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Investing in Canadian Museum of Immigration

Posted on 07 July 2010 by .

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), attended an event at Pier 21 in Halifax to celebrate a major milestone reached in creating Canada’s newest national museum, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

“Our Government is moving forward in establishing the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, delivering on the commitment made by Prime Minister Harper to create a new national museum,” said Minister MacKay. “With its broadened mandate, expanded space, and more comprehensive exhibitions, the new Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will share the experiences of all immigrants, regardless of where or when they arrived in Canada.”

“One million immigrants arrived in Canada through Pier 21, and one in five Canadians can trace some relationship to it,” said Minister Moore. “Immigration has been a pivotal force in building Canada as a nation. Given its significant role in our country’s immigration history, Pier 21 is a fitting location for this new national museum that will tell the story of the past, present, and future of immigration in Canada.”

Bill C-34, Act to Establish Canadian Museum of Immigration, received Royal Assent on June 29th.  It amends the Museums Act to establish the new national museum as a federal Crown corporation with the same status as other national museums. The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be Canada’s sixth national museum and the second outside the National Capital Region.

The Museum will explore the theme of immigration in Canada and showcase the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, the vital role that immigration has played in the building of Canada, and the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy, and way of life.

The contributions of the Pier 21 Society and the Pier 21 Foundation have been instrumental in the creation of this new national museum. The Pier 21 Society will contribute its assets to the new museum, and the Pier 21 Foundation will contribute a $7-million endowment fund to enhance its educational and public programming capacity. The Halifax Port Authority, which manages the historic Halifax Seaport, will be the new museum’s landlord.

In keeping with its national mandate, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 will be bigger than the existing Pier 21 museum. The Government of Canada will invest up to $24.9 million in upgrading the Museum’s leased premises and in developing exhibitions and other programming. The Museum’s ongoing operating budget is projected to be up to $7.7million, subject to approval of its corporate plans.


Extreme Heat Expected To Last Most Of The Week

Dr. Arlene King, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, is reminding Ontarians to take special care to prevent heat-related illness during the current heat wave in the province.

With extreme heat expected to last most of this week, Dr. King is warning that anyone can suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate for the extreme temperatures and properly cool. Those who are especially at risk include infants under one year of age, seniors 65 years and older, and people with chronic medical conditions.

There are a number of things that people can do to prevent heat-related illness, including:

  • Drinking plenty of water or natural fruit juices
  • Wearing light, loose fitting clothes
  • Eating light, cool foods, and not using the oven or other hot appliances
  • Staying in air conditioned rooms – either at home, a friend’s place or public spaces such as malls, libraries, community or specially designated facilities
  • Regularly check up on friends, family and/or neighbours who may be at high risk during a heat wave.


Showcasing Ontario to Royalty

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Research In Motion, in Waterloo, and Pinewood Toronto Studios to experience Ontario’s cutting-edge technical innovation and culture.

Ontario’s Research In Motion (RIM) created the BlackBerry and revolutionized the way people communicate around the world. Her Majesty and His Royal Highness took a behind-the-scenes look at this pioneering company. The Queen was given the most recent BlackBerry model that included a special gift — a photo of school children from Queen Elizabeth Public School in Kitchener.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh also saw first-hand a new jewel in Ontario’s arts and entertainment industry crown. Pinewood Toronto Studios is a film and television production complex, with 23,000 square metres of production space and North America’s largest soundstage.

The Royal Visit provides an opportunity to highlight Ontario’s innovative and cultural achievements. Creating an environment where artistry and invention thrives is part of our five-year Open Ontario Plan.


York Woods Library Arts Hub

Mayor David Miller, City Librarian Jane Pyper and Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West), a member of the Toronto Public Library board, joined members of the Jane and Finch arts community and local residents last night to celebrate the grand opening of the Arts Hub, located at the York Woods Branch of Toronto Public Library. The vibrant opening ceremony featured performances of several well known artists from the Jane-Finch neighbourhood.

 The new Arts Hub features shared office and storage spaces, a community information board, a lounge area, and rehearsal and production space equipped with sprung wood flooring, specialty lighting, and mirrors that can accommodate theatre and dance. The new space perfectly complements the York Woods branch’s existing theatre space.

 “The Arts Hub is an investment in both the neighbourhood and in the lives of artists in the Jane and Finch community and will nurture talent, encourage creativity and grow skills,” said Mayor David Miller. “Today the Jane-Finch arts community moves into a facility that is befitting the wealth of artistic talent in the neighbourhood. No more practising in hallways, parking lots and facilities far outside the area.”


Prime Minister Stephen Harper bids farewell to Her Majesty The Queen as she ends her nine-day Royal Tour of Canada. (Photo)


MP Rob Oliphant from Don Valley West speaks at Journey of Faith held over the weekend at Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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