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Morning English Lessons Excerpt

In book reviews, Business, Writing (all kinds) on July 31, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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The Petition of Freelove Allen – aired February 7, 2002 for CBC National Radio Syndication

In Culture, Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 30, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Intro: Did you know that slavery didn’t just happen in the United States, but it happened in Canada too? If you didn’t, now you know. And you’re going to find out about a lot of aspects of black Canadian history with a four part series produced by Rob Corbett and written and narrated by Donna Kakonge.

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[TPS] – Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2016 at 5:25 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade Road closures

Friday, July 29, 20164:05 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

The 49th annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 30, 2016. The parade starts in Exhibition Place at approximately 10:30 a.m. and proceeds out onto the parade route, southbound on Newfoundland Drive, westbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West.

A smaller portion of the parade will proceed to Parkside Drive while the Mas Bands will be turning back into Exhibition Place at British Columbia Road. It is anticipated that the parade will be concluded by approximately 8 p.m.

The traffic conditions in the downtown area, Lake Shore Boulevard West, the Queensway, Queen’s Quay, and the Gardiner Expressway are expected to be very heavy.

ROAD CLOSURES

The festival will require numerous road closures and restrictions which will lead to delays and congestion in the immediate area of the parade.

Road closures for this event take effect starting Saturday, July 30, 2016, at 1:30 a.m. until Sunday, July 31, 2016 at approximately 6 a.m.:

– Westbound, Lake Shore Boulevard West from Strachan Avenue to Parkside Drive
– Eastbound, Lake Shore Boulevard West from Colborne Lodge Drive to Strachan Avenue and
– Dufferin Street south of Springhurst Avenue.

The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will be closed at 12:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 30, 2016:
– Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue;
– Jameson Avenue and British Columbia Road entrance ramps to Eastbound Gardiner Expressway and
– Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit ramp.

RESTRICTED ACCESS POINTS

In order to assist with the safe movement of traffic and to provide for as little disruption as possible to residents, the following streets will have restricted access for vehicles:
– Dufferin Street south of King Street West
– Dowling Avenue south of King Street West
– Stadium Road south of Lake Shore Boulevard West
– Queen’s Quay West, west of Bathurst Street
– Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue and
– Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue

Other streets, although not restricted to vehicles, will be strictly enforced for parking infractions. Those streets are bounded by south from King Street West, east of Colborne Lodge Drive, and west of Bathurst Street.

BATHURST STREET CLOSURE

Vehicle access west of Bathurst Street on Fleet Street and Lake Shore Boulevard West may be closed after the parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place Lots are full. This closure will be determined by need.

TTC

To Exhibition Place Area or the Parklands on the south side of Lake Shore Boulevard West:

From Dufferin Station, take the 29E Dufferin Express bus southbound to the Dufferin Gate Loop;

From Bathurst Station, take the 511 Bathurst Express bus* southbound to Fort York Boulevard/Fleet Street and walk 5 to 10 minutes;

From King or St. Andrew stations, take the 504 King streetcar westbound to King Street/Strachan Avenue and walk 5 to 10 minutes;

From Union Station, take the 509 Harbourfront streetcar westbound to Fleet Loop and walk 5 to 10 minutes, or take the 121 Fort York-Esplanade bus westbound (board bus at street level at Front Street and Bay streets) to Fort York Boulevard/Fleet Street and walk 5 minutes;

*Note: Buses are currently replacing streetcars on this route due to construction. As PRESTO is not yet available on all buses, customers should carry tokens, tickets or cash in case the vehicle that arrives is not PRESTO-equipped. Buses that replace streetcars are Proof-of-Payment.

ONTARIO PLACE PARKING ACCESS

All access to Ontario Place will be through Remembrance Drive at Lake Shore Boulevard West/Strachan Avenue. Vehicles exiting Ontario Place will do so at the same location and will travel eastbound on Lake Shore Boulevard West only.

DISABLED PARKING

Disabled Parking will be located at the Enercare Centre within the CNE grounds.
Enter via Manitoba Drive/Strachan Avenue then south on Canada Boulevard. Valid disabled parking permit must be shown.

TOWING POLICY

All vehicles including tour buses, parked illegally on:
– Lake Shore Boulevard West (including the grassed area)
– Bathurst Street
– Fleet Street
– King Street West
– Queen Street West
– Roncesvalles Avenue
– Dufferin Street
– The Queensway and
– Gardiner Expressway
will be tagged and towed

Vehicles parked illegally in the Parkdale Avenue and Stadium Road areas will be tagged and towed.

The Gardiner Expressway is a restricted access highway which will be patrolled to ensure that vehicles are not parked adjacent to the parade route and pedestrians do not enter the highway area. Drivers who choose to stop or drive in a manner that puts other road-users at risk will be subject to strict enforcement.

Due to the large number of visitors and continuous events that occur with the festival, intermittent road closures may occur throughout the downtown core in the evenings and nights of Friday, July 29, 2016 to Sunday July 31, 2016 in the interest of public safety.

Historically, Yonge Street and the Entertainment District access has been restricted in the evenings and overnight.

It is recommended that you make yourself aware of alternative routes before heading into the downtown or Entertainment District areas to avoid delays.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Craig Brister, Corporate Communications, for Constable Tee Chase, Public Safety – Special Events

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The Life of Mary Ann Shadd Cary for CBC National Radio Syndication

In Culture, Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 29, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Mary Ann Shadd Cary lived a multi-faceted life as a teacher, political activist, journalist and lawyer in the nineteenth century.

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Underground Railroad in Toronto

In Writing (all kinds) on July 28, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Hello community massive,

Make sure that you are on board the Underground Freedom Train Ride that will be leaving Union Station at 11:30pm on July 31st and on its way to Downsview Station to celebrate Emancipation Day on August 1st. It’s a one way trip with no turning back just like the Harriet Tubman’s freedom escapes. See attached for all the details and below video clips from previous rides.

This year’s 4th annual Underground Freedom Train Ride will feature:
· A parallel train ride in Ottawa that will be taking place as we leave Union Station
· Dwayne Morgan, the dynamic and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist
· Emily Wickham, matriarch and longtime member of the African Canadian Heritage Association as the Train Conductor
· The Baro Dununba and Friends African Drumming Ensemble
· The new Tunnel of Transition
· The announcement of a plaque to commemorate the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
· A big surprise that I am not at liberty to talk about (at this time) stay tuned

It’s a great family and friendly event…..get on board.

Louis

Josiah Henson – February 2002 for CBC syndication, National Radio News

In Culture, Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM

“When my feet first touched the Canada shore, I threw my self on the ground, rolled in the sand, seized handfulls of it and kissed them and danced around, till, in the eyes of several who were present, I passed for a madman.”

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Just Answer – Get Your Questions Answered and How To Talk To Crazy People at Your Local Bookstore

In Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2016 at 1:40 PM

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Brush Away Hassle of Painting Outdoor Metal

In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on July 27, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra
Surfaces with First-of-its-Kind Paint Gun

Unique gun paints railings, fences, garden furniture and other metal objects four times faster than a brush, coating both sides of a surface at once.

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John Ware – February 2002 for CBC Syndication, National Radio News

In Culture, Education, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on July 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM

John Ware stands out in the cowboy history of Alberta. He was born into slavery in the American south around 1845. He spent his youth picking cotton in South Carolina.

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A Hair Peace (Broadcast on CBC Montreal)

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Health, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on July 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM

My first hobby was playing hairdresser to my Barbie dolls. I had my childhood in the 1970s and 1980s but I was not much different from Black children in the 1940s who chose White dolls over Black dolls in a landmark study that lead to the desegregation of American schools.

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Laying Down Your Own Path

In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on July 24, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Picture Courtesy of Tarkett

Picture Courtesy of Tarkett

Getting your floors just right in your new home can be a difficult task and a costly one too.

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ZODIAC SIGNS WEEKLY PREDICTIONS 25TH JULY – 31ST JULY 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on July 23, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Your ideas will bring about some good breakthroughs in ways you didn’t think possible. You’ll definitely see a difference in yourself and really realize what you’re capable of. You’ve reclaimed yourself in a sense and have a greater appreciation for just who you really are.  Since things have been going so well for you, it’s time to spread the wealth. Take this time to think about what you’re really trying to accomplish and stick to the high ground. Being true to yourself will bring about the happiness you seek. Favorable Date : July 28 Favorable Color : White

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You’ve been having a time of transformative thinking and may be catching some glimpse of what’s to come. And while a compromise may come about, you have faith that you are being guided by a higher power and all things happen for a reason. Your motivation levels are going to be pretty high this week as you continue to push yourself to achieve more.  The opportunities that are coming about may have been something you’ve been working at in the past, but never really put the effort in. Favorable Date : July 29 Favorable Color : Blue

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) – Friendships could be more of a focus this week if you’ve been able to help someone out through a tough time recently. You’ll definitely have feelings of being appreciated more.  You would be generous with others, but you might need to step back a little before you crash and burn with your relationships or you could end up coming across as rude and overbearing. You need to be clear in your thoughts and approaching things with pure intentions. You know you’re moving forward in a positive direction Favorable Date : July 28 Favorable Color : Red Read the rest of this entry »

Information Update – Health Canada warns Canadians not to use unauthorized ‘LifeGive’ health products with misleading health claims

In Writing (all kinds) on July 23, 2016 at 3:00 AM
OTTAWA, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – Health Canada is warning Canadians not to purchase or use ‘LifeGive’ health products to treat diseases such as cancer and dementia. These products are not authorized for sale in Canada.  Health Canada believes ‘LifeGive’ health products have been or will be promoted by Hippocrates Health Institute at several events held at locations in Ontario this month.

Health Canada took action when it became aware of this issue to prevent any further advertising and sale of the products, including conducting an on-site visit at the location of one of the events being held in Ontario to confirm that ‘LifeGive’ health products were not being offered for sale.

‘LifeGive’ health products have not been reviewed by Health Canada for safety, quality or effectiveness. Health Canada is working with the Canada Border Services Agency to stop the importation of any shipments of ‘LifeGive’ health products from entering Canada. Should this company continue to sell unauthorized health products, Health Canada will take appropriate action.

Health Canada reminds Canadians to read the labels of the products they buy to verify that the products have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality. Health products that have been authorized for sale by Health Canada will have an eight-digit Drug Identification Number (DIN), a Natural Product Number (NPN) or a Homeopathic Medicine Number (DIN-HM) on the label. Canadians should contact their health care professional if they have concerns about their health.

Canadians can verify if products have been authorized for sale by searching the Drug Product Database and the Licensed Natural Health Product Database on Health Canada’s website. Canadians are encouraged to report any adverse events and to submit any complaints about health products to Health Canada by calling toll-free 1-800-267-9675, or complete an online complaint form.

Stay connected with Health Canada and receive the latest advisories and product recalls using social media tools.

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SOURCE Health Canada

For further information: Media Inquiries: Health Canada, (613) 957-2983; Public Inquiries: (613) 957-2991, 1-866 225-0709

Employment Survey

In Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2016 at 5:38 PM

[TPS] – Media Advisory, The Way Forward: Modernizing the Toronto Police Service, Public Consultation Session #2, Monday, July 25, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m., Access Point, 3079 Danforth Avenue

In Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2016 at 2:02 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media Advisory, The Way Forward: Modernizing the Toronto Police Service, Public Consultation Session #2, Monday, July 25, 2016, 5 – 8 p.m., Access Point, 3079 Danforth Avenue

Friday, July 22, 20162:00 PM
Corporate Communications
416-808-7100

On Monday, July 25, 2016, from 5 – 8 p.m., at Access Point, located at 3079 Danforth Avenue, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders and Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle will be hosting the second community consultation session on the modernization of the Toronto Police Service.

Members of the public are encouraged to read the Transformational Task Force Interim Report and come prepared to discuss the report’s 24 recommendation. The report can be accessed here.

The session will include remarks from the Chief and the Chair and break-out tables designed to get the public’s input on the future of policing.

More consultation sessions are scheduled over the coming weeks. To find one near you, click here. Members of the public are also encouraged to submit their thoughts through email or video message. Visit our Have Your Say site for details.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for the Transformational Task Force

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Getting what we want at a Price

In Culture, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on July 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Seeing ourselves in the media has long been a long fight among African Canadians and advertisers. Back in the 1990s, it was rare to see a black person on TV with a cell phone or advertising makeup; it was rare to hear the unique voice of the Caribbean in plays and on the radio and it was hard to find positive photographs of ourselves in the newspapers or magazines.

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Warning – James Morgan Attorney in the United States

In Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2016 at 10:34 PM

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The Future of Guyanese and Canada Business Links (Originally Published in Pride Newsmagazine)

In Culture, Events, Writing (all kinds) on July 21, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Business People Gather at the Guyanese Luncheon

Business People Gather at the Guyanese Luncheon

The links between Guyana and Canada for business were strengthened on Friday, June 24th at a luncheon held at the Elite Banquet Hall.

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[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency Scam

In Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2016 at 4:03 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Canada Revenue Agency Scam

Wednesday, July 20, 20163:48 PM
11 Division
416-808-1100

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Toronto Police Service has noted an increase in the number of phone calls people have reported receiving from parties claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Police would like to remind the citizens of Toronto, that the CRA will never contact people via telephone, text or email and ask for personal information or demand payment for taxes in the form of pre-paid credit cards, iTunes, or other gift cards.

Police also want to inform the public that no one from the CRA, police, or immigration, will contact you via phone to advise you that a warrant is taken out for your arrest due to non-payment of taxes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Dawn Carreiro, 11 Division

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Eight Must-Have Books for Finances

In book reviews, Business, Writing (all kinds) on July 20, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Attorney Will Chen browsed the web to find eight personal finance books that will come in handy for you:

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Most Interesting Campuses in Ontario

In Education, Writing (all kinds) on July 19, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Ontario has some of the most beautiful campuses in the country of Canada. Here is a quick description of some of them:

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Medical Facilities Corporation Announces Approval of Normal Course Issuer Bid

In Writing (all kinds) on July 18, 2016 at 3:00 AM
TORONTO, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – Medical Facilities Corporation (“Medical Facilities” or the “Company”) (TSX: DR), announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange has approved its notice of intention to make a normal course issuer bid (“NCIB”) for up to 620,919 of its outstanding common shares (“Common Shares”), representing 2% of the number of 31,045,945 Common Shares issued and outstanding as of May 1, 2016. The Company may purchase the Common Shares at prevailing market prices during the period fromMay 16, 2016 to May 15, 2017 through the facilities of the Toronto Stock Exchange and alternative Canadian trading systems. Purchases will be made at market prices in accordance with the rules and policies of the Toronto Stock Exchange. Subject to the Toronto Stock Exchange’s block purchase exceptions, daily purchases will be limited to 17,272 Common Shares on any trading day, representing 25% of the average daily trading volume of 69,091 Common Shares for the past six months. All securities purchased by Medical Facilities under the normal course issuer bid will be cancelled. In the past 12 months, the Company has repurchased an aggregate of 356,000 Common Shares at a weighted average price of $14.70.

Medical Facilities believes that from time to time, the market price of its publicly-traded securities may not reflect their underlying value and that the purchase of its securities may represent an appropriate and desirable use of Company funds. Medical Facilities intends to fund the purchases out of available cash.

In connection with the NCIB, the Company has entered into an automatic securities purchase plan with National Bank Financial Inc., its broker of record for the NCIB, in order to facilitate repurchases of Common Shares under the NCIB. The automatic plan contains strict parameters regarding how Common Shares may be repurchased during times when the Company would ordinarily not be permitted to purchase Common Shares due to regulatory restrictions or self-imposed blackout periods, including the period from the eleventh business day following the end of a fiscal quarter until the disclosure of the applicable quarterly or annual financial results and prior to the disclosure of certain material changes.

About Medical Facilities
Medical Facilities owns controlling interests in four specialty surgical hospitals located in South Dakota, Arkansas and Oklahoma, as well as an ambulatory surgery center in California. The specialty hospitals perform scheduled surgical, imaging, diagnostic and other procedures, including primary and urgent care, and derive their revenue from the fees charged for the use of their facilities. The ambulatory surgery center specializes in outpatient surgical procedures, with patient stays of less than 24 hours. In addition, Medical Facilities owns controlling interest in a diversified healthcare service company located in Oklahoma City that provides third-party business solutions to healthcare entities such as physician practices, facilities, and insurance companies. Medical Facilities is structured so that a majority of its free cash flow from operations is distributed to the holders of its Common Shares in the form of dividends. For more information, please visit www.medicalfacilitiescorp.ca.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
Statements made in this news release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be forward-looking and therefore subject to various risks and uncertainties.  Some forward-looking statements may be identified by words like “may”, “will”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, or “continue” or the negative thereof or similar variations and include statements about the Company’s normal course issuer bid. Certain material factors or assumptions are applied in making forward-looking statements and actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.  Factors that could cause results to vary include those identified in Medical Facilities’ filings with Canadian securities regulatory authorities such as legislative or regulatory developments, intensifying competition, technological change and general economic conditions.  All forward-looking statements presented herein should be considered in conjunction with such filings.  Medical Facilities does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements; such statements speak only as of the date made.

SOURCE Medical Facilities Corporation

For further information: Michael Salter, Chief Financial Officer, Medical Facilities Corporation, 416.848.7380 or 1.877.402.7162, investors@medicalfc.com; Craig MacPhail, Investor Relations, NATIONAL Equicom, (416) 586-1938, cmacphail@national.ca

10 Most Popular Tourism Programs

In Education, travel, Writing (all kinds) on July 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

There are so many tourism and hospitality programs to choose from and it is definitely an exciting field to go into. Here are some of the most popular ones.

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MANISH’S ZODIAC SIGNS PREDICTIONS ( 18th July – 24th July )

In Writing (all kinds) on July 16, 2016 at 6:12 AM

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Aries (21 March – 19 April) – You are in control of your own vision. Find that light inside yourself and share it.Hard work will  bring you material gain if it’s partnered with self mastery in the arenas of personal stability, reliability and reasonable attitudes and expectations. Be an idealist but be a practical one. Your romantic life should perk up this week. If you are single, those of you are likely to meet someone, and if married, you have more time to step off the treadmill of life to enjoy one another. Favorable Date : July 21 Favorable Colors : Brown & White

Taurus (20 April – 20 May) – You are feeling the beauty of emotional enrichment and a kind of peace that comes with an elevated sense of acceptance. Your efforts and process of maturing have won this spiritual gift for you, fair and square. Money or love will bring intense encounters this week. A dream or scheme you’ve been chasing will come together. A new opportunity will surprise you.  Put aside the lesser for the greater and be prepared to wait. Romance will bring potent exchanges mid week. There’s excitement at the end. Favorable Date : July 19 Favorable Colors : Blue & White

Gemini (21 May – 20 June) – New activities or interests will bring benefit, or open horizons. You’ll feel the urge to learn or to teach. There’s excitement or change in the air. You’ll embrace beliefs or expand your links with foreign parts. Delay or obstruction will end, allowing you to move ahead. Action will lead to a wider horizon. Energetic or feisty folk from exotic parts will feature. You’ll fight for what you believe in. Communications, self-expression or supple activity will feature. Mid week, you’ll work on special projects or activities with those close. Shared creative efforts or ventures will feature. Favorable Date : July 20 Favorable Colors : Grey & Purple Read the rest of this entry »

Media Alert – Early Release of Results: Taking seniors off antipsychotics shows dramatic improvement in care

In Writing (all kinds) on July 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM
TORONTO, May 12 2016 /CNW/ – The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) will release dramatic results from a year-long initiative reducing the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication among seniors in long term care.

 

WHEN:

The results will be released on Monday, May 16, 2016 via Canada Newswire.

WHAT:

  • Early results from 56 long term care facilities that slashed their use of any inappropriate medication from September 2014-2015.
  • A five-year forecast highlighting the impact on prescriptions, falls, ER visits, hospitalizations and healthcare cost savings if the initiative was scaled up nationally
  • The troubling discrepancy across provinces concerning the use of antipsychotics in long term care facilities without a diagnosis of psychosis

 

Antipsychotics are often used in patients to curb resistance to care and other challenging behaviours but have been found to provide limited benefit and can cause serious harm and complications from overuse. Currently 27% of Canadians seniors in long term care are subjected to the inappropriate use of antipsychotics.

Spokespeople:

  • Maureen O’Neil, President, CFHI
  • Stephen Samis, Vice President, Programs, CFHI
  • Regional representatives from participating long term care facilities

B-Roll will also be available featuring CFHI spokespeople, an administrator from a long term care facility, a medical director, a behavioural specialist, a patient as well as associated visuals.

About CFHI: The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada, improving patient care, the health of Canadians and value-for-money. These innovations could save healthcare budgets over $1 billion per year. CFHI is a not-for-profit organization funded by Health Canada. Visit cfhi-fcass.ca for more information.

 

SOURCE Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

For further information: Elissa Freeman Phone: 416-565-5605 E-mail: elissafreeman@gmail.com

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Communities across the country are going to the dogs to give more Canadians safety, independence

In Writing (all kinds) on July 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

OAKVILLE, ON, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ – The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides wants to make more life-changing matches possible for Canadians with disabilities, and on May 29th, more than 200 walks are taking place across the country to do just that.

“Kiwi is an extension of my arms and legs,” says Tammy Walsh who was matched with Kiwi, a standard poodle specially trained to open and close doors and cupboards, pick up dropped items, retrieve objects out of reach, and even help with the laundry. “She really is a canine personal support worker,” says the Brampton, Ont., resident who uses a wheelchair.

Like all Dog Guides, Kiwi was provided to Walsh at no cost by Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, despite a price of $25,000 the charity incurs to breed, train, and match each service dog. The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is the organization’s largest fundraiser, and thanks to title sponsor Nestlé Purina PetCare, 100 per cent of funds raised go directly toward the foundation’s six specialized programs. The annual event has gained momentum over 30 years, last year raising more than $1,195,000 nationally.

For media:

  • For more information or to arrange an interview or demonstration with a head trainer, please contact Jenny Gladish, Communications Manager, at 905-842-2891 ext. 298 or jgladish@dogguides.com
  • An interview and photo op with a local recipient of a Dog Guide can be arranged, where possible.

About Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides:
Lions Foundation of Canada is a national charity with a mission to assist Canadians with medical and physical disabilities by providing them Dog Guides at no cost. Its founding program, Canine Vision Canada, was established in 1985 to assist Canadians with visual impairments, and since then, the Foundation has added Dog Guide programs including Hearing Ear, Service, Seizure Response,Autism Assistance, and Diabetic Alert. To date, more than 2,300 Dog Guides have been placed with people across Canada. The cost of raising, training and matching a Dog Guide with a qualifying Canadian is $25,000, but none of that cost is passed on to the applicant. The organization receives no government funding.

To donate or participate, visit Purina® Walk for Dog Guides: www.purinawalkfordogguides.com
Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides: www.dogguides.com

SOURCE Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides

Video with caption: “Video: Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides breeds, trains, and matches service and guide dogs with Canadians who have physical and medical disabilities. The Purina® Walk for Dog Guides is its largest fundraiser.”. Video available at:http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20160512_C6938_VIDEO_EN_688438.mp4&posterurl=http%3a%2f%2fphotos.newswire.ca%2fimages%2f20160512_C6938_PHOTO_EN_688438.jpg&order=1&jdd=20160512&cnum=C6938

For further information: Media Contact: Jenny Gladish, Communications Manager, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides, 905-842-2891 x298 | 1-800-768-3030 x298, jgladish@dogguides.com

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Leica Biosystems and UCLA Collaborate for Digital Pathology

In Writing (all kinds) on July 14, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Leica Biosystems and UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine announce a collaboration that will accelerate innovation and the adoption of digital pathology.

VISTA, California, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ – Leica Biosystems and UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, a leading clinical pathology institution, announced today a collaboration that will accelerate innovation and the adoption of digital pathology (DP). Leading edge product testing will be conducted with UCLA to validate DP in a high volume setting. This joint effort builds upon the existing relationship between UCLA and Leica Biosystems that was established in 2011.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160510/365621)

The pathology team at UCLA, led by Dr. Scott Binder, senior vice chair, will be working with Leica Biosystems Aperio ePathologyon innovative technology for pathology. Dr. Binder’s expert team, headed by Dr. W. Dean Wallace, associate director of anatomic pathology, will be testing and providing quantitative feedback on current and next generation products intended to advance digital pathology in the United States, from bench research to full clinical adoption.

“By working with Leica Biosystems, we have the opportunity to help shape the digital pathology industry. By testing products and providing real insight as to their clinical utility, we are hoping to define how pathology imaging products can improve the daily workflow processes. The primary goal is to better understand how these products perform in a high volume clinical environment,” said Dr. Wallace.

Puneet Sarin, vice president and general manager of Pathology Imaging at Leica Biosystems, stated, “We are truly excited about this collaboration. UCLA is an ideal partner. They are considered leaders in their field. Further, the collective team can provide quantitative data about how future, cutting edge products will impact lab workflows and turnaround time in a very demanding, high volume lab setting.”

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems (LeicaBiosystems.com) is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, integrating each step in the workflow. As the only company to own the workflow from biopsy to diagnosis, we are uniquely positioned to break down the barriers between each of these steps. Our mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries and is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany.

About UCLA Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at UCLA has been a leader in innovation in the field of telepathology. Furthermore, UCLA provides expert diagnostic services to doctors and patients to enable optimal treatment decisions based on the latest cutting edge research and diagnostic studies using state-of-the-art instrumentation. Each year, approximately 6 million clinical lab tests, including nearly 100,000 anatomic pathology cases, are analyzed to guide the care of patients in UCLA Health System, and through our referral network regionally and nationally.

For more information go to: http://pathology.ucla.edu/.

SOURCE Leica Biosystems

For further information: Media Contact(s): Kristin O’Neill, Manager, Global Brand Marketing, LBS-GlobalMarketing@leicabiosystems.com, +1-847-821-3537

Health Canada Approves IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib) for the Treatment of Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia

In Writing (all kinds) on July 13, 2016 at 3:00 AM

IMBRUVICA® is an oral, once-daily, single-agent therapy associated with a durable response in patients with this rare B-cell lymphoma

TORONTO, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ – Janssen Inc. announced today that Health Canada has issued a Notice of Compliance (NOC) for IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib), an oral, once-daily, single-agent therapy for the treatment of patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM).1 Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is a rare, incurable type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that begins in the body’s immune system.2,3

IMBRUVICA® was first approved in Canada in November 2014 for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including those with 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy, or for the frontline treatment of patients with CLL with 17p deletion. In July 2015, IMBRUVICA® was approved with conditions for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL).

“Before now, treatment options for my patients with Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia have been limited,” said Dr. David Macdonald, MD, FRCPC, Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, Hematologist, Capital Health. “The approval of IMBRUVICA® is a major advancement as this agent offers a targeted, chemotherapy-free treatment option for patients with WM, as it has done for those with other B-cell malignancies. It has shown clinically meaningful outcomes for these patients, as demonstrated by a high overall response rate.”

This approval for WM is based on an investigator-led, multicenter, prospective, single-arm study in 63 patients who had received at least one prior therapy. The results of the study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2015 by Treon SP, et al.4

The median age of patients was 63 (range of 44-86 years old) and the median number of prior therapies was two (range of 1-11).5 Patients received IMBRUVICA® 420 mg once daily. After a median duration of follow-up of 14.8 months, IMBRUVICA® was associated with a 87.3 per cent overall response rate (ORR; the primary endpoint), and a 69.8 per cent major response rate as assessed by investigators using criteria adopted from the Third International Workshop on Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia.6 The median time for patients to achieve at least a minor response to treatment was one month. 7 The median duration of response had not been reached.8

The most common adverse reactions in patients (≥20 per cent) were diarrhea, neutropenia, rash, nausea, muscle spasms, and fatigue.9  Four (six per cent) of patients discontinued treatment due to adverse events.10  Overall, IMBRUVICA® was well-tolerated and the safety profile was consistent with that observed in CLL and MCL.

About Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia
Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia is a rare form of cancer and in Canada there will be an estimated 150 new cases in 2016.11 WM is an indolent (slow-growing) subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.12 It begins with a malignant change to a B cell, a type of white blood cell (or lymphocyte), during its maturation, where the cell continues to reproduce more malignant B cells.13 In WM, the malignant B cells create large amounts of a certain type of antibody protein called immunoglobulin M or IgM in the blood. Antibodies such as IgM normally help the body fight infection; however, the overproduction of IgM, a hallmark of WM, often leads to a thickening of the blood (hyperviscosity syndrome).Typically, patients with WM are diagnosed after developing symptoms associated with the disease such as anemia, fatigue and night sweats.14

About IMBRUVICA® (ibrutinib)
IMBRUVICA® contains the medicinal ingredient ibrutinib which is a targeted inhibitor of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK). Ibrutinib blocks BTK activity, inhibiting cancer cell survival and spread.15 The recommended dose of IMBRUVICA® for WM is 420 mg (three 140-mg capsules) orally, once-daily.16

In Canada, IMBRUVICA® is indicated for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including those with 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy, or for the frontline treatment of patients with CLL with 17p deletion. In addition, IMBRUVICA® was issued marketing authorization with conditions for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), pending the results of trials to verify its clinical benefit.

IMBRUVICA® is co-developed by Cilag GmbH International (a member of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies) and Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie company. Janssen Inc. markets IMBRUVICA® in Canada.

About Janssen Inc.
Janssen Inc. and Cilag GmbH International are members of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. At the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, we are working to create a world without disease.  Transforming lives by finding new and better ways to prevent, intercept, treat and cure disease inspires us. We bring together the best minds and pursue the most promising science. We are Janssen. We collaborate with the world for the health of everyone in it. Learn more at www.janssen.com/canada/ Follow us on Twitter at @JanssenCanada

* Dr. Macdonald was not compensated for any media work. Dr. Macdonald has been a paid consultant to Janssen Inc.

References:

 


 

 

1 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
2American Cancer Society. Waldenström  macroglobulinemia: Detailed Guide.
Available from: http://www.cancer.org/cancer/waldenstrommacroglobulinemia/detailedguide/waldenstrom-macroglobulinemia-w-m.
Accessed February 9, 2016.
3Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada. What is WM? Available from: http://wmfc.ca/what-we-do/what-is-wm/. Last accessed February 9, 2016.
4 Treon, SP., Tripsas, CK., et al. Ibrutinib in previously treated Waldenström’s macroglobulimemia. N Engl J Med. April 9, 2015.http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1501548#t=articleResults
5 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
6 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
7 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
8 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
9 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
10 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
11 Special Data Request to Statistics Canada: WM Incidence data from CANSIM Table 103-0550 ‘New Cases of Primary Cancer’; Canadian Cancer Registry – 3207.
12 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Facts. Available from:http://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/lymphoma/pdf/waldenstrommacroglobulinemia.pdf. Accessed February 9, 2016
13 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Facts. Available from:http://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/lymphoma/pdf/waldenstrommacroglobulinemia.pdf. Accessed February 9, 2016
14 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Facts. Available from:http://www.lls.org/content/nationalcontent/resourcecenter/freeeducationmaterials/lymphoma/pdf/waldenstrommacroglobulinemia.pdf. Accessed February 9, 2016
15 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.
16 IMBRUVICA® (Ibrutinib) Product Monograph, Janssen Inc. Updated March 24, 2016.

SOURCE Janssen Inc.

For further information: Media Contact: Teresa Pavlin, Janssen Inc., Office: (416) 382-5017; David Mircheff, Environics Communications, Office: (416) 969-2776

URGENT CASTING CALL

In Writing (all kinds) on July 12, 2016 at 12:42 PM

URGENT CASTING CALL – PLEASE CIRCULATE Producing a short 1-minute film as a tribute to black mothers. It needs to be shot by July 17 at the very latest. Schedule is flexible and will adapt to the actors’ availability. Looking for: – A pregnant woman (6 to 8 months), black. Will be shooting her nude belly and hands only. (2 hour call) – A mother, black with a son between the ages of 5 and 7 who is energetic, but can take directions. We will be shooting images of you interacting. The boy will also be doing the narration of the film, so he needs to have a good, strong voice. (4 hour call) No previous acting experience required. Please email photos, availability, and any questions you might have to: info@rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Production title: Heartbreak Production type: short experimental film (Non-Union) Shooting location: Toronto Production Company: Rebels and Misfits Media Company website: rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Producer/Director: Nadine Valcin Email: info@rebelsandmisfitsmedia.com Compensation: Small honorarium

On this Day in History – July 12th

In Writing (all kinds) on July 12, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Premier and Red Cross announce details of emergency funds for evacuees

In Writing (all kinds) on July 11, 2016 at 3:00 AM

EDMONTON, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ –

When:

Wednesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. Mountain Time

Location:

Alberta Legislature, Media Room, Edmonton

Participants:

  • Premier Rachel Notley
  • Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

Teleconference information:

Media dial in: 1-888-231-8189
Conference ID: 11716416

  • Reporters must provide their conference ID, name, affiliation, and telephone number to the conference operator
  • Reporters are encouraged to dial in 15 minutes early to ensure participation
  • Participants will be able to hear all questions and responses
    • To ask a question: Press *1
    • To exit question queue: Press #

Additional information:

 

SOURCE Canadian Red Cross

For further information: Provincial Operations Centre media line: 780-644-4863; Canadian Red Cross: Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602, Alberta media can call: 1-403-541-4431, Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111

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Canadian Red Cross to give Alberta fire evacuees $50 million in immediate financial assistance

In Writing (all kinds) on July 10, 2016 at 3:00 AM
EDMONTON, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – Thanks to the generous outpouring of support from Canadians, Canadian Red Cross will provide immediate financial assistance totalling $50 million to more than 80,000 people displaced by the Alberta wildfires. Adult evacuees registered with Red Cross will receive $600 each and children will receive $300, so families and individuals can buy what they urgently need during this difficult time.

“People affected by these fires left their homes with almost nothing. We have listened to their needs and developed our plan for immediate assistance based on what we heard,” said Conrad Sauve, president and CEO of Canadian Red Cross. “This financial assistance allows evacuees to purchase what they require most after this disaster.”

The distribution of emergency financial assistance from Red Cross begins today and will be provided to evacuees in a number of different ways – including electronic banking transfers through email, money orders, cash cards, or vouchers – depending on people’s current location in Canada and the quickest, most secure way to receive these funds.

The Red Cross is aiming to reach all evacuees to confirm their information within the next few days. To expedite this process, all evacuees who have now registered with the Red Cross are being asked to wait until they are contacted to confirm their information. Once confirmed, more information will be provided based on people’s location and personal circumstances.

Those who do not receive an online payment because they do not have a bank account or email address, can rest assured that Red Cross is working hard to contact them, using the contact information provided upon registration. Evacuees who have not yet registered with Red Cross are still eligible for assistance now and in the future upon registration.

The electronic cash transfers were made possible by the generosity of Canadians who have donated more than $67 million so far, to the Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal.

Sauve noted that Red Cross help will continue. As people return home, Red Cross will work at the local level to help people and their communities rebuild and recover for as long as it takes over the years ahead.

Details regarding Red Cross recovery assistance will be announced in the coming weeks, as the emergency stabilizes and recovery efforts begin.

SOURCE Canadian Red Cross

For further information: Canadian Red Cross media line: 1-877-599-9602; Alberta media can call: 1-403-541-4431; Quebec media can call: 1-888-418-9111

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MANISH’S ZODIAC SIGNS PREDICTIONS ( 11th July – 17th July )

In Writing (all kinds) on July 10, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – This is an awesome time for reunions and bringing back music and artistic modalities of the past. Remain flexible in both work and play. You might also be able to come up with some clever ideas about how to resolve any  issues involving your home, like dealing with mortgages, property taxes, zoning issues, building permits, etc in which bureaucrats are making things tougher than they should be.  It is most important to remember to keep your sense of humour in spaces of business and to keep your silence in places of conflict. Favorable Dates : July 4, 8, 13, 17, 22, 26 Favorable Colors : White  & Red

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – Your mental and communicative abilities will largely be applied to gaining superior intellectual ability, through education, travel and philosophical debate. This is a delightful time for working on your financial and professional goals, accepting leadership roles, earning your boss’s trust, brainstorming ideas to increase profits, etc. Financial growth and business expansion will require much hard work and diligent effort, however, success will eventually come through steady but slow returns. There is a need to discipline the mind against needless worry, gloom, restlessness, anxiety and misgivings. Favorable Dates : July 1, 2, 10, 11, 19, 20 Favorable Colors : White  & Green

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – This week encourages you to focus on achieving your long-term financial and professional goals. It can also help you boost your self-confidence by getting yourself into shape physically.  This is a good time for you to work through any psychological issues that might be causing you to have romantic or financial trust matters. You should be able to get along with your neighbours, relatives, and local community members a bit easier. Work on your taxes, corporate investments, estate and inheritance planning, retirement accounts, debt consolidation, etc. may be favourable. Favorable Dates : July 1, 6, 10, 15, 19, 24 Favorable Colors : Green  & Yellow Read the rest of this entry »

Prime Minister announces action on Alberta wildfires

In Writing (all kinds) on July 9, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Prime Minister announces action on Alberta wildfires

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OTTAWA, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – The Government of Canada will stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Fort McMurray in the wake of the devastating Northern Alberta wildfires.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced the creation of a new ad hoc Cabinet committee to coordinate federal efforts to help the thousands of Canadians affected by the wildfires that raged through Northern Alberta in May of 2016.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Northern Alberta Wildfires will meet as required to consider and coordinate federal contributions to recovery and rebuilding efforts for those affected by the May 2016 Northern Alberta wildfires.

 

Chair                 

The Honourable Kent Hehr

Vice-Chair           

The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu

Members           

The Honourable Ralph Goodale

The Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains

The Honourable Jane Philpott

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

The Honourable James Gordon Carr

The Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi

 

The ad hoc Cabinet committee will hold its first meeting on May 12, 2016, and will complement the ongoing efforts on the ground coordinated through the Government Operations Centre.

The people of Fort McMurray can count on the full support of this government. We will weather this storm together – and together, we will rebuild.

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“The new ad hoc Cabinet committee is part of our work to address both the urgent and long term needs of communities affected by the Northern Alberta wildfires. We are working closely with Alberta Premier Notley and local authorities to coordinate recovery and rebuilding efforts for the many thousands who have been displaced and left homeless.”
– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“Canadians across the country have responded with generosity to the appeal by the Canadian Red Cross. The pledges made until the end of May will be matched by both the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta. Canadians helping others – no matter the distance that separates them – is what this country is all about. I would especially like to thank the brave first responders who have worked tirelessly to fight this fire. We are committed to help the people of Fort McMurray and the surrounding area rise out of this disaster.”
– The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

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Associated Links

 

SOURCE Prime Minister’s Office

For further information: PMO Press Office: 613-957-5555, This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca

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Manulife and its employees raise more than $200,000 for Fort McMurray Fire Relief

In Writing (all kinds) on July 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

WATERLOO, ON, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ – Manulife today announced that its employees have raised more than $50,000 that has been matched by Manulife for a total of over $100,000.  Manulife has also increased its original $50,000 donation to $100,000, bringing the total contribution to more than $200,000 to assist with wildfire relief and recovery efforts in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

“Manulife employees have given generously to help their fellow Canadians in a time of great need,” said Marianne Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Canada. “The work to rebuild Fort McMurray and the lives of its citizens will require patience, understanding and flexibility and Manulife is asking our customers impacted by this crisis to please contact us to see how we can help you.”

Manulife Bank will defer mortgage payments for a period of time and if needed, customers can access money invested in GICs without being charged an early-redemption penalty.

Manulife Group Benefits employers may be eligible for delayed payments on benefit premiums, and their employees can have refill prescriptions processed early.

Where permitted by the plan, Manulife Group Retirement customers from Fort McMurray and surrounding area impacted by the wildfire can make withdrawal requests.  Manulife will also waive withdrawal fees for customers (where their group retirement plan and legislation allows).

Manulife insurance and individual investment customers will receive assistance with expedited access to funds or an extension of payment terms.  We can work with customers who have questions or concerns about their investments or insurance applications.

Manulife customers who have questions about group retirement or benefit plans, individual investments or insurance can visit our website www.manulife.ca or contact the appropriate call centre as note below.

If possible, please have your policy / account number ready.
*Note: For Standard Life segregated funds or insurance products call: 1-888-841-6633

About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group providing forward-thinking solutions to help people with their big financial decisions.  We operate as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere.  We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions.  At the end of 2015, we had approximately 34,000 employees, 63,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving 20 million customers.  At the end ofMarch 2016, we had $904 billion (US$697 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made more than $24.9 billion in benefits, interest and other payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canadaand the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years.  With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as ‘MFC’ on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under ‘945’ in Hong Kong.  Follow Manulife on Twitter @ManulifeNews or visit www.manulife.com or www.johnhancock.com.

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information: Media Contact: Rebecca Freiburger, Manulife, 519-503-6604, Rebecca_Freiburger@Manulife.com

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Green Shield Canada Foundation donates $50,000 to Fort McMurray relief efforts

In Writing (all kinds) on July 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

ORONTO, May 12, 2016 /CNW/ – In response to the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta, the Green Shield Canada (GSC) Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts. The company is also matching donations that GSC staff members make to the Red Cross. In addition, GSC, one of Canada’s largest administrators of drug benefits, is making sure that impacted plan members get the medications they need by allowing Alberta pharmacies to refill prescriptions sooner than usual as many people have lost their medications or cannot access them due to the fires and evacuations.

GSC’s funding will help the Red Cross get vital support and supplies including food, shelter and water to those affected by the wildfires. “Like all Canadians, our hearts go out to the residents of Fort McMurray and we want to do our part to help,” said Steve Bradie, president and CEO of GSC. “Our mission and values are deeply rooted in social responsibility and charitable giving. We are committed to these core beliefs and this donation reinforces our ongoing commitment to those most in need.”

GSC is also encouraging others to follow their lead in supporting the relief efforts. Steve Bradie explains, “The GSC Employee Matching Program means that GSC will match donations made by staff members to the Red Cross. With the federal and Albertagovernments already matching Red Cross donations, this means that GSC staff donations will have four times the impact.” In addition to staff donations, GSC hopes that others outside of GSC recognize the tremendous need and follow suit by making donations to the Red Cross or setting up matching programs.

About Green Shield Canada and the Foundation
As Canada’s only national not-for-profit health and dental benefits specialist, GSC’s reason for being is the enhancement of the common good. GSC seeks out innovative ways to improve access to better health for Canadians. The GSC Foundation was created in 1992 to support innovative ideas that build community capacity, strengthen public policy and advance knowledge in the health care field.

SOURCE Green Shield Canada

Image with caption: “Green Shield Canada (CNW Group/Green Shield Canada)”. Image available at:http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160512_C4415_PHOTO_EN_689021.jpg

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For further information: David Willows, Vice President, Strategic Market Solutions, 416.221.7001 ext. 4100, david.willows@greenshield.ca

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2016 Emancipation Day Underground Freedom Train Ride‏

In Writing (all kinds) on July 6, 2016 at 4:27 PM
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10 Most Popular Health Care Programs

In Education, Health, Writing (all kinds) on July 6, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Whether you want to be a dentist, a doctor, a nurse, a pharmacist or any thing related to the health care field – these are some of the most popular health care programs in North America.

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MUSICWORKS 2016 CONTESTS

In Writing (all kinds) on July 5, 2016 at 12:07 PM

For immediate release: TORONTO, CANADA, July, 2016—Musicworks’ 2016 Electronic Music Composition and Sonic Geography Writing contests are now open.

Musicworks’ two annual juried contests spotlight new and emerging literary and musical talents, and offer cash prizes and opportunities to be published and heard:

 

Electronic Music Composition Contest

Musicworks invites participants to compose an experimental piece in any electronic music genre with a maximum length of 10 minutes.

 

Sonic Geography Writing Contest

Musicworks’ asks prose writers and poets to choose one location and describe in a maximum of 500 words how sound shapes your experience of this place.

 

Contest entry fee is C$25, and includes a one-year subscription to Musicworks (less than our normal subscription rate!); each additional entry only $5. Contests close August 14, 2016.

2016 Contest prize details, eligibility and assessment criteria, rules and restrictions,

and entry forms can be found at:

 https://www.musicworks.ca/contest

MEET OUR 2015 CONTEST WINNERS

 

Columbian composer and sound artist Juan Camilo Vásquez’s Calíope (canto de las abejas) has won first place in Musicworks’ 2015 Electronic Music Composition competition. “I was conceiving the piece as a sculpture,” Vásquez says about the winning piece, “My interest working in electronic music is about achieving control: how I work with electronics—interface or patches—to control things exactly.” Vásquez is profiled in the Spring 2015 print issue (#124), available now through subscription and on Canadian newsstands. Calíope (canto de las abejas) is included on CD#124.

 

Imogene Newland’s “Sonic City” won first place in the 2015 Sonic Geography writing contest, and is published in the Spring 2015 issue. Newland is a British multidisciplinary artist specializing in experimental performance and writing.

 

Musicworks congratulates the 2015 Electronic Music Composition contest winners:

First Prize: Juan Camilo Vásquez for Calíope (canto de las abejas)

Second Prize: Aaron Oppenheim for October 12 2014

Third Prize: Daniel Blinkhorn for frostbyte – wildflower

 

Musicworks congratulates the 2015 Sonic Geography writing contest winners:

First Prize: Imogene Newland for “Sonic City”

Second Prize: Luke Nickel for “Three Literary Field Recordings”

Third Prize: Darcy Spidle for “Ocean Bug and Bird Songs”

The fifth edition of the annual contest drew an impressive array of entries from Canada and around the globe. Musicworks thanks 2015 jury participants Sarah Davachi, Daniel Glassman, Peter Hatch, and Lee Singer.

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In Writing (all kinds) on July 5, 2016 at 10:26 AM

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10 Most Popular Design Programs

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Writing (all kinds) on July 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Design is such a fascinating field of study and it can be hard to find the best school to study at. Here is a list of the 10 most popular design programs in Canada. There are actually a few more than 10 because it was so difficult to narrow the list down to just 10.

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10 Most Popular Culinary Arts Programs

In Education, Health, Writing (all kinds) on July 4, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Looking to make cooking part of your career? There are many terrific culinary arts programs throughout North America where you can turn your flair in the kitchen into a profitable lifestyle choice.

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