The 2019 ICFF Youth program offers a variety of youth films in multiple languages!

The 2019 ICFF Youth program will feature 12 films, burgeoning from an Italian film festival to a marvellous multicultural celebration of film, which includes 2 Canadian-made movies: La Légende de Sarila (The Legend of Sarila) and Nelly et Simon: Mission Yéti (Nelly and Simon: Mission Yeti).

The International Contemporary Film Festival Youth returns with another fantastic program from April 8th to the 13th. Presented by IC Savings, ICFF Youth continues to grow, now featuring more international films than ever. Screenings will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Cineplex Yorkdale, Cineplex Cinemas in Vaughan and SilverCity Richmond Hill.

The 2019 line-up features movies in Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles.

La Légende de Sarila (French)(The Legend of Sarila) is a Canadian animated movie based on Inuit culture and tradition. Set in northern Canada in 1910, it tells the story of three young Inuits, who head for the legendary land of Sarila in search of food for their clan.

Leo Da Vinci: Missione Monna Lisa (Italian) (Leo Da Vinci: Mission Mona Lisa) is a North American premiere and a co-production between Italy and Poland. It tells the tale of a brilliant inventor who finds himself on an adventure to find a hidden treasure to help his friend Lisa, who has lost everything. Continue reading “The 2019 ICFF Youth program offers a variety of youth films in multiple languages!”

Student art revitalizes Brampton Transit hub

A 16-foot long mural created by Sheridan College students was unveiled yesterday at Brampton Transit’s Gateway Terminal to help revitalize the space.

 Located at 501 Main Street South, the Brampton Gateway Terminal is a hub for students – particularly those from Sheridan College – making this project a natural collaboration. With the idea stemming from Brampton Transit employees who work at the terminal and wanted to beautify the space, the City commissioned several of the school’s Honours Bachelor of Illustration students to create a mural that represents Brampton Transit and its role in the community.

 Sheridan included this project in its summer illustration program.  Four students created the final artwork:  Alanna Campbell, Erina Chida, Isabella Fassler and Miri Molev. The mural project was led by Sheridan Illustration faculty Ted Zourntos and Julia Breckenreid, along with the support of Elijah Williams, Manager, Centre for Indigenous Learning and Support, who guided the students in the identification of appropriate indigenous symbols to include in the mural. Continue reading “Student art revitalizes Brampton Transit hub”

Indian students perform well at the International Biology Olympiad

The Indian team performed well in the 29th International Biology Olympiad (IBO 2018) held in Tehran, Iran from July 15 to 21, 2018. 271 of the brightest students from across the world, from 71 countries participated in this edition of IBO. The Indian team comprised four students, namely, Kunjal Parnami from Bangalore, Shaswat Jain from Yamunanagar, Stuti Khandwala from Surat and Vishwesh Bharadiya from Nasik. All four of them secured Silver medals.

The team was accompanied by two Leaders: (1) Dr. Sasikumar Menon, TDM Lab, Mumbai (2) Prof. Kauresh Vacchrajani, M. S. University, Baroda; and two Scientific Observers (3) Prof. Pradeep Burma, Delhi University (4) Mr. Vikrant Ghanekar, HBCSE, Mumbai.

The IBO competition consists of a theoretical and an experimental examination, each of six hours duration. These examinations are exceptionally challenging and innovative and this year was no different.

Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (HBCSE), a national centre of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) is the nodal centre in the country for all the Science Olympiads (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy and Astrophysics and Junior Science) as well as the Mathematical Olympiad. The centre is responsible for the selection and training of the teams representing India at the international olympiads. The selection of the team for IBO was carried out through a three-stage procedure. Continue reading “Indian students perform well at the International Biology Olympiad”

Canada India Foundation’s Higher Education Forum

Canada India Foundation (CIF) will be organizing a Higher Education Forum on July 5 and 6 at the Pearson Convention Centre, Brampton ON

Announcing this at a media conference held in Toronto Wednesday June 27, Mr. Ajit Someshwar, Chair, CIF, said, “The CIF is organizing a forum on Higher Education because the education sector has emerged as priority sector for both Canada and India.”

Mr. Someshwar said the sector is worth $20 billion annually in Canada. Pertinently, in 2018, more than 120,000 international students from India will choose Canada for their higher education needs, making Canada the fourth most popular destination for Indian students seeking higher education.

Delineating the objectives of the Forum, Mr. Someshwar observed that the Forum’s vision is to reshape higher education with emphasis on innovation and to create opportunities for development and growth between Canada and India.

Mr. Anil Shah, National Convener, CIF, informed media representatives about the CIF’s upcoming Annual Global Indian Award Gala that is also being held on July 6 evening at the Pearson Convention Centre.

He said, annually, the CIF recognises and honours a prominent achiever who has championed the transformation of developing economies, Continue reading “Canada India Foundation’s Higher Education Forum”

Province greenlights new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton

Includes Sheridan College as academic partner, project to spark transformation

Political and business leaders from Brampton and around the GTHA gathered at a Brampton Board of Trade event today to celebrate the announcement of a significant education infrastructure project that will transform the city. The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, along with Harinder Malhi, MPP Brampton-Springdale and Minister of the Status of Women, announced the establishment of a new Ryerson University campus, with Sheridan College as an academic partner, in downtown Brampton.

Slated to open for classes in the Fall of 2022, the new campus will focus on providing students data-driven science and business programming paired with experiential learning. Plans include the new campus, a partnership for a National Centre for Cybersecurity, and a centre for innovation – a joint-use facility which will include public and academic libraries and an innovation zone. The new campus will be built adjacent to the downtown GO Station. The centre of innovation will be located on the land surrounding the existing Nelson Square parking garage.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Brampton, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with two leading institutions – Ryerson University and Sheridan College – in bringing a new campus and centre for innovation to downtown Brampton,” said Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey. “Today’s exciting announcement marks the start of transformation for Brampton, and new opportunities for our residents. We are looking forward to continuing our excellent partnership with Ryerson and Sheridan to make Brampton a destination for learning and innovation.”

Bringing a new university to Brampton has been a key priority for the City. In September 2017, Brampton City Council made a historic commitment of up to $150 million for a new university and centre for innovation. Continue reading “Province greenlights new Ryerson University campus in downtown Brampton”

City and Ryerson University partner to create ShapeLab

The City of Toronto and Ryerson University have partnered to create ShapeLab: Toronto’s Innovation and Co-Creation Pilot. ShapeLab is a hands-on learning opportunity in which students, municipal staff, faculty members and other professionals co-create innovative solutions to Toronto’s pressing urban issues.

As a new pilot program, ShapeLab’s inaugural city-building initiative will be the King Street Transit Pilot area. The ShapeLab initiative encourages Ryerson students to shape public space along King Street through citizen engagement and by creating opportunities for a more interactive and vibrant streetscape. The resulting public space installations are meant to complement those that will be installed as a result of the already announced “Everyone is King” campaign.

“A partnership like this that provides academic and professional development for students while improving public space is a win-win for the city and for the neighbourhoods along King Street,” said Mayor John Tory. “The students will be challenged to create streetscape enhancements that encourage people to engage with and make good use of the public space along King, while at the same time understanding the real-life challenges of designing for Toronto’s streets.”

The initiative invites all Ryerson students and graduates to submit their ideas for public activations at a Design Challenge that takes place in March, in which four interdisciplinary student teams will be selected to participate in the 2018 ShapeLab and move their ideas into action. Continue reading “City and Ryerson University partner to create ShapeLab”

West Virginia University offering free yoga classes to reduce students’ stress

West Virginia University (WVU), a public research-intensive university in Morgantown, is offering free yoga and meditation classes to reduce the increasing stress experienced by students; and are urging all US universities/colleges to offer such free yoga-meditation programs.

“Yoga and meditation have been proven to reduce stress levels, help with academic performance, and promote overall emotional and physical well-being”, the WVU announcement says. Classes being offered include Body Flow, Guided Meditation, Power Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. The University will also provide yoga mats, meditation cushions, and chairs at no charge.

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.

Founded in 1867, WVU offers 340+ majors and has been ranked “among the top 1.5% of universities in the world”. Its students come from 107 countries and all 50 US states. E. Gordon Gee and William D. Wilmoth are the President and Board Chairman respectively. Shannon Foster is Interim Director of WELLWVU, whose mission includes “to foster the complete well being of our students”.

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Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies

 Ontario Enhancing Grade 10 Course to Equip Students for Careers

Ontario is enhancing the Grade 10 career studies course, bringing in mandatory learning on financial and digital literacy, as well as expanding hands-on learning opportunities that will better prepare students to succeed in a rapidly changing economy.

Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, was at Parkdale Collegiate Institute in Toronto and  has announced that starting in September 2018, Grade 10 students will be required to complete a revamped course to provide them with the knowledge and tools employers are looking for.

The new course will include mandatory learning on financial literacy, such as budgeting and financial management. Students taking the career studies course will also explore:

  • Career pathway planning
  • Innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship
  • Digital literacy

Ontario is also making new investments in hands-on learning. Every school board across the province will hire a new and dedicated coordinator, whose key role will be to expand learning opportunities with community partners, for all grades, courses and programs – from kindergarten to adult learners.

Preparing Ontario students for the jobs of today and tomorrow is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Continue reading “Financial and Digital Literacy Coming To Career Studies”

Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students

BRUNO MARS EXPANDS HIS SUPPORT OF THE GRAMMY MUSEUM®’S GRAMMY CAMP® WITH THE BRUNO MARS SCHOLARSHIP
FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER CONTINUES HIS LONG-STANDING SUPPORT OF NEXT GENERATION OF MUSIC MAKERS WITH FUND TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR QUALIFIED NEEDS-BASED APPLICANTS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES—DEADLINE TO APPLY IS MARCH 31, 2018

The GRAMMY Museum®(www.grammymuseum.org) has announced  that five additional students will receive financial assistance for GRAMMY Camp® through the generous support of five-time GRAMMY® winner and 21-time GRAMMY nominee Bruno Mars. The scholarship will cover the tuition, housing, and transportation of one qualified high school student each year for the next five years. GRAMMY Camp, now celebrating its 14th year, is the GRAMMY Museum’s signature music industry camp for U.S. high school students. This scholarship was first established in 2014 through a grant from Mars to the Hawai’i Community Foundation in honor of his late mother for students from the Hawai’i area to attend GRAMMY Camp. It has now expanded to include applicants from across the country.

To be eligible, U.S. high school applicants must complete an online application, video audition, and a financial assistance form at www.grammyintheschools.com. Thedeadline to apply is March 31, 2018. Continue reading “Five-Time Grammy Winner Bruno Mars Scholarship for Students”