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Hong Kong – Public reminded not to burn wax, fly sky lanterns, litter or gather illegally at LCSD venues

Public reminded not to burn wax, fly sky lanterns, litter or gather illegally at LCSD venues

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Attention radio/TV announcers:
 
Please broadcast the following at suitable intervals:
 
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) reminds people to keep places clean; not to burn wax or put lit candles on the ground, grass pitches or beaches; not to throw glow sticks or other objects onto trees; and not to fly sky lanterns while celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival.
 
     People littering at LCSD venues such as parks and beaches are liable to a penalty of $1,500, while the maximum penalty for burning wax, throwing objects onto trees or flying sky lanterns is a fine of $2,000 and 14 days’ imprisonment.
     
     Also, the LCSD appealed to members of the public to comply with the regulations on the prohibition of group gatherings of more than the number of people as stipulated by the law, and observe the mask-wearing requirement in public places at the department’s venues during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday in order to reduce the chances of spreading the virus in the community.

Hong Kong – Housing Department urges tenants to keep estates clean and not to burn wax during Mid-Autumn Festival

Housing Department urges tenants to keep estates clean and not to burn wax during Mid-Autumn Festival

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     With the approach of the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Housing Department (HD) reminds tenants that burning wax in the common areas of public rental housing (PRH) estates may cause their households to be allotted penalty points without warning under the Estate Management Marking Scheme and a fine of $1,500 for littering.
 
     “Four verbal warnings were given for littering or wax burning in the common areas of PRH estates during the Mid-Autumn Festival last year. In addition, patrol staff have issued about 550 verbal warnings in relation to the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap. 599I) and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G),” an HD spokesman said today (September 18).
 
     The spokesman reminded that parents should stop their children burning wax as it is a hazardous act which may cause fires and severe burns.

     Family members of children committing the misdeed would have their tenancy jeopardised. “Although wax burning and littering caused by tenants celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival has abated in the past few years, we will continue to step up our patrolling this year. If minors refuse to stop the misdeed despite verbal warning from our patrol staff, we will turn to their parents. The household will be subject to allotment of penalty points under the Marking Scheme. The tenancy will be terminated if 16 points or more have been allotted within two years,” the spokesman stressed.
 
     Apart from routine checks by estate offices, for three consecutive days from next Monday to Wednesday (September 20 to 22), staff from the department’s Regional Patrol Teams and Mobile Operations Unit will be deployed to patrol PRH estates beyond midnight. Additional cleaning workers will also be deployed to clean up early in the morning following the festival day.
 
     To caution tenants against wax burning and remind them to keep the estates clean, the messages have been publicised through posters and the Housing Channel.
 
     To minimise the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19 in PRH estates, the spokesman urged tenants to maintain personal and environmental hygiene, dispose of litter properly and keep up social distancing. Tenants must comply with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Wearing of Mask) Regulation (Cap. 599I) and the Prevention and Control of Disease (Prohibition on Group Gathering) Regulation (Cap. 599G).

     The spokesman called for PRH tenants’ support by reporting any misdeeds to estate offices or the Housing Authority Hotline on 2712 2712.
 

Hong Kong – Give blood to save lives during Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays (with photo)

Give blood to save lives during Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays (with photo)

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The following is issued on behalf of the Hospital Authority:

     The Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service (BTS) today (September 18) appealed to members of the public to share their blessing of reunion by giving blood and registering for bone marrow donation before the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays. The BTS spokesperson said that the blood inventory is now at a low level. The demand for blood has a tendency to outpace the supply, pushing blood banks to near critical levels. The blood inventories have to be duly replenished to maintain a stable blood supply for clinical transfusion to patients in hospitals.

     Just before the Mid-Autumn Festival, Emily Fung came to hospital for a blood transfusion. Emily was diagnosed with thalassaemia major at the age of one. These patients suffer from a serious impairment in haemoglobin production, and will require lifelong regular blood transfusions. Emily appreciates the essential role of regular blood donors for backing her up in this lifelong battle, “I need two to three units of red blood cells for transfusion therapy every five weeks. It is the blood from generous donors running in my body which keeps me alive. I would like to thank all blood donors. You are literally providing an incredible lifesaving resource to us, who rely on your donations for our survival. With your support, I can enjoy celebrating every Mid-Autumn Festival with family and friends.”

     Most BTS donor centres open on public holidays (see Annex 1 attached). To celebrate the coming Mid-Autumn Festival, as well as a token of thanks, BTS has prepared seasonal fruits for blood donors who come forward to give blood during September 18-22. All successful donations at a donor centre or donation vehicle during this period will receive one Nanshui pear or one Shatian pomelo. Please refer to the attached promotional poster for details (Annex 2).
 
     Anyone aged between 16 and 66 (donation is possible up to the age of 76 if predetermined conditions are met), weighs 41 kilograms or above and is in good health is eligible to give blood. To prevent crowds from gathering and long waiting times at the donor centres, donors are advised to make appointments by calling the BTS’ donor centres or via the “HK Blood” mobile app. For details, please visit www5.ha.org.hk/rcbts/mobile-app.

Hong Kong – Red flags hoisted at Stanley Main Beach and Clear Water Bay Second Beach

Red flags hoisted at Stanley Main Beach and Clear Water Bay Second Beach

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Attention TV/radio announcers:

Please broadcast the following as soon as possible:

     Here is an item of interest to swimmers.

     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department announced today (September 18) that due to big waves, red flags have been hoisted at Stanley Main Beach in Southern District, Hong Kong Island; Clear Water Bay Second Beach in Sai Kung District.  Beachgoers are advised not to swim at these beaches.

Canada – Royal Canadian Air Force marks the 81st Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

Ottawa, Ontario – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to view, with the option for pooled media coverage to attend, the ceremony marking the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Beechwood National Military Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario on September 19, 2021.

When:
Sunday, September 19, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. until noon.

Where:
Live stream via the RCAF Facebook page.

Veterans Section 27, Beechwood National Military Cemetery, 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario.

What:
A small number of Royal Canadian Air Force members, veterans and Air Cadets will gather to remember Canadian and Allied sacrifices during the Battle of Britain. Weather permitting, the ceremony will feature a fly-past by vintage Second World War aircraft.

To protect the health and safety of participants, the ceremony will be conducted in accordance with Ottawa public health guidelines, including physical distancing, masks, screening and capacity limits.

Notes to editor:

If media are interested in covering the ceremony at Beechwood National Military Cemetery, we ask they pool coverage through one photographer and one videographer and register in advance no later than Saturday September 18, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Arrival on the day of the ceremony should be no later than 10:15 a.m.

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Canada – New programs and investments launched to support families, survivors and Indigenous communities under Federal Pathway to Address MMIWG and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People

Violence towards First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is an ongoing national tragedy that all governments and Indigenous partners are working together to address.

August, 12, 2021 — Winnipeg, Manitoba. Treaty 1 territory and homeland of the Métis Nation — Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada

Violence towards First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people is an ongoing national tragedy that all governments and Indigenous partners are working together to address.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, joined members of the National Family and Survivor’s Circle as well as Indigenous partners to highlight new investments from Budget 2021 to support the federal response to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Government of Canada continues to take action through the Federal Pathway to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ People by investing over $180 million as follows: 

$108.8 million to create the Cultural Spaces in Indigenous Communities Program to support Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples in gaining meaningful access to their cultures and identities through culturally relevant spaces, enhancing their safety and security;
$12.5 million through a new program to support the wellbeing of families and survivors of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people; 
$36.3 million over five years and $8.6 million ongoing to enhance support for Indigenous Women’s and 2SLGBTQQIA+ organizations; and,
$24.5 million to establish an Indigenous Data Advisory Group, to create a new program to fund Indigenous Data Projects, and establish a permanent MMIWG Secretariat to support federal coordination with partners.

Released on June 3, 2020, the Federal Pathway, which is the federal contribution to the National Action Plan, outlines the Government of Canada’s current and future concrete actions and work to help end systemic racism, sexism, ableism, and economic inequality that has perpetuated violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

Budget 2021 invested a historic $18 billion to narrow gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, support healthy, safe and prosperous Indigenous communities, and advance meaningful reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and the Métis Nation. Informed by the work to develop the Federal Pathway, Budget 2021 also invested $2.2 billion, and $160.9 million ongoing, in funding directly dedicated to address root causes that contribute to the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Root causes such as poverty, insecure housing or homelessness, and barriers to education, employment, health care and cultural support have resulted in multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization. Colonial and patriarchal policies have displaced women from their traditional roles in communities and governance, and diminished their status in society, leaving them vulnerable to violence.

A key component moving forward is having safe spaces for the practice of cultural activities. That is why the Indigenous Cultural Spaces Program will support cultural spaces through new builds or renovation and retrofit of existing cultural spaces that are inclusive of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. The program will also provide Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people with safe, no-barrier, permanent, and meaningful access to their cultures and languages in order to restore, reclaim and revitalize their cultures and identities. 

The Government of Canada remains committed to ending gender-based violence and walking the path towards reconciliation in partnership with Indigenous Peoples across Canada.

“The funding announced today is a critical next-step as we work in partnership to implement the Government of Canada’s Federal Pathway and end the national tragedy of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Canada now has the Plan and the resources to work with Indigenous Peoples and communities to keep their women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people safe wherever they live.” 

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.


Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations 

“Today’s announcement is an important next step in shifting the decision making to the families and communities that have been doing the work to stop the on-going race and gender-based violence that has been experienced by our communities. This initiative aims to respect our Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing and finally acknowledges that solutions should come at the community level.” 

Diane Redsky

Executive Director, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata

“We welcome today’s commitment from the federal government and look forward to continuing to ensure the lived experience and expertise of families, survivors, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people are centred in these initiatives. These steps are an opportunity for real action.”

Hilda Anderson-Pyrz 

Co-Chair, National Family and Survivors Circle

“These actions are long overdue, but today’s announcement brings a sense of hope that our voices have been heard. Families and survivors must be centred in all government decision-making, and be afforded the space to stand in our power and continue to tell our truths to end the genocide and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.”

Kim McPherson


First Nations Family Member

“If we are to deal with the root causes of violence, we must stop the cycle of discrimination and the cycles of physical and sexual abuse. To do that, we need the full commitment of governments and communities to work together to implement Inuit-led solutions. Today’s funding announcement is a step towards reconciliation and addressing the gaping inequalities and systemic discrimination faced by Inuit women.”

Rebecca Kudloo, President 

Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada

“We applaud today’s announcements of over $180 million dollars to support programs and initiatives to end Indigenous gender-based violence. Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak believes the legacy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls needs to end. This funding signals a start to a suite of supports, programs, and significant policy transformations required to eliminate this tragedy”. 

President Melanie Omeniho

Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak/Women of the Metis Nation 

“The Government of Canada’s announcement to provide funding support for a network of 2SLGBTQQIA+ specific organizations reflects that we have been seen and heard. The funding will ensure we will be able to support specific community and cultural development to address racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and reduce violence.” 

Sylvia Maracle, Chair 

2SLGBTQQIA+ Committee 

“We would like to acknowledge the voices of families, survivors and the heart work of Indigenous communities who are the primary leaders in keeping the 231 calls for justice flowing like our waters. The federal pathway is a key component to taking action on ensuring the safety of our Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit.”

Jeannie Whitebird


MB Coalition (MM)IWG2S+ 

“Our nation’s Ḿṇúyaqs Council (Woman’s Council) recently signed on to the Heiltsuk Declaration of Title and Rights, reclaiming the role of women in our Hailzaqv governance, at a ceremony held in our Gvakva’aus Hailzagv, or House of the Heiltsuk. Reclamation, reconciliation and self-determination all take place in this cultural space, which is critical to the well-being of our women and girls, as it restores our cultural identity and re-establishes the true governance of our society.”

Marilyn Slett


Elected Chief of the Heiltsuk Nation

Ani Dergalstanian

Press Secretary and Communications Advisor

Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

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