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ONTARIANS RALLY TOGETHER FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT ALS

Walk to End ALS goes virtual in Ontario on June 20 during June ALS Awareness Month

A lot has changed as the world continues to face the uncertainty and challenges of a global pandemic. But one thing remains the same – and that is the ALS community’s desire to put an end to ALS. On Sunday, June 20, the Walk to End ALS is returning to Ontarians as an engaging online event offering connection and community. Participants from across the province will unite as a community to rally virtually in support of every person living with ALS today and to honour loved ones no longer with us. 

Today 3,000 Canadians are living with ALS – a terminal disease that progresses with devastating swiftness. Unforgiving and relentless, people living with ALS face progressive paralysis and over time will lose the ability to walk, talk, swallow, eat and eventually breathe. COVID-19 has had a particularly dire impact on people living with ALS. Their day-to-day stressors, including isolation, are on the rise, existing challenges have been amplified and new issues are emerging that are impacting the entire ALS community. 

Funds raised through the Walk to End ALS are essential in helping the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) provide community-based support to people and families across Ontario, easing the burden of their ALS journey; and in supporting the ALS Canada Research Program, the only dedicated source of ALS research funding in the country. 

“This is the second year ALS Canada is holding the Walk to End ALS virtually, and the way the ALS community has embraced this event in its new format is a testament to their resilience and spirit. No matter how much COVID-19 has changed our daily lives, we know ALS doesn’t stop, and neither will the ALS community as we rally together to support one another and raise much needed funds for research, community-based support and equipment for people, helping to alleviate the burden of this disease.”

Natalie Russell, Senior Manager, Fund Development at the ALS Society of Canada.

Walk to End ALS Virtual Event Details: 

• 10:00am ET – Virtual start line

• 10:30am ET – Time to “walk” – or whatever activity is meaningful to you! 

• Noon ET – Virtual finish line (with live video, entertainment and highlights of the day). 

We’ve also invited a few special surprise guests who are excited to celebrate with us!

To learn more about the Walk to End ALS, or to register or donate, visit  www.walktoendals.ca/ontario 

What is ALS?

ALS, which stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a brutal and unforgiving disease with no cure. It gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that we are typically able to move at will. Over time, as the muscles of the body break down, someone living with ALS will lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, swallow, and eventually breathe. Approximately 1,000 Canadians are diagnosed with ALS each year and 80 per cent of them die within two to five years.

About the ALS Society of Canada

Founded in 1977, the ALS Society of Canada (ALS Canada) works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS. We are a registered charity that receives no government funding – all of our services and research are funded through the generosity of our donors. Through the ALS Canada Research Program, we fund peer-reviewed research grants, foster collaboration and build capacity within Canada’s ALS research community and participate in new areas of research where we are well-positioned to have an impact. Within Ontario, ALS Canada has a role similar to that of the provincial ALS societies providing services and support to help meet the needs of people living with ALS. Through advocacy federally and provincially within Ontario, ALS Canada gives voice to the collective experience of people living with ALS to help drive program and system changes for the ALS community. www.als.ca

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION LAUNCHES DIGITAL INITIATIVES TO HONOUR CANADIAN HEROES ONLINE

Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s new digital initiatives invite Canadians to connect with the stories of World War heroes and take part in virtual acts of remembrance.

OTTAWA (May 7 2020) – In advance of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has launched innovative online tools to help Canadians learn more about, honour and pay respects to war dead from the First and Second World Wars. 

Canadians can discover and pay tribute to those who served in the World Wars by participating in the “Wall of Remembrance” campaign, listening to the The 1.7 Million Stories of CWGC” podcast series or browsing the new Enquiry Files archival records.

To maintain physical distancing, the CWGC has launched a “Wall of Remembrance” digital campaign, calling on the public to take part in an act of virtual remembrance. This innovative online space will allow Canadians to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day by submitting a tribute or photo as part of the new initiative. 

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Stay Positive, Active and Entertained with Mississauga’s Virtual Programs

The City of Mississauga offers a range of online activities during COVID-19 to help every member of the household stay positive, active, and entertained at home. 

“We understand it is difficult to keep everyone busy and active as we all continue to stay at home and practice physical distancing. That’s why we have put together a range of free virtual programs and resources to help boost the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents. Keeping fit, staying healthy, and enjoying fun activities will help us maintain a positive mindset as we work to overcome this virus together.” 

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Keep Fit

Visit Mississauga Recreation for virtual fitness classes and meditation sessions, and for nutrition and lifestyle information. The first live virtual fitness class is Cardio Kick Box on May 7 at 12:15 p.m.  

Follow the #StayHomeStayActive campaign on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Grow a Garden

·    Starting the week of May 11, order up to three varieties of seeds from the new online Mississauga Seed Library. Simply complete the online form and the seeds will arrive by mail. Visit mississaugalibrary.ca/seeds for more information. 

Enjoy Family Fun

·    Explore Mississauga Recreation’s Family Fun Corner, with colouring pages, wordplay puzzles, craft projects, art with ordinary objects, physical activity challenges, science experiments and more.

·    Mississauga Library offers free digital resources with a library card. No card? Sign up for a virtual library card and instantly download a favourite from thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available through Libby by OverdriveHoopla, or Tumble Books.

·    Enjoy storytime sessions with stories, songs, rhymes and interactive activities for children with a parent or caregiver. 

·    Participate in a variety of Maker activities, including 3D design, building, sewing, Minecraft, and Maker Club. 

·    Mississauga Culture’s Arts At Home: Wellness Through the Arts program features craftprojects that you can make with recycled and kitchen materials. 

 “As it gets harder to stay in and keep spirits up, we want to make it easier by offering virtual activities and resources everyone can enjoy,” said Paul Mitcham, Commissioner, Community Services. “The physical and emotional well-being of all our residents is important and we encourage people of all ages to try out a fitness class, live stream a concert and have some fun with their kids or grandkids.” 

Older Adult Activities

·    Older adults can take part in a variety of virtual programs available four days each week. Residents can enjoy a yarn crafters meet-up, coffee talks, fitness breaks and weekly hot topics provided by the Mississauga Senior Centre. Participants can join via computer, tablet or phone. Follow Recreation on social media @MississaugaRec for up-to-date information.

Be Entertained

·    Mississauga Culture and the Living Arts Centre present an #ArtsAtHome program to bring the arts into the home while supporting the City’s creative communities and industries. You can live stream virtual concerts and follow @saugacultureand @livingartsctr on social media for the latest in creative news and activities.

·    Stream or download an album through Freegal with your library card, or enjoy free movies and TV shows on your digital devices through Hoopla

·    Paramount Fine Foods Centre (PFFC) is sharing content from event partners and more. The #PFFCentreAtHome web page offers live music with scheduled live streams, Canadian sing-a-longs and playlists. Live streams include Tyler Shaw, Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day, and Juanes, all of whom have performed here over the past 20 years. Their fun activity page includes virtual backgrounds to bring (PFFC) into your next online Zoom or Webex mobile meeting. Enjoy educational programs from the Harlem Globetrotters, and colouring pages and origami from Baby Shark Live! New content is added regularly and shared across @PFFCentre social media channels.

·    Watch “Rise Up Mississauga – Concert of Hope” at 7 p.m. on May 8 via Facebook Live on Mississauga Arts Council’s Facebook page. Enjoy free virtual entertainment featuring 25 Mississauga-based artists singing inspirational songs.

·    Join Mississauga Library on May 15 at 7 p.m. for a talk by award-winning Canadian author Kenneth Oppel.  Starting on May 18, check out the library’s website and social media for interactive book clubs, film discussion clubs, English conversation circles and more.

Book Corner

·    Library users can access digital magazines and newspapers from around the world through FlipsterRB Digital, and Press Reader. Avid readers can now also access eBooks and eAudiobooks from the OverDrive collections of Burlington Public Library and Hamilton Public Library

STEELHEADS TO HOST 7TH ANNUAL TEDDY BEAR TOSS

In conjunction with Canadian Tire, the Mississauga Steelheads are set to host the club’s 7th annual Teddy Bear Toss on Sunday, December 9th.

For the seventh consecutive season, the Mississauga Steelheads will be supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Peel by hosting the always exciting annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. The tradition continues with the Saginaw Spirit visiting the Paramount Fine Foods Centre on Sunday, December 9th to take on the Steelheads in a matinee contest that gets underway at 2:00PM.

Once again, this year’s Teddy Bear Toss is kindly presented by Canadian Tire – an organization that makes a tremendous impact here in Mississauga and across the Peel Region.

Scott Morash, General Manager of Canadian Tire Meadowvale comments on behalf of the game’s presenting partner, “By partnering with the Mississauga Steelheads for their annual Teddy Bear Toss hockey game, the five local Mississauga Canadian Tire stores are able to give back to children in our community. Be it a stuffed toy given out by the Boys and Girls Club of Peel or by helping kids participate in sports through our own JumpStart program, we are able to use this community event to help put a smile on the faces of those children that benefit from this annual event.”

Michael J Gyovai, Resource Development Manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Peel comments on the impact this event has on their organization. “The partnership with the Mississauga Steelheads and Canadian Tire is essential to the long-term growth and development of the program and services we offer to the children, youth and families in Mississauga and across Peel. It is because of local partnerships like with the Steelheads we are able to provide opportunities for our youth to thrive, in school and society.”

The Steelheads, Canadian Tire and the Boys and Girls Club of Peel encourage all fans attending the game to bring a stuffed toy with them to the game on Sunday afternoon. As tradition has it, when the Mississauga Steelheads score their first goal, the gracious fans respond by tossing their stuffed toy onto the ice. The toys are then gathered from the ice and transported to the Boys and Girls Club to be given out as Christmas gifts for those kids who may not have otherwise received anything.

Prior Teddy Bear Toss Goal scorers include Trent Fox (2017), Spencer Watson (2016), Nathan Bastian (2015), Lucas Venuto (2014), Dylan Smoskowitz (2013) and Riley Brace (2012).

As part of the festivities on Sunday afternoon, Canadian Tire will be set up on the concourse selling bears for fans to toss on the ice will all proceeds going back to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart Foundation. Additionally, tickets for children 12 and under are just $6 while fans are encouraged to bring their skates and join the Steelheads for a post-game skate with the team after the final buzzer.

Police Appeal for Witnesses in Cemetery Thefts

Peel Regional Police are seeking assistance from the public as they investigate thefts from cemeteries that occurred in the City of Mississauga.

Police are looking to identify suspect(s) involved in thefts of bronze vases from Mount Peace Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery and Assumption Cemetery. A total of 269 vases were stolen valued at approximately $67,250.00, these thefts occurred between April 7, 2018 and September 24, 2018.

Investigators are appealing for witnesses, who may have observed incident or any persons who may have video surveillance. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to contact 12 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 1233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.