Honourable David C. Onley, O.Ont.
Notes for The National Ethnic Press and Media Awards
28 October 2011
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evening, ladies and gentlemen of the ethnic press and welcome to Queen’s
Saras, it is a particular pleasure to have you here and to thank you for
your unique contributions to our province.
millions of new Canadians, the different ethnic media outlets media
provide a friendly voice that speaks their native language and helps them
understand their new land.
that voice also keeps them informed on events in their homeland, then the
service is invaluable.
the nineteenth century, the ethnic media in Canada has served as that
friendly, informative and priceless voice.
doing so, it has played a significant part in building Canada as have the
families who have literally come from around the world and settled here
over the centuries.
you have contributed greatly to Canada, helping build and develop a
peaceful, pluralistic Canadian society.
ethnic press is an important part of that ongoing process.
traditional media and social media, new immigrants can keep pace with
technology and promote the best interests of their communities to the
does this by informing and transforming attitudes, raising ethnic
awareness of the national issues of the day, and ensuring that nothing is
lost in translation.
the same time, the ethnic media have maintained the highest standards of
journalism. Tonight’s awards are a reflection of that commitment.
The Queen’s representative in Ontario, I commend the National Ethnic
Press and Media Council of Canada for promoting the ideals and liberties
of Canadian society.
I congratulate this evening’s award recipients on being recognized by