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News Release: Ontario Enhancing Support for Refugees and Newcomers

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

 

 

By: Upali Obeyesekere – Editor, TSL. Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Today is World Refugee Day. As part of the 2017 budget, the province is investing $17.5 million in new funding over two years to enhance services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers. In 2016, Ontario received over 110,000 immigrants (37 per cent of national landings) and welcomed over 28,000 refugees as permanent residents (47.8 per cent of the national share). In 2017-18, Ontario is investing over $110 million in newcomer and refugee supports including language training, settlement and employment programs. Refugees will also continue to settle in Ontario through secondary migration and relocation from other provinces as they explore settlement needs and work opportunities. 

New Investment will Help Refugees Settle and Succeed

Ontario is continuing to support refugees and vulnerable newcomers with a new investment to help them settle and get the support they need, to successfully integrate into their new lives in Ontario.

Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, was at Paramount Fine Foods Restaurant in Mississauga today to mark World Refugee Day and announce new provincial support to help refugees and other newcomers succeed.

The province is enhancing services for refugees and vulnerable newcomers, including settlement services, case management, employment and training supports, and programming for refugee women and newcomer youth. These additional resources will support the long-term, sustainable social and economic integration of newcomers. The province is now accepting applications from organizations that would like to apply for funding to provide these services.

Ontario has taken a leadership role in Canada's humanitarian efforts to help refugees and save lives, with:

  • Communities across the province welcoming refugees at an unprecedented level, with more than 28,000 refugees from across the world resettling in Ontario last year.
  • 45 per cent of all Syrian refugees — who arrived in Canada between November 2015 and March 2017 — settling in Ontario.
  • More than 19,000 Syrian refugees settling into their new lives in the province since November 2015, with the help of settlement agencies, municipalities, employers and refugee sponsors. These newcomers are already giving back and contributing to their broader communities. 

Helping newcomers thrive and succeed is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

 

 

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TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi receives 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

Posted on 20 June 2017 by admin

On Saturday, June 10, TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi accepted the 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce at Chamber’s Annual Gala. It is a premier social and business event for all Indo-Canadians, hosting more than thousands of guests constituting of leading entrepreneurs, professionals, decision-makers in the government, and academics.

Attached below please find the official press release on this exciting honor.
 

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan (center) Joshi receiving the Technology Achievement Award with ICCC President Arun Srivastava, Canada’s Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Bardish Chagger, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Nadir Patel, and CIBC District VP Venki Raman (Left to Right).

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan (center) Joshi receiving the Technology Achievement Award with ICCC President Arun Srivastava, Canada’s Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Bardish Chagger, India’s High Commissioner to Canada Nadir Patel, and CIBC District VP Venki Raman (Left to Right).

TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi Accepts The 2017 Technology Achievement Award By Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce

TORONTO, June 12 – TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi was privileged to receive the 2017 Technology Achievement Award by Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, on June 10 at Chamber’s Annual Gala held at Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC).
 
The Technology Achievement Award is awarded to a Technology Achiever of Indian origin who has a record in innovation; has established a high profile in the Canadian and the global business community; demonstrated achievements in business product and/ or business process innovation and development; strong leadership skills, and has made contributions to the community.

 

2017 Award winners, ICCC leadership and VIP guests
Other corresponding ICCC’s award achievers were CEO and President of Chalmers Group of Companies, Balwinder Takhar, founder of Sunray Group Ray Gupta, Director of Sleep Medicine Dr. Indra Narang; Chief Statistician of Canada, Anil Arora; President of Hampton Inn and Suites by Crown Group of Hotels, Sameer Sharma; CEO of Richberry Group of Companies, Peter Dhillon; President and CEO of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, Mina Mawani; Co-Founder of Highbury Canco Corp., Pradeep Sood; and CPA- CGA, Jatinder Bawa for their contribution in their respective spheres. 

During the Gala, Joshi appreciatively accepted the Technology Award on behalf of his family and his team at TheAppLabb.  He is a strong believer of the fact that great honors are never individual achievements, instead, they are a proof of being blessed with great people that support and have faith in you. Joshi has been intensely dedicated to exploiting technology innovations to drive value to businesses and refining the human experience. 
 

Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup (left) and Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Patel (right)
A rare occurrence that turned out to be the highlight of the Awards and Gala night was the presence of Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup and Canadian High Commissioner Nadir Khan. ‘The biggest natural resource India has is the Indian’ said the Indian High Commissioner in his short yet insightful speech. Continuing with his inspirational speech, he stated that ‘It is the Indian who has and will shape the destiny of the world.’ Vikas Swarup also showcased the strength of India stating that ‘People of Indian origin have been elected to parliaments in many western countries, and therein is the strength of India, a strength that is unparalleled and one that is growing,’ mentioning supporting instances of the UK, Canada, and many other countries.
 
The Canadian High Commissioner, on the other hand, expressed Canada’s desire to develop strong ties with India, both economic and people-to-people. Nadir Patel pointed out the visits of nine Canadian ministers to India in the previous months as an indication of the significance with which Canada desires to be closer to India.
TheAppLabb CEO and 2017 Technology Award receiver Kundan Joshi (right) alongside Mayor of Markham Frank Scarpitti
As founder and CEO of TheAppLabb, Joshi has inspired and guided his team of technology evangelists through the creation of over 500 apps for clients both large and small, ranging from enterprise giants like Unilever, Dell, and Samsung to innovative startups like Gift Jeenie. In addition, Joshi holds a degree in software engineering from the University of Western Ontario and is the founder of 15 other tech companies including StartupLabb, an accelerator for high-potential technology startups, and InnovationLabb, an R&D lab for emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IOT, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Blockchain.
Technology Award Winner and TheAppLabb CEO Kundan Joshi (right) with TheAppLabb CCO Surbhi Guleria-Joshi (left) and Mayor of Toronto John Tory (center)
Presented by the ICCC, Chamber’s Annual Gala has been recognizing Indo-Canadians for their contribution in different sectors for the last 25 years. The awards are given to a selected set of individuals at the Chamber’s Annual Awards & Gala Night, held on the second Saturday of June every year. It is a marquee event where the ICCC promotes trade and commerce between India and Canada and recognizes the achievements of Indo-Canadians from all across Canada through award presentation.
 
The Canadian High Commissioner, on the other hand, expressed Canada’s desire to develop strong ties with India, both economic and people-to-people. Nadir Patel pointed out the visits of nine Canadian ministers to India in the previous months as an indication of the significance with which Canada desires to be closer to India. 

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Vesak celebrations in Toronto

Posted on 17 June 2017 by admin

The vibrant city of Toronto counts the largest number of Sri Lankan expatriates in Canada. The Sinala/Tamil New Year, Vesak, and other relgious festivals are celebrated by numerous Sri Lankan Socio-Cultural Organizations based in Toronto in assoication with the Consulate General for Sri Lanka in Toronto. Following is an account of the Toronto Vesak celebrations with files from mainstream media outlets.


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Followers of Lord Buddha’s philosophy marked the birth, attainment of enlightenment and passing away of Lord Buddha, by organising several events in the Greater Toronto Area, with the active participation of the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Toronto and staff.

The West End Buddhist Temple and Meditation Centre of Mississauga, together with other Buddhist temples in the GTA, representing Theravada, Mahayana and Vijirayana Sects organised an event on 28 May to mark Vesak, which included prayers, sermons and parade and was attended by devotees from Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. Chair of the organising committee Ven. Dr. Bhante Saranapala delivered the main sermon highlighting the way to follow Lord Buddha’s journey for the benefit, welfare and happiness of human beings with his blessings on the city, the nation and the world. 

Addressing the gathering Consul General of Sri Lanka emphasised the relevance of following Lord Buddha’s teaching today than ever before and the contribution of Buddhism towards spirituality of humanity. The Consul General also highlighted Sri Lanka’s pivotal role in declaring Vesak as ‘International Vesak Day’ by the United Nations and this year’s International Vesak Day under the theme ‘Buddhist teachings for Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace’ in Colombo. This event was attended by Senator Victor Oh, Federal Member of Parliament Peter Fonseca, Mayor of Mississauga Bonnie Crombie and Provincial Minister Dipika Damerla. 

Dr. Veronique Tomaszewski, Adjunct Professor of the Department of Sociology of the York University delivered the keynote address at the Vesak celebrations organised by the Canada-Sri Lanka Sinhala Association on 26 May in Scarborough. Clergy representing Buddhist, Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths, Consuls General of Sri Lanka and Nepal and other dignitaries graced the occasion.      

The Most Ven. Ahangama Rathanasiri Nayaka Thero of the Toronto Maha Vihara, while delivering his sermon to mark Vesak at the Vihara premises, stressed the importance of following Lord Buddha’s philosophy and transforming life of all human being. The events, held from 13 May, included a two-day Sil program, devotional songs, a special sermon by Ven. Assaji Thero of the United Kingdom, virindhu, dansala and awarding of certificates to Dhamma school participants. A colourful vesak pandal illustrating ‘Deeghithi Kosala Jathaka’ was also exhibited at the temple premise for three days. 

The Brampton-Caledon Buddhist Mission Centre organised its Vesak celebrations at its newly acquired premises in Caledon for the first time on 7 May. Consul General of Sri Lanka and officials of the Consulate General took part at the event and at the certificate awarding ceremony of its Dhamma School.

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