Leslyn Lewis is one of the six candidates at the Edmonton Convention Centre on May 11
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Leslyn Lewis in Edmonton tonight for CPC Leaders Debate

Elusive to media chats, Leslyn Lewis is the only female and BIPOC candidate in the race. According to  her website: “she believes that Canada is only strong when all Canadians have a voice, and where we can all unite in forging a Canada where we all have an equal opportunity to optimize our potential.  This is a goal that sees all Canadians as equal under the law: where race, religion, creed, orientation, and political affiliation are no longer used to divide us”.

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Mental Health Week and Wellness Together Canada

Mental Health Week is sponsored by Major Sponsor Beneva as well as The Medicine Shoppe, Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life) and Not Myself Today. To get involved, you can:

Learn more about mental health and empathy at www.mentalhealthweek.ca 
Share your support on social media by downloading a toolkit and using hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek 
Donate to support CMHA mental health programs and services at www.cmha.ca/donate 
Connect. If you or someone you love is struggling, please contact your local CMHA or visit the Government of Canada’s Wellness Together portal. If you are in crisis, please call 1-833-456-4566 toll free in Canada (1-866-277-3553 in Quebec) or dial 911.

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CRRF’s National Anti-Racism Fund: Working together to build a more anti-racist Canada

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) seeks to support organizations to combat racism, promote events and education, and build a more anti-racist society. 

The $3 million National Anti-Racism Fund (the Fund) will be disbursed over two years, which is a valuable contribution to the continuation of CRRF’s mission: developing, sharing, and applying knowledge and expertise to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. 

Canada Welcomes over 108,000 permanent residents in early 2022
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Canada welcomes over 108,000 permanent residents in early 2022

In February 2022, IRCC launched a new digital case status tracker that allows some family class permanent residence applicants, sponsors and their representatives to more easily check their application status online. The tracker is available for permanent residence applicants in the spouse, partner and dependent child categories for the initial launch.

Two Black led organisations get $5.4 million to support Black entreprenuers
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Canadian Imperial Advantage and BIPOC Foundation get $5.4 million to support Black Entrepreneurs

The Government of Canada is continuing to strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem for Canada’s Black entrepreneurs and business owners. The Black Entrepreneurship Program’s National Ecosystem Fund supports not-for-profit Black-led organizations to develop new services or expand those they already offer. These organizations provide mentorship, networking opportunities, financial planning and training for entrepreneurs, enabling businesses to grow and create quality jobs. The organisations are Canadian Imperial Advantage and BIPOC Foundation,

Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13
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Canada wears red for women’s heart health on February 13

Cities across the country are recognizing February 13 with official proclamations. Historic and popular buildings, landmarks, bridges, signs and storefronts will be illuminated red. Canada will dress in red and take to social media to participate in the national conversation about women’s heart health. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in women worldwide and in Canada, research suggests death rates due to heart disease is on the rise. 

Wear Red Canada is celebrated annually on February 13 to raise awareness about women’s heart health. Events nationwide are  hosted by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Alliance and powered by the Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

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What the ‘freedom convoy’ reveals about the ties among politics, police and the law

The continuing influx of cash suggests the “freedom convoy” goes beyond some fringe elements of society. For perspective, consider that in 2021, the NDP in Alberta raised $6.2 million in 2021; it’s the highest fundraising ever, while the United Conservatives generated $3.8 million.

The “freedom convoy” is money-generating machinery that rivals several established political parties. Such serious cash means organizers can mobilize effectively and provide supplies to prolong the protest. This wears out law enforcement capacity.

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Platinum Jubilee Celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“Ruling with wisdom informed by seven decades of experience, she faces challenges with endurance and adversity with grace. She has embraced change, modernizing the monarchy when opportunity arises, showing a commitment to adapt to the circumstances of a rapidly evolving world.

“Believing public and voluntary service to be one of the most important elements of her work, Her Majesty is associated with more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organizations. To this day, she continues her tireless charity work.

“I encourage Albertans to join me in celebrating Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, whether by becoming involved with Jubilee celebrations in your communities or creating your own. Supporting a charity of your choice is another excellent way to honour Her Majesty’s commitment to service and lifetime of work.