Caribbean Heritage Month - October 2019

Caribbean Women’s Society has declared the month of October as “Caribbean Heritage Month”; an innovative initiative to recognize, celebrate and educate the public on how Caribbeans made and continue to make significant contributions, across all fields and industries, to Canada, as early as the 1700’s.

Ontario’s Caribbean Heritage Month will be marked by a series of cultural events and activities throughout the month of October.

October is a significant month for the Caribbean-Canadian community. With the points system incorporated into the Immigration Regulations in October 1967, it meant that visitors, including Caribbeans, and their families were given the right to apply for immigrant status while in Canada. By 1970, immigration from, in part, the Caribbean represented over 23% of the total; compared to 10% four years prior. (http://ccrweb.ca/en/hundred-years-immigration-canada-part-2)

In a statement to the House of Commons on October 8, 1971, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announced multiculturalism as an official government policy. Multiculturalism was intended to preserve the cultural freedom of all individuals and provide recognition of the cultural contributions of diverse ethnic groups to Canadian society. (https://pier21.ca/research/immigration-history/canadian-multiculturalism-policy-1971)

Caribbean Heritage Month will be an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Caribbean-Canadians and the important role that they have played and continue to play in communities across Ontario.

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Wrongful Conviction Day - October 2, 2019

Wrongful Conviction Day is an international day to recognize the tremendous personal, social and legal costs associated with Wrongful Criminal Convictions, and to recognize those persons who have been forced to endure the consequences. This Day is equally devoted to informing and educating the public on the causes, consequences and complications associated with Wrongful Criminal Convictions.

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Firefighters’ Memorial Day - October 6, 2019

Firefighting is known as one of the most dangerous professions. Firefighters working on behalf of the people of this Province are called upon to take extraordinary risks every day in order to protect the public from the dangers posed by fires and other life-threatening situations. Many firefighters have given their lives in the performance of their duties.

Given the enormous commitment which the firefighters in this Province have demonstrated repeatedly to the people of Ontario, it is appropriate to proclaim a memorial day to commemorate those firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty. This day will provide an opportunity for all Ontarians to honour and recognize the important contribution these people made to preserving our safety and well-being.

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National Fire Prevention Week - October 6 to 12, 2019

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record.

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Durham Mental Health Day - October 10, 2019

Durham Mental Health Day is an initiative to increase awareness and break down the stigma surrounding mental health across the Region of Durham. The Carion Fenn Foundation is a registered charity promoting health and wellness, providing support, education and resources for chronic and rare diseases. The Foundation will be raising flags requesting proclamations, along with hosting their 3rd Annual Mental Health Forum (in partnership with Ajax Public Library and Lakeridge Health) and having their 1st annual Durham Mental Health Day at Queens Park sponsored by MPP Rod Phillips.

For more information about Durham Mental Health Day visit: www.carionfenn.org.

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Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week - October 20 to 26, 2019

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week offers an opportunity to recognize the value of spiritual and religious care and to honour those who provide the care. Spiritual and religious care is about listening, clarifying and offering spiritual direction to those in need. When one is scared, lonely, confused, angry or disillusioned, spiritual and religious care providers offer counsel and support.

Across Canada, thousands of dedicated spiritual and religious care providers of all faiths work in specialized settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, mental health centres, and facilities for people with developmental disabilities.

During Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week, facilities recognize the contributions of staff, families and faith community volunteers in providing the best care possible for clients, inmates, residents, patients, etc. in private, public and government organizations.

For additional information, please visit www.cmfsrc.ca

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Waste Reduction Week - October 21 to 27, 2019

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a national year-round program that focuses on the circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. The purpose is to promote individual and collective environmental efforts and achievements while encouraging new innovative ideas and solutions.

Held annually in October since 2001, Waste Reduction Week in Canada, through a coalition of environmental non-profit and government organizations from across Canada, also shines the spotlight on conscious consumption and responsible recycling.

For more information, please visit www.wrwcanada.com.

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Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day - October 24, 2019

October 24th has been designated as Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the education, dedication and commitment of child care workers to children, their families and quality of life of the community. Many children, families and communities benefit from the work of child care workers and ECEs. Child care and early learning also contribute to the economic life of communities. Research shows the many economic benefits accrued from affordable, accessible, high quality early learning and child care. These benefits come from the number of people employed in the child care industry and because the availability of child care allows parents to work and retrain and to contribute to the economic life of society.

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World Polio Day - October 24, 2019

World Polio Day was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus, developed by Albert Sabin, led to the establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. As of 2013, GPEI had reduced polio worldwide by 99%.

Polio is a debilitating and potentially fatal infectious disease. There is no cure, but there are safe and effective vaccines. Polio can be prevented through immunization. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, almost always protects a child for life. The strategy to eradicate polio is therefore based on preventing infection by immunizing every child until transmission stops and the world is polio-free.

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