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Expressive Writing – Exercise 8

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on July 31, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Walk and See

Walk. Stroll. Strut. Stride. Gallivant. Crawl. Hop. Tip-toe. Pad. Dictionary.com: airing, carriage, circuit, constitutional, gait, hike, jaunt, march, pace, parade, perambulation, peregrination, promenade, ramble, saunter, schlepp, step, stretch, stride, stroll, tour, traipse, tramp, tread, turn

See. Look. Peer. Stare. Gander. Peek. Spy. Appear. Notice. Sight. Dictionary.com: be apprised of, beam, behold, catch a glimpse of, catch sight of, clock, contemplate, descry, detect, discern, distinguish, espy, examine, eye, flash, gape, gawk, gaze, get a load of, glare, glimpse, heed, identify, inspect, lay eyes on, look, look at, make out, mark, mind, note, notice, observe, pay attention to, peek, peep, peer, peg, penetrate, pierce, recognize, regard, remark, scan, scope, scrutinize, sight, spot, spy, stare, survey, take notice, view, watch, witness

Expressive Writing – Exercise 7

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 30, 2011 at 3:00 AM

 

TImage result for Entebbe Airport in Ugandahe quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog and ran through the bushes meeting a set of twins, they boarded the platform of an airplane where the airplane circled the tarmac before taking off into the bright blue sunny sky and landing safely in the red and brown and dusty earth of Entebbe Airport in Uganda.

She picked seashells by the seashore, but only for a short while because she had to go get her hair done at the beauty parlour down the street from a fancy restaurant on the left side of the avenue Robart and took a long time getting there because she had seashells in her hands and she had to drop them down and then run to make it to her hair appointment which she was almost late for and the hairdresser got angry with her.

Government of Canada supports “Education to Globalize the Human Mind” Conference

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Waterloo, July 15, 2011 – Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener—Waterloo, today announced financial support for the two-day public conference on “Education to Globalize the Human Mind” at the University of Waterloo.

“By funding conferences like this one, we help showcase the diversity of our country, and the importance of fundamental respect and equality in Canadian society,” said MP Braid, on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

The Spiritual Heritage Education Network Inc (SHEN) is receiving $7,200 for the event under Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Inter-Action program.

“The Inter-Action program aims to create opportunities for different cultural and faith communities to build bridges,” said MP Braid. “SHEN contributes to strengthening our society through education and awareness. This conference will facilitate interaction and foster an increased understanding of our diverse community.”

The conference will take place July 16 and 17 at the University of Waterloo Conference Centre, Ron Eydt Village, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day and is open to the public.

Follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CitImmCanada.

For further information (media only), please contact:

Candice Malcolm
Minister’s Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
613-952-1650
CIC-Media-Relations@cic.gc.ca

Expressive Writing – 6

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Religion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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The magic of Mom and Dad by Edyta Piascyk is that the bouquet of roses that the Dad gives to the Mom says so much. This couple, divorced for five years, probably got divorced because the Mom did not pay attention to the Dad. The Dad obviously seems to still love his former wife, who is too busy trying to keep house and home and appearances up for the family.

Those red roses with white baby breathe the father gives his former wife say so much.

Expressive Writing Exercise – 5

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

 

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I’m onto a new journal. This one has lined paper. I have been a writer since the age of seven. There was a Chinese teacher of mine in grade two who wrote “outstanding” in red pen on my class assignment about dinosaurs. She wanted to get it published. My Dad came to the school to speak to her about it. I waited the rest of the school year, thinking it would get published. Summer came and I still had my story from Mrs. Chen.

I’m now thirty-eight, thirty-nine on August 12, 2011. I have self-published forty-three books. I have a short story in Concordia University’s Headlight Anthology – the first one. That makes forty-four. I signed a contract with Rowman and Littlefield’s group of publishers in the States in August of 2010. They are going to publish three of my books. How to Write Creative Non-fiction, Journalism Stories Collection and The Best of Donna Magazine. I need to get back to the corrections from the spec editor soon. Finding time has been hard. I get ten percent of the profit only if so many are sold. My other books were mainly published with Lulu.com. I have books on Amazon Kindle and Amazon too. I have not ever published the dinosaur story. I do not even know where it is.
I was the one who approached the Rowman and Littlefield Group of Publishers first. It was a suggestion from a psychic who charged me fifteen United States dollars a minute. His name is Nicky Power on the Keen Psychic Chat. It’s been months since I have phoned a psychic. I have been doing Hans Decoz’s free numerology reports since 2007. Numerology does not change like astrology since the planets move.

Expressive Writing Exercise – 4

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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The Stars

I’m watching Hot Property. I used to be a writer for New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine. I’m thinking of my audience. It’s you. I write my best by hand first in a comfortable position with my feet up on the brown clothed couch of mine and looking at my black socks.

These socks are such a steal. I bought them at Costco for my sister Lisa and my niece Talise. The plant I got from Ellin is growing. I’m so happy. I feel so tired, but I love my couch. I can see my Oprah magazine book from my round glass coffee table with wooden heads holding it up. These commercials at night include Swiffer, Iced Caps, a Dodge Van Caravan in red and Oliver the Jeweller. I am watching TV? Or, is the TV watching me. I turn off the TV when they talk about Guildwood. Now it’s silent. My head is not hurting as much as before. These slight headaches come on from time-to-time. Ever since I went to a homeopath, they went from eye-crossing salsa dancing in my head on a monthly basis to the occasional slight headache. I can hear the train pass by. Nothing shakes. Now it does. Some plates in the kitchen clatter. I cannot see the kitchen, but it just spoke to me. I was born in Kitchener. Kitcher, Waterloo, Canada. I saw the hospital where I was born once. I have been in Toronto for most of my life. Once I was heading to Ottawa with two friends of mine who were working for TVO. We stopped the car on the highway and got out of the car. “Look up,” I said. “See the stars?” They said nothing. “Those are the real stars.”

Expressive Writing Exercise – 3

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Writing (all kinds) on July 25, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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My Office

A big painting with the words “Donna” hangs in the northwest corner. A rose quartz crystal ball is hidden behind the basket with old papers, empty journals and an envelope with my name on it with a gold seal. Pink boxes with elastics are behind.

Another basket, this one closed beds the piles of paper on top. An old address book with CAFÉ BAR in white letters on a green door with a yellow apartment above was a gift from a friend. The phone is nearby with a headset for Skype calls. It is silent, except for the groan of the computer that shuts down from time-to-time. The computer screen is a fifteen-inch Benq with the product code FP547 in the lower southeast corner. To the north is a silver lamp with two bright energy light bulbs, squarely like an animal’s tail. My niece’s Oshun’s picture of hands and feet covered by yellow, purple, pink, one orange and one green feather hangs on the side from the Guy Bégin painting bought in Québec City. South of Bégin is a picture of an Aboriginal grandmother pinching the cheeks of a child. Words surround the picture. The number 21 is in the corner. The picture was ripped from a photography book.

Next to Oshun is a sketch of a long light blue river with brown mountains at the top, squiggles of the dark blue sky, a yellow sun, and trees in red, beige, black, purple, rose pink, fuschia, yellow…Other pictures of Oshun sit on the wall where most of the books are. I can see Journalism Stories Collection from where I sit. A coffee cup that Dad gave me is beside me on the steel desk that he found on the side of the street while delivering newspapers. I can Sound for Digital Video, Media Writing, Reporting for the Media, Creating Powerful Radio on the shelves. A cheque sits under the painting, made out to myself for $300,000,000,000 USD from Lulu.com. My dream. I feel like laughing, but I am too tired. I can see the mirror that Michel gave with the wooden man, wearing a straw skirt and with straw hair in a pineapple ponytail on top of his head. There is my trophy from John Buchan. For what…I’m not thinking of that. Thank goodness, pay stubs from U of T. An empty vase almost touches the headsets. It still has left over straw from the bamboo that was once in it. My paperweight, a gift from the women at OWD where I used to work sits on top of my blank unlined printer paper in a yellow plastic tray. I can see my yellow binder for school, getting thicker. An airmail envelope sticks out way below. Below the books, below Steel Wool on a Stick. Probably from Bircham. My neck is too stiff to look behind me. My shoulders are tense. I feel the test. Time is ticking. I look at my world map – in black and white and wonder what it would be like to be in the dark zones. I’m hungry. The ripple chips and the regular chips from Dad would be good. Producing Video Podcasts. I remember teaching from that book at Seneca. When I am ever going to read all the language dictionaries which are part of the plan? My head is not here. It is 12:39 p.m. I still need to take my medication. Time’s done.

Expressive Writing Exercise – 2

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on July 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM

 

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The magic of Diamond Heights is that there was a lot of action in it. Although nothing much happens, there is a lot of movement as the granddaughter helps her grandmother. This helps to create a visual image of their interactions. It also helps the reader to bond with the characters.

Expressive Writing Exercises – 1

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 23, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Brainstorming for People Story

Granny:
-gold cross pendant
-would wear best clothes on Sundays
-curl to the lips
-very generous
-would like to gossip
-did not like my Dad
-loved church
-did not like white people, or was not used to them
-traveled extensively in black countries
-Grandfather died before I was born, basically raised my only child mother alone, as well as with the support of the Georgetown village
-was head principal of a school
-education very important to her
-birthday August 15
-died in her late 70s when I was 15
-died of breast cancer
-did not like her sister Pansy, my great-aunt
-came from a family of 13 children
-born in Panama
-lived in the same small bungalow house in Georgetown where she also took care of other neighbourhood children since she had one child
-did not agree with my mother moving to Canada
-mother and grandmother had a good, however at times strained relationship
-mother dearly loved her mother
-called my grandmother Granny always, real name Rhona, would be the furthest thing from my mind to ever refer to her that way
-her birthday is close to mine…mine is on the 12th of August – we’re both Leos
-unfortunately during my life she experienced my bratty teenager phrase (so typical 
-heart as golden as the cross she wore
-very religious – absolute Christian – was actually a Methodist, however the Methodist church is different in St. Vincent

Afrofest Highlights

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

Video done by Peter Mykusz

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 18 to 22 July 2011‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2011 at 3:00 AM

The CRTC is Making Decisions – Photo Courtesy of Google Images

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 18 to 22 July 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 decisions:
Application by MZ Media Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-912.htm to renew the broadcasting licences for the
English-language specialty radio stations CFMZ-FM Toronto and CFMX-FM
Cobourg

Application by Pelmorex Communications Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-826.htm to renew the broadcasting
licence for the national specialty television service The Weather
Network/Météomédia

Application by Corus Premium Television Ltd. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-326.htm#3. to change the technical
parameters of the English-language radio station CFMI-FM New Westminster

Regulatory policy:

Community Radio Fund of Canada’s Structural and Operational Plan

http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-216.htm

Telecom decision:

CISC consensus report – Changes to the relief implementation plan and
schedule for area code 819 in Quebec
8698-C12-200908056 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-94.htm

Area code relief for area codes 416 and 647 in Toronto, Ontario
8698-C12-201011478 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2010/8698/8698_10.htm

Horn of Africa drought migration may separate 500,000 children from families, World Vision warns

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Women and Children in the Horn of Africa – Photo Courtesy of the CNW

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July 14, 2011 @ 04:45PM

MISSISSAUGA, On – Half a million children affected by the drought in the Horn of Africa may be separated from their families and loved ones, increasing their vulnerability in the midst of the crisis, warns World Vision. This, coupled with the overwhelming need to deliver basic necessities has to lead the aid agency to call on Canadians to face what is being described as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.

More than 10 million people are affected by the drought and many of them are on the move to find food and water. In addition to seeing high levels of malnutrition every day, the agency is also concerned about the numbers of separated and unaccompanied children.

“We’re seeing children leaving their family homes on their own to look for work and food. They are on foot covering distances as great as the distance between Toronto and Ottawa—trying to survive looking for any food, or work to help them buy food, without any guarantee they’ll ever find either,” said Carleen McGuinty, World Vision’s child protection expert. “Unaccompanied children are more vulnerable to neglect, abuse, exploitation, disease, and malnutrition, so we must ensure the focus on them is not lost.”

Canadians can help by visiting http://www.worldvision.ca to donate to the Horn of Africa Crisis. The money will go to provide access to food, water, and agricultural support to children and families. When these needs are met, the chances a child will leave the safety of their family are drastically cut.

Facts:

10 million affected by drought in Horn of Africa; children are at risk of starvation

With food scarcity and mass migration, the risk to children is heightened

World Vision has been responding to the crisis in the Horn of Africa since March with additional funding for food aid and nutrition and water programming in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia.

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“World Vision is working in the affected areas to ensure people, especially children, are adequately nourished, protected from disease through access to clean water and healthcare, and communities are able to maintain their livelihoods and earn cash to provide for themselves. All of this is being done in tandem with government authorities and other aid agencies to meet the most pressing humanitarian needs in the most effective manner.”

Mike Weickert, director of humanitarian and emergency affairs, World Vision Canada
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World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Visit our News Centre worldvision.ca

Winnipegger wins national photography prize despite blindness July 14, 2011 @ 11:30PM

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on July 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Winnipeg Woman Who is Blind Wins Photography Contest – Photo Courtesy of CNW

 

TORONTO (Ontario) – CNIB has announced Tara Miller, a Winnipeg resident who is blind, as the winner of the organization’s national Eye Remember photo contest.

Miller’s stunning photo, entitled “Fortuitous Twilight,” captured the attention of CNIB’s celebrity photographer judges, who were not aware the entrant had any vision problem whatsoever, let alone having only 10 percent vision in her left eye.

Miller’s photo, which was voted to win by more than 2,000 Canadian users on the contest’s website, was one of 128 submissions by people who are sighted, partially-sighted and blind across the country.

Winning Photograph – Photo Courtesy of CNW

Miller, who began to lose her vision to glaucoma in childhood, says she takes photos by using what little sight she has to plan and frame the shot. Once shooting is complete, she hooks her camera up to a large 27-inch monitor and blows the image up to 200 percent so she can see the results.

“People with vision loss can do the same things as sighted people, but just in a different way,” says Miller.

As the contest winner, Miller and a guest will be heading to Quebec City, Quebec, later this year for a free weekend hotel stay and an opportunity to explore and photograph the historic city.

As a CNIB client who has taken advantage of many of the charity’s rehabilitation services for Canadians with vision loss, Miller says she has learned the skills she needs to live independently despite her blindness. Working one-on-one with CNIB’s specialists, Miller learned to travel on the bus independently, use a computer, and take care of her home and family.

“I am so proud of myself for my abilities and I thank the staff at CNIB for helping me,” says Miller.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, CNIB’s Eye Remember photo contest is designed to educate Canadians about the importance of detecting glaucoma early in life and to remember to be proactive about their vision health.

Otherwise known as the “silent thief,” glaucoma usually progresses slowly and painlessly; therefore, it’s possible to have glaucoma without noticing any symptoms or major changes to your eyesight. Glaucoma is the second most common cause of irreversible vision loss in seniors and affects more than 250,000 Canadians.
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About CNIB
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills, and opportunities to fully participate in life. To learn more, visit cnib.ca or call the toll-free CNIB Helpline at 1-800-563-2642.

About Eye Remember
Eye Remember is a photo contest and glaucoma awareness campaign launched in 2011 by CNIB. Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Pfizer, the contest is designed to educate Canadians about the importance of detecting glaucoma early in life and to remember to be proactive about their vision health. To learn more about glaucoma and its risk factors, visit eyeremember.ca.

Summer Clearance Sale 50% off or more!!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM

More Sales at Trove – Photo Courtesy of Trove

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Wes ‘Maestro’ Williams to headline UrbanArts’ 7th Annual CultureShock Festival august 11th-13th, 2011‏ @ Weston CI‏

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July 11th, (Toronto, ON) UrbanArts Community Arts Council, is brightening up and uniting the Weston-Mount Dennis neighbourhood and Toronto this summer with a full schedule of youth arts programming. The UrbanArts’ team is leading everything from dance camps and live music performances to mural painting and community beautification projects.

CultureShock Festival – The highlight of the summer takes place on Friday, August 12th from 6-9 pm and Saturday, August 13th from 1-7pm with our 7th Annual CultureShock Community Arts Festival, at Weston Collegiate Institute. The festival, MC’d by TSN’s Cabbie Richards and Hip Hop pioneer Michie Mee, and headlined by Hip Hop Icon Wes ‘Maestro’ Williams, will feature an array of local musical talent, an art exhibit, youth art activities, vendor booths, and of course great food. The festival aims to profile the artistic community and to reflect UrbanArts’ ongoing commitment to engaging youth and community development through the arts.

UrbanArts is a non-profit Community Arts Council focused on enhancing neighbourhoods by engaging youth in community development through the arts. UrbanArts initiates arts activities that bring people together in central-west Toronto and citywide. One of four community arts councils serving Toronto, UrbanArts is an incubator for local arts, with a range of year-round programs for youth led by professional artists in visual arts, theatre, spoken word, dance music and leadership development.

Our mandate is to promote, engage and facilitate cultural and community development opportunities between artists, arts organizations, community members, and community organizations.

OTHER SUMMER PROGRAMS:

SummerArts – Offers four distinct summer camps for youth 8-24 including photography, multi-arts and dance to engage and ignite the artistic abilities of youth in the area. The program wraps up with a talent show & photo exhibit on July 29th.

Graffiti Transformation – A group of creative youth visual artists works together to revitalize community spaces and transform them into large-scale works of art. This year’s mural will be painted on the south-east wall of 1901 Weston Rd at the corner of Weston Rd and Lawrence Ave. W. A second mural will be installed at the Railway Lands in Mount Dennis. The program wraps up with a mural unveiling and BBQ on August 11th.

DreamBuilding – A collective of youth working to beautify the community and unify the community through dynamic community programming including our popular Act On It! Theatre Workshops, Mosaic Project, Speakers’ Series and our most anticipated event, the CultureShock Community Arts Festival.

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For more information please contact:

Lennox Cadore, Arts Program Manager or Marlene McKintosh, Executive Director

Phone: 416.241.5124

Email: info@urbanartstoronto.org

People for Good encourage Canadians to be nicer to each other Campaign harnesses power of media and creativity to spark social movement

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July 11, 2011 @ 12:35PM

Toronto, ON – Want to feel better while making Canada a better place? Open the door for a stranger! People for Good, a social movement encouraging Canadians to be nicer to each other, is taking Canada by storm – one good deed at a time.

Led by a team of creative and media experts and introduced through a multifaceted advertising campaign, People for Good is a coalition formed to promote the generosity of spirit of Canadians. People for Good believe everyday good deeds like giving up your seat on the subway or buying a coffee for a co-worker will not only make you happier but will also make for a better Canada.

This social movement, launched on June 29 across Canada, was co-founded by Mark Sherman, Executive Chair of Media Experts, a media strategy, and negotiation company with offices in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver, and Zak Mroueh, President & Creative Director of Zulu Alpha Kilo, a Toronto-based advertising agency specializing in rebranding. Mr. Mroueh and Mr. Sherman saw the campaign as an opportunity to use their collective talents to harness the power of creativity and the media for the collective good.

“Caught up in our hectic lives and routines, coupled with the stresses and distractions of modern living, many of us have stopped noticing those around us. We’ve stopped caring,” says Mark Sherman of Media Experts. “When something is not right, we tend to rely on someone else – our neighbour, our boss or our government – to fix it. But the truth is, anyone can help change the world. Companies can harness the power of their collective to heal and improve our society. We took stock of what we could do as two business owners. If every Canadian business did the same, the potential for change is limitless.”

“Each of us can do something to make Canada a better place with a simple donation of kindness, one good deed at a time,” says Zak Mroueh of Zulu Alpha Kilo. “Harnessing our creativity through the People for Good campaign, we harness the power of the collective by touching every Canadian with a simple message – care about people around you, be nice to each other, do good. Small good deeds – even as basic as genuinely saying ‘‘thank you’’ to someone who helped you, smiling at a stranger or helping out a co-worker – make a big difference in creating social capital, the glue that holds us together as a community.”

Mr. Mroueh and his team at Zulu Alpha Kilo brought the People for Good campaign to life by spearheading all aspects of its creative development. Mr. Sherman and Media Experts designed and executed a high-impact media strategy spanning traditional and new media.

This collaborative campaign was made possible with the support of an array of partners who donated their time and capabilities, including Martin Belanger working through Zulu Alpha Kilo on all the materials for the Quebec Market. Other partners included Terry O’Reilly at Pirate Radio & TV, Radke Films, MAVERICK PR, and TANK. Thinking Box helped produce the Mobile App. Countless media suppliers and vendors donated space for the initiative.

About the People for Good campaign
The People for Good campaign was launched through a multifaceted, bold and creative advertising program. Kicking off on June 29 across major Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montréal and Halifax, the program will run through to August 21. The creative, using a mix of humorous, engaging and highly interactive messages and images, challenges Canadians to be nice to each other and do good through simple acts of generosity, such as cutting the grass or shoveling snow for one’s neighbour.

“Advertising is often seen as an intrusion, asking us to buy something or buy something,” says Mr. Mroueh. “The People for Good campaign is certainly intrusive, too, but we intrude with a different kind of message. Simply put, that message is – be aware of those around you, be nice to them. We place it where people can see it: on the subway, on a highway billboard, in the newspaper or online.”

The creative execution of the campaign includes outdoor, interactive, print, guerrilla and online advertising.

“Our partners – from production houses to printing companies to media advertisers – have joined hands with People for Good by donating their capabilities to a project that, we believe, will make a difference not only in the marketplace but also in the hearts and minds of Canadians,” says Mr. Sherman of Media Experts.

People for Good ten tips for good deeds

Smile at a stranger – or wave at your fellow subway passenger
Open and hold the door for someone
Give up your seat on the subway, bus or streetcar
Buy a coffee for your co-worker
Surprise your colleagues with freshly baked brownies
Cut grass or shovel snow for your neighbour
Help a stranger change a tire on the road – or put in a coin in expiring parking metre for someone you don’t know
Return a grocery cart after someone has used it or let a stranger ahead of you in a store line
While on Facebook, just pick up the phone and give your friend a call
Simply say ‘‘Thank you’’ to someone who helped you – and really mean it

Go to peopleforgood.ca to join the movement.

Speech by Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C.‏

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Speech

by Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C.

Chairman

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to a public hearing

Gatineau, Quebec

July 11, 2011

(Check against delivery)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to this public hearing.

The panel for this hearing consists of:

Len Katz, Vice-Chair of Telecommunications
Tom Pentefountas, Vice-Chair of Broadcasting
Timothy Denton, National Commissioner
Candice Molnar, Regional Commissioner for Manitoba and Saskatchewan
Michel Morin, National Commissioner
Marc Patrone, National Commissioner
and myself, Konrad von Finckenstein, Chairman of the CRTC. I will be
presiding over this hearing.

The Commission team assisting us includes:

Tom Vilmansen, Hearing Manager and Manager, Costing Methods and
Tariffs
Crystal Hulley and James Wilson, Legal Counsel, and
Lynda Roy, Hearing Secretary.

Wholesale high-speed access services

The Commission is holding this hearing to review how large telephone and
cable companies charge their wholesale customers, the independent Internet
service providers (ISPs), for the use of their networks.

The market for Internet services has evolved significantly over the last
decade. Canadians can access the Internet in many ways and use innovative
online services and applications. Maintaining a competitive marketplace in
which Canadians have a choice of ISPs is one of the Commission’s primary
objectives.

For this reason, the large companies are currently required share their
networks with independent ISPs under rates, terms, and conditions approved
by the Commission. This allows the independent ISPs to offer alternative
services to Canadians.

Last year, after considering the issue on two separate occasions, we
determined that large telephone companies must make their wholesale
high-speed access services available to independent ISPs at the same
speeds as those offered to their own retail customers. This covers all
speeds, including the most recent higher-speed options.

At the same time, we imposed more stringent obligations on cable companies
to ensure their third-party Internet access services are an acceptable
equivalent to the wholesale services offered by telecommunications
companies.

In 2009, the Bell companies applied for permission to impose additional
charges to independent ISPs when their individual customers exceed monthly
download limits. Some of the cable companies already had usage-based
billing in place for their wholesale customers. Bell wanted to adopt a
similar pricing model as an incentive for users to stay within their
limits and to help manage traffic on its network. We approved Bell’s
request at the end of a lengthy process that included several decisions.

This past February, the Commission announced that it would review its
decisions in light of the concerns expressed.

During the current proceeding, parties have proposed new pricing models
for wholesale high-speed access services that take into account the total
bandwidth used by the customers of independent ISPs. As we understand
them, the proposals do not force independent ISPs to implement download
limits or include additional charges based on the usage of their
individual customers.

The pricing model for wholesale high-speed access services should drive
large companies and independent ISPs to invest in their respective
networks and maximize innovation. In addition, we will examine the
proposals with a view to providing independent ISPs the flexibility to
offer innovative services and pricing options.

As part of this proceeding, the Commission will make a final determination
on the rates for wholesale residential high-speed access services. The
interim rates we recently set will remain in effect until such a time as
the Commission renders its decision, which could include retroactive
adjustments.

It should be noted that we issued interim rates to ensure competitors have
access to the services they need. Any delays would have affected their
ability to provide consumers with more choice. As we previously indicated,
parties should not draw any inferences from this interim step, given its
short and transitory nature.

Lastly, let me repeat that this hearing deals only with wholesale rates.
We believe that retail rates (i.e. the prices charged by ISPs to
consumers) are best set by the market. This issue has not and will not be
part of the Commission’s considerations.

Process

I would now invite the Hearing Secretary, Lynda Roy, to explain the
procedures we will be following. Madam Secretary…

New CivicAction video captures the spirit of city building – a preview to the Greater Toronto Summit 2011 Report

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TORONTO – What does city building look like in action? Find out in the video unveiled today by CivicAction that captures highlights of its Greater Toronto Summit 2011.

The video, produced by the innovative youth-led Hightop Studios, captures the essence of CivicAction’s city building mandate and the energy of CivicAction’s 2011 Summit, where more than 1,000 city builders tackled the tough issues and big opportunities facing the Greater Toronto region.

The video features interviews with CivicAction Chair John Tory and CEO Julia Deans and Summit highlights including Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi on embracing diversity, eco-entrepreneur Majora Carter on collaborating to further local economic development, Michael Littlejohn of IBM on building smarter cities, and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion on the need for regional collaboration.

CivicAction’s highly interactive Summit on February 10-11 saw established and emerging leaders from across the region and beyond sharing ideas about how to realize the region’s full social, economic and environmental potential. In sessions covering 12 issues, ranging from transportation to regional economic cooperation to immigration to jobs and income security, delegates from the worlds of business, government, non-profit, labour and academe worked together to chart a course for action.

The hundreds of ideas raised throughout the Summit are informing the Greater Toronto Summit 2011 report, to be released at the end of July. The report will distill the Summit’s findings and ideas into priority actions for CivicAction and its many partners across the region.

For more information on the Summit, including the full agenda, plenary and breakout session recordings, and the list of Summit partners and sponsors, visit http://www.civicaction.ca.
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About the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance

CivicAction is a multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders committed to acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region. CivicAction’s Greater Toronto Summits bring leaders from all walks of life together to assess the region’s strengths and challenges and to identify priority areas and opportunities for attention. In the periods between Summits, CivicAction takes a role in incubating innovative initiatives designed to galvanize action in these priority areas.

CivicAction’s current initiatives are aimed at: making the Toronto region flourish through environmental action and innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region’s diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree); and connecting and supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network).

For more information, visit http://www.civicaction.ca.

Christine’s Fitness

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Hello Members!

Green Instead is a new eco-friendly lifestyle/education centre and marketplace located upstairs at 200 Spadina Avenue. This coming Saturday (July 16) Green Instead will be conducting a seminar on living green using environmentally friendly products at 11am and 1pm. Also throughout the day, Healthy Bras will be showing you how to choose the right bra for you!

Additionally, Green Instead is a drop-off centre for the upcoming Swapsity.ca Mega Media Swap that takes place next Saturday at the Live Green Toronto Festival put on by the City at Yonge-Dundas Square?

If you have CDs and DVDs that you would like to exchange for something you haven’t seen, bring them in and receive a trade-in chit, or if you simply want to donate your old media, you can also drop off those off as well. Anything that is not traded will be donated to local women’s shelters.

Thank you, Christine!

OISE/University of Toronto Event

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“Why Disability Studies?”

Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30

OISE Library, Main Floor, 252 Bloor Street West, U of T, Toronto

Above the St. George Subway Stop

Explore the significance of disability studies for our scholarly, creative and everyday lives with panel members

Free, Open, Refreshments, Accessible, ASL provided

Panel & Public Discussion with:

Dr. Nirmala Erevelles, Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies, University of Alabama

Dr. Dan Goodley, Psychology and Social Change, Research Institute for Health and Social Change (RIHSC), Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr. Rod Michalko, Sociology and Equity Studies in Education (SESE), Ontario Studies in Education of the U of Toronto

Dr. Tanya Titchkosky, Director of the Disability Studies Summer Institute, SESE, Ontario Studies in Education of the U of Toronto

Contact tanya.titchkosky@utoronto.ca 416-978-0451 if you have any questions or accommodation requests.

Funded by Office of the Dean of OISE, SSHRC, OISE Library

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Feel the Afrofest Heat this Weekend at Queen’s Park

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AfroFest

AFROFEST 2011 takes place this weekend, the weather promises to be perfect! With FREE non-stop action on two stages, an African marketplace, food and craft vendors, drumming, dancing, music workshops and organized activities for youth and children, Afrofest is THE place to be.

Join our annual celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! It takes place at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto this Saturday, July 9 & Sunday, July 10.

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is the festival’s Sunday night headliner. “The Lion of Zimbabwe” composed the Chimurenga music that became the soundtrack of the revolution in Zimbabwe. With more than 20 albums of outstanding original music to his name, Mapfumo has been performing his songs of love, freedom, and justice for more than 40 years.

Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate will take the stage on Saturday evening. The celebrated instrumentalist’s 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, and in concert rocks out with a full 10-piece orchestra.

South Africa’s Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo are making their Canadian debut performance at Afrofest 2011, it’s a startingly 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 and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Afrafranto (Ghana), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), the Resolutionaries Marimba Band (Zimbabwe), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphonyx Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest, the stage performers and start times go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

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 $20, tickets at the door or at Afrofest. Co-presented by Music Africa and Moonraiser Entertainment, sponsored by World Remit.

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; of media partner CIUT 89.5 FM; and of 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

Tiferanji Malithano Managing Kids Corner Kindergarten from Toronto to Malawi

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Kids Corner Kindergarten prides itself on being an institution that provides
High-quality early childhood education and care to children aged 2-6 years old.

The school has been running since its’ inception in 2007 and is the brainchild of Tiferanji Malithano.

Tiferanji Malithano’s daughter Jasmine playing with her friend Yanna and Jasmine’s artwork – Photo Courtesy of Tiferanji Malithano

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Tiferanji realised that there is a growing demand for a school that caters to the needs of children and parents in her local community. These needs are not just about a good educational standard (The R’s), but a school that is vested in the creative and personal development of the child. Hence, the school has instituted several interesting programs including day trips, mini-gardening projects, child-led art exhibitions and even drama. Every year the school invites the local community to attend the annual Christmas play, in which children as early as two years old are presented before a live audience.

Tiferanji’s daughter Jasmine with a teacher at Kids Corner Kindergarten – Teacher Lucy – Photo Courtesy of Tiferanji Malithano

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Exclusive Additional 15% off Coupon!!‏

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TRAVEL THE WORLD WITHOUT LEAVING HOME

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

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China

Take the Ultimate Trip to Bring Colours

of the World into Your Home: Painting

CIL Paints Provides Tips on Newest Concept in Home Décor — Destination Painting

July 6, 2011 – If you can’t travel the world, then bring the world to you. That’s the advice of leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints in unveiling its newest concept in home decorating: destination painting.

Dreaming about Caribbean beaches? Then choose a room and paint it tranquil shades of green, blue and brown. Wish you could take a cruise? Transform your space into a nautical paradise with a mix of blues, whites, and reds. Always wanted to visit the Far East? Bring its exotic influences into your home with a rich palette of red, ebony and cream.

The options are endless, says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL. “Studies show that the colours we surround ourselves with have a direct effect on our state of mind,” she said. “If you feel the need to get away but just can’t do it for whatever reason, painting your walls in colours representative of your dream destination will give you that same sense of relaxation or excitement you long for, without having to leave home to get it.”

Getting started is simple, explains Goldman. Begin by collecting photos of your favourite destinations from magazines, travel brochures or websites. Take the time to examine the pictures and ask yourself: What is it about this destination that makes me want to go there? You will begin to notice colour schemes that repeat themselves in the photos you select. Pay attention to the feelings those colours evoke within you.

CIL Paints offers the following examples of destination painting, based on five of leading travel guidebook Frommer’s top vacation destinations this year:

· Brazil: With Rio de Janeiro hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil – with its sunny beaches, outdoor cafés, and lively entertainment – is a current hot spot. Bring the excitement of the country into your home with a Brazilian-themed room featuring a mix of yellow, deep red, golden brown and orange, along with studded furniture and beaded lamps. A good place to start is by painting three of your walls with CIL’s Del Sol (21YY 60/577) yellow and the fourth wall with Burnt Pumpkin (24YR 12/447) red. Use the remaining colours in throw pillows and ceramic accessories.

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· Sweden: Stockholm – featuring winding cobbled streets, steamboat rides and rooftop tours – is one of the most popular European cities to visit today, thanks to the popularity of author Stieg Larsson and his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Recreate the Swedish feel in your home by combining shades of bright peacock blue, lemon yellow, and grey. Accent your room with traditional Nordic-style accessories, such as hanging wooden fish, cone-shaped oil lamps and copper vases. If it’s Sweden’s baroque style royal palaces that attract you, try imitating the look in a small space like a powder room by mixing pastel green with soft coral pink.

· Costa Rica: Looking for a more laid-back atmosphere filled with reggae music, spicy food, and tropical heat? Recreate the white sandy beaches of Costa Rica’s newest hot spot: Puerto Viejo. Nothing says Caribbean coast better than a light and airy room done in dazzling blues, creams, and greens with clean lines and natural wood furnishings. Draw attention to the outdoors by using colour blocking to outline a window in an accent colour. Accessorize with woven baskets or placemats, seashells and earthenware pots filled with tall green grasses. For extra punch, add brightly-coloured framed pictures or painted models of your favourite Costa Rican wildlife – from parrots and toucans to white-faced monkeys and green iguanas.

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· Mediterranean: The island of Ponza off Italy’s west Mediterranean coast is a favourite this year and one of those places that make you feel as if the world stands still. To create your own Mediterranean coastal paradise, think deep blues, white and terracotta, using colours that echo the sky and sea. Try painting your walls with CIL’s Cosmos (10BB 12/310) dark blue and complementing the ceiling with a lighter blue, Billowing Clouds (10BB 65/094). Choose comfy, over-stuffed cream furniture, completing the look with bronze urns, mosaic tiles and ornately wrought iron side tables with glass tops. For added Mediterranean flare, apply a texture technique like feathering, dragging or ragging on your walls.

· China: As interest in China continues to grow, one of the most popular destinations this year is Taipei, Taiwan, where people are warm, friendly and eager to showcase their city, including the tallest building in Asia. The dominant colours in an Asian palette are red, gold, green and purple. Set off a black-framed shoji screen against a bright red or orange accent wall. Dazzle your guests with a red powder room accentuated with black and gold accents. Choose from embroidered silk cushions, ivory figurines, porcelain vases, bamboo pieces and wall tapestries to accessorize. Unsure where to start? Use a colourful Chinese fan or oriental carpet as your base and pick up one or two of its colours on your walls.

Destination painting can also be applied to landmarks, Goldman explains. For example, to create an Egypt-themed room inspired by the great Giza Pyramid, choose gold, red and green with glass-topped tables, ornate area rugs, and bamboo shades. Bring the Taj Mahal into your home with an India-themed room using bold red, brilliant turquoise and vibrant orange, set off with glittering gold and black lacquered accents. Or pay tribute to the Acropolis of Athens with a white-walled room complemented by classic Mediterranean blue, light yellow and terracotta tiles.

“Colours can take you farther than any tour guide can,” says Goldman. “The real benefit of destination painting is that, by choosing the right colour combinations and themes, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation all year long.”

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

10 Most Popular Media & Recording Arts Programs

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There are so many terrific media and recording arts programs in Canada and the United States that are popular – it is hard to know where to start. There is a list below though.

Carleton University has one of the oldest and most respected media programs in Canada. This program has produced graduates that are in areas of media all around the globe. Some its notable graduates include the late Peter Jennings.

Concordia University in Montreal also has a strong media program that has such notable graduates as Jeannie Lee with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Scott Laurie with CTV Newsnet.

McGill University in Montreal also has a great reputation with many of its graduates working all over the world. Their strength lies in the communication programs at the graduate level.

Ryerson University has an excellent media program and in most places in Toronto, where Ryerson is located, you will find a graduate from Ryerson.

Centennial College in Toronto also has a really strong media program. They have developed some excellent journalists that are working in all parts of media and PR practitioners that are working all over the world. They are also about to start a sports journalism program beginning in January of 2009.

Humber College has a really popular media program. Their graduates go on to terrific success all over the world.

Guelph-Humber University is still a relatively new school, however, has an excellent media program that has everything from public relations, image arts, and journalism. Their graduates are starting to make a foothold in the field of media that proves that the school is here to stay.
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Seneca College at York University and in the School of Communication Arts has an excellent program that focuses on broadcast journalism. They also have a summer institute that has a strong reputation. One of the more notable graduates of their program is Melissa Grelo on CP24 with Rogers. They also have a strong independent music production program, as well as a fairly new independent digital photography program.

Sheridan College also has an excellent media program that tends to produce animators that work in such places such as the United States for Disney.

Simon Fraser University is a more academic type of school when it comes to media. Many of its graduates become well-respected scholars in the area of media and communications.

The University of Regina also has a great reputation when it comes to media education. Some its notable graduates include the award-winning journalist Rita Shelton Deverell of Vision-TV.

King’s College at Dalhousie University has a fantastic reputation and many of the journalists working throughout Canada, as well as in the Maritimes are graduates of that school.

Ottawa University also has a strong media program. Algonquin College also located in Ottawa has a media summer institute that has a terrific reputation.

For French-speaking schools, l’Université du Québec à Montreal has an excellent reputation for producing journalists that work in French.

Plus, back in Ontario, Durham College in Ajax has a strong media program.

Some of the more notable American schools include:

● Columbia University
● Northwestern University
● University of Missouri

Celebrating one million orders!

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June 29, 2011 @ 12:15PM

TORONTO – The Printing House Ltd. (TPH®) thanked them one-millionth Customer to click “upload” on TPHDirect™, the secure online ordering system created by The Printing House Ltd., with a celebration and presentation of an iPad2 yesterday.

“It is a monumental occasion for a celebration. We are so appreciative of all our Customers for making TPHDirect™ the success that it’s become. TPHDirect™ makes it fast, easy, and secure for our Customers to place orders online and it enables us to build strong relationships with those who trust in the speed and security of the service” said Marc Petitpas, Vice-President, Marketing.

Leanne Henshall who placed her order on Friday, May 20th at 10:43am, has been a long time Customer of the TPH® located in the Standard Life Centre at 121 King Street West. Over the years Leanne has worked with General Manager, Tammy Neil who was on hand for the presentation as well. The TPH® branch hosted festivities which included a celebratory cupcake toast for coworkers of Ms. Henshall.

“All the women here and I are pretty much on the trading floor – we do a lot of marketing for various companies that come through, and it’s our job to set up the meetings, and have all the presentations ready for them; that’s where TPH® comes in. The staff here is awesome. Literally, we get a response straight away when it’s ready, or if there’s a problem they give us a call straight away. Turnaround is amazing – a couple of minutes and its upstairs.” said Leanne Henshall.

To keep up to date with The Printing House Ltd be sure to visit the TPH YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/TPHCanada, and follow TPH® on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/tphcanada as the race to order number two million is on!

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In just a few mouse clicks you can access a Canadian network of 70 Company-owned locations that offer personalized service from digital and offset printing to custom photo books and large format printing. TPH®’s solutions can be easily accessed through our TPHDirect™ system in order for you to get what you need when and where you need it. For more information, visit http://www.tphdirect.ca

Grammy Award nominee added to AFROFEST lineup‏

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Master musician Cheick Hamala Diabate has been added to the lineup to perform at Afrofest 2011. The celebrated instrumentalist, whose 2007 collaboration “From Mali to America” was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Traditional World Music Album, is a virtuoso performer and a genuine ‘griot’. He sings and performs songs of history and legend in the 800-year-old West African tradition, and takes the stage on Saturday evening, July 9.

Diabate rounds out a packed Afrofest lineup that includes international world music superact Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, Dizu Plaatjies and Ibuyambo, JP Buse, and a wealth of top African acts currently based in Canada.

Afrofest is a free festival celebration of the richness and diversity of African culture. Featuring fabulous music, 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. It takes place in Toronto on Saturday, July 9th and Sunday, July 10th. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto! Come out and enjoy Afrofest in Queen’s Park for what may be the last time. Show the city how great Afrofest is, and how much it means to you!

African music legend Thomas Mapfumo is 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 have made on the music and culture of his homeland. Indeed, 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 and Waleed Kush (Sudan), Ijo Vudu Dance International (Nigeria), Soukous Tchatcho (Congo), the Tich Maredza Band (Zimbabwe), Anastasio & Zalang (Equatorial Guinea), Amadou Kienou (Guinea), Beyond Sound (various Africa), Justine CanAfric (Ivory Coast), Rumba Iyambo (Cuba) and the Symphony Steel Orchestra (Trinidad).

For more information on Afrofest and stage performers go to http://www.musicafrica.org

Music Africa thanks, World Remit for its Gold sponsorship of Afrofest 2011.

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, and of 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

Mentoring Online

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It was going to end.

Matched through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada (BBBSC), Andrew, 11, and Parbal Idhu, 23, thought their mentoring relationship was finished.

They had spent two years getting to know each other and becoming friends.

Idhu had spent four years at McMaster University studying biochemistry and had just been accepted to medical school at the University of Toronto. He sold his motorcycle to help pay for school and said goodbye to Andrew.

But now, Idhu and Andrew will keep in touch through the Digital Heroes program, a BBBSC e-mentoring initiative that allows Big Brother and Big Sister relationships to take place online.

Idhu says he is glad he can maintain contact with Andrew so he can continue to give him guidance.

They chat about things like school, Idhu says, and as a Big Brother, he encourages Andrew to do well.

Rebecca Hart, case manager for Big Brothers of Burlington and Hamilton-Wentworth, is also pleased that they can continue their relationship.

“Everyone was sad” when Parbal moved to Toronto, she says.

Andrew gets a computer as part of the program, which will be beneficial to him, Hart says.

Idhu agrees

“He can get on top of things and learn about computers and technology at a young age,” he says.

The Digital Heroes program is a new spin, E-mail, and online chats, on traditional BBBSC one-on-one mentoring relationships.

Digital Heroes is being administered by nine BBBSC agencies in Ontario and Frontier College. The program is expected to expand to different parts of Canada in 2003.

Computers for the project were contributed by RBC Financial Group and CIBC and were upgraded by reBoot Canada. The Ontario’s Promise initiative launched the project and formed the partnerships.

AOL Canada is the major sponsor of the project. Jon Hamovitch, vice-president of human resources at AOL says Digital Heroes is a true example of what can be accomplished through partnerships.

“This program brings together technology, innovation, and human spirit to benefit children and youth,” Hamovitch says. “I applaud Ontario’s Promise for their ingenuity and determination to make this program a reality.”

Karen Hancock, national programs coordinator for BBBSC, says that Digital Heroes will benefit a lot of young people in BBBSC programs, including older youth and rural youth, who often have a hard time being matched with volunteers.

Mentors will also benefit, Hancock says. The program is less constraining for elderly mentors, and for those who don’t have a lot of free time.

Idhu agrees the program is a more convenient alternative to the traditional one-on-one match.

“I think it’s a little easier online,” he says. “A lot more people can get involved this way, and it still gives the Little Brother support.”

Idhu says he values his relationship with Andrew.

“I grew up by myself, without siblings. It makes me appreciate Andrew and hanging out with him.”

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