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“MINI” elves hit the streets of Toronto

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MINI contest has huge festive cheer

December 13, 2010 @ 02:00PM

Toronto, ON – MINI Canada took its Facebook contest to the streets of Toronto with the help of eight-holiday elves, three all-new gift-wrapped MINI Countryman models, a celebrity host, and some rockin’ tunes – all in the festive spirit of making new friends.

MINI Canada is inviting its Facebook fans to see how many friends they can fit into the all-new MINI Countryman – virtually speaking – with a chance to win one for a year when they arrive in Canada this January.

MINI is using the contest to spread some holiday cheer and make new friends. In Toronto, eight tireless elves worked their way through the downtown core visiting various “festing spots” where they offered people a chance to experience the all-new MINI Countryman and to sign up for the Facebook contest. The contest runs until December 30th and the winner will be announced on January 12th.

“Bringing our virtual contest live to the streets of Toronto lets us interact with our customers and fans in a hands-on and engaging way,” said John Cappella, Director, MINI Canada. “That is what MINI is all about – being extroverted and socially energetic. Our Facebook contest is the epitome of that desire to interact; taking it to the streets is the proof of our energy.”

Competing against the MINI elves to get the most number of people into a Countryman was Petrina Gentile, an award-winning journalist and one of few women covering the automotive industry in Canada.

All the action will be accessible by video and photography on the MINI Canada Facebook page for fans living across the country or unable to make the trip downtown. Anyone interested in entering the contest or viewing the all-new MINI Countryman can visit http://www.facebook.com/MINI.canada. For more information on MINI, please visit MINI.ca
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BMW Group Canada

BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 41 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 26 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.
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The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. Revenues totaled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates.

The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.

Shining a light on safe holiday decorating

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Mississauga, ON – Many Ontarians are planning to purchase electrical products during this holiday season, however, almost half (49 percent) do not look for electrical safety symbols when purchasing electrical merchandise including indoor and outdoor holiday decorations. Safety certification symbols are designed to help consumers determine which products have been tested and meet safety standards.

A Leger Marketing survey, commissioned by the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority, highlights this and other potentially dangerous missteps that Ontarians should be aware of this holiday season.

“Always look for the certification symbol when shopping for electrical products and when pulling out old holiday decorations,” says Peter Marcucci, P.Eng, vice-president and chief public safety officer, Electrical Safety Authority. “Decorations without an approval mark should be replaced to ensure the safety and well-being of your home and loved ones.”

The survey also reveals that many Ontarians – 46 percent – do not thoroughly examine extension cords and electrical holiday decorations for damage before using them. This raises concern, especially in light of the fact that 10 percent of home fires are a result of faulty extension cords and wiring. Before hanging any holiday décor, carefully check cords, cables, lights and even outlets for deterioration – especially from exposure to extreme weather conditions.

One of the least known dangers of holiday decorating includes the potential for contact with overhead power lines when using ladders. With 85 percent of Ontarians indicating that they do not check for overhead powerlines it is important to remember to “look up and look out” to identify power lines before you start. Powerline contact accounted for half of all the electrocutions in Ontario over the last 10 years. Don’t take any chances for the sake of holiday decorating and be aware of the power lines, both above and buried on your property.

The Ontario Electrical Safety Authority has provided the following decorating safety tips to ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season:

* Always look for the mark of a recognized certification agency on electrical products prior to purchasing them; for a complete list visit http://www.esasafe.com
* Ensure your extension cords and holiday decorations are rated for the intended use (indoor versus outdoor) and always check cords and light strings to ensure they are not damaged prior to use
* Replace burned-out bulbs with properly rated bulbs following the manufacturer instructions
* “Look up and look out” for overhead power lines before extending ladders to climb on roofs or trees to decorate
* Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets, or portable GFCI outlets, when plugging in outdoors to avoid potential shock hazards

Other interesting statistics from the survey include the following:

* 54 percent of Ontarians thoroughly examine extension cords and electrical holiday decorations for damage before using them
* Only one in three Ontarians follow the directions provided to them with new electrical holiday decorations
* 39 percent of Ontarians are planning to purchase electrical products during the holiday season

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The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is responsible for enforcing electrical safety standards in Ontario and protecting the public from electrical hazards.

For more information, please visit http://www.esasafe.com.

Speak up, take the pledge and help save a life

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LCBO’s “Deflate the Elephant” campaign launches new solutions to help prevent drinking and driving this holiday season

December 13, 2010 @ 01:00PM

The LCBO is encouraging Ontarians to go online and take the pledge to help prevent drinking and driving as part of its “Deflate the Elephant” social responsibility campaign. A new Facebook site invites visitors to pledge their commitment to helping prevent friends, family, and colleagues from getting behind the wheel impaired after a holiday party or get-together.

The site also enables users to exchange responsible hosting tips, view and share some 50 alcohol-free “Mocktail” recipes, and link to the campaign’s official website at http://www.deflatetheelephant.com.

“This campaign acknowledges that drinking and driving can often be the “elephant in the room”– an uncomfortable conversation for many to have with friends and guests. By offering practical tips and hosting solutions, ‘Deflate the Elephant’ aims to empower people to speak up and help prevent impaired driving,” explains LCBO President and CEO Bob Peter.

The LCBO is also making it easier to address this difficult subject through “Speak Up!” – a new free iPhone application which allows users to send pre-recorded messages to guests before and during a party to help ensure they get home safely. A demonstration video on how to use this iPhone app is also available. The app also contains some 50 delicious, easy-to-make, alcohol-free Mocktail recipes to serve and enjoy.

Visitors to LCBO’s “Deflate the Elephant” English and French websites will find seasonal responsible hosting and winter safety tips, party checklists, Mocktail recipes and a unique interactive challenge which simulates typical home entertaining scenarios. Two 15-second TV commercials will air on major primetime shows and online TV channels throughout December to support the campaign.

For more information on this campaign, visit http://www.deflatetheelephant.com. For more information about other LCBO social responsibility programs, visit http://www.lcbo.com/sr.
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“This campaign acknowledges that drinking and driving can often be the “elephant in the room”– an uncomfortable conversation for many to have with friends and guests. By offering practical tips and hosting solutions, ‘Deflate the Elephant’ aims to empower people to speak up and help prevent impaired driving.”

Bob Peter, President, and CEO, LCBO

Gift and prepaid cards may carry fees

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FCAC advises consumers to look before they buy

December 13, 2010 @ 12:00PM

Ottawa – Gift cards and other prepaid cards have become a popular gift-giving option. But they can cost more than the amount printed on the front—and they can mean costs for the gift recipient, too. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) has just produced a tip sheet, Prepaid Cards: 10 Things to Consider Before Buying to help consumers learn more about prepaid cards.

“Before you buy a prepaid card as a gift or for yourself, make sure you know all the costs and conditions these cards carry,” suggests FCAC Commissioner Ursula Menke. “Fees, expiry dates, ease of use, what happens to an outstanding balance, whether the card can be replaced if it is lost or stolen—these are just some of things to consider, and they vary depending on the card.”

There are two main types of prepaid cards. Both require you to pay upfront to “load” money on to a card for later use and both are sometimes called “gift cards”. Prepaid cards from retailers can only be used at a single store or group of stores, such as a chain or a shopping mall. Other prepaid cards, usually branded with a payment card network operator’s logo, such as Visa, MasterCard or American Express, can be used with most merchants that display that network’s logo.

“The only way to find out the fees and conditions that apply to the card you’re considering is to read the information in the prepaid card agreement carefully before you buy it,” emphasized the Commissioner. “A $50 prepaid card with an activation fee of $4.95 means that you are paying close to 10 percent of the card’s value just to use it.” There may also be a fee for checking your balance, customizing, replacing or loading money onto your card. Purchase fees, a monthly maintenance fee or dormancy fees could also apply. If there is an expiry date, you may lose the money still left on the card when it expires.

There are other options. Compare the costs and benefits of using gift cards versus other forms of payment. For gift–giving, cash or a cheque might also be a good choice. If you’re buying for yourself, a debit or credit card may have lower fees or be more convenient.

To help you make this comparison, FCAC’s Bank Account Selector Tool outlines the fees that might apply to debit card transactions. For tips on how to reduce costs with your credit card, see FCAC’s Choosing the Right Credit Card for You. FCAC’s Credit Card Selector Tool has details on approximately 250 credit cards available in Canada, including more than 70 that charge no annual fee.

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Consumers have advised that gift and prepaid cards may cost more than the amount printed on the front. There might also be costs for card users. If you’re considering buying these cards for yourself or someone else, take the time to ask about the fees and conditions that may apply. The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has just produced a helpful tip sheet, Prepaid Cards: 10 Things to Consider Before Buying. For more information, go to fcac.gc.ca.
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“Before you buy a prepaid card as a gift or for yourself, make sure you know all the costs and conditions these cards carry. Fees, expiry dates, ease of use, what happens to an outstanding balance, whether the card can be replaced if it is lost or stolen—these are just some of things to consider, and they vary depending on the card.”

“The only way to find out the fees and conditions that apply to the card you’re considering is to read the information in the prepaid card agreement carefully before you buy it. A $50 prepaid card with an activation fee of $4.95 means that you are paying close to 10 percent of the card’s value just to use it.”

Ursula Menke, FCAC Commissioner
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About FCAC

With educational materials and interactive tools, FCAC provides objective information about financial products and services and informs consumers about their rights and responsibilities when dealing with banks and federally regulated trust, loan and insurance companies. Through its financial literacy program, FCAC helps Canadians increase their financial knowledge and confidence in managing their personal finances. FCAC also makes sure that federally regulated financial institutions and payment card network operators comply with legislation and agreements intended to protect consumers.

You can reach us through the FCAC Consumer Contact Centre by calling toll-free 1-866-461-3222 (TTY: 613-947-7771 or 1-866-914-6097) or by visiting our website: fcac.gc.ca.

Get connected to great rewards this holiday season

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– AIR MILES® launches first Canadian loyalty mobile application, helping holiday shoppers earn rewards on the go –

December 08, 2010 @ 07:30AM

TORONTO – Canadians can deck their halls and earn AIR MILES reward miles – on the go! More than 10 million active AIR MILES Collectors use the program to get the most value out of their holiday purchases. Now, Collectors can enjoy even more opportunities to stuff their stockings with the AIR MILES mobile application available for iPhone and BlackBerry users. The first loyalty application of its kind for smartphone users in Canada, it allows Collectors to easily find AIR MILES Sponsors wherever they are, get access to exclusive bonus offers and use mobile offers in-store. With 75 percent of all Canadian households owning a mobile phone1 and nearly one-third of them using a smartphone2, the new mobile application makes it easier for Collectors to earn more reward miles this holiday.

“Whether you’re picking up groceries for a holiday dinner or a last-minute gift for your hosts, the AIR MILES mobile app makes it easy to earn every reward mile possible on purchases,” says Emmie Fukuchi, Senior Director, and General Manager, Digital and New Media, AIR MILES. “And with more than 10,000 Sponsor locations, Collectors can quickly find the closest AIR MILES Sponsor locations in Canada. Collectors can also use the app to check-in at Sponsor locations nearby, providing them with relevant offers!”

Key Features of the AIR MILES Mobile Application:
Account balance on the go: Once signed-in to the application, Collectors can see their AIR MILES account balance and browse featured rewards.

GPS tracks down the deals: The application uses Collectors’ smartphone GPS systems to find their current location and show a map of nearby Sponsors.

Check-in to earn more: When Collectors check-in at any Sponsor location, they receive all relevant offers so that they can maximize their earning on-the-spot. Some Sponsors may offer bonus reward miles simply for checking-in.

Never miss another reward mile: The application creates a digital version of the AIR MILES Collector card that shoppers can show at many Sponsor check-outs.

The application is available for download at the iTunes App Store and BlackBerry App WorldTM. Visit http://www.airmiles.ca/mobileapp for more information.

Collectors with other smartphones can use the new mobile-friendly version of airmiles.ca to check their account balance, browse bonus offers and find Sponsor locations by postal code. Simply visit http://www.airmiles.ca from their mobile browser.

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1. “The insider’s guide to mobile Web marketing in Canada,” mobiThinking, http://mobithinking.com/guide-mobile-web-canada, accessed 12/1/10.
2. “Customer Loyalty and Advocacy for Wireless Phone Providers in Canada Declines Notably Amid Rapidly Evolving Technology and a Changing Competitive Landscape,” JD Powers & Associates, http://businesscenter.jdpower.com/news/pressrelease.aspx?ID=2009242), accessed 12/1/10.

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About the AIR MILES Reward Program:

Founded in 1992, the AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada’s premier coalition loyalty program. More than 10 million active Collector accounts, representing approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households, actively participate in the Program. The AIR MILES Reward Program allows Collectors to indulge in leisure, entertainment, merchandise, travel and other lifestyle rewards quickly, simply by doing their everyday shopping for products and services at AIR MILES Sponsors. AIR MILES reward miles can be redeemed for more than 1,200 different rewards, such as movie passes, family attractions, electronic merchandise, sports and recreation, travel and more.

theScore & FanXchange Offer Fans a Faster Way to Find Tickets

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December 09, 2010 @ 11:45AM

TORONTO — Buying tickets to see the next big game just got a whole lot easier! FanXchange, Canada’s online ticket marketplace, and theScore, home to hardcore sports fans, announced their newest offering to simplify the hunt for the best tickets. The new alliance enables users to quickly search for seats contextually via theScore.com to buy their sports tickets in real-time, safely and securely.

“Our relationship with FanXchange fits well with our mandate of delivering interactive and authentic sports entertainment to our audience,” said Benjie Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Score Media Inc. “theScore.com has a strong and growing fan base and we’re confident this is a feature they will find valuable.”

Brandon Koffler, President of FanXchange, adds, “There was the great synergy from the moment we first approached theScore. It was always our intention to build the FanXchange brand by extending our offering, so partnering with an iconic sports lifestyle property like theScore was the perfect complement to our brand’s evolution.”

FanXchange empowers fans to buy and sell tickets to sports, music and theatre events across North America and maintains the country’s largest inventory, averaging 5.5 million tickets. The site guarantees fans a safe and legitimate transaction along with a money-back guarantee. This partnership allows FanXchange to further enhance their long-standing brand promise: Find the Best Seats, Shop Safely Online and Get Overnight Shipping. These intrinsic elements of the FanXchange service and the recent alliance strengthens the value to sports fans — by putting their needs first. The FanXchange Ticket Centre on theScore.com makes a real difference to fans facing the challenge of finding the tickets they want.

The launch phase is supported with an integrated campaign for digital, TV and editorial advertising. Toronto’s SPOKE Agency continues their three-year relationship with FanXchange to lead the strategy, creative and technology development for the ongoing partnership.

“Our brand is built on the idea that a fan to fan exchange should be safe and easy,” says Koffler. “theScore partnership gets hardcore sports fans closer to the action with some of the hottest tickets out there.”

Sports fans can find tickets faster on theScore.com starting Wednesday, December 8, 2010.
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About FanXchange Ltd.

FanXchange is Canada’s online ticket marketplace. The community is built upon a guaranteed experience that enables buyers and sellers alike to purchase tickets for local and national Music, Sporting and Theatre events. FanXchange has a wide selection of tickets and works with users to expand the offering on a daily basis.
The management team at FanXchange are experienced leaders in the entertainment, leisure and hospitality industries. We are dedicated to bringing you the very best in entertainment; making it accessible at the global level. FanXchange.com was established in the Spring of 2008 and remains committed to delivering a safe and fun buying experience. All transactions are protected by the FanX Guarantee to ensure 100% customer satisfaction — each and every time. Sellers love us too! We empower individuals and corporate partners to list their tickets and connect them to a national network of qualified buyers.

FanXchange Ltd. is a privately-owned Canadian corporation, based in Toronto.

Happy Holidays from Donna Magazine

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I wish you a peaceful, prosperous and perfect holiday. Please keep on reading and thank you for your continued support. May God Bless You!!!

Canadians Invited to Send Video Holiday Wishes to Canadian Troops

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December 02, 2010 @ 08:00AM

TORONTO – Sears is calling on all Canadians to send video messages to Canadian troops who will be away from their families this holiday season as part of a special program unveiled today.

It’s part of Operation Wish, sponsored by Sears Canada in coordination with Director General Personnel and Family Support Services (DGPFSS). The program is intended to connect Canadian troops with their families and the general public during the Holidays. Now in its fifth year, Sears Operation Wish 2010 invites, for the first time, the public to upload their video greetings to Canadian troops through a special web page: http://www.sears.ca/operationwish. Follow the on-screen directions to upload a video greeting.

“I have been with our troops in Afghanistan for the Holidays and I’ve seen first-hand the joy that these messages of support can bring to our men and women in uniform,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “It may seem like a small gesture, but the efforts of strangers to bring military personnel some elements of comfort and home means a great deal to the Defence family.”

“Once again, this year, Sears has chosen to show its support for the men and women of our Canadian Forces who are posted overseas and for their families through Operation Wish,” said Brigadier-General (ret’d) David E. Martin, Director General of the DGPFSS. “This type of attention is heartwarming and proves to the members of the Canadian Forces that they are not alone during the time of their posting. For this and other such small acts of kindness, we are very grateful.”

The site was officially launched at a special ceremony at Sears stores in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Quebec City and Halifax today that also featured the unveiling of a huge 8’x4’ banner that the public can sign before it is shipped off to the troops. All the banners will be available to be signed right through December 8th before they are sent to the Canadian air base in Afghanistan in time for Christmas.

There are currently about 2900 Canadian troops stationed abroad over the Christmas time period.

“The Holiday season is a season of celebrations and family, a joyous time,” said Dene Rogers, President, and CEO, Sears Canada. “For our troops and their families, however, this time of year is difficult because of the immense geographical separation. The objective with Operation Wish is Sears way to make the season brighter for our deployed troops and their families. We hope Canadians agree and add their messages for the troops and their families to see.”

In addition to the special web portal and the cities displaying banners that will go to Afghanistan, there are also banners at Sears department stores, hometown dealer stores, and catalogue outlets in military cities across the country and those banners will then be displayed at local bases. The DGPFSS works closely with Sears to get the banners to Afghanistan on time for Christmas.

Operation Wish also allows Canadian troops deployed abroad to play Santa to their family back home by placing a customized order from the Sears Wish Book catalogue online. Copies of the Sears Wish Book catalogue were sent to Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel deployed to global operational missions several weeks ago with special instructions on how to place their orders.

The DGPFSS develops and delivers morale and welfare programs, activities and services to members of the Canadian Forces and their families, in Canada and overseas. In addition to the national DGFPSS organization, Military Family Resource Centres (MFRC) operate at military bases across Canada. They are not-for-profit organizations dedicated to enhancing the quality of military family lives through a range of services and programs to meet the needs of each military community.
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Sears Canada is a multi-channel retailer with a network of 197 corporate stores, 241 hometown dealer stores, 31 home improvement showrooms, over 1,800 catalogue merchandise pick-up locations, 108 Sears Travel offices and a nationwide home maintenance, repair, and installation network. The Company also publishes Canada’s most extensive general merchandise catalogue and offers shopping online at http://www.sears.ca.

Holiday Greetings from America

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Friend —

This time of year, Americans around the country are taking the time to exchange heartfelt messages with friends and loved ones, reflecting on the past year. They write of achievements and setbacks, of births, graduations, promotions, and moves.

These messages allow us to overcome the miles that separate us. And they allow us to continue one of the most basic American traditions that have held folks close for centuries — the simple sharing of stories.

And as families gather around holiday tables this season, we also have the opportunity to share the stories of the change this movement has achieved together.

It is a narrative woven by individuals across America — in big cities and small towns, hospitals, and classrooms, in auto manufacturing plants and auto supply stores.

These are stories of rebuilding, and of innovation. Stories of communities breathing new life into old roads and bridges, of local plants harnessing alternative fuel into new energy. Stories of small businesses getting up, dusting themselves off, and beginning to grow again. Stories of soldiers who served multiple tours of duty in Iraq now coming home — and enjoying the holidays this year in the company of loved ones.

These are stories of progress.

They unite us, and they are ours to share.

We’ve pulled many of them together in one place, PROGRESS. You can see what our reforms have meant to Americans in every state — block by block, community by community.

Click here to read about stories of progress in your area — and share them with your friends and family.

The reforms that we fought long and hard for are not talking points.

And their effects don’t change based on the whims of politicians in Washington. They are achievements that have a real and meaningful impact on the lives of Americans around the country. They are achievements that would not have been possible without you. PROGRESS localizes them — and brings them to life.

It tells of how a green technology business in Phoenix, Arizona, is using a grant from the Recovery Act’s Transportation Electrification program to bring the first electric-drive vehicles and charging stations to cities around the country.

It tells how, thanks to closing the “donut hole” in prescription drug coverage, a diabetic woman in Burlington, Vermont will no longer have to choose between purchasing her monthly groceries or the insulin she needs to survive.

It tells about how 136,000 Pennsylvania residents’ jobs were saved or created by the Recovery Act.

And about how, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 22,900 small businesses in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District are now eligible for health care tax credits — and how 17,500 residents in Idaho’s 1st with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.

There are thousands of more stories like these.

In the coming days, as we gather with our loved ones at dinner tables around the nation, let’s pass them on. Let’s celebrate the spirit of service and responsibility that brought them to fruition. And let’s steady us with the resolve to continue pressing forward.

Because the coming year will hold new challenges — battles that have yet to be fought, and stories of progress that have yet to be written.

Take a look at the progress we’ve made in your area — and share the stories you read with your friends and family:

http://progress.barackobama.com

Happy holidays and God bless,

Barack

P.S. — Last week, seven OFA volunteers joined me at the White House for a special meeting — and they brought along your feedback from the Vote 2010 campaign. It was incredibly meaningful for me to be able to hear directly from supporters like you. And your input will be front and center as we plot our course moving forward into the new year. Please take a couple minutes to check out some photos and stories from the meeting.

Tattooed with 100,000 Websites!

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December 06, 2010 @ 01:00AM

MONTREAL– Patrick Vaillancourt, a 29-year-old from Montreal, will attempt to break a world record by being tattooed with 100,000 Internet addresses. The time limit: one year. But judging by the interest the Back 2 The Light project has already aroused, Patrick Vaillancourt has every hope of becoming the man with “the most Websites tattooed on his body” before summer 2011.

But where did this ambitious and somewhat zany idea originate? “I woke up one morning and just felt like taking up the challenge,” says Patrick Vaillancourt. “I’m not an athlete and I can’t run like a gazelle, but I do have the guts to get tattooed!” explains Mr. Vaillancourt, who will be donating more than half the money raised through the project to humanitarian organization CARE Canada (www.care.ca). “I want to break a Guinness world record, but more importantly I want to help others. And this is my way of doing so.” Prior to embarking on the Back 2 The Light project, Patrick, who is the father of a young son, made several inquiries before determining which organization he would donate the proceeds to. “I chose CARE Canada because its mission touches me personally. The organization’s aid workers and volunteers work directly with the community, and in particular with women and children in Haiti.” “This is also the reason why Amauta Internet Marketing decided to become the main sponsor,” says Amauta president Hernan Cespedes. (www.amautamarketing.com).

How does it work?
Patrick Vaillancourt invites businesses, big and small, as well as individuals, to have their Internet address inscribed on his back at minimal cost. And Facebook and Twitter pages are also eligible! What’s more, participants will be given additional visibility thanks to the creation of the http://www.back2thelight.com Website with integrated hyperlinks that will, among other things, boost the search engine positioning of the participants’ sites. And the Back 2 The Light site has already attracted thousands of visitors.

Though Patrick Vaillancourt may be a “spontaneous guy,” he is also a man of real conviction and passion who’s not afraid of getting involved. “The Back 2 The Light project is really important to me and that’s why I’m putting so much time and energy into it.”

To find out more about the project or to help make this Guinness world record a success, visit http://www.back2thelight.com.

Young and Newly Licensed Drivers Especially Vulnerable to “Drugging and Driving” During Holidays

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Allstate Canada’s Home for the Holidays program emphasizes impaired driving consequences

December 06, 2010 @ 06:00AM

TORONTO – At a time when the incidence of impaired driving due to prescription and illegal drug use is on the rise, many young and newly licensed drivers will be spending their first holiday season on the road, vulnerable to the temptations of over-indulgence. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada has created the Home for the Holidays program to educate these young drivers in particular about the breadth of consequences that will ensue should they decide to drive while impaired.

“Drugging and Driving” facts

* In 2006, drug use while driving was estimated to be a factor in over 13 percent of traffic fatalities in Canada.
* In fact, a study of fatal car crashes in Canada from 2000–2007 showed that more drivers who were 18 or under had drugs in their system as opposed to alcohol (30.4 percent vs. 29.6 percent).
* More than 60 percent of those who use illegal drugs are between 15–24 years old, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in Ottawa.

The non-fatal consequences of impaired driving
Consequences if a young driver tests positive for alcohol or drugs at a roadside stop:

* Automatic licence suspension for 90 days;
* Charged under section 253a of the Criminal Code of Canada — operating a vehicle while impaired.

Consequences if a young driver is convicted of impaired driving:

* Fined a minimum of $600;
* Licence suspension for a minimum of one year;
* Ineligible to buy car insurance from a standard insurer for three years and will have to buy from a very expensive high-risk insurer;
* Damage to a young driver’s reputation, as an impaired driving conviction could follow them for the rest of their life, potentially damaging their chances at future employment;
* Explain their reckless behavior to their friends and family.

As part of its commitment to keep Canada’s roads and communities safe, Allstate Canada is a proud sponsor of MADD Canada’s Project Red Ribbon campaign. Allstate Canada encourages members of every community to visit their local Allstate Agency to pick up a MADD Canada Red Ribbon in support of sober driving this holiday season. Drivers who display the red ribbon on their car, are making a personal commitment to driving sober this December and throughout the year. For more information about impaired driving, visit goodhandsadvice.ca.

Video

A new video is available to embed on online news websites. It tells the tragic story of Terri Callaway and shows young people the many consequences of impaired driving.

To view and embed: http://bit.ly/impaireddriving

Extended Broadcast Quality Broll footage is also available. It includes interviews, a simulated arrest, jail scene and drug and alcohol testing.

Broadcast quality download: http://bit.ly/impaireddrivingbroll
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“Your parents would rather get a late night call from a party than from the hospital or the police station. We are asking young drivers to be responsible and call a taxi or stay at a friend’s house if you are not in a condition to drive.”

Saskia Matheson, official spokesperson for Allstate Canada

“Incidents involving young drivers are especially troubling as the level of driving experience is low. Anything that impairs their ability to react to a dangerous situation only increases the risk of serious injury or death.”

Chief Armand La Barge of the York Regional Police

“Although the misuse of drugs has long been considered a major social problem, the acute and devastating consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs has only recently come to the forefront as a public health and safety issue.”

Douglas J. Beirness, researcher at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
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About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of Canada’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products. “The Good Hands Network®” enables consumers to contact Allstate Canada through one of 93 community-based Agencies, directly online at http://www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-Allstate. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement. In 2010, Allstate Canada, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), created the Allstate All-Canadians program, a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada’s hockey youth. Learn more at http://www.allstate.all-canadians.com.

C.C. Chapman to show Ottawa marketers how to make their content rule

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Ottawa to be the first stop on marketing expert’s North American book tour

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On December 8, 2010, marketing expert and social media icon C.C. Chapman will travel from Boston to share his secrets to content marketing and social media with the Ottawa business community in the first stop on his North American book tour. Well known for his extensive writing, audio and video podcasts and his work for major international brands including HBO, Coca-Cola, and American Eagle Outfitters, C.C. Chapman is one of the leading voices on marketing and new media.

Co-written with Ann Handley, editor of the popular marketing community MarketingProfs, Content Rules explores the importance of content in online marketing, and how businesses of any size can use blogs, podcasts, webinars and eBooks to promote their businesses.

“Every business of any size needs to have a content strategy integrated into their marketing plans to be successful in today’s business world,” says Chapman.

Social media is the term on every marketer’s lips, and though it continues to be a divisive issue in boardrooms and among regulators, there have been many examples over the past years that confirm that social media, when well-executed, can sell products, raise awareness, and build communities around brands. For many small businesses and associations, social media can seem overwhelming, but in reality, it can be a low-cost way for small businesses to compete without the need for large marketing budgets.

“The great thing about content is that it does not have to cost a lot of money. As we talk about in the book, any organizations with any budget can successfully leverage content marketing and be successful at it.”

The talk will be the final event of the year in Social Media Breakfast Ottawa speaker series, which has been bringing in speakers both locally and from abroad for the past three years.

“We started this with the intent of helping local business people understand how online marketing is changing,” says Rob Lane, CEO of Overlay.TV and co-organizer of the event. “Normally, to see this calibre of the speaker, you need to attend a thousand-dollar conference. We’ve really tried to keep the price affordable by charging a ticket price that’s just high enough to cover our costs.”

The event takes place in the main theatre of the GCTC’s Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre, located at 1233 Wellington St. W. (at Holland). Tickets for the event are $38 and include a copy of C.C. Chapman’s book, Content Rules. Tickets can be purchased online at http://smbottawa20.eventbrite.com.
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“Every business of any size needs to have a content strategy integrated into their marketing plans to be successful in today’s business world.”

C.C. Chapman, marketing expert and social media icon

“We started this with the intent of helping local business people understand how online marketing is changing. Normally, to see this calibre of the speaker, you need to attend a thousand-dollar conference. We’ve really tried to keep the price affordable by charging a ticket price that’s just high enough to cover our costs.”

Rob Lane, CEO of Overlay.TV and co-organizer of the event
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Since 2008, SMBOttawa events are inspired and have evolved from the Social Media Breakfast concept started in Boston:

“. . . as an almost-monthly event where social media experts and newbies alike come together to eat, meet, share and learn. Marketers, PR pros, entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, new media fanatics, and online social networkers are all welcome to attend.”

SMBOttawa is organized and hosted by:

Ryan Anderson, Fat Canary
Simon Chen, Ramius Corporation
Rob Lane, Overlay.TV

NIVEA Kicks-Off the Kiss the One You Love Contest to Bring Together Two Couples in Times Square on New Year’s Eve

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Share Your Story and Vote to Reunite Couples as They Prepare to be Kissed this NYE

December 06, 2010 @ 02:45PM

WILTON, CT – NIVEA announced today a call for entries for the Kiss the One You Love Contest on Facebook, a viral campaign that aims to bring together couples that may otherwise be kept apart this holiday season, to share their love stories for a chance to win the opportunity to spend New Year’s Eve together in Times Square. Facebook users can vote for their favorite couple and ultimately decide which two winning couples will be flown to New York City and prepare to be kissed when the clock strikes midnight. Two winning couples will experience one of the most important kisses of the year in Times Square during the world’s most exciting New Year’s Eve celebration.

“NIVEA believes in the importance of human connections,” said Magnus Jonsson Vice President, Marketing at Beiersdorf Inc. “There are so many couples across the country and beyond that are separated at this time of year and we are thrilled that through the launch of the Kiss the One You Love Contest, we can help to reunite a few lucky couples with powerful love stories while helping America prepare for one of the most important kisses of the year. NIVEA Lip Care provides hours of moisturization so you are always ready for that perfect kiss.”

Prepare to be Kissed with Bill and Giuliana Rancic
NIVEA enlisted the help of America’s most romantic, well-known long-distance couple, TV personalities Bill and Giuliana Rancic, to help lovers all over the county prepare to be kissed this year. The winning Kiss the One You Love Contest couples will join Bill and Giuliana as they host NIVEA’s third annual New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of Times Square, the epicenter of New Year’s Eve celebrations around the world.

“Bill and I are thrilled to partner with NIVEA and help to bring together these special couples,” said Giuliana Rancic. “We started our whirlwind romance long-distance, so we can certainly empathize with anyone who is a part during the holidays. It’s important to make the most of the times that you’re together and we’re so excited that two lucky couples will win the opportunity to come to Times Square for New Year’s Eve and have an unforgettable midnight kiss.”

Giving Couples A Chance to Reunite for New Year’s Eve
Starting December 1st, couples can log onto Facebook.com/NIVEAusa and share their stories of love and how they have been kept apart this holiday season on a personal profile page, complete with an (optional) photo and personal URL. The couple’s entry will also be viewable on the main contest page where consumers can view and vote on their favorite love stories.

Added features of NIVEA’s Kiss the One You Love Contest application include easy sharing capabilities featuring visuals of the couple so they can rally their friends and family to vote by forwarding their profile as well as posting contest details on personal walls and link to Twitter to capture votes. Voting will come to a close on December 23, 2010, at 11:59 PM and the winning couples will be announced on December 28th via Facebook. To upload your story and vote for your favorite couple, visit Facebook.com/NIVEAusa.

NIVEA and New Year’s Eve: A Perfect Match
As the official sponsor of the Times Square Alliance New Year’s Eve Celebration for the third consecutive year, NIVEA will help prep the lips of thousands of people in Times Square with long-lasting hydration in A Kiss of Smoothness as they prepare for one of the year’s most memorable kisses as the clock strikes midnight. In fact, four out of five people found lips kissable and perfectly hydrated with the help of NIVEA.

Throughout the evening, the NIVEA Kiss Platform will feature memorable moments to entertain the crowd. NIVEA will paint Times Square blue and white creating the signature “sea of blue” featuring New Year’s Eve accessories and NIVEA Lip Care products to protect the lips of revelers in Times Square as they prepare to be kissed on New Year’s Eve.
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About NIVEA

NIVEA is a leading manufacturer of consumer products for skin and beauty care. The NIVEA brand portfolio includes NIVEA, NIVEA Lip Care, NIVEA Body Wash, and NIVEA For Men. For more information on NIVEA, visit our Web site, http://www.niveausa.com.
About Beiersdorf AG

NIVEA is owned by Beiersdorf AG, a leading manufacturer of branded consumer products for skin and beauty care, with over 125 years of experience in research and development, and a strong global presence. The company produces leading international brands such as NIVEA, Eucerin, la prairie, Juvena, Labello, 8×4, Futuro, Florena, Hansaplast/Elastoplast and Tesa. For more information, visit http://www.beiersdorfusa.com.
About Times Square New Year’s Eve

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year’s Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge, and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life. Countdown Entertainment, which represents the owners of One Times Square, and the New Year’s Eve Ball, is a marketing management and consulting services company specializing in the Times Square area.

Action Canada seeks nominations of promising young Canadians

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VANCOUVER – Canada’s foremost leadership program, Action Canada, is seeking nominations of promising young Canadians in their early career years to participate in our 2011/2012 national fellowship program.

Action Canada’s goal is to enhance Fellows’ leadership skills and their understanding of Canada and its policy choices and build an exceptional network of leaders for our time.

Up to 20 nominees from across the country will be selected to participate in this 11-month program focused on leadership development. Fellows will attend six intensives, four to five-day working conferences around the country, and work together on public policy projects of significance to Canada. They’ll also join the vibrant Action Canada Network of Fellows.

This unique experience requires a substantial time commitment and Fellows must undertake the program in addition to their regular employment or other endeavours in which they are engaged.

The 2011/2012 theme is Advancing Canada’s national interests in economic and business policy.

A national organization based in Vancouver, B.C., Action Canada is a partnership between the private sector and the federal government that is committed to building leadership for Canada’s future.

For nomination information or to learn more about Action Canada and our Fellows, visit http://www.actioncanada.ca.

The nomination deadline is 5:00 pm PT, Tuesday, 15 February 2011.

New video series launched to help teens manage food allergies

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December 09, 2010 @ 08:00AM

Toronto – Anaphylaxis Canada launched a new video series today to help teenagers effectively manage their food allergies and stay safe. This group faces unique challenges in trying to manage potentially life-threatening allergies in various social situations, from attending school to dating, socializing and working. In addition, peer pressure, a tendency towards risky behaviour and the occasional negative portrayal of food allergy – consider this commercial by a US matchmaker service – create a demand for positive, informative messages.

The Anaphylaxis Canada Teen Video Series created by and for teens depicts five real-life scenarios and offers tips on coping with these challenges and staying safe. The videos can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/anaphylaxiscanada.

“Communicating directly with teens about managing risks and encouraging them to take responsibility for their allergies can help reduce instances of allergic reactions and prepare them for adulthood,” said Kyle Dine, Program Coordinator at Anaphylaxis Canada.

Recent Canadian research indicates that more than 2 million Canadians, including a high number of young people, are affected by food allergy. One in two Canadians knows someone with a serious allergy. As avoidance of allergens is the only sure means of preventing a potentially life-threatening anaphylactic reaction, communicating strategies that help teens self-protect is critical, as is the knowledge and understanding of friends and fellow students.

Educating in forums that teens are comfortable with and will respond to is important. Consider that a 2009 U.S. study of college and university-aged students with food allergies revealed a high number of them are taking unnecessary risks when it comes to managing their allergies. For example, more than 75% of those surveyed do not maintain an epinephrine auto-injector (e.g. EpiPen® or Twinject®) while 60% do not avoid the food to which they are allergic.

Reaction to the videos has been extremely positive. Some examples:

* Alex Chippin is a 17-year-old student with allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, and chickpeas. He calls the videos useful because “They prepare you for a lot of realistic situations that will come up and teaches you how to react”.

* Kemrani Khan is the mother of a 17-year-old boy with allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. “I really like the videos as they serve to remind my son to remain vigilant at all times and also helps to give friends and family a better perspective on the challenges my son faces on a daily basis.”

* Daniel Loberto, a 17-year-old high school student with no food allergies, still found the videos helpful. “These videos helped me gain a better understanding of what it’s like to live with severe food allergies and how challenging it can be.”

Anaphylaxis Canada’s Teen Video Series is the latest initiative in its Why Risk It? allergy awareness program targeted at pre-teens, teenagers, and young adults. More information about the program can be found at http://www.whyriskit.ca.
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“Communicating directly with teens about managing risks and encouraging them to take responsibility for their allergies can help reduce instances of allergic reactions and prepare them for adulthood.”

Kyle Dine, Program Coordinator at Anaphylaxis Canada
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Anaphylaxis Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those at risk for anaphylaxis and those who care for them. We are committed to creating a safer world for people with food allergies through research, education, and advocacy. http://www.anaphylaxis.ca.

SUBARU CANADA: BEST NOVEMBER SALES ON RECORD

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Sales surpass 25,000 units for best year ever

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is thrilled to announce that sales of its lineup of Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive vehicles have set a new record for November as well as a new milestone in company history. Total sales climbed to 2,567 units, up 15.9 percent over last November. These record-breaking results also catapulted Subaru over the 25,000-unit mark, making 2010 the best year in company history with still another month left to continue the momentum. Year-to-date sales are up 20.7 percent, fortifying Subaru Canada’s position as the fastest growing Japanese manufacturer in Canada for 2010.

Strong sales of Forester and Outback contributed to the best November ever for both models: Forester sales rose by 32.6 percent over the same month last year, also making this past month the best one on record for this true SUV. Similarly, sales were up 27.5 percent over last November for the 2011 Outback, which was recently named Auto123.com’s Wagon of the Year for the second year in a row.

“Canadians have embraced our vehicle lineup because it offers a compelling blend of excitement, efficiency, safety, quality, and reliability – in all seasons and under all road conditions,” said Shiro Ohta, president, and CEO of SCI. “We remain committed to building vehicles that will resonate with drivers who value their time behind the wheel.”

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.

Les ventes de Chrysler Canada bondissent de 34 % en novembre

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* 12 mois de croissance consécutifs d’une année sur l’autre
* Les ventes totales font un bond de 34 % en novembre
* Les ventes les plus élevées depuis 2002 pour un mois de novembre
* Les ventes de véhicules de marque JeepMD progressent de 41 %
* Meilleures ventes pour un mois de novembre des véhicules Dodge Grand Caravan et Dodge Journey et des camionnettes Ram

WINDSOR, ON, le 1er déc. /CNW/ – Chrysler Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui une croissance des ventes pour un douzième mois consécutif avec 15 308 unités vendues, soit un bond de 34 % par rapport à novembre 2009, et des ventes cumulatives annuelles en hausse de 28 %. Les ventes au détail ont affiché une hausse de 80 %, le meilleur résultat à ce chapitre depuis 2002 pour un mois de novembre.

« Nous sommes dans le dernier droit d’une très bonne année », a déclaré Reid Bigland, président et chef de la direction de Chrysler Canada. « La production est en hausse de 76 % dans nos usines canadiennes, les ventes ont progressé de 28 %, et nous avons 14 nouveaux produits en cours de lancement. »

Trois véhicules, la Dodge Grand Caravan, le Dodge Journey et la camionnette Ram, ont affiché des résultats records pour un mois de novembre. La Dodge Grand Caravan, troisième véhicule le plus vendu au Canada, a enregistré des ventes de 4 413 unités, en hausse de 29 % par rapport au mois de novembre 2009. Les ventes du Dodge Journey, le véhicule multisegment le plus vendu au Canada, ont fait un gain de 30 %, à raison de 2 146 unités vendues. La camionnette Ram a affiché des ventes de 4 372 unités, une hausse de 138 % par rapport à 2009. De plus, les ventes du Ram Heavy Duty primé ont bondi de 296 % en novembre.

« La technologie diesel dont nous avons doté le Ram Heavy Duty est vraiment payante », a déclaré Dave Buckingham, vice-président des ventes, Chrysler Canada. « À la différence des clients de nos concurrents, les acheteurs de nos camions n’ont pas à subir la dépense et l’inconvénient d’avoir à remplir un réservoir d’urée distinct dans leur véhicule. »

Les véhicules de marque JeepMD ont connu un excellent mois, alors que le tout nouveau Jeep Grand Cherokee continue d’arriver chez les concessionnaires dans tout le pays. Les ventes du Jeep Grand Cherokee ont bondi de 121 % avec 984 unités vendues, un troisième mois de croissance consécutif de plus de 100 %. Les ventes du Jeep Wrangler ont progressé de 41 % avec 646 unités vendues et celles du Jeep Patriot, de 68 % avec 975 unités vendues

La Dodge Challenger construite à Brampton, en Ontario, a affiché une hausse des ventes de 12 % avec 123 unités vendues. Les ventes cumulatives annuelles de ce véhicule légendaire sont en hausse de 19 %.

Véhicules

Ventes en novembre

Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Nombre total
15 308
11 460
34 %

Modèles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Dodge Grand Caravan
4 413
3 411
29 %
Ventes records en novembre

Camionnette Ram
4 372
1 834
138 %
Ventes records en novembre

Dodge Journey
2 146
1 648
30 %
Ventes records en novembre

Jeep Grand Cherokee
984
446
121 %

Ventes cumulatives annuelles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Nombre total
190 548
149 360
28 %

Modèles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Dodge Grand Caravan
51 392
36 407
41 %
3e rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles au Canada

Camionnette Ram
49 341
28 068
76 %
4e rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles au Canada

Dodge Journey
21 918
13 564
62 %
1er rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles de véhicules multisegments au Canada

Chrysler Canada
Fondée en 1925 sous le nom Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler Canada Inc., établie à Windsor, en Ontario, célèbre son 85e anniversaire en 2010. Chrysler Canada est une filiale en propriété exclusive de Chrysler Group LLC, l’un des principaux constructeurs d’automobiles au monde. Dans la gamme de produits de Chrysler Canada figurent certains des modèles les plus reconnus au monde, dont la Dodge Grand Caravan, le JeepMD Wrangler et la Chrysler 300.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements et des nouvelles de Chrysler, veuillez consulter le site Web http://www.media.chrysler.com.

BMW Group Canada achieves best ever November retails

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BMW and MINI brands set all-time November records

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI brands combined) achieved its best-ever November retail sales with 2956 units, an increase of 22.0 % compared to November 2009. On the year, BMW Group Canada reported sales of 29,136 units, representing an increase of 9.0 % over the same period last year.

BMW Brand.
BMW reported best-ever November sales with 2510 retails, up 20.5 % from November 2009. Year-to-date BMW has reported sales of 24,950 units, an increase of 9.0% over the same period last year.

BMW Pre-owned.
BMW pre-owned reported 1021 retails in November, an increase of 30.4 % compared to November 2009. Year-to-date BMW pre-owned sales were up 18.7 % to 11,719 units versus the same period last year.

MINI Brand.
MINI reported 446 units sold in the month of November, an increase of 29.0 % from November 2009 and the strongest November on record. Year-to-date, MINI has reported 4,186 retails, an increase of 5.8 % over the same period last year.

MINI Pre-owned.
MINI pre-owned reported sales of 82 units in November, an increase of 28.1% compared to November 2009. Year-to-date MINI pre-owned sales have increased 79.3% percent over 2009 to 1282 units.

BMW Motorrad.
BMW Motorrad Canada reported retails in November of 41 units, an increase of 10.8% over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad breaks through CY2009 total retails, with year-to-date sales of 1,906 units, an increase of 8.0% over last year.

BMW Group Canada
BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 41 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 26 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. Revenues totaled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates. The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.

Toyota Canada Inc. reports November sales

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TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported November sales of 12,169 vehicles, down 24.5% from November 2009.

Toyota sales in November 2010

Toyota sold 10,861 cars, trucks and SUVs in November, down 26.8% from the previous year.

Highlights for Toyota in November 2010 (versus November 2009):

* Sienna minivan sales up 77.6% – AJAC’s 2011 Canadian Car of the Year category winner
* Avalon full-size sedan sales up 57.1%
* Highlander mid-size SUV sales up 33.4%
* Sequoia full-size SUV sales up 29.2%

Toyota also today announced that it is the first full-line manufacturer to make six active safety features (Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brake System, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist and Smart Stop Technology) standard on every new 2011 vehicle with the introduction of the Star Safety System. One of the first vehicles to feature the Star Safety System as standard is also Toyota’s most popular model, the Canadian-built 2011 Toyota Corolla. The Corolla is significantly updated for the 2011 model year with fresh styling, more standard features, and updated options packages.

Lexus sales in November 2010

Lexus sold 1,053 luxury cars and SUVs in November, down 18.0% from the previous year.

Highlights for Lexus in November 2010 (versus November 2009):

* IS series entry luxury sport sedan sales up 20.3%
* HS 250h dedicated hybrid luxury sedan sales up 18.5%
* LS 460 flagship luxury sedan sales up 6.3%

Scion sales in November 2010

Scion Canada reported its youth and lifestyle automotive brand – which launched in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver at the end of September – generated sales of 255 vehicles in November – its second full month of business.

The age of the Canadian Scion buyer continues to drop, reaching an average of 37 years old in November. The phase II expansion of Scion to another 40 dealerships in 30 markets across Canada in spring 2011 will bring the Scion brand experience to even more Generation-Y Canadians.

Scion continues to find success amongst the target Generation-Y market in November 2010. Of all Scion showroom visitors to date, 72 percent of Scion showroom visitors to date were male, 54 percent of Scion showroom visitors to date were under the age of 35. In addition, 42 percent of Scion showroom visitors to date was new to the Toyota family

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks, and Toyota Industrial Equipment. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in Toronto and Vancouver.

Mercedes-Benz Canada reports its best November ever and delivers the first smart fortwo electric drive vehicles in Canada

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TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that the group achieved its best November ever on record with a total of 2,631 Mercedes-Benz and smart units retailed throughout the month. This is up 17.5% compared to November 2009 and propels overall growth to 14.2% with a total of 28,428 vehicles delivered year-to-date.

A total of 2,383 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and luxury light trucks were retailed in November. This represents the best November ever, a gain of 15.1% compared to November 2009, and overall year-to-date-growth of 13.0% for the brand. Total passenger car sales are ahead by 9.7% or 1,326 units on a year-to-date basis, while luxury light truck sales are up by 18.2% or 1,600 units for the same period.

Strong B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class and GL-Class model sales contributed to November’s record-breaking results. Sales of the GLK-Class and M-Class were ahead by an impressive 41.0% and 28.9% respectively for the month.

The diesel take rate was 60.9% for the month, while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC™ units accounted for 79.9% of overall passenger car and light truck sales in November (excluding smart).

smart Canada launched the first electric vehicle program designed specifically for automotive retail customers this month with Toronto Hydro and was pleased to officially mark the beginning of this revolutionary new program by delivering the first smart for two electric drive vehicles in Canada. Overall, a total of 136 smart for two units were retailed for the month and 1,875 vehicles have been sold so far in 2010.

A total of 112 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter units were delivered to customers throughout November.

Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned sales reported 845 vehicles delivered for the month. This represents an increase of 28.4% or 187 units over November 2009 and overall growth of 27.5% or 2,090 vehicles for national Pre-owned sales year-to-date.

“Our versatile range of fuel-efficient BlueTEC cleanest diesel vehicles is very well-suited to Canadian driving patterns and continues to be a popular choice right across the country. This month, we were also extremely proud to provide a glimpse into the future of intelligent, local emission-free urban transportation by delivering the first smart for two electric drive vehicles to customers in Canada,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Our company’s global vision for sustainable mobility encompasses a myriad of forward-thinking solutions and advanced technologies. We will continue to pursue innovation with a sustained, unrelenting focus to ensure that we remain at the forefront of advanced technology and design to offer our customers an unmatched range of fascinating, safe and environmentally responsible vehicles.”

About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,250 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 39 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 26,942 vehicles in 2009, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

Welcome to Parliament: A Job with No Description

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New report identifies little consistency in how former MPs describe the core purpose of a Member of Parliament; exposes largely unexplored aspects of Canadian political leadership

November 30, 2010 @ 08:00AM

Toronto, ON (November 30, 2010) – A new report released today contains more bad news than good regarding the current state of Canadian democracy. “Welcome to Parliament: A Job with No Description” documents exit interviews with 65 Members of Parliament (MPs) who recently left public life, and reveals little consistency in how they described the core purpose of an MP.

Following Samara’s first exit interview report, “The Accidental Citizen?,” this new report (available at http://www.samaracanada.com) documents the widely disparate and often conflicting views the MPs expressed as to the essential purpose of their role and what they felt they were elected to accomplish. They also acknowledged feeling unprepared for their roles as Parliamentarians and said they received little or no formal training or orientation.

This report outlines five different categories of ways in which the MPs described their jobs, each with substantial degrees of difference. Overriding these descriptions, however, was a stated desire to approach politics differently than it had been practiced in the past.

“While some variation can be expected, the job of an MP is an important job, and there should be some consistency in our collective understanding of its key components, responsibilities, and expectations. This lack of consistency may be a reason – and one that is rarely considered – behind wider dissatisfaction with the culture of our politics,” said Michael MacMillan, Samara co-founder, and chair. “If MPs don’t agree on what they’re elected to do, should we be surprised if citizens are also confused or disillusioned?”

In addition to their lack of training and orientation, other challenges identified in the report include that some MPs with a particular area of expertise received appointments that had little to do with their pre-Parliamentary experience. In addition, as outlined in “The Accidental Citizen?,” most MPs said they agreed to run for office only after being asked, and claimed to have given little conscious consideration to politics before then. On average, the MPs entered federal politics at age 47, having spent nearly a generation pursuing other careers and interests outside of Ottawa.

“That our system is open to people who have backgrounds outside politics and policy attests to its strength. But we must also acknowledge that the role of an MP is important in our democracy, and should not be left to chance,” said Alison Loat, Samara co-founder and executive director. “Effective orientation and training are essential to good government, and indeed, to the success of any organization.”

About “Welcome to Parliament: A Job with No Description”
Samara conducted the first-ever systematic series of exit interviews with federal MPs who left public life during or after the 38th or 39th Parliaments (which sat from 2004 to 2008). Using a semi-structured interview methodology, Samara conducted in-depth interviews with 65 former Parliamentarians from all regions of the country, as well as from all political parties represented in the House of Commons.

Samara’s first MP exit interview report, “The Accidental Citizen?,” described the MPs’ backgrounds and paths to politics. This report is the second in a series of publications that share the MPs’ reflections and advice. The next publication will pick up from the MP’s initial weeks in Parliament, and expand on how they spent their time. Two additional reports will be released in 2011 that will explore the relationship of MPs and civil society, including with citizens’ associations, lobby groups, and the media, and summarize the MPs’ highs and lows, and the advice they have for strengthening our democracy.

This project was conducted in partnership with the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians (CAFP) and advised by academics from the University of British Columbia, Carleton University, Memorial University, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, the University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University.
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About Samara
Samara is a charitable organization whose programs seek to strengthen Canada’s democracy. Co-founded by Michael MacMillan and Alison Loat, Samara was created out of a belief that public service and public leadership matter to Canada’s future. Samara’s work focuses on three areas: political leadership, public affairs journalism and citizen participation in public life.

Samara is also developing a Democracy Index to measure the health of Canadian democracy. This will serve as a report card, looking at a broad set of indicators that can help assess how Canadian democracy is working. The results will be released annually to encourage discussion and focus attention on the continued strengthening of Canada’s democracy.

Samara is looking for volunteers to assist in its work. If interested, please visit http://www.samaracanada.com for more information on how to contribute.

You can also follow Samara on Twitter, join the Facebook group, and check out their podcasts in the iTunes Store.

It’s not NIMBYism – I just don’t trust you

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New nationwide poll identifies credibility gap between individuals and companies

November 30, 2010 @ 04:15PM

TORONTO, Ontario – According to a recent national public opinion survey, nearly
half of all Canadians (48 percent) do not believe companies can be counted on to behave responsibly. This finding is discouraging news for organizations looking to tap into public sentiment when moving forward new projects that require public buy-in.

Fortunately, there is a silver lining: Canadians trust each other. Nearly two-thirds of Canadians agree with the statement “my fellow Canadians are people I can trust.” This stark difference between Canadians’ attitudes towards individuals versus companies shed important insight on how organizations can successfully engage their stakeholders.

In the face of growing regulatory requirements and increased interest in public consultation and participation, NATIONAL Public Relations, Canada’s largest public relations firm, and Harris/Decima commissioned a survey of 4,000 Canadians across the country to examine when, why and how Canadians want to be consulted on matters impacting them.1

In an environment where public sentiment is impacting projects large and small – from infrastructure to resource extraction and new energy sources – even the best efforts of many public and private organizations to engage communities to encounter challenges.

“In this increasingly complex environment, the spirit and the means in which an organization enters into the public consultation and participation process is vital to a successful outcome for all participants,” said John Crean, National Managing Partner, NATIONAL Public Relations. “Building trust is a bidirectional process. Just as members of the public need to trust that organizations will behave responsibly, organizations also need to trust that members of the public can provide valuable insight and input into the decision-making process.”

The survey reveals major implications for the design of public consultation programs with time-pressed Canadians preferring organizations use outreach methods to reach them, versus requiring Canadians to reach out to organizations for information. For example, while public information centres and formal public hearings are among the most accepted methods required by law to engage the public, just 18 percent of Canadians said they would attend a public hearing; 21 percent would visit a public information centre and only 12 percent would join a community advisory panel to discuss local issues.

Most Canadians prefer informal engagement versus participating in more formal public hearings and workshops on an issue. The method of engagement preferred by the majority of Canadians when engaging on an issue is talking with family and friends (65 percent), followed by visiting a website of an organization involved in the issue (45 percent) or participating in a public opinion survey on the issue (43 percent).

Community issues trump both provincial and national issues and are the critical driver in getting people involved. Sixty-one percent of Canadians say they prefer to engage in community issues – proving that the closer an issue is to home the more likely members of the public are to get involved.

So how should companies approach a public that is more inclined to engage on an issue impacting their community? And how can companies engage a public that is more likely to express and form their opinion amongst fellow community members?

When it comes time to engage, the survey paints a picture of two drastically different types of Canadians: a majority group (70 percent) of uninvolved Canadians who usually choose not to engage on any given issue; and, a minority group (30 percent) of involved Canadians who, while smaller in numbers, are those most likely to provide and set the public voice on issue.2

“There is a minority of the population who are tuned in and participatory and another larger group who care about issues that affect their communities and society as a whole, but tend not to invest themselves in the processes made available,” said Doug Anderson, Senior Vice President, Harris/Decima. “This smaller group of involved Canadians will be more inclined to actively participate in the formal aspects of the consultative process, but our data tells us that their influence extends beyond the public forum to their kitchen tables. Successfully delivering a message to these involved Canadians and having them engage informally with family and friends is among the best ways to reach a much broader cross-section of the public.”

This is extremely valuable information for organizations looking to gain public support via consultation, providing an opportunity to rethink their consultative process.

1. Methodology: The data were gathered through teleVox, Harris/Decima’s national telephone omnibus survey. The data were gathered between August 26 and September 19, 2010, for 4,042 completed interviews. During this four week period, we asked Canadians a series of different questions about engagement. This series of questions was used to determine involvement and makes up the 4,042 completes, while each weekly module was asked of just over 1,000 respondents. The margin of error of the weekly modules is +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20.

2. Respondents were identified as “Involved” through a proprietary segmentation based on responses to a list of various sorts of activities. This list was asked to all respondents, and thus all 4,042 people interviewed were identified as either being involved or not.
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About NATIONAL Public Relations
NATIONAL Public Relations (www.national.ca) is the largest public relations consultancy in Canada and was chosen among the top 10 public relations firms in the world for corporate and social responsibility.

Recognized experts in the area of public consultation and participation, NATIONAL consultants across the country hold certificates in Public Participation from the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2). The firm’s unique approach to public consultation through its “Dialogue powered by a handshake” methodology promotes the importance of organizations entering into public consultation and participation with a spirit of cooperation, mutual respect and a willingness to engage.

NATIONAL has offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, New York and London, as well as an interest in MT&L/NATIONAL in Halifax and Saint John. The Firm offers corporate communications, investor relations, public affairs, public consultation and participation, marketing communications, technology, healthcare communications, digital communications and employee engagement services to a broad range of leading corporate, government and institutional clients. Internationally, the Firm is affiliated with Burson-Marsteller.

About Harris/Decima
Harris/Decima is one of the largest marketing research organizations in Canada. Harris/Decima offers a full slate of custom and syndicated research services, including telephone and on-site interviewing, self-administered mail back and online surveys, as well as qualitative one-on-one executive interviewing and focus groups.

Harris/Decima conducts research on public and social policy, program evaluation, employee satisfaction, issue management, marketing, advertising and communications testing and evaluation for a wide range of clients in the public, private, and third sectors.

TVO’s January 2011 lineup revisits the Haiti earthquake, digs deep into the history of maps, and gets wild with the Kratt brothers

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December 01, 2010 @ 10:00AM

Marking the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the TVO-commissioned documentary Inside Disaster Haiti makes its world premiere on TVO this month. Following the efforts of the International Red Cross disaster relief teams over several months after the quake, this three-part series goes behind the news headlines to provide a gripping, first-hand view of a major crisis response and the human dramas that unfolded at ground zero.

Other documentary offerings on TVO in January include an eye-opening look at the story of cartography in Mapping the World’ and a trip down the Nile with actress Joanna Lumley.

There’s also something new for kids with the premiere of Wild Kratts, the Kratt brothers’ first-ever animated series; The Prime Radicals, a show that takes the mystery out of math; and weekly Sunday matinees the whole family can enjoy.
Haiti Earthquake

Inside Disaster Haiti – World premiere
Tuesday to Thursday, January 11, 12 and 13, 2011 at 9 pm ET
Encore Wednesdays January 26, February 2 and 9 at 9 pm ET
3 / 60 minutes
Written and directed by Nadine Pequeneza
Produced by PTV Productions Inc. in association with TVO

On January 12, 2010, Haiti was hit by one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. As the death toll mounted and the full impact of the quake became horrifically clear, Canadians responded generously, opening their hearts and their wallets so that relief agencies could save lives.

Coinciding with the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, TVO presents the world premiere of Inside Disaster Haiti, a three-part documentary that follows the disaster relief teams of the International Red Cross as they mount the largest single-country response in their history. Embedded with the Red Cross teams were Canadian filmmaker Nadine Pequeneza and her crew who had unprecedented access to the gripping stories, compelling characters and intense drama that unfolded in the hours, days, weeks and months after the quake.

The series gives viewers a front-row seat to the inner workings of a large-scale disaster relief operation. Cameras follow as specialists from the Red Cross’s Field Assessment and Coordination Team and Emergency Response Units assess the damage and coordinate the supply of life-saving water, medical care, shelter, and food.

Inside Disaster Haiti also tells the story of the people of Haiti focusing on three individuals. Magalie Landee is a 37-year-old middle-class entrepreneur who lost four of her five children in the quake; Louken Pluviose is a volunteer paramedic without any formal training who helped pull people out of the rubble; and Marcel Phevenun is part of Haiti’s working poor who lost his home and must start from scratch to provide a home for his large extended family. Their stories demonstrate how the earthquake impacted every part of society.

Visit http://www.insidedisaster.com for more information on the documentary, the work of humanitarian agencies, and how the earthquake changed Haiti.

You can also get different perspectives from the point of view of journalists, relief workers, and survivors by visiting http://www.insidethehaitiearthquake.com, an interactive simulation that gives a first-person view of the quake and its aftermath.

Download the Inside Disaster Haiti press kit for more information on the documentary, bios of the Inside Disaster Haiti crew and Red Cross team members, and episode synopses.
Documentaries

The Story of Science – North American premiere
Tuesdays January 18 to February 22, 2011, at 9 pm ET
6 / 60 minutes
Produced by BBC

Popular belief might have it that scientific breakthroughs are mere “eureka” moments by genius figures. Yet as host, Michael Mosley shows us in the six-part series, The Story of Science, the iconic inventions, and discoveries that have transformed our lives are deeply intertwined with our society’s history. Who were the great men and women who asked the questions and sought out the answers? Mosley uncovers the human stories behind the science and recreates the experiments while exploring the things that make us all think: what exists beyond Earth; what the world is made of; the possibility of unlimited power; human origins; the secret of life on our planet; and brain anatomy and psychology.

Mapping the World – North American premiere
Mondays January 24 to February 7, 2011, at 10 pm
3 / 60 minutes
Produced by BBC

From rock art to Google Earth and GPS systems, UK professor and self-professed “map fanatic” Jerry Brotton charts the history of cartography in this fascinating three-part series. More than simple navigation aids that guide us from point A to B, maps are snapshots of defining historical, political and cultural moments.

Beginning his journey in northern Italy where he locates the world’s first known map, Brotton explores why people were driven to create maps long before they could even write, and traces the scientific advances that made map-making possible. He discovers stories of power and war in maps, as the rise of scientifically accurate map-making became a powerful tool for European expansion and depictions of distant lands tempted explorers like Christopher Columbus and Sir Walter Raleigh to plunder and conquer. He also uncovers the role of religion and societal issues in map-making, and how the style of modern maps – which we take for granted as natural and objective – in fact, provide a subjective view of our world.

Joanna Lumley’s Nile – Canadian Premiere
Fridays January 28 to February 18, 2011, at 7 pm ET
4 / 50 minutes
Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions

Having fulfilled a lifelong dream to track down the Northern Lights in her first travelogue, Joanna Lumley: In the Land of Northern Lights, the British actress is back to front another adventure series that charts her 4,000-mile trip down the world’s longest river, the Nile. Passing through five different countries (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda) in the path of great explorers before her, Lumley crosses some of the most inhospitable landscapes on earth – from deserts where ancient civilizations once ruled to jungles where Victorian explorers underwent unspeakable suffering. As she ventures from sea to source by boat, train, plane, car, donkey, and camel, Lumley reveals a compelling, modern portrait of the Nile and its people.

Last Chance to See – Ontario Premiere
Wednesdays January 12 to February 16, 2011, at 7 pm ET
6 / 60 minutes
Produced by West Park Pictures for BBC

In this television follow-up to the 1989 BBC radio wildlife documentary series and tie-in book of the same name, English actor and comedian Stephen Fry joins naturalist Mark Carwardine to seek out the animals around the world on the brink of extinction and meet the research scientists and local conservationist teams trying to understand and protect these endangered species. Among the stops on the pair’s itinerary: Manaus in Brazil where they search for the Amazonian manatee, a large aquatic mammal whose numbers have been dramatically reduced by illegal hunting; Kenya, where they learn about a soon-to-be-abandoned conservation project that aimed to relocate the endangered northern white rhino; and the island of Rinca in the Malay Archipelago, home to the Komodo dragon, the world’s largest lizard.

Also this month in documentaries:

Time Team – Mondays January 3 to March 28, 2011, at 7 pm ET
The popular archeological series returns for a 15th season and finds host Tony Robinson and his team digging for a medieval castle in Derbyshire, a 12th-century monastery in Towcester, a Georgian estate outside Bath, as well as excavating sites in South Wales, Northern Ireland and the Outer Hebrides.

Born to be Different – Sundays January 23 and 30, 2011 at 8 pm ET
Watch for two new installments in the decade-long television project following the lives of six families with disabled children. In these episodes, the children turn 8 and 9. The youngsters continue to cope with an increasing barrage of challenges, and some begin to tell their own stories.
Film and Drama

Saturday Night at the Movies
Saturdays beginning at 8 pm ET

Freedom of speech is the theme of SNAM’s January 15 program with Malcolm X and The People vs. Larry Flynt as the double bill.

Watch for outspoken magazine publisher Larry Flynt who appears in a candid conversation on The Interviews, the documentary centerpiece of SNAM.

Returning Dramas
Sunday nights beginning January 23 at 9 pm

In January, mystery fans will enjoy the return of two popular series on Sunday nights. Beginning January 23 at 9 pm, the seventh series of New Tricks sees the UCOS team of former detectives investigating cold cases including the death of a boxer, the murder of a debutante, the attack on a 1980s fashion designer, and the suspicious suicide of a college professor. The suspense continues at 10 pm with the premiere of the second series of Whitechapel on January 23. This time Chandler and his team are on the hunt for a pair of copycat killers patterning themselves after the infamous Kray brothers who terrorized the East End of London in the 1960s.
Current Affairs

Allan Gregg in Conversation
Fridays at 10 pm ET
Produced by TVO

Russell Peters (January 14)
Canadian funnyman Russell Peters discusses his memoir, Call Me Russell, his childhood in Brampton, Ontario and his rise to fame. Check out tvo.org now to watch bonus interview clips featuring Peters’ answers to viewer questions.

Margaret Trudeau (January 21)
The former wife of Pierre Trudeau and author of Changing My Mind talks about her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder and her work as an advocate for those who suffer from mental illness and their families.

For a deeper perspective on the subject of mental illness, Allan Gregg in Conversation presents an online miniseries of past interviews at tvo.org, including:

– Psychiatrist Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison on suicide
– Physician, author and public speaker Dr. Gabor Maté on addiction and the brain
– Author and journalist Patricia Pearson on anxiety disorder
– Psychologist Dr. Paula Caplan on psychiatry and mental illness

Kids

Wild Kratts – Canadian premiere
Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm ET beginning January 11, 2011, and Saturdays at 3 pm ET
40 / 30 minutes
Animated/live action
Produced by the Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Entertainment in association with TVO

Zoologists Martin and Chris Kratt of Kratts’ Creatures and Zoboomafoo fame go 2D in their first ever animated series. In Wild Kratts, the pair encounter adventure, discovery and rescue situations in the animal world. Luckily, the Kratt brothers are ready for anything, with their extensive creature knowledge and use of cutting-edge technologies. Joining them in their adventures are the young inventor Aviva Corcovado, electronic whiz kid Koki, and gamer Jimmy J. Watch for a live-action segment in each episode featuring the Kratts, who take viewers around the globe to see exotic animals in their natural habitats.

Wild Kratts online
For interactive adventures deep in the animal world, kids can join the Wild Kratts team on the show’s companion website, available to Canadians exclusively at tvokids.com. Kids can meet up with Martin and Chris in Tortuga headquarters and play various “creature power” games, including Caracal Leap, TVOKids’ first-ever augmented reality game that allows users with a webcam to participate in a bird-catching activity along with African wildcats. They can also create their own avatar and go on global safaris wearing creature power suits. And for interesting facts on exotic animals, their habitats and lifestyles, there’s a Creaturepedia that kids can browse.

The Prime Radicals – World premiere
Saturdays at 3:30 pm ET beginning January 15, 2011, and Sundays at 12:30 pm
26 / 11 minutes
Live action
Produced by GPAC Entertainment Inc. in association with TVO

Mishap and mayhem in a wacky uncle’s workshop add up to a host of math adventures in this new live-action series aimed at grade-school kids. Often the subject that poses the toughest challenges for kids, math is a laughing matter in The Prime Radicals. Whenever Uncle Norm has a real-life problem, such as measuring without a ruler, adapting a recipe to serve more people, or folding paper to make a hat, the Radicals (cousins Kevin and Alanna) come to his rescue with math-based solutions and help from a wide range of experts who demonstrate how much a part of everyday life math really is. While concepts like geometry, patterning, place value, fractions and measurement are at the root of each episode, fun is the common denominator in the trio’s adventures.

The Prime Radicals was developed in consultation with Dr. Lynda Colgan, associate professor in mathematics education at Queen’s University, and is based on the Ontario math curriculum for Grades 2 and 3.

TVOKids Family Movie – Weekly beginning January 16!
Every Sunday at 2 pm ET

TVOKids carves out special time for families every Sunday afternoon from 2 – 4 pm at the family movie block goes weekly starting January 16. Watch for these titles this month:

– January 16: Harriet the Spy (1996) starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O’Donnell
– January 23: The Secret Garden (1994), an animated version of the children’s classic with voices by Derek Jacobi, Anndi McAfee and Honor Blackman
– January 30: Snow White (1987), a live-action musical adaptation starring Dame Diana Rigg (The Avengers) and Sarah Patterson
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About TVO

Celebrating 40 years, TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
Where to find TVO

Cable channel 2 (channel may vary in some areas), Rogers HD channel 580, Bell TV channel 265, Shaw Direct channel 353.

Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation take off in search of Santa Claus to make the dreams of sick kids come true

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Air Transat is donating $325,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation

December 01, 2010 @ 05:45PM

Montreal – For the sixth consecutive year, Air Transat and the Children’s Wish Foundation joined forces to make the dreams of sick children come true with an exclusive flight bound for the North Pole. Accompanied by elves, fairies and entertainers, approximately 100 children and their parents had a very special mission to accomplish thanks to the participation of the flight crew: bring back Santa Claus with them.

The adventure began this morning at the Air Transat check-in counter when the young travelers and members of their families received their boarding passes for the North Pole. Following a festive party, some 250 travelers took their seats on board an Air Transat Airbus A310. During the 60-minute flight, Santa Claus came on board for the traditional distribution of gifts. Three such flights took place today, one in Montreal, on in Toronto and on in Vancouver.

“For Air Transat, this event is a source of pride and inspiration at the onset of the Holiday season,” said Allen B. Graham, President, and CEO of Air Transat. “Our employees support this cause because it corresponds to their values and those of Air Transat. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the collaboration of our flight personnel, this year we are happy to donate the sum of $325,000 as part of our Small Change, Big Hearts program. Air Transat has donated a total of $5 million to the Children’s Wish Foundation since 2004.”

For his part, Michael Wright, President of the Children’s Wish Foundation Advisory Board, said: “The Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a platinum partner for six years now. This event is one of the greatest moments of the year for the Foundation and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”

The Flight in Search of Santa event is made possible thanks to the generous collaboration of various partners, including Montreal–Trudeau, Toronto Pearson and Vancouver international airports, which ensure the operation runs smoothly, and Air Transat employees, who participate on a volunteer basis.

This exceptional partnership reflects the efforts of Air Transat and its parent company, Transat A.T. Inc., to increase their community involvement in both their origin and destination markets as a way of contributing to the development of a more sustainable mass tourism. These efforts are all about social engagement, environmental stewardship, and measures aimed at stimulating a tourist economy that is becoming increasingly responsible.

Small Change, Big Hearts
The Small Change, Big Hearts program is supported by the donation of pocket change from Air Transat passengers at the end of each flight. Since December 2009, funds raised through the program are donated in equal parts to the Children’s Wish Foundation and to SOS Children’s Villages, an international organization that assists abandoned children and orphans in 132 countries.
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“For Air Transat, this event is a source of pride and inspiration at the onset of the Holiday season. Our employees support this cause because it corresponds to their values and those of Air Transat. Thanks to the generosity of our customers and the collaboration of our flight personnel, this year we are happy to donate the sum of $325,000 as part of our Small Change, Big Hearts program. Air Transat has donated a total of $5 million to the Children’s Wish Foundation since 2004.”

Allen B. Graham, President, and CEO of Air Transat

“The Foundation is very fortunate to be able to count on the support of Air Transat, a platinum partner for six years now. This event is one of the greatest moments of the year for the Foundation and for the participating children. We are delighted that Air Transat is here to help us make this unique day possible for these kids, for whom illness is a daily reality.”

Michael Wright, President of the Children’s Wish Foundation Advisory Board
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About the Children’s Wish Foundation

Founded in 1984, the Children’s Wish Foundation’s mission is to realize the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses. The Foundation has set itself the goal of never turning down an eligible child. Since its beginnings, Children’s Wish has brought to life the wishes of over 16 000 children across Canada, nearly 5000 of whom are from Quebec.
About Air Transat

Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline. Every year, it carries some 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 25 countries aboard its fleet of Airbus wide-body jets. The company employs approximately 2,000 people. Air Transat is a business unit of Transat A.T. Inc., an integrated international tour operator with more than 60 destination countries and that distributes products in over 50 countries.

Multiple Sclerosis Patient Experiences Improved Vision on TYSABRI

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November 25, 2010 @ 10:30AM

Mississauga, ON – Results recently presented from a study of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients taking TYSABRI® (natalizumab) are supported by a Canadian woman’s improved vision since starting the therapy. A poster presentation entitled, Low-contrast letter acuity detects visual function improvement in a phase 3 trial of natalizumab monotherapy, recently showed TYSABRI was associated with sustained visual improvement in patients with MS1. The poster, based on data from the AFFIRM phase III clinical trials, was presented during the 26th Congress of the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) in Gothenburg, Sweden. ECTRIMS is the world’s largest medical meeting dedicated to research and advances in MS.

“TYSABRI treatment changed my life. I’ve gained my vision back to the extent that I retired my guide dog,” said Jennifer Bauder, a Windsor, Ontario woman living with MS. “This is the most hope I’ve had at any point since my diagnosis with MS. Getting to this point has made a huge difference in my life,” she said.

“Frequently, visual problems are the first symptom of MS so for people newly diagnosed, the real possibility that vision may deteriorate creates anxiety about the practicalities of daily living and quality of life,” said Dr. J.E. Rick Paulseth, Associate Clinical Professor, Medicine, McMaster University. “Jennifer has had great results while on natalizumab, including a reduction in relapses and improvement in vision.”

Low-contrast letter acuity (LCA) testing can detect treatment effects for both visual loss and visual improvement. The capacity for LCA to demonstrate visual improvement has relevance for capturing treatment benefit, particularly in trials that examine axonal loss, neuroprotection, and repair.

Visual improvement was measured by the number of letters a patient identified correctly at each visit. Cumulative probability of visual function improvement sustained over 12 weeks was determined for increases in score by seven letters, as well as by five letters and 10 letters.

AFFIRM was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 clinical study that evaluated the efficacy and safety of natalizumab monotherapy (n=627) compared with placebo (n=315) in patients with relapsing-remitting MS. This analysis of the AFFIRM trial demonstrated that TYSABRI was associated with the increased probability of sustained visual improvement as measured by low-contrast letter acuity. Vision impairment is one of the first symptoms experienced by many people with MS and can have a significant impact on daily life.

Results showed that visual improvement, defined as greater-than or equal to 7-letter score increase from baseline, sustained for 12 weeks, was greater for TYSABRI (n=627) vs. placebo (n=314). This result was observed for LCA, where improvement in visual function at the 2.5 percent and 1.25 percent contrast levels was 57 percent (21.1% vs. 13.4%; HR=1.6, p=0.012) and 39 percent (31.6% vs. 23.9%; HR=1.4, p=0.014, Cox proportional hazards models), respectively. There were no significant differences between the treatment groups at the five-letter and 10-letter thresholds or the High-Contrast Letter Acuity.

In the study, an improved visual function was maintained during repeat study visits. Significantly greater proportions of patients in the TYSABRI group showed improvement from baseline in tests of LCA for the majority (at least 6 of 10) of study visits. There were also a greater proportion of patients with any improvement across all visits for LCA 2.5%, with a trend for LCA 1.25% contrast level.

About TYSABRI
TYSABRI is approved in more than 45 countries. In Canada., it is approved as monotherapy for relapsing-remitting MS.

TYSABRI has advanced the treatment of MS patients with its established and powerful efficacy. It has been proven to reduce flare-ups and slow physical disability progression. Data from the Phase III AFFIRM trial, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that after two years, TYSABRI treatment led to a 68 percent relative reduction (p<0.001) in the annualized relapse rate when compared with placebo and reduced the relative risk of disability progression by 42-54 percent (p<0.001). At the end of a separate two-year study, approximately seven out of 10 patients on TYSABRI had no flare-ups at all. In the same study, nearly 9 out of 10 TYSABRI patients were free from sustained disability progression.

TYSABRI increases the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), an opportunistic viral infection of the brain that usually leads to death or severe disability. The risk of PML increases with longer treatment duration and in patients treated with an immunosuppressant prior to receiving TYSABRI; these risks appear to be independent of each other. Data beyond four years are limited. Other serious adverse events that have occurred in TYSABRI-treated patients include hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., anaphylaxis) and infections, including opportunistic and other atypical infections. Clinically significant liver injury has also been reported in patients treated with TYSABRI in the post-marketing setting. Common adverse events reported in TYSABRI-treated MS patients include a headache, fatigue, infusion reactions, urinary tract infections, joint and limb pain, and rash.

TYSABRI is co-marketed by Biogen Idec Inc. and Elan Corporation, plc. For more information about TYSABRI, please visit http://www.tysabri.com, http://www.biogenidec.com or http://www.elan.com, or call 1-800-456-2255.

1. Low-contrast letter acuity detects visual function improvement in a phase 3 trial of natalizumab monotherapy L. Balceret. al
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About Biogen Idec
Biogen Idec creates new standards of care in therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs. Founded in 1978, Biogen Idec is a global leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of innovative therapies. Patients worldwide benefit from Biogen Idec’s significant products that address diseases such as lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. For product labeling, press releases and additional information about the company, please visit http://www.biogenidec.com.

New treatment targets natural tears for dry eyes

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RESTASIS®1 is Now Approved by Health Canada for the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease

November 25, 2010 @ 11:45AM

TORONTO, ON – Allergan is pleased to announce that Health Canada has approved RESTASIS® (cyclosporine) ophthalmic emulsion, 0.05% w/v for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe Dry Eye disease (“Dry Eye”). RESTASIS® is the first prescription eye drop to target the underlying cause of chronic Dry Eye.

The prevalence of Dry Eye increases with age, affecting five to 30 percent of the people over the age of 50, and is one of the most common reasons that people visit their eye doctor.2 Dry Eye occurs when the eye fails to produce the proper quantity and/or quality of tears to keep the eye moist.2 Tears act as a natural lubricant to protect against bacteria and environmental irritants such as dust, smoke, or extreme weather.3

RESTASIS® helps increase the eye’s natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Dry Eye.4,5

“Dry Eye can cause fluctuating and reduced vision that can affect a person able to work, drive be self-dependent and have a serious impact on their quality of life,” says Dr. Bruce Jackson, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa Eye Institute, The Ottawa Hospital.

“By increasing tear production, RESTASIS® is the first approved drug that targets the underlying cause of Dry Eye. We know that by decreasing inflammation it will increase tear production – decreasing discomfort – and can improve the patients overall quality of life.”

Symptoms of Dry Eye disease can vary in degree of severity and can include: pain, itching, irritation, light sensitivity, and a sandy or gritty sensation. If left untreated, Dry Eye can lead to more serious problems, including scarring or ulceration of the cornea and increased risk of eye infection.2,4

“Dry Eye is more than just the symptoms, it interferes with every aspect of your life and stops you from doing the things you love,” says Diane Pilon. “RESTASIS® gave me my life back. With a clear vision and being pain-free – I’m driving safely, reading more comfortably, and have even gone back to skiing.”

About RESTASIS® (cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05%

RESTASIS® is a safe and effective treatment for Dry Eye and is the only therapeutic eye drop demonstrated to treat the underlying cause of Dry Eye.3 In a real-world study of 3,145 patients, 83 percent surveyed stated that they had an intention to continue using RESTASIS® ophthalmic emulsion.6 Further, only five out of 293 patients discontinued use of RESTASIS® due to burning or stinging.7

RESTASIS® helps increase the eyes’ natural ability to produce tears, which may be reduced by inflammation due to Dry Eye.4,5 RESTASIS® should be dosed at one drop per eye, twice daily.5

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1. RESTASIS® mark owned by Allergan, Inc.
2. Jackson WB. Management of dysfunctional tear syndrome. Can J Ophthalmol. 2009;44(4):385–394.
3. Allergan U.S. Chronic Dry Eye Disease Overview.
4. Rao, SN. Topical Cyclosporine 0.05% for the Prevention of Dry Eye Disease Progression. Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 2010; 26(2); 157-164.
5. RESTASIS® Product Monograph, August 2010.
6. Allergan U.S. RESTASIS® Fact Sheet.
7. Sall K, Stevenson, OD, Mundorf, Reis BL, and the CSA Phase 3 Study Group. Two multicenter, randomized studies of the efficacy and safety of cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion in moderate to severe dry eye disease. Ophthalmology. 2000; 107(4):631-639.

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About Allergan, Inc.

Allergan is a multi-specialty health care company established 60 years ago with a commitment to uncover the best of science and develop and deliver innovative and meaningful treatments to help people reach their life’s potential. Today, we have more than 9,000 highly dedicated and talented employees, global marketing and sales capabilities with a presence in more than 100 countries, a rich and ever-evolving portfolio of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices, and state-of-the-art resources in R&D, manufacturing, and safety surveillance that help millions of patients see more clearly, move more freely and express themselves more fully. From our beginnings as an eye care company to our focus today on several medical specialties, including ophthalmology, neurosciences, obesity, urologics, medical aesthetics and dermatology, Allergan is proud to celebrate 60 years of medical advances and proud to support the patients and physicians who rely on our products and the employees and communities in which we live and work. In Canada, Allergan employs more than 170 people and has a corporate head office in Markham, Ontario.

Webathon of Stars: Today’s way to celebrate and support research on children’s diseases

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November 25, 2010 @ 03:45PM

Montreal – Listen up, tune in and log on! Starting November 26, the Foundation of Stars will launch a major fundraising campaign across Quebec on the airwaves of the Astral Network. This major annual campaign will culminate in our Day of Stars event on Sunday, December 5, 2010, featuring the Webathon – fundraising in a new, innovative form starting at 11:00 AM. Be sure to join us by logging on to http://www.dayofstars.ca!!

This year, the Foundation is trying something new by partnering with the Astral Network and CTV Montreal. A province-wide 10-day radio, internet and television campaign will take place to help raise funds during the event. Our three spokespersons – Chantal Lacroix, Lori Graham and Suzanne Desautels – will be joined by many well-known radio hosts to encourage listeners in Quebec to support research into children’s diseases by giving generously.

CTV Montreal – a Foundation of Stars partner for the past 34 years – will be supporting the campaign this year, both through on-air promotion and by providing hosts during the very first Webathon of Stars, a totally new form of fundraising telethon…on the web!

Day of Stars

In response to current trends and changes in people’s TV viewing habits, the Foundation of Stars has decided to adapt its formula to today’s technologies with the new Webathon of Stars.

You’ll see the same spokespersons you’ve known and enjoyed before: Chantal Lacroix, Lori Graham, Suzanne Desautels, Mose Persico and Claudia Marques, to name just a few.

Many well-known performers such as Gino Quilico, Justin Jackson, Margie Gillis, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Les Belvederes, Minna Re Shin, Oscar Salazar Varela and Nico Archambault will also take part in this all-new event by taking the stage and encouraging everyone to give generously so that the many sick children in Quebec can receive the best possible care.

Short TV clips will round out the campaign on CTV Montreal, Canal Vie, Canal D and Série+ networks to encourage as many Quebecers as possible to take part in this new web event presented at http://www.dayofstars.ca or http://www.cjad.com/stars.

By mail, by phone or online: give generously!

During this period, numerous initiatives will be launched throughout Quebec to make it easy for everyone to give generously and help fund research into children’s diseases.

You may find a letter in your mailbox reminding you about the importance of funding research. Besides the messages you’ll be hearing on the Astral Network, there’s a team of dedicated partners and volunteers taking calls from anyone wishing to donate. They’ll also be making personal calls out to our circle of previous Foundation of Stars contributors. If you get a phone call anytime during the campaign, please remember to give generously!

“You know, a donation for research really does help save lives. So many families out there are waiting and hoping their children will be saved by new medical discoveries,” says Foundation of Stars spokesperson Chantal Lacroix. “Thirty years ago, children who had leukemia or cystic fibrosis, or were born very prematurely, had a very low chance of survival. But today, thanks to research, they have a chance live a much better life. Please give generously for them and their families.”
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About the Foundation of Stars

The Foundation of Stars supports pediatric research in Quebec to give our children a chance to grow up healthy.

The Foundation of Stars is the most important source of non-governmental funding for pediatric research in Quebec. Since the first Telethon of Stars was broadcast in 1977, the Foundation has raised more than $62.5 million for research into children’s diseases.

Taking aim at the public policy deficit

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The School of Public Policy announces Master of Public Policy degree

November 26, 2010 @ 03:30PM

At a media conference held yesterday, University of Calgary President Dr. Elizabeth Cannon and Dr. Jack Mintz, director of The School of Public Policy, unveiled a new and innovative Master of Public Policy degree program.

Grounded in the practical, global and focused approach of The School of Public Policy, the 12-month Master of Public Policy degree is the most practical and robust program of its kind in Canada.

“The need for a graduate degree in public policy is glaring,” Mintz said. “An oncoming wave of retirement in the civil service is heading our way. Canada is losing its most experienced civil servants. Traditional public policy degree programs simply cannot graduate the numbers needed to fill this gap.”

Mintz also noted a growing gap between the needs of the civil service and business.

“Both business and government have told us unequivocally that a school of public policy must bridge this gap, educating and placing people who are trained not just to work in public policy but to make public policy work.”

Biased towards the practical, hands-on business of policymaking, as opposed to theoretical education, the Master of Public Policy Program is now accepting applications from executives interested or engaged in public policy, as well as exceptional undergraduates from all fields. The first year class, commencing September 2011, will be limited to 35 students.

“The School of Public Policy has again demonstrated its leadership with this program,” Dr. Cannon said. “The School is already the most cited and influential policy school in Canada. Its influence will be even greater when its graduates start impacting policymaking in Canada.”

Information on the degree program can be found at http://www.policyschool.ca/students.

Voter Registration EXTENDED in Canada for Southern Sudanese Populations

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Register to Vote in the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum
From November 15 to December 8, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta

November 26, 2010 @ 04:30PM

Registration for the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum EXTENDED in all eight countries until 8 December 2010

On Thursday 25 November 2010, The Southern Sudan Referendum Commission (SSRC) announced its decision to extend the registration period for the Southern Sudan Referendum both in Sudan and in all eight out-of-country registration and voting countries, including Canada.

Canada is one of eight countries where OCV for the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum is taking place. To be able to vote in January 2011, Southern Sudanese people must register in advance.

The registration period will be extended by one week, until December 8, 2010.

Dr, Mom Arou, Secretary General of the Southern Sudan Referendum Commission and Delegate to Canada responded with delight to the announcement. He said, “I think it is great that the registration has been extended by one week. I would like to see those who are doubting the process come out and register.” Dr. Arou arrived in Canada from the Sudan 17 November and has said he is “very happy with the way the registration process is being conducted.” He visited the centres in Calgary and Toronto and continues to reach out to communities in Western Canada, including Calgary, Edmonton and Brooks, and in Ontario, including Ottawa and Kitchener.

Where: Registration is taking place in two locations in Canada: Toronto, Ontario (2103 Weston Road) and Calgary, Alberta (3505 – 52nd Street SE). To register to vote, Southern Sudanese people must present themselves in person at one of these two locations.*

Opening Hours remain the same. The Canada referendum centres are open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Monday through Saturday; and from 1200 PM to 5:00 PM Sundays.

Who: Only eligible Southern Sudanese people will be allowed to register and vote in the 2011 Southern Sudan Referendum. To fulfill the eligibility criteria issued by the SSRC and for a list of the documents required to register, please visit http://www.southernsudanocv.org. (Please note: Canadian identity documents do not satisfy requirements.)

Actual polling dates remain unchanged at the same venues from 9 – 15 January 2011.

* Eligible voters may also register and vote in any of the eight OCV countries worldwide, including the United States. Visit http://www.southernsudanocv.org for more information. Registrants wishing to vote in January must return to the same referendum centre at which they registered.

Archival Acting Technique

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ARCHIVAL ACTING TECHNIQUE. 416 504 2685 for Info & Registration. Twice weekly 3.5 hrs per class – Choice of MON & SAT or TUES-THURS

FALL 2010 OCT 4-NOV 5 FULL
WINTER 2011 JAN 3-FEB 3
INSTRUCTOR C. AZAR

Access more character-dynamic choices the simplest way how.
Achieve noticeable progress and comfort in your craft.
Apply it immediately so you can feel it working!

The ARCHIVAL ACTING TECHNIQUE is a method proven to quicken your impulses, build your imagination and confidence as a creator-performer playing true to yourself. Allowing you to engage deeper with your fellow actors as well as having your audience completely transfixed.

Defy the expectations that others have of you! CHAOS inside the control.

You can play more than one type. Regardless of what you’ve been told.

You will learn and practice Aristotelian & Jungian principles along with dream/memory-work, mask, Meisner, Method and Non-Narrative writing/acting.  Are you a Soap Opera Villain? Rock n’ Roll Clown? Deity? The fusing and tension of opposites create magic, for you to deeply know, let go and truly BE all of whom you choose to play!

Why archival? The refining of particular archival data helps build better characters leading to compelling circumstances. This is a particular format and skill you will develop and refine. Your study will be finalized in a public and reviewed performance, consisting of whomever you decide to invite, whether friends, family, colleagues, agents and/or casting directors.

Consider the impact of a review on your website and Performer’s package. It shows the efforts you’ve made in developing and creating a product.

GROUP & PRIVATE INSTRUCTION, DRAMATURGY and EDITING with a PUBLIC PERFORMANCE that yourself and five others have created. Interview process & screening to confirm this will work for where you are in your study. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Azar

1 admin meeting (1 hour) 10 group classes (35 hours), 4 one hour privates (4 hours) = 40 HOURS TOTAL January 2010 sessions (8.75 an hour).
Phase One – Mon & Sat OR Tues & Thurs. 350.00 + HST

Archival Acting Technique
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Journalists for Human Rights – Rights Media and Social Media

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Social media is completely transforming the media landscape of today and jhr believes that it can be actively used as a means to spread human rights awareness and incite change. As a part of jhr’s online community, we need you to consume, share, and encourage the production of rights media by blogging, tweeting, or sharing on Facebook and any other social networking site, stories which have the very real potential to change lives. Where and how do you start? Just make sure you have all of the elements of the rights media approach when using social media to discuss human rights-related issues:

* Are all the voices of those affected offered in the story?

* Does the piece hold accountable all those who allegedly violated human rights or neglected to do their job of protecting human rights?

* Is the piece non-discriminatory in the sense that no one human right is valued over another or group of peoples over another?

* Does the story empower the communities of those affected by the issue by making it accessible?

* Are there links to specific and relevant human rights doctrines in the story?

And, of course, don’t forget to use the #rightsmedia hashtag so that you can easily track what the buzz is online!

As this is an always evolving area of work, jhr will strive to develop new and innovative ways to involve you, our incredibly valuable online community. So check back often to see what upcoming campaigns we have in store and how you can use social media for social good!

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