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A conversation about Dignity in a Pandemic: Podcast


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October 21, 2020

Edmonton-AB-On Global Dignity Day, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights launches a larger conversation about dignity in collaboration with the community in a new podcast titled, Dignity In a Pandemic.

The podcast theme is ‘no one left behind’. The discussions explore what dignity looks like for vulnerable members in our community and how it has been affected by the pandemic. Our team began gathering stories in March when the pandemic began to take hold of the world. Our first episode features Shima Aisha Robinson, a poet, community organizer, and activist. We talk about Camp Pekiwewin, which is led by Indigenous 2 Spirit women working in solidarity with Black and 2SLGBTQ communities.

Renee Vaugeois, Executive Director of John Humphrey Centre of Peace and Human Rights, adds, “I’m excited for others to hear the new podcast. The episodes uplift local voices with lived experience and name injustices we see during Covid-19 for a call to action. These are real people with tough realities, who imagine futures where human rights are upheld.”

#YEGdignity was first created by members of our Youth Action Project in 2015 where art was used to challenge perceptions of poverty. The campaign launched that year with the public painting of four murals looking at dignity and poverty. Five years later, the project has expanded to include a podcast to give voice to the vulnerable.

Each week over the next three months, JHC will share new episodes told with diverse Edmontonians. This effort is part of JHC’s commitment to building a Human Rights City, where all participate, belong and are included.

Click here to listen to the first in the series of podcasts.

The ​John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights works to advance a culture of peace and human rights through education and community building guided by the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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An abundance of Christmas spirit awaits at Canadian Tire Magic of LIghts at Castrol Raceway

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Castrol Raceway will once again be turning into a Winter Wonderland this Holiday Season November 20/20 through January 2/21; 5PM-10PM nightly. Edmonton’s biggest and brightest holiday tradition, the Canadian Tire Magic of Lights.

The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights is 2.5 kilometers of festive and vibrant LED-lighted displays boasting over 1 MILLION Lights celebrating the joy of the holidays. An enchanted “drive-through” experience from the warmth and comfort of your own car. At every turn, and in every direction, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays.

The Canadian Tire Magic of Lights provides Guests an opportunity to celebrate the holidays #togetherapart . Your Family and ‘cohort’ friends deserve a reward for making it through the current socio- economic challenges; take time to enjoy a safe and joyous alternative to the traditional holiday gatherings.

“In a time when so much has changed, we’re humbled to continue our standing tradition. Who knew when we started this adventure back in 2017, we were preparing to offer a Holiday celebration to meet the current pandemic challenges.” says Castrol Raceway Owner, Kimberly Reeves.

To meet overwhelming public demand The Magic of Lights is adapting to the unusual times with a new, socially REIMAGINED experience. Capture the Magical Memories this Holiday season with an Intimate & Interactive “Drive-Up” Family Photo Meet & Greet with Santa. This respectfully distanced experience will allow Guests of all ages to enjoy the encounter staying cozy and warm in your vehicle.

“Santa is an important holiday tradition for many families but we are looking to pivot the experience for safety. With so much uncertainty, it drove us to get creative; finding a way to bring a safe and unique opportunity to Families for the Holidays. We wanted to keep the tradition of Visits with Santa and sharing holiday wishes alive.” says Reeves. Grab your Wish List & Favorite Christmas PJ’s, jump in the car and get ready for the ultimate safe and joyful “Drive-In” Santa experience! . You can even bring your dog!

‘Touchless’ Digital images will be sent direct to your Inbox 3 days following event date. A Limited Engagement Photo Pass is an upgraded Pass +$25 in addition to the standard Car Flex Pass admission. Giving back to the Community is an important part of Canadian Tire Magic of Lights. Castrol Raceway is proud to once again donate a portion of all proceeds in support of 630 CHED Santas Anonymous and The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program.

For the past nine years , STARS has held the “Building Magic in the Air” gala. The Edmonton gala has raised $1.3 million to help STARS be there for the next patient who needs critical care. We know this is a challenging time for many as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, this year we are very excited to provide a unique, family friendly, and safe version of Building Magic in the Air to help support STARS. The 2020 “Building Magic in the Air” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 28

“Today, amid a global pandemic, STARS remains mission-ready and the need to fundraise continues. The evening will see 100 % of the proceeds directed to STARS, ensuring we be there for the next patient in need. Thank you Castrol Raceway and EPCOR for your continued support!” ~ Sheyanne Levall-Crouse, STARS Community Engagement Officer.

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Germany reaches to younger audience with viral Covid-19 public service campaign

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Sometimes in the tsunami of news coming from south of the border, we forget there are other countries fighting wars, having elections, and trying to win the battle against a pandemic that is wreaking havoc with their people and their economies.

Germany has been a leader in this since the start and after a summer of relatively low infection rates, is now facing a far bigger second wave. They’ve been leaders in testing and tracing initiatives and while its caseload climbed in the early stages, the number of deaths remained lower than many countries hardest it. Now the country is seeing its second wave and it’s much more dramatic with nearly four times as many infections.

A series of public service announcements have been produced to help convince the population to stay at home, and they’re funny.

The humorous campaign focuses on the idea of “Coronavirus Heroes”.  It’s shot in a documentary style and features older people reflecting on how they fought the pandemic when they were young. The three clips are featured below and they all contain English sub-titles.  Enjoy!

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