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In Writing (all kinds) on September 30, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Black Mothers are ‘Queens who Produce Champions,’ Says Rev. Jesse Jackson

In Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2017 at 5:12 PM
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After days of urging, Trump on Thursday temporarily lifted restrictions on foreign shipping from the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico.

Speaking at DiversityInc’s 2017 Fall Event this week, Jackson refuted President Trump’s claim that NFL players who protest are “sons of bitches.”

Corporate executives shared new approaches for accountability in D&I results, using talent development as a revenue driver, infusing diversity in succession planning and communicating with employees surrounding today’s social issues. Professor and author Carol Anderson spoke of systematic racism and “White Rage” in her keynote address. Check out the photos and videos here.

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A Louisiana police officer cannot sue Black Lives Matter because it is a social movement.

Justice Department lawyer Hashim Mooppan told U.S. appeals court in Manhattan that Congress never intended for that law to protect gay workers against bias.

The national program recognizes companies who are building workplaces where women can thrive and are deeply committed to making change.

PwC’s Brad Hopton discusses how to balance work and family members with special needs. Hopton advises to bring your whole self and not compartmentalize personal life vs. professional life because the two will cross over.

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Amy Fuller, Senior Managing Director Global Brand at Deloitte, to succeed Taylor.

“Fabrizio Burlando brings a wealth of experience to help issuers and merchants maximize the impact of their prepaid programs into the future,” said Andrea Scerch, president of processing services at Mastercard.

Four new Mobile Fab Labs will be the first to operate in Los Angeles County.

Hospitality company has been named a FTSE4Good constituent, building on key CSR achievements contributing to business success.

“You tell me which of those children’s mothers are a son of a b. That is racism,” Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said.

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[TPS] – CIBC “Run for the Cure,” Sunday, October 1, 2017, Road closures

In Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2017 at 6:58 AM
Toronto Police Service
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CIBC “Run for the Cure,” Sunday, October 1, 2017, Road Closures

Friday, September 29, 2017 – 6:47 AM
Public Safety – Special Events

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation will host the annual CIBC “Run for the Cure.” Organizers expect approximately 20,000 participants.

At 6 a.m., Wellesley Street West, from Queen’s Park Crescent East to Queen’s Park Crescent West, will be fully closed. Hoskin Avenue, from Queen’s Park Crescent West to St. George Street, will be closed at 7 a.m. All other road closures will begin at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m. participants will proceed down the following route:

5-km route:

Start line – Hart House Circle at Wellesley Street West (Formation Area)
Eastbound – Wellesley Street West to Queen’s Park Crescent East (full road)
Southbound – Queen’s Park Crescent East/University Avenue to Armoury Street (full road)
Turnaround – At Armoury Street to northbound University Avenue (full road)
Northbound – University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent West to Bloor Street West (full road)
Westbound – Bloor Street West to St. George Street (full road)
Southbound – St. George Street to College Street (full road)
Eastbound – College Street, to King’s College Road (full road)
Northbound – King’s College Road, to finish line at King’s College Circle (full road)

1-km route:

Start line – Hart House Circle, through Soldier’s Tower, to Tower Road
Northbound – Tower Road, to Hoskin Avenue (full road)
Westbound – Hoskin Avenue to St. George Street (full road)
Southbound – St. George Street to College Street (full road)
Eastbound – College Street to King’s College Road (full road)
Northbound – King’s College Road, to finish line at King’s College Circle (full road)

We kindly request that the public refrains from parking their vehicles along the route on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 6 a.m. to approximately 12 p.m.

Vehicles in the area, including TTC, will experience traffic delays during the event. Motorists are advised to consider alternate routes around the area.

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 29, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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Toronto book launch: “Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing The Twenty-First Century Resistance”

In Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2017 at 1:04 PM
Greetings comrade,
How are you doing?
Please join me for the launch of the book “Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing The Twenty-First Century Resistance” that I co-edited with Michael Truscello.
It is a timely intervention into the discussion on the question of the failure of the people in the Global South and North to engage in sustained mass revolts against the oppressive economic, social and political conditions that we are experiencing.

We can win but we must organize to effect our liberation. Come out and engage in the reasoning on how we are going to move forward collectively…see the relevant information below.
Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing is the Difference-maker

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On Saturday evening Ajamu Nangwaya is joining us for Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing is the Difference-maker, the Toronto launch of Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up? Organizing Twenty-First Century Resistance at A Different Booklist to reflect on some of the barriers communities face when resisting violence and oppression. The book brings together perspectives from artists, activists, and academics across the global north and south to reflect on organizing and resistance to capitalism, state violence and lateral violence within community spaces. (More from AK Press

I’ll be talking a bit about my chapter on organizing against racism, bigotry, and violence within the labour movement. It would be awesome to see a few friendly faces around to celebrate with us! 

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Join us for the Toronto launch of “Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up: Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance.”

Ellie Ade Kur, author of the chapter “Organizing With Solidarity in Mind: Notes on Social Movement Unionism and Critical Equity Work” and Ajamu Nangwaya, a co-editor of the book, will share their perspectives on the book’s themes and the types of actions that are needed to organize and fight for liberation/the good and just society.

WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2017

TIME: 6:30PM – 9:30PM

WHERE: A Different Booklist Cultural Centre, 779 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON (one block north of Bloor Street West)

Each of these essays is a sharpened weapon for the battles looming large on the horizon.” —George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Building the Commune

“Combining the most creative thought from the global North and South, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? promises to be an indispensable resource for understanding why the new revolutionary movement of the 21st century will emerge from the ranks of the most marginalized by capitalism and colonialism.” —Ajamu Baraka, editor of Black Agenda Report

“Capitalism is not the answer to poverty but rather its cause! This collection presents diverse global and radical perspectives on the poor and poverty while demonstrating concretely how and why the poor do rise up! Importantly, the collection presents strategies for building social movements of the radical Left that are a meaningful alternative to the populist right currently in ascendancy.” —Dr. Anna Kasafi Perkins, Catholic theologian, Kingston, Jamaica

Why don’t the poor rise up? Even mainstream media like the New York Times and The Economist have recently posed this question, uneasily amazed that capitalism hasn’t met with greater resistance. In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways. With contributions from Idle No More organizer Alex Wilson, noted Italian autonomist Franco “Bifo” Berardi, Cooperation Jackson organizer Kali Akuno, Cape Town-based anarchists Aragorn Eloff and Anna Selmeczi, and sixteen other scholars and activists from around the world, including a Foreword by Affiong Limene Affiong, Nigerian co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan-Afrikan Women’s Solidarity Network, Why Don’t the Poor Rise Up? presents a truly global range of perspectives that explore the question of revolution, its objective and subjective prerequisites, and its increasing likelihood in our time.

Unity in Struggle,

Ajamu Nangwaya

“From the seeds of culture blossom flowers of resistance and liberation.”
-Amilcar Cabral, (September 12, 1924 – January 20, 1973)

“Revolution is the most dramatic appearance of a conscious people.”

– Walter Rodney

“The responsibility of an artist representing an oppressed people is to make revolution irresistible.”

– Toni Cade Bambara

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2017 at 3:00 AM

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

In Writing (all kinds) on September 27, 2017 at 8:12 AM

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Donate to Donna Magazine to Celebrate 10 Years and More

In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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Purchase Storyteller and Retired Teacher Phyllis Broom Walker’s Anansi and Rococo’s Children’s Book Today

In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2017 at 8:15 AM

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My Books for Librarians to Purchase and for You to Borrow From the Library

In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2017 at 8:14 AM

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Manish Kumar Arora is a renowned KP Astrologer, Numerologist, Tarot Reader & Vastu Consultant also Offering Personalized Vedic Astrology Reports

In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2017 at 8:14 AM

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Enjoy Memoirs of a Hippie Girl in India by Ann BeCoy Today

In Writing (all kinds) on September 26, 2017 at 8:13 AM

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Black-to-School Party
A party you don’t wanna miss!

On Saturday, October 7th, 11pm-2am the BSA is throwing our first party of the year at Harlem Underground located at 745 Queen St W. DJ ROSEGOLD will prodive all the right tunes for all your right moves! There will be $5.00 early bird tickets or $10 at the door that will go to , an organization that provides Hurricane Maria relief to the people of Dominica.

The BSA still has positions to be filled!

Would you like to be a part of the BSA this school year? Well now is your chance! We are in need of a First-Year Representative, Vice President, Political Director, Public Relations Officer and a Photographer.

The link below will send you to the nominations package:

A cult-classic comes to U of T

BSA and the SMC Troubadours present “Hairspray: The Musical” coming soon! We will holding auditions from October 11th- October 14th. So if you love singing, dancing, and acting, please email to request an audtion time.

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We can’t wait to see your talent!

A movie screening

Clear your sechdules for Friday October the 13th! We will be holding a movie screening for “Get Out”, a Jordan Peele film. For those who don’t know the film is about a young black male named Chris, who goes to meet his white girlfriend, Rose’s family for a weekend away in thier remote estate in the woods. But things take a chilling turn when he starts to uncover that this family is not what it seems. With many symbolic nods to slavery, colonialism, and race relations, “Get Out” elequently crafts an entertianing, thought provoking piece. The location of the event is to be announced soon!

Tech Internship!
Calling all tech-savvy folks…

Mentorship Opportunity! Tamar Huggins is bringing her TechSpark programming to University of Toronto, New College Rm 54G/54F. She is the founder of Tech Spark, Canada’s first technology school committed to closing the racial and gender gap in technology. Since their launch in 2015, we’ve educated over 300 diverse youth across the GTA and will educate 20,000 students by the year 2020. As a direct result of Tech Spark, Black Women Code was developed as a continuum of the work we do with our youth. BWC programs will focus on coding, UX design, digital marketing and product management!

To apply, visit this website and apply under youth mentors & specify that you’re a UofT student & affiliated with the BSA:

Think Afro-Pink! 
A breast cancer awareness event

Think Afro-Pink is an event to increase awareness for breast cancer among black women. According to research from the UK and the US, black women have worse health outcomes, particularly women of West African descent. Black women tend to be diagnosed at a younger age, with more aggressive forms of breast cancer that can be harder to treat.

The Think Afro-Pink Breast Cancer Awareness event will encourage students/staff/faculty to get active through Zumba, provide pamphlets and health information about this issue, and connect participants with community-based resources.

This free event is open to all U of T students (and their mothers), staff, and faculty. Registration is available at or on the day from 4:00pm – 4:30pm.

Think Afro-Pink Event – Scarborough Campus
Wednesday, October 4th
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, 875 Morningside Avenue

Think Afro-Pink Event – St. George Campus
Thursday, October 5th

Debates Room Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Let’s Do Something! 
Help out the people of the Caribbean
If you are looking for ways to help out the  Caribbean after hurricane Irma and Maria here are some great ways to give back:

Foundation Halo

Some say that there are no Problems in Paradise . This is not quite so. Within the  entire Caribbean, there are over 200 million people living on less than $5 a day.

The Halo Foundation, Inc. is on a mission to improve the conditions, education and well being of the vulnerable in Antigua and Barbuda and across the Caribbean. They are passionate about turning suffering into smiles, pain into perseverance, and hunger into health. It is important to stretch out a hand, to help those who cannot help themselves, to share with those who are struggling for their very survival from day to day.

The world can get better if you play your small part. Help to make a difference in thousands of lives. Join the Halo fight now to give other people the right to existence.


Inspired by the trends in social innovation, we research, develop and implement solutions to provoke systemic change in Puerto Rican communities. The main initiative — Puerto Rico Global — leverages the knowledge and connections of talented Puerto Ricans abroad to promote local innovation and achieve a better insertion of Puerto Rican industries in the global economy.


Ticketing, an app developed by Antiguans, is collecting donations in-app and all funds received will be donated to the joint efforts of the National Office of Disaster Services and the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross. Download the app on Google Play and the Apple App Store:

Caribbean, African, and Equity Studies Writing Group
Build up your writing skills

You are invited to join the Caribbean, African and Equity Studies Writing Group. The Writing Group brings together students and faculty from these three academic programs, the writing centre and the Ivey Library for intensive, productive and fun afternoons in which all members work on their own current projects. Students can also consult with faculty about their papers and projects.

All meetings will take place on Friday afternoons from 2- 5 p.m. in the group study rooms on the Lower Level of the Ivey Library, New College. Below is a list of the meeting times for the 2017 Fall Term:

September 29, October 20, October 27, November 17, November 24, December 1.

Participation in the Writing Group is eligible for CCR validation ( )

Come along and invite your colleagues in your Caribbean, African and Equity Studies to join you. Watch your work flow and productivity improve!

BSA Office Hours
Come chill with us in New College!

If you have any questions, want to let us know about an idea, or just want to chat, swing by the BSA office in the New College basement.

Mondays: 12pm-4pm
Tuesday: 12pm-2pm
Wednesdays: 12pm-4pm
Thurdays: 2pm-6pm
Fridays: 11am-4pm

Hope to see you there!

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In Writing (all kinds) on September 25, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Get ready for a new beginning. Just start anything and you’ll feel the energy flowing through you.It’s time to review your money situation and see how you can strengthen your financial situation. Flexibility, remaining on your toes, and the ability to accommodate the unexpected will be called for now.  You have the self-control and discipline to apply yourself to tasks that you may have been avoiding. Positive connections are made with others, and you may meet a new friend.You may be highly attracted to someone new, simply because of the novelty and possibilities for adventure.Favourable Date: Sep 29 Favouable Color: Yellow

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May )– This a great time for you to write your goals. Manifestation can happen with this activity.Your focus will become more important as you feel that dynamic energy just flows through you without being interrupted. You will be in high gear so take advantage of this unique energy. It’s a good week for creative visualization. Let that passion fire your efforts to envision what you most want to create. Avoid forcing your agenda on anyone. Be equally wary of the coercive tactics of others. Align vision, insight, and intention, with thought, word and deed. If you do, you’ll harvest great rewards. Favourable Date : Sep 26 Favouable Color : Red & Purple.

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) –You will notice that daily affairs and responsibilities take up much more of your time. Bigger tasks and a hectic schedule require you to be mindful of your health while succeeding at time management. This is a good time to schedule social activities or even business meetings where tact and friendliness would be a plus. Thoughts of love, an appreciation for beauty, and an aesthetic enjoyment of your surroundings are brought to the fore. Relationships of all types are activated now and cooperation, compromise, and adjustments to others’ viewpoints are key issues that require your attention. Favourable Date: Oct 1 Favouable Color: Red Read the rest of this entry »

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Paoleo Breakfast With Josh Fogel (Retired Primary School Teacher – JK to Grade 3) 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 primary school 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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Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

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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
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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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Come to Donna Kakonge on for Legal Advice

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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

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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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