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[TPS] – 44th Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards, Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6 p.m., Toronto Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, Featured: sharp observation foils danger‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

44th Annual Police Officer of the Year Awards, Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6 p.m., Toronto Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, Featured: sharp observation foils danger

Sunday, May 29, 2011 – 9:10 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

The Police Officer of the Year Award is an annual tribute dinner held by the Toronto Board of Trade.

The Board of Trade created the award in 1967. Its purpose is to recognize members of the Toronto Police Service who have made significant contributions to making Toronto one of the safest cities in the world. Each month, an officer is selected for Police Officer of the Month, based on the following criteria: bravery, humanitarianism, superior investigative work, and outstanding police skills.

Last year saw the inaugural TPS Business Excellence Award. Its purpose is to recognize members of the Toronto Police Service who have made significant contributions to the Toronto Police Service and the City of Toronto. Each submission is judged based on the following criteria: innovation, community service, technical achievement and customer service and reliability.

This year’s Police Officer of the Year event will be held at the Toronto Board of Trade, 1 First Canadian Place, on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 6 p.m.

Click here for event details.

Leading up to the event, we will be presenting the stories of those nominated for the Police Officer of the Year and for the TPS Business Excellence Award.

On Thursday, February 18, 2010, Constables Birender Gill, Ian Megahy, and Darren Nichiporik (14 Division), on duty in a vehicle, noticed a suspicious male pedestrian in an area known for drug trafficking and other criminal activities. The man was walking in a manner which displayed a characteristic of an armed person.

The experienced officers left their vehicle to investigate the suspicious man. A fully loaded .41 Smith & Wesson Magnum revolver was recovered on the man during a search. A quantity of cocaine was located on his body during a further search.

In recognition of their show of acute awareness and competence, Constables Birender Gill, Ian Megahy, and Darren Nichiporik were named Police Officers of the Month for February 2010.

For further information, please contact TPS Corporate Communications at 416 808 7100 or Matthew Kofsky, Toronto Board of Trade, at 416 862 4558.

Mark Pugash, Corporate Communications

Ontario Lung Association calls to abolish the word “habit”

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Smokers, their families, and all Ontarians need to understand that smoking is an addiction

May 26, 2011 @ 08:30AM

Toronto, Ontario – Today, the Ontario Lung Association is calling for a new type of ban when it comes to smoking – a ban on the word “habit” – to combat the attitude that smoking is simply a matter of choice and to increase understanding of the true nature of smoking: a serious addiction.

“Too many Ontarians believe smoking is a habit, implying it is something easily overcome with willpower alone, not acknowledging how addictive nicotine is and why it is so difficult for people to quit,” said George Habib, president, and CEO of the Ontario Lung Association. “That’s why the Ontario Lung Association is calling today on media, government and the public to abolish the word “habit” and recognize smoking as the powerful addiction it is.”

Approximately two million people in Ontario still smoke and at least half of them have tried to quit in the past year without success.

“If it was easy to quit smoking, there would be about a million people who would quit today,” said Mr. Habib. “The numbers speak for themselves. Smoking is so much more than a habit and Ontarians need help to quit successfully. We need to correct some damaging myths when it comes to dealing with this addiction so that smokers receive the proper support.”

A recent Leger Marketing survey of smokers, former smokers, and non-smokers in Ontario revealed that attitudes about smoking need to be changed:

Non-smokers have the greatest belief that smoking is an addiction, with only 8 percent of respondents identifying that they most see smoking as a habit.

Conversely, smokers don’t have the same level of understanding as their non-smoking counterparts as almost 1 in 5 smokers (18%) believe smoking to be only a habit.

Smokers were least likely to believe smoking is an addiction alone (27%) compared to former smokers (35%) and non-smokers (46%).

Smokers are most likely to believe that smoking is only a habit when compared to former smokers (15%) and non-smokers (8%).

In order to quit successfully, smokers need to overcome nicotine addiction
Quitting smoking is challenging because of the addictive properties of nicotine – which is as addictive as heroin or cocaine.ii

“For those who have difficulty quitting on their own, the key is first to understand what you’re up against and recognize that smoking is an addiction,” explains Dr. Peter Selby, director of Addiction Programs, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and associate professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. “The good news is that smoking is certainly something that can be overcome with the right plan. If you’re a smoker, your doctor or other healthcare professionals can work with you to set up your quit plan, and talk to you about the different treatments and support services available to help you quit and help you prepare for the quitting process, including withdrawal symptoms.”

On average, smokers attempt to quit five times before achieving success and only between five and 10 percent of smokers manage to successfully quit cold turkey. iii, iv While organizations like the Ontario Lung Association have resources to help smokers quit, clearly more needs to be done.

“As a former smoker, I need to tell you that quitting was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do in my life,” recalls Allan Hobbs, 54, the former smoker. “I’m pretty strong-minded about others things in my life so I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t just drop that habit. When I did more research I realized that my smoking was much more than a habit. I was addicted to smoking big time. I smoked for 32 years and tried to quit many, many times. My family, friends, and importantly, my doctor, helped me overcome my addiction and to this day, it is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life.”

Legislation has come a long way, but there is more to do
Smoke-Free Ontario legislation to date has made significant limitations on exposure to second-hand smoke, but it has not yet addressed the fact that people are addicted to nicotine.

“The time is now for governments and private insurers to provide more counseling, support, and access to medications to help those who are struggling to overcome their addiction to nicotine,” said Mr. Habib. “The Ontario Lung Association believes that a comprehensive smoking cessation plan will not only improve the health of Ontarians, but will also yield enormous savings to the health system according to our research, and is one important aspect of a lung health action plan that this province so desperately needs.”

When it comes to access to further support, Ontarians agree with the Ontario Lung Association:

42 percent of Ontarians believe the government is currently doing too little to support smokers who would like to quit
The majority of Ontarians (67%) believe that smoking cessation aids, both prescription and over-the-counter, should be supported by the government
In fact, if smoking cessation aids, prescription or over-the-counter, were available free-of-charge 79 percent of smokers would be more likely to use at least one smoking cessation medications in their quit attempts
Similarly, more smokers would look to educational products and programs as well as behavioural counseling if it were provided free of charge
Ontarians also agree (76%) that government-funded smoking cessation programs will yield savings to the healthcare system

Aside from the astounding human cost of tobacco, Ontario’s annual healthcare bill is a staggering $6.1 billion v, with another $4.4 billion in productivity costs from sick days each year. An investment in smoking cessation medications will create net savings for the government – and taxpayers – of $21-$36 million annually, which equates to an estimated return on investment through saved lives and healthcare savings of $3 for every dollar invested. According to recent research by the Ontario Lung Association, over the next 10 years, the cumulative economic impact of medications, plus limited counseling, is projected to be a gross savings of more than $1.2 billion vi.

The need for a lung health action plan
The Ontario Lung Association is advocating for a comprehensive smoking cessation system, as part of an Ontario Lung Health Strategy, to improve lung health and prevent respiratory illness and disease among Ontarians. To show your support and sign the pledge, visit http://www.on.lung.ca.

The “Abolish the Word Habit” program was made possible through an educational grant from Pfizer Canada Inc.

AFROFEST at QUEEN’S PARK on JULY 9th & 10th – Headliners Announced‏

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Musical Greats Line Up Afro Fest – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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AFROFEST, a free celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture, is set for Queen’s Park in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Featuring world-renowned African musicians and top African groups based in Canada, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, artistic displays, music workshops, and organized activities for youth and children. Afrofest is THE cultural event of the summer. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo, with his band The Blacks Unlimited, will be a feature act of Afrofest 2011. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” is considered both the Bob Dylan and the Bob Marley of Southern Africa for the immense impact his songs and life example have made on the music and culture of his homeland. The “Chimurenga” music he created was the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. A titan of African recording, Mapfumo, with more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years. Mapfumo has twice before performed at Afrofest, this year he’ll take the stage to complete the weekend line-up, on Sunday, July 10.

Thomas Mapfumo will also be performing an ‘Afterfest’ concert at the Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas Street West, on Monday, July 11. Admission is $20 at the door, $15 in advance – Tickets available at Afrofest and other locations to be announced.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo will make their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011. Dizu led his band Amampondo in wowing the crowd at Nelson Mandela’s famous birthday concert at Wembley Stadium in 1988. They were later made official ambassadors of South African music, and their 2000 show at Afrofest stands as one of the festival’s finest ever performances.

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), The Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang Band (Equatorial Guinea), and Zekuhl (Cameroon). More acts will be announced very soon. For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks all those who supported keeping Afrofest at Queen’s Park in 2011. In spite of City statements that conditions are still to be met, there should be NO DOUBT that Music Africa will resolve them all and put on an Afrofest to be remembered.

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Arts Council. Many thanks also to media co-partners CBC Radio 99.1 FM and CIUT 89.5 FM.

For more information see http://www.musicafrica.org, call 416-469-5336, or email info@musicafrica.org

Canada Road Safety Week Campaign Results

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Road Safety Results are Out – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 4:12 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service joined police across the country to support
“Canada Road Safety Week,” from Monday, May 16, 2011, to Monday, May 23, 2011,

See the previous release.

Canada Road Safety Week is a national traffic safety and enforcement initiative, conducted in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, police services from across Canada and Transport Canada. This coordinated effort between policing agencies aims to achieve the goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

The one-week campaign was bolstered in Ontario by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police launching their annual “Drive Safe! R.I.D.E Campaign, geared towards raising the awareness of the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

Police were asked to pay particular attention to the four leading causes of collisions and injuries related to collisions during the one-week campaign.

The categories of those offences are:

1) Impaired Driving (by drug or alcohol),
2) Occupant Restraint (including child−safety−restraint systems),
3) Aggressive Driving (including speeding, racing and stunt driving),
4) Distracted Driving.

During the campaign, Toronto officers laid the following charges:

Alcohol-Related Offences:

– three-day Warn Range Suspensions: 47
– seven-day Warn Range Suspensions (2nd Warn Range Violation): 5
– 45-Day Vehicle Impound: 7

Impaired Driving / Over 80 / Refuse: 46

Aggressive Driving Related Offences:

HTA Section 172 (Stunt / Racing Legislation): 9
Careless Driving: 106
Unsafe Manoeuvers: 3,094

Speeding: 4,972

Occupant Restraint:

Adult Seatbelt Offences: 312
Child Safety Seat Offences: 61

Distracted Driving:

Drive – Handheld communication device: 816
Drive – Handheld entertainment device: 25
Drive – Screen visible to driver: 40

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening on Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services

CRTC seeks information on online broadcasting services

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CRTC Makes Decisions on Canadian Broadcasting – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, May 25, 2011 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking Canadians to provide data
and information on online broadcasting services and their impact on the
Canadian communications system.

“The digital environment is providing Canadians with more programming
choices than ever before,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of
the CRTC. “Canadians have access to libraries of online content that can
originate from anywhere in the world, and which can be watched on
different screens. This fact-finding exercise will give us a better
understanding of the dynamic and innovative environment as it continues to
evolve.”

As part of its mandate to supervise the Canadian broadcasting system, the
CRTC has investigated similar technological and consumer trends in the
past. For example, in 2006, the CRTC prepared a report on the future
environment facing the Canadian broadcasting system. In 2009, the CRTC
released a report on broadcasting services in official-language minority
communities.

The CRTC is gathering data and information:

at the request of the most significant members of the Canadian
the communications industry, as expressed in a letter dated April 1, 2011,
and
further to a resolution of the Standing Committee on Canadian
Heritage, which was included in its March 2011 report, Impacts of Private
Television Ownership Changes and the Move Towards New Viewing Platforms.

Interested parties are invited to comment on a number of topics related to
the digital environment. They may submit their comments by June 27, 2011.
They may do so by completing the online form [insert link], by writing to
the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by fax at
819-994-0218.

Broadcasting and Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-344 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-344.htm

The CRTC

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

Reference document:

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-329 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-329.htm

Letter from the Over-the-Top Working Group http://www.crtc.gc.ca/public/broad/2011_344_e.doc

Yoga Lifestyle Festival

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Urban Yoga is Having a Yoga Festival – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

*** Centre will be closed this Monday, May 23***

Dear Friends,

Join us for the Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Ten days of exciting spiritual adventure with amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and Badahari Das who will be visiting Toronto for this festival. This June, seven amazing events:

16th: Reincarnation – Womb after Womb, Fact or Fiction?

17th: The Gita Unpacked – Crucial Wisdom for the Urban Mystic

18th: Why Life and Death – The story of Karma

20th: Longing for Love in the Land of Dreams

21st: Intelligent Life on Earth and Other Planets? What the Yoga Texts Say

23rd: The Vegan Revolution and Beyond – Consciousness Cooking

24th-26th: Bhakti retreat

Join us this Sunday, May 29th @ 11 AM for a special Krishna Fest – ‘Hope against hope’. Often it is said, when all else fails, hope carries one on. Come experience mantra chants with vibrant world music and hear the stimulating spiritual knowledge of ancient India. Relax over a super tasty vegan dinner with a diverse range of thoughtful people. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2761/krishna-fest-hope-against-hope/

Events for week of May 23rd

Wed 25th, Yoga, and Meditation, complete summer package: A 60-minute yoga class designed to stretch your muscles. Flow through a variety of postures starting with Sun Salutation. Rhythmic music of traditional Indian drums, cymbals, and tambourine in tune with the pace of the postures. Find details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2748/yoga-and-meditation-complete-summer-package/

Thu 26th, Vegan cooking classes-spring delights: Spring is the time to learn a variety of light and flavourful recipes. Learn in an interactive and participative environment so you can prepare quick meals for weekend and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2759/vegan-cooking-spring-delights-7/

Fri 27th, Bhagavad-Gita – an introduction: All New Bhagavad Gita workshops. Join us to explore the ancient yoga mysteries of the east. Secrets of meditation, reincarnation, nature of soul, karma and all the fun stuff. Books will be provided, check details and RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2756/bhagavad-gita-exploring-the-yoga-mysteries/

Quote of the week: Not by merely abstaining from work can one achieve freedom from reaction, nor by renunciation alone can one attain perfection. (Bhagavad Gita As it is)

Regards

Mangal-arti

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 24 to 27 May 2011‏

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Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission Making New Decisions This Week – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 24 to 27 May 2011

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

Broadcasting decision:

Application by 7340362 Canada Inc. for a broadcasting licence to operate a
national, French-language Category 2 specialty programming service to be
known as BELLA TV
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-935.htm#1

Telecom decisions:

MTS Allstream Inc. – Application for forbearance from the regulation of
business local exchange services in the Winnipeg, Manitoba exchange
File number – 8640-M59-201104794
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8640/m59_201104794.htm

MTS Allstream Inc. – Application for forbearance from the regulation of
residential local exchange services in the exchanges of Neepawa, Minnedosa
and Dauphin, Manitoba
File number – 8640-M59-201104819
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8640/m59_201104819.htm

Toronto Police Service Launch Public Education Campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Toronto Police Services Launch Campaign for Sexual Assault Awareness Month – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 12:05 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

Today, the Toronto Police Service, in partnership with their Sexual Assault Advisory Committee, launched a public education campaign and a Guidebook for sexual assault survivors to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The public education campaign uses posters from the Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton program, a campaign launched in November 2010 in partnership with the Edmonton Police Service. In addition, the Toronto Police Service has created awareness pieces that address issues of victim blaming and various sexual assault myths.

“Sexual assault is a violent crime that is based on power and control. Anyone who commits a sexual assault needs to know the Toronto Police Service takes these crimes very seriously and their actions will not be tolerated,” said Chief William Blair. “I would encourage anyone who has been sexually assaulted to speak with the police and to access the various community agencies that do an excellent job of providing support to survivors.”

For many years, the Toronto Police Service has successfully collaborated with many community agencies and representatives to provide a systematic response to sexual assault. These community partners have been involved in the development of training modules for sexual assault investigators and the drafting of new procedures for the investigation of sexual assaults. Most recently, the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee has been invaluable in the creation of a guidebook that helps survivors of sexual assault navigate the justice process from police investigation to trial and sentencing.

“The legal system can be intimidating, and for anyone who is a survivor of sexual assault, whether the assault occurred recently or in the past, it can be a confusing and scary time. Our goal with this guidebook is to educate survivors and give them a reference manual that can help them through the legal process and let them know what their options are and what resources are available to them,” said Simona Jellinek, a lawyer with Jellinek Law Office and member of the Sexual Assault Advisory Committee.

The Toronto Police Service intends to distribute the public education campaign through social media and on its website. It will be displayed at the Toronto Eaton Centre’s Community Booth on May 19, 2011. The guide for sexual assault survivors will be distributed to every police division across the city and will be made available to any community agency and educational institution that requests it. It will also be available at the Community Booth on May 19th, on the service’s website and through various social media channels.

Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Greg McLane, Sex Crimes Unit

The Toronto Police Service Supports Provincial Campaign Against Distracted Driving

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Toronto Police Services Bringing Attention to Distracted Drivers – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 11:00 AM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service today joined other police services across Ontario in taking dead aim at all forms of distracted driving, particularly those people who choose to text or talk while driving.

Police will be participating throughout the year in the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2011 Drive Safe! The campaign, which promotes road safety in Ontario.

“Distracted driving poses a serious and growing danger to road safety in our community,” said Superintendent Earl Witty of Traffic Services. “Our officers will continue to take dead aim at all forms of distracted driving, including the irresponsible behaviour of drivers who engage in texting or making phone calls on their handheld devices.”

Distracted Driving” refers to all forms of distracted or inattentive driving such as adjusting a vehicle’s entertainment unit (e.g., radio, stereo, iPod, etc.), eating or drinking, using a handheld device, watching a television or computer, searching for something in the car, etc.

Police in Ontario believes that distracted driving is seriously under-reported and is a major cause of collisions across the province.

To download the Drive Safe! booklet, please access the OACP’s website at Click here for http://www.oacp.ca.

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at:
Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services

HOME RENOVATION TIPS

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Home Renovation Tips – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

If you’re considering your own home renovation project this spring, Renovantage™ Inc. offers some suggestions to help you get started:

· Do your research. Before you begin your renovation, be sure to verify local zoning laws. For example, you may be prohibited from the building if your addition will cast a shadow on your neighbour’s house or if it changes the skyline. It’s also important to examine potential consequences of your project, such as the need to reinforce an existing foundation.

· Ask, ask and ask again. When embarking on a home improvement project, it’s important to ask the right questions of your contractor to alleviate your concerns. Good questions include: What trades are you licensed to perform? Will you use your own crew for this work or will you subcontract? Do you carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance? How many jobs does your company have in progress right now?

· Consider the need to upgrade. Keep in mind that when you’re adding square footage to your home, you may need to upgrade your existing electrical and plumbing services, as well as your furnace or water tank.

· Account for your costs. In addition to the initial planning costs required to create your design, you may also need to pay for the services of a structural engineer – particularly if you intend to knock down an exterior wall. Post-project costs may include landscaping, extra floorings, window coverings and possibly new furniture.

· Be prepared to relocate. Sometimes it’s impossible to live in your home while renovations are underway, particularly if an existing roof needs to be removed. Consider where you might be able to stay and how much of your budget can be allocated to alternate accommodations if necessary.

Need a Contractor? Who You Gonna Call?

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Hiring a Contractor Can Be Difficult – Photo Courtesy of Gail Bergman PR

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New Renovantage™ Home Reno Group Provides Proven

One-Stop Service, Wide Range of Benefits for Homeowners

Oakville, Ontario – May 17, 2011 – We’ve all seen or heard the horror stories of home renovations gone awry. So when you decide to add a second storey, remodel a kitchen, or treat yourself to a luxurious bathroom, where do you turn for trusted service without the risk of losing your hard-earned dollars?

Enter Renovantage™ Inc., a brand-new concept in a home renovation that takes the worry out of home improvement projects. Initially introduced in the Greater Toronto Area – within the borders of Hamilton, Barrie, and Oshawa – and with plans to roll out across Canada, Renovantage gives homeowners access to fully-certified, highly-qualified contractors with the added advantages of a performance guarantee, competitive pricing, and convenient one-stop access to affordable architectural and design services.

“We’re filling a gap in the market with this first-of-its-kind service,” said Greg Peterson, President of Oakville-based Renovantage and the brainchild behind the concept, along with partner Michael Draper. “There are so many home renovation contractors out there and our studies show that most people don’t know where to turn, or even what questions to ask, when seeking out a professional renovator.”

Considering that Canada Housing and Mortgage Corp. figures peg Canadian spending on home renovations at $34 billion each year – $11 billion of which is spent in the GTA – that’s a lot of money being spent on what may be, in many cases, blind faith, Peterson said.

Renovantage consists of a group of small and mid-sized licensed contractors who specialize in all forms of home renovations, from kitchen and bathroom remodeling to complete two-storey additions. Each Renovantage contractor goes through a rigorous screening process prior to being accepted into the group, ensuring the business is “trusted, reputable and responsible,” Peterson explained, adding that this background check is much more detailed than a typical homeowner could carry out.

What’s more, the group provides homeowners with a range of services they couldn’t access through an individual contractor. For one, Renovantage contractors use one of the top estimating software packages in North America when pricing jobs, so “estimates are accurate and complete, giving homeowners confidence that they’re paying a fair market price and there shouldn’t be any surprises,” said Peterson. With this Right Price Renovations™ program, contractors simply enter the scope of work to be performed and the software tells them precisely how long each task should take, what materials are required and how much they cost.

Homeowners also benefit from the group’s No Risk Renos™ performance guarantee. In addition to providing affordable dispute resolution services that include mediation and arbitration if necessary, Renovantage protects homeowners by stepping in to complete the work in the unlikely event of an unsatisfactory outcome, using an irrevocable letter of credit from the contractor – each of whom carries appropriate liability insurance – to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred.

Another advantage is convenient access to high-quality architectural and design expertise – through an online consultation process with licensed professionals – at a fraction of the typical market cost. Once the design is finalized, homeowners shop for finishes at Renovantage’s 15,000-square-foot décor centre, where they work with a professional interior design consultant to select everything from faucets, sinks, and tiles to carpets, paint colours and countertops – a one-stop convenience that individual contractors aren’t in a position to provide, said Peterson.

“Consumers like trusted brands and we aim to be the home renovation brand of choice,” he explained. “Our comprehensive range of services clearly distinguishes a Certified Renovantage™ Contractor from everybody else out there.”

While Renovantage’s performance guarantee is unique in the consumer market, the concept is considered routine in the commercial construction industry, explained Peterson. “The extremely high level and systemized approach to planning, designing and completing renovations that our contractors bring to each project is common practice in commercial construction, but this is a first for residential renovations,” he said.

“With Renovantage, customers know they’re going to get good quality workmanship on time, on a budget, with minimal disruption and with a performance guarantee to back them up.”

For more information or to speak with a Renovantage certified contractor, please visit http://www.renovantage.com or call (416) 840-6566.

DRESS UP YOUR WALLS IN CASHMERE

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New-Formula Sico Cashmere Paint Billed

as Crème de la Crème of Paints

Longueuil, Quebec – May 16, 2011 – Sico’s best paint product just got even better. The leading Canadian brand has announced the re-launch of its top-of-the-line Cashmere paint, billed as the “crème de la crème” of paints.

Developed using a new, improved formula that still features innovative thermoplastic beads, Sico’s Cashmere delivers a gloss-free, ultra-smooth, luxurious, and now even more durable and washable finish. A paint and primer-in-one, Cashmere is unique in that its finish brings unprecedented richness and depth to the wall colour, giving rooms a breathtaking, designer look.

“Cashmere paint has it all – from deeper, richer colour, to increased durability, adhesion, coverage and hiding power, to built-in primer, stain resistance and ease of application,” said Dominique Pépin, Marketing Manager for Sico brand. “It’s a must for home décor lovers who want the paint colours they select for their walls to look and perform their absolute best.”

Ideal for living and dining rooms, as well as bedrooms, where flat, elegant finishes bring out the best of the décor, Cashmere is “the highest quality 100 percent acrylic latex interior paint Sico has ever made,” Pépin said of the virtually-odourless, zero-VOC (before tinting) paint, which exceeds industry environmental standards.

“A series of tests demonstrated that Cashmere covers 46 percent more surface than main competing brands, based on average results, which means a gallon of Cashmere is able to cover an area of 500 to 600 square feet as opposed to the industry average of 375 square feet,” she explained, adding the result is that fewer gallons are needed to complete a room. “Since the primer is also not needed when applying Cashmere, users not only save money but time as well.”

A paint and primer-in-one, Sico’s new and improved Cashmere paint delivers a gloss-free, ultra-smooth, and now even more durable and washable finish, giving walls a breathtaking, designer look.

Tests also show that the new paint has superior flow characteristics that make it very easy to apply, Pépin said.

Available in all of Sico’s paint colours, Sico Cashmere retails for about $53.00 per gallon and can be found at more than 1,000 retailers across the country. For more information or to find a Sico retailer near you, please visit http://www.sico.ca.

About Sico (www.sico.ca)

Sico is a brand of AkzoNobel, the Canadian leader in decorative paints serving the consumer, professional renovation and construction markets. AkzoNobel produces and supplies a wide range of paints, coatings and specialty chemicals, including the leading Sico brand. The company employs nearly 2,000 people in three manufacturing plants, four distribution centres and more than 225 corporate stores across Canada. Dedicated to delivering high-performance solutions and quality products, AkzoNobel has unrivaled technical expertise that meets the current and future needs of its customers.

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 May 2011‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 May 2011

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

Telecom Decisions:

CISC consensus report – 9-1-1 Test Bed Interconnection
File number: 8621-C12-01/08
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/cisc/eng/scag1101.htm

Request for dispute resolution by Triton Global Business Services Inc.
related to the billing and collection service provided by MTS Allstream
Inc. File number: 8622-T125-201102475
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8622/t125_201102475.htm

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Application to
exclude competition-related quality of service indicator 2.10 results
(Mean Time To Repair (MTTR) – CDNA and Type C Loops) from the rate rebate
plan for competitors for December 2010 – File number: 8680-B54-201103811
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8680/b54_201103811.htm

Telecom Regulatory Policy:

Static IP address allocation for third-party Internet access
File number: 8638-C12-201015207
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2010/8638/c12_201015207.htm

Warm up to Spring with a New Coat of Paint

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 17, 2011 at 3:00 AM

CIL Spring Photo – Swordplay Painting a “frame” around a doorway, using a rich colour like CIL’s Swordplay (30BB 45/049) grey, will go a long way in rejuvenating your property after a long, harsh winter.

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CIL Paints offers tips on refreshing your home with colour this season

May 11, 2011 – Now that the warmer weather’s here, it’s time to put on a new coat … of paint, that is. Statistics show that spring is the most popular time for painting – both inside and out – and there’s no simpler way to leave the dreariness of a long, cold winter behind, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

“Just as replacing dark winter coats in favour of cheerier-looking spring jackets helps lighten moods, even the smallest infusion of colour will give your home a lift,” says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints, noting that paint colour is the easiest and most economical home improvement tool.

Adding colour to your home’s interior is as easy as applying a vibrant tone to an accent wall, jazzing up an old piece of furniture, or painting a “frame” around a mirror, picture or doorway, Goldman says. On the exterior, simply changing the colour of your front door, garage or window frames will go a long way in rejuvenating your property, and reversing the toll Canada’s harsh winters tend to take on our houses.

Popular colour choices this season include jewel-toned blues and greens, playful limes, pinks and apricots, and calming lavenders and greys. Topping the list of CIL’s spring colours are Vista Marine (10BG 39/244) blue, English Apple (90YY 48/500) green, Lime Twist (89YY 78/269) lime, Pink Chablis (30YR 68/127) pink, Sunlit Piazza (20YY 61/475) orange, Peace (50BB 46/129) lavender and Swordplay (30BB 45/049) grey.

“This season’s palette is about appreciating the influence of colour in every aspect of our lives, from a spectacular sunset to blossoming flower gardens, to the trendy fashions we wear,” explains Goldman. “The bolder colours replace safer neutrals, echoing new beginnings and a renewed sense of optimism and charm.”

CIL Spring Photo – English Apple Adding colour to your home may be as easy as jazzing up an old piece of furniture, like this dresser featuring CIL English Apple (90YY 48/500) green. The dresser was painted using CIL’s new water-based Smart Melamine paint, which delivers a super-smooth finish.

Before ‘springing’ ahead with your paint job this season, consider these tips from CIL Paints:

· Use colour sense: When selecting paint colours, study your surroundings. Inside, it’s important to consider the mood you want to create in a room in addition to the decor. Pink is the colour of passion and love, yellow energizes and cheers, green is easy on the eye and calming, lime green is playful, blue is dreamy and tranquil, and purple, the colour of wealth, reduces hunger. Exterior paint choices should blend well with existing landscaping as well as the colour of the roof, brick, siding or stone.

· Accentuate the positives: Today’s bold colours present the perfect opportunity for experimenting. Make a kitchen “pop” with brightly-painted cabinetry, using specially-formulated paint. CIL’s new Smart Melamine paint, for example, has a unique water-based, super-smooth formula that – with the proper preparation – makes even the oldest cupboards look sleek and new. Use colour to draw attention to a book shelf or back wall, or breathe new life into a bathroom by painting accessories or applying geometric shapes to the wall. Add exterior curb appeal by repairing winter’s damage, including peeling trim, faded paint, cracked putty, and scuffed door frames. With the right colour combinations, these must-do maintenance chores will become pleasures.

· Follow orders: Paint jobs are simpler when the right order is followed. For interior painting, start with the ceiling, then the walls, followed by the baseboard and trim. Doors and windows should be painted last. Outside, the general rule is to work from the top down, painting gutters and eaves first while leaving trim for last. Shutters should be completely removed and re-hung, while doors can be painted in place, left slightly ajar to dry.

· Make a good time: Almost any spring day is good for interior painting, except in extremely hot and humid weather, which can cause streaking if the paint dries too fast. The best time for exterior painting is when the temperature has been 10° C or higher for 24 hours and no fog, drizzle or dew is present. When painting outdoors, avoid direct sunlight and wind. Paint applied to hot surfaces will blister and peel, while wind can cause paint to dry too quickly, leaving behind lap marks – not to mention dirt and insects that may blow in.

CIL Spring Photo – Peace Lavender, such as CIL’s Peace (50BB 46/129), is one of the hot colours for the spring.

“Inside or out, this season’s pick-me-up colours are so fresh and uplifting, you’ll feel like it’s spring in your home all year round,” Goldman says.

For more painting tips, or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

Catch Some Treasure at Trove

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There is Much to Find at Trove – Photo Courtesy of Trove

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How Many Tabs Do You Keep Open in Your Internet Browser

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Lessons in Public Relations Issues Published

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Hot Docs Supports African Filmmakers

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HOT DOCS DAILY FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 4

New $1-Million Production Fund for African Filmmakers Announced!

At this morning’s opening of the Hot Docs Forum, it was announced that Hot Docs and Blue Ice Film have partnered to establish the Hot Docs-Blue Ice Film Documentary Fund. The $1-million production fund will provide financial support to independent documentary filmmakers based in developing African countries, with the goal of increasing the quality and quantity of social, cultural and political documentaries produced in the region. Generously established by Toronto-based Blue Ice Film, the Fund will be administered by Hot Docs and disbursements will be made over the next five years.

Also discover:

* Distribution deals recently announced for Hot Docs official selections
* Updated top 20 films in the running for People’s Choice Award
* Videos and photo slideshows featuring directors of YOU’VE BEEN TRUMPED, BUCK, HELL AND BACK AGAIN and more
* Links to latest film reviews and media coverage
* All the Festival buzz on Twitter
* Daily screening and industry schedules
* Hot Picks for tonight

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CRTC sets speed target for broadband Internet and maintains obligation to provide basic home telephone service

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, May 3, 2011

Broadband target

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)
today set a target for broadband Internet access services across Canada.
By the end of 2015, the CRTC expects all Canadians to have access to
broadband speeds of at least 5 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads
and 1 Mbps for uploads.

“A well-developed broadband infrastructure will serve as a gateway for
Canadians to participate in the digital economy,” said Konrad von
Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “The target we have established
is the minimum speed we believe consumers in rural and remote areas should
be able to receive. The industry is actively responding to market demands
and we have every confidence in its ability to meet the target.”

The CRTC anticipates that this target will be reached through a
combination of private investments, targeted government funding and
public-private partnerships. The launch of new satellites and advances in
wireless technologies will make it possible to provide Canadians in rural
and remote regions with reliable broadband connections at reasonable rates
and higher speeds than those available today.

Despite Canada’s unique geography, 95% of households currently have access
to Internet download speeds of at least 1.5 Mbps through telephone, cable
or fixed-wireless networks. Over 80% of households already have access to
download speeds of 5 Mbps or higher.

The CRTC will closely monitor the industry’s progress in reaching the
target.

Local telephone service

Given that competition is flourishing in 80% of residential telephone
markets, the CRTC has lifted the requirement to meet the basic service
objective in these deregulated areas. The CRTC determined, however, that
large telephone companies must continue to offer residential subscribers a
basic telephone line at a reasonable rate. Companies will have the
flexibility to gradually increase rates for this service over the next
three years, to a maximum of $30 per month.

In regulated areas, the CRTC is maintaining the obligation to provide
basic residential telephone service and to meet the basic service
objective. Most incumbent telephone companies will continue to receive a
subsidy to ensure basic telephone service is offered to all consumers in
rural and remote areas and to help offset higher costs.

The CRTC will phase-in a new formula over the next three years, which will
reduce subsidies available to companies in regulated areas. To offset lost
subsidies, companies will have the option of gradually raising rates to a
maximum of $30 per month by 2013.

“Some companies in rural and remote areas charge their customers much less
than what it actually costs them to provide this service and, as a result,
their rates are lower than in urban areas. The new price ceiling will make
for a more consistent and reasonable rate across Canada and reduce the
reliance on subsidies,” said Mr. von Finckenstein.

Local competition

Finally, the CRTC will continue to encourage greater consumer choice in
the residential telephone market for Canadians in rural and remote areas.
The CRTC has decided to maintain its existing framework for competitors
wishing to enter territories served exclusively by smaller telephone
companies.

To ensure that the smaller companies are able to provide reasonable access
to residential telephone service, the CRTC has introduced the following
measures:

Smaller telephone companies will continue to receive subsidies for their
subscribers until competitors can offer service to 75 per cent of the
market.

Smaller telephone companies will be able to claim half of the subsidy they
would normally receive for subscribers that switch to a competitor during
the first three years of competition.

New entrants will be required to pay the start-up costs in markets where
the smaller telephone company has fewer than 3,000 subscribers. Start-up
costs can include those associated with ensuring that consumers are able
to keep the same telephone number when changing providers (number
portability) or connecting the competitor’s network with that of the
smaller telephone company.

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-291
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-291.htm

The CRTC

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

Reference document:

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-43
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-43.htm

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Does Online Education Pack on the Freshman 30?

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Distance education can be seen as quite a sedentary act. If you are sitting at the computer for hours on end, without any exercise…this could be something that could help someone put on weight. Even for people who go to a school that is not online, reports have shown that many young people are gaining 15 pounds from eating cafeteria food in their first year at college or university. What happens if you are studying by correspondence? Does online education pack on the freshman 30?

Many students who are young people and older people who chose to sit at their computer to take their courses lead busy lives. Many times their reasons for not physically going to college or university is because it is simply more convenient for them to study and to take classes from home. They have the advantage of being part of a social network with education at its focus. It is easier to squeeze in the time to do the lessons.

Many of us also know that as we spend a lot of time at home in front of the computer, it is much easier to reach the refrigerator, order a meal or take time to cook a meal. The urge to get hungry could happen often and there may be no one around to manage our eating habits. A student who studies from home could be eating just as badly as some of the food in the cafeterias on the campuses of colleges and universities all over North America. The virtual campus is accessible by a computer, plus a bag of Doritos to munch on while you are doing your homework. Doritos added with too many servings of Kraft Dinner, plus some french fries ordered at Swiss Chalet could end up doing more damage – if coupled with inactivity. At least the freshman student on a college or university campus gets the opportunity to walk around.

The question still remains unanswered though. Does online education pack on the freshman 30? At the end of the day and at the end of your semesters, that may be more a question of how active virtual students are in their lives when they are off the computer. Are they making time to go to the gym? Are they taking time to have broken so they can go on walks? Do they have children that are helping them keep fit by having to chase after them? Do they work in physically strenuous employment? Are they meeting with other online students to study the course material? Is the act of typing alone an exercise more physical than it is mental?

With these questions answered by each student who is studying over the Internet, it would be easier to determine if online students would actually gain more weight than students who actually have to get up and go to classes. I will attempt to use my own experience as an example.

When I was doing my undergraduate education, I lived a fair distance from the school. It would take about 40 minutes to walk there one way. Due to the fact that I did not have a lot of money when I was in school, I would walk to school to save on bus transportation costs. So I did receive exercise walking to and from school. This was different from when I was in my first year of university when I lived on campus. At this time, I avoided eating the cafeteria food and lived on Hickory Sticks and Skor bars in fear of gaining weight. I would walk through the tunnel system and spend as much time walking as I could. I also spent a lot of time in the first semester going out dancing at clubs in a city not far from the school.

In my second year though, and subsequent years, I would walk 80 minutes a day, plus work out at the school gym. This kept my weight down low. As well, when I was in graduate school, my weight was higher than it was in my first experience with higher education, however, I would still take time to exercise.

Studying online is similar to working many desk type jobs. Once I got into the world of work, I would spend a lot of time at the computer and exercise became less important to me. I have found over the years that a lack of exercise is one reason why I am not even close to the weight I was at during my school days. I would imagine that the same would happen to a student who was studying through distance education and lived a nonactive lifestyle. Perhaps it would be possible to gain more weight through the experience of a virtual classroom compared to studying on a campus.

OK, now it is time to discuss solutions to the potential of packing on the freshman 30 through a web course or program. Now that the problem has been presented, it would be important for anyone who is studying in a virtual classroom to also make sure they are doing physical exercise. It would also be important to make sure your food choices are healthy ones, because everyone has to eat – at least most of us. Choosing fresh fruits and vegetables, versus a bag of Doritos or Lays would be the first and obvious choice. Reducing one’s amount of coffee intake to a maximum of one a day would be ideal for your health. Coffee is known to stimulate all kinds of things such as diabetes. If you cannot dream of living without coffee, try tea instead. There are so many varieties out there, I am sure whether it is herbal tea or black tea, you would be sure to find one you like. As well, it is important to minimize the amount of meat you eat. It is always better in general and as a rule for even ruling out illnesses such as cancer that you try to choose fish and chicken over beef and pork.

I know these things are hard to do. I am hardly saying I am perfect at it myself even though I know what are the right things to do. Truly the key is exercise. If you can at least get a half hour walk in every day, and I mean on the weekends too, this would really help you to be healthier. If you do not enjoy walking, you can always choose an exercise that truly suits the kind of person you are. As long as you are keeping active…this is the key. This way you can prevent putting on the freshman 30 and continue to have the convenience of studying online.

How to Start Studying Abroad

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Studying abroad is an excellent experience – if you get the opportunity it is worth it in so many ways. Here are some tips on how you can start to plan for studying abroad.

Many schools have an international centre where you can inquire about studying abroad. Most schools also have links with certain universities around the world where you are able to study there. For example, the University of Toronto has a link with a school in Florence, Italy where you can study architecture and design. What a terrific experience this would be for anyone.

As well, there are certain campus-based travel agencies that will give you the opportunity to study abroad.

Going on a student exchange is another option for studying abroad. You can organize this through your school and check your school’s course calendar for more information.

As well, there are schools such as Seneca College that bring international schools on campus so students can find out about their options to continue their studying through travel and learning. Make use of these information sessions and when school representatives are on campus, ask as many questions as you can and find out all the information you need.

Once you have made the decision to study abroad, you will need to make sure you have the necessary health shots that may be needed depending on what area of the world you will be studying in. You will need to arrange accommodation – it is always recommended to live on campus until you get to know the city. As well, make sure you have your passport and other information in order.

Is Journalism Education Becoming Obsolete due to Citizen Journalism?

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It seems as though anyone can pick up a video camera, a microphone and start a blog today and call themselves a journalist. What does this mean for journalism education?

Journalism education does not have a long history. Actually, the first journalists, such as Ernest Hemingway were not actually trained in journalism. Journalists like William Zinsser were not trained in journalism either. Journalism education is a fairly recent phenomenon especially in places such as Canada, where Carleton University was the first journalism school back in the 1940s. Before that, the newspaper men and women who delivered the current events were trained in other areas.

It seems as though things are coming back to those early days. The Internet is drastically changing the access that anyone can have to produce journalism. This is known as citizen journalism. Ordinary citizens are starting to pick up video cameras, a microphone, and start blogs, as well as posting information on YouTube to get their voices heard – just like journalists. In many ways this is a good thing, however – does it continue to make journalism education relevant?

I would argue that journalism education is still relevant. Many of the successful blogs that exist today are actually about mainstream news events. This shows that the mainstream news, filled with journalists that have graduated from such schools as Carleton University, Columbia University, Northwestern University and Ryerson University are still being put to good use by adding to the blogosphere. As well, because we still live in a paper-driven society where the credentials one has are extremely important in landing paid work, journalism education continues to be important for the purposes of people with interests in the media to find and keep a job. It is a reality that many people who have their own blogs do not make a lot of money from it. It is possible, although people like Matt Drudge of the Matt Drudge Report are more an exception rather than the rule.

The Internet can actually be used to help improve the level of journalism education. There is more information on the web about what journalism is about and understanding media – this information can be used by professors to make the classroom a more vibrant place.

When it comes to journalism education and getting a job in journalism, it is also important about the contacts you have. Going to a credible journalism school ensures that you will have access to people who can help you to find a job. This is something that will surely help journalism schools not to become obsolete.

When I look back on my own journalism education it was one of the best things I could have done. Most people that get into journalism do so because they want to write. Going to journalism school gave me the chance to do this and make my mistakes while I was in school so I could perform better in the job market. I received many opportunities while I was school, such as traveling to Germany, Belgium, and Holland and co-producing a documentary that is now in the library of the city where I went to school. Producing that documentary helped me to be involved with other documentary projects. Just being at the school started a long working relationship I had with the public broadcaster in my country where working there was like an education on to itself. Later, when I went back to school for a graduate degree, this is what helps me to know about journalism education today and to work in the field, as well as media in general. I teach at the college level and am able to continue working as a journalist to keep current in the field.

A journalism education is important, however, it is true that for anyone that has the talent they will do well in the field. Many times this talent can come through work experience that can be honed by doing citizen journalism work. Equipping yourself with a studio environment right in your home can make a difference in getting your name known and out there, making all the difference in the world when you do apply for a job in mainstream or even alternative media.

I teach at a number of schools and have taught at a number of schools in the past. I have seen great success coming out of the students I have taught. Success levels higher than what I have heard from people who did not go to journalism school. Even people that went to school, however, did not study journalism is still a viable option for breaking into the field. Many people do become successful this way too.

In conclusion, I would say that although citizen journalism, web-based journalism or Internet journalism is a huge phenomenon that is challenging the meaningfulness of mainstream media outlets, many mainstream media outlets are actually combating this situation by “jumping on the bandwagon.” Places such as CBS plans to have many of their programs go online so they take advantage of the power of the Internet. The real answer that journalism schools need to do to find a solution to the challenge of citizen journalism is to make sure they are offering courses and programs that answer to the power of the web. Their students must be prepared to work in the virtual world and prepare to potentially receive employment that is completely web-based. This is future, things will not change anytime soon.

 

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Most Interesting Campuses in Ontario

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 8, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Ontario has some of the most beautiful campuses in the country of Canada. Here is a quick description of some of them:

Queen’s University located in Kingston is a picturesque town with a campus that is charming. You can actually see the ivy growing on the university and it is relatively easy to maneuver your way around the campus.

The University of Toronto undoubtedly has one of the most beautiful campuses in Canada, and yes in Ontario too. Located in the centre of downtown Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum is close by, plus the Royal Ontario Museum and the Textile Museum. There are great places to eat that surround the entire campus and some parts of it even have cobblestone.

York University’s campus is also beautiful and changing all the time. With its large quadrant that has a grassy knoll, plus a waterfall, it is huge space that has some elements of the old and the new. Just over to the south of the campus is Seneca College that also has many elements of a new design and is a building that displays its strength in understanding technology.

One of the lesser known universities in Toronto, however ones that are extremely interesting include Humber College and Guelph-Humber University. These institutions which are joined actually resemble the Pearson airport that is not too far away. At Guelph-Humber they have a wall that is filled with leaves and foliage right in the atrium. It is absolutely gorgeous for anyone who has the opportunity to see it.

Ryerson University, on the other hand, is like a modern village in the heart of downtown Toronto. With so much going on around it, it is amazing to think the students there actually get an opportunity to get any studying done. With its proximity to the Eaton Centre, as well as great restaurants, jewelry stores and a newly formed square close to the Hard Rock Café, there is so much going on there that it would be hard for a student looking to take a break to be bored.

Another interesting campus is Centennial College at Pape and Mortimer in Toronto that used to be the old teacher’s college. That school also used to be the location where the world famous “Degrassi Junior High” series was filmed. If you look at the show, as well as look at aspects of the school – you can easily identify some of the classrooms and location scenes from the show.

Digital Divide in Education

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on May 7, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Monday, August 3, 2009

About 75 percent of Canadians over the age of 16 were surfing on the Internet last year. This is according to a new Statistics Canada report. Factors such as age, income, education and where you live still contribute to a “digital divide” in Canada.

About 19.2 million Canadians aged 16 and older went online for personal reasons in 2007 the Canadian Internet Use Survey states. This is an increase of 5 percent from 2005 when the last survey was done.

Many of the Internet users searched the web from home, about 94 percent. At work, 41 percent said they used it, at school, 21 percent said they used it and about 15 percent in libraries.

Still, in small towns or in rural areas, the Internet is not being used as much. About 65 percent of those living in small towns and rural areas are using the web, compared to 76 percent in urban places.

As well, education levels play a big role in how people are using the Internet. Those Canadians with at least some post-secondary education surfed the net at a rate of 84 percent. Compare this to about 58 percent of those who are less educated the report said.

Source: http://post-secondary.blogspot.com/2008/06/statistics-canada-report-reveals.html

Education Blogs and Discussion Forums

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Education blogs are showing up everywhere and one has to be careful where they are getting their information from.

There are some education blogs that are not extremely informative and include information from people who do not have any knowledge on the topic. Make sure that if you are consulting with an education blog, it comes from a reliable source.

Many times the best way to do this is to go with suggestions from people that you know. Along with education blogs, there are those education discussion forums that are reputable and those that are not. The Chronicle of Higher Education is one discussion forum that carries a lot of weight in the education sphere and is extremely informative.

What are some of the advantages of being part of an education blog or discussion forum? It gives you the opportunity to dialogue with people who are like-minded. You can meet many people and if you are in a situation of looking for work in academia, this could be a wonderful avenue to increase your social networks.

Another advantage to being part of education blogs and discussion forums is that you receive the opportunity to find out what are some of the “hot” topics people in the field are discussing. This will also help you during interviews if you are in the midst of the academic job hunt.

Even for people who already have work in academia, education blogs and discussion forums can be useful. They can help to keep you up to date on some of the things that are being discussed in the field. This could even help to provide lecture material or to promote discussions in your classroom or in your board meetings.

For whatever reason, you are using education blogs or discussion forums, if you choose them wisely, you cannot go wrong.

Technology in the Classroom

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

There is no way to escape it. Technology is making a big splash in education. It will be coming to a classroom near you if it is not there already.

Many classrooms are going digital by replacing old chalkboards with electronic podiums that teachers and professors can use, as well as the students when they are doing presentations.

At the click of some buttons, electronic screens can be lowered, projectors can be turned on and PowerPoint presentations of lesson plans can be displayed to the whole class. Many of these electronic podiums also have the capacity to show VCR tapes, DVDs, play audio from the Internet, hook up a laptop and hook up a video camera. Gone are the days of the slide projectors and green, black or white chalkboards that are still in some classrooms.

This technology is making it possible for all kinds of wonderful things to happen in the classroom. Many schools also have a system called Blackboard where it is possible to post previous lesson notes to students, register the grades, create discussion forums, perform podcasts and audio assignments. Things are a lot different for students nowadays than they were when many of us who may teach was at school. Things are a lot different than they were for many of us who are paying for our children to go to school.

The advances in technology will not stop. There will be much more in the making as changes are happening all the time. Many people in schools are looking forward to the day when every classroom has access to computers for the students. Some people who teach do not like this idea because computers can sometimes be a disruptive element in the classroom. With the advent of Facebook, MySpace, MSN Messenger and other social networking sites, some students spend more time communicating with their friends online than actually listening to what is going on in class. Somehow a balance between the advantages and disadvantages of technology in the classroom will be struck.

Source: http://gminks.edublogs.org/2008/06/13/technology-must-be-transparent/

The Best of Donna Magazine Published

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The Best of Donna Magazine

Take Donna Magazine with you anywhere you go. You can buy it now in hardcover, paperback or as an ebook at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged and Amazon. Search under “Donna Kakonge.”

Marketing the Key to Self-Publishing

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

It always surprises me when I speak to someone and they tell me that their books are not selling. Each and every time it is usually because no effort is going into marketing.

There are a lot of writers out there who depend on their publishing company to do the bulk of their marketing for them. I’m one of those people who is a true believer that you, the writer, have the golden key when it comes to selling your books.

This is not to say that my book sales have been fabulous this month. There are a whole lot of things I could be doing that I have not been doing and at least I recognize that. Every time I am on public transit, I could be slipping my business card to someone with a book in their hand and telling them about my books. I could be hanging around outside bookstores and letting people who are coming in and out know about my books. I could be talking about them in casual conversations every chance I get. Perhaps it is my Canadian politeness factor that keeps me from being that aggressive. However, I am fully aware that I would be selling more books this way.

On an up note, I will be going to a “Faith and the Media” symposium on Thursday, October 1st in Brampton, Ontario. There will be 500 people at this event and I definitely plan to discuss my books. As well, I’m hoping to go to a Simply People festival in October and get a table where I can showcase my books. I just need to work out the timing so it will go well with my teaching hours. Today, there is Word on the Street that is a huge book and magazine festival in Toronto. I was planning to get a booth right after the last one happened called Writer’s Block. This is something I definitely hope to work out for next year. My approach to Word on the Street has been “manana, manana,” always tomorrow, tomorrow. Honestly, I prefer going to the event and it would be great if I had some business cards to let people there know about my books too.

Here’s to self-publishing!

The International Association of Business Communicators Presents Communication Changes in the Fast Lane

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On May 10, the Dallas chapter of IABC will host Clayton Howe who will share the internal and external communication challenges and successes of converting Texas toll roads to cashless operations

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Tuesday, May 10 the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) will feature the North Texas Toll Authority’s (NTTA) assistant executive director of operations, Clayton Howe, at the organization’s monthly luncheon in Plano, Texas.

“Communication with our customers was one of the most important aspects of the NTTA’s transition to cashless tolling”

Attendees to this luncheon will learn how being flexible and adaptable during times of change can facilitate a smooth transition, to deal with unexpected obstacles during a major transition and to apply what they learn to future change communication campaigns.

“Communication with our customers was one of the most important aspects of the NTTA’s transition to cashless tolling,” Howe said. “We learned and adjusted along with our customers, and I’m excited to share those lessons.”

Howe worked in the healthcare industry for 18 years before transitioning to the NTTA as assistant director of the maintenance department. In 2007, Howe was promoted to assistant executive director of operations with oversight of customer service, maintenance, system and incident management and information technology.

The event begins at 11:15 a.m. and ends at 1:00 p.m. The early bird registration fee is $30 for current IABC Dallas members, $45 for guests and $20 for full-time students. After May 2, the fee increases by $5. Guests wishing to secure the membership rate are encouraged to join IABC. IABC membership offers several benefits including monthly luncheons, a worldwide network of 15,000 colleagues, leadership training, printed and online magazines, accreditation and awards programs and much more. To register and learn more about the event, visit the IABC Dallas website.

Event Summary:
When: Tuesday, May 10 at 11:15 a.m.
Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy – 6001 W. Park Blvd., Plano, Texas 75093
How: iabcdallas.com
Fee: $30 – members; $45 – guests; $20 students; After May 2: $35 – members; $50 – guests; $20 – students; Registration closes on Friday, May 6.

About IABC Dallas:

IABC Dallas is the premier organization for practical education and information, professional development, and networking for marketing and communication professionals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The chapter serves more than 300 members representing corporations, agencies, and professional services, as well as government, association, not-for-profit and entrepreneurial organizations. IABC Dallas offers a range of resources and networking opportunities, including regular professional development meetings, workshops and seminars, member newsletters, awards programs and job placement resources. IABC Dallas can trace its roots to 1942 when it was known as the Southwestern Association of Industrial Editors. For more information, visit http://www.iabcdallas.com.

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The Lighthouse of Montreal North to provide hundreds of meals a week

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April 30, 2011 @ 02:00PM

Montreal North – The official opening of the Lighthouse of Montreal North, a community restaurant, and food bank, took place today in the presence of a federal member of parliament Denis Coderre.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North plans to provide hundreds of meals a week to people from Montreal North who find themselves in need. The idea for the project came out of the community’s desire to have a place that could provide food at no cost. This initiative comes at a time when 17 percent of adults in Montreal North find themselves living on social assistance.

“Whether it’s to help them out of a temporary bind or to give them something more long-term, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be there. We want to support those who are in financial straits and help them better their situation. We also want to let people know that there are some positive things taking place in Montreal North,” said Pastor Mario Catalano of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church, who spearheaded the initiative.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North’s mission is to offer assistance to people of all religions and backgrounds who find themselves in need. Warm and welcoming, it will treat people with the dignity they deserve. “The Lighthouse of Montreal North is a place where people can feed both body and soul. They will find something to eat, but they’ll also get some attention, meet some friendly folks and be at the centre of a great community project,” added Pastor Roberto Angelone, who has been responsible for the endeavour.

Supported entirely by donations and a group of 80 volunteers, the Lighthouse of Montreal North, will be offering breakfasts and lunches, from Monday to Friday. The food bank will be open on Fridays.

The Lighthouse of Montreal North is located at 11,835 Langelier Blvd, near the corner of Maurice Duplessis Blvd.
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“Whether it’s to help them out of a temporary bind or to give them something more long-term, the Lighthouse of Montreal North will be there. We want to support those who are in financial straits and help them better their situation. We also want to let people know that there are some positive things taking place in Montreal North.”

Pastor Mario Catalano, Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church

“The Lighthouse of Montreal North is a place where people can feed both body and soul. They will find something to eat, but they’ll also get some attention, meet some friendly folks and be at the centre of a great community project.”

Pastor Roberto Angelone, Emmanuel Pentecostal Christian Church

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