This week, May 27 to June 1, the City of Toronto celebrated
Digital Literacy (DL) Week. Digital Literacy Week celebrates the way technology
has changed the way we work, play, learn and teach.
The week kicked-off at the North York Central library where I was able to speak alongside City Librarian, Vickery Bowles, Chief Information Officer-ETEE at BMO, Claudette McGowan, TCDSB Superintendent, Lori DiMarco and TDSB Executive Officer, Peter Singh.
The City of Toronto offered more than 250 free events and
workshops for all ages created to showcase the digital and technology programs
and services across Toronto. Digital Literacy Week collaborated with City of
Toronto, Toronto Public Library, TCDSB, TDSB, CIBC, Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Digital Literacy Week is built on the success of the
“Digital Literacy Day,” that was celebrated in May 2018. Digital
literacy can be defined as a new literacy that creates lifelong opportunities
and challenges for people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
Nowadays, to be digitally literate is fundamental to succeed in
everyday life and that is what Digital Literacy Week is promoting and helping
people understand what digital literacy means and how it impacts our lives and
how to succeed.
I hope you’ve had the opportunity to participate in any DL week
events and share your support towards the advancement and impact that
technology has on your everyday life. Find more details here.
During the month of May
there are a number of meaningful celebrations. From Asian Heritage Month,
Museum Month and Building Safety Month to Youth Week, Emergency Preparedness
Week and Mental Health Week, the City of Toronto has honoured and focused on a
great deal of City-wide issues.
You can find a list of this term’s proclamations at this link.
Last week the City of Toronto celebrated Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5-11. This year’s theme is “Are You Ready”—emphasizing the importance for preparing for emergencies. The City’s Office of Emergency Management is launching the first in a series of videos supporting Torontonians in preparing for emergencies. Videos can be found here.
Did you know? By 2050, 75% of all trips under 5 kilometres will be
walked or cycled. That is one of the goals of the City’s TransformTO climate
Action Strategy. From May 6 to 20, support the city’s TransformTO Climate
Action Strategy by participating in the Walking Challenge. Walking is a clean,
green and healthy way to get around Toronto, invite your friends and neighbours
to join you.
You can participate by downloading the free Carrot Rewards app,
found in the App store or on Google Play. All participants will be entered into
the Walking Challenge and grouped into the ward that they live in.
The ward with the highest average goal completion rate will win the challenge. Your community could even win a street party hosted by Live Green Toronto and earn double points on the Carrot Rewards app towards a rewards program of your choice. So, Ward 24 let’s join the challenge and take steps to TransformTO!