Iconic Mississauga Sports Complex Gets New Name As of July 1

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”

Kuumba Festival at Harbourfront Centre Celebrates Black History Month

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”.

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 ‘Hotstar Presents The ANOKHI Awards 2017’ rolled out the red carpet to welcome some of the world’s most renowned names in the areas of business, media, entertainment, crusader, and glamour, at Toronto’s historic Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, on Tuesday November 28th.

The evening began with a sizzling red carpet reception with over 30 celebrities and personalities making the fateful walk down a 36 foot red carpet, which included ANOKHI Pulse Tv’s famous gold couch lounge against the backdrop of music by DJ Fizza. This was followed by a 2.5-hour auditorium style awards-fashion-entertainment show with 18 awards honours, 4 live musical performances, and a first of its kind fashion runway show, and hosted by 6 prominent personalities in media and entertainment.

The master of ceremonies, actor, comedian, and CBC radio host, Ali Hassan opened the show with a comedic monologue followed by ANOKHI MEDIA’s CEO and brand ambassador’s opening remarks that highlighted this year as the awards show’s 10th year that saw a record breaking nominations for Canadian South Asians. Continue reading “ANOKHI AWARDS 2017 HONOURED THE SOUTH ASIAN COMMUNITY FROM AROUND THE WORLD AT A STAR-STUDDED GALA”


Jet Airways, India’s premier, full-service international airline, recently concluded its annual Joy of Giving programme that encourages employees to embrace the carrier’s culture of philanthropy by doing their bit for society’s less privileged.

Undertaken annually, the internal, organisation-wide initiative leverages the airline’s strong pan-India presence and its well-diversified employee base, to engage with a host of NGOs and other institutions serving the cause of the less privileged, particularly children, women and senior citizens all across the country.

In contrast to Jet Airways’ Magic Box initiative which involves the airline’s guests, Joy of Giving is an internal, employee-driven program which promotes employee sensitization, camaraderie as well as their engagement on a voluntary basis with humanitarian issues facing the society they live and operate in.

Jayaraj Shanmugam, Executive Vice President, Products & Services, Jet Airways, said, “At Jet Airways, we take our commitment to society very seriously and the culture of giving back is deeply ingrained as part of our airline’s ethos. We associate with numerous NGOs on various initiatives all year round which, include the ‘Joy of Giving’ programme. Continue reading “JET AIRWAYS’ ANNUAL JOY OF GIVING PROGRAM CONTINUES TO SPREAD CHEER AMONG THE UNDERPRIVILEGED”

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”

Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada

Program marks the planting of 100,000 trees in Alberta and begins next phase of planting in Niagara Ontario

In only 32 months, Delta Hotels by Marriott, in partnership with WEARTH, has to date helped Delta hotel guests to plant more than 100,000 trees in conserved lands across Alberta, Canada through the hotels’ GreenSTAY™ program.

Delta Hotels by Marriott associates and Don Cleary, President of Marriott International Canada, planting trees during a GreenSTAY™ program planting event.

The GreenSTAY program, launched in February 2015, gives guests the option to plant one tree for each night they have opted out of housekeeping.  WEARTH plants the actual trees on behalf of every applicable GreenSTAY guest night, and guests, who can also plant a matching virtual tree online, must stay at least two nights to participate in the program.  By opting out of the housekeeping services, guests reduce the amount of chemicals, water and energy being used in the hotel daily. The indirect benefit is the simultaneous restoration of Canadian forests and land to their natural ecological state.

“Most of our hotel sustainability endeavors are focused on efforts to conserve within our hotels. The Delta Hotels GreenSTAY program provides the opportunity for guests to join us to help conserve natural resources in Canada’s forest lands, thus reaching beyond our hotels’ doors,” says Marriott Hotels of Canada President, Don Cleary. Continue reading “Delta Hotels By Marriott GreenSTAY Celebrates 100,000 Trees Planted in Canada”

BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community

BAPS Charities hosted several hundred participants at its 14th annual Health Fair on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the BAPS Swaminarayan Complex in Toronto.  This year’s Health Fair aimed to provide practical, preventative health care information for community members of all ages.

Over 50 health care professionals volunteered for the event, including dentists, optometrists, nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists and family physicians. Collectively, these professionals provided a variety of services and screening tests including audiograms, eye screenings and dental screenings. Participants were also able to attend relevant workshops on various health topics such as diabetes and yoga as well as receive individual consultations on issues including diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol.

Special guests at the Health Fair included Councillor Vincent Crisanti, Ward 1 – Etobicoke North, thanked the volunteers of BAPS Charities and said, “BAPS Charities has always taken a very wholesome approach. Part of being healthy is having healthy families. This event has grown over the years and I am happy to be here to kick off the health fair. Let’s stay healthy.”

“I’ve been volunteering with the BAPS Charities Health Fair for several years now”, said Lalit Wadhvana, “Each year, I see the event growing and evolving to address some pressing health issues facing our community. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the ability to help my neighbours, friends and community members lead healthier, longer lives! Continue reading “BAPS Charities Health Fair in Toronto Connects Health Professionals with the Community”