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April 1st Event

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 28, 2010 at 4:22 AM

Felicia Carty - February 28, 2010

By FELICIA CARTY

Hi all,

Just wanted to let everyone know about the fundraising event I’m helping to put together. As many of you may know, I’m going with a group of nursing students overseas to film some footage, do some interviews, and write an article about the community they are working in. If you know me even a little bit, you know this is the sort of journalism I am aching to do! (It’s more than a video that will make you upset, promise, it will serve a greater purpose!)

I’m fundraising to cut costs and help buy medical equipment (everyone brings a suitcase down with supplies).

If you can throw in some money, that would be greatly appreciated, we give out tax receipts for anything over $20.

I know times are hard and/or you may not feel moved to donate monetarily toward the cause, so really this email is just to let you know about this event. We are having a steelpan band, poetry, guitarist, singers (she is great), auctions… I guess you can read the flyer.

Honestly, your presence is your support. And hey, it’s free. It will be fun.

Holla at me if you want more info, or to help in any way. (We love getting boxes of med supplies! Auction items…)

April 1st, remember!

Hockey Blog

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM

http://www.king5.com/sports/HockeyOlympics-More-blogs-from-local-off-ice-official-85689642.html

Joshua Painting

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Painting for the Interior – Photo Courtesy of Joshua Painting

Joshua Painting

Sinfonia Toronto

In Beauty, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Sinfonia Toronto - February 27, 2010

Friday, March 12, 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio Dynamic Duo HYUK-JOO KWUN Violin HYE-JIN KIM Piano Winners of international competitions BURGE A Light Fantastic Round MENDELSSOHN Double Concerto DVORAK Chamber Symphony op. 105 $40 adult, $32 senior, $12 student read more buy now 416-872-4255 Friday, April 9, 8 pm Glenn Gould Studio Favourite Fireworks HEATHER SCHMIDT, Pianist XIAOHAN GUO, Violinist Violin pyrotechnics and a virtuoso composer MOZART Divertimento K 138 SAINT-SAENS Caprice WAXMAN Carmen Fantasy SCHMIDT Piano Concerto No. 6 PIAZZOLLA Oblivion Four for Tango SHOSTAKOVICH Prelude and Scherzo $40 adult, $32 senior, $12 student read more

buy now 416-872-4255 Saturday, April 10, 6:30 pm La Maquette, 111 King. St. East Music at La Maquette FLORALEDA SACCHI, Harpist One of the finest harpists in Europe Champagne reception ~ recital dinner ~ silent auction LOU HARRISON Two Indian Dances ENRIQUE GRANADOS Valses Poeticos CARLOS SALZEDO Dance Suite ‘Sinfonia Series I’ paintings by Pavla Quinn $80 per-person with a tax-deductible receipt of $35 read more buy now 416-499-0403

Diapora Dialogues

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 26, 2010 at 8:17 AM

Diapora Dialogues Features Young Writers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Diaspora Dialogue - February 26, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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Young Writers from the Edge
Join us this March as high school students in Etobicoke, Danforth-Crescent Town, Jamestown and Malvern present their brand new creative writing at reading events in their neighbourhoods.

In Young Writers from the Edge, Diaspora Dialogues’ youth writing program, students work with professional mentors to develop their writing skills in three different forms, including fiction, drama, poetry, graphic novel, and journalism.

Based on the work developed through these workshops, the youth will present their pieces alongside their mentors at a celebratory reading event. Don’t miss the chance to hear our city’s freshest emerging writers!

For more information, contact Julia at 416-944-1101 x 277 or julia@diasporadialogues.com.

Young Writers from the Etobicoke Edge
Presented in partnership with Lakeshore Arts and Toronto Cultural Services
When: Thursday, March 4th, 2010 – 6 pm
Students from: Father John Redmond CSS and Lakeshore CI
Mentors: Julie Tepperman, Emily Pohl-Weary, Kerri Sakamoto, Isaac Thomas, Melissa Dean
Where: The Assembly Hall – 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive (SE corner of Kipling Ave and Lake Shore Blvd W)

Young Writers from the Danforth-Crescent Town Edge
Presented in partnership with S Walter Stewart Branch
When: Friday, March 5th, 2010 – 6 pm
Students from: East York CI and Danforth CI
Mentors: Emily Pohl Weary, Catherine Graham, Diana Tso, Lauren Kirshner and Nicholas Keung
Where: S Walter Stewart Branch Library – 170 Memorial Park Avenue (Danforth and Coxwell)

Young Writers from the Jamestown Edge
Presented in partnership with Albion District Branch
When: Saturday, March 6th, 2010 – 6 pm
Students from: North Albion CI, Kipling CI, Thistletown CI, and Monsignor Percy Johnson CHS
Mentors: Andrea Thompson, Andrew Mitrovica, Philip Adams and Greg Beettam
Where: Albion District Branch Library – 1515 Albion Road (Albion and Kipling)

Young Writers from the Malvern Edge
Presented in partnership with Malvern Branch
When: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 – 6 pm
Students from: Lester B Pearson CI and Blessed Mother Teresa CSS
Mentors: Julie Tepperman, Ibi Kaslik and Tory Woollcott
Where: Malvern Branch Library – 30 Sewells Road (Neilson and Sheppard Ave E)

Diaspora Dialogues is supported by Maytree, Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, TO Live With Culture, and the Vital Toronto Fund through the Toronto Community Foundation.

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New Book – Working on My Sleep

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 25, 2010 at 7:40 PM

Donna Kakonge Writes Working on My Sleep – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Working On My Sleep

People from around the world share their stories about their fathers through email interviews. Written by Donna Kakonge. You can buy it at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Get a Free Book When You Buy a Book

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 25, 2010 at 4:28 PM

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Working On My Sleep

 

Get a free book when you buy a book. Contact me at dkakonge@sympatico.ca for the special code.

Music Africa

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Writing (all kinds) on February 25, 2010 at 6:01 AM

Music Africa Comes to Town – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Music Africa - Februrary 13, 2010

MUSIC AFRICA thanks the generous fans who at the first three weeks of Black History Month concerts donated $350 towards HAITI RELIEF. The collection will continue on the final concert weekend.

Music Africa’s Black History Month Concerts: Week 4

MUSIC AFRICA concludes its series of shows to mark Black History Month with two concerts on the final weekend of February. On Friday, February 26 with an FREE concert in the Gladstone Hotel, featuring Cameroonian star Fojeba; and on Sunday, February 28 with a ticketed concert tribute to a founder of Toronto’s African music scene, Tarig Abubakar & the AfroNubians.

February 26th – FOJEBA Fojeba’s music is rooted in the folk and traditional sounds of Central Africa, but is strongly influenced by modern pop. Born in Cameroon, Fojeba has in the past 12 months emerged as a force on the local African music scene. His 2009 CD A La Queue Leu Leu received rave reviews and was frequently played on CBC and campus radio. In concert, the delicious melodies of Fojeba’s songs, together with his velvety voice and captivating rhythms, lift our spirits and move us to dance. A real treat. 7 p.m., Melody Bar

http://www.myspace.com/fojeba Presented by Music Africa and Gladstone World

February 28th – A TRIBUTE to TARIG ABUBAKAR & the AFRO-NUBIANS

To close Black History Month, Music Africa presents a concert Tribute to Tarig Abubakar & the AfroNubians. Leading the tribute will be the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, and producer Waleed Abdulhamid, along with vocalist Ruth Mathiang, both born in Sudan. Waleed is the founder of the African jazz band Waleed Kush and the hip-hop band Kings of Kush. Ruth is one of the rising stars of the local African music scene, with two CDs to her name and has performed in many local and international events. In addition, from the far end of the continent, Jabulani from South Africa will bring its joyous, Zulu-influenced township jive to the stage. Also scheduled to perform is Haba, and there’s sure to be a guest artist or two.

At the Evangadi Nightclub, 1220 Danforth Avenue (just east of Greenwood). $10, tickets at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

Tarig Abubakar is one of the spiritual fathers of the local African music scene, anybody who spent time with him was touched by his generous humanity. Born in Sudan, he came to Canada as a refugee in the early 1980s, and within a few years was the leader of the AfroNubians. The band featured members from all over Africa. They became Canada’s most popular African band, touring the country 4 times and releasing 3 CDs. They had just completed their first video when, in 1998, Tarig was killed in a car accident in Khartoum, where he had been visiting his mother.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

Special thanks to the Western Union for their support of Music Africa’s Black History Month activities

For more information call 416-469-5336, reply to this e-mail or check www.musicafrica.org

Paralympics

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 24, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Sarina Adamo Writes about the Paralympics – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - Februrary 24, 2010

OLYMPICS VS. PARALYMPICS
Sarina Adamo

En retard. French. Adj. To be late or behind schedule.

Canada est en retard.

It is safe to say that North America is also en retard.

Technologically speaking we are fairly quick with posting news online. However, we are not the greatest at keeping up with the Paralympics despite them being posted and streamed live online.

NBC’s Olympics website registered 4.8 million viewers for the Vancouver Winter Games opening ceremonies. Historically, their ratings have been well into the millions. This is simply online statistics.

The Paralympics ratings in the past have only been counted for certain countries, with numbers in the thousands. Other countries don’t receive the television feed and the numbers aren’t making up for the loss online.

Is it just my opinion or are we behind schedule in equal rights for the Paralympic athletes?

The Paralympics aren’t as well advertised, well organized, or as well respected as the Olympics.

Should we not be honoring the athletes that, despite their physical imperfections, still participate in athletics with ease? Basketball is quite difficult without being in a wheelchair. Skiing and biathlons are just as physically grueling with sight, never mind without it.

I’m awaiting the viewer results for the Paralympics 2010 but feeling tells me we’ll be en retard with releasing those too.

Sources:

http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2010/02/13/vancouver-2010-opening-ceremonies-average-34-5-million-viewers/

http://en.beijing2008.cn/paralympic/paralympichistory/pastgames/n214071239.shtml

Physical Perfection?

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Sarah Moore Writes About Physical Perfection – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Moore - Februrary 24, 2010

Online Story 2
Sarah Moore

It seems today like the American dream has changed from the pursuit of happiness and wealth to the pursuit of physical perfection.

The desire for flawlessness in every aspect of one’s physical appearance has had devastating consequences on the self-esteem of young actresses today.

Feeling the need to be perfect and beautiful, according to impossible Hollywood standards is nothing new. However, in the past, it was generally the aging starlets wanting to preserve their youth that perused plastic surgery, not the younger stars, some of which have not even fully developed yet.

According to a study published on College Candy’s online magazine, “the number of cosmetic surgical procedures performed on youths 18 or younger more than tripled over a 10-year period, to 205,119 in 2007 from 59,890 in 1997.”

This is a disturbing trend, to say the least. What may be more disturbing is the encouragement some of these girls are given to do these surgeries.

Heidi Montag, star of reality television show The Hills, recently underwent 10 plastic surgeries in one day, to which her mother responded with praise and support.

Montag’s mother also reportedly wants to have her daughter give her the gift of plastic surgery for mother’s day, according to ABC news.

The future is plastic, and pretty soon, all natural bodies may be in the minority.

Sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/heidi-montag-mom-knew-extensive-plastic-surgery/story?id=9667003

http://collegecandy.com/2009/01/15/teen-plastic-surgery-on-the-rise-why/

Avoiding Car Theft

In Beauty, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 24, 2010 at 9:09 AM

Sarah Demille Writes about Avoiding Car Theft – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - Februrary 24, 2010

Sarah DeMille
02/16/2010
Online Piece

Car owners in the GTA are being encouraged to properly lock up their cars and remove GPS units, mounting equipment, and place other valuable assets out of view when they leave their cars. This is in the wake of a warning police issued stating that there has been a “significant increase,” a spike of 30 to 50 percent over the last year across the city, in the theft of the global positioning system units from owners’ vehicles.

Even more disturbingly, police are warning that these devices are being used by the thief in order to locate the victim’s place of address for further raids.

Thieves are reportedly obtaining house keys and garage door openers from glove compartments and other accessible areas within the vehicle to gain access to the victim’s residence.

“Everyone has the responsibility to ensure the safeguard of their personal property,” Const. Tony Vella told the Toronto Star.

Police are encouraging those who own GPS units to program their “home” destination to a familiar intersection or nearby business rather than their exact home address so that, in the event, their unit is compromised, their house is not made easily accessible to thieves.

USA Basketball

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Ryan Jhagroo Writes About NBA Basketball – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ryan Jhagroo - February 23, 2010

New Jersey Owner May Net Colangelos
By: Ryan Jhagroo

Recent rumours have New Jersey Nets Mikhail Prokorhov looking for a new general manager. Current Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo may be in the eye of the Russian billionaire.

The Raptors have a team option on Bryan Colangelo for next season, which hasn’t been picked up yet.

His father Jerry Colangelo may be coming out of retirement to assume a front office role with the Nets. He’s been the director of USA Basketball since 2005.

Legendary names like Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Louisville’s Rick Pitino have been mentioned for the Nets head coach position, but both have knocked down rumours.

At 4-48, the New Jersey Nets are on pace to post the worst regular season record in league history.
Prokhorov bought 80 percent of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets earlier in the season.

Sources:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Jerry-Colangelo-coming-out-of-retirement-for-Net?urn=nba,219693

http://www.canadianbusiness.com/markets/market_news/article.jsp?content=D9DSHM1O0

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/standings;_ylt=Ar_Vc7t7YIgzaDHH2LmCsOeLvLYF

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ap-nets-krzyzewski&prov=ap&type=lgns

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/rumors/post/Raptors-GM-Colangelo-headed-to-New-Jersey-?urn=nba,218699

Harry Potter

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Megan Harris Writes about Harry Potter – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - February 23, 2010

Megan Harris
February 16, 2010
Online Piece 3

In summer 2010, the world fans have only been able to imagine so far is about to be real. This world is the land of Harry Potter. Since 2007, plans have been in the works for a Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Though an opening date has not been set, it is rumoured that it will be late this spring. A popular Harry Potter fan site, Mugglenet, recently reported that the park has to open by June 30, 2010, according to 2007 between Universal Studios and Warner Brothers.

Once the park does open, it promises a thrilling experience for fans. A commercial for the park was officially released during the Superbowl on Feb. 7, in which Harry Potter movie actor Daniel Radcliffe invited visitors to “follow him” through the world. The park will include various attractions taken straight from the Harry Potter series, including a model Hogwarts castle for fans to visit.

JK Rowling, Harry Potter author, is fully on board with the theme park plans and is looking forward to it just as much as fans, according to Mugglenet.

“The plans I’ve seen look incredibly exciting, and I don’t think fans of the books or films will be disappointed,” said Rowling.

Source:

http://www.mugglenet.com/wizardingworld.shtml

Facebook

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 10:51 PM

Kirsten Parucha Writes about the Change of Facebook – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kirsten Parucha - February 23, 2010

Online Story – Kirsten Parucha
16 February 2010

Facebook has once again gone under another makeover. And once again, the makeover is absolutely unnecessary.

As of early February, those who logged onto their Facebook accounts would have noticed a subtle change on their homepage, and would also be left questioning, “For what reason?”

The new Facebook layout only pertains to the homepage, which is the first page Facebook users are automatically directed to when first logging on.

Before the makeover, notifications were located at the bottom-right corner of the page. Now they are located in the top-left corner of the page, along with additional notifications of new messages and group invitations. Besides the relocation of these attributes, not much has changed with Facebook.

However, over the course of the past few months, Facebook has made other changes that don’t pertain to their layout. They have made changes to their privacy and security settings, adding more privacy and security options for optimal safety for Facebook users.

Although it’s common for Facebook to change and re-arrange their applications and layout structure on their website, avid users are always temporarily baffled about the changes and left in wonderment.
It’s not uncommon to see status updates such as, “Just as soon as I got used to the old Facebook, they go and change everything again” right after a Facebook makeover.

The reasons for these constant and most likely unnecessary changes: To keep it interesting? To keep it updated and relevant? To lure more Facebook users?

Whatever the reason may be, Facebook users will never figure it out because another change will be made before a conclusive answer is made.

ReBoot Winners

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Winners Have Been Announced for the ReBoot Project – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Reboot - Februrary 23, 2010

February 22nd, 2010

Dear DOC Members,

The ReBoot winning project has been chosen! DOC would like to congratulate The Guinea Pig Detectives pitched by the Montreal-based team of Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson.

Although it was a difficult decision, the jury felt that The Guinea Pig Detectives had the most cross-platform potential and could succeed both as a traditional documentary and as a non-linear documentary experience online.
The winning project will receive further mentorship for a three month period by EyeSteelFilm, as well as a group of industry professionals specializing in various aspects of new media production.

We want to thank Rob Spence, Mandy Leith, Patricia Bergeron and Magnus Isacsson for sharing their projects and all of the presenters and participants of ReBoot for making it such a successful week!
________________________________________________________________________________________________
Le 22 février 2010

Chers membres,

Le projet gagnant de ReBoot a été choisi! DOC félicite l’équipe montréalaise composée de Patricia Bergeron et de Magnus Isacsson qui ont présentés The Guinea Pig Detectives.

Malgré la décision difficile qu’ils ont eu à faire, les membres du jury estiment que le projet présente un grand potentiel multimédia et pourrait être un succès tant sur le plan du documentaire traditionnel qu’en tant qu’expérience non-linéaire. Le projet se mérite trois mois de mentorat additionnel sous l’expertise de l’équipe de la maison EyeSteelFilm, ainsi que d’un appui additionnel fourni par un groupe de professionnels du milieu de la production numérique.

Nous tenons à remercier Rob Spence, Mandy Leith, Patricia Bergeron et Magnus Isacsson d’avoir partagé leur projet et nous remercions également tous les présentateurs et les participants qui ont fait de ReBoot un succès tout au long de la semaine.

ReBoot is made possible through support from the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund / ReBoot a été rendu possible grâce à l’appui

Emboursement:
OMDC Bell New Media Fund

Euthanasia

In Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about Euthanasia – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kimberlee Nancekivell - February 23, 2010

Online Story #3
EUTHANASIA
Kimberlee Nancekivell

Euthanasia may be legal in Quebec hospitals in the near future if the Canadian government responds to pressure from the public.

Gaétan Barrette, president of the Federation of Quebec medical specialists, spoke at a national assembly committee hearing Monday in Quebec City. He called for both provincial and federal governments to establish a policy outlining when it is legal for doctors to facilitate a patient’s death.

Barrette and Yves Lamontagne, from the Quebec College of Physicians, were quick to distinguish between euthanasia and assisted suicide. Lamontagne defined euthanasia as ending the life of someone who is going to die, whereas assisted suicide would be ending the life of someone whose death is not a certainty.

In a poll published Tuesday by Angus Reid Public, 85 percent of Canadians were in favour of legalizing euthanasia. Quebec and British Columbia were the provinces with the highest support.

In the same poll, two-thirds of Canadians also said they didn’t think legalizing euthanasia would give the impression that the lives of the dying were worth less than those of the healthy.

Barrette says that euthanasia is already occurring in Quebec hospitals, regardless of the law, and boundaries need to be set. He recommends treating euthanasia similar to abortion, where undergoing the procedure is the choice of the patient and doctors have the right to choose not to do it.

Sources:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Doctors+back+right/2568891/story.html

<a href=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/strong-support-for-euthanasia-poll/article1469352/
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<a href=”http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/strong-support-for-euthanasia-poll/article1469352/”>http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/strong-support-for-euthanasia-poll/article1469352/
<a href=”http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/02/15/que-euthanasia-hearings-begin.html”>http://www.cbc.ca/health/story/2010/02/15/que-euthanasia-hearings-begin.html
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20100215/euthanasia_100215/20100215

Basketball

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 6:59 AM

Josh Ungar Writes about a Slam Dunk Contest – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - February 16, 2010

By Josh Ungar

The once fabled NBA slam dunk contest has taken a turn for the worst. Gone are the dynamic dunkers and high-flying superstars. No longer do the huge name players seem motivated to enter the slam-dunk contest; what happened to the Michael Jordan’s, Vince Carter’s and Dr. J’s.

This year’s slam dunk contest did not feature the usual cast of superstars, there was LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Kobe Bryant? Instead, this year’s contest featured a group of less well-known players performing mediocre dunks.

Usually, the dunk contest has the crowd buzzing and makes the highlight reels for weeks to come – this year’s contest will be lucky to make the highlights of the night. None of the dunks were original, creative or featured supreme feats of athleticism.

Charles Barkley, one of the celebrity announcers for the dunk contest was so upset with the product of the contest that he called for some changes to be made.

“We are seeing nothing this year – I’ve seen some D-League players dunk better than this, this is really disappointing.”

Some observers say there is simply nothing left to do, that every dunk has already been done in every way. Last year’s dunk contest showed that this wasn’t true – with a little creativity and some props, Dwight Howard and Nate Robinson had a showdown for the ages.

Hopefully, after such a disappointing showing this year, the NBA will make some changes or the real superstars of the league will decide to show up and give the fans a real show come next all-star break.

Hockey

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Josef Jacobson Writes about Hockey History – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josef Jacobson - February 23, 2010

Online Story – History Moment
Josef Jacobson

In 1979 the World Hockey Association lost its seven-year battle with the National Hockey League. The WHA could not beat them, so they were forced to join them. In its last year, only seven teams remained in the WHA.

These were the New England Whalers, the Winnipeg Jets, the Edmonton Oilers, the Quebec Nordiques, the Indianapolis Racers, the Cincinnati Stingers and the Birmingham Bulls.
The NHL would only accept four teams to join the league and consequently paid the Bulls, Racers and the Stingers to fold. The 1979-1980 NHL season was the first year to include the four expansion teams. The Boston Bruins paid the Whalers to change their name from “New England” to “Hartford.” This expansion brought the NHL team total to 21 teams. This total stood until the 1990s when the NHL frantically brought the total up to 30 teams by the year 2000.

It is the time the NHL downsized to 1980 levels. There are too many teams, and in this economy, they cannot survive. The NHL currently owns the Phoenix Coyotes, proof that teams can no longer survive in unnatural and experimental markets.

For more information, check out http://www.whahockey.com/

New Book – The Adventures of a Canvas

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 22, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Donna Kakonge Writes The Adventures of a Canvas – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

The Adventures of a Canvas

Donna Kakonge has written a new book called The Adventures of a Canvas. This is her 36th book and you can buy this book and others at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. The Adventures of a Canvas is a story around the signatures that bring life to the blank canvas bought at an art store in Toronto.

Debt Study

In Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 22, 2010 at 8:05 AM

Fiona Persaud - February 22, 2010

Online story
Fiona Persaud
debt-Canadian-study

A recent study has determined that the average Canadian family has a household debt of $96,000 in 2009.

This is the highest debt-to-income ratio, 145 percent, ever recorded by the annual study.

The study also found that there was an increase in late debt payments.

The study was conducted by Vanier Institute of the Family. It found that their number of mortgage payments that were at least 90 days late was up by 50 per cent compared to the previous year.

There has also been a 40 percent increase in the number of credit card holders who are at least three months behind their payments.

The Bank of Canada indicated last July that the recession was basically over although it is not clear exactly when it ended. The recovery, however, is expected to be slow and unemployment rates will be higher than before the downturn.

“No one should conclude that recession worries are over in the homes across Canada,” the Vanier report said.

The study was released Tuesday before the Finance Minister, Jim Flaherty, announced plans to make it harder for Canadians to take out mortgages. Concerns have arisen about too many Canadians taking on more debt than they can actually handle.

“For far too many, there is too little income, too much spending, too little saving and too much debt,” the report said.

Barbie

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 22, 2010 at 8:01 AM

Caitlin Stojanovski - February 22, 2010

CAITLIN STOJANOVSKI
ONLINE STORY 3
16 February 2010

Is there anything she can’t do?

Since 1959, this girl has ventured out into the world, dated, had 124 careers, children, been married, and divorced.

Mattel has just revealed Barbie’s newest incarnation: computer engineer.

Sporting a hot pink laptop, glasses, and Bluetooth, Barbie seems ready to glam up the male-dominated industry.

The more technical subjects have a higher male enrollment rate, but the ratio is evening out.
Engineers in the field are voicing their concern for Barbie’s appearance, saying that her trademark long locks would prove impractical.

“You [would] spend half the time pulling it back from your face,” said Louise Collis, a quality assurance lead engineer.

That is not to say that computer engineering is not meant to be trendy.

Mattel claims that this new Barbie “can help inspire a new generation of girls to hone in on their computer skills and become a part of this growing profession”.

There are voices of disbelief, but some people are getting behind the idea.

“You can still be trendy and work in a geeky environment,” says Collis, who describes herself as a Barbie-esque 5’10” blonde.

Whether Mattel’s beliefs will be confirmed or not, Barbie is still the number one best selling toy. This model should be no exception.

Sources
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8517097.stm

King Tutankhamun

In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 22, 2010 at 7:55 AM

Billy Courtice Writes about King Tut\’s Health – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Billy Courtice - February 22, 2010

By Billy Courtice

King Tutankhamun, arguably the most famous of all the pharaohs, died a young man—he was less than 20-years-old. Over 3,000 years later, scientists have determined a cause of death.

A two-year DNA study on the mummy has determined that Tutankhamun died of malaria and other complications from a broken leg. The study is to be published in an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Along with King Tut, 16 other mummies went through testing.

His malaria infection was not his only detriment in Tutankhamun’s final days—the young man also had a cleft palate, like his father, and a club foot, like his grandfather. Kohler’s disease was slowly weakening the bones in his left foot. The DNA discovery of Tutankhamun’s malaria parasite is the oldest such find.

Until 2005, a hole in the young king’s skull had caused speculation that he was a victim of assassination. A CAT scan ruled that theory out, determining that the hole was caused postmortem, during mummification.

Billy: This is an extremely interesting story, however, you must include your sources. Please also note the minor changes I have made.

Kenya in Turmoil

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 21, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Amanda Kwan Writes about Erupting Turmoil in Kenya – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Amanda Kwan - February 14, 2010

Online Story
Amanda Kwan

Kenya once deemed the most stable country in Africa, is in danger of becoming a failed state, according to lobbying group Transparency International.

Kenya’s coalition government is embroiled in a power struggle after PM Raila Odinga suspended two cabinet members connected to corruption scandals.

President Mwai Kibaki reversed the decision, arguing Odinga did not have the authority to suspend the officials.

Transparency International says the political battle shows that Kenya’s government is more concerned about who has power than combating corruption.

The United States is now urging Kibaki and Odinga to resolve the dispute and continue the fight against corruption.

Odinga had asked UN chief Kofi Anan to help end the argument.

Anan mediated the 2008 power-sharing deal that was implemented after a disputed presidential election that led to weeks of ethnic violence.

Sources:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8517338.stm
http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/africa/US-Calls-on-Kibaki-Odinga-To-Resolve-Dispute-84472742.html

Guantanomo Prison

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on February 21, 2010 at 8:52 PM

Alina Smirnova Writes about Guantanomo Prison – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - February 21, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

Spain will take five Guantanamo inmates.

Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s foreign minister, announced on Feb. 15 that the country will accept five prisoners from Guantanamo.

The transfers are a part of U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to close the prison. His initial goal was to shut it down by Jan. 22, 2010. But despite 40 inmates being transferred during his first year in office, almost 200 still remain in the prison.

Previously, Maratinos said that Spain would take only two prisoners – a Yemeni and a Palestinian, BBC reports. Now they are willing to take three more. Their names or nationalities have not yet been released.

Other countries that have accepted prisoners include Hungary, France, Italy, and Portugal. None have taken as many as five.

Obama says he still wants to close the prison this year, but has not specified a set date, BBC reports.

Source:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8516313.stm
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/02/201021515278672731.html

Chillies for Good Health

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Restaurant Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on February 21, 2010 at 6:15 AM

Alice Hoang Writes About Healthy Chilli Peppers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - Februray 21, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online story 3

What better way to warm up your winter than adding some heat to your meals?

While there are many myths about food, like chicken soup being good for the soul, studies show hot chili peppers can help fight against cancer.

Capsaicin was tested on cultures of human lung cancer cells and on pancreatic cancers. Scientists have proven that capsaicin, which produces the burning sensation when we eat chilies, can kill cancer cells, as it’s a natural antioxidant, able to defend against disease-causing toxins.

Countries, where diets are traditionally high in capsaicin, have significantly lower cancer death rates for men and women than in countries where little spicy food is consumed, according to the World Health Organization.

“As these compounds attack the very heart of the tumour cells, we believe that we have in effect discovered a fundamental ‘Achilles heel’ for all cancers,” said Dr. Timothy Bates, a lead researcher.

Chilies are also high in nutrients and vitamins including calcium, vitamins A and C, while they can reduce cardiovascular disease risk, help prevent diabetes, and boost metabolism. Adding some spice to your meals can protect the stomach lining and prevent gastric damage.

While chilies have several health benefits, Dr. Susan Biali, a Vancouver general practitioner, said they also make her diet more interesting.

“Chilies add wonderful flavour and kick to foods, and have very few calories,” said Biali.

“Chili is a guilt-free way to make food more flavourful, interesting and exciting.”

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Sources:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/healthy-eating/why-spicy-food-is-good-for-you

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6244715.stm

http://www.naturalnews.com/025223.html

Love and relations, visiting monks in march, upcoming events‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on February 20, 2010 at 8:28 PM

UrbanEdge Yoga Offers a Lot More Than Just Yoga – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Urban Edge Yoga - February 20 2010

Dear Friends,

Join us on February 28th (Sun) for the ‘Golden Moon Mantra Jam-Krishna fest’, an afternoon of celebration, musical meditation, a presentation on ‘love and relations’ and a grand vegan feast. Check the event details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/512/krishna-fest-golden-moon-mantra-jam.

March brings with two exclusive events with special Monks visiting UrbanEdgeYoga :

** March 6th (Sat): ‘Snow Dream Walk’ with Bhaktimarga Swami, the Walking Monk on Join us for a walking meditation and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/513/snow-dream-walk-with-the-walking-monk

** March 14th (Sun): Happiness Hunt-bring back that smile with Vaisesika Dasa, who comes all the way from San Jose to share with us a lifetime of spiritual experiences. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/710/happiness-hunt-bring-back-that-smile/

Events for the week of Feb 22nd:

* Mon 22nd, Kirtan Konnection – Begin your week humming to meditative tunes, soothing mantras, and hymns of love. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/490/kirtan-konnection-5/

* Tue 23rd, Tuesday Transformation – yoga stretches and relaxing chants: Join us for an evening of yoga asana practice, mantra meditation, and spiritual discussion. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/492/tuesday-transformation-yoga-stretches-and-calming-chants/

* Wed 24th, Stress Management Series: Nature walks, music, parties, and caffeine though serving as a band-aid solution don’t really ‘fix’ the chronically repetitive pattern in which stress strikes. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/496/stress-management-series-from-stress-to-strength/

* Thu 25th, Vegan Cooking Classes: Freshly baked bread and yummy desserts are quite a combination. General perception may be that vegan food is just a bunch of veggies thrown together. Check details http://urbanedgeyoga.com/500/vegan-cooking-classes-breads-and-desserts/

* Fri 26th, Friday Fun @ 5 PM: We offer a unique opportunity to explore the inner world of calm and tranquility through an amazing Ashtanga yoga workshop to end your week. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/504/asthanga-yoga-feel-the-power/

* Fri 26th, Sustainability Series @ 6.30 PM: Drawing upon the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, this in-depth and illuminating look at ecology will surely leave you with a refreshingly compassionate view of our world and our role in it. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/509/sustainability-series-a-sacred-vision-leads-to-a-sacred-world/

Check February’s calendar at www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com.

Delicious vegan dinner will be awaiting you at all of our events!

Quote of the week: There are various senses, of which the ear is the most effective. This sense works even when a man is deep asleep. One can protect himself from the hands of an enemy while awake, but while asleep one is protected by the ear only. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami).

Find out more about books by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami and get your own copy from http://urbanedgeyoga.com/spiritual-books/.

Regards,
Mangalaarti

Adam Giambrone, TTC Sex Scandal, Soduku

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 19, 2010 at 5:29 AM

Sarah Demille Writes about the challenges of Adam Giambrone in the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - February 19, 2010

By Sarah Demille

Adam Giambrone received yet another blow to his chance at securing a position as the next Toronto mayor. On the heels of the heat he has been receiving for TTC shortfalls experienced within the city, the mayoral candidate admitted on Monday to an “inappropriate relationship with a young woman.”

This information was divulged following his questioning by the Toronto Star on the subject of his relationship with university student Kristen Lucas.

Lucas, now 20, claimed to have begun seeing Giambrone when she was 19 and said the relationship continued for over a year.

Lucas alleges that she has been involved with the Ward 18 councillour since late 2008, and has, on several occasions, had sexual relations with him during late night hours on a couch in his City Hall office.

The Toronto Star reported that Giambrone apologized to his family, friends, and his live-in partner Sarah McQuarrie, calling the situation “a serious lapse in judgment.”

In a statement he made to the Toronto Star on Monday, Giambrone said that his relationship with the young woman was never continued behind closed doors and consisted only of text messages and meetings in public places.

The mayoral contender further stated that his relationship with Lucas was on the outs for several months and said “realizing the mistake this relationship was I tried to end it some months ago and finally broke off all contact.”

Sarah Moore Writes about the TTC Sex Scandal – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Moore - February 19, 2010


By Sarah Moore

Online Story Two:

Revenge is a dish best served hot off the presses

They say revenge is sweet. If that is true, then revenge in the form of publicly smearing the political campaign of the man who wronged you is even sweeter.

When it hits the papers that a politician has had a sordid, sexual affair with a younger woman, a scandal is born, and usually, a political career is ruined.

This may now be the case for Adam Giambrone, chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and Toronto mayoral hopeful, as the juicy details of a behind the scenes romance with university student Kristen Lucas graced the front page of the Toronto Star this morning.

The paper divulged all the gory details of the affair, including text messages and emails that Lucas says were sent to her from the councillor.

Giambrone left Lucas for someone “political”, and Lucas decided not to take the rejection sitting down. She opted instead to tell her tale to the most intentionally loose-lipped source she could think of, the newspaper.

Giambrone, despite questioning some of Lucas’s allegations, publicly apologized to anyone that may have been hurt by the affair, which he says was “inappropriate”.

Apparently, politicians with “dirty little secrets” hiding in their closet have yet to heed Shakespeare’s warning, for this scandal proves once more that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Sarina Adamo Writes about the Numbers Game Soduku – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - February 19, 2010

Sarina Adamo
Playing the Numbers Game

`You are either completely addicted or flip right by it in a newspaper. Sudoku is the puzzle craze that has recently swept the globe yet there is more to the numbers game than meets the eye.

Created in 1979 by 74-year-old American architect Howard Garns and originally titled “Number Place” the puzzle first appeared in Dell Magazine. The game proceeded to Japan in 1984 where the title of it was altered to Sudoku; “Su” meaning number and “Doku” meaning single; since each grid contains one of every single digit (1 to 9).

Wayne Gould, a retired judge that lived in Japan created computer software to generate Sudoku puzzles. He then proposed publishing them in the London Times at the end of 2004. By 2005 the puzzles appeared in many more newspapers. Now, there are thousands of books, calendars, and websites dedicated to the game.

A genuine Sudoku puzzle must have 17 starting numbers to work with. Any less and it would be impossible to solve. The amount of possible starting grids is impossible to determine but some mathematicians have reasoned there are approximately over five billion.

A common misconception is that Sudoku involves math but it is simply based on logic. The frequent use of logic helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as it keeps the brain alert and open to new challenges.

So until the world conquers all five billion possibilities, Sudoku will be here to stay.

Sources:

http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/The_Science_Behind_SudoKu.pdf
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/12/20/the-sudoku-craze-the-origins-interesting-facts-rules-for-play–amp-a-few-sudoku-games.htm

Get in the Mood for Painting

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on February 18, 2010 at 4:08 PM

There are so many choices in paint colour, purple may be your preference – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Gail Bergman and Indira - February 18, 2010

CIL Paints launches new website featuring unique tool
to help consumers choose colours based on mood

Concord, Ontario – February 16, 2010 – Having trouble selecting the right paint colour for your room? Then, get in the mood.

That’s the advice of leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints, which says that choosing a mood for a room is the easiest way to start the colour selection process.

“Studies show that even once in the store, many consumers still don’t know what paint colour to buy, yet almost everyone can describe what kind of feeling they would like to create in their room,” says Jennifer Jones, Marketing Communications Manager of CIL Paints. To this end, CIL has launched a new website (www.cil.ca), featuring a unique tool to help consumers choose colours based on mood.

The website offers a “mood test,” which walks visitors through a series of images and asks them to click on their favourite ones. The test results reveal a person’s décor taste and users are directed to a colour palette to help them create their desired ambience. Visitors can put together their own swatch of colours that are guaranteed to co-ordinate, or opt to have the site’s Colour Coordinator recommend personalized colour schemes in real-time.

“The whole idea of the mood test is to make the paint selection process simpler,” Jones said, who emphasizes that most people cite choosing a wall colour as the hardest part of a paint project. “From the comfort of home, with a few clicks of a mouse, we’re helping people turn a feeling into a fabulous look,” she added, explaining that test user feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Using a Colour Palette in a New Way Can Get You Started – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

Gail Bergman and Indira - February 18, 2010

Jones suggests these stylish colour combinations, depending on the mood you’re looking to create:

Clean and playful: Mix sunny yellows with warm grays, or light corals with crisp neutrals, to deliver a fresh yet invigorating feeling to your room.

Soft and elegant: If you’re looking for sophisticated elegance, colours such as aqua green mixed with mocha or dusty rose combined with light gray, work well in creating a calm and peaceful yet classic environment.

Mellow and comforting: Combinations of warm shades such as gold, wine, slate brown and teal help make a room feel both inviting and relaxing at the same time.

Deep and Luxurious: To bring a vibrant, lavish feel to a room, introduce a mix of plush, jewel-like colours – whether applied on all walls, or simply on one wall and highlighted with accessories. Think jade green, ruby red, deep purple and chocolate brown.

Each of these mood categories is reflected in CIL’s four colour collections, which highlight hundreds of possible colour choices. To make the selection process even simpler, the colours in each of CIL’s collections contain different symbols that are easily mixed and matched with colours containing the same symbols in the other collections.

“No matter what mood you choose for your rooms, CIL wants to ensure that consumers are in a good mood when undertaking a paint project,” Jones said. “Enhancing the décor in your home should be a positive experience, so CIL has done everything possible to make the process as easy as possible.”

For more information or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit www.cil.ca or call 1-800-387-3767.

TTC, Coffee Addiction and Baseball

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2010 at 7:36 AM

Nadia Persaud Writes About the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Nadia Persaud - February 17, 2010

Nadia Persaud
Online #2
Adam Giambrone: sorry for getting caught?

Last Tuesday, Adam Giambrone, Toronto mayoral candidate, entered a new club filled with the likes of Bill Clinton and Eliot Spitzer.

The club was a self-admitted ‘inappropriate relationship with a young woman’ and the admission was a then 19-year-old, Kirsten Lucas.

In a Toronto Star article, today, Lucas said she and Giambrone, 32, were involved in a year-long intimate relationship. It climaxed with late-night sex on a couch in his City Hall office.
But when Giambrone made his public bid Feb. 1, for the mayor’s chair it was another woman standing with him on the stage, Sarah McQuarrie.

A woman, Giambrone publically called his “longtime live-in partner,” but who told Lucas was really just there for “political” reasons.

Lucas said she was devastated when she first found out about McQuarrie, but on Jan. 2, agreed to keep seeing him provided he tells McQuarrie about their relationship.

Giambrone‘s campaign gave the Star an email where she threatened to reveal the affair to McQuarrie.
Giambrone much like Spitzer, who was born into a political family, started an early life in the public eye at the age of 22 as the President of the federal NDP party.

He should have known by default that information would leak and the people involved would tell.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/torontomayoralrace/article/762532–adam-giambrone-says-sorry-for-relationship-with-young-woman?bn=1

Patrycja Klucznik Writes about Coffee Addiction – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Patrycja Klucznik - February 17, 2010

Caffeine addiction
Patrycja Klucznik
Feb. 9, 2010

It’s 11:09 a.m. on a Tuesday morning and 20-year-old Fiona Persaud has not yet had a cup of coffee.

“It’s killing me,” Persaud says.

For Persaud, who goes through at least two to three cups a day, it really is a big deal.

The effect of caffeine addiction can be seen at the college or university level, as students experience higher levels of stress and schedules become increasingly full.

One 8 oz cup of brewed coffee contains roughly 135 mg of caffeine, which is nearly the same amount found in energy drinks that are designed to keep the mind and body alert.

A manual published by the American Psychiatric Association called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders claims to have studied the effects of caffeine withdrawal, which proves the addictive nature of caffeine. Withdrawal symptoms include headaches, decreased energy, decreased attentiveness and a feeling of depression or moodiness. The withdrawal period can range from two to nine days, which makes it easy to see why people would continuously drink coffee

With one hour left of her class, Persaud is lazily sitting in front of her computer screen, undoubtedly thinking of one thing.

“I really need a strong cup of it [coffee] right now,” Persaud said.

Hopefully the infamously long Tim Hortons line will be kind to her.

Source: http://www.medicinenet.com/caffeine/page2.htm

Ryan Jhagroo Writes about Baseball – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ryan Jhagroo - February 17, 2010

Pitching Tigers, Mariners, and Marlins sign contract extensions
By: Ryan Jhagroo

Justin Verlander is the latest staff ace to sign a contract extension, agreeing on a five-year $80 million dollar deal with the Detroit Tigers.

Along with Verlander, 23-year-old Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners and 26-year-old Josh Johnson of the Florida Marlins extended their contracts within the past month.

Hernandez agreed to a five-year contract reportedly worth $78 million.

Johnson agreed to a four-year deal worth $39 million US.

Under their previous deals, Verlander, Johnson, and Hernandez were scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2011 season.

The 27-year-old Verlander has been a Detroit Tiger since they selected him in the first round, second overall in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft.

Both Hernandez and Johnson have been with their current clubs since they broke into the majors.

Last season, all three pitchers posted career-high marks for wins in a season.

In 2009, Hernandez finished second in American League Cy Young Award voting with Verlander finishing third.

All three are expected to pitch the 2010 season openers for their teams.

Sources:

http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/story/12535921/-cy-young-award-voting-results
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/baseball/story/2010/01/19/sp-mariners-hernandez.html
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7590/career;_ylt=AvGzTdbCkf6Sq_G00qCaM.mFCLcF
http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news?slug=ap-tigers-verlander&prov=ap&type=lgns
http://www.torontosun.com/sports/othersports/2010/01/15/12474501-sun.html
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/mlb/players/7669

TTC, Student President Ousted for Smoking, Spice Girls

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kimberlee Nancekivell - February 16, 2010

Kimberlee Nancekivell
Online Story 2

A news conference is being held at the Sheraton Centre on Tuesday morning to address the conflict between TTC workers, administration, and riders.

A group called “Toronto Transit Operators against public harassment” appeared on Facebook last week, collecting more than 500 members in a few days. The purpose of the group was to provide an outlet for workers to discuss how to deal with the recent accusations that they were not doing their jobs as well as they could.

These accusations followed the publication of photos and videos captured by riders showing TTC workers asleep, or taking breaks when they should have been working.

Among the solutions discussed by TTC workers in the group were a work-to-rule campaign, which hasn’t materialized, and retaliation via photography, with workers posting photos of riders breaking TTC rules.

Word of the possible work-to-rule campaign made it to already angry riders who joined the Facebook group and gave their two cents. Riders posted so many complaints about the TTC that the group had to be closed to new members.

Bob Kinnear, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, will be speaking to the media at the conference Tuesday morning. Though he hasn’t confirmed anything, Kinnear is expected to address the memo from administration to workers that he says puts all the blame on the workers.

Kirsten Parucha Writes about a President Ousted for Smoking inside – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kirsten Parucha - February 16, 2010

Online Story 2 – Kirsten Parucha

Zuhair Syed has officially been removed as president of the Student Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (UTSC).

After a three-day voting process (which took place from Feb. 3-5), 554 UTSC students voted yes to have Syed removed and 477 UTSC students voted no.

Syed’s removal was officially announced Friday night on the SCSU website.

The vote to have Syed removed as president was provoked in late December of 2009 when the Chairman of SCSU issued a tier 3 motion for his removal. His request was based on allegations that Syed was not attending mandatory meetings, was occasionally late for mandatory meetings and that he had been smoking and drinking in his office.

These allegations sparked much tension between SCSU members and students and provoked petitions and Facebook groups to have Syed removed.

After the tier 3 motion was placed, Syed’s presidential duties were taken away from him and were given to VP External, Amir Bashir in early January.

Now that Syed is no longer president, it’s up to the Board on whether they want to keep Bashir as acting president or if the role will be handed to another official.

Megan Harris Writes about the Spice Girls – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - February 16, 2010

Spice Girls: The Musical
-Megan Harris

At the end of May 1998, fans everywhere mourned the end of an era. Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls, and it seemed like it was the end for the popular British pop group. Then in 2007, the band reunited for a reunion tour, culminating on February 26 2008. Once the hype had died down, the world settled back to normal, and many thought the Spice Girls were gone for good this time.

But were they? After months of rumours, it was officially announced at the end of January this year that a Spice Girls musical, Viva Forever, is coming to the West End in London.

The contents of the show will be fictional but will include many of the band’s hit songs. It is being created by Simon Fuller, former manager of the Spice Girls, and Mamma Mia! producer Judy Craymer.

“I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavour and joyful message,” Craymer told CBC news. “It is important to me that the excitement, style, and humour of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage.”

Although there is currently no timetable set for the show, it is expected to launch in two or three years, according to London’s Mirror newspaper. Judging by the huge fan base the Spice Girls still have, and the prior achievements of the group, things are looking up for the success of the musical.

Sources:
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/theatre/story/2010/01/21/spice-girls.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/01/25/mel-b-reveals-details-about-the-spice-girls-musical-viva-forever-115875-21993846/

TTC, Late Night Battles, NBA Trades

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Fiona Persaud Writes About the TTC Work-to-Rule – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Fiona Persaud - February 16, 2010

Fiona Persaud
TTC rumors of a work-to-rule

The TTC workers union will be speaking today about the recent work-to-rule rumours sprung by the private Facebook group “Toronto Transit workers against public harassment”.

The TTC has been under scrutiny over the past few weeks after posts on YouTube of employees sleeping at the ticket counter or stopping a bus to take an unscheduled coffee break.

A statement has been issued by Chief General Manager Gary Webster urging employees to treat their riders better.

“We are in the customer service business, but some of the behaviour our customers have encountered recently would suggest otherwise. Our customers pay a fare and the City provides hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the TTC. This public transit agency belongs to the very people we serve,” Webster said.

The memo is speculated to have caused members of the group to call for a work-to-rule which has yet to be confirmed.

According to Bill Reno, media spokesperson for the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113, “there’s going to be a press conference and the union won’t make comment until then.”

Reno would not comment on whether or not a work-to-rule has been called for by the Facebook group that describes themselves as “a group where Operator’s can give suggestions on how to fight back to the recent photo and video harassment from passengers just looking to make trouble for us. And post photos of your own of passengers breaking the rules.”

Josef Jacobson Writes about the Late Night Battles of Talk Show Hosts – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

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Online Story

From the beginning of time, humans have asked the question: “Who is greater? David Letterman or Jay Leno?”

The answer has not always been clear.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has been recognizing excellence in television since 1949. David Letterman has won seven Emmys, while Leno only has one.

In terms of longevity, Letterman has stood the late-night talk show test of time. In 1980, NBC granted Letterman his first program, the David Letterman Show. Since then he has hosted Late Night with David Letterman on NBC and the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. He has been on television for the past 30 years. That’s nearly half his life.

Leno, on the other hand, took over from Johnny Carson as host of the Tonight Show in 1993. Leno only lasted 16 years, as NBC decided to oust Leno and install the hipper, younger Conan O’Brien as the host in 2009. However, that experiment did not last long and Leno will once again host the Tonight Show after the Vancouver Olympics. In total, Leno has only been on television for the past 17 years.

In 1995, David Letterman was chosen to host the 66th annual Academy Awards. After two years of competition, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences concluded that Letterman would do a better job than Leno. Although Letterman was never invited back to the host, Leno was never granted the opportunity.

In the end, the answer to the Letterman/Leno question comes down to one’s opinion. When reviewing the men’s accomplishments, however, it is clear that Letterman has done more, and has more to offer than his nocturnal opponent.

Source:
www.emmys.org

Josh Ungar Writes about the Trades in the NBA – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - February 16, 2010

Josh Ungar

Once slated to fill the (overly big) shoes of Shaquille O’Neal, Andrew Bynum, a 7’0 centre for the Los Angeles Lakers has only begun to fill his potential.

Playing under the wing of Kobe Bryant, Bynum has had the luxury of taking his time to develop properly while still winning. As the NBA trade deadline approaches, Bynum may soon find himself attempting to step into some new shoes and a new role.

Trade rumours have been swirling for some weeks now. The most notable being one that involves Bynum being traded to the Toronto Raptors for arguably the best power forward in the league, Chris Bosh.

Bosh is eligible to become a free-agent this summer and has already said that he desires the chance to play for a winning team. Rather than allowing Bosh to walk away as a free-agent and getting nothing in return, the Raptors would be wise to trade him while his value is at an all-time high.

While Bosh is certainly the better player at this time, Bynum’s awesome physical characteristics still have scouts drooling over his potential to develop into a dominant centre.

Bynum would almost certainly be a better fit for the Raptors, who have lacked a bona fide shot-blocker and interior scorer since the days of Antonio Davis. Bynum would also free-up the perimeter for Raptors’ big man Andrea Bargnani, who is more of a perimetre threat than anything else.

While it will certainly be difficult to give up a dynamic player like Bosh, the Raps still have to keep the future in mind, and most NBA-insiders believe Bosh may not be part of that future.

Valentine’s Day, The Olympic Games and Climate Scandals

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Angela Rotundo - February 15, 2010

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Angela Rotundo

Online Story
Valentine’s Day: Love Letters come with Love Receipts

Other than a couple’s wedding day, Valentine’s Day is widely known as the most romantic day of the year. It is the one day full of romantic activities, heartfelt gestures, and endless bouquets of flowers and chocolate. Simply put, the look of love is everywhere. But what does it cost to show someone how much you love them?

The cost of Valentine’s Day continues to escalate rapidly every year, thus dramatically transforming February 14th into one of the most commercial holidays celebrated. Yet, retail consumer experts are predicting that this year will see a decrease in the amount of spending for Valentine’s Day nationwide.

According to the National Retail Federation’s 2010 Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, “This year, couples plan to spend an average of $63.34 on gifts for their significant other or spouse, down nearly 6 percent from $67.22 last year”.

Tracy Mullin, NRF’s president, and CEO is not bothered by the dip in Valentine’s Day sales. Instead, she keeps an open mind saying, “While some may view Valentine’s Day as cliché, many people still look forward to giving significant others, friends, family and even pets something special”.

While we all know that true love is unconditional and also free – or at least it should be – the NRF predicts total holiday spending will reach $14.1 billion.

Perhaps 2010 will bring a new trend for Valentine’s Day – couples may opt to spend less on the display of love, but rather spend more time on love itself.

For more, check out:
http://blogs.reuters.com/shop-talk/2010/02/01/check-out-line-predicting-valentines-day-spending/

Caitlin Stojanovski Writes About the Olympics – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Caitlin Stojanovski - February 15, 2010

CAITLIN STOJANOVSKI
VANCOUVER OLYMPICS
9 February 2010

With the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, most people are sick of the media frenzy. For an international event that is happening in our own country, this apathy seems to be wide-spread.

VisionCritical, a research firm, cites that 18 percent of Canadians is “not too interested” in the Olympics, with another 17 percent “not interested at all”. These numbers are high considering the Games’ budget is an estimated $1.76 billion CDN, according to MoneyEnergy.

So what causes this apathy towards the Games? Is it because the original spirit has been altered from showcasing the athletic ability to becoming a showcase of paid sponsors?

This cannot be the case as the goal of 11 sponsors was not met. The Games, at one point, according to The Globe and Mail, the Olympics nearly required $22-million CDN from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The support was, therefore, lacking from a funding side as well.

Are the Games an out-dated international event? Or are there other factors at work behind the scenes?

Anti-Olympic groups have been vocal with their resistance, saying that the grounds are Indigenous lands that are being developed on without proper treaties. This controversial issue has long been debated by Canadian Indigenous groups and will make its appearance at the 2010 Games.

The opening ceremonies started at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 12 with coverage on many major news networks.

SOURCES
http://www.visioncritical.com/2010/01/canadians-foresee-olympic-benefits-british-columbians-still-skeptical/
http://www.getmoneyenergy.com/2010/01/2010-winter-olympic-games-vancouver-good-for-canadian-dollar-canadian-economy/
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/vanoc-wont-need-ioc-cash-rogge-says/article1460895/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheGlobeAndMail-National+%28The+Globe+and+Mail+-+National+News%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

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Emily Hunter - February 15, 2010

Climate war erupts with new scandals
By Emily Hunter
Feburary 9, 2010

The climate war is erupting to a new level this week.

In the battle over climate change’s existence, skeptics and scientists are pitted against each other in one last attempt to win a long-standing debate. Whoever claims victory will surely have profound effects on an international climate treaty and American legislation in development. But as it looks now, one side is gaining ground – the skeptics.

The entire legitimacy over climate science has come under question in recent weeks with scrutiny over reckless science and financial conflict of interest. Rajendra Pachauri, the chair of the Intergovernal Panel on Climate Change, has been accused of profiting from his position in advising businesses. While recent errors have surfaced in the 2007 report by the IPCC – including questions over the rate of glacial melting in the Himalayans and rise in severe storms .

“These people want to distort the picture for their own ends ,” Pachauri said in an interview with the Globe & Mail.

Distortion or not, concerns over climate are falling in America. Fewer than 50 per cent of adults in the United States say they are worried, that’s a 13 per cent drop since October 2008, according to a January poll by the Yale Project on Climate Change.

Some say this is because of one of the most aggressive lobbying efforts in history by the fossil fuel industry has been a success. Gaining new ground in their debate since the ‘climate-gate’ scandal back in November, a series of leaked emails by climate scientist that the critics argue show a scam at work.

But others say this new found skepticism in climate science is a long-overdue:
“Climate scientists are clearly accustomed to deference. Theirs is a community coddled by global elites, extensively funded by governments, celebrated by Hollywood and honored with international prizes,” said Michael Gerson, a columnist for the Washington Post.

Whatever side of the war you’re on; there is a sense by both parties that the climate war is just getting started.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/science/earth/09climate.html

Black History Month Great Events

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Northern Lights Black History Month Event

Zinzi De Silva - February 15, 2010

Comfort Foods, Millionaires and the Olympic Games

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Alice Hoang - February 14, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online story 2

Indulging in comfort foods is a vicious cycle of craving, satisfaction, and more craving.
Gregory Smith, of the psychology department at the University of Kentucky, said that the act of eating becomes something we do to achieve a desired emotional effect.

“If most often eating alleviates my negative mood state, then over time, that cognitive memory will become the salient, predominant one,” said Gregory Smith, of the psychology department at the University of Kentucky.

Trying too hard not to eat a certain food, only further pushes us to think about it, while feeling deprived increases the reward value of food. We try to fill that void, as desire turns into need, and we eventually give in to that piece of cream cake.

This only makes us feel worse, and turns into a bad habit of losing control, as we begin to associate “good feelings” with sweets, and resort to comfort foods to deal with our “bad feelings.”
While people who are busy and under constant stress tend to eat high-energy foods to get through the day, it isn’t the best solution in the long run.

Instead, chronic stress should be handled with healthier alternatives. Norman Pecoraro, the University of California at San Francisco professor of physiology, said that relaxation techniques reduce the psychological drives on stress output, which can be the root causes of stress.

Exercise, yoga, meditation, sex, and baths all stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that stimulate pleasure.

Sources:
http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/healthy-eating/why-its-hard-to-say-no-to-comfort-food
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030911072109.htm

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Alina Smirnova - February 14, 2010

Austrian millionaire renounces his money
by Alina Smirnova

After realizing that money was a source of misery for him, millionaire businessman Karl Rabeder, 47, decided to give it all up.

According to The Daily Telegraph, he says he wants to have nothing left, saying that money doesn’t let happiness come to him.

Rabeder is in the process of selling all his material possessions, including a luxury villa and a collection of six gliders, with the intent of giving all the money to charity. Instead, he says he wants to live in a simple dwelling, such as a wooden hut in the mountains.

Rabeder said he began feeling guilty on gliding trips to Africa and South America.

“I increasingly got the sensation that there is a connection between our wealth and their poverty,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

And although he said he has been having doubts about his wealth for a while, a luxurious trip to Hawaii with his wife was what pushed him to act. He said he felt shocked at how disingenuous the experience was.

“… in all that time, we had the feeling we hadn’t met a single real person – that we were all just actors,” he told The Daily Telegraph. ”The staff played the role of being friendly and the guests played the role of being important and nobody was real.”

Rabeder added that although he feels this is the right thing for him to do, he does not judge others who would rather hang onto their possessions.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/austria/7190750/Millionaire-gives-away-fortune-which-made-him-miserable.html

Amanda Kwan Writes About Protests at the Olympics – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Olympic censorship
Amanda Kwan

As athletes from around the world came to Vancouver on Friday, critics of the Olympics are being blocked from entering Canada.

Martin Macias, a Chicago journalist and member of No Games Chicago, was detained at Vancouver International Airport when he arrived Saturday, because he was planning to cover the anti-Olympic protests in the city.

Macias told the Vancouver Media Co-Op he was interrogated by authorities, who kept questioning him about his motives and the anti-Olympic conference organized by the Olympic Resistance Network.
“They asked me why I was there, and I tried to establish that I was there as a radio journalist to talk to some people from the conference, residents of Vancouver who are outspoken about the Games or against the Games,” he said.

Macias is not the first critic to be stopped at the border and questioned about the Olympics. Last November, Democracy Now host Amy Goodman was held by Canadian border guards while on her way to speak at the Vancouver Public library.

There have been two more cases where American activists were denied entry, according to the Olympic Resistance Network.

Sources:
www.vancouver.mediacoop.ca/

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Music Africa Events

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Music Africa - February 25, 2010

Please Note: A collection will be taken up for HAITI RELIEF at all MUSIC AFRICA’s Black History Month concerts

Music Africa’s Black History Month Concerts: Week 4

MUSIC AFRICA concludes its series of shows to mark Black History Month with two concerts on the final weekend of February. On Friday, February 26 with an FREE concert in the Gladstone Hotel, featuring Cameroonian star Fojeba; and on Sunday, February 28 with a ticketed concert tribute to a founder of Toronto’s African music scene, Tarig Abubakar & the AfroNubians.

February 26th – FOJEBA Fojeba’s music is rooted in the folk and traditional sounds of Central Africa, but is strongly influenced by modern pop. Born in Cameroon, Fojeba has in the past 12 months emerged as a force on the local African music scene. His 2009 CD A La Queue Leu Leu received rave reviews and was frequently played on CBC and campus radio. In concert, the delicious melodies of Fojeba’s songs, together with his velvety voice and captivating rhythms, lift our spirits and move us to dance. A real treat. 7 p.m., Melody Bar

http://www.myspace.com/fojeba Presented by Music Africa and Gladstone World

February 28th – A TRIBUTE to TARIG ABUBAKAR & the AFRO-NUBIANS

To close Black History Month, Music Africa presents a concert Tribute to Tarig Abubakar & the AfroNubians. Leading the tribute will be the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, and producer Waleed Abdulhamid, along with vocalist Ruth Mathiang, both born in Sudan. Waleed is the founder of the African jazz band Waleed Kush and the hip-hop band Kings of Kush. Ruth is one of the rising stars of the local African music scene, with two CDs to her name and has performed in many local and international events. In addition, from the far end of the continent, Jabulani from South Africa will bring its joyous, Zulu-influenced township jive to the stage. Also scheduled to perform is Haba, and there’s sure to be a guest artist or two.

At the Evangadi Nightclub, 1220 Danforth Avenue (just east of Greenwood). $10, tickets at the door. Doors open at 7 pm.

Tarig Abubakar is one of the spiritual fathers of the local African music scene, anybody who spent time with him was touched by his generous humanity. Born in Sudan, he came to Canada as a refugee in the early 1980s, and within a few years was the leader of the AfroNubians. The band featured members from all over Africa. They became Canada’s most popular African band, touring the country 4 times and releasing 3 CDs. They had just completed their first video when, in 1998, Tarig was killed in a car accident in Khartoum, where he had been visiting his mother.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

Special thanks to the Western Union for their support of Music Africa’s Black History Month activities

For more information call 416-469-5336, reply to this e-mail or check http://www.musicafrica.org

Aboriginal Snowboarders

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Snowboarders - February 12, 2010

2010 Olympic Snowboarder Caroline Calve, Six Nations Lacrosse team defender Sid Smith, Four Host First Nations CEO Tewanee Joseph, Nike General Manager for N7 Sam McCracken and N7 Creative Director Wilson Smith announced the expansion of the N7 Program to Aboriginal communities in Canada today. (CNW Group/Nike Canada Ltd.).

Christine’s Health and Fitness

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We are the World - February 20, 2010

By Christine

Hello Everybody!

I like a good massage ( I like it deep )
maybe more than anyone.

But the reality is I haven’t had one since I
was in Las Vegas a few years ago.

Who has time to go, without putting off
doing something else?

Then there is the cost, about $80 for one
massage a month. And I don’t think one
a month is nearly enough.

Luckily we have the thermal hydro massage
bed right here for your use after your workout,
you don’t have to go anyplace else.

As for cost, for $49, half the price of one massage
a month, you can have as many as you want!

If you currently don’t have hydromassage as
part of your stress and relaxation program,
get started now and I’ll give you the first month free.

If you do have hydro massage, I’ll give you one
month free for every person you bring in to try it,
they don’t even have to be a member, you know
how good it is!

So get some relaxation and stress relief.
Take me up on this offer now, I can’t take too
much more, otherwise it will turn out like Goodlife
and Xtreme, where you have to take a number and
wait for 1/2 hour just to get on a treadmill!

Best of health,
Christine.

New tool helps doctors and physician assistants provide better patient care

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Physician Assistants - Februrary 10, 2010

OTTAWA, Feb. 10 /CNW Telbec/ – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA), in partnership with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) today launched the “Physician Assistant Toolkit”, designed to enhance awareness and answer physician questions surrounding the role of physician assistants (PAs).

“CMA is excited about PAs and the benefit they promise for patients in their complementary medical role,” said CMA president Dr. Anne Doig. “The toolkit will advance physicians’ understanding of PAs and is a resource to consult as they integrate PAs into their practice.”

The 28-page toolkit presents PA funding and employment models, as well as liability, regulation, education and certification information. It also features frequently-asked-questions and testimonials about the benefits of physician assistants in the medical workplace.

“The toolkit is the result of a combined team effort dedicated to improving collaborative care, patient and provider satisfaction, and to minimizing patient wait times,” added Ian W. Jones, National President, CAPA. “It is an important guide for physicians on how to build successful relationships with PAs for better patient care.”

The CMA, in collaboration with CAPA, maintains a national accreditation process for physician assistant educational programs, to prepare physician assistant practitioners to provide safe and effective medical care, thereby extending physician services and improving patient access to quality care.

For more information on the role of physician assistants, click on http://www.cma.ca/index.cfm/ci_id/86599/la_id/1.htm.

Black History Month Events

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We are the World - February 20, 2010

By Robert Payne

On February 16th, the Black Creek Community (which includes Jane/Finch) is unveiling its rather ambitious “economic renewal” program.

They have been working at it for several months and many of the movers ‘n’ shakers will be there.

“The location of the launch will be at the York Woods Library, 1785 Finch
West.

“In addition to the formal presentation in the theatre we have booked the
rotunda foyer on the main level where we will be having all kinds of
displays from organizations supporting small business development as well as
some local entrepreneurs displaying their services/goods. This kind of open
house format would be starting around 5:30 and be there for after the
presentation up until around 8:30. Currently, we have the Learning Enrichment
Foundation, Enterprize Toronto, Alterna, a Black Creek Youth Entrepreneurial
project, and most likely the Toronto Business Development Centre signed up
for this.” (from an email).

JO-203 – Lesson Five – Week Five

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 9, 2010 at 11:16 PM

JO-203 – lesson five – week five – Winter 2010 – profile.pieces.pitches

Hello UTSC-Centennial Journalism Students. Here are the notes that will help you with this morning’s magazine journalism class.

Cheers,
Donna

Black History Month Event

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Toronto Bathurst Lions Movie Night presentation – February 9, 2010

By Robert Payne

On the 18th of February, the Toronto Bathurst Lions Club (of which Robert Payne is a member) is presenting “movie night” featuring the documentary “Prom Night in Mississippi” as a Black History Month presentation. (see attached file) Paul Saltzman, the producer/director of this award-winning documentary will participate in a Q & A at the conclusion. I thought this might fit with some of the journalistic endeavors you’re involved in. Because the theatre is small (180 seats) even we Lions have to purchase a ticket (all of them go for $15).

Golden Moon Mantra Jam, Snow Dream Walk and Events this week‏

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Valentine Day Specials - February 14, 2010

***Centre will remain closed for long weekend from Feb 13th to 15th***

Dear Friends,

On February 28th (Sunday) is our next Krishna Fest and our team is gearing up to present to you the ‘Golden Moon Mantra Jam’ – an afternoon of celebration, meditation, discussion, and feasting. Check the event details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/512/krishna-fest-golden-moon-mantra-jam

We also invite you to join us for a unique ‘Snow Dream Walk’ experience with Bhaktimarga Swami, the Walking Monk on March 6th (Sat). Join us for a walking meditation and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/513/snow-dream-walk-with-the-walking-monk/ .

Events for the week of Feb 8th:

* Mon, Kirtan Konnection: This will be an evening of musical chanting led by our kirtan team and accompanied by ancient musical instruments from the east. A great opportunity to experience and learn ancient mantra meditation techniques. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/489/kirtan-konnection/

* Tue, Tuesday Transformation – yoga stretches and relaxing chants: Join us for an evening of yoga asana practice, mantra meditation, and spiritual discussion. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/494/tuesday-transformation-yoga-stretches-and-calming-chants-3/

* Wed, Stress Management Series: Nature walks, music, parties, and caffeine though serving as a band-aid solution don’t really ‘FIX’ the chronically repetitive pattern in which stress strikes. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/498/stress-management-series-from-stress-to-strength-3/

* Thu, Vegan Cooking Classes: Freshly baked bread and yummy desserts are quite a combination. General perception may be that vegan food is just a bunch of veggies thrown together. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/502/vegan-cooking-classes-breads-and-desserts-3/

* Fri, Friday Fun @ 5 PM: We offer a unique opportunity to explore the inner world of calm and tranquility through an amazing Astanga yoga workshop to end your week. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/506/asthanga-yoga-feel-the-power-3/

* Fri, Sustainability Series @ 6.30 PM: Drawing upon the ancient wisdom of the Vedas, this in-depth and illuminating look at ecology will surely leave you with a refreshingly compassionate view of our world and our role in it. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/511/sustainability-series-the-most-crucial-ingredient-of-the-eco-system/

Check February’s calendar at http://www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com

Delicious vegan dinner will be awaiting you at all of our events!

Don’t forget the discounted pass options for you:

* 10-event pass at a 20 percent discounted price of $45 (i.e. 2 free events and vegan dinner for all 10 events)

* Monthly pass at a 25 percent discounted price of $90 (i.e. unlimited events all month including vegan meals)

Quote of the week: When the embodied being is able to transcend these three modes associated with the material body, he can become free from birth, death, old age and they’re distresses and can enjoy nectar even in this life. (Bhagavad Gita As It Is).

Find more about the Bhagavad-Gita and get your own copy from http://urbanedgeyoga.com/spiritual-books/

Regards,

Mangalaarti

Cat Sitter and Dog Walker

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Cats and Dogs - February 7, 2010

Hello Everybody,

Over the last 10 years, many members have asked me to refer them to a hairdresser, doctor, lawyer and most recently a Pet Sitter.

One of my members just moved back to Toronto from New York and if you are an animal lover like myself

you will appreciate having a responsible person taking care of your cat or dog if you have to go away.

Jill Harrington loves animals and has always shared her life with pets.She recently worked for an upstate sanctuary

in New York City and is now available for Cat sitting, Dog walking, Personal or Household Assistance.

She has excellent references, flexible availability and rates to suit your needs! Referrals are your best source for a reference!

So I will leave you with Jill’s contact information jillwalksdogs@ymail.com

Upcoming CRTC Decisions

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CRTC Decisions - February 6, 2010

Upcoming CRTC Decisions and Regulatory policies

The CRTC plans to issue the following and decisions and regulatory
policies in the coming week. This list may not be complete and is subject
to change without notice.

Week: 8 to 12 February 2010

Broadcasting decisions:

Applications by FreeHD Canada Inc. for broadcasting licences to operate a
national direct-to-home (DTH) satellite distribution undertaking
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-632.htm#6 and a national
satellite relay distribution undertaking (SRDU)
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-632.htm#7

Application by RNC Media Inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-405.htm#a1 to amend the
broadcasting licence for the commercial radio station CHOI-FM Québec in
order to operate the station in a specialized FM format

Application by TVA Group Inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-659.htm to amend the
broadcasting licence for the Category 1 specialty television station Le
Canal Nouvelles in order to replace its current conditions of licence

Applications by Télé Inter Rives ltée,
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-757.htm#1 CKRT-TV
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-757.htm#2 ltée and Télévision
MBS inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-757.htm#3 to amend
the broadcasting licences for the television stations CIMT TV, CKRT-TV and
CFTF-TV Rivière du Loup, in order to exempt the stations from the
requirement to submit complete computerized program logs or records to the
Commission

Application by CHAU TV Communications ltée
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-757.htm#4 to amend the
broadcasting licence for the television station CHAU TV Carleton sur Mer,
in order to exempt CHAU TV from the requirement to submit complete
computerized program logs or records to the Commission

Application by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-782.htm to amend the
broadcasting licence for the radio station CBAM-FM Moncton in order to
operate a transmitter at Sackville to rebroadcast the programming of its
national English-language network service Radio One

Decisions relating to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the non-appearing phase of the 29 October 2009 public
hearing:

• Glassbox Television Inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-461.htm#10
Application No. 2009-0777-7

• Sogetel inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-461.htm#18
Application No. 2009-0966-6

• 5777152 Manitoba Ltd.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-461.htm#23
Application No. 2008-1541-7

• Riding Mountain Broadcasting Ltd.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-461.htm#24
Application No. 2009-0254-5

Regulatory policy

Revised licensing framework for over-the-air digital television services
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-615.htm

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Telecom Decision:

Télébec, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of business local exchange services – File number:
8640-T78-200916166
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8640/t78_200916166.htm

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