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The Model World

In Beauty, Health, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 30, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I had my days when I was in the model world. Weighing in at 118 pounds at the height of 5 feet 10 inches, my model agent once told me that I should lose five pounds at that time.

The main reason why I got into modeling was because a boyfriend of mine was doing it too. I had a lot of fun doing it and when I was in my late teens and early 20s I did not ever think of getting cosmetic surgery – nor did I plan to in the future.

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“Death All Around Me”

In Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Kirk Verner Writes about Death - Photo Courtesy of

By: Kirk Verner

Death is usually not a topic that dwells in my mind, well at least not the concern for my own faith. The truth is, death is as common a conversation topic as the weather. Talk of violence, gore, and death circles our everyday lives like hungry hyenas, be it in the news, on television, or around a sticky bar in a dank pub downtown in any city.

Death has never really bothered me, likely due to my horror film-of-the-week addiction. Sure, I have lost some important people in my life, but as for being close to death, it’s never happened. I don’t mean myself being close to death, I mean literally being close to someone or somewhere where a death has freshly occurred.

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Getting Old and Fat

In Beauty, Health, Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I remember the days when I was young and skinny – they really were not all that long ago. Those days are gone now and it is probably a good thing that I am afraid of knives that keeps me from doing cosmetic surgery.

In general I am happy with the way I look. It is an au naturel look that I strive for, an Earth Goddess kind of thing. At least I tell myself this and it helps me sleep at night so I do not miss being the “hottie” I once was.

There is an expression that “beauty is wasted on the young.” I would say this is absolutely true. All of the beauty I had when I was younger would come in more handy now and be a lot more useful. On the other hand though, I have things like wisdom at my age that I did not have in my teens and in my 20s that is hard to get from a knife.

I do understand why some older people would choose to get plastic surgery to have a look that they feel will give them the competitive edge in the career market. Some occupations really require a certain look. I am glad I am a writer and do not need to worry as much about my appearance. I need to worry more about grammar, spelling and punctuation.

Would I go under the knife? I do not think so. At the end of the day I am just happy that I breathe in and out and I am in a relatively healthy state. I could use some more exercise though and perhaps more soya milk.

When the Tax Man Comes

In Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on September 27, 2016 at 3:00 AM

This is a story of someone I know very well. This person received funds from the Ontario government while she was going through a difficult time in her life. She had lost her job and her health was not good at that time, so she turned to the government for help.

Throughout the time she was receiving government assistance, she was still working and claiming every cent she made to the government – including cash. She filed all of her tax returns over the two year period and was as honest as the day is long with that too.

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – You are in the position to gain more of an overall perspective on your life and on your goals. You feel more fulfilled when you expand your horizons during this cycle. As long as you don’t fall into the trap of blind optimism, it’s a very pleasant time when you have the guts to do something different and enjoy yourself. Your life begins to stabilize, life becomes neater and more fulfilling, and you are more able to meet your responsibilities happily. This long-term trend boosts your confidence. Life is becoming less stressful and more satisfying. Favorable Dates : Sep 29 Favorable Colors : Blue & Red

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) -You are feeling reflective rather than expressive. It is not a time to be able to make a presentation or to come on strong to the world. Concentrate on truly listening to those close to you, and on playing a supportive role.Setting realistic financial goals, as well as formulating such things as budgets and other sensible financial planning projects, will be favoured during this time. Discovering ways to increase your income is featured. Relations are likely to be tensed. Disillusionments with finances as well as personal relationships are possible. Favorable Dates : Sep 30 Favorable Colors : Green & White

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – This is a time to start fresh in terms of how you arrange your life in order to feel a sense of value and worthiness. You’re looking at the world in terms of value and worth now, and what you have (or don’t have) is on your mind. Money issues pop up now—the discovery of a way to increase your income, an unexpected gift or reward, or a brief and tiny financial crisis that motivates you to find new ways to make money are possible. Favorable Dates : Sep 28 Favorable Colors : Green & White

Cancer ( 21 June – 22 July ) – This is a time when you naturally let loose your softer, receptive side. Romantic matters, as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore now. It is natural for you to attract who and what you want into your life now. Career matters may also be strong. Work matters are favoured and highlighted. You can enjoy an increase in personal influence, acknowledgement, or some other form of reward. Your personal magnetism runs quite high. You have the chance to improve your relationships with others–and with yourself! Favorable Dates : Sep 27 Favorable Colors : Red & Yellow Read the rest of this entry »

Universal Design is for Everyone

In Disability, Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Michael Lam, who did his undergraduate degree in engineering at McMaster University, is doing his master’s degree at the Walter G. Booth School of Engineering Practice. This school is also affiliated with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His thesis is focusing on product design for people with disabilities.

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Pets Threatened by Recession?

In Pets, Writing (all kinds) on September 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM

By Kathy Tapley-Milton

Some people used to complain that the “veterinarians have a license to print money”, but even the vets today are feeling the squeeze of the recession as pet owning customers spend less on grooming, tooth cleaning, stays at kennels, vaccinations, toys, and flea medicine. Tragically, some pet owners who have lost their jobs and their homes cannot afford to pay for their animal companion’s needs anymore and the pets end upon the streets.

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The Somnambulist 3 – The Mine

In Radio Podcasts, travel on September 24, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Kirk Verner - personal pic - March 31, 2010

Kirk Verner writes about Working in a Mine – Photo Courtesy of Kirk Verner

Kirk Verner (a.k.a The Somnambulist) goes places so you do not have to. In this podcast, he goes deep inside a dangerous mine.  Listen to his amazing journey:

Economical at University of Calgary delivering emergency funds and claims support

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

Call 1-800-607-2424 for 24-hour emergency claims support

CALGARY, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ – Economical Insurance is operating a third claims reporting centre in the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary, providing on-the-ground claims support and emergency funds to customers affected by the wildfire inNorthern Alberta. The company’s catastrophe response team is also operating in the Bold Center in Lac La Biche and in the Northlands Evacuation Centre in Edmonton.

“In the five days that we’ve been on the ground in Northern Alberta, we have delivered $1 million in emergency funding to our customers,” said Rocco Neglia, Vice-President, Claims for Economical Insurance. “This is proof positive that we are delivering on our promise to be there when our customers need us most.”

Calgary Evacuation Centre — University of Calgary
Taylor Family Digital Library
410 University Ct NW, Calgary, AB
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT, 7 days a week

Lac La Biche Evacuation Centre — Bold Center
Second floor
8701 91 Ave, Lac La Biche, AB
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT, 7 days a week

Northlands Evacuation Centre — Edmonton EXPO Centre
Hall G — East Entrance
7515 118 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB
Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. MT, 7 days a week

Reporting a Claim
Policyholders and brokers can report claims to 1-800-607-2424 or fax to 1-877-681-2048.  When reporting a claim, please provide the policyholder’s temporary location and current phone number to help ensure a timely response.

About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical Insurance is one of Canada’s leading property and casualty insurers, with $2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.3 billion in assets as at December 31, 2015. Based in Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more than one million customers across the country. Economical Insurance conducts business under the following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select, Perth Insurance, Family Insurance Solutions, and Economical Financial.

SOURCE Economical Insurance

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For further information: Doug Maybee, Economical Insurance, (T) 519.570.8249, (C) 519.404.0989,


Wash and Wear for Walls

In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on September 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM
What Cil Smart Paint Can Do For You

What Cil Smart Paint Can Do For You

By Gail Bergman and Indira Tarachandra

CIL Introduces New Generation of “Smart” Paints
to Help Make Paint Jobs Foolproof, Longer Lasting

Toronto, Ontario – June 10, 2009 – In today’s time-crunched world, everyone is looking for solutions to make life easier. Now, with the launch of CIL’s new generation of wash-and-wear coatings, Canadians can add paint to their list of items that help save time without compromising on quality.

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Having Energy Naturally

In Health, Writing (all kinds) on September 21, 2016 at 3:00 AM

By Kathy Tapley-Milton

Are you feeling fatigued and listless and wonder why? Is everything becoming a monumental effort? Fatigue can be caused by millions of things from being stressed out to serious illness. If your doctor has given you a clean bill of health, but you still don’t have any pep, there are lots of natural ways to make you full of vim and vigour.

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In Health, Writing (all kinds) on September 20, 2016 at 3:00 AM

By Kathy Tapley-Milton

A Gingko tree in Morgantown, U.S.A was planted by Rueben C. Griffitt who was a Union soldier in the Civil War. The tree commemorates the 630 soldiers who died in the notorious Andersonville Prison.

Gingko, a long living memorial, can be planted in most of continental United States, in zones 2 to 9, and some companies sell kits containing everything needed to plant a memorial tree.

Kits can be obtained at:

New Opportunities Learning Centre Q & A

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

Why do you think it is important for women to work together?

Women bring different approaches and perspectives to issues and tasks at the workplace. These have not for the most part been given much opportunity for practical application and recognition in today’s male dominated workplaces. There are still negative and trite stereotypes about the way women work together. More women working together with their successes to show can hopefully help eradicate these stereotypes.

How is working with women different from working with men?

It is hard not to fall into the same problem of stereotyping, so I only speak from my own experiences.

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


Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Examine your life this week to see how its solid energy could work for you. You will be able to make your dreams real, your ideas are ready to be turned into something tangible. Figure out what will work and make it a reality. You can now attract all the wealth you need to get your projects going.You may be involved in getting and keeping money or some other commodity. You may be having problems with possessiveness or jealousy. This is the time where you take your skills at organizing your physical life and turn them towards organizing your spiritual life.Favorable Dates : Sep 20 Favorable Colors : Green & White

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You are truly expanding the boundaries of your creativity, perception, and understanding, and moving yourselves into the unknown. The container of your lives needs to be bigger to accommodate this evolution and you cannot hold yourselves back with your fears. Take a hard look at the situations around you, it’s time for a reanalysis. You need to be wary with your lack of trust, there are people around you that you can depend on. Get ready to lead or take a position of power where you must be the driving force. Be careful to temper that power with logic and a cool head.Favorable Dates : Sep 21 Favorable Colors : Red&Purple

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – You are open to changes at the beginning of the week and you have released past resentments. You should take some time to get guidance from the people around you as you may be missing details or forgetting to read fine print in new deals and opportunities heading your way. Make use of your skills using your resourcefulness to pull things together. This week will be giving you the opportunity to flourish in a team environment where you will learn a ton from the people around you.. Be sure that all of your decisions are really well thought out both in the details and the big picture. Favorable Dates : Sep 22 Favorable Colors : Red&Yellow Read the rest of this entry »

A collection of Management Common Sense

In Business, Writing (all kinds) on September 18, 2016 at 3:00 AM

By Duncan Gunputrav

Management is the voluntary control of your self and or a particular situation, to achieve a desired result.

All actions in any situation have a subsequent result (both direct and indirect); even non-action is an action. The right action taken at the wrong time will not have the same result if taken at the right time.

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Gems of the Indian Ocean

In travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Mauritius is a Gem of the Indian Ocean

Mauritius is a Gem of the Indian Ocean

By Duncan Gunputrav

In North America the tendency for most is to have a limited knowledge of countries situated in far reaching parts of the globe. Especially when these nations do not participate in the G8 meetings or are only secretly visited by international celebrities or rarely by heads of state.

The truth is these islands have a rare wealth and beauty. Some would even match some of these areas with paradise, as is the case of Mauritius – the Tiger of the Indian Ocean.

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Old Story Idea for CBC’s “Outfront”

In Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM

My name is Donna Kakonge, and I am 31-years-old. I grew up in Toronto, but my father is from Uganda and my mother is from St. Vincent in the Caribbean. I want to do a piece about my great-uncle, who now lives in Toronto. He lived in Barbados for most of his life practising medicine. Though he lived far away, my great-uncle has always had a presence in my life. Especially now that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Only at the good moments can he remember all the wonderful achievements he has made in his life, but his words and his good deeds have always been part of my memories to this day. I must admit spending time with him now makes me uncomfortable because he is so different from his former bold self. Learning to handle these things gracefully is part of growing up and understanding that there is an end to everything and everyone.

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Bringing Back the Old School just in time for the 21st Century

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

By: Alex Young

For children growing up in a digital age, it’s wild to think that some kids’ entire music collection will be a collection of digital memories on their computer. In the current climate of unrest within the music industry because of Internet piracy, there’s a revolution that’s coming back to shine in the spotlight once again – the return of the vinyl record. December 2008’s issue of Rolling Stone revealed vinyl sales are up 60 per cent from 2007 in the United States alone. With the re-release of essential rock albums like LA Woman by the Doors and Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, all kinds of classics are getting a brand new life on vinyl. Whatever your taste may be, there’s an album waiting for you to rediscover it in a way you’ve never heard before and it’s like listening to your favorite albums for the first time all over again. For all of you that have been keeping their loyalty to vinyl strong throughout the years, now you too no longer have to feel like the only analogue dude in a digital world. The influence of the vinyl is anything but forgotten and there are a few characters that have stuck around including like the old school sound technicians, the record storeowners and the collectors. Today you’ll get to hear from each of them and their take on vinyl getting another spin.

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Prague by Morning, Venice by Night

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

by Aaron Wilson

“Mr. Wilson! Mr.Wilson!”

My eyes snapped open and a man appeared a few feet from my face. “Check Out,” he demanded in an accented voice.  I snatched the phone lying next to my head – 10:34 am.  I sprung up and leaped from the top bunk, negating the ladder, and hitting the floor with a thud.  Immediately the blood and liquor running through my veins rushed to my head and my temples pulsed.

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[TPS] – Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016

In Writing (all kinds) on September 13, 2016 at 5:36 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016

Tuesday, September 13, 201610:59 AM
Parking Enforcement

The enforcement of the city’s rush-hour routes and other traffic and parking offences continues to be a priority for the Toronto Police Service. On Tuesday, September 6, 2016 to Friday, September 9, 2016, the Service launched a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign. This campaign focused on the traffic congestion and gridlock of the rush-hour routes within the downtown core. Parking Enforcement Officers and members from Traffic Services saturated the downtown core during morning and afternoon rush hours.

The campaign focused on the areas bounded by Bloor Street to Front Street, and Parliament Street to Dufferin Street.

The Rush-Hour Route Enforcement Campaign Results are as follows:

Parking Tickets Issued: 1,467
Vehicles Towed: 298

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For more news, visit

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for A/Officer-in-Charge Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement Unit

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Yari Yari Conference (Originally Published in Panache Magazine)

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

An international conference in literature by women from African and the African Diaspora has been hailed an overwhelming success by its organizers. Held in New York and coordinated by New York University’s Africana Studies Programme last fall, the conference brought together world-renowned writers to this first-ever scholarly conference that explored black female authorship. “Yari Yari – Black Women Writers of the Future,” celebrated the creativity and diversity of black women writers. Among the 120 writers who attended were Ghanaian poet and novelist Ama Ata Aidoo, Maya Angelou, Gloria Naylor, Angela Davis, Sapphire, Haitian Edwidge Danticat and Maryse Conde from Guadeloupe. The conference also included notable filmmakers, artists, storytellers, journalists, children’s authors, playwrights and publishing executives.

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


Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Unleash your creative power at this time. Share your inspiration and talents with those who vibrate to your frequency. You are being encouraged to put on your thinking cap and to have your listening ears on. Communication with others will be keeping your active and busy. Unprocessed information with good news is headed your way. Just let your imagination take on a life of its own and do whatever you need to do to feed it. Your true intention with continued effort is ready to bloom the sweet fruit that you have been working hard for – in form of good news for both spiritual and material growth. Favourable Dates : Sep 18 Favourable Colors : White & Yellow

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – A good week to think things through before acting on them. Look at what is missing and go from there. Keep your nose to the grindstone for best results and maintain flexibility in meetings. Expect other people to rise up and be supportive of you in many ways that are truly helpful. Expect others to want to share your joys and accomplishments with you in celebration. Pay attention to what and who enters your life now, no matter how small. Passionate love and warm friendships flourish. Do apply a bit of caution if you are mixing business and pleasure. Favourable Dates : Sep 14 Favourable Colors : Red & Blue

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) – You obtain popularity with your strength and attract many admirers along the way. Your general well-being improves dramatically as happiness and joy increases. You will have the chance to “show off” your problem solving skills while showing others how to transform disappointments and tough situations into a positive learning tool, Through your gentle approach, you gain control of a bothersome situation, which takes your confidence and spirit to new heights. There is much in the way of movement for you, with a forward motion in your finances and in your relationships. Favourable Dates : Sep 15 Favourable Colors : Purple & Blue Read the rest of this entry »

The Presumption of Racism (Originally Published in the Spectrum Newspaper)

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

Sometimes it takes something like a report to show how far Canada has come to effectively deal with racism. The Ontario Human Rights Commission hired Canadian law student Donna Young to do a report focusing on collecting evidence of prejudice on the part of the Commission’s staff. The evidence was used to show how biased assumptions affect the decisions of cases brought to the Commission. This report that was completed last October has Deputy Liberal leader Sean Conway and Progressive Conservative leader Mike Harris attacking Premier Bob Rae about its conclusions.

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Nicotine Anonymous

In Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2016 at 9:06 PM
To all members of Nicotine Anonymous:

I want to continue to inform or update members about such things as intergroup activities so that more of the fellowship is aware to either attend or consider similar events in their area.

This message is to inform or remind you of the wonderful recovery retreat, Clean in the Catskills, during the weekend of September 30 – October 2nd in Tannersville, NY at the hotel Villa Vosilla. This flyer is about the New York Metropolitan Area’s Intergroup of Nicotine Anonymous (NYMAI’s) 23rd event, followed by some member remembrances of recent Clean in the Catskills. I have attended nearly all these retreats and can easily say they are among the best days in recovery I’ve known since joining Nicotine Anonymous in 1989. If you want to be part of this special weekend, please make your hotel reservations ASAP before there may be no rooms available.

Checko M
WSO chairperson (2016-17 term)

Clean in the Catskills
Pumpkin Tableau by Checko M.
The weekend was perfect. We thought it wouldn’t be, but it was. Mother Nature decided to bloom early and grace us with an Indian summer weekend. We climbed the mountain in T-shirts and sat at the bonfire in the same! Those of us who gathered were a fabulous bunch of new and old friends. And we were all very VERY pleased with everything. Now that’s a great mix: invigoration, inspiration, contentment and joy.
Thanks, Tony! Let’s make next year unique in its own individual way.
Dale K. Columbia, MD

Over the course of the weekend we improved our conscious contact with a power greater than ourselves as we reinforced strong connections with each other. We felt renewed, restored and re-connected to our fellowship. We knew we would return to CITC again. I will miss all of you until we meet again.
In service,

Sculpture by NicA member, Checko M

Nearly 50 members from California, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Texas attended the 21st annual Clean in the Catskills weekend on October 17-19, 2014. There were members from face to face meetings, phone meetings and Voices of Nicotine Recovery (VONR) online meetings. It was one of the most successful events in years.

Pumpkin Sculpture and Tableau by Member Checko M.

October 2-4, 2015
By Nick M
The theme of this year’s Clean in the Catskills event, “Together we can do what we cannot do alone,” was brought home to me from the minute I arrived at Villa Vosilla and registered. Alison A’s warm greeting set the tone for my visit and for meeting many fellow members over the course of the next days. After relaxingon Friday afternoon we gathered for dinner and fellowship followed by the weekend’s first meeting in the hotel’s yoga room, given a fall theme with decorations and a NicA-themed carved pumpkin all made by Checko M. Chaired by Michael B, the theme was gratitude and Ladd J’s deeply heartfelt and inspirational talk about his
gratitude for recovery set the tone for openness both in speakers’ qualifications and members’ shares throughout the weekend.

Saturday morning started with some members joining Alison A for yoga practice, followed by Susan O leading a short meditation. She shared her thoughts on her own meditation practice and also drew parallels to Step 11. The weekend’s second meeting couldn’t take place outdoors due to rain, but chair Ladd J and speaker Nancy O from Pennsylvania who is also Nicotine Anonymous World Services Secretary-Elect, more than made up for the lack of sunshine.

After lunch on Saturday, 16 hikers drove over to the nearby state park and joined hike leader John O for a 1 1/2 hour climb up the mountain. Despite some morning mist, the weather cleared and everyone enjoyed a rain-free hike up the mountain. At the top a brief meeting was held with Chick P of NY chairing and World Services Treasurer-Emeritus, Sherry B, of Nevada sharing her experience, strength and hope. There were many first timers on the hike who made it up the rock scrambles with the assistance of their fellow climbers. It was truly a team effort. A highlight of the CITC weekend for the past 22 years, the hike provided living proof of the weekend’s theme, “Together we can do what we cannot do alone.” I started out attempting the climb but after only a few minutes of walking though the wet grass my shoes and socks were soaked through and I had to turn back. Next year I’ll bring better shoes…

After dinner Saturday evening the weather had cleared enough for the annual bonfire meeting. Ladd J must have a degree in pyromania because the fire burned bright (and proved that not all smoke emerges from cigarettes, cigars, and pipes) so that we were well warmed in the chilly night air. The bonfire meeting was chaired by John O who decided to rename me Nick “A” before I spoke. I was thrilled, petrified, and humbled by the opportunity to address my fellow members and concentrated on talking about how I had lost the faith I had grown up with only to find and embrace my higher power again via Nicotine Anonymous.

Sunday morning’s spirituality meeting followed breakfast and Paul C eloquently spoke about his own spiritual odyssey at the meeting chaired by Sarah B. After members shared, Michael B took a vote on possible dates for next year’s event and it was decided by a majority vote that Clean in the Catskills 23 will take place from Friday September 30 to Sunday October 2, 2016. Hope to see you all there!
Nicotine Anonymous World Services, 6333 E. Mockingbird, #147-817, Dallas, TX 75214

Remember 9-11

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

A moment of silence.


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

Six celebrated local writers present brand-new Gothic stories

Toronto the good? Not quite. In six brand-new deliciously dreadful tales, some of our best local writers lead us into the darker corners of our fair city. Come along – if you dare…

Diaspora Dialogues and Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity are pleased to present Cherie Dimaline, Nalo Hopkinson, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Andrew Pyper, Tasleem Thawar and Michelle Wan at the Music Gallery on Wednesday June 10 at 7:30 pm, reading the creepy stories they’ve created just for us. Hosted by Rue Morgue’s Liisa Ladouceur.

These tales have been collected in a very special limited-run chapbook, Gothic Toronto: Writing the City Macabre, available for purchase at the reading.

Black History Gets a Seat in Classrooms (Originally Published in Centretown News)

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

Few people know that Matthew DaCosta, black fisherman and Micmac interpreter for Samuel de Champlain, played a role in Canadian history.

Historical information on black Canadians is almost absent in our classrooms and libraries.

“I’m on a hunt now to try and find information (on black Canadian history), but I haven’t been very lucky,” says Marva Major-Cosper, Connaught School. “That gives an example of the need that’s out here because we don’t’ have a resource centre of information. It’s so necessary.”

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TPS] – The death of Chief William McCormack, Statements from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders, Visitation and funeral details

In Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2016 at 5:49 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

The death of Chief William McCormack, Statements from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle and Chief Mark Saunders, Visitation and funeral details

Thursday, September 8, 20164:57 PM
Corporate Communications

Statement from Chief Mark Saunders on the passing of Chief William McCormack:

On behalf of the Toronto Police Service, I would like to send my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Chief William McCormack, who passed away earlier this afternoon at the age of 83.

Chief McCormack served as a proud member of what was then known as the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force for 35 years, including his tenure as Chief between 1989 and 1995.

During his time as Chief, he was responsible for implementing our Ceremonial Unit, a tradition that proudly lives on and is considered an honoured symbol of the Toronto Police Service.

During his retirement, he continued to be a proud ambassador for the Service by attending various events and showing his pride in policing.

I know there are many members serving today who fondly remember their time under Chief McCormack’s command.

I am one of them.

His legacy will live on, both in the community and within the Toronto Police Service, through his wife, Jean, and his children.

A visitation will be held on Sunday and a funeral will be held on Monday at St. Paul’s Basilica. Details will be available on our website. There is also a Book of Condolence available in our lobby here at Headquarters, for members of the Service or public who wish to express their thoughts to the family.

Statement from Toronto Police Services Board Chair Andy Pringle on the passing of Chief William McCormack:

On behalf of the Toronto Police Services Board, I would like to add my condolences to the list of family, friends and colleagues mourning the loss of Chief William McCormack.

I have tremendous respect for police officers and the dedication and commitment it takes to serve our city as Chief of Police is admirable.

While, during that time, I was not as involved in policing as I am right now, I know as a citizen of Toronto the work he did to keep our neighbourhoods safe.

I also know from speaking with his colleagues, here at the Service, he was respected by the men and women of the Toronto Police Service and that his legacy lives on, through his work and the work of his children.

The visitation will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Jerrett Funeral Home, 8088 Yonge Street, Thornhill.

The funeral will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto.

A family-only interment will take place afterwards.

A book of condolence is available at Headquarters, as of today, until the day of the funeral.

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

Association Helps Blacks (Originally Published in Centretown News)

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

What does a business of frozen cassava and fresh crushed peppers have in common with a business of permed hair and painted toes? It’s the Black Business and Professional Association.

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Low Flying: Island Wings has promise, but never takes off (Originally Published in the Hour in Montreal)

In book reviews, Writing (all kinds) on September 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

As many Canadian children were being told fairy tales of mystic lands where houses were made of candy cane and gingerbread, where glass slippers and a mere kiss could turn girls into royalty, the magical tales told to a young Cecil Foster were about joining his parents in the Land of Plenty: “We would sit around the fire with Grandmother enthroned on the big rock, her dress or skirt lapped between our legs, while she told us stories. She taught us about our family history and painted glowing pictures for Stephen, Errol and me about the great life awaiting us, when we joined our parents in England.” This is the story Foster tells in Island Wings: A Memoir.

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Excerpt about “Church Sunday” from the Montreal Gazette

In book reviews, Writing (all kinds) on September 6, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for the Book Spiderwoman by Donna Kakonge

Cover Art for the Book Spiderwoman by Donna Kakonge

By Bronwyn Chester in the Montréal Gazette

“Church Sunday” is a more resolved story. A young girl in Toronto accompanies her Granny, visiting from St. Vincent, to church and learns what it means to give. The old woman “hated the Methodist church, it made her fall asleep. She said there were too many white people and she couldn’t stand the organ music that was played with more than one mistake.”

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Working at the Writer’s Life (Published in Australia’s MetroSeven)

In Business, Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since I was 7-years-old. I told my mother and she told me that I would never make any money. But I think that so far, at 31, I have proved her wrong. Although I’m not rich, I don’t live on the streets either. But, that’s thanks to the support of my parents – even if they would prefer me to be a doctor. In my heart, I first knew that I wasn’t meant to be a doctor when I wrote my first book at 17 that I definitely plan to get it published.

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – You are creating your own sense of success or failure. If you want more than you have received – prove it and create a new path for yourself. Rewards are due, make your last minute adjustments to ensure profit. The tools for transformation are in your hands. You are responsible for your life, and your determination and stamina will keep your life and business fruitful. You’ve sown your seeds, now you can rest and see what begins to sprout from all of your effort. You shall reap what you have sown. Favorable Date : Sep 7 Favorable Colors : White & Yellow

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) : A relationship or partnership is not fulfilling it’s potential. Turn to self for the love and sympathy that you are searching for. Look for the positive in what you are experiencing now. Love the one you are with. Release the negativity, so that new trust may be found. Holding on to what isn’t working anymore will not work. Detach from the unsolved issues and look for new inspiration. Creative problem-solving with sharp thinking will bring you a practical solution or insight to an on going problem. Hypothetical concepts and analyzation will allow you to strategize your proposal and game plan. Favorable Date : Sep 11 Favorable Colors : White & Red

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – You will prefer to spend time in solitude. Fair warning to those in committed relationships: You will be prone to regress into old patterns of relating that you know are not productive. Avoid this if you possibly can or you will have apologies to make later. It is generally unwise to take initiatives for first two weeks even though your impulse calls you to rebel. Your intentions may be misunderstood or you may be dealing with deceptive people. Avoid pointing fingers at yourself or anyone else. It’s a challenge for you to see yourself into the future with accuracy at this time. Favorable Date : Sep 8 Favorable Colors : White & Blue Read the rest of this entry »

Star Trek Review

In Movie Reviews, Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Star Trek Line Up by Dana Kerim

Star Trek Line Up by Dana Kerim

By Dana Kerim

Star Trek was finally released in Theatres on Thursday, May 8th. My general impression going into it was a combination of excitement forced by anticipation, which had a lot to do with the constant pessimism from others on its potential. The big question on everyone’s mind is, “Is this TREK enough?”

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[TPS] – Police request assistance with investigation into Sexual Assault on subway train, Security camera images of wanted man released

In Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2016 at 6:45 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Police request assistance with investigation into Sexual Assault on subway train, Security camera images of wanted man released

Saturday, September 3, 20166:03 PM
53 Division

The Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance with a Sexual Assault investigation.

It is reported that:

– on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, shortly after 4:30 p.m., an 18-year-old woman was on a northbound subway train near St. George subway station

– a male passenger sexually assaulted her

– the 18-year-old woman exited the subway at Downsview subway station and the male passenger left in an unknown direction

– she reported the matter to police

The man is described as in his mid-20s, 5’11”, with short brown hair and a dark-brown beard. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, dark pants and open-toed sandals. He was carrying a black messenger bag slung across his shoulder and a large black case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

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

For more news, visit

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sajeev Nair, 53 Division

Attachments to this release are available on our website.

Youth Assisting Youth

In Pets, Writing (all kinds) on September 3, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Saddle Up for Success is Just One of the Programs with Youth Assisting Youth

Saddle Up for Success is Just One of the Programs with Youth Assisting Youth

When I was in high school I first discovered Youth Assisting Youth as a volunteer. My “junior” as they are called is named Tammy. We would go to Chuck E. Cheeses and movies and I showed her a good time, as well as helped her with her homework.

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Happy Birthday Dad!

In Writing (all kinds) on September 2, 2016 at 3:00 AM

You’re the best! Thank you!

St. Vincent & the Grenadines Consulate

In Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2016 at 7:26 PM



In Creative Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Riding on a cool bus

listening to hot tunes.

Windows open so the

air can breathe.

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