TORONTO – I am not a monarchist. However, I swore allegiance to the Crown, Canada’s Head of State and Guardian of our Constitution, when I was inducted into Cabinet as a Privy Councillor. My reactions to the passing of the venerable Queen Elizabeth II are conditioned by that.
As the conflict escalates overseas, Ukrainian Canadians continue to hold demonstrations to denounce Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Over the weekend, thousands of people with ties to Ukraine gathered at several rallies across the GTA to show support for the country.
OTTAWA – The pandemic has highlighted the contributions of newcomers to the well-being of Canadian communities and across all sectors of the economy. Last year, Canada welcomed more than 405,000 new permanent residents—the most immigrants in a single year in its history.
With the cost of living on the rise, more Canadians are turning to food banks for support. According to a new report, HungerCount 2021 by Food Banks Canada, in March of 2021, more than 1.3 million Canadians visited food banks. Nationally, the demand for food banks increased by 20% compared to March 2019, the steepest rise since the 2008 economic recession.
A beautiful autumn morning greeted Durval Terceira, Local Union Co-ordinator for Local 1030, as he set out this past Saturday for the annual fundraising walk to support Renos for Heroes (R4H). Despite event organizers having to move the event to a virtual format for the second year due to the pandemic, it did not deter his commitment to support Canada’s military veterans on behalf of the Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario. (more…)
TORONTO – First time ever a record 8 (eight) Bangladeshi-born candidates are contesting in the 44th general election in Canada to be held on September 20. They have been nominated by Canada’s mainstream political parties, such as, Liberal, Conservative, NDP and Green Party. (more…)
When my mother returned to Manila from her visit to Toronto in the early 70s, she was asked of her impressions about the city, to which she gave the following observations: it is too cold and the city is a forest. My mom is gone now yet I think of her as I write this piece. Like her, I’m an urbanite. Born and raised in Manila where trees were a rarity when I was living there, I can only remember one big tree near our place – an Acacia tree. It was so old that people used it as a landmark when giving directions. (more…)
The name Amazon is an afterthought. “Cadabra” was Jeff Bezos’ first choice but his lawyer pointed out that the word is ambiguous, it being associated with what is uttered when performing magic, ie, abracadabra. The replacement is a better choice: Amazon, for the largest river. (more…)
Canada’s Birthday is an informal name that goes by Canada Day. The concept of “birthday” is a kind of simplification, as Canada Day is the anniversary of only one national milestone on the way to full independence. It is about joining the colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on July 1, 1867, into a wider British federation of four provinces, as the Canada colony was divided into the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Canada became a kind of kingdom within the British Empire, commonly known as the Dominion of Canada. (more…)
TORONTO – What if Canada also has its Mario Draghi? A prestigious and authoritative banker, who worked for years at important international financial institutions, ready to make the big leap into politics? This hypothesis could materialize as early as the next federal election: Mark Carney is considering running for the Liberal Party, a hypothesis that has been circulating in the chambers of power for many months but which now buys more credit for contingent news of political news. (more…)
In order to make flavoured vaping products less attractive to youth, the government plans to ban most of their production and sales. Health Canada has presented a draft legislation that would restrict the use of all e-cigarettes with flavors other than tobacco, mint and menthol, but still leave an option for smokers who wish to switch to an alternative source of nicotine. (more…)
Migrants and non-governmental organizations ask Ottawa to allow family unification and offer full immigration status on 20th June, Father’s Day, which coincides with World Refugee Day. (more…)
June in Canada and around the world is the month of “Pride” – the pride of the LGBTQ community. The beginning of the present freedom and awareness of the history of the LGBTQ community in Canada began on May 14, 1969 with the decriminalization of homosexuality. Before that, homosexuality was a crime. (more…)
O parque de diversões Canada’s Wonderland está programado para abrir para a temporada de 2021 e receber novamente os entusiastas de diversão ao ar livre, implementando novos protocolos de saúde e segurança para manter os visitantes e associados seguros. (more…)
If you are an early riser, you may be lucky enough to catch the first solar eclipse of 2021. Around sunrise on June 10, northern and eastern areas of North America, including Greenland, Europe and Asia will get the opportunity to experience the dramatic event. That is of course, providing mother nature cooperates and offers up a clear sky.
The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) joined indigenous and human rights organizations so that the government of Canada could investigate the cases of abuse and death of hundreds of indigenous children who disappeared from institutions run by the Catholic Church. (more…)
Most of Canada’s 7 NHL teams are already looking ahead to next season. Only Winnipeg and Montreal remain in the playoffs. The other 5 teams are golfing and trying to be optimistic about their future. On July 21, the NHL will hold an expansion draft as the Seattle Kraken join the league. The Kraken will draft one player from each team, which means every team will have a hole to fill. Two days later, the NHL Draft will be begin on July 23 and will show the direction teams are taking to improve. (more…)
Who could forget the Northeast Blackout of 2003? Eighteen years ago, on August 14th,
50 million people in Canada and the USA lost power.
In Toronto, I remember hearing stories of students having to walk from their summer jobs down at Queens Quay to Yonge and Finch, 4 hours to get home, uphill. Along the way, variety store owners were offloading buckets of ice cream to these kids for their freezers had broken down.
Canadians are being invited to learn and share their views on the five design concepts for the National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan that have now been revealed by the federal government. (more…)
TORONTO – Canada is a two-speed country during this Covid pandemic: while in some provinces there is tentative evidence of loosening restrictions, in others further restrictions are implemented to stem the spread of the virus.
Ontario, as Premier Doug Ford announced last Thursday, will reopen in three steps at 21-day intervals: phase one is expected to begin on June 14. (more…)
We have had to line up for grocery stores. https://twitter.com/Faiza_AminTV/status/1248328135780769798
We have had to line up for vaccines. https://twitter.com/blogTO/status/1387808919561588747
Will Canada have to line up for fuel too?
Our friends south of the border waited a staggering 5 hours to fill up their tanks. Some even reminisced about the Arab oil embargo of 1973 and how that caused long lineups at the gas pump. While others estimated that the current panic buying was resulting in an average of 125 cars per hour trying to get their fill. (more…)
Canada post ordered to shut down an entire shift due to another Covid outbreak at the Gateway West facility in Mississauga. The directive was issued after twelve employees in one section of the plant tested positive for Covid-19 within a period of seven days.
In the Analects, Confucius famously says: “In practicing the rules of propriety, it is the harmony that is prized.” (more…)
The live event festival will kick off from 5 PM to 9 PM via Facebook and YouTube and admission is free. (more…)
Article by Priscilla Pajdo – Corriere.ca