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[TPS] – Media advisory, Thursday, June 30, 2011, 8 p.m., Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West, Battle of the Build for Habitat for Humanity Toronto‏

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Event Happening Promoted By Toronto Police Services – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Thursday, June 30, 2011, 8 p.m., Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West, Battle of the Build for Habitat for Humanity Toronto

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 – 12:00 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

Toronto EMS, Toronto Police Service, and Toronto Fire Services are working together to help their community build two homes in partnership with Toronto Habitat for Humanity.

As part of the fund-raising efforts, the Toronto 9-1-1 build team is hosting a “Battle of the Build – Battle of the bands” competition, with each service represented by a band representing.

On Thursday, June 30, 2011, 8 p.m., the “Battle of the Bands” will take to the stage at Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West. Celebrity judges Nicole McCormick, CityNews Senior Assignment Editor; Rudy Blair, Music Reporter 680 News; Neil Hetherington, CEO Habitat for Humanity Toronto and Eric Alper, Director of Media Relations and Label Acquisitions eOne Music Canada will decide the fate of their performances.

The Toronto Police Service band, The Catalysts, Toronto Fire Services, The Shifters, and the Toronto EMS band, Drunk on Sunday will hear the judges decisions at approximately 10:30 p.m.

Entry donations are $20 per person at the door, or you can purchase online tickets in advance. T-shirts will also be sold with proceeds going to the Toronto Habitat 9-1-1 Build project. Online Fund-raising can also be done by clicking here.

Interviews can be arranged on site with band members and organizers from the three emergency services.

For further media information, please contact Kim McKinnon, 416-392-9305, or at 416-919-6501, kmckinn2@toronto.ca

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Sandra Richardson, 52 Division

FUJIFILM MAKES INSTANT ANYTIME PHOTOS A SNAP WITH INSTAX MINI 50S Instant photos give retro twist to capturing summertime fun

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Fuji Camera – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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June 28, 2011 @ 08:00AM

Mississauga, ON – FUJIFILM Canada Inc. today introduced the Instax Mini 50S, the perfect summertime accessory to capture every moment with beautiful, high-quality instant photo prints. The newest addition to the popular Instax family, the Instax Mini 50S uses Instax Mini Instant Film to produce credit card sized photo prints that can be snapped anywhere and developed instantly, for a retro take on sharing memories on-the-spot with friends and family this summer.

Sleek and compact with a shiny black finish, the Instax Mini 50S is feature-packed for creative photo taking, including two shutter release buttons placed on the front and side of the camera for portrait or landscape prints. It also has a handy self-timer that takes one or two pictures at once – one for you and one for a friend; and a blank strip at the bottom of each print provides space to write a message capturing the fun of the moment.

“Holding a printed photo in your hands to relive a memory is a different experience than viewing them on a computer screen or cellphone,” says Melinda Liberatore, product manager, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM Canada Inc. “In today’s digital world, the Instax Mini 50S revives the nostalgia and fun of taking and sharing printed photos that can quickly become treasured keepsakes.”

Other features include:

Macro lens for close-up shots up to 30cm away
Intelligent flash for brighter backgrounds
Exposure indicator display
Brightness control to lighten or darken photos
Tripod mount
Shiny black finish
MSRP: $129.99

Instax Mini Instant Film:

ISO 800 film speed (20 exposures)
Glossy finish
Sharp, clear reproduction
Vivid color and natural skin tones
Film size: 2” x 3”; image area: 1.8” x 2.4”
MSRP: $19.99

Availability:

Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S and Instax Mini Instant Film are currently at Amazon.ca, Black’s, Henrys, London Drugs, and other photo retailers across Canada.
It is also available on the Fujifilm e-store http://www.fujifilmestore.ca.

To learn more about the Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S Instant Film Camera and Instax Mini Instant Film, or any of Fujifilm’s entire line-up of instant film solutions, visit http://www.fujifilm.ca/instax.
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About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM Canada Inc. is a subsidiary company of FUJIFILM North America Corporation. Fujifilm Canada is based in Mississauga Ontario, with regional offices in Montreal and Vancouver. A leader in the distribution of technologies that provide the backbone for state-of-the-art Imaging, Graphic Arts, Photofinishing, Recording Media and Motion Picture products, Fujifilm Canada stands proud as a proven solutions-provider. For more information, visit http://www.fujifilm.ca.

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilm.com/northamerica, or go to http://www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at http://www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit http://www.fujifilmholdings.com.

*At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.
All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

Janet Jackson VIP Tickets

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Janet Jackson’s VIP Tickets Go on Sale Now – Photo Courtesy of Janet Jackson PR

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InSpirt Final Event: Monday June 27!‏

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Yoga at UrbanEdge – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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*** Consciousness and its role in social transformation with Devamrita Swami ***

InSpirit will be having its final event this Monday, June 27. This is an afternoon event from 11 AM till 1 PM. As all another InSpirit event, top-notch standards will always be kept…. so there will be an amazing vegan lunch and kirtan lead by Badahari Dasa!

Check out the events page for more information and to RSVP

About the Monks

Devamrita Swami: Devamrita Swami is a monk in the renounced order of life with profound spiritual practices that go back 40 years. In 1972, Devamrita Swami graduated from Yale University. He has a unique ability to present the ancient teachings of east in a contemporary manner that can be practically applied and so he has been traveling around the world for decades to fulfill invitations by prestigious universities, corporations, yoga institutes and connect with people through this knowledge of the east.

Badahari Das: A Bhakti Yogi, Kirtan master, and a musician for over 35 years who has performed at several spiritual concerts in every continent. He and his team of musicians will enchant you with his deep and devotional voice blended to the expert play of fingers on ancient instruments.

Regards,
Mangal-arti

SPEAK YOUR MIND! – Be heard, and Win

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L-R: Peter Christianson (Young Drivers of Canada), Anne Leonard (arrive alive DRIVE SOBER), Robyn Robertson (TIRF) & Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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Ottawa – Lights! Camera! Action! The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF), arrive alive DRIVE SOBER and Young Drivers of Canada want to see your public service announcement (PSA) videos for the SPEAK YOUR MIND! youth video contest on impaired driving.

Geared to youth across Canada aged 15-25, the video PSA contest is a component of Change the Conversation, a national education program on impaired driving, sponsored by the Brewers Association of Canada that was launched in November 2010. The goal of the video contest is to engage Canada’s youth in the conversation on reducing impaired driving by asking them to produce their own public service announcements that increase knowledge and share strategies to avoid drinking and driving.

“Even though youth are less likely to drink and drive relative to other age groups still almost 1/3 of fatally injured drivers who were legally impaired while driving are aged 25 or younger” explains TIRF President and CEO, Robyn Robertson. “The contest was designed to encourage youth to learn the facts about impaired driving and use their creative energy to share their reasons for choosing not to drink and drive.”

Participants are asked to submit a short PSA video (15- or 30-seconds) based on Change the Conversation’s current PSAs/posters and web content. Winning videos will be turned into radio and television PSAs and distributed to radio stations and television stations across Canada. Grand prize winners in each category will also receive a Young Drivers of Canada novice driver training program to prepare them for the road ahead. Additional prizes are to be given to runners-up and for Viewers’ Choice.

“Cultural changes happen when small groups of individuals do the right thing, inspiring others to do the same. We look forward to seeing young Canadians speak their mind with this Youth Video PSA contest,” says Peter Christianson, President of Young Drivers of Canada.

A new series of Change the Conversation program materials (PSAs, posters and flashcards) are also being released in conjunction with the video contest launch. Topics address a range of issues including passengers of drinking drivers, alcohol and fatigue, myths about drunk drivers, and, the time of year when drivers in fatal crashes are more likely to test positive for alcohol.

“The new materials also include information from TIRF’s upcoming Road Safety Monitor on youth drinking and driving,” notes Robertson. “Based on preliminary results of the report, it’s encouraging to see how responsible a majority of youth are when it comes to their personal choices not to drink and drive or to not ride with a drinking driver.”

Entrants’ videos will be posted for voting on Change the Conversation’s YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/Changetheconvo). Viewers can vote for their favourite submissions for the viewers’ choice award until September 15, 2011.

Videos will be judged on accuracy of information, use of positive messaging, and artistic merit. Judges will include representatives from the road safety industry, Canadian media industry, and CTC Program Partners. Winning videos will be announced on the National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims (November 23rd, 2011).

Miss Perfect 10

In Beauty, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on June 25, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Could You Be the Next Miss Perfect 10 Like Serena Williams – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

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Audition Reminder:

If you missed our audition dates in May, the next open
audition for the 2011 Miss Perfect 10 pageant will take
place on Sunday, June 26, from 1 pm to 5.30 pm, at Studio
#313 at the Dancemakers Centre for Creation (55 Mill Street,
Building 58) at the Distillery District.

You may view some highlight pictures from our May
auditions here:
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=53eCg&m=3aD15r9GhtHELP0&b=In3m7nmIEm9rGQx1CLjbTQ

The audition consists of a casual 10-minute interview and
our photographer will be taking head shots and half body
shots so makeup is recommended. It is not necessary to
bring your resume or portfolio so feel free to just come in
with a smile and enjoy the experience. Performing a talent
is not mandatory but you are very welcome to do so.
You may bring in music on CD if it is needed for the
performance of your choice.

Directions can be found at:
http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=53eCg&m=3aD15r9GhtHELP0&b=SL57gRv6ZQdNtpUHF7cA4A

If you have any last minute inquiries or need help with
directions, you may contact our assistant Kathrine at
416-564-8611

The part at LIVE Nightclub:

We are co-hosting a party with HiLife, ACOM, and Hookmeup
this Friday, June 24 at LIVE Nightclub (332 Richmond St. W,
Toronto). You are welcome to join us at this amazing event
and party with our fans and some of the Miss Perfect 10
girls from this year and years past.

Brought to you by the creators of LIV Miami, the
quintessential nightspot in the historic Fontainebleau
hotel, Live Nightclub Toronto is a Miami-inspired venue
with the city’s only retractable rooftop and open concept
dance floor.

We are expecting more than 1000 people at the
party and dress code is in full effect. Music is provided
by 4Korners (Toronto Raptors’ official DJ), DJ Ase
(Stylus Award nominee), DJ DeeCee and MC E.N.G.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend. Ladies will
receive free entry before 11 pm. Doors open at 10 pm.

2010 Winter Games legacies continue to produce lasting benefits for Canada International Olympic Committee (IOC) legacy study of 2010 Legacies Now provides recommendations to future host cities

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The Power of the Winter Games Just Keeps on Going – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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May 18, 2011 @ 09:00AM

Vancouver, B.C. – On the heels of its launch in February 2011 during celebrations marking the one-year anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, LIFT Philanthropy Partners, formerly 2010 Legacies Now, is the subject of the second in a two-part legacy study commissioned by the IOC.

‘The Evolution of 2010 Legacies Now – A Continuing Legacy of the 2010 Winter Games through Venture Philanthropy’ examines how 2010 Legacies Now leveraged the Games to create social change in communities throughout British Columbia, while also providing analysis of its transition to become a national venture philanthropy organization. The IOC study highlights the philosophy that Games legacies can endure beyond the event itself, as well as LIFT’s approach to working with not-for-profit organizations to create scalable, measurable and lasting social impact in the communities they serve.

Recognized as a thought-leader in legacy development around the Games and other mega-events, LIFT continues to share the knowledge and expertise it acquired leading up to the 2010 Winter Games with bid and host organizations around the world. Yesterday, LIFT’s Chief Executive Officer, Bruce Dewar, spoke to approximately 150 international delegates at the World Union of Olympic Cities’ Seminar on Legacy Planning in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“We are pleased the IOC chose to examine 2010 Legacies Now’s approach to developing and delivering social, economic and community legacies by using the power of the Olympic Movement as the catalyst,” said Mr. Dewar. “Each host region will have its own unique approach, but we hope the analysis of our transition to venture philanthropy seeds the idea for future hosts, so legacies can live beyond the Games and increase their impact over time.”

The IOC offers robust transfer of knowledge programs to help host and bid cities discover how to extend the benefits of hosting the Olympic Games beyond sports competitions and cultural showcases to include the wider socio-economic fabric of the host region and country.

Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Executive Director for the Olympic Games, said, “At the IOC, we work very closely with Games organizers on the topic of legacy, providing them with guidance and past-Games experience so that they can maximize their own legacies. The case study looking at 2010 Legacies Now provides a very tangible example of how the Games can be used as a catalyst for change. I have no doubt that the initiatives put in place by this organization will influence the efforts of future host cities for many years to come.”

‘The Evolution of 2010 Legacies Now – A Continuing Legacy of the 2010 Winter Games through Venture Philanthropy’ offers recommendations for future bid and host cities on building effective legacy programs, along with a summary of the impact 2010 Legacies Now created across the sectors of sport, healthy living, arts, literacy, volunteerism and accessibility. The study also details LIFT’s venture philanthropy model that seeks to create a continuing legacy of the 2010 Winter Games to benefit communities across Canada.

The study provides an update on the document published in 2009 entitled ‘Catalyst, Collaborator, Connector: The Social Innovation Model of 2010 Legacies Now.’

The two IOC case studies are available at liftpartners.ca via the following links:

The Evolution of 2010 Legacies Now – A Continuing Legacy of the Games through Venture Philanthropy, Mr. Joseph Weiler, 2011

Catalyst, Collaborator, Connector: The Social Innovation Model of 2010 Legacies Now, Mr. Joseph Weiler and Mr. Arun Mohan, 2009

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LIFT Philanthropy Partners is a Vancouver-based venture philanthropy organization that accelerates the growth and impact of not-for-profit organizations to create measurable social change in the areas of sport and healthy living, and literacy and lifelong learning. LIFT selects not-for-profit organizations with an established record of success and provides them with business planning and management support to develop growth strategies, improve effectiveness, and enhance performance. Through its investments, LIFT aims to contribute to the social well-being and economic prosperity of communities in Canada. Visit liftpartners.ca for more information.

LIFT is an evolution of 2010 Legacies Now. Visit 2010andBeyond.ca for highlights and stories of the social legacies 2010 Legacies Now helped to create leading up to the 2010 Winter Games.

Twitter @liftpartners | Facebook LIFT Philanthropy Partners | YouTube LIFT partners

Pressure to find a job too hot to handle? Calm, cool and collected is the roadmap to success

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 23, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The Key to Getting a Job is Keeping Cool and Calm – Photo Courtesy of CNW

 

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June 21, 2011 @ 09:00AM

Toronto, ON – With graduation just behind us, Canada’s Generation Y is ready to leave behind their late nights of studying and sweating over finals for a whole new type of stress – entering the real world and preparing for job interviews. A new survey by Leger Marketing finds that 57 percent of young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 40 rank job interviews as the most stressful situation that makes them sweat post-graduation.

“While young Canadians have been taught how to prepare for a successful interview, from doing their research to knowing how to give a proper handshake, what they often don’t think about is how they are projecting themselves,” says Catherine Thorburn, Career and Life Coach. “Appearing stressed without knowing it can be a barrier to making a good first impression and can hurt one’s chances of landing a second interview.”

While sweating is a natural part of life, it can often signal stress and result in embarrassment and self-consciousness. According to the survey, three in four Gen-Y Canadians (75 percent) believe sweating can contribute to a negative first impression and 77 percent say it is important for them to hide their sweating from others.ii Half (50 percent) of those surveyed also say that if they saw someone sweating (in a work or social setting) they would assume they were nervous.iii

Dr. Nowell Solish, dermatologist and founder of the Sweat Clinics of Canada says sweating can go beyond the physical. “It’s not just those embarrassing sweat marks that could hinder a potential job offer. Sweating can affect people’s self-confidence and can make them appear nervous in high-pressure situations like job interviews, causing them to get anxious and not come across as their best.”

For some Canadians, it’s not just the pressure of job interviews that causes them to sweat. “Almost a million Canadians suffer from a condition called hyperhidrosis,” says Dr. Solish. “This means they consistently sweat up to four times the amount of an average person, and it affects their everyday life.”

According to the survey, half (50 percent) of Canada’s Millennials are self-conscious about their sweating.iv More than one in five (21 percent) are concerned about shaking hands due to sweaty palms,v and another 20 percent are worried about perspiration marks on their clothing.vi What most people don’t know is that hyperhidrosis is a medical condition and is highly treatable.

While some sweating is normal in high-pressure situations, if it affects everyday life, Canadians can visit sweatless.ca to learn more about the condition of hyperhidrosis and get their sweating under control.

References:

i. Leger Marketing surveyed 810 adult Canadians aged 18 – 40 about their sweating tendencies. The online survey was conducted from February 7th to 18th, 2011. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±3.5%, 19 times out of 20.

ii. Leger Marketing Sweat survey, February 2011, P. 9

iii. Leger Marketing Sweat survey, February 2011, P. 20

iv. Leger Marketing Sweat survey, February 2011, P. 6

v. Leger Marketing Sweat survey, February 2011, P. 25

vi. Leger Marketing Sweat survey, February 2011, P. 25

The Agenda with Steve Paikin kicks off its new summer season with Piya Chattopadhyay

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM

A New Host for TVO’s Agenda – Photo Courtesy of CNW

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June 21, 2011 @ 12:55PM

Piya Chattopadhyay joins The Agenda with Steve Paikin in a new summer format that kicks off with exciting new interviews and in-depth analysis on the big issues of the day beginning Monday, July 4 at 8 pm ET.

Weeknights throughout the entire summer The Agenda with Steve Paikin will offer new one-on-one interviews with special guests for each week, followed by in-depth discussion and debate from the best of the year’s programs.

On Fridays it’s a full hour of fresh insightful content, starting with the one-on-one interviews and followed by an in-depth discussion and debate. Chattopadhyay will examine the key issues that came up on the program during the week.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s summer season examines many of the important issues facing Ontarians, including everything from the information age and the state of the contemporary family to the winners and losers in the global economy.

Beginning in September, Chattopadhyay will also become the new host of TVO’s Big Ideas.

The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s summer lineup is as follows:

July 4-8: The Information Age
From sharing videos to unveiling international secrets, the web continues to shape our world and the way we interact with each other.

Special guest for the week: Don Tapscott, author of Grown-up Digital and Macrowikinomics.

Debate on Friday, July 8 Securing Cyberspace: How well protected are you online?

July 11-15: The Haves and Have Not
The world is still regaining its footing from the recession. But as things improve, economic disparities remain between countries, between classes, and between families.

Special guest for the week: Daniel Ariely, behavioural economist at Duke University and author of Predictably Irrational.

Debate on Friday, July 15: Voluntourism: Helping or Hurting?

July 18-22: Modern Family
Gender roles and the idea of the traditional family have changed drastically in recent years. What does a modern family look like?

Special guest for the week: Emma Donoghue, playwright, literary historian and author of the Man Booker Prize-nominated novel, Room.

Debate on Friday, July 22: Multiracial Identity

July 25-29: (In) Justice
How are government dollars preventing crime? Are we really all equal before the law? This week examines the politics of justice.

Special guest for the week: David Welch, CIGI Chair of Global Security, Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Debate on Friday, July 29: DNA: Perfect Evidence?

Details on The Agenda with Steve Paikin’s entire nine-week summer lineup are available here.

Viewers are also invited to join in the online discussions, read new blogs and watch episodes of The Agenda with Steve Paikin anytime at The Agenda online.

For five seasons, The Agenda with Steve Paikin has provided Ontario with thought-provoking, insightful analysis of the big issues of the day with lively debates and stimulating one-on-one conversations. On March 3, 2011, The Agenda with Steve Paikin marked a milestone with its 1000th program.
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“We have a fantastic lineup for the summer and I’m really looking forward to connecting with viewers both on TV and online. I’ll be blogging, along with The Agenda’s producers, about the issues we’ll be covering on the program and I look forward to hearing from folks across the province.”

Piya Chattopadhyay

“Piya is a terrific addition to our team. She is smart, engaging and a seasoned journalist who has covered many of the issues that The Agenda regularly examines. With Piya on board, The Agenda now offers something new for viewers every weeknight throughout the entire year”.

Steve Paikin
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About TVO

TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. 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.

Tonight: The story of Karma with Devamrita Swami! …and much more‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on June 21, 2011 at 7:39 AM

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** Exciting spiritual adventure with Devamrita Swami & Badahari Dasa***

Get a feel of India in the heart of Toronto

Dear Friends,
We are now in the middle of our Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Join us to hear from amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and discover the truths of Reincarnation, Karma, life on other planets, unconditional love and much more. Enjoy at every event a soul-stirring musical meditation (Kirtan) with Badahari Das whose expertise at instruments combines with the purity from a lifetime of yoga practice to create a unique blend. Not to miss the delicious dinners, desserts, and snacks that awaits you at these events. Join us for a weekday evening or come along for a retreat – all options are available for you.

About the Monks

Devamrita Swami: Devamrita Swami is a monk in the renounced order of life with profound spiritual practices that go back 40 years. In 1972, Devamrita Swami graduated from Yale University. He has a unique ability to present the ancient teachings of east in a contemporary manner that can be practically applied and so he has been traveling around the world for decades to fulfill invitations by prestigious universities, corporations, yoga institutes and connect with people through this knowledge of the east.

Badahari Das: A Bhakti Yogi, Kirtan master, and a musician for over 35 years who has performed at several spiritual concerts in every continent. He and his team of musicians will enchant you with his deep and devotional voice blended to the expert play of fingers on ancient instruments

Remaining Festival Schedule – June 20-26:

Mon, 20th: Longing for Love in the Land of Dreams: Is it possible to fulfill the loving propensity our heart craves for? Do we know every trick or is there something more we can learn. Find details and RSVP

Tue, 21st: Intelligent Life on Earth and Other Planets? What the Yoga Texts Say: At the turn of the millennium, the mountain of evidence for UFOs, abductions and the other kind of alien contact towers high, certainly the prospect of alien intelligence thrusts at us a ponderous agenda for spirited discussion and research – enough to overwhelm the modern brain. Find details and RSVP

Thu, 23rd: The Vegan Revolution and Beyond – Consciousness Cooking: But is health the only reason for embracing a vegetable-based diet? Is compassion for animals the only reason to embrace a meat-free diet? Or is there more to it? What about the question of consciousness? We are what we eat, aren’t we? Find details and RSVP

Fri – Sun, 24th -26th: Bhakti Retreat: Break away from the city life for a nice weekend with a world-renowned monk, mouth-watering cuisines, and enthusiastic yogis. Find yourself welcomed by a young and enthusiastic team of volunteers, delicious vegan treats, and sound vibrations to soothe the soul. This is your chance to ask questions, enjoy a dynamic spiritual presentation and go deeper in the journey of self-realisation. Find details and RSVP
Regards
Mangal-arti

Afrofest in Queen’s Park 3 weeks away‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Afrofest Starts in early July – Photo Courtesy of Thomson Reuters

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AFROFEST AT QUEEN’S PARK ON JULY 9th & 10th

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 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.

Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited 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. A startlingly original act, not to be missed!

The Afrofest headliners will be supported by some of the top African groups based in Canada, including JP Buse (Zaire), Femi Abosede & Culture Force (Nigeria), Zekuhl (Cameroon), Ruth Mathiang (Sudan), Ijo Vudu (Nigeria), Soukous Tchatcho (Congo), The Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Amoudou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast) and Symphonix (Trinidad). More acts will be announced very soon. For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

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

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

CRTC launches online consultation on the CBC’s upcoming licence renewals‏

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CRTC launches online consultation on the Canadian Broadcasting
Corporation’s upcoming licence renewals

Ottawa-Gatineau, June 17, 2011 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) launched an online consultation to
seek input on the renewals of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s
(CBC) radio and television licences.

The CRTC will be looking at the CBC’s overall mandate in terms of
programming and conditions of licence. The comments and discussions
resulting from this consultation will be considered for the upcoming
hearing beginning on September 12, 2011, in Gatineau, Quebec, as well as
form part of the public record.

The CRTC is seeking Canadians’ views on the following questions:

• How can the CBC be relevant and meaningful in the future?

• How can the CBC best deliver content to all Canadians?

• Should the CBC only provide different programs and services than private
broadcasters?

• Does the CBC’s programming meet all of its objectives?

• What more (or less) should it be doing?

• What should it do differently?

• Do you feel the CBC reflects your specific Canadian interests and
needs?

• Does the CBC fill your need for reliable and authoritative news and
information?

The online consultation will conclude at midnight (EST) on July 18, 2011.
Canadians may participate by visiting http://www.cbc-consultation-src.ca/

Reference document:

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-379
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-379.htm

Community Alert

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Bells on Bloor Bicycle Event, Saturday, June 18, 2011

Special Events, 416−808−5049

On Saturday, June 18, 2011, the annual Bells on Bloor Bicycle Event will take place. This event will start at High Park, with the cyclists congregating on the grassy field just west of the main entrance to the park, off Bloor Street West. A total of 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate in this event.
The ride will begin at noon.

Formation area:
& minus; High Park (Bloor Street West & High Park Avenue),

− Eastbound on Bloor Street West,
− Southbound on Bay Street,

− Westbound on Wellesley Street West,
Dispersal area: Queen’s Park Legislative Building

There will be three additional rider pick-up locations for cyclists wanting to join the ride:
− Southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West,

− Southeast corner of Bloor Street West and Gladstone Avenue,
The − South side of Bloor Street West and Christie Street.

Drivers in the area may experience traffic delays.
This event will proceed regardless of weather conditions.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Jennifer O’Grady Ladouceur, Special Events

A message prepared by P.C. Gord Reid #1703, 14 Division

Taylor-Birks Foundation hosts much-awaited grand opening of respite home for children with complex needs, built with $1 million in private donations

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June 16, 2011 @ 11:30AM

MONTREAL, Quebec, June 16, 2011 — The Taylor-Birks Foundation today hosted hundreds of guests at the grand opening and open house of Eleanor Côté Home, a brand-new specialized children’s respite home in Beaconsfield, which corporate donors, West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC), Centre Marc Vanier (CMV) and the community have helped to grow over two years by raising over $1 million.

The facility will provide much-needed respite to parents of children with an intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and/or severe behavioural disorder. It will be able to accommodate up to six children at once, including those with physical disabilities, and will provide those children with a wide variety of fun activities tailored to their interests and needs.

“This house is a dream come true for the families of children with complex needs,” said Gary Whittaker, chairman of the fundraising committee and the WMRC Board of Directors.

“We built this house for them because there’s no other way they can get a break from caring for their child full-time.

“To our partners, our employees, our community and all of our donors: we really couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for your dedication, collaboration, and hard work.”

The home

Eleanor Côté Home is located in Beaconsfield behind WMRC’s Department of Child and Family Services with its specialized staff and facilities, which include a gym and multisensory room.

While the Taylor-Birks Foundation raised the funds necessary to build the house, WMRC partner Centre Marc Vanier contributed seed money, owns the building’s title and will be in charge of maintaining it.

“Because it has been built from scratch, Eleanor Côté Home’s design and every detail have its future clients in mind,” said Michel Massie, president of the property management non-profit. “It is perfectly adapted to their needs.”

From the beginning, planners insisted that the house be a “home” and not an institutional residence. It is spacious, accessible and safe, with playful and colourful decor inspired by Louise Chaddock Design.

“Not only is this house desperately needed, it has turned out to be more beautiful than anyone ever imagined,” said Martine Beaurivage, director, Child and Family Services, WMRC.

“It is a real home that blends in with our family-friendly neighbourhood. It’s comfortable, inviting and safe.”

The house has been operating for three weeks and will allow 48 families to receive one three-day respite period per month. Please visit a Website dedicated to the home at http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/maison-repit

Who will benefit?

The respite home’s services will be chiefly available to families from the West Island, Lachine, LaSalle, Point St. Charles, Westmount, NDG and Park Extension. Six children will be able to stay in the home at once, for up to three nights in a row, providing hundreds of “children nights” of respite to parents and siblings of children with complex needs and slashing WMRC’s waiting list for respite by almost half. Ultimately, this respite home will help to keep our community’s families together.

The donors

“There is a huge need for projects like these, which go beyond what the government can provide, and the community recognized that,” said Ian Moodie, president of the Taylor-Birks Foundation.

“We can’t be grateful enough for the tireless efforts of our campaign team and the generosity of our donors.”

The facility is named Eleanor Côté Home in recognition of the Eleanor Côté Foundation, the donor that “put the Building Hope campaign over the top” and launched the home’s construction.

Mrs. Côté herself energetically shoveled the first pile of earth at a ground-breaking ceremony for the home one year ago. Nearly 90 years old, Mrs. Côté has been a volunteer and community organizer for the West Island, and for people with an intellectual disability, for over five decades.

Among other major donors, the Rotary Club of Westmount helped to launch the campaign in 2008 with the first major donation, followed by Power Corporation of Canada, the Tenaquip Foundation, the Service d’adaptation et d’intégration de Montréal and the Trottier Family Foundation.

The project has also benefited from several WMRC employee-driven and community fundraisers as well high-profile donations from MNAs Yolande James (Nelligan), Geoffrey Kelley (Jacques Cartier), François Ouimet (Marquette) and Pierre Marsan (Robert Baldwin).

Other corporate donors have included Desjardins, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Telus, Dormez-vous? and the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation.
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About the Taylor-Birks Foundation

A longstanding partner of West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC), the Taylor-Birks Foundation aims to strengthen the network of families supporting people with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

As a registered charitable foundation, it financially supports projects that improve quality of life for WMRC users and their families, but that lie outside government mandates.

The Building Hope campaign is the biggest in the foundation’s history and has so far raised $1 million to build a respite home on WMRC property.

More information on the Taylor-Birks Foundation and how to donate is available at http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/taylor-birks-foundation

About Centre Marc Vanier

Centre Marc Vanier (CMV) is a non-profit property management foundation that has partnered with West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) since 1980 to provide quality housing for individuals with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder.

Eleanor Côté Home, a new respite home inaugurated in June 2011, will bring the number of homes CMV owns and manages to 30.

More information on Centre Marc Vanier is available at
http://www.crom-wmrc.ca/centre-marc-vanier-EN

West Montreal Readaptation Centre

West Montreal Readaptation Centre (WMRC) is a rehabilitation centre for children and adults with an intellectual disability or autism spectrum disorder living within the territories of the CSSS Cavendish, CSSS Jeanne-Mance, CSSS de la Montagne and the CSSS de l’Ouest-de-l’Île.

Over 400 bilingual employees help to provide habilitation, rehabilitation, residential and community integration services in English and French to some 600 children and close to 1,000 adults.

WMRC earned its first accreditation from Accreditation Canada in November with an exceptional first-time grade of 96.9 percent.

http://www.crom-wmrc.ca
http://www.facebook.com/crom.wmrc

[TPS] – Media advisory, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coppinwood Golf Club, 2324 4th Concession Road, Uxbridge The Canadian Youth Golf Foundation, “At Risk Youth” Golf Day‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Thursday, June 16, 2011, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Coppinwood Golf Club, 2324 4th Concession Road, Uxbridge The Canadian Youth Golf Foundation, “At Risk Youth” Golf Day

Thursday, June 16, 2011 – 9:47 AM
55 Division
416-808-5500

On Thursday, June 16, 2011, the Canadian Youth Golf Foundation and 55 Division will be hosting “At Risk Youth” Golf Day.

The purpose of the day is to introduce eight kids from the Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute Specialist High Skills Major program to the game of golf. This will be the first in a series of events that will be run across Canada, in an effort to grow the game through the education of our youth.

The day will be hosted by Ashley Chinner, 1996 Canadian PGA Champion; Humber College professor and long-time CPGA member Ryan Cooney, as well as officers from 55 Division.

The game will take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Coppinwood Golf Club, 2324 4th Concession Road, Uxbridge.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Kevin Hooper, 55 Division

[TPS] – Opportunity for community members to participate in TPS Business Planning Process‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Opportunity for community members to participate in TPS Business Planning Process

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 – 1:55 PM
Corporate Planning
416-808-7770

The Toronto Police Service is currently involved in developing the 2011 Environmental Scan and the 2012 – 2014 Business Plan to identify the Service’s priorities and goals for the next three years. Consultations and community input are important components of our Business Planning Process. In order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate in this process and provide their thoughts, the following question will be posted on the Toronto Police Service internet website:

What will be the most important issue for the Toronto Police Service over the next three years?

This question is available in six languages – English, French, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

The community is encouraged to visit the “Have Your Say” web link posted on the website: http://www.torontopolice.on.ca, to participate and provide the Toronto Police Service with their opinions.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Donald Bevers, Manager, Corporate Planning

InSpirit, An exciting spiritual adventure – Monks, Meditation and Vegan treats‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Writing (all kinds) on June 14, 2011 at 3:00 AM

 

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Get a feel of India in the heart of Toronto

Dear Friends,
The much awaited time is nowhere as we begin our Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Join us to hear from amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and discover the truths of Reincarnation, Karma, life on other planets, unconditional love and much more. Enjoy at every event a soul-stirring musical meditation (Kirtan) with Badahari Das whose expertise at instruments combines with the purity from a lifetime of yoga practice to create a unique blend. Not to miss the delicious dinners, desserts, and snacks that awaits you at these events.

Join us for a weekday evening or come along for a retreat – all options are available for you.

About the Monks

Devamrita Swami: Devamrita Swami is a monk in the renounced order of life with profound spiritual practices that go back 40 years. In 1972, Devamrita Swami graduated from Yale University. He has a unique ability to present the ancient teachings of east in a contemporary manner that can be practically applied and so he has been traveling around the world for decades to fulfill invitations by prestigious universities, corporations, yoga institutes and connect with people through this knowledge of the east.

Badahari Das: A Bhakti Yogi, Kirtan master, and a musician for over 35 years who has performed at several spiritual concerts in every continent. He and his team of musicians will enchant you with his deep and devotional voice blended to the expert play of fingers on ancient instruments

Festival Schedule for this June 16-26:

Thu, 16th: Reincarnation – Womb after Womb, Fact or Fiction? : Reincarnation is not a “belief system,” or a psychological device for escaping the “grim finality” of death, but a precise science that explains our past and future lives- come out to the discussion to learn more! Find details and RSVP

Fri, 17th: The Gita Unpacked – Crucial Wisdom for the Urban Mystic: The urban eco-system poses very unique challenges for its ardent followers where we often find ourselves alone dealing with life’s challenges. Krishna, the author of Bhagavad Gita presents a recipe for an alternative anxiety free lifestyle. Dive deep into the Bhagavad Gita and RSVP

Sat, 18th: Why Life and Death – The story of Karma: Why are some people born with a silver spoon in their mouth and others born into squalor and rags? Why do two people grow up in the same circumstances, work equally hard for success, and still achieve completely different results? Karma is often thrown around as an answer to these questions. Find details and RSVP

Mon, 20th: Longing for Love in the Land of Dreams: Is it possible to fulfill the loving propensity our heart craves for? Do we know every trick or is there something more we can learn. Find details and RSVP

Tue, 21st: Intelligent Life on Earth and Other Planets? What the Yoga Texts Say : At the turn of the millennium, the mountain of evidence for UFOs, abductions and the other kind of alien contact towers high, certainly the prospect of alien intelligence thrusts at us a ponderous agenda for spirited discussion and research – enough to overwhelm the modern brain. Find details and RSVP

Thu, 23rd: The Vegan Revolution and Beyond – Consciousness Cooking: But is health the only reason for embracing a vegetable-based diet? Is compassion for animals the only reason to embrace a meat-free diet? Or is there more to it? What about the question of consciousness? We are what we eat, aren’t we? Find details and RSVP

Fri – Sun, 24th -26th: Bhakti Retreat: Break away from the city life for a nice weekend with a world-renowned monk, mouth-watering cuisines, and enthusiastic yogis. Find yourself welcomed by a young and enthusiastic team of volunteers, delicious vegan treats, and sound vibrations to soothe the soul. This is your chance to ask questions, enjoy the dynamic spiritual presentation and go deeper in the journey of self-realisation. Find details and RSVP
Regards
Mangal-arti

Trove Birthday

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Trove-Birthday

*** Inspirit Yoga Lifestyle festival with Devamrita Swami & Badahari Dasa***

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Dear Friends,

How can one maintain sanity in a world overloaded with consumerism there are wars being waged at multiple levels. We invite you to join us this Monday, Jun 6th for a special evening with Vaisesika Dasa, a renowned Bhakti Yoga monk who will share with us the art of yoga for body and mind control. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2807/get-a-grip-yoga-for-body-and-mind-control-with-vaisesika-dasa/

Just 10 days from now begins a ten-day spiritual adventure, our Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from Jun 16-26. Join us to hear from amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and Badahari Das who have been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 40 years, inspiring people around the world and will be joining us to make this festival an extraordinary learning experience. Soul stirring musical meditations, insightful presentations, and delicious cuisines await you this June :

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

Dulux to Invest $1 Million Worth of Paint in Communities across Canada in Effort to Add Colour to People’s Lives

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Dulux Paints Store

Initiative coincides with rebranding of ICI Paints, Glidden, Color Your World

and Betonel stores under one common Dulux Paints banner

June 6, 2011 – Communities across Canada will be infused with a little more colour, thanks to a $1 million investment in paint announced today by industry leader Dulux Paints.

The Dulux paint – to be used to bring colour to people’s lives from coast to coast – will beautify public structures as well as the buildings of community, charity and non-profit organizations, as selected by each local region.

Called the Dulux Adding Colour to People’s Lives program, the initiative coincides with the launch of 230 new Dulux Paints banner stores across Canada, each of which will receive a share of the $1 million paint investment for use in their communities. The stores, previously operated as ICI Paints, Glidden and Color Your World outlets, will now rebrand under one common banner and take on the Dulux Paints name. The company’s Betonel stores will become Betonel Dulux outlets.

“All that is changing is the name of our retail outlets and the labels on our paint cans – the store staff and operations, and high quality of our products, will remain the same,” said Vince Rea, Senior Vice-President of Dulux Paints Stores.

“While the ICI Paints, Glidden, and Color Your World store banners will cease to exist, Glidden remains an important paint brand for the new Dulux Paints stores and will be sold along with the Dulux brand,” Rea explained. “The stores will continue to provide the same high-quality paint and excellent service that we have been delivering for decades.”

The investment – the equivalent of about 20,000 gallons of paint, which is enough to cover about 8,000,000 square feet – is part of a worldwide initiative by Dulux to add colour to people’s lives, Rea explained.

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“As one of the world’s largest paint brands, Dulux is passionate about inspiring people to use paint to bring more colour and vibrancy to their lives,” he said. “Through the simple act of dipping a brush into a paint can and applying a splash of colour to a grey wall, we are rejuvenating neighbourhoods around the globe, from North and South America to Europe and Asia.”

Each new Dulux banner store will make use of the paint investment by independently selecting a public structure or local organization to support, and – with the help of the community, including local designers and dignitaries – will hold neighbourhood painting events to transform a grey and tired spaces.

“By reviving communities and demonstrating what can be done with colour, Dulux hopes to inspire Canadians to reinvent the familiar and transform not only their public spaces but also their personal spaces, with shades that make them feel good,” Rea said. “We encourage everyone to look out for a splash of colour coming to a neighbourhood near you, and to join our movement to add colour to people’s lives.”

Speaking from first-hand experience, Rea emphasized that participants will come away with a tremendous feeling of self-satisfaction by helping out with these community painting projects. “I was recently part of a group that repainted a youth drop-in centre, and there are no words to describe the sense of fulfillment we all experienced when we saw the positive effect we had on the facility and the difference we helped to make in the lives of the people using it,” he said. “The heartfelt thanks and appreciation expressed by both the facility directors and the youth said it all – this is the essence of the Dulux program.”

For more information about painting events in your community, and how you can get involved, visit http://www.addingcolour.ca or call 1-800-387-3663.

PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT

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New Adhesive Products Bind Like Nails

Unique Liquid Nails line works on wide range of surfaces, from concrete

to tub surrounds, enabling homeowners to nail it once and for all

Longueuil, Québec – June 6, 2011 – When it comes to adhesives, there’s a new product line on the market that nails it. Liquid Nails®, a complete line of adhesives for every home repair or construction project, is simple to use for both professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike.

Billed by many in the industry as a family of “miracle adhesives,” the products come in the form of a liquid, but work as strongly as nails,” says Nathalie Lambert, Liquid Nails Marketing Manager for AkzoNobel Decorative Paints Canada, which has introduced the products to the Canadian market.

What makes the Liquid Nails brand unique, she adds, is that each product is scientifically formulated to offer the best possible performance for any surface. “From small do-it-yourself home projects and crafts to some of the toughest challenges facing construction today, Liquid Nails offers the firmness and strength needed to make the task bind,” says Lambert.

The benefits of using adhesive over a hammer and nails are many, she explains. Not only is an adhesive easier to apply – even for the most inexperienced user – but there are times when nails simply aren’t the most suitable option, such as when installing a tub surround in a bathroom or mounting a flat-panel mirror to a wall. Users can also apply adhesive to paneling or moulding without the need to fill nail holes or worry about nail pops down the road.

The Liquid Nails line – which is already recognized as a category leader in the U.S. – includes adhesives for construction, indoor/outdoor carpeting, panelling and moulding, insulation panel and drywall, mirrors, tub surrounds, ceramic tiles, concrete, parquet and wood flooring, as well as squeezable all-purpose adhesives for leather, rubber, wood, foam, cardboard and more.

All Liquid Nails products meet Canadian VOC standards, with many meeting the stringent environmental standards put forward by the Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI), Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Some Liquid Nails products are formulated to resist rain or snow, while others work in extreme temperatures, from -5°C to 48°C (22oF to 120oF).

“Every do-it-yourselfer knows that owning a home means an endless source of projects and repairs waiting to happen,” says Lambert. “With Liquid Nails, Canadian homeowners can be assured that, when using adhesive, they can nail a job once and for all!”

Available in hardware stores and building centres across Canada, Liquid Nails retails from $2.59 to $34.99, depending on size and formulation. For more information about Liquid Nails® or to find a retailer near you, please visit http://www.liquidnails.ca or call 1-800-463-7426.

W Studio

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W Studio Sales Event

CRTC launches online consultation on wholesale Internet access services‏

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CRTC launches online consultation on wholesale Internet access services

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, June 3, 2011 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched an online consultation
asking Canadians to comment on the way large cable and telephone companies
charge independent Internet service providers (ISPs) for the use of their
networks. This consultation is part of a proceeding that will include a
public hearing beginning on July 11, 2011, in Gatineau, Quebec.

Canadians can access the Internet through wireless service providers,
satellite companies, independent ISPs or large cable and telephone
companies. Given this competition, the CRTC does not set rates or
regulate the terms and conditions under which Internet services are
offered to Canadians.

To ensure that the market for retail Internet services remains
competitive, large cable and telephone companies must offer their
wholesale customers, the independent ISPs, access to their networks under
terms and conditions approved by the CRTC. Different pricing plans for
wholesale Internet services have been proposed and so the CRTC is seeking
the views of Canadians on the following questions:

How do you think large cable and telephone companies should charge
independent ISPs for the use of their networks?

What kind of wholesale pricing plans encourage innovative products and
services that benefit consumers?

What kind of wholesale pricing plans encourage network investment by large
companies and independent ISPs?

What kind of wholesale pricing plans would be most beneficial for
consumers?

The online consultation will conclude at midnight (EST) on June 24, 2011.
Canadians may participate by visiting the following Web address:
http://www.internetservices.publivate.com

The CRTC

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

Reference documents:

Internet services at a glance
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2011/r110603a.pdf

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-77.htm

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77-1
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-77-1.htm

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-77-2
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-77-2.htm

CRTC releases 2010 financial results for Canadian television services‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 7, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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CRTC releases 2010 financial results for Canadian television services

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, June 2, 2011 —The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today released statistical and
financial information on Canadian television showing increased profits for
all services for the broadcast year ending August 31, 2010. The data
includes information from conventional television stations and specialty,
pay and pay-per-view television services, as well as video-on-demand
services (pay and specialty services).

Profitability

Private conventional television

Revenues for private conventional television grew by 9% from $1.97 billion
in 2009 to approximately $2.15 billion in 2010. Expenses during the same
period increased by 1.7% from $2.01 billion in 2009 to $2.05 billion in
2010. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) improved
significantly from a deficit of $116.6 million in 2009 to a profit of
$11.5 million in 2010 for a PBIT margin of 0.5%.

Pay and specialty services

Revenues for pay and specialty services grew by 11.1 % from $3.11 billion
in 2009 to approximately $3.46 billion in 2010. Expenses during the same
period were 8.1% higher, going from $2.31 billion to $2.49 billion.
Therefore, PBIT for pay and specialty services improved from $728.6
million in 2009 to $877.3 million in 2010 for a PBIT margin of 25.4%.

Sources of revenues

Private conventional television

The total revenues of $2.15 billion for private conventional television
were generated from the following sources:

$350 million in local advertising,
$1.6 billion from national advertising,
$65.9 million from the Local Programming Improvement Fund, and
$117.9 million from other sources.

Pay and specialty services

The total revenues of $3.5 billion for pay and specialty services were
generated from the following sources:

$1.58 billion from cable television subscribers
$668 million from direct-to-home satellite subscribers
$1.09 billion from national advertising
$19.6 million from local advertising, and
$99.9 million from other sources.

Canadian programming

After stagnating in 2009, investment in Canadian programming increased by
12.6% for private conventional television and 8.8% for pay and specialty
services.

Private conventional television

Spending on Canadian programming totaled $696.3 million, including $304.6
million on news programs, $50.9 million on documentaries and other
information programs, $141 million on sports programming, $85.5 million on
drama and $21.7 million on musical and variety shows.

Pay and specialty services

Spending on Canadian programming totaled $1.12 billion, including $179.6
million on news programs, $258.4 million on documentaries and other
information programs, $353.2 million on sports programming, $143.6 million
on drama, and $42.4 million on musical and variety shows.

Employment

In 2010, these sectors of the broadcasting industry employed 11,761 people
and paid a total of $925.3 million in salaries. Private conventional
television experienced a workforce decrease of 6.3% in 2010, while the pay
and specialty services workforce remained relatively stable.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Société Radio-Canada

The 2010 conventional television report also includes financial and
statistical information related to the operations of CBC/SRC. In 2010,
the national public broadcaster experienced an increase in advertising
revenues of 14.1% over the 2009 year representing $338.8 million of
advertising.

CRTC reports

Each year, the CRTC compiles financial data on the Canadian broadcasting
and telecommunications industries to produce a series of reports. In the
coming weeks, the CRTC will release the financial results for radio and
broadcasting distribution.

This will be followed by the release of the CRTC’s annual Communications
Monitoring Report, which provides an overview of the Canadian
telecommunications and broadcasting industries.

These annual reports allow interested parties to stay informed about the
state of the Canadian communications industry.

Conventional Television – Statistical and Financial Summaries 2006–2010
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/BrAnalysis/tv2010/tv2010.htm

Pay Television, Pay-Per-View, Video-On-Demand and Specialty Services –
Statistical and Financial Summaries 2006–2010
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/publications/reports/branalysis/psp2010/psp2010.htm

The CRTC

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

[TPS] – Toronto Board of Trade announces 2010 Police Officer of the Year‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Board of Trade announces 2010 Police Officer of the Year

Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 9:20 PM
Professional Standards
416-808-7096

The winners of the 2010 Police Officer of the Year Award were announced during the annual tribute dinner, held this evening at the Toronto Board of Trade.

The Board of Trade created the award in 1967. Its purpose is to recognize Toronto Police Service officers who have made significant contributions to keeping 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.

The monthly winners are then re-evaluated by a panel of judges. One is chosen to receive the Police Officer of the Year Award. This year the winners are:

Sergeant Duncan Miller, Constables Steven Aguiar, and Sven Wiggermann.

They demonstrated diligence, professionalism, superior investigative skills and commitment to duty. The professional manner in which they conducted themselves is worthy of substantial recognition by the Toronto Police Service and the community they proudly serve.

On Sunday, November 18, 2007, 9-1-1 received a call for service, that a vehicle was traveling at high speeds. Minutes later, 9-1-1 received another call that the same vehicle had flipped over onto the Don Valley Parkway and the driver was possibly impaired. Sergeant Duncan Miller (12 Division), Constables Sven Wiggermann (Traffic Services) and Steven Aguiar (Intelligence Services) responded to the call.

Shortly after his arrival, Constable Wiggermann reported on his radio that the suspect would not comply with his instructions, and was trying to escape by running up a hill. Constable Wiggermann continued to give verbal commands to the suspect to stop but was ignored. The suspect had made it part-way up the hill before sliding back down. Constable Wiggermann chose to wait for additional officers, as he realized that the suspect could not possibly make a successful escape.

Sergeant Miller arrived on scene and saw the suspect was impaired, appeared to be in a defiant and agitated state, but was still trying to climb up the hill. Sergeant Miller approached the suspect, took physical control of him, and placed him under arrest. The suspect began to struggle and Constable Wiggermann moved in to assist. Both officers noted that the suspect was exhibiting physical strength well beyond that expected from a man of his stature and size. The officers put an “Assist the PC” call over the radio, requesting immediate help.

While the officers struggled, the suspect grabbed Sergeant Miller’s throat, trying to choke him. Sergeant Miller tried to release himself from this grip but realized that the suspect was also trying to grab his police firearm and was trying to remove it from his holster. Sergeant Miller immediately ejected the bullet magazine of his gun.

Constable Aguiar arrived and, without hesitation, ran down the ravine and tried to release the suspect’s hold on Sergeant Miller’s gun. The suspect was unresponsive to any use of physical force against him, causing Constable Aguiar to deploy his pepper spray.

This subdued the suspect for only a couple of seconds before he began struggling again. The officers then handcuffed the suspect and were taking him to a waiting police car when they saw that he had gone unconscious. Paramedics were immediately called and life-saving treatment was provided.

The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

In recognition of their brave actions in the face of imminent danger, and dedication to duty, Sergeant Duncan Miller, Constables Steven Aguiar and Sven Wiggermann were named Police Officers of the Month for November 2010.

Congratulations to the winners, for helping to keep Toronto one of the safest cities in the world.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications

[TPS] – Toronto Board of Trade announces winner of TPS Business Excellence Award‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Board of Trade announces winner of TPS Business Excellence Award

Thursday, June 2, 2011 – 9:19 PM
Professional Standards
416-808-7096

The winner of the 2010 Business Excellence Award was announced during the annual tribute dinner, held this evening at the Toronto Board of Trade.

The Board of Trade created the award in 2009. Its purpose is to recognize members� contributions to the Police Service and the City of Toronto based on innovation, community service, technical achievement and customer service and reliability.

Nominations are made and the projects are then evaluated by a panel of judges. One project is chosen to receive the Business Excellence Award.

The winner is:
The New Training Facility Project, Mr. Enrico Pera.

Enrico Pera, of Facilities Management, was responsible for managing the Service�s New Training Facility capital project, the largest facility project undertaken by the Service. The over-275,000-square-foot training facility officially opened on September 10, 2009.

The project included a partnership arrangement with the Department of National Defence (DND) and was the Service�s and the City�s first facility to be constructed following the Police Services Board-approved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) � silver certification, a construction standard for all new facilities.

Mr. Pera, through his continuous efforts and excellent project management skills, overcame numerous challenges to deliver the project, on schedule, and under the budgeted $66,000,000.

Congratulations to Mr. Enrico Pera for the sustained excellence he demonstrated.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications

25% off El Naturalista Event!‏

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Upcoming Events & InSpirit: Yoga Lifestyle Festival‏

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Dear Friends,

How can one maintain sanity in a world overloaded with consumerism there are wars being waged at multiple levels. We invite you this coming Monday, June 6th for a special evening with Vaisesika Dasa, a renowned Bhakti Yoga monk who will share with us the art of yoga for body and mind control. RSVP at http://urbanedgeyoga.com/2807/get-a-grip-yoga-for-body-and-mind-control-with-vaisesika-dasa/

Join us for the Annual Yoga Festival – InSpirit from June 16-26. Ten days of exciting spiritual adventure with amazing Monks like Devamrita Swami and Badahari Das who have been practicing Bhakti Yoga for over 40 years, inspiring people around the world and will be joining us to make this festival an extraordinary learning experience. 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

Events for week of May 30th

Wed 1st, 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/2791/yoga-and-meditation-%e2%80%93-complete-package/

Thu 2nd, Vegan cooking classes- summer salads: 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/2797/vegan-cooking-classes-summer-salad/

Fri 3rd, 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/2795/bhagavad-gita-%e2%80%93-uncommon-sense/

Quote of the week: Intelligence refers to the power to analyze things in their proper perspective, and knowledge refers to understanding what spirit is and what is matter. (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami)

Regards,

Mangal-arti

Spaghetti with Fresh Mango Salsa & Grilled Shrimp

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Spaghetti with grilled shrimp, mango salsa

Infused with Latin American flavours, this summery, fresh pasta toss is a delightful option to serve your family and friends. This recipe is also packed with healthy antioxidant and nutrient-rich ingredients such as mango and red pepper.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 6

Ingredients

1 box (375 g) Whole grain spaghetti, such as Catelli® Healthy Harvest®

1/4 cup (50 mL) lime juice

3 tbsp (45 mL) canola oil

2 tsp (10 mL) each finely grated lime zest and honey

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 lb (500 g) peeled, uncooked large shrimp (21/30 count)

2 very ripe mangos, peeled, chopped and divided

2 red peppers, chopped

3/4 cup (175 mL) chopped red onion

2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped

1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper

1 cup (250 mL) coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves

Instructions

1. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat. Whisk the lime juice with the oil, lime zest, honey, and garlic. Toss the shrimp with 2 tbsp (30 mL) of the dressing. Let stand for 10 minutes. Thread the shrimp onto 6 large, soaked, wooden skewers.

2. Meanwhile, place the remaining dressing mixture and one mango in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Pulse until finely chopped. Add the remaining mango, red pepper, onion, jalapeno, salt, and pepper; pulse until coarsely chopped.

3. Prepare the spaghetti according to package directions; drain well. Meanwhile, grill the shrimp skewers for 2 to 3 minutes per side or until shrimp are pink all over. Toss the hot spaghetti with the mango salsa mixture and coriander. Garnish each portion with a shrimp skewer.

Tips:

Removing the seeds takes much of the heat out of the jalapenos. Adjust the amount of jalapeno added to your family’s preference.
Replace the shrimp with grilled skewers of boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Per Serving (about 2 cups/500 mL pasta with shrimp skewer): 401 calories, 9 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 147 mg cholesterol, 369 mg sodium, 57 g carbohydrates, 6 g fibre, 24 g protein. Excellent source of thiamin, folate and vitamin C. Good source of vitamin A, niacin, magnesium, iron and zinc.

Are you a Twirler or a Cutter?

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Spaghetti with grilled shrimp, mango salsa

National Survey Unveils Pasta-Eating Habits,

Shows 82 percent of Respondents Prefer Pasta over a Sandwich, Salad

May 31, 2011 – No matter how you twirl it, pasta is a favourite among Canadians who recently responded to a cross-country survey. Eighty-two percent of respondents prefer pasta over a sandwich or salad, the study showed.

Conducted last month by leading pasta brand Catelli® Healthy Harvest®, the Canadian survey also reveals a range of pasta-eating habits, from how participants eat spaghetti to their preferred pasta toppings.

Number one on the list of pasta favourites is spaghettini, taking 29 percent of the vote, followed by spaghetti at 23 percent. Penne and linguini tie for third, each claiming nine percent of respondents’ preferences.

Other survey findings include:

Eighty-three percent of respondents like to eat pasta at dinner time, as opposed to 14 percent who enjoy pasta for lunch, two percent who snack on noodles and one percent who eat pasta for breakfast.

More females than males tend to choose whole grain over refined pasta, with 73 per cent of females and 51 per cent of males in the households surveyed opting to eat whole grain varieties.

As far as pasta sauces go, tomato sauce is preferred by 37 percent of those who participated, followed by meat sauce at 35 percent and cream sauce at nine percent.

Mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and red peppers are the preferred choices of vegetables to include in a pasta dish. Spinach, zucchini, and olives are the least desired.

Most respondents favour Parmesan (48 percent) or Mozzarella (30 percent) cheese with their pasta, as opposed to other varieties like Feta, Ricotta or Asiago.

The most popular way to eat spaghetti is to scoop it up or twirl it with a fork. Forty-five percent of respondents are fork scoopers or twirlers, with 31 percent using a spoon to help, and 24 percent cutting up their noodles before eating.

“What we found most interesting about the survey results is that people may not be aware that there are so much more ways to enjoy pasta beyond traditional recipes like spaghetti, tomato sauce, and cheese,” said Sandra Kim, Director of Marketing for the Catelli® pasta brand. “For example, our nutritional team has come up with a range of unique pasta dishes, featuring such ingredients as fruit, dried berries, nuts, beans, and even items like smoked turkey, guacamole, and mint, that are getting unbelievable feedback.”

Hungry for more information on pasta or recipe ideas? Visit www.wholegrainpasta.ca.

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