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Archive for August 2011

Oshawa submits a compelling case against a proposed ethanol refinery at its harbour

City of Oshawa hand delivers its 300-page response along with 3,300 opposition letters to Ottawa August 15, 2011 @ 07:00AM OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa’s six-week successful public awareness campaign opposing a proposed ethanol refinery by FarmTech Energy Corporation (FarmTech) on the shoreline of Lake Ontario has resulted in the delivery of the City’s 300-page comment submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. Accompanying the submission are approximately […]

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The City of Calgary to launch first search-based website in Canada

August 15, 2011 @ 11:00AM Following a successful preview, The City of Calgary today announced the official launch of the new search-based Calgary.ca. The website, which uses Microsoft SharePoint and Google search technology, was available for public preview from August 8 to 12. During the preview process, Calgarians were able to test the new site by typing in keywords to find relevant information. Public feedback during the preview process was […]

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Everybody is doing it! Aging is our universal full time job!

“Aging Is a Full-Time Job” by Marcia Casar Friedman, is a motivational book written for seniors’ ages 50+, with an emphasis on Silver Sages ages 65+. Marcia writes about feelings, self-esteem, aging, wishes, loneliness, endings, worrying, gratitude, family changes and more. With the goal of guiding readers to improve their lives, Marcia discovered writing is healing. Everyone can write! There are numerous “How to—” topics emphasized throughout the book, with […]

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The Peacock Parade, Canadian luxury flash sale web site, has launched

The Peacock Parade gives its members access to luxury labels at insider prices August 12, 2011 @ 03:30PM TORONTO, Ont. – The Peacock Parade is proud to announce that it has officially launched. Canadians now have access to the Toronto-based, members-only flash sale Web site, which features coveted merchandise at up to 70 percent off retail prices. Each time-limited sale includes a curated collection of designer merchandise. Membership is free and registration is […]

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TVOKids Fall lineup emphasizes fitness, the wonders of science, and learning through imaginative play

August 05, 2011 @ 12:45PM TVOKids kicks off its Fall 2011 season on September 5 with a lineup of on-air and online, curriculum-based children’s shows and web games that reaffirms TVO as an innovator in multimedia children’s content and programming. According to a 2011 IPSOS Reid Omnibus survey, Ontarians rate TVO as both the “most trusted” and the “most educational” media brand for children in Canada. Highlights include: New shows […]

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Ana’s Shadow – This Friday

Ana’sShadow-EFlyer Playwright Tara Goldstein is bringing her newest play reading to Toronto! Join us for a reading of Ana’s Shadow a play about love, loss and coming of age in an adoptive same-sex family Friday, August 26, 2011, from 5-7pm At 519 Church Street Community Centre (1 street east of Wellesley subway station) Free Admission

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Exterior Painting Tips from Dulux Paints

With the launch of Dulux Diamond Exterior Satin, a breakthrough paint that resists early showers, Dulux Paints offers these tips to ensure a successful outdoor painting project every time. Prepare for the best: With harsh winters taking a toll on Canadian homes, leaving painted surfaces peeling and blistering, surface preparation is the most important part of the exterior painting. For the longest-lasting results, clean the area thoroughly with a phosphate-free […]

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Don’t Let the Rain Put a Damper on Your Paint Job

Dulux Paints launches breakthrough paint that resists showers in as little as 30 minutes, offers tips for exterior painting August 8, 2011 – With cooler temperatures setting in, late summer or early fall is an ideal time to paint the outside of your house. Yet, this time of year also tends to be a rainier season, so what’s a homeowner to do? Thanks to a breakthrough technological innovation, there’s now […]

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WHAT’S IN A PAINT NAME?

Want to Get Your Man On Board with a Paint Job? Start by Calling your Yellow Wall Colour Choice ‘Beer’ Instead of ‘Butterscotch’ CIL Paints sets out to cater paint names to a male audience August 4, 2011 – Putting Green versus Pixie Palace. Beer versus Butterscotch. Blue Jeans versus Periwinkle Blue. Which paint colour would sooner have your man picking up a paintbrush to give your walls a lift? […]

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The Trial of the Gods: A Review

With the land that has been stolen from many Africans all over the continent, British rule of lands such as Botswana, it is not difficult for the lead character of The Trial of the Gods (Ontebetse, 2011) to answer the question: “Where is my homeland?” This work of fiction written by Khonani Ontebetse, an African journalist, tells the story of Jay Setlhare who battles with courts, gets the help of […]

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Releasing My Critical Chatter: An Autobiographical Narrative from the Black Diaspora: A Review

Mary Louise McCarthy is a Ph.D. student at OISE/University of Toronto, an Employment Counselor with the government of New Brunswick, a mother of an adult son, and a fifth-generation African-Canadian. McCarthy was born in New Brunswick, and discussions of race were silenced in her household. McCarthy was often silenced – both in childhood, as well as in her adulthood. This book brings back the important voice of an African-Canadian woman, […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 19 – Email Story Working

Email Story Working The way the Email story works in Make it New is by using various forms of communications devices, such as dialogue, prose, as well as email to tell its story. It is also an international story and uses dates to keep track of the time period between Meena’s and Greg’s relationship. There is also some humour in that Greg still mispronounces Meena’s name, no matter how long […]

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Expressive Writing: To Praise

To Praise: to compliment, to say nice things to, to boast about, to honour, to toast, to rejoice for, Dictionary.com: acclaim, acclamation, accolade, applause, appreciation, approbation, approval, big hand, boost, bravo, celebration, cheer, cheering, citation, commendation, compliment, cry, devotion, encomium, esteem, eulogy, exaltation, extolment, flattery, glorification, glory, good word, homage, hurrah, hymn, kudos*, laudation, obeisance, ovation, panegyric, pat on the back, plaudit, puff, rave, recognition, recommendation, regard, sycophancy, thanks, tribute, […]

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Expressive Writing: To Love

To Love: to adore, to worship, to admire, to like, to respect, to be attracted to, to emulate, to mimic, to want to be around, to enjoy their company, to marry, to commit to, to be partners with, to take care of, to care for, Dictionary.com: adulation, affection, allegiance, amity, amorousness, amour, appreciation, ardency, ardor, attachment, case*, cherishing, crush, delight, devotedness, devotion, emotion, enchantment, enjoyment, fervor, fidelity, flame, fondness, friendship, […]

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Expressive Writing: Five Sentences with Multiple Verbs:

I peeled, boiled, drained, mashed and served the potatoes. I shimmied, boogied, glided, hopped and danced to the music. I wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote all day. I looked out the window, fastened my seatbelt and secured my luggage under the front seat. I read the documents, checked for errors, agree to the terms and signed the contract. Two Sentences with Multiple Verbs: I woke up, rubbed my […]

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Expressive Writing: Rhetorical Analysis of The Calculus Test

The main character in this story shows that he has a supportive home life with the relationship with his mother. Although his mother does not like all of his books all over the kitchen table while he is studying, she wishes him good luck on his calculus test. Unfortunately, it turns out the good luck does not serve the main character well. He receives a test that is difficult to […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 15 – To Write and To Sit

To Write: to scribble, to doodle, to be a scribe, to transcribe, to record, to document, to draw, to design, to dabble, to create, to type, to the keyboard. From Dictionary.com: address, author, autograph, bang out, chalk, commit, communicate, comp, compose, copy, correspond, create, dash off, draft, draw up, drop a line, drop a note, engross, formulate, ghost, indite, ink, inscribe, jot down, knock off, knock out, letter, note, note […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 14 – Discursive on First Person Narrative on Smooth Operator

This story was actually a mélange of truth and fiction. The reason why I chose to use the first person is that ultimately it was closer to the truth than to fiction. I like the way in the course texts they discuss using the first person, as well as actually at times using the writer’s name in the piece. It is much easier than coming up with names and a […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 12 – Love and Food

Love and Food “Eat it up!” the gold-digger said to her sugar daddy. Caught up in the raptures of love, the gold-digger and her sugar daddy were enjoying the lap of luxury in a high-style luxury loft condo in the heart of downtown Toronto. “Give me more, baby, baby…give it to me hard,” said the sugar daddy. The sugar daddy is named John Smith and was wooing his mistress Jane […]

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Expressive Writing: Day Two of Clichés

Day Two: On the second day, I listened to the radio news’s AM 640 starting at 2:26 a.m. and ending at 2:43 a.m. I was able to find 41 clichés again. Setting: Lying in bed at home: 1. “Rising shift of consciousness” 2. Way beyond the standard of knowledge” “Way out of balance” 4. “A field of energy” 5. “Consciousness shift in 2012” 6. “There is a change in the […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 11: Three Day Cliché Journal

Day One: On the first day, I started watching CP24 at 6:47 p.m. and found 41 clichés I could write down by 7:03 p.m. Setting: on my brown couch in my living room at home. 1. “It’s a hit” 2. “Getting around on two wheels” 3. “The by-law is rarely enforced” 4. “Proper enforcement of the rules” 5. “Dedicated staff” 6. “Detailed report” 7. “Fairweather cyclists” 8. “With the northwesterly […]

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Expressive Writing: EX. 10: Ethics in Personal Writing

I could completely relate to Debra Dickerson’s situation. I self-published a book called Do Not Know that talks about my mental illness of bipolar disorder. Former Toronto Mayor hopeful George Smitherman even bought the book when I was showcasing it at an Abilities Festival in the summer of 2010 at Nathan Philips Square. This book was the most difficult one I ever wrote. I started it when I was in […]

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Expressive Writing: Ex.9: My Father’s Birthday Analysis

The main action of this story is carried forward through dialogue, as noted in Tool #26 in Writing Tools. From the beginning, the story opens with dialogue between the son and his mother about his boyfriend Anthony. It is not clearly stated the son is gay. This leads to some suspense as the reader is left to discover later what exactly will happen at the father’s birthday party. The indication […]

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