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Friday, November 10, 2017

Stratford Christmas Trail marks beginning of holiday season

Stratford, ON: The Stratford Christmas Trail (www.visitstratford.ca/ChristmasTrail) captures the spirit of giving and the joy of checking off that list. Throughout November and running until December 20, twenty-seven shops present fabulous stocking stuffers to delight on Christmas morning. You'll discover unique and individual gift ideas when you stroll our festive streets visiting shops draped in fresh cedar rope and tied with big red bows. Stratford Tourism is making it easy to kick off your holiday shopping with The Christmas Trail, just choose six gifts for $30 (+HS
Here is how it works. Purchase your trail at Stratford Tourism and receive your map and six vouchers to exchange for your choice of unique and distinctive gifts ready for you at  27 stops on the Christmas Trail. Share with friends and family to delight on Christmas morning – or keep a treat for yourself.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dance Premiere Life Eternal explores Immortality & Freedom

​Janak Khendry Dance Company
presents World Premiere of
Life Eternal
- A captivating dance work that explores Immortality and Freedom -

TORONTO (October 6, 2017) - The Janak Khendry Dance Company celebrates its 39th year and Canada's 150th Anniversary with a unique dance creation that reflects on transcending time and space in a journey to love, peace, freedom and happiness. The world premiere of Life Eternal features an outstanding ensemble of 14 dancers, including Artistic Director Janak Khendry who choreographs this captivating dance work, with music composed by Ashit Desai. Life Eternal runs Thursday November 9 to Saturday November 11 at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets are on sale now.

Life Eternal is rooted in ancient universal truths embraced by Jain, Hindu and Buddhist philosophies of life. Indian classical dance is the medium that the distinguished Janak Khendry Dance Company uses to unravel these teachings.

The art of seduction, adoration of nature and artful loving devotion to a Divine Being are themes that are interwoven into the dance structure. Life Eternal highlights the quest to attain immortality - decoded as total freedom - transcending time and space, accepting nothing after life except eternal calm on the road to that freedom.

The celebrated Janak Khendry Dance Company had its origin in 1978 in New York and moved to Toronto in 1979. The company has created esteemed dance interpretations about major philosophies and religions, exploring Christianity with John Milton's Paradise Lost, Buddhism with Women Liberated, Hinduism with Ganga, Kaal-Time, Gayatri and Upanishad, and Jainism in Panchkalyanaka.

These works have been highly appreciated by the public in India, the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Middle East, Myanmar and, most importantly, in Canada. Company members travel abroad as Indo-Canadian Cultural Ambassadors and de facto propagate the diversity of cultures and the unity of Canadian society.

Janak Khendry, the Artistic Director of the dance company, is an internationally renowned dancer/choreographer, professionally trained in four classical Indian dance styles, ballet and modern dance. He was invited to give five command performances for two past Presidents of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, and was one of five artists invited from across the United States to perform for the Vice-President in Washington, D.C. at the inauguration of the CARE and MEDICARE projects.

As a non-profit, charitable organization, Janak Khendry Dance Company presents socio-philosophical works that benefit numerous communities and provides inspiration and mentorship to younger generations.

Janak Khendry Dance Company presents World Premiere of Life Eternal
Choreographed by Janak Khendry, Music composed by Ashit Desai

Thursday, November 9 - Saturday November 11 at 8pm nightly
At Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 3rd Floor, Toronto

Tickets are available by calling the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416-973-4000
or visit Janak Khendry Dance Company's website at www.jkdanceco.org
Regular Tickets are $30 & $35; Students/Seniors/Artsworkers are $25. Groups 10+ are $20.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

                Government of Canada implements new legislative changes to the Citizenship Act

October 4, 2017 – Ottawa, ON – As part of the Government of Canada's commitment to provide greater flexibility in meeting requirements for those who wish to obtain Canadian citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced today a significant milestone in implementing changes to the Citizenship Act through the adoption of Bill C-6.


Further to changes introduced upon Royal Assent which repealed certain provisions of the former government's Bill C-24, important changes to physical presence and the age required to meet language and knowledge requirements for permanent residents who are applying for citizenship will come into effect on October 11, 2017. The new requirements will give more flexibility to both younger and older eligible immigrants to obtain citizenship. They will also help individuals who have already begun building lives in Canada achieve citizenship faster.


Citizenship applicants who meet the new requirements must wait until October 11, 2017, before applying for citizenship. This is the date when the changes come into effect, and when the new citizenship application forms and guides will be available.

More changes to the Citizenship Act are expected to take effect later this year and in early 2018. For a complete list of past, current and future changes to the Citizenship Act and their effective dates, please read the
Bill C-6 Backgrounder.





"One of the strongest pillars for successful integration into Canadian life is achieving Canadian citizenship and becoming part of the Canadian family. The Government encourages all immigrants to take the path towards citizenship and take advantage of everything that being a Canadian has to offer."


– The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship


Quick facts


·         Bill C-6, an Act to amend the Citizenship Act and make consequential amendments to another Act, received Royal Assent on June 19, 2017.

·         The latest set of amendments to the Act taking effect October 11, 2017, will also include aligning the number of years applicants need to file Canadian income taxes (if required to do so under the Income Tax Act) to three out of five years, to match the changes to the physical presence requirements.


·         Some changes to the Citizenship Act took effect immediately upon Royal Assent on June 19, 2017. They include: repealing of the ability to revoke citizenship from dual citizens convicted of crimes against the national interest; no longer requiring applicants to intend to continue to reside in Canada once granted citizenship; and making it easier for minors to apply for citizenship without a Canadian or permanent resident parent.


·         More changes expected to take place later in 2017 and 2018 include strengthening the citizenship revocation process so that the Federal Court is the decision-maker on most cases, and giving clear authority under the Citizenship Act for citizenship officers to seize fraudulent or suspected fraudulent documents.



Related products

·         News release – Citizenship Bill Receives Royal Assent

·         Backgrounder – Changes to the Citizenship Act as a Result of Bill C-6

·         Infographic

·         Read a copy of Bill C-6


Contacts for media only


Minister's Office

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada



Media Relations

Communications Branch

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada







Monday, October 2, 2017

How to Curate Content Quickly (and 70+ Places to Find Great Content)

Full Article-How to Curate Content Quickly (and 70+ Places to Find Great Content): "Curating top content from around the web is a great strategy to increase your social media reach. For example, we grew our Facebook reach tremendously with high-quality content from third-party sources.
But where do you start with curation?
There are many great websites on all sorts of topics. With our community’s help, we put together an ultimate list of content curation sources across multiple industries. From design to education, marketing to remote work, and beyond.
I hope you’ll find some great websites for your content curation strategy.

The big list of content curation sources across multiple topics
When we put out a tweet asking for help, suggestions poured in immediately. I was blown away by the responses. (Thank you to those who have sent us your favorite websites!)
To keep the list manageable, I’ve picked only some of the bigger websites and blogs. Do check out the replies to our tweet here for all the great recommendations as the list here is definitely incomplete.
Also, as I’m not familiar with many of the topics, I’ve included lists of blogs created by the awesome people in the respective industries.
Here are all the categories covered in this list:
Career, recruiting, and hiring
Data, Data Visualization, and Data Science
Food and cooking
Personal finance
Remote work

How to curate quickly from your favorite sites
Just a quick aside: my favorite method of curating content quickly is to use an RSS reader like Feedly.
First, I set up my feed by finding popular sites with Feedly’s search engine. If I know the sites I want to add to my Feedly, I would enter their URLs and follow their RSS feed.
Feedly also makes it easy to search for top sites for various topics. You can either search using keywords or browse the topics they’ve curated.

When I’m curating content to share, I would open up Feedly, scan through the latest posts from the sites I’m following, and read only those that stand out.
If you are strapped for time, you can quickly spot the viral articles in your feed by switching to “Title-Only View” and looking for articles with a huge number by its title. Articles with a number in the hundreds and thousands or an orange number are those that are trending and more popular than the rest of the articles from that site."

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Children's illustrated book on Diwali making its mark in Canadian and American Markets

Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali is a great children’s book which tells the readers of all the different reasons and religions, celebrate the same day. Diwali is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals across the globe, but it isn’t celebrated for the same reasons even within the Hindu community!

The book Ved and Friends talks about these various reasons the festivities are celebrated, and it’s a great way to introduce children to South Asian Culture and literature. The book was officially launched at the Consul General of India Office on Monday September 25th 2017, by the Honourable Consul  General of India, Mr. Dinesh Bhatia. The book has been on Amazon’s Top 10 Bestsellers list since its availability in the market.

Ved and Friends is on the Top Ten Bestseller List on Amazon's Book on Indian Culture

Having moved to Ontario, Canada in 2009, Author Diksha Pal Narayan has worked in the Canadian and Indian Television industries before taking a sabbatical from work to be a stay at home mother to her child who she and her husband were blessed with in 2013. While trying to maintain a healthy balance between her cultural heritage and life in Canada, she was unable to find relatable content to read to her son which was entertaining, informative and attractive to a young child. So when you don’t see what you want, you create it yourself, and that’s exactly what she did! Coming from a culturally diverse family herself where she is originally from a small mountain retreat in the Himalayas, her husband hails from the southern province of Kerala in India. The couple were from the same country, had the same religion but that’s where all similarities ended as they spoke different languages and the same festivities had different reasons for celebrations for them. When they had their son Ved, they thought of going a step further and including ALL the festivities into their son’s life thus giving birth to the idea of the book- Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali.

People have asked Diksha why would you need to write a book about these festivities, when there is so much information available about it on the net? She responds, “Why not? There probably is information about a lot of things on the internet, but the joy of holding a book in your hand, engaging with your children, talking to them, reading to them is a joy I was blessed with as a child and I would love to give today’s generation the same opportunity to experience. Dussehra and Diwali are festivals which roughly span for 20 days while the preparations make it a whole month affair, so why not teach our children the reason we celebrate it. Our Bengali friend celebrates Durga Puja during the time we celebrate Golu Festival while our Gujarati friends celebrate Navratri and dance the garba during the 9-day festival leading up to Dussehra. Why not tell our kids about the reasons why their friends celebrate the same day as we do?”

“Look around you, your neighbourhood, your place of work, the schools your kids go to- it’s proof of our diversity and multiculturalism is in the Canadian blood. With this book, I hope to teach children about the diversity we have in our culture too, and the short stories with morals in them hopefully when taught at an early age can help them make better decisions in life to come,” adds Diksha.

This year Navratri is between 19th of September until the 30th of September.
Dusshera is on the 30th of September.
Diwali is on the 19th of October

To know more about the book please visit www.dikshapnarayan.com
Phone: 647.990.7801

Diksha is available for interview to talk about the book Ved and Friends Celebrate Dussehra and Diwali, the festival of Diwali, and multiculturalism and diversity are seen in the festivities.
Thank you for your time.

Diksha Pal Narayan
Ved and Friends Celebrate:
Dussehra and Diwali
Call: 647-990-7801 



Sunday, September 24, 2017

Free Art Friday Peel – Friday, September 29th, 2017

Amber Victoria Lee posted: "Kicking off Culture Days and returning for it's third year, artist James Flux has once again teamed up with PAMA, Visual Arts Mississauga, Visual Arts Brampton and Peel Arts Collective to bring Free Art Friday Peel to the Region of Peel! What is Free A"

Free Art Friday Peel – Friday, September 29th, 2017

by Amber Victoria Lee

Kicking off Culture Days and returning for it's third year, artist James Flux has once again teamed up with PAMA, Visual Arts Mississauga, Visual Arts Brampton and Peel Arts Collective to bring Free Art Friday Peel to the Region of Peel!

What is Free Art Friday?

Free Art Friday is a global movement where artists gift pieces of work to the public by leaving them around their city for people to find them.

Imagine a city wide scavenger hunt, where patrons can roam the streets to find free artwork to bring home and enjoy for years to come! On Friday, September 29th 2016 we hope to flood the whole Region of Peel with free art. Free Art Friday is in an attempt to bring art to those who may not be involved in the art world, as well as creating as many smiles and memories as we can.

How do I participate as an artist?

It's as simple as grabbing one of your pieces of artwork, creating one or grabbing a print of yours and finding a great place to put it outside. It is recommended not making it too hidden, the Region of Peel is quite a big place - the emphasis is making sure your work finds a new home.

Participating artists are encouraged to attach a label on the front that reads "Free Art to Take Home" with a brief description of the Free Art Friday movement on the back. A label and a brief description to edit can be found at these links

LABEL: http://bit.ly/2xIhUR8
DESCRIPTION: http://bit.ly/2y6xi66

Artists and collectors are also encouraged to use the hashtag #FreeArtFridayPeel and take a picture of your art to upload to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. This way participants can use the hashtag to give them some insight to the free art's location, as well as let the artist know their piece has found a new home!

How do I participate as a collector?

Get out there and start looking! Jump on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and search the hashtag #FreeArtFridayPeel to see some of the art that's already been placed in your city. Once you've found something, upload a picture of your treasure with the same hashtag to share your find & let the artist know their work has found a new home.

We hope to see both artists & collectors participating on September 29th, and we ask you to spread the word to other patrons of the arts and artists so we can make this as big as we can!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Deepak Obhrai congratulates Canada Post and India Post for joint Diwali stamp

Deepak Obhrai congratulates Canada Post and India Post for joint Diwali stamp


(Ottawa) Hon. Deepak Obhrai, P.C., M.P. today made the following statement:


"I am delighted that Canada Post and India Post today jointly issued two stamps to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights. I commend them for this initiative, done in the year of Canada's 150th anniversary.


The first-ever Diwali stamps issued in Canada were unveiled by myself and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2011, at the 11th National Diwali Celebration held in Ottawa.


This year, at the 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill on October 18th, I will be joined by Canada Post CEO Deepak Chopra and Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup to unveil the new stamps here in our nation's capital. All are welcome to attend."


The 17th National Diwali Celebration on Parliament Hill will be held on October 18th 2017 at the Sir John A. McDonald Building Main Hall, Wellington Street, Ottawa starting at 6.30 p.m.


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