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Goji Juice And Chemotherapy Posted By : D Fraser

In Writing (all kinds) on October 31, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Most times when your family doctor prescribes a new medication for you, you can get ready to read the long list of side effects the drug may cause to alleviate the symptoms of something else. Common side effects that you’ll read about, or even see in TV commercials these days for new drugs are cramps, nausea, and diarrhea. It’s rare that we come across a form of prescribed medication that doesn’t have some negative side effects.

Goji Juice is one way to maintain optimal health without negative side effects.

[TPS] – Bum Joon Kim, 39, faces 21 charges in ongoing online apartment rental investigation, Man’s photograph released

In Writing (all kinds) on October 30, 2017 at 4:14 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Bum Joon Kim, 39, faces 21 charges in ongoing online apartment rental investigation, Man’s photograph released

Monday, October 30, 2017 – 4:00 PM
52 Division

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing online apartment rental investigation.

It is alleged that:

– from July to October 2017, a man posted apartment rental advertisements on the internet

– he then met with “prospective tenants” who responded to the advertisements and showed them various apartment units apparently for rent

– the “prospective tenants” then turned over cash deposits to the man in the belief that the units were theirs to rent

– they later discovered that the units were not available to be rented

On Monday, October 30, 2017, Bum Joon Kim, 39, of no fixed address, was arrested.

He has been charged with:

1) three counts of fraud over $5000
2) 18 counts of fraud under $5000

He is scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 10 a.m., courtroom 101.

His photograph is attached.

Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is asked to contact Detective Constable John Maciek, 52 Division Frauds, at 416-808-5272, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable John Maciek, 52 Division Frauds

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

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – It may be a time for you to remain introvert and seek solitude from everyone else. You may decide to get away from it all by going on a retreat or vacation on your own. It’s a time of healing and new beginnings. It’s also a time for you to figure out what it is you want for yourself. You will plan more for the future and focus on your own personal wants and needs. You may also focus on the needs of a child, spouse, lover or partner.It’s time to discard or get rid of unhealthy habits and people from your life. Favorable Date: Nov 5 Favorable Color: Green

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – Financial and material benefits and opportunities may present themselves on November 6 & 7. It could be a bonus, commission, gift card, reward, credit card, loan, child support, alimony or other financial or material gain. You need to be careful on November 8th as there could be some type of disagreement or argument with a partner. The partner may be a spouse, lover, friend, business partner or anyone you work closely with personally or professionally. It could bring the ending of a relationship too. Favorable Date: Nov 2 Favorable Color: Yellow

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June)  – This period will bring you good luck in love and a lot of erotic enthusiasm. You’ll have a good period, in which you’ll conquer without effort, and the chances to find love will stay very high. Venus, the house of love, will also enhance your emotional side and will create a slightly idealistic sentimental mood, prone to poetry and dreaming.Try stepping out of your comfort zone to get a romantic result. You may not be able to stay out of the spotlight, so be smart about having fun and plan ahead. Favorable Date : Nov 3 FavorableColor : Purple Read the rest of this entry »

Himalayan Tibetan Goji Juice, The Best Kept Anti-aging Secret Of Our Time Posted By on the Internet: Willie Jones

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

Tibetan Goji Juice is finally gaining in popularity and it is about time. Thanks to the clinical trials being done in China, Japan, Mongolia, and Switzerland, we are getting the much-needed information (that the ancients knew) on this wonderful berry. The most famous story in regards to Goji Juice (also known as Lycium Barbarum) and its benefits come from China where according to their records, Li Chung Yun, a renowned Chinese scholar, and herbalist, was born in 1677.

What comes after gratitude? A new poll on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on October 29, 2017 at 10:39 PM

I asked this question to myself tonight. I found this article online

I decided I wanted to know what you think about this. I look forward to your responses.

Lifestyle characteristics that promote longevity

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

* Regularly partakes in enjoyable exercise

* Enjoyable career and tolerates ‘healthy’ stress

* Generally happy relationships with spouse and children

* Active member of the community, enjoying many friendships

* Seeks to learn new things and enjoys personal development

* Eats a balanced, healthy diet

* Supplements diet with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

* Has a sense of worth and purpose in life

If your life reflects these characteristics then you have adopted the attributes which significantly slow down the aging process and increase your chances of living to a ripe old age with good health.

If this list is more like you then you may be aging fast. It’s time to take action and make some changes if you want to improve the quality of your later years. It may be a daunting task to make lifestyle changes, however, by taking things one step at a time and being consistent in developing new lifestyle habits – you will notice the difference in time, and your body, friends, and family will thank you.

Kim Beardsmore is an Independent Herbalife Distributor, weight loss coach and author of the online magazine Weight Loss Health. She has a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Biochemistry and Histology. For recipes, articles, a newsletter, and tips to burn fat, boost energy and block cravings, visit her website at

What determines your biological ‘age’?

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

Our parents precondition us from a young age to believe that we’ll live to a certain age. We walk around with a particular notion in our subconscious that we have a predefined lifespan of between 60 to 90 years. But there is no definitive speed at which a person should gracefully age because we are all so different. Some people seem to look and act eternally young – ageless, wrinkle less. Others, less fortunate, look old beyond their years. Our body’s biological age is a reflection of our physical, mental and spiritual journey through life. In perfect conditions, our bodies can survive to an age of 125 years. Look at the two very different lists below, the potential for aging becomes quite obvious when you compare such a stark difference in lifestyle.

The first person has all the attributes to significantly slow down the aging process and live to a ripe old age with good health.

Sharing Good News!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 27, 2017 at 6:39 PM
Powered By Love is the story of an extraordinary Grandmothers’ movement. It’ll make you gasp, it’ll make you cheer. It will make you proud. It is a must-read of turning the tide of HIV&AIDS. It’s about winning in the face of immeasurable loss. It’s about hope and a powerful international network of activists, each one best known as “Grandma” who are rewriting the future of Africa. — Sally Armstrong, award-winning journalist, author, and human rights activist

Dear Friends,

It’s always wonderful to have the opportunity to share good news with you, our supporters! Powered By Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa, released October 10, 2017, has been named a National Best-Seller in Canadian and General Non-Fiction (Toronto Star) this week!

Our book launch tour is in full force, but there are still 18 book launches scheduled across Canada! Click here to find the one nearest you. Come and hear directly from some of the 20 African grandmothers and organization partners in Canada for the book launch tour.

CBC Coverage of Powered By Love!

If you missed the CBC feature on The Current with Anna Maria Tremonti with the formidable African grandmothers Miriam Mulindwa [PEFO, Uganda] and Eunice Mangwane [Keiskamma Trust, South Africa] and Canadian grandmother Jo-Anne Page [Toronto Grandmother's Embrace, Canada] click here. It's a terrific segment!

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Help us reach our 30 Resounding Years Funding Drive Goal!

In Radio Podcasts on October 27, 2017 at 4:22 PM
CKUT Community Newsletter – July 2017 Edition
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30 Resounding Years Funding Drive



YOU CAN STILL DONATE at TO SUPPORT 30 RESOUNDING YEARS OF CKUT! With any donation $30 or higher, you receive a gift and are entered into the Grand Prize Prize.

For more information on prizes, gifts, events, and programming for this year’s #30ResoundingYears Funding Drive, head to

CKUT’s 29th Annual Funding Drive is a 11-day-long live fundraising campaign, essential to CKUT’s annual operating budget. It is a celebration of all the accomplishments, efforts, and hopes that are at the core of CKUT’s social justice-oriented mandate. The staff, volunteers, and programmers, together, organize special programming and events and bring in our friends, family, and communities to support and honour the importance of alternative media. This is also the time of the year where we thank the broader Montreal community for all the community support – past and present. Our goal is to raise $50 000 this year; help us reach our goal for our 30th Anniversary!

Read our annual donor newsletter here.

Gifts and Prizes


* $30 – 1 CD/book (list of books below) + 1 entry into the Grand Prize Draw  + one 2016 t-shirt or water bottle (while supplies last)
* $60 – 1 CD/book + 1 entry into the Grand Prize Draw + one 2017 t-shirt + one 2016 gift
* $90.3 – 1 CD/book + 1 entry into the Grand Prize Draw + one 2017 t-shirt + bag + one 2016 gift
* $120 (or $10/month) – 2 CDs/books + 2 entries into the Grand Prize Draw + one 2017 t-shirt + bag + toque + one 2016 gift
* $240 (or $20/month) – 3 CDs/books + 3 entries into the Grand Prize Draw + four 2017 gifts + one 2016 gift
* $480 (or $40/month) – 4 CDs/books + 4 entries into the Grand Prize Draw + five 2017 gifts + one 2016 gift


For any donation of $30 or higher, you have a chance to win one of the following below. The Grand Prize Draw will take place December 1st, 2017 so pay your pledges by then! We will be doing an early bird draw for the  RIDM festival  passes, M for Montreal passes and Mundial Montreal passes on November 3rd, 2017, just in time for the festivals.

* A  $200 & a $70 gift certificate from Tattoo Box
* A year of beer from  Farnham Ale & Lager
* A pair of festival passes to 2018  Suoni Per Il Popolo
* A pair of festival passes to 2017  Mundial Montreal
* A pair of festival passes to 2017  M  for Montreal
* A Super Pass to 2018  POP Montreal
* Season package to Centaur Theatre
* Season package to  Black Theatre Workshop
* A bike tune-up at C&L Cycle
* A pair of annual gym memberships to the YMCA
* A pair of season passes to Montreal Roller Derby
* 4  Espace pour la Vie (Biodome, Insectarium, Botanical Garden and Planetarium) family passes
* 9 $100  gift certificates from Resonance Cafe
* 5 ‘Montreal Lovers’ prize packs (with gift certificates from Lufa Farms,  Cardinal  Tea Room,  La BanquiseLola Rosa,  KafeinDeath of VinylHAO and Atom Heart)
* A ‘Book Lover’ prize pack (with gift certificates from Paragraphe Bookstore and Encore  Books, and books from Drawn & Quarterly)
* A ‘Film Lover’ prize pack (a pair of festival passes to 2017  RIDM Film Festival, film passes to Cinema du Parc and Festival du Nouveau Cinema)


More about show-specific gifts here.

Special Programming




5:00PM-6:00PM LABOUR RADIO Funding Drive Special with Will Prosper of Montreal-Nord Republick about the City of Montreal’s stance on racial profiling, with Yogi Acharya of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty on why the federal government’s recently announced National Housing Strategy is a smokescreen, with Sebastien Collard of Recycle ta Caisse on divesting Quebec from fossil fuels and special coverage of last Sunday’s 15 km march for a minimum wage of $15/hour


9:00AM-11:00AM JAZZ AMUCK 30 years (+1) – funding drive 2017 show #1! Blast to the past! Jazz freedom circa 1987. Jazz Amuck FD Special will feature free-jazz, improvisation, musiques actuelles, downtown-loft jazz, avant-garde, and related recordings from 1987, the year of CKUT’s appearance on the FM dial in Montreal



9:00PM-11:00PM CHA CHA CHA IN BLUE with The Ramblers





12:00PM-2:00PM KITCHEN BANG BANG LAW with special guest Victoria Stanton, an interdisciplinary artist and researcher / curator / educator. Read more here!




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Determining Your Biological Age

In Writing (all kinds) on October 27, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Science has made stunning discoveries in this area of human interest, it’s something we all want to know – can we slow down the process of aging, can we live longer, if so, how? It’s a highly technical subject, too detailed to look at in-depth within this e-book. But, I can give you some powerful pointers to help slow down the aging process and increase your chances of a healthier old age.

Get Ready Canada: It’s Gift Guide Time at Mastermind Toys! Annual Fun Favourites Holiday List Revealed

In Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Mastermind Toys Holiday Shopping Tip: Free Gift Wrapping Every Day in Every Store

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TORONTOOct. 25, 2017 /CNW/ – Get ready Canada, it’s that time of year! Mastermind Toys, Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s books retailer, will release their coveted Holiday Gift Guide: the ultimate gift-finding tool to help shoppers find the perfect present. The annual guide showcases over 375 awesome toys, featuring 15 exclusive items including the soon-to-be-released, Canadian-invented Moonlite. This children’s storybook projector attaches to your smartphone and projects vibrant story images onto the ceiling or wall, creating a magical and interactive bedtime reading experience for parents and kids.

“Our toy-buying team has traveled the globe and hand-picked an amazing holiday lineup featuring a broad mix of traditional and tech toys that will fuel kids creativity, curiosity and adventure, “said Jon Levy, Chief Toy Buyer, CEO and Co-Founder, Mastermind Toys. “From Wireless Karaoke Disco Balls and Cool Kids Coding Sets, to a Remote Control Hovercraft, an Aftershock Earthquake Lab, and a HypnoGizmo Twirly Toy, our stores are well-stocked with an abundance of awesomeness, and we are here to make your shopping experience easy and enjoyable.”

The digital version of the gift guide can be viewed at The print version drops the first week of November across Canada. All items will be available at Mastermind’s 60 locations in seven provinces: OntarioManitobaSaskatchewanAlbertaBritish ColumbiaNova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

For a convenient and easier shopping experience, Mastermind Toys offers an online gift finder tool to curate gift lists that can be saved and shared with family and friends. Customers looking for a specific item can search in-store inventory online, and Mastermind Toys always offers free gift wrapping on all in-store purchases and personalized gift tags with all online orders.

Mastermind’s annual holiday Giving Back fundraising campaign invites customers to support the WE Charity through numerous options. Both in-store and online, shoppers can purchase newly introduced WE chocolate from Ecuador ($5.99), an assortment of $10 Rafiki’s (decorative bracelet) and/or a $2 Tie on Goodness gift tag to top off a wrapped gift. All proceeds will be directed to local and global children’s education initiatives through WE Charity. Through customer support, in-store and online campaigns, and corporate donations, Mastermind Toys has raised over $700k since the WE partnership began in 2015.

To help get you into the gift-giving mode, the Mastermind toy-buying team has assembled their 2017 Fun Favourites list featuring this season’s can’t-miss gifts! The full list, along with product images, can be viewed at in the 2017 Press Releases section.


  • MOONLITE*(Story Projector Starter Set/$29.99, Individual Story Reel/$9.99 ea.), AGES NEWBORN+
  • PALLAS ROCKING HORSE* ($199.99), AGES 18M+


  • DREAMY CORNS ($19.99), AGES 3+
  • SOGGY DOGGY GAME ($32.99), AGES 4+


  • BUILD OR BOOM GAME* ($29.99), AGES 4+
  • TWANGLED GAME ($34.99), AGES 6+
  • LEGO® BOOST ($199.99), AGES 7+




  • ZINGDAMA ($11.99), AGES 4+
  • SQUISHIES ($9.99-$14.99), AGES 6+

Gifts that Give Back:

  • ME TO WE CHOCOLATE – 50g Bar ($5.99), ALL AGES

*Only available at Mastermind Toys/

Note items listed subject to availability, prices subject to change.

Twitter: @MastermindToys   #MastermindToys

Brothers Andy and Jon Levy started Mastermind Toys in 1984: their dream to create a classic toy-store experience. Celebrating its 33rd year in operation, Mastermind Toys is Canada’s largest specialty toy and children’s books retailer with 60 locations in Southern, Southwestern and Eastern Ontario; in CalgaryEdmontonRed DeerGrande Prairie, and Lethbridge, AlbertaLangleyCoquitlamAbbotsfordTsawwassen and Victoria, British ColumbiaWinnipeg, ManitobaSaskatoon and Regina, SaskatchewanSaint JohnMoncton and Fredericton, New Brunswick; and Dartmouth and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Both in-store and online, Mastermind Toys is the ultimate toy-shopping destination, the perfect place to find the right toy, game or book for any occasion. Mastermind’s handpicked selection includes more than 10,000 unique and educational toys, books, games, arts and crafts, puzzles and science kits. Mastermind Toys proudly provides exceptional and knowledgeable customer service and complimentary gift-wrapping on all in-store purchases. Visit

SOURCE Mastermind Toys

For further information: For an interview with a Mastermind toy expert, or for hi-res images, contact Beth Merrick / ZAZOU Communications, /416-654-9881.

TPS] – Missing girl, Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area, Vanessa Campbell, 17

In Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2017 at 12:19 PM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Missing girl, Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area, Vanessa Campbell, 17

Thursday, October 26, 2017 – 12:01 PM
55 Division

The Toronto Police Service is requesting assistance locating a missing girl.

Vanessa Campbell, 17, was last spoken to on Friday, October 20, 2017, at
approximately 8 p.m. She is believed to have been in the Bathurst Street and Harbord Street area at the time.

She is described as 5’7″, thin build, black braided hair, nose piercing.

Police are concerned for her safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

For more news, visit

Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook, Corporate Communications, for Detective Steve Oliver, 55 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

Belief #4. I cultivate a positive vocabulary

In Writing (all kinds) on October 26, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Do you ever make remarks like, “She gives me a pain in the neck.” “He broke my heart.” or “I can’t stomach it.” Your mind is very suggestible. Your mind tries to maintain consistency between your beliefs and behaviors (cognitive dissonance theory). Don’t risk your mind taking these remarks literally. If you find yourself using any negative body metaphors, get rid of them.

The second aspect of a positive vocabulary is having a favorite upbeat, fun word or words. Make it your trademark and use it with great enthusiasm. My favorite is Wow! I love that word. Motivational speaker Zig Zigler made a trademark of fa-n-tas-tic. What’s your favorite word?

Brickey was at a wedding and the bride had difficulty getting the ring on the groom’s hand. “Oh shit,” popped out of her mouth and was picked up by the microphone for everyone to hear. That’s hardly the memory she hoped people would take home. Every few years a news or sports commentator lets an expletive slip. It causes great embarrassment and sometimes costs them their jobs. Those words have a way of slipping out at the worst time. It’s also very lazy thinking. Instead of getting in touch with the nuances of your feelings, it just reaches for the anger. If you have a potty mouth, get the soap.

Defy Aging discusses these beliefs in more depth along with 32 other beliefs and strategies for changing beliefs.

Celebrating its Five Pillars of Recognition, Canada’s Walk of Fame Announces the 2017 Inductees and a Commemorative Star for Canada

In Writing (all kinds) on October 25, 2017 at 5:31 PM

Shawn Hook named the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour Recipient
‘Beyond Famous’ Gala to be held at the Liberty Grand on November 15, 2017

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TORONTOOct. 25, 2017, /CNW/ – Canada’s Walk of Fame announces the 2017 Inductees who represent the organization’s five pillars of recognition: Sports and Athletics, Philanthropy and Humanities, Arts and Entertainment, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Science and Technology. The Inductees will be honoured at the Beyond Famous Gala on November 15 at the Liberty Grand in Toronto. This intimate evening will also feature the unveiling of a special Star for Canada in commemoration of Canada 150.

The 2017 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees are:

Donovan Bailey (Sports and Athletics) – legendary sprinter, two-time Olympic champion in the 100-metre and 4×100-metre relay, three-time world record holder and three-time world champion.

Viola Desmond (Philanthropy and Humanities) – civil-rights pioneer who will be featured on the Canadian $10 bill in 2018.

Anna Paquin (Arts and Entertainment) – award-winning film, television and theatre actress, and the youngest Canadian to win an Academy Award.

Ted Rogers (Business and Entrepreneurship) – communications pioneer and visionary business leader.

David Suzuki (Science and Technology) – scientist, broadcaster, author and global environmental activist.

Stompin’ Tom Connors (Cineplex Legends Inductee) – iconic songwriter and musician whose legacy extends beyond nearly 5 million records sold in his career into the hearts, homes, and classrooms of countless Canadians across the country.

Media Note: For high-resolution photography and biographical information of each Inductee,

“The remarkable achievements of our 2017 Inductees are truly inspirational and embody what it means for an individual to achieve beyond fame. We are honoured to recognize their incredible accomplishments this year,” said Jeffrey Latimer, CEO of Canada’s Walk of Fame. “We have an exciting vision for the future of Canada’s Walk of Fame, to ensure that it not only celebrates Canadian achievement but acts as a catalyst for future greatness. We will shine a brighter light on our Inductees, and as we move into our 20thAnniversary in 2018, Canada’s Walk of Fame will mean more to more people, more often.”

Also announced today, the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour will be awarded to JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Hook. The Allan Slaight Honour recognizes young, inspirational Canadians who have achieved international success in the music industry. Hook will be honoured alongside this year’s Inductees on November 15th. Past recipients are Brett KisselShawn Mendes, The Weeknd, Carly Rae JepsenMelanie FionaDrake and Nikki Yanofsky.

Global will broadcast a Canada’s Walk of Fame one-hour documentary special on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Emmy® Award winner Eric McCormackBeyond Famous: Canada’s Walk of Fame, showcases the 19-year history of inducting great Canadians. Through new interviews with past Inductees, insight from top Canadian cultural commentators, plus iconic moments and performances from past induction galas, the special celebrates the essence of Canada’s Walk of Fame – what it means to be inducted and the culture of Canadian stardom. The documentary also examines the impact of Canadian talent on the arts, science, entertainment and technology industries on a national and international scale.

With 2017’s Inductees, Canada’s Walk of Fame will have honoured 173 remarkable Canadians who have a permanent place of tribute in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees, along with more information on Canada’sWalk of Fame visit:

Canada’s Walk of Fame gratefully acknowledges the support of its 2017 National Sponsors: Cineplex Entertainment,NBCUniversalSlaight Communications, and Air Canadaas well as our 2017 Broadcast Partner: Global.

Social Media Link for Canada’s Walk of Fame

Social Media Links for the 2017 Inductees:

Social Media Link for the 2017 Allan Slaight Honour recipient:

The 2017-2018 Canada’s Walk Of Fame Board of Directors, led by Board Chair Cathy Honor, Senior Vice President, RBC Royal Bank, include: Tom AnselmiPresident & CEO, Ottawa Senators Hockey ClubDuncan Bureau, Vice President, Global Sales, AirCanadaNick Di Donato, President & CEO, Liberty Entertainment GroupRandy Lennox, President, Bell MediaDan McGrath, Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex EntertainmentLewis Rusen Vice Chairman, Korn Ferry | Hay GroupWalter Schneider, President & Co-Founder, RE/MAX Integra/RE/MAX EuropeRon Suter, Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal Television & New Media Distribution Canada; and Barbara Williams, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Corus Entertainment Inc.

About Canada’s Walk of Fame
Founded in 1998 by Peter Soumalias, in partnership with Bill BallardDusty Cohl and Gary SlaightCanada’s Walk of Fame recognizes and celebrates Canadians who excel in their respective fields, fuelling our sense of Canadian pride and inspiring the next generation. Canada’s Walk of Fame will celebrate its 20th Anniversary Year in 2018, and will focus on creating a larger, more national platform which will not only celebrate Canadian achievement, but also catalyze it through expanded TV, media opportunities, and programming. Programs include a festival featuring some of Canada’s most popular and iconic performers, as well as emerging artists from across the country, the Peter Soumalias Unsung Hero Honour recognizing Canadians making a difference in their community, the Emerging Artist Music Mentorship program, supported by RBC, and the nationally televised broadcast designated by the CRTC as a program of national interest. With 2017’s additions, 173 stars recognizing remarkable Canadians will have a permanent place of tribute on Canada’s Walk of Fame in the streets of Toronto’s Entertainment District. For a complete list of Inductees along with more information on Canada’s Walk of Fame visit:

Canada’s Walk of Fame became a national registered charity in 2012. Charitable Registration Number 889896924RR0001.

SOURCE Canada’s Walk of Fame

For further information: Adrienne Kakoullis, Holmes PR, 416-628-5610 /; Chris McDowall, Holmes PR, 416-628-5612 /

Eliza Chandler appointed to OAC’s board | Eliza Chandler nommée au conseil d’administration du CAO

In Writing (all kinds) on October 25, 2017 at 1:23 PM
Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

Eliza Chandler appointed to the
Ontario Arts Council board

Toronto, October 25, 2017 – Toronto resident Dr. Eliza Chandler was appointed to the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) Board of Directors in September 2017.

Eliza Chandler

Eliza is an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University where she teaches courses in disability arts and culture, representation, and community activism. She is the co-director of a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded partnership project, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life.

Eliza is also a practicing curator and regularly delivers talks on topics related to disability arts and culture in Canada. She founded Toronto’s Tangled Art Gallery in 2015.

From 2014 to 2016, Eliza was dually appointed as the Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral Fellow in the School of Disability Studies and Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, an organization in Toronto, that is dedicated to cultivating disability and Deaf Arts.

Role of OAC’s Board of Directors

The OAC’s board is responsible for setting the Council’s policies and overseeing its operation. They are appointed by the government of Ontario for a three-year term that may be renewed. Board members come from various regions of the province and play an important role as advocates for the arts and as representatives of OAC in Ontario communities. Read more.

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 1,657individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.


Eliza Chandler nommée
au conseil d’administration du
Conseil des arts de l’Ontario

Toronto, 25 octobre 2017 – Eliza Chandler, une résidente de Toronto, a été nommée au conseil d’administration du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) en septembre 2017.

Eliza Chandler

Mme Chandler est professeure adjointe à la School of Disability Studies de l’Université Ryerson. Elle donne des cours sur les pratiques et la culture des artistes handicapés, la représentation ainsi que l’activisme communautaire. Elle est codirectrice d’un partenariat financé par le Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines (CRSH) et intitulé Bodies in Translation : Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life.

Mme Chandler est aussi une conservatrice active et fait régulièrement des présentations sur des sujets se rapportant aux pratiques et à la culture des artistes handicapés au Canada. Elle a fondé la galerie d’art Tangled de Toronto en 2015.

De 2014 à 2016, Mme Chandler a été boursière postdoctorale Ethel Louise Armstrong à la School of Disability Studies, en plus d’être directrice artistique de la galerie d’art Tangled Art + Disability, un organisme qui se consacre à la promotion des artistes sourds et handicapés à Toronto.

Rôle du conseil d’administration du CAO

Le conseil d’administration établit les politiques du CAO et encadre le fonctionnement de l’organisme. Ses membres sont nommés par le gouvernement de l’Ontario pour un mandat renouvelable de trois ans. Ils viennent de différentes régions de la province et s’emploient aussi à plaider la cause des arts et à représenter le CAO dans les collectivités de l’Ontario. Pour en savoir plus.


Kirsten Gunter
Directrice des communications
416-969-7403 | sans frais en Ontario : 1-800-387-0058, poste 7403

Cela fait plus de 50 ans que le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario joue un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion et l’aide en matière de développement des arts au profit de tous les Ontariens. En 2016-2017, il a octroyé des subventions totalisant 50,8 millions de dollars à 1 657 artistes et 1 098 organismes dans 212collectivités de la province.


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Happy Birthday Lisa!

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

Wishing you all the best super lady! My sister – I’m so proud!

New Book: ‘Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi’

In Writing (all kinds) on October 24, 2017 at 7:22 PM
Greetings comrade,

I am encouraging you to buy and read this recently published anthology, Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi, that’s edited by Kali Akuno and I.

Kali and I are available to launch the book in your community or college or university campus…send the invitation and we will be there! We must develop the transitional programme in organizing the oppressed for the liquidation of capitalism.



“This is an essential book for understanding the vision and strategy of a remarkable social movement in the Deep South. It represents what I’ve found to be a rarity among recent US movements—a combination of revolutionary ambition and strategic rigor—and this deserves to be a model for other activists elsewhere. I had the privilege of reporting on this story firsthand (“The Revolutionary Life and Strange Death of a Radical Black Mayor,” VICE, April 2016), and I still learned a great deal from the texts collected here. Despite many setbacks, including Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s death in office, the movement articulated here is alive and well, having just succeeded in electing Lumumba’s son to succeed him. This book is therefore not only an invaluable archive but a living document.”

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“Jackson Rising teaches us that when we commit ourselves to organizing, this cannot be only for a particular issue or for a singular campaign – but that it is long haul work, powered by a vision of freedom. This is also a necessary and important read for any of us who wish to understand how we might use electoral politics to advance progressive agendas that are accountable to the people. The inspiring story of Jackson is deeply radical, historically-rooted, and still in progress. It is also right on time.
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“Jackson Rising is essential reading to learn the lessons of one of the most successful 21st century examples of radical grassroots organizing. Buy the book, share it with your organization, make it required reading in your classes, read it aloud to your friends.”

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

Co-editor with Dr. Michael Truscello of Why Don’t The Poor Rise Up?: Organizing The Twenty-First Century Resistance (AK Press)

Toolbox for an Ageless Body – Radiate Health

In Writing (all kinds) on October 24, 2017 at 3:00 AM

It takes the discipline of an ageless woman to love herself so much that she will care about her inner health and physical appearance – beauty from the inside out.

Caring for her body the holistic way – without medications means choosing a holistic, raw diet, vegetarian, low meat – balanced diet, organic meals, salads, veggies, vegetable proteins, etc. Very little organic white meat such as chicken, wild salmon, fish without the mercury should be consumed.

Staying fit is also important. Doing some exercise daily, may it be yoga, Pilates, walking, running, Aqua fitness, gym, sports and anything you find enjoyable and that will also keep you safe.

The audience of the Oprah Show took Dr. Michael Brickey’s “Defy Aging Quiz.” The past seven presidents of the American Psychological Association have endorsed Brickey’s quiz. The reason is that with feeling younger:

You can put more
snap in your step
sparkle in your eyes
an animation in your face
confidence in your posture
exude a positive outlook.

[GAC_Canada] Canada agrees to pay millions to indigenous people taken from their homes

In Writing (all kinds) on October 23, 2017 at 7:26 PM

The Associated Press Published 4:51 p.m. ET Oct. 6, 2017

First Nations people wait for the Walk for Reconciliation to begin in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The two-kilometer walk was held to promote positive relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. (Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)


TORONTO — The Canadian government has agreed to pay compensation to indigenous people who were taken from their homes and adopted into non-indigenous families.

Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett announced the settlement Friday in what’s known as the “Sixties Scoop.” Indigenous children were robbed of their cultural identities by being placed with non-native families by child welfare services during the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. Many lost touch with their culture and language.

The settlement for an estimated 20,000 people is aimed at resolving numerous related lawsuits. The victims will share 750 million Canadian dollars ($596 million), with individual amounts to be determined later. Many said they expected a settlement of around 50,000 Canadian dollars each.

Lead plaintiff Marcia Brown Martel, who was taken by child welfare officials and adopted by a non-native family, called events the “stealing of children.”

“I have great hope that because we’ve reached this plateau that this will never, ever happen in Canada again,” said Brown Martel, who was placed in the foster system as a child and suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse.

Many had mixed emotions about the settlement.

“I had no idea I was native until I was a teenager,” Colleen Cardinal told The Associated Press. Cardinal was taken from her biological family at the age of two in Alberta and adopted into a non-indigenous family in Ontario along with her two older sisters. She said her sisters were sexually molested by their adopted father.

“There were ongoing attempts to assimilate our people into the mainstream culture,” she said, adding that the settlement doesn’t amount to much.

“It’s quite disappointing,” she said. “It’s quite low. It should be CA$80,000 or $100,000. A lot of us were taken out of the province, out of the country, taken so far away from our families.” Cardinal now lives with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba ruled in February that Canada had breached its “duty of care” to the children and found the government liable.

A tearful Bennett, the government minister, said she couldn’t understand how it was allowed to happen.

“I don’t know what people were thinking,” she said.

The settlement package also includes up to 50 million Canadian dollars for a healing and reconciliation foundation.

The agreement is a “first step” in resolving Sixties Scoop litigation, Bennett added, noting the federal government is committed to working with other indigenous peoples affected.

The Sixties Scoop echoes the history of residential schools in Canada.

Some 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families over much of the last century and put in government schools, where they were forced to convert to Christianity and not allowed to speak their native languages. Many were beaten and verbally abused, and up to 6,000 are said to have died.

Canada’s previous prime minister made a historic apology in 2008 to residential school survivors.

Cross-Province Check-in with the OAC | Tournée dans la province avec le CAO

In Writing (all kinds) on October 23, 2017 at 4:58 PM
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Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

Cross-Province Check-in with the Ontario Arts Council
A Conversation with the
OAC Chair, CEO and Director of Granting

Toronto, October 23, 2017 – By now, many of you will have heard the good news announced on August 29, 2017, by Premier Kathleen Wynne and Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and SportOAC will receive a further funding increase over the next three years on top of this year’s previously announced $5 million. This will bring OAC’s base funding from $60 million per year in 2016-17 to $80 million per year by 2020-21.

Here’s how the government’s new investment in Ontario’s not-for-profit professional arts sector will flow:

2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21
Increase by year over
2016-17 base funding
$5M $10M $15M $20M
OAC’s base funding $60M $65M $70M $75M $80M

The new funding is in addition to the recently launched Indigenous Culture Fund, which has been funded by the government at $5 million per year.

Rita Davies, OAC Chair, Peter Caldwell, Director & CEO, and Carolyn Vesely, Director of Granting, will be visiting a series of Ontario communities in November and December, to answer questions about OAC funding and future plans to support Ontario’s arts sector. Each session will include an informal presentation by Rita, Peter and Carolyn, followed by a Q&A.

The OAC will schedule an online session in January for anyone interested but too far from a scheduled location or otherwise unable to attend.

OAC dates for each community session

All venues will be accessible.

Please check OAC’s Eventbrite page for details on confirmed venues.





Sudbury November 1, 2017 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Sudbury Theatre Centre
November 1, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Théâtre du
First Nation
November 2, 2017 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
Nipissing First Nation November 3, 2017 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Nipissing First Nation Garden Village Community Centre
North Bay November 3, 2017 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. WKP Kennedy Gallery
Thunder Bay November 7, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Magnus Theatre
Hamilton November 8, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Art Gallery of Hamilton
Kitchener-Waterloo November 9, 2017 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Kitchener-Waterloo
Art Gallery
Guelph November 9, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. River Run Centre
Windsor November 16, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Art Gallery of Windsor
London November 17, 2017 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Grand Theatre
ASL interpretation
November 21, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. TBC
November 22, 2017 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
Kingston November 22, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Peterborough November 23, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. TBC
December 7, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Alliance Française
de Toronto
Toronto December 8, 2017 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. TBC
Barrie December 11, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. TBC
Mississauga December 12, 2017 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Art Gallery of Mississauga
ASL interpretation
December 12, 2017 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. TBC

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 1,657individual artists and 1,098 organizations in 212 communities across Ontario for a total of $50.8 million.


Tournée dans la province avec le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario
Échanges avec la présidente, le directeur général
et la directrice des subventions du CAO

Toronto, 23 octobre 2017 – Bon nombre d’entre vous connaissent maintenant la bonne nouvelle annoncée le 29 août dernier par la première ministre Kathleen Wynne et par Eleanor McMahon, ministre du Tourisme, de la Culture et du Sport : le CAO recevra un financement supplémentaire au cours des trois prochains exercices, en plus des 5 millions de dollars d’augmentation annoncés précédemment cette année. Ces augmentations feront passer le financement de base du CAO de 60 millions de dollars par année en 2016-2017 à 80 millions de dollars par année d’ici l’exercice 2020-2021.

Voici comment se présentent les nouveaux investissements du gouvernement dans le secteur des arts professionnels sans but lucratif de l’Ontario :

2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Augmentation annuelle par rapport au financement de base 2016-2017 5 M$ 10 M$ 15 M$ 20 M$
Financement de base 60 M$ 65 M$ 70 M$ 75 M$ 80 M$

Ce nouveau financement vient s’ajouter au Fonds culturel autochtone, créé récemment et financé par le gouvernement à hauteur de 5 millions de dollars par année.

Rita Davies, présidente du CAO, Peter Caldwell, directeur général et Carolyn Vesely, directrice des subventions, visiteront une quinzaine de collectivités en novembre et en décembre afin de répondre aux questions concernant le financement du CAO et les futurs plans du Conseil en vue d’appuyer le secteur des arts professionnels de l’Ontario. Chaque rencontre comportera des présentations informelles faites par Rita, Peter et Carolyn, suivies d’une période de questions.

Le CAO organisera en janvier un webinaire pour toute personne intéressée mais qui demeure trop loin pour assister à une rencontre prévue ou ne peut s’y rendre.

Dates des rencontres d’information prévues au cours de la tournée du CAO

Les lieux de rencontres sont entièrement accessibles.

Veuillez consulter la page Evenbrite du CAO pour plus d’information sur les lieux confirmés.



Heure Lieu
Sudbury 1er novembre 2017 10 h à 12 h Sudbury Theatre Centre
1er novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Théâtre du
Première Nation
de M’Chigeeng
2 novembre 2017 14 h à 16 h Ojibwe Cultural Foundation
Première Nation
de Nipissing
3 Novembre 2017 12 h à 14 h Nipissing First Nation Garden Village Community Centre
North Bay 3 novembre 2017 15 h à 17 h WKP Kennedy Gallery
Thunder Bay 7 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Magnus Theatre
Hamilton 8 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Art Gallery of Hamilton
Kitchener-Waterloo 9 novembre 2017 10 h à 12 h Kitchener-Waterloo
Art Gallery
Guelph 9 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h River Run Centre
Windsor 16 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Art Gallery of Windsor
London 17 novembre 2017 12 h à 14 h Grand Theatre
Interprétation en ASL
21 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h À confirmer
22 novembre 2017 10 h à 12 h La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins
Kingston 22 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Peterborough 23 novembre 2017 16 h à 18 h À confirmer
7 décembre 2017 16 h à 18 h Alliance Française de Toronto
Toronto 8 décembre 2017 10 h à 12 h À confirmer
Barrie 11 décembre 2017 16 h à 18 h À confirmer
Mississauga 12 décembre 2017 10 h à 12 h Art Gallery of Mississauga
Interprétation en ASL
12 décembre 2017 16 h à 18 h À confirmer


Kirsten Gunter
Directrice des communications
416-969-7403 | sans frais en Ontario : 1-800-387-0058, poste 7403

Cela fait plus de 50 ans que le Conseil des arts de l’Ontario joue un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion et l’aide en matière de développement des arts au profit de tous les Ontariens. En 2016-2017, il a octroyé des subventions totalisant 50,8 millions de dollars à 1 657 artistes et 1 098 organismes dans 212collectivités de la province.


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In Writing (all kinds) on October 23, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April )–You will get a chance to generate some extra bucks, but you’ll need to guard against being overly materialistic.  Circumstances will be creating a couple of tricky choices in terms of work or school, but the planets indicate that you’ll be guided into the right choice. It might be best, to be honest or straightforward about your feelings in committed relationships. The week will be hectic but full of romantic moments too.You could see the chance to take a new training or vocational course, The best week for career opportunities and developments.  Favorable Date: Oct 27 Favorable Color: Blue

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May )–The months ahead are likely to start on a fabulous note, as an opportunity to take a trip or short break. The theme of travel and fun continues well although you might be tempted to put work or studies on the back burner and this will lead to a rather heavy backlog in your workload.  It looks like a superb time for some home improvements, but don’t go over budget. The weekend sees a minor conflict between you and a loved one. You will find ways to balance the key areas of your life with sometimes unreasonable demands from colleagues and loved ones. Favorable Date: Oct 26 Favorable Color: Yellow

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) –  You will need to recognize the opportunities. Expect some changes in terms of new interests as exciting career developments can occur. For some Geminis, a house move is possible around this time! For students and office goers, it will be a time to concentrate on work or school. Romance looks fabulous, but cash matters during this period may be strained. Singles are likely to meet someone who is fun, but who is quite a demanding individual. A stroke of good luck should help finance during the weekend .Favorable Date: Oct 27 Favorable Color: Red Read the rest of this entry »

The Author

In Writing (all kinds) on October 22, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Dr. Michael Brickey is America’s preeminent Anti-Aging Psychologist. His first book, Defy Aging was featured on Oprah, CNN, and the Voice of America. It was a Finalist in Foreword magazine’s Book of the Year awards and endorsed by Dr. Bernie Siegel, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine President Dr. Ronald Klatz, feminist and gerontologist Dr. Betty Freidan, and men’s movement leader Dr. Sam Keen. Dr. Brickey’s just released book, 52 baby steps to Grow Young, was endorsed by Art Linkletter, Nido Qubein, the 2005 President of the American Psychological Association, and five past APA presidents. He also developed a unique set of six anti-aging hypnosis CDs,  Reverse Aging that helps people profoundly relax and have their unconscious mind effortlessly absorb anti-aging concepts. Dr. Brickey is a Board Certified Psychologist and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Putting it all together

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

So is it just a matter of positive thinking? Hardly. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If you neglect the weak link it breaks. Thus you need to eat reasonably well. You need to keep yourself physically fit, including strength, cardiovascular, and flexibility. If you have any health problems, it is essential to address them with whatever it takes to lessen the problem. Once you have this basic foundation, mental factors become paramount.

Defy Aging has the research, theory, and how to for living well into your hundreds. It also shows you step-by-step how to develop a written plan for your life. Because so many people don’t read thick books, Brickey distilled the concepts in 52 baby steps to Grow Young. It gives two-page-a-week steps for being youthful every age. Or you can bypass your conscious mind and effortlessly absorb the concepts with his six hypnosis CDs, Reverse Aging: Hypnotic Journeys to Ageless Lifestyles. If you are serious about looking, feeling, and being as youthful as possible, you need all three so you understand the principles, put them into practice each week, and address both your conscious and unconscious mind. Defy Aging is also available on cassette tapes so you can learn while you drive or while you do the dishes.

You will also be getting a booster shot every two weeks from the Defy Aging Newsletter. You have a choice—to just go along with conventional thinking or to defy aging and live a long vital life. As Robert Frost put it:

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. . . .
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

The benefit is feeling younger and having a more youthful outlook. That shows in your face and your whole demeanor. When that happens people even treat you better. Plus, you live longer, healthier, and happier. And all it takes is learning your Anti-Aging ABCs™.

C is for Coping Skills

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

There are four key coping skills:
1. Continually renewing your sense of purpose
2. Having a serenity about the deaths of friends and family
3. Embracing lifelong learning and change
4. Developing and sustaining a rewarding marriage or dealing effectively with intimate relations beginning and ending

Consider one aspect of dealing with loved ones dying. If you are going to live well into your hundreds, a lot of people you love will die. If you have difficulty dealing with the losses, you become vulnerable to depression and health problems. Defy Aging has a whole chapter on strategies for dealing with death. Space only permits discussing Brickey’s personal favorite—what he calls the Fred Sanford strategy.

Remember the TV program, Sanford, and Sons? What would Fred do when he was having a tough time? He would hold one hand over his heart and have the other hand in the air and say, “Elizabeth, I’m coming, this is the big one (a heart attack).” Then he would carry on an imaginary conversation with her and receive love, comfort, support, understanding, and guidance. He knew her so well he knew what she would say. (He probably got along with her better after she died because he was a pretty cantankerous guy.)

Fred was a simple, uneducated person. If he can do it, you can do it. Seeing a deceased love one as an ongoing presence in your life is a very powerful way of dealing with the death.

There is a bonus benefit that comes with the strategy. In doing 30 some years of therapy with clients Brickey has often heard clients lament, “I wasn’t there when he died.” “He died when I left the room.” or “I never told him I loved him.” It was like there was a brief window of opportunity and it is gone forever. If he or she is an ongoing presence in your life, however, you have unlimited opportunities for unfinished business.

British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’

In Writing (all kinds) on October 19, 2017 at 11:01 AM
Out November 10th and available to pre order now
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British soul legend Seal returns with his new album, ‘Standards’ – combining his unique voice with some of the greatest jazz standards and swing classics ever written.

I’m so delighted to announce that my brand new album, Standards, is out November 10th. This is the album I have always wanted to make. I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream.

It was a true honour to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favourite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made – it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.

Seal’s new album brings the glamour of Old Hollywood straight to the present, and his signature, velvety warm vocals bring to life classics made popular by Frank Sinatra(such as Luck Be A LadyI’ve Got You Under My Skin and It Was A Very Good Year), Ella Fitzgerald (I’m Beginning to See The Light) and Nina Simone (I Put A Spell on You).

Available on CD, Deluxe Signed CD, and Vinyl, ‘Standards’ is available to pre order now. ‘Standards’ is also available to pre order, stream, and download here.

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In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars. His new album is full of musical gems which glisten when brought to life with his stunning voice.
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Belief #3. My mind gets richer and better with age

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

In the 1950’s researchers reported that you lose 100,000 brain cells a day and that senility is inevitable if you live to 100. Your brain has about a trillion neurons. Even if the 100,000 neurons a day were true, at 150 you would still have 99 per cent of your brain’s neurons. More precise research methodology and the use of computers, however, have discredited the dying cell research and yielded a more optimistic picture of aging. Recent research finds that you can grow new brain cells at any age.

Brickey often hear people make remarks such as, “My mind isn’t what it used to be.” It sounds harmless, but if you make remarks like that often enough you will come to believe them. Your mind is like a muscle. Use it and it grows strong. If idle, it withers. Research with nuns at a convent found that while they all had the same routine, ate the same food, etc., the nuns who were better educated or who continued learning were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Consider an analogy with computers. As you age your hard drives acquire a richer and richer data set. You also acquire a richer and richer collection of programs (software). Last year Brickey taught his teenage son how to drive. He thought it would be a snap with all the computer games he plays. It wasn’t. He said he couldn’t believe how complicated it was to watch the road in front and behind, the instrument panel, the signs, etc. Brickey suspects that when you drive, you are so bored you are also listening to radio, or talking with someone, or talking on your cell phone, or putting on makeup. Because you have a well-developed program for driving, you only need a small portion of your short-term memory to monitor what is happening. Programs are why a sixty-year-old experienced bridge player can run circles around someone who has only been playing for a few years. Her unconscious mind’s program catches the patterns.

It is true that as you age, your processing speed (megahertz) becomes a little slower. Would you really want to trade that richer hard drive and rich array of programs for the anemic hard drive and programs of a teenager just to get a faster processing speed? Not a good trade.

If you are inclined to make a remark like “I just can’t remember things very well anymore,” be kind to yourself and remember that you have much larger, richer data files to search than a younger person has. So it may take a little longer. You know a lot more Smiths and Jones and you have seen a lot more faces.

One of my pet peeves is “senior moments.” It says you are brain damaged so you aren’t even going to try to remember. Rather, ask yourself, am I stressed? tired? sleep deprived? taking medication? had a few drinks? Any of these keep your memory from being sharp. Tell yourself, “It will come to me.” That’s telling your unconscious mind to keep searching while you go on to other things. Often five minutes later the name comes to you. Sometimes a chance association will trigger the memory. Keep yourself in the game by trusting your memory.

Happy Diwali!

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

Everyone, enjoy the festival of lights!

The Option of Fostering a Child, or Many

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 7:02 PM

According to the Canadian Census of 2011, there are 47,885 children who are in foster care in Canada. Only 0.5 percent of this number are children who are under the age of 14. Indigenous children make up 50 percent of children who are in foster care.

While growing up, I heard some children that I knew who were in foster care state to me plainly and simply that they truly believed that the only reason why their foster parents were taking care of them is that of the money. Could this be true?

The average salary for a foster parent in Canada is $42,541. Highly experienced foster parents even make as much as $60,000 per year. Mind you, all of this income is tax-free. In the United States, salaries for foster parents are dramatically less at about $20 to $25 per day on average.

However, if you look at the lives of most foster parents, the money that they receive does not equate the average expense to care for a child to levels above decency is at least $12,825 per child up until the age of 18. This does not also account for the tax benefits that can be received for taking care of a child, where sometimes the tax benefits themselves can pay for the child in and of itself.

So, honestly, yes, there probably are a lot of parents and guardians who foster parent because of the money. However, if you put your heat, mind, and soul into it there is a whole lot more than monetary rewards to receive by giving a child an opportunity for a better life.

Despite these facts, a 2016 article in the Toronto Star states that the level of foster care for children that need foster parents, particularly black children, is reaching a crisis point.

So, I will ask the question again. Could it really be true that the only reason why foster parents foster is that of the money? Or, do they want to make a difference?

Sympathies from Donna Magazine to Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip and His Family

In Writing (all kinds) on October 18, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Deepest sympathies. Gord Downie brought so much joy and elevated the level of Canadian music to international acclaim. May he rest in peace.

Belief #2. I cultivate fond memories and let the bad ones wither (or better yet see the humor in them)

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

People tend to assume their memories just happen. Some default program just creates them. Actually, you create your memories every time you think of them. You pull up some information and construct the picture and words. If you rehearse the memory often enough, the memory will get burned in. With post traumatic stress disorder the events are so traumatic the memory gets burned in. Otherwise, you are the artist.

Belle Boone Beard’s research with centenarians found that they related twice as many positive memories as negative memories. It wasn’t that they had an easy life. They lived through the Great Depression, two World Wars, and most of the time did not have much money. She found that even when their lives had a lot of tragedy, they often focused on the positive, such as how kind people were to them. She observed, “In general centenarians can recall so many more pleasant memories that I wonder whether they may deliberately have repressed unhappy memories.”

Cultivating memories is like gardening. You need to nourish the good memories by telling the stories again and again with great enthusiasm and vivid details. Eventually, you will get so good at telling the stories that people will ask to hear them again and again.

You can choose to minimize and weed out the bad memories. People say “someday you’ll laugh about this.” Why wait? Most humor is based on painful events. Seeing the humor can take the sting out. Keeping the pain to yourself allows it to fester. When you share it with someone, it is much easier to get perspective and to see the humor. And humor makes for great stories.

Wonderful Women Writers Event: Oct 23

In Writing (all kinds) on October 17, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Dear all,

This is a reminder for our Wonderful Women Writers event coming up next Monday, October 23rd. Hope to see you there!

Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE)

Office Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 12:00pm – 5pm

Room 2-225, OISE, University of Toronto

Phone: 416-978-2080

B is for Beliefs

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

In modeling vital centenarians and studying the best psychology research, Brickey came up with 36 beliefs that foster living longer, healthier and happier. Hopefully, Brickey will discover even more. Let’s consider four of the 40 beliefs:

Belief: #1. I am many ages.

A librarian told him that she happened to mention to her staff that she was over 50. Suddenly they started treating her differently. “Brittney Spears, oh I’m sorry, you wouldn’t know who she is would you?” They started leaving her off committees. She was young at heart. They had arteriosclerosis of the attitudes.

When you tell someone your age, they pull out their stereotypes for that age and expect you to “Act your age.” Worse yet those stereotypes are based on how your parents’ and grandparents’ generations aged. So what should you say?

I think the best answer came from comedian Bob Hope. He describes himself as “many ages.” There are times when you want to get down on the floor and play with little kids like you are a little kid yourself. There are times when you want to have a teenage rhythm to relate well to teens or just to have fun. And there are times when you want to draw upon your years of experience for sagely wisdom. The trick is time traveling to whatever the occasion calls for. The beauty is that the older you get, the richer your repertoire becomes.

There is an interesting bonus benefit. When you meet new people you often get routine questions such as “What do you do for a living?” Often they get to the end of their list, don’t know what more to say, and move on. Tell someone you are many ages and you not only avoid being stereotyped, you get an interesting conversation that goes deeper than the usual questions and answers.

Lots to Read and Buy on Donna Magazine

In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 12:44 PM

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In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Aries ( 21 March – 19 April ) – Your popularity remains high; your understanding and wisdom flow; and you remain lucky in love, far travel, legal, educational or media concerns. Your energy and effectiveness will keep you in the race. The ideal time for you to pursue financial and intimate matters. Work at a steady pace. Love, romance, beauty, pleasure, and joy from children bring a thread of relief from the chores that surround you. If you’re attached, this week brings cozy reassurance. If you’re single, this week urges you to touch base with your inner self. Favorable Date: Oct 22 Favorable Color: Red

Taurus ( 20 April – 20 May ) – Your energy, charisma and effectiveness rise high giving you the ability to cope with some major obstacles that have existed in the past. The study is under favorable influences and this would be a good time to look into courses, promotions, and new contracts. A face you did not think to be your ally is set to pleasantly surprise you.  Life, in fact, is about to prove to you that nothing is what it seems and that good thing are indeed worth fighting for. Time spent with persons of opposite sex can help you see the lighter side of life. Favorable Date: Oct 20 Favorable Color: Yellow

Gemini ( 21 May – 20 June) – You have a lot to ponder especially about education, foreign travel, legal matters or a cultural prospect. Don’t be rushed into anything. The week ahead is a good time to act on investment, debt, finance, security, charity and spiritual matters – but it’s a poor time to seek attention, praise or romance. Shy away from anything that demands a vibrant or charismatic presence on your part. Your cool logic, innovative ideas, and analytical skills should come in handy as you figure out what to do next. Favorable Date: Oct 21 Favorable Color: White Read the rest of this entry »

Explanatory Style of Optimists and Pessimists

In Writing (all kinds) on October 16, 2017 at 3:00 AM


Good Events Bad Events
Permanence Optimists: permanent
Pessimists: temporary
Optimists: temporary
Pessimists: permanent
Pervasive Optimists: universal
Pessimists: specific
Optimists: specific
Pessimists: universal
Personal Optimists: internal
Pessimists: external
Optimists: external
Pessimists: internal

If an optimist does well on a math test, she is likely to say something like: “That just proves that I’m a good student.” Note that she: presumes her skills and success are ongoing traits (permanent)
generalizes beyond math to being a good student in general (universal) attributes her success to her skills (internal)

A pessimist who does well on a math test is more likely to say something like: “I guess I got lucky on that math test.” Note that she: suggests her success was not characteristic (temporary)
does not generalize implications beyond that particular math test (specific) attributes her good scores to external, chance events (external).

When it comes to bad events, the same principles apply in reverse. An optimist who does poorly on a test is likely to say: “I’m a good student. I just had an off day and an unfair test.” Thus she views her poor performance as a fluke, an exception to her usual performance, and not her fault. The pessimist is likely to say: “That proves I’m stupid and will never pass this course (or worse yet will never graduate).”

Seligman does not have a category for importance (if sticking to his alliteration, you could call it Prominence). When good things happen, optimists tend to see them as important, for example, “Seeing that butterfly made my day.” When bad things happen, optimists tend to say, “It’s really not very important anyway.” Pessimists, on the other hand, discount the importance of positive events the way some people brush off a compliment about their clothes with an “Oh, this old thing,” and amplify the importance of negative events with thoughts such as “But I know there is a spot on it even if no one else sees it.” After all, many pessimists are also perfectionists.

Optimism is a very learnable skill. You might say it is learning to be a spin doctor for your own life.

The clocks go back Sunday, November 5, 2017, at 2:00 a.m.

In Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2017 at 9:55 PM


A is for Attitudes

In Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Brickey studied vital centenarians, people 100+ years old who dance, sculpt, do well in sports, conduct symphony orchestras, run for Congress, write best sellers, do math in their heads, and even fly airplanes. They had little in common physically. They almost all shared four attitudes: optimism, gratitude, dealing with it, and embracing lifelong learning and change. You might call these the ‘BeAttitudes.’ Let’s consider optimism.

Imagine a football coach getting the team ready for a game. The coach tells the team the opponent outweighs them and is a 15 point favorite. His chances of winning are slim–but let’s play ball. Being brutally objective makes for good science but is not the most effective way to play sports or to live your life. There is a wealth of research that indicates optimists live longer, healthier, happier lives. For example:

● When West Point studied why nearly 10 per cent of their 1,200 member freshman classes dropped out within the first month, they found most of the drop outs were pessimists.
● Pennsylvania State University freshmen who were optimists were more likely to have better first semester grades than their high school grades and SAT aptitude tests suggested. Pessimistic freshmen were more likely to have lower grades than expected and more likely to drop-out.
● When Metropolitan Life Insurance Company included optimism in their selection process for life insurance agents; the agents they chose sold more insurance and stayed with the company longer.
● A long-term study of male Harvard graduates found most were in reasonably good health until age 45 when the men who were pessimistic at 25 began having significantly more health problems than the men who were optimistic at 25. The difference became even more pronounced at 60. While the Harvard research looked at many factors, optimism was the strongest predictor of health after 45.
● Athletes and teams that made optimistic statements to the press were more likely to increase their winning percentage and or beat the point spreads.
● Politicians who were more optimistic than their opponents were more likely to win elections.
● Optimists who developed cancer or had heart attacks had better survival rates than patients who are not optimistic.

Many people think of optimism in terms of positive thinking and affirmations, e.g., Emile Coue’s “Every day in every way I’m getting better and better.” or thinking of a glass as half full rather than half empty. Brickey finds these global approaches do not work for most people.

The seminal researcher in optimism, Martin Seligman, described optimism as how you think about the causes of good things and bad things that happen to us, your “explanatory style.” Optimists bias their interpretations of events in a way that protects their egos and gives them hope to keep on trying. Pessimists have a neutral posture or a negative bias.

Benefits of Staying Young and Healthy

In Writing (all kinds) on October 14, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Edited by Donna Kakonge

You have many more years of feeling great in your body. This will allow you to have more energy to do what you love and to pursue your dreams.

You can learn all the time by taking one of my courses and discover new things, new people, new foods, new countries and anything else your heart desires.

Learning the habits, lifestyles, cultures, foods, and dances of a multicultural world will help you to stay young. Contributing your gifts and talents to the community and to the world will help you to leave a legacy on this planet and to enjoy your retirement.

Releasing old beliefs, personal growth and learning new attitudes will help you to get the best out of the next 30 years of your life. This will be discussed later in the e-book.

Of course, keeping fit, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually are also important and will be discussed later in this e-book.

Living your true purpose and becoming the person you are is another topic covered in this e-book.

Living fully in this life, loving immensely, fulfilling all aspects of your life responsibly will allow you to do all that you want so you don’t have to come back to fulfill the dreams left behind.

Let’s begin on this journey…

Michael Brickey, Ph.D., writes about the three most important secrets to youthful life and a young mind. He’s America’s Anti-Aging Psychologist.

He says the challenge is focusing on the end in mind and how you would like to be now tomorrow and when you’re 100. The desire for you is to be mentally sharp, physically fit and passionate.

“If you want it, you need to believe it, desire it, and attract it,” Brickey says.

You are not alone in your desire to slow the aging process. A U.S. Census Bureau states Baby Boomers hate to age. In 2000, the U.S. had 72,000 centenarians, people 100 years and older. The Census Bureau predicts 1.2 million centenarians in 2050 and 1.87 million centenarians in 2060 (when just the first four years of Baby Boomers have turned 100). That’s enough people for a good sized city.

Brickey says the Census Bureau is underestimating the number of centenarians the U.S. will have. Some will still be healthy. Some will be in wheelchairs and nursing homes. Barring any accidents, being healthy and happy in your retirement years is largely up to you.

“Research shows that as people get older, they become happier,” says Brickey. “In their twenties, only 28 per cent of Americans said they were happy. The percentage keeps going up with age. In their seventies, 38 per cent of Americans say they are happy. While many romanticize their younger years, for most of us our teens and twenties were a time of great insecurity and anxiety. As they get older, most people become clearer about who they are, what they want, and how to achieve it.”

Many of you may be looking for ways to stay young in the wrong places. You may be watching MTV, playing video games, drinking with your buddies from high school or college or indulging in plastic surgery.

Michael Brickey has three secrets to really fight aging he calls your Anti-Aging ABCs™. They’re based on Attitudes, Beliefs and Coping Skills.

“The good news is the ABCs are all skills you can learn–many very quickly and easily,” Brickey says.

[TPS] – Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Roa

In Writing (all kinds) on October 13, 2017 at 5:48 AM
Toronto Police Service
News Release

Media advisory, 41 Division – Coffee with a Cop Friday, October 13, 2017, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., McDonald’s, 65 Ellesmere Road

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 5:45 AM
41 Division

41 Division’s “Coffee with a Cop” event will take place Friday, October 13, 2017, at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 65 Ellesmere Road.

Officers from 41 Division will sit down with community members in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee.

This event is relaxed, informal and open for discussions about the issues community residents feel are important.

All community members are invited to attend. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

For more news, visit

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Constable Mark McCabe, 41 Division

An attachment to this release is available on our website.

Stuttgart Summer Festival By Canadian Michael Gold

In Writing (all kinds) on October 13, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Micheal was at the festival and listening to “Play that Funky Music White Boy” when he took this photo.

Eminem Rebukes ‘Racist’ Donald Trump in Awards Show Rap

In Writing (all kinds) on October 12, 2017 at 7:49 PM

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Minister of Citizenship & Immigration, Hon. Ahmed Hussen to deliver Keynote Speech at the Excellence Awards next Saturday!

In Writing (all kinds) on October 12, 2017 at 4:42 PM



The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship will deliver the keynote speech at the 2017 Excellence Awards on Saturday, October 21st at The International Centre. A lawyer by profession, Hon. Hussen was  elected in the 2015 federal election and represents the riding of York South-Weston in the Canadian parliament.
Hosted by Hamilton City Councillor Matthew Green, the glitzy red carpet affair is presented by Afroglobal Television, a 24-hour global super channel currently available on channel 708 on Rogers Cable and 2472 on Bell Fibe across Canada. 
Formerly Planet Africa Awards, the Excellence Awards program has honoured achievers and brought together people of African heritage and others of goodwill, to celebrate leadership and excellence. Headliners and keynote speakers have included, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Centre and daughter of Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Junior; Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey and South African music superstar Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
Date: Saturday October 21st, 2017
Time: Red Carpet Reception,  6.00 PM; Dinner and Awards at 7.00 PM.
Tickets are $150 and a table of 10 is $1500
Venue: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Tickets are $150 per person and $1500 for a table of 10.
Gala tickets need to be purchased in advance.
1. Send an Interac Email Money Transfer to, then email guest names
2. Purchase  with credit card at, click on awards, then on the buy ticket button.
3. Call Simi or Princess at (416) 650-6424 to make arrangements for ticket purchase.


Inquiries:  (416) 650-6424   |  Tel: (416) 247-5777  |


Honourable Tony Ince
Minister of the Public Service Commission and
African Nova Scotian Affairs, Nova Scotia
Honourable Tony Ince is the Minister of the Public Service Commission and Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. He was elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly in the 2013 provincial election, representing Cole Harbour-Portland, where he defeated the incumbent premier, Darrell Dexter, on October 22, 2013, and was re-elected in May of 2017.
Honourable Ince has been involved with organizations dedicated to family, youth and services to the incarcerated. His multi-talented professional experiences include working as a counsellor at the Department of Community Services, Regional Educator, and Youth Worker. He also worked as a Major Accounts Sales Representative with Xerox Canada, emergency room patient attendant, a labourer/stevedore at the Halifax Waterfront, Military Police, and the Army Reserves.
Honourable Ince has owned businesses in Halifax and Toronto. He has been a member of ACTRA, with expertise as an actor and stuntman. Ince enjoyed coaching for basketball, rugby, football, cricket and soccer. He is the Co-Founder of the Black Leaders Summit, which meets yearly as the Canadian Caucus of Black Parliamentarians, representing the African Diaspora in Canada. The Honourable Tony Ince receives the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Paulette Senior
President & CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Paulette Senior is the President & CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is one of the most respected and vocal women leaders in Canada. She has captured significant attention at home and abroad as a leader and advocate for women and girls, resolute to build a safe and just society free from violence and poverty. Ms. Senior is currently the Chair of Women’s College Hospital, Canada’s leading academic and ambulatory hospital in women’s health.
In her illustrious career, Ms. Seniorhas served as CEO of YWCA Canada. She has spent many years on the frontlines of social and community development. She has led, managed, and operated shelters, employment programs and housing, helping women, children and youth in Toronto. Ms. Senior has worked with Yellow Brick House, YWCA Toronto, Macaulay Child Development Centre, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and Central Neighbourhood House.
Ms. Senior has been an advocate at the local, provincial, and federal levels, addressing matters pertinent to social and economic transformation. She is a graduate of York University, has been bestowed recognitions such as: African Canadian Achievement Award, Black Women Civic Engagement Award, MicroSkills Margot Franssen Leadership Award, and a Woman of Influence citation. She receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Leadership.

Charles Marful
Director, Ernst & Young Canada
Charles Marfulis Ernst & Young (EY) Canada’s Talent Team Director for Assurance Practice. Prior to joining EY, he served as the Human Resources Director of PwC Consulting, and later at IBM BCS. He also served as a Manager of Employee Relations, dealing with both human resources and labour relations in the retail industry. He is involved in career mentoring initiatives and speaks on career development at community events.
Mr. Marful was part of a judging panel for Corporate University Exchange’s 13th Global Conference on Leadership Innovation in the US, helping to select innovative leadership development organisations. He is a frequent speaker on HR Strategy, Leadership & Succession, Employee Engagement as well as Mergers & Acquisitions.He sits on the Board of Farm Radio International (FRI), an Ottawa-based NGO focused on improving food security and health in rural Africa.
Mr. Marfulserves on the HR Program Advisory Board of Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. He has served on the board of AIESEC Canada and the Editorial board of HR Professional Magazine. He holds a Master of Industrial Relations from Queen’s University, and a B.Sc. (Honours) in Business Administration from the University of Ghana’s Business School. He is a Certified Human Resources Executive. He receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Professional Achievement.

Namugenyi Kiwanuka
Journalist & Television Personality
Namugenyi “Nam” Kiwanuka is a multi-platform journalist and the new host of TVO’s The Agenda In The Summer. She has hosted magazine shows for the NBA and CFL. She was widely known as a Much Music VJ from 1999 to 2003. She has worked with CNN and BET. Born in Ugandan, she has written for the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Upscale Magazine, was the editor of the African Business Journal, and a columnist for BBC Focus On Africa Magazine.
The ReelWorld Film Festival named Ms. Kiwanuka Emerging Filmmaker for the Class of 2013. In 2009, Chatelaine Magazine named her as a Woman to Watch. In 2003, she was awarded Best Media Personality by Urban Music Association of Canada. A highly sought-after speaker, she has presented at TEDxRyersonU and contributed to TEDxWomen. To shine light on the dilemma of the vulnerable, Ms. Kiwanuka traveled to Northern Uganda to document and produce segments for AMREF on the plight of those living in IDP camps as a result of the country’s 20-year war.
A graduate of Applied Arts in Journalism at Ryerson University, Kiwanuka has managed and trained a group of 10 reporters at Radio Democracy in Sierra Leone. She conceptualized and produced This Is Africa, which celebrates the faces and places of Africa. She has guest-hosted on CBC’s The Current, filling-in for Anna Maria Tremonti, and contributed to The Marilyn Denis Show. She receives the prestigious Media Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Michael Thompson
Toronto City Councillor
As Councillor in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, Michael Thompson represents Ward 37, Scarborough Centre.  First elected in 2003, his strong advocacy led to a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a police task force on guns and gangs as well as programs for young offenders. He has served as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, leading the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough. He has earned a reputation as a community-focused consensus builder and one of Toronto’s hardest working Councillors.
Councillor Thompson spearheaded the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and the Taste of Lawrence Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of people to celebrate diversity. He has served as Chair, Economic Development and Culture Committee; past Vice-Chair, Toronto Police Services Board; Chair, Invest Toronto, Board Member, 1812 Bicentennial Steering Committee;Member,Civic Appointment Committee; and Chair, Youth Assisting Youth as well as Toronto Zoo.

Thompson has served as Director, Commonwealth Local Government Forum;Vice President, Municipal Section, Canadian National Exhibition; Member of the International Relations Standing Committee, Chair of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Standing Committee, as well as Director, FMC. Before politics, he worked in business and the financial sector. He holds a BA degree in Economics from Concordia University. He receives the Marcus Garvey Memorial Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Dr. Liza Egbogah
Body & Posture Expert, and
Creator of the Dr. Liza shoe line
Dr. Liza Egbogah is one of North America’s leading body and posture experts, a manual osteopath, myofascial release therapist, and the Clinical Director of the[fix]. She has a Doctor of Chiropractic, graduating with Summa Cum Laude and clinical honors from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, a diploma in manual osteopathic practice and also holds a pharmacology degree with distinction from the University of Alberta.
Dr. Liza has had extensive experience consulting with celebrities, professional athletes and political leaders on health matters, injury treatment, prevention and stress reduction strategies. In 2015, she was part of the Basketball Medical Team for the PanAm Games. She has provided treatment as a celebrity fixer of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Oscars. Presently, she is dedicating a part of her time to the practice of manual osteopathy.
Dr. Liza is often a guest expert on CTV’s The Social and Morning Live. She has appeared on Cityline, The Morning Show as well as on CBS, TLC, MTV, Sirius Radio, CTV News, Huffington Post, 680 News, NOW, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, among others. Her clinical expertise in orthotics andlove for fashion allowed her to create the Dr. Liza Pumps shoe line, which is comfortable enough to be worn for 12 hours, and are worn by celebrities and regular folks alike. She receives the esteemed Science & Technology Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Dr. Mansfield Edwards
President, SDA Ontario & Chaplain, York Regional Police
In 2009, Dr. Edwards was elected president of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, leading approximately 32,000 members. The same year, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian University College (now Burman University) in Alberta, where he still serves as trustee. He pursued his graduate studies at the Northern Caribbean University, and post-graduate studies at Loma Linda University, Andrews University, and the University of Montreal, Quebec.
Dr. Edwards founded Discover The Power,a television program aired on Vision TV, Hope TV, Afroglobal Television and around the world via satellite. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Chaplain for the Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE), which includes Black police, court, customs and immigration officers in Ontario. He is also a Chaplain at York Regional Police. In 2007, he was appointed to the executive committee of the Canadian Federation of Inter-Cultural Friendship.
Dr. Edwards worked as Adjunct Professor in Ethics and Philosophy for Northern Caribbean University. He has served as co-chair of the Montreal Black Ministers Executive Council, exploring improvement for the marginalized. He received the 2008 Mayor’s Award for outstanding contribution to the City of Markham; a 2010 Distinguished Man of Honour Award from the BBPA,and an African Canadian Achievement Award in 2010.He receives the prestigious Visionary Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Jackie Appiah
Actress & Model
Jackie Appiah is a Canadian-born Ghanaian. She is one of the biggest stars and favourite leading ladies in the film scene in Africa, including Nigeria’s Nollywood. She started acting at the age of 12 as a part of her local church group. Her appearance on screen became regular when Edward Seddoh Junior, writer of Things We Do For Love, invited her to play the role of Enyonam Blagogee. She later took part in Tentacles, Games People Play, Sun City and other TV series.
Ms. Appiah has starred in blockbuster films like Beyoncé, The President’s Daughter, Princess Tyra, Passion of the Soul, Pretty Queen, The Prince’s Bride, The King is Mine and The Perfect Picture. She has starred in over 100 titles, most of which she played the lead role. Appiah’s face has graced many billboards and TV commercials in Africa, including a GSMF advert on protection against HIV AIDS. She won the Face Of UB in a commercial she did for television and has served as the Face Of IPMC.
Awards and accolades Ms. Appiah has received include Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2010 Africa Movie Academy Awards; The FACE List Awards (USA);Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award for Best Actress In Drama (2013); Best International Actress Award at the Papyrus Magazine Screen Actors Awards (PAMSAA) in 2013 and 2014, as well as Best Actress in a Comedy role in 2014 and 2015 by Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards. She receives the prestigious Entertainment Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017

Dr. Stan Chu Ilo
Professor, DePaul University (USA), & President,
Canadian Samaritans For Africa
Dr. Stan Chu Ilo is the Founder and President of the Canadian Samaritans for Africa, which has implemented more than 20 projects in four African countries, including skills development, women’s micro-credit initiatives, water and sanitation as well as civic education. A Catholic Priest, Dr. Ilo is a Research Professor of African Studies at DePaul University, Chicago. Fluent in English, French and Italian, he is the author of four books, and editor of three other titles.
Dr. Ilo championed the water and sanitation project and the Adu Achi Women’s Skills Center in Eastern Nigeria which was executed in collaboration with Engineers Without Borders (USA) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. This project was recognized as one of the top ten student led community global projects at the Mondialogo Awards in 2009, sponsored by UNESCO. It won an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA USA) award and was recognized by the US State Department.
He has two doctorate degrees in theology and religion from the University of Toronto, and in Sociology of education from University of South Africa; three master’s, two bachelor’s, three diplomas and two certificates from Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Oxford’s School of Government. Dr. Ilo has published over 100 essays and has written for the Toronto Star, Toronto Sun, Chicago Tribune, Premium Times, The Hill, Huffpost, National Catholic Reporter, CNN, CTV, The Guardian among others. He receives the 2017Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Global Impact

Prof. Andrea A. Davis
Chair, Department of Humanities, York University
Professor Andrea A. Davis is Chair of the Department of Humanities at York University in Toronto, where she also holds cross-appointments in the graduate programs in English; Interdisciplinary Studies; and Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies. She is Associate Professor in Black Cultures of the Americas and has developed a certificate program in Black Canadian Studies. Prof. Davis approaches teaching as a form of activism through which she empowers her students to challenge assumptions and reach across differences, and translate the knowledge they acquire for positive change.
Prof. Davis is an accomplished researcher who has published widely on Black women’s fictional writing and constructions of gender, and she has been invited to present her work across the Caribbean, Europe, the United States and Canada. As the former Director, Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean, she worked to expand research partnerships between Canadian universities and the University of the West Indies.
The Canadian government (SSHRC)funded her research on Black youth in Canada and Jamaica. One such partnership was recognized for its exemplary contributions to Canadian society in the Council of Ontario Universities’ Research Matters Campaign in 2013. Her awards and accolades include the 2017 President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and the 2012 Ian Greene Award for Teaching Excellence. She receives the prestigious Renaissance Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Emmanuel Kabongo
Actor & Star ON CBC’s 21 Thunder
Emmanuel Kabongo is an actor, best known for his work on the web series, Teenagers, for which he earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2016. He is one of the lead stars in CBC’s dramatic series, 21 Thunder, where he plays an Ivory Coast mid-fielder named Junior Lolo. The series premiered in Canada on July 31, 2017, to great reviews.
Kabongo co-produced the first season of the series, Teenagers (2014-present), alongside filmmaker M. H. Murray. He also stars as the lead male protagonist in the series. Born and raised in th Democratic Republic Of Congo, he has starred in several feature films, including The Anima Project (2013), directed by Ingrid Vennger, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, and Antibirth (2016), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the USA.
Also in 2016, Kabongo produced and starred in short films, including A Man’s Story, for which he received funding from bravoFact. The film went on to screen at the ReelWorld Film Festival in Toronto, where it won an award for Best Short Film in 2016. Kabongo has also guest-starred on a variety of television programs, including Rookie Blue (2013-2014), Murdoch Mysteries (2014) and Quantico (2015-2016). He completed an actor’s residency at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre in 2015. He receives the 2017 Rising Star Award from the prestigious Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program.

Ettie Rutherford
Author & CEO, Women Are Worthy
Ettie Rutherford is Author and CEO of Women Are Worthy, a consulting firm that provides programs and services for women of all ages. Having served as an elementary school principal, education consultant, anti-racism expert and curriculum programmer, Ms. Rutherford continues to impart knowledge by organizing workshops, speaking at events and coaching. She initiated the Black Heritage Saturday Morning School, the Caribees Singers and Dancers, Black History celebration while working with the Police to build co-operation and partnerships.
Ms. Rutherford has served as National Vice President for the Congress of Black Women of Canada. On a CBC production of Ettie’s profile in Calgary, she was referred to as the Iron Lady for her ability to bring about change in the community.Author of Women Are Worthy: Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like an Eagle, she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Calgary. She developed the “R-I-S-E-U-P”organizational system, through which she presents programs and services based on a concerns-based model of positive change.
Awards has received many awards including the Kay Livingstone Award for her work with the Congress of Black Women of Canada; Certificate of Recognition from Markham City Council for community involvement and a Certificate of Recognition from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney for her contribution to Multiculturalism. In 2016 she was honored as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women.She receives the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Léonie Tchatat
Founder and President, La Passerelle-IDÉ
Léonie Tchatat is the Founder and President of La Passerelle-IDÉ and LéoCharité. Since she arrived in Canada from Cameroon at the age of 16, she has designed and implementedcommunity transformation models to catalyze the full contribution of African and other immigrants to Canadian society. La Passerelle-IDÉ’s bidirectional cultural competency skills training program has been recognized for best practice by the federal and provincial governments, having served and accompanied over 15,000 newcomers by fostering their integration.
Ms. Tchatat’s contributions to high level public policy expert committees in Canada have included serving on federal, provincial and municipal government-community advisory boards working towards strategic solutions in immigration, diversity and poverty reduction. Internationally, she has been invited to speak at academic, government and community seminars to share innovative solutions, leading to the implementation of new Canada-France diverse youth entrepreneurship and civic leadership avant-garde programs.
Founder of TalouaMulticulturelle, a Francophone magazine to give young and diverse Francophone women with a unique and dynamic forum, Ms. Tchatat was a member of the Canadian delegation to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance in Durban, South Africa in 2001. She has served in the Planning Committee for a French-Language University in Ontario and is a Commissioner at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Ms. Tchatat receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Community Development.

Dr. Oladunni Churchill Abiodun
President  & CEO, Big Church Group
Dr. Oladunni Churchill Abiodun is the President& CEO of Big Church Group, with operations in agriculture, real estate, security, training, entertainment, tourism and hospitality,mining and consulting services, among others. A serial philanthropist and Goodwill Ambassador, Dr. Abiodun is the Founder of Big Church Foundation, which serves people in various countries. It is involved with fighting breast cancer,scholarships, and support for orphans, fire fighting equipment and ambulance provision.
The Foundation is involved with organizing charity football matches for theunderprivileged. Celebrities are invited to play to encourage persons with disability. Funds raised from the events are donated to improve lives.For instance, highly acclaimed musician Praise Adejoh, popularly known as Praiz, was signed as a Big Church Foundation ambassador for an empowerment program via Big Church Green Agriculture and mining, which is working on empowering 36,000 youth.
Dr. Abiodun and his Big Church Foundation have visited Liberia at the invitation of President Ellen Johnson SirleafThe visit was aimed at facilitating peace in the election process among Africans. Dr. Abiodun used the opportunity to launch his agricultural empowerment program in the country as a part of his quest to extend his tentacles and philanthropic work to the rest of Africa.He receives the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the Afroglobal Television Excellence Awards program on October 21st, 2017.

Elder Franklin Omoruna
President & CEO, Wellness Anew & De Runa Ballroom
Elder Franklin Omoruna is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wellness Anew, an organization with over 45 employees. Since its inception in 2007, it has focused on championing strategies to manage individuals with special needs and mental health challenges. Recently, Mr. Omoruna launched De Runa Inc., operators of Banquet Halls, Event and Entertainment Centers in Toronto.
A Registered Nursewith over 33 years of experience, Mr. Omoruna works with mental health clients and as a Clinical Instructor at the University of Toronto as well asthe University of New Brunswick/Humber College Nursing Programs. Mr. Omoruna has served as President of the Nigerian Canadian Association andthe Edo Association Worldwide.  In 2011, he was profiled on NTA International as The Diasporan Of The Week.
Omoruna was also featured in many newspapers and magazines for spearheading large scale initiatives,which include the building of group homes for disadvantaged and developmentally challenged youth in Canada, leading the UNIC Club to upgrade the Edo State Children’s Hospital, as well as provision of medical equipment in 3 senatorial districts in Edo State. Nigeria. He receives the 2017 Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Enterprise.

Dwayne Dixon
Executive Director, Nia Centre For The Arts
Dwayne Dixon is the Executive Director of Nia Centre For The Arts; a youth arts organization focusing on helping young artists find their purpose. With over 15 years’ experience in the corporate, community arts, and entertainment sectors, Mr. Dixon has hosted, produced and programmed radio shows; emceed events and recorded as a performing artist.  In  2001, he landed a corporate job at Manulife Financial / John Hancock (USA), while serving in the arts.
Mr. Dixon established an Urban Artist Showcase entitled, Follow Your Instinct (FYI) to create opportunities for aspiring performing artists. He joined the Board of Directors of Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) as Membership Director, and eventually became Vice President. In 2013, Dixon became the Executive Director of Canada’s largest Hip Hop and Urban Arts Festival, Manifesto.
Back in 2010, Dixon started FYI Kids, an enrichment program focused on re-instilling self-esteem, confidence and stage presence in children using music, culture and sports as tools. FYI Kids has worked with over 3000 children and the Canadian National Institute For The Blind (CNIB), Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), Toronto Centre For The Arts and Chinese Moon Festival Celebrations. He receives the 2017Afroglobal Television Excellence Award for Heritage.

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