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Reflections, impacts of slavery shared at Manitoba’s first official Emancipation Day event | CBC News

Reflections, impacts of slavery shared at Manitoba's first official Emancipation Day event | CBC News

Winnipeggers gathered at the St. Norbert Arts Centre on Monday to mark the creation of legislation that abolished slavery in Canada 188 years ago, and reflect on the ongoing hardships Black people face. 

Co-host Uche Nwankwo said the anniversary is an opportunity to discuss Black history and discuss the work that needs to happen to end the ongoing effects of slavery.

“History is important. It’s a way of remembering what had happened and then finding a way to prevent a future occurrence of such ugly history,” he said on Monday.

In addition to addressing ongoing anti-Black racism in Canada, Nwankwo said the local Emancipation Day programming also looked at the similar treatment of Indigenous peoples in Canada. The event included speeches from community advocates and politicians, and finished with a sacred fire outside the arts centre.

Co-host of the Emancipation Day event Uche Nwankwo said it’s an opportunity to discuss Black history and the ongoing impacts of slavery and racism. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Former CFL and NFL player and current Winnipeg resident Willard Reaves, who also co-hosted the event, says marking Emancipation Day is important.

“We’re still feeling the impacts because racism is still alive and well in both the United States and in Canada. If we just put it on the back burner, it will never, ever go away.” he said.

Reaves said he hopes marking the anniversary of Emancipation Day will encourage people to put aside their differences and engage in more respect for one another. 

“It’s for people to remember a very dark, dark time … it’s a stark reminder of just how cruel human beings can actually be. And this will be a stepping stones to make sure that we never repeat history again, especially as hideous as slavery is.”

Emancipation Day event co-host Willard Reaves said the time of slavery was a dark time for humanity. He said actively acknowledging and fighting racism is important to prevent history from repeating itself. (Joanne Roberts/CBC)

Traditional knowledge keeper Michael Pierre sits on the board of directors for the St. Norbert Art Centre. He held a sacred fire at the end of the event and said the arts centre has been recognized as a sacred site by many traditional people.

Pierre said marking the anniversary of Emancipation Day was also important to the Indigenous community.

“Recognizing that as an Indigenous person and seeing my relatives in the Black community … We have a shared history and common experiences,” he said. “But again, all of us as human beings are impacted by all of these types of injustices that we do toward each other.”

Pierre said he was pleased to see many young people at the event, as well as community and political leaders who recognized the importance of recognizing Emancipation Day. 

“This is a day to acknowledge and say thank you for all the sacrifices that our ancestors have been through. The strength that they had to keep going,” he said.

Knowledge keeper Michael Pierre is originally from Thunder Bay but has called Winnipeg home since the 1970s. He says Emancipation Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifice and strength of ancestors. (Megan Goddard/Radio Canada)

It’s the first year that Manitoba has officially recognized Emancipation Day, which marks the day the Slavery Abolition Act took effect in the British Empire (including Canada) in 1834. Two years ago, Ottawa named Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day, but the province didn’t officially adopt the legislation to name it a holiday until October of that year.

Around 30 people attended the event Monday.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.

Being Black in Canada highlights stories about Black Canadians. (CBC)
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‘Keralaganam’ must be rendered in all official cultural events of State: Saji Cherian

'Keralaganam' must be rendered in all official cultural events of State: Saji Cherian

Kottayam: A Malayalam patriotic poem titled ‘Keralaganam’ penned by freedom fighter and poet Bodheswaran in 1938 will be sung as the opening song of all cultural events to be organised in the southern state, Culture Minister Saji Cherian said on Sunday.

The minister made the announcement at the foundation stone laying ceremony of Kerala State Film Development Corporation’s multiplex theatre at Vaikom in the district.

Cherian said the 25-line poem beginning with “Jaya Jaya Komala Kerala Dharani” was declared as the cultural song of Kerala in 2014 but was never sung at any cultural events.

“It has been 13 months since I became the Culture Minister. Despite participating in many cultural events, I have never heard this cultural song sung anywhere,” the minister said and expressed happiness for singing the song for the first time at the stone laying ceremony at Vaikom.

Congratulating singers V Devanand and Vaikom Vijayalakshmi for beautifully singing the song, Cherian said KSFDC Chairman Shaji N Karun has been directed to take steps to set the music for the song.

The minister also said Devanand and Vijayalakshmi will sing the song after composing music for the lyrics.

Keralaganam was sung at the first meeting of the Kerala Legislative Assembly after the formation of the state.

Then it was sung by All India Radio artistes Saradamani and Radhamani, known as Paravoor sisters.

(With PTI inputs)

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Doing Hybrid Events Right Is Hard: Top CES Official

Doing Hybrid Events Right Is Hard: Top CES Official

Skift Take

If the last two years have proved anything, it is how difficult producing a hybrid event is, but for CES, being one of the largest events in the world, the demands and expectations are two-fold.

“How do you effectively connect online attendees and bring them back into your event?” asked Sean Perkins, Vice President, Marketing, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), producer of CES, during Skift Meetings’ recent Event Tech Innovation Summit. The integration of offline and online events is the next step in the evolution of events, he said, adding that the inherent challenge is the seamless blending of event and marketing tech.

As a result of the Covid pandemic and subsequent shutdown, CES 2021 was forced to adapt, and it was held completely online, with this year’s show hybrid.

“We have learned it is difficult to put on an all-digital event and that it is even more difficult to go hybrid,” said Perkins. “We had extended to the digital audience at the same time, live streaming most everything on our platform. We also captured additional content at the show that we released to our digital audience to consume later.”

Engaging both an in-person and virtual audience can be challenging. “You have different workstreams, different skillsets, many more producers, digital production showrunners, and moderators that you didn’t have when just producing an in-person event. We had to re-assess our staff and put them into positions that they previously didn’t do. We had to train staff on new roles and pivot where they were spending their time in planning and onsite,” said Perkins. “When we pivoted to all-digital for CES 2021, it was all hands on deck – staff learned new skills, but it was everyone who we had on staff working on one medium. Now with hybrid, it’s doing more with less, making it that much more challenging.”

Year-Round Engagement Key

CES 2021 was consumed in a variety of ways, said Perkins. For instance, about 40 percent of the CES 2021 audience returned after the show to watch additional content. Also, the in-person audience from this year’s show was more likely to come back and consume digital content after the show. Digital registration to CES 2022 granted access to about 50 live-streamed conference sessions, keynotes, select Media Days press conferences, and the ability to engage with exhibitors.

“Over the years, we have live streamed all of our keynotes and approximately one hundred of our programming sessions. We were always concerned about cannibalization. However, we learned over the years and throughout the pandemic that you must live stream and extend your reach to as many people as possible. Hence, we syndicated keynotes and select sessions to our media partners.”

A popular keynote that was live streamed this year featured U.S. DOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg, who delivered remarks on the future of transportation.

Year-round engagement is what the future holds, said Perkins. “Why not have pop-up events focused on what was discussed at CES?” he asks. “It is an interesting trajectory to see where we were in 2020 and where we are now.”

Perkins shared with the audience the history of CES, which started in 1967 in New York City, before moving to Chicago, focusing on radio broadcast and television manufacturers and retailers. Now held every January in Las Vegas, it has expanded its reach to include companies like Impossible Foods, the creator of fully plant-based meat and dairy products, that debuted the Impossible Burger at CES, gaining unprecedented media coverage for the company, to Space Tech to cryptocurrency and NFTs.

“There is nowhere else you want to be in January than at CES in Las Vegas,” enthused Perkins.

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B.C. community to hold first official Pride event in its history – Penticton Western News

B.C. community to hold first official Pride event in its history - Penticton Western News

Vanderhoof will hold the first Pride walk in the community’s history at Riverside Park in the afternoon on June 25. Pride walk organizer Kjerstina Larsen said the event is about “celebrating and embracing the idea that we are all equal.”

Larsen has been preparing for the event since last summer and hopes to have stations set up with face-painting, rock painting, beading, coloring, a reading corner and photo station.

“It’s kind of a free-for-all. I’m going to encourage people to dress up rainbow. If they don’t have stuff I have purchased over 30 flags… Hopefully with that and everyone’s existing rainbow stuff there will be enough,” Larsen said.

“The spirit I’m hoping to go for is mostly just to draw out a lot of allies… So they have the opportunity to show up and support.”

Larsen said there has been some controversy around LGBTQ2+ issues in Vanderhoof with some in the community not feeling safe to express their identities openly.

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen said he’s planning to attend and that the district council fully endorses Pride.

“What I’m hearing from council is that we want to show that not only are we an inclusive community but that we value each and every citizen in our community,” Thiessen said.

“We want to make sure that they feel very much part of our community. It’s a time for us to really show who we are as a town and how we care about those around us.”

Initially the plan was for a Pride-themed photo shoot but when restrictions lifted Larsen began planning more activities.

“All of a sudden I had a really great response from the community and so it turned into an event.”

Larsen said since it’s their first Pride event it’s going to be small but could grow into something bigger going forward. Possibly a full-on Pride parade. The hope is that having a Pride event will open the doors to more tolerance in a community that has taken more time to “catch up.”

“I would like for there to be less hate and more love. There’s a lot of misconceptions and I think that just causes a lot of fear for people — and they’re scared of being different,” Larsen said. “I would just like to see the community more united.”

Vendors that would like to create and sell any Pride and rainbow merchandise during the activities are invited to get in touch and set up a booth.

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Penticton council proclaims official Volunteer Week as non-profit festivals and events return from pandemic hiatus – Penticton News

Penticton council proclaims official Volunteer Week as non-profit festivals and events return from pandemic hiatus - Penticton News

Volunteer need uptick

Penticton council has declared April 24-30 “Volunteer Week” in the city as non-profit events and festivals return from a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.

Council heard a presentation from the South Okanagan Similkameen Volunteer Centre at Tuesday’s regular meeting. They explained that now more than ever they are hoping to share their services with the community, connecting non-profit organizations to volunteers.

“We have close to 1000 registered volunteers throughout the south Okanagan Similkameen with our organization,” explained representative Mike Magnusson.

“Countless studies have shown that volunteering can help others reduce stress, combat depression, boost self confidence, increase happiness and your employability, keep you active, increase your social life and a sense of purpose.”

New this year, the SOS Volunteer Centre has waived its membership fees for organizations looking to use their volunteer-pairing service, hoping to encourage as much participation as possible.

“There’s no longer a financial barrier for any organization, festival or event to belong with us, which means that we can support more organizations to be able to find the volunteers so we help with the recruitment of volunteers for those organizations,” explained representative Subrina Monteith.

Mayor John Vassilaki praised the society, and the Volunteer Week concept.

“I urge my fellow citizens to recognize the crucial role played by volunteers in our community,” Vassilaki said, before officially proclaiming the week.

There will be a complementary pancake breakfast to conclude Volunteer Week at Gyro Park on April 30, open to volunteers and organizations involved in SOS Volunteer Centre as well as the community at large to learn more about how they can get involved.

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Report: PM Ismail Sabri says govt to use only BM in events abroad, may propose it as Asean’s official language | Malay Mail

Report: PM Ismail Sabri says govt to use only BM in events abroad, may propose it as Asean’s official language | Malay Mail

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha at a dinner in conjunction with the prime minister’s official visit at Government House in Bangkok, February 25, 2022. — Bernama pic
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha at a dinner in conjunction with the prime minister’s official visit at Government House in Bangkok, February 25, 2022. — Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob told government officials to only speak Bahasa Malaysia when representing the country at functions overseas, a news portal reported today.

Free Malaysia Today reported the PM, currently in Bangkok on an official visit, adding that there should be no problems in using the national language outside the country as there is existing technology that can handle translation in real time.

“In this day and age, there are modern gadgets that allow languages to be translated in real time without any delay. So the issue of delay in interpretation should not arise.

“There is no reason for us to feel awkward talking in Bahasa Melayu in other countries when others are proud of using their national languages.

“It is our national language and we should be proud of using it,” he was quoted as saying.

Ismail Sabri was reported saying that he spoke in BM at all the functions he attended in the Thai capital, barring those where all the other speakers present used English in their speeches.

The PM was also reported saying that Environment and Water Minister Datuk Seri Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man had used BM in his keynote speech at the 26th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland last year.

He commended the PAS minister for setting the example for Malaysian officials.

Ismail Sabri added that he may propose that BM be made the official language of Asean as it was once the most widely spoken language in the region.

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How Team Canada athletes fared in the 7 new Olympic events at Beijing 2022 – Team Canada – Official Olympic Team Website

Eliot Grondin and Meryeta O'Dine raise their arms on the podium

Leah Hennel/COC

While Beijing 2022 has been full of classic Winter Games events, it’s also introduced us to some brand-new additions to the Olympic program.

The inclusion of those seven events hasn’t just brought fresh excitement, it’s helped the IOC pursue its goal of gender parity. So, what has that meant for our Canadian athletes? Let’s have a look.

Mixed team ski jumping

Four ski jumpers stand on the podium with arms raised
Team Canada ski jumpers Alexandria Loutitt, Matthew Soukup, Abigail Strate and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes receive their bronze medals in the mixed team event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Tuesday, February 08, 2022. Photo by Kevin Light/COC

You can normally pencil in Canada as a medal contender in a bunch of different events at the Olympic Winter Games. Ski jumping has never been one of them — until now.

The team of Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, Alexandria Loutitt, Matthew Soukup and Abigail Strate shocked the world with a bronze medal in this event, Canada’s first ever Olympic medal in ski jumping. It’s the sort of result that could very well help push the sport forward in this country.

Short track mixed team relay

Florence Brunelle and Kim Boutin skate around the track
Florence Brunelle, Kim Boutin, Steven Dubois and Pascal Dion compete in the Mixed Team Relay during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 05, 2022. Photo by Leah Hennel/COC

Now, if you want to talk about “pencil Canada in for some medals” sports, short track speed skating fits the bill. And things were going pretty well for the Canadian team (Courtney Sarault, Florence Brunelle, Kim Boutin, Steven Dubois, Pascal Dion and Jordan Pierre-Gilles) in this new event, with a second-place finish in their quarterfinal heat and first place in their semifinal heat.

But in the four-team final, Canada was penalized for a push and would officially end the competition in sixth place. A few members of the team did enjoy individual success, though: Dubois won silver in the men’s 1500m and bronze in the 500m, while Boutin claimed bronze in the women’s 500m. And oh yeah, let’s not forget that amazing gold medal in the men’s 5000m relay.

See? We told you to pencil Canada in for some short track hardware.

Mixed team snowboard cross

Grondin and O'Dine hug at the finish line
Team Canada snowboarders Eliot Grondin and Meryeta Odine celebrate after winning bronze in the mixed teams snowboard cross event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Saturday, February 12, 2022. Photo by Leah Hennel/COC

Snowboard cross is one of the most exciting disciplines on the Olympic program. So of course the mixed team version of the event had it’s share of drama. Meryeta O’Dine found herself embroiled in a gnarly accident when a competitor landed on her head during the final.

But in one of the gutsiest showings of these Games, O’Dine pulled herself to her feet and made her way down the rest of the course to secure an historic bronze medal for herself and teammate Eliot Grondin.

Mixed team aerials

Three Canadian aerialists happily hug as they hear their scores
Team Canada freestyle skiers Marion Thenault, Miha Fontaine and Lewis Irving win bronze in mixed team ariels during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Thursday, February 10, 2022. Photo by Kevin Light/COC

In yet another new mixed team event, the Canadian trio of Lewis IrvingMarion Thénault and Miha Fontaine won bronze, the first Olympic medal in all of their respective careers.

While the achievement is historic in its own right, there’s even more history with this trio: Fontaine’s father competed in three official Olympic Games in aerials and was a silver medallist when it was still a demonstration sport, while Irving’s father is a Paralympic alpine skier.

Women’s monobob

Front shot of Christine de Bruin driving bobsled into finish area
Team Canada’s Christine de Bruin wins bronze in the women’s monobob event during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Monday, February 14, 2022. Photo by Mark Blinch/COC

Men have long had two bobsleigh events and now women do too with the addition of the monobob. Two Canadians — Christine de Bruin and Cynthia Appiah — came into the event’s Olympic debut with pedigree and expectations after having had good success this season.

De Bruin was consistent through the four runs and grabbed the bronze medal. Appiah did her best to recover from a tricky first run and would finish eighth.

Men’s freestyle skiing big air

Evan Mceachran of Canada competes in the men's freestyle skiing big air
Evan Mceachran of Canada competes during the men’s freestyle skiing big air qualification round of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The big air event in freestyle skiing was added to the Olympic program on both the men’s and women’s sides in Beijing, with a number of Canadians aiming to make their marks.

Evan McEachran reached the final and was able to put up a massive 93.00 score on his first run, the second highest score of any run on the day. But he went down on his subsequent two runs, and would finish ninth in his second Olympic appearance.

Édouard Therriault was painfully close to reaching the final, finishing just two points shy of the qualification zone. Max Moffatt and Teal Harle also competed, but did not get past the qualification round.

Women’s freestyle skiing big air

Team Canada freestyle skier Megan Oldham competes in the women’s big air qualification round
Team Canada freestyle skier Megan Oldham competes in the women’s big air qualification round during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Monday, February 07, 2022. Photo by Leah Hennel/COC *MANDATORY CREDIT*

A pair of youngsters carried Canada’s hopes into the women’s big air final: 20-year-old Megan Oldham and 17-year-old Olivia Asselin.

Both put in solid performances, with all three of Oldham’s runs being worth 85 points or more, and Asselin laying down an 85.50 in her third run. Oldham would wind up just shy of the podium, in fourth place, while Asselin’s eighth-place result leaves plenty of optimism about what’s to come.

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C3 Tech: Official Launch – Windsor & Essex County Events | windsoriteDOTca News – windsor ontario's neighbourhood newspaper windsoriteDOTca News – windsoriteDOTca News

C3 Tech: Official Launch – Windsor & Essex County Events | windsoriteDOTca News – windsor ontario’s neighbourhood newspaper windsoriteDOTca News  windsoriteDOTca News