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‘Culture Days’ to celebrate 101 years of Indians in Canada

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Toronto: To relish 101 years of Indians in the country, Canada will celebrate ‘Culture Days’ during an ongoing exhibition at the library of Simon Fraser University in Burnaby from September 25 to 27, the media report revealed.

“Residents from Greater Vancouver and British Columbia will be celebrating this year’s ‘Culture Days’ that features arts and cultural activities presented by artists and groups,” burnabynewsleader.com news portal reported on Wednesday.

As 2015 marks 101 years of Indo-Canadians being part of the fabric of Canadian society, the library is holding a month-long exhibition of books, photographs, magazines, novels and other archival materials that documents the cultural history of South Asians in Canada.

The exhibit is underway at the library in the lobby of the W.A.C. Bennett Library in Burnaby till October 9. The limited edition of the “100 Year Journey” book will be on the display as part of “Traditional India Series” at Inlet Theatre galleria in British Columbia on September 25.

Meanwhile, the Axis Theatre Company has organised musical night and live action play for Culture Day celebration.
On September 27, artist Bill Edmonds will be available for an artists’ talk at the Queen’s Park Art Gallery.

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New Application Shows U.S. And Canadian Commuters Their Carbon Footprint

Whitworth said the company also plans to sell the data it collects.

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A mobile application launched in dozens of U.S. and Canadian cities on Monday measures the planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions of inner-city travel, its creators said, letting concerned commuters map their so-called carbon footprints.

Mapping app Cowlines can suggest the most efficient route as well which uses the least fuel, combining modes of transport such as bicycling and walking, within cities, its Vancouver, Canada-based creators said.

Some two-thirds of the world’s population is expected to settle in urban areas by 2050, according to the United Nations.

The trend presents an environmental challenge, given that the world’s cities account for the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Not only will the app measure a trip’s emissions and suggest alternatives, it will provide the data to cities and urban planners working on systems from subway lines to bike-sharing programs, said Jonathan Whitworth, chief strategy officer at Greenlines Technology, which created the app.

“As you would imagine here in Canada, especially Western Canada, most people are driven by the environmental side of it,” Whitworth told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The app aims to encourage users in 62 U.S. and Canadian cities to use cleaner modes of transportation, from mass transit to walking or biking, he said.

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A Tri-Met light rail train rolls through downtown Portland, Oregon. VOA

In the United States, mass transit accounts for less than 2 percent of passenger miles traveled, according to Daniel Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis.

“People are starved for good information and data for good travel choices,” said Sperling.

The app’s suggested route is a cowline – city planner parlance for the fastest route, said Whitworth. In pastoral settings, a cowline is the most direct path cattle use to reach grazing grounds.

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The app shows users after a trip how many kilograms of carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions they are responsible for, Whitworth said.

While other apps such as Changers CO2 Fit track users’ carbon footprints, Cowlines claims its methodology, certified by the International Organization for Standardization, is most accurate, he said.

Whitworth said the company also plans to sell the data it collects. (VOA)