🇨🇦 The Simple Plan Foundation

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“Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” ― Alphonse de Lamartine

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION – ABOUT THE FOUNDATION

Simple Plan est un groupe de rock punk pop de Montréal , le Canada qui a été fondée en 1999 comprenant: – Simple Plan is a pop punk rock band from Montreal, Canada that was founded in 1999 consisting of:

  • Prleierre Chas Bouvier, Vocals & Acoustic Guitar (born May 9 1979 in Montreal)
  • David Phillippe Desrosiers, Bass & Background Vocals (born August 29 1980 in Sept-Îles, Canada)
  • Charles André “Chuck” Comeau, Drums (born September 17 1979 in Montreal)
  • Sébestien Lefebvre, Rhythm Guitar and Background Vocals (born June 5 1981 in Montreal)
  • Jean-François “Jeff” Stinco, Lead guitar (born August 22 1978 in Montreal)

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La mission de la fondation -The mission of the foundation { English Follows }

C’est à Montréal, en décembre 2005, lors de leur premier spectacle au Centre Bell, que les membres du groupe Simple Plan ont annoncé la création de la Fondation Simple Plan.
La Fondation Simple Plan s’est donné pour objectifs de venir en aide aux jeunes en difficulté, en intervenant dans les trois domaines suivants :

Appui aux différents groupes et organismes travaillant auprès des jeunes aux prises avec des problèmes propres à l’adolescence : dépendance aux drogues, dépression, suicide, intimidation, pauvreté, difficultés scolaires, etc. 
Soutien à divers organismes médicaux et sociaux qui se consacrent au bien-être des enfants et des jeunes malades ou handicapés, ou encore, victimes des conséquences de la guerre 
Promotion de la formation musicale et de la pratique de la musique comme moyen d’aider les jeunes à trouver une passion et un but dans la vie, en leur offrant une alternative stimulante aux gangs de rue et à la criminalité, ainsi qu’au décrochage scolaire.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW t www.simpleplan.com Get the official single “Singing In The Rain” here: http://www.Smarturl.it/SITRsingle

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Les membres de Simple Plan sont d’autant plus sensibles aux problèmes des jeunes qu’ils sont en contact permanent avec leurs fans : «Nous avons créé la Fondation Simple Plan parce que nous voulions donner quelque chose en retour à notre communauté, quelque chose qui fasse la  différence, qui permette de changer les choses. Nous avons lu des milliers de lettres et de courriels de nos fans, provenant des pays les plus divers; nous les avons aussi rencontrés lors de nos spectacles. Nous savons donc très bien à quel point le passage à la vie adulte peut parfois être difficile pour ces jeunes. Cela nous brise le cœur de voir qu’autant d’entre eux doivent lutter pour leur survie, alors qu’ils se sentent déprimés, perdus ou malades. Nous voulons que notre fondation les aide à trouver leur voie, en leur rappelant qu’il y a toujours de la lumière au bout du tunnel, que les choses peuvent s’arranger. Nous croyons sincèrement que tous les enfants, partout dans le monde entier, ont droit à une enfance heureuse.», ont déclaré les membres du groupe.

Un engagement plus structuré

Pour les membres de Simple Plan, le lancement de leur propre fondation s’inscrit dans une volonté d’implication sociale mieux structurée. C’est finalement l’aboutissement d’une suite d’engagements au fil des ans : ils ont participé au mouvement d’aide en faveur des victimes du tsunami en Asie du Sud-Est, ainsi qu’à l’événement planétaire Live 8; ils se sont associés à MADD (Mothers against drinking and driving) et RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety), ainsi qu’à Éduc’alcool; ils ont souvent accepté de répondre favorablement aux demandes de divers organismes caritatifs et ont, entre autres exemples, collaboré à maintes reprises avec les fondations Rêves d’enfants et Make-a-Wish. Avec la collaboration de Sennheiser, ils ont permis à des enfants malentendants, à travers le Canada et dans certains pays d’Europe, de vivre l’expérience d’un concert : grâce à un implant cochléaire, ceux-ci ont pu entendre le son d’un spectacle de Simple Plan pour la première fois.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here! Get #TeamSP NOW at www.simpleplan.com The official music video for “Boom” from our upcoming #SPalbum5 featuring some of our friends! Filmed on Warped Tour, at the Alt Press APMAs, and in Montreal, QC at New City Gas!

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Après même la création de leur fondation et parallèlement à leurs nombreuses tournées internationales, ils ont su rester ouverts aux demandes ponctuelles qui leur étaient faites ou aux catastrophes fortuites qui ont frappé diverses régions du monde. Ils ont donc continué de s’impliquer dans diverses causes au fil des ans, de manière plus ou moins informelle, en rendant visite à des enfants ou des jeunes dans les hôpitaux ou dans des écoles spécialisées, par exemple pour handicapés, ou en faisant don d’objets promotiommels à diverses fondations, telles la Fondation Jean-Béliveau et la Fondation Kovalev et amis pour les enfants, ainsi qu’à l’occasion de tournois de golf comme celui de Bruny Surin

Dans la foulée de son engagement pour Leucan, Simple Plan a donné un grand concert en plein air au pied de la station Ski Bromont, le 14 mars 2009, dans le cadre du Défi Ski 12h Leucan, dont c’était le 30e anniversaire. Le band a aussi participé à la partie de hockey amicale Pro-am Simon Gagné, organisée par Leucan Québec. En juillet 2009, les membres de Simple Plan ont relevé le défi de participer à la «Journée Ambassadeurs» de la 14eédition du Tour CIBC au profit du Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau.

Plus récemment, le groupe a contribué aux efforts collectifs pour venir en aide aux sinistrés d’Haïti, victimes d’un tremblement de terre en janvier 2010; il a notamment participé aux téléthons Ensemble pour Haïti au Québec et Canada for Haiti et a fait un don au Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI). Également au profit d’Haïti, Pierre a pris part à l’enregistrement de la chanson «Wavin’ Flag» de l’artiste hip-hop K’naan, en compagnie de vedettes telles Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne et Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan s’est aussi impliqué dans les campagnes du «bracelet» et du «porte-monnaie» organisées au profit de War Child Canada, en collaboration avec Les chaussures Spring, pour venir en aide aux enfants victimes de la guerre, notamment en Afrique.

Peu après le tremblement de terre et le tsunami qui ont dévasté le Japon le 11 mars 2011, la Fondation Simple Plan a décidé de faire, exceptionnellement, une donation de 10 000 $ à la Croix-Rouge, alors que le band a aussi créé un t-shirt #HelpJapan mis en vente pour venir en aide aux sinistrés.

Our new album “Taking One For The Team” is here, featuring the single “Perfectly Perfect”! watch below, Get #TeamSP NOW at http://simpleplan.com

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

En mai 2012, Simple Plan a donné un spectacle devant plus de 40 000 fans au My Dinh Stadium de Hanoi, dans le cadre du concert «live» de MTV EXIT; cet événement avait pour but de sensibiliser les jeunes à l’exploitation et au trafic d’êtres humains, un crime qui affecte 2,5 millions de personnes à travers le monde! C’était la première fois que le band se produisait au Vietnam et les membres du groupe étaient particulièrement fiers de participer à cette vaste campagne nationale de lutte contre cette forme d’esclavage des temps modernes. Le spectacle, ainsi qu’un documentaire complémentaire auquel SP a contribué, ont également été diffusés sur MTV Vietnam et sur la chaîne nationale.

Plus récemment, et plus près de chez-eux, le déraillement ferroviaire qui a dévasté le cœur de la ville de Lac Mégantic ne pouvait laisser les membres du groupe indifférents. Ils ont donc décidé, par le biais de leur fondation, de faire un don à la ville pour venir en aide aux victimes de ce terrible accident.rester indifférents à cette catastrophe

Au-delà des dons en argent et en objets promotionnels, les membres de Simple Plan donnent leur appui à plusieurs causes et consacrent temps et énergie à les promouvoir. continuer…………… la lecture »»»»»»

PRIX GRIS – FONDATION SIMPLE PLAN

22 mars 2017 – À l’occasion du lancement du concours 2017, organisé par l’organisme GRIS avec l’appui financier de la Fondation Simple Plan, nous sommes heureux de vous présenter une courte vidéo, tournée avec le concours de trois membres du band. 

Ce clip publicitaire explique en quoi consiste cette activité et invite les jeunes des écoles à y participer en proposant un projet et, ainsi, à courir la chance de gagner une bourse pour être en mesure de le réaliser. 

Et toi, c’est quoi ton plan pour stopper l’homophobie?
Jetez-y un coup d’oeil : https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

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The Mission of the Foundation

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We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”!

The first studio album by Canadian pop punk band, Simple Plan was released on March 19, 2002 through both Atlantic and Lava. The album debuted at #35 on the Billboard 200 and at #8 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album was certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.

 Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

Below is the Song list for The album “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”, click on song title to watch the video

No. Title Length
1. I’d Do Anything” (featuring Mark Hoppus) 3:17
2. The Worst Day Ever 3:27
3. You Don’t Mean Anything” (featuring Joel Madden) 2:28
4. I’m Just a Kid 3:18
5. When I’m With You 2:37
6. Meet You There 4:14
7. Addicted 3:52
8. My Alien 3:08
9. God Must Hate Me 2:44
10. I Won’t Be There 3:09
11. One Day 3:15
12. Perfect 4:37
 

It was in Montréal, in December 2005, during their first show at the Bell Center, that members of the Simple Plan group announced the creation of the Simple Plan Foundation.The Simple Plan Foundation aims to help young people in difficulty by intervening in the following three areas:

Support for various groups and organizations working with young people facing adolescent problems: dependence drugs, depression, suicide, intimidation, poverty, academic difficulties, etc. 
Support to various medical and social organizations dedicated to the well-being of sick and disabled children and young people, or victims of the consequences of war 
 Promoting music education and music as a way to help young people find a passion and purpose in life, offering them a stimulating alternative to street gangs and crime, and school dropout Simple Plan members are all the more sensitive to the problems of young people because they are in constant contact with their fans : “We created the Simple Plan Foundation because we wanted to give something back to our community, something that makes a difference, which makes it possible to change things. 

We read thousands of letters and emails from our fans coming from the most diverse countries; we also met them during our shows. So we know very well how difficult the transition to adult life can be for these young people. It breaks our hearts to see that so many of them must struggle for survival, when they feel depressed, lost or sick. We want our foundation to help them find their way, reminding them that there is always light at the end of the tunnel, that things can be arranged. We sincerely believe that all children around the world are entitled to a happy childhood, “the group said.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

A More Structured Commitment

For members of Simple Plan, the launch of their own foundation is part of a desire for more structured social involvement. It is ultimately the result of a series of commitments over the years: they participated in the aid movement for the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, as well as in the Live 8 event ; they joined forces with MADD (Mothers against Drinking and Driving) and RADD (The Entertainment Industry’s Voice for Road Safety) , and Éduc’alcool; they have often agreed to respond favorably to requests from various charities and have, for example, collaborated on a number of occasions with the Children’s Wish Foundation andMake-a-Wish. Together with Sennheiser, they have allowed hearing-impaired children across Canada and in some European countries to experience a concert: with a cochlear implant, they could hear the sound of a Simple Plan show for the first time.

Even after the creation of their foundation, and in parallel with their many international tours, they were able to remain open to ad hoc requests or fortuitous disasters that hit various regions of the world. As a result, they have continued to be involved in a variety of causes over the years, in a more or less informal way, by visiting children or youth in hospitals or in special schools, for example for the disabled, or by donating promotional objects at various foundations such as the Jean-Béliveau Foundation and the Kovalev Foundation and friends for children, as well as at golf tournaments such as Bruny Surin’s 

In the wake of its commitment to LeucanSimple Plan gave a big outdoor concert at the foot of Ski Bromont, March 14, 2009, as part of the Ski Challenge Leucan 12, which was the 30 th anniversary. The band also participated in the friendly hockey game Pro-am Simon Gagné, organized by Leucan Québec. In July 2009, the members of Simple Plan took up the challenge to participate in the “Day Ambassadors” of the 14 th edition of the Tour CIBC to benefit the Cancer Center Charles-Bruneau. 

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, the group has contributed to the collective efforts to help the victims of an earthquake in Haiti, in January 2010; he participated in the Ensemble for HaititelethonsQuebec and Canada for Haiti and made a donation to the Center for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI). Also in support of Haiti, Pierre took part in the recording of the song “Wavin ‘Flag” by the hip-hop artist K’naan, with stars like Drake, Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne and Nelly Furtado. Simple Plan was also involved in the campaigns of the “bracelet” and “purse” organized for the benefit of War Child Canada, in collaboration with Les Chaussures Spring, to help war-affected children, particularly in Africa .

Soon after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on March 11, 2011, the Simple Plan Foundation decided to make an exceptional donation of $ 10,000 to the Red Cross, while the band #HelpJapan t-shirt put on sale to help the victims.

In May 2012, Simple Plan gave a performance to more than 40,000 fans at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi, as part of MTV EXIT’s live concert; the event aimed to educate young people about the exploitation and trafficking of human beings, a crime that affects 2.5 million people worldwide! It was the first time that the band was performing in Vietnam and the members of the group were particularly proud to participate in this vast national campaign to combat this form of slavery in modern times. The show, as well as a complementary documentary to which SP contributed, were also broadcast on MTV Vietnam and on the national channel.

We’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of “No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls”! Come hear the album in full on tour! Tickets and VIP upgrades at http://www.simpleplan.com

More recently, and closer to home, the railway derailment that devastated the heart of the town of Lac Mégantic could not leave the group indifferent. They decided, through their foundation, to make a donation to the city to help the victims of this terrible accident.rester indifferent to this catastrophe

Beyond the donations in money and promotional items, the members of Simple Plan give their support to several causes and dedicate time and energy to promote them…… continue reading »»»»»»

GRAY PRIZE – FOUNDATION SIMPLE PLAN

22 March 2017 – On the occasion of the launch of the 2017 competition, organized by the GRIS organization with the financial support of the Simple Plan Foundation, we are pleased to present a short video, with the help of three band members. 

This video clip explains what this activity is all about and invites the young people of the schools to participate by proposing a project and, thus, to have the chance to win a scholarship to be able to realize it. 

And you, what’s your plan to stop homophobia?

Take a look at the video here: https://youtu.be/CKR8Aj6242w

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🇨🇦 Meet Canadian Senator Nancy Ruth

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Who inspired you to get involved in public life?

I am the fourth generation of women in my family to be involved in ecumenical social action and public policy reform.

What do you think are the biggest public policy issues facing Canada today?

We have not built a shared vision of a country that builds on all of our people and not on debt, either public or private. Violence against women is deeply embedded and costly in all kinds of ways. Governments make all kinds of human rights commitments to values and tools, such as constitutional equality rights and the implementation of gender-based analysis, and then ignores them.

hon-nancy-ruth-senate-photoWhy should more Canadians care about what happens in the Senate?

c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engThe Senate has always had a unique constitutional role with respect to the protection of minorities, which in my view has expanded since the patriation of the Constitution of Canada to have a unique role in ensuring governments meet the requirements of all Charter rights, including equality rights.

What legislative or committee work are you most proud of participating in to date?

Four stand out. I played a role in ensuring that the then Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, studied the federal government’s implementation of gender-based auditing, and found it dismal. The Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights’ study on “Women, Peace and Security: Canada Moves Forward to Increase Women’s Engagement” led to Canada’s implementation of a national action plan. I also introduced the first bill in the Senate on medical aid in dying (Bill C-225). I am a leader of the public campaign for a gender neutral English National Anthem (www.singallofus.ca) and I am the sponsor of Bill C-210, An Act to amend the National Anthem Act (gender) in the Senate.

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Qui vous a transmis le désir et l’intérêt de participer à la vie publique ?

Je fais partie de la quatrième génération de femmes de ma famille à jouer un rôle lié à l’action sociale œcuménique et à la réforme de la politique publique.

Selon vous, quelle est la plus importante question de politique publique au Canada à l’heure actuelle ?

10444382_10152084729661890_7990077022073516117_nNous n’avons pas encore bâti une vision commune de notre pays qui se fonde sur toute notre population et non sur notre dette, publique et privée. La violence contre les femmes est encore profondément ancrée et a d’importantes répercussions économiques. Les gouvernements prennent toute sorte d’engagements pour le respect des valeurs et le développement d’outils en matière de droits de la personne, notamment le principe constitutionnel de l’égalité et la mise en œuvre de l’analyse comparative entre les sexes, puis ils ne les respectent pas.

Pourquoi un plus grand nombre de Canadiens devrait s’intéresser aux travaux du Sénat ?

Le Sénat a toujours joué un rôle constitutionnel unique en ce qui a trait à la protection des minorités. Je crois que, depuis le rapatriement de la Constitution du Canada, ce rôle a évolué et consiste maintenant à faire en sorte que les gouvernements respectent toutes les exigences de la Charte, notamment les droits à l’égalité.

À quels efforts législatifs ou travaux de comité êtes-vous le plus fier d’avoir participé ?

Quatre travaux me viennent à l’esprit. D’abord, j’ai contribué à faire en sorte que la vérificatrice générale, Sheila Fraser, examine la mise en œuvre par le c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_enggouvernement fédéral de l’analyse comparative entre les sexes. Elle a brossé un tableau plutôt sombre de la situation (rapport déposé au printemps 2009). De plus, l’étude du Comité sénatorial permanent des droits de la personne intitulée « Les femmes, la paix et la sécurité : Le Canada agit pour renforcer la participation des femmes » a mené à la mise en œuvre d’un plan d’action national au Canada. J’ai aussi déposé au Sénat le premier projet de loi sur l’aide médicale à mourir (projet de loi C‑225). Enfin, je suis l’une des dirigeantes de la campagne publique pour un hymne national anglophone neutre (www.singallofus.ca) et je suis la marraine, au Sénat, du projet de loi C-210, Loi modifiant la Loi sur l’hymne national (genre).

What is a hidden gem in your region that more Canadians need to know about?

Use Pat Staton’s book, Toronto Women – A Walk Through History, to learn about women here; see Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods and eat in local restaurants with terrific world food.

Can you name a guilty pleasure song / album that always makes you smile and why?

Anything from K. D. Lang.

What is the last book you read or movie you saw which you recommended to someone else and why?

The movie Play Fair, about women and sport in Canada – because we need to know what is working and what is not. The book It Was Their War Too: Canadian Women in World War I – because too often the official narrative gives token space to the contributions of women. Both are open access on the Internet.

What sports team (amateur/professional) do you support?

Live theatre and music are my national passions.

Pouvez-vous me nommer un trésor caché de votre région que les Canadiens gagneraient à découvrir ?

10444382_10152084729661890_7990077022073516117_nLe livre de Pat Staton, Toronto Women – A Walk Through History, pour découvrir les femmes d’ici, les différents quartiers de Toronto et les restaurants locaux où l’on y découvre des mets incroyables de partout dans le monde.

Pouvez-vous me nommer une chanson ou un album qui vous fait toujours sourire ?

Tout ce que fait K. D. Lang.

Quel est le dernier livre ou film que vous avez recommandé à quelqu’un et pourquoi ?

Le film « Play Fair », sur les femmes et le sport au Canada parce que nous devons savoir ce qui fonctionne et ce qui ne fonctionne pas. Il y a aussi le livre « It Was Their War Too: Canadian Women in World War I » parce que trop souvent les récits officiels laissent peu de place aux contributions des femmes. Les deux sont accessibles sur Internet.

Quelle équipe de sport (professionnelle ou amateure) appuyez-vous ?

Le théâtre et les concerts de musique sont mes passions nationales.

Pourquoi êtes‑vous fière d’être Canadienne ?

Nous sommes tellement chanceux de vivre dans un endroit pacifique, le monde est bienvenu ici et tous ensemble, nous pouvons jouer un rôle de premier plan pour apporter la paix et la justice aux autres.

Courtesy of Parliament of Canada – Posted Sept 16, 2016

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How do LGBT rights look in your country?  and Why are you proud to be Canadian?

We are blessed to live in a peaceful place, the world is welcome here and all together we can take leadership on achieving peace and justice for others.

Some big things have changed for women and lesbians in my lifetime in Canada. Others, like violence, have hardly changed. I do not see the world through LBGT eyes. I see it through the eyes of a woman. Being a lesbian is my second level of discrimination.

“L, B, G and T are different communities — communities in a big, diverse and complex world of communities. We deserve to be treated as such, not lumped together as “Other.”

Over the past 30-plus years in Canada, women and LBGT communities in Canada have made legal gains. Canada adopted a constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1985. It has offered a degree of substantive and formal equality for the disadvantaged. I look to the Charter to ensure that people achieve equality in their day-to-day lives, as Canada guarantees affirmative action in its Constitution.

In 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalize same-sex marriages. We forgot to fix our divorce legislation so that those who had married here could divorce here! We’ve fixed that now.

When I came of age in the 1950s and 60s, there were few spaces I could go to be safe as a woman and as a lesbian. That remains the case today for many women, for many lesbians. We have been formally accommodated, both in the mainstream and in gay culture, but not fully included.

Economic, social and cultural realities, like all aspects of violence, remain gendered and racialized. We spend vast amounts on the ISIS war on terror, but not on the war on terror against women and girls, the violence in the next room, street or town. Now the buzz is that because sex and gender are a matter of personal choice, across a spectrum and fluid, we have no use for sex and gender. I do not believe this. Sex is determined at birth with a DNA pattern. Gender fluidity is a matter of personal choice.

Ultimately, through these changes, I remain committed to laws, communities and spaces that address widespread and deep discrimination against women in all of their diversity.

Courtesy of CNN – By Nancy Ruth a Canadian Senator – posted  June 27, 2013.

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🇨🇦 Fête nationale du Québec (Fête de la Saint-Jean)

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Saint Jean Baptiste Day (Fête nationale du Québec, Quebec National Holiday, la Saint-Jean, St. John the Baptist Day) is the national holiday of the Canadian province of Quebec.

Held annually on 24 June, the Fête nationale du Québec (formerly known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) has been a statutory holiday in Québec since 1925. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day has been celebrated in North America since the early days of 5950814599512064New France. Originally a religious celebration, it took a more patriotic turn in 1834 with Ludger Duvernay. The first Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade took place in Montréal in 1843. Since 1984, the Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois (MNQ) has organized the festivities of the Fête nationale du Québec. Various francophone communities across Canada also celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.

Célébrée le 24 juin de chaque année, la Fête nationale du Québec (anciennement appelée la Saint-Jean-Baptiste) est un jour férié au Québec depuis 1925. En Amérique du Nord, la Saint-Jean-Baptiste est célébrée depuis les débuts de la Nouvelle-France. À l’origine une fête de dévotion, elle prend une tangente patriotique à partir de 1834 avec Ludger Duvernay. Le premier défilé de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste a lieu à Montréal en 1843. Depuis 1984, les célébrations de la Fête nationale du Québec sont organisées par le Mouvement national des Québécois et des Québécoises (MNQ). On célèbre aussi la Saint-Jean-Baptiste dans les différentes communautés francophones du Canada.

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Saint Jean Baptiste Day, which is a public holiday in Quebec, is a day to remember John the Baptist, a Jewish preacher who baptized Jesus Christ.
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Origines de la Saint-Jean

Quebec BallonLa fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste tire ses origines des célébrations du solstice d’été, une très ancienne coutume païenne voulant que des feux soient allumés pour célébrer la lumière à l’occasion de la plus longue journée de l’année. En France, l’Église catholique récupère cette fête et y associe la figure de Jean le Baptiste, cousin de Jésus.

La tradition d’allumer le feu de la Saint-Jean pour marquer le début de l’été est transposée en Nouvelle-France dès 1646. En 1694, Mgr de Saint-Vallier en fait une fête chômée vouée à la dévotion. La Saint-Jean continue d’être célébrée après la Conquête, mais ce n’est qu’en 1834 qu’elle prend une couleur politique qu’elle conservera jusqu’à nos jours.

Origins of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day originated from celebrations of the summer solstice, an ancient pagan tradition in which fires were lit to celebrate light on the longest day of the year. In France, the Roman Catholic Church adapted this holiday and associated it with John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus.

The tradition of lighting the Saint-Jean fire to mark the beginning of summer was brought to New France in 1646. In 1694, Mgr de Saint-Vallier declared it a public holiday dedicated to devotion. Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day continued to be celebrated after the Conquest, but it was not until 1834 that it took on the political tone it still has today.

What Do People Do?

c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engVarious events are organized on Saint Jean Baptiste Day. These range from large scale public celebrations, such as rock and jazz concerts, sports tournaments, parades and firework displays, to small family or neighborhood happenings, such as yard sales, picnics, barbecues, bonfires and children’s entertainment. Many church bells ring in celebration and public dances and fun fairs are held. Some events may be held on the evening of June 23 and many are broadcast live on television, radio or on the Internet. The celebrations are coordinated by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois.

Public Life

Saint Jean Baptiste Day is a public holiday in the Canadian province of Quebec. Post offices and many stores are closed. Public transport services run to a reduced schedule in some places or may not run at all in other areas, such as the province’s rural regions. If June 24 falls on a Sunday, the same day is a paid day off for those who work on Sunday. June 25 becomes a paid day off for workers who do not ordinarily work on Sunday.

Background

Midsummer festivals, such as those linked with the June solstice, were held in Europe for thousands of years. When people converted to Christianity, elements of these festivals were combined with feast days for Christian saints. In France, the celebrations around the feast day of Saint John the Baptist were widely enjoyed and French colonists st-jean-baptisteintroduced these traditions to North America.

The patriotic tone of the Saint Jean Baptiste Day celebrations began in 1834. In that year Ludger Duvernay, an influential journalist, visited the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montreal, and was inspired to create a similar event for French Canadians. In 1843, he established the Saint Jean Baptiste Society to promote the celebration of Saint Jean Baptiste Day. This organization was supported by the Catholic Church, which saw it as a way to promote social and moral progress. In 1908 St John the Baptist was designated as the patron Saint of Quebec, re-enforcing the connection between Saint Jean Baptiste Day and French-Canadian patriotism.

During and after World War I, Saint Jean Baptiste Day was barely celebrated, but in 1925 Saint Jean Baptiste Day became a provincial holiday in Quebec. After a period in the 1960s, when the structure of society in Quebec changed greatly, this holiday became very political. However, in 1977 Saint Jean Baptiste Day was recognized as the ‘national’ holiday of Quebec and the mood of the celebrations gradually moved towards that of the secular celebrations in modern times.

Quebec BallonLe 8 mars 1834, Ludger Duvernay, l’éditeur du journal La Minerve (importante publication au Bas-Canada et voix du Parti patriote) fonde la société Aide-toi et le ciel t’aidera en compagnie de George-Étienne Cartier, alors étudiant en droit, et de Louis-Victor Sicotte. Cette société, dont le nom rappelle une organisation secrète et révolutionnaire fondée en France en 1827, annonce celle des Fils de la liberté et est en quelque sorte l’ancêtre de la Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste. L’organisation se donne pour objectif de doter les Canadiens français d’une fête nationale et d’en organiser les célébrations, comme le font les Irlandais de Montréal depuis 1824 avec le défilé de la Saint-Patrick.

Le 24 juin 1834, Duvernay convie certains notables de Montréal à un premier banquet de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste chez l’avocat John MacDonnell. Lors de cette soirée, qui est avant tout une fête politique réunissant une soixantaine de francophones et d’anglophones (dont le député Louis-Hippolyte LaFontaine, le futur avocat et premier ministre du Canada-Uni George-Étienne Cartier, le maire de Montréal Jacques Viger et le Dr Edmund O’Callaghan), les convives lèvent leur verre aux 92 résolutions, aux États-Unis, aux réformistes du Bas et du Haut-Canada et à ceux d’Irlande. Dans le compte rendu de ce banquet, plusieurs journalistes incitent la population à fêter publiquement la Saint-Jean-Baptiste l’année suivante, ce qui fut vraisemblablement le cas dans nombre de villages.

Fr: Fête nationale du Québec (Fête de la Saint-Jean) 

EN: Fête nationale du Québec (Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day)

Symbols

The fleurs-de-lis represents the flower of an iris or a lily. The fleurs-de-lis is also associated with the Virgin Mary and her purity. It was a symbol of French speaking people and their kings after King Clovis I converted to Christianity in the year 493. It was taken from the papal seal or coat-of-arms when the king converted, to symbolize the strength and significance of the French nation in its union with the Papal state. Quebec’s flag is one-and-a half times as wide as it is high and has a blue background. The background is divided into four rectangles by a cross and each of the four rectangles contains a single white fleurs-de-lis. The flag of Quebec and the fleurs-de-lis are widespread symbols of Saint Jean Baptiste Day. Many people choose to wear blue or white clothing to the celebrations.

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International Women’s Day 2017

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You couldn’t be where you are today without a good education. ~ ONE

What is International Women’s Day?

chuckie-holing-sign-5The idea for an International Women’s Day arose around the turn of the 20th century out of a long-standing movement for women to participate equally in society.

The first International Women’s Day was observed on March 19, 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. That day, more than one million women and men showed their support by participating in public events. Between 1913 and 1917, women elsewhere in Europe began to celebrate the day as well.

Over time, International Women’s Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration. The theme was expanded by the United Nations in 1975 with the International Women’s Year. By 1977, the United Nations had adopted a resolution designating March 8 as International Women’s Day. Today, International Women’s Day is a national holiday in many countries and celebrated in many more. Following the United Nations’ lead, Canada chose March 8 as International Women’s Day (IWD).

Each year, March 8th – and the week in which it falls – provides an opportunity to take stock of our progress towards gender equality and to honour the contributions women have made and are making — both in Canada and around the world.

But wait… gender equality already exists, doesn’t it?

Equality between women and men is enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Government of Canada is committed to upholding gender equality in all sectors of Canadian society. We have made great strides in many areas, such as education and workforce participation.

Nevertheless, challenges remain:

Learn more from the Status of Women Canada

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We’ll organize people across the country and around the world to make sure that girls and women are at the heart of our poverty-fighting strategy by promoting their access to education. When girls get an education, they are less likely to become child brides, contract HIV, and they have greater economic opportunities for the rest of their lives, which is good for everyone.

Right now, 130 million girls are out of school.

You wouldn’t be where you are today without an education – and it’s in your power RIGHT NOW to help these girls get access to an education.

If you care, ACT. Add your name to our letter, and we’ll deliver it in-person to leaders all across the globe this International Women’s Day, March 8th.

A Letter to Leaders

But because poverty is sexist, 130 million girls across the world are denied this basic right. Indeed, if the number of girls out of school formed a country, it would be the tenth largest on the planet – bigger than Japan or Germany.

All children deserve a good education, but in the poorest countries girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country.

We cannot afford to squander the potential of 130 million girls to cure diseases or end wars, invent brilliant technology or revolutionize an industry…or simply to access opportunity.

We are coming together and uniting across our divides to get every girl into school and to make sure she gets a quality education once she’s there.

But we need you to do the same.

Your education helped you to get where you are today – and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds.

Show us that politics can work for the people – starting with the people who need it most.

Learn more from The ONE Campaign 

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International Women’s Day 2013 #SpinBack

From China to Costa Rica, from Mali to Malaysia acclaimed singers and musicians, women and men, have come together to spread a message of unity and solidarity: We are “One Woman”.

Launched on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2013, the song is a rallying cry that inspires listeners to join the drive for women’s rights and gender equality. “One Woman” was written for UN Women, the global champion for women and girls worldwide, to celebrate its mission and work to improve women’s lives around the world. “One Woman” reminds us that together, we can overcome violence and discrimination against women and look toward a brighter future: “We Shall Shine!” Join us to help spread the word and enjoy this musical celebration of women worldwide.

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Canada & Greeders ~ The Hidden Hatred

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I have watched, listened and learnt so lets talk about Canada, where men account for three terry-2015out of every four suicides, with seven men dying by suicide every day. And the risk is even greater for gay and bisexual men. Where the middle class and above are cherished, honored and respected and all others degraded and sentenced to a life of struggles, desperation the result of most suffering from mental health issues, resulting in…suicide. The hidden hatred within it’s walls for the most vulnerable of it’s population,  LGBT peoples, Indigenous people’s, Muslin peoples and outsiders if you will etc, a place where still today Racism still runs ram-pit, not to mention a place that even women are beaten and badder beyond belief and murdered or cast out and Homelessness is raging out of control for forks sake , and I can go on.

Now at a ripe 56 years old and an OUT non-closeted member of the hidden LGBT community in Canada all my life I know only too well the difference between doing whats right because it’s legislation and doing whats right because it’s comes from the heart. Being called names, beaten up and even sexually assaulted, also where for the most part kids and adults alike are being diagnosed with depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder which is the norm.

slide_360376_4031618_compressedAnd due to this perception by society, which sickens me to the core, I am shocked when I realize the closeted LGBT people I have met over the years in Canada whom still hide and spend their whole life suffering in pain and anguish, hiding behind a woman in marriage or just a relationship terrified to be themselves.

In Canada, only one in five people with depression get appropriate treatment. And in Ontario, only one in three patients discharged from psychiatric hospitalization will get a follow-up within the month. Why is Canada doing so poorly in helping people with mental illness? {because it’s not from the heart but rather for Greed~Terry.K}

Dr. Paul Kurdyak and Sanjeev Sockalingam explain why treatment is so difficult to come by. Paul Kurdyak is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork.ca, a psychiatrist and clinician scientist at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health). Sanjeev Sockalingam is a psychiatrist and Deputy Psychiatrist-in-Chief at the University Health Network and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

With all due respect I also have to say that more than 70 countries have Anti-Gay Laws (Death penalty) which include country’s like Russia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia and Iran to name a few.

I do have respect for the leaders of these counties in question (excluding the newly formed American Government, whom should know better) for being honest unlike, Canada whom have created fake legislation said to protect all citizens, that I have fought and suffered to obtain more than 30 years, which in reality, I believe it’s only to quit those protesting, because as sure as I sit here, they will stick a knife in your back the first chance they get whom I have no respect for at all.

As a survivor of a suicide attempt at 19 years of age I now long for my time to cease on this planet, which I truly believe to be hell.

There are only two types of people I despise, and that is Liar’s, perjurer, deceiver’s and thieves, call them what you like but Canada is over whelmed with this type of individual that I call Greeders whom will walk on or over anyone to satisfy their own needs & greed, the place that if you Rob a bank, your life is finished but that same bank can rob you without repercussions.

Millions of people continue to live in places that outlaw same sex relationships and prosecute people for being gay. In five countries and in parts of two others, homosexuality is still punishable with the death penalty, while a further 70 imprison citizens because of their sexual orientation. ~ United Nations Feb 10, 2014.

slide_360376_4031617_compressedBelow is what one man from Ireland had to say about living in Canada after immigrating here to Vancouver and being here just five years, this is an excerpt from his review Pros & Cons of living in Canada:

High taxes, not just on wages but on everything you purchase and sometimes yearly on certain things like the value assessed property tax, high commercial tax, high living tax, just high tax on everything like GST and HST.

The pay gap between struggling and comfortable is so far removed from reality that half the people in Vancouver can’t afford to leave Vancouver because it costs so much just to survive.

Services, all of them are expensive. I never once imagined an incoming call could be considered a charge.

I have once again filed a Claim in The Federal Court of Canada against the Royal Bank of Canada on January 21, 2017 and I don’t even know if it’s been accepted or declined to date!

These are a few of my thoughts on the evils and how my Country has failed me!

Article by Terry.K posted Febuary 5, 2017

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Canada Day Challenge

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Celebrate your future!

Youth are invited to draw a picture, take a photo, or write a short story, a poem or an essay. They can decide which category works best for them, or they can also submit entries in each of the three categories. Each entry must be submitted separately.

We are looking for entries that celebrate Canada’s culture and identity, illustrate young Canadians’ vision of the future, and reflects their exploration and participation in their community.

What will you contribute to the future? What part will you play to lead the world?

Eligibility details

chuckie-contest-canadaTo submit an entry, participants must be aged 8 to 18 years old. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada or legally allowed residents in the country at the time of the Challenge are eligible.

The Challenge is not open to an employee or member of the immediate family of an employee or persons living under the same roof as an employee of Canadian Heritage. Entries must comply with these official rules.

Application deadline

The 2017 Canada Day Challenge will start accepting entries on January 3, 2017 and will close on March 31, 2017.

What you need before you start

animated-shopping-smiley-image-0002Participants must make sure to read through the contest rules and regulations before submitting their entries, as there are specific requirements for each category.

There are the three categories: Write it! Snap it! and Draw it!

How to submit an entry

Entries in the Snap it! and Write it! categories may be submitted electronically using the smilie-buz3online entry form.
Entries in the Draw it! category have to be submitted in person or by mail to one of the Canadian Heritage Regional Offices across Canada by using the PDF entry form.
Entries in the Snap it! and Write it! categories may also be submitted in person or by mail.
Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Contact us

Should you require more information, please contact the Celebrate Canada Team or email us at PCH.defi-challenge.PCH@canada.ca.

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We Matter~Indigenous youth who are feeling alone

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I Matter~You Matter~We Matter

We Matter is a national campaign designed to share the message to Indigenous youth struggling with suicidal thoughts and other hardships that no matter how hopeless or lonely things feel, there is always a way forward.

Suicide rates for Indigenous youth are several times higher that of other Canadians, as well as instances of addiction, abuse, violence, and many other issues. We believe this doesn’t need to be the case.

OUR MANDATE

Our mandate is to communicate to Indigenous youth that their lives matter, and to provide resources to encourage and support those in crisis while fostering unity and resiliency. We provide a forum for people across the country to share video messages of hope and positivity with youth who are going through a hard time. By sharing our stories, our words of encouragement, and our authentic messages of hope and resilience, we help to make a community stronger. We remind youth that I matter. You matter. We matter.

MEET WE MATTER

The We Matter Campaign was concepted in the summer of 2016 by two First Nations with-love-smiley-emoticonsiblings, Kelvin and Tunchai Redvers, whom started We Matter with the belief that hope can be brought to Indigenous youth who are feeling alone.

Growing up in the Northwest Territories, they saw potential to connect Aboriginal youth, and provide help and guidance in an interactive, multi-media format. You can take part – by creating a video, artwork, or story – or simply watching and sharing (to friends, family, facebook, or even schools), you can also visit us at our website or facebook.

OUR GOALS

As We Matter grows, we hope to have video, art and written submissions from every Aboriginal community across Canada so that all youth can feel the support of their home community. We encourage you to add your voice. Your feelings of sadness, your feelings of hope, your own lived experience and your resilience can help remind youth why their lives matter. Every voice added makes a real difference.

 CANADA IS HUGE, AND NOT ALL COMMUNITIES HAVE READILY ACCESSIBLE INTERNET CONNECTIONS.

We are reaching out to share our messages in hard copy formats. Please connect with us if you would like to bring We Matter to your community. info@wemattercampaign.org

itgetsbetter-300x183Our model of sharing messages of hope and resiliency was based on the It Gets Better Project, an initiative to share videos of hope and positivity with LGTBQ youth. These messages remind youth that life becomes easier and gets better if they can get through the difficult teenage years.

We thank the It Gets Better Project for their ongoing support as our Organizational Partner, and encourage you to visit their website for more videos addressing community, strength and resiliency in the face of adversity.

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OUR PARTNERS

We Matter has only been possible thanks to the kind support of the people and organizations who believe in a world where Aboriginal youth have the resources to overcome hardships, struggles with mental health, and suicidal ideation. Please visit Our Partners page to learn more.

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2016-17 Student Video Contest

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Win cash prizes and provincial and national recognition!

Use your creativity to develop an original video that can be used in social media to illustrate the importance of working safely on the job. This year there is an optional theme: Start the Conversation!

Students can create a video showcasing:

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  • How to communicate with peers – at school, at work, or any other setting – about the importance of working safely on the job,
  • A message to peers to raise awareness about workplace safety, or
  • Any other health and safety messages students wish to convey.

The top Ontario video will be entered in the national contest to compete against secondary school winners from across the country. This year, the first place national winning video will be announced and shown at the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week Launch ceremony on May 7, 2017.

Contestants can submit videos until the contest closes on March 3, 2017, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Daylight Saving Time.


Who can enter?

directorchairThe contest is open to current Ontario secondary school students only. Please note that employees of provincial or federal workers’ compensation boards, provincial and federal ministries and departments of labour, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and their immediate family members are not eligible.


How do I enter the contest?

4666895538323456Submitting your entry to the video contest is easy! Simply complete these three steps:

  1. Download the Contest Entry Form [PDF/306 Kb] from our website, and fill in all of the required information.
  2. Upload your video to Vimeo and specify the location (URL) on the entry form. Memberships to Vimeo are free.
  3. After the form has been completed and signed, send it to us. See the section titled Submitting your entry to find details on where to submit your entry form and video.

Learn more and what prizes will be awarded? »»»»»»

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Preventing Injuries – Avoiding Sprains and Strains in The Workplace

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Preventing Injuries

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Who is this training for?

Employees whose work activities include manual labour.

What does it cover?

  •  Introduction to ergonomics
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  •   Strategies to minimize both risk  of injury and improve overall comfort

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  •  Multimedia course with interactive and engaging content. Includes audio narration.
  •  Contains key components required under the Health and Safety Code Jurisdictions.
  •  Significantly reduces training costs often associated with in-person training or remote training sites.
  •  Employee can take the course at their convenience and revisit the content at any time.

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Ontario Making College and University More Affordable

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Premier Wynne Meets with First Cohort to Benefit from New OSAP

wynne3Premier Kathleen Wynne met with Grade 12 students at Central Technical School in Toronto today to talk about reforms to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). Students in Grade 12 will be among the first to benefit from Ontario’s single largest modernisation of student financial assistance when the Ontario Student Grant launches as part of the reformed OSAP in September 2017.

Today, more Ontario students are graduating from post-secondary programs than ever before. But some youth hesitate to aspire to a college or university education because they worry about the costs or graduating with debt from student loans. The Ontario Student Grant will help OSAP empower more students to seek an advanced smilie-boy-blue-shirt2education based on their abilities and potential, not their family’s income. The new OSAP will:

  • Allow eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000 to graduate without having to pay back provincial student loans
  • Provide the Ontario Student Grant to make the average cost of college and university tuition free for thousands of low- and middle-income students
  • Ensure that no eligible student receives less aid than they are eligible for now under the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant, which the new OSAP will replace.

Ontario’s highly educated workforce is one of its greatest economic strengths67 per cent of adults in the province now have a degree or diploma, higher than any country in the OECD and up from 56 per cent in 2002. By addressing the affordability barrier that can deter students from low- and middle-income families, these OSAP reforms will help meet or exceed the target of 70 per cent post-secondary attainment.

Investing in access to post-secondary education is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. graduateThe four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.

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  • About 150,000 students are expected to benefit from the reformed OSAP when implemented in 2017.
  • The Ontario government will work closely with colleges and universities to ensure that reading-a-bookfamilies see clearly up-front the difference between the sticker price for tuition and what the student would need to pay.
  • The new OSAP will allow mature students to qualify for more grants so they can go back to school to upgrade their skills.
  • Since 2002–03, Ontario has increased investment in publicly funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion — an 82 per cent increase.

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Kathleen Wynne ~ Premier of Ontario

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Deb Matthews ~ Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, and Minister Responsible for Digital Government

Article by Newsroom Ontario September 14, 2016

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🇨🇦International Day of Pink 2016

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These social diseases create barriers, bullying, harassment, hate and violence.

What is the Day of Pink?

pink_smiley_face_The Day of Pink is more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity, it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other, anyone can bully, anyone can be victimized by bullying, but together we can stop it.

dop_buttons_1024x1024April 13, 2016 marks the International Day of Pink. It is a day where communities across the country, and across the world, can unite in celebrating diversity and raising awareness to stop homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, and all forms of bullying.

The International Day of Pink was started in Nova Scotia when 2 straight high school students saw a gay student wearing a pink shirt being bullied. The 2 students intervened, but wanted to do more to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullying. They decided to purchase pink shirts, and a few days later got everyone at school to arrive pillowwearing pink, standing in solidarity. The result was that an entire school took a stand and began working together to prevent homophobic & transphobic bullyingEach year on the second Wednesday of April, millions of people wear pink and take a stand.

The Day of Pink is a symbol, a spark, that empowers and inspires youth across Canada to create amazing social change!

How can I get involved in the International Day of Pink?

  • Wear pink on April 13, 2016!
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  • Find out more about activities you can do in your school, community, business or organization.
  • Learn about the causes of discrimination and what you can do to solve this problem.
  • Order T-shirts!!

Who are Day of Pink Ambassadors?

Day of Pink Ambassadors are politicians and community leaders from all over Canada who are rainbowwilling to stand up and speak out on behalf of the diversity of others. Check out our blog for posts of some of the DayofPink Ambassadors telling us what wearing pink to them means and why it matters to them. If you know a politician, Member of Parliament, Mayor, Town or City Councillor who is interested in becoming a DayofPink Ambassador encourage them to check this website out. Email us at Info@DayofPink.org

Why should you participate?

Have you ever seen a friend hurt because of discrimination? Have you been hurt yourself?

rainbowDiscrimination comes in many forms, including the following: racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, ageism, colonialism, and antisemitism. No one should have to experience the negativity created by discrimination.

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AN OPEN STATEMENT TO THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA “MR JUSTIN TRUDEAU”

“A Life Survey ~ A Recognition of Truth”

“The confirmation of the termination of my employment by my employer today, brings a mild since of grief, as I am over whelmed with the feeling of finally being free from persecution which takes presidency right now”

Mr Trudeau

canadianflagI was recently made aware that you were an Advocate, knowing that, I would like at this time to share my thoughts with you on “Workplace Bullying, Harassment,  Discrimination and Violence!

Also when you were running for the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, I voted for you and had the up-most respect and confidence in your leadership abilities, on Feb 5, 2014 I wrote an article, “Canada” where I expressed and gave the reasons why I believed in your leadership abilities.

Well I guess it’s official, the corruption of the entity in question this time “easyhome” making this, give or take one or two because I lost track, the 40th job I have been dismissed from due to no fault of my own, well I guess it is my fault because I choose to be me, not what was suggested I be, for this I have paid a hefty price.

This is an example of the hatred that is now embedded in our society, that needs to be seriously recolonized and acknowledged, Canadaa destructive brand of evil that has been silently endorsed by society and our governments, it has been given the supreme authority to thrive, leading to it’s acceptance and approval and it’s continued existence of an ever growing form of hatred, prejudice and violence in our workplaces and schools.

canadian-flag-heartSince I filed my first Human Rights complaint in 1998, again in 2012 with the latest being March 4, 2016. Timeless appearances in front of a judge pleading my case for survival and all request for closure or remedies has been time and time again ignored or denied.

For those of us looking for some sort of closure or results to stop the torture, it’s now obvious were not going to get it, not in Canada that’s for sure, our concerns has been and it’s safe to assume, considering! will always be in vain unless things change.

Again this time, “ONLY” out of concerns for my health and safety at work, to bring the undeniable facts of workplace violence to society’s attention which I have experienced for more than 20 years, I made my employer aware of the situation, but rather then help or try to resolve the matter, or honour my request for transfer to another store, I was not asking for a monetary remedy, I was asking for and still am, a transfer out of a poison and violent environment to a safe one, this was my only request and concern, “Safety” the reasons and my motive, but having to file another complain with a Human Rights Body to ask for the transfer from a poison and violent workplace only to protect myself, being continuously denied a transfer by the employer, this only confirms just how much hatred the employer actually has for me.

In closing, what I have learnt from a life time of experiences, awareness and acknowledgement of, not to have reliance on the justice system because it is non-existent, you are wasting your time and your life, speaking out has no result, I have time and time again over the course of the last 4 years asked, yes even you, our Prime Minister for assistance many times, whom at the time was not even a political leader, is this the result Canadian-flag-background-for-Canada-map (2)the lower class can expect?, I also begged the United Nations for assistance, time and time again but got no response to date, which in all honesty, only made life worst, and had no effect on for the end result at all.

We need to realize it now, there is no one who cares but most of all, there is no justice system you can rely on to assist or save you!

In seven days I will be 56 years old, I would be full of concern and fear knowing what I know now, if I were 20 years old today, probably the realization, a depressive one, a false since of relief, this I know, so I accept reality for what it is.

I leave you with this thought A Victim of Bullying-Revenge (Ottawa Massacre OC Transpo1999), is taking up arms the answer to put workplace flag-of-canadaviolence in check? as in what one Ottawa citizen had to do to resolve his issue of workplace bullying, violence and harassment in 1999 at OCTranspo?

I relocated to Gatineau on May 10, 2011, since then I have complied a list of 30 employers in the Ottawa region where through temporary work assignments from an employment agency in Ottawa, (Handyman Personnel) I experienced Bullying, Harassment, discrimination and workplace violence, I will be sharing that list!

We all have dreams, all different ones, my only dream has been for a peaceful and enjoyable life, to live free from persecution, free of a poisoned community!

To be put in a position of destruction, why not use my knowledge for your benefit?

Thank you

Melvin Kinden
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🇨🇦 Anti-Bullying Speech Moves Foothills Composite Students

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“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.”  ~ Henry Ford

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Tad Milmine and FHS counselor Kilbreath with Grade 10 students

Grade 10 students at Foothills Composite High School were boy-hatbrought to tears Tuesday after an emotional speech from the campaign Bullying Ends Here“.

The presentation focused on a teenager named Jamie Hubley that sadly, ended his life five years ago due to bullying, as well as founder Tad Milmine’s story of his life.

Milmine says his goal is to get students to reflect on their actions, and how they affect people.

“My goal is that everyone as an individual is going to look in the mirror

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and recognize that they have room for improvement and then challenge themselves that tomorrow they’re going to be better,” he says.

“As long as we keep waiting for other people to change, well that change isn’t going to happen as it starts with ourselves.”

Many of the students approached Milmine after his presentation to thank him for his powerful words, as well as share their stories.

“Just from standing here after this presentation in particular I helped more than one person,” he says. “Or at least I inspired and gave them a different perspective, or I gave them some positive outlook. I let them know and proved to them that no matter how dark your times may be today, you can still get through it and make all your dreams come true.”

at-school-smiley-emoticonStudents can also email Milmine after his presentation if they feel they need help, or for some encouraging words.

“For me that’s a test. They’re checking to see ‘Do I really respond? Am I really going to be there?’ And I am. So the emails just keep on coming. If I’m by them just one more day, you never know it could be the day that the light is there at the end of the tunnel for them.”

Click here for more information on Bullying Ends Here.

Questions, comments, or story ideas? Email us at news@okotoksonline.com

Article by Laura Bates ~ Published Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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🇨🇦 Rick Mercer headlining fundraiser for anti-bullying group

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Rick Mercer, host of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report, will join award-winning foundation Bullying Ends Here on May 23 for an intimate night of comedy in support of children facing bullying across Canada.

4848149140078592The event, which takes place at the Webber Academy, also features Calgary Police Service Constable and Bullying Ends Here founder Tad Milmine.

Milmine started Bullying Ends Here in 2012 in response to the bullying-related suicide of Ontario teenager Jamie Hubley, and Mercer’s viral rant in reaction to the tragedy. With both Mercer and Hubley’s parents in attendance, the comedy event marks a full circle for the foundation.

image“It’s an honor to have Rick Mercer, who was such an inspiration to me in starting Bullying Ends Here, participating in a fundraiser that will help us support youth across Canada,” said Milmine. “Bullying has reached epidemic levels in our country, but with (the public’s) help, we can address the problem.”
In the past year alone, Milmine has shared Jamie’s story with more than 120,000 youth around the world to demonstrate the real life effects of bullying. Funds raised at the event will help the foundation reach thousands more youth across Canada.

CALGARY HERALD – Published on: May 8, 2015

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🇨🇦 Gay Calgary police officer promotes anti-bullying program of hope

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As a kid, Tad Milmine was bullied by a hostile step-mother, ignored by a drunken father and banished to the basement of the family home in Cambridge, Ont.

School wasn’t any better. After running away at 17, Milmine struggled with his confidence and sexuality. Now, in the job he always wanted, the openly gay Calgary police officer is promoting Bullying Ends Here, a program of hope, writes Allan Maki.

What was your childhood like?

I’d come home from school and go right to the basement, and it was a real basement with concrete walls, no TV, no radio, just a bed. Sometimes I’d be allowed to come up for dinner, most of the time it was left at the top of the stairs so I’d eat it in the basement. … I remember two boys once followed me after school. They kept calling me names. When I got home, I said, ‘Okay, I’m safe.’ I could hear some fumbling around on the porch area. Eventually, I went upstairs. The two guys were gone but I could see the glass screen door was all covered in spit. I didn’t want my stepmom seeing that because I would be the one blamed for it.

How did you end up becoming a police officer?

chuckie officerAfter I ran away from home and got my own apartment, I was working in retail and restaurants and it was just a fluke encounter that at 32 years old I met someone who was a police officer. I remember saying that was my dream. That’s when he said, ‘Have you ever tried? Why wouldn’t you at least try because you have nothing to lose but potentially everything to gain?’ So I did. I applied. I ended up being hired by the RCMP in Surrey, B.C.

You left the RCMP last year. Was it because of your sexuality?

I was not out as a gay man when I applied. It was two years into being a Mountie that I did. … Leaving was about my [anti-bullying] program. I was doing it on my own time at my own expense. I was served a document from the RCMP – eight pages – that was basically a cease-and-desist order saying I had to stop immediately. Shut the website down. No more e-mails. No more presentations until I could meet all of their demands and then seek the approval of the Human Resources officer. I explained that was not possible and that I was going to keep going with the program. It was very business-like; there was no yelling, no insults. I quit. Obviously, a huge door opened and presented me with a chance at joining the Calgary Police Services.

Have you experienced any abuse from your fellow officers?

police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookNot at all, not once. I’m aware of the stereotypes out there, especially in this line of work. I thought there was going to be locker-room challenges. There were going to be jokes. The reality is there isn’t, and I only speak from my own experiences because I’m not naive to say it never happens.

When you do your Bullying Ends Here presentation in schools, what do you say to the students and what do they say to you?

I tell them I received 15,000 e-mails last school year alone and I respond to every one myself. Hundreds of those e-mails are from self-confessed bullies and they’re saying they don’t know how to stop. They say, ‘If I stop, I’m not going to be on that pedestal. I’m going to lose my status within this group.’ That reflects what the program is about. It’s all of us, together.

ALLAN MAKI – The Globe and Mail – Published Friday, Feb. 20 2015

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I don’t claim to be politically correct but for what it’s worth my personal option on the future of Canada and whom ever leads this country towards foreign & economic stability c150-logo-red-nouvnew_1469624863855_engall depends on who is at the master control, leading the country to where ever that maybe. Back in my day, when I was a boy I remember my dad and his loyalty to the liberal candidate at that time was none other than Pierre Elliott Trudeau, he was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, 1979, and again from March 3, 1980 to June 30, 1984, today we see his son Justin all gun whole to take the bull by the horns and push Canada forward. I hear a lot of negativity in that regards, everyone thinks he’s to young for such a task, and I am not sure as to why they think that way. Mr Harper only supports family values, making it clear he is not supportive of the LGBT community, and he supports the major corporations over the people’s, he is not concerned about the common man or the diverse society’s and people’s of this country, but the one and only thing we can say of him is he holdscanadian-flag-heart canadian-flag-heart Canada’s economic and foreign affairs close to heart, which is a great thing but unfortunately the people are left behind. In the age of a new generation and a more complex society he just can’t keep up with the “Jones” it’s not about me a 54 year old veteran who’s been there and done that, as is Mr Harper, it’s now time for a younger leader to step up and take control of this country’s business. Not only to be concerned about the deficit, foreign and economic affairs, don’t get me wrong these are important issues and it’s great that he can bring Canada to a new age of political and social change, as I really think that it’s possible right now for any politician to accomplish. The people (A new Generation) a younger generation is rising and they need a leader that will speak and represent them on the current issues in today’s society and that’s not Mr Harper.

The Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Canada's 15th Prime Minister.
The Right Honorable Pierre Elliott Trudeau: Canada’s 15th Prime Minister.

It’s about a country that stands behind it’s citizens, to respect them and listen to what they have to say, all it’s citizens, that’s where I think Mr Justin Trudeau would fit in the picture, a leader who is familiar with today’s issues that are of concern to Canadian’s right now, Mr Harper, is stuck and guided by old ways of thinking, what was good for Canada then may not be what’s best for Canada now and Mr Harper seems to be blind to this fact, issues that are currently of a major concern for the majority of Canadians today. I could mention several issues of grave concern right now, but I won’t, concerns of the now generation that Mr Harper and his conservatives see as purely nonessential. This is exactly the reason Canada needs young blood, like Justin Trudeau as a driving force to move Canada into the future and beyond, he maybe young and lack experience but I believe that if given the chance he is the man that will move Canada forward to a brighter and prosperous future for all Canadians. When the next Federal election rolls around in Oct 2015 lets not forget and reserve your right to vote and elect Justin Trudeau for the next Prime Minister of Canada, a Liberal Government to represent not only economic and foreign affairs but to represent all the diverse society’s and people’s right here, right now of this great country of ours as well, because as a leader you cannot lead only half the people, you must lead all the people.
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International Day of the Girl.

5th International Day of the Girl 

canada header“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.” – Malala Yousafzai

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11. It is a day dedicated to championing girls’ rights around the world

girl powerCanadians recognize how important girls are to our future. That’s because Canadians believe that every girl deserves an equal start in life and the chance to grow to her full potential. That equality starts with clean water, healthy food and a safe place to live. It starts with education, support from the community and freedom from violence.
Together, we can create these conditions for girls across the globe. We can show them that gender equality is, not just possible, but necessary. Our future depends on it.

Girls, claim your place!

Girls are a force felt around the world!

Girls today bring their passion, courage and new ideas to all that they do, creating positive change throughout their communities. They are leading the way as students, entrepreneurs, volunteers and activists, and proving that you are never too young to shape the future and improve the lives of others.

By teaching girls to stand up for themselves and for gender equality, we can make sure that girls today continue to take the world by storm. continue reading »»»»»»
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There are 1.1 billion girls today, a powerful constituency for shaping a sustainable world that’s better for everyone. They are brimming with talent and creativity. But their dreams and potential are often thwarted by discrimination, violence and lack of equal opportunities. There are glaring gaps in data and knowledge about the specific needs and challenges that girls face.

What gets counted, gets done. The theme for this year’s International Day of the Girl Child, on 11 October, “Girls’ Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”, is a call for action for increased investment in collecting and analyzing girl-focused, girl-relevant and sex-disaggregated data. One year into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, improving data on girls and addressing the issues that are holding them back is critical for fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals

One such issue that is standing in the way of girls’ progress is child, early and forced  marriage. The data is daunting—one in three girls in developing countries (except China) get married before they turn 18. Girls who are child brides miss out on education, are more vulnerable to physical and sexual violence, and bear children before they are physically or emotionally prepared. The cycle of violence that begins in girlhood, carries over into womanhood and across generations. The 2030 Agenda must address their needs and unlock their potential.

UN Women works around the world to empower women and girls and raise awareness on their rights, advocate for the adoption and implementation of laws and policies that prohibit and prevent child, early and forced marriage, and mobilize communities against the practice.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, we stand with the global community to support girls’ progress everywhere. Let girls be girls. continue reading »»»»»»

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To mark the 5th International Day of the Girl on October 11, girls across Canada and around the world, raised their voices to speak up for their right to equal opportunities. They challenged their local and national leaders to support girls’ empowerment because #GirlsBelongHere – in positions to lead, decide and make a difference. Over 250 leaders worldwide accepted this challenge, and invited a girl to take the lead in their role for the day!

SEE ALSOWhy a group of inspiring girls are boldly challenging Canadian leaders to stand up for girls’ rights

The unfortunate reality is that girls and women are disproportionately underrepresented in leadership roles and decision-making positions in many sectors, and in countries across the globe. Plan International is proud to support this groundswell of girls in breaking gender stereotypes, defying the norms, and rallying support for their rights and empowerment!

Catch some of the highlights from Day of the Girl and experience the inspiring impact of girls’ empowerment in countries around the world.

Girls belong where their voices can be heard! Last year, girls from all over the globe filled the roles of ministers, mayors, CEOs and even presidents! continue reading »»»»»»

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banner.5The question isn’t “why girls?” but “why wait?” What if we could solve the problem of poverty before it even started? Turns out we can, The solution? Girls. Girls are the most powerful force of positive change on the planet. Unleashing their potential is critical to ending global poverty and accelerating progress on some of the toughest challenges of our time. In fact, girls are so important that the UN has declared today the International Day of the Girl. Let’s use today to spread the word about this movement and create the kind of buzz that causes leaders to sit up and listen.

We invite and encourage you to take a few minutes to watch this video, share it on facebook, or twitter, and consider making a donation to the Girl Effect Fund.
Just like your parents, friends, and teachers have empowered you, we must continue to empower girls to declare their own goals and achieve their unique vision of success.
LyLaS, Diana and the women of GlobalGiving

P.S. If you’ve watched the Girl Effect video upwards of 9 times, and it still gives you chills, you’re not alone.

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