Earth Day – Sunday April 22, 2018

#EarthDay is an annual event which is celebrated on April 22 worldwide, many events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection.

In 1969 at a UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, peace activist John McCpnnell proposed a day to honor the Earth and the concept of peace.  Earth Day was first celebrated on March 21, 1970, with events held in more than 193 countries, are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network. This day was later sanctioned in a proclamation written by McConnell and signed by Secretary General U Thant at the United Nations.  A month later a separate Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in and was first held on April 22, 1970. Denis Allen Hayes, an environmental advocate and proponent of solar power, founded the Earth Day Network which includes more than 180 nations around the world.

On Earth Day 2016, the landmark Paris Agreement was signed by some 120 countries including the United States and China. This signing prompted the historic draft of the climate protection treaty which was adopted by consensus of the 195 nations present at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.

Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on the many environmental issues that the world is facing currently. On Earth Day 2017, The March for Science was born – a protest against Donald Trump administration’s views on climate change and science, the misrepresentation and exclusion of scientific knowledge in policy decisions. The March for Science emphasizes that science isn’t just for scientists – that it impacts all of us, and that there is a need to protect our health and our environment, by providing us with facts and evidence to hold our governments accountable. A series of rallies and marches were held in Washington, D.C., and more than 600 other cities across the world. The second annual event was held on April 14, 2018 with more than 70 satellite events around the world including New York City, Abuja, Nigeria, Baraut and India.

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution – http://bit.ly/2vz7wuD

Earth Day Events Toronto – http://bit.ly/2vyUFbT

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today marks 50 years of Martin Luther King Jr. assassination in Texas on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman and a civil rights leader – chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. James Earl a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary was arrested on June 8, 1968, in London Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. He later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea. He was retried by a jury and was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.

Although James Earl was convicted of the assassination, Loyd Jowers (the owner of Jim’s Grill, a restaurant near the Lorraine Motel) in 1993 in an interview with the ABC Prime Time Live, alleged that Ray was a scapegoat, and that the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving the U.S. government, Mafia and Memphis police. In 1999, the family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers for the sum of $10 million. During closing arguments, their attorney asked the jury to award damages of $100.00, to make the point that “it was not about the money.” During the trial, both sides presented evidence alleging a government conspiracy. The government agencies accused could not defend themselves or respond because they were not named as defendants. Based on the evidence, the jury concluded Jowers and others were “part of a conspiracy to kill King” and awarded the family $100.00 .The allegations and the finding of the Memphis jury were later rejected by the United States Department of Justice in 2000 due to lack of evidence.

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official holiday which is observed on the third week of January. It was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered for his most famous speech “I have a Dream” – http://bit.ly/2GA8VGM

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April is National Autism Awareness Month – April 2nd has been designated as World Autism Awareness Day

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, light blue in recognition of people living with autism. Autism-friendly events and educational activities take place all month to increase understanding and acceptance and foster worldwide support.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has a significant impact on many Canadians and their families. World Autism Awareness Day is a time to recognize the unique challenges that people with autism and their families face, and how emerging research can advance our understanding of this disorder. ASD occurs in 1 in 66 Canadian youth ages 5-17, affecting boys at a rate five times higher than girls – consistent with findings from other countries.

The Canadian government is committed to assisting Canadians living with ASD, and their families, through data collection and investments in research. This World Autism Awareness Day, the government is sharing the newly published National Autism Spectrum Disorder Surveillance System Report (http://bit.ly/2GoRHMl), providing – for the first time – national autism prevalence rates.

Through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, our government is funding research to explore the causes of ASD and discover new therapies. Additionally, Budget 2018 proposes $20 million over five years to support people with autism and their families. Proposals include an inventory of services, employment opportunities and local programming available in various Canadian communities, as well as a national network to support access to online resources. This proposed funding would also support innovative community-based projects that will integrate and strengthen health, social and educational programs while fighting stigma. The Canadian government is also working with partners and stakeholders to help those supporting individuals with autism and their families.

On World Autism Awareness Day, all Canadians are encouraged to learn more about autism and how each of us can make a real difference to those living with it and the people who support them.

For comprehensive information visit: Autism Speaks – http://bit.ly/2uDiejn

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Passover, Easter – what are they and why are they celebrate?

What is Pessach (Passover) and why is it celebrated?

Passover is an important, biblically derived Jewish holiday. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Book of Exodus in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. According to standard biblical chronology, this event would have taken place at about 1300 BCE. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holiday. The first night always includes a special Seder (ritual dinner). Plus, traditional Jews outside of Israel don’t work on either the first two or the last two days of the seven-day period. Outside of Israel, Jews celebrate a second Seder on the second night of Passover.

Wishing all those who are celebrating Pessach – Happy Pessach!

What is Easter and why is it celebrated?

Easter is also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day of his burial after his crucification by the Romans at Cavalry c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent a forty-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

Easter is linked to the Jewish Passover by much of its symbolism, as well as by its position in the calendar. In most European languages the feast called Easter in English is termed by the words for Passover in those languages and in the older English versions of the Bible the term Easter was the term used to translate Passover. Easter customs vary across the Christian world, and include sunrise services, exclaiming  Paschal greetings, clipping the church, and decorating Easter eggs (symbols of the empty tomb). The Eastern Lily a symbol of the resurrection, traditionally decorates the chancel area of churches on this day and for the rest of Eastertide. Additional customs that have become associated with Easter and are observed by both Christians and some non-Christians include egg hunting, the Easter Bunny, and Easter Parades. There are also various traditional Easter foods that vary regionally.

Wishing all those who are celebrating Pessach – Happy Easter!

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March 26 is #Purple Day

Purple Day – is an International day to increase public awareness about #epilepsy.

How did it come to be? Eight-year-old Cassidy Megan from Halifax, Canada, had been diagnosed with complex partial epilepsy which affected her life – she couldn’t go climbing, swimming or even for walks by herself. School was sometimes difficult because she had trouble with her memory or would get confused. She felt alone and afraid of what people would think and wanted one day when everyone with epilepsy could see people’s support and not feel afraid and alone. It was in 2008 that Cassidy and her family decided to create a day dedicated solely to talking about epilepsy.

Purple Day, which takes its name from the globally acknowledged colour for epilepsy – lavender, is meant to start discussions about the disorder. By educating the public and empowering the epilepsy community, March 26 is meant to help fight the stigma attached to seizure disorders.

Four years later, the Purple Day Act (Bill C-278) successfully passed through parliamentary readings and received the Senate Royal Assent on June 28 at 2 p.m.

Over the last eight years, Cassidy’s idea and courage have spread like wildfire around the world. Purple Day is now the biggest international awareness day for epilepsy and people everywhere are stepping up and sharing their stories and wearing purple.

Each day in Canada, an average of 42 people learn that they have epilepsy. Each year an average of 15,500 people learn they have epilepsy; 44% are diagnosed before the age of 5, 55% before the age of 10, 75-85% before age 18 and 1% of children will have recurrent seizures before age 14. 1.3% are over the age of 60.

To honour Purple day, please incorporate purple into your wardrobe….

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Controller – 12 months contract

JOB #2018-036

Employment Type: Contract – 12 months

Job Industry: Manufacturing

Job Location: Ajax

Our client, is an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, is a manufacturer of communication devices worldwide. They are currently seeking a Contract Controller reporting to the CFO.

 YOUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES ARE:

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly and year-end reports for the Canadian operation
  • Prepare monthly reporting package for the U.S. Controller
  • Coordinate internal audits
  • Assist in budgets preparation
  • Prepare and maintain cash projection
  • Ensure all financial transactions are compliant with applicable regulations/legislation as well as internal policies and procedures
  • Assist in establishing and monitoring appropriate financial policies and controls
  • Lead, develop and supervise the accounting team
  • Other duties as assigned.

YOU BRING WITH YOU:

  • CPA designation, CGA, CMA, CA
  • Minimum of 10 years relevant experience
  • Manufacturing
  • managing foreign exchange and intercompany transfers
  • Ability to lead the finance team
  • Ability to manage multiple time sensitive tasks / project at the same time
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Superior communication skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stake holders
  • Experience working with MS Dynamics AX or another ERP software

                                                               
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