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FMC receives four Zenith Awards

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Recognized for its commitment to pro bono work and diversity and inclusion initiatives

September 22, 2011 @ 01:55PM

Toronto, ON – Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC), one of Canada’s leading business and litigation law firms, was honoured with four awards at the Lexpert Zenith Award ceremony on September 21. The Lexpert Zenith Awards recognized the firm’s accomplishments in three categories, including Law Firm as Employer, Law Firm Contribution to Legal Education and Diversity Action by Law Firm.

“On behalf of FMC, I am deeply honoured by the recognition we have received from Lexpert and the legal community through these awards,” said John Rider, Chief Client Officer, FMC. “Being recognized in such a broad spectrum of categories shows FMC’s commitment to our clients, our people, and our communities. Most importantly, the awards prove that we “walk the talk” of diversity and inclusion values.”

FMC received platinum-level recognition in the following areas:

Law Firm as Employer, Leave for Change
FMC was recognized for its work with the Uniterra Leave for Change® program. In 2009, FMC became the first law firm participant in the program and has been an active supporter ever since, sponsoring over 20 members to participate in international development projects in nine countries, bringing about sustainable changes in communities across three continents.

FMC, whose very culture and identity are rooted in the values of diversity and inclusion, has a vision that the quality of its client service and its ability to grow are directly related to the quality of its teams. Through their overseas experience, FMC members expand their personal and professional horizons and acquire a deeper understanding of broader global issues.

Law Firm Contribution to Legal Education, Tax Court of Canada Pilot Project
FMC has a deep tradition of giving back to the community, which is why FMC has partnered with Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC) to develop a pilot project for law students to represent, on a pro bono basis, low-income individuals before the Tax Court of Canada (TCC). The first law firm initiative of its kind in Canada, the pilot project enables PBSC law students, under the supervision of FMC tax litigators, to gain practical experience representing individual taxpayers before the TCC. It is on the cutting-edge of the development and delivery of legal services to this particularly vulnerable, yet oft-forgotten, group of self-represented litigants.

Diversity Action by Law Firm, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) Mentoring Partnership program, Out on Bay/Pride at Work, Legal Professional Internship, Diversity and Inclusion Training
In 2006, FMC developed the FMC Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, whose mandate is to ensure all members of the FMC community have the opportunity to develop their unique talents to nurture their ongoing success. The Zenith Award in the Diversity Action by Law Firm category recognized FMC for the development and implementation of inclusion programs, such as mentorship, internship, and diversity initiatives.

In addition to platinum-level recognition, FMC also received a gold-level award for its contribution to legal education.

Law Firm Contribution to Legal Education, UBC Law Review Special Issue: Diversity and the Law
In partnership with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Law Review, FMC published a special issue of the publication entitled “Diversity and the Law” in March 2011. The special issue reflects FMC’s commitment to diversity, academic excellence, and continuing legal education. At every stage of this project, from the initial concept to applying for funding to writing two sections for the publication, FMC was committed to making the project a success. The Legal Education Zenith Award won by FMC demonstrates the firm’s commitment to the future of the legal industry in Canada.

“Simply talking about diversity is not enough to ensure people truly embrace diversity and inclusion in the workplace,” said Rider. “Through our extensive, practically focused diversity and inclusion programs, such as the Legal Professional Internship and Diversity and Inclusion Training, our firm creates an environment for our people to connect to each other and their clients, innovate, learn and solve problems creatively.”
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About Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP (FMC)
Fraser Milner Casgrain (FMC) is one of Canada’s leading business and litigation law firms with more than 500 lawyers in six full-service offices located in the country’s key business centres. We focus on providing outstanding service and value to our clients, and we strive to excel as a workplace of choice for our people. Regardless of where you choose to do business in Canada, our strong team of professionals has extensive knowledge and expertise on regional, national and cross-border matters. FMC’s well-earned reputation for consistently delivering the highest quality legal services and counsel to our clients is complemented by an ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion to broaden our insight and perspective on our clients’ needs. Visit http://www.fmc-law.com or follow @FMC_Law on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/FMC_Law.

Alberta, Ontario barely meeting needs of people with disabilities – BC failing

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New study compares support for disabled across three provinces

September 23, 2011 @ 01:15PM

Most people will agree that a fundamental role of government is to provide a safety net for people who are disabled and have no source of income. However, in a groundbreaking comparative study released today by The School of Public Policy, Prof. Ron Kneebone reveals a disparity between the support provided by BC, Alberta, and Ontario to disabled residents, and argues that BC is failing to provide for basic needs.

Kneebone’s analysis begins with a discussion on the definition of poverty and notes that while there are many such definitions there is no official measure of poverty. Kneebone introduces two additional measures of income adequacy – the income required to meet very basic needs and the amount the federal government provides to poor seniors – and includes these in his comparison to levels of income support provided to persons with disabilities.

Kneebone shows that as a result of recent increases in payments to people with disabilities, Alberta provides an amount that ranks it first amongst the three provinces, and is roughly equivalent to the amount the federal government provides to poor seniors.

While not as “generous” as Alberta, Ontario also provides an amount that could meet basic human needs, barely.

Surprisingly, British Columbia does not. According to Kneebone “the level of support provided to disabled persons in BC is disturbing; it falls slightly below that measure of income required to meet basic needs.”

The study also concludes that the cost of increasing support levels to people with disabilities is relatively small.

The paper’s final observation is that Canadians seem to accept the level of income support provided to poor seniors as a reasonable level to offer someone unable to work and with no other source of income.

“We think that this seems to be a level of income support most Canadians would support as appropriate for persons with disabilities,” Kneebone writes. “Others may (and likely will) disagree with that assessment and advocate for a still higher level of income that would take support closer to another established low-income measure.”

The paper can be found at http://www.policyschool.ca/publications.

Nissan Canada delivers first 100% electric Nissan LEAF to Canadian consumer

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– Ottawa Resident Receives Keys to 2011 Nissan LEAF from President of Nissan Canada –

September 23, 2011 @ 07:30PM

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Today Nissan Canada made history when it delivered the first all-electric Nissan LEAF to a Canadian consumer at an event in Ottawa. Ricardo Borba, an Ottawa resident and the first person in Canada to place a Nissan LEAF order, received the keys to his black Nissan LEAF SL from Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada. Hunt Club Nissan in Ottawa hosted the event and is also hosting the Ottawa stop of Nissan’s cross-Canada Drive Electric Tour.

“This is a significant milestone in the movement that brings sustainable mobility within our grasp and at Nissan we’re excited to be leading the way by bringing the world’s first all-electric car to the mass market, which was also recognized as the 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. “Today we made history by handing over the keys to Mr. Borba, the first Canadian consumer to purchase a Nissan LEAF. This represents the freedom to choose a car that has no tailpipe, produces no emissions and will never have to visit a gas station.”

Borba, a 44-year old electrical engineer, and software developer with IBM currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and son. His new Nissan LEAF will be the family’s primary car providing ample range for their day-to-day commutes.

“My family and I were starting to look for a new car last year when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred and prompted us to think about alternatives to gas-powered vehicles,” said Borba. “We considered several options and the Nissan LEAF was the one that best fits our needs. It’s all-electric and looks and drives just like a regular car with five seats, ample cargo space and loaded with high-tech features. It’s smooth, quiet and has incredible acceleration. In other words, it’s fun to drive!”

Delivery of Model Year 11 Nissan LEAFs will continue in the coming weeks across Canada. In late October, Nissan Canada will open its online reservation process for its allocation of Model Year 12 Nissan LEAFs. Reservations are eligible to those registered on the Nissan LEAF microsite (www.nissan.ca/LEAF) and living within the vicinity of the 27 EV-certified dealers across Canada. By the end of MY12 Nissan anticipates 600 Nissan LEAFs on Canadian roads.

Coinciding with the event is the Ottawa stop of Nissan’s Drive Electric Tour (DET), a one-of-a-kind consumer driving experience. Hosted at the 27 EV-Certified dealers across Canada, the DET provides prospective Nissan LEAF owners and those curious about all-electric mobility with the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology, and features, and take it for a test drive. More information about the DET and reservations for test drives are available at http://www.nissan.ca/driveelectrictour.

“We’re thrilled to host the event today representing the arrival of the Nissan LEAF to the Canadian market,” said Jean Malouin, President of Hunt Club Nissan. “We’ve had a lot of consumers come into the dealership asking questions about the Nissan LEAF, really curious about an all-electric car and how it would fit into their lifestyle. It’s very exciting to be at the forefront of the sustainable mobility movement.”

About the Nissan LEAF

One of the industry’s most-discussed vehicles for a good reason, Nissan LEAF™ is the world’s first mass-marketed all-electric car made for the real-world driving needs of consumers and was recently named the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback with ample cargo space and seating for five adults comfortably. With a range of 160 kilometres (EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge, Nissan LEAF provides 90% of Canadians with the range needed for daily commutes. With a 240 volt home charging dock full charge is achieved in seven hours, and with a Level 3 Quick Charger, 80% charge can be achieved in just 26 minutes.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF generates 107 horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. Because there’s no traditional engine, Nissan LEAF is ultra-quiet and for safety reasons, a sound had to be added so pedestrians could hear the car coming. In April, Nissan LEAF was awarded a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The instrument panel provides the driver with regular updates on a range and driving efficiency, and using a telematics system called CARWINGS, the driver can communicate with the car via a smartphone with the ability to turn on the air conditioning or heat remotely and manage and monitor charging.

More information, high-res images, and b-roll are available at http://www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.
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About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing, and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 171 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle, and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at http://www.nissan.ca and http://www.infiniti.ca.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle, and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 26 to 30 September 2011‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 26 to 30 September
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 Trust Communications Ministries https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=NC&PST=A&Lang=eng to change the authorized
contours of the transmitter CJLF-FM-1 Owen Sound

Application by C.J.S.D. Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-139.htm to amend the broadcasting licence for the
commercial radio station CKPR-FM Thunder Bay

Application by Newcap Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-465.htm to change the technical parameters of the
commercial radio station CIXF-FM Brooks

Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the 17 May 2011 public hearing:
• Wightman Telecom Ltd. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#30.
Application 2010-1785-6

• Dufferin Communications Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#34.
Application 2010-1803-6

• Bhupinder Bola
Applications 2010-1910-0 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#20. and 2010-1911-7 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#21.

Telecom Decisions :
Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership –Application
regarding notification and express consent requirements for 9-1-1 services
and their applicability to fixed/native VoIP services – File number:
8633-B54-201108507 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8633/b54_201108507.htm

Télébec, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of business local exchange service in the exchange of St-Ours,
Quebec
File number: 8640-T78-201111007 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8640/t78_201111007.htm

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Application for
forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in 85
exchanges in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward
Island – File number: 8640-B54-201109984 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8640/b54_201109984.htm

Bell Aliant Regional Communications, Limited Partnership – Application for
forbearance from the regulation of business local exchange services in 49
exchanges in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador – File number:
8640-B54-201109976 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/part1/eng/2011/8640/b54_201109976.htm

Decision regarding violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules

CRTC improves complaints resolution process for Internet traffic management practices

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The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) issued guidelines on how it will deal with complaints about
Internet service providers (ISPs) slowing down certain types of traffic.
The CRTC takes all complaints seriously and has established strict
timelines to ensure their timely resolution.

Under a 2009 CRTC policy, ISPs are encouraged to expand and upgrade their
networks to address increases in traffic. Should other measures be
required to manage traffic, ISPs can apply Internet traffic management
practices. These practices, whether economic or technical, manage traffic
to prevent or respond to network congestion. In either case, an ISP must
be transparent about its use of traffic management practices.

“The policy sets out clear ground rules, which we expect all ISPs to
follow,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “The
guidelines we issued today will help Canadians understand which practices
are permitted and how to make a complaint. We will require ISPs that are
not following the rules to take corrective action as quickly as possible.”

Upon the receipt of a complaint regarding a traffic management practice,
CRTC staff will forward the complaint to the ISP in question and request a
response. If the ISP fails to respond or bring itself into compliance, the
CRTC will take further action to enforce its policy. This can include
meeting with the ISP to discuss a complaint in more detail, requesting an
on-site inspection or independent third-party audit, or calling the ISP to
a public hearing.

Should the CRTC find that an ISP is not in compliance with the policy, it
will publish the company’s name and the nature of the complaint. In
addition, the CRTC will publish, four times a year, a summary of the
number and types of complaints it has received, including the number that
have been resolved and those that are still under investigation.

For more information, please see How to make a complaint about your
Internet service. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t1043.htm

Telecom Information Bulletin CRTC 2011-609 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-609.htm

Reference documents:
News release, “CRTC requires Internet service providers to be more
transparent about their Internet traffic management practices,” October
21, 2009 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2009/r091021.htm

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-657 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-657.htm

Celebrating a Milestone

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I would like to take a moment to celebrate that Donna Magazine has received more than 150,000 unique visitors! Thanks for reading!

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The Totally Unknown Writers Festival Coming Up October 19th at the Rivoli on Queen St. West

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2011 Festival Invitation

Blue Most Popular Colour Worldwide, Finds Dulux Paints Survey

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Leading paint brand Dulux Paints aims to increase colour awareness among

Canadians as international “Let’s Colour Week” gets underway October 10-14

September 21, 2011 – When it comes to colour, Canadians have much in common with other citizens of the world. In fact, a recent survey conducted on behalf of Dulux Paints found that personal colour preference – while differing slightly from one culture to another – is highly similar across the globe.

The survey, involving respondents from 30 different countries, “demonstrates that colour preference varies more by gender and age than it does by geographic location,” said Rob McDonald, Marketing Director for Dulux Paints Stores, one of the world’s leading paint manufacturers with 230 locations in Canada.

Unveiled to kick off international Let’s Colour Week – a global initiative supported by Dulux Paints in Canada and its parent company, AkzoNobel, to increase colour awareness and add colour to people’s lives – the survey found that:

Blue, red and green are by far the most popular colours worldwide, with blue the overall winner.

Yellow, orange, brown and purple are the least favourite colours worldwide, with yellow – preferred by only five per cent of respondents – taking bottom spot.

Blue is the favourite colour of more than half of the world’s people, with 42 percent of males and 30 percent of females citing blue as their top colour choice. It is the colour least disliked by most cultures.

Twenty-three percent of people over the age of 50 prefer green, whereas that number drops to 14 percent among those under 30.

Women have a larger preference than men for the red part of the colour spectrum, including purple.

Among males, 20 percent associate purple with courage and bravery, yet 22 per cent maintain it is their least favourite colour. Among females, 23 per cent surveyed claim purple is their least favourite colour, while eight per cent say it is their favourite.

Orange is increasingly disliked by both men and women as they age.

When it comes to paint colour, the most popular hues sold in North America are beiges and grey, whereas in Asia (India and China), people buy more yellow, pink and light blue tones for their walls.

“No matter what your colour preference, Let’s Colour Week is all about the celebration of colour,” McDonald said, explaining that as one of the world’s largest paint brands, Dulux is passionate about adding colour to people’s lives. “It’s about recognizing and using the power of colour to lift spirits and enhance living spaces – both inside and out.”

As part of Let’s Colour Week, structures around the world will simultaneously be infused with colour in an effort to transform grey spaces, McDonald said. In Canada, buildings to be painted include those of non-profit organizations in selected cities across the country. At the same time, Dulux encourages Canadians to transform their own living spaces with colour to experience first-hand what a positive role colour plays in lifting one’s mood, he said.

For more information about painting events during Let’s Colour Week or to get involved in an event in your community, visit http://www.addingcolour.ca or call 1-800-387-3663.

CRTC

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CRTC takes action to ensure a wide choice of television programming
on all platforms

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission
(CRTC) announced a new framework for large integrated companies that will
allow them to innovate and respond to new opportunities in a fast-changing
environment. The CRTC is also establishing measures to eliminate the
potential for these companies to harm their competitors or restrict
consumer choice.

“Given the size of the Canadian market, there are benefits to integrating
television programming and distribution services under the same corporate
umbrella,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC. “At
the same time, we felt that some safeguards were needed to prevent
anti-competitive behaviour. In particular, Canadians shouldn’t be forced
to buy a mobile device from a specific company or subscribe to its
Internet service simply to access their favourite television programs.”

Following its examination of consolidation in the broadcasting industry,
the CRTC has decided to:

• Prohibit companies from offering television programs on an exclusive
basis to their mobile or Internet subscribers. Any program broadcast on
television, including hockey games and other live events, must be made
available to competitors under fair and reasonable terms.

• Allow companies to offer exclusive programming to their Internet or
mobile customers provided that it is produced specifically for an Internet
portal or a mobile device. This includes supplementary programming such as
behind-the-scenes video clips of a television program, as well as original
content.

• Adopt a code of conduct to prevent anti-competitive behaviour and ensure
all distributors, broadcasters and online programming services negotiate
in good faith. To protect Canadians from losing a television service
during negotiations, broadcasters must continue to provide the service in
question and distributors must continue to offer it to their subscribers.

• Implement measures to ensure that independent distributors and
broadcasters are treated fairly by large integrated companies. At least 25
percent of specialty services distributed by a large integrated company
must be owned by an independent broadcaster. In addition, broadcasters
launching a new pay or specialty service must make it available upon
request to all distributors as an individual service, even if a commercial
agreement has not been finalized.

Finally, the CRTC strongly encourages television distribution companies to
give Canadians more flexibility in choosing the individual services they
want as part of their packages. The CRTC has called on Bell Canada,
Quebecor Media, Rogers Communications, and Shaw Communications to submit a
report by April 1, 2012, detailing the steps they have undertaken to
respond to consumer demands.

“Canadians enjoy watching programs online as it gives them the freedom to
effectively pick and pay for what they want. They find it difficult to
accept that their cable and satellite television providers do not offer
similar choice and flexibility. If the industry fails to demonstrate that
it has made significant strides in introducing consumer-friendly options,
we will hold hearings on this issue in six months and take regulatory
action,” Mr. von Finckenstein added.

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-601 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-601.htm

Reference documents:

News release, “CRTC launches consultation on the possible effects of
consolidation in the Canadian broadcasting system,” October 22, 2010 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/com100/2010/r101022a.htm

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2010-783 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-783.htm

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Additional information on the CRTC’s code of conduct

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has
adopted a code of conduct to guide negotiations between broadcasters,
broadcasting distributors and new media services. Parties should make
every attempt to negotiate fair and reasonable terms for programming
rights.

When it is in the public interest, the CRTC will help resolve disputes in
a timely manner through mediation, final-offer arbitration or an expedited
hearing. The CRTC will refer to its code of conduct to determine if a
party has used its market power to engage in anti-competitive behaviour.
During this time, broadcasters and broadcasting distributors may not act
in a way that would deprive consumers of the programming or channels they
already receive.

The code of conduct sets out the following matters that should be
considered by parties as part of the negotiating process:

1. A programming service, broadcasting distributor or new media service
shall not require a party that it is contracting to accept terms or
conditions for the distribution of programming on a traditional or
ancillary platform that is commercially unreasonable, such as:
a. requiring an unreasonable rate (e.g., not based on fair market value);
b. requiring minimum penetration or revenue levels that force distribution
of a service on the basic tier or in a package that is inconsistent with
the package’s theme or price point;
c. refusing to make programming services available on a stand-alone basis
(i.e. requiring the acquisition of a program or service in order to obtain
another program or service);
d. requiring an excessive activation fee or minimum subscription
guarantee;
e. imposing, on an independent party, a most favoured nation clause or any
other condition that imposes obligations on that independent party by
virtue of a vertically integrated entity or an affiliate thereof entering
into an agreement with any vertically integrated entity or any affiliate
thereof, including its own.
2. Where applicable, negotiating a wholesale rate for a programming
service based on fair market value should take into consideration the
following factors:
a. historical rates;
b. penetration levels and volume discounts;
c. the packaging of the service;
d. rates paid by unaffiliated broadcasting distributors for a programming
service;
e. rates paid for programming services of similar value to consumers;
f. the number of subscribers that subscribe to a package in part or in
whole due to the inclusion of the programming service in that package;
g. the retail rate charged for the service on a stand-alone basis; and
h. the retail rate for any packages in which the service is included.
3. Where a broadcasting distributor includes related programming services
in themed packages, it shall include all relevant non-related programming
services in those packages.
4. An independent Category A programming service shall, unless the parties
agree otherwise, be included in the best available package consistent with
its genre and programming.
5. Where a broadcasting distributor provides its related programming
services with access to multiple distribution platforms, it shall offer
reasonable terms of access that are based on fair market value to
non-related programming services.
6. A programming service shall be given comparable marketing support by
the broadcasting distributor as is given to similar or related services.

Totally Unknown Writers Festival – October 19th

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I will be performing and publish at the Totally Unknown Writers Festival on October 19th. Please visit Liferattle.ca for more information. The event is at the Rivoli on Queen Street West. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for the event.

2011 Festival Invitation

John Board’s Guessing Game

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BrighterLife.ca asks Canadians to share ideas about money, health and family

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New site offers Canadians straight-up information about some of the life’s most important issues

September 19, 2011 @ 10:15AM

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So, are you ready to join the conversation? We can’t wait to see what you have to say on http://www.BrighterLife.ca.

Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
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“Brighter Life is all about helping Canadians take control of the things that matter most in life including their family, work, and finances. There’s a lot of chatter out there and social media is truly space where we can connect, share solutions and offer some really concrete problem-solving.”

Brenda Spiering, Editor, BrighterLife.ca

“Brighter Life is about helping Canadians understand and share ideas about everyday challenges and how they intersect with money, health, and family.”

Darin Diehl, Assistant Vice-President, Canadian Web sites, Sun Life Financial

“Since retiring a few months ago, I’ve had to ‘relearn’ how to work less, listen more, sleep in and adapt to a new jogging schedule … I’m having some of the best experiences of my life. It’s great to have a place like Brighter Life where I can share my journey and connect with others on a similar path.”

Dave Dineen, columnist, Dave’s Retirement Journey
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About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, and Bermuda. As of June 30, 2011, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total assets under management of $474 billion. For more information please visit http://www.sunlife.com.

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 19 to 23 September 2011‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 19 to 23 September
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:
Applications by Asian Television Network International Limited https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=PT1&PST=A&Lang=eng
to add Suvarna, NDTV Profit (India) English, NDTV India and Asianet Plus to the
list of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution

Application by Star Choice Television Network Incorporated https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=NC&PST=A&Lang=eng
to delete its conditions of licence relating to structural separation

Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the 17 May 2011 public hearing:
Bhupinder Bola

Applications 2010-1903-4 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#17,
2010-1910-0 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#20, 2010-1911-7 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#21
and 2010-1906-8 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#19

Stingray Digital Group Inc.
Applications 2011-0335-8 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#23
and 2011-0386-1 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#25

Channel 1 Film and TV Production Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#31
Application 2011-0145-1

Ekaterina Niman http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-188.htm#35.
Application 2010-1846-6

Regulatory policy:
Regulatory policy relating to vertical integration http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-783.htm

Telecom information bulletin:
Internet traffic management practices – Guidelines for responding to
complaints and enforcing framework compliance by Internet service
providers

Donna Kakonge will be doing a workshop at the Toronto Natural Hair and Beauty Show

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Final days for Canadians to double their donation to the Horn of Africa

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UNICEF racing against time to scale up famine relief for children and families

September 14, 2011 @ 06:20PM

TORONTO – Despite its slow build, the crisis in the Horn of Africa has reached a critical point with 750,000 people at risk of dying in the coming months – more than twice the number in July. UNICEF continues to scale up efforts to deliver life-saving aid across Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia, and Djibouti, but it is a race against time. UNICEF is appealing to all Canadians for support during the final days of the government match for the Horn of Africa – an opportunity for the nation to double its impact to help children and families in need.

“Canadians have not forgotten about malnourished children on the other side of the world, and their generosity has enabled us to provide supplies and services to children who would have died without it,” said David Morley, President, and CEO, UNICEF Canada. “However, we need to act now to save more lives. We’re calling on all Canadians to help now – before the famine in Somalia spreads further and while the Canadian government is matching donations.”

The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is matching individual donations for the Horn of Africa until September 16 to help the 13.3 million people in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

UNICEF is the leading supplier of therapeutic foods in the Horn of Africa and works to quickly assess and treat malnourished children. In most cases, the bicep of a severely malnourished child is often no more than the size of a Twoonie. These malnourished children are given immediate treatment with therapeutic milk and Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTF) such as Plumpy’Nut®, a high impact peanut paste fortified with essential vitamin and minerals. Once treated, a child can recover fully.

When 3-year-old Aden left his famine and conflict-stricken community in Somalia for the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya, his 5 kg body was perilously close to shutting down. Aden received treatment at the stabilization centre upon his arrival, and over the course of weeks, he grew stronger, improving in small increments each day. Now he eats solid foods and is able to stand with support for a few seconds at a time. Some 190,000 children in Somalia are like Aden, and UNICEF and partners are rapidly scaling up operations to reach every child.

By mid-August, UNICEF delivered close to 4,000 metric tons of life-saving supplies to the hardest hit and hardest-to-reach areas of Somalia alone. The 800 feeding centres across Somalia, including 500 in the south, assist 35,000 malnourished children monthly. Plans are underway to more than double efforts to reach 100,000 children.

The magnitude of the crisis requires UNICEF to be creative and find fast and innovative ways – at scale – to prevent more children from dying. UNICEF is also complementing food assistance with food vouchers and cash transfers to reach all in need.

Canadians can support UNICEF’s emergency efforts in the Horn of Africa by donating online at unicef.ca, calling 1 800 567-4483, or texting GIVE to 45678 to donate $10. Donations will go a long way:

$50 donation will supply 100 packages of Plumpy’Nut®
$100 will supply 40 sachets of therapeutic milk
$250 will supply food relief bundles of over 200 Plumpy’Nut® packages and 3,571 High Energy Biscuits which are rich in protein
$500 will supply 11,904 High Energy Biscuits

In emergency response, UNICEF is a leader in inter-agency relief efforts to treat malnourished children, provide maternal and child health services, prevent the spread of disease, improve access to clean water and sanitation, safeguard education, and protect vulnerable children.
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About UNICEF

UNICEF is the world’s leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency. Through innovative programs and advocacy work, we save children’s lives and secure their rights in virtually every country. Our global reach, unparalleled influence on policymakers, and diverse partnerships make us an instrumental force in shaping a world in which no child dies of a preventable cause. UNICEF is entirely supported by voluntary donations and helps all children, regardless of race, religion or politics. For more information about UNICEF, please visit unicef.ca.

CRTC tells broadcasting industry to turn down the volume on loud television commercials‏

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CRTC tells broadcasting industry to turn down the volume on loud
television commercials

Ottawa-Gatineau, September 13, 2011 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that broadcasters must
control the loudness of TV commercials by September 1, 2012.

“Over the years, we have seen a steady increase in consumer complaints
about loud ads,” said Konrad von Finckenstein, Q.C., Chairman of the CRTC.
“Broadcasters have allowed ear-splitting ads to disturb viewers and have
left us little choice but to set out clear rules that will put an end to
excessively loud ads. The technology exists, let’s use it.”

During its public proceeding, the CRTC received over 7,000 comments.
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/ListeInterventionList/Default-Defaut.aspx?en=2011-102&dt=c&Lang=e
Canadians were overwhelmingly of the view that commercial advertisements
were too loud and urged the CRTC to take action.

In 2009, the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the
internationally recognized technical standards body for digital
television, set a standard for measuring and controlling television
signals in order to minimize fluctuations in loudness between programming
and commercials. This is the standard that will apply as a result of the
CRTC’s action. Equipment to measure and control the loudness of
commercials is widely available in the marketplace.

This decision means that viewers will no longer have to reach for their
remotes to manually control the volume when regular programming cuts to
commercial advertisements. Broadcasters will have to ensure that both
programs and ads are transmitted at the same volume.

Draft regulations requiring Canadian broadcasters to adhere to the ATSC’s
international standard will be published for comment before the end of 2011.

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-584
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-584.htm

The CRTC

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

Youth Development at Summer Camp

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By Dr. Stephen Fine, Published Convoke Magazine, January 2008 in English and Chinese

Why Should I Send My Children To Summer Camp?

Summer camps in Ontario have been providing quality programs for children and young people for over a century. But, the population and cultural diversity of Ontario has grown considerably over the last 100 years. The truth is that today many families are no longer familiar with the concept of summer camp or what camp programs have to offer their children. Discerning international parents will find that today’s summer camps reflect the cultural diversity of Ontario in the 21st century. The camp is more than simply a fun and safe place for a summer holiday. The camp is a holistic learning environment that advances knowledge on the personal and social levels within the beauty and wonder of nature.

Over the years many international families have sent their children to our horseback riding camp in Ontario. Our campers come from all over Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Occasionally, I’m asked why parents send their children so far away from home. Often the reason is language immersion for non-English speakers but there are many other reasons as well.

The reasons are connected to the learning that takes place at camp; learning about self, community and the world around us through actual experience. Camp learning is different from learning at school because activities take place in settings associated with the subject matter. For example, geology, biology, geography, ecology, astronomy, art, and music all become more engaging when delivered in the social and physical settings of camp.

Hands-on Inquiry-based Learning

Ontario camps boast magnificent natural settings that are highly valued by people from countries which have suffered loss and /or pollution of their forests, lakes and rivers systems. Immersion into a natural environment allows children to receive a hands-on education that stimulates their natural curiosity. For example school, science and geography curriculums examine sustainable practices. This area of study can be challenging for children when their experience is limited only to urban environments and planned communities. Camp settings offer children a connection to the natural world that motivates learning and interest. This is something that cannot be achieved solely in the classroom.

PAINT FORECAST FOR FALL:

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

Earthy coral, announced by CIL Paints as Fall’s hottest colour, pairs well with cardboard brown and charcoal, such as the combination of CIL’s Cinnabar (50YR 32/460) orange and Mansard Stone (30YY 20/029) gray, pictured on the walls of this room.

CIL Fall 2011 Photo

September 14, 2011 – Want to know what colours are in this season? Take a look outside and you’ll see fall’s hottest trends in home decor.

From burnt oranges to earthy browns and crisp reds, decorating enthusiasts will be taking design cues from Mother Nature this autumn, says leading Canadian paint brand CIL Paints.

Of the nature-inspired palette, the trendiest fall colour is an earthy coral, explains Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints.

“Inspired by the homey, natural feel-good tones of clay and wood, this season’s earthy oranges are vibrant yet liveable,” she says, adding that they are most fashionable when combined with charcoal and cardboard brown.

Warm tans are also in vogue, according to Goldman, particularly when paired with vibrant reds, as well as colours like blue, green and teal.

In the green family, leafy shades continue to take the spotlight, reflecting our ongoing commitment to the environment, she explains. “When paired with yellow-toned greens and rich plums, fall’s botanical, emerald-blue greens bring depth and richness to any living space.”

Neutrals are always a favourite colour choice among Canadians, with pale greys a top option for this season. Think stone and concrete – other elements of the great outdoors, which deliver a cool, crisp feel to a room.

“The fall palette is soft and subtle, yet saturated with energetic colours,” explains Goldman. “The easiest and most economical way to add this season’s colours to a living space is by painting even one wall in a room, and then using accessories to bring out the best of the palette,” she says, recommending a walk in the park to determine one’s favourite fall colours.

CIL’s top paint picks for the Fall are Celebration (25YR 34/473) orange, Sea Gull Grey (30YY 42/083) brown, Poinsettia (05YR 15/555) red, Apricot Brandy (10YY 35/543) yellow, Grassroots (70GY 38/330) green, and Raindrops (30GG 83/006) grey.

“No matter what colours you choose, your home will benefit from what will feel like a breath of fresh outdoor air,” Goldman says. “And with the right colour combinations, this season’s palette will not only give your home a lift for the fall, but your décor will remain stylish through to the Holiday season.”

To view CIL’s fall colour palette online, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253) for more information or to locate a dealer near you.

Upcoming Events for Week of Sep 12

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Dear Friends,

Join us for our upcoming retreat on Sep 24, from 10 AM till 7 PM, as we embark upon an exciting journey through the ancient yoga texts, find time to explore our true nature through meditation and guided discussions. Meditative walks through the wilderness will refresh your energies and we will surprise you with delicious vegan treats all day. For details about this special day please check out http://urbanedgeyoga.com/3006

Events for the week of 12th
Mon 12th, Essential Meditation – Kirtan Kraving Kindled: Begin your week humming to meditative tunes, soothing mantras, and hymns of love. Kirtan Yoga is a simple yet powerful technique that uses the energy of ancient sound vibrations to tap into the supremely attractive source of all happiness. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3024

Tue 13th, Yoga, Meditation and eat all you can – the complete package: Come experience a 60-minute yoga class designed to stretch, relax, and revitalize your muscles. We will be flowing through a variety of postures starting with Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutation, while listening to the Rhythmic music of mridanga (traditional Indian drum), cymbals and tambourine in time with the pace of the postures. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3027

Wed 14th, Vegan cooking classes: Everything you need to know about vegan cooking from choosing ingredients to advise on health and nutrition. Learn in an interactive and participative environment so you can prepare quick meals for weekend specials. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3021

Fri 16th, Bhagavad Gita – Attachment, fear and anger: A book of the Hindus or a mystery of the east, several myths surround this ancient text. Great mystics, thinkers, and philosophers ranging from Gandhi to Emerson have derived great inspiration from it. For this course, we will be using ‘Bhagavad Gita As it is’ by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3018

For month’s calendar, please check: http://www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com

Bhagavad Gita Series: “There are also great, heroic, powerful fighters like Dhrstaketu, Cekitana, Kasiraja, Purujit, Kuntibhoja, and Saibya.” Chapter 1 text 5

Regards
Mangal-arti

Expressive Writing

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I wanted him to love me. Love me he did. I wanted him to hate me. Hate me he did.

It is our ancestral roots that tell us who we are. It is our ancestral roots that lay a foundation for our lives. It is our love for family that grounds us. It is our love for family that gives our lives meaning.

There was a time when I had a lot of money, now I have some money. Things are better, now I have some money. With all of the changes in my life, I have always loved to write. No matter what has happened in my life, I have always loved to write.
Can you count on him…yes you can. Waking up can be hard, yes, waking up.
The sun, the sun, glared so brightly. The moon, the moon was so large in the night sky.

Rock the River Tour arriving in Winnipeg

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Free Sept. 17 event features morning of family fun, then afternoon/evening youth concert of rock and hip-hop with a positive message

September 08, 2011 @ 09:00AM

Winnipeg, MN – Rock the River is taking over The Forks in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a morning event for families, and an afternoon and evening music festival for youth.

The day starts with KidzFest at 10:00 a.m. – two hours of family fun led by children’s entertainers (including singers, dancers, and a magician) – on the Scotiabank Stage.

From 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., popular Christian rock and hip-hop bands take the stage. There will be Canadian acts Thousand Foot Krutch, Fresh IE and Starfield, plus Flame and The Letter Black. Between these acts will be brief, challenging messages from Franklin Graham, son of famed Christian evangelist Billy Graham.

Admission to all Rock the River events is free, the media is welcome to attend and complete media kits will be available on-site.

Interviews with artists can be arranged through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada (BGEAC), which has organized Rock the River in partnership with more than 130 southern Manitoba churches. Interviews with Franklin Graham can be arranged through Todd Shearer, 404.314.4206.

This is the third and final stop on the 2011 Rock the River Tour. Other events took place last month in Milwaukee and Denver. Last year, the tour went through Calgary, Edmonton and BC’s Fraser Valley, attracting more than 26,000 people of all ages.

For more information on Rock the River, please go to rocktherivertour.ca.
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About BGEAC
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is well-known for the powerful evangelism and outreach ministry of its founder, Billy Graham. BGEAC partners with churches and Christian communities to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. To learn more, please go to billygraham.ca.

Chi Junky Launches New Website and Wellness Retreats Specializing in Yoga, Nutrition Counseling and Deep Cellular Cleansing

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Religion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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September 08, 2011 @ 09:30AM

NEW YORK – Chi Junky, the latest venture by wellness-expert Rachelle Wintzen, is excited to announce the launch of its new website ChiJunky.com. The new site showcases our menu of personalized wellness services designed to improve your quality of life through custom-tailored Yoga instruction, nutrition counseling and deep cellular cleansing. Chi Junky also hosts retreats in beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize, where visitors can indulge in a week of wellness and rejuvenation hosted by Chi Junky’s own Rachelle Wintzen.

To celebrate the launch of our new website, we created the Chi Junky Give-Away! For the next month, every 100th subscriber to the Chi Junky Newsletter will receive a custom “Chi Junky Yoga Kit” containing a Yoga mat, Yoga blocks, gluten-free energy bars and other essentials that will bring you one step closer to the Chi Junky Lifestyle. Along with the giveaway, we’ve planned special activities through our Twitter and Facebook profiles that aim to educate by showcasing key ingredients from the Chi Junky Recipes and pairing them with Yoga poses that provide similar wellness benefits.

Chi Junky was born from the idea that a better quality of life is always possible. Achieving your ideal body and wellbeing doesn’t have to be an impossible task. For founder Rachelle Wintzen, this is much more than just a catchphrase. She is living proof, and because of that, it is truly one of the underlying principles guiding everything we do at Chi Junky.Every human body is unique, which is why each service is customized to meet your goals and needs. Whether it’s through yoga, nutrition counseling, iridology or deep cellular cleansing, our services are designed to personally guide you throughout your transformation.

Need a jumpstart into the wellness lifestyle or maybe just a get-away? The Chi Junky Retreat is an all-inclusive, 7-night, 8-day life-changing excursion on the sandy beaches of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Transform your body through a one-week detox of the body and mind; attend nutrition lectures and cooking classes throughout the retreat to learn how to eat and live healthier even after you’ve left. Allow the tranquility of the beach life to wash over you as you jumpstart your body into the cleansing lifestyle.

Here at Chi Junky, we hope to inspire you to live a cleaner, healthier, and happier life. Visit the all-new ChiJunky.com to read our full story and enter to win your very own Chi Junky Yoga Kit.

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“I hope to inspire you to live cleaner, healthier and happier. I teach by example and always practice what I preach. Every body is unique, and therefore each service is adapted to fit you.”

Rachelle Wintzen, Founder of Chi Junky

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Founded by Rachelle Wintzen, Chi Junky is a wellness company that specializes in nutrition counseling, yoga instruction, and wellness retreats. Rachelle Wintzen is a certified Iridologist, Yoga instructor and Nutrition counselor specializing in deep cellular cleansing. For more info visit www.ChiJunky.com

Sony Opens Doors To Exciting New Shopping Experience At Upper Canada Mall In Newmarket, Ontario

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September 08, 2011 @ 05:00PM

TORONTO – Sony of Canada is pleased to announce the grand opening of the first newly branded “SONY” store in Canada, which offers an exciting new concept, design and customer experience.

Located at Upper Canada shopping mall in Newmarket, the 2,800-square foot Sony store features a world-class architecture and design, making it a unique destination at which consumers can explore the complete Sony experience, including electronics, games, movies, music, network services, and future technologies.

“Sony’s goal is always to exceed customer expectations by providing an exciting, interactive and entertaining shopping experience,” said Doug Wilson, President, and COO of Sony Canada. “Our new store concept gives shoppers an opportunity to interact with trained and knowledgeable staff as well as preview, test, compare and unlock the full potential of Sony’s entertainment offerings.”

“The new store in Newmarket is a significant step in building a blueprint for future Sony stores, both in the U.S. and around the world,” added Kiyoshi Shikano, Global Sales and Marketing Officer, Sony Corporation. “In this store, Sony is eager to test innovative offerings and listen and learn from customer feedback. We will gather opinions so that we can continually evolve and improve our retail experience, both here in Canada and around the world. As Sony is increasing its focus on providing its customers with an integrated shopping experience that features all that Sony has to offer, from hardware to content to services, all of its Sony Style stores and websites globally will also be transitioning branding from Sony Style to Sony.”

Showcase Areas

In the spirit of Sony’s make.believe the brand message, the new store is designed to immediately capture the imagination of customers and engage with all that Sony has to offer, in an integrated, interactive and inspiring way.

The front of the new store features, literally, a window into the world of Sony. Inside, consumers will be able to access, experience and make connections with everything Sony, from testing out its network services — including Video on Demand powered by Video Unlimited through the Sony Entertainment Network– on network-connected products, to enjoying PlayStation’s Move interactive 3D gaming experience on a PS3 and the 65″ BRAVIA® HX929 Series 3D HDTV. Consumers will be able to shoot images and video on a wide range of Cyber-shot digital cameras and Handycam camcorders then upload onto VAIO laptops, get lost in a 3D movie from Sony Pictures, and test headphones while listening to Sony Music artists.

Highest Level of Personalized Services  

With the opening of the new store, Sony is introducing Premium Services to provide customers with an exceptional support experience for all Sony products from set-up to service and repair facilitation. Services include assistance and education by trained staff with setting up all products and the activation of wireless services. Also available are in-home consultation, delivery, and TV, and home audio and video installation by authorized technicians. Sony of Canada recently introduced the Fastrac Service integrating its enterprise software with Purolator E-Ship® Web Services to reduce costs while delivering enhanced customer satisfaction following a product repair.

Grand Opening Weekend

In conjunction with Toronto’s Virgin 99.9 FM Radio, GTA residents will have been invited to enter for a chance to win a $5,000 Sony Store shopping spree from Sept. 9 to 23.

A live performance by Sony Music artist Kira Isabella is scheduled in the store on Sept. 9 at 7 pm featuring songs from her latest album.

Design and Location

The new store was designed in collaboration with Tokyo-based Klein Dytham architecture (KDa). It features a bright, open, inviting space, with products displayed on tables so that consumers can personally interact and engage with them like they would in a home environment. The layout of the store is flexible, with movable interior walls and changeable color schemes so that it can be adapted and reconfigured to highlight specific products, services, or content to engage and delight customers with fresh experiences each time they return.

The Sony Store is located at Upper Canada Mall, 17600 Yonge Street in Newmarket, Ontario. Store hours Monday to Friday are 9:30 am to 9 pm. Saturday store hours are 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. A directory of all 52 Sony stores across Canada can be found at
http://www.sony.ca/html/ss_location/sonystyle_store_map.html .
*Editor’s Note:
Press releases are available for news media on the Sony of Canada news and information website at www.sony.ca/presscentre .

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About Sony of Canada Ltd.

Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in High Definition. Sony provides end-to-end solutions through products that include the market-leading Blu-ray Disc™ players, BRAVIA® televisions, Cyber-shot® digital cameras, Handycam® Camcorders, VAIO® computers, broadcast cameras, IPELA security cameras and video conferencing and many more products that deliver the true entertainment experience.

Sony is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world with a portfolio that includes electronics, music, movies, games and online businesses. With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,000 employees support a network of more than 500 authorized dealers and 52 Sony retail locations across Canada.

Product Review

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Have you ever thought how to download video and audio from flash players on internet sites like Youtube, Google Video, MySpace, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break, Blog sites of your friends with embedded audio and video content and so on?

So, JCopia does it all. It captures flash video/audio / stream from any website to your
computer as files. Just play your media online and watch as JCopia saves any clip/music /movie to your computer.

JCopia detects and begins to download any clip, video, music, radio stream, video stream,
Flash game or presentation that is played in your browser. Increase your video and audio collection with JCopia now!

It is a very convenient tool for collections video and audio files on disk.

Download and install JCopia 4.7.14716:
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Upcoming Events for Week of Sep 5‏

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

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*** Center will be closed on Monday, Sept 5th, and Tuesday, Sept 6th for the long weekend ***

Join us for our upcoming retreat on Sep 24, from 10 AM till 7 PM, as we embark upon an exciting journey through the ancient yoga texts, find time to explore our true nature through meditation and guided discussions. Meditative walks through the wilderness will refresh your energies and we will surprise you with delicious vegan treats all day. For details about this special day please check out http://urbanedgeyoga.com/3006.

Events for the week of 5th
Wed 7th, Vegan cooking classes: Everything you need to know about vegan cooking from choosing ingredients to advise on health and nutrition. Learn in an interactive and participative environment so you can prepare quick meals for weekend specials. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3017

Fri 9th, Bhagavad Gita – Extraterrestrial Origins: A book of the Hindus or a mystery of the east, several myths surround this ancient text. Great mystics, thinkers, and philosophers ranging from Gandhi to Emerson have derived great inspiration from it. For this course, we will be using ‘Bhagavad Gita As it is’ by A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Details and RSVP at http://UrbanEdgeYoga.com/3014

For month’s calendar, please check http://www.UrbanEdgeYoga.com,

Bhagavad Gita Series:
“Even though Dhrstadyumna was not a very important obstacle in the face of Dronacarya’s very great power in the military art, there were many others who were the cause of fear. They are mentioned by Duryodhana as great stumbling blocks on the path of victory because each and every one of them was as formidable as Bhima and Arjuna.” (Chapter 1 text 4, A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami)

Regards
Mangal-arti

New Donna’s Store

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Check out Donna Kakonge’s new link on Lulu.com’s Authors Spotlight: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/kakonged.

Ugandan Travelogue

Expressive Writing: EX. 23 – Wen

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Wen

This story is about the expectation of love.

A young woman is torn between fulfilling her own dreams of love and subtle, but strong expectations of her parents to pursue her career.

You Are Invited…

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You are invited for coffee and a discussion on LEADERSHIP

Topic: How Do You Develop Your Leadership Brand?

Date & Time: Thursday, September 8 · 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Coffee Culture Cafe & Eatery
9 Queen St East
Brampton, Ontario L6W 2A7
Contact: Ruth @ 416-720-0510 or Cafe 905-454-5678
http://www.meetup.com/Keener-You/
http://www.facebook.com/update_security_info.php?wizard=1#!/event.php?eid=263992060277910

More Info
Please Join & RSVP @ http://www.meetup.com/Keener-You/
Once I add you to the meet-up group, please RSVP
At the Cafe look for table with the following sign “MEET-UP” Keener You – Girlfriendz Learning and Social Group.
Note: This is a ladies group meet-up.

Trove Sale

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Trove Sale

BookRiff reveals itself at O’Reilly Media’s TOC Sneak Peek

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

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New web-based publishing and consumer platform offers free webcast tour this Thursday

BookRiff’s CEO Rochelle Grayson is excited to pull back the curtains for the publishing community with a webcast tour of BookRiff’s unique social publishing platform. BookRiff changes the paradigm in publishing through Riffing (mixing) and sharing capabilities on its free web-based platform. See why O’Reilly itself is engaging its community and selling its content through BookRiff. Be the first to see it before BookRiff goes live at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

It takes place at O’Reilly Media’s Tools of Change Sneak Peek this Thursday, August 25th at 10 a.m. PT, San Francisco time (Vancouver too).

It’s free. Register here http://tinyurl.com/3jgklex for a pre-release look at some of the best publishing tools, platforms, and technologies that are about to hit the market.

You received this email because you registered to receive news about BookRiff.
About BookRiff Media Inc.

BookRiff Media Inc. http://www.bookriff.com is a dynamic technology platform that allows consumers to mix content from virtually any source— published books, essays, magazine articles and even your own content —to build custom compilations called Riffs. Each time a Riff is distributed, all content owners get paid. BookRiff’s technology manages the authoring, bundling, licensing, attribution, and payment details for each of these custom compilations. Initially incubated within D&M Publishers Inc., one of Canada’s largest independent book publishers http://www.dmpibooks.com. Vancouver-based BookRiff Media Inc. recently established itself as an independent venture.

About – Sneak Peeks is a Tools of Change for Publishing webcast series by O’Reilly Media featuring a behind-the-scenes look at publishing start-ups and their products. Every Sneak Peek includes presentations from 3-5 companies in pre-release mode, so attendees will be among the first to get more details on each of these upcoming products and platforms.

About – O’Reilly Media http://oreilly.com/ spreads the knowledge of innovators through its technology books, online services, magazines, research, and tech conferences. Since 1978, O’Reilly has been a chronicler and catalyst of leading-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, O’Reilly has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

CRTC continues crackdown on telemarketing violations GoodLife Fitness Centres pays $300,000 for making robocalls

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on September 2, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU, August 23, 2011 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that GoodLife Fitness
Centres has paid a penalty of $300,000 to the Receiver General for Canada
as part of a settlement over its telemarketing practices. The CRTC issued
a notice of violation http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/DNCL/dnclc.htm 
after its investigation found that GoodLife had used automated calling
devices (robocalls) to solicit its members without obtaining
their prior express consent.
 
“We appreciate GoodLife’s cooperation during our investigation,” said
Andrea Rosen, the CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer.
“Telemarketers that inundate Canadians with unwanted phone calls are not
engaging in a legitimate marketing practice. We expect the business community to
follow the rules at all times, and we will vigorously investigate breaches.”
 
GoodLife was making robocalls to inform its members of new club openings
and invite them to grand opening events. In addition to paying an
administrative monetary penalty, GoodLife has agreed to:
 
•	immediately cease using automated calling devices for telemarketing
        purposes without obtaining its members’ prior express consent
•	organize a business education event with the CRTC at the Can-Fit-Pro
        Consumer and Wellness Show to foster compliance with the telemarketing
        rules
•	publish corrective notices in newspapers and on its website, and 
•	review its compliance policies to ensure ongoing adherence with the
        CRTC’s telemarketing rules.
 
The CRTC applies the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules 
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/trules-reglest.htm in order to
reduce unwanted calls to Canadians. According to its enforcement process,
the CRTC can discuss corrective actions with telemarketers, which may lead
to a settlement that includes a monetary penalty or monetary payment.
 
To date, the CRTC’s enforcement actions have resulted in over $2.1 million
in penalties collected on behalf of the Receiver General for Canada and
$740,000 in payments made to post-secondary institutions.
 
Consumers may register on the National Do Not Call List or file a
complaint about a telemarketer by calling 1-866-580-DNCL (3625) or
visiting www.lnnte-dncl.gc.ca.
 
Reference documents: 
Key facts for consumers http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t1031.htm
Key facts for telemarketers http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t1032.htm 
How does the CRTC enforce the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules?
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/info_sht/t1040.htm

Happy Birthday Kevin!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2011 at 3:00 AM

This is for my brother Kevin and for my Mom and Dad who did all of the work to make him a great man.

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