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Meta Launches Updated Safety Guide for Athletes Ahead of Major Sporting Events

Meta Launches Updated Safety Guide for Athletes Ahead of Major Sporting Events

With several major sporting events coming up, including the Commonwealth Games and the 2022 World Cup, Meta has launched an updated version of its safety guide for athletes, which provides a range of notes on how to manage your Facebook and Instagram experience to avoid spam, scams, abuse and more.

The 39-page guide is a handy reference guide to all of the various safety tools in both apps, which is not only relevant for athletes, but could also be of value to anyone looking to get a better understanding of their protection and moderation options in each.   

As per Meta:

“This guide is designed to help you prevent, protect, moderate, and escalate on both Facebook and Instagram. We will run through how to protect your password, set up two-factor authentication, understand Page access and take action when you’ve been hacked. We will also walk through how to moderate your Pages, and how to escalate when you experience bullying and harassment.”

The guide includes helpful overviews of each key element, including how to create a strong password:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

How to set up two-factor authentication (a key step for account security):

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

There are also notes on the various moderation and safety tools available on Facebook:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

And more specific explainers on things like how to report a profile for impersonation:

Meta Safety Guide for Athletes

As noted, the focus is professional athletes, so some aspects will be of more relevance to those in the spotlight. But it’s a handy overview of the various options and controls on offer, while Meta also includes some pointers on how to maximize fan engagement on your Page:

  • Respond to comments on Facebook – When you engage in the comments section on your own posts (responding to comments or simply contributing to the conversation), the posts may be shown again in your followers’ Feeds, which increases reach and engagement. Responding to comments on your posts also elevates them to the top of your discussion thread.
  • Start with the “Most Relevant” view on Facebook – When looking at the comments section on your post or video, confirm you are looking at the “Most Relevant” view to ensure high quality comments from fans, and comments from other public figures, creators and verified accounts are at the top. This will make it easier and more efficient for you to engage.
  • Pin comments on Instagram – Consider pinning a few comments to the top of your post. By highlighting positive comments, you can better manage the tone of the conversation.

Nothing groundbreaking, as such, but some good reminders of the value of such engagement to help maximize post reach and engagement.

It’s a handy guide, which could be valuable for your process.

You can download Meta’s ‘Facebook and Instagram Safety Guide for Athletes’ here.

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Indian Railways launches events to highlight historical importance of trains and stations

Indian Railways launches events to highlight historical importance of trains and stations

Showcasing the role and importance of railways in the freedom struggle, Indian Railways will organise cultural shows, programmes, photo exhibitions and several other events at various stations across the country.

As many as 75 stations have been identified for the week-long programme, which is also a part of the 75th year of Independence celebrations.

According to an official release, “Nukkad Natak” (street plays), movie shows, photo exhibitions, and light and sound shows among other events, will be organised at the stations and on the last day, family members of freedom fighters will share freedom stories.

Also, under the programme, a total of 27 trains will be flagged off by the freedom fighter’s families from the originating stations. These trains will be decorated and also display information about their role in the freedom movement.

“We aim to spread values and glories of freedom struggle among the youth, who will be India’s future,” the chairman and CEO of Railway Board, Vinay Kumar Tripathi said on Monday at Rail Bhawan in New Delhi while inaugurating the event named  ‘Azadi Ki Rail Gadi aur Stations’.

Several programmes, shows and events have been organised by various governments, organisation, bodies and others, throughout the year, to celebrate the diamond jubilee of India’s Independence.

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Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival launches anticipated summer events season

Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival launches anticipated summer events season

“The racing is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and they leave the start line every eleven minutes,” Ages told NanaimoNewsNOW.

The 500 metre straight course starts at the southern edge of Newcastle Channel and ends at the Fishing and Walking Pier, often referred to as the crab dock.

Three teams compete at a time.

In addition to the races, all-day, on-shore entertainment takes over Maffeo Sutton Park, including live musical and dance performances, food trucks, a kids play area and beer garden.

Ages said dragon boaters from all over Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland are energized for the Nanaimo event.

“Its been really difficult for these athletes for the last two years…people are really excited to get together and congregate,” Ages said in reference to canceled local dragon boat festivals in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

Funds raised from the event supports the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation and BC Cancer Foundation.

Back-to-back breast cancer survivor races are scheduled starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Ages said successful dragon boat teams require a blend of strength, preparation and diligent teamwork.

“They achieve medals by behaving as one unit, as one organism and that takes a lot of practice and a lot plain hard work.”

Dragon boating consists of 20 paddlers, a steerer and drummer.

The theme for this year’s festival is Life’s a Beach Party which will undoubtedly inspire some wild outfits. Prizes will be awarded to the mixed and women’s teams with the most colourful, tackiest beach attire and accessories.

More details on the event can be found here.

This is the first year Victoria based Fairway Gorge Paddling Club (FGPC) is running the entire Nanaimo event after serving as race coordinator for many years.

FGPC is staging the Vancouver Island Dragon Boat Race Series this year, involving five events in the spring and summer.

Apair of other high profile summer events are on deck at Maffeo Sutton Park, with the Silly Boat Regatta on on Sunday, July 17.

The Nanaimo Marine Festival takes place the following weekend, culminating with the world renowned bath tub race on Sunday, July 24.

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Government launches preparedness plan for heat events, heat alert

Government launches preparedness plan for heat events, heat alert

The Province is launching the BC Heat Alert and Response System (BC HARS) to help ensure people, First Nations communities and local governments have the tools they need to stay safe during heat events. Under BC HARS, the Province is prepared to issue a Broadcast Intrusive alert for extreme heat emergencies.

The Province is also bringing in additional measures to bolster B.C.’s ambulance system to better respond to a significant increase in 911 calls during a heat emergency.

This builds on the recently announced extreme heat funding stream for First Nations and local governments under the $189-million Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for extreme heat-risk mapping, assessment and planning.

“Last summer’s unprecedented heat dome tragically resulted in hundreds of fatalities, making it clear we need to do more to be better prepared for future extreme heat events,” said Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General. “We’ve developed a new heat framework so we’re ready for the next heat event, and we are ready to issue Broadcast Intrusive alerts for extreme heat emergencies to ensure people are aware.”

BC HARS includes two categories of heat events: heat warnings and extreme heat emergencies. In the event of a heat warning or extreme heat emergency, the provincial government and local authorities will take appropriate actions based on their individual heat plans and processes.

For extreme heat emergencies, the Province is prepared to issue alerts through the national public alerting system, Alert Ready, which is already used to issue Amber alerts and tsunami, wildfire and flood warnings.

“It’s vital that we take the lessons we learned from last year’s devastating heat dome to make sure that the Province and our health-care system are as prepared and resilient as possible during extreme heat,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “The new heat alert and response system and actions we’re taking to strengthen the ambulance system and emergency care will help ensure people across B.C. are safe during future heat waves.”

During an extreme heat event, BC Emergency Health Services’ (BCEHS) new Clinical Safety Plan will increase capacity, maintain quality patient service, protect staff health and safety, and ensure timely communication with various stakeholders. The plan will guide BCEHS during an extreme event through actions such as reassigning staff to support areas experiencing increased call volumes, reducing turnaround times at key hospitals, and using alternate care pathways and transport options so ambulances remain available for life-threatening 911 calls.

This builds on actions the Province has already taken to strengthen the ambulance system and emergency care in B.C., including appointing a new chief ambulance officer and reconstituting the BCEHS board. In addition, BCEHS has added 125 new full-time paramedic positions in urban areas and 42 new dispatcher positions. BCEHS has also added 22 ambulances, nine of which are already in service, and converted staffing at 24 ambulance stations from on-call to 24 hours a day, seven days a week coverage.

To further ensure British Columbians are receiving appropriate pre-hospital care, BCEHS, in partnership with the Province and key stakeholders, is working to expand the care and treatment that paramedics and first responders can provide. 

The Province has also created a new Extreme Heat Preparedness Guide targeted at helping people prepare their residences for extreme heat and that provides advice about how to stay safe when temperatures rise. The guide is available in French, Punjabi, traditional Chinese and simplified Chinese and was created in partnership with the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Actions people can take to keep themselves and others safer during a heat event include identifying cool zones inside and outside their homes (community centres, libraries etc.), taking cool baths or showers, drinking plenty of water and checking in with vulnerable neighbours.

Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps). Watch for symptoms of heat illness, including dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, confusion, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine. If someone experiences any of these symptoms during extreme heat, they should immediately move to a cool place, start cooling down and drink liquids.

“Public alerting is a key tool in ensuring Canadians are aware of emerging threats in their communities.” said Bill Bair, president, Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and federal Minister of Emergency Preparedness. “Last summer, record-breaking temperatures in British Columbia resulted in loss of life, and this initiative by the Government of British Columbia will help warn residents of extreme heat waves, allowing them to take the necessary steps to protect themselves and each other.”

Learn More:

For more information about the BC Heat Alert and Response System:

PreparedBC’s Heat Preparedness Guide:

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s weather alerts:

For more information about emergency alerts in B.C.:

For more information about the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, visit the Union of BC Municipalities’ website:

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Workforce Planning launches new Sudbury-area training, event calendar  

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While the number of job vacancies continues to increase in this area, Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin says those looking for work or a career change are often unsure where to go to upgrade their skills, or to find out who is hosting a job or career fair.

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Staff at the Sudbury-based not-for-profit organization hope to make things easier with the launch of a new job-related training and event calendar on their website, located at

“We are very excited to make this one-stop resource available to those who are looking for training and new job opportunities, and to organizations that are offering training or hosting these events,” Reggie Caverson, executive director at Workforce Planning for Sudbury and Manitoulin, said in a release.

“In many cases, returning to school full time just isn’t an option so we are seeing greater interest in short-term courses or training to improve job skills and prospects for the future.”

Caverson noted that in the past, it has been hard to find information on what is being offered in the community, when it is being held, eligibility, whether it is virtual or in-person and if there is a cost. Sometimes, she said, a job fair notice is posted at a local business and if job-seekers don’t go there, they miss the opportunity to attend.

It has also been the case where the same type of event or training for the same job seeker is being held at the same time, which Caverson said has happened more than once over the last few years.

The workforce planning board hopes the new calendar will help minimize duplication and at the same time, increase awareness and participation.

“Any organization that is offering job-related training, short courses, webinars and events such as a career fair is free to go to our website to submit their information which will then be vetted by our office before being posted,” Caverson added.

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She said the new calendar will complement the Jobs in Sudbury-Manitoulin job board at and the other tools and resources available on the website.

Since the launch of its job board last May, the workforce planning board has seen a steady increase in the number of jobs being posted online, including work-at-home opportunities.

“In our local area, we have gone from an average of 3,000 new jobs being posted online each month to over 5,000 in the last two months,” Caverson said.

She feels this is a reflection of labour shortages in the area is experiencing and that the new training and event calendar is another important resource to boost employment skills and support those who are looking for work or a career change.

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Mississauga launches Pride Month, plans several events | inSauga

Mississauga launches Pride Month, plans several events | inSauga

Published June 1, 2022 at 5:14 pm

Mississauga has raised the Progress Pride Flag and is lighting the clock tower to recognize the 2SLGBTQ+ community and launch the beginning of Pride Month in the city.

Earlier today (June 1) the Progress Pride Flag was raised at City Hall and the clock will be lit in rainbow colours to mark the occasion.

“Pride Month acknowledges and focuses on the history and rights of the 2SLGBTQ+ community in Mississauga. Equality, freedom, tolerance and respect are foundation values that make Mississauga a safe and inviting place to call home,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The Pride Progress flag will fly proudly at City Hall for the month of June, and the City will also be changing its logo to the Pride colours, to acknowledge our commitment to diversity, equality and respect.”

The mayor also said she will bring a new motion to City council next week to reaffirm Mississauga’s commitment to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and protect civil rights and the ability to “live openly, equally and without fear.”

Throughout June, the City and other community organizers are offering programs, activities and events in an effort to promote the values of diversity and inclusion for all, some of which include:


Library Author Talks – Wednesday, June 1, 7 to 8 p.m.                                                                                                                            Featuring writer, photographer and activist Samra Habib. As a journalist, Habib has covered topics ranging from fashion trends and Muslim dating apps to the rise of Islamophobia in the US. Their writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian and The Advocate and their photo project, “Just Me and Allah,” has been featured in Vice, The Washington Post and other media. They work with 2SLGBTQ+ organizations internationally, raising awareness of issues that impact queer Muslims around the world. We Have Always Been Here is their first book.

Presented in partnership with Brampton Library.

Register: EventBrite or Active Mississauga


Peel Pride Book Club (Online) – Thursday, June 9, 7 to 8:30 p m.
The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi
This Pride Book Club is a collaboration between Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon Public Libraries. It is a way to meet readers from all three communities and talk about books you may not have discovered on your own.

All are welcome to join this virtual book club featuring titles written by 2SLGBTQ+ (2 spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) authors. In this book club, diverse ideas can be communicated while following a collective responsibility to uphold safer spaces for all community members.

Register: Eventbrite or Active Mississauga


Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services – Pride Toronto Parade – Sunday,  June 26
For the first time, Mississauga’s Fire and Emergency Services team will show their “Pride” and commitment to inclusivity and diversity within Mississauga’s Fire Services by participating in the Pride Toronto Parade and marching with a Pride coloured wrapped fire truck.

“I am very proud to be a part of this year’s Pride celebrations with our wrapped fire truck which I hope will be a strong symbol for the importance of breaking down barriers and promoting equity. We are working hard as a Fire Service team to ensure everyone can be free to be themselves, feel safe and enjoy acceptance,” said Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management, Deryn Rizzi.

Helping to further raise awareness regarding the journey to equity and inclusion by the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Mississauga has a rainbow ground mural located in Streetsville by artist Vivian Rosas and a Rainbow Pride Bench donated to the City by the Pride Committee of Peel and installed in downtown Mississauga’s Scholar’s Green Park in partnership with Sheridan College.

In addition, for the duration of June, the City’s social media channels will display the pride colours as a demonstration of its commitment to continued learning, awareness and creating an inclusive, equitable and safe city where all are welcome.

Mayor Crombie added, “To close off Mississauga’s Pride celebrations, I will be hosting a Pride Social on Wednesday, June 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Stonehooker Brewery in Port Credit. There will be live performances and refreshments. Watch my social media for invites and more details but I hope to see everyone there!”

The City will be using the hashtag #mississaugapride and tag @citymississauga during the month and encourages others to recognize and further the cause of inclusivity and diversity in Mississauga.


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New Project Media Launches NPM Events

New Project Media Launches NPM Events

Leading renewable energy market data & intelligence service looks to provide content and networking focused events on development & financing

PRINCETON, N.J., June 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — New Project Media (NPM), a rapidly growing market data and intelligence company providing origination-led coverage of the North American renewable energy market, announced today the official launch of NPM Events, a parallel business line executing impactful, content-first events for the renewable energy development and finance community. By hosting development and finance experts alongside advisors and solutions providers in the space, NPM Events will generate frank discussions with unique and informative content and provide valuable networking opportunities for attendees.

“During the COVID-19 pandemic, we hosted several virtual events centering on the issues that mattered most to our clients, and they were very successful,” said Ken Meehan, founder and CEO of New Project Media. “Our goal is to elevate the value to our clients and the broader industry by focusing our now in-person events more on the development side, because developers and their partners drive the market, and this approach sets us apart from the broader, ‘later-stage’ content, or trade show models of other renewable energy events.”

NPM Events will host its flagship US Development & Finance Forum every spring in Houston, as well as a revolving series in the fall called NPM Evolutions. This year’s NPM Evolutions conference will be the US Energy Storage Development & Finance Forum, held on October 25 and 26, 2022, in San Diego.

“When we looked at our clients, including developers, financiers, advisors, solutions providers and energy buyers, it became clear to us we needed to create an outlet for them to come together, learn from one another, and discuss topical trends and issues not typically covered on the events circuit,” said Brett Birman, Chief Commercial Officer for NPM. “Our goals for NPM Events are to inspire attendees with expert, insightful content on activity in the renewables space; have them participate in honest, non-biased and informed discussions; and facilitate productive networking opportunities.”

To learn more about NPM, see an archive of past events, or keep informed about upcoming events, please visit  

About New Project Media
New Project Media (NPM) is a leading market data, intelligence and events company providing origination led coverage of the North American renewable energy market. NPM supports renewable energy development, finance, investment, advisory & corporate clients’ origination, market & peer tracking efforts with actionable coverage of the utility-scale, community solar, & energy transition markets. NPM brings a unique view of the pre-RFP, pre-construction and interconnection queue landscape to help its clients identify new business development opportunities and gain a competitive advantage, while also providing full-lifecycle project financing and M&A coverage. NPM Events hosts two industry events each year and produces the NPM Interconnections industry podcast.

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City of Victoria launches CityVibe guide to summer events, festivals – Saanich News

City of Victoria launches CityVibe guide to summer events, festivals - Saanich News

A handy online guide for summer events in the city of Victoria has returned.

CityVibe is the City of Victoria-produced virtual guide for free events, summer festivals, arts and cultural activities, museums, galleries and public markets.

“Victoria is such a lively and exciting place to be in the summer, and there is a pent-up demand for people to be out and about enjoying the city,” Mayor Lisa Helps said in a release. “After two summers of scaled-back gatherings, we are thrilled to be back with a bigger and even better roster of live music, festivals, markets and arts and cultural activities for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

The guide showcases nearly 40 festivals and outdoor events and more than 100 free outdoor music concerts and activities at various spots downtown including Fort Common, Broad Street Pedestrian Zone, Centennial Square, Fisherman’s Wharf Park and Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park.

Posts on the city’s social media pages, as well as handbills and posters distributed at local community and senior centres, the Victoria Visitor Centre on Wharf Street and city hall will also promote the events. Limited printed copies of the CityVibe guide are also available at those locations.

Many festivals and events showcased are beneficiaries of the city’s festival investment grant program, which has awarded more than $4 million to local non-profit arts and culture organizations over the past 21 years. Recipients include the Function Festival, a new two-day arts event celebrating Canadian and international BIPOC musicians, as well as longtime community favourites such as Pride Week and Symphony in the Summer.

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King of Prussia District launches events for area employees

King of Prussia District launches events for area employees

UPPER MERION — As more area employees start returning to their offices, the King of Prussia District is launching a series of food and fitness, to be held at corporate parking lots throughout the King of Prussia-area.

The King of Prussia District’s popular Food Truck Tuesdays are coming back, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. A total of six Food Truck Tuesdays are scheduled during May, June and July.

King of Prussia District is bringing back its popular Food Truck Tuesdays after a two-year hiatus. This photo is from a 2019 Food Truck Tuesday event. The organization will also be hosting pop-up fitness events. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

A new event — Wellness Wednesdays — debuts this week, with four pop-up events scheduled for May and June. The pop-up events are free and open to the public.

“King of Prussia District enjoys bringing the community together through our pop-up outdoor events,” Eric Goldstein, president & CEO of King of Prussia District, said in a statement. “Events like these highlight opportunities for collaboration and community-building you can only achieve when you are in an office setting.”

The KOP Wellness Wednesdays will feature 45-minute workouts scheduled from 4:30-6:30 p.m., taught by fitness instructors from area gyms and fitness centers, according to a press release about the events.

The KOP Wellness Wednesdays roster includes:

• May 4 – at 2520 Renaissance Drive featuring yoga taught by a LA Fitness KOP instructor.

• May 18 – at 935 First Ave. featuring a fitness class taught by an Upper Merion Community Center instructor.

• June 1 – at 2520 Renaissance Drive featuring a Metabolic Conditioning class taught by a Dub Fitness and Wellness instructor.

• June 15 – at 935 First Ave. featuring Yoga Groove taught by an ELLE FIT Dance & Fitness instructor.

Attendees will receive samples and special offers from members of King of Prussia’s health and wellness community, and will have the opportunity to talk with supporters of this new event and King of Prussia District’s February event KOP Wellness Week.

It is not necessary for participants to pre-register for the wellness activities, according to Rachel Ammon, marketing and communications director for King of Prussia District. She added that there will be a waiver that can be filled out in advance. It will be posted at under each workout.

Food trucks will be returning to King of Prussia-area corporate parking lots as King of Prussia District brings back its popular Food Truck Tuesdays. The organization will also host Wellness Wednesday events. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Food Truck Tuesdays is presented by The George Apartments, and will feature live music, food trucks, seating, games and sponsors during lunch hours — 11:30 a.m. to 1:39 p.m. through May, June and July. The six events are spread throughout King of Prussia and each features different food trucks and musicians.

The Food Truck Tuesdays roster includes:

• May 10 – at 630 Freedom Business Center Drive featuring Papermill Food Truck, Nick’s Roast Beef and Kresha’s Kreations. Live music by Sidney & Ted.

• May 24 – at 150 S. Warner Road featuring Dump & Roll, Albies Burger Truck and All of a Sudden Desserts. Live music by Judah Kim.

• June 7 – at 2520 Renaissance Drive featuring The Happy Pita, Chickie’s & Pete’s and The Sugar Plum. Live music by Rubber Music.

• June 21 – location TBD featuring Surf and Turf Truck, Pizza Wagon and Sweet Thang Nuts & Candy. Live music by Mike Greer & Co.

•July 12 – at 900 E. 8th Ave. featuring The Hedgehog Grill, Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen and Dia Doce. Live music by Kendal Conrad.

•July 26 – location TBD featuring Southbound BBQ Company and Dia Doce. Live music by Ryan Tennis.

Information about Food Truck Tuesdays can be found at

King of Prussia District engages public and private partners to collaboratively improve the economic environment in King of Prussia by making it more vibrant, attractive and prosperous. More information can be found at