“This season is about bringing light to the people around us”-P.M. Justin Trudeau

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Christmas:

“Merry Christmas, Canada!

“Today, our family joins Christians across the country and around the world to celebrate the birth of Christ.

“It’s a time to spread joy and cheer, appreciate our blessings, and honour traditions – whether that’s opening presents, decorating the Christmas tree, sharing a meal together, or setting aside a couple of cookies for Santa.

“We’re also well into winter, from coast to coast to coast – and here in Canada, we’ve always known how to smile through the cold days and long nights. This time of year, that Canadian spirit shines through most – because this season is about bringing light to the people around us.

“We also know this is a difficult time for some families. For Canadian Armed Forces members who are far from home, it’s just one example of the many sacrifices you and your families make. We’re thinking of you, and we’re grateful for everything you do for Canadians.

“And we’re thinking too of hardworking Canadian families who might be struggling to make ends meet this Christmas. Our government is working hard to make things a little easier for you  Continue reading ““This season is about bringing light to the people around us”-P.M. Justin Trudeau”

Mississauga Joins Global Network of Data-Driven Cities

The City of Mississauga has been awarded the International Organization for Standardization 37120 (ISO 37120) platinum-level certification from the World Council on City Data (WCCD) – a global leader in standardized city data. Mississauga is one of ten Canadian municipalities to receive the certification. The City joins more than 60 municipalities that are part of the WCCD global network.

“We are pleased to be recognized with this honour alongside other world-leaders including London, Dubai and Buenos Aires,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Increasing transparency and fostering innovation are important priorities for us as we continue to create a connected city for the 21st century. Data-driven decision making is vital for us to deliver high-quality programs and services to our citizens.”

Mississauga reported 96 out of the 100 indicators, earning platinum-level ranking.

“Mississauga is now part of an international standard,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “Not only does it show how we are doing compared to other cities, but also serves as a benchmark in our planning process. It is important for us to be able to learn from other cities as we continue to build a world-class city.”

The standard includes a comprehensive set of 100 indicators that measures a city’s social, economic and environmental performance. The Region of Peel, local school boards, utilities and Trillium Hospital contributed data as part of the assessment. Continue reading “Mississauga Joins Global Network of Data-Driven Cities”

Prince’s Trust Canada and Marriott International Announce National Partnership on New Youth Employment Initiative

Prince’s Trust Canada, a national charity established by HRH The Prince of Wales, and Marriott International, a leading global lodging company with more than 6,700 properties across 129 countries and territories, announced a new Canada wide partnership  that will support youth employment and grow the hospitality-talent pool nationally.

Prince’s Trust Canada works with innovative and dedicated employer partners like Marriott International to link young people facing barriers to employment with meaningful employment opportunities. Prior to the partnership announcement, the two organizations ran a successful pilot project in Toronto.

The new Get Into Hospitality program saw 12 under-employed  young people in Toronto get two weeks of rigorous classroom training and two weeks of fully paid job shadowing training at Toronto area hotels. The young people finished the program with new skills, improved confidence and jobs. Marriott International committed to hiring at least 50% of the program participants.

In addition to helping young people struggling to find employment, the hospitality-focused curriculum and paid workplace experience program supports the expanding travel and tourism industry in Canada by preparing young Canadians for careers in the industry.

Continue reading “Prince’s Trust Canada and Marriott International Announce National Partnership on New Youth Employment Initiative”

CJMR Radio Hosts Raise Over $180,000 and 40,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank

The Punjabi radio producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station have once again come together to fight hunger in our community by hosting another radiothon and food drive in support of Mississauga’s Seva Food Bank. The previous seven radiothons and food drives have collectively raised over $750,000 and 320,000 pounds of food for Seva Food Bank. This year, at the eight  annual CJMR Guru Nanak Radiothon and Food Drive raised over $180,000 in pledges and 40,000 pounds of food for the Seva Food Bank.

The record-breaking effort was led by the producers of CJMR 1320 AM radio station to mark the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith.  “We really wanted to find a way to put Guru Nanak’s message of equality, social justice and service into practice,” remarked radio host Kuldip Deepak. “The Seva Food Bank is doing just that with its commitment to seva, selfless service, and sarbat da bhalla, the well-being of all humanity.”

On Friday November 23rd and Sunday November 25th, the radio hosts were on the air for over sixteen hours fielding over a thousand calls from dedicated listeners who pledged their donations. On Saturday November 24th, a food drive was organized with the support of over two hundred volunteers, spanning almost twenty-five South Asian grocery stores and gurdwaras to collect food donations across  the Peel region. Continue reading “CJMR Radio Hosts Raise Over $180,000 and 40,000 Pounds of Food For Seva Food Bank”

Prime Minister announces investment in artificial intelligence to create over 16,000 jobs for Canadians

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has announced an investment of up to nearly $230 million for the AI-Powered Supply Chains Supercluster (SCALE.AI) based in Quebec. The investment is expected to create more than 16,000 jobs and add more than $16 billion to our economy over 10 years. The funding will be matched dollar-for-dollar by private sector partners. The government of Québec also announced an investment of $60 million to support the initiative.

SCALE.AI brings the retail, manufacturing, transportation, infrastructure, and information and communications technology sectors together to build intelligent supply chains through artificial intelligence and robotics. This supercluster is helping Canadian small and medium-sized businesses take advantage of new opportunities, and positioning Canada as a global export leader.

The Prime Minister made the announcement while delivering remarks at the G7 Multistakeholder Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Montréal, Quebec. The conference brought together over 150 technology leaders, academic experts, members of civil society, and government officials from G7 countries, including Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains, France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs Mounir Mahjoubi, and Quebec’s Minister of Economy and Innovation Pierre Fitzgibbon. Continue reading “Prime Minister announces investment in artificial intelligence to create over 16,000 jobs for Canadians”

The excitement of the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction is coming to Toronto 

BARRETT-JACKSON TO SHOWCASE UNIQUE COLLECTION AT 2019 CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL AUTOSHOW

For nearly half a century, car enthusiasts have turned to Barrett-Jackson to get their hands on some of the finest collector cars on the road.

Widely regarded as a barometer on the collector car industry, Barrett-Jackson’s auctions have evolved into automotive lifestyle events where thousands of people flock for a glimpse at some of the world’s most sought after, unique and valuable cars. At the 2019 Canadian International AutoShow, presented by The Toronto Star and Wheels.ca, Barrett-Jackson will be showcasing a sample of some of the most prized cars in collections from across Canada, plus — for the first time in Canada — some of the most prized muscle cars from the personal collection of Craig Jackson himself.

“Most car enthusiasts are aware of the Barrett-Jackson brand and the incredible vehicles that have crossed their famous auction stage,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “This feature will bring the excitement of the auction stage to the AutoShow and celebrate some of the most savvy collectors from our own backyard.”

To be located on the 100 level of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre across from the popular Auto Exotica feature, the Barrett-Jackson collection will feature up to 10 prized muscle cars.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Barrett-Jackson is a global leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events. It specializes in providing products and services to the astute classic and collector car owners and automotive enthusiasts around the world. Continue reading “The excitement of the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction is coming to Toronto “

Canada helps create more resilient coastal communities

Fighting back against climate change

The impact that climate change has on the health and sustainability of our water resources threatens the livelihood and health of people around the world, especially people from Pacific islands countries and territories and Small Island Developing States. Ocean warming, acidification and sea-level rise put these coastal communities and their economies at risk.

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson has reiterated Canada’s commitment to working with the global community to support resilient coasts and coastal communities by highlighting the following Canadian investments:

  • $10 million to the Pacific Initiative for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Resilience. Funding for this joint initiative with the European Union, France, New Zealand and Australia will support efforts in the Pacific region to adapt to climate change, protect biodiversity, and improve ocean and fisheries health.
  • $20 million for capacity development and technical assistance in Small Island Developing States. This includes areas of public financial management, financial sector supervisory capacity, and fostering inclusive growth.

Support in these areas complements Canada’s commitments to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the marine conservation targets under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, Continue reading “Canada helps create more resilient coastal communities”

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir celebrates Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights in Toronto

A glittering array of twinkles filled the night as traditional candles were lit by devotees during the Diwali and Hindu New Year (Vikram Samvat 2075) Celebrations on Thursday November 8, 2018, at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, located at 61 Claireville Drive, Toronto.

The ancient tradition of lighting candles, or diva, during Diwali symbolizes the transition from darkness to light. While the diva lit on Diwali remove physical darkness, the festival’s rich traditions and rituals go deeper – inviting individuals to make efforts in removing darkness from within, in the forms of anger, envy, greed, arrogance, and resentment.  Diwali presents a time to reflect and introspect.

The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto marked the auspicious festival of Diwali and its associated five days of celebrations with an elaborate Annakut, lighted diva, fireworks, and a special children’s Diwali celebration. The celebrations were open to all. Visitors participated in celebration activities, offered prayers for new beginnings and had the opportunity to taste in the delicious offerings of the Annakut. Several dignitaries also participated in the celebrations.

Addressing the gathering, The Honourable Doug Ford Premier of Ontario said, “said, “Happy Diwali, Happy New Year to everyone. Each and everyone of you make me feel right at home when I come here. I wish everyone in Ontario could see this [the Annakut], it’s absolutely unbelievable. I understand it’s all about ‘Unity’ and what at great message…I just wanted to emphasize, you have treated our family incredibly well here…we are forever grateful to you. The contribution of your community to the province is absolutely incredible.” Continue reading “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir celebrates Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights in Toronto”

“We honour every Canadian who has served and sacrificed so we may live free”-P.M. Justin Trudeau

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Remembrance Day:

“Today, we honour every Canadian who has served and sacrificed so we may live free. We fall silent to acknowledge a debt we can never repay. We remember.

“One hundred years ago today, the Armistice between Germany and the Allies ended the First World War. As we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we also mark Canada’s Hundred Days.

“During the ‘100 Days Offensive,’ Canadians spearheaded attacks that overcame the last lines of German defences and paved the way to final victory. These soldiers were the face and strength of a young country that sacrificed beyond measure and never faltered in its duty.

“Their bravery garnered the respect and admiration of the world, and marked a turning point for Canada. We began to define ourselves as a country – a force on the world stage, confident, and in control of our own destiny.

“Since then, every generation of Canadians has stepped forward to serve. Thousands have fought, and continue to fight, to defend the principles of peace, freedom, and democracy around the world.

“At 11:00 am, I call on all Canadians to observe the two minutes of silence. We remember every Canadian who has sacrificed their future for generations beyond their own. We stand today, free and at peace, because of them.

“Lest we forget.” Continue reading ““We honour every Canadian who has served and sacrificed so we may live free”-P.M. Justin Trudeau”

Prime Minister of Canada welcomes new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, yesterday welcomed an agreement-in-principle between Canada, the United States, and Mexico on a modernized trade agreement – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – that will create good, well‑paying, middle class jobs, strengthen economic ties, and expand Canada’s trade in North America.
Following more than a year of negotiations, the three countries have reached understandings in key areas, including rules of origin for automotive manufacturing, agriculture, labour, intellectual property rights, culture, and dispute settlement.

Further, Canada has ensured that any US Section 232 tariffs will not impact Canadian auto and auto parts exports. Canada has successfully preserved key elements of the original NAFTA, while building on the agreement to expand opportunity and improve protections for workers across North America. The resulting agreement offers crucial predictability and stability for Canadian businesses, investors, traders, workers, and innovators.

Throughout the negotiations, Canada’s approach has been constructive. Negotiating objectives remained clear: defend Canadians’ interests, uphold Canadian values, and fight for Canadian jobs and living standards within an agreement that is mutually beneficial for all three countries.

When implemented, the USMCA will help Canadians compete globally and prosper in a healthy, integrated North American economy. The Government of Canada will continue to engage with North American partners to finalize the details of an agreement that benefits all Canadians. Continue reading “Prime Minister of Canada welcomes new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement”