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Whole Wheat Bows with Strawberries, Balsamic and Mint

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Bows, Strawberries and Mint Recipe

This gorgeous and unique pasta salad recipe is packed with nutritional superfoods, including 100 percent whole wheat pasta, berries, spinach, and almonds. It tastes as wonderful as it looks and your body will thank you for eating it!

Preparation Time: 8 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

1 box (300 g) whole wheat bows, such as Catelli® Healthy Harvest® brand

1/3 cup (75 mL) balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp (15 mL) honey

2 tsp (10 mL) Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 tsp (4 mL) each salt and pepper

1/4 cup (50 ml) canola oil

6 cups (1.5 L) lightly packed baby spinach leaves

3 cups (750 mL) halved or quartered strawberries

1/3 cup (75 mL) thinly sliced red onion

1 cup (250 mL) lightly packed, torn fresh mint leaves

1/2 cup (125 mL) crumbled goat cheese

1/4 cup (50 mL) toasted sliced almonds

Instructions

1. Prepare the bows according to package directions; drain well.

2. Meanwhile, whisk the vinegar with the honey, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper.

3. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until well combined.

4. Toss the bows with the spinach, strawberries, red onion and dressing until well coated. Transfer to a large serving bowl.

5. Stir in the mint and scatter the goat cheese and almonds over the salad just before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Per Serving ( about 1 1/2 cups/375 mL ): 286 calories, 11 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 315 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrates, 6 g fibre, 9 g protein. Excellent source of folate and vitamin C. Good source of iron.

Tips:

Serve this sensational side dish with grilled fish or chicken.
Omit the goat cheese if preferred.
Substitute toasted pine nuts for the sliced almonds.

For more information and creative recipe ideas, visit http://www.wholegrainpasta.ca .

March is Nutrition Month: Eat These Five Disease-Fighting Foods Daily

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MEDIA ADVISORY

MARCH IS NUTRITION MONTH

Eat These Five Disease-Fighting Foods to be Healthier, Have More

Energy and Stay Young, says Leading Canadian Dietitian

February 21, 2012 – Move over apples. Recent studies find that eating five other particular foods a day may keep the doctor away as well.

According to leading Canadian dietitian and best-selling author Liz Pearson, consuming 100 percent whole grains, berries, dark leafy greens, nuts, and even chocolate, daily will not only increase your energy levels, but can also decrease your chances of contracting such diseases as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and in some cases, may even slow down the aging process.

“If you can find a way to include these five disease-fighting foods in your diet each day, you’ll start feeling the physical difference within as early as a couple of weeks,” says Pearson, co-author of Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and author of Broccoli, Love and Dark Chocolate, to be released in Spring 2013, who is calling on all Canadians to begin eating what she calls this “superstar” fare now. Here’s a rundown on each:

100 percent whole grains

Not all whole grains are created equal, emphasizes Pearson. “If a food item doesn’t say 100 percent whole grain on the package, then it’s not, and you should find one that does,” she advises, explaining that even products that say “made with whole grain” often contain more refined grains – such as white flour – than whole grains, which significantly lowers the health benefits and may even be harmful to one’s health.

“Whole grains – such as 100 percent whole grain pasta like Catelli® Healthy Harvest®, bread, and cereal – offer many more vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants than refined grains,” Pearson explains, adding that studies confirm kids, teens and adults who eat 100 percent whole grains are more likely to have a healthy body weight and less abdominal fat.

What’s more, eating 100 percent whole grains can lower the risk of various diseases, she says, citing a study conducted in January by the Seattle, Washington-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, which shows a diet rich in whole grains significantly reduces inflammation linked to heart disease and cancer and increases hormones that protect against cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Go for six to eight 100 percent whole grain servings daily, says Pearson. That’s the equivalent of half a cup of pasta, one slice of bread or one cup of cereal per serving. For creative ways to use whole grains in recipes, visit http://www.wholegrainpasta.ca .

Berries

If foods received awards, this group would win for best brain health, according to Pearson. Based on a study from the Boston, Massachusetts-based Agricultural Research Service Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, berries are the brain’s natural housekeeper. “When you eat berries, they activate a mechanism that cleans up a toxic debris that can cause memory loss and other mental declines that come with age,” she says.

Referring to berries as “antioxidant megastars,” Pearson explains that – whether fresh, frozen or dried – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and the like are ultimate anti-aging foods.

“They can slow down the aging process and even turn back the clock,” she says, explaining that not only do berries help preserve thinking skills and memory, but they also help maintain balance and coordination as a person ages, defend against Alzheimer’s and cancer, and boost one’s immunity.

Aim for one half to one cup of berries daily, Pearson advises. Add them to cereal or salads, mix them with yogurt or whip them into smoothies.

Dark Leafy Greens

It’s time to start going for the gold, says Pearson – “green gold” that is. Dark leafy greens like spinach, broccoli, kale, collard greens, watercress, Swiss Chard, and arugula are called such because they contain a goldmine of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that fight disease, including heart disease and cancer.

“They are the most nutrient dense food you can eat, containing more nutrition per calorie than any other food,” Pearson says. “In fact, without a daily dose of dark leafy greens, it’s almost impossible to get enough vitamin K, which is key for strong bones and clean arteries.”

Eye health is another benefit, she emphasizes, citing a Finish study that links high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin – key nutrients found in dark leafy greens – with a decreased likelihood of developing cataracts. Other studies connect greens to a lower risk of macular degeneration, the leading cause of adult blindness.

Eat at least one cup of dark leafy greens every day, Pearson suggests. Enjoy them in salads and add them to soups, pasta dishes, stir-frys, and eggs.

Nuts

Nuts are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fibre and plant compounds that protect the heart. “If you eat nuts regularly, not only are you less likely to have a heart attack or stroke but if you do have one, you’re much less likely to die from it,” says Pearson.

In a recent study at the University of Barcelona in Spain, researchers found a link between eating nuts and higher levels of serotonin, a substance that helps improve heart health. Nuts are also linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, macular degeneration, gallstones, and cancer.

While almonds are the most nutrient-dense nut and walnuts take the top spot for antioxidants and heart-healthy omega-3 fats, all nuts offer significant health benefits, Pearson says.

Limit intake to about a quarter of a cup – or two tablespoons of peanut or almond butter – daily since nuts are high in calories. Toss them into salads, pasta dishes or cereal or enjoy them on their own.

Chocolate

Always leave room for chocolate, advises Pearson. Not only does it satisfy a sweet tooth, but chocolate – particularly dark chocolate – is healthy when consumed in moderation.

High in cocoa flavanols, chocolate has been scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation, she explains. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in England, who analyzed seven studies involving more than 100,000 participants, linked eating chocolate to as much as a 37 percent reduction in cardiovascular disease and 29 percent reduction in stroke,” Pearson says.

Limit daily intake to about a half to one ounce – two to four squares – of dark chocolate, preferably containing at least 60 to 70 percent cocoa. For variety, use chocolate in 100 percent whole grain muffins or pancakes, and in trail mix.

“Don’t underestimate the energy value of eating these five superfoods as well,” says Pearson “Not only will their regular consumption help you to be healthier in the long run, but you’ll start feeling the benefits in terms of increased energy within a matter of weeks.”

Visit http://www.lizpearson.com for more information, tips and recipes.

Upcoming Events for Week of Feb 20

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Dear Friends,
We hope you had enjoyed a great relaxing Family Day long weekend, and a BIG THANK YOU goes out to all of those that were able to attend our retreat (Dealing with Desires) this past weekend; we hope you had a blast! If you missed your chance this time around or want to attend the next retreat, keep an eye on this newsletter in the next 2-3 months.

Events for the week of the 20th
Wed 22nd, Meditation nights – Kirtan: Bhakti yoga chants with Music and dance. Enliven and enlighten your being through the simple method of Meditation. Forget about the stress from work, let go the fear of exams and embrace a relaxed spirit of festivities as we inch closer to holiday season through the easy process of meditation. Details and RSVP at http://www.BhaktiLounge.com/3314

Thu 23rd, Vegan cooking made easy: Everything you need to know about vegan cooking from choosing ingredients to advise on health and nutrition. Learn in an interactive and participative environment, through these classes we will take you on a Journey to focus deeply on the ‘Yoga of cooking’. You will be surprised to know how you can transform your home kitchen into a meditation room and your food into Ayurvedic treats. Please pre-register as we have only limited spots. Details and RSVP at http://www.BhaktiLounge.com/3308

Fri 24th, Unconditional Love – Bhagavad Gita series: Love is one of the words we use most and understand least. The problem is that there are different kinds of love – some last a day, some a lifetime and some forever. This boundless unconditional eternal love is the topic of discussion and we invite you all to join us for a special evening. We will discover these secrets through soothing musical candle lit kirtans, interactive presentations, and a delicious vegan dinner and desserts. Details and RSVP at http://www.BhaktiLounge.com/3305

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

Bhagavad Gita Series: Arjuna Said: “I do not see how any good can come from killing my own kinsmen in this battle, nor can I, my dear Krishna, desire any subsequent victory, kingdom, or happiness.”(Chapter 1 text 31)

Regards
Mangal-arti

Enhanced Global Video App Expands Survivor: One World Viewing Experience

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TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2012, /CNW/ – Shaw Media is taking fans of Survivor: One World to the next level of television viewing by adding a live sync companion experience to the wildly popular Global Video App, available for iPad™, iPhone™, and iPod Touch™ users.

The Global Video App’s companion experience features the following unique attributes:

The use of audio-sync technology that allows Global to sync the broadcast of Survivor and the app to deliver relevant content timed precisely to each part of the weekly episodes.

The content offers a mixture of episode-specific material including trivia questions, polls, photo challenges and more; participating earns users virtual points and achievements
Leverages Apple’s Game Center for virtual points and achievements
Users are able to compete for both individually and as part of an online tribe, with winners announced each week.

A fully-functional Twitter task-bar exists within the companion screen allowing users to monitor and participate in the Survivor conversation without exiting the app
Compatibility with the live broadcast of the episodes as well as with recorded versions via Personal Video Recorders (PVR)

Consumers wishing to access this new companion feature can visit the App Store on their personal devices and download the Global Video App. Users who already have this app will be prompted to update the current version to include the companion experience.

Survivor: One World airs Wednesdays – 8pm ET/PT on Global.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
Global TV @Global_TV
Shaw Media TV PR @ShawMediaTV_PR

Global Television is a Shaw Media network.
For further information:

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jaime Werby, Publicist
Global Television
(416) 934-7851
jaime.werby@shawmedia.ca

Grace Park, Publicity Manager
Global Television
(416) 967-2484
grace.park@shawmedia.ca

Chimurenga presents a screening of Man On Ground‏

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Join us for a screening of Akin Omotoso’s Man on Ground followed by a conversation between Omotoso & Aryan Kaganof

Friday 24 February, 19h00 till 22h00 at the Gugu s’Thebe Arts and Culture Centre
cnr Washington and Church Street, Langa.

Free Entry

For more information visit http://www.chimurenga.co.za

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Tanzania Minerals Corp. provides operational update and announces grant of incentive stock options and change in corporate secretarial staff

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VANCOUVER, Feb. 8, 2012, /CNW/ – Tanzania Minerals Corp. (the “Company”), (TSXV:TZM) (FRANKFURT: TM0.F) is pleased to provide an operational update with respect to exploration at its Mrangi and Mrangi South gold properties in the Lake Victoria Goldfields area of Tanzania. Fourteen diamond drill holes, approximately 200 metres depth each, for a total of 2,673 metres, and 58 reverse circulations for a total depth of 8,598 metres have been drilled to date.

Drilling was conducted to determine the cause of arsenic and gold soil anomalies detected by traditional soil geochemistry exploration and multiple element anomalies (e.g., As, Cu, Zn) detected using a portable XRF unit over the same area. The drilling reported in this release focused on secondary priority targets on the licence related to a strike extension of the Phoenix mine vein swarm and metal anomalism. Results from initial drilling were reported in a press release dated October 14th, 2011. Preliminary gold exploration on four licences in the Kagera Region has also been initiated.

Kal Matharu, CEO of Tanzania Minerals Corp. commented, “I am pleased with the latest results of our exploration program and the identification of the two new mineralized zones encountered. I look forward to receiving the next assay results from the drilling program to test the lateral extent of the system.” He added, “Initial exploration on our Mrangi South and four Kagera Region gold licences is encouraging, and we eagerly await the results of the soil and lithogeochemical sampling programs.”

This release summarizes the laboratory assay data for all eight reverse circulation drill holes (MRRC039-045 and MRRC047) and resulted in a total of 919 gold and base metal assays. Results from the remaining 12 holes are pending. All the holes were logged and mineralized intervals recorded. These intervals were sent for preparation at ALS Mwanza, Tanzania, prior to being shipped and analysed at OMAC Laboratories, in Ireland, and the results are tabulated in Table 1.

Table 1. Notable intercepts recorded to date during the current drilling programme:

Hole From To Interval Au Grade (g/t) Cu Grade (%) Interval
MRRC39 39 40 1 0.43 0.01 1 m @ 0.43 g/t Au
MRRC39 82 85 3 0.33 0.01 3 m @ 0.33 g/t Au
MRRC40 95 96 1 0.31 0.01 1 m @ 0.31 g/t Au
MRRC40 101 102 1 0.36 0.00 1 m @ 0.36 g/t Au
MRRC41 65 67 2 0.27 0.00 2 m @ 0.2 g/t Au
MRRC44 65 66 1 1.01 0.02 1 m @ 1.0 g/t Au
MRRC44 110 116 6 0.06 0.13 6 m @ 0.13% Cu
MRRC44 127 170 43 0.02 0.14 43 m @ 0.14 % Cu
MRRC45 72 74 2 0.33 0.00 2 m @ 0.33 g/t Au
MRRC45 122 128 6 0.05 0.19 6 m @ 0.19% Cu
MRRC45 149 173 24 0.02 0.10 24 m @ 0.10 % Cu
MRRC47 45 67 22 0.01 0.08 22 m @ 0.08 % Cu
MRRC47 97 101 4 0.01 0.11 4 m @ 0.11 % Cu
MRRC47 197 216 19 0.02 0.16 19 m @ 0.16 % Cu

Location of the drillholes mentioned in this press release illustrated on a simplified geology map. Bold drillholes correspond to the drilling intercepts noted in Table 1, and dark grey drillhole results (MRRC46, 49-58) are pending.

The gold concentration of the majority (284 samples) of the 919 assays performed were typically at or below the analytical detection limit of 0.002 ppm, and 604 samples containing less than 0.10 ppm gold. The remaining 31 samples ranged from 0.10 ppm to 1.01 ppm (g/t) gold over intervals of one metre. The elevated gold concentrations correspond to drill intercepts where variable proportions of disseminated pyrite are present, often with thin quartz-carbonate veins and veinlets, proximal to a late west-northwest trending dike (MRRC39-43), or associated with a major ENE-trending interpreted fault (MRRC44 and 45). The highest gold concentrations were noted from these latter two drill holes, with grades of 1.01 g/t over 1 m (MRRC44) and 0.33 g/t over 2 m (MRRC45).

Soil XRF geochemistry and traditional gold soil geochemistry previously recorded the presence of coincident gold anomalism with copper, arsenic, and weaker lead and zinc anomalies associated with rhyolite with interbedded tuff in the southern part of the licence and in two areas in the western part of the licence. Drilling of holes MRRC44, 45 and 47 on one of the southern anomalies noted the gold grades mentioned previously, but also intersected enriched zones of elevated copper mineralization, present as chalcopyrite stringers within the rhyolite. In MRRC44 two zones of copper mineralization were encountered: an upper zone 6 m in thickness and a grade of 0.13% Cu, and a lower zone of 43 m at 0.14% Cu. Drillhole MRRC45 (100 m to the ENE of MRRC44) also includes upper and lower copper-rich zones with grades of 6 m at 0.19% Cu and 24 m at 0.10% Cu, respectively. Drillhole MRRC47 collared 280 m to the south of MRRC45 contained three discrete copper mineralized intervals of variable widths and grades, including 22 m at 0.08% Cu, 4 m at 0.11% Cu, and 19 m @ 0.16% Cu. The copper-rich zones do not contain elevated gold concentrations, and only display weak As, Pb and Zn enrichment. The outstanding samples from the drilling program are currently at the assay lab. Results will be reported when received.

Soil sampling continues on the Company’s Mrangi South licence (located approximately 20 km to the south of the main Mrangi licence), and is now complete on the 514 hectare Mrangi East licence. High rainfall hindered access to the field area and also the use of portable XRF equipment in November and December. The samples are at the SGS Mwanza laboratory and results are expected shortly. Field work planned for the next three months include compiling additional historic data, geological mapping and ground-truthing prospective gold targets identified during satellite remote sensing and recently flown high-definition airborne geophysics.

Detailed exploration work is also shortly scheduled to start on the company’s four licences (totaling 751.74 km2) in Kagera Region, northwest Tanzania. These licences are underlain by sedimentary rocks of the Proterozoic Karagwe-Ankolean System that have been intruded by mafic to felsic intrusions. Large crustal-scale faults are interpreted to cut through the licences and the Company believes the licences have the potential to host gold mineralization in an area not previously investigated in detail for this commodity. A large gossan (50 m wide and 200 m long) has been identified by the Company’s Country Manager, Mr. Abiel Kyamanywa, and initial portable XRF measurements show the gossan to be enriched in lead (up to 1,156 ppm from 6 measurements at one locality). A suite of prospecting samples has been taken from the gossan for gold assay and the results are pending. The proposed exploration program has started with a detailed desktop study, which is incorporating historic geochemical and geophysical data to produce focused targets. These targets will be investigated by geological mapping and prospecting, in conjunction with portable XRF soil and outcrop geochemical analysis.

GRANT OF INCENTIVE STOCK OPTIONS

Vancouver, BC, Canada – February 08, 2012- Tanzania Minerals Corp. (the “Company”), (TSX-V:TZM) (FRANKFURT: TM0.F) today announces that it has granted incentive stock options to directors, officers, and consultants of the Company to purchase up to 450,000 common shares of the Company at a price of $0.27 per share, exercisable for a period of five years. The options are being granted pursuant to the terms of the Company’s stock option plan and are subject to regulatory approval.

CHANGE IN CORPORATE SECRETARIAL STAFF

The Company also announces the resignation of Ms. Jude Fawcett and subsequent appointment of Ms. Christal Pendleton as Corporate Secretary, effective January 16, 2012. The Company wishes to express its appreciation for Ms. Fawcett’s past service to the Company.

EurGeol Dr. Sandy M. Archibald, PGeo, Consultant Geologist, Aurum Exploration Services, is the Qualified Person who supervised the preparation of the technical data in this news release.

Additional information on Tanzania Minerals Corp., including technical reports and other public documents, are available on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com or on the Company’s website at http://www.tanzaniaco.com.

Tanzania Minerals Corp. is an emerging junior exploration company trading on the TSX Venture Exchange. The company has an extensive portfolio of projects in Tanzania.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Tanzania Minerals Corp.

“Kal Matharu”

Kal Matharu, President & CEO

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Statements included in this announcement, including statements concerning our plans, intentions, and expectations, which are not historical in nature are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, “forward-looking statements”. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates”, “expects” and similar expressions. The Company cautions readers that forward-looking statements, including without limitation those relating to the Company’s future operations and business prospects are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements.
For further information:

Tanzania Minerals Corp.
Kal Matharu
President and CEO
Tel: (204) 942-3191
Fax: (204) 944-0513
http://www.tanzaniaco.com

CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 20 to 24 February
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:

Applications by GlassBOX Television Inc.
https://services.crtc.gc.ca/pub/instances-proceedings/Default-Defaut.aspx?S=C&PA=B&PT=NC&PST=A&Lang=eng
to amend the broadcasting licences for the national Category B specialty
services BITE TV and AUX by adding program categories to the list of
categories from which they may draw programming

Application by Newcap Inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-675.htm#17 for authority to
acquire from Sun Country Radio Ltd. the assets of the English-language
commercial radio station CKKO-FM Kelowna

Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the 21 November 2011 public hearing:

• Newcap Inc. http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-595.htm#16
Application 2011-0902-5
• Mark Tamagi, OBCI http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-595.htm#15

Application 2011-0766-5

Broadcasting regulatory policy:

Quality standards for French-language closed captioning – Enforcement,
monitoring and the future mandate of the French-language Closed Captioning
Working Group http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-741.htm

Telecom Decision:

No decisions

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CRTC initiates text messaging trial to improve the accessibility of 911 call centres

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced a three-month trial that
will allow 911 call centres to communicate with pre-registered
participants with hearing and speech impairments by text message.

“This text messaging trial is one of the several initiatives that the CRTC is
exploring to improve the accessibility of communications services for the
hearing and speech impaired,” said Leonard Katz, the CRTC’s Acting
Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. “This trial will give
us the technical and operational information we need before making a final
a decision on whether to expand the program nationwide.”

The trial will involve participants in Vancouver, Toronto, Peel Region and
Montreal, and is expected to begin shortly. During the trial,
pre-registered participants will make test 911 calls. The 911 call
centres, participating in the trial, will be notified at the start of the
test calls that the caller has registered for the trial and will thus
respond by text message. Information from this trial will be used to
prepare a report regarding the feasibility of rolling out such a program
on a national basis.

In 2009, following its accessibility decision, the CRTC asked a group of
public safety representatives, telecommunications companies and the
hearing and speech impaired community to develop solutions to improve 911
access for persons with hearing or speech impairments. The trial is a
the result of their collaboration.

Telecom Decision CRTC 2012-101 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-101.htm

The CRTC

The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
Reference documents:
Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-224 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2010/2010-224.htm
Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2009-430 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2009/2009-430.htm

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Monday, February 13, 2012 to Sunday, February 19, 2012, “Don’t Drive Distracted”‏

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Media advisory, Monday, February 13, 2012, to Sunday, February 19, 2012, “Don’t Drive Distracted”

Sunday, February 12, 2012 – 1:00 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service will be launching the “Don’t Drive Distracted” campaign, starting Monday, February 13, 2012, concluding on Sunday, February 19, 2012.

This traffic-safety initiative highlights the dangerous activities associated with drivers who continue to use hand-held cell phones, and hand-held communications and entertainment devices while driving.

The provincial legislation came into effect on October 26, 2009, focusing on educating drivers about Ontario’s new road laws and creating specific offences for this dangerous-driving behaviour.

The legislation states that 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 permitted under the legislation.

Distracted driving is any action a driver engages in that does not have to do with the operation of a vehicle. Some actions may not be considered distractions by some drivers and we need to understand that these distractions are commonplace on today’s roads and fall into three categories.

These three distraction categories are:
Manual Distractions – when you take your hands off the wheel
Visual Distractions – removing your eyes from the sight of the road
Cognitive Distractions – being distracted by thinking about something else

The hands-free distracted-driving law makes it illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or email using hand-held communications and entertainment devices.

There are other distractions that can also affect a driver’s focus. Some common ones to consider:
– eating while driving
– driving with an unsecured pet
– slowing down to look at a collision scene
– applying cosmetics or personal grooming

Although it may be unintentional, the charges for engaging in this kind of distractive behavior can be considered careless or even dangerous, when drivers put both themselves and others at risk of injury.

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

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Black History Month Special on Life Rattle Radio

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Join hundreds of thousands of listeners from around the world to listen to a very special Black History Month Special on Life Rattle Radio on Sunday, February 19, 2012. You can find Life Rattle Radio at http://www.liferattle.ca/radio/show1192.html.

Celebrate a history, among all humans’ history, that connects us all!

German-engineered Ghost Bikes are here

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AMARC celebrates first World Radio Day

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012, 2:18 pm
Press Release: IFEX

Campaigns and Advocacy – International

13 February 2012

AMARC celebrates first World Radio Day

SOURCE: World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

(AMARC/IFEX) – 7 February 2012 – Community radio members of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters network (AMARC) salute the World Radio Day to be celebrated for the first time on February 13, 2012.

Community radios are an ever-increasing, worldwide tier of broadcast and an essential part of the radio spectrum. They contribute to their communities, to pluralistic media landscapes and to the exercise of communication rights by citizens. For further information on community radio activities for World Radio Day, please go to the AMARC Website, http://www.amarc.org/.

The decision to declare February 13 World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by AMARC. Please find further information in the UNESCO Website and at the Official World Radio Day website. Since it was first established, radio has proven its impact and universality as a media that is available at low cost all over the world.

The main objectives of World Radio Day are, notably, to raise awareness among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media. It aims to encourage decision-makers to support the establishment of sustainable and accessible community radio that facilitates access to voice for the excluded and marginalised. World Radio Day should also provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide to exchange ideas, experiences, and resources. Through service to members, networking, and project implementation, AMARC brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC, since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking, and cooperation.

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Campaigns and Advocacy – International

13 February 2012

AMARC celebrates first World Radio Day

SOURCE: World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)

(AMARC/IFEX) – 7 February 2012 – Community radio members of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters network (AMARC) salute the World Radio Day to be celebrated for the first time on February 13, 2012.

Community radios are an ever-increasing, worldwide tier of broadcast and an essential part of the radio spectrum. They contribute to their communities, to pluralistic media landscapes and to the exercise of communication rights by citizens. For further information on community radio activities for World Radio Day, please go to the AMARC Website, http://www.amarc.org/.

The decision to declare February 13 World Radio Day was adopted by UNESCO following a proposal by the Spanish Academy of Radio and a consultation process supported by AMARC. Please find further information in the UNESCO Website and at the Official World Radio Day website. Since it was first established, radio has proven its impact and universality as a media that is available at low cost all over the world.

The main objectives of World Radio Day are, notably, to raise awareness among the public and the media of the value of radio, including in the context of new media. It aims to encourage decision-makers to support the establishment of sustainable and accessible community radio that facilitates access to voice for the excluded and marginalised. World Radio Day should also provide a networking focus for radio proponents and practitioners worldwide to exchange ideas, experiences, and resources. Through service to members, networking, and project implementation, AMARC brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC, since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking, and cooperation.

http://www.amarc.org

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Discourse, Power, Resistance (DPR) 2012 Conference

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Conference: DPR12

Discourse Power Resistance: Impact

2–4 April 2012 – Plymouth University, UK

The conference considers what ‘Impact’ means for us, our work, our understandings, and future developments. Governments, international agencies, funding bodies and policy-makers increasingly use this term. What does it mean?

The social sciences, creative arts, education, and humanities are currently under attack on a global scale as funding is concentrated on STEM-related subjects; but the threatened fields of scholarship are themselves evolving new ways of thinking and practice and new sites and methods of inquiry.

Practitioners and academics in the threatened areas are responding to the situation with vitality and determination: experimental, adventurous, playful, but serious in redefining boundaries and finding new ways forward. DPR 12 maps these emerging knowledge regimes, their impacts, the imagined futures they enable and the implications for practice, research, learning, and teaching.

The conference explores the potential impact on each other of the creative arts and social sciences in terms of theory and practice. All conference streams are designed to encourage contributions from across the creative arts, social sciences, and humanities. Click here for details.

Conference streams

1 Language, materiality, theory, silence, speaking
2 International, intercultural, transcultural impact
3 Research, learning, teaching: impact
4 Social Science, social work, community, wellbeing
5 Art Poetics: Practice as Learning, Learning in Practice
6 Sustainable impact
7 Open

The conference website is http://www.dprconference.com

For details of registration click here

Call for Papers – click here

For further information contact: enquiries@dprconference.com

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

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Hi everyone,

Please have a safe, happy, and loving Valentine’s Day.

Many thanks,
Donna

CRTC completes review of telecommunications regulations: Requires large telephone companies to provide free diagnostic services

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OTTAWA-GATINEAU — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) completed a comprehensive review of
over 80 telecommunications regulations, which resulted in the elimination
or streamlining of over 60 percent of these regulations. Regulations that
are in the public interest, such as those relating to 911 services,
accessibility and customer privacy were left unchanged.

“Service providers should have as much flexibility as possible to bring
innovative communications services to Canadians,” said Leonard Katz, the
CRTC’s Acting Chairman and Vice-Chairman of Telecommunications. “We have
gone to great lengths to reduce costs and red tape for the industry by
ensuring that our regulatory measures don’t interfere with a competitive
marketplace, while maintaining necessary protection for Canadians.”

In 2007, the CRTC embarked on a comprehensive review of its
telecommunications regulations following the government’s policy direction
to rely as much as possible on market forces. During its review, the CRTC
removed 23 regulations, modified or streamlined 28 regulations and
maintained 33 regulations. The review was concluded today with the
publication of a decision regarding telephone wiring.

In today’s decision, the CRTC directed telephone companies, if their
customers experience a problem with their phone line and do not have a
jack-ended demarcation device (a special jack commonly found either in the
basement or outside the home), to provide a free diagnostic service.
Companies must install this jack following the diagnostic service, after
which customers can perform the diagnostic themselves by plugging their
phone into it. If they hear a dial tone, then the problem is with the
inside wiring and they can choose a repair service. If they do not hear a
dial tone, then the problem is in the network outside and the telephone
company must repair it free of charge.

Going forward, the CRTC will continue to favour market forces and
carefully weigh the need for any new regulations. In particular, the CRTC
will be mindful of the administrative burden any proposed requirement,
enforcement measure or penalty may create for small Canadian businesses.

Telecom Regulatory Policy CRTC 2012-83
http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-83.htm

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

Reference document:
Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-219
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-219.htm
Telecom Decision 2011-69 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-69.htm
Telecom Decision 2008-34 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2008/dt2008-34.htm
Telecom Decision 2007-51 http://crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2007/dt2007-51.htm
Order Issuing a Direction to the CRTC on Implementing the Canadian
Telecommunications Policy Objectives SOR 2006-355
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/SOR-2006-355/page-1.html

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[TPS] – Take a minute and get to know your smartphone, Learn how to lock your device‏

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Take a minute and get to know your smartphone, Learn how to lock your device

Thursday, February 9, 2012 – 2:00 PM
Communications Services
416-808-8899

Over the past few weeks, the Toronto Police Service has seen a reduction in pocket-dialed calls. The message is getting out there. However, pocket-dialing and misdialing 9-1-1 remain a problem in Toronto.

Every device is different and it will only take a few seconds to learn the best way to lock and secure your keypad. It may be as simple as placing it in standby mode. By doing so, you will still be able to receive calls, but it will significantly reduce the chance of a pocket dial.

In the event you have misdialed 9-1-1, remain on the line and speak to the operator. Letting them know that you do not need assistance will save precious seconds and allow the operator to answer a call from someone who has a genuine emergency.

Click here to see our new PSA, and here for the mobile version.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for E9-1-1 Voice Services Coordinator Tracy Finn, Communications Services

In the Intellectual Defense of Comic Books

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By: Alex Young
For: Donna Kakonge

Comic books and comic book culture is a subject that is not met with much intellectual or academic scrutiny very often. The subject is usually brushed off with skepticism and stereotypes by people who are not actively engaged with the medium itself or its fans. Despite being a widely known sub-cultural group within North American popular culture since the explosion of science fiction in the 1950’s, comic book culture continues to remain misunderstood and overlooked. As more Hollywood films adapt classic comic book characters, comic sales remain strong within the publishing industry and comic culture hosts massive gatherings such as San Diego’s ComiCon, comic books are arguably more mainstream than ever. This article is designed to shatter stereotypes, ignite discussion and introduce the idea that comic books (and their fans) are keeping the historical art of storytelling alive in a way the world has never seen. By revealing the way comic books engage their audience, encourage children to read, and create a fictional reckoning with historical events, prepare to discover a universe that’s unknown to many people yet inspires to millions of others.

Misconceptions & Stereotypes
Brahm Wiseman owns and manages Heroes Comics in London Ontario that was established in 1991 and is the largest distributor of comics and graphic novels in Southwestern Ontario. Wiseman is a University graduate that has been working hard to put comics into the hands of everyone actively pursuing their passion for them or anyone who’s looking for something new to lay their eyes on. For someone with a profitable business, academic accolades and an in-depth range of knowledge of the market for comics, one of his biggest problems is combating the stereotypes of who reads comics and why they read them.

Wiseman said, “The thing is the nerdy, geeky conception around comics. Mainstream media seems to be embracing that with a sitcom; I don’t even watch it, [‘The Big Bang Theory’ created by Chuck Lorre]. A bunch of socially awkward nerds that are obsessive about comics. Now that stereotype might exist but there’s usually a reason why stereotypes exist. I’m sure there are some people like that out there but that’s not something I want to perpetuate or embrace, I want everybody reading comics. I want kids, much older people, and women are key demographics that we [comic proprietors] want to reach out to.”

Travis Mazereeuw is a co-owner, co-founder, and artist at Visions Found, which is an international graphic novel company (http://www.visionsfound.com/staff.php). As a comic book artist, he explains his idea of how comic book fans are perceived by people through common representations of comic books through popular culture and their basis in reality. Mazereeuw said, “As far as stigma, you have the people that love it and I think everything should be taken in moderation. Then there are the people who create their own perceptions of what it[ comic book culture] is, whether it is truthful or not. I think for comics it definitely has that fear, it’s the same with people who are into ‘Magic Cards’, or video games or ‘World of Warcraft’.”

But do these stereotypes have any basis in reality? Do they affect the way comic book fans or artists are treated in their day to day social encounters? Mazeereeuw explains by saying, “I definitely know there’s that stigma for comics or people into any kind of entertainment that’s outside the box; people feel they don’t know how to relate to them. They’re [comic fans] are these foreign objects. You just have to take that extra step to open them up, people don’t want to because they want everyone else to do that to them. Nerd is just another word for passion. If you’ve got an issue with the word ‘nerd’ than you’ve got an issue with passion.”

Intellectual Value of Comics to the Reader
Throughout history, mankind has always created its own mythology to explain our origin’s, invent heroes and create stories to justify our own morality. It could be argued right now that comic books serve a much different purpose than simply providing fantastically exaggerated heroes that live on other planets or in a different age beyond our human lives here on Earth. Often in comic books, human beings are the ones being saved rather than saving ourselves or each other with rare exceptions. But in reality, are comic books providing our modern mythology or archetypes of twenty-first-century storytelling?

Mazereeuw explains, “Like Greek and Roman mythology, you have your Gods, you have your Hercules. I think there are definitely similarities, I think people did believe in it [ancient mythology present during their lifetime] or did believe in it more because there weren’t as many distractions.”

But if that is the case, how are comic books affecting the way modern humanity views the ancient art of telling a story? Mazereeuw said, “You want to search for your hero, you want to search for your Gods, a lot of people’s meaning in life is to search for meaning. That goes hand in hand with what God or heroes mean to some people, that’s myth to some people but its truth to others. That’s a fair question to ask and I think modern day comic books are creating their own mythology and their own Gods if you will.”

Even by seeing a cinematic adaptation of a comic, the audience is still viewing the plot and characters through the subjective view of the director and their interpretation of the story. Whereas if a reader engages themselves with a graphic novel they’re still free to imagine how a character might sound and how each frame flows into the next to form a sequence. Even though books combine imagery with literature in a way that differs than cinema, how do comic books separate themselves from other mediums when they tell a story?

Wiseman says, “It still straddles that fine line between literature and cinema but you get the best of both worlds. That’s always been my argument about comics is that you really have more infinite possibilities with what you can do with a comic than you can with a book or with cinema. Cinema always has a lot of elements of literature, and you have that visual side the visual arts world has. With comics you get every genre of literature, every way that you can write things, it’s the best of both worlds where the others are kind of limited, they’ve only got that one world.”

Engaging Children to Start Reading at an Earlier Age
The concept of utilizing comics and the tools they use to present ideas and stories to younger children in schools. The idea of introducing comics to children might be intriguing to some and confusing to others. Wiseman discussed the idea about his first-hand experience of introducing graphic novels to children as young as five years old when his niece got a copy of “Owly” by Andrew Runton. Runton created the “Owly” series in 2001, which is published by Simon & Schuster, which is a series designed for young children to capture the imaginations to help them learn to read. Wiseman explains, “It doesn’t have words in it. They do speak but in the word balloons, they just have pictures. It was the first time she ever made it through a book, completely grasped what was going on, without being able to read, but she was able to piece the entire story together without using images.”

Despite not having words, how exactly would a graphic novel of this nature provide the tools for children to learn to read? Wiseman answered by saying, “So for her that left to right motion of reading down the page and leading the entire story from beginning to end. It really gave her the patience and the encouragement that she got through a book and completely got something out of it.” Some of you might be wondering how children at the same age would react to this material in an academic setting while in their intellectual infancy? Once again, Wiseman came up with a compelling answer by stating, “Right when you’re starting to read, I guess grade one is where you learn cat and dog and that sort of thing. You’ve got your alphabet before that but my sister is actually a teacher and she was blown away with it [the ‘Owly’ series] so she brought tons of that stuff in.”

Wiseman grew up in a French emersion school and had trouble reading French and English, but once he discovered the stash of comics within his school’s library he dove into a world of illustrations paired with words. What was the result? “I kind of forgot about that, but all the ‘Tin-Tin’ and ‘Lucky Luke’, I think they’re still using that stuff. When you’re learning a new language it helped a lot. I couldn’t read French that well, I couldn’t read English that well either, but it gave me something to want to grasp.”

Fictional Reckoning with Historical Events
Even though some people might be under the assumption that the fantastical nature of stories within comics has nothing to do with reality or how society has evolved, comics have often dealt with world events in a fictional context. Even though some comics deal with historical events as they’re happening, there are many modern comics that tackle significant events in the past in a whole new way through fiction that might not be based in fact but provide a unique perspective.

The modern comic series “Civil War Adventure” published by History Graphics Press certainly proves to be an interesting case by introducing readers to new fictional characters that interact within a historical context within the story. The series also serves academic value by revealing facts about the history of the American Civil War in between chapters. Each issue contains pages about the types of artillery The Northern and Southern armies used, the medical science used to treat soldiers, the military strategies that led to victory at the battle of Gettysburg and more. It’s interesting to see comics become a public sphere that can provide a new perspective through the eyes of fictional characters or start a new discussion on historical events among its readers. Although “Civil War Adventure” was started in 2008 by Chuck Dixon and Gary Kwapisz, comic books have traditionally made a fictional reckoning with historical events. One of the most controversial comics ever printed was the 1977 issue of “The Justice” Society” published by DC Comics that depicts Batman, Superman, the Green Lantern and other superheroes fighting Adolf Hitler during World War II. The issue shows these superheroes fighting Adolf Hitler and an army of Valkyries from Germanic mythology which forces the Nazi’s to change their course to ultimately invade Poland instead of England. Although this issue could be considered offensive by many people and harmless entertainment to others, regardless of your opinion, such a controversy over a comic book does force people to talk about what really happened during World War II. Such a controversy would drive some people to share their knowledge of such a turbulent period in time for humanity and hopefully drive those who don’t know to learn what happened in the pages of history. Either way, this comic book actually generates an intellectual discussion on history, humanity, morality, story-telling, and education regardless of anyone’s opinion on any side of the political spectrum.

Wiseman discussed how comic books have evolved or history by saying, “I think most great works of art are a product of their time or reflect their time in some way. Whether they’re great or not, look at the golden age of comics, they’re very reflective of forties post Second World War propaganda anti-Japanese, anti-Nazi stuff. Right to the fifties with the Commie scare and ‘V For Vendetta’, ‘Watchmen’, Frank Miller’s ‘Batman: Dark Knight Returns’ are really big products of the eighties”.

But beyond their release date, how much depth could the story of cartoon superheroes have on the reader? What subject matter could they explore that would make readers think about the world around them that relate to their everyday lives during that time period? Wiseman replied by saying, “Those were definitely a reaction to the Cold War, [Margaret] Thatcher, the war on drugs, Regan-ism. ‘Batman: Dark Knight Returns’ was about the media invasion that’s sort of full of right-wing talking heads on TV news, right when CNN was popping around. It’s totally reflective of what’s going on if anything comics are sort of a media.”

Conclusion
After investigating what comic books and comic book culture have to offer, keep in mind that for some it might be love at first sight while others might need a magnifying glass to peak their interest. Whether you’re a fan or not, keep in mind that comic books are just a world waiting for you to discover them and it’s a universe that’s only going to keep growing and growing. Whether you want to be a part of it or not hopefully you’ll be able to understand the interest of the people involved and realize that as misunderstood as this subculture and its content may be, it’s only growing stronger with or without you. A lot of people look for inspiration wherever they can, and ultimately, comic books are a way for some people to find the strength to seek out the hero in all of us.

Bibliography

Official Heroes Home Page – About the Store, Official Heroes Comics Homepage, Heroes Inc. – 2008- http://heroescomics.ca/html/about.html

2 Official Andy Runton, “Owly” Home Page – About the Artist – Official Andy Runton Home Page – Andy Runton, 2012 http://www.andyrunton.com/owly/ , http://www.andyrunton.com/about.html

3 Official History Graphics Press Home Page – About the Artists – Official History Graphic Press Web page –2009, History Graphic Press Inc. – http://www.historygraphicspress.com/about.html,

4 Justice Society issue 29 – Hard Copy – Levitz, Paul, (1977). The Untold Origin of the Justice Society, Vol. 7, No. 29 Aug-Sept. 1977, DC Comics Inc, 75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY

K2 Contracting Ltd.

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Kevin Fairweather manages the business K2 Contracting Ltd. that does about $3.5 million to $5 million dollars a year.

“We do some residential homes and light commercial work,” says Fairweather. “We’re in the construction area so our number of employees fluctuates depending on what we’re doing. We have about 30 employees, have had up to that. Now we have 18. Most of them are apprentices, they are finishing their last years of apprenticeship.”

In a small community such as Rossland, BC where they are based, their recent strategies towards marketing are different than most. They focus on the bigger houses and higher-end homes that the is something smaller-end people cannot even look at.

Customer service is important to K2 Contracting Ltd., “try to look at your clientèle’s best interests, and try to develop a good rapport with your suppliers and subtrades,” Fairweather says.

It is the people behind K2 Contracting Ltd. that really make it happen. Fairweather tries to keep his employees happy. He gets guys coming in who want a day off and he makes sure he helps them out so they keep wanting to come in on a daily basis.

“We’re in a modern age here where your employees do more of the driving of the boat than an employer would like,” says Fairweather. “There is a lot of giving and take.”

To beat the competition coming from bigger cities, Fairweather employs a plan, “we may take the heat of the financial burden to employ a few more people that are deemed necessary, it gives you the ability to grow instead of to staying stagnate in one place. The same for tools and equipment. We’ll just leverage something so that we have it when we need it.”

K2 Contracting Ltd. just landed a $3.5 million contract at the base of Red Mountain. They are building phase one of a complex of 10 townhomes.

K2 Contracting Ltd. works with what their clients needs, “the more information you can give your clients, the more educated people are going to be to your questions. It’s important to view what they’re doing through their eyes, not necessarily through yours.”

Fairweather also says that safety is an important part of the job.

“It’s important that everyone enjoy themselves. Not to a state where you are going to be unsafe or harmful to them. Everyone having a good time, having knowledgeable staff definitely helps. Honesty and being able to live up to what your demands and what demands you said you could meet.

“Customer service, we’re in a small town. You could rip people off, take months to do things, that would take work. Unethical. We’re at a day and age as well, where someone would want to do a little bathroom reno a homeowner could do that. We’re in a day and age where a homeowner should not try to build a house without a contractor with them.”

Gaiser Construction Specialists

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Bruce Gaiser got into a pinch back in the late 1980s and 1990s when he started doing business with Native reserves in Manitoba. The cash flow of the business dried up, “I decided I would work for more credible companies, like school boards, government, provincial boards, municipalities, cities, now we’re getting more into the design-build,” says Gaiser. “You solicit the general contractors which is what we do, this is how the owner decides which builder to go with. The competitive build is what it is called. Back in the early 90s, you would get 10 and 11 guys bidding on a job, now you would get about three. You can be more selective about who you deal with. Honing in on what we are good at.”

The company does about a dozen to two dozen projects a year. Currently, two of their projects include grocery stores in Shore Lake, Manitoba, “looking at Esther Hazey, Saskatchewan,” says Gaiser. “They mine for potash and they use it for fertilizer, it’s a huge commodity because they use it for ethanol so they just upgraded to one of the mine sites. Real estate in the town overnight jumped to over 25 percent.”

When it comes to marketing, Gaiser says the company is not big on it. They work with Goodon Industries and they manage the excavator, the plumbing, the heating and the drywaller, “so we’ve developed a strategic alliance with them in Aylmer, Ontario. The guy who started the facility they grew tobacco.”

Gaiser finds it hard to keep his best people when it comes to human resources, “well that’s a tough one because labour is so tight right now. It’s a tough market right now and the availability of trained skilled labour is tough to find. The people we do have with us we are giving them incentives, we are giving them wage incentives and we are bumping them two to three times a year. Hospital districts we work for too. They poach our people. We give our people training and we give them opportunities.”

Gaiser says he had one woman with their company who they trained and she did well. She did so well that the federal government hired her. Another man was traveling miles and miles to get to Gaiser Construction Specialists. The company did some projects in his hometown and came to know about the work – soon he was hired on in his local town.

“We pick a volume, we can only do so much work because we only have only so much resources available, we look at subcontracting and we have to be very careful about the projects we are going to work on,” Gaiser explains. “The economy improves and then people are getting poached to bigger companies. The strategy changes to how you can do well and give customer service because in the end, that is what is important.”

To keep the Gaiser Construction Specialists going so they can continue strong customer service, their recent strategies in investment are important. They buy land, not gold. Their concentration is on commercial properties, although they do have some residential properties as well. Bruce Gaiser invests in his company, “we look at buying revenue properties and that’s our strategy and that’s where we have got to be. Real estate is going up. Where the ceiling, I do not know.”

In terms of development, they are in a busy market right now where it is easy to find customers, “you want to keep your level of customer service substantial,” says Gaiser. “The people who are kicking tires and looking for the best bargain, once you give them the price, they either see the value or they don’t. We’re working with companies like Wyeth Organics [pharmaceutical company]. Basically, pick the customers and get in with those people who have lots of work and develop those strategic alliances.”

Some of their strategic alliances include working with the school boards on rooms for children with disabilities. This is a project worth $75,000.

“We’re doing a hospital of 4,000 square feet and that’s about a $6 million job,” says Gaiser. “It’s all soup to nuts…it’s all based on the customer and what they need. Customer service, that is really the foundation of what we do. We as contractors build on an understanding and a set of drawings. We are always building on the understanding of what they need us to do. You have to understand how the process of the training and the education is going, like on Extreme Makeover it’s a makeover with Ty [Pennington] and motivating people. You need that inner satisfaction when you’re doing a project. That’s the customer service side of things.

“We build on your on your ideas. Have that on the side of my truck.”

Diverse women of the North (Originally Published with Amöi Magazine)

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Yellowknife is a well-kept Canadian secret.

Kate Wilson who is the Director of Family Housing for the YWCA in Yellowknife is from Ghana. She is a teacher by profession, trained in Ghana. Wilson did adult education at Aurora College in Yellowknife, as well as taking career development and life skills coaching through the YWCA. She’s been living in the city for 12 years with her husband, who is an electrical engineer, and their four children. Wilson currently finds housing for people who are temporarily homeless.

“It’s a very enjoyable job and very rewarding,” she says. “You’re working with people and with families so I have the opportunity to be with children and their parents and to be in their lives. I have a wonderful staff and we all work with the clients that come here and you see their lives going from A to B to C. It’s good to see the humankind going in a very positive way. There’s a joy in giving, it’s a selfish reason too. When you give, it comes back to you. I really enjoy the work I do here. Working with people from all walks of life. Not many people get the opportunity to do that. It’s a beautiful thing.”
Wilson calls Yellowknife the United Nations of Canada.

“You find everybody from everywhere,” she says. “It used to be that there weren’t too many black people, now you find people from all over.”

Wilson describes Yellowknife as a small town with a small-town way of living.
“The air is so clean, we don’t get smog and all those things,” she says. “It’s actually nice to breathe up here. There’s work here, with all the economic boom. We find quite a few black people coming here. If you want work, you’ll get work. For a black person living here, colour is not really a barrier. When I first came here I worked for the Native Women’s Association. Colour is not a barrier, not as far as my life has been in Yellowknife. From my view, I’m very well accepted.”

Yellowknife is such a close-knit community that when the Ambassador to Ghana came to the city, Wilson was able to entertain the Ambassador in her home.

“I brought her to my home,” she says. “Could you do that in a big city? We all gathered together in my home. That’s the beauty of Yellowknife, it’s easy to access. Theresa Handley with the Status of Women and her husband is the Premier of the North West Territories. Joe had lived in Ghana before…we’ve had a beautiful relationship since then – it’s easy to access. When you go to Toronto and you see all those people hovering around with degrees and they don’t have jobs. They should come up north. Canadians haven’t really taken the time to know Canada’s north. If you want a relaxing, restful life – Yellowknife is where to live.”

Sandy Lee agrees with Wilson. Lee was elected to the 14th Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 1999. She was re-elected to the 15th Legislative Assembly in 2003. For both elections, she was one of two women elected and she is the highest-ranking Korean-Canadian elected official in Canada and the world.

“It’s a surprise to me because I never would have imagined I would be in politics growing up in Korea,” says Lee. “I was 14 years old when I left Korea. We came to Yellowknife. Nobody ever talked about politics, but when I got here, I thought of Canada as a land of opportunity, somewhere where I could go to as much schooling as possible. It’s very expensive to go to schooling in Korea. All I wanted to do here is get schooling, I didn’t care about the degree.”

Lee started a business degree in Calgary but eventually graduated in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa with the encouragement of a friend.

“I absolutely fell in love with politics,” she says. “It was the best thing that ever happened to me. I came from such an underprivileged background, especially studying politics I felt so empowered. I was practicing law away from politics and someone asked me to run a campaign.”

It was right after Nunavut and there were positions coming up. Lee figured if she didn’t get in, she would get back into law. It turned out she beat out four guys.

“When I went door-to-door, I realized all these people were people I grew up with,” Lee says. “Every second door I knew them, or they knew someone I knew or my family. I didn’t have a political profile, but I had a good reputation.”

Lee gives talks to the Korean community and other ethnic minorities in Canada.

“Everyone looks for economic power first,” she says. “People know how to do that. But I think we need to know that we need to be involved in the political process. More minorities getting elected and the composition of our political institutions should reflect our diverse backgrounds.”

Lee notes that there are 160 countries represented in Yellowknife.

“I went to the citizenship swearing-in ceremony last winter and there were 200 people sworn in, and they were from every country you can imagine living in the north,” Lee says. “The diamond industry has brought a lot of new people. We have six or seven families from Mauritius. We have people from Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda, Thailand. When I was growing up 30 years ago, we had Chinese business people here. We have a huge Filipino population here compared to other places. The colour of our city has changed over the years. A lot of diamond producers here are from Australia, South Africa. Hardly any Koreans here. I’m just a Yellowknife girl.”

hayden-harnett: New Laura Reversible Tote – Two Bags are Always Better than One‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies‏

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CRTC Decisions and Regulatory Policies for the week of 6 to 10 February
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:
Applications by Lighthouse Broadcasting Limited
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-229.htm to amend the
broadcasting licence for the English-language specialty FM radio station
CJLT-FM Medicine Hat
Decisions related to the applications listed below, considered by the
Commission during the 21 November 2011 public hearing:
• Glassbox Television Inc.
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-595.htm#4
Application 2011-1020-5
• Canyon.TV, Incorporated
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-595.htm#2
Application 2011-0995-0

Broadcasting regulatory policies:
Revised List of non-Canadian programming services authorized for
distribution – Annual compilation of amendments
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2006/pb2006-55.htm

Telecom decisions:

EastLink – Application with respect to Telecom Decision 2010-680 and the
charging for rejected local service requests
File number: 8633-E17-201108978
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/Part1/eng/2011/8633/e17_201108978.htm

Decision regarding violations of the Unsolicited Telecommunications Rules

Telecom regulatory policy:

Regulatory measure associated with single-line inside wire services
provided by incumbent local exchange carriers to customers with no
jack-ended demarcation device
File number: 8663-C12-201105578
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/PartVII/eng/2011/8663/c12_201105578.htm

MEDIA ADVISORY CRTC TO HOLD A HEARING IN CALGARY, ALBERTA‏

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MEDIA ADVISORY

CRTC TO HOLD A HEARING IN CALGARY, ALBERTA

WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2012

WHERE: Coast Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, 1316-33rd Street N. E.,
Calgary, Alberta

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

OTTAWA-GATINEAU — Commencing on February 6, 2012, the Commission will
hold
a hearing in Calgary, Alberta, 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, #CALGARY

Reference documents: Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-694
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-694.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-694-1
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-694-1.htm
Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-695
http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2011/2011-695.htm
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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

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Men and Women with Advanced Prostate or Breast Cancer and Bone Metastases in Quebec Now Have Access to New Medication

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Quebec shows leadership in supporting men and women with advanced prostate and breast cancer

OTTAWA, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ – Today the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) congratulates the Quebec government for providing access to an innovative new treatment, Xgeva® (denosumab), for the prevention of debilitating bone complications, known as skeletal-related events (SREs) in men and women with advanced prostate or breast cancer which has spread to the bone. Quebec is the first province in Canada to list Xgeva on public and private drug plans.

“The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network applauds the government of Quebec for making Xgeva available to men and women with advanced breast or prostate cancer and bone metastases,” said Jackie Manthorne, President, and CEO, CCSN. “We call on each of the provinces to follow in the footsteps of Quebec to make this important treatment available to the patients who need it.”

CCSN provides a voice for people affected by cancer. It believes that all Canadians battling all types of cancers must have access to new treatments, both for cancer itself and complications arising from cancer, such as SREs. Further, its mandate is to ensure that Canadians have access to all of the approved medications they need for optimal care.

Xgeva is now listed as a médicament d’exception for the prevention of SREs for people with castrate-resistant prostate cancer, presenting at least one bone metastasis; and for the prevention of SREs for people with breast cancer, presenting at least one bone metastasis and who show intolerance to pamidronate.

About bone metastases
One of the most common places for breast and prostate cancer to spread is to the bone. In fact, 65 to of 75 percent of men and women with advanced prostate or breast cancer will have cancer spread to their bones.1

Once cancer has spread to the bone, a number of serious complications can occur, known as SREs. Approximately 50 to 70 percent of all cancer patients with bone metastases will experience debilitating SREs, such as fractures or spinal cord compression, which necessitates procedures like major surgery and radiation.2,3,4,5 Such complications can profoundly impact a patient’s quality of life and cause disability and pain. In people with advanced cancer, SREs are associated with increased illness and death, and can place a significant economic burden on the health care system.6

While there are currently no treatments to prevent or delay the spread of cancer to the bones, treatments like Xgeva, for the complications of bone metastases, helps prevent or delay broken bones, spinal cord compression, or the need for surgery or radiation from occurring.

About Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN)
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network is a national network of patients, families, survivors, friends, families, community partners and sponsors. Its mission is to work together by taking action to promote the very best standard of care, support, follow up and quality of life for patients and survivors. It aims to educate the public and policymakers about cancer and encourage research on ways to alleviate barriers to optimal cancer care in Canada. Follow CCSN via their blog at http://jackiemanthornescancerblog.blogspot.com.

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1 Coleman, RE. Skeletal complications of malignancy. Cancer. 1997; 80 (suppl): 1588-1594.

2 Coleman, RE. Skeletal complications of malignancy. Cancer. 1997; 80 (suppl): 1588-1594.

3 Dictionary of Cancer Terms – spinal cord compression. National Cancer Institute website. http://www.cancer.gov/dictionary. Accessed Aug. 31, 2010.

4 Saad F. Impact of bone metastases on patient’s quality of life and importance of treatment. Eur Urol. 2006; 5(suppl): 547-550.

5 Janjan NA. Radiation for bone metastases. Cancer. 2000:80:1628-1645.

6 Schulman K and Kohles J. Economic burden of metastatic bone disease in the U.S. Cancer. 2007: 109 (11):2334-2342.

Music Africa’s BHM FREE Concert Series 2012‏

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MUSIC AFRICA & Gladstone World celebrate Black History Month every Friday night throughout February with a series of FREE concerts. Featuring some of the top African artists living and working in the city. Music Africa, presenters of AFROFEST, is a community organization dedicated to promoting African music and culture. Discover Africa in the Heart of Toronto!

FREE at the Gladstone Melody Bar, every Friday from 9 to 11 p.m.

Fojeba – February 03, 2012.

Fojeba Afropop guitarist, video producer, bandleader and singer-songwriter, Fojeba has been playing the guitar ever since he was 13 years old. In Cameroon, he played with the group “Orchestre du College Jeanne d’Arc” in 1981. Currently based in Toronto, Fojeba has been in the Canadian music scene for about seven years and his musical repertoire is made up of various music styles including Makossa, Zouk, Ngwa and Pop and lyrics is written in Bamileke, French, Lingala, and English.

Fojeba has performed for Afrofest, Toronto African dance festival, Banayafrika festival, Canada Day, and many other high profile events. He is currently promoting his latest CD “A la queue leu leu” which appeals to both Canadian and American markets.

Sonia Aimy – February 10, 2012

With a velvety voice comparable to the greats, Nigerian-born songwriter, singer and actress Sonia Aimy is the quintessential virtuoso of world music. Her CD “Mother” brilliantly evokes highlife, afrobeat, jazz and the call-and-response of African griot tradition; her style is effortless “afro jazz”. Fluent in English, Italian, French and several African languages, Sonia relishes Toronto’s diversity, which, already knee-deep in African music, will be much richer when she takes the stage on Canada Day! The multi-talented Aimy has also starred in several Italian films. Aimy’s work in the media includes writing, directing and presenting multicultural programmes for radio. Aimy’s music career started when she was in her teens, singing at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Benin City, Nigeria. She developed an interest in folk, traditional music, and storytelling. She later enrolled in the Esigie Cultural Group to pursue further education in traditional music and dance. When she came to Italy she studied jazz music and interpretation as well as theatre arts. This extra music education, as well as practice through performances, has allowed Aimy to craft a sound solely her own which is a beautiful amalgam of folk, afro-pop, and jazz.

Sonia Aimy will be backed by a lineup of some of Toronto’s foremost African players including guitarist Pa Joe, bassist Ebenezer Agyekum, keyboardist Suleiman Juma and Kwame on drums.

Kush Ensemble Feat. Daniel Nebiat – February 17, 2012

Waleed Abdulhamid is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, producer, educator, filmmaker and humanitarian. Since 1992, he has wowed Toronto audiences with his tremendous artistic versatility and social impact work, most recently taking home the 2011 New Pioneer Award for the Arts. A resident artist at the Young Center, Waleed also sits on several grant-reviewing juries for Canadian Art Councils, appears often in Canadian festivals and has played, toured and recorded with dozens of artists, composers, and bands in the areas of reggae, hip hop, R&B & jazz. He has taught at numerous schools throughout the GTA, including the University of Toronto. He has written, composed and produced music for several TV shows. His internationally acclaimed, award-winning documentary Let’s Find Away has been used to raise funds for Doctors without Borders, the Red Cross, OXFAM, UNICEF, CIDA, & the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Waleed will be accompanied by Daniel Nebiat on February 17, 2012. Born and raised in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, Daniel Nebiat picked up the krar (a five or six-stringed instrument from Ethiopia and Eritrea) at an early age, performing traditional songs and singing in his language, Tigrigna.
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n Canada since 1996, Nebiat’s career had been focused on community celebrations, weddings, festivals and nightclub performances of both popular and traditional Eritrean music. In 2006, Nebiat performed at the Glenn Gould Studio for CBC’s Onstage, at the “Horn of Africa ” concert. He has participated at Afrofest, Afrikadey, Eritrean Cultural Day and Bana y’ Afrique festivals. Nebiat opened for Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 at Harbourfront Centre in 2007. The same year, he earned the distinction of being the first African artist showcased in Wavelength, the legendary launchpad for Toronto’s indie music scene. Nebiat’s first CD “Hakimey” was released in August 2008; and features original and traditional Eritrean songs.

Young Stars Night – February 24, 2012

Yusra Khogali (Sudan) – Poet, Spoken word Artist
Run’s T (Nigeria) – Musician, Hip Life
Quabena Maphia (Ghana) – Afro Jazz
Concept Books(Toronto) – RapJae Baz (Nigeria) – Hip Life

The Gladstone Hotel is located at 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto (One block east of Dufferin): (416) 531-4635

Also at the Gladstone in February:

Wed. 22- presents Blue Black Music presents – OH SO BEAUTIFUL AUDITION showcase with a tribute to Curtis Mayfield –Melody bar 8pm- free

Thurs. 23- Gladstone World presents – NJACKO BACKO & Kalimba Kalimba- melody bar 9pm -free –

Music Africa gratefully acknowledges the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.

For more information call 416-469-5336, reply to this e-mail, contact info@musicafrica.org

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