National Hunger Action Month - September 2021

September is recognized as the month set apart each year for the direction of our thoughts and actions to the health and well-being of our fellow Canadians/Durham residents who face food insecurity.

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Rail Safety Week - September 20 - 26, 2021

Every year, more than 2,100 North Americans are killed or seriously injured because of unsafe behaviour around tracks and trains. Most of these incidents and deaths are preventable. By looking out for each other and working together, we can help keep our communities safe and prevent fatalities and injuries on or near railway property.

As a responsible railroad that links communities to markets around the world, CN continues to play an essential role in the economy. CN continues to take all necessary steps to protect its employees, communities, customers, vendors and partners, in response to the continued and unprecedented challenges associated with the pandemic. As CN safely serves its customers while keeping the economy moving, they remain committed in their efforts to educate the public on rail safety.

Rail Safety Week will be held in Canada, the United States, and Mexico from September 20 - 26, 2021. Once again this year, in-person activities may be restricted, yet efforts to get the rail safety message out will be stronger than ever. Rail safety never takes a break and, as proud neighbours, CN continues to work with Operation Lifesaver,  its communities and local authorities, CN Police Service officers and all CN employees to help prevent accidents and injuries at rail crossings, and ensure everyone’s safety on and around railroad infrastructure year-round.

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Dyslexia Awareness Month - October 2021

Imagine trying to manage everyday life with a disability that makes it difficult to read, write or spell. This is the reality that 10 - 20% of Canadians who live with dyslexia face (IDA). Dyslexia is a hereditary, lifelong condition that with proper identification and specific instruction, can be managed. People with dyslexia have unique gifts in how they approach and solve complex problems.

Organizations across Canada are working together to ensure all children in Canada have equal access to education. As you may be aware, provincial Human Rights Commissions have recently been investigating this issue, or are being asked to open provincial inquiries (e.g. Ontario Right to Read Inquiry). In addition, the month is recognized by Health Canada as a Health Promotion month.

To find out more about the National Dyslexia Awareness Campaign, visit: Mark it Read - Dyslexia Canada

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Wrongful Conviction Day - October 2, 2021

Wrongful Conviction Day is designated as an annual International Day to recognize the tremendous personal, social and legal costs associated with wrongful criminal convictions.

This day recognizes those persons who have been forced to endure the tremendous consequences brought by a wrongful criminal conviction. The purpose of this day is to inform and educate the broader international community on the causes, consequences and complications associated with wrongful criminal convictions.

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Fire Prevention Week - October 3 - 9, 2021

National Fire Prevention Week is observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9th falls, in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire that began on October 8, 1871, and did most of its damage on October 9th.

National Fire Prevention week 2021 takes place on October 3 – 9, and Fire Prevention Day is always on October 9th.  Every year in October, Fire Prevention Week is celebrated to bring awareness to the importance of fire safety. A particular theme is chosen by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) each year.

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Energy Efficiency Day - October 6, 2021

Energy efficiency is an abundant, clean, and low-cost way to meet Pickering’s needs to avoid pollution, improve comfort and health, while reducing energy bills for residents and businesses in our community. Implementing energy efficiency and other clean energy policies and programs can help boost economic opportunities and job creation while continuing to move Pickering towards a sustainable future. Smarter energy use reduces the amount of energy needed to power our lives, which helps avoid plant emissions that can harm our health, pollute our air, and warm our climate. A nationwide network of energy efficiency groups and partners has designated the first Wednesday in October as national Energy Efficiency Day, and together we can continue to contribute to our sustainability efforts by learning more about energy efficiency and practicing smarter energy use in our daily lives. Learn more about this initiative and join Living Green on October 6 to support clean energy goals.

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International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day - October 7, 2021

October 7th is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Day. The 2021 Light up Teal illumination initiative is to bring light and awareness to the World Health Organization by asking them to add Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) to their “Health Topic List” of illnesses which will expand awareness, grant access to further resources, and create opportunities for funding research for Trigeminal Neuralgia and Facial Pain Disorders. TN patients are likely to be in so much pain that they cannot speak, work, or socialize with others.

Canadian Trigeminal Neuralgia Association supports members of Trigeminal Neuralgia and Me (TNNME) in the lighting up of buildings and bridges all over the world. They participate in activities, wear teal/blue clothing and ribbons to celebrate on October 7th to help bring awareness for those who suffer from TN. Members of TNNME and the Facial Pain Research Foundation light up teal campaign is dedicated to the memory of Cori Murdoch and all loved ones affected by devastating and heart-breaking nerve pain conditions, such as TN and Facial Pain Disorders.

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Waste Reduction Week - October 18 - 24, 2021

Waste Reduction Week in Canada is a year-round program that supports principles and practices of the circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction that culminates as a week-long celebration every third week of October. Each day has a theme that offers insight and action for Canadians and the economy to embrace.

This October, we celebrate Waste Reduction Week in Canada’s 20th anniversary! This year's overall theme is Then - Now - Future. We invite you to join us as we reflect on the last 20 years of successes and look ahead to accelerating our circular future.

Monday, October 18, 2021 - Circular Economy & Kick Off
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - Textiles
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - E-Waste
Thursday, October 21, 2021 - Plastics
Friday, October 22, 2021 - Food Waste
Saturday, October 23, 2021 - Sharing Economy
Sunday, October 24, 2021 - Sway & Repair 

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Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day - October 21, 2021

October 21st has been designated as the 21st Annual Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the commitment, hard work and dedication of Early Childhood Educators (ECEs) and staff who work with young children.

Each year, the day is proclaimed by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care (OCBCC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), municipalities and school boards across Ontario, and is marked by hundreds of child care centres, unions, and allies.

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World Polio Day - October 24, 2021

Rotary International is a lead partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative alongside the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other major international organizations. Rotary members have been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years, launching PolioPlus, the first global initiative to immunize children against the poliovirus.

Their members worldwide have contributed more than $2.1 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect nearly three billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease. Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a crucial role in urging governments to contribute more than $10 billion towards this honourable initiative.

Their goal of ridding the world of this disease is imminent – polio cases have been reduced by 99.9%.

Today, polio is an endemic only in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, polio continues to remain a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and persistent barriers to reaching every child with polio vaccines and the COVID-19 pandemic have contributed to an increase in polio cases. Last year, 1226 cases of all forms of polio were recorded compared to 138 in 2018, according to the WHO. If all eradication efforts are discontinued, polio could paralyze as many as 200,000 children each year, within 10 years, globally.

Rotarians in District 7070, which includes 55 Rotary Clubs spread across Southern Ontario have long supported efforts to end this crippling disease, raising donations of over $3 million to date.

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World Stroke Day - October 29, 2021

In recognition of the many stroke survivors and their Health Care providers who endeavour with efforts to achieve best stroke health care practices, returning patients to a level of functionality in lifestyle for their future living abilities and employment possibilities.

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Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week - November 1- 7, 2021

In 2014, the Province of Ontario declared the first week in November as the Official Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Establishing an annual awareness week was part of Bill 77 passed in 2014, which made CO alarms mandatory in all Ontario homes. Working with partners to increase fire and carbon monoxide safety is part of the government's plan to keep Ontario families safe. This public education campaign, Beat the Silent Killer, is led by fire services across the province. Fire departments spread the message and raise awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of installing detectors in residential dwellings. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week takes place from November 1 – 7, 2021.

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World Prematurity Day - November 17, 2021

The Canadian Premature Babies Foundation (CPBF) is a parent-led charitable organization aimed to raise public awareness about prematurity and provide support and education for families of premature babies. It is an annual event to honor premature babies, their families, and caregivers.

We join 110 other countries in the International Global Illumination Project, where Canadian landmarks are lit up in purple. This project goes viral as thousands of families visit these landmarks and share their moments on their social media channels on November 17, 2021.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - November 25, 2021

November 25th marks both the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the first day of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence worldwide.

By proclaiming November 25, 2021 as The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and raising a Wrapped in Courage flag, the Violence Prevention Coordinating Council of Durham is raising awareness of violence against women in our communities and promoting gender equality.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3, 2021

December 3, 2021 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day focused on increasing awareness of the barriers, understanding the issues and supporting the dignity, rights and respect of persons with disabilities. In recognition of IDPD, we aim to increase awareness and facilitate discussions about Accessibility, Disability, and the importance of fair access to services.

The Durham Accessibility Conference on December 6th will cover a wide range of topics including Quality of Life, Inclusion, Personal Stories, Mental Health (emotional impact of not having access), Legal Rights, Business Accessibility, Employment, Transportation, Justice, Technology, Disability Benefits & more. It takes a community to improve access, that is why it's important that we work together to better understand, implement, and improve access.

The Carion Fenn Foundation is a Registered Charity established to provide support, education and resources to individuals impacted by Syringomyelia, Chiari Malformation, Mental Health, Chronic Diseases and Rare Diseases through a variety of health and wellness programs that are free to the public. For more information please visit the Carion Fenn Foundation website.

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