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Release of the results of the vote related to the agreement in principle of the merger of the Action démocratique du Québec and the Coalition Avenir Québec

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QUÉBEC CITY, Jan. 22, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – Under the assignment for supervision of the vote related to the agreement in principle of the merger of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ) and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) given to the firm Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton by the ADQ Executive Committee in December 2011, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is releasing the results of the vote.

To the question “Are you in favour of the Agreement in Principle concluded between the Action démocratique du Québec and the Coalition Avenir Québec in view of their merger”, submitted to 2,521 members of the ADQ during the voting period between January 9 and January 19, 2012, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton confirms the following results:

– 1,373 members participated in the voting process. Of this number, 35 ballots were found to be spoiled and were rejected. 1,338 ballots were considered valid. Here are the results:

943 responded in favour of the merger (representing 70,48 %),
388 responded not in favour of the merger (representing 29,00 %),
7 annulled their vote (representing 0,52 %).

About Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Founded in 1948, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton is a leader in the fields of assurance, taxation, consulting, business turnaround and insolvency. This strength is based on a staff of over 2,000 people, including over 225 partners in more than 90 offices in Quebec, Eastern Ontario, and New Brunswick. The extent of its network makes the firm the leader in its field of activity. For over 30 years, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton has been a member of Grant Thornton International Ltd., providing clients with access to member firms and representative offices in over 100 countries.

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Statement by the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), on the Occasion of the Closing Ceremonies of the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

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OTTAWA, Jan. 22, 2012 /CNW/ – As the very first Winter Youth Olympic Games officially come to an end in Innsbruck, Austria, I would like to congratulate the athletes, as well as the coaches and officials from around the world who took part and made this inaugural event a tremendous success.

Through athletic competition, as well as educational and cultural activities, young athletes adopted and experienced the Olympic values of excellence, respect, and friendship.

Our Canadian athletes demonstrated skill and determination, and I am certain that their experience will serve them well in the future both as individuals and as athletes.

I would like to thank the International Olympic Committee and the Innsbruck Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee, as well as the many volunteers who ensured the success of this precedent-setting event for their passion and devotion to the Games.
For further information:

For more information (media only), please contact:

Dustin van Vugt
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
819-934-1122
dustin.vanvugt@pch.gc.ca

CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust suspends operation of distribution reinvestment plan

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MONTREAL, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ – CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust (“CANMARC”) (TSX: CMQ.UN) announced today that in light of the entering into of the previously announced support agreement among CANMARC and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust, CANMARC will suspend, effective immediately, the operation of its distribution reinvestment plan (the “DRIP”). As a result, the previously declared distribution of $0.07917 per unit of CANMARC for the month of January 2012 which will be paid on February 15, 2012, to unitholders of record as at January 31, 2012, will not be eligible for reinvestment pursuant to the DRIP.

About CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust

CANMARC (www.canmarc.ca) is an unincorporated open-ended real estate investment trust established pursuant to a declaration of trust under the laws of the Province of Quebec. Managed internally, CANMARC owns a portfolio of Canadian income-producing commercial properties, consisting of retail and office properties with certain industrial properties. In total, CANMARC properties comprise approximately 9.4 million square feet of commercial gross leasable area and 464 multi-family residential units located in Quebec, Atlantic Canada, Western Canada and Ontario.

Harper government announces next steps for St. Lawrence Bridge construction

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MONTREAL, Jan. 22, 2012 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, provided updates regarding construction of the new bridge for the St. Lawrence in Montreal. Minister Lebel officially launched the federal environmental assessment phase of the project to build the new bridge.

“This construction of the new bridge will create jobs and is necessary for our country’s economic viability,” said Minister Lebel. “Today, I am pleased to officially launch the environmental assessment for this project, an essential part of the planning process for the new bridge. Meanwhile, we will continue to ensure the safety of this vital crossing.”

The Harper government remains focused on the economy. With an estimated $20 billion worth of international trade crossing the bridge annually, this corridor is important for the regional economy and also benefits the national economy.

An environmental assessment consists of environmental and technical work to allow decisions on the design of a new bridge to be taken in an environmentally responsible manner. Alternative solutions will be studied and recommendations will be made to mitigate environmental and community effects. Transport Canada is leading the work program and the environmental assessment for the project. The public, local advisory councils, the private sector and community groups will have the opportunity to participate and comment throughout the environmental assessment phase.

Minister Lebel highlighted that the environmental assessment will provide an opportunity to continue close collaboration with key stakeholders. “As part of the federal environmental assessment, we will continue to collaborate with many federal departments, the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs du Québec, the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the municipalities. We will also have discussions with representatives from First Nations communities.”

The government has also invested in the safety and security of the Champlain Bridge. Since 2009, investments totaling $380 million will continue to keep this important bridge safe until the new crossing is complete.

Updates on progress and consultation activities will be provided throughout the planning and construction phase. The Notice of Commencement of an Environmental Assessment is available online at http://www.ceaa-acee.gc.ca/050/Viewer_e.cfm?CEAR_ID=65574.

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Contacts: Pierre Floréa
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Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure, and Communities
and Minister of the Economic Development Agency
of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
Ottawa
613-991-0700 Media Relations
Transport Canada, Ottawa
613-993-0055

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 23 to 27 January 2012

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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 the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=PT1&PST=A&Lang=eng
(CBC) to amend the broadcasting licence for the English-language radio
station CBU Vancouver in order to operate an FM transmitter at Pemberton
to replace its existing low-power AM transmitter, CBXK Pemberton

Application by City West Cable and Telephone Corporation
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=PT1&PST=A&Lang=eng
to add Hope Channel TV, a non-Canadian English-language service, to the
List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for distribution

Telecom Decisions:

Bruce Telecom – Implementation of local competition for Bragg
Communications Inc., operating as EastLink, and wireless number
portability for Rogers Communications, on behalf of Rogers Wireless – File
numbers: 8663-B7-200905052
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8663/b7_200905052.htm and
8620-B7-200905599
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8620/b7_200905599.htm

CoopTel – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco Cable Inc.
File number: 8663-C41-200813800
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/c41_200813800.htm

Téléphone Guèvremont inc. – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco
Cable Inc.
File number: 8663-G1-200813776
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/g1_200813776.htm

Hay Communications Co-operative Limited – Implementation of local
competition for Bragg Communications Inc., operating as EastLink – File
number: 8663-H3-200917503
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8663/h3_200917503.htm

La Compagnie de Téléphone de Lambton Inc. – Implementation of local
competition for Cogeco Cable Inc. – File number: 8663-L2-200813742
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/l2_200813742.htm

Téléphone Milot inc. – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco
Cable Inc.
File number: 8663-M4-200813841
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/m4_200813841.htm

Mornington Communications Co-operative Limited – Implementation of local
competition for Bragg Communications Inc., operating as EastLink – File
number: 8663-M5-200907199
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8663/m5_200907199.htm

Sogetel inc. – Implementation of local competition for Cogeco Cable Inc.
File number: 8663-S4-200813833
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/s4_200813833.htm

La Compagnie de Téléphone de St Victor – Implementation of local
competition for Cogeco Cable Inc. – File number: 8663-S7-200813718
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/s7_200813718.htm

Le Téléphone de St-Éphrem inc. – Implementation of local competition for
Cogeco Cable Inc.
File number: 8663-S6-200813726
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2008/8663/s6_200813726.htm

Tuckersmith Communications Co-operative Limited – Implementation of local
competition for Bragg Communications Inc., operating as EastLink – File
number: 8663-T7-200909640
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8663/t7_200909640.htm

La Compagnie de Téléphone Upton Inc. – Implementation of local competition
for Cogeco Cable Inc. – File number : 8663-U2-200813784
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/recherche-search/?q=8663-U2-200813784&n=e&d=crtc&m=

Wightman Communications Ltd. – Implementation of local competition for
Bragg Communications Inc., operating as EastLink – File number:
8663-W36-200910225
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2009/8663/w36_200910225.htm

NorthernTel, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of business local exchange services in the exchange of Kirkland
Lake, Ontario
File number: 8640-N51-201114256
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8640/n51_201114256.htm

Télébec, Limited Partnership – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of business local exchange services in the exchange of
St-Grégoire, Quebec
File number: 8640-T78-201113232
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8640/t78_201113232.htm

Loblaw Companies Limited and Ryerson University Reveal Contents of Time Capsule Found at Maple Leaf Gardens

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Artifacts include stock prospectus, letter from the Maple Leaf Garden directors and a mysterious ivory elephant

TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2012 /CNW/ – Tucked-behind the cornerstone of one of Canada’s most storied buildings was an object that few knew about – until now. Today, Ryerson University and Loblaw Companies Limited revealed the contents of a 1931 time capsule found inside the walls of Maple Leaf Gardens.

They are asking for your help in determining the meaning behind a mysterious ivory elephant, and what items could go into a new time capsule to be housed at the Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens.

“Maple Leaf Gardens holds a lot of special memories for millions of Canadians and, it turns out, it also held a few surprises from 1931 that was just waiting to be found,” said Sheldon Levy, president of Ryerson University. “We are thrilled to share the contents of the time capsule with all Canadians.”

The time capsule, a copper box measuring 30 centimeters by 20 centimeters by 20 centimeters, has no external markings or writing. The inside of the lid is hand-engraved, “M.B. Campbell 124 Lindsay Ave 21/9/31”.

Once opened, the time capsule revealed a dozen items that were included on September 21, 1931, including:

A four-page, typed letter from the directors of Maple Leaf Gardens describing the design and construction details of the new arena;
A stock prospectus for Maple Leaf Gardens;
Four newspapers from September 21, 1931, including the Toronto Daily Star, The Globe, The Mail and Empire and The Evening Telegram;
Three official hockey rulebooks, one each for the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, the Ontario Hockey Association and the National Hockey League;
A Red Ensign flag; and
A small ivory elephant with fragments of a blue ribbon.

Loblaw, which opened its new urban supermarket model, Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens on November 30, 2011, is equally excited about the discovery.

“The historic Maple Leaf Gardens holds a special place in the hearts of many here in Canada and around the world. With the opening of Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens we are happy to have the opportunity to breathe life back into this historic landmark,” said Jane Marshall, executive, vice president, Loblaw Properties and Business Strategy, Loblaw Companies, Limited. “We are curious to hear Canadians’ ideas for the new time capsule.”

Ryerson and Loblaw are asking the public for insight into the mysterious ivory elephant and for suggestions as to what to include in a time capsule that will be placed inside The Peter Gilgan Athletic Centre at the Gardens later this summer. The public can make suggestions by tweeting @RyersonNews or visiting Ryerson’s Facebook page.

The capsule, now jointly owned by Ryerson University and Loblaw will be kept in a safe storage facility until a permanent display is created.

Ryerson University is Canada’s leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 28,000 students, including 2,300 master’s and Ph.D. students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 140,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada’s leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit http://www.ryerson.ca

Governor General of Canada becomes Patron of Imagineaction Program of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation

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OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to announce that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, has agreed to become the Patron of the CTF Imagineaction program.

“We are extremely honoured that His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston has agreed to become Patron of our Imagineaction program. This program’s goals are very much aligned with His Excellency’s vision of a smart and caring nation that values the importance of civic engagement, empathy and community involvement,” says CTF President Paul Taillefer.

“Imagineaction is an innovative educational program which goes beyond the curriculum, using a critical thinking model to teach citizenship through active participation in community-based projects,” Taillefer adds. “Imagineaction is national in scope, providing English and French schools with funding subsidies to encourage student-initiated, developed and delivered social action projects to effect change at the community level.

“We are delighted that His Excellency has confidence in the Imagineaction program which provides the framework to support his three pillars as outlined in his 2010 installation speech,” concludes the CTF President.

Other patrons of the Imagineaction program include former governor general the Right Honourable Michëlle Jean (2005-2010) and former senator the Honourable Landon Pearson.

The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is the voice of nearly 200,000 teachers across the country and Imagineaction is accessible to over 393,000 public education teachers.

Have you heard the $50,000 story about the charitable sector? Neither have we… YET!

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Submissions are now being accepted for Imagine Canada and The Muttart Foundation’s national contest: Students (Verb) Charities

Post-secondary students are being challenged to create campaigns that speak about the collective contribution of charities. First prize $50,000!

OTTAWA, Jan. 19, 2012 /CNW/ – When you think of the charitable sector, you probably picture individual charitable organizations and the excellent work they do. Or, perhaps larger sub-groups come to minds such as the health sector or the arts community. What about the bigger picture? How does the charitable sector as a whole ensure, improve and reflect the quality of life in Canada and around the world?

The charitable sector is massive and multifaceted. Consequently, its collective impact may not be evident. Students (Verb) Charities is a contest that asks students at publicly funded post-secondary institutions to produce a public awareness campaign that talks about the depth, scope and reach that the sector has as a whole. Contestants can submit campaigns in any form or medium. There is a total of $100,000 in cash prizes including a $50,000 first prize for the top entry, the second prize of $25,000, and the third prize of $10,000.

Bob Wyatt, Executive Director of the Muttart Foundation is looking forward to seeing how students use their creativity to reflect the contributions of the charitable sector. “We have deliberately kept the format and medium of the contest flexible because we want young people to be as creative as possible in helping us take a fresh look at ourselves.”

Marcel Lauzière, President, and CEO of Imagine Canada added, “This is an opportunity for young people to become more engaged with charities. In addition to looking forward to seeing the campaigns, we also look forward to connecting with the next generation of leaders in our sector.”

Students (Verb) Charities
Show us (y)our stuff!
Visit http://www.studentsverbcharities.ca for contest rules and regular updates.

Imagine Canada is a national charitable organization whose cause is Canada’s charities and nonprofits. We strengthen the sector’s collective voice, serve as a forum and meeting place, and provide a supportive environment for organizations to build stronger communities. http://www.imaginecanada.ca

The Muttart Foundation considers a robust charitable sector as central to a strong, healthy society. Through their work, charities build community and address key social issues and concerns. http://www.muttart.org

Liquid Lunch on ThatChannel.com!

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Liquid Lunch is ThatChannel’s flagship TV show. Host Hugh Reilly and co-hosts (including Janette Burke, Natalie Filippelli, Stella Hunt, Erin Ademoglu and Marla Lukofsky) talk to the real heroes in Toronto and beyond every weekday from noon through 2pm.

ThatChannel.com is Canada’s Number 1 Internet broadcaster since 2004, and now a pioneer in Internet TV reaching over a hundred thousand viewers monthly. Our mission is to “make a difference and have as much fun as possible—not necessarily in that order”.

Besides the live audience, your interview can live on forever on your website, Youtube, or Facebook to keep working for you long after the live interview.

Measha Brueggergosman Asks Canadians to Take Care of Their Hearts for the Ones They Love

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Internationally-acclaimed Canadian soprano shares her heart health wake-up call and helps Becel®, founding sponsor of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, raise awareness of women’s heart health

TORONTO, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – As mothers, wives, daughters, friends, and pillars of their communities, many Canadian women are quick to put their own needs aside for the benefit of others. Whether it’s caring for an aging parent, dropping everything for a sick child, or inspiring those around them to be and do their best, women are no strangers to self-sacrifice. Yet while their hearts are in the right place, their heart health may not be – and as a result, one in three Canadian women die each year from heart disease and stroke.

That’s why Becel®, the founding sponsor of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, has partnered with award-winning Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman to spread a potentially lifesaving message to help empower Canadian women to protect their heart health. Measha underwent emergency open-heart surgery in 2009 after a near brush with death due to a dissected aorta.

“Even though I spent a lot of time in my 20s trying to get and stay ‘healthy’ by losing weight, I completely neglected factors like blood pressure and high cholesterol. As a result, I ended up in a scary emergency situation and now need to keep a close eye on my heart health for the rest of my life,” said Brueggergosman. “So many women don’t realize that if they don’t look after their own hearts first, they might not be there to take care of the people they love. I hope my story reminds Canadian women to protect and cherish their heart health.”

The facts are heartbreaking but true: heart disease and stroke is the #1 killer of women in Canada – and in 2008 alone, there were seven times more deaths among Canadian women from heart disease and stroke than from breast cancer2.

Know Your Number, Know Your Risk
A survey conducted by Becel® found that almost 70 percent of Canadians – about 20 million people – don’t know their own cholesterol number3. Yet it’s estimated that as many as 10 million Canadian adults have a cholesterol level that is higher than the recommended target4.

“Knowing their cholesterol number is one easy step that all Canadians can take to help reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke since high blood cholesterol is a key risk factor for the disease,” said Maria Ricupero, registered dietitian. “In fact, women can proactively reduce their risk for heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent by making lifestyle changes and taking action to improve their health.”

To help address this issue, Becel®, in its role as founding sponsor of the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, is offering free cholesterol screening tests at eight malls and in more than 200 stores across the country during the month of February. Visit http://www.becel.ca for more information about testing locations and to learn more about heart-healthy living, or speak with a doctor about getting a cholesterol test.

Get pro.activ about Heart Health
Brueggergosman’s family has also seen its share of heart issues. In fact, her father had to undergo a quadruple bypass a few years ago, and there is a history of heart problems and diabetes in her family. Her mother, Ann Gosman, is also now acutely aware of how lifestyle choices can impact heart health.

“My family has seen so much heartache – literally – over the past few years, and I can truly say from experience that the time is now for a wake-up call for Canadian women to start taking care of their heart health,” said Gosman. “I want women to know that they should feel empowered when it comes to their heart health because it is possible to help control this disease. Proper diet and exercise are priorities in my life, and I make sure to get my cholesterol checked on a regular basis.”

Diet plays a critical role in heart health, and a healthy diet low in saturated and trans fats may reduce the risk of heart disease. Eating foods with plant sterols can also help significantly reduce cholesterol levels.

“Plant sterols can help lower blood cholesterol by partially blocking cholesterol absorption into the bloodstream,” said Ricupero. “They’re found naturally in vegetables, fruits, and nuts, but it’s challenging to get the amount recommended to lower cholesterol from these foods alone – so that’s why foods with plant sterols can help.”

One serving (two teaspoons) of Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols provides 40 percent of the daily amount of plant sterols shown to help lower cholesterol in adults.

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

About The Heart Truth™ campaign
The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth campaign is calling on women to put their own health first, make heart-healthy lifestyle changes, recognize heart attack and stroke symptoms and seek prompt treatment. Heart disease and stroke is the # 1 killer of women in Canada, but most don’t know it. Heart disease is not a “man’s disease”: women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke. But by taking care of themselves and making incremental heart-healthy lifestyle changes, women can add more years to their life and more life to their years. In fact, women can reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke by as much as 80 percent by making lifestyle changes. The Red Dress is the official symbol of The Heart Truth campaign. It represents women’s courage, passion and their power for change as they share the truth with others and raise awareness about the importance of heart health. To find out more, visit http://www.thehearttruth.ca.

About Becel®
Becel® has always believed in the importance of caring for your heart. It’s why Becel® margarine was created, and why the brand remains dedicated to educating Canadians about the importance of heart-healthy living. Through its development of educational resources to help Canadians manage their heart health, its founding sponsorship of The Heart and Stroke Foundation’s The Heart Truth™ campaign, and in the development of products such as Becel® pro.activ® calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols, the first food with plant sterols in Canada, Becel® maintains its commitment to heart health innovation and education. For more information, visit http://www.becel.ca.

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong operations in more than 100 countries and sales in 180. With products that are used over two billion times a day around the world, we work to create a better future every day and help people feel good, look good and get more out of life with brands and services that are good for them and good for others. In Canada the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Becel, Ben & Jerry’s, Bertolli, Breyers, Degree, Dove personal care products, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, Klondike, Knorr, Lipton, Nexxus, Noxzema, Popsicle, Q-Tips, Ragu, Skippy, St. Ives, TIGI, TRESemmé, and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Unilever Canada employs more than 1,600 people generating approximately $1.4 billion in sales in 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.unilever.ca.

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1 Statistics Canada. Mortality Summary list of Causes, 2008.
2Statistics Canada. CVD – 34,909; Breast cancer – 4,955. 34,909 divided by 4,955 = 7.046. Per Stats Canada, November 2011.
3 A total of 1,521 Canadians over the age of 18 answered an online survey between December 6th and December 9th, 2010. The survey was conducted by Leger Marketing. For a copy of the survey results, please contact Edelman.
4 Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.3483991/k.34A8/Statistics.htm Accessed October 11, 2011.)

Canadian Students Learn How To Battle Energy Bulge

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Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada launch Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

CALGARY, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ – Hundreds of students and teachers across Canada are participating in The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, a two-month curriculum-based program designed by Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada Limited to inform students about energy, where it comes from and how it can be used efficiently by making smarter choices.

“The Challenge is an ideal way for students to learn about the timely and serious issue of energy. The activities and thinking incorporated into the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge allow teachers to seamlessly integrate these vital concepts into their classroom” said Connie Wyatt Anderson, Chair of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education. “This learning will extend well beyond the classroom and provide students with a greater understanding of the world in which they live.”

So far, over 200 kindergartens to grade 12 teachers have signed up their classes to participate in the Challenge for the chance to win a number of prizes. The Challenge consists of two separate streams: the Classroom Challenge and the Video Contest. In the Classroom Challenge, points are awarded for completing assignments from among 25 lesson plans designed to teach students about energy efficiency and use. The Video Contest challenges classrooms to submit scripts for a creative video outlining ways to reduce energy use. The 50 best scripts will be selected by a panel and the winning classrooms will be given flip video cameras to film their videos for a chance at the grand prize of $2000 towards technical equipment to support learning. Additional prizes can also be won through the Challenge.

“By incorporating information about energy and our natural resources into Canadian students’ curriculum, we hope another generation of Canadians will be inspired to improve their own energy efficiency. As a major energy supplier, Shell wants to be part of the solution by helping people use the energy resources we produce more wisely,” said Ashley Nixon, Shell Canada External Relations Manager.

Students and parents can view the classrooms’ progress and gain tips on reducing their own energy use at http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/cedc. A tool to calculate energy use and helpful blogs written by experts and other Canadian families are also available on the website.

“The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge makes it easy for young Canadians to learn the hard facts about how to make wise energy choices. Supporting environmental education and stewardship is a key priority of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society” said John Geiger, President of the Royal Geographical Society.

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge runs from February 6 to March 30, 2012, and will engage students across the country in a discussion about energy and Canada’s natural resources. Along the way, students will gain a better understanding of the role that energy plays within our society and how it impacts each of us on a daily basis.

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge follows 2011’s successful Energy Diet Challenge where six families across Canada competed to reduce their energy and water use in the home and through smarter mobility choices on the road. As grand prize winners of that Challenge, the Kitchen-Kuiack family from Marsh Lake, Yukon, was named Canada’s “slimmest” family, winning a brand new 2012 Toyota Prius v.

Notes to Editors

A media backgrounder is available.

Canadian Geographic
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society’s mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and its goal is to make Canadians more geographically-literate. The principal mechanism of its public education role is Canadian Geographic magazine. For more than 80 years, Canadian Geographic has been telling stories, explaining issues and making the country more accessible through words, pictures, and maps.

Royal Dutch Shell plc
Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 90 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing, and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects. For further information, visit http://www.shell.com.

Shell Canada Ltd
Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000 people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor, and marketer of refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids, and bitumen, and is Canada’s largest producer of sulfur. Shell is one of Canada’s oil sands developers and operates the Athabasca Oil Sands Project on behalf of the joint venture partners.

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 January‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 16 to 20 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 7340362 Canada Inc. https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=PT1&PST=A&Lang=eng to amend the broadcasting licence for
the national specialty Category B service V Max

Application by UFV Campus and Community Radio Society https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=PT1&PST=A&Lang=eng to amend the
broadcasting licence for the English-language community radio station
CIVL-FM Abbotsford

Telecom Decision:

TELUS Communications Company – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of business local exchange services in 60 exchanges in Alberta,
British Columbia and Quebec
File number: 8640-T66-201104356 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8640/t66_201104356.htm

TELUS Communications Company – Application for forbearance from the
regulation of residential exchange services in the exchanges of Gaspé and
Rivière-au-Renard, Quebec
File number: 8640-T69-201104364 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8640/t69_201104364.htm

Telecom Regulatory Policy:

Network interconnection for voice services
File number: 8643-C12-201105297 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8643/c12_201105297.htm

Winter Clearance up to 70% OFF!‏

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Media Advisory – Canadian Nurses Association speaks out for a made- and owned-in-Canada RN entry exam

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OTTAWA, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ – The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is deeply concerned about a decision made by 10 of Canada’s provincial and territorial registered nurse (RN) regulators to have the American-based National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) develop a new Canadian RN entry exam. If the contract with NCSBN is finalized, the current exam — the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE) — likely will no longer exist and the new one will have its origins in the United States by as early as 2015.

As the national professional voice of RNs in Canada, CNA believes it has a responsibility to protect and promote high standards of nursing practice in the public interest. It is for that reason that CNA president Judith Shamian will present a declaration of principles essential to the development of a made- and owned in Canada RN entry exam, including issues of privacy, mobility, and content. Since RN regulators are accountable to provincial and territorial governments, CNA will call upon Canada’s governments to guarantee the declared principles are implemented and upheld by RN regulators across the country, and that Canadian ownership of the RN entry exam is maintained.

What: News conference – Ensuring a Canadian solution for the RN entry exam: A declaration by CNA

Who: Judith Shamian, President, CNA
Rachel Bard, Chief Executive Officer, CNA

When: Friday, January 13, 2012
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Highlights include:
9:30 a.m. Room available for any technical set-up required. Refreshments will be served.
10:00 a.m. Welcome remarks by Rachel Bard, CEO, CNA.
10:03 a.m. CNA president Judith Shamian delivers CNA’s declaration outlining concerns with the adoption of an American RN entry exam and seven principles that are essential to the development of a made- and owned in Canada RN entry exam.
10:10 a.m. Program concludes.
10:10-11:00 a.m. Media availability.

Where: Fairmont Royal York
Confederation 5 room, Main Mezzanine
100 Front Street West, Toronto

For further information:

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Cell: 613-697-7507
E-mail: kheadley@cna-aiic.ca

Enter for a chance to WIN a Spa Getaway!‏ – KOBO

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Hiring a Mover, some quick tips‏

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Hiring a Mover, some quick tips

Moving can be a stressful experience no matter what the distance. With some careful planning and understanding of your consumer rights and responsibilities, you can avoid some of the common complaints.

Quick tips:

To ensure a good move, the most important step is to find a reputable mover. Ask friends
and neighbours who have moved recently if they were happy with the experience and service the business provided.

Be sure you know exactly what you want to be moved.

Notify the movers of obstacles such as stairs, escalators or difficult parking
situations that may increase the time to load or unload. To avoid being charged
more, later on, give the movers as much information as possible in advance.

Consider whether your move should be insured. You should understand what the mover’s insurance means and what is covered. Ask your mover about available cargo protection coverage or check your existing policy for loss or damage that might occur during your move.

If items are being moved out of the country, get the name and address of the moving agents who will be handling your move at the destination.

Your rights:

The final costs for the move cannot be more than 10 percent above the original estimate provided for in the consumer agreement.

If the consumer agreement dealing with the move is concluded in your home, you have the right to cancel the agreement within 10 days of receiving a copy of the agreement.
A mover cannot hold your goods in order to pressure you into renegotiating the price.

Estimates:

A moving estimate should include: the number of boxes, the estimated weight of the goods to be shipped (if charges will be based on weight and mileage) or the cost per hour or per box/item or the flat rate; terms of payment and the dates and times that moving services are to be provided. The estimate also should include the business name, street address, telephone number and the name of the salesperson/estimator.

Make sure that everything to be moved is shown to the movers before finalizing the estimate. Find out how much it will cost if you need to add any items on the day of the move.

For a local move, the estimate should provide the number of hours the move will take to complete.

Avoid movers who offer a cash deal and/or offer to avoid the Goods and Services Tax. These are signs of an unscrupulous mover and one who may not pay claims or deliver your goods without demanding more money than was agreed to.
Remember that the lowest price may not be the best choice – you get what you pay for.

Additional consumer protection advice is available at http://www.mgs.gov.on.ca

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[TPS] – Open House, Sunday, January 15, 2012, noon, 53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue West‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Open House, Sunday, January 15, 2012, noon, 53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue West

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 6:00 AM
53 Division
416-808-5300

On Sunday, January 15, 2012, between noon and 4 p.m., at 75 Eglinton Avenue West, Staff Inspector Heinz Kuck is inviting the residents and business community of 53 Division to attend the annual Open House.

Community members are welcome to attend 53 Division to meet local officers and take a tour of the station. The tour will involve crime prevention and educational displays and visitors will have a rare opportunity to view an original 1957 Chevy police car.

On hand will be members of the TPS Mounted Unit, Police Dog Services, the Marine Unit and the Emergency Task, Force.

Refreshments will be served.

53 Division’s boundaries are Lawrence Avenue West to the north, Bloor Street to the south, the Don River to the east and Bathurst Street to the west.

For further information, please call Staff Sergeant Peter Henry at 416-808-5354.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Peter Henry, 53 Division

Join us on January 17th for an evening with Elaine Cecconi and Hunter Milborne. Get expert views on Condo Living in 2012!‏

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Join us January 17th for an exclusive design seminar with Elaine Cecconi of Cecconi Simone, one of the industry’s most sought-after interior design firms. Learn insider tips and tricks to maximize a small space and bring a feeling of elegance and expansiveness to your new home. In addition to design advice from an industry expert, get an insider view of the 2012 market from “Dean of Condos,” Hunter Milborne, and hear about the advantages of condominium living.

Tuesday, January 17th, 6 to 8 pm
B.streets Presentation Centre – 783 Bathurst Street
Light refreshments will be served.

Space is limited, RSVP today!
RSVP at rsvp@bstreetscondos.com
BSTREETSCONDOS.COM 416.53.CONDO [532.6636]

MEDIA ADVISORY – CRTC TO HOLD A HEARING IN MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK‏

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CRTC TO HOLD A HEARING IN MIRAMICHI, NEW BRUNSWICK

WHEN: Monday, January 16, 2012

WHERE: Rodd Miramichi River, 1809 Water Street, Miramichi, New Brunswick

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

OTTAWA-GATINEAU — Commencing on January 16, 2012, the Commission will hold
a hearing in Miramichi, New Brunswick, to consider a variety of
broadcasting items.

If you plan on attending the hearing or would like more information about
the hearing, please contact Media Relations at 819-997-9403 or by email at
communications@crtc.gc.ca.

You can listen to the hearing through a live audio feed available on our
website at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca

Are you interesting in following the hearing? Follow us on Twitter:
@CRTCGCCA, hashtags #CRTC, #MIRAMICHI

Reference documents: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675-1
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675-1.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675-2
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675-2.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675-3
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675-3.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-675-4
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675-4.htm

media relations, Tel: 819-997-9403, Fax: 819-997-4245

General Inquiries:
Tel: 819-997-0313, TDD: 819-994-0423, Fax: 819-994-0218
Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
TDD – Toll-free # 1-877-909-CRTC (2782)
Ask a question or make a complaint
http://crtc.gc.ca/RapidsCCM/Register.asp?lang=E

Mandarin Classes in Kensington Market

In Writing (all kinds) on January 13, 2012 at 12:34 PM

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Interested in learning Mandarin – one of the most powerful languages in the world to know? Mei Ling Lau who is organizing the classes says that if you speak to a Chinese person in Mandarin, they will always respond to you in Mandarin! Imagine going through the Chinatowns in the city and being able to do your shopping by speaking in Mandarin. For business professionals and anyone interested in traveling to China – you will now have the needed skills to look like a pro.

Classes start on Saturday, February 4, 2012, right after the Chinese New Year – now Year of the Water Dragon on Monday, January 23, 2012. They will be held at 171 Augusta Ave. in Kensington Market. Parking is available throughout the area and it is extremely accessible by TTC. The teacher is one of the best in her field and you have access to her for the low price of $15.00 CDN/class.

The time of the classes is from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If there is a high demand for the classes, different times and potentially days will also be offered.

Please contact Mei Ling Lau for more information: 416-871-8019. What a great way to start off the New Year and to meet new friends.

[TPS] – 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program, Final update‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program, Final update

Monday, January 9, 2012 – 2:14 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1920

The Toronto Police Service 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. program has concluded as of January 1, 2012. A total of 2,232 officers carried out 556 spot-checks and dedicated 6,798 hours to the Holiday R.I.D.E. program in Toronto.

A comparison to the final results in 2010 is provided.

Final spot-check summary 2011 (day 37)

– spot-checks conducted: 556
– drivers tested: 2,552
– charged over 80 (includes all Over 80 charges): 100
– charged refuse (includes all fail/refuse charges): 20
– charged impaired: 26
– issued warn-range suspension: 270
– issued 90-day suspension: 118
– suspensions issued: 388
– vehicles impounded: 227
– total people charged: 123
– total drinking and driving charges laid: 146

As a result of the Toronto Police 2011 Holiday R.I.D.E. campaign: one in every 20 drivers tested at a spot-check resulted in the driver being arrested for a criminal drinking and driving offence (2010: one in every 33 drivers tested).

Furthermore, one in every nine drivers tested resulted in a warn-range driver’s licence suspension (2010: one in every 10 drivers tested).

These numbers reflect the Toronto Police Service R.I.D.E. spot-checks only.

Final spot-check summary 2010 (day 37)

– spot checks conducted: 336
– drivers tested: 1,805
– charged Over 80 (includes all Over 80 charges): 49
– charged refuse (includes all fail/refuse charges): 5
– charged impaired: 22
– issued warn-range suspension: 177
– issued 90−day suspension: 50
– total suspensions issued: 227
– vehicles impounded: 129
– total people charged: 60
– total drinking and driving charges laid: 76

The Toronto Police Service conducts R.I.D.E. spot-checks throughout the year to ensure that citizens arrive at their destinations safely and will continue to work cooperatively with members of the public to heighten society’s awareness of the dangers associated with impaired driving.

Together we can make a difference by sending a strong message to our communities that impaired driving will not be tolerated.

Plan ahead. Don’t drink and drive.

For further information, contact Toronto Police Service Ride Coordinator, Constable Wendy Johnston, at 416-808-1954.

The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at Traffic Services on Twitter and Facebook.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Constable Wendy Johnston, Traffic Services

Reminder of Women Writing Letters Event: Sunday January 22, 2012

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Join us for the next Women Writing Letters Event

A LETTER TO MY ________ BIRTHDAY in honour of Gailey Road’s 5th Birthday Celebration.

With panelists:

Marianne Fedunkiw, playwright
Grace Feuerverger, writer, and educator
Marisa Gelfusa, fiction writer
Jackie Laidlaw, actor
Supinder Wraich, actor

Sunday, January 22, 2012
2:30-4:00 followed by birthday cake
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
252 Bloor Street West (at St. George subway)
12th Floor Community Lounge

Hope to see you there!

All the best,
Tara

Mountain Equipment Co-op

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Upcoming CRTC Decisions‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 9 to 13 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:

Decisions relating to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the 19 September 2011 public hearing:
FDR Media Group Inc., on behalf of a corporation to be incorporated
Applications 2011-0765-7
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-427.htm#6 and 2011-0758-2
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-427.htm#20

Broadcasting regulatory policies:

None

Telecom Decision:

Revocation of basic international telecommunications services licences

Rasta at the ROM in Toronto

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[TPS] – Distracted driving, “Last Call: Whatever You Have To Say Can Wait”‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Distracted driving, “Last Call: Whatever You Have To Say Can Wait”

Thursday, January 5, 2012 – 11:51 AM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service would like to highlight the dangerous activities associated with drivers who use cell phones, hand-held communications, and entertainment devices while driving.

The legislation that came into effect on October 26, 2009, created a specific offence for this driving behaviour, which is known to distract drivers from driving safely.

The law applies to hand-held wireless communications and hand-held electronic entertainment devices.

Drivers must use only wireless devices that can be used in a hands-free manner:

– a cell phone with an earpiece or headset using voice-dialing, or plugged into the vehicle’s sound system

– a global positioning system (GPS) device that is properly secured to the dashboard or another accessible place in the vehicle

– a portable audio player that has been plugged into the vehicle’s sound system,

9-1-1 calls for emergency assistance are not prohibited by the legislation.

This dangerous activity associated with drivers who talk, text, type, dial or email using handheld cellphones and other hand-held communications and entertainment devices continues to occur on our streets.

The Toronto Police Service will continue to educate motorists about this dangerous driving practice and enforce the law.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

Hayden-Harnett: Holy Hauteness, the Havana is back!‏

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CIL Paint Trends: 2012 Colours are Red Hot

In Writing (all kinds) on January 6, 2012 at 3:00 AM

CIL Tea Dance: CIL Paints has announced Tea Dance (10YR 21/436) red as its colour of the year for 2012.

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Concord, Ontario – January 4, 2012 – CIL Paints is giving Canadians something to blush about in the year ahead. The leading paint brand has announced red as 2012 colour of the year, meaning home décor enthusiasts from coast to coast will be sporting a touch of rouge.

According to CIL Paints, the hottest colour of the coming year is a blushy, lively, juicy red. It’s a colour that can mean many things to many people, says Alison Goldman, Marketing Communications Manager for CIL Paints, citing CIL’s Tea Dance (10YR 21/436) as the brand’s 2012 colour of the year.

“Red is held in high regard around the world,” notes Goldman, explaining that in China red means good fortune, in India it signifies marital bliss and in many Western cultures, it’s the colour of passion, power, and festivity. “Because it can mean so many things to so many people, red is a colour that reminds us to open our minds to new ideas waiting to be discovered,” she adds.

This year’s red is like a chameleon, says Goldman. Depending on what it pairs with, it can be reassuring or edgy, soft or bright, warm or cool. Toned down from the fiery red of 2011, it is a deep, warm blush of pinkish, tropical red with a subtle hint of peach that makes it more versatile than before. CIL recommends using a touch of blush “to change the game” when it comes to home décor by applying red to offset other colours, brighten the mood or add a sense of depth in a room.

Daring to be different is a dominant theme for the entire 2012 palette, adds Goldman. Highlighted by hushed pastels, chic neutrals, and edgy brights, this year’s colour forecast is about embracing possibilities, with each colour family featuring full-bodied hues that offer character and meaning. For example:

Oranges: This is the year orange comes of age, maturing from pumpkin and citrus tones to a rustier hue that adds weight and a more masculine touch. The mix of oranges from the 2012 palette blend hot and cool together, and partner well with deep browns, tans and coppers. Earthy, industrial and hypnotic, CIL’s orange pick for 2012 is Cinnabar (50YR 32/460).

Yellows: Stepping away from its traditional sunny role, the yellow colour family is all about sparking interesting combinations in the year ahead. Featuring ochre, mustard and creamy tones – highlighted by CIL’s Golden Ember (30YY 36/572) – this year’s yellows offer a diverse palette of spicy, tan and edgy hues that have depth and strength, ideal for partnering with oranges and neutrals.

CIL Still Waters: Greens will be warmer and more subdued, taking on a yellow undertone, in 2012, says CIL Paints, citing Still Waters (90GG 28/133) green – pictured on the walls of this room – as a popular, nature-inspired choice for the year ahead.

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Greens: Calming forest tones, warming olives and tender spring greens, like CIL’s Calypso Green (10GY 21/375), are replacing the bolder, brighter greens of last year. Inspired by nature, this year’s green palette has a distinctive yellow undertone, reminding us of leaves, grasses and – in some instances – even man-made flora. For a more modern feel, combine grassy green with silvery neutrals and pastel blues.

CIL Lakemont Blue: Blues will remain strong and deep in 2012, according to CIL Paints. Next year’s blues – such as Lakemont Blue (10BG 11/257), featured on the walls of this room – take on a more mysterious tone, conjuring up images of inky night skies.

CIL Lakemont Blue

Blues: Last year’s teal is diving even deeper into the ocean for 2012, taking on a more mysterious tone that conjures up images of inky night skies. Continuing its green streak, blue remains strong and deep – such as CIL’s Lakemont Blue (10BG 11/257)– for a personal, classical look that goes well with rusty browns, pale designer greys, and industrial yellow.

Violets: This year’s deep, enigmatic violet is reminiscent of last year but with a hint of slate, such as CIL’s Purple Haze (50RB 09/156). Violet and purple tones for 2012 work well on accent walls, evoking images of forest fruit, stormy skies or the quiet, shady corners of nature.

Neutrals: Rounding out the 2012 colour palette is warmer neutrals such as CIL’s Silver Quill (30GG 61/010), which are lighter than last year’s popular oyster shell taupes. Cool, modest neutrals like CIL’s Sandringham (20YY 59/111), with a hint of green and downy softness, will also be in style.

“The 2012 colour palette is all about possibilities,” says Goldman. “The more people get comfortable in their own skin, the more confidence they have to experiment with colour, and the diverse and flexible palette of the coming year is the perfect place to start.”

The 2012 colours are featured in the new CIL 2012 Colour Trends magazine – available free-of-charge at CIL retailers. For more information or to locate a CIL retailer near you, visit http://www.cil.ca or call 1-800-DURABLE (387-2253).

Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Surpasses Goal, Raises Record $20 Million

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TORONTO, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ – This Christmas, donors across Canada helped support The Salvation Army’s efforts to reduce poverty nationwide by donating more than $20 million to the annual Kettle Campaign. Funds raised in the nearly 2,000 kettles in stores, on street corners and online, will be used to support programs that help restore hope and dignity to more than 1.7 million each year throughout the country.

“We’re incredibly grateful for the overwhelming generosity that helped us fill the kettles this year,” said Graham Moore, Territorial Secretary for Public Relations and Development for The Salvation Army in Canada. “Meeting and surpassing our ambitious $19 million goals will help us meet the increased demand for our services and provide a sense of dignity for all throughout 2012.”

This year marked the 120th anniversary of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign and the more than $20 million raised surpassed an all-time record. In addition to physical kettles located on street corners and shopping centres across the country, donors also had the option to give online at http://www.FilltheKettle.com.

“We owe the success of this year’s campaign to everyone who donated, the thousands of volunteers who manned our kettles and the various malls, retail stores and shopping centres that welcomed us in this Christmas,” said Graham Moore. “Without this support, we would not be able to raise the funds needed to address the dehumanizing scourge of poverty throughout the upcoming year.”

The Salvation Army Christmas Campaign helps provide direct, compassionate, hands-on service to more than 1.7 million people in Canada each year. This annual campaign has grown into one of Canada’s most significant and recognizable charitable events. Last year, more than $18 million was raised in kettles nationwide. The Salvation Army relies on the support of numerous corporate partners, including Walmart and Loblaw Companies Limited, which allow Christmas Kettles to be placed in their stores each year.

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.

News releases, articles and updated information can be found at http://www.SalvationArmy.ca

Arkadium Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Game Partnership With Microsoft Studios

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Leader in casual and social games to develop multiple exclusive games cross-platform

NEW YORK, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ – Arkadium, a top game development studio in New York City today announced it has signed a strategic partnership to develop casual and social games on multiple platforms to be launched by Microsoft Studios. The multi-year, multi-game partnership is an evolution of the relationship the two companies have been developing over the previous two years.

“Arkadium has a ten-year track record of developing entertaining and well-architected casual and social games,” said Matt Booty, GM of Connected Experiences for Microsoft Studios. “Our team is excited to be partnering with a developer that we believe will help us entertain millions of people as we expand our reach to a broader audience.”

“We are very excited to be working with Microsoft Studios to develop casual and social cross-platform experiences,” said Kenny Rosenblatt, CEO of Arkadium. “We have been looking to strategically partner with a company that can help catapult our business and accelerates Arkadium’s cross-platform game development. Microsoft is the perfect partner to help us realize our growth strategy.”

About Arkadium
Arkadium, creators of the largest library of casual games in the world, has been a top game developer for the past decade. The company’s hit games, including Mahjongg Dimensions, are distributed worldwide to over ten million gamers per month on the web, Facebook, iPhone, and iPads. A top 20 Comscore game distributor, Arkadium has been the longstanding game’s partner of MSN, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, ESPN, ABC, Lifetime, Discovery and many more distinguished brands. Family owned and operated, Arkadium has grown organically since 2001 to more than 100 employees in offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Ukraine. For more information visit http://www.arkadium.com.

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Life Rattle – Three Quarters

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Here is the link for the show on Life Rattle Radio:

http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/show1185.html

ARC Magazine’s 2012 Internship Program is seeking candidates‏

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Happy New Year to all, safe and happy trails through 2012.

ARC Magazine’s 2012 internship program is now open and seeking to appoint new candidates, preferably university students and recent graduates who have a vested interest in Visual art, Art History, Media & Cultural Studies, and Journalism. While at ARC interns will have the opportunity to: Gain invaluable experience at an emerging cultural publication• Research and interview various artists from across the region and diaspora • Develop an informed writing practice by blogging and creating specified content • Database Development • Web content management and development.

Please share with your varied networks and link potential candidates to: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2011/12/arc-magazines-2012-internship-program-is-seeking-candidates/.

Deadline for Applications is Jan 31st, 2012.

Best to all in 2012.

Kindest Wishes,

Happy New Year!!!!!!

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Donna Magazine wishes you a Happy New Year filled with health, wealth and prosperity to name just a few really good puns. This year, the magazine has accomplished the over 200,000 unique visitors mark with it also being top-ranked in Google. The magazine has more than 1,500 articles for you to go over and enjoy and what I hope is a pleasant, peaceful and relaxing day for you. Please do continue to read the magazine. It is YOU who makes a tremendous difference and I cannot express in these simple words alone how much I appreciate and everyone past, present and future directly affiliated with Donna Magazine.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

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Donna Magazine wishes you and yours a Happy New Year!

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