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In Writing (all kinds) on September 21, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 20, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Paoleo Breakfast With Josh Fogel (Retired Kindergarten Teacher) at Kos in T.O.

In Writing (all kinds) on September 19, 2017 at 1:20 PM

By Donna Kakonge (with Josh’s verbal and written permission :-)…Please look out for his book for more…this is an introduction of some whole brand new work from Josh, and by Josh, to come…

This morning was great. So I have this new book client named Josh Fogel who is a retired Kindergarten teacher and who lives in my neighbourhood. The man is beautiful. How does a woman work with a man that is beautiful without getting distracted? Well, this is another challenge.

My apartment gets really hot. Many people tell me it is unbearable to be inside and Josh and I tried to use the “in-the-box” method to write his book starting from yesterday, (in-the-box method means recording conversations and then transcribing the spoken word), and we did get a start. I thought I had thought of everything, but then my card with my digital audio recorder was full right after Josh did a spoken word of the introduction. He left to go back to his place while I transferred the files onto my external hard drive.

It was just too hot in my apartment. Air conditioning in a house makes me sneeze profusely though.

I went over to his place this morning. Took less than five minutes for me to get there walking. It was the second time I was there. Josh has another potential second book called Kindergarten Coach. This is a great client, friend, and neighbour. I was so distracted inside his apartment, and he was telling such great stories that we ended up leaving his book creation that I am helping him with until tomorrow. We are going to work every day on it.

He took me to Planet Fitness at Galleria Mall. The water massage bed there is great, but Josh has a better massage chair at home than even Planet Fitness has.

Then, Josh and I went to Kos in downtown Toronto and had a paleo breakfast. Josh Fogel is also writing a book called Paleo Toronto. It was great! Eggs, bacon, no hash browns, no toast, and salad – just as Josh promised! It was excellent. It is now 1:16 p.m. as I am writing this sentence and I do not even feel fatigued from eating the meal.

Josh is going to write a book about paleo breakfast and beer for breakfast, however, this is not in an effort to promote alcoholism for the latter. The title of Josh Fogel’s book is Beer for Breakfast: The Food Addict’s Guide to Working Out. As Josh allows it, I will write some updates on how the writing process with Josh is going. He is a really great guy and he is mature enough that this will not change.



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Discourse, Power and Resistance International Conference 2018

In Writing (all kinds) on September 19, 2017 at 8:12 AM
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 Education and the striving for dignity 10-­­12 May, 2018



The games of discourse and power give expression to the interests, needs and desires that make us the diverse people we are, recognising difference as a source of human flourishing which Education celebrates. Yet Education is variously challenged and threatened in countless situations, on a global scale and in different ways.


What is at stake is our culture of fundamental human rights and our commitment to the affirmation of personal and collective human dignity. Education is fundamentally engaged in that purpose, and may be defined as the process by which the conditions for the development of personal and collective human dignity are created. DPR 2018 carries forward the endeavour to promote emancipation and to challenge the processes of devaluation and obliteration of difference, by opening a space to analyse how such processes are concealed, disguised and even positively encouraged.


At the same time, DPR 2018 analyses and challenges the practices through which difference is erased, disfigured, silenced, repressed, and annihilated. We open this CALL to all of those interested in developing forms of resistance to “indignification” and developing ways of striving for Dignity through Education. We exhort proposals for presentations of papers (single or joint authors), symposia, workshops, posters, exhibition work and performances. All information on submission and registration can be found on


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In Writing (all kinds) on September 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on September 18, 2017 at 9:47 AM

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – This marks the beginning of a fruitful period. It can mean a new job that sparks a new passion, giving you a new and invigorating reason to get out of bed in the morning. It’s going to rekindle some part of you that you thought had burned out long ago and a lot of people that are close to you are going to notice a change. In finance, making preparations for the long term during the times of plenty is paramount to knowing how to handle the times of little so you will make long term monetary strategies. Favourable Dates – Sep 20 Favourable Colors – Purple & Black

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May )It is time getting your rocks off, but more often it’s about focusing that inner drive, rather than letting it drive you into situations that you might regret later. Partnerships in the profession and romantic unions, especially in the sense of long-term liaisons are going to create something that can only be described as awesome.  This would be time building up connections with people and the opportunity to use these connections to their full potential in a way that will be beneficial to all. If you are single and searching for love, this is the perfect time to make a leap. Favourable Dates – Sep 24. Favourable Colors – Yellow & Blue.

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – You are totally at ease taking responsibility or command of things. There would be stability and security in life. This may prompt you for change, possibly by leaving something habitual or secure or embarking on new adventures without having to carry around old things and concerns.  This period also indicates the release of old unnecessary patterns and hindrances to progress but as most people know, change can be difficult to accept. You may have also just met someone you have a good feeling about romantically, or you may be beginning new friendships or enjoying being with family. Favourable Dates – Sep 19 Favourable Colors – Red & White Read the rest of this entry »

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[TPS] – Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, September 18, 2017 to Friday, September 22, 2017

In Writing (all kinds) on September 17, 2017 at 5:06 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Rush-hour route enforcement campaign, Monday, September 18, 2017, to Friday, September 22, 2017

Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 5:02 PM
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 Monday, September 18, 2017, the Service will launch a heightened rush-hour route enforcement campaign with a focus on traffic congestion and gridlock in the downtown core.

There will be zero tolerance for vehicles found blocking and congesting rush-hour routes.

The campaign will start on Monday, September 18, 2017, with the enforcement of the morning rush-hour routes, and will conclude on Friday, September 22, 2017.

Parking Enforcement Officers and police officers from Traffic Services will be saturating the downtown core to tackle gridlock by ticketing and towing vehicles obstructing the rush-hour routes. All other rush-hour routes in the city will have heightened enforcement.

Since January 1, 2017, Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement has issued 57,025 parking infractions and towed 11,884 vehicles from the city’s rush-hour routes.

Members of the media are welcome to participate in ride-alongs with members from Parking Enforcement. To do that, please contact Brian Moniz at 416-808-1612 or at

The Toronto Police Service will be utilizing its Twitter accounts, @ParkingTPS and @TorontoPolice, to highlight results of this campaign.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Brian Moniz, Parking Enforcement

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Come to Donna Kakonge on for Legal Advice

In Writing (all kinds) on September 16, 2017 at 12:26 PM

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Indigenous Culture Fund programs now open

In Writing (all kinds) on September 15, 2017 at 7:24 PM

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Indigenous Culture Fund
programs now open

Toronto, September 15, 2017 – Applications are now available for all three funding programs under the Indigenous Culture Fund (ICF). The ICF programs for individuals and organizations have been established to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, culture and way of life.

ICF Small Grants

  • What this program supports: Short-term community, culture and way-of-life projects in Ontario with grants of up to $5,000.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals. First-time applicants, youth and Elders are all encouraged to apply.
  • Deadline: Applications accepted year-round.
  • Full details on this program.

ICF Project Grants for Individuals, Groups and Collectives

  • What this program supports: Larger community, culture and way-of-life projects in Ontario, with up to $30,000 for short-term projects and up to $60,000 for long-term projects.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations, groups and individuals.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Full details on this program.

ICF Project Grants for Organizations

  • What this program supports: Large-scale projects undertaken by Indigenous organizations in Ontario, with up to $60,000 for short-term projects and up to $120,000 for long-term projects.
  • Who can apply: Ontario-based Indigenous organizations – including not-for profits, schools, service organizations, community centres, councils and more.
  • Deadline: November 1, 2017 at 1 p.m.
  • Full details on this program.

ICF Staffing Update

Janine Manning

Our thanks to OAC Associate Director of Granting, Kerry Swanson, who worked closely with our Ministry colleagues to develop the ICF programs and their components. Kerry has decided to leave OAC to pursue independent projects with an Indigenous arts focus and is passing the ICF responsibility on to our new Manager of the Indigenous Culture Fund, Janine Manning.

Janine is a member of the Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, with paternal ties to the Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation. She has several years of non-profit management experience, and was most recently the Director of Community Engagement and Indigenous Relations at Teach For Canada. Of note, is her role over several years as the Project Coordinator and Events Manager for Indigenous Writers’ Gathering.

Erika Iserhoff

Joining the ICF team on October 2, 2017, as Indigenous Culture Fund Grants Facilitator is Erika Iserhoff.

Erika is of Omushkego and Eeyou Cree heritage, and is a member of Constance Lake First Nation. She lives in Toronto. Most recently, Erika was the Artistic Director for Native Women in the Arts and associate producer of Tributaries the opening night of Toronto’s Luminato festival.

About ICF

This fund is part of the Government of Ontario’s response to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). The OAC and Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) acknowledge and thank all of the survivors, their relations and the TRC.

ICF was created through a process of extensive outreach and collaboration with Indigenous communities across Ontario. ICF exists to support cultural priorities and activities as defined by Indigenous peoples and communities, including on and off-reserve, urban, rural and remote.

The goals of ICF programs are to:

  • Support the vitality and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis expression and ways of life.
  • Create opportunities for Indigenous people to continue community building.
  • Support community-based activities that foster well-being and resilience for Indigenous peoples of all ages.
  • Support Indigenous peoples to engage in and share cultural practices, knowledge and learning.
  • Support Indigenous language revitalization.

The process of engagement is an ongoing one. If you have feedback on ICF, we would like to hear from you.

Click here to sign up for news about ICF.

The ICF Team

This new fund is administered by Indigenous staff members at the OAC, on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the MTCS.

If you have any questions about the ICF programs, please contact:

Kateri Gauthier
Indigenous Culture Fund
Program Administrator
1-800-387-0058, ext. 7424
Darlene Naponse
Indigenous Community
Engagement Developer
Erika Iserhoff (after October 2, 2017)
Indigenous Culture Fund
Grants Facilitator
Erika’s contact information will be
available as of October 2, 2017.
Janine Manning
Manager of the Indigenous Culture Fund
1-800-387-0058, ext.7469

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The Indigenous Culture Fund is part of Ontario’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. We thank the Commission and all the survivors who shared their stories for pointing the way forward.

The Canadian Dollar Soars at $0.82 to the United States Dollar

In Writing (all kinds) on September 15, 2017 at 12:51 PM

Experts are predicting a steady growth period in Canada for the next five years!

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October 1st Marks the 10th Anniversary of Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on September 13, 2017 at 9:59 AM

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[TPS] – TPS starts recruitment process for 80 new police constables

In Writing (all kinds) on September 12, 2017 at 5:47 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

TPS starts recruitment process for 80 new police constables

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – 5:30 PM

The Toronto Police Service is now accepting applications for the position of Cadet-in-Training. The new recruits will support community-centric policing, diversity and inclusion as part of The Way Forward Action Plan.

The Service continues to modernize and that includes its recruitment processes with a new job posting for 80 police constables to be added to the Service’s complement. The job posting describes valued qualifications such as post-secondary education, work or volunteer experience with marginalized and/or socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

As the TPS develops its new Human Resources strategy, new core competencies will define how members are recruited, developed and promoted in all roles, including uniform and civilian.

“The people of today’s police service are expected to be adaptable, accountable, and innovative,” said Chief Mark Saunders, listing some of these values. “In the future, members who contribute to our dynamic team will already have invested time and energy into becoming community leaders.”

For more information on the current recruitment process, please contact the Employment Unit at 416-808-JOIN (5646).

To see the job posting, click here.

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Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications

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Buy Girl Power: Chronicles of the True Power of Female Friendships by Teresa Madaleno Today

In Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2017 at 3:33 PM

Girl Power: Chronicles of the True Power of Female Friendships by [Madaleno, Teresa]Girl Power: Chronicles of the True Power of Female Friendships


Teresa Madaleno’s Chronicles of Female Friendships are so compelling that parts will, no doubt, resonate within our own lives. The breadth and depth of each pair of friend’s life tribulations are measured in equal amounts by the unbelievable amount of love and humanity they offer each other in support and truly astonishing acts of selflessness! What a shining example of Girl Power. These stories will radiate off the pages and into your heart!

Jacqueline Thornton – Information Services, Aurora Public Library

The essence of Girl Power comes through loud and clear in each touching friendship that the author introduces. The patience and endurance of ordinary women are tested and sometimes friendships are tested too, but we discover in the long run than taking the time to invest in friends is well worth it. As you follow the women in these chronicles through their trials and triumphs, you can’t help but think of your own friends; the ones who have been in your life every-step-of-the-way and the ones you wished you worked harder to keep by your side.
At times you are led to believe that these women are all alone; abandoned to deal aimlessly with life’s cruel hurdles then suddenly that special friend comes to the rescue, reminding us that true friends do exist. In a colourful and narrative fashion, the author teaches us that friends really can be a true inspiration to each other.

Joanne Sprung – Media Programming Specialist: CTV Television, Global Television, and Telelatino Network.

The theme of woman as an enabler is a familiar one within the context of family, but the author travels farther afield in her exploration of women and their relationships with other women-friends, not family. Through describing critical events in the lives of seven dyads of women within the context of crises, and underscores the concept of strong female friendships in each story.
The narratives capture the readers’ interest and the stories demand the turning of pages. They flow as a river of words.
A terrific psychological narrative!

Marion Gold – Narrative Researcher, Hag and Crone

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New Book Essentials of Writing for Small Business by Teresa Madaleno to be Released in Early October

In Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2017 at 12:52 PM

It has been a long time coming, but in early October my new book, Essentials of Writing for Small Business will be published. This is a guide for anyone who wants to take on the task of writing their own news releases, proposals, case studies etc., as opposed to hiring a professional writer. Below is an excerpt from the introduction of the book.

‘ Many people may feel that writing is a task that only English majors can perfect but the truth is that you can improve your writing skills with simple adjustments, and we all need to communicate effectively in the business world.

Research shows that people with good writing skills are viewed as more credible and therefore meet with much more success. When you think about it, this makes sense. When we are in school, good writers tend to get high grades. In business, people seem to equate good writing with competence. At work, when you receive a document or email from a colleague that is riddled with grammatical errors and/or typos, do you not think he/she is lazy or less capable? Be honest about how you answer this question. Now, if your career is important to you then consider this: Many of the world’s best CEO’s have advanced creative writing skills. These are skills that they use every day to win people over. Do you want to win people over? If you do, then you need to write in a concise manner and in a thoughtful manner. The structure is also important when writing, whether it is a newsletter, proposal, or any other type of written document.

Essentials of Writing for Small Business is your simple guide to writing everything from short emails, web copy, blogs, or news releases to lengthier copy, such as speeches, white papers, and proposals.’

Soon, I will provide details on the release date and how you can get a copy!


In Writing (all kinds) on September 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )This is a good time for an awakening. This is your wake up call. Stop overindulging, and focus on what’s really important to you. Use this time wisely to stabilize your abundance. Focus on your journey of self-improvement and keep your eye on the prize. Give yourself a pat on the back along the way too, and take it easy on yourself. There are things you want to change in your life, so rather than going without thinking, carefully plan your next move. Don’t lose your energy in the planning, just choose your steps wisely. Favorable Dates: Sep 12  Favorable Colors: Red & Green

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You will find cooperation and understanding in your relationships, no matter what kind. Dealings with lovers, friends, and co-workers will be a breeze. You will experience the joy of working together and sharing. It is a  good time to lift your head up and look around you. There is a sea of possibility in front of you and though you are still where you were before, the future looks promising. There is an energy of abundance and material success and you are a force to be reckoned with and you will find great success in all aspects of your life. Favorable Dates: Sep 15  Favorable Colors: Red & White

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – A fresh perspective is what you need at this stage. If you are thinking of starting a new career or reorganizing something in your home, now is the time. You have made some major life adjustments, and you will be victorious this week. Know that you are on the right path. You will be a master of multitasking this week. Mundane tasks seem boring on the surface but you may find yourself having a bit of fun also while lightly juggling your priorities. It is good practice to focus on our goals, but it is the journey which enriches your lives. Favorable Dates: Sep 13 Favorable Colors: Red & Blue Read the rest of this entry »

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Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2017 at 12:23 PM

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Donna Kakonge’s Books | Audio – Her Work For Sale

In Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2017 at 12:22 PM

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Canadian Culture by Joy (Pseudonym)

In Writing (all kinds) on September 9, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20).

I am going to continue sharing my views of the Canadian culture from the perspective of an outsider who is presently permitted the status of a permanent resident but soon is to be sworn into full citizenship of the nation of Canada.

Last month I spoke about the kindness I found embedded in the culture of Canada.  This month I will talk about how I was the beneficiary of some of this cultural kindness as I first came to Canada.

My first experience with the Canadian culture was in Calgary, Alberta.  I had naively asked to get work in a public school for extremely disabled children. The vice-principal of the school told me that the market for teachers was very, very good in Canada but that I needed to get a Master Teacher degree from the University of Calgary before I could be a teacher.  So, after volunteering at the school for a couple of months, I attended an introductory meeting held at the University of Calgary regarding the Master Teacher degree to see if I was qualified to take the program.  

The short story is that I attended the meeting, I applied for acceptance, I was accepted into the program, I took courses for two years, and, in 2010, I graduated from the program.  During a break in the introductory program, I remember walking with one of the teachers. As we walked, I looked down and saw a penny on the floor. As I reached down for it, the teacher said it was a sure sign of good luck.  When I later learned that I had been accepted to the program, I was sure that Canada was to be a lucky place for me.

In this program I learned to teach from the Canadian view, I received aid in the form of a bursary, and I met some Canadian teachers who still represent my idea of the Chinese notion of junzi, the true “teacher.”

Maybe just as important, during the multiple practicums offered in the program, I learned of the diverse and immigrant nature of Calgary’s population.  Especially hard to believe was the number of Chinese and Indian children in my practicums. In one of my practicum classes, there were 13 students in the class with 8 being from East Asia and South Asia.  As these were children, it is clear that East and South Asians will be important influences in the Canadian culture of the future.  

Before I realized it, two years had passed and my degree had been achieved.  At that time, there were still many teaching jobs but for some reasons, I decided to apply to the Ph.D. program of OISE at the University of Toronto.  I truly did not know it was the largest university in Canada and I was shocked to learn that it was ranked 20th in world universities.  But bigger shocks were coming.  As I rushed to leave Calgary and make a visit to my family, I was just barely able to get my University of Toronto application placed in the mail.  I had almost forgotten the application when later in the summer I received notice of my acceptance. I could not believe it.  I was now a Ph.D. candidate in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto!

The idea was just sinking into me when I looked further at some confusing dollar numbers that were included in my notice of acceptance. Somehow, I had not only been accepted into the program, I had been granted a scholarship and graduate assistantship by the people of Ontario that would allow me to pay my expenses for tuition as well as for living!  It was to be the beginning of another long stage in my life and I beamed bright with thanksgiving to my God and to the kindness of the people of Ontario. It seemed clear that my God had prepared my way.

Next month I will talk about my perspectives during this new stage of my life in Toronto, Canada.

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OAC celebrates increased government arts investment

In Writing (all kinds) on September 8, 2017 at 4:32 PM
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OAC Celebrates
Government’s Increased Investment in
Ontario’s Professional Artists and Arts Organizations

Toronto, September 8, 2017  Enthusiastic applause broke out at last week’s surprise announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport that the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) will receive a funding increase to its current base of $60 million bringing it to $80 milllion over four years by 2020-21. The $50 million increase will roll out accordingly: $5 million in 2017-18, $10 million in 2018-19, $15 million in 2019-20 and $20 million in 2020-21.

Over the next four years, this added investment to OAC programs will ensure that Ontarians have increased access to arts activity throughout the province and ensure that they see themselves represented in the arts.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announcing OAC's funding increase.
Premier Kathleen Wynne announcing OAC’s funding increase.
Left to right: ASL interpreter,  Kathleen Wynne (Premier of Ontario), Matthew Jocelyn (Artistic & General Director, Canadian Stage), the Honorable Eleanor McMahon (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport), Rita Davies (Chair, Ontario Arts Council) and Canadian Stage artists and staff.

Operating Funding to Arts Organizations

Two-thirds of the increased granting budget will be used to augment operating grants to arts organizations – the backbone of our province’s arts and culture infrastructure. These arts organizations showcase creation, provide arts experiences that enrich the lives of their communities and offer employment to artists and arts professionals. The funding will also support emerging organizations, often from under-represented communities, and will help them strengthen their organizational and artistic development. OAC operating grants provide continuity and stability and allow organizations to take appropriate creative risks that are part of their artistic evolution.

Project Funding to Individuals, Collectives and Organizations

One third of the granting budget will go to project grants for individual artists and arts groups who are the heart of the arts and culture sector. The OAC project grants fuel creativity and innovation – the crucial first link in the “creative chain” that drives the economic impact of the arts and culture sector. Ontario’s successful cultural industries are built on the work of creators and their economic impact would not exist without the kinds of artistic creation, production and professional development which are made possible by OAC project grants.


Actors Charles Manzo and Heath V. Salazar, part of the cast of Canadian Stage’s Territorial Tales, performing poems by Alice Liu.

Actors Charles Manzo (left) and Heath V. Salazar, part of the cast of Canadian Stage’s Territorial Tales, performing poems by Alice Liu.
Background (left to right): Matthew Jocelyn, Premier Kathleen Wynne, Minister Eleanor McMahon and OAC Chair, Rita Davies.

The OAC will invest more in existing, high-impact programs that:

  • have a high number of applicants, but a low number of funded projects (due to budget constraints);
  • have demonstrated growth in demand;
  • make a strong contribution to OAC’s six priority groups (Indigenous artists, Francophone artists, artists of colour, new generation artists, Deaf artists and artists with disabilities, and artists from regions outside of Toronto); and
  • directly support the goals of OAC’s strategic plan, Vital Arts and Public Value, and the Government of Ontario’s Culture Strategy.

The new funding will allow artists and arts organizations to present their work nationally and internationally, building new markets and showcasing Ontario to the world.

Finally, this public investment in the arts will also support increased opportunities for children, youth, recent immigrants, and Ontario’s Indigenous and diverse communities, to participate in arts education and community arts engagement activities.

For more information

Kirsten Gunter
Director of Communications
416-969-7403 | toll-free in Ontario 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7403

For more than 50 years, the Ontario Arts Council has played a vital role in promoting and assisting the development of the arts for the enjoyment and benefit of Ontarians. In 2016-17, OAC funded 1,657 individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.

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[TPS] – 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, September 7, 2017 to Sunday, September 17, 2017, Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2017 at 8:52 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Thursday, September 7, 2017, to Sunday, September 17, 2017, Road closures

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 6:47 AM
Public Safety – Special Events

The 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be taking place at various locations throughout the downtown core from Thursday, September 7, 2017, to Sunday, September 17, 2017.

The festival will include the following theatres: Bell TIFF Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, Princess of Wales, Ryerson, the AGO, Cinesphere, Scotiabank and Glenn Gould Studios.

There will also be a complete road closure associated with this event for a “Festival Street.” The Street Festival will operate from Thursday, September 7, 2017, through Monday, September 11, 2017, from 10 a.m. until midnight each day.

Road closures will start:

– from Thursday, September 7, 2017, at 10 a.m., to Monday, September 11, 2017, at 6 a.m., on King Street West, from Peter Street to University Avenue

There will be considerable disruption to traffic in the area as a result of this road closure and the many events taking place throughout the downtown core. Motorists are advised to consider avoiding the area and to consider the road closure when planning their travels.

For more news, visit

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Constable Brenda Norrmalm, Special Events Planning

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[TPS] – Media advisory, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11 a.m., D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, “Back to School” media event

In Writing (all kinds) on September 5, 2017 at 5:02 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, 11 a.m., D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, “Back to School” media event

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – 4:59 AM
13 Division

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at 11 a.m., at D’Arcy McGee Catholic School, 20 Bansley Avenue, Toronto Police Service 13 Division will be hosting a “Back to School” media event.

This event will highlight safe driving in school zones, parking considerations when dropping off/picking up children at school, and working cooperatively with the school community to ensure a safe environment for our children.

Chief Mark Saunders, Superintendent Scott Baptist and Principal Catherine Profiti will be in attendance.

The event will not be available on TOC and will not be live-streamed.

For more news, visit

Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, 13 & 53 Divisions

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[TPS] – Back-to-school campaign, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to Friday, September 8, 2017 Are you FOCUSED on school?

In Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2017 at 8:05 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

The back-to-school campaign, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, to Friday, September 8, 2017, Are you FOCUSED on school?

Monday, September 4, 2017 – 8:01 PM
Traffic Services

Improving road safety and traffic flow for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists is one of our goals in support of the Service priority and commitment to safe communities and neighbourhoods.

This initiative is part of the City of Toronto – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Vision Zero is a comprehensive five-year (2016-2021) action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets. The plan prioritizes the safety of our most vulnerable road-users, through a range of initiatives.

The Toronto Police Service will be launching its annual back-to-school campaign entitled “Are you FOCUSED on school?” (Frequent Offences the Community and Road Users See Every Day), starting Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and concluding on Friday, September 8, 2017. This back-to-school initiative will focus on road-users who put children at risk as a result of their poor driving habits.

All police officers and Parking Enforcement Officers will pay attention to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of school zones, including offences related to pedestrian crossovers, crosswalks, intersections and high-risk mid-block crossing behaviours. Enforcement will also target aggressive driving offences, prohibited turns, and distracted driving behaviours, along with “No Stopping” and “No Parking” restrictions within school zones.

For more news, visit

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

There are no files attached to this release.


In Writing (all kinds) on September 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )This is a week of increased confidence and initiative for you. Others are following your lead now. It’s an excellent week in which to present your ideas, state your case, or simply get up to date with your emails, phone calls, and paperwork.  Money should be improving this week. You become more compassionate, empathetic, and sensitive. This week marks a new era in love when you will either take an existing relationship to the next level or find yourself flirting with a partner who could change your life. Favorable Dates: Sep 8 Favorable Colors: Yellow & Blue

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – You are getting a grip on finances, especially those that you share with or that come from others. You want to create a distinct first impression on others, and you tend to do just that. Furthering your personal ambitions and interests comes more easily during this cycle. The best advice for increasing your earning power now is to nurture your latent inventive or progressive, future-oriented talents. After some brief but informative deep thoughts, you enjoy the many sweet treats the week sets out for you with your trademark wit and liveliness.Favorable Date: Sep 10 Favorable Colors: White& Blue

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June ) – This week should help you make watertight plans for your mind, body, and spirit in a way which serves all of them, at the same time. This period in your life is generally dedicated to self-improvement. You are developing your ideas and your commitments. Ideals and spiritual goals that you may have worked with earlier seem superficial or not particularly useful to you now.It feels good to break out of your shell a little and to take a few health risks. Acquaintances, siblings, or casual friends and communications may be catalysts for this new self-expression.  Favorable Date: Sep 5 Favorable Colors: White  & Red Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!!!!!

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Wishing you much more! Thank you for being so outstanding!

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Diaspora Dialogues

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Malvern’s triple sensations: Young writers celebrate their fiction, poetry and graphic novel writing

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