I want to take this opportunity to salute mothers everywhere on this Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015.
There is no job more satisfying and yet, more demanding than that of a mother. Mothers, the world over, regardless of their circumstance, share a collective goal – to provide the best possible life for their children. Throughout history, mothers have shown courage and strength in meeting the challenges facing their communities and societies. They have often led by example and effected social change.
May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day – a time to talk about violations of press freedom.
It is a time to remember that, in many countries around the world, the media is censored; fined; suspended and closed down; while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed; attacked; kidnapped; and, even murdered. Just as importantly, it is a time to encourage and develop initiatives in support of press freedom and to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world.
World Press Freedom Day was established in 1991 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Department of Public Information at a conference in Windhoek, Namibia. It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.
Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states –
‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’
World Press Freedom Day is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices brave men and women have made, throughout the years, telling important stories about events that shape our world.
May is Asian Heritage month – a month of festivities across Canada to highlight, honour and recognize the many and varied contributions Canadians of Asian heritage have made, and continue to make, to the cultural, economic and social fabric of Canada.
TORONTO, April 25, 2015 – Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough-Centre), Toronto’s Tree Advocate, Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) and City staff joined members of the community at L’Amoreaux North Park and Humber Arboretum to plant over 2,500 trees and shrubs as part of the Trees Across Toronto annual spring planting event.