Canada & India stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today condemned the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.“I was shocked and saddened to hear of the devastating terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, which have claimed the lives of more than two hundred people and injured many hundreds more. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I offer my heartfelt condolences to all those who have lost loved ones and my hope for a full recovery to those injured.

“Canada strongly condemns these heinous attacks on hotels and Christians at prayer in churches. Places of worship are sacred, where all should feel safe and secure. No one should be targeted because of their faith.

“For millions of people around the world, Easter is a time to reflect on Jesus’ message of compassion and kindness—a time to come together with friends and family. We cannot let attacks like these weaken the hope we share.

“To the people of Sri Lanka and other communities affected by today’s attacks: Canada stands with you. We will continue to work with you and other international partners to combat terrorism and violent extremism and to promote greater peace and stability around the world.

“To date, we have no reports of any Canadian citizens being affected. Due to the current situation, our High Commission in Colombo will be closed on April 22. However, Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should contact sos@international.gc.ca or call +1 613 996 8885. Continue reading “Canada & India stand in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka”

Safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis!

With the legalization of recreational cannabis as of today, October 17, 2018, the City of Brampton is asking residents to put safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis.

Brampton Fire and Emergency Services data shows that 31 per cent of fatal fires in the home over the past five years were caused by improperly discarded smoking material. Smoking of cannabis will be regulated the same as tobacco, and cannabis users need to be responsible for safe use to protect themselves, their families, minors, pets, and property.

Fire safety
Cannabis users are advised not to cook while under the influence. Residents are also reminded not to grow beyond the legal limit of four cannabis plants per household, and not to make any modification to their electrical system or use high heat lamps as they pose a serious fire risk.

Where cannabis is prohibited  
Smoking of cannabis is prohibited in the same places where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited, e.g. enclosed public places/workplaces, within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds and play areas within parks, public sporting areas (e.g., splash pads, soccer fields) and in all bars and restaurant patios.

Who to contact
The City of Brampton along with Region of Peel will look into complaints about smoking on City property such municipal buildings, recreation centres, transit shelters, and in proximity to children’s play areas, including within parks. Continue reading “Safety first when using or in possession of recreational cannabis!”

Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe this Halloween

Be Aware and Follow the Rules of the Road

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is reminding drivers and pedestrians to stay safe and be aware while ghouls, goblins and ghosts celebrate this Halloween.

To help protect excited trick-or-treaters who are on the streets after dark, drivers are reminded to:

  • Slow down and stay alert, especially near stopped vehicles who may be dropping off children
  • Always yield to crossing pedestrians, be aware of your surroundings and watch out for children darting onto the street
  • Avoid any distractions – keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel
  • Always communicate clearly with pedestrians and other drivers on the road, and use your turn signals
  • Always drive sober

Parents and trick-or-treaters are encouraged to review safety precautions before heading out, including pedestrian and traffic safety rules, and are reminded to:

  • Be seen — there are many ways to make it easier for drivers to see you, like wearing costumes with bright fabrics or reflective material and carrying a flashlight
  • Be alert and cautious of surroundings, especially on roadways
  • Look both ways when crossing the street and make eye contact with drivers
  • Always walk — do not run from house to house Continue reading “Keep Trick-Or-Treaters Safe this Halloween”

RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico

Palma de Majorca, Spain on October 10th, 2017

  • The hotel chain has signed an agreement with UNICEF for this organisation to manage these resources, which will be dedicated to the “Back to School” programme
  • RIU’s donation will serve to set up and equip temporary classrooms so that children will not have to interrupt their education while their schools are being rebuilt or repaired

RIU Hotels & Resorts has donated $400,000 to UNICEF to address the most urgent needs in the area of education and protection following the earthquakes that occurred on 7 and 19 September in Mexico. This aid will used to build temporary classrooms, as well as for purchasing the furniture and equipment needed by students and teachers. According to UNICEF calculations, RIU’s donation could contribute to building and setting up nearly 100 classrooms, which would enable hundreds of children to immediately resume their education while waiting for schools to be repaired or rebuilt. Continue reading “RIU donates $400,000 to help victims of the earthquakes in Mexico”