Canada – Virtual event confirming the intent to apologize to No. 2 Construction Battalion

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Media are invited to view the live stream of a virtual event, which will provide an update on the upcoming Government of Canada apology to members of No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s first and only all-Black battalion-sized formation.

March 25, 2022 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Media are invited to view the live stream of a virtual event, which will provide an update on the upcoming Government of Canada apology to members of No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada’s first and only all-Black battalion-sized formation.

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, will attend virtually, along with speakers:

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship;
The Honourable Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs;
Mr. Russell Grosse, Executive Director of Black Cultural Center of Nova Scotia; and
Mr. Douglas Ruck from the National Apology Advisory Committee and Black Battalion Historical Marker Society.

Distinguished guests will also include members of the Black Battalion Historical Marker Society, members of the Society for the Protection and Preservation of Black Culture in Nova Scotia, and descendants of those who served in No. 2 Construction Battalion.

When:  Monday, March 28, 2022. Facebook feed commences at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (11 a.m. AST).

Where:  The ceremony will be live streamed on the DND Facebook page. A separate feed using original language audio will also be available on the CAF Facebook page.

Notes to editor / news director: 
The event is coordinated in collaboration with the Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia.

DND Facebook page (English Live Stream) (@NationalDefenceGC)
CAF Facebook Page (original sound from the event) (@CanadianForces)

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Media Relations

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Phone: 613-904-3333


Solospace Meta is the First Network of Virtual Cities Backed by Real Property to Bridge Into the Virtual World

 Solospace is the first Network of Virtual Cities backed by real property to bridge into the virtual world. Co-founder and blockchain engineer, Matt Cohen says, “Building a Photo-Realistic, multi-user virtual world is exciting, and combining it with deflationary elements will help bridge the virtual world and the physical world in new ways that sets us apart in the blockchain space.”

The team behind Solospace is focused on creating a world where users can decide on game concepts, design factors and contribute to the growing community driven ecosystem. In return, users are able to get special perks, tokens, and actually earn a living thru utilizing the platform.

Solospace will provide experiences built on Epic Games’ Unreal Engine platform, offering special live events hosted with partners at to create a virtual utopia which will help shape the digital landscape of what we consider, “The Metaverse.” CTO, Dan Flugger stated; “Although the Web3 virtual transformation is still in the early phase, the progress the team has made is remarkable, and we can’t wait to share our it with our community.”

The first land “Pre-Sale” is expected to take place at the end of March, as many virtual real estate and crypto enthusiasts are already beginning to recognize Solospace as potential leaders in the space, if they can pull off their ambitious vision.

Solospace was founded by a team of passionate expert blockchain pioneers, developers, architects and gamers, with a purpose to build a virtual experience for humanity to explore, earn, shop, and play.

The Land launch is coming.


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Free Virtual Panel Discussion Celebrates Women Veterans, Calls for Increased Diversity

The 11,000+ woman-led professional networking community will present a panel discussion featuring former military troops turned successful tech professionals

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SAN FRANCISCOMarch 7, 2022PRLog — Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech (SC: BWiT), a solidarity group dedicated to supporting the work of Black Women in the technology industry, today announced that Women Veterans worldwide are invited to kick off Women’s History Month with a free virtual celebration on March 16, 2022, featuring a panel discussion moderated by Isabel Céspedes, Creative Director of SC: BWiT.

The theme of the discussion is “Solidarity in Transition,” with panelists exploring issues

minority female Veterans face after separation from the military. Guests will share empowering reflections regarding their career journeys, including how non-Veterans can help mitigate potential roadblocks and setbacks for future job seekers.

SC: BWiT members will also serve as panelists, according to founder Alexandria “Lexi B.” Butler.

“It is important to highlight the diverse and complex narratives within the Black female

diaspora,” remarked Mrs. Butler. “The Black woman Veteran experience is a narrative and

identity that is not adequately highlighted. By creating this panel and choosing to spotlight this version of Black life, non-Veterans will know how to hold solidarity and unify with their Black veteran sisters. Black women must choose to understand the nuanced differences among us so that empathy can rise— and support and respect can be born among us”.

Panelists include Tracy Ferguson, US Army (Senior Engineering Manager at Twitter); LaTorya Walker, US Army (SpecTech Diversity Recruiting & Strategic Sourcer at Meta); and Renee D. Cassidy, Air Force (Manager Development Consultant- Twitter).

In a departure from the in-person events that made the SC: BWiT brand popular, organizers promise the experience is in keeping with SC: BWiT mission to provide safe and authentic spaces for Black women to discuss and organize around issues facing their communities.

“We recognized that a significant portion of our members are veterans, and we want to create a space to engage in an open conversation around transferable skills and translating military language for a tech environment,” said SC: BWiT Creative Director Isabel Cespedes. “There is much insight to be gained from these women, and all too often, recruiters pass on extremely qualified talent who happen to be veterans. I hope that this event serves as the beginning of many ongoing discussions.”

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About Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech:

Sista Circle: Black Women in Tech (SC: BWiT) is a solidarity group dedicated to supporting the work of Black Women in the technology (BWiT) industry from across the Diaspora. Established in April 2017, SC: BWiT is rooted in the deep history of fellowship groups of Black women in the United States. Sista Circle: Black Women In Tech draws inspiration from history using technology and social media to create connections with Black women on a global scale.

PM participates in virtual summit of Quad leaders

Prime Minister participated today at a virtual summit of Quad leaders, along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The meeting reviewed the progress on Quad initiatives since the September 2021 Quad Summit. The leaders agreed on accelerating cooperation, with an objective to achieve concrete outcomes by the summit in Japan later this year.

Prime Minister underlined that the Quad must remain focused on its core objective of promoting peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region. He called for concrete and practical forms of cooperation within the Quad, in areas like Humanitarian and Disaster Relief, debt sustainability, supply chains, clean energy, connectivity, and capacity-building.  

Developments in Ukraine were discussed in the meeting, including its humanitarian implications.  The Prime Minister emphasised the need to return to a path of dialogue and diplomacy. 

The leaders also discussed other topical issues, including  the situation in Southeast Asia, the Indian Ocean region and the Pacific Islands.  Prime Minister reiterated the importance of adhering to the UN Charter, international law and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The leaders agreed to stay in touch and to work towards an ambitious agenda for the forthcoming Leaders’ Summit in Japan.



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Compass Virtual Solving the Growing Shortage of Access to Psychiatric and Intensive Behavioral Health Services in Illinois

 Compass Virtual, by Compass Health Center, an evidence-based Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) virtual behavioral health treatment program, announced today its milestone of delivering more than 20,000 patient-days of intensive care in 2021. Compass Virtual’s announcement kicks off the expansion of its mission to address the state-wide mental health crisis by increasing access to individualized PHP/IOP programs for adolescents, young adults, and adults across Illinois. This expansion will provide Illinois residents with non-hospital-based PHP/IOP mental health access while maintaining life at home. 

Compass Virtual was launched in early 2020 by Compass Health Center, Illinois’ largest provider of PHP/IOP and psychiatric services. For over a decade, Compass Health Center has provided outcomes-driven and patient-centered intensive behavioral care through brick-and-mortar locations throughout the Chicagoland area. Compass Virtual was designed, with the planning stages long proceeding the current pandemic, to increase availability to PHP/IOP levels of mental health care in Illinois-based communities suffering from inadequate access to critical intensive behavioral health services. It leverages the experience and training of Compass Health Center’s brick-and-mortar locations to deliver comprehensive PHP/IOP programs, which include video-based group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, psychiatric visits, and experiential therapy. 

“There was a mental health crisis before the pandemic, and there is a massive shortage of both psychiatrists and specialized clinicians in this country,” said Claudia Welke, MD, Chief Medical Officer, and co-founder of Compass Health Center and Compass Virtual. “The need for high-quality, intermediate levels of mental health care, as an alternative to the Emergency Room or inpatient hospitalization, is critical. Patients are placed on months-long waiting lists to see a psychiatrist. At Compass, patients see a psychiatrist within days. This shortage of psychiatric services is more pronounced for adolescents and in rural communities. Compass Virtual mirrors our in-person group therapy-based intensive programs, with equal patient outcomes.” 

Compass Virtual partners with community stakeholders, hospitals, insurance companies, schools, and local therapists, to help patients seeking PHP/IOP level care to maintain life at home while receiving life-changing intensive behavioral health treatment online. The goal of treatment is to help patients return to a lower level of care, such as once-a-week outpatient therapy, as quickly as possible. Compass Virtual, like Compass Health Center, is enmeshed with the communities it serves, providing clinician-led workshops, webinars, continuing education credits, and access to knowledge from providers and licensed clinicians.

Even as Compass Virtual focuses on expanding PHP/IOP access in Illinois, plans are underway to expand the offering to additional states in 2022 and beyond. Compass’s goal is to provide access to intensive care for children, adolescents, young adults, and adults in need throughout the country to change lives for the better.

About Compass Virtual

Compass Health Center was founded in 2011 by David Schreiber, MD, and Claudia Welke, MD, child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrists who recognized the Chicago community’s need for intensive, non-hospital-based psychiatric care. While working together in a hospital that provided PHP/IOP and inpatient hospitalization, Drs. Schreiber and Welke realized that there were not enough psychiatrists or hospital beds to treat the children they saw in behavioral health crises. As a result, children were being placed on long wait lists, which often only made them sicker, resulting in ER visits that would lead to admission for inpatient care. Drs. Schreiber and Welke realized that with the proper resources in place, many of these ER and inpatient hospitalizations could have been avoided and replaced with a level of care that was timelier, more appropriate, and less costly and disruptive.

Compass Health Center’s evidence-based, comprehensive treatment model provides patients ages five through adulthood with intensive care while maintaining life at home. Meeting patients’ behavioral health needs leads to better, outcomes-driven care. Today, Compass Health Center is Illinois’ largest and most respected PHP/IOP program, with more than 45 full-time psychiatrists/PNP’s and 350+ highly trained master-level therapists covering both location-based and virtual care models. Our primary treatment modalities include psychiatry, group therapy (e.g., DBT, CBT, ACT, ERP), individual therapy, family therapy, experiential therapy, and psychiatric nursing.

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Claudia Welke, MD

Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder

Claudia Welke, MD, is a native to the North Shore area. She completed her medical training at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She then completed her psychiatric residency in Adult Psychiatry and a fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where she earned various honors and distinctions.

Upon her return to the North Shore, Dr. Welke became an attending physician at Highland Park Hospital, where she saw patients across their lifespan in various program settings, including inpatient hospitalization and outpatient care. During this time, she acted as the Director of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry training for the University of Chicago fellows rotating through the Hospital. Dr. Welke is double boarded in both Adult and Child and Adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Welke has appeared as a mental health medical expert on WGN 9, Fox News, and in many print and online media sources

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