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CEMA Partners Launch of Diversity Electoral Website


TORONTO – The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) has accepted an invitation to partner the launch and support the ongoing execution of http://www.diversityvotes.ca, a joint pre-election venture hosted by Andres Machalski, of Multilingual International Research and Ethnic Media Services (MIREMS), and Andrew Griffith, author, immigration, diversity policy and data expert.

The main objective of the new website is to create a central platform for ethnic media covering electoral issues important to all Canadians, while focusing on matters relevant to the documented multicultural make-up of their ridings, in their respective first languages.

In making the announcement, CEMA Chair, Madeline Ziniak said, “CEMA, as a conduit and change agent for Ethnic Media in Canada, believes it is important to engage in diversityvotes.ca to advance the expression of Ethnic Media in Canada, engaging ethno-cultural communities across the country to deliver their democratic right to voice their opinion of what is important to the multicultural reality of Canada.”

To that end, CEMA will initiate an awareness campaign among its members, calling on them to contribute to diversityvotes.ca, and enabling its administrators to assess the impact of their coverage on local candidates and constituents. It will proactively undertake initiatives, such as podcasts, blogs, teleconferences and other interactive programs to project the role of ethnic media on electoral results.

CEMA has long been held in high regard as the voice of Ethnic Media in Canada. Having recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, it has entered this next era of its mandate fully energized and as consistently reflective of its ever-growing national membership.

For further information, please contact:

Averill Maroun – 905 881-3955 – swam49@rogers.com

Madeline Ziniak – 416 371-5719 – madeline.ziniak@rogers.com

The team at diversityvotes.ca

Andrew Griffith – andrewgriffith@diversityvotes.ca

Silke Reichrath and Andrés Machalski – mirems@diversityvotes.ca

Diversityvotes.ca announces sponsorship from Canadian Race Relations Foundation

TORONTO – The Canadian Race Relations Foundation announces sponsorship of new project: diversityvotes.ca. In partnership with Andrew Griffith and MIREMS, diversityvotes.ca will promote and foster cross-cultural communications Canada-wide. “Diverse voices in Canada are important,” says Lilian Ma, Executive Director of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. “Sharing ethnic media coverage allows all Canadians to the perspectives of different communities, contributing to a greater common understanding of issues and priorities.” “Diversityvotes.ca works to highlight the value of Canada’s diverse communities” says project founder Andrew Griffith. “Our goal is to bring attention and easy access to data and stories that matter to Canada’s diverse Canadians and amplify those voices by giving them a platform.” Our donation contributes to the development of this easy to use interactive website marrying data with ethnic media to provide:

· More in-depth understanding of riding characteristics, and how these interact with electoral strategies;

· Wider awareness of how national and local issues are portrayed in community and regional ethnic media to increase accountability of ethnic-oriented media strategies;

· Allow for more informed discussion regarding ethnic voting patterns and issues; and,

· Greater responsibility of candidates and political parties of their messaging to different groups.

About diversityvotes.ca

Diversityvotes.ca is a national project that aims to bring together national expertise in diversity demographics and diversity’s discourse together to connect, empower and educate. The online hub will combine the impact of statistics and stories into a new, useful and powerful tool for citizens, journalists, researchers, academics, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

About the Canadian Race Relations Foundation

The purpose of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation is to facilitate throughout Canada the development, sharing and application of knowledge and expertise in order to contribute to the elimination of racism and all forms of racial discrimination in Canadian society. The work of the Foundation is premised on the desire to create and nurture an inclusive society based on equity, social harmony, mutual respect and human dignity. Its underlying principle in addressing racism and racial discrimination emphasizes positive race relations and the promotion of shared Canadian values of human rights and democratic institutions.

For further information:

Contact: Lilian Ma, Executive Director, Canadian Race Relations Foundation

info@crrf-fcrr.ca

The Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management announces its support for diversityvotes.ca

TORONTO – The Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management announces its support for http://www.diversityvotes.ca. In partnership with Andrew Griffith and MIREMS, http://www.diversityvotes.ca will promote and foster cross-cultural communications Canada-wide.

“Diversityvotes works to highlight the value of Canada’s diverse communities” says project founder Andrew Griffith. “Our goal is to bring attention and easy access to data and stories that matter to Canada’s diverse Canadians and amplify those voices by giving them a platform.” “We are delighted to partner with http://www.diversityvotes.ca ,” said Stephen Azzi, Director of the Riddell Program. “It is essential for anyone working in the political field to understand Canada’s ethnic media.”

Diversityvotes.ca is an easy to use interactive website marrying data with ethnic media to provide:

•  More in-depth understanding of riding characteristics, and how these interact with electoral strategies;

•  Wider awareness of how national and local issues are portrayed in community and regional ethnic media to increase accountability of ethnic-oriented media strategies;

•  Allow for more informed discussion regarding ethnic voting patterns and issues; and,

•  Greater responsibility of candidates and political partiers of their messaging to different groups.

About Diversityvotes.ca

http://www.diversityvotes.ca is a national project that aims to bring together national expertise in diversity demographics and diversity’s discourse together to connect, empower and educate. The online hub will combine the impact of statistics and stories into a new, useful and powerful tool for citizens, journalists, researchers, academics, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

About the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management

Founded in 2011, the Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management is the first in Canada to offer a one-year master’s degree in applied politics. The program’s graduates work in political offices throughout Ottawa and the provincial capitals as political aides, government relations professionals, communications consultants, and pollsters.

 

For further information:

Contact:

Stephen Azzi

Associate Professor and Director, Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management

mpm@carleton.ca

MIREMS Ltd., http://www.diversityvotes.ca

mirems@diversityvotes.ca

Andrew Griffith

Environics Institute Fellow, Multicultural Meanderings, Author

andrewgriffith@diversityvotes.ca

Support Inclusive Diversity in Canadian Politics

Dear Friends of Diversity and Democracy,

Diversityvotes.ca is an initiative to promote awareness and understanding that Diversity Empowers Democracy. At a time when Canadian politics are being polarized around immigration and race relations issues, its mission is more relevant than ever.

Andrew Griffith, acknowledged expert on matters of multiculturalism and citizenship, has pioneered the venture, which recently received the endorsement and funding from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. More sponsors are on their way, and we ask you to join them.

Heartfelt thanks from MIREMS to CRRF for their support!

MIREMS (Multilingual International Research and Ethnic Media Services) – Canada’s leading multilingual media monitoring agency covering both domestic and international sources invites like-minded individuals and organizations to join CRRF in helping in this timely and relevant initiative.

Although a small, boutique shop devoted to ethnic media research, MIREMS is backing diversityvotes.ca with substantial contributions. These include all the media articles in two dozen different languages, collected and summarized in English and processed for the analysis of the Federal By-elections earlier this year, the production of dozens of blogs and reports, the building of the first stage of the diversityvotes.ca website and its launch at the Metropolis Conference in Halifax. The market value of these contributions is up to $15,000 to date, and counting.

However, we know the impact of this project will be much greater the more support it receives. We’re calling your organization to help this initiative to succeed and make a difference to the Canadian political process.

How can you help? Donations in cash or kind are welcome – see the diversityvotes.ca for details. Show your support by other means – letters of endorsement, articles, volunteer activity, informing your connections and inviting them to participate, hosting an essay contest on politics and ethnicity – anything to promote an inclusive vision of diversity in Canadian society, instead of a divisive one. 

The time is now. We are working relentlessly to get our project featuring 338 ridings online by Canada Day, so time is running out. Make your contribution matter: pick up the phone and call 613 402 7078 or email Andrew Griffith at andrewgriffith@diversityvotes.ca with your commitment.

For further information on MIREMS visit www.mirems.com or email communications@mirems.com

Thank you in advance for your support!

Andrés Machalski and the Board of Directors, MIREMS Ltd.

Vancouver – Toronto – Ottawa – Montreal – Halifax

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