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Sonny Black

In Beauty, Contact Information, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Music, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 29, 2017 at 3:00 AM

Sonny Black

returns with two more essential  jammys!

PARTY GIRL

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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 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.:

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Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources – Free Download

In book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources

Cover Art for Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources

I have a new book out called Random Bibliography of Media Books and Internet Resources. It is meant as a study aid for students of media and a refresher for professionals of media. You can buy the paperback or download it for FREE at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

Binary Groove – Gemini Nominated in 1995

In Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, travel, Video Work on June 17, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This educational pilot computer show called “Binary Groove” aired in 1995 and was nominated for a Gemini Award. Enjoy the show and for more education stories, check out my book The Education Generation. As well, you would also be interested in Journalism Stories Collection. Both can be bought, plus many other books at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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Reading Malcolm Gladwell

In book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Malcolm Gladwell is the Author of The Outliers - Photo Courtesy of Chapters.ca

Malcolm Gladwell is the Author of The Outliers - Photo Courtesy of Chapters.ca

I find I have been enjoying everything that Malcolm Gladwell writes. So far, I have read The Outliers, recommended to me by a former boss of mine. I have also read Blink and as I write this I’m listening to an audio ebook of The Tipping Point.

The information I have gained from Gladwell’s books has been phenomenal. His message of practice leads to perfect success in The Outliers is something that could inspire anyone. He backs up his arguments with terrific examples and it is these examples that is the key to his gift in storytelling and educating.

Whether you buy the books, whether you check the books out of the library as I have – read Malcolm Gladwell. I doubt you will be disappointed.

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.

Afro Forever: Research Paper on Salon Utopia for the M.A. in Media Studies at Concordia University

In Beauty, book reviews, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 8, 2017 at 3:00 AM
Cover Art for What Happened to the Afro? - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Cover Art for What Happened to the Afro? - Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge

Advisor: Dr. Martin Allor

Committee member: Dr. Kim Sawchuk

Outside Examiner: Dr. Lorna Roth

August 12, 1999

Afro Forever

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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:

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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:

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Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Public Service Announcement (Originally Aired in 2003)

In Beauty, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Technology, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on June 4, 2017 at 3:00 AM

This is a public service announcement I did for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. For more information about health, please check out my books Being Healthy: Selected Works from the Internet and Natural Beauty on my online store at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged.

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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.

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Corporation Gives Computers to School

In Business, Education, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 15, 2016 at 3:00 AM

A leading global talent development corporation will be providing computers and computer aided education to more than 2,005 schools in Andra Pradesh in India. The value of this funding is Rs 1728 million.

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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
This is the Cover Art for the Book The Write Heart - Photo From Dreamstime.com

This is the Cover Art for the Book The Write Heart - Photo From Dreamstime.com

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!

Shoes of mass destruction

In Education, Living, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on November 2, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Some People Will Do Anything to Blow Things Up - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

Some People Will Do Anything to Blow Things Up - Photo Courtesy of MorgueFile.com

By Rachel Muenz

It begins with a flash of light just below the windows of the aircraft. Then, the fuselage buckles outward and bursts into thousands of pieces which flutter to the ground like shreds of paper. A cloud of thick smoke engulfs half the plane. A shot from inside shows the craft rocking to one side as the floor begins to disintegrate, the camera lens going black as everything is destroyed.

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Tabi make ninjas happy

In Culture, Health, Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on October 24, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Rachel Muenz Discovered There Are Special Shoes for Ninjas - Photo: MorgueFile.com

Rachel Muenz Discovered There Are Special Shoes for Ninjas - Photo: MorgueFile.com

By Rachel Muenz

Most people in Toronto put on high-heels, polished oxfords or running shoes when they go to work. Matthew Wright puts on a pair of tabi.

Tabi are a traditional type of shoe worn in Japan mainly for festivals and are essentially like mittens for your feet, keeping the big toe separate from the rest of your toes. They also happen to be the favoured footwear of ninjas.

Wright has been making training tools and fixing swords for people who practise ninjutsu for about three years.

“I’m very lucky with my profession that I get to say I’m a full-time professional ninja,” he says. “It’s very awesome.”

He says he finds wearing regular clothes strange because he is used to wearing his ninjutsu uniform all the time at work.

“When I go out, I feel I’m putting the costume on. I put the jeans on. I put a shirt on and I look in the mirror and I think I look very funny,” says Wright, who has practised ninjutsu for two years. “I don’t put Gators on, I put my tabi on.”

The shoes look cool but there is more to them than that.

Greg Tremblay, a full-time ninjutsu instructor at Kageyama Dojo in western Toronto also wears tabi every day to work. He says these unique shoes give a ninja’s balance a boost with their split-toe design.

“The big toe is absolutely of prime importance for balance,” Tremblay says, tugging on his own toe  that is poking through his well-worn tabi. “It’s where all your balance comes from and so having that toe separated from the rest of them adds to that feeling of balance.”

You wouldn’t think so, since the cotton tabi tend to slip, but this actually helps with a ninja’s training, says Tremblay who’s at the rank of seventh dan in ninjutsu and bears the title of Shidoshi.

With Canada’s icy winters, training with tabi help simulate a situation where you might be fighting on a slippery, snowy road, says Tremblay, who opened Kageyama in 1996 and has been doing ninjutsu since the early 80s.

The easy-slide fabric forces ninjas to concentrate on their balance instead of taking it for granted.

Wright agrees cotton tabi improve a ninja’s stability.

“They allow me to grip surfaces that are uneven,” he says from the beige mat in one of the dojo’s training halls. “I can feel the terrain so it allows me to really work on my balance.”

Tabi are also easier to clean than other shoes.

“You can throw these in the washing machine and wash them,” Tremblay says, clapping a hand on his tabi-clad foot. “They’re just kind of like really thick, convenient socks.”

There are also more durable, rubber-soled tabi called jika tabi, which ninjas use mostly for outdoor training. In Japan, this type of tabi is used by construction workers.

Wright says jika tabi are excellent for training on hardwood floors because they grip much better than cloth tabi. Jika tabi also make it easier for him to train with his problem knee.

“With a rubber sole, my foot doesn’t slip so I can really feel where the pressure is on my knee,” Wright says, gesturing to his left leg. “It allows me to have a lot more power and accuracy.”

Some moves can only be done wearing tabi.

Amon Kage, who’s been training in ninjutsu for three years but has only been at Kageyama for a week, says he wears tabi just for one type of strike.

“The only reason I actually use them is because of the toe kick,” Kage says. “That’s the only footwear you can effectively use [for the kick].”

This move is a kick with the big toe to any target on an opponent’s body, says Kage, a literature student at the University of Toronto. The split toe is what allows a ninja to pull it off.

When buying tabi, Wright says he wants ones that don’t bite between his toes but have a seam that fits tightly to his foot. He says he still needs some space in the toe area for movement, but not a lot.

“If there’s too much space . . . it doesn’t hold nicely and it’s like wearing a loose sock and you’re trying to move,” he says, running his hand along his new-looking navy tabi. “It’s just uncomfortable all the time.”

Both Wright and Tremblay say it’s best to buy directly from a supplier rather than the Internet. Tremblay finds it easiest to get his tabi directly from Japan, which he visits often.

He says they cost about $15 to$20 Canadian and the larger sizes are around $30 to$35 and last three to nine months before they wear out, depending on how often they’re used.

If you have to buy tabi over the Internet, asking questions is important to make sure you get the right type and best quality, the two ninjas say.

“Ask if they’re Velcro,” Wright says. “If they’re Velcro that’s usually the first sign that they’re not good tabi.”

High-quality tabi have metal tabs at the back that can be adjusted for a better fit.

While Tremblay wears tabi as often as he can, the navy blue ones for ninjutsu, the black jika tabi for outdoor training, and white ones for doing Japanese archery, he avoids wearing them in public. He wore a pair of rubber tabi similar to rain boots when he went out only once.

“I wore them one time on the subway and everybody noticed,” he says with a smile. “It’s totally not something that a ninja would actually wear because then everybody knows you’re a ninja, right?”

Big Brother Little Brother (Originally Published for Young People’s Press)

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 26, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Charles may not see his Big Brother often, but he talks to him a lot – online that is.

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Even More Media Research

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 11, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here is more research on the auto industry done with the Media Research Institute:

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More on Media Research

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 10, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here are more summaries of articles on the auto industry:

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Media Research Continued

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 9, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here is more research on the automobile industry done with the Media Research Institute:

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More Media Reasearch

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here is some more media research on cars done when I worked for the Media Research Institute taken from August 2005:

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Media Research Institute

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I used to work as an auto journalist with the Media Research Institute. In an ode to the failing auto industry, here are some of the summaries. This one dates back to August of 2005:

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Technology in the Classroom

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 30, 2016 at 3:00 AM

There is no way to escape it. Technology is making a big splash in education. It will be coming to classroom near you if it is not there already.

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Education Blogs and Discussion Forums

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 14, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Education blogs are showing up everywhere and one has to be careful where they are getting their information from.

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Digital Divide in Education

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 11, 2016 at 3:00 AM

About 75 per cent of Canadians over the age of 16 were surfing on the Internet last year. This is according to a new Statistics Canada report. Factors such as age, income, education and where you live still contribute to a “digital divide” in Canada.

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Google Lime Scholarship

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on June 3, 2016 at 3:00 AM
Today, we’re pleased to announce the most recent addition to our scholarship programs, the Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities. We’re partnering with Lime to offer scholarships to students with disabilities who are pursuing university degrees in the field of computer science in Canada or the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaining the Competitive Edge: Web Site Design Companies (Originally Published with AssociatedContent.com)

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

Fortunately, I have my own website at http://www.donnakakonge.com and although I know how to do one, I didn’t have the time. I’m not alone. Many small and large businesses with extremely capable people to do a site will outsource this work to save time and money. An article in the business section of Wednesday’s star actually mentions the growth in this area.

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Old friend online (Originally Published with AssociatedContent.com)

In Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on May 11, 2016 at 3:00 AM

I was sitting in front of my home computer. I’m used to going through my e-mail – the usual suspects come up. Once in awhile I’ll get a surprise. That day, I did. The man that broke my virginity e-mailed me at about 2:00 p.m. His name is Chris. I recognized the name immediately. How could I forget someone like that and he was wondering if I would remember. Well, I can understand, it was a long time ago.

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Watch and learn (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)

In Home Decor, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 28, 2016 at 3:00 AM

It’s a life journey renovating a house. Anke and Kirk Simpson saw their Edwardian house in Riverdale only twice before everything was finalized with the sale. They knew for sure it needed work. A house that had two apartments inside, with a boy and girl under three they wanted a house the whole family could enjoy.

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Your hi-tech home (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)

In Home Decor, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 27, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Kevin Haber who drives to many dream homes to fix people’s computers sees technology creating a whole new communication universe for a homeowner.

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The Future of Furniture Design (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)

In Home Decor, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 25, 2016 at 3:00 AM

The future has a lot in store for furniture design. Christopher Wright is a designer with Figure 3, an interior design practice based in Toronto. He is also a member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Figure 3 specializes in corporate office, retail and hospitality design and a small bit of residential. He has thoughts on where furniture design is going.

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Online Education

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 7, 2016 at 3:00 AM

There is still an increasing debate over the validity of online education, especially when it comes to higher degrees.

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Getting an International Experience Online

In Education, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on April 3, 2016 at 3:00 AM

There are ways of traveling the world, right from the convenience of your chair in front of your computer at home.

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Making the Decision to Go Online

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on April 2, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Walden University has recently come out with a report that Hispanics in the United States are attending their university in droves.

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Wireless Services Will Protect You More

In Media Writing, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 6, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Look into the future one-year – 9-1-1 services for your wireless device will upgrade.

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Seneca’s announcing class do blogs

In Education, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on February 20, 2016 at 3:00 AM

My class at Seneca are doing blogs today.

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Finding Love

In Beauty, Entertainment, Living, Radio Podcasts, Technology, Uncategorized on February 17, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Finding love

With everything from the Internet to the telephone, modern technology is creating new ways to find love. This radio story was originally aired with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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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Dulux Photo 1
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.

Dulux Photo 2
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).

Dulux Photo 3
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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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

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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 »

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