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Health Benefits of Maple Syrup

In Writing (all kinds) on March 31, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Sarah Demille Writes about Maple Syrup – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - March 31, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story

The maple syrup used on your morning pancakes or waffles may be extra sugary and chock full of calories, but the real stuff could actually have benefits beyond just indulging your morning sweet tooth.

Navindra Seeram, an assistant pharmacy professor at the University of Rhode Island specializing in medicinal plant research, has discovered that in 20 litres of Quebec maple syrup there was a cocktail made up of 20 antioxidants. It included 13 forms of antioxidants that had previously never been found before in maple syrup.
Seeram says that more research will need to be done to determine the true benefits to be gleaned from the sweet stuff, but adds that the compounds found in the syrup have been reported to have antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic properties.

Leon Washington not with the Jets just yet

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2010 at 5:13 AM

Ryan Jhagroo Writes about the NFL – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Ryan Jhagroo - March 30, 2010

Leon Washington not with the Jets just yet
By: Ryan Jhagroo

New York Jets restricted FA Leon Washington did not attend the team’s voluntary workouts on Monday and his future is in doubt with the team.

Washington has yet to sign his $1.759 million tenders with the Jets.

With the emergence of sophomore running back Shonn Greene and the signing of former NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson, Washington would likely be the third-string running back and kick-return specialist, a role he’s had for the majority of his career.

It was expected that Shonn Greene would assume the top running back spot on Jets depth chart, with the departure of Thomas Jones to the Kansas City Chiefs. It is uncertain whether Greene will be the starter.

Washington played just 7 games in 2009, after suffering a fractured fibula in week 7.

Sources:

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/9329

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/5452/news;_ylt=Ak12ph5BCiJGdzgWlEE3rwaqOot4

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/players/7866/news;_ylt=Ak12ph5BCiJGdzgWlEE3rwb.uLYF

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Could-LTs-visit-with-Jets-affect-Washingtons-future.html

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=NFL&id=3739&line=170018&spln=1

Barack Obama and Health Reform

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Patrycja Klucznik Writes about Barack Obama and Health Reform – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Patrycja Klucznik - March 30, 2010

Online Story #7
Patrycja Klucznik
March 23, 2010

Barack Obama’s presidency has been marked by yet another historical venture, as of March 22. The new healthcare reform bill, which is seen as a milestone for American administration, was passed on Sunday and includes lowering the cost of healthcare for small business and families that were previously unable to afford coverage. It proposes to provide health care for over 30 million citizens who are uninsured and avoiding discrimination by insurance companies to Americans previously deemed uninsurable because of existing health problems.

The bill was passed by a 219-212 vote, and been debated on for over a year. The Republican Party, which has been explicitly against the legislation, did not offer a single vote.

Controversy is brewing in at least 10 states, which plan to file a lawsuit claiming that the new bill goes against state sovereignty by forcing the state to provide some kind of healthcare insurance for every citizen.

In the meantime, the mood on Capitol Hill is that of excitement and relief. A CBS poll found that 29 percent of Americans believe that the bill will ameliorate the system. Only time will tell at this point. Regardless, Obama’s administration will be sure to go down in the history books as being the change he had promised.

Sources:

http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2010/03/23/obama-health-care-bill.html

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/obama-to-sign-us-health-care-overhaul-into-law/article1509170/

Earth Hour

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 30, 2010 at 5:02 AM

Megan Harris Writes about Earth Hour – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - March 30, 2010

Megan Harris
Online Piece 7

Canada gears up for third annual Earth Hour

The lights will be going off all over Canada this weekend. Not in a power outage-reminiscent of the August 2003 blackout, but for Earth Hour.

Though this will be the third year Canada is taking part in the program, it is an initiative that began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. It has since grown into a global movement, where people all over the world are asked to turn off their lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. local time.

The initiative is run by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and asks people to show global support for action on climate change.

According to the WWF, landmarks will be dimmed in over 115 countries. Canada has 250 communities signed up, the most for any country. Corporate leaders have also signed on to support the initiative, including Coca-Cola and Sears Canada.

WWF Canada president Gerald Butts told the Canadian Press he hopes people will “use Earth Hour to think about the changes they can make every day to help make a difference.”

Although turning off the lights for only an hour will not make a huge difference in power use in the long run, it encourages people to think about the impact their use of power has on the environment.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/specialsections/earthhour/article/783867–250-canadian-cities-ready-to-dim-lights-for-earth-hour

Suicide Risk in Mothers

In Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on March 29, 2010 at 5:23 AM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about Suicide Risk in Mothers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kimberlee Nancekivell - March 29, 2010

Online Piece #7
SUICIDE RISK
Kimberlee Nancekivell

Kids may drive their mothers crazy sometimes, but it’s possible they actually reduce the risk of suicide.

A Taiwanese study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal Monday showed a connection between the number of children a woman had and how high her risk of suicide was. The higher the number of children, the lower the risk of suicide.

First proposed by sociologist Emile Durkheim over a century ago, the concept is not new. Other researchers have tackled the subject, but Dr. Chun Yuh-Yang’s study is the largest of its kind.

Yuh-Yang studied more than 1.2 million women over the age of 20. He found a 39 percent decrease in suicides in women with two children and a 60 percent decrease in women with three or more children.

He attributes the findings to an increase in self-worth and self-esteem that woman can get when there is a child depending on them. It has also been suggested that mothers often become part of a supportive social network, which is something that is not always available to women without children.

Sources:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Moms+with+broods+less+likely+commit+suicide/2715757/story.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7498063/Having-children-can-raise-a-womans-self-esteem.html

Landlord Problems in Scarborough

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on March 29, 2010 at 5:18 AM

Josh Ungar Writes about Landlord-Tenant Problems – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - March 29, 2010

By Josh Ungar

Five years later, residents at 217 Morningside Ave. are still waiting for city inspectors to return and enforce their complaints. This is not an isolated situation; throughout Scarborough, the number of apartment buildings with multiple unsolved standard-of-living complaints is alarmingly high.

“My expectation is that residents shouldn’t have to put up with this nonsense,” said Coun. Ron Moeser. “People should be able to live in comfort and have their issues addressed as soon as possible.”

According to Moeser, the problem lies in the lack of appropriate legislation and the power of landlords to deny city by-law inspectors entry. The city is then forced to take property owners to court, which can take years and force tenants to be stuck living in impoverished and sometimes dangerous conditions.

“It breaks my heart when we can’t do our job, it’s extremely frustrating,” Moeser said. “By-law officers have to tell property managers that they don’t have to let them in, even after we receive complaints.”

Angelo Swampillai, the property manager at 205 Morningside Ave, says they are doing the best they can with their budget to fix the building. He says they deal with the serious safety complaints first and claims the city doesn’t do much of a job of enforcement.

“City inspectors show up maybe once in a blue-moon,” Swampillai said. “They just give an extension anyway – safety issues are the only thing they really care about.”

Maple Leafs

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on March 29, 2010 at 5:12 AM

Josef Jacobson Writes about the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Team – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josef Jacobson - March 29, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs face off against the Florida Panthers at the Air Canada Centre.

This is an important match for both teams. While the Panthers are fighting to make it into the playoff picture, the Leafs are looking to avoid finishing in last place in the Eastern Conference for the first time in franchise history.

The Leafs have six wins in their last seven games, while the Panthers have just snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday.

Both teams also have many young players who are auditioning for permanent spots on next season’s roster.
The Leafs have another reason to finish as high in the standing as they can. Their first overall draft pick went to the Boston Bruins in the trade for star winger Phil Kessel. This was a controversial deal, as Toronto’s pick could end up being very valuable. Boston has a shot at drafting top prospects Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, and the Maple Leafs want to make sure this does not happen.

So far the Kessel deal looks good for the Leafs since Kessel is leading his team in scoring.
At the moment, it looks like the Leafs have a realistic chance of moving up in the standings.

Source:

www.mapleleafs.com

A Wish After Midnight

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Zetta Elliott is the Author of A Wish Before Midnight – Photo Courtesy of the HappyNappyBookseller.com

 

Zetta Elliott - March 28, 2010

A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT
By Zetta Elliott

“When we contrast the condition of blacks in the 19th century with that of blacks living in the 21st century, we’re inclined to think the difference is like night and day. But speculative fiction reframes the past, creating a kind of literary lens that enables us to look more closely at the shifting definition of freedom. Have we really crossed the finish line? I think a lot of us still have a long way to go…”

Adapted from the interview with Zetta Elliott on Omnivoracious.com

Inspired by the work of Octavia Butler, the African American science fiction writer, as well as her favorite childhood book, The Secret Garden, debut novelist Zetta Elliott takes readers back to Civil War-era Brooklyn – and the draft riots – in her new book, A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT (February 16, 2010; $12.95). Provoking the question “What if?”, Elliott’s characters yearn for what is possible in a tumultuous world.

A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT gives readers a hopeful young heroine, Genna Colon, stuck in the confines of a tough neighborhood in 2001’s inner-city Brooklyn. Frustrated by the drug dealers in her building, her family’s cramped apartment, and her inability to compete with the cute girls at school, Genna finds comfort in her dreams of a better future. Almost every day she escapes to the peaceful haven of the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and tosses coins into the fountain, wishing for a different life, a different home, and a different body. But when Genna flees into the garden late one night after an explosive family fight, her wish goes awry and she finds herself instantly transported back in time to the turbulent months leading up to the notorious New York draft riots. Facing the deadly realities of racism and class structure in Civil War-era Brooklyn, Genna must fight to survive, hold on to her individuality and rise above the hand she has been dealt in two different worlds.

With broad appeal for both teens and adults, A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT is a thought-provoking journey, offering the chance to re-live history and re-examine our present with a fresh perspective.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Zetta Elliott earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University and has lived in Brooklyn for the past 15 years, where she has become a student of its unique history. She is also a poet and playwright, and her picture book, Bird, was the recipient of a 2009 ALA Notable Children’s Book award. Learn more about her at www.zettaelliott.com or watch the book’s trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU54KOI05Fs.

ABOUT AMAZONENCORE:

AmazonEncore is an exciting new publisher that serves an important purpose in the world of contemporary literature, bringing attention to exceptional books that have been overlooked by readers or traditional publishers.

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A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT

By Zetta Elliott

AmazonEncore; Publication Date: February 16, 2010

Paperback; $12.95; 272 Pages

Zetta Elliott, PhD

writer ~ educator

www.zettaelliott.com

www.zettaelliott.wordpress.com

“Zetta Elliott’s time travel novel A Wish After Midnight is a bit of a revelation…It’s vivid, violent and impressive history.” ~ Colleen Mondor, Bookslut. Learn more about A WISH AFTER MIDNIGHT here.

Zetta Elliott’s first picture book, BIRD, has “unusual depth and raw conviction… [the] child-centered narrative excels.” ~ starred review, Kirkus Reviews. Find out more about BIRD at http://www.leeandlow.com/books/176/hc/bird

Discover other titles by Zetta Elliott at www.zettaelliott.wordpress.com/rosetta-press/

Earth Hour

In Beauty, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2010 at 8:22 AM

Caitlin Stojanovski Writes about Earth Hour – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Caitlin Stojanovski - March 28, 2010

CAITLIN STOJANOVSKI
EARTH HOUR
ONLINE STORY

Earth Hour has become an annual symbol of environmental awareness, with more than 800 landmarks going dark on March 27, 2010.

Residents all over the world are urged to turn off their electricity on from 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time.

It began in 2007, with Australia going dark on the last Saturday of March. Now, over 200 ambassadors representing countries around the world have signed on to support this year’s movement.

Last year, Toronto Hydro reported that electricity demand went down 15 percent below the normal demand for that time.

Residents of Toronto and the GTA have extra incentive to participate in the movement. A new campaign, called How Low We Can Go T.O.?, was launched by Toronto Hydro.

Torontonians can register their predictions of how low the electricity demand will be during this year’s Earth Hour.

The contest will be open until 8:30pm on March 27.

Shoeless Joe Fire

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Events, Living, Media Writing, Restaurant Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Brad Featherstone - March 28, 2010

Online Story
Bradley Featherstone

A fire has shut down Shoeless Joe’s restaurant located at Morningside and Lawrence for the next three weeks.

The fire started in the kitchen at 5:30 a.m. on March 19 while no one was inside the building. The fire was contained quickly with minimal damage to the restaurant. The cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, the investigation is ongoing.

A Taco Bell located beside the restaurant also suffered a small amount of damage. It has already re-opened after Toronto Public Health gave them the go ahead.

Shoeless Joe’s left a notice on their door directing hungry customers to another one of their restaurant locations at 20 Milner Business Court.

Immune System in Men

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on March 28, 2010 at 8:09 AM

Billy Courtice Writes about Sick Men – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Billy Courtice - March 28, 2010

Billy Courtice
25 March 2010

MEN-FLU

Do you find yourself tending for each and every one of your man’s needs often, while he lies in bed, claiming to be sicker than a dog?

He may not be lying.

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have conducted a study that suggests that men’s immune systems are not as strong as women’s. The study claims that a large part of this is due to the fact that through evolution, procreation has become a higher priority than immunity in men’s bodies.

Researchers used mathematics to compare the male and female bodies, and concluded that there may be scientific merit to the concept that men exaggerate their flu, and “turn a sniffle into flu and a headache into a migraine,” as Richard Alleyne of The Telegraph writes.

“In many cases, males tend to be more prone to get infected or less able to clear the infection,” Dr. Oliver Restif told Telegraph reporters.

The piece has spurred the beginning of a new chapter in the battle of the sexes. Soon after reporting the study, Telegraph commenters have started a game of “he said- she said.” Read the full Telegraph piece here.

Source:

http://wellness.blogs.time.com/2010/03/24/do-men-get-sicker-than-women/

Sudan

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 27, 2010 at 4:14 PM

Amanda Kwan Writes about Sudan – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Amanda Kwan - March 27, 2010

Online Story 7
Amanda Kwan

Sudan’s president has threatened to expel foreign election monitors after they called for a delay in the vote, scheduled for April.

The suggestion came amid security concerns from election observers and opposition groups.

A report from the US-based Carter Centre said hundreds of thousands of candidates’ names are missing from polling lists.

On Sunday, Human Rights Watch said the government’s suppression of opponents and the media will jeopardize the chances of a credible election.

But Sudan’s election commission said the poll will go ahead as planned.

The vote is Sudan’s first multiparty elections since 1986.

President Omar al-Bashir, wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, is running for re-election.

Sources:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/03/20103237950965487.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8581993.stm

India to Fight with Food

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 27, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Alina Smirnova Writes about Food in India – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - March 27, 2010

India to fight with food.

The Indian army is set to use the world’s hottest chili, bhut jolokia, to make hand grenades to fight terrorism, Associated Press reports.

After conducting tests, the military decided the chilies will make a non-toxic weapon that can be used to immobilize suspects since it has a pungent smell.

Bhut jolokia-based aerosol sprays are also being developed for defensive use by women and crowd control by police, New Delhi director of Defense Research and Development Organization told AP.

With more than 1 million Scoville units, the bhut jolokia has been accepted as the world’s hottest by Guinness World Records three years ago.

Scoville units are used to measure the spiciness of chilies – Classic Tabasco sauce has 2,500 to 5,000 units, and jalapenos from 2,500 to 8,000, AP reports.

Source:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/23/india-chilli-bhut-jolokia-terrorism

Milk

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on March 27, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Alice Hoang Writes about the Good and Bad of Milk – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - March 27, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online piece #7

Is milk good or bad for you?

While some say milk is nutritious, others say it causes health problems.

Milk is unhealthy for people the same way chocolate is deadly for dogs – it depends on the person who consumes milk, as 1 percent of adults are allergic to the dairy product.

Seven million Canadians are lactose intolerant, which means they do not produce an enzyme to break down lactose, the sugar found in milk. As an alternative, they may have rice, soy or goat’s milk.

“Goat’s milk has a slightly different protein structure that, for some people, maybe more easily digestible,” says Desirée Nielsen, a registered dietitian in Delta, B.C.

People may also turn to non-dairy calcium sources, like dark green vegetables, beans, sesame seeds, almonds, and figs.

For others, cow’s milk has health benefits, as milk is very high in calcium, while it contains other vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, and K.

Dr. Dara Maker, a Toronto physician, says Canadian milk is fortified with vitamin D, which is essential for strong bones.

“Vitamin D is required to help you absorb calcium through your intestinal wall, and calcium helps to build up the bones,” Maker said. “If you don’t have a proper balance of those two nutrients, it leads to osteoporosis.”

Low-fat milk can also reduce high blood pressure and protect against colorectal cancer, according to American studies.

Since milk turns semi-solid in the stomach, making you feel full, experts say choosing skim milk can help you maintain a healthy weight.

Sources:

http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/is-milk-bad-for-you

http://veg.ca/content/view/139/110/

Hayden-Harnett Accessories in New York

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 26, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Upcoming events for the week of Mar 22nd‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Religion, Sports, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 26, 2010 at 5:36 AM

UrbanEdge Yoga - March 26 2010

**Centre will be closed on Wednesday, Mar 24th**

Dear Friends,

Join us this Sunday, March 28th for a special Krishna fest celebration at 11 AM. Hear about the ‘Spiritual supermarket’; enjoy mantra meditation and a delicious vegan feast. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/794/krishna-fest-2/

Events for the week of March 22nd:

* Tue 23rd, Forever Young, 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/749/forever-young-yoga-stretches-for-body-and-mind-3/

* Thu 25th, Vegan Cooking Classes – soups and salads: There is an art to cooking these delights and our in-house expert, Shyama, will share these secrets in a structured classroom environment with you. Check details at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/772/vegan-cooking-classes-soups-and-salads-2/

* Fri 26th, Friday Yoga 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/802/asthanga-yoga-%e2%80%93-feel-the-power-3/

* Fri 26th, Power of the mind @ 6.30 PM: Since time immemorial, the mysteries of the mind, its powers and tricks have enchanted philosophers, thinkers, saints and scientists alike. Check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/760/powers-of-the-mind-your-best-friend-or-your-worst-enemy/

Check March’s calendar at www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com

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

*** Quote of the week: Yoga practice means that controlling the mind and the senses. That is yoga practice. Because our mind is very flickering and changing, something accepting immediately, something rejecting immediately, very flickering. Therefore we have to train up the mind, and when the mind is trained up, then automatically your senses will be controlled. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami).

Regards,

Mangal-arti

Hayden-Harnett: Tweet Deal of the week! Get our fab Laura reversible tote for 40% off‏

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 26, 2010 at 5:11 AM

Hayden-Harnett - March 25, 2010

Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour DVD/BluRay Release + More Special Offers!‏

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 25, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Madonna - March 25, 2010

Music

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 25, 2010 at 2:25 PM

My Sweet Dance - March 18, 2010

Turn Off the Lights

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2010 at 10:21 PM

Sarina Adamo Writes about Earth Hour – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - March 25, 2010

Sarina Adamo
ONLINE PIECE #6

I turn off my lights when I leave the room, I shut down my computer when I’m finished with it, I take faster than normal showers and do my laundry during off hours. It’s the little steps I do to make a difference for the environment. I am even an environmental science major but I don’t wear potato sack or preach a vegan lifestyle.

The upcoming Earth Hour I think is a fantastic idea, but how hard would it be for the world to do this once a month rather than once a year? It’s not impossible. It’s an hour of our lives we can spend in a relaxed atmosphere, catching up with friends or family or star-gazing like 70 per cent of Canadians plan on doing. Even if that means to take part at a later time of night, perhaps not a prime time hour but rather 9:30 p.m. it would make a great difference.

The government should put a little more emphasis on other ways to cut our electric usage. People feel that the annual hour is enough to make a difference, it is, but it’s simply a start. With a constant effort, we could all put a little Earth into an hour.

Hayden-Harnett Sale

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Hayden-Harnett - March 19, 2010

Olympic Spirit

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2010 at 7:45 AM

Sarah Moore Writes about Olympic Purchases – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Moore - March 24, 2010

By Sarah Moore

Although the Olympics are over, many Canadian companies are continuing to sell Olympic-related paraphernalia in an attempt to stretch out the Olympic spirit, and keep one hand in the Canadian consumer’s pocket.

Roots, The Bay, and television station CTV are among but three companies that have jumped on the Olympic Memorabilia bandwagon, alongside the Official Vancouver 2010 Store, gas stations, McDonald’s, and much more.

While the concept is understandable as many Canadians would want to own a souvenir or two from Canada’s memorable success at this year’s winter games, the prices for much of the commemorative merchandise available is pricey, to say the least. That is to say, reliving the magic is possible, but it will cost you.

Official Team Canada Jerseys sell on CTV’s Olympic Website for upwards of $600, and 14 WFIE News reports the Winter Olympic Auction, hosted on eBay, has already generated over $200,000. Everything from hockey pucks used in the games to podiums that the athletes have stood on is up for grabs.

It is evident that although the games are over, the corporate world will try to hold on to that Olympic Spirit for as long as it is still profitable.

Sources:

CTV Olympic Store
http://store.ctvolympics.ca/Pages/category.aspx?cat=CTVOlympicsCatalog&category=Hockey%20Canada

14 WFIE News
http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=12092695

Reckless TTC Driving

In Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2010 at 7:38 AM

Sarah Demille Writes about Reckless TTC Drivers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - March 24, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story 6

A TTC driver who had her license suspended Friday will have the suspension lifted at 4 p.m. this afternoon pending an ongoing TTC and police investigation.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was pulled over on Dawes Road near Danforth Avenue Friday afternoon after rider complaints that her driving was erratic. Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Kevin Carrington has said that the driver was suspended for three days without pay.

When given a roadside breathalyzer test, the driver was found not to be over the legal limit, however, it was found that she had consumed enough alcohol to test the range of .05 to .08, justifying a 72-hour license suspension.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, a blood alcohol level concentration over .05 has the potential to decrease a driver’s ability to determine colours, depth, and motion, as well as a decreased ability, perform simple motor functions and create a slower reaction time in incidents.

“The TTC doesn’t condone any form of intoxication from any of our employees. Public intoxication and driving intoxicated is against the law, and we conduct our business as such,” Carrington said.

A’s Sheets plays like a $10 pitcher

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on March 24, 2010 at 7:31 AM

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

Ryan Jhagroo - March 24, 2010

By: Ryan Jhagroo

In his third start this spring, the Oakland Athletics’ Ben Sheets faced 10 Cincinnati Reds batters and surrendered nine earned runs on last Monday, without recording an out.

According to an MLB.com interview, Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki says that Sheets is improving, citing Sheets’ velocity as a positive sign of things to come.

Suzuki says that Sheets is throwing at least six miles per hour faster.

A’s manager Bob Geren says that Sheets pitched well enough in his third game, except for a few mistakes.

He noticed his increased velocity and expects things to turn around for Sheets.

Through his first three starts in an Oakland Athletics uniform, the expected ace of the rotation has allowed 15 earned runs.

This offseason, the Oakland Athletics paid $10 million to sign starting pitcher Ben Sheets and his spring ERA is 31.15.

Sheets missed all of the last seasons after he needed elbow surgery.

Sources:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/03/06/SPC21CBIIT.DTL

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/playerbreakingnews.asp?sport=MLB&id=3164&line=283237&spln=1

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100315&content_id=8797876&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

Buying a Used Car

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2010 at 4:33 AM

Patrycja Klucznik - March 23, 2010

Buying a used car
Patrycja Klucznik
March 16, 2010

Purchasing a vehicle is stressful enough, having to consider the model of the vehicle, the mileage it has on it, and the year it was made. Furthermore, these considerations have to be made on top of considering the price tag. Once you’ve found your dream car, how do you make sure it’s not too good to be true?

People looking to purchase a vehicle from a private dealer now have protection through a bylaw that was enacted by the provincial government on January 1, 2010. The Motor Vehicle Dealers Act was in collaboration with the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council to provide consumer protection from purchasing cars that turn out to be lemons.

Private dealers who are licensed under the Act are required to disclose all information concerning a vehicle to the customer, including additional fees on top of the advertised price. Dealers would also be held under a standard code of ethics across the board.

The new law will eliminate the too-good-to-be-true aspect of purchasing a vehicle, as the history of the car must be provided on paper.

The next time you’re looking for a car, make sure to do your homework, and always read the fine print.

Source:

InsideToronto.com

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news/business/article/404657–new-car-dealer-law-gives-buyers-protection-against-lemons

Bottled Fresh Air Competition

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2010 at 4:28 AM

Megan Harris Writes about Bottled Fresh Air – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Megan Harris - March 23, 2010

Online Story 6
Megan Harris

Move over, bottled water protestors. You have a new competitor.

According to a Reuters Report, a U.K. charity is giving out bottled fresh air. If there’s a problem with bottling and selling the resource of water, then what about bottling the thing we breathe every day?

The charity, the National Trust, which is dedicated to saving natural and historic places in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, isn’t selling the jars, however. They’re giving them out to stressed-out workers in London, England. Workers can even choose between different aromas, from different areas in the U.K.

The charity claims that the air will calm the user because it comes from some of the best beauty spots in the U.K.

“With most of us living in an urban environment and having little time to escape to the great outdoors, we thought it was about time the National Trust shared just a fraction of our copious amounts of fresh air with the nation,” Trust spokesman Andrew McLaughlin told Reuters.

The ideas it that workers will be able to escape to the countryside, without ever leaving the city. The jars are being given out as part of a promotion of free entrance to National Trust attractions this weekend.

Source:

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/mind%20%20mood/stress/article/779730–feeling-stressed-out-try-a-bottle-of-fresh-air

Senior Drivers

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2010 at 4:22 AM

Kimberlee Nancekivell Writes about Senior Drivers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Kimberlee Nancekivell - March 23, 2010

Online Piece #6
SENIOR DRIVERS
Kimberlee Nancekivell

Grandma and grandpa may have to give up their licenses if they live in Canada.

Despite Ontario drivers being obligated to requalify for their license every year after they turn 65, doctors are still worried this may not be enough to ensure the safety of everyone else on the road.

In an editorial published in March’s Canadian Medical Association Journal, Dr. Paul Hebert said that Canadian doctors need a standardized way to assess the driving capabilities of seniors.

As it stands, most provinces require doctors to report any concerns they have about the capability of their patients aged 65 and older behind the wheel to their provincial transport authority, but concerns are all a matter of opinion. While doctors may be able to identify potential risks such as dementia, diabetes, stroke, or vision problems they don’t spend time with patients on the road, and cannot deem them a good or bad driver.

Hebert recommended implementing a “reverse graduated licensing program” in which the privileges of drivers 65 and over are gradually taken away, such as being able to drive at night or on highways. The idea is that the program would ease senior drivers into what Hebert called “driving retirement”.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research is currently recruiting for its own project, Candrive. The institute will track 1,000 drivers aged 70 and over for a span of five years in an effort to find an effective way to identify drivers who should no longer be on the road.

Current statistics show driving capabilities usually begin to deteriorate after age 75.

Source:

http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/canada/Docs+need+standard+method+seniors+driving+skills/2685379/story.html

Television of the Future

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on March 22, 2010 at 2:49 AM

Josh Ungar Writes about the Future of Televisions – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Josh Ungar - March 22, 2010

Online Story #6
Josh Ungar

The Masters Tournament is coming to your television – in 3D. Televisions which broadcast in 3D are a relatively new phenomenon. Although they have been around in a limited manner for some time, they are now on the verge of becoming mainstream.

One of the biggest challenges in getting people to make the jump to 3D is a lack of programming in 3D. Why fork out the extra money if there is absolutely nothing to watch in 3D. This, however, is about to change.

It has been announced that for the first time ever, the Masters Tournament will be broadcasted in 3D on DirecTV, finally giving companies a strong selling point on their 3D sets.

According to Sony CEO Sir Howard String, “the 3D train is on track and we at Sony are ready to drive it home.”

It has also been announced that ESPN plans to release a sports network in June that will feature up to 85 live sports events televised in 3D.

The next big hurdle will be making 3D televisions that don’t require the awkward glasses to work. Some companies have attempted to do so, with limited results. Much of the “out of the TV” effect is lost without the glasses.

As sales in 3D televisions increase and research is directed towards them, we are likely to see improved technology and hopefully, one day is able to watch all our favourite shows in 3D – without looking like we are wearing shades with a cereal box.

Sources:

www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2010/02/02/sony-3d-television.html

www.3dtvscreen.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_television

Toronto Maple Leafs

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on March 22, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Josef Jacobson Writes about a Rising Star in the NHL – Photo Courtesy of Reuters.com

Josef Jacobson - March 22, 2010

Online Story
Josef Jacobson

Tyler Bozak is the future of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey club.

The 23-year-old centre was drafted by the Leafs out of the University of Denver in 2009.

In his rookie year in the NHL, Bozak has collected six goals and 18 points in 24 career games. This puts him on pace for over 60 points in a typical 82-game season.

Bozak has been given the chance to shine this year, as Leafs general manager Brian Burke emptied the team of its mediocre veterans. This gave the younger players and rookies more ice time to prove their worth.

Right now, Bozak is playing well on the team’s top line with Phil Kessel and Nikolai Kulemin. Recently, this line has produced scoring points consistently for the Leafs.

After this season concludes, Burke will have the opportunity this summer to remove the remaining elders from the team and replace them with budding prospects. By surrounding Bozak with a cast of youthful hockey players, he will emerge as a leader.

Perhaps one day Bozak will join the likes of Sittler, Clark, and Sundin in wearing the coveted captain’s “C” on his chest.

Bozak will surely become a Toronto folk hero.

Source:

http://mapleleafs.nhl.com/

Making the Day Meaningful

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Making a Day Meaningful - March 21, 2010

There are certain things I love to do to make the day meaningful. Of course, it always feels good to get my work done, however when there is some down time I like finding creative ways to enjoy leisure time.

Today I wrote in my journal as usual. It is a light blue journal that I bought from The World’s Biggest Bookstore. I have already written quite a bit in it and there are still so many pages to go. I love books like that where they seem never-ending. It almost feels magical, like a Gmail account – more pages fill in as I write. There is a technology idea for anyone looking for one. All I ask for is 50 percent.

Today, I also drew an art deco painting. I realize that all of my art tends to have an art deco influence. I love the colour and flamboyant nature of the art. I love using colours such as red, orange and yellow. Black or dark colours always help to add a foundation or accent the foundation. I truly enjoyed creating my painting. I will be going to a local framer called Elgin to get it framed soon after it dries.

The media of painting I enjoy using are oil sticks. Oil sticks help me to feel as though I am drawing with a crayon. I really enjoy using it and find the painting experience to be fun, and yes…hard work too.

Right now I’m listening to some Ali Farka Touré. I was going to listen to Bobby McFerrin (his newer stuff is terrific). I have started reading the dictionary and have passed through the A’s. The music is in celebration of getting through that. Only 27 more chapters to go.

Thai Protests

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Amanda Kwan Writes about the Protests in Thailand – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Amanda Kwan - March 21, 2010

Amanda Kwan
Online Story 6

Thai protesters spilled blood in front of government headquarters in Bangkok today as part of their campaign demanding for new elections.

The symbolic act was aimed at Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who demonstrators say stole power from former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a 2006 military coup.

Earlier in the morning, thousands of protesters – known as the Red Shirts¬ – lined up in a Bangkok park to donate their blood with the aim of throwing it on government property.

According to UK newspaper The Guardian, police allowed protesters to pour the blood on the gates at government headquarters. The event was broadcast live on national television.

The Red Shirt leaders say the donated blood shows that the public is serious about their fight for democracy.

The prime minister hasn’t been to his office since Friday.

Sources:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/17/world/asia/17thai.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/16/thailand-protesters-blood-government

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/7456729/Thailand-protesters-throw-own-blood-over-government-buildings.html

Movie Pirater Sentencing

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Alina Smirnova Writes about Movie Pirating – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alina Smirnova - March 21, 2010

By Alina Smirnova

Canada may see its first jail sentence for breaching cinematic copyright laws.

On March 16, a Montreal man known as the country’s biggest movie pirate will be sentenced for distributing illegal copies of Hollywood films, CBC reports.

The 27-year-old Geremi Adam pleaded guilty to two counts of disseminating copyrighted materials online.

The exact number of movies Adam recorded in theatres and sold over the Internet is not known, according to CBC, but he had a reputation for cheap but high-quality movie copies under the name “Maven.”

According to authorities, he copied and sold two films in August and September 2006 – Invincible and How to Eat Fried Worms, CBC reports.

Recording movies in theatres became a criminal offence only in 2007, punishable by a fine up to $25,000 and a six-month jail sentence.

The defense lawyer asked for community service on the grounds that Adam is struggling with depression and a troubled childhood, CBC reports. The Crown prosecutor, however, suggested a four-month jail sentence.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2010/03/16/film-pirating-sentencing.html

To eat organic or non-organic?

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on March 21, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Alice Hoang Writes about Organic Food – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Alice Hoang - March 21, 2010

Alice Hoang
Online story #6

To eat organic or non-organic?

The Food Standards Agency has shown that organic foods have no more health benefits than non-organic foods.

Dr Alan Dangour from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Health says that the minor differences between the two types of foods don’t account for any nutritional superiority.

“A small number of differences in nutrient content were found to exist between organically and conventionally produced crops and livestock, but these are unlikely to be of any public health relevance,” Dangour said.

The FSA says these findings haven’t stopped the growth of the market, however, as 8 percent of consumers are regular users of organic food.

The agency also says it’s neither pro nor anti-organic food, while it recognizes the reasons why people choose to eat organic, such as concern for the environment and wildlife, higher animal welfare standards and stricter rules on the use of antibiotic medicines in animals and pesticides on crops.

Doctor Sandra Steingraber says producing organic foods is a way of “growing food that does not use any artificial pesticides or fertilizers, but instead, relies on healthy soil and biological controls to keep weeds, bugs, and diseases away.”

While organic food tends to be more expensive, she says its prices ultimately reflect the full costs of making it, including growing, harvesting, transportation, and storage.

Sources:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/real_food/article6731910.ece

http://www.naturalnews.com/025570_food_organic_food_health.html

Debating

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on March 20, 2010 at 7:07 PM

G.J. McRae - March 20, 2010

By GJ McRae

Thinking of sports, this question is often asked, “Who is better?”

The comparison is made through individual accomplishments as well as championships, but there are great players who never become “champions.” Would they be considered great players because their stats show that they played in the zone and showed off their individual talents, or would they be thought of as selfish and thoughtless of their team’s strategy to win? Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Barry Sanders, Eric Dickinson, and Earl Campbell are among countless individuals who were extraordinary in their positions, holding NFL records but still missing that elusive record a championship. You can measure a person by his accomplishments, goals, and footprints left here on Earth, but we have a tendency to remember the lives of NFL players by reaction rather than by action. Society forgets as soon as there is a breaking news headline or cover story. We support our teams and players when they are winning but despise them if they lose or succumb to the human trait called reality. Yes, this trait called reality has surfaced when many of these athletes that we often idolize reveal less savory qualities such as drinking, smoking, gambling, etc.

As voters, we debate the same issues that have plagued the NFL. Which is better, Republicans or Democrats; Clinton or Obama; Regan or Bush? Best or worst, we speak loudly with our votes through the four years presidential footprints are memorable accomplishments and groundbreaking platforms. The upcoming health care bill has no agent or coach. It doesn’t take part in drills. It doesn’t have a cap limit or long-term contract. It is simply a piece of paper that will change the way of life for millions of Americans. “All or nothing,” a final drive for change. What is our worth as Americans? How much does our nation need for our team’s strategy? Will we become champions again?

Curtis Leschyshyn treats Winnipeg’s young hockey hopefuls to ice time and skills training today

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 20, 2010 at 6:39 AM

WINNIPEG, March 20 /CNW/ – Former NHL star Curtis Leschyshyn spent three hours today with Winnipeg’s own St. Norbert Storm minor girls’ hockey team as part of the Scotiabank NHL Alumni Skills Contest – offering professional coaching and skills training to 10 winning teams across Canada. On-ice, Leschyshyn worked with the youth on their defensive, offensive and puck-handling skills; while off-ice he spent time addressing the importance of teamwork, dedication, and highlights of his journey to the NHL.

“This is a great opportunity for young hockey hopefuls to learn about the experiences they can have by setting goals and following their dreams,” said Leschyshyn. “The Storm players know that to give themselves the best possible chance of playing to their full potential, they must prepare for anything, which means practice, discipline, and commitment. Those are lessons they can take with them everywhere they go.”

The St. Norbert Storm are one of 10 teams who won on-ice training with former NHL stars under the Scotiabank NHL Alumni Skills Contest. Each team will have a chance to meet and work with one member of the NHL Alumni.

“Scotiabank’s hockey programs provide exciting experiences like this one for hockey lovers in our community,” said Deborah Bilous, Branch Manager, Winnipeg Scotiabank branch. “As Canada’s hockey bank, we know that hockey is important to many of our employees and customers who either watch or play the game or have kids enrolled in the sport. Supporting these efforts with unique contests creates unique experiences for everyone who loves the game.”

“This was a truly awesome experience for us to win Scotiabank’s contest and meet Curtis Leschyshyn,” said Jelena Howorth, treasurer for the Storm. “This is such a great opportunity for the girls. Mr. Leschyshyn has a great deal of hockey wisdom to share with our team and he brings with him a sense of fair play both on and off the ice in the community. These are qualities that we try to instill in the team and I know this will be an experience they never forget.”

Teams qualified for the Scotiabank NHL Alumni Skills contest through the broader Scotiabank Community Hockey Sponsorship program where Scotiabank’s Canadian retail branches were given $1000 to sponsor one or more minor boys or girls hockey team in their region. A total of 266 minor hockey teams and 8 leagues in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba received funding. In addition to funding, each team in the program receives exclusive Scotiabank Hockey Club Team Kits which include jersey crests, player booklets, mini first aid kits from Pro Hockey Life, the NHL DVD Just like me – The legends, and exclusive entry to experiential contests, like the NHL Alumni Skills contest. For more information, please visit www.scotiahockeyclub.com.

Scotiabank has a long tradition of supporting hockey in Canada from local teams and minor hockey associations to professional players and leagues. Through its partnerships, Scotiabank’s hockey programs enrich the communities where Canadians live and work by engaging fans and players in new ways to celebrate our game. Scotiabank supports the passion and pride Canadians feel for the game and believes it is fundamental to helping young people learn about teamwork camaraderie and the spirit of competition. Scotiabank is the Official Bank of the NHL, NHLPA, NHL Alumni and CWHL, and has partnerships with the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators whose home arena is Scotiabank Place. Most recently, Scotiabank and Pro Hockey Life teamed up to provide exclusive in-store and online discounts to Scotiabank customers, promote advice on equipment and enhance the grassroots community programs of both companies. For more information on Scotiabank’s hockey programs visit www.scotiahockeyclub.com

Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for its charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2009 the Bank provided about $39 million in sponsorships and donations to a variety of projects and initiatives, primarily in the areas of healthcare, education, social services and arts and culture. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

NHL and the NHL Shield have registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. NHL and NHL team marks are the property of the NHL and its teams. All Rights Reserved.

For further information: Michelle Cobb, Scotiabank Public Affairs, at (778) 327-5451, or michelle.cobb@scotiabank.com

Upcoming CRTC Decisions

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Upcoming CRTC Decisions and regulatory policies

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

Week: 22 to 26 March 2010

Broadcasting decision:

Application by Rogers Broadcasting Limited
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-516.htm#2 to amend the
broadcasting licence for the radio station CIOC-FM Victoria in order to
operate a transmitter at Saltspring Island

Regulatory policy:

A group-based approach to the licensing of private television services
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-411.htm

Report:
The implications and advisability of implementing a compensation regime
for the value of local television signals
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-614.htm

Telecom decisions:

New Telecommunications Fees Regulations
File number: 8657 C12 200914441
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8657/c12_200914441.htm

NorthernTel, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of residential local exchange services in the exchanges of
Cobalt, Haileybury and New Liskeard, Ontario – File number:
8640-N51-201000380
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2010/8640/n51_201000380.htm

On Call Internet Services Ltd. – Application for urgent and expedited
relief against service suspension and disconnection by TELUS
Communications Company
File number: 8661-O40-200911778
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8661/o40_200911778.htm

Hayden-Harnett Sale in New York

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Hayden-Harnett - March 14, 2010

CRTC Decisions

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CRTC releases financial results of conventional television stations

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 18, 2010 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and
financial summaries for Canada’s conventional television stations. The
the report provides information on the sector’s profitability, revenues and
expenditures for the period of September 1, 2008, to August 31, 2009.

Profitability

Private broadcasters saw their total revenues shrink by 7.9%, going from
$2.14 billion in 2008 to $1.97 billion in 2009. Although operating
expenses were cut by 2.4%, these broadcasters lost $116.4 million before
interest and taxes over the 2009 broadcast year, which resulted in a
the negative profit margin of 5.9%.

In 2008, private broadcasters reported profits before interest and taxes
(PBIT) of $8 million and a PBIT margin of 0.4%.

Revenues and expenses

Private conventional television stations experienced a decline of more
than $190 million in local and national advertising sales. From 2008 to
2009, local advertising revenues decreased by 10.1% from $387.2 million to
$348 million, and national advertising revenues by 10.3% from $1.47
billion to $1.32 billion.

The acquisition and production of programs represented 75.2% of all
expenses, which came down from $2.1 billion in 2008 to $2 billion in 2009.
Private broadcasters invested 3.3% less on Canadian programming last year,
or $599.4 million compared to $619 million. In 2009, broadcasters paid
$176.2 million to independent producers to acquire programming, which
amounted to an increase of $30.2 million in one year.

Meanwhile, spending on foreign programming reached its highest level yet
at 59% of all programming expenses, or $846.3 million. This total
represented a 9.2% increase over the $775.2 million that was spent in
2008.

Canadian programming

Spending on Canadian programming included $75.4 million for drama, $80.9
million for general interest programming, $312.1 million for news
programs, $65.9 million on other information programs, $38.3 million for
musical and variety shows, $3.8 million for sports programs, and $11.1
million for game shows.

Employment

In 2009, conventional television stations employed 6,747 people and paid a
total of $527.6 million in salaries, whereas the previous year this sector
employed 7,406 people and paid $576.9 million in salaries.

CRTC reports

Each year, the Commission compiles financial data on the broadcasting
industry to produce this report. For the first time, this year’s report
includes combined data for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s
English- and French-language television services, which is presented by
region.

The CRTC today also published a similar report on broadcasting
distribution companies. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2010/r100318-1.htm
Statistical and financial summaries for radio,
specialty, pay, and pay-per-view television services, and video-on-demand
services will follow in the coming months. These annual reports allow
interested parties to stay informed about the state of the Canadian
broadcasting industry.

Conventional Television – Statistical and Financial Summaries 2005–2009
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/BrAnalysis/tv2009/tv2009.htm

The CRTC
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

Radio Conference in New Zealand

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Radio Conference in New Zealand - March 18, 2010

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Radio Conference January 11-14, 2011, Auckland.

The Radio Conference: A Transnational Forum, January 11-14, 2011.

This conference aims to provide a forum for radio scholars, teachers and broadcasters from all parts of the world. The 2011 conference will build on the progress achieved at previous conferences at the University of Madison, Wisconsin in 2003, RMIT University, Melbourne in 2005, the University of Lincoln, the UK in 2007 and York University, Toronto in 2009.

In January 2011, the conference returns to the southern hemisphere with Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand hosting this significant event for radio thinkers and doers. The conference is organized by a local and an international committee and is held in association with the Radio Studies Network.

We look forward to hosting you in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand in 2011.

We welcome presenters as well as observers to the conference.

Please see the ‘call for papers’ page for guidelines for submissions of abstracts for peer review.

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM:
12 April 2010.

Full registration: $NZ 500
Student registration (with proof of enrollment): $NZ 250
Conference dinner: $NZ 100

Send abstracts of 300 words by Monday, May 31, 2010, to:

rosser.johnson@aut.ac.nz

For more information please contact:
Matt Mollgaard
matt.mollgaard@aut.ac.nz
+64 9 9219999 ext. 7876

SXSW

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SXSW - March 17, 2010

CRTC Decisions

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March 16, 2010

Media Advisory – CRTC Media Lock-Up – Regulatory Policy framework on
group-based licencing of ownership groups

WHEN: March 22, 2010
Lock-up: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: CRTC Central Office
1 Promenade du Portage, Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
Central Building, Gatineau, Quebec

OTTAWA-GATINEAU – On March 22, 2010, a media lock-up will be held from
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for the Regulatory Policy framework
on group-based licencing of ownership groups.

Any parties interested in attending the lock-up are asked to contact Peggy
Nebout at
819-953-4466 or peggy.nebout@crtc.gc.ca by March 19 at 12:00 p.m. Due to
space constraints, only one reporter is allowed per news organization.
They will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement upon arrival.

No one will be permitted to leave the lock-up before 4:00 p.m. Cameras are
not allowed in the designated room. They may be set up in the main floor
lobby at 1 Promenade du Portage. Cell phones, wireless handheld devices
(e.g. Blackberries), pagers, etc. must be left with the CRTC staff in the
room. Laptop owners must disable wireless capabilities prior to arriving
at the CRTC. Telephone lines and Internet will be available at the CRTC at
4 p.m.

The decision will be posted on the CRTC website at 4:00 p.m. at
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Three Natural Ways to Keep Your Arteries Fat-Free

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Heart Health - March 16, 2010

TORONTO, March 16 /CNW/ – Cardiovascular disease is the No.1 killer in North America. And high cholesterol is one of the primary risk factors for coronary heart disease and stroke. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, almost 40% of Canadian adults are classified as having high blood cholesterol levels. High cholesterol shows no visible symptoms – it’s a silent villain slowly choking artery passageways. Most people are unaware until the damage has been done.

Cholesterol, in itself, is not “bad.” Contrary may be a better word. As a substance, it’s a waxy lipid (fat) produced in the liver as a building block for cell membranes, hormones, bile and vitamin D. It’s also found naturally in certain foods. However, there are two types of cholesterol: good HDL (high-density lipoprotein), which does not clog arteries, and bad LDL (low-density lipoprotein), which in excess, does exactly the opposite. Problematic, high, LDL cholesterol levels contribute to atherosclerosis, the build-up or accumulation of arterial plaque (cholesterol, fatty substances, calcium and fibrous tissue) which results in atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of arteries).

First and foremost in keeping arteries fat-free is, naturally, prevention. High LDL cholesterol levels are most often the result of a poor diet. Nutritious and healthy food choices and lifestyle go a long way in keeping cholesterol levels balanced, especially as we age. Essentially:

– Remove saturated and trans fats from meal plans.
– Consume lean protein (including fish, chicken, and whey protein).
– Use Omega-3 healthy fats and monounsaturated fats (olive oil).
Increase intake of vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, grains and
other sources of fibre.
– Engage in regular physical activity. Aim for a healthy weight.
– And, stop smoking. Smoking has a direct negative effect on the good
HDL cholesterol levels.

Second, even though for many people simply changing eating behaviour and increasing physical activity may be all that is needed to raise HDL levels and decrease those of LDL, there are three important natural health supplements that have been proven to help decrease elevated blood cholesterol levels: niacin, plant sterols, and omega-3 fish oil.

Niacin (nicotinic acid), also known as vitamin B3, is used by the body in many systemic processes and has a favourable effect on high cholesterol. It has the potential to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL levels. When dealing with high cholesterol, medical professionals and individuals look to a specialized form of niacin called inositol hexanicotinate which is safe and flush-free. It has been used in Europe for over 30 years to help lower cholesterol levels and to help improve blood flow in the treatment of Raynaud’s Syndrome and intermittent claudication, both conditions often symptoms of the severe atherosclerotic disease.

Plant sterols (phytosterols) are naturally found in legumes, fruits, and vegetables, and are structurally similar to cholesterol produced in the body. However, plant sterols from plants or in a supplement form can lower cholesterol, specifically LDL levels, by reducing the amount of dietary cholesterol that is normally absorbed and transported through the intestines.

Dietary fish and their fish oil supplement counterparts contain a number of beneficial, cardio-protective nutrients including the essential fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Omega-3, rich in EPA and DHA, possesses a triglyceride lowering effect and studies show that it has a positive influence on atherosclerosis.

Third, in the event that statin medications must be prescribed by a health professional to lower cholesterol levels, certain supplements can help balance drug-induced nutrient depletions and deficiencies while contributing to the risk reduction of other cardiovascular diseases. Statin drugs work by blocking a substance your body needs to make cholesterol. However, clinical evidence reveals that their use also reduces CoQ10 levels in the body, resulting in a wide range of problems including fatigue, muscle pain, and weakness. Supplementing with CoQ10 can help counteract drug side effects. As well, emergent information now suggests that increasing the amount of dietary omega-3 fatty acids and reducing the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio may also help statins work more effectively. And, a recent study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions has found that combining cholesterol-lowering drugs with a daily supplement of EPA from omega-3 fish oil reduces the incidence of sudden cardiac death, heart attacks, and unstable angina, as well as the rate of surgeries to reopen blocked arteries.

Much of the Western world is at risk for cardiovascular disease, largely due to our sedentary lifestyle and less than optimal diet rampant in high animal protein and short in fruit, vegetables, and fibre intake. For many, simply increasing exercise activities and improving upon unhealthy nutritional habits through wholesome eating and supportive supplementation will benefit their health greatly.

Michele Sevier Biography

Michele Sevier, DNM, DAC, is an educator and advocate of natural health and healing. As an independent advisor to Nutrition House, she is actively involved in many facets of integrative medicine including research, the formulation of specialized supplements, and providing natural health solutions to the general public through Nutrition House’s ‘Ask Our Expert’ service at www.nutritionhouse.com.

General Fire Safety Information

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

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Fire Safety - March 15, 2010

Working smoke alarms save lives. In the wake of Toronto’s terrible fire tragedy this week, homeowners are reminded to 1) install one smoke alarm per floor and outside sleeping areas 2) never remove a smoke alarm from the ceiling due to a nuisance alarm 3) install fresh batteries in all smoke and CO alarms at least annually 4) replace smoke alarms older than 10 years old, and 5) practice a home fire Escape Plan together with the family. Free Fire Escape Planning Guides and safety tips are available for download at www.safeathome.ca.

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Hockey

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on March 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM

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Brad Featherstone - March 15, 2010

Online Story
Bradley Featherstone

Scarborough native Chris Stewart was named the NHL’s first star of the week after scoring five goals and four assists in four games the week of March 1-7.

The Colorado Avalanche player is only 20-years-old and it has already set career numbers for himself this season.

He returned to hockey several years ago after giving it up to focus on football at Scarborough West Hill Collegiate. Stewart came back to the game of hockey and has excelled greatly ever since. His older brother Andrew also plays in the NHL.

Stewart recorded his first career hat trick on March 6 in a 7 to3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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