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The United Nations Association in Canada’s (UNA-Canada) International Development & Diplomacy Internship Programme (IDDIP) provides successful applicants, known as Junior Professional Consultants (JPCs), with invaluable, demanding, deeply meaningful work experience, as well as a proven bridge to employment. The Programme also provides professional development training & support including: job readiness, professional resume preparation; access to our exclusive mentorship programme  before, during and after their deployments. UNA-CanadaIDDIP Program

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UN Flag Flies High at Calgary City Hall on Human Rights Day

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Photo taken by Sarah Hernandez

The United Nations Flag was raised today at Calgary City Hall in observation of Human Rights Day– a day that commemorates the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

“On human rights day we speak out, we denounce authorities that  deny the rights of any persons or group … we declare that human rights are for everyone”, states Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in this Youtube video released earlier today:

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation

On July 1st, the Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) came into effect to limit companies and organizations from sending unwanted emails or installing unwanted programs onto people’s computers. Under this legislation, companies and organizations that sell products and services have until 2017 to obtain “explicit” consent from email recipients (that is, recipients must opt-in to continue receiving commercial electronic messages). However, this new legislation covers “commercial” electronic messages only (if a transaction does not happen, CASL does not apply), and fundraising emails from charities are exempt.

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National Flag of Canada Day

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Source: Public Works and Government Services Canada

A brief history of the flag

  • The year was 1964 and Canada’s centennial was fast approaching. Parliament voted to adopt a new design for the Canadian flag and issued a call for submissions. Almost 4,000 designs were submitted in many different colour combinations and motifs by Canadians from all walks of life, including A. Y. Jackson of the Group of Seven.
  • Submissions came in all shapes and sizes and on a variety of materials: wrapping paper, tissue paper, wallpaper, cardboard, bristol board, mat board, pieces of cloth, etc. Some people used pictures out of magazines, the labels off commercial products or postcards or included petitions in support of their design.
  • The final design was announced on December 15, 1964, and the official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag was held on February 15, 1965.

Elements of the flag

  • Red and white were designated Canada’s colours by King George V on November 21, 1921, in the proclamation of the Royal Arms of Canada – Canada’s coat of arms.
  • The maple leaf as found on the national flag is a traditional emblem of Canada. It was for many years the symbol of the Canadian Armed Forces and was used to identify Canadian contingents in the two world wars.

Did you know…

  • The flag on Parliament Hill’s Peace Tower is 4.6 metres (or 15′) wide and 2.3 metres (or 7′ 6”) tall. That’s taller than the average Canadian (1.7 metres or 5′ 6”)!
  • A Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) employee changes the Peace Tower flag every working day, except during unsafe weather conditions.
  • Flags flown on Parliament Hill never serve another official purpose, regardless of the time spent on the pole.
  • PWGSC started a wait list for requesting flags flown on Parliament Hill in the mid-1990s and began changing the Peace Tower flag daily in 1998 to keep up with the demand.
  • The current wait time for a Peace Tower flag has increased to over 40 years!

 

Remembering the Victims of the Holocaust

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On January 27 of each year, the United Nations (UN) remembers the Holocaust that affected many people during World War II, and the millions of members of groups systematically murdered by Nazi Germans. Of the 11 million killed, were Jews, Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Afro-Germans, Romanies, people with disabilities, political dissidents, Jehovah’s Witnesses, gay men and women, and those who opposed the Nazi regime.

January 27th also marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau by the Soviet troops on in 1945.

On November 1, 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7, which established January 27 as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day to:

  • Encourage the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide
  • Reject any denial of the Holocaust as an event
  • Oppose all manifestations of religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief.
  • Preserve Holocaust sites that served as Nazi death camps, concentration camps, forced labor camps and prisons
  • It also established the United Nations Outreach Programme for Holocaust remembrance and education

It is hoped that through remembering these events, people will remember the Holocaust and prevent genocide.

2014: Journeys through the Holocaust

The 2014 observance of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust is centred around the theme “Journeys through the Holocaust”. This theme recalls the various journeys taken during this dark period, from deportation to incarceration to freedom, and how this experience transformed the lives of those who endured it. These are stories of pain and suffering, yet ultimately also of triumph and renewal, serving as a guiding force for future generations.

In and Around the City

You can stop by the Calgary Jewish Community Centre (JCC) anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM and join the Calgary Jewish Federation to commemorate this day. Movie shorts produced by the Azrieli Foundation will be showing all day. You can also pick up a free copy of a Holocaust Survivor’s story

Please refer to the Calgary Jewish Federation website for more information.

Resources for More Information About this Day

United Nations Outreach Programme for Holocaust Remembrance

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Freeman Family Holocaust Education Centre

 



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