeau met with global business leaders to promote Canada as one of the best places to invest. He met with Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce Marc Benioff, who announced that his company would invest US$2 billion over the next five years in Canada. This investment will expand Salesforce’s client relationship management services and lead to the creation of thousands of good, middle class jobs. The Prime Minister also met with AppDirect President and Chief Executive Officer Daniel Saks, who announced that he would create 300 new jobs and expand the company’s footprint in Canada.

The Prime Minister also held meetings with Amazon Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, AMGen Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Bradway, and eBay President and Chief Executive Officer Devin Wenig. Continue reading “Prime Minister concludes visit to the United States”

“Canada and India share a special bond”-Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

 The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced that he will travel to India – at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – for a state visit from February 17 to 23, 2018.

Canada and India enjoy a special relationship that is based on a common language, similar institutions and forms of government, and a commitment to democracy. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and offers tremendous opportunities to grow Canada’s middle class and bolster our shared prosperity.

This state visit – which includes stops in Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi – will provide an opportunity for Prime Minister Trudeau to connect with Indian leaders in government and business, promote the empowerment of women and girls, and strengthen Canada and India’s close economic ties.

During the visit, Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Modi will reaffirm the close friendship between our two countries, and discuss ways to create good middle class jobs for Canadians and Indians alike.

Prime Minister Trudeau will also participate in several business roundtables to promote further trade and investment between Canada and India. The Canadian delegation will also work closely with Indian leaders to advance mutual growth and prosperity. Continue reading ““Canada and India share a special bond”-Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada”

Parichay & Fazilpuria just got the wildest Party Started!

It has been an incredible past few months for Indo-Canadian Bollywood Singer & Music Producer, Parichay, who recently released tracks with Sean Kingston, Nargis Fakhri & Kardinal Offishall. While the hype of “Habitaan Vigaad Di” & Saare Mundeya Nu” continues to grow, Parichay just dropped a brand new single titled “Let’s Get The Party Started” featuring Haryanvi rapper, Fazilpuria, known for his mega Bollywood hit, “Kar Gayi Chull” with fellow rapper, Badshah.

This collaboration, currently being marketed as #LGTPS, was reportedly facilitated by Anurag Bedi of Zee Music Company. Parichay confirms “Anurag suggested that Fazilpuria would be the right feature on this track, which was a great idea as Fazil represents a Haryanvi desi swag that works really well with the music, which is very modern and western. I’ve always been about that east-meets-west sound, so I sent him the beat right away and only a day later, he sent me his rap verse. He had loved the beat and I thought his rap was super catchy as well, so we went ahead with it and the rest is history”

The two just completed a press tour across North India and Radio Jockeys were heard praising the track on first listen, saying things like “this is as fresh as it gets”, “incredible collaboration, incredible sound”, “the drop is a beast” etc.  Continue reading “Parichay & Fazilpuria just got the wildest Party Started!”

“Merry Christmas, Canada!”-P.M. Justin Trudeau

“In 2017, people across Canada gave us much reason to be proud, and showed us the strength in our diversity. Canadians are neighbours helping neighbours, sharing warmth, compassion, and generosity—not just at Christmas, but all year round.

“For Christians around the world, this season is a time to celebrate Jesus Christ and his message of compassion. For all of us, it is a chance to come together to give thanks for everything that unites us.

“As the 150th anniversary of Confederation draws to a close, all of us have a role to play in shaping our world for the better. In the New Year, and throughout the years to come, let’s commit to making a difference. Whether by lending a hand to a neighbour, or volunteering for a cause we believe in, let’s give generously, and live out the values that bring us together.

“Let’s also reach out and listen—to those next door, across the aisle, and at the dinner table. Building a better world starts where we work and live, in our communities, and at home.

“During the holidays, I also ask you take a moment to remember our brave servicewomen and men, and their families. They make extraordinary sacrifices to keep us safe.

“From our family to yours, Hadrien, Ella-Grace, Xavier, Sophie, and I wish you joy, health, love, and peace this holiday season. Merry Christmas.”

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New Child Care Spaces Coming to Schools in Brampton-Springdale

More than 98 Children to Benefit from 6 New Child Care Rooms in Local Schools

 Ontario is taking a significant step towards creating 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, communities and other public spaces across the province including funding for 6 new child care rooms at 2 schools in Brampton-Springdale. As a result of this investment, 96 children and their families will gain access to high-quality licensed care in a safe, convenient setting.

Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale was at Massey Street Public School in Brampton-Springdale today to announce the new child care spaces, including:

  • Renovation of rooms / 3 Rooms
  • Additions of Rooms/ 3 Rooms

Helping more families access quality, affordable child care is an essential part of the government’s plan for a fairer, better Ontario. It will give more children a safe, caring environment in which to learn and grow, and allow more women to go back to work and pursue their careers, which is critical to closing the gender wage gap.

As part of a five-year commitment to help 100,000 more children up to the age of four access child care, Ontario is investing up to $1.6 billion in capital projects alone. This will add an estimated 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools and other community settings. Additionally, the province is increasing operating funding and subsidies to help more children aged 0–4 years access quality child care. Continue reading “New Child Care Spaces Coming to Schools in Brampton-Springdale”

Honourable Richard Wagner is the new Chief Justice of Canada

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the Honourable Richard Wagner as the new Chief Justice of Canada.

Justice Wagner was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980 and practiced law until being appointed to the Quebec Superior Court in 2004. He sat in the Civil Division, the Commercial Division, and the Criminal Division of the Quebec Superior Court until 2011 when he was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal. He was first appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court on October 5, 2012.

Following current Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s retirement on December 15, Justice Wagner will take the oath of office as Chief Justice and be sworn in as a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada on December 18.

The Chief Justice fosters collegial decision-making on the Court, holds many leadership and administrative responsibilities, and represents the Canadian judiciary at home and abroad. Before choosing the Chief Justice, the Prime Minister consulted with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the outgoing Chief Justice, and other leading members of the Canadian legal community. Continue reading “Honourable Richard Wagner is the new Chief Justice of Canada”

City of Toronto receives Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award for the fourth year in a row

Mediacorp Canada Inc. is Canada’s largest specialty publisher of quality employment periodicals. They manage the well-known Canada’s Top 100 Employers project and the job search engine, now used by over 5.4 million Canadians annually.

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”