MAY 2, 2019
TORONTO - Today on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Estonian Central Council in Canada remembers all those who have lost their lives and loved ones to tyranny, fascism, and totalitarianism everywhere - especially the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
“The Estonian Community in Canada stands with the Jewish community in Estonia, Canada and around the world to remember the 6 million victims of the Holocaust”, said Estonian Central Council President, Marcus Kolga, “to honour them, we must recommit to promoting tolerance and fighting anti-Semitism, xenophobia and all hate.”
Remembering the Holocaust and learning from this dark period of human history is critical for all. Unfortunately, its lessons of intolerance, violence, ethnic nationalism and abuse of power remain relevant today. These, including anti-Semitism, must always be loudly and sharply denounced to ensure that such tragedy is never again repeated.
Tavakohaselt anti välja võistluste auhinnad ning aastase töö eest saavutatud tunnustused ja ülendused.
Paraadil osales skaut-gaidorkester Kõla.
30. märtsi gaidikoondusel tutvusid Põhjarada gaidid valikkatse sooritamise käigus ngdr. Ellen Valteri (pildil all paremal) juhendamisel looduslike värvidega ning gaidid lõid maalilised kujundid siidsallidele. Pildile jäädvustasid end gaidid oma parimate mannekeeninägudega ja teostega.
Age-friendly design a key consideration at the new International Estonian Centre
“An age-friendly community responds to both the opportunities and challenges of an aging population by creating physical and social environments that support independent and active living and enable older people to continue contributing to all aspects of community life.” – Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility.
As populations age and awareness of the importance of accessibility grows, Ontario legislation and City of Toronto building codes have updated requirements for all new developments. This is most often described as “age-friendly” design for buildings and public spaces.
Ensuring that the new International Estonian Centre (IEC) is “age-friendly” and accessible to older community members is aligned with the project’s goal of having the IEC accessible to all. It is an essential component of how the space will be designed.
Esimesel koosviibimisel pöördus külaliste poole tervitusega pererahvas, Riina eesti ja Allan inglise keeles. Arhitekt Alar Kongats näitas lühifilmi ja tutvustas slaidiseeria toel loodava keskuse jaotust ja ruumide võimalikke funktsioone. Tiivustava sõnavõtuga esines veel endine Kanada föderaalvalitsuse liige Peter van Loan, tutvustades ühtlasi aukülalist - Eesti Vabariigi suursaadik Ottawas Toomas Lukk, kes viibis kohal koos abikaasaga. Suursaadik Lukk esines omapoolse sõnavõtuga, rõhutades Eesti Vabariigi valitsuse moraalset toetust ettevõttele.
Last April, the Madison Ave group conducted a series of community consultation meetings regarding the proposed new Estonian Center. At one of these meetings (Mar 28), I stated that parking is the project’s Achilles heel. For this reason, I asked for a comprehensive parking study to analyze the problem and to develop solutions that could be debated by the community. The meeting facilitators promised to conduct a parking study and deliver it to the community by fall of 2018. This promise was reiterated when I asked a follow-up question at last year’s Eesti Maja AGM.
Unfortunately, to date, no parking study has been presented to the public. Also, nobody seems to have been consulted about their parking needs. This includes the Toronto Eesti Selts of which I am now a director, and which organizes the Vabariigi Aastapäeva Aktus every year. At a recent community engagement meeting (March 14), I was told by the meeting facilitators that a parking study has been conducted. When asked for its conclusions, I was told that they didn’t have it handy for reference. They told me that I could approach the Madison Ave project manager for it, but several e-mail requests for the study have yielded no response to date.