Check it out if you would like to learn English:
Archive for the ‘Media Writing’ Category
Last chance for Canadians to have their say on the future of
television in Canada: Let’s Talk TV!
August 21, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
today launched an online discussion forum
for Canadians to have their final say on the future of the television
system. The forum will be open until September 19 – the final day of the
public hearing on Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. Read the rest of this entry »
Vitality-Boosting Pasta Salad
This pasta salad – developed by leading nutrition expert Rose Reisman – is a powerhouse when it comes to vitality-boosting ingredients, including whole grains, edamame beans, berries, orange veggies and Greek yogurt. Read the rest of this entry »
Donna Kakonge’s How To Talk To Crazy People Available at Another Story Bookshop in Roncasvalles in TorontoIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Head over to Another Story Book Shop at 315 Roncasvalles Ave., Toronto, ON, M6R 2M6 Phone: (416) 462-1104, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copy!
Check out the website here:
Canadian Survey Shows People Eating Healthier Than Five Years Ago
Most prefer eating simple foods, associate healthy eating with vitality and happiness
TORONTO, August 12, 2014 – Ninety-five per cent of Canadians who responded to a recent survey eat healthier, more natural foods today than they did five years ago.
The national survey of eating habits – performed by Montreal-based BAM Strategy on behalf of Catelli Foods Corporation – also reveals that of the 15,593 respondents*, 54 per cent said they feel more vibrant and happier when eating healthy, natural foods. Read the rest of this entry »
How To Talk To Crazy People. Brilliantly written with such clarity that I immerse myself in the emotional roller coaster ride with Donna. Honest and open, heart wrenching at times. When Donna finds that there is no money in her account, she is left feeling helpless and powerless but did not let that defeat her. She struggles over every hurdle and is not defeated. Leaves my heartbeat thumping, and anxious to know where the next page would take me. A bitter sweet account of what it is like to live with ‘craziness’ in a world of ‘normal’ people. This rare booking helps us to understand the daily internal struggles of living with depression and how the health care community, here and in Africa approaches and treats it. Her aunt locking the door? (The use of Haladol, in Africa) even with the knowledge that only second-hand and third-hand medicines are sent from America and Europe to Africa?)
Buy Online Today Here:
Buy In-Store at:
A Different Booklist at Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto
The TALAASH Where The Hunt Begins For The Fresher`s Event
Jaipaira Institute of Management (JIM) Lucknow started the talent cum fresher`s event for the 2014 with TALAASH. Talaash gave the freshers a chance to show their humility and hard work through a series of events.
On the second day there were three sub-activities. First, the functional area activity with two parts; IT Quiz and a Marketing Activity. There were 18 participants. In the Marketing Activity, there were seven groups. There was also a JAM (Just A Minute) and a Debate. This was enjoyed by 12 students. The Debate was about “China is not a threat to India,“ as well as “Co-education is good or bad,“ plus “Euthanasia should be abolished or not,“ and other topics. There were 22 participants who impressed the judges. The second day concluded with a Sports Activity of football and badminton. Read the rest of this entry »
How To Talk To Crazy People Available at Bakka-Phoenix Books – 84 Harbord Street in Toronto at SpadinaIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2014 at 1:45 PM
Go into Bakka-Phoenix Books at 84 Harbord Street in Toronto, Ontario M5S 1G5 to get your copy of How To Talk To Crazy People by Donna Kakonge today! Contact Chris for store hours at: (416) 963-9993.
RetailMeNot – Deal Alert!
NEW LULU COUPONS
Free Mail Shipping Or 50% Off Shipping
Get Free mail shipping or save 50% on ground shipping on all my print books. Ends 09/11/2014
THE MOST POPULAR LULU COUPONS RIGHT NOW Read the rest of this entry »
A fantastic new restaurant has opened up in Toronto! It’s called Signs Restaurant and the waiters, waitresses and staff all know Sign Language!
You order in sign language and the menu is unique. You can’t take photos of the menu or the tip sheet that gives you information on how to communicate with your waiter or waitress, however you can take photos of the beautifully furnished restaurant itself.
The dining room is pretty and you feel safe, away from the hustle and bustle of Yonge Street in Toronto. As you enter, it’s an enormous doorway, capable of outfitting any wheelchair accessible situation or physical disability. Once you are in the dining room, the hostess lets you know in English how the restaurant works. The hostess also introduces you to your waiter or waitress who is hard of hearing. When I went there on Labour Day with my family, it was for my brother Kevin’s 40th birthday. Our waiter Julian was great and all of the waiters and waitresses sang Happy Birthday to him in Sign Language.
The food selections are not bad and as I said already, the menu is one-of-kind. The restaurant is just three weeks old and I suspect that with a growing population of elderly people and senior citizens in Toronto who are facing hearing loss from a lifetime of listening to loud sounds, this restaurant is going to be a hit!
Check it out sometime. It will be an experience like none other. Remember, it’s at 558 Yonge Street in Toronto, just south of Wellesley Street. Steps away from Wellesley Subway Station and there is parking across from Wellesley Station that is owned by the City of Toronto – a Green P.
Menopause a Hot Topic, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40: Companies get Creative with ProductsIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Menopause a Hot Topic Among Canadian Women, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40 Years Old
Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable
Toronto, Ontario – June 25, 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Read the rest of this entry »
Chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speech on how the CRTC is improving the security and safety of Canadians given at the Economic Club of CanadaIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Toronto, Ontario June 26, 2014 Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Check against delivery Thank you for your kind words of introduction. I am flattered to have been invited to meet with you, given the Economic Club of Canada’s envious reputation as the “National Podium of Record.” I welcome this opportunity to go on the public record about an issue that matters not only to those of you in this audience, but to all Canadians. No, I’m not talking about the Let’s Talk TV conversation we have been engaged in since last fall – although the future of television in this country is certainly of great interest to Canadians and the broadcast sector alike. Our public hearing on Let’s Talk TV kicks off on September 8th. Perhaps you came here this morning expecting an update on our review of the mobile wireless services market – another important subject for Canadians and the telecom sector. Our hearing on this issue gets underway on September 29th. However, that’s not the subject of my talk today either. Neither am I here to discuss fibre-to-the-home and the need to reinvest in our telecommunications networks. We’ve scheduled a hearing on wholesale telecommunications services for November 24th. All three hearings go to the heart of the economics of the $60 billion communication sector in Canada – but that will be a discussion for another day. Instead, I want to talk about how the CRTC is fundamentally transforming to respond to the impacts of the technological changes taking place in these sectors. Life in a digital world We live in a time when our communication system has become a lifeline for most of us. Powerful digital communication devices and services are ever-present in our lives. They bring entertainment, information and business tools—wherever Canadians live and work. They provide unprecedented connectivity to friends, family, colleagues, governments, businesses and customers. Wherever we are. From cars to classrooms, from buses to boardrooms and from living rooms to sports fields. And, in a very real way, the regulatory presence of the CRTC accompanies those communication devices and services. In fact, I sometimes say that, to the extent that Canadians bring their radios, televisions, telephones, smartphones and tablets to bed—as many of us do—the CRTC is one of the rare government institutions that IS in the bedrooms of the nation! We can joke about it but, the fact is, technology is now an integral and ubiquitous part of our daily lives. This reality brings with it new responsibilities for the federal regulator. Just as the world of communications is changing, so must we. And that’s what I want to focus on this morning. Because, as the respected U.S. jurist, Francis T. Murphy, once remarked, “No more essential duty of government exists than the protection of the lives of its people. Fail in this, and we fail in everything.” Protecting the public interest People tend to think of the CRTC in terms of broadcasting and telecommunications—ensuring Canadians have access to a world-class communication system. It’s true that much of our work revolves around making sure Canadians can access compelling broadcasting content from diverse sources and on a variety of platforms. And that they can connect to high-quality and innovative communication services at affordable prices. But there is another, equally important part of our work that extends beyond addressing the needs of content creators and consumers. That’s our responsibility to protect the public interest for all citizens—to harness technology’s potential to do good and to minimize its power to do harm. There are few jobs, few sectors and few aspects of our lives that remain untouched by digital technologies. Therefore, the integrity of the system must be continually maintained and enhanced. It’s our job to make sure citizens can enjoy peace and quiet in their homes and a more secure online world. This means making sure the telephone calls they receive are from legitimate telemarketers who follow the rules. And that they can open their email without having their identity or intellectual property stolen. We also ensure citizens can connect to a 9-1-1 call centre in an emergency and receive assistance or timely warnings, such as when severe weather is expected. Evolving role This is a role we don’t take lightly at the CRTC. Neither does the federal government, which has introduced new legislation to protect the public interest. Parliament has updated the CRTC’s mandate with initiatives like the National Do Not Call List and Canada’s anti-spam legislation. The recently passed Fair Elections Act also gives us the authority to establish a voter contact registry. These changing responsibilities are altering our organization. Gone are the days when our jobs centred on issuing broadcasting licences, setting policy frameworks and reviewing ownership changes. When I worked in the CRTC’s Legal sector in the 1990s, we had to review and approve tariff applications for virtually all telephone services. We were also heavily involved in the regulation of television and radio services. Today, the majority of the retail telecommunications services used by Canadians have been deregulated because healthy competition in the marketplace replaces the need for regulatory interference. All retail telecommunications services brought in total revenues of about $40 billion last year. Over 90% of that amount now derives from deregulated retail services. We still develop policies and regulations, of course. But our enforcement officers are just as likely to knock on the door of a duct cleaning company or robocall firm to conduct an on-site inspection. They have shields and uniforms. And they utilize cutting-edge investigation techniques to serve and protect Canadians. New powers The CRTC has a range of tools as its disposal to ensure compliance with the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules, the voter contact registry and Canada’s anti-spam legislation. These include investigative powers, preservation demands and warrants, information sharing with partners to assist investigations and the powers to impose heavy administrative monetary penalties. Anyone questioning why the Commission would need such powers needs only consider that there are now apps to disclose the private telephone numbers of women’s shelters to known abusers of their residents. A respected business’s reputation can be destroyed when irate customers mistakenly believe they are being harassed by the firm. That’s what can happen when callers conceal their true identity by using someone else’s legitimate phone number—a practice known as caller ID spoofing. More damaging is the handiwork of malware disseminators and phishers, many operating offshore. They can clean out a Canadian’s bank account by discreetly capturing key strokes or with convincing e-mails that lead an unsuspecting person to think they’re dealing with their neighbourhood financial institution. There is clearly a time and place for government to step up to protect citizens’ health and safety and the security of Canada’s economy. If governments do not act, public confidence in the communication system risks being undermined. Would you not be tempted to unplug your phone if eight out of 10 calls you receive are unsolicited telemarketing calls? The CRTC is well on its way to implementing a framework to uphold Canadians’ right to peace and privacy in their homes, undisturbed by unwanted calls. To give people confidence they can safely work, shop and communicate online because the digital environment is secure and reliable. And to make Canadians safer in times of emergency. National DNCL The National Do Not Call List is a perfect illustration of both the CRTC’s new role and how quickly things are changing in the world of technology. And how challenging it is to stay on top of it. While not life threatening, telemarketers’ ploys can do serious damage. As you likely know, Canadians who sign up for this service have made a deliberate choice to not receive unsolicited telemarketing calls. Canadians have registered more than 12 million numbers on the list. That’s about 29% of Canadian households. They continue to do so at a rate of 1,200 new numbers a day. I’m happy to reiterate yesterday’s announcement that all registrations to the National Do Not Call List are now permanent. Canadians no longer have to worry about having their registration expire and their phones lines unexpectedly flooded with telemarketing calls. More than 10,000 telemarketers subscribe to the list too—not only from Canada, but also the United States, India and other countries. It’s important to keep in mind that certain groups are exempted from the List, such as registered charities, political parties and companies conducting surveys or selling newspapers. There’s a reason for this. We must not eliminate these sectors’ ability to communicate with the public or deny them freedom of expression. This is essential in a democratic society. That said, these groups are nevertheless obliged to have—and respect—internal do-not-call lists. The legislation sought to strike a balance between the interests of telemarketers and the privacy of Canadians—something we strive to do in all of our deliberations at the CRTC. When telemarketers fail to respect the privacy of Canadians, the Commission can investigate and take action. To date, we have levied nearly $4 million in penalties from telemarketers that violated the Unsolicited Telemarketing Rules. We have engaged in more than 1,200 investigations. And we have issued numerous citations, compliance letters and notices of violation. In 2013-2014 alone, we took enforcement actions against telemarketers responsible for over 11 million calls to Canadians that were in violation of the rules. Now, I realize that sounds like a lot of calls. And I know that some people consider it a failure if just one annoying call gets through. To them, a telemarketing call is not just a dinner-time disturbance. It is an invasion of their privacy. Canadians who register their numbers fully expect they won’t be bothered anymore. But the reality is, Canadians were spared from calls they would have received were they not registered on the National Do Not Call List. A survey conducted by the Marketing Research Intelligence Association in 2012 found 78% of people on the list reported receiving fewer calls. So much for the urban legend that people get more calls now than before signing up. Between the exemptions built into the legislation and the rogue telemarketers who ignore the rules, we will never be at a point where there are zero unsolicited calls. We need to make sure we set realistic expectations for the National Do Not Call List. Malicious telemarketers are especially problematic. They exploit vulnerabilities in the system to hide their identities and call Canadians repeatedly at all hours. Sometimes, these callers attempt to deceive them to obtain their credit card information or to sell people ineffective or useless services. We get countless calls and emails from frustrated Canadians who are at their wit’s end. Even the most meek, mild and polite Canadians have had enough. Here’s an example of a note I received from Elizabeth in Barrie, Ontario: “We get a "DAILY" harassment phone call from a duct cleaning company. We have informed them we are on the do not call list, we have asked them not to call, politely and not so politely. We have threatened them with legal action, they still continue to call us – and as late as 9:30 p.m. What can be done to stop these annoying calls?” And another typical complaint from the other side of the country—this time from Norm, in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia writes: “We are on the Do Not Call List and received a phone call at 12:59 a.m. They wanted me to press 1 to speak to an operator to lower my credit card interest rate. I pressed 1, and then when a person answered I asked ‘why are you calling me when I'm on the Do Not Call List?’ He claimed I called him! Why are they allowed to phone my private residence when I'm registered to not receive these calls?” As irritated as the person receiving the calls may be, pity the poor victim whose number is spoofed. There was a recent case in Ottawa where an innocent person was inundated with harassing calls from hundreds of angry people who had been contacted by a telemarketer using her number. So what is the CRTC doing to get at these rogue telemarketers? First, we have been in discussions with our law enforcement partners here in Canada as well as telecommunications companies to evaluate how to address this growing problem. International cooperation However, there are limits to what we can do domestically, given that these calls come from all over the world. Telemarketers, like hackers and spammers, often operate outside our borders. That’s why we collaborate with our international counterparts—the Federal Trade Commission in the U.S., the Office of Communication (OFCOM) in the U.K., the Authority for Consumers and Markets in the Netherlands, the Australian Communications and Media Authority and others. We’ve led or participated in many international networks. We were one of the co-founders of the International Do Not Call Network and are an active member of the London Action Plan. Both these groups were created to foster greater cooperation on cross-border issues. We are also working with telecommunications service providers and the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group to step up our efforts to find rogue telemarketers. The CRTC took part in the Group’s first voice and telephony anti-abuse workshop in February as well as a follow-up meeting held last week in Montreal. We focused on a range of possible solutions to stop these types of abuses and to overcome the hurdles to implementing them. We are exploring proactive approaches to foresee abuses or attacks, monitor them and take enforcement actions before they reach consumers. For instance, we are creating voice telephony honeypots to lure rogue telemarketers so we can catch them in their deceitful webs. These so-called honeypots involve a series of numbers, along with call routings, that are being given to regulators in various countries by telecommunications companies. We would use them to monitor all incoming calls in our respective jurisdictions and better target our enforcement efforts. We hope to have more news on this front later this summer. We are also exploring trace-back programs, call-blocking policies and abuse reporting. Another area of shared concern with our international partners is how people report calls made using spoofed numbers. We are working in partnership with the private sector on a system that would let Canadians press a number on their phones after receiving a spoofed call to automatically forward the information to the CRTC for follow-up. Something along the lines of the Star 09 or Star 69 services you may be familiar with. We are determined to beat the bad guys at their own game by developing a technology solution to a technology problem. Because we recognize there’s no putting the genie back in this bottle. This is not something we can do alone. Given that the industry has a pivotal role to play in maintaining the integrity of the system, I expect that it will rise to the challenge. It’s in the business community’s best interests to do so. Because the public interest is, ultimately, a shared responsibility. Voter contact registry The CRTC’s experience with the National Do Not Call List has given the federal government the confidence to assign new responsibilities to us. Under the Fair Elections Act that Parliament recently adopted, we were given the authority to establish and maintain registration information for voter contact services. This is critical to protecting Canadians’ democratic rights. We will be ready to implement the voter contact registry in time for the 2015 federal election. We will be conducting outreach activities to ensure candidates and voter contact services are aware of their new responsibilities and to provide information to the public. This new registry reinforces the central role citizens play in the CRTC’s mandate and just how seriously we take this responsibility. CASL We are also the primary agency responsible for ensuring compliance with Canada’s anti-spam legislation. Now, I suspect many of you have had a flurry of emails over the past weeks. Everybody—from your accountant and real estate agent to online retailers—is asking for your consent to continue receiving messages from them. I have been receiving an average of five a day. Do not despair. This is the final unregulated rush as companies prepare for the law to come into force on July 1st. Once it is in force, this new law will protect Canadians while ensuring businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace with the assurance of a secure online environment. As business people, you know better than anyone the damage that hackers can do. You recognize just how dangerous spyware, malware and phishing are to your operations and how seriously they can hurt your brand. Once these programs are installed on a computer, spammers can steal personal data, defraud individuals and corporations, and disrupt the legitimate flow of information across electronic media. The new federal strategy, Digital Canada 150, reports that 32% of computers worldwide were infected with malware in 2012. There was a 600% increase in the number of websites hosting malware from the year before. Even more alarming, the Washington-based Center for Strategic & International Studies recently reported that cybercrime costs the global economy US$400 billion each year. The impact on the Canadian economy is estimated at US$3.2 billion. All of this chips away at Canadians’ confidence in e-commerce, at great cost to your companies and the economy at large. That’s a serious problem given that Canadians are among the lowest users of e-commerce in the G7. Canada is ranked as 2nd in Internet penetration among its G7 counterparts. But Canadians spend less online than citizens in other countries. The value of e-commerce in Canada was $22.3 billion in 2013. That may sound impressive, but a 2012 study shows that e-commerce accounted for only 3.4% of total spending in this country. Compare that to 7.1% in the U.S and 23% in the United Kingdom that same year. A more secure environment is not only good for citizens. It is equally good for business. So we will be going after the most egregious violators: the high-volume spammers, the malicious URLs and the botnets located in Canada. Under Canada’s anti-spam legislation, or CASL for short, the Commission will investigate individuals and organizations for: - sending commercial electronic messages without prior consent, that do not have an unsubscribe mechanism or that do not include identification information - altering transmission data without a recipient’s permission – for example, directing Internet users to a website they did not intend to visit, and - starting in January 2015, installing a program or application on a computer system or network without the individual’s express consent. It will be against the law to use false or misleading representations online to promote products or services, to collect personal information through accessing a computer system, or to harvest addresses without permission. These rules not only apply to email but to all electronic messages – text messages, message on social networks and other forms of electronic communications. Basically, anyone who sends commercial messages to Canadians will need to comply with the law. As of next week, Canadians can start reporting spam and other electronic threats to the Spam Reporting Centre. It will serve as a clearing house for complaints that will be assigned to the CRTC, the Competition Bureau or the Office of the Privacy Commissioner for assessment and appropriate action. The CRTC has a team of highly-qualified people ready to start enforcing Canada’s anti-spam legislation. We have former RCMP officers, major criminal investigators and sophisticated computer forensics experts who will be leading these efforts. Enforcement is now in the CRTC’s DNA. Beyond additional personnel, we have state-of-the-art facilities in our new cyber-forensics lab—an in-house centre designed and built by the country’s foremost technology leaders. The lab will enable us to search, seize and copy digital evidence that proves violations of the new law to better protect the public. Our electronic commerce enforcement specialists will be able to search and index tens of millions of messages and reverse engineer malware to trace the source of these scams and follow their online links. We have some serious financial clout too. The CRTC will be able to issue penalties of up to $1 million for an individual and up to $10 million for a company per violation. As of July 1, 2017, individuals and organizations affected by a contravention of the law will be able to take court action to seek actual and statutory damages. Similarly, I am pleased to note that, last December, the Minister of Industry announced that the government intends to amend the Telecommunications Act to give us the power to impose monetary penalties across all our telecommunications activities. I look forward to seeing that legislation enacted in the coming months. Once in place, it would mean, for example, that we could assign penalties if a service provider did not follow requirements related to the 9-1-1 system, or if a wireless provider contravened the wireless code. We’ve seen a few over-the-top reactions to these new powers from folks who are convinced we are out to get them. We have heard concerns that we will start imposing significant penalties for even the smallest violations. I want to say a few things about this. First, CASL is the law. It was passed by our elected representatives in Parliament. The CRTC has a duty to implement it. Second, as I alluded to earlier, we have more than enough human and technical resources to do whatever is needed to ensure the law is upheld. Third, and more fundamental, punishment is not our goal. We are not going to go after every indie rock band that’s trying to sell a new release to its fans. We have much bigger fish to fry. The CRTC will focus on the most severe types of violations. This means you may still receive the occasional spam message after July 1st. Our principal targets are abusive spammers and interlopers involved in botnets and, come January, malware and malicious URLs. Our responses to complaints will range from written warnings up to financial penalties or court actions. Our objective is to secure compliance and prevent recidivism. I believe the best enforcement approach should be determined by the facts surrounding each particular case. My final point is simply this: if you abide by the law you have nothing to fear. Good corporate citizens will be in good standing. Now, I realize there’s the potential for the law to become known as the ‘unemployed lawyers relief act’ if companies choose to fight these changes. But I would strongly urge corporate leaders to get with the program. Ultimately, Canada’s anti-spam legislation, like the proposed changes to the Telecommunications Act, is about creating a better, safer, more trusted environment to do business. 9-1-1 I have gone on at length about protecting the public interest and I haven’t even touched on 9-1-1 services – the very epitome of why Canadians need a reliable and modern communication system. If I had more time, and you didn’t need to run to the office, I would tell you about the next generation of 9-1-1 services. There is no question we need to update the system so Canadians can communicate with 9-1-1 call centres using different media—things like text messages, pictures and videos. We have just released our action plan to enhance existing 9-1-1 services and ensure that telecommunications networks are ready to support next-generation 9-1-1 services. You can find a fact sheet on this topic on our website. This is a complex issue involving many players. This includes multiple departments in multiple levels of government—federal, provincial, territorial and municipal—as well as call centres and emergency responders. Some have suggested that greater coordination between the different partners could be achieved through a national forum. We would be prepared to participate in such a forum and share our expertise in the areas under our jurisdiction. I can attest to real-life examples I come across in my work which underscore why having a secure and reliable communications system is vitally important. It is, quite literally, sometimes a matter of life and death. One of the most difficult parts of my job is receiving copies of coroner’s reports that describe someone losing their life because emergency responders were unable to locate the person quickly enough. These cases illustrate how Canada’s communication system—our communication system—can —and must—do better. Conclusion Situations like these also underline the difficult balance that CRTC Commissioners must work to achieve as we juggle the interests of consumers, creators and citizens. We prefer to be unobtrusive in the marketplace whenever possible. Yet we have new legal obligations to put an end to harmful activities that threaten the lives and livelihoods of Canadians. No matter what, we must look out for the public interest, which overrides all other considerations. While the market will generally address the needs of most consumers, it will not always address those of citizens. And, as Thomas Murphy said, if we fail in this, we fail in everything. We are seeing a new CRTC emerge as we take on a greater enforcement role. In future, we will play a more active part in meeting head-on the challenges that come with fast-changing communications technologies. But this isn’t just the Commission’s domain. Protecting the public interest is something we all need to take seriously, given the high stakes in today’s highly connected world. We have a collective interest in, and responsibility to, make sure new technologies do good, not harm—for the good of us all. The public sector, the private sector and non-governmental organizations all have a contribution to make in ensuring Canadians’ communication system upholds their rights and interests, and protects their health and safety. I look forward to working with corporate leaders like you as we do just that. Thank you.
CRTC to ensure telecommunications networks can support next-generation 9-1-1 services June 25, 2014 – Ottawa–Gatineau The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced the steps it will take to enhance Canadians’ access to existing 9-1-1 services and facilitate the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 services. The action plan published today was established further to a consultation in which Canadians were asked to identify and prioritize the matters within the CRTC’s jurisdiction that should be addressed regarding 9-1-1 services. The CRTC regulates the telecommunications service providers that carry calls to 9-1-1 call centres, while emergency responders and call centres are under the jurisdiction of municipalities, provinces and territories. During the recent consultation, some participants suggested that a national forum could be established to promote better coordination between the different partners in the provision of 9-1-1 services. As the 9-1-1 system is a shared responsibility, collaboration between all parties involved would be very helpful to not only improve the current system, but prepare it for next-generation 9-1-1 and new technologies. The CRTC would be prepared to participate in such a forum and share its expertise in the areas under its jurisdiction. In the meantime, the CRTC will review the regulatory framework for next-generation 9-1-1 and will launch a proceeding in early 2016 to ensure telecommunications service providers’ networks can support new technologies when 9-1-1 call centres have the capabilities to use them. The CRTC will also address certain priorities related to the existing 9-1-1 system. These include improving caller location information, reviewing the reliability and resiliency of 9-1-1 networks and supporting efforts to prevent accidental 9-1-1 calls. Finally, in order to assist the CRTC in making decisions on various 9-1-1 matters, telecommunications service providers will be required to provide relevant data whenever necessary. Through this action plan, the CRTC is ensuring that Canadian telecommunications networks are evolving at an appropriate pace to support Canadians’ needs for effective access to 9-1-1 emergency services as part of a world-class communications system. Quick Facts - The CRTC is creating a safer environment for Canadians by ensuring they have access to 9-1-1 services through a reliable and modern communication system. - The CRTC has issued an action plan to improve Canadians’ access to current 9-1-1 services and prepare for a review of next-generation 9-1-1 services. - The CRTC’s action plan is based on the comments received following the publication of a report on 9-1-1 services by a CRTC-appointed Inquiry Officer. - In recent years, the CRTC has taken steps to improve the 9-1-1 system in Canada. Examples include enhancements to telecommunications networks in order to permit the introduction of Text with 9-1-1 for hearing- and speech-impaired Canadians and the transmission of wireless location information. - Next-generation technologies are expected to improve how Canadians communicate with 9-1-1 call centres by enabling them to send text messages, pictures and videos, as well as interact with emergency operators through other means. The adoption of these technologies will occurgradually over the next few years. Quote “The health and safety of Canadians is improved through their communication system, in particular by ensuring they have effective access to 9-1-1 services. The action plan we have announced today will not only enhance access to existing services, but also ensure telecommunications networks are ready to support next-generation 9-1-1 services. This illustrates how we will continue to fulfill our mandate to ensure the communication system protects Canadians. As the governance for the 9-1-1 system is shared, we would also welcome greater coordination on 9-1-1 matters.” - Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of CRTC Associated Links CRTC to examine future of 9-1-1 services in Canada http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2012/r121217.htm A Report on Matters Related to Emergency 9-1-1 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/rp130705.htm CRTC marks the start of Text with 9-1-1 services for hearing or speech impaired persons http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=835029 9-1-1 Services for Traditional Wireline, VoIP and Wireless Phone Services http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t1035.htm Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-342 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-342.htm - 30 - Contacts Follow us on Twitter: @CRTCeng Media relations: Media Relations – Tel.: 819-997-9403; Fax: 819-997-4245 General inquiries: Tel.: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423; Fax: 819-994-0218 Toll-free No.: 1-877-249-CRTC (2782) TDD – Toll-free No.: 1-877-909-CRTC (2782) Ask a question or make a complaint These documents are available in alternative format upon request.
The CRTC enhances the protection of Canadian’s privacy by rendering the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) permanentIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 2, 2014 at 3:00 AM
The CRTC enhances the protection of Canadian's privacy by rendering the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) permanent June 25, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced that the registration of telecommunications numbers on the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) will now be permanent. Initially, number registrations with the National DNCL were for a set amount of time, after which Canadians would have had to re-register their numbers. This change enhances the CRTC’s ability to protect the privacy of Canadians from unwanted telemarketing calls. Canadians can, at any time, check the National DNCL to find out if their number is on the List and, if they wish, have it removed. The CRTC would like to remind telecommunications companies of the importance of their role in maintaining the integrity of the National DNCL and encourages the industry to keep working with the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC) to find an economic and viable mechanism to remove from the List disconnected and reassigned numbers. Over 12 million numbers are currently registered and, on average, 1,200 new numbers are still being added every day. The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring in order to ensure that all telemarketers follow the rules. Since the creation of the National DNCL in 2008, the CRTC has conducted 1,200 investigations and has imposed almost $4 million in administrative monetary penalties, which are paid to the Receiver General for Canada. Quick facts - The CRTC is improving the National DNCL by making registration permanent. - Canadians can remove their number from the National DNCL at any time. - The CRTC reminds telecommunications companies of the importance of their role in maintaining the integrity of the National DNCL. - The CRTC is continuing to enhance its monitoring in order to ensure that all telemarketers follow the rules. Quote "The National DNCL was created to respect the wishes of Canadians who do not want to receive any more telemarketing calls. It therefore makes sense that registration be made permanent in order to spare Canadians the inconvenience of having to re-register their number on the List. We are pursuing our efforts to ensure that telemarketers respect the wishes of Canadians.” - Jean-Pierre Blais, CRTC Chairman Related product Compliance and Enforcement Regulatory Policy CRTC 2014-341 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2014/2014-341.htm Related link Compliance and Enforcement Notice of Consultation CRTC 2013-527 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013-527.htm - 30 - Contacts Follow us on Twitter: @CRTCeng Media relations: Media Relations – Tel.: 819-997-9403; Fax: 819-997-4245 General inquiries: Tel.: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423; Fax: 819-994-0218 Toll-free No.: 1-877-249-CRTC (2782) TDD – Toll-free No.: 1-877-909-CRTC (2782) Ask a question or make a complaint These documents are available in alternative format upon request.
Hot Colours for Summer
DULUX paint unveils palette rooted in the garden
TORONTO, June 23, 2014 – “Garden fresh” is taking on a whole new meaning this summer. Once associated with the culinary world, the concept has branched into home décor, infusing outdoor freshness into living spaces.
That’s the message of leading brand DULUX® paint in unveiling its summer 2014 colour palette. According to the DULUX brand, this season’s hottest hues – becoming firmly planted in all areas of the home – include floral pastels, bright reds, yellows and oranges, and field greens.
“After a long, cold winter, warm garden-like colours are quickly gaining popularity on Canadian walls as well as in furniture and accessories,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for DULUX paint. “The trend moves consumers away from the comfort zone of whites and beiges towards brighter tones that emit a feeling of renewed energy and help lift spirits.”
Topping the list of summer favourites by DULUX paint are tomato reds such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407), spicy oranges such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468), pastel yellows such as May Yellow (50YY 75/254), and meadow greens such as Potpourri Green (50GY 66/111).
Explaining that paint is the easiest and least expensive way to bring summer’s warm colours into the home, Tustin-Fuchs suggested choosing a main colour for a room and then adding other hues in unequal amounts. “A good rule of thumb is to use the dominant tone in about two-thirds of the room and the other colours in lessening quantities,” he said. “For example, if you select a soft green as the dominant colour, you may want to paint your trim, doors and ceilings in varying shades of that green or another colour of the same concentration.”
When painting more than one room, Tustin-Fuchs said he recommends planning your entire colour scheme before starting the job. “Paste paint chips of the colours you’ve chosen for each room on a piece of white cardboard to make sure they work well together, and adjust your choices accordingly, keeping in mind that the shades will be much more intense on a large wall.”
To make the paint selection process easier, DULUX paint has introduced several online tools that help take the guesswork out of choosing colours, he explained. The DULUX paint colour visualizer, for example, accessible at http://www.dulux.ca, enables users to virtually paint sample rooms or their own uploaded photos and explore different colour combinations before picking up a paintbrush. Visitors to the website can also upload photos of their favourite sites or vacation hotspots, and the DULUX paint software will automatically help them recreate the feeling of the image in a room by suggesting a paint palette based on the colours in the particular photo.
“A change of wall colour can freshen up a room like no other decorating tool,” Tustin-Fuchs said. “Particularly, this summer’s colours will help bring the beauty of the outdoors inside and keep your home feeling warm even once winter rolls around again.”
For more information about DULUX paint’s summer 2014 colour palette and to try the colour selection tools, visit http://www.dulux.ca or a DULUX paint store near you.
About DULUX® Paint
You will find DULUX paints in more than 240 company-owned DULUX paint stores across Canada serving the consumer and professional markets. In addition, within the province of Quebec, the strong regional BÉTONEL® brand is combined with the DULUX brand to form 70 Bétonel/DULUX Paint Stores. No matter where the DULUX brand is sold, it offers an extensive portfolio of high quality products and services to the marketplace.
PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™
PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty materials company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in nearly 70 countries around the world. Net sales in 2013 were $15.1 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.
Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
BETONEL is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.
DULUX is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Inc., for use in Canada only.
- 30 -
Gail Bergman or Ashley Pergolas
Gail Bergman PR
Tel: (905) 886-1340 or (905) 886-3345
Cases of “Paint Paralysis” Rise in Summer
CIL paint offers cure with simple tricks to give rooms a lift
TORONTO, June 16, 2014 – It can strike at any time – looking at a blank wall, standing in front of an in-store display of paint chips and cans, or flipping through a home décor magazine. It’s a dreaded syndrome that can result in confusion and anxiety, and one many of us are all too familiar with – “paint paralysis.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Kirk Verner
When I graduated, with honours, from Seneca College’s broadcast journalism program in April of 2009, the world was my oyster, but unfortunately, I was the one who got shucked. Just prior to graduating, I flew to Saskatchewan to attend a few film-industry workshops being held at Yorkton’s Golden Sheaf Awards. The Golden Sheaf Awards is a well-known film festival, with some notable attendees, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to garner some knowledge, exposure, and to have a little fun while doing so. The workshops were great. Read the rest of this entry »
By Alice Hoang
Simplistic, yet exquisite, nothing is quite as heart-warming as receiving a jar of homemade chilli sauce adorned with a shiny golden ribbon on a winter’s day. Read the rest of this entry »
Buy The Politics of Black Hair: An Online Course – Check Out the Pages Section of this Magazine to Find out where you can buy it!In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Canadian companies get creative with new products to keep menopausal women comfortable
Toronto, Ontario – Summer 2014 – With the number of Canadian women in their 40s and 50s hitting an all-time high, menopause is a current hot topic. In fact, studies show about two million Canadian women – and 25 million across North America – experience the discomfort of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause.
This reality has opened a new market of opportunity for Canadian businesses, which are coming up with creative solutions to this centuries-old problem as more Generation Xers edge towards middle-age. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out its new location on their website:
RetailMeNot – Deal Alert!
NEW LULU COUPONS
10% off all print books
Save 10% on all print books. Excludes eBooks or services. Ends on 8/25/2014 Read the rest of this entry »
Asquith Press at the Toronto Reference Library is the Latest in Library’s Innovative Services
TORONTO, June 9, 2014 Toronto Public Library’s newest offering is Asquith Press, a book printing service that enables customers to design and print bookstore-quality paperback books. The library is offering information sessionsand classes open to all: from authors and aspiring writers to anyone who would like to create a book for their own personal interest. Novels, cookbooks, family histories, memoirs and how-to guides are just a few examples of books that can now be printed at the library. Read the rest of this entry »
Four lovely women, a fifth one coming later, volunteered their time on a January afternoon in 1998 to sit down at Salon Utopia and chat about hair. Here are the details of their chat which will hopefully stimulate your own discussions.
Naila (with locks): People ask me what is that…what you mean what is it…can you comb that out…I’ve had people from Jamaica asking me about my locks…what do you mean what is that?
Malene (with an afro): Have you forgotten what it’s like when you relax your hair? Read the rest of this entry »
Donna Kakonge Doing Writing Workshops at the Toronto Public Library in 2014 at the Following Times and DatesIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 21, 2014 at 8:50 PM
Join Donna Kakonge to Learn to Write Creative Non-fiction Workshop at the Maria. A. Shchuka Library.
This workshop features discussion and writing exercises that explore the powers of writing your own story. With Readings from How to Talk to Crazy People and How to Write Creative Non-fiction by Donna Kakonge.
Adult, Teen ,
Culture Arts & Entertainment, Hobbies Crafts & Games
Day: September 19, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: 1745 Eglinton Avenue West
Toronto, ON , M6E 2H4
Toronto Police Service
Pedestrian Safety Awareness
Thursday, August 21, 2014 – 3:38 PM
Pedestrian safety initiatives, delivered by the Toronto Police Service, are designed to promote cooperative safety strategies, with members of our communities, using awareness, education and enforcement.
Collision analysis has shown that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 50% of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. To date, 14 pedestrians have lost their lives in Toronto this year. Read the rest of this entry »
Donna Kakonge Offering Self-Publishing Around the World and Broadcast Writing Courses Online with Udemy at a Lower PriceIn Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 21, 2014 at 11:41 AM
Find out more about taking Self-Publishing Around the World
Find out more about taking Broadcast Writing: Developing a Career in Broadcast Writing
June 3, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and financial information on the 685 commercial radio stations operating in Canada for the broadcast year that ended on August 31, 2013. Revenues remained relatively stable from the previous year despite competition from satellite, online and mobile services. Total revenues for AM and FM stations increased by 0.26%, from $1.618 billion in 2012 to $1.623 billion in 2013. These revenues enable commercial radio stations to provide a variety of programming to Canadians, support established and emerging Canadian talent, and offer employment opportunities to over 10,200 people. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sitting outside on my car port on a sunny June afternoon when my neighbour Duncan and I strike up our first face-to-face conversation. Duncan works for Steam Whistle as a brewer – he makes beer.
Duncan started making beer at the age of 16 putting together orange juice and brewer’s yeast. “Rather than bother a homeless person on the street for beer, I started to make my own.”
Duncan graduated from just orange juice and brewer’s yeast into finding out what the true art of beer making was all about, so much so that he has won awards for his home-brewing, as well as professional awards for his brewing abilities. Read the rest of this entry »
Notes for an address
by Raj Shoan, Regional Commissioner for Ontario, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
to the National Conference of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada
May 22, 2014
(CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY)
Thank you for inviting me to offer my perspective on the theme of your conference—“Producing Content Creators”—an area of great interest to the CRTC and intense debate in the audio and video content industries.
We all want Canadian creative industries to thrive and prosper within the broadcasting system, providing opportunities for talented and skilled Canadians. And the Commission recognizes the valuable role educators play in realizing this goal. So I welcome this chance to meet with you today.
While I am a lawyer by trade, and have focused mostly on the regulatory side of the broadcasting and telecommunications industries, I have served on the Board of Directors of FACTOR, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings. Read the rest of this entry »
The first female president of Malawi in Southern Africa took office on April 7, 2012 (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Another monumental occurrence on this day is that Joyce Banda, the current female president of Malawi, wears her hair in its natural African texture (Wallace, 2012, May 22). Joyce Banda is displaying a look that is sometimes frowned upon in African culture, as expressed in the laws of the country that are ever-changing. Currently, foreigners who travel to Malawi are now allowed to wear trousers and have long hair unlike before (Laws and Local Etiquette in Malawi, 2011). This article will discuss the changes in laws around appearance in the Southern African country of Malawi, particularly the look of hair that could have a tremendous impact on the entire continent. As recently as early January of 2012, attacks happened on women wearing short skirts and trousers, as well as men who wore their hair too long (Irish Rule of Law Malawi: Pre-trials and Tribulations, 2012, January 26). As of April 7, 2012, when an announcement is made about the death of a Malawian doctor, USA Today notes Hastings Kamuzu Banda who ruled Malawi from 1963 to 1994 and banned short skirts and trousers on women, as well as long hair on men (Doctors: Malawi President has died after heart attack, 2012, April 7).
And if you are any woman of colour, this may be true for you too.
Written at the age of 17 and revised later in life, this novel is the story of Roxanne and Lance – an interracial couple who go through their ups and downs.
Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet
This book is a compilation of works from the Internet related to health that have been edited by Donna Kakonge.
Do Not Know
This book is a collection of literary explorations of madness. A young black woman experiences the challenges and adventures of mental illness. Read the rest of this entry »
Everybody Does Something to Change Their Appearance for Advancement – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com
The politics of black hair shows in books like Tenderheaded to the Princess of Wales plays ‘Da Kink in My Hair and Hairspray to movies like Beauty Shop to songs played on Flow 93.5. Read the rest of this entry »
The Spirit of Kasacba, a new novel about a black family in Canada by Donna Kakonge is set for publication for mid-November. Please be the first to pre-order it! Here is the link:
Robert Payne has Enjoyed a Life in the Limelight – Photo Courtesy of Robert Payne
Robert Payne has been a journalist for 40 years. He has worked in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, London, ON and gained notoriety in Toronto, Canada where he now lives. In the early days of his career, he coupled his work at radio stations with being employed at Dominion stores while in the province of Quebec. Read the rest of this entry »
Ontario Newsroom Ontario Newsroom
Supporting the Future of Mental Health Studies
August 14, 2014
Ontario Celebrates Two Graduate Students with Hilary M. Weston Scholarship
Ontario is recognizing two graduate students with the Hilary M. Weston Scholarship for their outstanding efforts and commitment to the study of mental health.
Nimo Bokore — a doctoral student at York University — will receive support for her research, which focuses on uncovering and recording the stories of Somali-Canadian women and the trauma they experienced while in Somalia and during the upheaval of their settlement in Canada. Read the rest of this entry »
Paul Ng Addresses a Crowd with his Feng Shui and Geomancer Expertise
Paul Ng is a geomancer and feng shui expert that helps to improve the lives of others, as well as former corporate manager. He has worked with Ernst & Young that was the largest accounting firm in all of Canada at the time as a data processing manager. He has been vice-president manager of a subsidiary of Canadian Pacific called Marathon Realty. This was the largest company in Canada. He became a director at CIBC and then gradually owned his own company. Read the rest of this entry »