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Donna Kakonge and Teresa Madaleno at the Indie Book Day – Saturday, October 4, 2014

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Donna Kakonge on ThatChannel.com

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Twelve New Donna Kakonge Books Available Published This Year

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Success

PRAISE FOR SUCCESS Unique approach to limning through the letters, words, and spaces on the page to convey the personal narratives of an array of women and men for whom praise follows success. The author, Kakonge, conducts a series of interviews with individuals as diverse as creative souls – singers, dancers, writers, even creative entrepreneurs – and providers of seemingly prosaic medical services as well as personal coaches and motivational speakers. Their lived experiences reflected upon, lessons learned and goals, both personal and professional achieved; their talents met reality and vanquished all. Truly inspiring for those seeking change. – Dr. Marion Gold, ABD, Hag and Crone

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Beautiful People on ThatChannel.com

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Promoting How To Talk To Crazy People on ThatChannel.com

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Liquid Lunch on ThatChannel.com

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How To Talk To Crazy People on ThatChannel.com

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How To Talk To Crazy People Available at Bakka-Phoenix Books – 84 Harbord Street in Toronto at Spadina and Donna Kakonge’s How To Talk To Crazy People Available at Another Story Bookshop in Roncasvalles in Toronto

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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.

Head over to Another Story Book Shop at 315 Roncasvalles Ave., Toronto, ON, M6R 2M6 Phone: (416) 462-1104, Email: books@anotherstory.ca to reserve your copy!

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Mahdi

In Beauty, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 24, 2014 at 3:00 AM
Mikel Guillen is the Director of Mahdi, Produced By PickPocket Media Films - Photo Courtesy of Mikel Guillen

Mikel Guillen is the Director of Mahdi, Produced By PickPocket Media Films - Photo Courtesy of Mikel Guillen

The director of Pickpocket Media Films rings my doorbell several times and adds some knocks for emphasis. I know he is here.

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Go to Retailmenot.com to Find Deals on Donna Kakonge’s Lulu.com Books

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Liquid Lunch on ThatChannel.com

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Three Days Left to Get a Discount on Donna Kakonge’s Udemy Courses

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Donna Kakonge on ThatChannel.com’s Liquid Lunch

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OISE Dean’s Graduate Conference

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Get Donna Kakonge’s Books on Discount at Lulu.com – http://lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged

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New Streetcars Roll Into Service

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News Release

New Streetcars Roll Into Service
August 31, 2014

Ontario Improving Public Transit, Creating Jobs

Ontario is investing $416.3 million to provide better transit service to TTC riders as a new generation of streetcars go into service on the 510 Spadina line route, marking another step in the province’s plan to help improve transit in Toronto. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian Small Business Women

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Ideal Job

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Donna Kakonge Offering Self-Publishing Around the World and Broadcast Writing Courses Online with Udemy at a Lower Price

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Launch of Ideal Job

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Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting: Dulux

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Dulux Exterior Photo 1 Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

Dulux Exterior Photo 1
Topping the list of favourite fall colour combinations by Dulux paint are Artisan Brown (RM 71YR 08/119), Tomorrow’s Taupe (90YR 29/096) and Kitten White (30YY 78/035), as featured on this home’s exterior.

Early Fall, Not Summer, Is Best Time for Exterior Painting
Add pizzazz to the outside of your home with this season’s top colours

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2014 – If you put off painting the exterior of your home this summer, don’t fret. Early fall, not summer, is actually the best time to paint or stain the outside of your house, according to leading brand DULUX® paint.

“Most people wait for summer to get outside and paint, but contrary to popular opinion, a hot sunny day is not the ideal time for an exterior paint or stain job,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager for Dulux paint in unveiling the brand’s new exterior colour card. “What the majority of Canadians don’t realize is that weather conditions can make or break a paint project and affect the longevity of a job.” Read the rest of this entry »

Find Donna Kakonge as Your China1Night English Teacher

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Check it out if you would like to learn English:

http://www.china1night.com/index.jsp

Last chance for Canadians to have their say on the future of television in Canada: Let’s Talk TV!‏

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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
(http://consultation.crtc.gc.ca/en/consultation/19/help-shape-future-tv-canada)
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

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Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

Nutrition Expert Rose Reisman.

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 Toronto

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Head over to Another Story Book Shop at 315 Roncasvalles Ave., Toronto, ON, M6R 2M6 Phone: (416) 462-1104, Email: books@anotherstory.ca to reserve your copy!

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Canadian Survey Shows People Eating Healthier Than Five Years Ago

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Vitality Boosting Pasta by Catelli!

Vitality Boosting Pasta by Catelli!

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 »

July 14, 2014 to July 19, 2014

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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 »

PRESS RELEASE: Book Launch of new memoir ‘Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire’‏

In 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 3:00 AM
Cover of Goodbye Frying Pan, Hello Fire by Jennylynd James.

Cover of Goodbye Frying Pan, Hello Fire by Jennylynd James.

PRESS RELEASE
Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire: A Memoir of Wit and Determination, written by Jennylynd James
 
This is a relocation story of a single mother and her teenage daughter to Toronto, Canada; a move that proves daunting and challenging. The memoir takes us on an emotional roller coaster of triumphs and failures, and shows their determination to start a new life against the odds.

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Donna Kakonge’s Lulu.com Spotlight

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Spiderwoman Now Available on Lulu.com and Amazon

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Augmented Reality Children’s Stories

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Donna Kakonge’s Online Store

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Signs Restaurant at 558 Yonge Street South of Wellesley Street in Toronto

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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 Products

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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 Canada

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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

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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
 
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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
 
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The CRTC enhances the protection of Canadian’s privacy by rendering the National Do Not Call List (DNCL) permanent‏

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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
 
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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

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Dulux Summer Colours 1   The summer 2014 colour palette by DULUX paint includes floral pastels, field greens, and bright yellows, oranges and reds, such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407) pictured on the walls of this room.

Dulux Summer Colours 1
The summer 2014 colour palette by DULUX paint includes floral pastels, field greens, and bright yellows, oranges and reds, such as Tender Rose (10YR 16/407) pictured on the walls of this room.

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.”

Dulux Summer Colours 2   Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside this summer by painting walls in lively shades, such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468) orange and May Yellow (50YY 75/254) by DULUX paint, featured on the walls of this living space.

Dulux Summer Colours 2
Bring the beauty of the outdoors inside this summer by painting walls in lively shades, such as Pagoda (60YR 36/468) orange and May Yellow (50YY 75/254) by DULUX paint, featured on the walls of this living space.

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.

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GUEST LECTURE KIAMS-PUNE CAMPUS 12TH July 2014 By Mr. Akash Mavle CEO, PrimeNumerics

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A ground-breaking lecture by Mr. Akash Mavle raises the interest in the world of analytics for the students of Kiams-Pune Campus.

Young and dynamic business leaderMr. Akash Mavle is CEO of Prime Numerics and gave a riveting and inspiring speech to the students of Kiams-Pune campus in mid-June of this year. Mr. Mavle delivered a two hour lecture on the topic “analytics.” Mavle is alumni of the prestigious Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay and has more than 18 years of experience as a CEO/CIO and CTO at various organizations. Read the rest of this entry »

Cases of “Paint Paralysis” Rise in Summer: CIL Paint

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CIL Photo 1   A simple way to freshen up a room is to paint the wall space peeking out from behind an open-back bookcase in a bright, complementary colour such as Peking Blue (56BG 23/355*) by CIL paint.

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A simple way to freshen up a room is to paint the wall space peeking out from behind an open-back bookcase in a bright, complementary colour such as Peking Blue (56BG 23/355*) by CIL paint.

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 »

Menopause a Hot Topic Among Canadian Women, with Symptoms Hitting Some as Early as 40 Years Old

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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 »

Stuart Jackson Gallery is Now on Queen Street West!

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