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Please come see me in “Barefoot in the Park

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

Hi, Everyone:

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Celebrating Four Years of Donna Magazine

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

This month marks four years of Donna Magazine. Thank you for reading!

[TPS] – Halloween safety tips‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 27, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Halloween safety tips

Thursday, October 27, 2011 – 8:00 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

The Toronto Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind parents, caregivers, children and motorists that every effort should be made to keep Halloween a safe and enjoyable occasion. Read the rest of this entry »

Join us for Gailey Road’s Fundraiser Women Writing Letters: A Letter to the Night I’d Rather Forget!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Join Gailey Road for an afternoon of letter reading to raise funds for Gailey Road’s next production: Ana’s Shadow.

A panel of established and up-and-coming women artists and writers will be reading their letters to “The Night I’d Rather Forget!” Read the rest of this entry »

[TPS] – Retired TPS officer (and renowned landscape painter) lends talent to United Way drive, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Retired TPS officer (and renowned landscape painter) lends talent to United Way drive, Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Headquarters, lobby

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 5:00 AM
Corporate Communications
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Looking for leaders: TRIEC calls for 6th Annual Immigrant Success Awards entries

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Canada NewsWire

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2011

Awards recognize recruiting, integrating and leveraging skilled immigrant talent

TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2011 /CNW/ – The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards, sponsored by RBC. Each year, TRIEC presents the IS Awards to recognize innovation and leadership in integrating skilled immigrants into the Greater Toronto Region labour market. Read the rest of this entry »

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 24 to 28 October 2011‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 24, 2011 at 3:00 AM

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 24 to 28 October
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. Read the rest of this entry »

Hamilton Heroes (originally written for Young People’s Press and Big Brothers Big Sisters)

In Education, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on October 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Hamilton Heroes

Don Lawson remembers his Grade 1 teacher.

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Lawrence Hill

In book reviews, Culture, Writing (all kinds) on October 20, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Lawrence Hill, Review of Black Berry, Sweet Juice

“The blacker the berry/The sweeter the juice/But if you get too black/It ain’t no use.”

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Winterize your skin (published on Canoe.ca in 2001)

In Beauty, Business, Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Winterize your skin


Did you know that the sun can cause damage to your skin in the winter, as well as in the summer?

If you said yes, great. For those of you who said no, there can be grave consequences to not using sun protection in the winter. Even more damage can happen to your skin in winter than in the summer.

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Perfume has gone to the dogs (published in Canoe.ca in 2001)

In Beauty, Business, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Whoof! Whoof!

Perfume has gone to the dogs


Oh my dog! Now pet owners can get even more intimate with their loved ones by wearing the same perfume with their cat and dog.

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 17 to 21 October 2011‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2011 at 3:00 AM

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 17 to 21 October
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. Read the rest of this entry »

life rattle show no. 1174

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2011 at 9:49 PM

http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/show1174.html

Totally Unknown Writers Festival at Rivoli on Wednesday Schedule

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

2011 Festival Schedule

Art for the fifth wall (originally published for New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)

In Business, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on October 12, 2011 at 3:00 AM

by Donna Kakonge

Alan Pourvakil’s accomplishments are luxurious, award-winning, and good for your health. He is the owner and designer of W Studio—a large, impressive building that houses fine carpets.

He was born in Iran, a country famous for its Persian rugs. He came to Canada in 1988 at the age of 20 and started working in the carpet business a year later. He had no experience at the time, but learned about the art of carpet making at the International Academy of Design.

In 1990, he started a rug warehousing business in Richmond Hill and hired a handful of designers. Six years later, he opened his own retail business. He started out selling mainly Persian rugs, but after about a year he realized that people were tired of repetition.

“We looked for things that were softer on the eyes, more open, that would fit into today’s lifestyle, things that were not necessarily made in Iran,” says Pourvakil. “My approach was different; I wanted to find out what someone needed and try to find that carpet. We have to…find out what they like and what is right for the room.”

Pourvakil says each rug has a soul; he calls it art for the fifth wall. “It’s the largest piece of art in a room. It’s the most important piece of art in a room. A carpet can take months, if not years, to be done…It does have lots of personality.

It not only has to reflect the user, it has to be right for the space.”

W Studio seems to be accomplishing its mandate. It has garnered over 30 national and international design awards. Another big project it has been involved in is the expansion of the new Royal Ontario Museum, with an exhibit on China, Korea, Japan, and the First Nations peoples. Pourvakil also been involved with the Textile and Carpet Museum and National Ballet School, and his charity work includes Fashion Cares, Reach for the Rainbow, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and the Sick Kids Foundation.

Pourvakil has also made several television appearances including on HGTV, Life TV, and CityTV. Pourvakil uses only wool, silk, and cotton in his carpets—no synthetics. “We believe in the air quality of a room,” he says. “Sick buildings are a concern for [us]. It’s a healthy choice and people are so concerned about the air that we breathe. If you have young children you should stay away from broadloom or synthetic fabrics. Also the artistic part of the value is lost. You lose the soul of the rug. This is a craft that has been carried on for thousands of years.”

Nowadays people have a need for a big area rug and Pourvakil says that size is very important. A lot of floors are hardwood, granite, slate, or tile and you need something to cover the space in order to bring life to the room.

One of the most appealing things about carpets is their ability to reduce noise. “You definitely need that,” says Pourvakil. “For many people that’s exactly the reason [they buy a carpet], to reduce sound pollution.”

Pourvakil has high ambitions for his craft. “When I first started out I worked with a PR woman who asked me where you want this company to be, and I said I want this to be the biggest carpet business in the world with locations all over the world,” says Pourvakil.

“Her jaw dropped and she said I have big dreams. Yes, I have big dreams…You can’t mass produce something and expect to be the best. I want to be the best design house and the most socially conscious business.”

MyRoxanne (excerpt)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Uncategorized on October 11, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Chapter One

Roxanne has always been attracted to white men. There, she admits it. Maybe it came from watching all those movies and television shows when she was younger, where the good-looking men were always white. But, she does remember being fascinated with the show Fame and thinking Leroy was very sexy. And she does think black men are sexy. But, there’s something about them she has never been able to achieve, and that’s love. Life is hard for black men. And life for black women is even harder. She has never been able to find a black man who compared to her father. That’s why she always fell for the white ones.

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Global Home Accents Announces New Fall Line of Home Decor Furnishings

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 October 10, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Online PR News – 09-October-2011 –Lake Mary, USA : The company has introduced many new exciting home accents for this fall, including soft furnishings and European tapestries. Their range of comfy cushions and beanbag chairs are perfect for snuggling up with your loved one after a lovely evening enjoying the gorgeous show of colourful fall leaves. Lie back with a glass of wine or your favourite drink, and allow yourselves to just relax and enjoy this time of year. Read the rest of this entry »

Kindle Direct Publishing Now Enables Authors and Publishers to Independently Publish Their Books in the Amazon.fr Kindle Store

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on October 9, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Authors and publishers can now earn up to 70% royalty on sales to Kindle customers in France

LUXEMBOURG, Oct 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) —

(NASDAQ: AMZN)–Amazon.fr today announced that authors and publishers worldwide are now able to make their books available in the Amazon.fr Kindle Store (www.amazon.fr/kindle) using Kindle Direct Publishing (http://kdp.amazon.fr). Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors and publishers to make their books available to Kindle customers worldwide via Kindle, on the web with Kindle Cloud Reader and on free Kindle reading apps for Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Phone, PC and Mac. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Africa Play on at Canadian Stage

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 8, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Another_Africa_Release_CanadianStage

STROKE IS URGENT: The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011 Stroke Report warns stroke awareness is dangerously low among women

In Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Foundation launches free Smartphone apps to help turn the tide for all Canadians

June 01, 2011 @ 12:01AM

Ottawa – The Heart and Stroke Foundation 2011 Stroke Month Report warns that awareness levels of stroke warning signs and stroke prevention is dangerously low among all women, especially among women from Canada’s two largest visible minorities – people of Chinese and South Asian descent. Read the rest of this entry »

October is Lupus Awareness Month… yet lupus remains under-recognized and under-funded

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 5, 2011 at 3:00 AM

October 04, 2011 @ 10:00AM

Markham, ON – The first new treatment in 50 years has brought increased awareness across Canada of Lupus and its impact on patients and their families. This is great news for Lupus Canada and its provincial partners as we work towards a vision of life without Lupus. Known as ‘The Disease with 1000 Faces”, lupus affects tens of thousands of Canadian men, women and children. In October, lupus patients and supporters across Canada will recognize Lupus Awareness Month as a time to reflect on what all Canadians can do to increase awareness of this under-recognized and under-funded disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Lack of affordable housing gives Calgary vast majority of Alberta’s homeless

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

Study examines causes of homelessness rates in province’s two major cities

September 29, 2011 @ 11:20AM

New research released today by The School of Public Policy finds that Alberta’s homeless population is disproportionately concentrated in Calgary. Read the rest of this entry »

Destigmatizing Mental Illness: Mental Illness Awareness Week October 2-8, 2011

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 3, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health promotes mental illness awareness, announces recipients of Ninth Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards

September 30, 2011 @ 08:00AM

Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is getting ready to kick-off Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011 on October 2rd – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada and reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »

Come to Rivoli on Oct. 19th

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on October 2, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Be there at the Rivoli on October 19, 2011 for the Totally Unknown Writers Festival. See you soon!

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 3 to 7 October 2011‏

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

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 3 to 7 October
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. Read the rest of this entry »

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