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LIFE RATTLE RADIO UPDATE #39

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 31, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Happy New Year Life Rattle Listeners:

Tomorrow, January 1, we present a new story by Life Rattle writer Donna Kakonge to ring in the New Year. Read the rest of this entry »

IGA Customer Wins $15,000 Trip of a Lifetime Through IGA Bingo Promotion

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

“Doris Fay is all smiled after winning the Grand Prize $15,000 Vacation Getaway in the IGA BINGO, from Garth Hosegood, owner of Hosegood’s IGA store in Winnipeg. Doris collected the winning BINGO game pieces during a contest that ran from September 30 to November 11, 2011, at IGA stores in the Prairie provinces. (CNW Group/Sobeys West)”

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EDMONTON, Dec. 30, 2011, /CNW/ – Winnipeg resident Doris Fay is singing B-I-N-G-O after winning the $15,000 grand prize vacation getaway through IGA’s newest BINGO promotion.

Representatives from IGA and Sobeys Inc. presented the prize to Doris Fay today at a celebration at Hosegood’s IGA, 650 Elizabeth Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The IGA BINGO promotion ran at all prairie IGA locations from September 30 until November 10, 2011. Along with the $15,000 vacation getaway, there were more than $900,000 in prizes and discounts available to be won, with one in three tickets winning instantly.

“Our customers loved the BINGO promotion,” said Garth Hosegood, owner of Hosegood’s IGA. “And, the grand prize couldn’t have been won by a nicer person. Doris is one of our most loyal customers, visiting the store almost every day.”

All of those visits helped Doris find the one out of 1,745,000 game tickets that contained the rare winning BINGO marker to win the trip of a lifetime.

For Doris, this prize is all about sharing it with the ones she loves. She plans to take her entire family – four children all with spouses – on a much-deserved family holiday.

About Sobeys Inc.

Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 104 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX: EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,300 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, and Thrifty Foods, as well as Lawton’s Drug Stores. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 95,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at http://www.sobeyscorporate.com.

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 3 to 6 January 2012‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 3 to 6 January
2012

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 FDR Media Group Inc., on behalf of a corporation to be
incorporated, http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-427.htm#5 for a broadcasting licence to operate Channel Q TV (Hindi),
a national, niche third-language ethnic Category 2 specialty programming
service

Telecom Decision:

SSi Micro Ltd. – Application regarding Northwestel Inc.’s backbone
connectivity services
File number: 8661-S93-201109885 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8661/s93_201109885.htm

Three Quarters on Life Rattle Radio

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 29, 2011 at 8:29 AM

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Hello everyone,

Please look out for the first story of 2012, “Three Quarters,” on Sunday, January 1, 2012, on Life Rattle Radio. To access Life Rattle Radio, please visit: http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/radio.htm

Hayden-Harnett

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The Politics of Black Hair: An Online Course

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 27, 2011 at 9:40 PM

The Politics of Black Hair Online Course Book

http://commonground.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.30/prod.3076

Enjoy!

The Totally Unknown Writers Festival 2011: Stories

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Madonna’s Second Hard Candy Fitness Center Now Open for Workouts in Moscow

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

MADONNA-LOGO

Madonna’s Second Hard Candy Fitness Center Now Open for Workouts in Moscow

Madonna to Visit Club in 2012

NEW YORK, Dec. 26, 2011 /CNW/ – Madonna in partnership with her manager Guy Oseary and Mark Mastrov, Chairman of New Evolution Ventures (NeV), announced their second Hard Candy Fitness Center in Moscow is now open for workouts. The beautifully designed, four-floor, 35,000 square foot facility near the Red Square, plans to host Madonna for a visit in 2012. The Hard Candy Fitness Center in Russia is operated by Irina Razumova, founder of the well known Russian chain Planet Fitness. The opening of this latest facility follows the one-year anniversary of the Hard Candy Fitness Center in Mexico City.

Hard Candy Fitness Moscow has state of the art equipment, an exclusive curriculum along with Mind Body Studio including the Great Wall, a Bike Studio, a Juice Bar/Cafe, lavish locker rooms and a 25 meter-long pool. Members will have the very best in innovative fitness programming including traditional classes, the newest trends in Yoga and original classes designed specifically for Hard Candy Fitness.

The design and programming of the Hard Candy Fitness Centers are inspired by Madonna’s vision and commitment to fitness. Members will experience this first hand with signature Addicted to Sweat classes, featuring movements exclusively designed by the pop icon and her dance team. The Addicted to Sweat Cardio Dance and Jaw Breaker classes were inspired by the same choreography and toning exercises used in Madonna’s personal fitness regime.

The facility contains more than 100 pieces of strength equipment / free weights with the best functional training accessories from Precor, Hoist, Free Motion, Concept and TRX suspension training. Hard Candy Fitness team members will sport the latest Adidas by Stella McCartney and Porsche Designs attire from Winter 2011-2012 Adidas collection.

The Hard Candy Fitness brand launched its continued expansion with a third location set to open for workouts in St. Petersburg, Russia early spring next year. Hard Candy Fitness will also make its mark on new territory, heading to Toronto, Canada in 2012. NeV’s Mastrov and partners, along with Madonna and Guy Oseary are also exploring options of building additional Hard Candy locations in Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Australia, Argentina, and Brazil, for facilities that will offer a unique member experience.

For membership information, visit the newest Hard Candy Fitness at B. Kislovskiy per 9, Moscow Russia 125009 or call +7 495 933 71 00.

About New Evolution Ventures™ (NeV) Based in Northern California, New Evolution Ventures (NeV) is a private equity firm focused on the acquisition, development and operations management of fitness, media and sports entities both domestically and internationally. Founded in 2008 by Mark Mastrov, Jim Rowley, and Mike Feeney, the current team of NeV professionals is shaping the world of fitness, media, and sports one brand at a time. With a foundation representing over a century of business experience, NeV currently has operations and investments in more than 20 countries worldwide representing over 800+ facilities. For more information, please visit http://www.nev.com.

Press Contact for Madonna:
Liz Rosenberg
Liz Rosenberg Media
212-991-4290
liz@lizrosenbergmedia.com

Hard Candy Fitness Media Contact:
Konstantin Parshin
+7(495)660-53-59
+7(916)526-09-82
parshin@commgroup.ru

New Evolution Ventures Media Contact:
Linell Killus
Chief Marketing Officer
925-297-6372
linell@nev.com

SOURCE New Evolution Ventures
For further information:

http://www.nev.com

Nunu is the Restaurant to Go

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Music, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2011 at 3:41 PM

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Last week, I went to a wonderful Ethiopian Restaurant at 1178 Queen St. W., between Dovercourt and Dufferin in Toronto.

After battling to find parking with the traffic on Queen being treacherous, I was fortunate to find a spot at Woolfitt’s and my friend paid for parking. As we entered Nunu, there are dark brown curtains that you must search to find the opening, however, the other side is charming and elegant. Extremely high ceilings with rounded, yet rectangular long creme textured chandeliers, the tables are all square, with some beige smooth sofas against the wall, however, my friend and I chose the round table close to the cash.

We started off with a coffee, that came in an antique silver pot about six inches high. We received one cup and my friend and I took turns sipping the almost black liquid. Beautiful coffee.

Our first meal was a large plate of a mixed vegetarian platter, coupled with the misto misto, an assortment of meats. Digging into the plate with the injera, we needed to order more injera, and since we were both famished, we cleaned the plate and ordered dessert. We got the ice cream with bananas since my friend is a Monkey in the Chinese Horoscope, and shared that as well.

The entire experience was wonderful as we discussed my friend’s new book, our doctoral studies and about online projects. Busy Queen St. was our view from a large square window, plus a lovely waitress with a waist as small as a cat.

If eating more of the food would make me look more like the waitress – I will be back again for sure.

For more information about Nunu, please contact 647-351-6868.

For Property Owners, Managers and Anyone in Real Estate

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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Interesting Website. Collect Your Rent:

https://www.vogogo.com/rent?gclid=CPafq47Anq0CFWkDQAoduDOplw

Merry Christmas!!!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on December 25, 2011 at 8:58 AM

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Merry Christmas Everyone! Please have a safe, enjoyable, good-eats and warm laughter day!

Merry Christmas Eve!

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

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Everyone, please have a Merry Christmas Eve!

RBC Awards $70,000 in Grants During World Hockey Tour

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM

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More than 30,000 kids in 14 communities across Alberta will benefit from the legacy of the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship

CALGARY, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – RBC has awarded a total of $70,000 in RBC Play Hockey Grants to 14 communities across Alberta in the lead-up to the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Each $5,000 grant was given as part of the World Hockey Tour to commemorate the legacy of the World Juniors and recognize the efforts of associations that help people get started, get better and go further in hockey.

Over the past three weeks, minor hockey associations that received RBC Play Hockey Grants include Hockey Calgary, Hockey Edmonton, Stettler, Cold Lake, Falher, Thorhild, Innisfail, Okotoks, Olds, Red Deer, Camrose, Brooks, Lethbridge and Three Hills. The grants will help fund skating programs, hockey development initiatives, and coaching clinics.

“RBC Play Hockey was created to support the hard work and dedication of people in communities like Brooks and Okotoks who volunteer their time to help hockey happen,” said Bruce MacKenzie, regional president, Alberta and the Territories, RBC. “Hockey is part of the fabric of this nation. By supporting the game at the grassroots level, we hope to protect and grow hockey so that Canada can compete at the highest levels for generations to come.”

RBC Play Hockey is a wide-ranging, multi-year commitment aimed at supporting grassroots hockey. The cornerstone of RBC Play Hockey is its grants program which provides funding for new and existing hockey initiatives that get people playing the game at all levels. New for 2012, RBC will augment funding for future grant recipients with one year of financial advice to help local organizations better manage their hockey programs.

Grant applications will be accepted starting December 26, 2011, and remain open until May 30, 2012. If you know of a great hockey initiative in your community, apply for an RBC Play Hockey grant at rbcplayhockey.com.

‘Dealfind Travel’ Launches With Exclusive Offers on Hotel and Travel Packages

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:36 PM

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Dealfind Makes Travel Affordable Year-Round

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – Dealfind, the third-ranked group buying site in North America[1], announced today the launch of ‘Dealfind Travel,’ enabling travel partners to reach customers with timely deals on hotel and all-inclusive travel packages.

Users can find these deals under a new tab on the website featuring ‘Dealfind Travel’ offerings. Typical deals include discounts on hotel and resort overnight stays as well as all-inclusive packages that include a combination of overnight stays, spa treatments, restaurant credits and more. Discounts on transportation, activities, and airfare will also be featured in the upcoming months.

“We have been greatly anticipating the launch of ‘Dealfind Travel,’ and we are pleased to bring our customers deals on desired vacation destinations locally and from around the world,” said Dealfind Co-Founder and President Gary Lipovetsky. “With ‘Dealfind Travel,’ we are offering consumers experiences they will never forget at tremendous discounts. Whether a couple is looking for a quick, weekend getaway in Montreal or a family is looking for a fun trip to Florida, Dealfind will be making these destinations affordable.”

The Dealfind travel team is working with travel partners to develop the most interesting and timely deals to draw in customers and get the most from these promotions.

“We go after deals we would personally buy ourselves or give to our friends and family. These year-round deals can help travelers take a trip and visit a destination they never have been to before – or go back to a destination they have been to before, but this time at a much lower cost,” says Lipovetsky.

‘Dealfind Travel’ is the latest addition to the Dealfind site, capping a year that was full of new features and increased offerings. Dealfind expanded to 41 U.S. markets and 29 markets across Canada, while also adding new features like ‘National deals’ and ‘Everyday Deals.’

Dealfind also joined Google Offers partner program and launched its mobile app for iPhone and Android users, giving access to daily deals anywhere, anytime. The company has now saved North Americans more than $400 million through more than 1.7 million vouchers since its founding in 2009.

For more information on ‘Dealfind Travel,’ visit http://www.dealfind.com and click the travel tab to select your city. Businesses interested in partnering with Dealfind can apply online at http://dealfindbusiness.com/form_getstarted.asp. The new Dealfind mobile app can be downloaded in the Apple iTunes Store and Android Market.

About Dealfind:
Dealfind is the third-ranked group buying website on the North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings, operating in 70 markets in Canada and the U.S. It has sold more than 1.7 million vouchers since 2010, saving consumers more than $400 million. Privately held, Dealfind boasts refundable group buying vouchers, as well as full customer service support. The Toronto-based company is a member of the Google Offers partner program and provides small and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to cost-effectively gain new and repeat customers through smart online marketing and referral programs.

[1] Ranking is according to North American Daily Deal Media Power Rankings, a proprietary ranking and verification system launched by Daily Deal Media in May 2011. Daily Deal Media is the authoritative source for news, data, and resources for the Daily Deal industry.

Winter is great time to enjoy the best of Ontario’s outdoors, but do it safely

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:33 PM

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OPG warns people to use extra caution near Ontario’s waterways

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – The warm weather in many parts of the province might delay the start of traditional winter activities, but it is still a good time to think about basic safety tips, especially near the water.

John Murphy, OPG’s Executive Vice President – Hydro says: “By making safety a priority no matter where you are this festive season, you can help make sure your holiday is a happy and safe one.” He added people going near hydro dams or stations should obey all signs, fences and other barriers.

Murphy noted that rain, freezing rain, and snow on the banks along waterways can make them even more treacherous and slippery than usual.

Water levels and flows near hydro stations, and even further downstream, can change quickly and often without notice, Murphy said.

“Ice near dams or hydroelectric stations can be thinner and less consistent than ice in other locations. Our message is simple. Stay clear, stay safe. Enjoy the winter, but whatever you like to do please don’t do it near hydro facilities.” he said.

For more information about safety around hydroelectric stations visit:
http://www.opg.com/watersafety

For information about winter driving safety visit:
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml

Early Boxing Week Sales Start Online at Staples.ca

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM

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Staples Canada Starts Boxing Week Savings on December 24th offering the latest tech gadgets for the Holiday season

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – Staples Canada is giving shoppers a chance to cash in on Boxing Week deals while doing their last-minute holiday shopping. Starting on December 24th, tech-savvy deal seekers can start their Boxing Week bargain hunting early at Staples.ca.

“We know more Canadians are shopping online than ever before because it’s easy, convenient and helps to take some of the stress out of holiday spending,” said Craig Taylor, vice president, Staples.ca. “Whether they are shopping online or in-store, customers across the country have a wide range of tablets, e-readers, cameras, laptops, games, and movies to choose from at Staples.”

Canada’s largest office supply retailer offers some of the most cutting-edge tech gadgets, from tablets to smartphones and laptops. Some of the online Boxing Week sales at Staples include:

Xbox 360 4GB Console only $128.99
Kodak EASYSHARE C1530 Digital Camera $59.98
Blackberry Playbook starting from $199
HP 15.6″ Laptop $378

Click here to view the full assortment.

After treating yourself or a loved one to a tech gift, ring in the New Year at your office with upgraded supplies from Staples Canada. The Boxing Week sale offers significant savings such as:

Benq Projector only $299.95 – saving $220
Epson Photo Inkjet 4-in-1 only $99.65 – saving $200
Lexar S50 Jumpdrive USB 16GB only $14.94- saving 60%

In-store Boxing Week sales will commence on December 26th, with store doors opening at 7 a.m. where permitted by law. On-site Easy Technicians are available to answer questions and help consumers find the best tech item to suit their needs. Online sales start at 6 a.m. on December 24th.

For more great deals on the latest tech gadgets, visit Staples Canada online on Facebook or Twitter.

For a complete listing of store locations and Boxing Week hours, visit http://www.staples.ca.

About Staples Canada
Staples, Canada’s largest office products company, is committed to providing Canadians with a wide choice of office services and products. Serving all types of business—from the small home office to large enterprise—Staples makes it easy for customers to operate their offices efficiently and affordably by offering an extensive selection of office supplies, technology, electronics and office furniture as well as business services, including computer repair and maintenance, and copy and print services. Operating as Bureau en GrosMC in the province of Quebec and Staples® Canada in all other provinces, the company employs over 15,000 associates at 320+ stores and at their head office in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Ranked as one of Canada’s top five Canadian companies in Marketing Magazine’s Marketing/Leger 2010 Corporate Reputation Survey, Staples/Bureau en Gros is dedicated to offering customers the highest level of service, whether they choose to shop in-store, by catalogue or online. Staples Canada/Bureau en Gros is also invested in a number of corporate giving programs that actively support environmental, educational and entrepreneurial initiatives in Canadian communities from coast to coast.

Canada’s first Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Vehicle Presented

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:27 PM

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Winnipeg man put $5,000 deposit on electric vehicle almost four years ago

WINNIPEG, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – Ross Redman has been waiting for this moment for almost four years. In 2008, he put a $5,000 deposit down on an electric vehicle that would be coming to Canada at some point in the future. That day is now here as the first Mitsubishi i-MiEV (Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle) sold in Canada was delivered to its biggest fan at Waverley Mitsubishi.

“I’ve wanted to own an electric car since the 1960’s,” stated Mr. Redman, “I put the deposit down hoping I would be able to make a fully electric car my daily commuter vehicle. I can’t wait to drive it off the lot.”

“Congratulations to Mr. Redman on receiving the first retail i-MiEV delivered in Canada,” said Mr. Kenji Toh, Vice President of Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada Inc. (MMSCAN). “The excitement generated over the past year for the i-MiEV and the future of our electric vehicles speaks volumes about Mitsubishi’s approach to technology and the environment.”

Mr. Redman plans on making the i-MiEV a big part of his eco-friendly life, which already includes recycling and composting, low-flow bathroom fixtures and roof mounted home solar panels. In addition to biking, walking and planting trees, he will deploy the i-MiEV’s zero-tailpipe emission driving into his daily life.

More than 95% of Manitoba’s electricity is renewable electricity generated in its grid-mix, and thus, almost completely greenhouse gas (GHG)-free. For Manitobans like Mr. Redman, switching from a gasoline vehicle to an electric vehicle would create large-scale GHG reductions. (Source: Manitoba’s Electric Vehicle Road Map by the Government of Manitoba, April 2011).

The i-MiEV, Canada’s most efficient electric vehicle, is now available at dealers across Canada and will be seen on roads in January 2012.

The 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV is a five-door, 4-passenger, a subcompact hatchback that has been designed and packaged to be efficient, ecological and fun to drive. It will be the most affordable, mass-produced, all-electric vehicle in the Canadian marketplace, and with a range of up to 155 kilometers, with a top speed of 130 km/h, the i-MiEV will make an excellent commuter vehicle for many Canadians living in urban areas.

Thanks to its excellent fuel efficiency rating of 2.1Le/100km (112 MPGe), the i-MiEV has scored first-place honours of “Fuel Economy Leaders: 2012 Model Year” by the EPA annual Fuel Economy Guide in the US.

The well-equipped i-MiEV will be available in two trim levels. The standard i-MiEV will have a starting price of $32,998.00, which is approximately $5,000 less than any other 100% electric vehicle currently in the Canadian market. The top of the line i-MiEV with the Premium Package will have a starting price of $35,998.00.

Provincial governments of Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia have already announced subsidies towards the purchase of electric vehicles. Incentives for the i-MiEV are; $8,231 in Ontario, $7,769 expected in Quebec and $5,000 in British Columbia. Certain provinces are offering additional incentives on the acquisition of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE).

Walmart Canada Fill the Kettle Day a Resounding Success

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Generous Canadians donated more than $170,000 to The Salvation Army

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TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – On December 22, Walmart Canada hosted the second Walmart Fill the Kettle Day and individual Canadians responded by donating more than $170,000 to Salvation Army Christmas kettles located in Walmart stores across the country. Walmart Canada matched with a corporate donation of $100,000, resulting in a total raised of more than $270,000.

With a soft economy still affecting donations to The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, Walmart Canada announced on Wednesday that it would once again help with its second Walmart Fill the Kettle Day. On Thursday, December 22, Walmart Canada agreed to match donations made by individuals to Salvation Army Christmas kettles located in its stores nationwide up to a maximum of $100,000.

“The Salvation Army continues to be amazed at the generosity of everyday Canadians and companies like Walmart Canada,” said Graham Moore, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Canada. “Walmart Canada continues to remain an invaluable supporter of The Salvation Army and Walmart Fill the Kettle Day was yet another example of their ongoing help.”

Walmart Canada has become a strong supporter of The Salvation Army over the past number of years. Since 2007, Walmart Canada and its customers have donated $7 million to The Salvation Army, helping to provide food, shelter, and clothing for families that live below or at the poverty line.

The 2011 Christmas Campaign helps The Salvation Army provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.7 million people in Canada each year, restoring hope and dignity to the most vulnerable in society. The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas Campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable annual charitable events. Last year, more than $19 million was raised in the Christmas kettles nationwide. The Salvation Army relies on the support of numerous corporate partners, including Walmart Canada and much more, all of which allow Christmas kettles to be placed at their storefronts each year.

Donations to the 2011 Christmas Campaign can be made at http://www.SalvationArmy.ca, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769), at your local kettle, or via mail to The Salvation Army, 2 Overlea Blvd, Toronto, ON M4H 1P4.

Donors can also support the 2011 Christmas Campaign by texting HOPE to 45678 from most mobile carriers in Canada. A $5 donation will be added to your monthly mobile bill.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and every day in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world. The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Old Harry Independent Review – Statement

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:20 PM

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SHEDIAC, NB, Dec. 23, 2011 /CNW/ – Bernard Richard, who is undertaking an Independent Review of Corridor Resources’ Environmental Assessment documents on the proposed drilling of an exploratory well (EL 1105) in an area known as “Old Harry” in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, issued the following statement:

Today I received from the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) Corridor Resources’ Environmental Assessment documents on the proposed drilling of an exploratory well on its exploration licence EL 1105, in the area known as “Old Harry” in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

In mid-January, 2012, I will formally launch my Independent Review, which includes facilitating the submission of comments from the general public on Corridor Resources’ Environmental Assessment documents and on the potential environmental effects of the proposed drilling of an exploratory well at Old Harry in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

During the launch, I will provide details on how the public can review the Environmental Assessment documents and provide me with input as to whether they feel additional information is required prior to commencing public consultations. As well, I will provide further details on the public consultation process that I will be undertaking in the five Eastern Canadian Provinces.

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation Receives Sanis Decision from the Court of Appeal of Ontario

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 5:17 PM

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Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation Receives Sanis Decision from the Court of Appeal of Ontario

TORONTO, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation (TSX: SC) today announced that the Court of Appeal of Ontario has allowed the appeal from the Order of the Divisional Court dated February 3, 2011, and restored the prohibition of private label generic drug products in the Province of Ontario.

The Company is disappointed that the decision of the Ontario Divisional Court has been overturned by the appeal and is in the process of reviewing the judgment and considering its options.

For a copy of the judgment, please access the following link:

http://www.ontariocourts.on.ca/decisions/2011/2011ONCA0830.htm

About Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation

Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is one of the most recognized and trusted names in Canadian retailing. The Company is the licensor of full-service retail drug stores operating under the name Shoppers Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). With more than 1,200 Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores operating in prime locations in each province and two territories, the Company is one of the most convenient retailers in Canada. The Company also licenses or owns 60 medical clinic pharmacies operating under the name Shoppers Simply Pharmacy (Pharmaprix Simplement Santé in Québec) and eight luxury beauty destinations operating as Murale. As well, the Company owns and operates 63 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, making it the largest Canadian retailer of home health care products and services. In addition to its retail store network, the Company owns Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network Inc., a provider of specialty drug distribution, pharmacy and comprehensive patient support services, and MediSystem Technologies Inc., a provider of pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities in Ontario and Alberta.

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

World of Words (Originally Written in 2009)

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 3:19 PM

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Since I was seven years old I knew I wanted to write – and I knew a master’s degree in Media Studies from Concordia would help.

While I did my master’s degree I had the opportunity to organize my thoughts and improve my writing by doing many essays. My “fait de complet” was a 90-page research paper relating to racial politics. I read the equivalent of five pages of bibliographic material for that paper. My reading comprehension skills improved. Reading philosophers like Heidegger in my media studies classes four times was good training. Taking Iain Cooke’s new technology course gave me marketable skills.

The opportunity to be part of small class discussions and do presentations was all good preparation for getting a job.

My degree at Concordia was a springboard for interesting things.

I’ve been a freelance writer and independent contractor for 11 years professionally – some of that work done during the two years I spent doing my degree.

I keep my calls in the evenings short so I wake at 6 a.m. The night before I start my freelance writing, I get my Yahoo email and MSN Messenger ready. I open a Word document and date it, keeping the document in my Media Research Institute electronic folder.

I work from home in the early mornings and it helps to pay my rent. I’m finished work by the time most people start. This leaves my day free for other writing projects.

The writing I do is for the automotive industry and I am learning a lot. I’m still getting used to having the morning coffee ready.

Writing is hard work and not everyone is making J.K. Rowling’s big bucks.

In my spare time, I’ve written four books and plan to publish them.

The first book I ever wrote was completely done by hand in a notebook. I knew about computers, but there was something intimate about putting pen to paper. I’m hoping to self-publish it with a place out in Vancouver. The first time I self-published was when I had 15 copies of my research paper/thesis printed and sold three of them for $50 in Montreal. I made back my investment and broke even.

I have always wanted to write. All my career decisions have led me to achieve this goal. Recently, I’ve worked with the Ontario provincial government. I worked with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for more than a decade, with many opportunities to write. I was a journalist fulfilling many different roles. Speaking of roles, I’ve even done acting and landed a commercial with The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in Ontario. As I read my lines, I dreamt of writing the script.

That’s probably why writers write. There’s so much I do not know – but what I do know is that writers have a brief moment of destiny building with the words they put down or speak. It’s not much different from a carpenter who builds a house or parents who create a child. It’s a powerful thing.

As the cost of living gets higher in a city like Toronto, it becomes harder to really only write. Other sources of income are needed – and if I were to write my complete CV from the time I started delivering newspapers at the age of 10 – it would be 10 times longer than this.

What keeps me writing is the fact it’s a challenge, a friend, and a personal outlet. It’s a challenge – I’m always trying to earn a living. It’s a friend – writing has been my constant companion since I wrote my first story on dinosaurs. It’s an outlet – it keeps my hands busy.

A big part of my identity is tied to being a writer. I have Concordia as one of the many places and people to thank for that.

Trove

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Out for delivery

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 23, 2011 at 11:35 AM

“Out for delivery. Winnipeg Canada Post employee Chris Lenoski and his colleagues across the country have been working around the clock to ensure all mail items – big and small – are delivered in time for Christmas. Canada Post wishes to thank Canadians for entrusting them with their shipping needs this season and wishes happy holidays to all. (CNW Group/Canada Post)”.

CANADA POST - Out for delivery.

Out for delivery. Winnipeg Canada Post employee Chris Lenoski and his colleagues across the country have been working around the clock to ensure all mail items – big and small – are delivered in time for Christmas. Canada Post wishes to thank Canadians for entrusting them with their shipping needs this season and wishes happy holidays to all. (CNW Group/Canada Post)

WINNIPEG, Dec. 23, 2011, /CNW/ – Winnipeg Canada Post employee Chris Lenoski and his colleagues across the country have been working around the clock to ensure all mail items – big and small – are delivered in time for Christmas. Canada Post wishes to thank Canadians for entrusting them with their shipping needs this season and wishes happy holidays to all.

Shareholder Rights Plan Approved by Shareholders and Accepted by the TSX

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TSX: MFI

TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (the “Company”) announced today that the amended and restated shareholder rights plan agreement (the “Rights Plan”) between the Company and Computershare Investor Services Inc., as rights agent dated as of December 5, 2011, was accepted by the Toronto Stock Exchange on December 21, 2011 in accordance with its rules and policies. The acceptance by the Toronto Stock Exchange followed approval by shareholders of a resolution (the “Resolution”) approving, ratifying and confirming the Rights Plan.

The Resolution was approved by (a) 96.25% of all votes cast by shareholders present or represented by proxy at the Company’s special meeting (the “Meeting”) held on December 14, 2011 and (b) 93.96% of all votes cast by shareholders present or represented by proxy at the Meeting other than votes cast by “Grandfathered Persons”, being beneficial owners of 20% or more of the common shares at the time the Rights Plan was implemented.

The full text of the Rights Plan is available at http://www.sedar.com.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 21,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.0 billion in 2010.

For further information:

Investor Contact: Michael Vels, CFO 416-926-2048
Media Contact: 416-926-2020

Total Prize Amount for LOTTO MAX Gets a Holiday Boost: LOTTO MAX Hits an Estimated $50 Million and Goes into MAXMILLIONS Mode

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TORONTO, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – In the spirit of the season, LOTTO MAX is offering a great jackpot just in time for the holidays. The draw on Friday, December 23, 2011, will offer an estimated $50 million jackpot plus an estimated 2 MAXMILLIONS prizes of $1 million each.

LOTTO MAX jackpots usually grow by $10 million when a jackpot is not won, but from time to time LOTTO MAX may also offer a special jackpot. That’s the case for the December 23, 2011, draw.

The most recent winners of a LOTTO MAX jackpot in Ontario were a group of 12 co-workers from the Penetanguishene-area. The group won $21 million in the November 25, 2011, draw.

Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won close to $1 billion in prizes, including 16 jackpot wins and 110 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets from all across the province.

For each $5 play, LOTTO MAX players receive three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to forty-nine. Players must match all seven numbers, in any one set, to win the jackpot and the MAXMILLIONS prizes.

Players can purchase tickets at authorized OLG retailers until 9 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011 for the draw that evening.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $34 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Know your limit, play within it!

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For further information:

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OLG Media Relations Line
1-888-946-6716

Southern Alberta windstorms cost $200 million in insured damage

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 22, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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EDMONTON, Dec. 22, 2011 /CNW/ – Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports that the estimated insured damage caused by windstorms that hit southern Alberta in November amounts to at least $200 million.

This is a preliminary estimate reported by Property Claim Services Canada (PCS-Canada), a service that tracks insured losses arising from catastrophic events in Canada. Data collected by PCS-Canada confirms that thousands of claims have been filed for damage to homes, cars, and businesses in the wake of the storm.

“Thankfully, there were no serious injuries, and insurance should cover most of the damage,” said Doug Noble, IBC’s Alberta Vice-President. “Following the storm, IBC told affected consumers to contact their insurance representatives as soon as possible to start the claims process.”

He added, “There is no doubt that we are seeing more and more the impact of severe weather in Alberta.”

In summer 2011, a storm that pummelled Calgary and parts of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba with golf-ball-sized hail resulted in $185 million of insured damage. In summer 2010, another storm in Alberta resulted in $500 million in insured damage while deadly windstorms that rolled across the province in summer 2009 resulted in $360 million of insured damage.

Fires that destroyed much of Slave Lake in May of this year amounted to more than $700 million in insured damage, making it the second-costliest insured disaster in Canadian history (after the ice storm that hit Quebec and Ontario in 1998, which cost over $1.8 billion).

“Following each of these disasters, insurers were there to help Albertans repair and recover,” remarked Noble.

Over the past three years, Alberta insurers have paid out approximately $2 billion in damages resulting from 5 disasters.

If consumers have questions, they are urged to contact their brokers, agents or insurance company representatives, or IBC’s Consumer Information Centre in Alberta at 1-800-377-6378 (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).

Data about insured damage is from PCS-Canada. Subscribers to the PCS-Canada service can access detailed reports by logging on to http://www.pcs-canada.com.

About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association representing Canada’s home, car and business insurers. Its member companies represent 90% of the private property and casualty (P&C) insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over 114,000 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal, provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of $42 billion.

To view media releases and information, visit the Media Centre of IBC’s website at http://www.ibc.ca.

Marketing and Advertising Executives Report on First-Quarter Hiring Plans

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 21, 2011 at 9:07 AM

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Survey From The Creative Group Shows Most Demand for Web Design and Production Professionals

TORONTO, Dec. 21, 2011 /CNW/ – Twenty-one percent of executives interviewed for The Creative Group Hiring Index for Marketing and Advertising Professionals said they plan to add full-time staff in the next three months, and 6 percent forecast reductions in personnel. Most respondents, 68 percent, expect to make no changes to their current staffing levels.

The Canadian study was developed by The Creative Group, a specialized staffing service providing interactive, design and marketing professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. It is based on more than 250 telephone interviews — approximately 200 with marketing executives randomly selected from companies with 100 or more employees and 50 with advertising executives randomly selected from agencies with 20 or more employees.

Key Findings

– The net 15 percent of executives planning to hire in the first
a quarter of 2012 is up two points from the same time period last year
and down 11 points from the previous quarter.

– Fifty-four percent of respondents said it’s challenging to find
skilled creative professionals today, down five points from three
months ago.

– Eighty-two percent of marketing and advertising executives are
confident in their companies’ growth prospects for the first quarter.

– Web design/production, public relations, and social media are the
specialties in greatest demand, according to executives interviewed.

“As more and more business communications are taking place online and via mobile devices, organizations seek talent with extensive digital and new media skills,” said Lara Dodo, a Canadian regional vice-president of The Creative Group. “Experienced web designers and developers, as well as professionals with proven success in creating innovative public relations and social media campaigns, are highly sought after by companies of all types and sizes.”

Marketing and Advertising Specialties in Demand

When executives were asked in which areas they plan to add staff, web design/production ranked first, with 29 percent of the response, followed by public relations and social media, each with 23 percent. Fifty-four percent of respondents said it’s challenging for their firms to find skilled creative professionals.

Marketing and advertising executives were asked, “In which of the following areas do you expect to hire in the first quarter of 2012?” Their responses:

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Web design/production 29%
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Public relations 23%
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Social media 23%
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Brand/product management 21%
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Account services 20%
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Interactive media 18%
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Print design/production 17%
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Mobile applications development 16%
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Media services 14%
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Marketing research 10%
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Creative/art direction 9%
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Copywriting 8%
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Note: Multiple responses permitted. Top responses were shown.

View the research highlights (http://creativegroup.mediaroom.com/file.php/285/TCG_1211_GRPH_HiringReport_CAN.jpg).

Perspectives on Business Growth

Marketing and advertising executives’ confidence in their ability to attract new business declined from last quarter: Eighty-two percent of those interviewed said they were somewhat or very confident in their firms’ prospects for growth in the first quarter, down from 95 percent three months ago.

About the Hiring Index

The Creative Group Hiring Index for Marketing and Advertising Professionals is based on more than 250 telephone interviews — approximately 200 with marketing executives randomly selected from companies with 100 or more employees and 50 with advertising executives randomly selected from agencies with 20 or more employees within Canada.

The interviews were conducted by an independent research firm. Information from the study is featured in the Robert Half Professional Employment Report (http://www.roberthalf.ca/per), launched last year and the first study of its kind to monitor the hiring environment for professional-level positions exclusively. Based on more than 1,000 telephone interviews with executives throughout Canada, it provides insight on employment trends to help businesses and job seekers prepare for the upcoming quarter. To see how hiring within the creative profession has changed since last quarter and how it compares to other sectors, please visit roberthalf.ca/per.

About The Creative Group

The Creative Group (TCG) specializes in placing a range of highly skilled interactive, design, marketing, advertising and public relations professionals with a variety of firms on a project and full-time basis. More information, including online job-hunting services, candidate portfolios and

TCG’s award-winning career magazine (http://ezine.creativegroup.com/), can be found at creativegroup.com.

Oilsands Quest Extends Creditor Protection; Reduces Size of Board of Directors

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NYSE Amex: BQI

CALGARY, Dec. 21, 2011 /CNW/ – Oilsands Quest Inc. (NYSE: BQI) (Amex: BQI) (“Oilsands Quest,” “OQI” or “the Company”) has requested and obtained an extension of the Order from the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench (the “Court”) providing creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (“CCAA”) until February 17, 2012, unless further extended as required and approved by the Court.

Under the terms of the initial order, Ernst and Young Inc. were named as the court-appointed monitor (“Monitor”) under the CCAA. The Monitor will monitor the Company’s property, business, and financial affairs and report to the Court from time to time on the Company’s financial and operational position and any other matters that may be relevant to the CCAA proceeding. In addition, the Monitor may advise the Company on the development of a comprehensive restructuring plan and, to the extent required, assist the Company with a restructuring.

While under CCAA protection, the Board of Directors maintains its usual role and management of the Company remains responsible for the day to day operations. The Board of Directors and management, with input from the Monitor, will be responsible for determining whether a given plan for restructuring the Company’s affairs is feasible. Stakeholders whose rights would be affected by the plan will have an opportunity to vote on the plan. Before a plan is implemented it must be approved by the requisite number and value of affected stakeholders contemplated by law and approved by the Court.

The implications of the CCAA proceeding for Oilsands Quest shareholders will not be known until the end of the restructuring process. If the affected stakeholders do not approve a plan in the manner contemplated by law, Oilsands Quest will likely be placed into receivership, bankruptcy or liquidation. If by February 17, 2012, Oilsands Quest has not obtained a further extension of the initial order or filed a plan, creditors and others will no longer be stayed from enforcing their rights.

Effective December 20, 2011, Gordon Tallman and Pamela Wallin resigned from the Board of Directors. The Board is now composed of five members: independent directors Ronald Blakely (Chairman), Paul Ching and Brian MacNeill; OQI founder Christopher Hopkins; and T. Murray Wilson, who has announced that he will not be standing for re-election at the next Annual General Meeting.

Trading in the common shares of Oilsands Quest remains suspended while the NYSE Amex determines whether to resume trading or to delist the Company for failure to meet listing requirements. The Company does not currently know when the NYSE Amex will determine to resume trading, or seek to delist the Company.

About Oilsands Quest

Oilsands Quest Inc. (www.oilsandsquest.com) is exploring and developing oil sands permits and licences, located in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and developing Saskatchewan’s first commercial oil sands discovery.

Forward-looking statements

This news release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be “forward-looking statements.” All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this news release that address activities, events or developments that management expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are statements other than relating to historical fact and are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “potential”, “prospective” and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions “may” “will” or “could” occur. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made, and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements, which include but are not limited to the ability to raise additional capital, risks associated with the Company’s ability to implement its business plan, its ability to successfully submit a timely plan to its stakeholders and the court under the CCAA and to resolve its operational, legal and financial difficulties, the possible delisting of its securities from NYSE Amex, risks inherent in the oil sands industry, regulatory and economic risks, land tenure risks and those factors listed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on December 9, 2011. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking information if circumstances or management’s estimates or opinions should change, except as required by law. The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference Hold Up Squad requests public assistance with series of bank robberies‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m., Headquarters, media gallery, News conference Hold Up Squad requests public assistance with series of bank robberies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – 5:05 AM
Hold Up Squad
416-808-7350

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., in the media gallery at headquarters, Staff Inspector Mike Earl, Hold Up Squad, will update the media on an ongoing investigation into a series of bank robberies.

Mr. Bill Crate, Director of Security for the Canadian Bankers Association, will also be on hand to announce a $20,000 reward.

The news conference will be available on the Bell TOC.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Staff Inspector Mike Earl, Hold Up Squad

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre 113 Toryork Drive, “Come See the C.R.C.”‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 21, 2011 at 8:59 AM

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre 113 Toryork Drive, “Come See the C.R.C.”

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 – 5:00 AM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at 10 a.m., the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police would like to invite the media to tour and interview at the Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre.

This will be a great opportunity to gain valuable media information and footage, prior to the first major snowfall.

It can be next-to-impossible to offer this assistance to the media with the centre handling upwards of 200 vehicle investigations on an extreme weather day.

Find out:

1) What are Collision Reporting Centers?
2) What is the law on reporting a collision under the Highway Traffic Act?
3) Are there dangers with trying to settle the collision privately?
4) Do you have to report to the collision to the police?

Officers will be on hand to answer questions and provide some examples of what $1,000 of vehicle damage may look like.

Meet our community partners:

Accident Support Services International Limited, who are on site to facilitate an active partnership between police and the insurance industry in post-collision events.

Toronto Police Service Traffic Services and its community partner CAA South Central Ontario will also be on hand to promote safety, with the CAA “Stranded Driver” pocket guide and winter driving safety tips.

A Collision Reporting Centre is a facility created to help motorists report motor vehicle collisions. This service is currently available in a number of urban centers. No fees are charged.

Some exceptions to attending a Collision Reporting Centre:

1) Collisions involving injury or death
2) Criminal activity involved in collisions (e.g., impaired driving, stolen vehicle, assault)
3) Collisions involving a person who is uninsured or is a suspended driver
4) Collisions involving vehicles transporting dangerous goods

Without exception, towed vehicles must go directly to a Collision Reporting Centre.

Find out more by attending the Media day event, “Come See the C.R.C.”

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening on Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

Manulife Real Estate acquires three prime real estate assets in key North American markets

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on December 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM

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Acquisitions in Toronto, San Diego, and New York City Metropolitan Area total $555 million

Manulife’s global real estate assets grow to C$7.5 billion with new acquisitions
Brings further portfolio diversification with new geographic markets and segments

TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945

TORONTO, Dec. 20, 2011 /CNW/ – Manulife Real Estate, the global real estate arm of Canada-based Manulife Financial Corporation, one of the largest life insurance companies in the world and parent company of John Hancock Financial in the United States, has acquired three new real estate assets totaling $555 million in the core real estate markets of Toronto, San Diego and the New York City Metropolitan Area.

“Manulife is always looking for opportunities to grow our real estate investment portfolio and we’re extremely pleased to secure these exceptional assets in what are three very important and diverse real estate investment markets,” said Kevin Adolphe, Chief Operating Officer of Manulife’s Investment Division and President and CEO of Manulife Real Estate. “We are optimistic about the possibilities in these and other key markets and we continue to look for core office, industrial and multi-family residential property investments throughout Canada, the United States and Asia.”

“Each of these properties is of the highest quality, all extremely well leased with strong tenant rosters, in absolutely superb locations – all the key characteristics of successful real estate investments,” added Ted Willcocks, Global Head of Asset Management for Manulife Real Estate.

Together, the new acquisitions bring the value of Manulife’s global real estate portfolio to C$7.5 billion, adding scale to its established portfolio in Toronto, broadening its scope in California and marking an entry into the New York City Metropolitan Area. In addition to growing the real estate portfolio and adding further geographic scale and diversification, the Company is looking to expand its multi-family residential holdings in select markets and recently acquired properties in Alexandria, Virginia and New Brunswick, New Jersey.

York Mills Centre, Toronto
York Mills Centre, a 549,000-square-foot, a four-building office complex in Toronto, was acquired for C$161 million from Ivanhoé Cambridge in a deal that closed December 12, 2011.

Located in Toronto’s north office corridor, York Mills Centre offers direct access to the city’s subway system and regional commuter network as well as immediate proximity to Toronto’s main highways. The complex consists of 509,000 square feet of Class-A office space and 40,000 square feet of retail space offering a range of service, fitness and dining amenities on two levels. The buildings – two at seven stories, one at six stories, and one at five stories – were constructed in phases, between 1985 and 1992.

Totaling more than seven million square feet, with a value of approximately C$1.9 billion, Manulife’s commercial real estate portfolio in Toronto is the largest in the Company’s C$7.5 billion global real estate portfolio. The managed portfolio includes 41 office and industrial properties totaling 7.6 million square feet throughout the Greater Toronto Area, most notably the landmark, 1.3 million-square-foot, Manulife Centre mixed-use complex in the city’s Bloor-Yorkville district which the Company developed in the early 1970s.

RBC Capital Markets Realty Inc. in Toronto acted as broker on the York Mills Centre transaction.

Seaview Corporate Center, San Diego
Seaview Corporate Center, a 355,800-square-foot, a four-building office complex in San Diego was acquired for US$109 million from Pacific Office Properties and Angelo, Gordon & Co. in a deal that closed December 12, 2011.

Located in Sorrento Mesa, the most robust Class-A submarket in San Diego County, Seaview Corporate Center sits atop 18 acres overlooking Sorrento Valley and the Pacific Ocean. On-site amenities include a fitness center with lap pool and basketball and tennis courts. The complex was constructed in phases, between 1983 and 2011, and consists of two office buildings at six stories, one at five stories and one at two stories as well as a four-level parking structure.

Manulife has a longstanding presence in the California real estate landscape, having first entered the market in the early 1970s with properties in San Diego and Los Angeles, including 865 South Figueroa and 515 South Figueroa, two Class-A downtown office towers which Manulife developed in the 1980s. The Company entered the San Francisco market in September 2010 with the acquisition of Market Center, followed by the purchase of Hawthorne Plaza in July 2011, both prime downtown office properties. Today, the Company’s California real estate portfolio consists of 29 office and industrial properties totaling almost five million square feet with a value of approximately US$1.2 billion.

Eastdil Secured in San Diego acted as broker on the Seaview Corporate Center transaction.

10 Exchange Place, Jersey City (New York City Metropolitan Area)
10 Exchange Place, a 748,000-square-foot, 30-story office tower in Jersey City, was acquired for US$285 million from an investment group advised by Invesco Real Estate on December 20, 2011.

A trophy office tower and skyline landmark on Jersey City’s Hudson River waterfront, 10 Exchange Place was built in 1988. LEED-Gold and Energy Star certified, 10 Exchange Place was the 2011 recipient of “The Outstanding Building of the Year” award in its size category from the Building Owners and Managers Association. The iconic tower offers unobstructed views of lower Manhattan from every floor and direct access to the most comprehensive mass-transit infrastructure in the region, including the PATH rail to New York City, as well as light rail, bus, and ferry service.

The acquisition of 10 Exchange Place represents Manulife’s entry into the New York City Metropolitan real estate investment market and its second acquisition in New Jersey. The Company purchased a 415-suite multi-family residential complex, Plaza Square, in New Brunswick in December 2010 for US$112.5 million.

Cushman & Wakefield’s New York City Metropolitan Area Capital Markets Group acted as broker on the 10 Exchange Place transaction.

About Manulife Real Estate
Manulife Real Estate™, the global real estate arm of Manulife Financial Corporation, is actively involved in the ownership, management, and development of the commercial real estate. Totaling 31.7 million square feet, Manulife Real Estate’s managed portfolio includes a diversified mix of prime office, industrial, residential and retail properties in key metropolitan centers throughout Canada, the United States, and Asia. In addition to equity real estate, Manulife Real Estate manages the space requirements and own-use facilities to accommodate Manulife Financial’s more than 24,000 employees worldwide. As at September 30, 2011, Manulife’s real estate assets represent a carrying value of C$6.9 billion (US$6.7 billion). Additional information about Manulife Real Estate can be found at manuliferealestate.com.

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group operating in 21 countries and territories worldwide. For more than 120 years, clients have looked to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We provide asset management services to institutional customers worldwide as well as reinsurance solutions, specializing in property and casualty retrocession. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$492billion (US$473 billion) as at September 30, 2011. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

A Beacon of Hope Indeed Hopeful (Originally Published on http://nsemia.com)

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At the beginning of this story, the old is questioned by new ways of thought and living life. For this book by Jaspher Rori, who used to be a high school teacher and currently is working on another book, the old represents the ways of Manga, Kenya. Manga, Kenya is a village where drinking home-brewed beer, smoking tobacco and having children so they look after your cattle is the spiritual way of life. Enter the ways of the new – white missionaries.

Carrying the Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, the white missionaries preach the glory of Jesus Christ absolving all of their sins and their brand of education is the solution to a prosperous life.

Indeed, the message was enticing. But the Gusii had known encore, their god, as the source of life, all knowing, all present and powerful. He and only he directed their lives and knew even where the wind slept. He lived high beyond the sky from where he watched over them and directed their lives. He was a god of mercy and plenty, and when not pleased with the people, he rained disaster as a lesson. Therefore, they knew how to please him through regular sacrifices and rituals (Rori, 2011, pg. 2-3).

The white missionaries insisted while holding their guns, that Jesus Christ was more powerful. Thus, schools were built in the village, not just in Manga, and the Gusii lost their offspring to classrooms and their money to missionary schools, rather than tending to their farms.

In villages outside Manga, there were Kenyans who were achieving high levels of success, defined by the white missionaries’ promises. Government officials, doctors, and lawyers they were becoming. Until Musa, who was the first from Manga to go to university, the village of Manga was losing hope. Musa is the beacon of hope and the light of Musa flickers as the embers creep through the wood for a campfire in the rain.

When Musa leaves his village of Manga to go to university, he meets Judith. Judy is a woman of promise, for a future with Musa, as well as for her own future. Once they graduate, developing a friendship and a spiritual bond of love, they promise to keep in touch – as what happens with so many young lovers, the promise is not kept.

Both Musa and Judy aim to ride the wheels of fortune in Nairobi. Their village ways need to mutate into the glossy white success standards of the city. Judy rides these wheels first, however, falls into a devastating snare of drug trafficking that ruins her career. At this time, Musa rises to finally become the beacon of hope for his village, for himself, and for the failed destiny of Judy.

On a personal note, this book helped me to understand why so many people hold the idea that Africa does not work as a continent. My father would often tell me stories about how wonderful his homeland of Uganda was when the British ruled. He would give examples of milk being delivered to the door. For those of you who remember Idi Amin, the comparison to British rule is maddening. In Jaspher Rori’s book, he does not discuss the often bemoaned “brain drain” of the African educated elite, however, focuses on Musa, who grasps at trying to make his family, his village and his nation of Kenya proud while he searches for work in Nairobi. On a universal level, anyone who has ever struggled to find work anywhere in the world can relate to Musa, trying to be an adult, trying to find a good person to marry, and trying to be “successful” by white missionary standards. Why does Africa not work? Read the book to give you some insight.

TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11 a.m., Headquarters, 40 College Street, Chief Blair presents Victim Services Toronto with cheque for more than $111,000‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, 11 a.m., Headquarters, 40 College Street, Chief Blair presents Victim Services Toronto with cheque for more than $111,000

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 – 8:45 AM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at 11 a.m., at police headquarters, Chief William Blair will present a cheque for $111,667 to Bonnie Levine, Executive Director, Victim Services Toronto. The cheque represents the proceeds of the Chief’s Gala in support of Victim Services Toronto, held at the On the Park Events and Conference Centre on Tuesday, November 15, 2011.

Victim Services Toronto is the only agency in the city providing crisis, trauma and support services to victims of crime and sudden tragedies. Operating in close partnership with the Toronto Police Service, Victim Service staff work tirelessly, 24/7, assisting close to 20,000 victims each year. Their crisis teams benefit individuals, families and entire communities.

The media is invited to attend.

For further information, contact Brian Moniz at 416-808-1641.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications

Media Advisory – OPSEU Workers at Community Living Wallaceburg call for fairness

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WALLACEBURG, ON, Dec. 19, 2011, /CNW/ – OPSEU Local 150 at Community Living Wallaceburg (CLW) will hold an information picket on Tuesday, December 20. Both sides are back at the table that day for further negotiations.

What: Information Picket
Where: The Oaks Inn, 80 McNaughton Avenue, Wallaceburg, ON
When: Tuesday, December 20
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

“Workers at CLW provide valuable services to their community,” said OPSEU President, Warren (Smokey) Thomas. “What they are asking for in return is fairness and a bit of respect. Their union stands with them 100%.”

Local President, Monica Wright, asserted that workers at CLW are making very reasonable demands at the table. “We are asking for some consistency in our schedules for the sake of stability. We want to see pro-rated benefits for the part-time workers who are already having a hard time making ends meet,” said Wright. “We would especially like to see a commitment to converting part-time positions into full-time jobs.”

Out of approximately 170 staff, only 28 currently hold full-time positions.

“Wallaceburg is going through some difficult times right now,” said Wright. “The people we serve deserve the kind of quality services that are delivered by a stable, full-time workforce.”

Members of OPSEU Local 150 provide residential care for adults with developmental disabilities living in homes, as well as in-house support and respite care for clients living in the community.

[TPS] – Media advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre 113 Toryork Drive, “Come See the C.R.C.”‏

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News Release

Media Advisory, Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 10 a.m., Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre 113 Toryork Drive, “Come See the C.R.C.”

Monday, December 19, 2011 – 1:09 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

On Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at 10 a.m., the Toronto Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police would like to invite the media to tour and interview at the Toronto North Collision Reporting Centre.

This will be a great opportunity to gain valuable media information and footage, prior to the first major snowfall.

It can be next-to-impossible to offer this assistance to the media with the centre handling upwards of 200 vehicle investigations on an extreme weather day.

Find out:

1) What are Collision Reporting Centers?
2) What is the law on reporting a collision under the Highway Traffic Act?
3) Are there dangers with trying to settle the collision privately?
4) Do you have to report to the collision to the police?

Officers will be on hand to answer questions and provide some examples of what $1,000 of vehicle damage may look like.

Meet our community partners:

Accident Support Services International Limited, who are on site to facilitate an active partnership between police and the insurance industry in post-collision events.

Toronto Police Service Traffic Services and its community partner CAA South Central Ontario will also be on hand to promote safety, with the CAA “Stranded Driver” pocket guide and winter driving safety tips.

A Collision Reporting Centre is a facility created to help motorists report motor vehicle collisions. This service is currently available in a number of urban centers. No fees are charged.

Some exceptions to attending a Collision Reporting Centre:

1) Collisions involving injury or death
2) Criminal activity involved in collisions (e.g., impaired driving, stolen vehicle, assault)
3) Collisions involving a person who is uninsured or is a suspended driver
4) Collisions involving vehicles transporting dangerous goods

Without exception, towed vehicles must go directly to a Collision Reporting Centre.

Find out more by attending the Media day event, “Come See the C.R.C.”

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at: Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

Help with Academic Writing Style

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The CRTC undertakes a review of the Local Programming Improvement Fund

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU — The Commission announced today that it will be holding a
public consultation to review the Local Programming Improvement Fund, and
is inviting Canadians to submit comments.

The fund was created to support the development of local television
programming, particularly local news, in non-metropolitan markets.
Spending on local programming had stagnated and even declined due to,
among other things, the fragmentation of television audiences and the
decline in advertising revenues. This risked harming both the quality and
local programs.

Since 2009, cable and satellite companies have been contributing 1.5% of
their gross broadcasting revenues to the fund. As a result, by the end of
2012, it will have distributed more than $300 million to more than 75
local stations throughout the country. To be eligible, stations must
broadcast local programming that includes news.

The Commission had announced its intention to review the fund in its third
year of operation. This review will provide for determining whether the
fund should be maintained, modified or canceled. The Commission is
seeking comments on the following topics:
 evaluation of the fund’s objectives and the performance of
recipient stations;
-additional spending on local programming as a condition for
receiving funding;
-eligibility for the fund and the funding allocation formula;
-cable and satellite companies’ contributions to the fund; and
-the relevance of maintaining, modifying or abandoning the fund.

Anyone interested may submit comments by February 15, 2012, by:
-completing the online form
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?Lang=Eng&EN=2011-788
-writing to the Secretary-General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2;
or
-sending a fax to 819-994-0218.

A public hearing will begin on April 16, 2012, in Gatineau, Quebec. If you
would like to appear before the CRTC, you must indicate your interest in
doing so in your written comments. It will also be possible to participate
in the hearing from the Commission’s regional offices, via
teleconferencing. For more information on how to participate, please see
the notice of consultation
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-788.htm

Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-788.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-788.htm

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

Reference documents:

Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2011-455 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-455.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-167.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-406 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-406.htm
Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2008-100 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2008/pb2008-100.htm

Happy Holidays from Dignitas International

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE on NEW HORIZONS in EDUCATION 2012

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INTE 2012
June 5 – 7 2012
Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC
First Call

http://www.int-e.net

“The International Conference of New Horizons in Education-2012 (INTE-2012)” is an international educational activity for academics, teachers, and educators. It promotes the development and dissemination of theoretical knowledge, conceptual research, and professional knowledge through conference activities, the conference proceeding book. Last year, INTE-2011 received almost 450 applications. The conference academic advisory board accepted 244 applications.

The International Conference of New Horizons in Education-2012 aims to diffuse the knowledge and researches among academicians and lead to development in educational sciences.

Last year we had lots of participants from 19 different countries. These countries were Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.

INTE 2012 conference is supported by Governors State University-USA, Ohio University-USA, Cleveland State University-USA, Cyprus International University-TRNC, Near East University-TRNC, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology-Taiwan, National University of Tainan-Taiwan, Instituto Politécnico da Guarda-Portugal, Suleyman Sah University – Turkey, Sakarya University-Turkey and will take place on June 5-7, 2012 at the Dorint Hotel Don Giovanni Prague. All full paper presentations will be published in an online proceeding book of INTE2012 and the selected papers will be published in:

* The Online Journal of New Horizons in Education – TOJNED (www.tojned.net),

* The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology – TOJET (www.tojet.net) (SSCI).

We would like to invite you to share your experience and your papers with academicians, teachers, and professionals.

Conference Language

Papers can be sent in English, Turkish, Czech, German, Portuguese, Italian, German, French, Russian and Spanish but brief English abstract is required. Presentations should be done in English.

Deadlines

Abstract submission: 29th May 2012

Full paper submission: 30th May 2012

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation – Lottery winning numbers

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TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2011, /CNW/ –

Friday 16/12/2011

LOTTO MAX estimated jackpot $30 million
11, 24, 26, 31, 42, 44 & 46. Bonus 22

POKER LOTTO

Winning Hand: 8-H, K-D, A-H, 8-C, Q-C.

Legend:
C = CLUB,
J = JACK, H = HEART,
Q = QUEEN, S = SPADE,
K = KING, D = DIAMOND
A = ACE

PICK-3: 4 2 1

PICK-4: 6 6 1 8

ENCORE: 0345643

DAILY KENO

3, 9, 12, 15, 18, 19, 29, 34, 36, 40
41, 46, 48, 56, 58, 59, 60, 63, 64, 67.

For further information:

OLG, 1-888-946-6716

Reminder – Media invitation – Join us for the PREMIERE of Once upon a Winter … in the Tropics at the Montréal Biodôme

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MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ –

On the program:

10 a.m. Eggs (exhibition)
10:25 a.m. What’s That Egg? (puppet show) (In French)
11 a.m. Meet the creators and artists of What’s That Egg?
11:15 a.m. Becquer bobos rescue centre and Commander Arara
11:30 a.m. Photo op: A taste of what you can look forward to on Boxing Day, December 26, at the Biodôme: decorated boxes to pique different species’ curiosity and encourage them to play. Featured on Saturday: the lynxes.

Saturday, December 17, at 10 a.m.
4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin
Viau metro station – parking: 4777, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin for commercial vehicles and pay to park at 3000 Viau or 3200 Viau

What’s That Egg? is a puppet show for young people, starring animals from the tropical forest and written especially for the Biodôme. Little ones will enjoy the Becquer bobos rescue centre, where they can pretend to be apprentice veterinarians.

winter.espacepourlavie.ca
For further information:
Nadine Fortin, Communications Co-ordinator
514 868-3053
nadine.fortin@ville.montreal.qc.ca Anik Robichaud-Gauvin, Marketing Representative
514 868-3123
Anik.robichaud-gauvin@ville.montreal.qc.ca

Total Prize Amount for LOTTO MAX Gets a Holiday Boost: LOTLOTTO MAX Hits an Estimated $50 Million and Goes into MAXMILLIONS Mode

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Total Prize Amount for LOTTO MAX Gets a Holiday Boost: LOTTO MAX Hits an Estimated $50 Million and Goes into MAXMILLIONS Mode

TORONTO, Dec. 17, 2011 /CNW/ – In the spirit of the season, LOTTO MAX is offering a great jackpot just in time for the holidays. The draw on Friday, December 23, 2011, will offer an estimated $50 million jackpot plus an estimated 2 MAXMILLIONS prizes of $1 million each.

LOTTO MAX jackpots usually grow by $10 million when a jackpot is not won, but from time to time LOTTO MAX may also offer a special jackpot. That’s the case for the December 23, 2011, draw.

The most recent winners of a LOTTO MAX jackpot in Ontario were a group of 12 co-workers from the Penetanguishene-area. The group won $21 million in the November 25, 2011, draw.

Since its launch in September 2009, Ontario LOTTO MAX players have won close to $1 billion in prizes, including 16 jackpot wins and 110 winning MAXMILLIONS tickets from all across the province.

For each $5 play, LOTTO MAX players receive three sets of seven numbers ranging from one to forty-nine. Players must match all seven numbers, in any one set, to win the jackpot and the MAXMILLIONS prizes.

Players can purchase tickets at authorized OLG retailers until 9 p.m. Friday, December 23, 2011, for the draw that evening.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for province-wide lottery games and gaming facilities. Since 1975, OLG lotteries, casinos, slots, and resort casinos have generated more than $34 billion for the benefit of the Province of Ontario. Gaming proceeds support Ontario’s hospitals, amateur sport, recreational and cultural activities, communities, provincial priority programs such as health care and education, and local and provincial charities and non-profit organizations through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Know your limit, play within it!

THE ONTARIO PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE 1-888-230-3505
Disponible en français
For further information:

For photo and more information contact:

OLG Media Relations Line
1-888-946-6716

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 19 to 22 December 2011

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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 Access Communications Co-operative Limited http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-326.htm#1. to amend the
broadcasting licence for its terrestrial broadcasting distribution
undertaking (BDU) serving Regina in order to add a condition of licence
relating to relief for this BDU from the requirement to contribute to the
Local Programming Improvement Fund

Application by Beanfield Technologies Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-595.htm#12 for a broadcasting licence to
operate a terrestrial broadcasting distribution undertaking to serve
Toronto (East Bayfront and West Don Lands)

Telecom Decision:

CISC consensus report – Basic Listing Interchange File (BLIF) Guidelines
(Version 2.0)
File number: 8621-C12-01/08 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/cisc/eng/items.htm

Review of the regulatory measures associated with the provision of maps by
incumbent and competitive local exchange carriers – File number:
8663-C12-201105586 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8663/c12_201105586.htm

TELUS Communications Company – Application regarding Bell Canada’s high
definition serial digital interface local video channel service – File
number: 8661-T66-201111848 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/part1/eng/2011/8661/t66_201111848.htm

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