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Diaspora Dialogues

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on September 1, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Friday, July 24, 2009

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Malvern’s triple sensations: Young writers celebrate their fiction, poetry and graphic novel writing

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Want the best Canadian writing? Read short fiction

In book reviews, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 30, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Rachel Muenz Writes About the Canadian Giller Prize - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

By Rachel Muenz

A couple of weeks ago, British Giller judge Victoria Glendinning bashed Canadian writing in the Financial Times of London. She said our stuff is too homogenous and that it’s easy to get grants and be published if you’re Canadian, no matter how bad your writing is.

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Stories in Red and Yellow to be Published This Week

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Education, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on June 27, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Potential Cover Art for Stories in Red and Yellow - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Potential Cover Art for Stories in Red and Yellow - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

I am currently working on a collection of stories that have been dug up from past work called Stories in Red and Yellow. It should be published this week. Look out for it! It’s going to be as fantastic as red and yellow. Look for the stories for free viewing on this website.  For my books, CD and audio stories, you can purchase them at:  http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. For the month of August there is a 10 per cent discount and the code to enter upon checkout is: README.

What Happened to the Afro?

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work on June 19, 2017 at 3:00 AM

My hair obsession that has turned into a hair acceptance also turned into a book called What Happened to the Afro? Here is some video was taken in Uganda in 1996 or 1997 of a braiding session going on in Kampala. You can buy the book at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.:

Two New Books Published

In book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Religion, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 11, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Donna Kakonge Has Two New Books Published - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

Donna Kakonge Has Two New Books Published - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert.com

The first book is My Mind Book which features an example of creating a book that will be inspiring and bring the things you want into your life. It is based on the law of attraction, as well as inspired by Mind Movies that were sent to me.

The second book is called Stories in Red and Yellow: Digging Up Work Done in Yesteryear. This is a literary collection of non-fiction and fiction work.

Both can be bought, as well as other books at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Love Town Records

In Beauty, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Writing (all kinds) on June 7, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Love Town Records

Richard Alexander Davis

“Back In Love”

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Grad School Public Affairs Class

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 6, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Here is a recording of a public affairs class I took while doing my grad studies at Concordia University. The main important information is at the beginning.  For more stories by Donna Kakonge, visit her online store at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged:

W.E.B. DuBois Celebration in New York

In Beauty, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 5, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Heading down to New York with some old friends of mine from undergrad, we discovered that there was a lot more to black history than we knew about before:

Example of a Demotape

In Beauty, book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Events, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This is an old demotape that I used to use after I graduated from Carleton University. My book Radio and Television Announcing covers more information about broadcast work. Journalism Stories Collection will introduce you to more published work. You can buy it at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Horrific violence at Site 52 shocks county: Part two of a five-part series

In Creative Writing, Culture, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Writing (all kinds) on January 2, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Protests Rock the Small Township Over Garbage - Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

Protests Rock the Small Township Over Garbage – Photo Courtesy of Stockexpert

By Zema Luncher

Local politicians are starting to fear for their lives as protests to the dump site in Teeny Township heat up.

Comise County Warden Tom Gudgeon said people have been sending more and more letters of concern about the dump every day.

“My email inbox is always full so other important messages aren’t getting through,” Gudgeon said. “It’s also very painful on my eyes to read them all.

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Franz Ferdinand Concert Report

In Culture, Entertainment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Music, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on November 16, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand Concert - Photo by Brikena Ribaj

Franz Ferdinand is on tour promoting their new album Tonight with Franz Ferdinand. We saw them in concert last night and I am happy to report that they delivered. They performed for one and a half hours and the energy of the band was in harmonious synch with that of the crowd.

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It’s A Great Deal

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on November 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

The Write Heart

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Can you imagine that I am offering free life coaching on any of your life’s challenges for the low, low cost of one book sale from you? Yes – this is not a gimmick – it is true.

We can do the life coaching through email if you are long distance, or we could do it over the phone if you are local. We can also use such services as MSN and Yahoo Messenger if you prefer a more instant approach to the life coaching. I look forward to hearing from you. Make your dreams come true!

Books You Can Buy With Free Life Coaching

In book reviews, Business, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Education, Events, Health, Living, Writing (all kinds) on November 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for Story Ideas - Help For Writer's Block by Donna Kakonge - Photo from Dreamstime.com

Cover Art for Story Ideas - Help For Writer's Block by Donna Kakonge - Photo from Dreamstime.com

Donna Kakonge has written 25 books that you can choose from along with FREE  life coaching for your challenges in life. You can contact her at: dkakonge@sympatico.ca to find out more.

Happy Fourth of July!

In Events, Living, Writing (all kinds) on November 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Happy Fourth of July! - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Happy Fourth of July! - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Happy Fourth of July! Have a prosperous, healthy and happy year!

Simply People Festival to Celebrate Disabilities

In Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Music, Writing (all kinds) on November 4, 2016 at 3:00 AM
The Simply People Festival is Happening on July 21st - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

The Simply People Festival is Happening on July 21st - Photo Courtesy of Morguefile.com

Simply people was formed about five years ago after forming CANWAPPS. CANWAPPS stands for Canada-wide Accessibility for Post-secondary Students. This is a national non-profit organization that is geared towards increasing accessibility and inclusion for post-secondary students with disabilities.

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Happy Canada Day! – Every Day

In Culture, Events, Living, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on November 1, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Have a Great Canadian Day - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Have a Great Canadian Day - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Happy Canada Day Everyone!

“All Bagged-Up, With Nowhere To Go”

In Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on October 27, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Kirk Verner Writes about Garbage in Toronto - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

By: Kirk Verner

As the first week of summer drifts through Toronto like a lost locomotive, my nose hairs tingle from the smell of rubble. Toronto’s trash is all bagged-up, with nowhere to go. Soon to be towering high over our heads, our trash will have to sit and decompose in our garages, alleys, and on our street corners until yet another city strike is settled.

As this strike rots its way into “Week 2” I decide to roam the streets in the city’s core, seeking the most unsightly of trash heaps.

I find a bus shelter that has been transformed into a wonderful compost pile. Equipped with blackened banana peels, mustard stained napkins, and more rodent droppings than you could find in any grain elevator, this inner-city glass shelter can now become an impeccable greenhouse…how innovative.

A short journey through the alleys of Chinatown reminds me of why I was warned to steer clear of this area of the city during this garbage strike. The smell of rancid sweet and sour ribs hovers in the air. The stench sticks to the graffiti that has been crudely spray-painted on the brick walls. Dead pigeons rest in peace and are clean of maggots due to the endless menu options for the squirming fly larva. The alley reminds me of photos I have seen illustrating the garbage dumps in Rio de Janeiro.

In my own garage, the problem worsens. Although horrid, the smell is not the concern. It is the sight of all I want to rid that really bothers me. It’s the garbage that reminds me of what I once loved, but now want nothing to do with. An old Playboy, the Farrah Fawcett issue, sits menacingly amidst plastic and Styrofoam; photos I will never again be able to look at due to her passing. A “Thriller” album I bought as a joke from a yard sale sits cracked and faded on the ever-growing pile a junk. A Michael Jackson bobble-head with the word “pedophile” finely painted across its chest frightens me every time I open the sliding door. Please take my garbage away!

The strike, I believe, should be a test for Canada’s largest city. Toronto needs to seriously start recycling more in order to tackle this heap of an environmental issue. Why is it always about money? At least a third of the ruin I come across resting on the city streets is most certainly recyclable. What are we going to do about it?

Toronto…a world-class city with third-world garbage issues!?

E Reece & Core Elements

In Culture, Entertainment, Events, Music, Writing (all kinds) on October 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Elevated Mental Recordings

E REECE & Core Elements

WHAT YOU NEED

(Produced by Brian Boland)

ALBUM: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/ze9zuz

INST: http://www.sendspace.com/pro/dl/dty7by

VIDEO LINK:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS72m24Zr7c

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Yari Yari Conference (Originally Published in Panache Magazine)

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

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

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TORONTO THE GRUESOME

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

Six celebrated local writers present brand-new Gothic stories

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

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

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

”Honouring our past, celebrating our present, reaffirming our future” (Originally Published in Pride Newsmagazine)

In Culture, Events, Writing (all kinds) on August 30, 2016 at 3:00 AM

The Canadian Hispanic Day Parade (CHDP) is run by a non-profit organization created to share with all Canadians and new immigrants, Latin language, food, culture, and sense of celebration. Their main objective is to promote the cultural heritage of the Latin American people residing in Canada. On Sunday August 21st, 2005, the CHDP, held their 5th Annual Canadian Hispanic Day Parade beginning at the Jane and Sheppard Mall and ending at the John Booth Arena located at Jane and Shoreham.

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

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

Business People Gather at the Guyanese Luncheon

Business People Gather at the Guyanese Luncheon

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

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The NFB-TVO Calling Card Program invites Ontarians to make new-media and broadcast documentaries

In Events, Media Writing, Writing (all kinds) on June 20, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Winning teams receive $45,000, mentorship and an online or broadcast launch.

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Catch Me On CBC’s “GO”

In Entertainment, Events, Radio Podcasts, Uncategorized on February 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM

CBC’s “GO” has a terrific show of the top eight driving tunes of all times. Listen right up to the end…see if you can recognize my voice:

http://www.cbc.ca/go/

Simply People Event on Tuesday, July 22nd

In Culture, Disability, Education, Events, Living, Writing (all kinds) on February 23, 2016 at 3:00 AM

5th Annual Disability Pride Celebration in Toronto

TORONTO — To mark the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto,
Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at
Nathan Phillips Square on July 22 from 5:30PM to 9:00PM. This free outdoor
event is open for all to attend (rain or shine) and the guest speakers will
include the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
Toronto Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Councillor Adrian Heaps.

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David C. Onley Coming to Disability Pride Celebration

In Disability, Events, Writing (all kinds) on February 22, 2016 at 3:00 AM

5th Annual Disability Pride Celebration in Toronto

TORONTO — To mark the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto,
Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at
Nathan Phillips Square on July 22 from 5:30PM to 9:00PM. This free outdoor
event is open for all to attend (rain or shine) and the guest speakers will
include the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,
Toronto Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Councillor Adrian Heaps.

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Simply People at Nathan Phillips Square

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

July 11, 2008

Hundreds to gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 22nd at the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto

TORONTO—To mark the 5th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto, Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 22 from 5:30PM to 9:00PM. This free outdoor event is open for all to attend (rain or shine) and the keynote speakers will include Toronto’s Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Councillor Adrian Heaps.

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Project Hope – April 18th, 2008

In Culture, Events, Writing (all kinds) on February 18, 2016 at 3:00 AM

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Happening on Friday, April 18th…join the cause of Project Hope.

Young Black Women in Toronto High Schools – Buy on Lulu.com Today

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2016 at 11:35 AM

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This research fills the gaps in the literature surrounding the career aspirations of Black female high school students in Canada. The literature surrounds five key factors regarding career aspirations, educational programs that help young Black females to succeed in high school, the portrayal of Black women in the media and the history of Black women and work. The conceptual framework is based on four key concepts of spirit, motivation, self-esteem and identity. The methodology of this research is based on qualitative narrative case studies of 10 student participants, three parents and eight community members. Along with the qualitative narrative case study approach, a culturally holistic approach to data collection are included.  In order to build on the gaps in the research on Black female high school students’ career aspirations, I focus on three major research questions. What are the challenges that are faced by the student participants in order to succeed during and after high school? Linking with the first question, what are the self-help strategies the student participants use to facilitate their roads to success in and out of high school? Finally, what and where are the community supports for young Black females and their career aspirations through arts-focused community centres?  There are also three sub-questions associated with the three major research questions. The first is, what support are they getting from their families to meet their career goals? The second is, what does this mean to us as educators? The third is, what is the significance of this research as it links to the conceptual framework? Read the rest of this entry »

SICO Paint unveils three simple steps to a beautiful, long-lasting deck

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 6, 2016 at 3:00 AM

No Stain, No Gain
SICO Paint unveils three simple steps to a beautiful, long-lasting deck

LONGUEUIL, Quebec, June 23, 2015 – It’s no secret that Canadians savour summer, sparing little expense to beautify their backyard living spaces after a harsh winter. When it comes to creating a long-lasting lavish outdoor décor, it all starts with a properly-stained and well-protected deck, according to leading paint brand SICO® paint.

“Outdoor living continues to be a strong trend as more and more people extend their indoor décor outside, adding everything from furniture to kitchens to accessories,” said Mathieu Hamel, assistant brand manager for Sico paint, a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings. “The richness of a wooden deck is a perfect backdrop for a stylish and welcoming outdoor space that will both provide a relaxing haven and wow your guests.”

Before embarking on a deck-staining project, however, Hamel cautioned that in order to protect your investment for the long term, it is important to adhere to a proper plan. He recommended following these three steps to guarantee professional-looking, enduring results:

1. Product and colour selection: Decide what look you would like to achieve. If the wood on your deck is worn and you want to hide it, but still keep its texture, a solid stain is the way to go. If you’d like both the wood grain and texture to show through, a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish is the product to use. When using a semi-transparent stain or translucent wood finish, remember that the type of wood used for your deck will affect the colour outcome. For example, a yellow-toned stain will look different on red cedar than on treated pinewood, which has a green tinge. Keep in mind that the wood hardness and porosity, as well as the amount of wood stain applied, may alter the colour as well, so test the stain on a small piece of the wood or in an inconspicuous area before starting.

2. Preparation: How you prepare the surfaces to be stained will make or break your project. Start by removing any wood fibres, dirt and contaminants from your deck using a high-quality exterior wood cleaner. Allow the wood to dry slightly, brush away loosened debris and rinse with a pressure washer. Next, tighten any loose screws, scrape away bits of flaking wood and sand all surfaces. For easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, Sico paint has launched a how-to video that walks homeowners through the entire staining process in just five minutes. Accessed at http://www.sico.ca, the video is full of tips on surface preparation and how to achieve best results when staining.

3. Application: To give your exterior wood maximum richness and depth, select a top-quality product, and know that less is more when it comes to applying stain. Never use more than two coats in order to ensure the stain adheres to the shape of the wood without cracking or peeling. Always use a brush instead of a roller, so you get into all the nooks and crannies of your deck. If you prefer to stand while staining, simply apply an extension pole to your brush. Always brush in the same direction as the wood grain, moving from unstained to stained wood. If more than one person is doing the staining, assign each person a separate section of the project to ensure consistency with technique and even colour application. When staining a deck, for example, have one person work on the main surface and another on the steps or vertical beams.

No matter how eager you are to be done, it’s important to wait the prescribed drying time, Hamel said. Typically, stains require up to 24 hours to dry in clear weather.
He emphasized that before starting any staining project, it is critical to carefully read the application instructions on the product being used.

Sico paint offers a broad range of staining products in a variety of colours and finishes, including Sico Solid Wood Stain, Sico Semi-transparent Wood Stain, Sico Translucent Wood Finish and Sico Semi-transparent Wood Protector.

To view the full selection of Sico paint products and stain colours, and learn more about choosing the right stain for your job, visit http://www.sico.ca.

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To download photos, please visit media.sico.ca/en (Password: influence).

Sico is a brand of PPG Architectural Coatings, a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company.

SICO® Paint
Since 1937, the Sico brand has provided Canadian DIY consumers a complete line of high-quality interior and exterior paints. The brand is recognized as the market leader and can be found on the shelves of RONA® stores as well as other retailers. Developed with professional painters in mind, the brand also offers SICO EXPERT™ paint, a specialized line sold exclusively to the painter’s market.

About PPG Architectural Coatings
PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company, and manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit PPGAC.com.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.TM
PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

Sico is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies.
Sico Expert is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc.
Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark and the PPG Logo is a registered trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
Rona is a registered trademark of Rona Inc.

Sico Photo 1

The richness of a wooden deck is an ideal backdrop for a stylish outdoor space. A dark brown stain, such as Mountain Shelter (1713-503) by SICO® paint, pictured on the base of this deck, coordinates well with light grey siding.

Sico Photo 2

SICO® paint offers a broad range of staining products in a variety of colours and finishes, including Sico Solid Wood Stain, Sico Semi-transparent Wood Stain, Sico Translucent Wood Finish and Sico Semi-transparent Wood Protector.

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Top Mistakes People Make When Choosing Paint Colour: Dulux Paints

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 5, 2016 at 3:00 AM

TORONTO, June 11, 2015 – Does the thought of choosing a paint colour turn you yellow with fear? You’re not alone, according to leading paint brand Dulux Paints. Feedback from employees at the brand’s 250 stores across the country indicates that paint colour selection is the biggest challenge consumers face when undertaking a paint project.

“When it comes to paint colour, many people are so afraid of change that they end up sticking with the same colours for years,” said Martin Tustin-Fuchs, brand manager, Dulux Paints. “Yet, all they often need is a bit of guidance to get out of their colour rut and adopt a more current look for their living spaces.”

According to Dulux Paints, here are the top five mistakes people make when choosing paint colour and how to avoid them:

1. Choosing a paint colour out of context. Contrary to popular belief, taping a small swatch to a wall won’t help you choose the right colour for your room. Instead, examine paint chips against furniture, rugs, accessories, countertops and other items in the room, making sure to test the colours in direct, indirect and artificial light at all times of day.

2. Playing it safe with neutrals. Neutral paint colours tend to be a popular choice, yet there are times when a more saturated colour may bring out the best in a room. A good way to introduce some colour to your walls is to apply the “new neutrals” – whites, beiges or greys that are infused with a small amount of colour such as lilac, sage or blue. Choose new-trend neutrals that coordinate well with your furniture or a favourite accessory. You can also take a neutral room up a notch by painting an accent wall a deeper shade of the wall colour or a more vibrant, coordinating colour.

3. Going with the same old, same old. Just like an old pair of jeans or out-of-date hairstyle, it’s easy to get comfortable in your room’s décor. Take a step back, really examine your space and ask: What year is this room stuck in? If the answer dates back at least a decade, it might be time for a change. Adding colour with paint is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to update a space. You’ll be surprised how a fresh coat of paint will make your furniture and accessories look newer.

4. Fear of using more than one colour. There’s no reason to use only one paint colour on the walls of a room. In fact, using two or even three shades can turn a room from ordinary to extraordinary. A good rule of thumb is to use a base colour in about two-thirds of the room and introduce other colours in smaller quantities. To achieve an elegant, relaxing feel, try a monochromatic colour scheme, with one main colour supported by others from the same colour family. For a harmonious effect, combine colours located beside each other on the colour wheel. To create a dynamic look, choose complementary colours found directly across from one another on the wheel.

5. Failing to consider a room’s function. Will you be playing, sleeping, eating or relaxing in the space to be painted? Make sure you choose your colour accordingly. Yellow, red and orange, as well as soft grey, violet, blue and green, are known to be more conducive to appetite-building, entertaining and conversation, making them good choices for the kitchen and any main-floor living space. Bright red will energize and stimulate kids in a playroom, while cooler blues have a calming, serene effect ideal for a bedroom. Golden yellows and warm apricots tend to flatter any skin tone in a bathroom.

Still not sure what colours to choose? Get inspiration from Dulux Paints’ palette of hot colours for 2015, including Ruby Ring (09YR 11/475) red, Red Badge (30YR 21/505) orange, Golden Harvest (20YY 28/613) yellow, Southern Forest (30GG 33/275) green, Blazer Blue (43BB 09/340) blue, Nostalgic (70RB 11/196) violet or Heron Grey (20YY 37/094) warm neutral.

You can also experiment with different colours using the Dulux Paints Colour Visualizer online at http://www.dulux.ca. The tool enables users to virtually paint sample rooms or use their own uploaded photos to explore colour combinations before picking up a paintbrush. Visitors to the website can also upload photos of their favourite sites or vacation spots, and the software will help recreate the feeling of the image in a room by suggesting a paint palette based on the colours in the photo.

“A change of wall colour is the best and most economical decorating tool out there,” Tustin-Fuchs said. “If your room is stuck in the 1990s, you can bring it forward to 2015 just by swapping out pastel peach and moss green for a more modern palette such as turquoise blue with lime green accents. With paint, the possibilities are endless.”

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About DULUX® Paints
You will find Dulux paints in 250 company-owned Dulux Paints and BÉTONEL® paint stores across Canada serving the consumer and professional markets. In addition, within the province of Quebec, the strong regional Bétonel brand is combined with the Dulux brand to form 70 Bétonel / Dulux Paints stores. No matter where the Dulux brand is sold in Canada, it offers an extensive portfolio of high-quality products and services to the marketplace.

About PPG Architectural Coatings
PPG Architectural Coatings, U.S. and Canada, is an industry leader in residential and commercial coatings, delivering the latest technologies and operational advancements through its strong portfolio of brands. It is a business of PPG Industries, the world’s leading coatings company, and manufactures and sells interior and exterior paints, stains, caulks, repair products, adhesives and sealants for homeowners and professionals. Its distribution network includes more than 15,000 touchpoints through company-owned stores, independent dealer locations and all major home improvement centers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit PPGAC.com.

PPG: BRINGING INNOVATION TO THE SURFACE.™
PPG Industries’ vision is to be the world’s leading coatings company by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable solutions that customers trust to protect and beautify their products and surroundings. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG provides added value to customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 70 countries around the world. Reported net sales in 2014 were $15.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit http://www.ppg.com and follow @PPGIndustries on Twitter.

The Multi-Coloured Swatches Design is a trademark of PPG Architectural Finishes, Inc. The PPG Logo is a registered trademark and Bringing innovation to the surface is a trademark of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc. Bétonel is a registered trademark of the PPG Group of Companies. Dulux is a registered trademark of AkzoNobel and is licensed to PPG Architectural Coatings Canada, Inc., for use in Canada only. © 2015 PPG Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Adding colour with paint – such as Dulux Paints’ Ruby Ring (09YR 11/475) red – is one of the easiest ways to update a space and make furniture and accessories look newer.

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A good way to introduce colour to your walls is to apply a neutral tone infused with a small amount of colour such as lilac or light blue, as pictured on the walls of this sitting area featuring Dulux Paints’ Margate Blue (30BB 46/086).

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Consider a room’s function when choosing paint. Cool tones – such as Nostalgic (70RB 11/196) violet by Dulux Paints – have a calming effect, ideal for a bedroom.

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CRTC initiates review of basic telecommunications services for all Canadians‏

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April 9, 2015 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today launched a major proceeding to ensure that Canadians have access to world-class telecommunications services that enable them to participate actively in the digital economy. Canadians can participate in all stages of the consultation, including the public hearing.

The first phase of the proceeding, which begins today, consists of collecting information to better understand the telecommunications services provided to Canadians and determine the areas in Canada that are not being adequately served. The issues raised include the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Find Donna Kakonge’s Books at the Toronto Public Library

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Enjoy How To Talk To Crazy People, How to Write Creative Non-fiction, Three Quarters and The Spirit of Kasacba: A Creative Non-fiction Novel all by Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge today.

International Counseling and Psychotherapy Conference, Bangalore, India‏

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[TPS] – Public Safety Alert, Distraction Thefts, Police believe there may be other victims

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Public Safety Alert, Distraction Thefts, Police believe there may be other victims

Friday, August 14, 2015 – 1:58 PM
14 Division
416-808-1400

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of Distraction Thefts targeting seniors.

It is reported that:

– on Friday, June 5, 2015, a 64-year-old woman was in front of her home in the Dupont Street/Ossignton Avenue area

– a white four-door car stopped beside the woman and the driver motioned for her to come closer

– the occupants of the vehicle asked the woman for directions to the highway

– one of the passengers asked the woman to try on a necklace

– when the woman declined, the passenger proceeded to place a necklace and a ring on the woman

– as the passenger put the new jewelry on the woman, they removed her existing jewelry

– the car then drove away

The driver was described as 30-35, with a thin build, round face, and short hair.

The front passenger is described as a woman, 25-30, with a thin build and brown hair.

The rear passenger is described as a woman, 25, with a thin build and short hair.

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, June 27, 2015, a 78-year-old man was outside his home in the Bellwoods Avenue/Queen Street West area

– a grey vehicle stopped beside the man and a female passenger asked him for directions to the highway

– the passenger told the man he reminded her of her father and she wanted to give him something

– the passenger placed rings in the man’s hand and a necklace around his neck

– as the passenger placed new jewelry on the man, she removed his existing jewelry

– the vehicle drove away

There is no description available for the driver.

The passenger is described as a brown woman in her early-mid 40s.

There was a five-year-old girl in the back seat.

It is also reported that:

– on Thursday, July 9, 2015, an 85-year-old woman was in the Hallam Street/Gladstone Avenue area

– a blue four-door car pulled up beside her

– the passenger said, “Hi mom,” to which the woman replied, “I am not your mother.”

– the passenger reached out of the vehicle and grabbed the woman’s hand

– the passenger removed all the rings from the woman’s hand

– when the woman demanded her rings back, the passenger placed four new rings into the woman’s purse pocket

– the car drove away

The driver is described as a man with brown or olive complexion, 24-25, with a tall, thin build, and short, straight dark-brown hair

The passenger is described as a woman with brown or olive complexion, mid-20s, with a thin build, and straight shoulder-length brown hair

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, July 25, 2015, an 80-year-old woman was in the Afton Avenue/Beaconsfield Avenue area

– a grey or green vehicle stopped beside her

– the passenger exited the vehicle and asked the woman to have a seat

– the woman sat on a ledge as the passenger told her about her mother who was sick in hospital

– the passenger placed jewelry on the woman and removed her existing jewelry

– the passenger then returned to the vehicle and it drove away

The driver is described as a brown man.

The passenger is described as a brown woman, early-mid 30s, 5’5″, with a heavy build, wearing a brown head scarf.

It is also reported that:

– on Saturday, August 4, 2015, a 60-year-old man was in front of his home in the Dundas Street West/Claremont Street area

– a silver or grey car stopped beside him

– a passenger approached the man asking for directions to a hospital

– another passenger pointed a handgun towards the man

– the passenger who asked for directions removed the man’s jewelry using lubricant and gave him new jewelry

– the passenger kissed the man on the cheek before returning to the car and drove away

The driver and two passengers are described as brown men, 20-30, with medium builds.

The passenger who asked for directions is described as a brown woman, 20-30, 5’6″, with a medium build and short brown hair.

It is also reported that:

– on Friday, August 7, 2015, a 79-year-old woman was in front of her home in the Gladstone Avenue/Waterloo Avenue

– a woman approached her fence and shouted for her to come over, asking for directions to the hospital

– the woman hugged her and placed new jewelry on her while removing her existing jewelry

– the woman got into the back seat of a dark grey car and drove away

The woman is described as white, 5’1″, with a medium build, and short brown hair.

There is no description for the driver.

Similar Distraction Thefts have been taking place across the Greater Toronto Area. The suspects in these crimes distract the victims by giving them worthless jewelry while stealing expensive jewelry, such as rings and necklaces.

The suspects appear to targeting victims who speak little or no English.

Police believe there may be other victims.

The public is reminded to keep vigilant for these suspects in their neighbourhoods and to report any suspicious behaviour to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at http://www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.>.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Iris Fleckeisen, 14 Division

There are no files attached to this release.

Cheesy Kale and Black Bean Pasta Bake

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Chef Daniel Schick, OMNI King Edward Hotel, Toronto

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Servings: 4

Ingredients: Read the rest of this entry »

Toronto chef, athlete team up in support of food banks

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Top Canadian Chefs and Athletes Team Up to Create Energy-Boosting Recipes in Support of Food Banks

Catelli® Pasta Boost cookbook – featuring recipe by Toronto Executive Chef Daniel Schick of Omni King Edward Hotel and Pentathlete Donna Vakalis – aims to help feed country’s hungry in summer, the slowest time of year for food banks

Toronto, Ontario – April 8, 2015 – Looking to increase your stamina in time for the active days of summer? With the Pan Am Games coming to Toronto in July, here’s some food for thought: we can all learn a thing or two about staying power from the diet of our country’s top athletes. Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Birthday

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It’s amazing how life is.

A brewer, using his psychic ability to tell the drinker what lies ahead…
Will he get lucky tonight, will she leave alone again, will they get that promotion?

A married man with three beautiful children, telling you through a torn ligament in his leg while trying to
Exercise it on a Bicycle that it was hurt long ago while he was a soccer star and he’s
Still trying to heal it…

Yes, perhaps I could also heal my broken heart and love again too – just like he could be a
Soccer star again too – on a middle-aged player’s team.

My birthday…children…telling me that my niece has gone crazy because she was dancing, and dancing well.

Yes, perhaps craziness is happiness – if you come back down on the ground from the joy.
Happy Birthday to Everyone I forgot to Say that to This Year – and I also mean the Upcoming Birthdays too.

2015 is going to be mine – gotta hurry up for my dinner date with family.

Thank you God. I am so grateful I could cry.

[TPS] – 41 Division Reducing Collisions Campaign, Monday, August 10, 2015 to Sunday, August 16, 2015

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Toronto Police Service
News Release

41 Division Reducing Collisions Campaign, Monday, August 10, 2015 to Sunday, August 16, 2015

Monday, August 10, 2015 – 4:59 AM
41 Division
416-808-4100

The Toronto Police Service will continue to be diligent in education and enforcement strategies to enhance the safety of the public, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, within our communities. Increased enforcement during the 41 Division Reducing Collisions Campaign, will take place during the week of Monday, August 10, 2015 to Sunday, August 16, 2015.

Motorists are encouraged to obey all rules of the road and be aware of their surroundings. Motorists are also encouraged to slow down and they are encouraged to refrain from using any hand-held device that may distract then while driving.

High-accident locations and intersections will be targeted and see increased enforcement. The enforcement initiatives for community safety will also continue throughout the year.

All officers from 41 Division will pay particular attention to those motorists who run traffic lights and stop signs, commit offences at pedestrian crossovers and crosswalks and include turning offences, unsafe lane changes and speeding offences. Officers will also be concentrating on distracted driving and motorists using hand-held devices.

All motorists and pedestrians should also be encouraged to avoid using electronic devices, whenever they are on or near the roadways.

For further information, please contact Sergeant John Murphy at 416-808-4053 or john.murphy@torontopolice.on.ca.

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

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant John Murphy, 41 Division Traffic Enforcement Unit

There are no files attached to this release.

Now Open: Welcome to Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay

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– Wolfgang Puck arrives in Bahrain to open 3 concept restaurants and bars; Hotel also offers 4 additional food and beverage options

– Landmark skyscraper includes 273 rooms and suites anchored on resort-like grounds on private man-made island

– Incredible Spa, comprehensive fitness facilities and 5 unique swimming areas

– Elegant, flexible event spaces for meetings and celebrations Read the rest of this entry »

25,000 people expected at Palais des congrès for job and entrepreneurship fairs

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MONTRÉAL, March 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Entrepreneurs and job seekers will be converging on the Palais des congrès de Montréal for the various major public fairs and shows slated for the coming months. Over 25,000 people are expected to visit the employers and exhibitors that will be assembled under one roof to recruit and provide information!

The essentials:

  • Salon Ma Carrière, March 18 and 19
  • Salon carrières et emplois La Presse, April 8 and 9
  • National Franchise and Business Opportunities Show, May 2 and 3
  • Salon de l’immigration et de l’intégration au Québec, June 9 and 10

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Hyundai launches new brand positioning campaign

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Launched to explain the “H-Factor” as an extension of the corporate brand positioning,
first airing of the flagship 60 second commercial will be during the big football game on Feb. 1

TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2015 /CNW/ – Today, as part of a comprehensive strategy to continue elevating the Hyundai brand to a more premium position, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. is launching a bold new advertising campaign called “The H Factor”. Using the electrifying, critically acclaimed hit song “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, the dramatic 60 second TV commercial takes the viewer on a journey from the inception of Hyundai’s award winning design, to advanced engineering, specialized manufacturing, durability testing, and culminating in a world class driving experience that will surprise customers in, as the song’s lyrics put it, “a new age”. It ends with a shot of the company’s long-time spokesperson in Quebec, Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, who exits a premium Genesis sedan with a smile. Read the rest of this entry »

Great Canadian Gaming to Report Fourth Quarter and Annual 2014 Results on March 4

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RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 30, 2015 /CNW/ – Great Canadian Gaming Corporation [TSX:GC] (“the Company”) announced that it will release its financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2014 after the market close on March 4, 2015.  The Company will also host a conference call on that date at 2:00 PM Pacific, at which time management will both review the financial results and discuss the progress of the business.  The following senior management will be available to answer analyst and investor questions: Read the rest of this entry »

Midpoint announces closing of private placement

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TORONTO, Jan. 30, 2015 /CNW/ – Midpoint Holdings Ltd. (the “Company“) (TSXV: MPT) (FSE: 8MH) is pleased to announce that it has closed the second tranche of its previously announced private placement of units (“Unit“) at a price of $0.10 per Unit (the “Offering“).  The additional tranche consisted of the issuance by the Company of an aggregate of 2,724,570 Units for gross proceeds of $272,457.  The Common Shares and the Warrants issued in connection with the completion of the second tranche of the Offering are subject to a hold period until May 31, 2015.  Read the rest of this entry »

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