Komagata Maru: 100th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp

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On May 6, Conservative MP Parm Gill unveiled a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Komagata Maru tragedy in 1914.

This stamp builds on the Prime Minister’s 2008 apology on behalf of the Government of Canada for the Komagata Maru tragedy. As part of the apology our Government also announced $2.5 million dollars in funding to build a monument, a museum, write books, plays, and websites that help commemorate and raise awareness of this tragedy in our country’s history.

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Moving Ontario Forward With Large New Investment

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Premier Unveils Robust Plan to Create Jobs, Modernize Transportation Infrastructure

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, on April 14, announced the Ontario government’s plan to build a seamless and integrated transportation network across the province — Moving Ontario Forward — to create jobs, boost productivity and help every part of Ontario grow and prosper.

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Ontario Dialing Up New Consumer Protections

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Law Requires Clear Contracts and Caps on Cancellation Fees

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Ontario's wireless and cell phone consumers will now get clear information and fewer surprises when they enter into cell phone and wireless services contracts.

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Historic Legislation to Create A Canadian Victims Bill of Rights

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Announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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Federal Government seeks to better protect victims of crime and give them a stronger voice in our justice system.

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, on April 3, announced the introduction of legislation to create a Canadian Victims Bill of Rights that would transform the criminal justice system by creating, at the federal level, clear rights for victims of crime – a first in Canadian history. The Prime Minister was joined by Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

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Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program ready for Spring

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Approximately 16,000 workers expected on Ontario farms during 2014 growing season

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The seasonal labour program at the root of Ontario’s fruit and vegetable industry is ready for the upcoming growing season — once the record-breaking winter eventually releases the province from its frigid grip.

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Kirpan: Canadian Missions Across the World To Accommodate

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On behalf of Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, the Honourable Tim Uppal, Minister of State (Multiculturalism), on April 14, announced a new policy on accommodating the Sikh kirpan at Canadian missions abroad.

The announcement is particularly significant as it coincides with Vaisakhi, the birth of the Order of the Khalsa in 1699, the day initiated Sikhs were enjoined to wear five distinct articles of faith, including the kirpan.

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Stewart Beck: Next CEO of Asia Pacific Foundation

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The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada (APF Canada) on April 17 announced the appointment of Stewart Beck as its new President and CEO, effective August 15, following a world-wide search. Beck, Canada’s current High Commissioner to India, has been tapped to lead the Foundation into a new era following Yuen Pau Woo’s nine-year term at the helm of the organization.

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Sultans of the Street: Where Hope is an Addiction

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Sultans of the Street is award winning playwright, Anusree Roy’s first theatre for young audiences.  It revolves around four children dressed as gods begging on the streets of Kolkata in India and trying to escape servitude to a deceitful aunt.  Directed by Nina Lee Aquino, it is being presented at Young People’s Theatre between April 28 to May 15.

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Harbourfront Centre Celebrating 40 Years With Heart

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Summer of Wonder lineup Announced

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A mere 40 years ago, an industrial wasteland began its journey of transformation into what has now become a dynamic incubator for art, culture and creativity. Since its inception, Harbourfront Centre has captured the collective spirit of Canada’s most creative city, offering year-round multidisciplinary arts and cultural programming in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront. Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce its 40th anniversary summer season lineup and invites the city of Toronto and its visitors to experience a Summer of Wonder.

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Legendary Dhrupad Vocalists to Mesmerize Toronto Audiences

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By Renu Mehta *

The renowned Pandit Jasraj Institute of Music in Toronto is presenting the Gundecha Brothers, Padmashree Pandits Ramakant and Umakant Gundecha, the celebrated and renowned Dhrupad Vocalists in Toronto.  The concert, to be held on May 10 at the Sringeri Vidya Bharti Foundation, will feature the legends who will be accompanied by Shri Akhilesh Gundecha on Pakhawaj.    

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Senator Asha Seth Decries Violence Against Women

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Parliamentarians Join in

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The Honourable Dr. Asha Seth hosted a reception on April 1 on Parliament Hill on behalf of the Elspeth-Hayworth Center for Women (EHCW) to condemn gender-based violence in Canada and around the world. The event commemorated the work of the Elspeth-Hayworth Center in providing vital support to vulnerable immigrant women in the greater Toronto area. The night also highlighted the book “Violence Against Women- All Pervading;” a partnership project with the Toronto Police Service edited by accomplished author Ajit Jain.  

The Elspeth-Hayworth Centre for Women does extraordinary work towards empowering immigrant women, seniors and families to understand and enjoy all the rights and benefits of living in Canada. They work hard to reduce isolation and poverty among immigrant women and promote programs that assist them with integrating into Canadian society. 

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MARCH 2017

Vol. 11 - No. 8










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