Know

Archive for June, 2010|Monthly archive page

A Rogers Affair

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 30, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About a Rogers Lawsuit – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 30, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Just when you thought you heard it all, a woman is saying her marriage fell apart because her Rogers cellphone bill exposed her extramarital affair and guess what, she’s suing Rogers, Canada’s largest cellphone provider, because of it.

Rogers is saying that the woman, Gabriella Nagy shouldn’t blame its billing practices for the breakdown of her marriage, but Nagy is not convinced, filing documents with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, she is seeking $600,000 for alleged invasion of privacy and breach of contract, all because her bill was addressed to her husband. After her husband found out she was cheating on him by looking at the bill, he left her and the children in August 2007. Nagy went on to claim that she and her husband were harassed by her former lover after she broke things off, ruining any chance of reconciling her marriage.

If you ask me, this seems to be her way of placing the blame on someone else and getting a hefty some of the money as a bonus, probably to cover the costs of her presumably upcoming divorce. No one is to blame but her, she chose to stray from her marriage and risk being caught, blaming Rogers for what she says destroyed her life is utterly ridiculous.

Source:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/woman-sues-rogers-over-cellphone-bill-says-it-ruined-her-marriage/article1572143/

A Touch of Risk

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 29, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About A Touch of Risk – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 29, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

The next time you decide to walk into a casino or invest in the stock market, tell the women surrounding you, to keep their hands to themselves. A new study conducted by the University of Alberta found an association between touch and risk-taking, all it takes is a tap on the shoulder from a woman to make an adult more likely to gamble, by going for riskier investments or trying to win big.

The study involved 300 participants who were welcomed at the door by either a man or a woman, some were touched on the shoulder, others shook hands and a third group was not touched at all. They were then asked to complete a survey assessing their financial risk-taking, the results, those who got tapped on the shoulder by a man had no change in risk level, but the ones who were tapped on the shoulder by a woman were far more likely to invest in the high-risk scenarios. Handshakes didn’t have much effect.

If you are wondering how this phenomenon is so, well, Dr. Argo, co-author of the study and Jonathan Levav, a researcher at Columbia University say that a woman’s gentle touch on the shoulder echoes maternal touch, which relates to feelings of security causing us to be more comfortable with taking bigger risks. It’s not all bad news for the guys, European studies have shown that touching a woman’s forearm while asking for a date is more likely to get you a positive response.

Source:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/female-touch-can-inspire-risk-taking-in-both-sexes-study-finds/article1572742/

Toronto’s Buzzing

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 28, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About a Trend in Beekeeping – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 28, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Do you love the sweet taste of fresh honey? Well, you don’t have to go far to find it. Urban beekeeping is rapidly gaining popularity around the world, especially in Toronto and bee enthusiasts are rejoicing in it. The Canadian Opera Company is getting in on it, with its announcement of two hives situated on the roof of its Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and The Royal York has already been producing its own honey for two years with plans of expanding its bee venture.

With a growing movement to local food, beekeeping is a sweet idea, even sweeter when you consider that one hive produces up to 100 pounds of honey in a good year, which translates to about 100 jars at 500 grams each, meaning, there is plenty to go around. Before you jump on the bandwagon, be aware that Ontario law stipulates that hives must be 30 metres from the property line.

If your just buzzing to get started, the initial start-up costs will run you about $500, including the hive, bees, and basic equipment. After that all you will need is jars, cleaning supplies and medications, but it’s definitely worth it, for that sweet taste of honey.

Source:

http://www.thestar.com/living/food/article/811227–beekeeping-booming-in-toronto

Well Done

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 27, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Cooked Meat – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 27, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Did you know that the barbecued meat you just ate could give you cancer? When meat is cooked at high temperatures (above 400F) it produces harmful carcinogens. This major change in molecules creates large quantities of creatine that combine with amino acids and form heterocyclic amines (HCAs) which bind to DNA and cause genetic mutations that can trigger cancer growth.

Studies have shown that consuming a lot of well-cooked meat relates to an increased risk of developing pancreatic, prostate, stomach and breast cancer. Fat can also factor into the equation, at high temperatures fat will oxidize and produce toxic compounds like malondialdehyde which have the same effect as HCAs.

All hope is not lost, however, studies have shown that marinating meat in herbs can drastically cut the amount of HCAs. A recent study found that antioxidants were able to interfere with the accumulation of malondialdehyde from meat, ground meat with a mix of spices high in polyphenols, like garlic had 70% less malondialdehyde.

So next time you grill that steak or flame broil those hamburgers add some herbs and spice, not only for a wonderful flavour, but for the benefit of your health and the prevention of several cancers.

Source:

http://www.torontosun.com/life/healthandfitness/2010/05/14/13947031.html

Hug a Tree

In Beauty, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 26, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Health Benefits of Trees – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 26, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Trees have been around for millions of years, some of our oldest trees are 3,000 years old and still kicking. However, you may not be aware of all the benefits trees provide. In a year, a single tree can offset the carbon dioxide produced by a car driving 41,600 kilometers, how’s that for bragging rights.

The environmental benefits of trees do not end there, trees filter toxic pollutants, help reduce flooding, improve water quality and much more, like providing shelter for a variety of critters. Trees aren’t just good for the environment, they do wonders for us, like provide shade, reduce noise, protect us from the sun’s harmful UV rays and a plethora of other amazing things.

The last thing you would think of when struggling in tough economic times like these, is planting trees. Well, by planting 3 trees strategically around your home you can cut your heating costs 10-30 per cent and cooling costs by 10-50 per cent and If your thinking of selling your home, a tree can help in that respect as well, because they add to your property value.

This list of benefits can go on and on, but instead of me listing them all, I’ve decided you could use the extra time to go plant yourself a tree and enjoy it in all its glory.

Source:

http://www.torontosun.com/life/greenplanet/2010/05/14/13946431.html

Deli Meat Dilemma

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on June 25, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Deli Meats – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 25, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Next time your thinking of piling on the deli meat, think twice and reach for some slow cooked roast beef. A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that red meat may not be that bad for us, as long as it hasn’t been smoked, cured or preserved in any way.

The Harvard study took a look at 20 relevant studies involving over 1 million adults from 10 countries and found, on average, that each 50 gram daily serving of processed meat is linked with a 42 percent higher risk of developing heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Lead researcher, Renata Micha says that processed meats are hazardous to our health because they contain 4 times more sodium and 50 percent more nitrate preservatives than unprocessed red meat. However, this is not a pass to eat all the red meat you can. Canada’s Food Guide recommends 2 servings of meat or meat alternatives a day for women and 3 for men. Unfortunately, serving sizes aren’t very large, at only 75 grams.

Your best bet to living a heart-healthy lifestyle is to eat a well-balanced diet including a variety of fruits and veggies, fish, nuts and whole grains.

Source:

http://www.healthzone.ca/health/yourhealth/article/810562–deli-meats-increase-risk-of-heart-disease-study-finds

What’s With Munsch?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on June 24, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Robert Munsch – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

Chris Temelkos - June 24, 2010 - Google Images


By Chris Temelkos

Popular children’s author, Robert Munsch may seem like a kid at heart but even he has some skeletons in his closet. With 30 million copies of his books sold worldwide, you would think Munsch is living the high life, but looks can be deceiving.

Robert Munsch has admitted that he has been battling an alcohol and cocaine addiction and is diagnosed as manic-depressive and obsessive-compulsive in an interview with Global Television. Munsch also says he has been sober for only four months. If those weren’t enough challenges to face, the popular children’s author also suffered a stroke in 2008 and it has affected his ability to speak in normal sentences, something devastating to face, considering Munsch does 50 storytelling shows a year.

Robert Munsch has written a note to parents on his website explaining himself and hoping they will understand the challenges he’s faced and the mistakes he’s made. Coming clean to the public could have a huge impact on his career, but in doing so he is freeing himself from the secrets he has been keeping from the public for such a long time. Despite his many challenges, Robert Munsch has several books planned for future release.

Source:

Globe and Mail

HARD AND ABLE 2010, JUNE 29TH BUDDIES IN BAD TIME THEATRE

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Queer Disability - June 23, 2010

HARD AND ABLE 2010, JUNE 29TH BUDDIES IN BAD TIME THEATRE

with ASL interpretation !!

After our last year’s event was a SOLD OUT success, we’re back with the

“2nd annual Hard & Able: celebrating queer disability”

and this time as part of Buddies’ Queer Pride Festival

12 Alexander St. just east of Yonge, Toronto, ON

Come on out on a Tuesday, June 29th 8:00 pm

to be entertained by a group of amazing queer disabled artists.

Hard & Able Artist Line-up:

Philip Cairns, Lindsay Sarah Czitron, Amanda Davidson aka Brown Sugar, Kirk deMatas, Nish Is Rani, Shereen Mohiuddin, Rainbow & Romeo, Luka Sidiaravicius, Onyinyechukwu, Udegbe, Kai Yapp,

featuring the Hard & Able dancers

Hosted by: Jay Stewart

This venue (including the stage) is wheelchair accessible

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

For more information on this event, check out http://ajaystewartproject.com/

Simply People Festival 2010

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

Simply People – June 23, 2010

Cover Art of Do Not Know – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

 

Do Not Know

I will be showcasing my book Do Not Know at this festival on July 20, 2010. Find out more by clicking the link above.

Cell Phone Hazard

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About The Hazards of Cell Phone Use – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 23, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

If your a frequent cell phone user, you might want to put your phone down, it could be hazardous to your health. A study, called Interphone studied cell phone use among 5,100 people diagnosed with brain cancer in 13 countries and found that those who spent half an hour a day on their cell phone for over 10 years had a higher risk of a rare and deadly brain cancer called glaucoma.

The study also found that frequent users had a 40 percent higher risk of developing glaucoma and twice the risk of developing tumors on the same side of their head, where their phone was held, then those who never used cell phones.

What worries researchers, even more, is that the study began 10 years ago and cell phone use has greatly increased since then. The average Canadian uses a cell phone 6.7 hours a month and would end up in the high-risk group after about 20 years. However, moderate or infrequent cell phone users reduce their risk of developing brain cancer by 20%. Next time you pick up your cell phone, make it short and quick or use alternatives like a landline, hands-free mode or text messaging to reduce the harmful risk.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Grieving at the OSPCA

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on June 22, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About a Mock Funeral – Photo Courtesy of the Toronto Star

Chris Temelkos - June 22, 2010 - Star

By Chris Temelkos

Over 100 protesters, several dressed in black, were in tears, as a mock funeral was held for the 99 animals euthanized after a ringworm outbreak at the Newmarket shelter.

Sadness was not the only emotion present, enraged protesters demanded the board of directors to resign and urged York Regional Police to lay criminal charges against the organization for causing unnecessary suffering, pain, and death to the animals under its care.

Other than the 99 animals euthanized, 96 animals are in foster homes, 15 dogs were stolen and of the 140 remaining animals, 8 are turtles, that were not affected by the outbreak. The ringworm outbreak is believed to have been brought by four Himalayan cats that did not show any signs of infection.

Three animal will be euthanized for behavioral issues, 15 that were brought in during the investigation are being housed in a portable building and 91 cats, as well as 23 dogs, are set for further testing. OSPCA Chairman, Rob Godfrey says there was a miscommunication and up to 350 animal could be euthanized, not necessarily, all 350. Excuses aside, many feel that something must be done to protect the remaining animals from following the same fate as the others.

Source:

Toronto Star

Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett: Book Review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Does A Review of the Book Problogger – Photo Courtesy of Google Image

Chris Temelkos - June 21, 2010 - Google Images

By Chris Temelkos

If you are looking to delve into the world of professional blogging, Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett is your first step to becoming a successful blogger. This easy to read the book will show you all the ins and outs of blogging, from creating a blog to making a profit from your blog and everything in between.

Problogger equipped me with a better knowledge of blog writing style and made it very clear that being a paid professional blogger takes a lot of time and hard work. The book illustrates how to make blogging interesting and worthwhile, which is an important factor in keeping driven because without drive there is no way you can be a successful blogger.

The short length of this book allows the writers to get to the point and keep the reader focused, which is great if you get distracted easily. Problogger is set up in a step by step manner, so skipping a chapter or skimming through it, won’t have you confused. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in pursuing blogging at a professional level. However, Problogger is a great read, even for those just looking to blog as a hobby. Next time you are at your local bookstore or library, pick up a copy of Problogger.

Overworked

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 20, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Work and Health – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 20, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

If you’re putting extra hours in at work to impress your boss, you may want to think twice. A study published in the European Heart Journal found that employees who regularly put in 11-12 hour days increase their risk of a heart attack by 60%, compared with those who work 7-8 hours. However, the hours themselves are not to blame, rather the stress and demands felt by putting those extra hours in.

The study followed full-time civil servants aged 39-69 between 1991 and 2004, 4,262 were men and 1,752 were women. Throughout the study 369 of the workers had heart attacks or developed angina, of those workers 54% did not work overtime, 21% worked an extra hour, 15% worked an extra two hours and 10% put three or more hours in of overtime. The risk of a heart attack was 56% greater for those who worked overtime and those who worked only a couple of extra hours saw an increased risk of 21% while putting in an additional hour had no effect.

Having control over our work, regardless of hours, can reduce the risk of a heart attack. Do as much as you can, to keep your work under control and take a break, there’s always tomorrow.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Facebook Fad

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 19, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Potential Passing of Facebook – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 19, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

If you’re having second thoughts about using Facebook, you may be one of the many users leaving the popular social networking site for good. Facebook has faced a number of security issues, including a recent hole in chat functionality that allowed your friends to view your conversations, making frequent users warier and adding to Facebook’s bad reputation for lack of concern.

Deleting your account, however, is not as easy as it may seem. Facebook makes it easy to deactivate your account, but that’s only a temporary solution, permanently deleting your account takes much more effort. Users are not abandoning social networking altogether, a social networking project called Diaspora, allows users to be in control of their own personal data. The project, started by a group of NYU students has already raised over $100,000.

In order for Facebook to keep its more than 400 million users, it will have to start beefing up its security features and tending to flaws much more quickly, otherwise, this popular social networking site will continue to lose users and garner a bad reputation with the public. In the meantime, we must take our own precautions by not posting any personal information, we don’t want others to see.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Stop The Pain

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 18, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Pain Sufferers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 18, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Do you suffer from moderate to severe pain? If so, you’ll be interested to hear that a pain awareness group is calling for a national strategy to address the problem, due to the crippling health and economic costs of pain.

The poll, conducted by Leger Marketing found that 85% of adult Canadians had suffered at least one incidence of moderate to severe pain and 30% felt pain at least a few days each week. The majority of pain sufferers in this study were found to treat their symptoms with over the counter products, but one in six turned to alcohol, illegal drugs or non-prescribed medications. Of the 1,033 adults in the study, 55% did not seek treatment and 31% were not happy with the treatment.

Estimates say that six to eight million Canadians live with chronic pain. It’s not just those in pain who are suffering, the economy is taking a hit as well, a 2008 study found that chronic pain costs the health care system more than $6 billion a year and causes absenteeism as well as loss of income and jobs to chronic pain sufferers. With any luck, this study will make the treatment of pain, a health care priority in Canada.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Hamilton Croc

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 17, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Crocodiles – Photo Courtesy of the Globe and Mail

Chris Temelkos - June 18, 2010 - G & M

By Chris Temelkos

The last place you’d expect to find a crocodile was in Hamilton, Ontario, but expect the unexpected. On his usual nature outing to a local Hamilton Pond, Tom Badeau was startled when what he thought was a branch dipped into the water, upon uploading a photo of the so-called branch and enlarging it, he and his wife discovered it was a crocodile.

Badeau’s wife immediately called the Hamilton Conservation Authority which called Environment Canada who reached out to the Indian River Reptile Zoo. Mr. Loyst, a curator with the Indian River Reptile Zoo came out to the infamous pond and spotted the croc for himself, him and his crew tried to snag the beast, but with no luck. It is believed the crocodile may have escaped to nearby waterways, but all effort is being made to capture it and give it a home at the Zoo. Loyst added that the croc would not be used to such cool water temperatures.

The crocodile is likely a pet that was dumped as it got to be too big. Crocodiles are illegal to own, but smuggling of exotic reptiles at the border is a very common occurrence. There are 23 species of crocs, but there are none native to Canada.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Aboriginal Literature in Canadian Schools

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Sports, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 16, 2010 at 1:37 PM

Aboriginal Resources - June 16, 2010

Here is a listing from the Government of Canada on Aboriginal resources that can be used in education: http://www.aboriginalcanada.gc.ca/acp/site.nsf/eng/ao31045.html.

Cougars at Risk

In Beauty, book reviews, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 16, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Peril of Cougars – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

Chris Temelkos - June 17, 2010 - Google Images

By Chris Temelkos

Attention Cougars, a younger man may be bad for your longevity. A new study conducted by Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research surveyed close to two million Danish couples and found that a woman’s life expectancy decreases the more years there are between her and her husband, especially if the man is younger.

The same is not true for men, however. Men who marry a women 7 to 9 years younger see a drop in their mortality risk by 11%, while women who marry a man 7 to 9 years younger see their mortality risk increase by 20%. It is believed that men benefit from marrying younger because, according to research, a younger woman provides psychological and social benefits. Men who are able to marry a younger spouse are also seen to be healthier and already predisposed to live longer.

The only explanations researchers like Dr. Drehafl have for this cougar conundrum is that women who marry younger violate social norms and therefore suffer social penalties. However, all is not lost, the good news is that marriage, itself, boosts life expectancy for both men and women. Cougars, don’t let this research stop you from pursuing younger men, after all, it’s only one study.

Source:

Globe and Mail

Biodiversity at Risk

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Biodiversity – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 15, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

It looks like the world is not doing enough to save our biodiversity. 8 years ago, world leaders came together and pledged to reverse a large decline in biodiversity by 2010. However, a new report by the United Nations shows that losses keep adding up and conditions are getting worse.

Climate change, deforestation, pollution, overfishing and many other threats are the cause of the decline in a number of plant and animal species, Frogs and other amphibians are the hardest hit by the constant habitat disruptions. More species are getting closer to extinction and the number of vertebrate species fell close to a third between 1970 and 2006.

With the decline of many species, comes a boom in other species who have taken home in new areas. Canada Geese said to be on top of the list of environmentally disruptive species, pollute water with their feces to the point where it can become a health hazard. Another problem is the mountain pine beetle, that has destroyed 110,000 square kilometers of forest.

It seems as though, with these tough economic times, that biodiversity has been put on the back burner, maybe it’s time that we put it back on the table and give back to mother nature.

Source:

Toronto Star

Teeth Grinding Nightmare

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 14, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Teeth Grinding – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 14, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Do you ever wake up with a sore jaw? Perhaps, you are unconsciously grinding your teeth in your sleep. Bruxism, a movement characterized by grinding or clenching of the teeth, which usually happens while asleep, affects 20% of Canadians and can develop in childhood or adulthood.

The condition is caused by stress, something we all face in today’s society or the abnormal structure of a persons’ bite. If you suspect you have Bruxism, it is important to get it treated, if not tended to, grinding your teeth can cause headaches, jaw muscle discomfort, receding gums, sensitive teeth and abnormal wear or breakage of the teeth, things you want to avoid. Severe cases may require surgery to prevent jaw dislocation.

All hope isn’t lost if you’re afflicted with Bruxism, Dr. John Perlus says, wearing a mouth guard during sleep will prevent both sets of teeth from grinding against each other while helping the jaw muscles relax. However, others may need to have their bite adjusted through a variety of dental techniques. Most importantly, experts recommend getting to the root of the problem by using relaxation techniques and exercise to relieve stress. Through the vast options available to treat Bruxism and some simple ways to prevent it, there is hope for sufferers.

Source:

Toronto Star

Workplace Bullying

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 13, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Workplace Bullying – Photo Courtesy of Dreasmtime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 13, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

You may think you’re days of being bullied are behind you. Think again, bullying continues to plague us in the workplace and women are the biggest culprits. A 2003 study, done by the Workplace Bullying & Trauma Institute indicates that 58% of bullies in the workplace are women and 87 percent of the time, women bully other women.

If those statistics didn’t surprise you, the study also found that whether the bully is male or female, the recipient of their abuse is usually a woman. It doesn’t stop there, the study found that bullies operate very differently according to their gender, males are more likely to scream at their targets in public while using name-calling tactics and women tend to use indirect passive aggression. However, the reality is grim, only 13% of workplace bullies are brought to task while 87% of bullied employees end up leaving their jobs.

Workplace bullying doesn’t just put a damper on your career, it also puts a damper on your health. Employees who are bullied at work often suffer from panic attacks, insomnia and a variety of viral and bacterial infections. Sadly, bullied employees put up with this behavior for too long until it affects their health. It is important to get out of a toxic environment before you jeopardize your well being, after all, what is money without health.

Source:

The Bay Street Bull

CanWest Sold

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 12, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About CanWest Global – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 12, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

There may be drastic changes coming to CanWest papers. The Canadian company has accepted an offer from its creditors for $1.1 billion. President Paul Godfrey will remain head of the struggling company.

CanWest is currently operating in bankruptcy protection and is being sold to a group representing the companies bondholders, CanWest says the new owners, who are both Canadian and American will maintain existing newspaper operations. The sale still has yet to be approved by an Ontario Superior Court.

The company is facing both economic and technological problems, but will eventually become a publicly traded company meaning it could soon be back in full swing as long as eager investors are willing to buy into it. The only downside to the sale and public offering is there could be several changes to the way things are run, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

For now, it’s a waiting game, with the hope that the advertising market and economy will recover and the eventual stocks will begin to rise and dig the struggling company, originally founded by Izzy Asper, back to life and prosperity. This may be the first step in the revival of a hard hit industry, perhaps other companies will follow CanWest by example and crawl out of their debt.

Source:

Toronto Star

Dangerous Devices

In Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 11, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About the Danger of Handheld Devices – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 11, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

If you still have your cell phone in one hand and your steering wheel in the other, you will want to cut that old habit out, cold turkey. The handheld electronic device ban, which came into full force on February 1, 2010, has seen 4,397 drivers ticketed over the past three months.

Police officers are constantly monitoring traffic whether you see them or not and they are pulling over offending drivers. If you are caught, you will be charged with either holding a handheld communication device, having a display screen visible to the driver or using a handheld entertainment device. It’s quite a hefty price to pay, at $155 and challenging the ticket could see it raised to $500 according to the judge’s discretion. Police are making it clear that there is zero tolerance.

The ban has seen an increase of offenders and I can see why old habits die hard. On a daily basis, I come across a good handful of distracted drivers talking on the phone and not paying attention to the road ahead, putting other drivers and pedestrians in jeopardy. Perhaps, the penalties are not large enough; maybe a suspended license or a much higher fine would do the trick.

Source:

Toronto Star

Furry Fate

In Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on June 10, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Ringworm in Animals – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 10, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

A contagious ringworm outbreak in the OSPCA’s Newmarket shelter has forced two OSPCA veterinarians to sentence approximately 350 dogs, cats, rats and other small animals to death, over the next few weeks. The horrible news comes only days after a failed attempt to contain the fungal infection.

The societies CEO, Kate MacDonald confirmed that shelter manager, Denise Stephenson was fired 10 days prior, due to protocols falling apart. The Proper protocol could have prevented the outbreak from reaching such proportions and saved the lives of hundreds of animals.

Joanna Coote, a Toronto veterinarian says animals afflicted with ringworm are usually not euthanized unless they have other illnesses or complications, healthy animals can recover over a long period of time. The fungal infection can cause small patches of hair loss, redness, discoloration and is very itchy, causing the animal to possibly break their skin from too much scratching. Many volunteers and citizens are horrified by the decision and feel that more should be done to save the animals.

Without proper protocols, better decision making and passionate, hard-working management, shelters across the country will continue to get rid of the problem quickly, costing animals their precious lives, something they vowed to save.

Source:

Toronto Star

Afrofest and The World Cup

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 9, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

A pre-Afrofest World Cup event. On June 11 the world’s eyes will be watching Africa’s first ever hosting of the FIFA World Cup. Join Quartier Latin and Music Africa in a musical celebration at the Opera House.

Music Africa and OSEA present…

QUARTIER LATIN 8 p.m., June 11, 2010, OPERA HOUSE, 735 Queen Street E

The Congo has produced some of the most vibrant and joyous music to emerge from Africa. Quartier Latin, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, continues the tradition. Featuring members of Kofi Olomide’s legendary band who played on his most groundbreaking albums, Quartier Latin is a red-hot 12-piece group that’s been blowing the roof off concert arenas in Africa, Europe, and North America.

To see a clip of the band in action, visit http://www.musicafrica.org

With special guest opening act, the king of African drums, Njacko Backo and Kalimba Kalimba.

Co-presented by OSEA, the Organization for Social Entrepreneurship in Africa. Proceeds from the concert to support Entrepreneurs in Africa.

Tickets $30 ($25 for students) available at the door; online at June 11 event on Music Africa’s concert page – www.musicafrica.org/events.htm

For more information call Peter at 647-878-2038

To Sin for a Job

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on June 9, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About a New Trend Among Teachers – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 9, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

With the growing population of unemployed teachers, desperate times call for desperate measures even if it means committing a sin, such as lying to a priest to get a job with the Toronto Catholic District School Board.

According to the Ontario College of Teachers, there were 12,200 new teachers in the province, but only 5,000 positions, meaning educators were looking for jobs anywhere they could get them, including the Toronto Catholic District School Board which has a strict stipulation that states all teaching personnel and others who work directly with the children must be Catholic.

The strict rule is not stopping the non-religious or non-Catholics from applying for teaching positions, in fact, many are lying in confession and putting on a facade to obtain the pastoral letter needed to teach with the school board, which questions the morality of these people.

The ‘only Catholic’ rule has been challenged before but to no avail. It is protected under the Ontario Human Rights Code which states the act doesn’t affect the rights and privileges of separate school boards under the Constitution Act of 1867. Regardless of whether you agree with the rules or not. We should be asking ourselves, whether abandoning our moral values is worth a job.

Source:

Toronto Sun

A Bad Rap

In Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on June 8, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Pitbulls – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 8, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

The Pitbull ban has been in place across Ontario for five years, but New Democrat Cheri DiNovo says she will be submitting a private member’s bill to banish the breed ban.

The controversial ban has raised even more speculation after Brittany and Rambo, two Boxer-Bulldog crosses were returned to their owners after a three-month impound and costly appeal, proving a fault in the legislation, that it’s very difficult to vindicate a dog that happens to look like a Pitbull, especially with problematic DNA testing.

More evidence that the Pitbull ban may not be very effective is a survey released by the Toronto Humane Society that shows the number of combined dog bites to both humans and animals has remained the same since the breed ban in 2005, averaging 5,400.

DiVono’s bill does not challenge the dangerous dog legislation, which judges each dog on an individual basis, but will allow responsible owners to bring the breed back into their lives and stop the misidentification of similar looking breeds.

With tougher legislation on individual dogs and owners, rather than pinning the blame on particular breeds, we can prevent any animal from entering the wrong hands and causing harm to a human being or another animal.

Source:

Toronto Sun

The Walrus: Magazine Review

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 7, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About The Walrus – Photo Courtesy of The Walrusmagazine.com

Chris Temelkos - June 7, 2010 - The Walrus

By Chris Temelkos

The Walrus is a unique Canadian magazine that delivers readers with an eclectic mix of well-written pieces. The vast Canadian content suits the Canadian reader’s curiosity regarding issues and interest pieces pertaining to Canada and the Canadian perspective.

The May 2010 issue of The Walrus offers a variety of interesting pieces, a couple that stood out to me, including a piece detailing Canadian rapper, Drake’s rise to fame and an article examining Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. The Walrus provides a mix of current affairs and arts and culture, both providing an in-depth, thought to provoke read.

The Walrus also offers a look into a variety of must-read books, something I found to be an interesting feature, especially to an avid reader who is always on the lookout to find a hidden gem. However, this is not a magazine for those who are looking for vast international content or lifestyle pieces, The Walrus sticks to its Canadian roots.

I found The Walrus to be a fairly enjoyable read that enlightened me to Canadian issues and gave me a deeper sense of what is going on in Canada. I highly recommend picking up a copy and seeing what you think of it for yourself.

Tea for the Soul

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Restaurant Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on June 6, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Tea – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 6, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Good news for all you tea drinkers out there. A recent study conducted by scientists at Tufts University in Massachusetts recruited 65 men and women with moderately high blood pressure, not on medication. Some were selected to drink hibiscus tea three times a day while others received a tea-flavored placebo. The results; after six weeks the hibiscus tea group saw a drop in systolic pressure compared to the placebo group, that saw no change, suggesting that the tea was somewhat effective.

The original claim had been that green tea can help lower blood pressure since it has already been linked to reducing stress and anxiety as well as containing compounds that relax blood vessels. However, studies have shown that it does not have much effect on blood pressure, making hibiscus tea appear to be a more promising alternative.

More studies need to be done in order to solidify these claims, however, tea is definitely a drink of comfort and an excellent way to soothe a nasty cold or a sore throat. Whether you decide on green tea, hibiscus tea or any other varieties of tea, know that you are providing your soul with a hot cup of goodness that may improve your health.

Source:

Toronto Star

Foxy Mischief

In Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on June 5, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Foxes – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 5, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Foxes have taken up residence in a Bloor West Village neighborhood and residents want them out. The foxes have been causing mischief in the community, chasing cats, trotting up and down the street, basking in the backyards of residents and skinning squirrels to feed their kits. What concerns residents the most is that their den is across from a daycare center.

Foxes pose very little risk to humans, the only reported fox attack on a person involved a rabid fox and Toronto Animal Services says that the Toronto fox population is well protected against rabies. The residents have tried a number of ways to evict the foxes, including dog hair and a radio playing outside the den, to no avail. It was even suggested by Toronto Animal Services that male urine surrounding the den would have the foxes out in a jiffy.

Perhaps, the residents of this community would be better suited to live in harmony among the foxes, rather than in discontent, by taking the extra steps to supervise their pets when outside and use a non-toxic repellent in their yards. Keeping the foxes away from their personal space should allow the two to coexist peacefully. After all, wildlife has been here longer than we have.

Source:

Toronto Star

CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 7 to 11 June 2010‏

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 5, 2010 at 12:19 AM

CRTC - June 5, 2010

CRTC decisions and regulatory policies for the week of 7 to 11 June 2010

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

Broadcasting decisions:

Application by Radio Port-Cartier inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-12.htm#1 to increase the
authorized contours of the radio station CIPC-FM Port-Cartier by increasing
its transmitter’s average effective radiated power

Applications by Dufferin Communications Inc.,
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-133.htm#2
Larche Communications Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-62.htm#3
and Newcap Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-769.htm to change
the authorized contours of radio stations CIRR-FM Toronto, CJOS-FM Owen Sound
and CHFT FM Fort McMurray, respectively

Applications by various licensees, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-175.htm
all controlled by Corus Entertainment Inc., to amend the broadcasting licences
for nine national, English-language specialty services so that they may be made
available for distribution in high definition (HD) format until the end of their
licence terms

Telecom decisions:

Decisions related to Violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications
Rules

Behind The Gumball 3000

In Beauty, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 4, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Gumball 3000 – Photo Courtesy of Gumball 3000.com

Chris Temelkos - June 4, 2010 - Gumball 3000

By Chris Temelkos

The 12th annual Gumball 3000 kicked off on Thursday, May 7, 2010, in Yorkville. For those of you that don’t know, the international rally sees the very wealthy travel from city to city, showcasing their luxury rides and partying hard. This years event saw celebrities like Xzibit and Tony Hawk. The event garners much attention, but it isn’t always positive.

The route was canceled in 2007 when a British team in a Porsche 911 collided with a car in Macedonia, killing the elderly couple inside. The driver was going 101 km over the speed limit. This years event saw its own problems, Michael Madsen of Reservoir Dogs fame quit the European leg after his driver was caught speeding in Belgium. It doesn’t stop there, 11 drivers were ticketed as they left Boston and a motorcade was canceled in Quebec City over concerns of reckless driving.

Aside, from the safety and legal issues, the Gumball poses, some feel as though the rally is a way for the rich to flaunt their riches in front of commoners in an arrogant fashion, but as the saying goes, ‘if you’ve got it, flaunt it.’ The Gumball 3000 rolled out this morning at 9:00 a.m. and is headed to Niagara Falls. The last stop for the 3000-mile really is New York.

Friend or Foe

In Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Friendship – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 3, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Friendships have taken a hit in a modern day, the good old days of a loyal friendship is long gone and been replaced with friendships of convenience. Not to sound cynical but, friends no longer have your back, no longer stick up for you when you’re not around to defend yourself and they only seem to need you when they want something.

It seems as though friendships now follow the motto, what can I do for you and what can you do for me. What happened to the days where friendship was about being supportive, trustworthy and honest. I feel that the materialistic values our society holds on to, dictates what we look for when finding friendship, it is often for the wrong reasons.

If you ever happen to find a friend that exhibits the true nature of friendship, hold on to them. Those so-called friends that call you as a backup plan, or only use you for favors are hardly friends and should not be in your life. As human beings, we have a need for friendship, but when searching for it we must be aware of who is truly our friend and who is just a friend of convenience.

Knowledge is Power

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 2, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Knowledge – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 2, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

It is often said that knowledge is power. I have to agree with this statement, the more we know the more powerful our minds become, allowing us to reach new heights and experience life through keen awareness. Whether we choose to read, pursue academics or question the world around us, we are improving ourselves.

Knowledge gives us the ability to understand topics and issues through a variety of different perspectives. Being aware of the world around us snubs ignorance in society and allows for intelligent conversation and a collaborative effort for change. There is no such thing as too much education, it keeps our brains active and gives us the power to critically think. Without knowledge, we would not have great leaders and innovators, who change the world and make it a better place to live in, whether it be through finding a cure or bringing a country out of an economic crisis.

Next time you feel like the education you obtained was useless or the book you read didn’t accomplish anything, think again. We are lucky to live in a place where knowledge is widely available, unlike some places in the world, where it is difficult to come by. Embrace your knowledge and put it to good use.

The Career Switch

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 1, 2010 at 3:00 AM

Chris Temelkos Writes About Career Switching – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Chris Temelkos - June 1, 2010

By Chris Temelkos

Are you happy with the career direction you’ve taken? If you answered ‘No,’ then maybe it’s time for a career change. Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too late to make the switch. The sooner you make it, the happier you’ll be. We all learn from our mistakes, although it takes some of us longer than others to realize it. A wrong career choice is just another mistake, that can have a major impact on our lives. To avoid the same mistake again, we must carefully analyze our future options.

Analyzing our interests, character traits and the type of environment we thrive in can help us decide whether a particular career is suited to us or not. It’s as simple as listing these items on a piece of paper and doing a little bit of comparing with potential careers. Another great idea is to line up some informational interviews, these will give you insight into the industry and career through the perspective of someone currently working in it.

I haven’t mentioned a career counsellor because, I’ve been to one and feel that they aren’t very effective, but feel free to try one out for yourself. The key to making a positive career change is self-analysis and research, not to mention, going with your gut. When you’ve made the change, you may need to update your education, so be aware of your financial situation and whether you can afford the time and money. Also, remember that you will have to start at the bottom and work your way up, but making the right decision can make it bearable and rewarding.

%d bloggers like this: