Flight of the Monarchs Day - August 22, 2020

Monarch butterflies are one of the most iconic and cherished insects in North America. Their epic 5,000-kilometre migration from eastern Canada to the forests of central Mexico begins in late August each year. In 2013, the eastern population of monarch butterflies dropped by 95% to the smallest recorded population since the mid-1990s. Since 2013, the population has rebounded, thanks in part to the collective efforts of thousands of individuals, groups and communities across Canada, but the monarch’s future remains in serious peril. Flight of the Monarchs Day is an opportunity to celebrate the growing movement to protect monarch butterflies and the astonishing phenomenon of their migration as their epic journey southward begins.

Monarch Nation is proud to present Flight of the Monarchs Day, a nationwide event to recognize the iconic monarch butterfly. On August 22, 2020, communities and organizations across Canada will be coming together to celebrate one of North America’s most cherished insects! Join the network of communities across Canada and become part of a movement to protect and raise awareness about the monarch butterfly.

For more information, visit Flight of the Monarch.

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Franco-Ontarian Day - September 25, 2020

September 25th is Franco-Ontarian Day in the Province of Ontario.

The Franco-Ontarian Day Act adopted unanimously by the legislative Assembly proclaims September 25th of each year as Franco-Ontarian Day. This day will, every year, officially recognize the contribution of Ontarian Francophone community to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province.

La Loi sur le Jour des Franco-Ontariens adoptée à l’unanimité par l’Assemblée législative proclame le 25 septembre de chaque année. Cette journée reconnaîtra officiellement chaque année la contribution de la communauté francophone ontarienne à la vie culturelle, historique, sociale, économique et politique de la province.

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Caribbean Heritage Month - October 2020

Ontario is home to a large and vibrant Caribbean-Canadian community; a rich and diverse group representing 42 Caribbean nations, regions and territories.

Since the first Caribbean immigrants arrived in Canada in the late 1700’s, Caribbean-Canadians from across Ontario have made significant contributions across all fields; including science, education, medicine, broadcasting, law, politics, business, sports and culture.

Caribbean-Canadians have helped build the City of Pickering, Ontario and the country, into the multicultural success story that it is and have helped to build this province into the best place to live, work and raise families. They continue to help foster growth, prosperity and innovation throughout Ontario and Canada.

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 previously.

Caribbean Heritage Month is 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. For more information visit www.ourchm.ca

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International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day - October 7, 2020

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) is a very painful disorder of the portion of the fifth cranial nerve (trigeminal nerve) that supplies sensation to the face. It is characterized by recurrent electric shock-like (paroxysmal) pains in one or more branches of the trigeminal nerve (maxillary, mandibular, and/or ophthalmic branches), each supplying a different portion of the face. Severe facial pain can last from one second to 15 minutes or longer; some individuals may have up to 100 lightning-like bursts of pain in a day. Although remissions are common, TN is usually a long-term condition. It can be triggered by such stimuli as heat or cold, wind hitting the face, chewing, yawning, or talking. Because the sudden, sharp pain causes the individual to wince, the condition is known as Tic Douloureux or painful twitch. Perhaps you know someone who has it and they have not been diagnosed. Ten percent of MS patients will be diagnosed with TN.

The Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association (CATNA) supports Trigeminal Neuralgia and Me (TNnME) in the lighting up of buildings and bridges all over the world, to help bring awareness for those who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia. For more information, please visit the TNnME website.

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