The What, Why, Who and How of the Language Policy Hackathon, Part I

By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager What Depending on the angle, a policy hackathon could be a simple gathering of interested parties having a conversation about political processes – how policies are being made or articulated. After all, policies are the main instrument of a government’s agenda and the key to public spending. In that context, some see policy hackathons as a disruption to top-down delivery by introducing fresh and creative public input. Hackathons are…

MCIS & Pii Introduce: Language Policy Hackathon

By Eliana Trinaistic, Social Impact Manager In 2019, Canada will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first Official Languages Act of 1969. To ensure that the language rights are guaranteed (as outlined in the 1982 Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), the Act has undergone revision, albeit only one, and that was 20 years ago. The Government recognized the need for modernizing the policy. So in 2018, public consultations on the…

A Magical Experience – Volunteering at the Salvation Army Community Christmas Dinner

by: Shash Anand, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of MCIS Language Solutions “What a magical experience I had volunteering during the Annual Community Christmas Dinner at the Salvation Army!” “Last year I joined the MCIS team and helped prepare and serve Christmas Dinner to over 50 people. It was such a wonderful experience seeing the smiling faces and serving the community that I made sure to come back again this year with MCIS and…

‘Tis the season to give back: MCIS participates in #GivingTuesday

The viral and crazy Black Friday videos and Cyber Monday sales make these two days ubiquitously known. But, just one day later is a lesser known, yet arguably more impactful date. This day is Giving Tuesday. Giving Tuesday began as a collaborative project headed by Mashable, the digital media site. Mashable partnered with large companies like Skype and Cisco, as well as well-known charity organizations such as Justin Bieber’s Pencils of Promise and Charity Miles…

MCIS Executive Director wins RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Social Change Award

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 22, 2018 – Toronto-based MCIS Language Solutions is honoured to announce that Latha Sukumar, Executive Director, has been named the recipient of the Social Change award at the 2018 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Presented by Women of Influence, and now in their 26th year, the prestigious awards recognize the country’s leading female entrepreneurs who have made impressive and substantial contributions to the local, Canadian or global economy. Alicia Skalin, Co-CEO and Head…

MCIS connects at Homeless Connect Toronto

By: Alanna Quinn, RFP Coordinator and Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator  Winter is coming, but not everyone welcomes the snowy months. In fact, it’s estimated that over 5000 Torontonians will be forced to sleep outdoors or at some shelter facility as we reach freezing temperatures. Last year, the city was in crisis, as shelters reached their capacity and there was no plan in place to deal with the overcrowding. And while city council aims…

Accessible civic literacy: Toronto’s efforts in removing language barriers for municipal elections

(Looking for the blog post on Parent Teacher interviews? Click -> here <-. Sorry for the incorrect link!!) By: Sanah Matadar, Social Media Coordinator, MCIS Language Solutions With ward divisions causing uncertainty and the accompanying media storm, it feels as though the 2018 municipal election race has been playing out in the background for a very long time. However, there was one thing that stuck out to me during this race, something I had never…

MCIS’ Language Impact Grant Opens Today!

Do you have an advocacy aptitude?  Are you passionate and informed about language rights?  Do you enjoy educating others about the causes you support? Do you have any ideas about advocacy kits that might create an impact at the municipal, provincial or even federal level? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are might be interested to apply for an the MCIS Language Impact Challenge grant ($25,000)! We are inviting Individuals, non-profit/ grassroots…

Does Canadian education help International students? Statistics Canada study elaborates

“It is when the moon covers the sun that you see a solar eclipse,” says a mother turning to her son in Hindi on the way to the Ontario Science Centre. On the left, traffic is blocked, as everyone is scrambling to check out the one of a kind solar eclipse viewed by thousands on Monday afternoon. A block away from the centre, a Chinese couple walks fast towards the centre holding special glasses meant…

Canada 150 Moving Forward: The Move to Revitalize and Preserve Indigenous Languages

As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, it is important to remember that the foundations of the country were laid long before 1867 by the Indigenous peoples that live on the lands that are now called Canada. While 150 years is certainly a cause for celebration, it is also an important time to reflect on loss of Indigenous language, culture, and sense of identity resulting from colonization, the residential school system, the 60s scoop, and continued…