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NEWS Updates 

OMC's Certification in Multifaith Competency:
In April we have successfully conducted four screening interviews. The screening panelist were a RMC member from Kenora and two from Toronto.
The City of Toronto: 
OMC currently holds the contracts for the positions of spiritual and religious care services in the long-term care facilities operated by the City of Toronto. We had seven contracts until recently and now we have agreements with all ten of the Toronto long-term care facilities. These  are:  Bendale Acres; Carefree Lodge; Castleview Wychwood Towers; Cummer Lodge; Fudger House; Kipling Acres; Lakeshore Lodge; Seven Oaks; True Davidson Acres; Wesburn Manor.
Religious Accommodation in Ontario Schools
This project seeks to support and promote Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and in particular, respond to Religious Accommodation. The Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy includes the need for each school board to “have religious accommodation guidelines in place and communicate these guidelines to the community” (details here). We have just completed the Second Phase and the Third Phase is due to start shortly.
Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week (SRCAW): will be held October 19-25, 2015. Theme: Mental Health: Cultural and Religious Dynamics. See the SRCAW 2015 Handbook and more details on our Website
Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week offers an opportunity to recognize the value of religious services and spiritual care and to honour those who provide the care. Each year the Ontario Multifaith Council provides Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week packages to individuals and facilities across the province. Packages include resources to help participants create awareness of the profession and to help celebrate this very special work. More details on our Website.
OMC-RMC  Chairs Teleconference, Feb 19 2015,
This is the first quarterly teleconference held with the Regional Multifaith Committees (RMC). The agenda of the meeting was first, to update them about OMC's developments, and second, to hear from the RMC Chairs about how they wish to continue to build bridges together with OMC. Pandit Sharma chaired the session. The discussion was interesting and ended with good prospects for collaboration identified. For details of the discussions see the Minutes 
TORONTO 2015 PAN AM / PARAPAN AM GAMES
OMC has been part of the working committee of the Pan American and Para Pan  American Games. The plan is to include spaces for athletes, officials, and other participants for worship and quiet contemplation. Pandit Sharma, President and Imam Abdul Hai Patel, Past-President, are involved in the planning and implementation of the worship space allocation. More about the games here: toronto2015.org 
Peterborough's Visit:
The first event of this year's Abraham Festival included wonderful Friday prayers at Fleming College. Special thanks goes to Shaikh Habeeb Alli for coming from Toronto to lead the prayers, as well as to Pandit Roop Sharma, chair of the OMC
 
 
Multifaith Centre, Peterborough Regional Health Centre: 
The President of OMC Board, Pandit Sharma, had an introductory meeting with Dr. Peter McLaughlin, President & CEO Peterborough Regional Health Centre to get an overview of their S&R Care services and to explore possible ways OMC can collaborate with them.  The meeting resulted in a fruitful dialogue and opened up new doors for extending our service mandate.
 
OFFICE SPACE WANTED: Ontario Multifaith Council [CMF] seeks to rent or purchase 1,000 to 1,500 square feet of office space in a nice, professional atmosphere. Other requirements include parking, security, boardroom facilities, kitchen access, ground floor or elevator accessibility, additional storage space and the option to install internet and phone lines. In the case of rent, the cost has be within $1500 (all inclusive)  
 Multifaith Information Manual (English and French)  - For a brochure, click here -- Note: The French version has a very high discount offer : Ask details.

looking ahead
  • Ontario Multifaith Council [OMC] name change to Canadian Multifaith Federation [CMF]
  • June 24, OMC's AGM
  • Annual Educational Conference (Tentatively Oct., 2015) - Stay tuned...
Facebook Updates
  • Secular State Doesn't Mean Erasing Religion from Public Life - New Canadian Media by Richard Landau
  • Canada's religious freedom envoy denounces treatment of Rohingya Muslims
  • Webber Academy appeals $26K fine after denying Muslim student prayers
  • More Married Couples, Same-Sex and Straight, Are Sharing the Job of Pastor
  • What ‘religious freedom’ used to mean 
  • Starving for Wisdom
  • Writer's latest about 'me, me, me' : God Help the Child: A novel, by Toni Morrison
  • Finding Peace and Contentment - Part 1: What Does it Mean to be Blessed?  Part 2: - Does Having Problems Mean You’re Not Blessed? Part 3: How Our Words Affect Our Hearts
  • Canadian court strikes down niqab ban for new citizens
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