VIA Rail renews its partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada

VIA Rail renews its partnership with the Missing Children Society of Canada

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TORONTO, May 25, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Today is International Missing Children’s Day, and VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) has renewed its partnership with Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) for the third consecutive year.

“VIA Rail collaborates with the Missing Children Society of Canada in the collective effort to find 45,000 missing children each year in Canada. As a public service, we are committed to the safety of our communities. All VIA Rail employees are on high alert and are available to support missing children investigations by searching our trains, our train stations and our offices,” said Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and CEO of VIA Rail.

In 2015, VIA Rail joined other corporations in supporting the MCSC’s CodeSearch™ communication app. The app sends users real-time updates and information on missing children through geo-targeted push notifications and a live in-app newsfeed.

About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail ( and its 2,600 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and many more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. The Corporation was awarded seven Safety Awards by the Railway Association of Canada over the last eight years. For more information, visit:

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Kids to learn the importance of being inclusive online for Media Literacy Week 2017

Kids to learn the importance of being inclusive online for Media Literacy Week 2017

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OTTAWA, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ - MediaSmarts, Canada’s leading centre for digital and media literacy, and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) today announced this year’s Media Literacy Week, to be held Nov. 6 to 10, will focus on diversity and inclusion online for children and teens.

“Inclusion in a Connected World: A Place and a Voice for Everyone” will promote ways in which diverse voices, perspectives and talents can participate and enrich our media and digital spaces. The week will highlight how young people can create welcoming digital environments and engage in respectful dialogue online.

“Everyone benefits from inclusive online spaces that allow people to share their unique perspectives,” says Cathy Wing, Co-Executive Director of MediaSmarts. “If we want to build a friendly online culture for children and teens, we need to engage them as the next generation of users and creators.”

“Teachers can challenge students to address critical questions about diversity and inclusion of different voices, both online and in person,” says CTF President Heather Smith. “As digital citizens, students have much to share and offer in terms of lived experiences and creative approaches through these discussions.”  

Media Literacy Week, an annual event co-hosted by MediaSmarts and CTF, highlights the importance of teaching children and teens digital and media literacy skills. Over 100 collaborating organizations – which include Girl Guides of Canada, YWCA and teacher associations – participate each year by organizing activities across Canada and internationally. Media Literacy Week was officially adopted in the U.S. in 2015, where it is led by the National Association for Media Literacy Education.

MediaSmarts and CTF welcome TELUS as a Platinum Sponsor and Bell and YouTube as Gold Sponsors of Media Literacy Week 2017. Announcements for events, programs, partners and more will continue leading up to Media Literacy Week. For updates, visit or sign up for the e-bulletin.

About MediaSmarts

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit centre for digital and media literacy. Its vision is that young people have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens. MediaSmarts offers hundreds of digital and media literacy resources for librarians, parents and educators on its website @MediaSmarts

About CTF

Founded in 1920, CTF is a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent over 232,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also an affiliate of the 32-million member Education International. @CanTeachersFed


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Indigenous Researchers Receive $2.6 Million Funding From Merck Canada Inc. for Indigenous Maternal and Child Health Program in Ontario

Indigenous Researchers Receive $2.6 Million Funding From Merck Canada Inc. for Indigenous Maternal and Child Health Program in Ontario

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TORONTO, May 25, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – A unique Indigenous-led, community-hospital-university-private sector partnership to enhance Indigenous maternal and child health will address some of the underlying causes of health inequity through an innovative new action-research project.

(From left to right): Mr. Chirfi Guindo, President and Managing Director, Merck Canada Inc.; Ms. Jennifer Chan, Vice-President, Policy and Communications, Merck Canada Inc.; Ms. Sara Wolfe, Partner, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Community Research Associate, Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing, St. Michael’s Hospital; Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Director, Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health; Ms. Theresa Burning, Tenant Relations Worker, Nishwabe Homes Inc.; Dr. Janet Smylie, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Director, Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing and Research Scientist, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital; Dr. Howard Hu, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Summer Faith Garcia, Indigenous mother; and Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet, Executive Director, Merck for Mothers. (CNW Group/Merck Canada Inc.)

The “Kind Faces Sharing Places: An Action Research Project for Indigenous Families During and After Pregnancy and Birth” project will aim to address some of the social determinants of health and break the multi-generational impacts of family disruption in Toronto. This project is supported by CAD$2.6 million in funding from Merck Canada Inc. provided in part through Merck for Mothers, a 10-year, US $500-million initiative of Merck & Co., Inc. to help create a world where no woman dies giving life.

“We must break the unacceptable cycle of Indigenous family disruption using Indigenous values and practice to deliver family and community-centred, culturally-appropriate care to Indigenous families,” said Dr. Janet Smylie, Director of the Well Living House Action Research Centre for Indigenous Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing at St. Michael’s Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Dr. Smylie and a team of Indigenous researchers and community partners from the University of Toronto’s Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Well Living House, Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Nishnawbe Homes will lead the project. The team will draw on the success of the Australian Stronger Families Program, which supports Indigenous families in Brisbane to keep children safely at home and cope with challenges.

Despite a growing recognition that the lack of culturally appropriate services, racism and traumatic housing environments negatively impact Indigenous people’s health, the rate of Indigenous infants taken from their mothers at birth is at an all-time high with dozens of Indigenous infants apprehended every year in Toronto. Indigenous infants are also two to four times more likely to die at birth compared to non-Indigenous infants.

“This partnership will leverage Indigenous knowledge and research methods to improve outcomes and create solutions that close the gap in maternal and child health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous families,” said Dr. Suzanne Stewart, Director of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, based at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

The research team will recruit 100 mothers and their families to take part in the three-year study where they will receive care from an interdisciplinary team led by Indigenous midwife Sara Wolfe at Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto. Participants will be connected to mental health care providers, social service agencies and child protection organizations, as needed. They will also have access to housing transition support, traditional counselling and healing, individual and family therapy, treatment for addictions if needed, and support to navigate Toronto’s vast number of maternal health programs and services.

“Maternal health and well-being is a critically important issue that Merck has dedicated itself to improving, in association with many partners equally committed to the cause,” said Mr. Chirfi Guindo, President and Managing Director of Merck Canada Inc. “Working alongside some of Ontario’s top Indigenous health and research leaders, this new project marks an important step towards reaching our ultimate goal of improving maternal health and providing culturally-secure care both on a global scale and right here at home in Toronto.”

Project evaluation will compare results at one, two and three years into the study to baseline measurements of the number of infant apprehensions, the proportion of mothers accessing adequate prenatal care; maternal outcomes; and how many families have reduced the complexity of their needs.

About Well Living House
Well Living House is an action research centre for Indigenous infants, children, and their families’ health and well-being. Our focus is on gathering, using, sharing, and protecting Indigenous health and well-being knowledge and practices. We draw on both Indigenous and public health knowledge to inform cutting edge scholarship and best practices. At the heart is an aspiration to be a place where Indigenous people can gather, understand, and share what it means to be a healthy child, family, and community – building a “Well Living House.” Visit the website.

About Nishnawbe Homes
Since 1984, Nishnawbe Homes has provided safe, affordable housing for under-housed and homeless Indigenous people in an environment that promotes and cultivates Indigenous culture and values. Nishnawbe Homes, an experienced housing provider, currently owns 17 properties in the Greater Toronto Area and Brampton, Ontario with more than 200 dwelling units. Visit the website.

About Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto
Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto (SGMT) is a group of midwives who offer maternity care to women from the City of Toronto, particularly those from the downtown area, and from the Indigenous community. We have privileges at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the Toronto Birth Centre. We provide midwifery care throughout pregnancy, labour, birth, and the first 6 weeks postpartum. Visit the website.

About St. Michael’s Hospital
St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 29 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Visit the website.

About the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health
At the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health (WBIIH), researchers and educators from across the University of Toronto work with community partners and Indigenous peoples to address the complex factors that underlie disparities in health between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The Institute is engaged in research, education and service initiatives to overcome health challenges and evaluate interventions to prevent disease and improve health. Its scholars study health policy and administration to improve the delivery and quality of Indigenous health care, and educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous students, so that each year more Canadians and citizens of the world can recognize, reduce and eliminate health inequities. We invite you to learn and explore how together, we can create thriving Indigenous communities in Canada and around the globe. Visit the website.

About Merck for Mothers
Merck for Mothers is a 10-year, 500 million US dollar initiative of Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ USA, that applies scientific and business expertise – as well as its financial resources and experience in taking on tough global healthcare challenges – to end preventable maternal mortality worldwide. To achieve this, Merck for Mothers is promoting transformational and sustainable solutions including, among other things, improving the quality of maternal health care women receive at health facilities and increasing women’s access to family planning. Merck for Mothers focuses on helping countries reduce maternal mortality and improve maternal health with the overall aim of supporting United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.1, which calls for a global reduction in the maternal mortality ratio to fewer than 70 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030. Merck for Mothers is known as MSD for Mothers outside of Canada and the United States. Visit the website.

About Merck
For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies and animal health products, we work with customers and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and communities around the world – including cancer, cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer’s disease and infectious diseases including HIV and Ebola. Visit the website.


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