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Monday, June 27, 2016

University of Toronto launching Sanskrit studies

University of Toronto (U of T), "one of the world's top research-intensive universities", is launching three-level Sanskrit language learning courses from September next.
 
Under the university's Department for the Study of Religion, these will be undertaken at Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced levels; with each level spread over one year. Classes are offered on the campus as well as online, with each level divided into two semesters.
 
No prior knowledge of Sanskrit is required for the first semester of Introductory course and both written and spoken language will be taught.  Courses are open both to U of T students and others. Aim is to "read Sanskrit literature with the aid of a dictionary" after the first semester of Introductory Sanskrit course. First and second semesters will work for building knowledge of Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary and each will include 11 tests and a final exam.
 
Meanwhile, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, commended the U of T for providing Sanskrit learning opportunities and urged all Canadian universities, public as well as private, to launch Sanskrit programs.
 
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that that Sanskrit, which was known as "the language of the gods", provided the theoretical foundation of ancient sciences and had a close relationship with other classical languages like Latin, Greek, French, German, etc. According to tradition, self-born God created Sanskrit, which was everlasting and divine, Zed added.
 
Instructor for the U of T Sanskrit courses is Assistant Professor Libbie (Elizabeth) Mills, a Sanskritist whose areas of interest include "Early Shaiva Tantra". James DiCenso is the Acting Chair of the Department.
 
Over 500,000 graduates of U of T, founded in 1827 and "driven to invent and innovate", are spread across 140 countries. Meric Gertler is the President, while Michael H. Wilson is the Chancellor.



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NDP SELECTS CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER FOR LEADERSHIP RACE

OTTAWA –The New Democratic Party of Canada has appointed Emily Watkins as Chief Electoral Officer for the upcoming NDP 2017 Leadership Race.  Ms. Watkins' appointment was ratified by the Party's Federal Council, as per Article 2 a) of its 2017 Leadership Rules.

Ms. Watkins has over fourteen years of experience in federal politics and an in-depth knowledge of the NDP that stretches across the country. She also has considerable experience working with different stakeholders, media organisations and government officials. 

Most recently, Ms. Watkins served as Director of Outreach and Stakeholder Relations in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition.  As former Deputy National Director, she was responsible for developing the election budget, while managing all operations and human resources at the Party's headquarters. She also served as NDP Leader Jack Layton's Executive Assistant.

Ms. Watkins is bilingual and has a Master's Degree from McMaster University in Labour Studies, where she was the Recipient of the H.G. Hilton Master's Scholarship. She currently serves as Special Advisor to the President at the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada.

POPULAR INDIAN STAND UP COMEDIAN and CANDIAN TV TALK SHOW CELEBRITY TO CO-HOST: TD FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA




POPULAR INDIAN STAND UP COMEDIAN and CANDIAN TV TALK SHOW CELEBRITY TO CO-HOST: TD FESTIVAL OF SOUTH ASIA

 

TORONTO, ON (June 17, 2016) – TD Festival of South Asia is getting ready for one of the best summer celebrations in the city of Toronto and will announce the exciting line-up for performers in the next four weeks.

 

This year the principal Master of Ceremonies include multiple award winning, popular Indian stand up comedian, Vasu Primlani, will be seen co-hosting this year's Festival of South Asia.

 

Well known for tackling social issues such as the environment, Primlani said: "I am thrilled and honoured to serve the City of Toronto through the Festival of South Asia. I'll be glad to represent the kaleidoscope that South Asian cultures is."

 

Joining her as co-host is Randy Persaud, who hosted talk shows on Rogers Media Television like Talk Local, Local Notes, Cable 10 Live and Carassauga to name a few.

 

"We are welcoming one of the most riches cultures in the World – India right here on the Gerrard...it doesn't get any bigger and better than this. A street festival gone Bollywood, how can you not love that?", asks Randy to you.

 

The longest running outdoor South Asian festival in North America, the 14th Annual Festival of South Asia, will take place at the Gerrard India Bazaar on Gerrard Street in Toronto on July 16 and 17th, 2016, from Noon until 11pm.

 

Festival Producer/Director, Tushar Unadkat said: "Our aim to give the audience a full-fledged experience of what it feels like to be in South Asia. Of course, we want to revive the legacy of Gerrard India Bazaar and promote "Little India", for that is where people came in the yesteryears when they wanted to experience India."

 

Co-sponsored by TD Bank, the festival this year promises an exclusive line-up portraying the exclusive and ever-vibrant South Asian culture and heritage including a Rangoli competition, Literary & Visual Arts, concerts by famous South Asian artists as well as an amazing selection of mouth-watering South Asian food and drinks.

 

Admission is free for all. For more information, visit www.festivalofsouthasia.com, Facebook: @festivalofsouthasia, Twitter: @FestofSouthAsia, Instagram:  @festivalofsouthasia

 

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Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You?

Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You?

If you're going to protect yourself from sun damage, but still spend time in the sun – not secluded all day under a pop-up tent, wide-brimmed hat, etc. – then you're going to be slathering plenty of sunscreen on your entire body. But shouldn't that sunscreen provide the protection (sun protection factor: SPF) from ultraviolet radiation it claims to provide?

According to a report from Consumer Reports, "13 of the 35 sunscreen lotions that were tested had an SPF less than 30, despite all claiming to be at least SPF 30. This included two of the 18 sprays and three of the eight face sunscreens." According to Consumer Reports, these findings mirror previous findings, suggesting many people may have been exposed to considerably more UV radiation than they thought in recent years.

As you might expect, some of the worst offenders – for example, Banana Boat Kids Tear-Free, Sting-Free Lotion and CVS brand Kids Sun Lotion each had a stated SPF of 50, but according to Consumer Reports, offered only SPF 8 protection – were quick to counter the claims - but who should we believe? Probably not the sunscreen companies who make millions from product sales.

 Remember, the best protection against UV exposure is to avoid direct sunlight for more than 10-15 minutes a day (necessary to promote vitamin D production in the body), particularly during the midday hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). And if you absolutely must be in the sun, don't just rely on sunscreen; wear a hat, avoid prolonged sun exposure, and wear protective clothing whenever the temperature allows. Talk to your doctor for more information.

For more information on health and safety please visit www.toyourhealth.com and the Ontario Chiropractic Association web site at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1877-327-2273. Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416-499-5656 or www.infinite-health.com

or the longer version

Doctors of chiropractic are specialists, who provide drug free, hands on treatment that targets the source of pain. Studies show that chiropractic treatment is increasingly recognized as one of the safest and most effective health care solutions. Chiropractic care can be used successfully to treat injuries resulting from automobile accidents and sports injuries. For more prevention and wellness, or to find a doctor of chiropractic near you, go to the Patient Information section of the Ontario Chiropractic Association Website at www.chiropractic.on.ca or call 1-877-327-2273. More health information can be found at www.toyourhealth.com.
Dr. George I. Traitses of Infinite Health practices traditional chiropractic, advanced nutrition and anti aging therapy and has been serving the Toronto and Markham communities since 1981. You can reach him at 416-499-5656 or www.infinite-health.com


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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Community Bike Rides
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Home Safe Home Campaign
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Property Assessment Notices
This year, Mississauga property owners will be receiving Property Assessment Notices from MPAC around the same time the City will be sending out tax bills. Understanding the difference is important.  Learn more
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COMMUNITY MEETING
Shaping Ninth Line
A vision for the future of the Ninth Line Lands is being developed. Join a community meeting or send your thoughts.  Learn more
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ENVIRONMENT
Make a "Splash" at Earth Market Mississauga
On May 28, drop by Riverwood and join a water-themed workshop, shop local green vendors, participate in environmental activities and catch a screening of the documentary Watermark.  Learn more
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

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Do you have a budding artist, talented dancer or digital designer looking for a fun way to spend their summer? Creative Summer Camps run from July to August for ages 6-17. It's a great way for youth to be exposed to specialty art forms while having fun and making friends!

Campers can choose from Animation, Dance, Digital Sculpture and Design, Drama, Guitar, Heritage, Painting and Drawing or Photography. Register today. 

Mother's Day High Tea
Saturday May 7 & Sunday May 8, 2016
12 pm & 3 pm

Spend this Mother's Day indulging in the high art of tea while exploring one of Mississauga's oldest heritage homes. Reservations required.

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Public artwork unveiling of The Book
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
12:30 pm

You are cordially invited to celebrate the unveiling of a bold, contemporary public artwork titled The Book by Ilan Sandler.

The artwork has been generously donated to the City of Mississauga Public Art Collection by Hillside Media Communications Ltd. in collaberation with Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).

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The All-New The Best of Second City
Friday, May 27, 2016
8 pm

The Second City returns for an evening of outrageous laughs. Catch timeless comedy classics with the legendary comedy troupe that launched the careers of Hollywood heavy weights, Bill Murray, Martin Short, Tina Fey and Stephen Colbert.

Buy tickets now.

Summer is coming!

Stop by Celebration Square for fitness classes, movie nights, concerts, food truck rallies, festivals and more. You can also splash in the fountain, play on the lawn, or grab a bite to eat – the best part, it's all free. #mcssmr

See our full listing of summer events.

Open Call for Meadowvale Theatre Community Panel

This is a great opportunity to get involved with your community theatre. Meadowvale Theatre is creating a panel to provide feedback around what they do and how they do it.

An application is required and the deadline to submit is May 8 at 4 pm.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

New AGM Exhibitions Explore Photography's Relationship to Identity, Belonging and the Material World






New AGM Exhibitions Explore Photography's Relationship to Identity, Belonging and the Material World

CANADIAN BELONGING(s) curated by Ellyn Walker, and Mark Kasumovic's Instrumental open May 5th

May 5, 2016 - July 3, 2016

Basil AlZeri, #7 from The Postcard Project II, 2015; Mark Kasumovic, CERN - Data Centre Wiring, 2014
(Mississauga) - This May, in celebration of Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) invites visitors to delve into the world of photography with two new exhibitions. 

CANADIAN BELONGING(s), curated by Ellyn Walkerexamines the nuanced and complex ways in which personal identity and feelings of belonging are shaped and negotiated within Canada's rich cultural tapestry. Artists Basil AlZeri, Sonny Assu, Pansee Atta, Cindy Blazević, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Kristie MacDonald, Meryl McMaster, and Abdi Osman demonstrate their own unique relationships to the nation-state through distinct negotiations of material belongings. These artists speak back to dominant representations of national identity steeped in histories of colonialism and white supremacy, bringing their own unique perspectives to what it means to belong on this land.

In Instrumental, Mark Kasumovic's photographs of scientific instruments and facilities offer an investigation into how advances in technology have altered the previously symbiotic relationship of photography to the material world.

Members of the media and the public are invited to the Opening Reception on May 5, 6 pm, at the AGM. There will be a special performance by Basil AlZeri at 7 pm. A free bus will depart from The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St W, Toronto) at 6 pm, returning at 8:30 pm. Space is limited and RSVP is required to agm.connect@mississauga.ca.

FEATURES
  • Performance by Basil AlZeri: Thursday, May 5, 7 pm
  • Artist talk with Abdi Osman: Thursday, May 26, 7 pm 
  • Curator's talk with Ellyn Walker: Saturday, May 28, 1 pm
  • Artist Talk with Mark Kasumovic: Sunday, June 12, 1 pm
  • Vanessa Dion Fletcher Performance: Friday, July 1, 2-6 pm

ABOUT THE ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA

Engage. Think. Inspire. Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) connects with the people of Mississauga through the collection and presentation of works from a range of periods and movements in Canadian art. The AGM fosters innovative education, artist projects and other forms of dialogue to advance critical enquiry and community connection to the visual arts.
 
The AGM is a public, not-for-profit art gallery located in the Mississauga Civic Centre right on Celebration Square across from Square One Mall. The AGM is proud to admit people free of charge, serve communities, and provide positive visual art experiences for all visitors.

For more information, call 905 896 5088 or visit artgalleryofmississauga.com

ART GALLERY OF MISSISSAUGA

300 City Centre Drive, Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1 905 896 5088 artgalleryofmississauga.com  

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