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Torch of Dignity relay event sheds light on continued importance of human rights, education in Manitoba | CBC News

Torch of Dignity relay event sheds light on continued importance of human rights, education in Manitoba | CBC News

Winnipeggers passed a torch around Central Park for an annual event this weekend, casting a spotlight on the continued importance of human rights.

Manitobans for Human Rights, an organization created eight years ago with the goal of educating Manitobans about the importance of human rights, held their seventh annual Torch of Dignity relay on Sunday.

The event featured human rights speakers and live entertainment as well as artisan, career and resource booths.

Zara Kadhim, the logistics coordinator for the organization, said although the event was downsized this year, the hope was to bring the community together.

“Education is the first step,” she told Radio-Canada in an interview, adding that the province still has a long way to go.

Event organizer Zara Kadhim says people are becoming desensitized to human rights violations in Manitoba. (Radio-Canada)

Friendly Manitoba is doing a lot better than many places in the world when it comes to human rights, Kadhim said, but issues like homelessness, MMIWG2S and immigrant and refugee struggles are becoming more normalized in the province.

“We’re almost desensitized to human rights violations,” she said.

The aim of the relay was to bring awareness to those issues and focus on peoples’ similarities instead of their differences, said Kadhim.

Vienna Code, public education and communications coordinator at the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, says everyone deserves the right to mental health services. (Radio-Canada)

The peer support organization Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, where all staff have lived experience with anxiety, had their own resource booth at the event.

“Mental health is a human right,” said Vienna Code, the public education and communications coordinator for ADAM. “We need to promote it a bit more and understand that all humans deserve the right to mental health services.”

With the pandemic seemingly winding down, Code said more people are having difficulties with addressing their nerves.

“People think they shouldn’t be anxious anymore or have those thoughts,” she said.

Anxiety and mental health concerns are common, she said, and ADAM acts as a stepping stone for people to see what next steps they have to take to address their mental health issues.

Code said it’s important for younger people to have earlier interventions when it comes to mental health issues.

“I think there still continues to be a stigma around mental health and I think that’s the hardest hurdle for people, to step and reach out for help.”

Sarah Parker, executive assistant of the Islamic Social Services Association, said the association took part in the event to encourage people to be open to learning about Islam and Muslims.

“In a way, if they know about Islam and Muslims, then we can fight the stereotypes,” she said.

“We believe that at the heart of human rights is human dignity.”

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‘Magical’ lantern event sheds light on Asian hate

‘Magical’ lantern event sheds light on Asian hate

There has been a lot of ant-Asian sentiment since COVID-19 arrived in March 2020.

An event held Saturday in Welland was designed to flatten this as much as possible by celebrating the Asian community.

A water lantern festival, hosted by Niagara Folk Arts Multicultural Centre, took place at dusk at Chippawa Park, a public space with a large man-made pond that suited the event nicely, said executive director Emily Kovacs.

She called it a “beautiful evening” that was “quite magical,” an opportunity to celebrate without conflict.

“We thought it was important for us to not only support the community, but also provide a different side of the community,” she said in an interview Sunday.

About 150 lanterns, made from biodegradable rice paper, were cast into the pond, where they sat lit with candles for about three to four hours.

“It was a fantastic turnout,” Kovacs said.

“When you have a collective opportunity to put in your best wishes, you benefit from each others’ goodwill.

“There’s a lot of meaning behind it,” she said about the event, and how it was crucial to hold it through lenses of “art, love and therapy.”

Due to weather concerns, the event was scheduled for Friday but pushed back a day.

The event, Wishes on the Water, was designed to create a safe space, using art to encourage dialogue, compassion and understanding.

The “quiet and personal reflective event” was family-friendly and designed to especially accommodate people with mobility and sensory/auditory concerns, said organizers.

People in attendance enjoyed live traditional and modern Chinese music performed by Helen Huang on violin and Lion Dancers.

Organizers are thankful for its sponsors, such as RBC, the City of Welland through its special events grants program and Ontario Trillium Foundation. Welland Heritage Council and Fort Erie Multicultural Centre were also supportive of the event.

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Several events canceled in light of Floyd County mass shooting

Several events canceled in light of Floyd County mass shooting

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -Several events have been canceled in light of the tragedy that took place Thursday in Floyd County, Kentucky.

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On Thursday, a violent standoff situation killed two police officers and injured six others, including five additional police officers.

In light of the tragedy, the City of Prestonsburg along with neighboring counties have canceled Independence Day celebrations scheduled.

The City of Prestonsburg postponed the Star City Day, fireworks, and music in Archer Park.

Director Samantha Johnson said they plan on coming together in the near future.

The carnival will go on as scheduled.

A post on the Prestonsburg Tourism Facebook page.
A post on the Prestonsburg Tourism Facebook page.(WSAZ)

In Pike County, the City of Pikeville announced the ‘Independence Day at Pikeville Festival’ has been canceled out of respect.

Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter offered his condolences in a statement:

“Independence Day is a celebration of our highest American values– the very ideals these courageous law enforcement officers gave their lives to protect. Instead of gathering for the festival, we encourage every Pikeville family to join us in prayer for the fallen officers and humble gratitude for their sacrifice.”

While this weekend’s festival is canceled, the City of Pikeville’s fireworks show for Monday at 9:45 p.m. will still occur as planned.

Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

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Shining a light on Pride events in the South Okanagan – Summerland Review

Shining a light on Pride events in the South Okanagan - Summerland Review

There are still plenty of ways to celebrate Pride Month in the South Okanagan.

The South Okanagan Similkameen Pride Society and other local community groups are arranging for multiple Pride events to close out the month, starting June 24 in Keremeos.

The Lower Similkameen Indian Band Pride Carnival kicks off at 4 p.m. with a parade from the LSIB office in Keremeos, followed by the carnival in Memorial Park until 8 p.m., with local two-spirit drag performer Rez Daddy as a special guest.

Rez Daddy was one of three local 2SLGBTQIA+ performers who kicked off Pride Month at the Dream Cafe in Penticton.

On June 25, the Fruit Float returns to Penticton’s River Channel. SOSPride will be floating down and invite everyone to bring their most colourful floaties, packed coolers, and bright beach accessories.

The float starts with a gathering at 1 p.m. at the Coyote Cruises launch point. Spots can be booked ahead on with the code FRUITFLOAT for a 20 per cent discount for the day.

At the midway point there will be a break, before launching again at 2:30 p.m. to finish the rest of the channel.

Finally, on June 26, Penticton Roller Skate will be hosting the first Penticton Rolling PRIDE Parade, which will start at 3 p.m. at the Loco Landing parking lot before ending at Gyro Park.

Sign in starts at 2:30 p.m., and following the end of the parade there will be a pop-up roller disco party.

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Council gives green light for another special events venue in Guelph/Eramosa

Council gives green light for another special events venue in Guelph/Eramosa

GUELPH/ERAMOSA – Another farm in Guelph/Eramosa has been given the green light from council to operate as a seasonal special events venue.

On June 6, council approved a zoning bylaw amendment for CJ Equestrian Centre and CJ Country Events, located at 5725 6th Line, which would allow the venue as a secondary business to the main agricultural use.

The site is currently operating as an equestrian farm and seasonal camp.

Permitting existing structures to also be utilized as an events venue would accommodate events such as weddings, receptions and workshops, the report to council noted.

The approved request will allow CJ Equestrian to host events of up to 180 people from March 1 to Dec. 31, despite recommendations from county and township planners to cap attendance at 140 and limit the season to April to November.

The applicants also requested an increase to the maximum gross area of all associated buildings and structures from 327 square metres to 650 square metres.

MHBC planner Pierre Chauvin, on behalf of the applicant, referred to the amendments as “red line revisions,” asking council to approve the changes as they reflect the centre’s vision for its operations.

“Not every on-farm diversified use is the same,” Chauvin said.

“They all have different nuances, different ways of operating and certainly, CJ Equestrian is one of them.”

Applicant Lyssa Caine added the centre hosts its events around its own farming activities and being able to spread events throughout the year would give them more flexibility.

“We are the farmers and we do want to protect our farming operations for generations to come,” she told council.

“As such we are requesting these items above out of not only the experience and the knowledge, but also to help our future generations with balancing out farming and on-farm diversified uses.”

Mayor Chris White said the numbers were a good compromise from what was initially brought forward,

He described the township as having a “pro-business council,” noting it’s good for the community.

“What we do here, [sets precedent] and everybody’s got to be on a level playing field,” White said.

“The intention here is to make sure that it’s secondary, protects the neighbours, doesn’t set bad precedence.”

White added, “That said, there seems to be a reasonable compromise here that some of the original numbers you may have wanted, we kind of sought out a middle ground here.”

Council received the planning report and approved the zoning amendment, making CJ Equestrian the second business now permitted to operate as a seasonal on-site venue in the township.

Last June, council  approved a site plan approved Thatcher Farms as a special events venue.

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Strong showing at Meadow Lake 4-H Light Horse event

Strong showing at Meadow Lake 4-H Light Horse event

“They learn how to properly take care of their horses, about horse health and riding skills — how to handle their horse,” Loewen said.

Lloydminster 4-H Expo this weekend

The Meadow Lake club will next be participating in the 4-H Expo in Lloydminster from Saturday, June 4 to Monday, June 6. The Eagle Hills Multiple 4-H Club in the Battlefords also has members taking part in the Light Horse competition.

The Lloydminster Agricultural Exhibition Association confirmed close to 250 4-H members from the surrounding area will showcase their projects for the year. The event includes heifers, steers, cow/calves, light horses, and multi-projects, and takes place at the Lloydminster exhibition grounds.

Lloyd Ex agricultural manager Shelly Ann Dodgson said clubs from the region, including Lloydminster, Paradise Hills, as well as other clubs from Saskatchewan and Alberta will be participating.

“It really brings them together in a fun and interactive competition, so they are able to meet other kids across the province in an inter-provincial competition,” she said. “There will be a lot of networking happening.”

The Light Horse show and competition will take place Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m. on both days.

“The Saturday [event] focuses more on your performance, so your equitation classes and showmanship,” Dodgson said. “Then, Sunday is the big day where all the kids hang out and get to do Gymkhana [timed activities].”

In addition to the main projects, there will also be sheep, canine, archery and multi-program presentations to bring in more 4-H members.

“We cover a very large gamut of projects,” Dodgson added.

There will also be a beef component to the expo.

The Beef Projects Club Judging Competition will take place Sunday at 10 a.m. and the Cow/Calf and Heifer Project Show will be held a little later at 2:30 p.m.

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New events and returning favorites will light up Lexington’s Fourth of July weekend schedule

New events and returning favorites will light up Lexington’s Fourth of July weekend schedule

Lexington’s Division of Parks & Recreation has announced the schedule for this year’s Fourth of July weekend of events, which includes the return of the Fourth of July Festival and Parade, as well new offerings and annual favorites.

“We can’t wait to celebrate all weekend long and offer a full complement of events for the first time in three years,” said Amber Luallen, Superintendent of Cultural Arts & Events for Parks & Recreation. “We had the Bluegrass 10,000 and fireworks last year, but this year will be the first time in three years that we’ll be doing the parade, festival, concerts, and other fun events!”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, July 1, with an Ice Cream Social at the Fifth Third Pavilion in Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park. A new event headlines Saturday night, July 2, at Moondance Amphitheater, as Red, White and Blues will offer tasty foods and drinks to the tunes of local blues legend TeeDee Young. The Patriotic Concert returns to Gratz Park and Transylvania University on Sunday, July 3, with the Young at Heart big band and Lexington Philharmonic.

July Fourth will be packed with lots of fun events for the entire family to enjoy. Ready, set, and race down Main St. as we get the day started at 7:25 a.m. with the 46th Annual Bluegrass 10,000 race, featuring the popular new route that premiered last year. The Fourth of July Festival returns this year, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., with food trucks and live music. At 11:30 a.m., the annual parade will stroll through downtown, which will get everyone in the patriotic spirit. Splashes of light and color will light up downtown as we cap off the night with the city’s fireworks extravaganza near the corner of Main St. and Oliver Lewis Way.

Visit for more information about the events and activities happening Fourth of July weekend in Lexington.


Friday, July 1

Ice Cream Social
Henry A. Tandy Centennial Park
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 2

Red, White & Blues
Moondance Amphitheater
5 – 9 p.m.

Sunday, July 3

Patriotic Concert
Transylvania University and Gratz Park
Preshow: 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Young at Heart Big Band
Main show: 7:30 – 9 p.m. – Lexington Philharmonic

Monday, July 4

Bluegrass 10,000
Corner of Main St. and N. Limestone St.
7:25 a.m.

Fourth of July Festival
Courthouse Plaza
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Fourth of July Parade
Main St. (Downtown)
11:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
Main St. and Oliver Lewis Way
10 p.m.

Parks & Recreation, a Division of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, oversees the programming, maintenance, and development of over 100 city parks and natural areas, six pools, five golf courses, community centers, recreational programs, and three arts venues. To find out more, follow @LexKYParks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or sign up for the email newsletter.

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Canada, Japan and Spain to compete in first Celebration of Light fireworks event since pandemic – BC |

Canada, Japan and Spain to compete in first Celebration of Light fireworks event since pandemic - BC |

Canada, Japan and Spain will compete in this summer’s Celebration of Light fireworks festival at Vancouver’s English Bay, marking its return after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The countries were announced Thursday, with Japan to perform July 23, Canada on July 27, and Spain on July 30.

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B.C.’s Celebration of Light is back after being cancelled twice during COVID-19

Marking its 30th year, the event is the longest running off-shore fireworks festival in the world, hosting more than 1.25 million attendees annually.

Canada will be represented by Midnight Sun Fireworks, while Japan’s Akariya Fireworks returns following wins in 2014 and 2017. Spain is partnering with Pirotecnia Zaragozana.

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Lineup announced for 2022 Honda Celebration of Light

Lineup announced for 2022 Honda Celebration of Light

The B.C. government is offering $5 million to support events in the hopes of helping the battered tourism industry rebound.

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“The Tourism Events Program helps promote these events so they get the local, national and international attention needed to attract visitors to communities and be a magnet for tourism throughout the province,” said Melanie Mark, minister of tourism, arts, culture and sport, in a statement Wednesday.

Applications are open until May 31 for events taking place from this October to September 2023.

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Calgary astronomers hope Dark Sky event reduces light pollution – Calgary |

Calgary astronomers hope Dark Sky event reduces light pollution - Calgary |

Some concerned Calgarians are urging people to think twice before firing up the lights around their homes each night.

Reducing the use of those lights would help those studying the stars and also improve life here on Earth.

“As the light pollution grows, that background light gets brighter and brighter, and begins to hide all the very faint and interesting things we’re trying to study,” University of Calgary astronomy professor Phil Langill said.

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Here are the best places to stargaze in Canada this summer

Langill and several of his students are spreading the word on an event that begins Friday, April 22: International Dark Sky Week.

“To remind people about the light that they use at night and the ill effects that it can have,” Langill said.

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“If there’s a big bright street light across the street shining into your window, that interrupts the quality of your sleep. When I get behind on my sleep, I’m a sitting duck for getting a cold and I get cranky.”

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Jasper Dark Sky Festival gets underway

Jasper Dark Sky Festival gets underway – Oct 16, 2021

Using an abundance of lights can also cause problems for wildlife.

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University of Alberta dark sky preserve observatory a first for Western Canada

“Where there are lots of tall buildings, the birds get confused. They think that maybe they’re flying through a forest and the light is the space between the trees,” Langill said.

“They crash into the buildings and die. It’s very sad.”

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University of Alberta dark sky preserve observatory a first for Western Canada – Jan 16, 2021

People promoting International Dark Sky Week are encouraging others to take steps to cut back on their use of lights.

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“It’s always good to be a little bit more mindful when you’re using lights and take a moment to turn them off when you don’t need them,” U of C student Avmeet Kaur said.

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How to watch the peak of the Lyrid meteor shower this Earth Day

Langill says people should be asking themselves several questions each night.

“Does the light need to shine across the whole yard or can I arrange it so that the light shines on the path so I can see where I’m walking?

“Does that light need to be on all night long? Can you put it on a motion sensor?”

Langill and his students say they’re looking forward to the advantages that darker skies would bring when they turn their telescopes skyward.

“I really like looking at constellations,” U of C student Haruka Yoshino said. “And I like to recognize what the shapes mean.”

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Eastern Ontario features some of the best locations for dark sky viewing – Aug 2, 2019

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Light up on 4/20 with these fun Vancouver events

Light up on 4/20 with these fun Vancouver events

April 20, aka 420, is one of Vancouver’s biggest public celebrations, with cannabis enthusiasts gathering from across the city to protest, celebrate and smoke. 

Though 420 Vancouver, which organizes the annual protest and celebration on Sunset Beach, has cancelled its 2022 event, Vancouver is still finding ways to celebrate. 

Here are some events you won’t want to miss!

420 Party at New Amsterdam Cafe

The cannabis cafe is hosting an epic smoke party, and are planning on breaking the world record for the largest volcano bag too. There will be live music, art displays and Jamaican patties, plus much more. 

Where: New Amsterdam Cafe – 301 W Hastings St

When: April 20, 2022

Cost: Free

Vancouver 420

The cannabis community is rolling up to the Vancouver Art Gallery this year for a day of cannabis, community and celebration, plus guest speakers and performances. (This event is not affiliated with the 420 Vancouver group that previously held the Sunset Beach event.)

Where: Vancouver Art Gallery

When: April 20, 2022

Cost: Free

Juke Fried Chicken 420 Stash Tin

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Head to Juke in Chinatown on 4/20 to get your hands on their special “Stash Tin” and of course one of their munchies-satisfying fried chicken sandwiches. Photo courtesy Juke

The event is getting yourself over to Juke in Chinatown. Their 420-exclusive “stash tin” comes with a delicious Juke fried chicken sandwich (for when the munchies hit!) and everything you need to roll a joint. The Feature 420 Stash Tin includes a Pure Sunfarms custom stash tin and rolling tray, Juke branded rolling papers, Pure Sunfarms rolling papers, grinder, matchbook, and stickers.

Where: Juke Fried Chicken – 182 Keefer St

When: April 20, 2022

Cost: $24

420 Experience with Melodious Yoga

This yoga class will leave you with a new perspective. The evening will guide you through sound healing and meditation while sampling hemp, tasting infused snacks and connecting with the community. 

Where: Conscious Lab – 422 Richards St.

When: April 20 from 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $78 Ticket in advance / $80 Ticket at the door

Munchies and Music 

Food and music together is always a good idea, especially on 420. The back patio of The Pawn Shop will be transformed into a 420 party with great music to vibe to, and each ticket comes with a taco and a special 420 goodie bag. 

Where: The Pawn Shop – 1117 Granville St

When: April 20 from 6-10 p.m.

Cost: $22